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No. 42 Wednesday 12 January 2000
The meeting opened at 2.30 pm .
2. Solway Harvester: The Deputy Minister for Rural Affairs, on behalf of the Parliament, expressed sympathy over the loss of the trawler Solway Harvester.
4. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Children and Education made a statement on Hampden Park .
5. Children and Young People Looked After by Local Authorities: The Minister for Children and Education moved S1M-406—That the Parliament endorses the important action being taken to improve the quality of care and support for every child and young person looked after by local authorities; supports strengthening key services for those young people through extra resources to develop more integrated approaches to their needs, new performance measures to highlight actual outcomes for each child, especially those leaving care, and research to evaluate how well those looked after at home are supported, and recognises the importance of ensuring that each and every child or young person looked after by local authorities can share fully in the benefits of education, health and social justice programmes.
Nicola Sturgeon moved amendment S1M-406.1 to motion S1M-406—
Leave out from “the importance of” to end and insert—
After debate the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 33, Against 80, Abstentions 0).
The motion was then agreed to (DT).
6. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on item 5 as noted above.
7. Lothian and Borders Sheriff Court Review: The Parliament debated S1M-233 in the name of Mr Murray Tosh—That the Parliament expresses its concern about the proposed rationalisation of sheriff court services in Lothian and the Borders, and calls upon the Scottish Executive, when it draws up its proposals for action on the Sheriff Principal's recommendations, to take into account the financial and operational impact of the proposed changes on the police, district court and social work services in the Borders, as well as the cost and inconvenience of the proposed changes to the public, local press and legal practices in the Borders.
The meeting closed at 5.29 pm.