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No. 1 Thursday 13 May 2004

The meeting opened at 12.05 pm.

1.      Ministerial Statement: The First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell) made a statement on the explosion at Grovepark Street, Glasgow.

The meeting closed at 12.25 pm.

No. 2 Tuesday 18 May 2004

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Time for Reflection: Rev Dr Richard Frazer, Minister of Greyfriars Tolbooth and Highland Kirk led Time for Reflection.

2.      Children’s Hearings Review – Getting it Right for Every Child: The Parliament debated the subject of the children’s hearings review – Getting it Right for Every Child.

3.      Stamping Out Racism in Football: The Parliament debated S2M-1214 in the name of Bill Butler—That the Parliament condemns all racist incidents in and around football at every level; welcomes the work of “Show Racism the Red Card” in spreading the message amongst players and fans that racial discrimination within the game must be stamped out, and considers that the 42 Scottish Premier League and Football League clubs should sign up to the UEFA Ten Point Plan which sets out a framework for action to challenge racism in football.

The meeting closed at 5.54 pm.

No. 3 Wednesday 19 May 2004

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Health Issues: David McLetchie moved S2M-1326—That the Parliament notes that, despite a substantial increase in funding for the NHS in Scotland, services for patients have not improved over the last five years with fewer in-patient, day case and out-patient treatments occurring and more patients waiting longer for treatment; notes that, despite the best efforts of NHS staff, the current monolithic, centrally-run system of providing healthcare is not delivering the results our people are entitled to expect; recognises that fundamental reform is needed of the NHS in Scotland to achieve the standards of many other health services in European countries and to provide value for money for our taxpayers, and calls on the Scottish Executive to give patients genuine choice over the treatment they receive, establish foundation hospitals within NHSScotland and promote the development of the independent sector.

The Minister for Health and Community Care (Malcolm Chisholm) moved amendment S2M-1326.4 to motion S2M-1326—

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

“commends staff across the NHS for the quality improvements achieved over the last five years, the new forms of activity such as nurse-led clinics and the progress being made towards a six-month maximum wait for in-patient treatment by the end of 2005; notes that progress has been made at the same time as the working hours of medical and other staff have been brought into line with accepted norms; commends recent initiatives to tackle long out-patient waiting times, and supports further reform of NHSScotland through the development of community health partnerships and managed clinical networks, an increasing emphasis on involving patients and learning from their experiences and a sustained drive on health improvement and the prevention of ill-health in partnership with other agencies.”

Shona Robison moved amendment S2M-1326.2 to motion S2M-1326—

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

“the productivity and efficiency of NHSScotland is declining, and therefore calls on Audit Scotland to undertake a full root-and-branch inquiry into why the performance of NHSScotland has not improved given the substantial increase in funding.”

Carolyn Leckie moved amendment S2M-1326.3 to motion S2M-1326—

Leave out from “, despite a” to end and insert—

“Scotland’s health and quality of health services are not improving in relation to the wealth available in the fourth biggest economy in the world; further notes that the NHS has insufficient core capacity and insufficient core staffing of establishments that have increased agency, overtime and locum costs; is concerned that NHS boards have substantial deficits and plan unacceptable reductions in service provision and jobs; believes that resources that should be directly spent on patient care are diverted to ever-increasing profits for private consortia, private health providers of all kinds and pharmaceutical companies; notes that the Scottish Executive and NHS boards have repeatedly failed to strategically plan effectively; believes that all forms of privatisation in the NHS such as PFI/PPP and contracting from private providers should be stopped; further believes that the pharmaceutical companies should be brought into public ownership or, in the meantime, at the very least, the Executive should urgently introduce a drug-pricing regime that will control and deflate drug company profits, and believes that capacity and staffing establishments need to be systematically enlarged.”

After debate, amendment S2M-1326.4 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 71, Against 46, Abstentions 0).  As a result amendments S2M-1326.2 and S2M-1326.3 were pre-empted.

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 69, Against 48, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament commends staff across the NHS for the quality improvements achieved over the last five years, the new forms of activity such as nurse-led clinics and the progress being made towards a six-month maximum wait for in-patient treatment by the end of 2005; notes that progress has been made at the same time as the working hours of medical and other staff have been brought into line with accepted norms; commends recent initiatives to tackle long out-patient waiting times, and supports further reform of NHSScotland through the development of community health partnerships and managed clinical networks, an increasing emphasis on involving patients and learning from their experiences and a sustained drive on health improvement and the prevention of ill-health in partnership with other agencies.

2.      Sustainable Management of Scotland’s Marine Environment: The Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Allan Wilson) moved S2M-1327—That the Parliament recognises the considerable ecological, economic and social importance of Scotland’s marine environment; notes that the seas and oceans are the theme of this year’s United Nations World Environment Day on 5 June; acknowledges the range of initiatives already taken by the Scottish Executive to protect and enhance all of Scotland’s coastline and marine waters, including the Partnership Agreement commitment to consult on the options of establishing a national coastline park and marine national parks; endorses the Executive’s continued input to the United Kingdom marine stewardship report process, to the development of a European marine strategy and to OSPAR; welcomes the strong lead being taken by the Executive to set out a clearer vision and more coherent strategic framework for Scotland’s marine environment in its recent consultation paper, and supports the Executive’s objectives of improving the co-ordination of activity to support, and developing a mechanism for, the future good governance and sustainable management of Scotland’s marine environment.

Roseanna Cunningham moved amendment S2M-1327.1 to motion S2M-1327—

Leave out from “acknowledges” to end and insert—

“supports continued involvement by the Scottish Executive in the development of a European marine strategy and in OSPAR; notes that the regulation and management of Scotland’s coast and seas is fragmented with no coherent regulatory or planning framework and that, despite Scotland’s unique variety of marine wildlife, there is no legal basis for designating and managing areas for nationally important marine habitats and species; believes that there is a need for legislation to deliver integrated management of all aspects of Scotland’s marine environment; welcomes the consultation on the establishment of a national coastline park and marine national park, and, in recognising the importance of improving the co-ordination of activity to support, and develop a mechanism for, the future good governance and sustainable management of Scotland’s marine environment, calls for control of all matters impacting on the marine environment that are currently reserved, including the Crown Estate Commission’s ownership of the seabed, to be devolved to the Scottish Parliament.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 38, Against 79, Abstentions 0).

Alex Johnstone moved amendment S2M-1327.2 to motion S2M-1327—

Leave out from “; endorses” to end and insert—

“, but believes that the consolidation of marine legislation is only desirable if it can be achieved while protecting economic and social stakeholders, particularly in the fishing, aquaculture, energy and tourism sectors.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 18, Against 75, Abstentions 24).

Robin Harper moved amendment S2M-1327.3 to motion S2M-1327—

Leave out from “in its recent” to end and insert—

“starting with its recent consultation paper; notes the need for encouragement and support to community initiatives seeking sustainable local management of marine resources; supports the Executive’s objectives of improving the co-ordination of activity to support, and develop a strategy for, the future good governance and sustainable management of Scotland’s marine environment, and calls on the Executive to, as a first step, establish a marine national park by the end of 2006.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 38, Against 79, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 81, Against 2, Abstentions 34).

3.      Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1332—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 2 June 2004

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Scottish National Party Business

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 3 June 2004

9.30 am                          Executive Debate on the Economy of the Highlands and Islands

12 noon                          First Minister’s Question Time

2.00 pm                          Question Time—

                                      Environment and Rural Development;

                                      Health and Community Care;

                                      General Questions

3.00 pm                          Stage 1 Debate on the Tenements (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Motion on the Civil Partnership Bill - UK Legislation

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Wednesday 9 June 2004

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Business

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

4.      Approval of SSI: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1333—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2004 Amendment Order 2004 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

5.      Approval of SSI: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1334—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Health Professions (Operating Department Practitioners and Miscellaneous Amendments) Order 2004 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

7.      Livestock Improvement Scheme: The Parliament debated S2M-877 in the name of Mr Jamie McGrigor—That the Parliament recognises the considerable success over the last few years of the Livestock Improvement Scheme and, in particular, the Bull Hire Scheme in providing quality bulls to crofters at reasonable prices; notes with concern changes to the scheme that will require crofters to pay in advance for bull hire and wintering costs; fears that these changes will deter crofters from obtaining high quality bulls with quality assurance and thus run against the committed aims of both the Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department and the Crofters Commission of increasing the quality of the Scottish beef herd, and believes that the Scottish Executive should improve the efficiency of the current scheme rather than introducing upfront payments for bull hire that would put a severe financial strain on scheme members.

8.      Motion without Notice: Mr Rob Gibson moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended by 15 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 6.15 pm.

No. 4 Thursday 20 May 2004

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Skills and Continued Learning: The Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning (Lewis Macdonald) moved S2M-1340—That the Parliament supports Scottish Executive initiatives, such as the Scottish Union Learning Fund, the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework and the Determined to Succeed programme, to ensure the provision of effective skills and learning opportunities that will allow more people to play a full and productive role in the workplace and in the community; recognises the vital contribution that skills and learning make in helping to stimulate sustainable economic growth and to close the opportunity gap, and congratulates all those involved in the Modern Apprenticeship programme, which has exceeded its target of having 30,000 apprentices in training two years ahead of schedule.

Fiona Hyslop moved amendment S2M-1340.1 to motion S2M-1340—

Leave out from “supports” to end and insert—

“regrets the absence of a national skills and lifelong learning strategy from the Scottish Executive as part of the Smart, Successful Scotland policy; recognises the contribution of the Scottish Union Learning Fund, the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework, the Determined to Succeed programme and the Modern Apprenticeship programme, but notes that these individual elements by themselves will not deliver the appropriate skills and continued learning requirements for Scotland in the 21st century.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 33, Against 75, Abstentions 0).

Murdo Fraser moved amendment S2M-1340.2 to motion S2M-1340—

Insert after “gap,”—

“urges the Scottish Executive to increase the opportunity for school pupils across Scotland to access courses in further education colleges from the age of 14,”.

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 106, Against 4, Abstentions 1).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 107, Against 5, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament supports Scottish Executive initiatives, such as the Scottish Union Learning Fund, the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework and the Determined to Succeed programme, to ensure the provision of effective skills and learning opportunities that will allow more people to play a full and productive role in the workplace and in the community; recognises the vital contribution that skills and learning make in helping to stimulate sustainable economic growth and to close the opportunity gap, urges the Scottish Executive to increase the opportunity for school pupils across Scotland to access courses in further education colleges from the age of 14, and congratulates all those involved in the Modern Apprenticeship programme, which has exceeded its target of having 30,000 apprentices in training two years ahead of schedule.

2.      First Minister’s Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell).

3.      Question Time: Questions were answered by the Minister for Education and Young People (Peter Peacock) and the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport (Mr Frank McAveety); by the Minister for Finance and Public Services (Mr Andy Kerr) and the Minister for Communities (Ms Margaret Curran); and by other Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

4.      Major Events and Festivals in Scotland: The Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport (Mr Frank McAveety) moved S2M-1341—That the Parliament recognises Scotland’s excellent track record of creating and hosting world-class events and festivals; recognises the great benefits that events and festivals can bring throughout Scotland, such as boosting our economy, promoting the international profile of Scotland as a place to visit and in which to live, work and invest and encouraging Scots, particularly young people, to participate in sport and culture; welcomes the success achieved by EventScotland in its first year of operation in realising the potential of Scotland as a world-class destination for events, and congratulates the many organisers of festivals throughout Scotland in their success in getting communities involved in these festivals and attracting visitors to Scotland.

Mr Kenny MacAskill moved amendment S2M-1341.1 to motion S2M-1341—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“notes the success of the festivals and events throughout Scotland over many years, created and contributed to by a variety of organisations, whether central or local government, national or area tourist boards or private or public bodies; notes that the impediment to further success has been a shortage of funds and that the creation of an additional and unnecessary tier of bureaucracy is not the solution, and calls for the abolition of EventScotland and the creation of an event fund for appropriate organisations and bodies to access in order to continue and build upon the success to date.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 43, Against 68, Abstentions 1).

Chris Ballance moved amendment S2M-1341.2 to motion S2M-1341—

Insert at end—

“further notes that EventScotland’s mission statement encompasses environmental as well as other benefits and that the Scottish Executive’s major events strategy, while mentioning sustainability and affordability, places these items 11th and 16th respectively out of a total of 16 priorities, and calls on the Executive, through bodies such as EventScotland and VisitScotland, to work to ensure that environmental and community benefits are not given a lower priority in the quest to attract prestige events.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 12, Against 100, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 94, Against 0, Abstentions 18).

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

6.      Local Television: The Parliament debated S2M-1201 in the name of Linda Fabiani—That the Parliament congratulates Thistle Television, the only local television station in Scotland, on commencing local television broadcasting throughout Lanarkshire with a potential audience of 400,000 local people; welcomes Thistle Television as a valuable addition to local media networks and creative employment, and looks forward to its contribution to local business, culture, education, and community involvement.

The meeting closed at 5.45 pm.

No. 5 Wednesday 2 June 2004

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: His Holiness the Dalai Lama led Time for Reflection.

2.      International Situation:  Mr John Swinney moved S2M-1374—That the Parliament reaffirms its support for the United Nations and its belief in the primacy of international law; believes that the war in Iraq was both illegal and based on a deception as evidenced by the failure to find weapons of mass destruction; believes that as a consequence the world is now a more dangerous place; notes that the unstable security situation and the current rules of engagement within Iraq have led to the coalition forces being seen as an army of occupation, and believes, therefore, that to promote future stability in Iraq any foreign troops on Iraqi soil should be brought under UN command and that current coalition forces should be replaced, on a phased basis, by those drawn from non-Western, preferably Muslim, countries pending the restoration of full sovereignty and the consent of the Iraqi people.

Mr Andy Kerr moved amendment S2M-1374.5 to motion S2M-1374—

Leave out from “reaffirms” to end and insert—

“notes that discussions are taking place on a draft resolution on Iraq in the UN Security Council; recognises the importance of international support, particularly that of countries in the region, Iraq’s neighbours, and regional organisations, for the people of Iraq in their efforts to achieve security; welcomes the ongoing efforts of the Special Advisor to the Secretary-General of the United Nations to assist the people of Iraq in achieving the formation of a sovereign interim government of Iraq and the end of the occupation by 30 June 2004; affirms the importance of the principles of the rule of law, including respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and of democracy, including free and fair elections no later than 31 January 2005; notes the report provided to the Security Council on 16 April 2004 under resolution 1511 (2003) on the efforts and progress made by the multinational force authorised under that resolution; welcomes the willingness of the multinational force to continue efforts to contribute to the maintenance of security and stability in Iraq in support of the political transition, especially for upcoming elections, and to provide security for the United Nations presence in Iraq; recognises the importance of the consent of the sovereign government of Iraq for the presence of the multinational force after 30 June and of close co-ordination between the multinational force and that government, and acknowledges that the United Nations should play a leading role in assisting the Iraqi people in particular in the formation of institutions for representative government.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 42, Against 74, Abstentions 3).

Phil Gallie moved amendment S2M-1374.2 to motion S2M-1374—

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

“; recognises the importance of maintaining an influential Scottish voice in the UN Security Council through the permanent position allocated to the United Kingdom; notes the serious security situation in Iraq and pays tribute to the courageous, professional and effective manner in which British armed forces are responding to it; condemns malicious attempts in certain quarters to damage the reputation of our armed forces in Iraq by false accusations; supports future requests from British commanders on the ground for further equipment or manpower to enable them to fulfil their task; looks forward to a genuine transfer of power to a representative Iraqi Interim Government on 30 June 2004 to which, as the civil power, the United Kingdom can continue to give aid as required, and reaffirms the goal of helping to create a stable, democratic and prosperous Iraq which can become a beneficial influence within the region as a whole.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 18, Against 101, Abstentions 2).

Mr Jim Wallace moved amendment S2M-1374.4 to motion S2M-1374—

Leave out from “reaffirms” to end and insert—

“notes the motion passed by the Parliament on 13 March 2003; reaffirms its support for the United Nations and its belief in the primacy of international law; regrets that Her Majesty’s Government saw fit to take this country into the Iraq War without United Nations sanction or credible evidence of a significant threat to the safety of the United Kingdom or of the world community; believes that as a consequence the world is now a more dangerous place; notes with concern the deteriorating security situation in Iraq and the Middle East; believes that progress in Iraq is only possible if the role of the United Nations is expanded and enhanced and the transfer of sovereignty to the Iraqis on 30 June 2004 is real and visible; recalls that when the House of Commons endorsed military action against Saddam Hussein it did so on an understanding that progress on the road map for a peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinians would be a priority for Her Majesty’s Government; expresses its disappointment that recent events have made the achievement of a negotiated two-state solution more difficult and less likely; recognises the bravery and professionalism of British armed forces serving in Iraq in difficult and dangerous circumstances; calls upon Her Majesty’s Government not to commit any further troops unless requested by United Kingdom commanders in Iraq for the purposes of securing the safety of British forces and the fulfilling of Britain's international obligations towards the people of Iraq and to the United Nations, and further declares that any such troops should remain under United Kingdom operational command and within the area currently under United Kingdom control.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 17, Against 98, Abstentions 5).

Tommy Sheridan moved amendment S2M-1374.3 to motion S2M-1374—

Leave out from “reaffirms” to end and insert—

“believes that all British troops should be withdrawn from Iraq immediately; considers that the decision to invade Iraq was based on lies, deceit and distortion and that President George W Bush and Tony Blair are guilty of wilful deception in relation to weapons of mass destruction, Iraqi links to the September 11 atrocity and Iraq posing an imminent “45-minute” threat to British interests; further considers that the invasion of Iraq was illegal under international law and the continued presence of coalition troops represents an illegal occupation; believes that the billions of pounds committed to waging war in Iraq should be diverted to agencies like the Red Cross, Red Crescent, Médicins Sans Frontières and others to assist in the rebuilding of Iraq’s infrastructure with the consent of the Iraqi people and that peace across the Middle East will be only secured on the basis of a free and viable Palestine requiring the withdrawal of Israel from Palestinian territory; further believes that Scotland’s name should be synonymous with peaceful resolution of the world’s problems and conflicts, and extends the hand of peace and friendship internationally.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 8, Against 101, Abstentions 12).

The motion was then disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 38, Against 62, Abstentions 21).

3.      Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1358—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 9 June 2004

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Business

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Wednesday 16 June 2004

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Business

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 17 June 2004

9.30 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 3 of the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill

12 noon                          First Minister’s Question Time

2.00 pm                          Question Time—

                                      Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport;

                                      Justice and Law Officers;

                                      General Questions

3.00 pm                          Continuation of Stage 3 of the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

4.      Designation of Lead Committees:  Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-1379—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Limit) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004;

S2M-1380—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Crofting Community Body Form of Application for Consent to Buy Croft Land etc. and Notice of Minister’s Decision (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/224);

S2M-1381—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Crofting Community Right to Buy (Grant Towards Compensation Liability) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/225);

S2M-1382—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Crofting Community Right to Buy (Compensation) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/226);

S2M-1383—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Crofting Community Right to Buy (Ballot) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/227);

S2M-1384—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Community Right to Buy (Ballot) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/228);

S2M-1385—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Community Right to Buy (Compensation) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/229);

S2M-1386—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Community Right to Buy (Register of Community Interests in Land Charges) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/230);

S2M-1387—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Community Right to Buy (Specification of Plans) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/231);

S2M-1388—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Community Right to Buy (Forms) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/233); and

S2M-1389—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

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

6.      Affordable Housing in North-east Fife: The Parliament debated S2M-1329 in the name of Iain Smith—That the Parliament notes with concern the shortage of affordable housing for rent or sale in many communities in north-east Fife; recognises that this is due to many factors including the decline in the amount of public sector rented accommodation, the popularity of many communities as retirement and holiday locations and, in the case of St Andrews, the accommodation needs of the growing student population; expresses its concern about the difficulties faced by many people in trying to obtain affordable accommodation in their own communities and the pressures on rural services such as schools, and considers that Fife Council, Communities Scotland and the Scottish Executive should develop an effective housing plan for north-east Fife that addresses these concerns to ensure viable, vibrant and sustainable communities throughout north-east Fife.

The meeting closed at 6.03 pm.

No. 6 Thursday 3 June 2004

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Economy of the Highlands and Islands: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning (Mr Jim Wallace) moved S2M-1395—That the Parliament endorses the ambition to create a diverse, dynamic and sustainable economy in the Highlands and Islands; congratulates Highlands and Islands Enterprise on the progress it has made with local partners towards realising this ambition, particularly in the areas of telecommunications, research and development and renewable energy; further welcomes the significant investment in critical transport infrastructure in the Highlands and Islands; recognises that serious challenges still lie ahead for the Highlands and Islands economy, not least in terms of sustaining more fragile areas, but believes that these can best be addressed through continuing the approach set out in A Smart, Successful Scotland.

Mr Jim Mather moved amendment S2M-1395.2 to motion S2M-1395—

Leave out from “endorses” to end and insert—

“believes that the Highlands and Islands have both the right and the potential to be an economy that is diverse, dynamic and sustainable; commends the progress that has been achieved to date by individual endeavour, quality local services, business resilience and innovation in spite of hurdles which must be overcome in order for that potential to be realised; considers that these hurdles include the threats to primary and acute healthcare, the failure of the Scottish Executive to mount a coherent campaign for the contribution of adequate EU structural funds, the lack of affordable housing, poor transport links, higher fuel costs and an overall failure adequately to address the needs of key industries, and urges the Executive to produce a comprehensive strategy that will overcome these inhibitors and enable the Highlands and Islands to achieve its full potential.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 26, Against 65, Abstentions 14).

Murdo Fraser moved amendment S2M-1395.1 to motion S2M-1395—

Leave out from “congratulates” to end and insert—

“acknowledges that the long-term economic decline of the Highlands and Islands was reversed under the last Conservative government; believes that strong businesses are essential in bringing about further economic growth in the Highlands and Islands; notes with concern that businesses in the Highlands and Islands continue to be hampered by high business rates, excessive regulation and poor transport infrastructure; recognises, particularly, the need for improvement of the A9 as the major strategic link between the central belt and the north, and calls on the Scottish Executive to improve the business environment in the Highlands and Islands by lowering business rates, cutting regulation and investing in transport infrastructure improvements.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 14, Against 91, Abstentions 1).

Eleanor Scott moved amendment S2M-1395.3 to motion S2M-1395—

Leave out from “, particularly” to end and insert—

“; notes the lessons to be learned including the need to engage with, and invest in, local communities in areas such as telecommunications, research and development and renewable energy; further notes the need for investment in sustainable transport; recognises that serious challenges still lie ahead in terms of sustaining more fragile areas, and endorses the view expressed in A Smart, Successful Scotland – the Highlands and Islands dimension, that economic growth must be achieved in tandem with no less important aspects of Highlands and Islands life, such as social cohesion, vibrant cultures and natural environment, and that development activity must remain aware of the legacy it leaves for the future.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 15, Against 73, Abstentions 17).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 59, Against 38, Abstentions 9).

2.      First Minister’s Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell).

3.      Question Time: Questions were answered by the Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Ross Finnie); by the Minister for Health and Community Care (Malcolm Chisholm); and by other Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

4.      Tenements (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Minister for Communities (Ms Margaret Curran) moved S2M-848—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Tenements (Scotland) Bill.

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

5.      Civil Partnership Bill – UK Legislation: The Deputy Minister for Justice (Hugh Henry) moved S2M-1202—That the Parliament endorses the principle of giving same sex couples in Scotland the opportunity to form a civil partnership and agrees that the provisions in the Civil Partnership Bill that relate to devolved matters should be based on Scots law and considered by the UK Parliament.

Bill Aitken moved amendment S2M-1202.1 to motion S2M-1202—

Leave out from “endorses” to first “and”.

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 14, Against 92, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 80, Against 25, Abstentions 1).

6.      Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1378—That the Parliament agrees—

(i) that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 4 June 2004 on the draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004; and by 11 June 2004 on the draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Limit) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004; and

(ii) that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 11 June 2004 on: the Crofting Community Body Form of Application for Consent to Buy Croft Land etc. and Notice of Minister’s Decision (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/224); the Crofting Community Right to Buy (Grant Towards Compensation Liability) (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/225); the Crofting Community Right to Buy (Compensation) (Scotland) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/226); the Crofting Community Right to Buy (Ballot) (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/227); the Community Right to Buy (Ballot) (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/228); the Community Right to Buy (Compensation) (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/229); the Community Right to Buy (Register of Community Interests in Land Charges) (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/230); the Community Right to Buy (Specification of Plans) (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/231); and the Community Right to Buy (Forms) (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/233).

The motion was agreed to.

7.      Substitution on Committee: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1362—That the Parliament agrees that Tricia Marwick be appointed to replace Brian Adam as the Scottish National Party substitute on the Education Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8.      Office of the Clerk: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S2M-1390—That the Parliament agrees that between 8 January 2005 and 2 September 2005, the Office of the Clerk shall be open all days except: Saturdays and Sundays, 25 and 28 March, and 2, 27 and 30 May 2005.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

10.    Asbestos-Related Illnesses: The Parliament debated S2M-866 in the name of Des McNulty—That the Parliament notes with deep concern recent projections regarding the increasing prevalence of asbestos-related illnesses in Scotland; notes that the historic concentration of heavy industry on Clydeside has left a devastating health legacy, affecting many former shipyard and engineering workers and their families; notes that although former shipyard communities show the highest incidence of asbestos-related disease, evidence now shows that ever-increasing numbers of workers from other parts of Scotland have also become victims of asbestos-related illnesses due largely to the past use of asbestos in construction; considers that the Scottish Executive should give urgent consideration to bringing forward an integrated strategy to assist all those affected by asbestos-related illnesses, which should combine screening and testing people who may have been at risk in order to ensure early diagnosis, counselling and support for victims and their families, and the provision of specialist palliative care, and further considers that the Scottish Executive should work along with COSLA, NHS boards and other key bodies, including the Health and Safety Executive to ensure that necessary information is made available to potential sufferers from asbestos-related illnesses and all those professionals in health, local government and other services who may be in the position of assisting victims and their families.

The meeting closed at 5.57 pm.

No. 7 Wednesday 9 June 2004

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Mrs Margaret Clark, Roman Catholic, Action for Churches Together in Scotland and the Ecumenical Forum of European Christian Women led Time for Reflection.

2.      Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1433—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 16 June 2004

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Debate on Family Matters: Improving Family Law in Scotland

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 17 June 2004

9.30 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 3 of the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill

12 noon                          First Minister’s Question Time

1.30 pm                          Question Time—

                                      Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport;

                                      Justice and Law Officers;

                                      General Questions

2.30 pm                          Continuation of Stage 3 of the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.30 pm                          Decision Time

Wednesday 23 June 2004

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 3 of the Local Governance (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 24 June 2004

9.30 am                          Committee Business

12 noon                          First Minister’s Question Time

2.00 pm                          Question Time—

                                      Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport;

                                      Finance and Public Services and Communities;

                                      General Questions

3.00 pm                          Stage 1 Debate on the School Education (Ministerial Powers and Independent Schools) (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Bill Aitken moved amendment S2M-1433.1 to motion S2M-1433—

after

followed by       Executive Debate on Family Matters: Improving Family Law in Scotland”

insert

“4.00 pm           Ministerial Statement on Slopping Out

4.30 pm            Ministerial Statement on Scottish Opera”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to (by division: For 36, Against 65, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to (by division: For 65, Against 37, Abstentions 0).

3.      Promoting Choice and Good Citizenship: Towards More Smoke-Free Environments: The Parliament debated the subject of Promoting Choice and Good Citizenship: Towards More Smoke-Free Environments.

4.      Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1426—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) that consideration of the Tenements (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 25 June 2004;

(b) that the timetable for consideration of the Prostitution Tolerance Zones (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be extended to 23 December 2004;

(c) that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 11 June 2004 on the Victim Statements (Prescribed Offences) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2004, (SSI 2004/246); and

(d) that the Environment and Rural Development Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 27 June 2004 on the Scottish Outdoor Access Code: Proposed Code, (SE/2004/101).

The motion was agreed to.

5.      Designation of Lead Committees: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-1427—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Victim Statements (Prescribed Offences) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2004 (SSI 2004/246); and

S2M-1428—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Scottish Outdoor Access Code: Proposed Code (SE/2004/101).

The motions were agreed to (DT).

6.      Approval of SSI: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1429—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/221) be approved.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 51, Against 14, Abstentions 7).

7.      Decision Time: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1437—That the Parliament agrees under Rule 11.2.4 of the Standing Orders that Decision Time on Thursday 17 June 2004 shall begin at 5.30pm.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8.      Suspension of Standing Orders: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1439—That the Parliament agrees that Rule 5.6.1(c) of the Standing Orders be suspended for the duration of the Meeting of the Parliament on Thursday 17 June 2004.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

10.    The Turning of the Tide Against Nazism:  The Parliament debated S2M-1302 in the name of Trish Godman—That the Parliament wishes to place on record its abiding gratefulness to those fellow Scots who, some 60 years ago along with their comrades from the allied nations, turned the tide and destroyed the evil of Nazism and fascism in Europe and, in bringing an end to that terrible war, assisted with the new accord within Europe that has eventually, and not without struggle of a different kind, led to the European Union of 25 nations, based upon equality and fraternity that has, as one of its major aims, the elimination of poverty within its member states and elsewhere in the world.

The meeting closed at 5.52 pm.

No. 8 Wednesday 16 June 2004

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Rev Alistair H. Morrison, Church of Scotland Parish Minister led Time for Reflection.

2.      Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1478—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for 16 June 2004—

Wednesday 16 June 2004

after,

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

insert,

followed by                      Ministerial Statement on the Local Government Finance Review

followed by                      Ministerial Statement on the Transport White Paper – Scotland’s Transport Future

The motion was agreed to.

3.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Finance and Public Services (Mr Andy Kerr) made a statement and answered questions on the Local Government Finance Review.

4.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Transport (Nicol Stephen) made a statement and answered questions on the transport white paper – Scotland’s Transport Future.

5.      Family Matters - Improving Family Law in Scotland: The Minister for Justice (Cathy Jamieson) moved S2M-1464—That the Parliament agrees that family law reform must safeguard the best interests of children; believes that stability in families should be promoted and supported, and therefore supports the reform of family law so that it reflects the reality of families in Scotland today.

Nicola Sturgeon moved amendment S2M-1464.2 to motion S2M-1464—

Insert at end—

“and ensures meaningful protection under the law, particularly in the event of separation or the death of one partner, for couples who have made the legitimate choice to live together without being married.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 31, Against 76, Abstentions 3).

Miss Annabel Goldie moved amendment S2M-1464.1 to motion S2M-1464—

Leave out from “and therefore” to end and insert—

“recognises that marriage has proved to be the most stable and viable framework within which to raise children, and therefore calls on the Scottish Executive, in considering any legislation, to ensure that marriage is not undermined by any such legislative changes.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 23, Against 87, Abstentions 2).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 96, Against 16, Abstentions 0).

6.      Business Motion:  Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1477—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 23 June 2004

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 3 of the Local Governance (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 24 June 2004

9.30 am                          Committee Business

12 noon                          First Minister’s Question Time

2.00 pm                          Question Time—

                                      Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport;

                                      Finance and Public Services and Communities;

                                      General Questions

3.00 pm                          Stage 1 Debate on the School Education (Ministerial Powers and Independent Schools) (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Wednesday 30 June 2004

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Business

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 1 July 2004

9.30 am                          Final Stage of Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine Railway and Linked Improvements Bill

12 noon                          First Minister’s Question Time

2.00 pm                          Question Time—

                                      Environment and Rural Development;

                                      Health and Community Care;

                                      General Questions

3.00 pm                          Executive Business

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

7.      Establishment of Committees: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-1443—That the Parliament agrees to establish a committee of the Parliament as follows:

Name of Committee: The Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill Committee;

Remit: To consider and report to the Parliament on the Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill;

Duration: Until the Bill has received Royal Assent, falls or is withdrawn;

Convenership: The Convener will be a member of the Labour Party and the Deputy Convener will be a member of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party;

Membership: Jackie Baillie (Labour), Dr Sylvia Jackson (Labour), Michael Matheson (SNP), Phil Gallie (Conservative), Mr Jamie Stone (Liberal Democrat); and

S2M-1444—That the Parliament agrees to establish a committee of the Parliament as follows:

Name of Committee: The Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill Committee;

Remit: To consider and report to the Parliament on the Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill;

Duration: Until the Bill has received Royal Assent, falls or is withdrawn;

Convenership: The Convener will be a member of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party and the Deputy Convener will be a member of the Liberal Democrat Party;

Membership: Marilyn Livingstone (Labour), Kate Maclean (Labour), Stewart Stevenson (SNP), Bill Aitken (Conservative), Jeremy Purvis (Liberal Democrat).

The motions were agreed to (DT).

8.      Designation of Lead Committee: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1471—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Victim Statements (Prescribed Offences) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/287).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9.      Rule 2.3.1:  Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1482—That the Parliament agrees the following dates under Rule 2.3.1: 12 – 20 February 2005 (inclusive), 25 March – 10 April 2005 (inclusive), 2 July – 4 September 2005 (inclusive).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

11.    International Refugee Week: The Parliament debated S2M-1416 in the name of Mr Kenny MacAskill—That the Parliament notes that 14 to 20 June 2004 is International Refugee Week; welcomes the great social, cultural and economic benefits that refugees have brought to Scotland over the years; recognises that they continue to bring these benefits and in many instances arrive in Scotland as a result of war, and destitution caused thereby; notes that events are taking place worldwide to mark the week, and welcomes the establishment of the Edinburgh Refugee Centre at St George’s West Church in Shandwick Place, Edinburgh, providing humanitarian support, advice and assistance for refugees and asylum seekers.

The meeting closed at 5.59 pm.

No. 9  Thursday 17 June 2004

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion:  Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1491—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill, debate on each part of the proceedings shall be brought to a conclusion by the time-limits indicated (each time-limit being calculated from when the Stage begins and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when the meeting of the Parliament is suspended or otherwise not in progress):

Groups 1 to 3 – no later than 40 minutes
Groups 4 and 5 – no later than 1 hour 30 minutes
Groups 6 and 7 – no later than 2 hours and 30 minutes
Groups 8 to 11 – no later than 3 hours and 20 minutes
Groups 12 to 21 – no later than 4 hours and 10 minutes
Groups 22 to 24 – no later than 4 hours and 30 minutes
Groups 25 to 30 – no later than 5 hours and 15 minutes

Motion to pass the Bill – 5 hours and 30 minutes

The motion was agreed to.

2.      Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48 and 50.

The following amendments were agreed to (by division)—

         49           (For 69, Against 51, Abstentions 1)

         95           (For 104, Against 16, Abstentions 0)

         51           (For 97, Against 24, Abstentions 0).                       

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

         83           (For 48, Against 66, Abstentions 0)

         84           (For 48, Against 64, Abstentions 1)

         1             (For 34, Against 63, Abstentions 20).

Other amendments were not moved.

3.      First Minister’s Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell).

4.      Question Time: Questions were answered by the Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning (Mr Jim Wallace) and the Minister for Transport (Nicol Stephen); by the Minister for Justice (Cathy Jamieson) and the Lord Advocate (Colin Boyd); and by other Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

5.      Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Parliament resumed consideration of the Bill at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 96, 54, 55, 56, 57, 59, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 110, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 147, 154, 60, 63, 64, 67, 68, 159, 69, 70, 71, 72, 160, 73, 74, 75, 76, 78, 80, 81 and 82.

The following amendments were agreed to (by division)—

         52                   (For 86, Against 19, Abstentions 0)

         53                  (For 86, Against 20, Abstentions 0)

         58                   (For 103, Against 6, Abstentions 0)

         106                (For 88, Against 16, Abstentions 0)

         107                (For 88, Against 15, Abstentions 0)

         108                (For 89, Against 15, Abstentions 0)

         109                (For 95, Against 12, Abstentions 0)

         111                (For 99, Against 15, Abstentions 0)

         112 to 118        (For 98, Against 17, Abstentions 0)

         140                (For 100, Against 16, Abstentions 0)

         146                (For 100, Against 16, Abstentions 0)

         148 to 150        (For 100, Against 15, Abstentions 0)

         31                   (For 90, Against 20, Abstentions 6)

         32                   (For 88, Against 21, Abstentions 6)

         61                   (For 95, Against 15, Abstentions 0)

         62                   (For 97, Against 16, Abstentions 0)

         65                   (For 98, Against 16, Abstentions 0)

         66                   (For 96, Against 16, Abstentions 0)

         158                (For 103, Against 8, Abstentions 1)

         77                   (For 98, Against 17, Abstentions 0)

         79                   (For 96, Against 17, Abstentions 1).

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

         97           (For 17, Against 93, Abstentions 0)

         99           (For 22, Against 84, Abstentions 6)

         20           (For 20, Against 71, Abstentions 0)

         151        (For 28, Against 81, Abstentions 6)

         155        (For 29, Against 81, Abstentions 6)

         91           (For 30, Against 81, Abstentions 0)

         93           (For 32, Against 79, Abstentions 0).

Amendment 161 was moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn.

Other amendments were not moved.

6.      Motion without Notice: Stewart Stevenson moved, without notice, that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate on Groups 12 to 21 be extended by 15 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

7.      Business Motion:  Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1499—That the Parliament agrees as a revision to motion S2M-1491 in the name of Patricia Ferguson (Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill - Business Motion),  agreed on 17 June 2004, in relation to the timetabling motion for Stage 3 of the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill—

after,

Groups 12 to 21 – no later than 4 hours and 10 minutes

delete all and insert,

Groups 22 to 24 – no later than 4 hours and 45 minutes
Groups 25 to 30 – no later than 5 hours and 30 minutes
Motion to pass the Bill – 5 hours and 45 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

8.      Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Minister for Communities (Ms Margaret Curran) moved S2M-1407—That the Parliament agrees that the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill be passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 103, Against 11, Abstentions 0).

9.      Motion without Notice: Patricia Ferguson moved, without notice, that under Rule 2.2.6(d), the meeting of Parliament continue beyond 5.30 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

10.    Motion without Notice: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved, without notice, that the Parliament agrees under Rule 11.2.4 that Decision Time on Thursday 17 June 2004 be taken at 6.15 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

11.    Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1472—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 3 July 2004 on the Victim Statements (Prescribed Offences) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/287).

The motion was agreed to.

12.    Approval of SSI: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1473—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.3) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/237) be approved.

The motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 71, Against 20, Abstentions 22).

13.    Approval of SSI: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1468—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

14.    Approval of SSI: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1469—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Limit) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

15.    Approval of SSI: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1470—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2004 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

16.    Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 8, 12, 13, 14 and 15 as noted above.

The meeting closed at 6.19 pm.

No. 10 Wednesday 23 June 2004

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar led Time for Reflection.

2.      Local Governance (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1528—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Local Governance (Scotland) Bill, debate on each part of the proceedings shall be brought to a conclusion by the time-limits indicated (each time-limit being calculated from when the Stage begins and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when the meeting of the Parliament is suspended or otherwise not in progress):

Groups 1 to 5 – no later than 1 hour and 10 minutes
Group 6 – no later than 1 hour 20 minutes
Groups 7 and 8 – no later than 1 hour and 50 minutes
Group 9 – no later than 1 hour and 55 minutes
Motion to pass the Bill – 2 hours and 25 minutes

The motion was agreed to.

3.      Local Governance (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 10, 11, 13 and 12

The following amendments were agreed to (by division)—

         18           (For 80, Against 23, Abstentions 6)

          14 to 17  (For 99, Against 1, Abstentions 10)

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

         1             (For 47, Against 65, Abstentions 0)

         2             (For 44, Against 66, Abstentions 0)

         3             (For 48, Against 64, Abstentions 0)

         4             (For 28, Against 82, Abstentions 0)

         19           (For 29, Against 80, Abstentions 0)

         20           (For 11, Against 98, Abstentions 0)

         26           (For 41, Against 64, Abstentions 0)

         21           (For 44, Against 65, Abstentions 0)

         23A        (For 45, Against 65, Abstentions 0)

         23           (For 45, Against 65, Abstentions 0)

         24           (For 2, Against 110, Abstentions 0)

         25           (For 2, Against 110, Abstentions 0)

Amendment 6 was moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn.

Other amendments were not moved.

4.      Local Governance (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Minister for Finance and Public Services (Mr Andy Kerr) moved S2M-1495—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Governance (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Tricia Marwick moved amendment S2M-1495.1 to motion S2M-1495—

Insert at end—

“but, in so doing, considers that the Scottish Executive should bring forward legislation, as a matter of urgency, to decouple elections to Scottish local authorities from the elections to the Parliament.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 39, Against 78, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 96, Against 18, Abstentions 2).

5.      Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1523—That the Parliament agrees the following revisions to the programme of business for Thursday 24 June 2004 and Thursday 1 July 2004—

(a) Thursday 24 June 2004

(i)    delete,

9.30 am              Procedures Committee Debate on its 3rd Report, 2004: Suspension of Standing Orders and its 5th Report, 2004: Two Minor Changes to Standing Orders

and insert,

9.30 am              Ministerial Statement on Future Arrangements for Cross-Border Students

followed by          Procedures Committee Debate on its 3rd Report, 2004: Suspension of Standing Orders and its 5th Report, 2004: Two Minor Changes to Standing Orders

and,

(ii)   after,

2.00 pm              Question Time—

                          Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport;

                          Finance and Public Services and Communities;

                          General Questions

delete,

3.00 pm              Stage 1 Debate on the School Education (Ministerial Powers and Independent Schools) (Scotland) Bill

and insert,

3.00 pm              Ministerial Statement on Efficient Government

followed by          Stage 1 Debate on the School Education (Ministerial Powers and Independent Schools) (Scotland) Bill

followed by          Motion on the Publication of Lord Fraser’s Report into the Scottish Parliament Building Project;

and

(b) Thursday 1 July 2004

delete,

9.30 am              Final Stage of Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine Railway and Linked Improvements Bill

and insert,

9.30 am              Executive Debate on 21st Century Social Work

and after,

2.00 pm              Question Time—

                          Environment and Rural Development;

                          Health and Community Care;

                          General Questions

delete,

3.00 pm              Executive Business

and insert,

3.00 pm              Final Stage of Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine Railway and Linked Improvements Bill

The motion was agreed to.

6.      Approval of SSI: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1513—That the Parliament agrees that the Farm Business Development (Scotland) Amendment Scheme 2004 (SSI 2004/236) be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7.      Designation of Lead Committees: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-1514—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Police (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/257);

S2M-1515—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/262);

S2M-1516—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Criminal Legal Aid (Fixed Payments) (Scotland) Amendment (No.3) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/263);

S2M-1517—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) (Fees) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/264); and

S2M-1518—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) (Fees) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/281).

The motions were agreed to (DT).

8.      Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 4, 6 and 7 as noted above.

9.      Newton Dee Village Community: The Parliament debated S2M-1204 in the name of Mr David Davidson—That the Parliament recognises the huge investment in, and the excellent and unique work accomplished at, the Newton Dee Village Community since 1940 and also at the 11 other centres of the Camphill Village Trust through the provision of fulfilling work opportunities and homes for adults with learning disabilities; commends the pioneering health care provision available to residents and the local community; recognises the impact this has on the development of wide-ranging interests and participation in cultural and social activities, and believes that everything possible should be done to allow the community to continue undisturbed and to develop over future years.

The meeting closed at 5.40 pm.

No. 11 Thursday 24 June 2004

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Ministerial Statement: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning (Mr Jim Wallace) made a statement and answered questions on the future arrangements for cross-border students.

2.      Procedures Committee, Suspension of Standing Orders and Two Minor Changes to Standing Orders:  Iain Smith, on behalf of the Procedures Committee, moved S2M-1447—That the Parliament notes the Procedures Committee’s 3rd Report, 2004 (Session 2), Suspension of Standing Orders (SP Paper 93), and its 5th Report, 2004 (Session 2), Two Minor Changes to Standing Orders (SP Paper 174), and agrees that the changes to standing orders set out in Annexe A to each Report be made with effect from 6 September 2004.

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

3.      Finance Committee, Stage 1 of the 2005-06 Budget Process: Des McNulty, on behalf of the Finance Committee, moved S2M-1498—That the Parliament notes the 5th Report, 2004 (Session 2) of the Finance Committee, Stage 1 of the 2005-06 Budget Process (SP Paper 182) and refers the recommendations to the Scottish Executive for consideration.

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

4.      First Minister’s Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell).

5.      Question Time: Questions were answered by the Minister for Education and Young People (Peter Peacock) and the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport (Mr Frank McAveety); by the Minister for Finance and Public Services (Mr Andy Kerr) and the Minister for Communities (Ms Margaret Curran); and by other Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

6.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Finance and Public Services (Mr Andy Kerr) made a statement and answered questions on efficient government.

7.      School Education (Ministerial Powers and Independent Schools) (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Minister for Education and Young People (Peter Peacock) moved S2M-1119—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the School Education (Ministerial Powers and Independent Schools) (Scotland) Bill.

After debate, motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 60, Against 48, Abstentions 0).

8.      Publication of Lord Fraser’s Report into the Scottish Parliament Building Project: Murray Tosh moved S2M-1529—That the Parliament authorises Lord Fraser to lay his report into the Scottish Parliament Building Project before the Parliament and orders the Clerk to publish the report.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9.      Designation of Lead Committee: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1519—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/282).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10.    Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1520—That the Parliament agrees—

(i) that consideration of the Water Services etc. (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 19 November 2004;

(ii) that the timetable for completion of consideration of the Emergency Workers (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be extended to 24 September 2004; and

(iii) that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 27 June 2004 on the Police (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/257); the Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/262); the Criminal Legal Aid (Fixed Payments) (Scotland) Amendment (No.3) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/263); the Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) (Fees) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/264); and by 3 July 2004 on the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) (Fees) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/281) and the Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/282). 

The motion was agreed to.

11.    Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 3, 7, 8 and 9 as noted above.

12.    Education for Peace Across Scotland: The Parliament debated S2M-1431 in the name of Chris Ballance—That the Parliament commends the work of the World Peace Prayer Society at its European headquarters in Dumfriesshire, particularly in peace education in schools; recognises the valuable contribution that principles of non-violence and co-operation can make to society and supports the development of skills in conflict resolution, and believes that the Scottish Executive should therefore consider a cross-sectoral review of various peace initiatives, not just in education, but in justice, health and other areas, liaising with COSLA, NHS boards, religious groups, voluntary organisations and other relevant bodies in order to bring forward an integrated strategy for encouraging the peaceful resolution of disputes in all fields and promoting education for peace.

The meeting closed at 5.57 pm.

 No. 12 Wednesday 30 June 2004

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Cathy Ratcliff, Programmes Director, Mercy Corps Scotland led Time for Reflection.

2.      Celebration of Volunteering in Scotland:  The Parliament debated the subject of a celebration of volunteering in Scotland.

3.      Business Motion:  Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1549—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Tuesday 7 September 2004

9.30 am                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Business

2.30 pm                          Executive Business

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Wednesday 8 September 2004

9.30 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Business

12 noon                          First Minister’s Question Time

2.00 pm                          Question Time—

                                      Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport;

                                      Justice and Law Officers;

                                      General Questions

3.00 pm                          Executive Business

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

(b) that consideration of the School Education (Ministerial Powers and Independent Schools) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 24 September 2004; and

(c) that the period for lodging questions for First Minister’s Question Time on 8 September 2004 should end at  2.00 pm on Friday 3 September.

The motion was agreed to.

4.      Designation of Lead Committee: Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1546—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Fire (Scotland) Bill.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

5.      Membership of Committee: Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1547—That the Parliament agrees that Mr Mark Ruskell be appointed to replace Eleanor Scott on the Environment and Rural Development Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6.      Designation of Lead Committee: Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1550—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2004 Amendment Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/305).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

8.      Urgent Need to Tackle Hepatitis C, Public Health Crisis: The Parliament debated S2M-1481 in the name of Mr Keith Raffan—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of the UK Hepatitis C Resource Centre for Scotland; recognises the urgent need to raise awareness of what the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh described in their UK Hepatitis C Consensus Statement of April 2004 as a “public health crisis” which affects between 45,000 and 65,000 people in Scotland, and believes that the Scottish Executive should acknowledge that, as with HIV/AIDS, this epidemic can only be effectively tackled through central, ring-fenced funding for both treatment and prevention.

The meeting closed at 5.41 pm.

No. 13 Thursday 1 July 2004

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      21st Century Social Work: The Parliament debated the subject of 21st century social work.

2.      First Minister’s Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell).

3.      Question Time: Questions were answered by the Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Ross Finnie); by the Minister for Health and Community Care (Malcolm Chisholm); and by other Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

4.      Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine Railway and Linked Improvements Bill Committee, Appropriate Assessment for the River Teith candidate Special Area of Conservation: Bill Butler, on behalf of the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine Railway and Linked Improvements Bill Committee, moved S2M-1542—That the Parliament notes the 2nd Report 2004 (Session 2) of the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine Railway and Linked Improvements Bill Committee, Appropriate Assessment for the River Teith candidate Special Area of Conservation (SP Paper 187), and agrees that the works proposed in the Bill will not adversely affect the integrity of the River Teith candidate Special Area of Conservation.

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

5.      Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine Railway and Linked Improvements Bill – Final Stage: Bill Butler, on behalf of the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine Railway and Linked Improvements Bill Committee, moved S2M-1541—That the Parliament agrees that the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine Railway and Linked Improvements Bill be passed.

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

6.      Business Motion: Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1551—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 17 September 2004 on the Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2004 Amendment Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/305).

The motion was agreed to.

7.      Approval of SSIs: Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-1548—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Town and Country Planning (Electronic Communications) (Scotland) Order 2004 be approved; and

S2M-1557—That the Parliament agrees that the Scottish Outdoor Access Code: Proposed Code (SE/2004/101) be approved.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

8.      Motion without Notice: Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved, without notice, a motion under Rule 11.2.4 of Standing Orders that Decision Time on Thursday 1 July 2004 be taken at 4.49 pm.  

The motion was agreed to.

9.      Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 4, 5 and 7 as noted above.

10.    Argyll and Clyde Clinical Review: The Parliament debated S2M-1530 in the name of Frances Curran—That the Parliament rejects NHS Argyll and Clyde’s consultation on its clinical review; believes that this consultation is flawed from the outset as it neither consults the people who live in Argyll and Clyde, nor those who use the NHS, about what kind of services they need; notes that the consultation announces a raft of severe cuts and then has the audacity to attempt to consult people on which services they would like to see cut; considers that the proposals for cuts in this consultation should be rejected outright and, furthermore, that NHS Argyll and Clyde should withdraw this consultation and begin a new consultation with the people they serve on what kind of NHS is needed for the 21st century; believes that the experiences of Argyll and Clyde reflect a Scotland-wide crisis in the NHS, and further believes that a national conference of campaign groups, trade unions, NHS professionals, professional organisations and community representatives should be convened to develop a strategy to protect and improve the NHS in the absence of adequate action by the Scottish Executive.

11.    Motion without Notice: Jackie Baillie moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended by 10 minutes.

The motion was agreed to. 

The meeting closed at 5.51 pm.

No. 14 Tuesday 7 September 2004

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Time for Reflection: Rev Charles Robertson, Minister of Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh led Time for Reflection.

2.      Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1649—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Tuesday 7 September 2004

9.30 am                          Time for Reflection - Rev Charles Robertson, Minister of Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      First Minister’s Statement on the Programme of the Scottish Executive

followed by                      Debate on the Programme of the Scottish Executive

2.30 pm                          Continuation of the Debate on the Programme of the Scottish Executive

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business - Debate on the subject of S2M-1578 Mr Duncan McNeil: International Suicide Prevention Week

Wednesday 8 September 2004

9.30 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Continuation of the Debate on the Programme of the Scottish Executive

12 noon                          First Minister’s Question Time

2.00 pm                          Question Time—

                                      Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport;

                                      Justice and Law Officers;

                                      General Questions

3.00 pm                          Continuation of the Debate on the Programme of the Scottish Executive

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business - Debate on the subject of S2M-1593 Brian Adam: North East of Scotland Sports Facilities

Wednesday 15 September 2004

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Debate on Finance Committee’s 6th Report 2004 – Relocation of Public Sector Jobs

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business - Debate on the subject of S2M-1579 Bill Butler: Citizens Advice Week

Thursday 16 September 2004

9.30 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Debate on Growing Scotland’s Economy – Building on Progress

12 noon                          First Minister’s Question Time

2.00 pm                          Question Time—

                                      Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport;

                                      Finance and Public Services and Communities;

                                      General Questions

3.00 pm                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 3 of the Tenements (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business - Debate on the subject of S2M-1306 Trish Godman: Children of Drug Abusers

Wednesday 22 September 2004

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Business

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’  Business

Thursday 23 September 2004

9.30 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Business

12 noon                          First Minister’s Question Time

2.30 pm                          Question Time—

                                      Environment and Rural Development;

                                      Health and Community Care;

                                      General Questions

3.00 pm                          Stage 1 Debate on the Breastfeeding etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

3.      Ministerial Statement: The First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell) made a statement and answered questions on the Programme of the Scottish Executive.

4.      Programme of the Scottish Executive: The Parliament debated the ministerial statement by the First Minister on the Programme of the Scottish Executive.

5.      Designation of Lead Committees: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-1631—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the European Communities (Lawyer’s Practice) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/302); and

S2M-1632—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Register of Sasines (Application Procedure) Rules 2004 (SSI 2004/318).

The motions were agreed to (DT).

6.      Membership of Committee: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-1642—That the Parliament agrees that Mr John Home Robertson be appointed to replace Elaine Smith on the Communities Committee; and

S2M-1644—That the Parliament agrees that Rosie Kane be appointed to replace Carolyn Leckie on the Public Petitions Committee.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

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

8.      International Suicide Prevention Week: The Parliament debated S2M-1578 in the name of Mr Duncan McNeil—That the Parliament acknowledges the importance of International Suicide Prevention Week from 5 to 11 September 2004 for raising awareness of this cause of death; recognises that more people die as a result of suicide than from traffic accidents; commends the work being done by Choose life, Scotland’s strategy aimed at reducing suicides by 20% over the next 10 years; welcomes the introduction to Scotland of Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, helping develop more effective approaches to both identifying and assisting those most at risk of suicide, and looks forward to this suicide-reduction work continuing at a national and local level.

The meeting was suspended from 5.04 pm to 5.13 pm and again from 5.22 pm to 5.26 pm.

The meeting closed at 5.26 pm.

No. 15 Wednesday 8 September 2004

The meeting opened at 9.31 am.

1.      Motion without Notice: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that the Parliament agrees Rule 5.6.1(c) of Standing Orders be suspended for the purpose of Members’ Business on Wednesday 8 September 2004.

The motion was agreed to.

2.      Motion without Notice: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 8 September 2004—

after,

5.00 pm            Decision Time

insert,

followed by        Continuation of Members’ Business – Debate on the subject of S2M-1578 Mr Duncan McNeil: International Suicide Prevention Week

followed by        Members’ Business – Debate on the subject of S2M-1593 Brian Adam: North East of Scotland Sports Facilities

The motion was agreed to.

3.      Programme of the Scottish Executive: The Parliament continued its debate on the ministerial statement by the First Minister on the Programme of the Scottish Executive.

4.      First Minister’s Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell).

5.      Question Time: Questions were answered by the Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning (Mr Jim Wallace) and the Minister for Transport (Nicol Stephen); by the Minister for Justice (Cathy Jamieson) and the Lord Advocate (Colin Boyd); and by other Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

6.      Programme of the Scottish Executive: The Parliament continued its debate on the ministerial statement by the First Minister on the Programme of the Scottish Executive.

7.      Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1630—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) that consideration of the Fire (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 19 November 2004;

(b) that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 17 September 2004 on the European Communities (Lawyer’s Practice) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/302); and

(c) that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 24 September 2004 on the Register of Sasines (Application Procedure) Rules 2004 (SSI 2004/318).

The motion was agreed to.

8.      Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1643—That the Parliament agrees—  

(a) that the timetable for completion of consideration of the Breastfeeding etc. (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be extended to 24 September 2004; and

(b) that the timetable for completion of consideration of the Emergency Workers (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be extended to 1 October 2004.

The motion was agreed to.

9.      International Suicide Prevention Week: The Parliament continued its debate on S2M-1578 in the name of Mr Duncan McNeil—That the Parliament acknowledges the importance of International Suicide Prevention Week from 5 to 11 September 2004 for raising awareness of this cause of death; recognises that more people die as a result of suicide than from traffic accidents; commends the work being done by Choose life, Scotland’s strategy aimed at reducing suicides by 20% over the next 10 years; welcomes the introduction to Scotland of Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, helping develop more effective approaches to both identifying and assisting those most at risk of suicide, and looks forward to this suicide-reduction work continuing at a national and local level.

10.    North East of Scotland Sports Facilities: The Parliament debated S2M-1593 in the name of Brian Adam—That the Parliament  regrets that the Scottish Executive and sportscotland felt unable to come up with the monies requested by Aberdeen City Council and its partners to create modern sports facilities in the city; believes that this will compromise the project; notes that there is a dearth of top-class facilities in the north and north east of Scotland, and considers that the Scottish Executive should rethink its decision and come up with the resources that are needed to allow this project to progress.

The meeting closed at 6.10 pm. 

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