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No. 1 Wednesday 15 May 2002

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Mrs Louise Purvis, a member of the Executive Committee of the National Prayer Breakfast for Scotland, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3109—That the Parliament agrees as a revision to the Business Programme agreed on 9 May 2002—

Wednesday 15 May 2002

after “Decision Time” delete

“followed by                     Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-3076 Michael Russell: Scottish Criminal Record Office”

and replace with

“followed by                     Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-2988 Mr Lloyd Quinan: Autism Awareness Week, 12 – 19 May 2002”

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

3.      Scottish Fire Service of the Future: The Deputy Minister for Justice (Dr Richard Simpson) moved S1M-3098—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive’s commitment to developing a fire service that is modern, effective and efficient and which will also have a specific duty to enhance community fire safety, as set out in the consultation paper The Scottish Fire Service of the Future.

Roseanna Cunningham moved amendment S1M-3098.2 to motion S1M-3098—

Insert at end—

"and believes that, as one of the key emergency services, the fire service should remain in the public sector.”

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

Keith Harding moved amendment S1M-3098.1 to motion S1M-3098—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“recognises the need for a commitment to developing a fire service that is modern, effective and efficient and that will also have a specific duty to enhance community fire safety and safer streets and therefore hopes that the Scottish Executive will give careful consideration to the fire service’s response to the consultation paper The Scottish Fire Service of the Future, as it is the men and women within the fire service who put their lives at risk daily in order to protect Scotland’s communities.”
After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 48, Against 59, Abstentions 0).

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

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive’s commitment to developing a fire service that is modern, effective and efficient and which will also have a specific duty to enhance community fire safety, as set out in the consultation paper The Scottish Fire Service of the Future and believes that, as one of the key emergency services, the fire service should remain in the public sector.

4.      Designation of Lead Committees: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3107 that the Parliament agrees the following designation of lead committees—

the Justice 2 Committee to consider the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Source Records) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/205);
the Justice 2 Committee to consider the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Juveniles) (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/206); and
the Justice 2 Committee to consider the Regulation of Investigatory        Powers (Cancellation of Authorisations) (Scotland) Regulations 2002        (SSI 2002/207)

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

6.      Autism Awareness Week: The Parliament debated S1M-2988 in the name of Mr Lloyd Quinan—That the Parliament acknowledges Autism Awareness Week 2002 and the forthcoming Autism Awareness Week 2003 by supporting both the Scottish Society for Autism and the National Autistic Society in Scotland in their efforts to promote and care for those affected by the condition and notes the incredible amount of work carried out by the very effective network of smaller support groups.

The meeting closed at 5.55 pm.

No. 2 Thursday 16 May 2002

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Investment and Reform in Health and Community Care: The Minister for Health and Community Care (Malcolm Chisholm) moved S1M-3106—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive’s commitment to sustained investment in health; agrees that investment must be accompanied by reform that is focused on the needs and expectations of patients and service users; acknowledges the progress that has already been made by the National Waiting Times Unit and looks forward to further improvements; supports a collaborative approach to reform which involves patients, staff and the wider public; welcomes the priority attached to dealing with delayed discharge and hospital-acquired infection, and believes that improving health and tackling health inequalities in both urban and rural Scotland should be central features of the reform agenda.

Nicola Sturgeon moved amendment S1M-3106.1 to motion S1M-3106—

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

“regrets that the sustainability of investment in health is dependent solely on decisions taken by Her Majesty’s Government rather than determined by the Scottish Parliament; agrees that reform in the delivery of health care is essential if we are to create a modern NHS which improves health and tackles health inequalities throughout Scotland, is transparent in its operation and publicly accountable, and prioritises the needs and expectations of patients and service users; is concerned that the Scottish Executive’s use of the Private Finance Initiative and private healthcare capacity to redress decades of under-funding by the Tories damages the NHS and undermines the principle of a universal service that is free at the point of need; is further concerned that waiting lists and times are manipulated to the point of being meaningless, and believes that continuing reduction in the NHS acute sector capacity and staff shortages across the range of healthcare professions must be reversed if the NHS is to tackle effectively the crucial issues of bed blocking, waiting lists and times and hospital-acquired infection which remain fundamental obstructions to improving the health of the people of Scotland.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 28, Against 76, Abstentions 0).

Mary Scanlon moved amendment S1M-3106.3 to motion S1M-3106—

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

“agrees that investment in health must be accompanied by reform that is focused on the needs and expectations of patients and service users; supports a collaborative approach to reform which involves patients, staff and the wider public; believes that improving health and tackling health inequalities in both urban and rural Scotland should be central features of the reform agenda; regrets the failure of the Scottish Executive to deal with delayed discharge and hospital-acquired infection; notes that medical activity has decreased, and further notes that the Scottish Executive’s National Waiting Times Unit has only achieved success after utilising the independent sector.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 15, Against 90, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 61, Against 43, Abstentions 0).

2.      Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3110—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Tuesday 28 May 2002

9.30 am                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Debate on The Modernising Government Fund

11.30 am                        HM the Queen's Address

2.30 pm                          Executive Debate on Alternatives to Custody

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Wednesday 29 May 2002

9.30 am                          Executive Debate on Potential Benefits to the Scottish Economy of the Planned Energy Research Institute and of the Diversification of the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry

followed by                      Executive Motion on Nominations to the EU Economic and Social Committee

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.30 pm                          Scottish National Party Debate on Scotland's Air Links

followed by                      Scottish National Party Debate on GM Crops

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Thursday 30 May 2002

9.30 am                          Ministerial Statement and Debate on the Executive Programme

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Business Motion

2.00 pm                          Question Time

3.00 pm                          First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm                          Executive Debate on Implementing the Cancer Strategy

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Wednesday 12 June 2002

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 1 Debate on the University of St. Andrews (Postgraduate Medical Degrees) Bill

followed by, no

later than 3.35 pm            Executive Business

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Thursday 13 June 2002

9.30 am                          Scottish National Party Business

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Business Motion

2.30 pm                          Question Time

3.10 pm                          First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm                          Executive Business

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business 

and (b) that the Justice 1 Committee and the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee report to the Justice 2 Committee by 21 May 2002 on the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Source Records) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/205), the  Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Juveniles) (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/206) and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Cancellation of Authorisations) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/207).

The motion was agreed to.

3.      Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell) and other Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

4.      Golden Jubilee: The First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell) moved S1M-3103—That the Parliament congratulates Her Majesty the Queen on the occasion of Her Golden Jubilee; expresses its gratitude for Her Majesty’s outstanding public service and steadfast dedication to duty over half a century of immense change; affirms the respect that is held for Her Majesty the Queen in Scotland, and looks forward with anticipation to the continuation of that long and close association on the occasion of Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee tour of Scotland later this month and Her visit to the Parliament in Aberdeen on 28 May.

Tommy Sheridan moved amendment S1M-3103.1 to motion S1M-3103—

Leave out from “congratulates” to end and insert—

“believes that the position of Her Majesty the Queen and the monarchy represent the worst excesses of the extreme inequality of wealth and power which undermine society as a whole; calls on Her Majesty the Queen to pay full inheritance tax on the estate left to Her by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, and believes that Scotland’s future is as an independent republic where the people are sovereign and are recognised as citizens, not subjects as is the case currently under our archaic and outdated monarchy arrangement.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 2, Against 101, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 101, Against 2, Abstentions 2).

5.      National Waste Strategy: The Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Ross Finnie) moved S1M-3105—That the Parliament supports the Scottish Executive’s commitment to sustainable waste management; commends the progress being made towards the establishment of a National Waste Plan by partnership working between the Executive, local government, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and other stakeholders; welcomes the preparation of draft area waste plans to establish the best practicable environmental options for municipal waste management, and notes that all have a part to play in the reduction and better management of Scotland’s waste.

Bruce Crawford moved amendment S1M-3105.1 to motion S1M-3105—

Leave out from “supports” to end and insert—

“notes that in February 2000 the European Commission applied for a declaration that the UK had failed to fulfil its obligations in particular under Council Directive 75/442/EEC of 15 July 1975 on waste, and that the UK accepted this failure and the European Court of Justice found the UK (including Scotland) in breach of a number of waste related Directives; further notes that the National Waste Strategy was published in 1999 together with a commitment to the production of Area Waste Plans by the end of 2000 and that this target date was subsequently extended to a final deadline of March 2002; is concerned with the slow progress being made towards the better management of waste in Scotland, and believes that in order to speed up progress the Executive must firstly introduce mandatory targets, on an all Scotland basis, of 30% to 35% for recycling and composting of household waste by 2010.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 28, Against 77, Abstentions 0).

John Scott moved amendment S1M-3105.3 to motion S1M-3105—

Leave out from “commends” to end and insert—

“welcomes the preparation of draft area waste plans; regrets the slow progress being made towards ambitious recycling targets being set in the National Waste Plan; notes the need to build on work done already by local authorities, and recognises the need for community involvement and ownership of the problems of waste disposal at all levels to make a National Waste Strategy effective throughout Scotland.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 17, Against 88, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 63, Against 42, Abstentions 0).

6.      Suspension of Standing Orders: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3108—That the Parliament agrees that Rule 13.6.2 and Rule 13.6.3 of the Standing Orders be suspended for the meeting of the Parliament on Thursday 30 May 2002.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7.      Approval of SSI: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3111—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Air Quality (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8.      Substitution on Committees: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3117—That the Parliament agrees the following nominated committee substitutes for the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party as permitted under Rule 6.3A—

Miss Annabel Goldie                           Audit Committee

Murdo Fraser                                       Education, Culture and Sport Committee

Mr David Davidson                             Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee

Mr Jamie McGrigor                             Equal Opportunities Committee

David Mundell                                      European Committee

Mr Keith Harding                                 Finance Committee

Ben Wallace                                         Health and Community Care Committee

Bill Aitken                                             Justice 1 Committee

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton          Justice 2 Committee

John Young                                           Local Government Committee

Phil Gallie                                             Procedures Committee

Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh                         Public Petitions Committee

John Scott                                            Rural Development Committee

Keith Harding                                       Social Justice Committee

Alex Johnstone                                    Standards Committee

Brian Monteith                                      Subordinate Legislation Committee

David Mundell                                       Transport and the Environment Committee

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9.      Substitution on Committees: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3118—That the Parliament agrees the following nominated committee substitutes for the Scottish National Party as permitted under Rule 6.3A—

Duncan Hamilton                                 Audit Committee

Fiona McLeod                                     Education, Culture and Sport Committee

Fergus Ewing                                       Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee

Michael Matheson                               Equal Opportunities Committee

Winnie Ewing                                       European Committee

Andrew Wilson                                     Finance Committee

Brian Adam                                          Health and Community Care Committee

Kay Ullrich                                            Justice 1 Committee

Roseanna Cunningham                       Justice 2 Committee

Tricia Marwick                                     Local Government Committee

Richard Lochhead                               Procedures Committee

Irene McGugan                                    Public Petitions Committee

Alasdair Morgan                                  Rural Development Committee

Sandra White                                       Social Justice Committee

Mike Russell                                         Standards Committee

Kenny MacAskill                                  Subordinate Legislation Committee

Bruce Crawford                                   Transport and the Environment Committee

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10.    Substitution on Committees: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3120—That the Parliament agrees the following nominated committee substitutes for the Liberal Democrat Party as permitted under Rule 6.3A—

Jamie Stone                                        Audit Committee

Robert Brown                                      Education, Culture and Sport Committee

John Farquhar Munro                         Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee

Nora Radcliffe                                     Equal Opportunities Committee

Tavish Scott                                        European Committee

Keith Raffan                                        Finance Committee

Ian Jenkins                                          Health Committee

Margaret Smith                                   Justice 1 Committee

Donald Gorrie                                     Justice 2 Committee

Robert Brown                                      Local Government Committee

Iain Smith                                             Procedures Committee

Mike Rumbles                                     Public Petitions Committee

George Lyon                                       Rural Development Committee

Keith Raffan                                        Social Justice Committee

Ian Jenkins                                          Standards Committee

Mike Rumbles                                     Subordinate Legislation Committee

Iain Smith                                             Transport and the Environment Committee

The motion was agreed to (DT).

11.    Membership of Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3119—That the Parliament agrees that Elaine Thomson be appointed to the Finance Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

12.    Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 as noted above.

13.    Cross-Party Support for a Review of the Construction Industry in Scotland: The Parliament debated motion S1M-2622 in the name of Marilyn Livingstone—That the Parliament recognises the importance of the construction industry to the Scottish economy and the contribution it makes to supporting employment and vocational education and training; notes that nine out of every 10 construction firms employ less than eight people; acknowledges that the reputation of the whole industry is damaged by the actions of rogue traders, particularly within the residential sector, and that small businesses contend that their profitability and competitiveness is adversely affected by the system of cash retentions, and believes that the Scottish Executive should initiate a strategic review of construction in Scotland in order to (a) identify how best to combat the “cowboy” element, (b) support the education and training infrastructure so that it is able to meet the skill requirements of the industry, (c) examine the possibility of developing an inspection and assessment regime to evaluate the competence of construction companies, (d) address the system of cash retentions and (e) ensure that the provisions within the existing construction contracts legislation deliver a process that is fair, effective and easy to understand.

The meeting closed at 6.04 pm.

No. 3 Tuesday 28 May 2002

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Time for Reflection: The Reverend Easter Smart, Chaplain to the University of Aberdeen, led Time for Reflection.

2.      The Modernising Government Fund: The Minister for Finance and Public Services (Mr Andy Kerr) moved S1M-3150—That the Parliament notes the Scottish Executive’s commitment to modern, high quality, efficient and responsive public services and supports its approach, through the Modernising Government Fund, to help deliver the changes which will integrate government, exploit the benefits of information and communications technology and put citizens at the centre of public service delivery in a 21st Century Scotland.

Tricia Marwick moved amendment S1M-3150.1 to motion S1M-3150—

Insert at end—

“, but recognises that the delivery of first class public services also requires support to the staff working in that sector, adequate funding from central government and a commitment to ensure that the services remain in the public sector.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 31, Against 81, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 65, Against 20, Abstentions 28).

3.      Address by Her Majesty The Queen:  Her Majesty The Queen addressed the Parliament.

4.      Alternatives to Custody: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice (Mr Jim Wallace) moved S1M-3149—That the Parliament commends the Scottish Executive’s commitment to developing a range of high quality alternatives to custody which fit the changing pattern of offending behaviour across Scotland, and recognises the importance of ensuring the delivery of consistently effective community disposals which have the confidence of the judiciary and the public and also have the potential to reduce re-offending without compromising public safety.

Roseanna Cunningham moved amendment S1M-3149.2 to motion S1M-3149—

Leave out from “commends” to end and insert—

“regrets the failure of the Scottish Executive adequately to develop a range of high quality alternatives to custody which fit the changing pattern of offending behaviour across Scotland; recognises the importance of programmes which are well-resourced and available across every jurisdiction in Scotland, and believes that a greater element of restorative justice should be introduced into the Scottish criminal justice system whether dealing with adults or young offenders.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 30, Against 82, Abstentions 0).

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton moved amendment S1M-3149.1 to motion
S1M-3149—

Leave out from “commends” to end and insert—

“warns against the widespread extension of soft non-custodial sentences simply to empty Scotland’s overcrowded prisons without sufficient regard to the protection of the public; notes with concern the plans paraded by the Scottish Executive to send the parents of young offenders to jail, and calls upon the Executive to put in place sufficient resources to make Scotland a safer place in which to live and work.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 20, Against 93, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 66, Against 46, Abstentions 1).

5.      Approval of SSIs: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3146—That the Parliament agrees that the following instruments be approved—

the draft Valuation and Rating (Exempted Classes) (Scotland) Order 2002; and
the draft Marriage (Approval of Places) (Scotland) Regulations 2002.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

7.      Drug Misuse in North East Scotland: The Parliament debated S1M-3151 in the name of Richard Lochhead—That the Parliament notes with concern that drug misuse in the north east of Scotland has increased dramatically in recent years, with an estimated 50% rise in problem drug users in Grampian alone between 1997 and 2000; further notes that Dundee has the second highest and Aberdeen the third highest level of drug misuse in Scotland and that Grampian has the highest percentage of injecting drug users in Scotland, and considers that the Scottish Executive should recognise the scale of the problem and investigate the level and nature of resources that have been applied to addressing this growing social problem in the north east region, paying particular attention to (a) the role and accountability of the various agencies involved, (b) the amount of resources dedicated to drug users, (c) the cost to society in terms of loss of life, associated health problems and distress caused to users' families and (d) the enormous amount of drug-related crime inflicted on the local community, reflected by the fact that 80% of inmates at HM Prison Aberdeen test positive for drug use at reception.

8.      Motion without Notice: Richard Lochhead moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended until 6.00 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 6.00 pm.

No. 4 Wednesday 29 May 2002

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Potential Benefits to the Scottish Economy of the Planned Energy Research Institute and of the Diversification of the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry: The Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning (Iain Gray) moved S1M-3155—That the Parliament welcomes the decision by Scottish Enterprise to work up detailed plans for an Energy Research Institute in Scotland to commercialise the work of Scotland’s universities across the energy field; endorses the policy of support for offshore renewable energy developments on the part of the Executive and the Enterprise Networks, and notes the significant potential for the oil and gas industry to diversify into marine renewable energy technology.

Andrew Wilson moved amendment S1M-3155.1 to motion S1M-3155—

Insert at end—

“but is deeply concerned by the potential economic impact of the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s recent announcement of a 10% increase in taxation on the North Sea oil and gas industry; is further concerned that this announcement, without any consultation or published assessment of the potential impact it will have on jobs and sustainable investment in the sector, could jeopardise employment levels, the survival of many companies involved in servicing and contracting to the industry, and the future success of a vital Scottish industry which in turn could place at risk any plans for effective and sustainable diversification, and therefore calls for a moratorium on the imposition of this tax until a full assessment is made, and published, of the sectoral and overall economic impact it will have including its impact on investment in diversification.”

Mike Rumbles moved amendment S1M-3155.1.1 to amendment S1M-3155.1—

Leave out from “is deeply concerned” to end and insert—

“notes the Liberal Democrats’ opposition to the 10% increase in taxation on the North Sea oil and gas industry, and recognises that this is a reserved issue and the responsibility of Her Majesty’s Government.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 65, Against 52, Abstentions 1).

Amendment S1M-3155.1 as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 62, Against 55, Abstentions 1).

David Davidson moved amendment S1M-3155.3 to motion S1M-3155—

Leave out from “endorses” to end and insert—

“supports the development of renewable energy research in Scotland, and expresses concern that investment by the oil and gas industry in the North Sea province will be severely undermined by the 33% increase in corporation tax which will lead to a projected 18,000 job losses in Scotland.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 16, Against 75, Abstentions 28).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 52, Abstentions 2).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament welcomes the decision by Scottish Enterprise to work up detailed plans for an Energy Research Institute in Scotland to commercialise the work of Scotland’s universities across the energy field; endorses the policy of support for offshore renewable energy developments on the part of the Executive and the Enterprise Networks, and notes the significant potential for the oil and gas industry to diversify into marine renewable energy technology but notes the Liberal Democrats’ opposition to the 10% increase in taxation on the North Sea oil and gas industry, and recognises that this is a reserved issue and the responsibility of Her Majesty’s Government.”

2.      Nominations to the EU Economic and Social Committee: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services (Peter Peacock) moved S1M-3162—That the Parliament notes the Scottish Executive’s wide-ranging consultation with Scottish civic society to identify nominees for the forthcoming mandate of the Economic and Social Committee of the European Union, endorses the Executive’s proposal to nominate Andy Baird (proposed by STUC), Professor Grant Baird (proposed by CBI Scotland), Sandy Boyle (proposed by STUC), Brendan Burns (proposed by Federation of Small Businesses), Danny Carrigan (proposed by STUC), Campbell Christie (proposed by Scottish Civic Forum), Hamish Morrison (proposed by the Scottish Fishermens Federation), Bill Ure (proposed by the Scottish Consumer Council) and Dr Grahame Whyte (proposed by the Institute of Directors), to the UK delegation on the Economic and Social Committee of the European Union for the forthcoming mandate from September 2002 to September 2006; further notes, with regret, that the nomination process has not resulted in any women being nominated, and invites Ministers, in discussion with the other main political parties, to use their best endeavours to secure an enhanced gender balance in the nominations prior to these being finally submitted.

Richard Lochhead moved amendment S1M-3162.1 to motion S1M-3162—

Insert at end—
           
", and calls on the Scottish Executive to insist that Scotland has a fixed allocation of representatives on all three groups that comprise the committee."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 35, Against 83, Abstentions 3).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

3.      Scotland’s Air Links: Mr Kenny MacAskill moved S1M-3154—That the Parliament recognises the importance of air links to, from and within Scotland for social and economic development; notes with concern the current situation within Scotland and, in particular, in the north of Scotland of poor international connections and high internal air fares; further notes with concern the high landing charges imposed both at British Airports Authority and Highlands and Islands Airports Limited airports and calls for action to be taken for these charges to be reduced and the competitiveness of the airports increased, and calls for all aviation matters to be devolved to the Parliament, for the Scottish Executive to establish a route development fund to assist the development of direct routes to and from Scottish airports, and for action to be taken regarding the terms of the Highlands and Islands Strategic Transport Partnership report into the creation of more public service obligations allowing affordable and accessible air links within Scotland.

The Deputy Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning (Iain Gray), moved amendment S1M-3154.3 to motion S1M-3154—

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

“the substantial and on-going contribution by the Executive and its agencies to the maintenance and development of air links serving Scotland; believes that the best way to develop more international services is through a strategic framework which gives priority to those routes which are best for the Scottish economy; recognises that passenger numbers through Scottish airports are continuing to increase substantially, and notes the publication of the recent report by the Highlands and Islands Strategic Transport Partnership and looks forward to the forthcoming publication of the Scottish Air Transport Consultation Document which will provide a full and inclusive opportunity to comment on the development of aviation policies for Scotland, within the context of the UK consultation led by Her Majesty’s Government including the use of public service obligations and the cost of air travel.”

David Mundell moved amendment S1M-3154.2 to motion S1M-3154—

Leave out from “, in particular” to end and insert—

“calls upon the Scottish Executive to work with Her Majesty’s Government to develop a strategy for ensuring that essential services are provided within a competitive environment that allows low cost airlines to prosper and deliver new and cheaper services.”

After debate, amendment S1M-3154.3 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 67, Against 53, Abstentions 1).  As a result amendment S1M-3154.2 was pre-empted.

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 67, Against 52, Abstentions 1).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament recognises the substantial and on-going contribution by the Executive and its agencies to the maintenance and development of air links serving Scotland; believes that the best way to develop more international services is through a strategic framework which gives priority to those routes which are best for the Scottish economy; recognises that passenger numbers through Scottish airports are continuing to increase substantially, and notes the publication of the recent report by the Highlands and Islands Strategic Transport Partnership and looks forward to the forthcoming publication of the Scottish Air Transport Consultation Document which will provide a full and inclusive opportunity to comment on the development of aviation policies for Scotland, within the context of the UK consultation led by Her Majesty’s Government including the use of public service obligations and the cost of air travel.”

4.      GM Field Trials: Fiona McLeod moved S1M-3153—That the Parliament believes that the future of Scottish agriculture is in quality produce, meeting consumer demand and reflecting its outstanding environmental reputation and that, in light of scientific research which raises concerns about the environmental and public health effects of GM crops, Scottish Ministers should immediately apply the precautionary principle and use their powers to halt the Scottish field scale trials and restrict future testing to enclosed laboratories.

Ross Finnie moved amendment S1M-3153.2 to motion S1M-3153—

Leave out from third “that” to end and insert—

“therefore recognises the fact that the development of GM crops in Scotland has proceeded on a precautionary basis requiring, firstly, that releases of GM material are only authorised if an objective scientific test demonstrates that such a release will cause no harm to human health or the environment and, secondly, that a step by step approach is taken involving laboratory testing, plot trials and the current field scale trials with no decision on commercialisation to be taken before a full evaluation of the field scale trials has been completed.”

John Scott moved amendment S1M-3153.1 to motion S1M-3153—

Leave out from “and that” to end and insert—
 
“and to maintain this reputation considers that it is now necessary that a complete review of all available scientific evidence is undertaken to confirm the safety of the continuation of these trials in order to reassure the public on environmental and health grounds and further to make a concerned public aware of the importance of genetic modification with regard to nourishing and feeding an ever-expanding world population.”

After debate, amendment S1M-3153.2 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 62, Against 55, Abstentions 3). As a result amendment S1M-3153.1 was pre-empted.

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 63, Against 55, Abstentions 3).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament believes that the future of Scottish agriculture is in quality produce, meeting consumer demand and reflecting its outstanding environmental reputation and therefore recognises the fact that the development of GM crops in Scotland has proceeded on a precautionary basis requiring, firstly, that releases of GM material are only authorised if an objective scientific test demonstrates that such a release will cause no harm to human health or the environment and, secondly, that a step by step approach is taken involving laboratory testing, plot trials and the current field scale trials with no decision on commercialisation to be taken before a full evaluation of the field scale trials has been completed.

5.      Designation of Lead Committees: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3163—That the Parliament agrees the following designation of lead committees—

the Justice 1 Committee to consider the draft Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) (No.2) Regulations 2002;
the draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) (No.2) Regulations 2002, the draft Criminal Justice Act 1988 (Offensive Weapons) Amendment (Scotland) Order 2002; and
the Justice 2 Committee to consider the Act of Sederunt (Fees of Solicitors in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment) 2002 (SSI 2002/235).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6.      Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 and as noted above.

7.      Transport Strategy for Aberdeen and North East Scotland: The Parliament debated S1M-3073 in the name of Elaine Thomson—That the Parliament commends the North East of Scotland Transport Partnership (NESTRANS) for developing and progressing a regional transport strategy for Aberdeen and the north east of Scotland that promotes modal shift and tackles growing congestion, including the effective development of park-and-ride schemes in Bridge of Don and Kingswells.

The meeting closed at 6.06 pm.

No. 5 Thursday 30 May 2002

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Ministerial Statement: The First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell) made a statement on the Scottish Executive’s programme.

2.      Approval of SSIs: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3164—That the Parliament agrees that the following instruments be approved—

the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) Order 2002;
the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2002; and
the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.4) (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/231).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

3.      Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3166—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government Committee is designated as Lead Committee in consideration of the Local Government in Scotland Bill and that the Transport and the Environment Committee and the Education, Culture and Sport Committee be secondary committees.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

4.      Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3165—That the Parliament agrees—

the following programme of business—

Wednesday 12 June 2002

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 1 Debate on the University of St. Andrews (Postgraduate Medical Degrees) Bill

followed by                      Executive Debate on the Value of Participation in Sport increasing the Quality of Life in Scotland

followed by                      Motion on the Publication of the Scottish Parliamentary Ombudsman and Health Service Ombudsman for Scotland’s Annual Report for 2001-02

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Thursday 13 June 2002

9.30 am                          Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business        

followed by                      Business Motion

2.30 pm                          Question Time

3.10 pm                          First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm                          Executive Debate on Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

 Wednesday 19 June 2002

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 3 Debate on the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Bill

followed by                      Local Government Committee Debate on its Report on Local Government Finance

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Thursday 20 June 2002

9.30 am                          Scottish National Party Business

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 School Meals (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Financial Resolution in respect of the School Meals (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

(b) that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 16 June 2002 on the Act of Sederunt (Fees of Solicitors in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment) 2002 and that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 16 June 2002 on the draft Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) (No.2) Regulations 2002, the draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) (No.2) Regulations 2002 and by 23 June 2002 on the draft Criminal Justice Act 1988 (Offensive Weapons) Amendment (Scotland) Order 2002; and

(c) that Stage 1 of the Debt Arrangement and Attachment (Scotland) Bill be completed by 20 September 2002.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (by division: For 85, Against 2, Abstentions 0).

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

6.      Implementing the Cancer Strategy: The Minister for Health and Community Care (Malcolm Chisholm) moved S1M-3160—That the Parliament acknowledges the problems highlighted by the recent Clinical Standards Board for Scotland reports on cancer services; welcomes the Cancer Strategy and the significant and dedicated resources that have been allocated for its implementation; supports the key role of front-line staff in deciding investment priorities and leading service change, and looks forward to sustained progress in implementing the strategy and reaching all the Clinical Standards Board for Scotland standards.

Nicola Sturgeon moved amendment S1M-3160.1 to motion S1M-3160—

Leave out from “supports” to end and insert—

“considers that the staff shortages in cancer services, highlighted in the recent Clinical Standards Board for Scotland reports, restrict the ability of front-line staff to decide investment priorities, lead service change and deliver a first class service for patients, and calls on the Scottish Executive to introduce specific initiatives to tackle these shortages.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 46, Against 66, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

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

8.      Timber Industry: The Parliament debated S1M-2953 in the name of Alex Fergusson—That the Parliament acknowledges the value of timber as a primary product within rural Scotland and the 11,000 jobs which are dependent on that industry; recognises the very real difficulties faced by some rural local authorities in maintaining and improving minor roads for timber extraction, and believes that the Scottish Executive should meet COSLA’s Rural Affairs Committee and representatives of the forestry industry to determine a satisfactory way forward, recognising that the placing of weight restriction orders, which effectively landlock large areas of mature timber, is not a realistic solution.

The meeting closed at 5.47 pm

No.6 Wednesday 12 June 2002

The meeting opened at 2.30pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Reverend John H. MacLean of the Free Church of Scotland, led Time for Reflection.

2.      University of St. Andrews (Postgraduate Medical Degrees) Bill – Stage 1: Iain Smith moved S1M-3087—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the University of St Andrews (Postgraduate Medical Degrees) Bill.

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

3.      Value of Participation in Sport in Increasing the Quality of Life in Scotland: The Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport (Mike Watson) moved S1M-3192—That the Parliament recognises the value of sport to the quality of life in Scotland and the importance of the role it plays in developing the health and well-being of the nation; welcomes the commitment of the Executive and sportscotland to work with governing bodies, local authorities and all other partners to widen participation in sport at all levels, and encourages all those with an interest in sport to contribute to the current review of sport 21, the strategy for sport in Scotland.

Irene McGugan moved amendment S1M-3192.1 to motion S1M-3192—

Insert after “nation;”—

“recognises also that real resources are needed in order to ensure real improvements in the general health and fitness of the nation and that only co-ordination across health, education and social justice will provide all Scots, especially those from socially excluded groups, with improved provision, equality of access, affordability of sporting facilities and full access to these health and social benefits;”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 97, Against 16, Abstentions 0).

Brian Monteith moved amendment S1M-3192.2 to motion S1M-3192—

Insert at end—

“and believes that the Executive should aim to ensure that all Scottish schools have a full-time equivalent physical education teacher.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 17, Against 69, Abstentions 27).

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

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament recognises the value of sport to the quality of life in Scotland and the importance of the role it plays in developing the health and well-being of the nation; recognises also that real resources are needed in order to ensure real improvements in the general health and fitness of the nation and that only co-ordination across health, education and social justice will provide all Scots, especially those from socially excluded groups, with improved provision, equality of access, affordability of sporting facilities and full access to these health and social benefits; welcomes the commitment of the Executive and sportscotland to work with governing bodies, local authorities and all other partners to widen participation in sport at all levels, and encourages all those with an interest in sport to contribute to the current review of sport 21, the strategy for sport in Scotland.
 
4.      Publication of the Scottish Parliamentary Ombudsman and Health Service Ombudsman for Scotland's Annual Report 2001–02: Margaret Smith moved S1M-3186—That the Parliament notes that the Scottish Parliamentary Ombudsman and Health Service Ombudsman for Scotland intends to lay his Annual Report for 2001-02 before the Parliament and orders the Clerk to publish the report.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

5.      Designation of Lead Committees: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3198—That the Parliament agrees the following designations of Lead Committees—

the Justice 1 Committee to consider the Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) (Fees) Amendment Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/246);
the Justice 1 Committee to consider the Criminal Legal Aid (Fixed Payments) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/247); and
the Justice 1 Committee to consider the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/254).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

7.      Sale and Use of Fireworks: The Parliament debated S1M-2822 in the name of Shona Robison—That the Parliament notes the results of the survey carried out by the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in which almost 98% of people supported tighter restrictions on the availability of fireworks; recognises that there has been a large increase in the problems caused for both people and animals by the irresponsible use of fireworks; is concerned that the voluntary code of practice for the sale of fireworks is frequently disregarded, and considers that the Scottish Executive should do everything in its power to tighten up on the regulations relating to the sale and use of fireworks and, in particular, should review the powers available to local authorities in respect of vendor licensing.

The meeting closed at 5.48 pm.

No. 7 Thursday 13 June 2002

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Youth Justice: Lord James Douglas-Hamilton moved S1M-3194—That the Parliament notes with concern that there are youths out on the street causing violence, causing disorder, causing vandalism and graffiti and terrifying not just older people but other young people; acknowledges that the problems of youth disorder must be given a high priority if the right to peace and security at home and in the community is to be protected; further notes that diverting 16- and 17-year-olds to the Children’s Hearings System will only defer effective deterrents and place an extra burden on a process which is already overstretched and not respected by the young offenders, and therefore calls upon the Scottish Executive to introduce an increased range of disposals, including weekend and evening detention, expansion of supervised attendance orders and community service and grounding, coupled with an increase in secure accommodation and a substantial increase in the number of community police officers to help make our streets safer.

The Minister for Education and Young People (Cathy Jamieson) moved amendment S1M-3194.2 to motion S1M-3194—

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

“recognises the problems faced by those local communities where a disproportionate amount of crime and disorder is caused by a small number of persistent offenders; considers it a priority to reduce youth disorder and youth offending; welcomes Scotland’s Action Plan to reduce youth crime and the establishment of Youth Justice Teams in each local authority; believes that effective disposals and programmes must be available to the Children’s Hearing System which make young offenders face up to the consequences of their behaviour; supports all parties involved in the youth justice system to play a full role and be accountable for their actions, and welcomes the Executive’s continuing focus on improving the youth justice system in order to reduce youth crime, the fear of youth crime and build safer communities.”

Roseanna Cunningham moved amendment S1M-3194.1 to motion S1M-3194—

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

“recognises continuing public concern about the levels of youth crime; regrets the failure of the Scottish Executive to take effective action to tackle such crime; believes that tackling youth crime effectively and appropriately is a key element in reducing overall levels of crime and fear of crime, and calls upon the  Executive to introduce practical measures to prevent youth crime and to ensure that there are sufficient places so that those young offenders who, for their own sake, need to be looked after in secure accommodation are held in conditions appropriate to their age.”

After debate, amendment S1M-3194.2 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 16, Abstentions 25). As a result, amendment S1M-3194.1 was pre-empted.
The motion, as amended, was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 15, Abstentions 26).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament recognises the problems faced by those local communities where a disproportionate amount of crime and disorder is caused by a small number of persistent offenders; considers it a priority to reduce youth disorder and youth offending; welcomes Scotland’s Action Plan to reduce youth crime and the establishment of Youth Justice Teams in each local authority; believes that effective disposals and programmes must be available to the Children’s Hearing System which make young offenders face up to the consequences of their behaviour; supports all parties involved in the youth justice system to play a full role and be accountable for their actions, and welcomes the Executive’s continuing focus on improving the youth justice system in order to reduce youth crime, the fear of youth crime and build safer communities.

2.      Encouraging Diversity in Education: Brian Monteith moved S1M-3204—That the Parliament believes that schools should be given the flexibility to organise learning in the ways that best meet the needs of their pupils; further believes in the fundamental importance of diversity in education; supports the view that the elimination of denominational schools would be damaging to Scotland’s education system, and recognises that the key challenge is to improve educational opportunities for all Scotland’s young people through encouraging greater diversity and devolved management.

The Minister for Education and Young People (Cathy Jamieson) moved amendment S1M-3204.2 to motion S1M-3204—

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

“welcomes the Executive’s progress in investing in school education including A Teaching Profession for the 21st Century which recognises teachers’ valuable contribution, modernising the school estate, the establishment of clear national priorities for education with an improvement framework involving both local authorities and schools, the promotion of flexibility in the curriculum and devolved school management arrangements, the contribution made by New Community Schools to supporting pupils’ learning and involving parents and carers, recognises the valuable contribution made by denominational schools and believes that our priorities should continue to be the provision of a high quality education appropriate to the needs of every young person in Scotland and closing the opportunity gap.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 87, Against 15, Abstentions 1).

Irene McGugan moved amendment S1M-3204.1 to motion S1M-3204—

Insert at end—

“within a strong and well-funded state educational system administered through Scotland’s local authorities.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 90, Against 15, Abstentions 1).

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 87, Against 15, Abstentions 1).

Accordingly the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament welcomes the Executive’s progress in investing in school education including A Teaching Profession for the 21st Century which recognises teachers’ valuable contribution, modernising the school estate, the establishment of clear national priorities for education with an improvement framework involving both local authorities and schools, the promotion of flexibility in the curriculum and devolved school management arrangements, the contribution made by New Community Schools to supporting pupils’ learning and involving parents and carers, recognises the valuable contribution made by denominational schools and believes that our priorities should continue to be the provision of a high quality education appropriate to the needs of every young person in Scotland and closing the opportunity gap within a strong and well-funded state educational system administered through Scotland’s local authorities.

3.      Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3202—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 19 June 2002

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Local Government Committee Debate on its Report on Local Government Finance

followed by                      Motion on Private Hire Vehicles (Carriage of Dogs etc) Bill – UK Legislation

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Thursday 20 June 2002

9.30 am                          Scottish National Party Business

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

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 School Meals (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Wednesday 26 June 2002

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Committee of the Whole Parliament: Stage 2 of the University of St Andrews (Postgraduate Medical Degrees) Bill

followed by                      Stage 3 Debateon University of St Andrews (Postgraduate Medical Degrees) Bill

followed by                      Executive Business

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Thursday 27 June 2002

9.30 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 3 Debate on Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Bill

followed by                      Finance Committee Debate on its Report on Stage 1 of the 2003/04 Budget Process

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Motion on appointment of Scottish Public Services Ombudsman and Deputy Ombudsmen

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

and (b) that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 17 June 2002 on the Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) (Fees) Amendment Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/246) and the Criminal Legal Aid (Fixed Payments) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/247) and by 24 June 2002 on the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/254).

The motion was agreed to.

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

5.      Common Fisheries Policy: The Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Ross Finnie) moved S1M-3197—That the Parliament welcomes publication of the European Commission’s proposals for reform of the Common Fisheries Policy; notes that Scottish priorities are reflected in the proposals; supports a collaborative and regional approach to reform involving the fishing industry and other stakeholders; acknowledges the need for a more sustainable balance between the catching capability of the fleet and available fish stocks, and recognises that a process of tough negotiations with other member states now lies ahead.

Richard Lochhead moved amendment S1M-3197.1 to motion S1M-3197—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“, while welcoming many of the developments in the revised Common Fisheries Policy, calls for the Scottish Executive and European Union to guarantee that Scotland’s historic fishing rights will be incorporated into the Common Fisheries Policy in perpetuity; believes that the proposed regional committees must have genuine decision-making powers to make a difference; notes that the EU continues to pursue damaging fisheries policies including the proposed inappropriate regulation of the deep-sea fishery, and calls on the Minister for Environment and Rural Development to demand that he leads the UK’s delegation during the forthcoming negotiations in order to secure Scotland’s objectives.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 28, Against  63,  Abstentions 15).

Mr Jamie McGrigor moved amendment S1M-3197.2 to motion S1M-3197—

Leave out from “supports” to end and insert—

“but seeks assurances that Scotland’s recent decommissioning programme will be taken into account with regard to reductions in fleet sizes; supports a collaborative and regional approach to reform involving the fishing industry and other stakeholders; acknowledges the need for a more sustainable balance between the catching capability of the fleet and available fish stocks; recognises that a process of tough negotiations with other member states now lies ahead, which was highlighted in yesterday’s u-turn by the EU Fisheries Commissioner, Franz Fischler, over the issue of deep water species which has left our fleet with only 2% of that total allowable catch in their local waters, and further recognises that action of this kind will only serve to undermine confidence in the overall Common Fisheries Policy reform programme.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 41, Against 64, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 79, Against 0, Abstentions 26).

6.      Remits of Committees: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3199—That the Parliament agrees that resolution of the Parliament S1M-37, agreed on 8 June 1999, and as amended by resolutions S1M-1462 on 14 December 2000 and S1M-2230 on 19 September 2001, shall be further amended as follows—

Name of Committee: Education, Culture and Sport
Remit: To consider and report on matters relating to school and pre-school education and such other matters as fall within the responsibility of the Minister for Education and Young People; and on matters relating to culture and sport and such other matters, excluding tourism, as fall within the responsibility of the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport

Name of Committee: Enterprise and Lifelong Learning
Remit: To consider and report on matters relating to the Scottish economy, industry, training and further and higher education and such other matters (excluding transport) as fall within the remit of the Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning; and on matters relating to tourism which fall within the responsibility of the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport

Name of Committee: Local Government
Remit: To consider and report on matters relating to local government (including local government finance) and other matters (excluding finance other than local government finance) which fall within the responsibility of the Minister for Finance and Public Services

Name of Committee: Rural Development
Remit: To consider and report on matters relating to rural development, agriculture and fisheries and such other related matters as fall within the responsibility of the Minister for Environment and Rural Development

Name of Committee: Transport and the Environment
Remit: To consider and report on matters relating to transport which fall within the responsibility of the Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning; matters relating to environment and natural heritage which fall within the responsibility of the Minister for Environment and Rural Development; and matters relating to the land use planning system and building standards which fall within the responsibility of the Minister for Social Justice.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7.      Approval of Draft Undertaking: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3200—That the Parliament agrees that the following be approved—

Draft Undertaking by the Scottish Ministers with the Consent of NorthLink Orkney and Shetland Ferries Ltd.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8.      Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3201—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as Lead Committee in consideration of the Title Conditions (Scotland) Bill and that the Justice 2 Committee be a secondary committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9.      Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2, 5, 6, 7 and 8 as noted above.

10.    Epilepsy: The Parliament debated S1M-3151 in the name of Gordon Jackson—That the Parliament notes with concern the 25% rate of misdiagnosis of epilepsy, as identified in The Misdiagnosis of Epilepsy: Findings of a Population Study (Scheepers, Clough and Pickles) and The Misdiagnosis of Epilepsy (Smith, Defalla and Chadwick); recognises and agrees that there is a need for a national framework for epilepsy, as already exists for diabetes, to improve standards of health care, and further notes that England and Wales are working towards such a framework for 2005.

11.    Motion without Notice: Fergus Ewing moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended until 6.05 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 6.07 pm.

No. 8 Wednesday 19 June 2002

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Colonel John Flett, Scotland Secretary of the Salvation Army, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Local Government Finance, Inquiry into Local Government Finance: Trish Godman, on behalf of the Local Government Committee, moved S1M-3206 —That the Parliament notes the 6th Report 2002 of the Local Government Committee, Inquiry into Local Government Finance (SP Paper 551) and calls upon the Scottish Executive to consider the report’s recommendations.

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

3.      Private Hire Vehicles (Carriage of Guide Dogs etc.) Bill – UK Legislation: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services (Peter Peacock) moved S1M-3211— That the Parliament endorses the principle of including in the Private Hire Vehicles (Carriage of Guide Dogs etc.) Bill a power for Scottish Ministers to regulate for the carriage of guide and other assistance dogs in private hire cars in Scotland and agrees that the relevant provisions to achieve this end in the Bill should be considered by the UK Parliament.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 72, Against 1, Abstentions 28).

4.      Designation of Lead Committees: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3232—That the Parliament agrees the following designation of Lead Committees—

the Justice 2 Committee to consider the Sheriff Court Fees Amendment Order 2002 (SSI 2002/269);
the Justice 2 Committee to consider the Court of Session etc. Fees Amendment Order 2002 (SSI 2002/270);
the Justice 2 Committee to consider Act of Sederunt (Fees of Solicitors in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment No.2) 2002 (SSI 2002/274);
the Justice 2 Committee to consider Act of Sederunt (Fees of Witnesses and Shorthand Writers in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment) 2002 (SSI 2002/280); and
the Justice 2 Committee to consider the Gaming Act (Variation of Fees) (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/281).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

6.      Glasgow Airport Rail Link: The Parliament debated S1M-3062 in the name of Robert Brown—That the Parliament notes the importance of Glasgow Airport to the economy of west central Scotland, growing congestion on the M8, M74 and M77, the economic and employment opportunities that would be opened up by establishing a rail link to Glasgow Airport and the urgent need to enhance public transport facilities serving the airport; is concerned at the lack of progress on agreeing and proceeding with this key project, and believes that the Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning should convene an urgent meeting of Strathclyde Passenger Transport Authority, British Airports Authority, Railtrack, Glasgow City Council, Renfrewshire Council, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and other interested parties in order to agree a timetabled action plan for delivery of the Glasgow Airport rail link at the earliest possible date.

7.      Motion without Notice: Robert Brown moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended until 6.00 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 5.57 pm.

No. 9 Thursday 20 June 2002

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Railways in Scotland: Mr Kenny MacAskill moved S1M-3229—That the Parliament notes the ongoing problems for freight and commuters on the rail network in Scotland; welcomes the support within the transport and business community for responsibility for the rail network in Scotland to be devolved, and calls on the Scottish Executive to take full charge of the running and operation of the network in Scotland.

The Deputy Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning (Lewis Macdonald) moved amendment S1M-3229.3 to motion S1M-3229—

Leave out from “notes” to end and insert—

“welcomes the Executive’s proposals in the transport delivery report Scotland’s Transport: Delivering Improvements as the first steps in meeting the objective of a bigger, better and safer railway, and calls upon the Executive to continue to work closely with the Strategic Rail Authority in re-letting the Scottish passenger railway franchise and in developing a rail freight strategy for Scotland and, with Her Majesty’s Government, to ensure that Railtrack’s successor company delivers improved safety, growth and unity of purpose across the entire network.”

David Mundell moved amendment S1M-3229.1 to motion S1M-3229—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“expresses its concern that the Scottish Executive is presenting the renewal of the ScotRail franchise as a panacea for all the difficulties faced by Scotland’s railways while offering no guarantees that it can deliver a new franchise within the specified timetable and calls on the Scottish Executive to focus on the immediate priorities for the development of Scotland’s railways and as a first step to bring forward the detail of its financial contribution to the redevelopment of Waverley Station.”

Tommy Sheridan moved amendment S1M-3229.2 to motion S1M-3229—

Insert at end—

“and commits itself to public ownership of the rail industry in line with the demands of the rail industry trade unions and the public as reflected clearly in opinion polls on a consistent basis, and further believes that the rail industry should be run on the basis of maximum safety and service, not private profit.”

After debate, amendment S1M-3229.3 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 60, Against 47, Abstentions 3). As a result amendments S1M-3229.1 and S1M-3229.2 were pre-empted.

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 61, Against 46, Abstentions 4).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament welcomes the Executive’s proposals in the transport delivery report Scotland’s Transport: Delivering Improvements as the first steps in meeting the objective of a bigger, better and safer railway, and calls upon the Executive to continue to work closely with the Strategic Rail Authority in re-letting the Scottish passenger railway franchise and in developing a rail freight strategy for Scotland and, with Her Majesty’s Government, to ensure that Railtrack’s successor company delivers improved safety, growth and unity of purpose across the entire network.

2.      Investment in Public Infrastructure: Alasdair Morgan moved S1M-3228—That the Parliament notes the recommendations of the Audit Scotland/Accounts Commission report on Private Finance Initiative (PFI) procurement in schools, Taking the Initiative - Using PFI contracts to renew council schools, and believes that PFI has proved to be a costly experiment, that local authorities and other public bodies should be free to use traditional public procurement and that, where "off balance sheet" solutions are desirable or necessary, these should be on a not for profit basis through bodies such as not for profit trusts and community trusts.

The Minister for Finance and Public Services (Mr Andy Kerr) moved amendment S1M-3228.2 to motion S1M-3228—

Leave out from “notes” to end and insert—

“recognises, in developing Scotland’s infrastructure, the real progress being made through a balanced and sustained investment programme and the vital contribution which public private partnerships have made already in modernising Scotland’s infrastructure and public services, and welcomes the Executive’s intention to continue to encourage such partnerships, as part of a range of funding options, wherever and whenever they present themselves as providing the best value solution.”

Mr. David Davidson moved amendment S1M-3228.1 to motion S1M-3228—

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

“the Audit Scotland/Accounts Commission report on Private Finance Initiative procurement in schools, Taking the Initiative – Using PFI contracts to renew council schools; welcomes the availability of such schemes which enable local authorities and public bodies to work in partnership with the private sector to deliver much needed capital projects early and in a cost-effective manner utilising private sector risk management and construction contract expertise, and further welcomes the Scottish Executive’s support for this innovative approach."

After debate, amendment S1M-3228.2 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 60, Against 48, Abstentions 3). As a result amendment S1M-3228.1 was pre-empted.

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 60, Against 47, Abstentions 3).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament recognises, in developing Scotland’s infrastructure, the real progress being made through a balanced and sustained investment programme and the vital contribution which public private partnerships have made already in modernising Scotland’s infrastructure and public services, and welcomes the Executive’s intention to continue to encourage such partnerships, as part of a range of funding options, wherever and whenever they present themselves as providing the best value solution.

3.      Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3230—That the Parliament agrees—

the following programme of business—

Wednesday 26 June 2002

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Committee of the Whole Parliament: Stage 2 of the University of St. Andrews (Postgraduate Medical Degrees) Bill

followed by                      Stage 3 Debate on University of St. Andrews (Postgraduate Medical Degrees) Bill

followed by                      Executive Debate on Action on Waiting and Delayed Discharge

followed by                      Motion on Police Reform Bill – UK Legislation

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Thursday 27 June 2002

9.30 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 3 Debate on Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Bill

followed by                      Finance Committee Debate on its Report on Stage 1 of the 2003/04 Budget Process

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Motions on appointment of Scottish Public Services Ombudsman and Deputy Ombudsmen

2.30 pm                          Question Time

3.10 pm                          First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm                          Executive Debate on Better Communities in Scotland: Closing the Gap

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

that Stage 1 of the Title Conditions (Scotland) Bill be completed by 21 November 2002; and

(c) that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 2 September 2002 on the Sheriff Court Fees Amendment Order 2002 (SSI 2002/269), the Court of Session etc. Fees Amendment Order 2002 (SSI 2002/270), the Act of Sederunt (Fees of Solicitors in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment No.2) 2002 (SSI 2002/274), the Act of Sederunt (Fees of Witnesses and Shorthand Writers in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment) 2002 (SSI 2002/280) and the Gaming Act (Variation of Fees) (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/281).

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

4.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Health and Community Care (Malcolm Chisholm) made a statement on the HCI Hospital at Clydebank.

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

6.      School Meals (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: Tommy Sheridan moved S1M-3223—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the School Meals (Scotland) Bill.

After debate, the motion was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 37, Against 74, Abstentions 0).

7.      Approval of SSIs: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3231—That the Parliament agrees that the following instruments be approved—

the draft Community Care (Assessment of Needs) (Scotland) Regulations 2002;
the draft Community Care (Personal Care and Nursing Care) (Scotland) Regulations 2002;
the draft Criminal Justice Act 1988 (Offensive Weapons) Amendment (Scotland) Order 2002;
the draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) (No.2) Regulations 2002;
the draft Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) (No.2) Regulations 2002; and
the Local Government Finance (Scotland) (No.2) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/230).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8.      University of St. Andrews (Postgraduate Medical Degrees) Bill – Electronic Voting: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3233—That the Parliament directs that under Rule 11.8.3 any division at Stage 2 of the University of St. Andrews (Postgraduate Medical Degrees) Bill shall be taken using the electronic voting system.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9.      University of St. Andrews (Postgraduate Medical Degrees) Bill – Suspension of Standing Orders: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3234 —That the Parliament agrees that Rules 9.5.3B, 9.7.9 and 9.8.3 of the Standing Orders be suspended for the purposes of the University of St. Andrews (Postgraduate Medical Degrees) Bill.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10.    Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3235—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government Committee is designated as Lead Committee in consideration of the Dog Fouling (Scotland) Bill and that the Justice 1 and 2 Committees be secondary committees.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

11.    Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10, as noted above.

The meeting was suspended from 5.11 pm to 5.18 pm.

12.    VisitScotland Funding of Dumfries and Galloway Tourist Board Foot-and-Mouth Recovery Plan: The Parliament debated S1M-3171 in the name of David Mundell—That the Parliament notes with extreme concern the failure of VisitScotland to allocate the necessary £280,000 to fund the second year of the foot-and-mouth recovery plan prepared by Dumfries and Galloway Tourist Board; believes that funds allocated nationally to VisitScotland by the Scottish Executive to help the tourist industry recover from the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak should be targeted on those areas most affected by the disease, and considers that the Scottish Executive should enter into urgent dialogue with VisitScotland to review their funding allocation to the board in the expectation that the necessary funding will be made available to support the Board's foot-and-mouth recovery plan which has already had considerable success in its first year.

The meeting closed at 5.50 pm.

No. 10 Wednesday 26 June 2002

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: The Reverend Dr J. Philip Newell, Church of Scotland, led Time for Reflection.

2.      University of St. Andrews (Postgraduate Medical Degrees) Bill – Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3259—That the Parliament agrees that time for consideration of Stages 2 and 3 of the University of St. Andrews (Postgraduate Medical Degrees) Bill be allocated as follows, so that debate on proceedings at each Stage, if not previously brought to a conclusion, shall be brought to a conclusion at the time specified—

Stage 2 – no later than 3.20 pm
Stage 3 – no later than 3.30 pm

The motion was agreed to.

3.      Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3252—That the Parliament agrees—

as a revision to the Business Programme agreed on Thursday 20 June 2002:

Wednesday 26 June 2002

after first Parliamentary Bureau Motions, delete all and insert—

“followed by                     Ministerial Statement on Budget Revision

followed by, no

later than 3.05 pm            Committee of the Whole Parliament: Stage 2 of the University of St. Andrews (Postgraduate Medical Degrees) Bill

followed by                      Stage 3 Debate on University of St. Andrews (Postgraduate Medical Degrees) Bill

followed by                      Executive Debate on Action on Waiting and Delayed Discharge

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-3173 Trish Godman: Loan Sharks”

Thursday 27 June 2002

after Stage 3 Debate on Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Bill, delete all and insert—

“followed by                     Finance Committee Debate on its Report on Stage 1 of the 2003/04 Budget Process

followed by                      Motion on Police Reform Bill - UK Legislation

followed by, no

later than 1.00 pm            Motions on appointment of Scottish Public Services Ombudsman and Deputy Ombudsmen

2.30 pm                          Question Time

3.10 pm                          First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm                          Executive Debate on Better Communities in Scotland: Closing the Gap

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-3207 Christine Grahame: Peebles Sheriff Court”

 the following programme of business—

Wednesday 4 September 2002

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Business

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Thursday 5 September 2002

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

and (c) that Stage 1 of the Dog Fouling (Scotland) Bill be completed by 10 January 2003 and that Stage 2 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill be completed by 31 October 2002.

The motion was agreed to.

4.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Finance and Public Services (Mr Andy Kerr) made a statement on Budget Revision.

The meeting closed at 3.08 pm.

A second meeting opened at 3.18 pm.

5.      University of St. Andrews (Postgraduate Medical Degrees) Bill – Stage 3: Iain Smith moved S1M-3209—That the Parliament agrees that the University of St. Andrews (Postgraduate Medical Degrees) Bill be passed.

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

6.      Action on Waiting and Delayed Discharge: The Minister for Health and Community Care (Malcolm Chisholm) moved S1M-3248—That the Parliament applauds the outstanding commitment and work of NHS staff in delivering reductions in waiting lists and the longest waiting times; recognises that more needs to be done, particularly for those patients experiencing the longest waits; welcomes the work of the National Waiting Times Unit and the proposed use of HCI as a national waiting times centre; notes the outcome of the Audit Scotland report on the management of waiting lists and that the Health Department will be working with others to implement its recommendations, and supports vigorous action on a range of fronts to reduce waiting times and the delays experienced by patients awaiting discharge from hospital.

Nicola Sturgeon moved amendment S1M-3248.1 to motion S1M-3248—

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“the face of increasing in-patient and out-patient waiting times; is extremely concerned at the disturbing findings of the recent Audit Scotland report, Review of the management of waiting lists in Scotland; calls for deferred waiting lists to be abolished and for all patients to be given a maximum waiting time guarantee; supports the work of the National Waiting Times Unit but calls on the Scottish Executive to give a commitment that HCI will be used exclusively for NHS patients in Scotland, and supports more vigorous action on a range of fronts to reduce waiting times and the delays experienced by patients awaiting discharge from hospital.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 27, Against 80, Abstentions 0).

Mary Scanlon moved amendment S1M-3248.2 to motion S1M-3248—

Leave out from “in delivering” to end and insert—

“; regrets the fact that waiting times are longer than they were when the Scottish Executive took office; notes with concern a simultaneous drop in NHS activity; particularly regrets the political interference within the NHS which has led to the inconsistent and unclear record keeping within the NHS discovered by Audit Scotland; and further notes that while the Executive continues to exert political control over our health service waiting times and delayed discharges will only get worse and that the best way to deliver improvements is to put patients first by giving them real choices and devolving power to local hospitals and GPs so that decisions are taken on the basis of clinical priorities.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 16, Against 66, Abstentions 25).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 65, Against 18, Abstentions 24).

7.      Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 5 and 6 as noted above.

8       Loan Sharks: The Parliament debated S1M-3173 in the name of Trish Godman—That the Parliament commends the excellent initiative of the Daily Record to name and shame the "loan sharks" who prey on vulnerable people living in poverty throughout Scotland; agrees with the newspaper that Scotland must not be a country where it is a crime to be poor and where loan sharks obtain huge profits out of other people's precarious financial circumstances, and is of the firm view that the Parliament, in close partnership with the UK Parliament, the police and other appropriate public agencies, must take decisive  action to drive these predators out of their sordid "business" in the interests of their victims and victims’ families.

The meeting closed at 5.54 pm.

No. 10A Committee of the Whole Parliament

Wednesday 26 June 2002

The meeting opened at 3.08 pm.

1.      University of St. Andrews (Postgraduate Medical Degrees) Bill – Stage 2: The Bill was considered at Stage 2.

Amendment 1 was agreed to (without division).

Section 1 was agreed to as amended.

Section 2 and the long title were agreed to without amendment.

The meeting closed at 3.18 pm.

No. 11 Thursday 27 June 2002

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Bill – Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3258—That the Parliament agrees that, at Stage 3 of the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Bill, debate on each part of the proceedings shall be brought to a conclusion at the time specified—

Consideration of amendments – no later than 10.15 am
Motion to pass the Bill – no later than 10.30 am

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

2.      Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Bill – Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

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

3.      Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Bill – Stage 3: Mike Rumbles, on behalf of the Standards Committee, moved S1M-3112—That the Parliament agrees that the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Bill be passed.

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

4.      Finance Committee, Stage 1 of the 2003-04 Budget Process: Des McNulty, on behalf of the Finance Committee, moved S1M-3225—That the Parliament notes the 3rd Report 2002 of the Finance Committee, Stage 1 of the 2003-04 Budget Process (SP Paper 597) and refers the recommendations to the Scottish Executive for consideration.

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

5.      Police Reform Bill – UK Legislation: The Deputy Minister for Justice (Dr Richard Simpson) moved S1M-3237—That the Parliament endorses the principle that sex offenders orders made in one jurisdiction within the United Kingdom should be recognised and enforceable throughout the UK with appropriate provisions in place concerning how the orders are applied for, amended and discharged, and agrees that the relevant provisions to achieve these ends should be considered by the UK Parliament in the Police Reform Bill.

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

6.      Appointment of Scottish Public Services Ombudsman: Trish Godman, on behalf of the Selection Panel, moved S1M-3244—That the Parliament nominates Professor Alice Brown to Her Majesty the Queen for appointment as the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 100, Against 3, Abstentions 1).

7.      Appointment of Scottish Public Services Deputy Ombudsman: Trish Godman, on behalf of the Selection Panel, moved S1M-3245—That the Parliament nominates Mr Eric Drake to Her Majesty the Queen for appointment as Scottish Public Services Deputy Ombudsman.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 99, Against 1, Abstentions  3).

8.      Appointment of Scottish Public Services Deputy Ombudsman: Trish Godman, on behalf of the Selection Panel, moved S1M-3246—That the Parliament nominates Ms Carolyn Hirst to Her Majesty the Queen for appointment as Scottish Public Services Deputy Ombudsman.

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

9.      Appointment of Scottish Public Services Deputy Ombudsman: Trish Godman, on behalf of the Selection Panel, moved S1M-3247—That the Parliament nominates Reverend Lewis Shand Smith to Her Majesty the Queen for appointment as Scottish Public Services Deputy Ombudsman.

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

10.    Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister and other Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

11.    Better Communities in Scotland: Closing the Gap: The Minister for Social Justice (Ms Margaret Curran)  moved S1M-3256—That the Parliament warmly welcomes the publication of the Scottish Executive’s community regeneration statement Better Communities in Scotland: Closing the Gap; agreesthat despite past successes in community regeneration more needs to be done to improve the quality of life of people in Scotland’s deprived areas; fully endorses the policy proposals for improving public services in deprived communities, placing community regeneration more firmly within the strategic framework of community planning, giving more priority to community learning and development and improving monitoring and evaluation, and agrees that these measures will make a significant contribution to closing the gap between deprived areas and the rest of Scotland.

Mr Kenneth Gibson moved amendment S1M-3256.1 to motion S1M-3256—

Leave out from “warmly” to end and insert—

“notes with disappointment the content of the Scottish Executive’s community regeneration statement Better Communities in Scotland: Closing the Gap; believes that community regeneration is a topic worthy of serious consideration, and demands that the Executive go back to the drawing board and come back when it has some well thought out, workable solutions to the problems faced by Scotland’s deprived communities.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 29, Against 68, Abstentions 2).

Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh moved amendment S1M-3256.2 to motion S1M-3256—

Leave out from “warmly” to end and insert

“notes the publication of the Scottish Executive’s community regeneration statement Better Communities in Scotland: Closing the Gap; agrees that despite past successes in community regeneration  more needs to be done to improve the quality of life of people in Scotland’s deprived areas; notes the Executive’s worthwhile aim of empowering professionals and communities to resolve local problems but considers that its bureaucratic, centralising approach fails to shift the emphasis of regeneration away from traditional government-imposed structures; notes that Better Communities in Scotland: Closing the Gap contains no meaningful proposals to measure the success or failure of regeneration initiatives, and calls upon the Executive to implement a genuinely diverse approach, independent of government, to empower families, communities, local voluntary organisations and professionals to take action to resolve the difficulties faced by Scotland’s deprived communities.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 13, Against 89, Abstentions 2).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 59, Against 41, Abstentions 1).

12.    Approval of SSIs: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3250—That the Parliament agrees that the following be approved—

Draft Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock: Laying Hens (SE/2002/100);

Draft Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock: Meat Chickens and Breeding Chickens (SE/2002/101); and

the draft Welfare of Farmed Animals (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

13.    Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3251—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government Committee be designated as Lead Committee in consideration of the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 and that the Health and Community Care Committee, the Education, Culture and Sport Committee and the Justice 1 and 2 Committees be secondary committees.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

14.    Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12 and 13 as noted above.

15.    Peebles Sheriff Court: The Parliament debated S1M-3207 in the name of Christine Grahame—That the Parliament notes with concern the threat of the permanent closure of Peebles Sheriff Court; further notes that the Minister for Justice is currently considering a report into the expenditure required to make the courthouse fully operational and intends to make his conclusion public soon, and further notes that the retention of the sheriff court at Peebles is supported by, inter alia, the Sheriff Principal of Lothian and Borders, the two sheriffs who sit there, the Society of Solicitors in the Shires of Selkirk and Peebles and the Faculty of Solicitors in Roxburghshire.

The meeting closed at 5.49 pm.

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