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No. 1 Wednesday 17 May 2000

Note: (DT) signifies a decision taken at Decision Time.

The meeting opened at 10.00 am.

1. Time for Reflection: Mr S L Gajree, President of the Hindu Mandir, Glasgow, led Time for Reflection.

2. Glasgow Regeneration: The Minister for Communities moved S1M-858—That the Parliament endorses the wide-ranging action being taken by the Scottish Executive to ensure that all of the key agencies work together with the citizens of Glasgow to tackle the deep-rooted challenges facing the city; recognises the excellent work being done by the key players who form the Glasgow Alliance and the role they have to play in tackling these challenges and notes the part the Scottish Executive has played in supporting the significant developments which will prepare Glasgow’s economy, housing, education provision and hospitals for the 21st century.

Mr Kenneth Gibson moved amendment S1M-858.1 to motion S1M-858—

Leave out from "endorses" to end and insert—

"notes the activities being undertaken by the Executive with regard to regeneration in Glasgow; congratulates the key agencies, organisations and citizens involved in regenerating the city; recognises that despite these efforts levels of poverty, sickness and unemployment far exceed the Scottish and UK averages, and agrees that the Scottish Executive should undertake a comprehensive review of regeneration policy in Glasgow with specific regard to stimulation of employment demand, examination of the successes and failures of the past and analysis of thriving models of urban renewal elsewhere."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 46, Against 59, Abstentions 0).

Bill Aitken moved amendment S1M-858.2 to motion S1M-858—

Leave out from "endorses" to end and insert—

"notes with grave concern the levels of unemployment, education failure, serious health problems and population loss affecting the city of Glasgow; recognises that these are testament to the failure of the Labour local authorities to address these problems over two generations; further notes that the response of the Labour Government and the Scottish Executive has to date been inadequate to deal with these problems; asks the Executive to address these problems in Glasgow as a matter of urgency; requests that the Executive specifically notes the failure of the existing local government system to cope adequately with Glasgow’s problems; urges the Executive to institute appropriate steps to allow for a democratically and directly elected Lord Provost for the city with an executive role; further urges the Executive to appoint a Minister, from within its Ministerial team, with specific responsibility for Glasgow whose remit would include liaison with departmental ministers, the newly elected Provost, the city council and all agencies connected with the regeneration of Glasgow, and believes that the Parliament should set up a Committee, comprising all Glasgow Members, to oversee the performance of that Minister, thus ensuring that Glasgow’s problems receive the attention which they not only deserve but are necessary to ensure the city’s future."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 16, Against 62, Abstentions 28).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 59, Against 17, Abstentions 29).

3. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Rural Affairs made a statement on the Agricultural Holdings White Paper.

4. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on item 2 as noted above.

5. Epilepsy: The Parliament debated S1M-599 in the name of Mike Watson—That the Parliament recognises the valuable work of the Glasgow based Epilepsy Association of Scotland, notes that approximately one in 130 of the population has epilepsy and agrees that an appropriate level of health care throughout Scotland for people with epilepsy is a matter of priority.

The meeting closed at 5.44 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
17 May 2000

Appendix

(Note: this Appendix does not form part of the Minutes)

Subordinate Legislation

Not Subject to any Parliamentary Procedure

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 12 May 2000 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (Scotland) Partial Revocation (No.9) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/137)

laid under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 17 May 2000 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Scottish Law Commission Report on Jurisdictions Under the Agricultural Holding (Scotland) Acts (SP Paper 50)

laid under the Law Commission Act 1965

Agricultural Holdings Proposals for Legislation (SP Paper 51)

Horticultural Development Council Annual Report and Accounts 1997-98 (SP Paper 60)

laid under the Industrial Organisation and Development Act 1947

Committee Reports

The following Report was published on 15 May 2000

Transport and the Environment Committee, 6th Report, 2000: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 123)

No. 2 Thursday 18 May 2000

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Community Care: The Deputy Minister for Community Care moved S1M-868—That the Parliament commends the Scottish Executive’s approach to community care, which aims to put the people using services and their carers at the centre, building on Modernising Community Care: an Action Plan; welcomes progress on the Strategy for Carers in Scotland, published in November; welcomes the work of the National Care Standards Committee to ensure the quality of care provision through national standards; welcomes the consultation on proposals for the independent regulation of care services and staff; welcomes the setting up of the Joint Future Group in December; welcomes the publication of the Learning Disability Review report The same as you? on 11 May 2000, and calls upon the NHS, local authorities and the voluntary and private sectors to make joint working a reality in every aspect of community care, in a Scotland where everyone matters.

Kay Ullrich moved amendment S1M-868.1 to motion S1M-868—

Leave out from “commends” to end and insert—

“supports the concept of care in the community; recognises the excellent work done in the Sutherland Report on long term care With Respect to Old Age; condemns the continued failure of the Executive to implement fully the recommendations of that Royal Commission; demands adequate funding for those providing services within local government and the voluntary sector; urges the Executive to accept responsibility for community care,  and invites it to provide real leadership, and the necessary funding, to enable successful joint working in this field.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 28, Against 79, Abstentions 1).

Mary Scanlon moved amendment S1M-868.2 to motion S1M-868—

Leave out from “commends” to end and insert—

“notes that the Scottish Executive’s approach to community care has resulted in a 40% increase in blocked beds in acute hospitals since 1997, to a total of 2,400 in the latest delayed discharge census, and that this costs the NHS in Scotland up to £96 million per year compared with the cost of nursing home places; further notes that many local authorities across Scotland  have been forced to reduce services and increase costs for community care clients as a direct result of the Executive’s latest local government financial settlement; further notes that many nursing and residential homes are facing severe financial pressure, due to decisions by councils to freeze fees for social work funded places despite cost increases; calls upon the Scottish Executive to unify health and social work budgets within Community Health Trusts involving NHS community services, social work services, the voluntary sector and the private sector; and believes that NHS resources wasted on blocked beds should be transferred to Health Trusts in order to provide more community care places and to deliver seamless and more effective community care services for clients.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 16, Against 89, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 63, Against 16, Abstentions 28).

2.      Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-864—That the Parliament agrees—
 
(a) as an addition to the Business Motion agreed on 11 May 2000—

Thursday 18 May 2000

after “Stage 1 Debate on the Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) Amendment (Scotland) Bill” insert—

followed by                   Executive Motion on Learning & Skills Bill – UK Legislation”

(b)  the following programme of business—

Wednesday 24 May 2000

9.30 am                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Non Executive Business – Scottish National Party

2.30 pm                        Ministerial Statement
           
3.00 pm                        Stage 1 Debate – National Parks (Scotland) Bill

followed by                    Financial Resolution on the National Parks (Scotland) Bill

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business – debate on the subject of S1M-724 Johann Lamont: Jobs and Training in the Construction Industry

Thursday 25 May 2000

9.30 am                        Executive Debate on Race Relations – UK Legislation

10.15 am                       Executive Debate on Rural Scotland – A New Approach

followed by                    Business Motion

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm                        Stage 1 Debate on the Education and Training (Scotland) Bill

followed by                    Financial Resolution on the Education and Training (Scotland) Bill

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business – debate on the subject of S1M-653 Mr Duncan Hamilton: Dyspraxia

Thursday 1 June 2000

9.30 am                        Ministerial Statement

10.00 am                       Committee Business

followed by                    Business Motion

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm                        Executive Business

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business – debate on the subject of S1M-822 Mr Keith Harding: Bell Baxter High School in Cupar

and (c) that Stage 1 of the Education and Training (Scotland) Bill be completed by 25 May 2000.

The motion was agreed to.

3.      Question Time: Questions were answered by the Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice and other Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

4.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Children and Education made a statement on the regulation of early education and childcare.

5.      Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) Amendment (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: Tavish Scott moved S1M-852—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) Amendment (Scotland) Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (DT).

6.      Learning and Skills Bill – UK legislation: The Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning moved S1M-810—That the Parliament agrees that the regulation-making powers relating to Scotland in respect of learning accounts in the Learning and Skills Bill should be devolved to the Scottish Ministers.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (DT).

7.      Suspension of Standing Orders: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-865—That the Parliament agrees that Rule 5.6.1(c) of the Standing Orders be suspended for the duration of the Meeting of the Parliament on Thursday 1 June 2000.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8.      Designation of Committee: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-866—That the Parliament agrees that the Finance Committee considers the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill and reports on the provisions referred to in Rule 9.12.2 and 9.12.3 and that Rule 9.12.5 and Rule 9.12.6 of the Standing Orders be suspended for the purpose of the Parliament’s consideration of the Bill.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9.      Approval of SSI: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-867—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications and Deemed Applications) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2000 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).
           
10.    Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 as noted above.

11.    Slopping Out in Scottish Prisons: The Parliament debated S1M-704 in the name of Dorothy Grace-Elder—That the Parliament agrees that urgent action must be taken in the 21st century to end “slopping out” at affected Scottish prisons, particularly Barlinnie Prison, Glasgow which is 90% without basic sanitation; acknowledges that Barlinnie cannot start its third century with this stomach churning and degrading practice continuing and that the practice of emptying chamber pots around five times a day is not only inhumane for prisoners but for also for staff who supervise and who deplore the practice; notes that Barlinnie’s high international status as an innovative prison and its excellent rehabilitation work is impaired seriously by the time consumed by slopping out, with around 400 staff hours a day wasted away from essential rehabilitation work with prisoners due to the security need to be on duty at sluice rooms, and urges that the money removed from the Scottish Prison Service budget for the Drugs Enforcement Agency must not result in any delay to plans to end slopping out as

The meeting closed at 5.41 pm.

No. 3 Wednesday 24 May 2000

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Time for Reflection: The text for Time for Reflection, as submitted by Captain Christopher Connelly of the Salvation Army, was read by the Presiding Officer.

2.      Mike Tyson: Roseanna Cunningham moved S1M-890—That the Parliament notes the decision of the Home Secretary to grant a visa for Mike Tyson to enter the United Kingdom; is concerned that his decision was taken without any genuine consultation with members of the Scottish Parliament, Scottish Executive or relevant womens’ groups; further notes that Mike Tyson has at no time expressed public remorse for the crimes of violence for which he has been convicted, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to ensure by whatever means possible, and if necessary by arranging for a judicial review to be sought, that the boxing match scheduled for 24 June 2000 at Hampden Stadium does not go ahead.

David McLetchie moved amendment S1M-890.1 to motion S1M-890—

Leave out from first “notes” to end and insert—

“regrets the determination of the SNP to promote an agenda designed to wreck rather than address the issues for which the Parliament is responsible; recognises and supports the current constitutional settlement, which was endorsed by a referendum of the Scottish people and which leaves immigration policy in the hands of the Home Secretary, and accordingly notes that the Home Secretary is the proper person to take the decision on whether Mike Tyson should be allowed into this country.”

The Deputy Minister for Justice moved amendment S1M-890.1.1 to amendment S1M-890.1—

Insert at end—

“and, whilst recognising the widespread concerns, in this Parliament and elsewhere, about the proposed visit, believes that this Parliament should use its time to discuss and to take decisions on matters within its competence and so help to build a Scotland true to the values of fairness, equality and justice, and supports the work of the Scottish Executive in tackling domestic abuse and supporting its victims, in particular in developing effective intervention and service provision to prevent male violence against women and their children.”

After debate, amendment S1M-890.1.1 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 78, Against 1, Abstentions 34).

Amendment S1M-890.1, as amended, was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 77, Against 35, Abstentions 0).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 79, Against 34, Abstentions 1).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament regrets the determination of the SNP to promote an agenda designed to wreck rather than address the issues for which the Parliament is responsible; recognises and supports the current constitutional settlement, which was endorsed by a referendum of the Scottish people and which leaves immigration policy in the hands of the Home Secretary, and accordingly notes that the Home Secretary is the proper person to take the decision on whether Mike Tyson should be allowed into this country and, whilst recognising the widespread concerns, in this Parliament and elsewhere, about the proposed visit, believes that this Parliament should use its time to discuss and to take decisions on matters within its competence and so help to build a Scotland true to the values of fairness, equality and justice, and supports the work of the Scottish Executive in tackling domestic abuse and supporting its victims, in particular in developing effective intervention and service provision to prevent male violence against women and their children.

3.      Scottish Heart Transplant Unit: Kay Ullrich moved S1M-888—That the Parliament agrees that Scotland urgently needs a fully-functioning and well maintained and staffed heart transplant unit.

The Minister for Health and Community Care moved amendment S1M-888.1 to motion S1M-888—

Leave out from “agrees” to end and insert—

“welcomes the arrangements which are being put in place to secure the long-term future of heart transplantation service in Scotland; notes the efforts being made to minimise the effect of change on patients; welcomes the commitment of staff at the North Glasgow University Hospitals NHS Trust to continue with high quality support, assessment and follow-up of transplant patients in the interim period; notes the effective co-operation with the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle and arrangements for transplant patients, and notes the importance of patients and the public being reassured that interim arrangements are in place and that steps are being taken for the long-term.” 

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 77, Against 2, Abstentions 33).

The motion as amended was then agreed to (DT).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament welcomes the arrangements which are being put in place to secure the long-term future of heart transplantation service in Scotland; notes the efforts being made to minimise the effect of change on patients; welcomes the commitment of staff at the North Glasgow University Hospitals NHS Trust to continue with high quality support, assessment and follow-up of transplant patients in the interim period; notes the effective co-operation with the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle and arrangements for transplant patients, and notes the importance of patients and the public being reassured that interim arrangements are in place and that steps are being taken for the long-term.

4.      Ministerial Statement: The Deputy Minister for Rural Affairs made a statement on Infectious Salmon Anaemia.

5.      National Parks (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning moved S1M-770—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the National Parks (Scotland) Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (DT).

6.      National Parks (Scotland) Bill – Financial Resolution: The Minister for Finance moved S1M-716—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the National Parks (Scotland) Bill, agrees to—

(a) the expenditure out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund of the expenses of the Scottish Ministers in consequence of the Act, and  
         
(b) payments by National Park authorities to the Scottish Ministers.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7.      Motion without Notice: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved that S1M-906 be taken without notice.

The motion was agreed to.

8.      Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-906—That the Parliament agrees that, as a revision to the Business Programme agreed on 18 May 2000, the Scottish Executive Debate on Race Relations – UK Legislation, scheduled for Thursday 25 May, should be extended to conclude at 10.30 am.

The motion was agreed to.

9.      Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 3, 5 and 6 as noted above.

10.    Jobs and Training in the Construction Industry: The Parliament debated S1M-724 in the name of Johann Lamont—That the Parliament notes the increasing opportunities for construction work in Pollok, Glasgow and in Scotland as a whole; believes that the construction industry, working along with the construction unions and Construction Industry Training Board, should provide real training and apprenticeships for young men and women, work to improve safety and regulation in the construction industry and ensure, in conjunction with the Executive, local authorities, Social Inclusion Partnerships and other agencies, that those most excluded in society by poverty and disadvantage are provided with the opportunities to benefit from the jobs created by the boom in the construction industry, and further believes that the Executive should do everything within its power to support these aims.

The meeting closed at 5.43 pm.

No. 4 Thursday 25 May 2000

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Race Relations (Amendment) Bill – UK Legislation: The Deputy Minister for Communities moved S1M-887—That the Parliament agrees the principles contained in the provisions of the Race Relations (Amendment) Bill including the power to impose duties on public authorities so far as those provisions relate to matters within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament or confer functions on the Scottish Ministers.

Michael Matheson moved amendment S1M-887.1 to motion S1M-887—

Insert at end—

“but regrets that discrimination on the grounds of nationality or ethnicity will not be unlawful where it is done by Ministerial authorisation or by officials acting within immigration laws or rules.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 28, Against 78, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

2.      Rural Scotland: A New Approach: The Minister for Rural Affairs moved S1M-896—That the Parliament welcomes the publication by the Scottish Executive of the document Rural Scotland: A New Approach; notes the progress which the Executive has already made in placing rural Scots in the mainstream of its policies and activities, and endorses the vision for rural Scotland presented in the document and the approach which will be taken, working together with others, to put and keep rural Scotland at the heart of Scotland’s future.

Alasdair Morgan moved amendment S1M-896.2 to motion S1M-896—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“notes the publication by the Scottish Executive of Rural Scotland: A New Approach; recognises the need to place rural Scots in the mainstream of its policies and activities, but regrets that the retention of many powers at Westminster undermines the ability of the Scottish Executive to be fully effective in dealing with the affairs of rural Scotland.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 28, Against 78, Abstentions 0).

Alex Johnstone moved amendment S1M-896.1 to motion S1M-896—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“notes the publication by the Scottish Executive of the document Rural Scotland: A New Approach; further notes the lack of progress which the Executive has made in placing rural Scots in the mainstream of its policies and activities, and calls upon the Executive to acknowledge that Scotland’s rural economy was in the past, and must continue to be in the future, based on its primary industries.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 15, Against 64, Abstentions 27).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 92, Against 0, Abstentions 15).

3.      Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-904—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—
 
Thursday 1 June 2000

9.30 am                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Ministerial Statement

followed by                    Committee Business - Rural Affairs Committee Debate on Borders Rail Link

12.00 pm                       Business Motion

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-822 Mr Keith Harding:  Bell Baxter High School in Cupar

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm                        Executive Business

followed by                    Executive Motion on Insolvency Bill

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

Wednesday 7 June 2000

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                    Stage 3 Debate on the Standards in Scotland’s Schools Bill

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business

Thursday 8 June 2000

9.30 am                        Ministerial Statement

10.00 am                       Executive Business

followed by                    Business Motion

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm                        Executive Debate on Learning Disability Review

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business

and (b) that Stage 2 of the Abolition of Poindings and Warrant Sales (Scotland) Bill be completed by 29 September 2000.

The motion was agreed to.

4.      Question Time: Questions were answered by the Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice and other Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

5.      Emergency Question: An emergency question on Caledonian MacBrayne was answered by the Minister for Transport and the Environment.

6.      Education and Training (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning moved S1M-876—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Education and Training (Scotland) Bill. 

After debate, the motion was agreed to (DT).

7.      Education and Training (Scotland) Bill – Financial Resolution: The Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning moved S1M-861—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Education and Training (Scotland) Bill, agrees to the expenditure payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund of the expenses of the Scottish Ministers in consequence of the Act.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8.      Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2, 6 and 7 as noted above.

9.      Dyspraxia: The Parliament debated S1M-653 in the name of Mr Duncan Hamilton—That the Parliament notes the establishment of the first paid development worker within the field of dyspraxia in the UK, to be based in the Highlands and Islands; notes that the condition is estimated to affect up to ten per cent of the population; recognises that dyspraxia is often overlooked by GPs and is unknown to many in the teaching profession, and believes that greater recognition should be given to the condition by education and health professionals and that dyspraxia should be included in the current regime of pre-school screening.

The meeting closed at 5.40 pm.

No. 5 Thursday 1 June 2000

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Time for Reflection: Captain Christopher Connelly, Salvation Army, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Finance made a statement on civic participation.

3.      Borders Rail Link: Alex Johnstone, on behalf of the Rural Affairs Committee, moved S1M-922—That the Parliament recognises and endorses the case for the establishment of a railway linking the Scottish Borders to the national network at Edinburgh and Carlisle and urges the Scottish Executive to consult with the Strategic Rail Authority and others to facilitate its establishment.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (DT).

4.      Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-923—That the Parliament agrees—
 
Wednesday 7 June 2000

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                    Stage 3 Debate on the Standards in Scotland’s Schools Bill

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business – Debate on the subject of S1M-787 Ms Margo MacDonald: Standard Life Mutuality

Thursday 8 June 2000

9.30 am                        Ministerial Statement

followed by                    Committee Business – Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee Debate on Local Economic Development Services in Scotland

12.00 pm                       Ministerial Statement

followed by                    Business Motion

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm                        Debate on Learning Disability Review

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business -Debate on the subject of S1M-908 Elaine Thomson: Women’s Pay – 30 Years on from the Equal Pay Act

Wednesday 14 June 2000

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Ministerial Statement

followed by                    Stage 1 Debate on the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Bill

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business

Thursday 15 June 2000

9.30 am                        Non-Executive Business – Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

12.15 pm                       Ministerial Statement

followed by                    Business Motion

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        Open Question Time

3.30 pm                        Debate on Early Education and Childcare

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

5.      Bell Baxter High School in Cupar: The Parliament debated S1M-822 in the name of Mr Keith Harding—That the Parliament notes that Bell Baxter High School in Cupar, Fife has operated on a split-site for the past 40 years, that pupils must walk along busy roads between both sites to attend classes with a loss of teaching time, and that Fife Council’s capital programme for the school will take four years to implement and will nevertheless omit the refurbishment of the swimming pool and gymnasium and the provision of community facilities, and believes that the Scottish Executive should review the situation as a matter of urgency in order to determine whether it is able to assist Fife Council to resolve this problem at the earliest opportunity.

6.      Question Time: Questions were answered by the Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice and other Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

7.      Tackling Rough Sleeping in Glasgow and Across Scotland: The Minister for Communities moved S1M-921—That the Parliament welcomes the commitment of the Scottish Executive to achieving its aim that no one in Scotland should have to sleep rough by the end of this session of the Parliament; recognises the allocation of funds through the Rough Sleepers Initiative to projects which address the complex needs of rough sleepers including health needs, and notes the progress of the high level review team in carrying out a strategic review of current measures to tackle the problems of street homelessness in Glasgow and across Scotland.

Fiona Hyslop moved amendment S1M-921.1 to motion S1M-921—

Leave out from “welcomes” to “recognises” and insert—

“notes the commitment of the Scottish Executive to achieving its aim that no-one should have to sleep rough by the end of this session of the Parliament; notes that this commitment has been moved back from an original deadline of 2002, and believes that the challenge funding nature of the Rough Sleepers Initiative aligned with a general fall in housing resources is hindering the ability of the Executive to meet its target of ending rough sleeping; however recognises.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 42, Against 63, Abstentions 0).

Bill Aitken moved amendment S1M-921.2 to motion S1M-921—

Insert at end—

“and also recognises that concrete proposals are now essential to ensure that the commitments of the Executive are achieved, that these proposals must include provision for support to rough sleepers to enable them to obtain, and in turn to maintain, short and medium term tenancies with a view to enabling them to return to mainstream housing in the shortest possible time, and that such support should ensure that the needs of homeless people with drug, alcohol or mental health problems are met.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 41, Against 63, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

8.      Insolvency Bill – UK Legislation: The Deputy Minister for Justice moved S1M-889—That the Parliament endorses the principle of including in the Insolvency Bill a power for the Secretary of State, with the consent of the Scottish Ministers, to make regulations to implement the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law model law on cross-border insolvency and agrees that the relevant provisions to achieve this end in the Bill should be considered by the UK Parliament.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9.      Designation of Lead Committee: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-926—That the Parliament agrees the following designation of lead committee—

the Finance Committee to consider The Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 4) Order 2000.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10.    Approval of SSI: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-925—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Census (Scotland) Amendment Order 2000, to the extent that it relates to the particulars printed in italics in article 2 (3), be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

11.    Approval of SSI: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-924—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation) Order 2000 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

12.    Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 3, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 as noted above.

The meeting closed at 5.07 pm.

No. 6 Wednesday 7 June 2000

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: The Very Reverend Graham Forbes, Provost of St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Decision Time: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-967—That the Parliament agrees that under Rule 11.2.4 of the Standing Orders, Decision Time of the Meeting of the Parliament on Thursday 22 June 2000 should begin at 5.30 pm.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

3.      Suspension of Standing Orders: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-968—That the Parliament agrees that Rule 5.6.1(c) of the Standing Orders be suspended for the duration of the Meeting of the Parliament on Thursday 22 June 2000.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

4.      Membership of Committee: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-974—That the Parliament agrees that Des McNulty be appointed to the Rural Affairs Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

5.      Standards in Scotland’s Schools etc. Bill – Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-965—That the Parliament agrees that the time for consideration of Stage 3 of the Standards in Scotland’s Schools etc. Bill be allotted as follows, so that debate on each part of the proceedings, if not previously brought to a conclusion, shall be brought to a conclusion on the expiry of the specified period (calculated from the time when Stage 3 begins)—

Section 1 to section 9 - up to 40 minutes
Section 10 to section 12 - up to 55 minutes
Section 12A to section 19 - up to 1 hour 15 minutes
Section 20 to section 40 - up to 1 hour 45 minutes
Remainder of the Bill - up to 2 hours 5 minutes
Motion to pass the Bill – no later than 2 hours 30 minutes

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting was adjourned from 3.07 pm to 3.30 pm.

6.      Standards in Scotland’s Schools etc. Bill – Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to (without division): 1, 19, 20, 2, 3, 27, 4, 5, 6, 40, 7, 8, 9, 10.

The following amendments were agreed to (by division)—

13          (For 92, Against 16, Abstentions 0)
22          (For 99, Against 16, Abstentions 0)

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

11          (For 28, Against 83, Abstentions 0)
17          (For 33, Against 79, Abstentions 0)
26          (For 45, Against 69, Abstentions 1)
29          (For 16, Against 64, Abstentions 25)
31          (For 15, Against 68, Abstentions 29)
33          (For 50, Against 65, Abstentions 0)
34          (For 36, Against 62, Abstentions 17)
41          (For 44, Against 70, Abstentions 0)
42          (For 33, Against 82, Abstentions 1)
43          (For 17, Against 100, Abstentions 0)
44          (For 36, Against 77, Abstentions 1)

In amendment 25, it was agreed to leave out <shall issue, and may at any time revise,> in line 3 and insert <may issue>. The amendment was then agreed to (without division).

Other amendments were not moved.

7.      Standards in Scotland’s etc. Schools Bill – Stage 3: The Minister for Children and Education moved S1M-877—That the Parliament agrees that the Standards in Scotland’s Schools etc. Bill be passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (DT) by division: For 100, Against 16, Abstentions 0).

8.      Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 3, 4 and 7 as noted above.

9.      Standard Life Mutuality: The Parliament debated S1M-787 in the name of Ms Margo MacDonald—That the Parliament expresses its support for Standard Life, the largest mutual insurance company in Europe and one of the most important financial institutions in Scotland; notes that mutuality allows Standard Life to focus its interests solely on the long term financial security of its members, and further expresses its dismay that this mutuality and success could be threatened by the actions of a few individuals or “carpet-baggers” seeking short-term, individual gain.

The meeting closed at 6.34 pm.

No. 7 Thursday 8 June 2000

The meeting opened at 9.31 am.

1.      Ministerial Statement: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice made a statement on diligence.

2.      Local Economic Development Services Inquiry: Mr John Swinney, on behalf of the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee, moved S1M-935—That the Parliament notes the 1st Report 2000 of the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee on local economic development services (SP Paper 109) and commends the conclusions to the Scottish Executive in the context of its current review of economic development structures.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (DT).

3.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Communities made a statement on local government best value and community planning.

4.      Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-970—That the Parliament agrees—
 
(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 14 June 2000

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Stage 1 Debate on Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Bill

followed by                    Financial Resolution in respect of Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Bill

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business – debate on the subject of S1M-659 Robert Brown: Housing Needs of Disabled People

Thursday 15 June 2000

9.30 am                        Non-Executive Business – Conservative Party

12.15 pm                       Ministerial Statement

followed by                    Business Motion

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm                        Executive Debate on Early Education and Childcare

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business – debate on the subject of S1M-894 Mr Duncan McNeil: Greenock Morton Football Club

Wednesday 21 June 2000

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                    Stage 3 Debate on the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc (Scotland) Bill

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business – debate on the subject of S1M-882 Roseanna Cunningham: Edinburgh Folk Festival

Thursday 22 June 2000

9.30 am                        Non-Executive Business – Scottish National Party

followed by                    Business Motion

followed by                    Executive Motion on Care Standards Bill – UK Legislation

followed by                    Members’ Business – debate on the subject of S1M-913 David McLetchie: Milestone House Hospice

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister’s Question Time

followed by                    Stage 1 Debate on the Bail, Judicial Appointments etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by                    Financial Resolution in respect of the Bail, Judicial Appointments etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.30 pm                        Decision Time

(b) that the Rural Affairs Committee reports to the Health and Community Care Committee by 23 June 2000 on the following—
 
the Animal Feedingstuffs from Belgium (Control) (Scotland) Revocation Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/158)
the Food (Animal Products from Belgium) (Emergency Control) (Scotland) Revocation Order (SSI 2000/159)

and (c) that Stage 2 of the National Parks (Scotland) Bill be completed by 20 June 2000

The motion was agreed to.

5.      Question Time: Questions were answered by the Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice and other Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

6.      Learning Disability Review: The Deputy Minister for Community Care moved S1M-966—That the Parliament notes that the report of the Learning Disability Review, The same as you ?, was issued on 11 May to a wide range of consultees; calls for the fullest possible debate on how its recommendations should be implemented and looks forward to a future where all relevant agencies work together with people with learning disabilities to ensure that they can live as full lives as possible in our communities.

Mr Duncan Hamilton moved amendment S1M-966.1 to motion S1M-966—

Leave out from “and” to end and insert—

“recognises the difficulties faced by local authorities as a result of underfunding; calls upon the Scottish Executive to press for a review of the social security and benefits systems to provide greater support to those with learning disabilities and welcomes the opportunity for inter-agency co-operation to ensure that those with learning disabilities are treated with equality and respect.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 30, Against 78, Abstentions  0).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

7.      Designation of Lead Committee: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-973—That the Parliament agrees that the Transport and the Environment Committee is designated as Lead Committee in consideration of the Transport (Scotland) Bill; other Committees will be the Local Government Committee and the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8.      Approval of SSI: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-972—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2000 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9.      Designation of Lead Committees: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-971—That the Parliament agrees the following designations of Lead Committees—

the Health and Community Care Committee to consider the Animal Feedingstuffs from Belgium (Control) (Scotland) Revocation Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/158)

the Health and Community Care Committee to consider the Food (Animal Products from Belgium) (Emergency Control) (Scotland) Revocation Order 2000 (SSI 2000/159).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10.    Suspension of Standing Orders: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-969—That the Parliament agrees that Rule 9.5.3 of the Standing Orders be suspended for the purposes of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Bill and the Bail and Judicial Appointments etc (Scotland) Bill.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

11.    Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 as noted above.

12.    Women’s Pay: The Parliament debated S1M-908 in the name of Elaine Thomson—That the Parliament notes with concern that 30 years after the introduction of the Equal Pay Act women earn only 73.3% of average male earnings; notes further that Aberdeen has the widest discrepancy between men and women’s earnings in Scotland, with women in Aberdeen earning only 64.2% of men’s earnings; believes that these figures clearly show that legislation in itself has failed to deliver parity in the labour market; believes that the Scottish Executive and its economic development agencies should pursue policies that would assist in the equalisation of pay between the genders, and asks the Scottish Executive, whilst pursuing the creation of a knowledge economy, to put in place adequate monitoring and evaluation to ensure that women will become equal players in the labour market.

The meeting closed at 5.39 pm.

No. 8 Wednesday 14 June 2000

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: The Reverend Iain Whyte, University Chaplain, The University of Edinburgh, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice moved S1M-983—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (DT).

3.      Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Bill – Financial Resolution: The Minister for Finance moved S1M-930—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Bill, agrees to the following expenditure out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund—

(a) the expenditure of the Scottish Ministers under the Act; and

(b) increases attributable to the Act in expenditure payable out of that Fund by or under any other Act.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

4.      Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2 and 3 as noted above.

5.      Housing Needs of Disabled People: The Parliament debated S1M-659 in the name of Robert Brown—That the Parliament notes with concern the chronic shortfall of provision to meet the housing needs of disabled people and the lack of adequate information on the extent both of need and of provision; welcomes the forthcoming establishment by the Centre for Independent Living of the Disabled Persons Housing Service (DPHS) in Glasgow and Renfrewshire following the pioneering work of the DPHS in Edinburgh; and believes that the Scottish Executive, local authorities and voluntary groups should make the concept of independent living a reality for all disabled people, in particular by including a disabled audit in the proposed single seller survey, setting needs-related targets for the achievement of more barrier free housing, reviewing the building regulations to move to the standard of “stayability”, encouraging fuller use for disabled people of housing with major disabled adaptations; supporting user-led DPHSs as equal partners in delivering these improvements and supporting adequate facilities and support for homeless

The meeting closed at 5.39 pm.

No. 9 Thursday 15 June 2000

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Announcements made by the Scottish Executive: Bill Aitken moved S1M-905—That the Parliament agrees that considerable confusion has been caused by a number of recent Scottish Executive announcements, particularly funding announcements; believes that the way funding announcements are made by the Scottish Executive has done little to further open government; notes that the Executive has allowed the same resources to be announced as “new funding” on more than one occasion, thus damaging public scrutiny, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to institute a new protocol for all public and press announcements in order that these make clear whether funding announced is additional resources or whether it is part of a previous funding package and, if it is, when and through what statement the funding was previously announced.

The Minister for Parliament moved amendment S1M-905.1 to motion S1M-905—

Leave out from “agrees” to end and insert—

“notes that the provision of information by the Scottish Executive about its policies, spending plans and public services is an essential part of open, participative Government; agrees that such provision of information needs to be carried out in a modern, professional, pro-active and impartial manner so as to engage all interested citizens, and notes that the Scottish Executive will continue to pursue these aims.” 

Michael Russell moved amendment S1M-905.2 to motion S1M-905—

Leave out from “a new protocol” to end and insert—

“and implement with immediate effect a policy for all Parliamentary, press and public announcements which is based upon the founding principles of this Parliament as defined by the Consultative Steering Group, that is to be accountable, accessible and open, and in particular to make absolutely clear in all such announcements whether policy innovations are new or repeated, whether funding announcements are allocations or distributions and from what budget in what year these sums will come.”

After debate, amendment S1M-905.1 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 63, Against 51, Abstentions 0). As a result, amendment S1M-905.2 was pre-empted.

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 49, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament notes that the provision of information by the Scottish Executive about its policies, spending plans and public services is an essential part of open, participative Government; agrees that such provision of information needs to be carried out in a modern, professional, pro-active and impartial manner so as to engage all interested citizens, and notes that the Scottish Executive will continue to pursue these aims.

2.      Crime and Punishment: Phil Gallie moved S1M-1008—That the Parliament notes that public confidence in the criminal justice system is at an all time low due to the Scottish Executive’s failure to take effective steps to curb rising crime; recognises the frustration and anxiety felt by the victims of crime and the wider Scottish public arising from early prisoner release and asks the Scottish Executive to restore honesty in sentencing by ending automatic remission; further notes with concern the proposals to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 8 to 12 and to bring 16 and 17 year old offenders within the Children’s Hearings System; calls upon the Executive to reject the proposals and demands that the Executive brings forward its proposals to strengthen the law in relation to the seizure and confiscation of assets suspected of being derived from drug dealing.

The Deputy Minister for Justice moved S1M-1008.1 to motion S1M-1008—

Leave out from first “notes” to end and insert—

“continues to support the Executive’s policies on law and order and commends the priorities identified in the Programme for Government being taken forward by the Executive, including combating drug misuse as set out in the Drugs Action Plan Protecting our Future and through the creation of the Scottish Drugs Enforcement Agency which will fund an additional 100 officers in local forces, tackling youth crime, particularly persistent offenders, as set out in the Report It’s a Criminal Waste: Stop Youth Crime Now and the Executive’s response, helping witnesses by extending a volunteer Witness Service to all Sheriff Courts, and the injection of an additional £8.9 million for the police which is sufficient for forces to recruit a further 300 extra officers.”

Roseanna Cunningham moved amendment S1M-1008.2 to motion S1M-1008—

Leave out from first “notes” to end and insert—

“recognises that issues of crime and punishment are complex; contends that to ensure public confidence a criminal justice system requires to be effective, which in turn depends on adequate resourcing at every level; further recognises that there is some identifiable concern amongst the public about both current sentencing patterns and the effectiveness of detention; welcomes the fact that Scotland has human rights responsibilities as a result of the incorporation of the European Convention on Human Rights; and calls upon the Scottish Executive to consider the establishment of an accurate review of public attitudes to sentencing and detention which would inform both the judiciary and the Scottish Prison Service and further to address urgently the current under-resourcing of all parts of the criminal justice system in Scotland.” 

After debate, amendment S1M-1008.1 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 63, Against 20, Abstentions 31). As a result, amendment S1M-1008.2 was pre-empted.

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 20, Abstentions 30).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament continues to support the Executive’s policies on law and order and commends the priorities identified in the Programme for Government being taken forward by the Executive, including combating drug misuse as set out in the Drugs Action Plan Protecting our Future and through the creation of the Scottish Drugs Enforcement Agency which will fund an additional 100 officers in local forces, tackling youth crime, particularly persistent offenders, as set out in the Report It’s a Criminal Waste: Stop Youth Crime Now and the Executive’s response, helping witnesses by extending a volunteer Witness Service to all Sheriff Courts, and the injection of an additional £8.9 million for the police which is sufficient for forces to recruit a further 300 extra officers”.

3.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Transport and the Environment made a statement on the water industry

4.      Business Motion: Iain Smith, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1006—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 21 June 2000

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                    Stage 3 Debate on the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc (Scotland) Bill

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business – debate on the subject of S1M-882 Roseanna Cunningham: Edinburgh Folk Festival

Thursday 22 June 2000

9.30 am                        Non-Executive Business – Scottish National Party

followed by                    Business Motion

followed by                    Executive Motion on Care Standards Bill – UK Legislation

followed by                    Members’ Business – debate on the subject of S1M-913 David McLetchie: Milestone House Hospice

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister’s Question Time

followed by                    Stage 1 Debate on the Bail and Judicial Appointments etc (Scotland) Bill

followed by                    Financial Resolution in respect of the Bail and Judicial Appointments etc (Scotland) Bill

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.30 pm                        Decision Time

Wednesday 28 June 2000

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Committee Business – Finance Committee Debate

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business

Thursday 29 June 2000

9.30 am                        Ministerial Statement

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                    Stage 3 Debate on the Education and Training (Scotland) Bill                         

followed by                    Business Motion

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm                        Executive Debate on Forward Strategy for Scottish Agriculture

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

5.      Question Time: Questions were answered by the Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice and other Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

6.      Early Education and Childcare: The Minister for Children and Education moved S1M-1007—That the Parliament supports the progress that the Executive has made towards the twin goals of free pre-school education and affordable, accessible, quality childcare in every locality and welcomes the additional resources allocated to local authorities and other bodies in order to make further progress with these objectives.

Nicola Sturgeon moved amendment S1M-1007.1 to motion S1M-1007—

Leave out from “supports” to end and insert—

“congratulates local authorities and childcare partnerships on the progress made by them in providing more nursery places to three and four year olds and increasing provision of affordable, accessible, quality childcare in every locality; welcomes the resources already allocated for the furtherance of these objectives: and calls upon the Scottish Executive to ensure that its future policies and spending plans will enable local authorities to make continued progress towards the achievement of universal access to free pre-school education and affordable, accessible, quality childcare.” 

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 51, Against 63, Abstentions 0).

Mr Brian Monteith moved amendment S1M-1007.2 to motion S1M-1007—

Insert at end—

"; recognises that this progress has built upon the achievements of the last UK Conservative Government in increasing demand for high quality pre-school education and childcare and in increasing choice for parents through the nursery voucher scheme and looks forward to the reintroduction of vouchers as a means to further extend provision of childcare and increase choice for parents.” 

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 20, Against 90, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

7.      Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2 and 6 as noted above.

8.      Greenock Morton Football Club: The Parliament debated S1M-894 in the name of Mr Duncan McNeil—That the Parliament recognises that football plays an important part in our social culture and sporting life; recognises the important contribution made by local football clubs to the communities in which they are based; expresses concern over recent reports of developments at Greenock Morton Football Club; acknowledges that to lose a community asset such as Greenock Morton would be detrimental, not only to its supporters, but also to the community as a whole, and recognises that proposals such as community ownership and increased rights for supporters in the running of their teams offer the best opportunity for securing the long-term future of local clubs and promoting links between them and the communities they serve.  

9.      Motion without Notice: Trish Godman moved that under Rule 8.14.3 the debated be extended for up to 30 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 5.53 pm.

No. 10 Wednesday 21 June 2000

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Reverend David Anderson, Evangelical Alliance, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1029—That the Parliament agrees that the order in which the amendments to the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Bill be disposed of at Stage 3 of the Bill be altered so that the amendments to each schedule are considered immediately after the amendments to the section which introduces it.

The motion was agreed to.

3.      Decision Time: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1030—That the Parliament agrees that under Rule 11.2.4 of the Standing Orders, Decision Time of the Meeting of the Parliament on Wednesday 21 June should begin at 7.05 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

4.      Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1036—That the Parliament agrees that the time for consideration of Stage 3 of the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Bill be allotted as follows, so that debate on each part of the proceedings, if not previously brought to a conclusion, shall be brought to a conclusion on the expiry of the specified period (calculated from the time when Stage 3 begins)—

Section 1 to section 22 – up to 2 hours
Schedule 3 to after section 24 – up to 3 hours
Remainder of the Bill – up to 4 hours
Motion to pass the Bill – no later than 4 hours 30 minutes.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (by division: For 63, Against 47, Abstentions 0).

5.      Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to (without division): 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 88, 10, 75, 76, 77, 78, 11, 13, 12, 14, 15, 79, 80, 81, 16, 17, 82, 83, 18, 26, 34, 19, 20, 21, 22.

The following amendments were agreed to (by division)—

9            (For 79, Against 34, Abstentions 0)
23          (For 63, Against 49, Abstentions 0)
24          (For 63, Against 50, Abstentions 0)
25          (For 65, Against 50, Abstentions 0)
27          (For 64, Against 50, Abstentions 0)
28          (For 80, Against 36, Abstentions 0)
29          (For 66, Against 51, Abstentions 0)
30          (For 66, Against 51, Abstentions 0)
31          (For 64, Against 51, Abstentions 0)
32          (For 80, Against 36, Abstentions 0)
33          (For 66, Against 49, Abstentions 0)
35          (For 63, Against 48, Abstentions 0)
36          (For 77, Against 35, Abstentions 0)
37          (For 62, Against 51, Abstentions 0)
38          (For 79, Against 36, Abstentions 0)
39          (For 64, Against 53, Abstentions 0)
40          (For 66, Against 52, Abstentions 0)
41          (For 62, Against 50, Abstentions 0)
42          (For 75, Against 30, Abstentions 0)
43          (For 67, Against 51, Abstentions 0)
44          (For 65, Against 51, Abstentions 0)
45          (For 83, Against 35, Abstentions 0)
46          (For 66, Against 52, Abstentions 0)
47          (For 83, Against 35, Abstentions 0)
48-74    (For 66, Against 36, Abstentions 13)
84          (For 106, Against 2, Abstentions 11)
85          (For 105, Against 1, Abstentions 11)

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

87          (For 34, Against 77, Abstentions 0)
89          (For 20, Against 100, Abstentions 0)

6.      Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Minister for Communities moved S1M-786—That the Parliament agrees that the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Bill be passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 99, Against 17, Abstentions 2).

7.      Motion without Notice: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved that a motion without notice be taken under Rule 8.2.6.

The motion was agreed to.

8.      Decision Time: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved that under Rule 11.2.4, Decision Time be taken at 6.23 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

9.      Decision Time: The Parliament took a decision on item 6 as noted above.

10.    Edinburgh Folk Festival: The Parliament debated S1M-882 in the name of Roseanna Cunningham—That the Parliament notes with concern the demise of the Edinburgh Folk Festival as a result of lack of financial backing; further notes that during a meeting attended in April by musicians, former festival volunteers, members of the Adult Learning Project’s Scots Music Group, members of Edinburgh Folk Club, the Wee Folk Club, Scottish Traditions of Dance Trust and others, concern was expressed about a perceived lack of political support for the traditional arts, and asks the Executive to recognise and encourage the important role of the traditional arts in its forthcoming National Cultural Strategy.

The meeting closed at 7.01 pm.

No. 11 Thursday 22 June 2000

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      McCrone Report: Nicola Sturgeon moved S1M-1027—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to publish its response to the report of the McCrone Committee of Inquiry into the Professional Conditions of Service for Teachers and to confirm what additional resources it will make available to local authorities to fund the committee’s recommendations.

The Deputy Minister for Children and Education moved amendment S1M-1027.1 to motion S1M-1027—

Leave out from “calls upon” to end and insert—

“welcomes the Executive’s approach to establish genuine consultation and partnership through constructive dialogue and mature consideration of the recommendations of the McCrone Report, and calls upon the Executive to maintain its progress towards the objective of securing a modern and flexible mechanism for determining the professional conditions of service for teachers in Scotland’s schools as a critical determinant in establishing a world class reputation for the Scottish education system.” 

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 77, Against 33, Abstentions 0).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 74, Against 2, Abstentions 31).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament welcomes the Executive’s approach to establish genuine consultation and partnership through constructive dialogue and mature consideration of the recommendations of the McCrone Report, and calls upon the Executive to maintain its progress towards the objective of securing a modern and flexible mechanism for determining the professional conditions of service for teachers in Scotland’s schools as a critical determinant in establishing a world class reputation for the Scottish education system.

2.      Petrol and Diesel Prices: Mr Kenny MacAskill moved S1M-1026—That the Parliament notes that since 1997 petrol and diesel prices have risen in excess of 25%; further notes that Scottish public services are being forced to operate under ever increasing financial constraints; recognises that the increased cost of fuel is a burden which must be carried not just by motorists, but which falls on all Scottish citizens through rising fuel costs to the public sector; believes that it is unacceptable that money should be diverted from over-stretched Scottish public service budgets to the Treasury in Westminster, and therefore calls upon the Scottish Executive to consider extending the fuel duty rebate and to examine the possibility of extending the availability of rebated fuel across Scotland’s public services in order to ensure that money spent on Scottish services is spent here rather than being returned to London.

The Deputy Minister for Highlands & Islands and Gaelic moved amendment S1M-1026.2 to motion S1M-1026—

Leave out from first “notes” to end and insert—

“recognises concern about the impact of fuel prices especially in rural, highland and islands areas where public transport alternatives are more difficult to provide; recognises that fuel duty is a reserved matter; welcomes the investigation by the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee into the bulk purchase of fuel for remote areas; welcomes the progress made by the Scottish Executive in implementing a comprehensive integrated transport strategy and investing in public transport projects across Scotland; in particular notes support for rural public transport services and the network for petrol stations in rural Scotland, as well as measures to sustain lifeline air and ferry links, including the Highlands and Islands; and further notes that the current budget for the fuel duty rebate would have no impact on Treasury receipts but would be a cost to the current budget for Scottish public services.”

Mr Murray Tosh moved amendment S1M-1026.1 to motion S1M-1026—

Leave out from “through rising” to end and insert—

“and calls upon the Scottish Executive to make representations to Her Majesty’s Government with a view to ensuring that fuel prices in Scotland are kept broadly in line with those of neighbouring countries and that prices in remoter areas are brought into line with those in other areas of Scotland.”

After debate, amendment S1M-1026.2 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 45, Abstentions 0). As a result, amendment S1M-1026.1 was pre-empted.

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 65, Against 45, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament recognises concern about the impact of fuel prices especially in rural, highland and islands areas where public transport alternatives are more difficult to provide; recognises that fuel duty is a reserved matter; welcomes the investigation by the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee into the bulk purchase of fuel for remote areas; welcomes the progress made by the Scottish Executive in implementing a comprehensive integrated transport strategy and investing in public transport projects across Scotland; in particular notes support for rural public transport services and the network for petrol stations in rural Scotland, as well as measures to sustain lifeline air and ferry links, including the Highlands and Islands; and further notes that the current budget for the fuel duty rebate would have no impact on Treasury receipts but would be a cost to the current budget for Scottish public services.

3.      Ministerial Statement: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice made a statement on Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary’s interim findings into his inspection of the Scottish Criminal Records Office.

4.      Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1035—That the Parliament agrees—
 
(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 28 June 2000

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Committee Business – Finance Committee Debate

followed by                    Executive Motion on Written Agreements on Budgeting Process

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business – debate on the subject of S1M-380 Johann Lamont:  Cross Examination During Sexual Crimes Trials

Thursday 29 June 2000

9.30 am                        Ministerial Statement on the Framework for Economic Development in Scotland

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                    Stage 3 Debate on the Education and Training (Scotland) Bill                         

followed by                    Ministerial Statement on the Active Communities Initiative

followed by                    Business Motion

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm                        Executive Debate on Forward Strategy for Scottish Agriculture

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business – debate on the subject of S1M-999 Linda Fabiani: 999 Emergency Calls

Wednesday 5 July 2000

9.30 am                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                    Stage 3 Debate on the National Parks (Scotland) Bill

2.30 pm                        Executive Business

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business – debate on the subject of S1M-756 Allan Wilson: West Kilbride: Scotland’s Craft Town

Thursday 6 July 2000

9.30 am                       Ministerial Statement

followed by                    Executive Debate on Modernisation in the NHS

followed by                    Business Motion

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm                        Executive Business             

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business

(b) that the Equal Opportunities Committee reports to the Justice and Home Affairs Committee by 11 September 2000 on the Census (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/194) and that the Transport and Environment Committee reports to the Local Government Committee by 4 September 2000 on The Environmental Protection (Waste Recycling Payments) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/185);

and (c) that Stage 1 of the Transport (Scotland) Bill be completed by 14 September 2000.

The motion was agreed to.

5.      Care Standards Bill – UK Legislation: The Minister for Children and Education moved S1M-975—That the Parliament endorses the principle of a power to make an Order in Council to vary the functions of the Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work, a cross-border public authority, as set out in the Care Standards Bill and agrees that the relevant provision to achieve this end in the Bill should be considered by the UK Parliament. 

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6.      Milestone House Hospice: The Parliament debated S1M-913 in the name of David McLetchie—That the Parliament notes with concern the proposal to close Milestone House in Edinburgh, Scotland’s only hospice for AIDS sufferers, and urges the Scottish Executive to initiate discussions with Lothian Health Board, the City of Edinburgh Council and Waverley Care Trust with a view to devising a funding package which recognises that it is a national facility equipped to meet the needs of patients and their families

7.      Question Time: Questions were answered by the Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice and other Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

8.      Bail, Judicial Appointments etc. (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice moved S1M-984—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Bail, Judicial Appointments etc. (Scotland) Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (DT).

9.      Bail, Judicial Appointments etc. (Scotland) Bill – Financial Resolution: The Deputy Minister for Justice moved S1M-1024—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Bail, Judicial Appointments etc. (Scotland) Bill, agrees to the following expenditure—

(a) payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund, of sums required by the Scottish Ministers to pay remuneration and allowances to part-time sheriffs; and  

(b) charged on that Fund, of any increase attributable to the Act in expenditure charged on that Fund by any other Act.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10.    Designation of Lead Committee: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1031—That the Parliament agrees the following designation of Lead Committee—

the Local Government Committee to consider the Environmental Protection (Waste Recycling Payments) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/185).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

11.    Designation of Lead Committee: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1032—That the Parliament agrees the following designation of Lead Committee—

the Justice and Home Affairs Committee to consider the Census (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/194).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

12.    Approval of SSI: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1033—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 4) Order 2000 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

13.    Approval of SSI: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1034—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2000 (Amendment) Order 2000 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

14.    Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 as noted above.

The meeting closed at 5.36 pm.

No. 12 Wednesday 28 June 2000

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Father John Robinson, Catholic Church, Tweeddale, led Time for Reflection.

2.      2001-02 Budget Process: Mike Watson, on behalf of the Finance Committee, moved S1M-1057—That the Parliament notes the 11th Report 2000 of the Finance Committee, Stage 1 of the 2001-02 Budget Process and commends the recommendations to the Scottish Executive.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (DT).

3.      Written Agreements on the Form of Accounts and Powers of Direction: Andrew Welsh, on behalf of the Audit Committee, moved S1M-1054—That the Parliament notes Written Agreement between the Parliament and the Scottish Ministers on the Form of Accounts and Powers of Directions (SP Paper 158) and agrees its terms.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (DT).

4.      Written Agreements on Budgeting Process: Mike Watson, on behalf of the Finance Committee, moved S1M-1055—That the Parliament notes the two Written Agreements on the budgeting process between the Finance Committee and (a) the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body and (b) the Scottish Commission for Public Audit (SP Papers 156 and 157 respectively) and agrees their terms.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (DT).

5.      Written Agreements on Budgeting Process: Mike Watson, on behalf of the Finance Committee, moved S1M-1056—That the Parliament notes the three written agreements between the Parliament and the Scottish Ministers on the budgeting process (SP Paper 155) and agrees their terms.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (DT).

6.      Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 3, 4 and 5 as noted above.

7.      Cross Examination During Sexual Crimes Trials: The Parliament debated S1M-380 in the name of Johann Lamont—That the Parliament recognises the huge distress that can be caused to the victims of rape and other sexual crimes if accused persons are allowed to conduct their own defence and can cross examine victims, and urges the Scottish Executive to bring forward legislation as a matter of urgency which will bring the rights of victims in such cases into line with the new rights of victims in England and Wales.

The meeting closed at 5.34 pm.

No. 13 Thursday 29 June 2000

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning made a statement on the Framework for Economic Development in Scotland.

2.      Approval of SSI: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1060—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (Scotland) Order 2000 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

3.      Approval of SSIs: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1061—That the Parliament agrees that the following Orders be approved—

the draft Electricity Lands and Water Undertakings (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2000 and
the draft Docks and Harbours (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 2000.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

4.      Education and Training (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1065—That the Parliament agrees that for Stage 3 of the Education and Training (Scotland) Bill, debate on each part of the proceedings, if not previously brought to a conclusion, shall be brought to a conclusion at the following times—

Amendments - no later than 1 hour 30 minutes after Stage 3 begins
Motion to pass the Bill - no later than 2 hours after Stage 3 begins.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (by division: For 54, Against 41, Abstentions 0).

5.      Education and Training (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

2            (For 29, Against 70, Abstentions 0)
1            (For 37, Against 60, Abstentions 0)
3            (For 25, Against 66, Abstentions 0)
4            (For 39, Against 56, Abstentions 1)
5            (For 29, Against 66, Abstentions 0)

6.      Education and Training (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning moved S1M-956—That the Parliament agrees that the Education and Training (Scotland) Bill be passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (DT).

7.      Ministerial Statement: The Deputy Minister for Communities made a statement on the active communities initiative.

8.      Business Motion: Iain Smith, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1062—That the Parliament agrees—

Wednesday 5 July 2000

9.30 am                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                    Stage 3 Debate on the Bail, Judicial Appointments etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                    Stage 3 Debate on the National Parks (Scotland) Bill

2.30 pm                        Continuation of Morning’s Business

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business – debate on the subject of S1M-756 Allan Wilson: West Kilbride: Scotland’s Craft Town

Thursday 6 July 2000

9.30 am                        Ministerial Statement

followed by                    Executive Debate on Modernisation in the NHS

followed by                    Business Motion

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm                        Continuation of Executive Debate on Modernisation in the NHS

followed by                    Motion on Government Resources and Accounts Bill – UK Legislation

followed by                    Motion on Witness Expenses and Allowances Scheme

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business – debate on the subject of S1M-1009 George Lyon: University of Highlands and Islands

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

9.      Question Time: Questions were answered by the Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice and other Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

10.    Forward Strategy for Scottish Agriculture: The Minister for Rural Affairs moved S1M-1051—That the Parliament welcomes the steps being taken by the Scottish Executive to promote a wide-ranging and constructive debate on the development of a long-term strategy and plan of action for Scottish farming following the recent publication of the discussion document A Forward Strategy for Scottish Agriculture in order to secure a sustainable future for the agricultural industry as part of the social, economic and environmental fabric of rural Scotland.

Alasdair Morgan moved amendment S1M-1051.2 to motion S1M-1051—

Insert at end—

“but recognises that the re-negotiation of the Common Agricultural Policy will be a major factor affecting the future of Scottish agriculture and regrets that, under the current constitutional settlement, Scotland will not have its own voice in these negotiations.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 31, Against 78, Abstentions 0).

Alex Fergusson moved amendment S1M-1051.1 to motion S1M-1051—

Leave out from “the steps” to end and insert—

“steps being taken to secure a sustainable future for the agricultural industry as part of the social, economic and environmental fabric of rural Scotland; recognises agriculture as the main economic driver in rural Scotland; deplores the lack of urgency being shown by the Scottish Executive in addressing the short-term problems of Scotland’s farmers, and calls for a speedy conclusion to the series of consultations on an agricultural strategy so that action can be initiated to protect the future of the farming industry.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 21, Against 61, Abstentions 28).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

11.    Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 3, 6 and 10 as noted above.

12.    999 Emergency Calls: The Parliament debated S1M-999 in the name of Linda Fabiani—That the Parliament urges all members of the public who believe themselves to be in danger to contact the relevant emergency service by dialling 999 without hesitation; expresses concern that the recent campaign to minimise use of the 999 emergency call system may deter members of the public from contacting the emergency services on legitimate grounds; expresses its support for a full examination of the implications for the emergency services of the continuing expansion in forms of communication such as mobile telephones, and urges the Scottish Executive to initiate discussions with all interested parties to identify a means of responding to this challenge, in particular the setting up of a central call system which could connect callers to the local police station.

The meeting closed at 5.43 pm.

No. 14 Wednesday 5 July 2000

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Time for Reflection: The Reverend Dr Findlay A J Macdonald, Principal Clerk to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1084—That the Parliament agrees as an addition to the Business Motion agreed on 29 June 2000—

Thursday 6 July 2000

after ‘Executive Debate on Modernisation in the NHS’, insert—

followed by                    Debate on Motion on Government Resources and Accounts Bill – UK Legislation

and after ‘Continuation of Executive Debate on Modernisation in the NHS’, insert—

followed by                    Standards Committee Motion on Relationships with MSPs

followed by                    Motion on Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill – UK Legislation

and delete—

‘Motion on Government Resources and Accounts Bill – UK Legislation’

The motion was agreed to.

3.      Meeting of the Parliament: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1089—That the Parliament agrees under the Rule 2.2.7 that the meeting of Parliament on Wednesday 5 July 2000 shall continue to 1900.

The motion was agreed to.

4.      Decision Time: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1090—That the Parliament agrees under Rule 11.2.4 that Decision Time on Wednesday 5 July 2000 shall begin at 1830.

The motion was agreed to.

5.      Bail, Judicial Appointments etc. (Scotland) Bill and the National Parks (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1092—That the Parliament agrees that for Stage 3 of the Bail, Judicial Appointments etc. (Scotland) Bill and the National Parks (Scotland) Bill, debate on each part of the proceedings, if not previously brought to a conclusion, shall be brought to a conclusion at the following times (calculated from the time when Stage 3 of the Bail, Judicial Appointments etc. (Scotland) Bill begins)—

          Bail, Judicial Appointments etc. (Scotland) Bill—
          Group 1 to Group 4 - no later than 1 hour 15 minutes
          Group 5 - no later than 1 hour 45 minutes
          Group 6 to Group 10 - no later than 3 hours
          Motion to pass the Bill - no later than 3 hours 30 minutes

          National Parks (Scotland) Bill—
          Group 1 to Group 4 - no later than 4 hours 30 minutes
          Group 5 - no later than 5 hours 15 minutes
          Group 6 to Group 7 - no later than 6 hours
          Group 8 to Group 11 - no later than 7 hours
          Motion to pass the Bill - no later than 7 hours 30 minutes.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (by division: For 63, Against 28, Abstentions 14).

6.      Bail, Judicial Appointments etc. (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to (without division): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

          13          (For 16, Against 90, Abstentions 0)
          19          (For 42, Against 65, Abstentions 0)
          25          (For 16, Against 93, Abstentions 0)

The following amendments were moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn: 14, 16, 17, 27 and 28.

Other amendments were not moved.

7.      Bail, Judicial Appointments etc. (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice moved S1M-1079—That the Parliament agrees that the Bail, Judicial Appointments etc. (Scotland) Bill be passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (DT).

8.      National Parks (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to (without division): 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 30, 19, 33, 37, 40, 41, 42, 43, 45, 48, 53, 55, 59, 61, 62, 64, 66, 67, 68, 69 and 70.

The following amendment was agreed to (by division)—

          3            (For 98, Against 3, Abstentions 0)
                       
The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

          28          (For 38, Against 63, Abstentions 1)
          18          (For 17, Against 90, Abstentions 1)
          26          (For 31, Against 80, Abstentions 2)
          27          (For 18, Against 84, Abstentions 0)
                       
The following amendments were moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn: 21, 31 and 35.

Other amendments were not moved.

9.      National Parks (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Minister for Transport and the Environment moved S1M-957—That the Parliament agrees that the National Parks (Scotland) Bill be passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (DT).

10.    Motion without Notice: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved under Rule 11.2.4, that Decision Time be taken at 5.27 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

11.    Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 7 and 9 as noted above.

12.    West Kilbride: Scotland’s Craft Town: The Parliament debated S1M-756 in the name of Allan Wilson—That the Parliament welcomes the consultant’s report confirming the feasibility of establishing West Kilbride as Scotland’s Craft Town; congratulates Councillor Elizabeth Maclardy and the West Kilbride Initiative on the vision and persistence with which they have pursued this objective; recognises the economic and social impact which the initiative can secure for West Kilbride; believes that it can provide a new and important focal point for the Scottish crafts industry as a whole, and looks forward to rapid progress towards a successful outcome.

The meeting closed at 5.52 pm.

No. 15 Thursday 6 July 2000

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning made a statement on the review of enterprise network.

2.      Modernisation in the NHS: The Minister for Health and Community Care moved S1M-1091—That the Parliament recognises the Scottish Executive’s commitment to the NHS in Scotland and to improving the health of the Scottish people; supports the Scottish Executive’s commitment to build on the founding principles of the NHS and to providing a modern health service designed around the needs of patients; recognises that the delivery of a modern NHS requires both resources and reform; welcomes the Scottish Executive’s commitment to target its record investment in the NHS to areas of greatest need and to those changes which have greatest benefits for patients, and supports the Scottish Executive’s plans for the modernisation of the NHS in Scotland.

Kay Ullrich moved amendment S1M-1091.1 to motion S1M-1091—

Leave out from first “Scottish” to end and insert—

“failure of the Scottish Executive to tackle the chronic problems which currently exist in the health service in Scotland; calls upon the First Minister to take immediate action to address the situation; condemns the mismanagement and inaction on the part of the Executive, and demands new and imaginative methods of ensuring that the NHS in Scotland is run on the basis of patient need and not political expediency.”  

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 50, Against 64, Abstentions 0).

Mary Scanlon moved amendment S1M-1091.2 to motion S1M-1091—

Leave out from first “the Scottish” to end and insert—

“that the delivery of a modern NHS requires both resources and reform; calls upon the Scottish Executive to abandon those policies which foster a spirit of divisiveness, to adopt policies which will restore the morale of the health service workers at all levels and to work with medical professionals and relevant authorities to address the need for investment in equipment and training and ensure that the £135 million underspend is fully committed to benefit patient care, and further calls for the development of a new approach to long-term and community care through unified health and social work budgets.” 

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 18, Against 65, Abstentions 32).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 51, Abstentions 0).

3.      Government Resources and Accounts Bill – UK Legislation: The Minister for Finance moved S1M-1072—That the Parliament endorses the principle of the creation of Partnerships UK; agrees that the Scottish Ministers should have the power to take a financial interest in that body to ensure that Scottish interests are safeguarded, and agrees that the relevant provisions in the Government Resources and Accounts Bill should be considered by the UK Parliament.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 84, Against 5, Abstentions 27).

4.      Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1085—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 6 September 2000

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Business Motion

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                    Stage 3 Debate on the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Bill

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business

Thursday 7 September 2000

9.30 am                        Executive Business

followed by                    Business Motion

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm                        Executive Business

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

5.      Question Time: Questions were answered by the Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice and other Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

6.      Code of Conduct for Members and Relationships Between MSPs: Mr Mike Rumbles, on behalf of the Standards Committee, moved S1M-1087—That the Parliament agrees to amend the Code of Conduct for Members of the Scottish Parliament as follows [see Appendix A, 1, for full text of amendment to Code].

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7.         Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill – UK Legislation: The Deputy Minister for Local Government moved S1M-1073—That the Parliament endorses the principle of replacing section 93 of the Representation of the People Act 1983 with a provision placing a duty on broadcasters to draw up a code of practice as respects the involvement of candidates in broadcasts pending an election, and agrees that provision to this end in the case of local government elections in Scotland should be considered by the United Kingdom Parliament as part of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8.         Witnesses Expenses and Allowances: Robert Brown, on behalf of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, moved S1M-1086—That the Parliament determines that [see Appendix A, 2, for full text of motion].

Dr Richard Simpson moved amendment S1M-1086.1 to motion S1M-1086—

In the line beginning “childcare costs, specially incurred”, in column (2), leave out “£2.50 per hour” and insert “up to £5 per hour”.

The amendment was agreed to (DT).

The motion as amended was then agreed to (DT).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament determines that [see Appendix A, 3, for full text of resolution].

9.      Decision Time: The Parliament took a decision on items 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8 as noted above.

10.    University of the Highlands and Islands: The Parliament debated S1M-1009 in the name of  George Lyon—That the Parliament notes with concern that UHI, the company promoting the University of the Highlands and Islands project, has not yet been designated as a provider of higher education, eligible for funding by the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council; notes that this is a flagship project for the Highlands and Islands and a long held dream by many of its communities, and gives its wholehearted support to this vitally important project.

The meeting closed at 5.45 pm.

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