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No. 1 Wednesday 11 May 2005

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Rev Dr George Whyte, Minister of Colinton, Edinburgh, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Procedures Committee, Report on Private Legislation: Iain Smith, on behalf of the Procedures Committee, moved S2M-2764—That the Parliament notes the Procedures Committee’s 4th Report 2005 (Session 2), Private Legislation (SP Paper 334); agrees that the changes to Standing Orders set out in Annexe A to the report be made with effect from 12 May 2005, but agrees that new Rule 9A.1.4A shall not apply to any Bill introduced before 5 September 2005.

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

3.      Justice 1 Committee, Inquiry into the Effectiveness of Rehabilitation in Prisons: Pauline McNeill, on behalf of the Justice 1 Committee, moved S2M-2762—That the Parliament notes the recommendations contained in the Justice 1 Committee’s 3rd Report 2005 (Session 2), Inquiry into the Effectiveness of Rehabilitation in Prisons (SP Paper 291).

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

4.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2790—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 18 May 2005

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Enterprise and Culture Committee Debate: 3rd Report 2005, Restructuring Scotland’s Tourism Industry: Report on the Review of Area Tourist Boards

followed by                      European and External Relations Committee Debate: 1st Report 2005, An Inquiry into the Promotion of Scotland Worldwide: The Strategy, Policy and Activities of the Scottish Executive

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 19 May 2005

9.15 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Ministerial Statement: Follow-up to the Audit Committee Report on Argyll and Clyde Health Board

9.45 am                          Executive Debate: Tackling Serious and Organised Crime - Developing Strategic Partnerships

11.40 am                        General Question Time

12 noon                          First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm                          Themed Question Time—

                                      Health and Community Care;

                                      Environment and Rural Development

2.55 pm                          Executive Debate: Voluntary Sector and the Social Economy

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Wednesday 25 May 2005

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 26 May 2005

9.15 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Scottish National Party Business

11.40 am                        General Question Time

12 noon                          First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm                          Themed Question Time—

                                      Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport;

                                      Justice and Law Officers

2.55 pm                          Stage 3 Proceedings: Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

5.      Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2786—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2005 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

7.      Call for Action on the A90: The Parliament debated S2M-2367 in the name of Mrs Nanette Milne—That the Parliament notes with concern the number of road accidents on the A90 north of Aberdeen between Tipperty and Balmedie; further notes the significant number of new houses in and around the Ellon area which have added to the high volumes of traffic on this already congested road, and considers that the Scottish Executive should take action to upgrade this stretch of road as a matter of extreme urgency.

The meeting closed at 5.31 pm.

No. 2 Thursday 12 May 2005

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1.      Schools/Colleges Review: The Minister for Education and Young People (Peter Peacock) moved S2M-2793—That the Parliament welcomes Lifelong Partners, the Scottish Executive’s strategy for school and college partnership to increase and enhance further vocational and other specialist opportunities for S3 pupils and above to access high quality educational experiences and gain full recognition for their learning with colleges; acknowledges that further education colleges, as principally centres of voluntary learning for adults, play an important role in helping schools realise the potential of young people; supports the growth in college learning opportunities for pupils outlined in the Executive’s strategy, and recognises that colleges’ partnership work with schools is a priority for the further education sector.

Fiona Hyslop moved amendment S2M-2793.1 to motion S2M-2793—

Insert at end—

“but, in doing so, recognises that the success of the strategy will depend in particular on the effectiveness of measures that address college capacity, pupil accreditation and training of lecturers.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 35, Against 78, Abstentions 0).

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton moved amendment S2M-2793.2 to motion S2M-2793—

Insert at end—

“but notes, however, the need for the Executive to monitor issues of funding, college capacity and delivery of the strategy, particularly in rural areas.”

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

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

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament welcomes Lifelong Partners, the Scottish Executive’s strategy for school and college partnership to increase and enhance further vocational and other specialist opportunities for S3 pupils and above to access high quality educational experiences and gain full recognition for their learning with colleges; acknowledges that further education colleges, as principally centres of voluntary learning for adults, play an important role in helping schools realise the potential of young people; supports the growth in college learning opportunities for pupils outlined in the Executive’s strategy, and recognises that colleges’ partnership work with schools is a priority for the further education sector but notes, however, the need for the Executive to monitor issues of funding, college capacity and delivery of the strategy, particularly in rural areas.

2.      General Question Time: General Questions were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

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

4.      Themed Question Time: Questions on Finance and Public Services and Communities, and on Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport, were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

5.      Commemorating Scotland’s Veterans:  The Minister for Communities (Malcolm Chisholm) moved S2M-2794—That the Parliament acknowledges a debt of gratitude to all Scottish veterans who served their country in World War II; recognises the ultimate sacrifice made by 57,000 Scots during that period of conflict, and encourages everyone in Scotland to support the commemorative events this summer.

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

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

7.      Support for Inclusion Scotland Manifesto: The Parliament debated S2M-2707 in the name of Ms Sandra White—That the Parliament congratulates Inclusion Scotland on the recent launch of its “Manifesto for Inclusion” document which seeks to promote, amongst other things, independent living for disabled people, allowing them to have the same choices, controls and freedoms as any other citizen; notes that the document calls for a significant transformation with regard to expenditure between institutional and non-institutional care, and considers that all of Scotland’s politicians should read and support the calls made in the document, such as the right to live in the community with appropriate support and not in an institution, a greater emphasis on self-assessment in the existing community care assessment process, that the “duty of care” retained by social work should be redefined, that all planning partners should develop advocacy services for all people with a mental health disorder to meet the requirements of the Mental Health Care and Treatment (Scotland) Act 2003, and that there should be varied and flexible housing across all tenures for disabled people, the inclusion of key disabled stakeholders in the formulation of transport strategies and associated legislation at all levels, increased resources to support mainstream educational opportunities for all disabled children and adults, a coherent strategy to meet the needs of disabled job seekers and employees, improved portrayal and inclusion of disabled people in the mainstream media, inclusive access for all to all public spaces, the enactment of a single equality bill as an urgent priority, a complete review of wheelchair/power chair services in Scotland, acknowledgement that disabled people are also sexual beings with attendant health and emotional needs and, finally, increased awareness and funding of disabled patients’ independent advocacy services.

The meeting closed at 5.45 pm.

No. 3 Wednesday 18 May 2005

The meeting opened at 2.31 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Pamala McDougall, from the Religious Society of Friends, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Enterprise and Culture Committee, Restructuring Scotland’s Tourism Industry: Report on the Review of Area Tourist Boards: Alex Neil, on behalf of the Enterprise and Culture Committee, moved S2M-2796—That the Parliament notes the recommendations contained in the Enterprise and Culture Committee’s 3rd Report 2005 (Session 2): Restructuring Scotland’s Tourism Industry: Report on the Review of Area Tourist Boards (SP Paper 305).

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

3.      European and External Relations Committee, Report on an Inquiry into the Promotion of Scotland Worldwide: the Strategy, Policy and Activities of the Scottish Executive: Mr John Swinney, on behalf of the European and External Relations Committee, moved S2M-2806—That the Parliament notes the recommendations contained in the European and External Relations Committee’s 1st Report 2005 (Session 2): An Inquiry into the Promotion of Scotland Worldwide: the Strategy, Policy and Activities of the Scottish Executive (SP Paper 297).

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

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

5.  The Planning Process and the M74 Northern Extension: The Parliament debated S2M-2788 in the name of Rosie Kane—That the Parliament considers that any proposal by the Scottish Executive to restrict public input into the planning process should be rejected; recognises that the planning process requires change but notes that any change should be in the interests of democracy and inclusion; believes that local knowledge is imperative when planning decisions are being made; notes the recommendation of the public inquiry reporter that the M74 project should not proceed, and thanks residents along the route and beyond for their continued interest and input on this issue.

6.      Motion without Notice: Carolyn Leckie moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended until 6.06 pm.  The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 6.06 pm.

No. 4 Thursday 19 May 2005

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Health and Community Care (Mr Andy Kerr) made a statement and answered questions on Follow-up to the Audit Committee Report on Argyll and Clyde Health Board.

2.      Tackling Serious and Organised Crime - Developing Strategic Partnerships: The Minister for Justice (Cathy Jamieson) moved S2M-2824—That the Parliament believes that tackling serious organised crime is key to a safer Scotland; recognises that criminal networks operate across local, national and international boundaries; commends the achievements of those responsible in Scotland for bringing to justice those engaged in serious organised crime; supports the Scottish Executive’s actions to achieve  speedy and efficient court processes, its efforts to ensure greater co-operation with European and international criminal justice agencies and its plans to strengthen the status of the Scottish Drug Enforcement Agency; commends the success of the Crown Office in recovering £5.4 million since the introduction of the Proceeds Of Crime Act 2002, and will continue to support the sustained efforts of all those involved in disrupting and destroying the criminal networks which profit from inflicting violence and misery on communities in Scotland.

Mr Kenny MacAskill moved amendment S2M-2824.1 to motion S2M-2824—

Insert at end—

“notes, however, that, whilst co-operation with other bodies both elsewhere in the United Kingdom and abroad is vital, Scotland has a unique legal system and a distinctive policing culture that is community-based and independent from political interference and therefore that the Scottish legal system and Scottish Law Officers must always be responsible for, and in control of, operations in Scotland and the representation of Scottish views and needs abroad.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 36, Against 61, Abstentions 16).

Miss Annabel Goldie moved amendment S2M-2824.2 to motion S2M-2824—

Leave out from “the Scottish Executive’s” to end and insert—

“actions which will create an efficient court process; backs the Scottish Executive’s efforts to ensure greater co-operation with European and international criminal justice agencies; believes that the status of the Scottish Drug Enforcement Agency should be strengthened and therefore hopes that it will not be undermined by the creation of the Serious Organised Crime Agency; commends the success of the Crown Office in recovering £5.4 million since the introduction of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, continues to support the sustained efforts of all those involved in disrupting and destroying the criminal networks which profit from inflicting violence and misery on communities in Scotland, but believes that crime will continue to blight too many Scottish communities until there is an increased police presence on our streets coupled with a zero-tolerant attitude to crime.”After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 17, Against 70, Abstentions 27).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

3.      General Question Time: Questions were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

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

5.      Themed Question Time: Questions on Health and Community Care, and on Environment and Rural Development were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

6.      Voluntary Sector and the Social Economy: The Deputy Minister for Communities (Johann Lamont) moved S2M-2825—That the Parliament recognises the contribution that the voluntary sector and social economy make to Scotland; supports the Scottish Executive’s continued commitment to developing them through Futurebuilders Scotland, the Volunteering Strategy and Project Scotland and the development and promotion of legislation on charities; supports the Strategic Funding Review being undertaken with SCVO and COSLA; welcomes the establishment of a Social Economy Advisory Board, and supports the Executive in developing a detailed strategy, in partnership with the voluntary sector, for the sector’s future.

Linda Fabiani moved amendment S2M-2825.1 to motion S2M-2825—

Insert at end—

“to include measures to ensure continued and stable core funding for voluntary organisations that are expected to deliver ministerial and local government policy objectives.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 48, Against 60, Abstentions 6).

Patrick Harvie moved amendment S2M-2825.2 to motion S2M-2825—

Insert at end—

“recognises the breadth of the social economy in Scotland; further recognises the distinctive contribution that co-operatives and social enterprises make to the social economy; recommends the development of a differentiated strategy to meet the specific needs of the social enterprise sector of the social economy, and further recommends that such a strategy be developed in partnership with social enterprises and their networks beyond the voluntary sector, be aligned with the development of the Co-operative Development Agency and be aligned with the Department of Trade and Industry’s strategy to support social enterprise across the rest of the United Kingdom.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to (DT) by division: For 84, Against 22, Abstentions 5).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 84, Against 0, Abstentions 27).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament recognises the contribution that the voluntary sector and social economy make to Scotland; supports the Scottish Executive’s continued commitment to developing them through Futurebuilders Scotland, the Volunteering Strategy and Project Scotland and the development and promotion of legislation on charities; supports the Strategic Funding Review being undertaken with SCVO and COSLA; welcomes the establishment of a Social Economy Advisory Board, and supports the Executive in developing a detailed strategy, in partnership with the voluntary sector, for the sector’s future; recognises the breadth of the social economy in Scotland; further recognises the distinctive contribution that co-operatives and social enterprises make to the social economy; recommends the development of a differentiated strategy to meet the specific needs of the social enterprise sector of the social economy, and further recommends that such a strategy be developed in partnership with social enterprises and their networks beyond the voluntary sector, be aligned with the development of the Co-operative Development Agency and be aligned with the Department of Trade and Industry’s strategy to support social enterprise across the rest of the United Kingdom.”

7.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2831—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 25 May 2005

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Ministerial Statement: Building a Health Service Fit for the Future

followed by                      Executive Debate: 3rd Meeting, World Youth Congress

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 26 May 2005

9.15 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Scottish National Party Business

11.40 am                        General Question Time

12 noon                          First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm                          Themed Question Time—

                                      Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport;

                                      Justice and Law Officers

2.55 pm                          Stage 3 Proceedings: Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Wednesday 1 June 2005

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Preliminary Stage Debate: The Baird Trust Reorganisation Bill

followed by                      Local Government and Transport Committee Debate: 4th Report 2005, Inquiry into issues arising from the Transport (Scotland) Act 2001

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 2 June 2005

9.15 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Business

11.40 am                        General Question Time

12 noon                          First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm                          Themed Question Time—

                                      Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport;

                                      Finance and Public Services and Communities

followed by                      Stage 3 Proceedings: Protection of Children and Prevention of Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

8.      Membership of Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2826—That the Parliament agrees that Mr Jamie Stone be appointed to replace Mike Pringle on the Enterprise and Culture Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9.      Membership of Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2827—That the Parliament agrees that Mike Pringle be appointed to replace Mr Jamie Stone on the Justice 1 Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10.  Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2828—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 (Relevant Premises) Regulations 2005 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

11.  Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2829—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Mental Health (Medical treatment subject to safeguards) (Section 234) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

12.  Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2830—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Mental Health (Medical treatment subject to safeguards) (Section 237) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

13.    Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 as noted above.

14.   Trial Reintroduction of the European Beaver: The Parliament debated S2M-2502 in the name of Nora Radcliffe—That the Parliament notes Scottish Natural Heritage’s proposal for a trial reintroduction of the European beaver, a proposal which follows the successful reintroduction of the species in 24 other countries, and considers that the Scottish Executive should give serious consideration to issuing a licence for the trial so that it can be determined, in a controlled and properly monitored way, whether the benefits to the environment and tourism observed after previous reintroductions elsewhere can be replicated in a Scottish context without significant adverse effects on existing land uses.

The meeting closed at 5.54 pm.

No. 5 Wednesday 25 May 2005

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Canon Bill Anderson, St Francis of Assisi Church, Aberdeen, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Health and Community Care (Mr Andy Kerr) made a statement and answered questions on Building a Health Service Fit for the Future.

3.      3rd Meeting, World Youth Congress: The Deputy Minister for Education and Young People (Euan Robson) moved S2M-2857—That the Parliament welcomes the Peace Child International 3rd World Youth Congress in Stirling from 30 July to 8 August 2005, facilitated by the Scottish Executive; recognises the contribution that the event will make to youth-led sustainable development across the world; looks forward to welcoming the 600 delegates to the Parliament on the last weekend of the congress and warmly commends their efforts as youth leaders in pursuit of the UN Millennium Development Goals; supports the active involvement of young Scots in the global development agenda, as highlighted by the congress and through the Change 05 initiative, and welcomes the opportunity that the congress brings to promote Scotland on an international stage.

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

4.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2864—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 1 June 2005

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Ministerial Statement on Scotland and Africa

3.05 pm                          Local Government and Transport Committee Debate: 4th Report 2005, Inquiry into issues arising from the Transport (Scotland) Act 2001

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 2 June 2005

9.15 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Preliminary Stage Debate: Baird Trust Reorganisation Bill

followed by                      Executive Debate: Antisocial Behaviour

11.40 am                        General Question Time

12 noon                          First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm                          Themed Question Time—

                                      Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport;

                                      Finance and Public Services and Communities

2.55 pm                          Stage 3 Proceedings: Protection of Children and Prevention of Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Wednesday 8 June 2005

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 9 June 2005

9.15 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business

11.40 am                        General Question Time

12 noon                          First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm                          Themed Question Time—

                                      Environment and Rural Development;

                                      Health and Community Care

2.55 pm                          Stage 3 Proceedings: Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to (by division: For 65, Against 49, Abstentions 0).

5.      Designation of Lead Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2862—That the Parliament agrees that the Enterprise and Culture Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the St Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6.      Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2863—That the Parliament agrees that the Farm Business Development (Scotland) Variation Scheme 2005 (SSI 2005/219) be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

8.      Action on Skin Disease: The Parliament debated S2M-2553 in the name of Mr Kenneth Macintosh—That the Parliament recognises the stigma, frustration and desperation felt by many people with skin disease, including residents in East Renfrewshire; points out that conditions such as psoriasis are lifelong and incurable but are eminently treatable; highlights the benefit of having skin disease classified as a chronic condition; raises concern that skin disease is not a priority under the new GP contract; welcomes the new provision of specialist retraining in skin disease for nurses but points to the need for similar training for other health professionals such as pharmacists and GPs, given that 20% of GP consultations include skin disease, including an emphasis on skin conditions in the undergraduate education and training of health professionals; approves the Skin Action Scotland service redesign programme as an opportunity for clinicians to test new ways of accessing and delivering dermatology out-patient services and to better demonstrate and define the current relationship between demand and capacity, and looks to see greater availability to patients of new treatments with strong evidence of effectiveness such as the new biological treatments for psoriasis and the complications of arthritis.

The meeting closed at 5.59 pm.

No. 6 Thursday 26 May 2005

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1.      Student and Graduate Debt: Fiona Hyslop moved S2M-2866—That the Parliament notes with concern growing student and graduate debt in Scotland, which not only hinders opportunities for the individuals concerned, but also damages society and the wider economy generally; further notes the spiralling cost to the taxpayer of the expensive and bureaucratic student loan system and the growing consensus that it is unsustainable, and calls on the Scottish Executive to come forward with a constructive review, incorporating a number of proposals to address this growing problem and encompassing an assessment of replacing student loans, including the graduate endowment repayment, with a universal system of grants.

The Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning (Allan Wilson) moved amendment S2M-2866.2 to motion S2M-2866—

Leave out from “notes with concern” to end and insert—

“agrees that the support arrangements for students ordinarily resident in Scotland should continue to be based on fairness and affordability; agrees that such a system should include free tuition, regardless of family income, and bursary support for those from less well-off backgrounds; welcomes the increased level of the Young Students’ Bursary and its extended eligibility; notes that liable graduates pay the graduate endowment in respect of the higher education benefits that they have received with the payments adding to the fund to pay support bursaries for students from poorer backgrounds, and recognises that the publication of the survey of Scottish students’ income and expenditure, later this year, will allow for a better understanding of the situation facing students and the continued development of policy to meet their needs.”

Murdo Fraser moved amendment S2M-2866.1 to motion S2M-2866—

Leave out from “further” to end and insert—

“calls on the Scottish Executive to end the graduate endowment which places an increased debt burden on students; recommends that the student loan repayment threshold be raised to £20,000 and that the loan value be increased to £5,000 per annum at a low, but commercial, rate of interest, which will remove the necessity for students to resort to expensive overdraft and credit card borrowing, and calls on the Executive to transfer all or part of the loan book to independent providers so that higher education can expand without extra and undue burden being placed on the taxpayer.”

After debate, amendment S2M-2866.2 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 60, Against 44, Abstentions 7).  As a result amendment S2M-2866.1 was pre-empted.

The motion, as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 62, Against 44, Abstentions 7).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament agrees that the support arrangements for students ordinarily resident in Scotland should continue to be based on fairness and affordability; agrees that such a system should include free tuition, regardless of family income, and bursary support for those from less well-off backgrounds; welcomes the increased level of the Young Students’ Bursary and its extended eligibility; notes that liable graduates pay the graduate endowment in respect of the higher education benefits that they have received with the payments adding to the fund to pay support bursaries for students from poorer backgrounds, and recognises that the publication of the survey of Scottish students’ income and expenditure, later this year, will allow for a better understanding of the situation facing students and the continued development of policy to meet their needs.

2.      Age Discrimination in the NHS: Shona Robison moved S2M-2861—That the Parliament is concerned about the lack of personal care and attention given to older people in some acute hospitals in Scotland and believes that the Scottish Executive should establish, as a matter of urgency, an independent inquiry into direct and indirect age discrimination within the NHS.

The Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care (Rhona Brankin) moved amendment S2M-2861.3 to motion S2M-2861—

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

“welcomes the work of NHS Quality Improvement Scotland on its 2004 review of older people in acute care and its recommendations on how to improve services; welcomes the independent inquiry set up by NHS Lothian in response to recent criticisms of its standards of care, and welcomes the fact that the Scottish Executive has commenced work on an overarching framework for healthcare and community care for older people in Scotland, having due regard to David Kerr’s report on the future of the NHS.”

Nanette Milne moved amendment S2M-2861.1 to motion S2M-2861—

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

“believes that the Health Committee should consider the issue of elderly abuse in its post-legislative scrutiny of community care legislation; further believes that any neglect of the elderly reflects the current problems and workforce pressures that the NHS suffers from, and recognises that the NHS needs real reform to alleviate these fundamental problems.”

After debate, amendment S2M-2861.3 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 61, Against 41, Abstentions 12).  As a result amendment S2M-2861.1 was pre-empted.

The motion, as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 63, Against 17, Abstentions 34).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament welcomes the work of NHS Quality Improvement Scotland on its 2004 review of older people in acute care and its recommendations on how to improve services; welcomes the independent inquiry set up by NHS Lothian in response to recent criticisms of its standards of care, and welcomes the fact that the Scottish Executive has commenced work on an overarching framework for healthcare and community care for older people in Scotland, having due regard to David Kerr’s report on the future of the NHS.

3.      General Question Time: Questions were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

4.      First Minister’s Question Time: Questions were answered by the Deputy First Minister and Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning (Mr Jim Wallace).

5.      Themed Question Time: Questions on Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport, and on Justice and Law Officers were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers and by the Scottish Law Officers.

6.      Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2875—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation (Scotland) Bill, debate of groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, 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):

Group 1 – 30 minutes
Group 2 – 45 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

7.      Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.
The following amendments were agreed to without division: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14.
8.      Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Deputy Minister for Justice (Hugh Henry) moved S2M-2772—That the Parliament agrees that the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation (Scotland) Bill be passed.

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

9.      Motion without Notice: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved, without notice, a motion under Rule 11.2.4 of Standing Orders that Decision Time on Thursday 26 May 2005 shall begin at 4.06 pm.  The motion was agreed to.

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

11.   Proposed Closure of Rural and Special Needs Schools in Aberdeenshire: The Parliament debated S2M-2770 in the name of Richard Lochhead—That the Parliament notes with concern the proposals by Aberdeenshire Council to close or amalgamate a number of local schools; recognises the strength of feeling amongst parents and the wider community over the implications of closing those schools, as illustrated by the formation of the Garioch Schools Action Group and other local campaigns; notes in particular the proposal to close St Andrew’s school in Inverurie, a school that is widely recognised as providing an excellent educational environment for children with special needs; recognises the opposition to the current proposals by local parents at St Andrew’s who are genuinely concerned by the impact some of the options proposed by Aberdeenshire Council will have on their children; notes the ongoing confusion over the exact nature of the local authority’s proposals which is causing considerable distress amongst parents; believes that Aberdeenshire Council must make available to parents all the necessary information in relation to all those schools proposed for closure as part of the current consultation process; considers that Aberdeenshire Council should recognise the strength of the arguments put forward by parents and the wider community for the retention of their local schools, and further considers that the Scottish Executive should play what role it can to ensure that Aberdeenshire Council’s proposals do not damage the educational welfare of the children and wider interests of the community.

12.   Motion without Notice: Richard Lochhead moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended until 5.12pm. 

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 5.12 pm.

No. 7 Wednesday 1 June 2005

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Mr Jim Campbell, National Prayer Breakfast for Scotland, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Ministerial Statement: The First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell) made a statement and answered questions on Scotland and Africa.

3.      Local Government and Transport Committee, Inquiry into issues arising from the Transport (Scotland) Act 2001: Bristow Muldoon, on behalf of the Local Government and Transport Committee, moved S2M-2854—That the Parliament notes the recommendations contained in the Local Government and Transport Committee’s 4th Report 2005 (Session 2):  Inquiry into issues arising from the Transport (Scotland) Act 2001 (SP Paper 316).

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

4.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2888—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 8 June 2005

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Debate: G8

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 9 June 2005

9.15 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business

11.40 am                        General Question Time

12 noon                          First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm                          Themed Question Time—

                                      Environment and Rural Development;

                                      Health and Community Care

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.55 pm                          Stage 3 Proceedings: Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Wednesday 15 June 2005

2.15 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Question Time

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Final Stage: Baird Trust Reorganisation Bill

followed by                      Executive Business

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 16 June 2005

9.15 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Business

11.40 am                        General Question Time

12 noon                          First Minister’s Question Time                                     

2.15 pm                          Themed Question Time—

                                      Justice and Law Officers;

                                      Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport

2.55 pm                          Executive Business

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

5.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2890—That the Parliament agrees under Rule 11.2.4 of the Standing Orders that Decision Time on Thursday 2 June 2005 shall begin at 5.30 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

6.      Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2889—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 be approved.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 74, Against 37, Abstentions 3).

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

8.      Protecting Land Used for Organised Sport and Other Forms of Physical Activity: The Parliament debated S2M-2615 in the name of Mike Watson—That the Parliament notes with concern the continuing diminution in the number of sports pitches and open space across Scotland, despite the efforts of sportscotland and the National Playing Fields Association Scotland; believes that this will make it more difficult for the Scottish Executive to achieve its stated aim of improving the health of young people in Scotland and reducing levels of obesity; endorses the need, as expressed in the report of the Physical Activity Task Force, for all primary and secondary pupils to have a minimum of two hours each week of quality physical education, and considers that the Executive should ensure that more robust measures are introduced to the planning process to protect land used for organised sport and other forms of physical activity.

9.      Motion without Notice: Murray Tosh moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended until 6.18 pm.  The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 6.18 pm.

No. 8 Thursday 2 June 2005

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1.      Protection of Children and Prevention of Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2901—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Protection of Children and Prevention of Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, 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):

Group 1 – 25 mins
Groups 2 to 4 – 50 mins
Groups 5 to 8 – 1 hour 15 mins
Groups 9 to 11 – 1 hour 55 mins

The motion was agreed to.

2.      Baird Trust Reorganisation Bill: Mr Andrew Arbuckle, on behalf of the Baird Trust Reorganisation Bill Committee, moved S2M-2876—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Baird Trust Reorganisation Bill and that the Bill should proceed as a Private Bill.

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

3.      Antisocial Behaviour: The Minister for Justice (Cathy Jamieson) moved S2M-2893—That the Parliament believes that people in all parts of Scotland should be able to live free from fear and harassment; welcomes the commencement of the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004 and the progress made to date to act against antisocial behaviour; believes that the preparation of antisocial behaviour outcome agreements linked to antisocial behaviour strategies by local authorities working with local communities will help build confidence across Scotland; notes that ongoing work is needed to build confidence in our communities, and urges local agencies across Scotland to use the full range of measures at their disposal appropriate to local circumstances.

Mr Kenny MacAskill moved amendment S2M-2893.2 to motion S2M-2893—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“believes that the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004 offers further options and powers to relevant local authorities and agencies; notes, however, that appropriate resourcing of police, local authorities and other local, national and voluntary agencies is a prerequisite for tackling antisocial behaviour, as is co-operation and interaction between, and amongst, them and national government; believes that individuals must accept responsibility for their actions and the consequences of these and, in addition, respect the rights of others in their community and society, and further believes that it is essential that government at all levels accepts responsibility for all communities within Scotland and addresses, not just social exclusion, but also the scourge of drink, drugs and deprivation that scar our land.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 24, Against 84, Abstentions 3).

Miss Annabel Goldie moved amendment S2M-2893.1 to motion S2M-2893—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“notes with regret that the Scottish Crime Survey indicated that three out of every four crimes are never reported to the police, indicating a lack of confidence from the public; notes the commencement of the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004 but, in doing so, recognises that, without an adequate enforcement regime, measures included within the Act cannot work; ultimately believes that only when there is a greatly increased police presence on our streets, following zero-tolerance policing methods and re-engaging with communities, will we see a reduction in crime and antisocial behaviour, and therefore calls on the Scottish Executive to increase resources available to the police along with an improving accountability to ensure an improvement in the deterrence and detection of crime.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 15, Against 76, Abstentions 22).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 67, Against 26, Abstentions 21).

4.      General Question Time: Questions were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

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

6.      Themed Question Time: Questions on Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport, and on Finance and Communities were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

7.      Protection of Children and Prevention of Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 52, 16, 55, 58, 18, 61, 19, 64, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34 and 35.

The following amendments were agreed to (by division)—

            8          (For 94, Against 14, Abstentions 0)
            12        (For 85, Against 21, Abstentions 0)
            17        (For 98, Against 6, Abstentions 1)

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

            39        (For 21, Against 88, Abstentions 0)
            43        (For 45, Against 65, Abstentions 0)
            44        (For 44, Against 66, Abstentions 0)
            45        (For 20, Against 87, Abstentions 2)
            46        (For 44, Against 64, Abstentions 0)
            48        (For 41, Against 58, Abstentions 0)
            66        (For 44, Against 63, Abstentions 0)

The following amendments were moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn: 36, 38, 42, 47 and 54.

Amendments 37, 50, 51, 53, 56, 57, 59, 60, 62, 63 and 65 were not moved and amendments 40, 41 and 49 were pre-empted.

The Presiding Officer extended the time-limits in Business Motion S2M-2716 under Rule 9.8.4A (a).

8.      Protection of Children and Prevention of Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Deputy Minister for Justice (Hugh Henry) moved S2M-2771—That the Parliament agrees that the Protection of Children and Prevention of Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill be passed.

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

9.      Establishment of an Ad Hoc Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2900—That the Parliament agrees to establish an Ad Hoc Committee of the Parliament as follows:

Name of Committee: Ad Hoc Standards Committee;

Remit:
1.     To consider and report in respect of a report submitted by the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner;

In particular as to –

(a)    whether a member’s conduct is in accordance with the Standing Orders and the Code of Conduct for MSPs, matters relating to members’ interests, and any other matters relating to the conduct of members in carrying out their Parliamentary duties; and

(b)    the application of the Code of Conduct for MSPs.

2.      Where the Committee considers it appropriate, to recommend by motion that a member’s rights and privileges are withdrawn to such extent and for such period as are specified in the motion.

Duration: Until the Committee has reported;
Convenership:  The Convener will be a member of the Labour Party and the Deputy Convener a member of the Scottish National Party;

Membership: Trish Godman (Labour), Scott Barrie (Labour), Alasdair Morgan (SNP), Lord James Douglas-Hamilton (Conservative), George Lyon (Liberal Democrats).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

11.   Powers of the Scottish Parliament: The Parliament debated S2M-2841 in the name of John Swinburne—That the Parliament welcomes the increased focus afforded specific groups within Scotland following the creation of the Parliament as a result of devolution; also notes the Parliament’s inability to fully address the needs of groups such as senior citizens, and therefore believes that the time is now right to explore options for increasing the powers of the Scottish Parliament to properly address the needs of all Scottish citizens.

The meeting closed at 6.23 pm.

No. 9 Wednesday 8 June 2005

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Rev Ronnie Johnstone, Minister of Thurso West Church of Scotland, led Time for Reflection.

2.      G8: The Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform (Mr Tom McCabe) moved S2M-2924—That the Parliament welcomes the opportunities presented by hosting the G8 summit which will engage the Scottish public in debate on the theme of Africa and climate change, will showcase Scotland to an international audience and examine and develop Scotland’s role in international development; recognises the economic benefit to Scotland which will arise from the summit both in the short and longer term; further acknowledges the sense of pride that Scotland is hosting such a prestigious event; extends a warm welcome to all peaceful visitors who come to Scotland, and fully supports the police, the UK Government and other key partners in making the summit safe and productive.

Mr John Swinney moved amendment S2M-2924.1 to motion S2M-2924—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“expresses the aspiration that the G8 Summit at Gleneagles will secure a meaningful increase in the volume of aid for international development and debt relief, a fairer system of trade and progress on the issue of climate change; welcomes the fact that such important objectives may be achieved at a summit held in Scotland; welcomes the steps taken by the Scottish Executive to become involved in delivering international development activity; welcomes peaceful and organised demonstrations to advance the arguments for increased international aid and greater action on climate change; supports the police, the Executive, the UK Government and other agencies in making the summit at Gleneagles Hotel and the surrounding communities safe; encourages the Executive to make representations to the UK Government to meet in full the additional cost arising to public authorities in Scotland of hosting the summit, and calls on the Executive to make a clear statement on the cost of hosting the summit in Scotland and the financial benefits it expects to accrue to Scotland.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 35, Against 69, Abstentions 15).

Mark Ballard moved amendment S2M-2924.4 to motion S2M-2924—

Leave out from “will showcase” to end and insert—

“notes the undemocratic nature of the G8, given that the G8 countries represent only 13% of the world’s population while making decisions with consequences that are felt worldwide; supports the aims of the Make Poverty History campaign and other civil society campaigns; believes that all unpayable third world debt must be cancelled with immediate effect; supports developing countries’ right to protect indigenous industry and promotes fair trade rather than free trade; welcomes the Franco-German proposal to fund more aid by levying a Tobin tax which would limit damaging currency speculation; further welcomes the Franco-German proposal to levy a tax on aviation fuel to combat the global climate change that threatens to undermine the Millennium Development Goals; urges the US Government to ratify the Kyoto protocol as a vital step in international efforts to combat climate change; recognises the importance of sexual and reproductive health and rights and is gravely concerned at the growing impact of HIV and AIDS in Africa and across the developing world; recognises the genuine concerns about the G8 process and agenda that are held by people across the world; welcomes and recognises the legitimate right to peaceful protest against the G8 summit; further recognises the success of past protests at UK G8 events in changing UK government policy, and supports calls for the adequate provision of accommodation and other facilities and acknowledges that the provision of such facilities is essential to ensure the safety and well-being of all those involved in the event.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 13, Against 106, Abstentions 1).

Frances Curran moved amendment S2M-2924.2 to motion S2M-2924—

Leave out from “will showcase” to end and insert—

“notes that the existing neoliberal policies of the G8 countries are the biggest factor causing mass poverty worldwide; accepts that policies such as free trade imposed by the G8 countries through the International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organisation are a major cause of the collapse of local economies in Africa and in many developing countries; recognises that the proposed International Finance Facility is nothing more than a PFI for Africa; supports the immediate cancellation of third world debt and hopes that as many people as possible come to Scotland and take to the streets, including at Gleneagles, in support of fair trade, aid and all debt cancellation; upholds the democratic right to peaceful protest; is shocked that a minister in the Scottish Executive, without any scrutiny from the Parliament, has suspended democratic accountability for the police, the Scottish Executive and local authorities through the “prospective ministerial certificate” with no end date set for this attack on democratic rights, and calls for the immediate rescinding of this directive, which introduces a code of secrecy, and for democratic rights to be restored.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 13, Against 107, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 109, Against 3, Abstentions 8).

3.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2928—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 15 June 2005

2.15 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Question Time

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Final Stage: Baird Trust Reorganisation Bill

followed by                      Executive Debate: Sexual Health

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 16 June 2005

9.15 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 1 Debate: Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Financial Resolution: Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill

11.10 am                        Ministerial Statement: ID Cards

11.40 am                        General Question Time

12 noon                          First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm                          Themed Question Time—

                                      Justice and Law Officers;

                                      Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport

2.55 pm                          Stage 1 Debate: Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Financial Resolution: Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Wednesday 22 June 2005

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 June 2005

9.15 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Business

11.40 am                        General Question Time

12 noon                          First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm                          Themed Question Time—

                                      Finance and Public Services and Communities;

                                      Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport

2.55 pm                          Executive Business

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

4.      Decision Time: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2927—That the Parliament agrees under Rule 11.2.4 of the Standing Orders that Decision Time on Thursday 9 June 2005 shall begin at 5.30 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

5.      Baird Trust Reorganisation Bill – Consideration Stage: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2929—That the Parliament agrees that, for the Baird Trust Reorganisation Bill, Consideration Stage shall not take place and, accordingly, agrees that, for the purposes of the Bill, Rules 9A.7.1(b), 9A.9 and the first sentence of 9A.8.10 of the Standing Orders be suspended.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6.      Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2930—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 4) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/260) be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

8.      Norway’s Centenary Celebrations: The Parliament debated S2M-2647 in the name of Rob Gibson—That the Parliament congratulates the Government and people of Norway on their celebrations of the centenary since the union of Norway and Sweden was dissolved by peaceful means; welcomes the international centennial programme in 2005 whose three main themes are Norway - a partner in peace and development, Norway - a nation rich in resources and Norway - a modern cultural and knowledge nation; applauds the aim to enhance Norway’s visibility, update Norway’s image, celebrate 100 years of close ties with key partner countries and promote Norway as a deeply-committed participant in the international community, both in 2005 and in the years to come; considers that Scots should be encouraged to share in the centenary independence celebrations including the successful Edvard Grieg exhibition, Art and Identity, which closes on 16 April 2005 in the City Art Centre, Edinburgh, and believes that the Scottish Executive should promote participation by Scots in understanding the success of Norway's story.

The meeting closed at 5.55 pm.

No. 10 Thursday 9 June 2005

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1.      Health Issues with Specific Reference to the Kerr Report: David McLetchie moved S2M-2931—That the Parliament welcomes the Kerr report as an important contribution to the debate on the future structure of the NHS in Scotland and its objective of ensuring that most health services continue to be provided at a local level in response to patient needs and demands; notes, however, continuing public concern over the extent of the proposed centralisation of hospital services across Scotland and the effectiveness of NHS 24 and the out-of-hours service; further notes that, despite a substantial increase in funding for the NHS in Scotland, the waiting list is longer and waiting times are higher than they were in 1997; believes that a truly patient-centred NHS will be possible only if purchasing power is put in the hands of patients so that their choices determine the development of the service and healthcare providers are given far greater freedom to respond to those demands, and, to that end, calls for the establishment of foundation hospitals within NHSScotland and an increase in the capacity available to treat NHS patients by extending the use of the independent sector.

The Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care (Rhona Brankin) moved amendment S2M-2931.3 to motion S2M-2931—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“commends the Kerr report, Building a Health Service Fit for the Future, and its emphasis on sustainable and safe local services and preventative care for the most vulnerable, which supports the Scottish Executive’s goal of delivering care that is as local as possible and as specialised as necessary; welcomes the interim report of the NHS 24 review team and the public commitment of NHS 24 to implement the key recommendations as quickly as possible for the benefit of the people using the service, and is encouraged by the positive progress on waiting times and waiting lists.”

Mr Stewart Maxwell moved amendment S2M-2931.1 to motion S2M-2931—

Leave out from “believes” to end and insert—

“commends the staff within the NHS for their hard work and dedication; believes that, to tackle waiting times more quickly, there is a need to set up fast-track diagnostic and treatment centres within the NHS, and welcomes the Kerr report’s emphasis on addressing health inequalities in order to close the health gap that currently exists in Scotland.”

Carolyn Leckie moved amendment S2M-2931.2 to motion S2M-2931—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“notes the contents of the Kerr report and recognises its contribution to the debate on the future of the NHS in Scotland; believes that, if protected within a public model, many of its proposals are useful; is concerned, however, that the report suggests, in line with the current trend of Scottish Executive policy, several avenues for the further marketisation and privatisation of health care, relies heavily on NHS staff co-operating again with reorganisation and retraining and accepting new and additional roles and responsibilities but claims that the proposals within the report are “cost neutral”, and therefore believes that the NHS’s capacity, workforce planning and recruitment and retention problems will not be resolved by the report’s recommendations or current Executive policy, and that only securing and expanding the NHS as a public service, delivered by public service workers from publicly-owned facilities, will offer the foundation for the improvement and development of an NHS in Scotland fit for the 21st century.”

After debate, amendment S2M-2931.3 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 66, Against 39, Abstentions 6).  As a result amendments S2M-2931.1 and S2M-2931.2 were pre-empted.

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

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament commends the Kerr report, Building a Health Service Fit for the Future, and its emphasis on sustainable and safe local services and preventative care for the most vulnerable, which supports the Scottish Executive’s goal of delivering care that is as local as possible and as specialised as necessary; welcomes the interim report of the NHS 24 review team and the public commitment of NHS 24 to implement the key recommendations as quickly as possible for the benefit of the people using the service, and is encouraged by the positive progress on waiting times and waiting lists.

2.      General Question Time: Questions were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

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

4.      Themed Question Time: Questions on Environment and Rural Development, and on Health and Community Care were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

5.      Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S2M-2939—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, 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 and 2 – 15 minutes
Groups 3 to 5 – 50 minutes
Groups 6 to 9 – 1 hour and 15 minutes
Groups 10 to 13 – 1 hour and 35 minutes
Groups 14 to 18 – 1 hour and 55 minutes
The motion was agreed to.

6.      Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 20, 3, 4, 5, 6, 23, 24, 25, 26, 7, 8, 27, 9, 10, 11, 28, 29, 30, 31A, 31, 32, 57, 64, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 12, 40, 13, 14, 15, 41, 62, 16, 42, 18, 43, 44 and 19.

The following amendments were agreed to (by division)—

            47        (For 74, Against 39, Abstentions 0)
            33        (For 74, Against 26, Abstentions 6)
            45        (For 65, Against 30, Abstentions 17)

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

            46        (For 34, Against 72, Abstentions 0)
            50        (For 34, Against 80, Abstentions 0)
            51        (For 10, Against 104, Abstentions 1)
            53        (For 17, Against 98, Abstentions 0)
            22        (For 47, Against 62, Abstentions 0)
            55        (For 9, Against 101, Abstentions 0)

The following amendments were moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn: 1, 21, 49 and 60.

The following amendments were not moved: 2, 48, 52, 54, 56, 58, 59, 61, 17 and 63.

The Presiding Officer extended the time-limits under Rules 9.8.4A (a) and (c).

7.      Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Minister for Communities (Malcolm Chisholm) moved S2M-2773—That the Parliament agrees that the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Bill be passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 98, Against 0, Abstentions 15).

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

9.      A Cure for ME?: The Parliament debated S2M-2852 in the name of Alex Fergusson—That the Parliament notes with pleasure that a scientific team from Glasgow University, headed by Dr John Gow, may have discovered a remedy for myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) which could be available in as little as a year; further notes that the university has already patented the genes involved as a means of diagnosing the condition quickly and cheaply; recognises that this could represent a major step forward in the treatment and cure of this debilitating disease but notes with alarm Dr Gow’s concern that he is “going nowhere” because his funding has run out, and considers that the Scottish Executive should take every possible step to ensure that this work can be continued in order that the 10,000 to 20,000 ME sufferers in Scotland can play a full part in the economic and social life of their country.

The meeting closed at 6.17 pm.

No. 11 Wednesday 15 June 2005

The meeting opened at 2.15 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Acharya Medanipati Misra, Priest, Hindu Temple, Glasgow and Mrs Shobha Nagpal, Vice President, Hindu Temple, Glasgow, led Time for Reflection.

2.      SPCB Question Time: Questions were answered by members of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body.

3.      Baird Trust Reorganisation Bill – Final Stage: Mr Andrew Arbuckle, on behalf of the Baird Trust Reorganisation Bill Committee, moved S2M-2941—That the Parliament agrees that the Baird Trust Reorganisation Bill be passed.

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

4.      Sexual Health: The Minister for Health and Community Care (Mr Andy Kerr) moved S2M-2958—That the Parliament acknowledges the progress that has been made to date in implementing Respect and Responsibility, the Scottish Executive’s Strategy and Action Plan for Improving Sexual Health; commends the work by stakeholders to date, and welcomes the creation of a National Sexual Health Advisory Committee which will be a key element in taking forward the action plan.

Shona Robison moved amendment S2M-2958.2 to motion S2M-2958—

Insert at end—

“and calls on the Executive to publish reasonable timescales for the implementation of the action plan as soon as possible.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 34, Against 77, Abstentions 1).

Nanette Milne moved amendment S2M-2958.1 to motion S2M-2958—

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

“believes, however, that centrally directed sexual health strategies, such as the Executive’s sexual health and relationships strategy, will have a limited reach, and considers that the Executive should publicly affirm the primary responsibility of parents in ensuring that their children are brought up with respect for themselves and others.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 15, Against 96, Abstentions 0).

Patrick Harvie moved amendment S2M-2958.4 to motion S2M-2958—

Insert at end—

“recognises that there is a need both for clinical services and for prevention work which enables individuals to take greater control of their own sexual health and that both elements must be delivered in ways which recognise the diversity of the population and respect their equal rights to information and services; is concerned, therefore, by the decision by NHS Greater Glasgow to cut the funding to Caledonia Youth’s Glasgow branch, which will lead to the closure of a service with a record of working to address the sexual health needs of excluded young people, and calls on the Executive to work with NHS boards to ensure that existing services are maintained and improved upon wherever possible.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 31, Against 77, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 97, Against 14, Abstentions 0).

5.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2962—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 22 June 2005

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Member’s Oath/Affirmation

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 1 Debate: Licensing (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 23 June 2005

9.15 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Debate: Review of Scottish Executive Financial Management 2004-05

11.40 am                        General Question Time

12 noon                          First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm                          Themed Question Time—

                                      Finance and Public Services and Communities;

                                      Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport

2.55 pm                          Executive Debate: Legal Aid Reform

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Wednesday 29 June 2005

9.30 am                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Stage 1 Debate: Housing (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Financial Resolution: Housing (Scotland) Bill

2.30 pm                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 3 Proceedings: Transport (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 30 June 2005

9.15 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Finance Committee Debate: 2nd Report 2005, Cross-cutting Expenditure Review of Economic Development

11.40 am                        General Question Time

12 noon                          First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm                          Themed Question Time—

                                      Health and Community Care;

                                      Environment and Rural Development

2.55 pm                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 3 Proceedings: Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

and (b) that the period for members to submit their names for selection for General Question Time and Themed Question Time on 8 September 2005 should end at 12 noon on Wednesday 29 June 2005.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (by division: For 92, Against 16, Abstentions 3).

6.      Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2961—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Mental Health (Safeguards for Certain Informal Patients) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

8.      Centenary of Barnardo’s: The Parliament debated S2M-2504 in the name of Robert Brown—That the Parliament notes the centenary of the death of Dr Thomas Barnardo in 1905; recognises that, although it no longer runs orphanages, the charity he founded has grown and developed over the years, and congratulates the modern-day Barnardo’s for its work, which includes the management of 60 services that support almost 10,000 of Scotland’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged children and families to overcome challenges including sexual abuse, exclusion from school, HIV/AIDS, leaving care, substance misuse, disabilities, mental health issues and social exclusion.

The meeting closed at 6.02 pm.

No. 12 Thursday 16 June 2005

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1.      Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Minister for Justice (Cathy Jamieson) moved S2M-2775—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 89, Against 17, Abstentions 0).

2.      Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution: The Deputy Minister for Justice (Hugh Henry) moved S2M-2933—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill, agrees—

(a)    to the following expenditure out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund—

(i)   expenditure of the Scottish Administration in consequence of the Act; and

(ii)  increases attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of that Fund under any other enactment; and

(b) to any payment required to be made by virtue of the Act.

The motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 89, Against 3, Abstentions 14).

3.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform (Mr Tom McCabe) made a statement and answered questions on ID Cards.

4.      General Question Time: Questions were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

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

6.      Themed Question Time: Questions on Justice and Law Officers and on Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport, were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers and by the Scottish Law Officers.

7.      Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Ross Finnie) moved S2M-2774—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 93, Against 0, Abstentions 15).

8.      Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution: The Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Lewis Macdonald) moved S2M-2894—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any increase in expenditure of a kind referred to in Rule 9.12.3(b)(iii) of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

The motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 93, Against 0, Abstentions 16).

9.      Motion without Notice: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved, without notice, a motion under Rule 11.2.4 of Standing Orders that Decision Time on Thursday 16 June 2005 be taken at 4.56 pm.     

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

11.   Learning Disability Week, 19 to 26 June 2005: The Parliament debated S2M-2869 in the name of Jackie Baillie—That the Parliament welcomes the 28th annual Learning Disability Week which takes place from 19 to 26 June 2005; notes that this week is important in raising the profile of people with learning disabilities and family carers; further notes that the theme, “It’s Our Community Too”, highlights the difficulties that people with learning disabilities face in becoming involved with their local communities; celebrates the work of ENABLE and the Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability in raising awareness, changing negative perceptions, encouraging participation and building respect; recognises that it is five years since the seminal policy document, The same as you?, was published by the Scottish Executive which aims to improve access to opportunities for people with learning disabilities; welcomes direct ministerial involvement in chairing the Implementation Group, and, while congratulating the Executive on the steps taken so far, encourages it to maintain the momentum for change in order to achieve full implementation of the recommendations.

The meeting closed at 5.52 pm.

No. 13 Wednesday 22 June 2005

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Rev Michael L. Lindvall, Senior Minister, The Brick Presbyterian Church, New York, USA, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Oaths and Affirmations: Mr Derek Brownlee took the oath of allegiance before the Clerk.

3.      Licensing (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform (Tavish Scott) moved S2M-2776—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Licensing (Scotland) Bill.

Bruce Crawford moved amendment S2M-2776.1 to motion S2M-2776—

Insert at end—

“but, in so doing, notes the concerns expressed by the Local Government and Transport Committee in its Stage 1 Report on the Bill that, in respect of the Financial Memorandum, it considered that more robust financial details were required and as a result the committee was not in a position to determine whether the Financial Memorandum was adequate.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 45, Against 64, Abstentions 7).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

4.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3004—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) that the meeting of the Parliament on Wednesday 29 June 2005 may continue until 7.00 pm, as permitted under Rule 2.2.4; and

(b) that Decision Time on Wednesday 29 June 2005 shall begin at 6.00 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

5.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3005—That the Parliament agrees that—

(a) for the purposes of allowing the meeting of the Parliament on Thursday 30 June 2005 to continue beyond 5.30 pm, the word “Wednesday” in Rules 2.2.4 and 2.2.5(c) be suspended and that the word “Thursday” be substituted for it in each place, and that Rule 2.2.5(a) be suspended;

(b) under Rule 2.2.4 thus varied, the meeting of the Parliament on Thursday 30 June 2005 may continue to 7.00 pm; and

          (c) Decision Time on Thursday 30 June 2005 shall begin at 6.00 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

6.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3018—That the Parliament agrees that Rule 5.6.1(c) of Standing Orders be suspended for the purpose of Members’ Business on Thursday 30 June 2005.

The motion was agreed to.

7.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3019—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 29 June 2005

9.30 am                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Stage 1 Debate: Housing (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Financial Resolution: Housing (Scotland) Bill

12 noon                          Ministerial Statement: White Paper on Modernising the Planning System

2.00 pm                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      First Minister’s Motion to appoint Ministers

2.35 pm                          Stage 3 Proceedings: Transport (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

6.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 30 June 2005

9.15 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Finance Committee Debate: 2nd Report 2005, Cross-cutting Expenditure Review of Economic Development

10.45 am                        Stage 3 Proceedings: Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill

11.40 am                        General Question Time

12 noon                          First Minister’s Question Time

12.30 pm                        Members’ Business 

2.15 pm                          Themed Question Time—

                                      Health and Community Care;

                                      Environment and Rural Development

2.55 pm                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Continuation of Stage 3 Proceedings: Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

6.00 pm                          Decision Time

The motion was agreed to.

8.      Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2996—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003 (Amendment of Police (Scotland) Act 1967) Order 2005 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9.      Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2997—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 (Consequential Modifications and Amendments) Order 2005 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10.    Membership of Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2998—That the Parliament agrees that Mark Ballard be appointed to replace John Swinburne on the Finance Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

11.    Membership of Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2999—That the Parliament agrees that John Swinburne be appointed to replace Shiona Baird on the Equal Opportunities Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

12.    Membership of Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3000—That the Parliament agrees that Shiona Baird be appointed to replace Chris Ballance on the Enterprise and Culture Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

13.    Membership of Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3001—That the Parliament agrees that Chris Ballance be appointed to replace Mark Ballard on the Procedures Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

14.    Membership of Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3002—That the Parliament agrees that Eleanor Scott be appointed to replace Robin Harper on the Audit Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

15.    Designation of Lead Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3003—That the Parliament agrees that the Environment and Rural Development Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Environmental Levy on Plastic Bags (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

16.   Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on item 3, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 as noted above.

17.   Just Youth Intergenerational DVD: The Parliament debated S2M-2703 in the name of Karen Whitefield—That the Parliament congratulates all those involved in the production of the Just Youth Intergenerational DVD, a project designed to challenge intergenerational stereotypes; congratulates, in particular, the young people and staff of the Just Youth Project in Airdrie, the community learning and development staff of North Lanarkshire Council and also the residents of Gartlea Gardens sheltered housing complex who participated in the DVD; commends North Lanarkshire Council for this innovative attempt to build stronger and more positive relationships between young and old, and further commends the Scottish Executive for funding this initiative through the youth justice fund.

The meeting closed at 5.46 pm.

No.14 Thursday 23 June 2005

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1.       Financial Management 2004-5, including Provisional Outturn Figures: The Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform (Mr Tom McCabe) moved S2M-3015—That the Parliament notes the improved financial management of the Scottish Executive, including the latest provisional outturn figures; encourages the Executive to continue its constructive dialogue with the Finance Committee to improve understanding, transparency and scrutiny, and notes the importance of this process to the efficient delivery of commitments outlined in A Partnership for a Better Scotland.

Alasdair Morgan moved amendment S2M-3015.2 to motion S2M-3015—

Leave out from first “notes” to “figures”.

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 31, Against 76, Abstentions 5).

Mr Ted Brocklebank moved amendment S2M-3015.1 to motion S2M-3015—

Leave out from “improved” to end and insert—

“latest provisional outturn figures; encourages the Scottish Executive to continue its constructive dialogue with the Finance Committee to improve understanding, transparency and scrutiny; further notes the importance of this process to the efficient delivery of commitments outlined in A Partnership for a Better Scotland, and is disappointed, however, that, despite earlier assurances by the Executive, its efficiency drive falls substantially short of the Gershon savings instigated in Whitehall.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 14, Against 97, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 42, Abstentions 7).

2.      General Question Time: Questions were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

3.      First Minister’s Question Time: Questions were answered by the Deputy First Minister (Mr Jim Wallace).

4.      Themed Question Time: Questions on Finance and Public Services and Communities and on Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

5.   Legal Aid Reform: The Minister for Justice (Cathy Jamieson) moved S2M-3012—That the Parliament recognises the crucial role which publicly funded legal aid, advice and information has in guiding individuals towards resolution of legal problems; welcomes the Scottish Executive’s consultation on improving the effectiveness and efficiency of publicly funded legal assistance, and supports the Executive’s determination to continue to work in partnership with the legal profession and the public and voluntary sectors to develop a system that effectively supports those who require it.

Mr Kenny MacAskill moved amendment S2M-3012.1 to motion S2M-3012—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“notes with concern current difficulties in the funding, staffing and resourcing of a variety of legal services through a multiplicity of agencies, professions and services; believes that the provision of legal and advice services requires a fundamental review in order for it to meet the new challenges and needs of the 21st century, and calls for a commission to be established with a wide remit, predicated on the principle that access to justice for all is paramount, to consider and advise on the best method of delivering such access and the best use of available resources within the judiciary, legal profession and the public and voluntary sectors.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 36, Against 77, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

6.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3007—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 6 October 2005.

The motion was agreed to.

7.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3008—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 completed by 1 December 2005.

The motion was agreed to.

8.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3009—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 4 October 2005.

The motion was agreed to.
 
9.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3010—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the St Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 6 October 2005.

The motion was agreed to.
10.   Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1 and 5 as noted above.

11.   W8 Summit: The Parliament debated S2M-2951 in the name of Christine Grahame—That the Parliament welcomes the W8 Conference taking place in Edinburgh on 23 June 2005, where eight African women will address the conference; believes that these eight women could change the face of Africa if given some of the support and decision-making power of the G8 leaders meeting at Gleneagles, and notes that these woman have all made significant contributions across Africa and that their voices need to be heard so that practical solutions at grass roots level are not overlooked among welcome, but often remote, international diplomacy.

The meeting closed at 5.54 pm.

No. 15 Wednesday 29 June 2005

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Time for Reflection: Rev Dr Paul McKeown, Minister of Belhelvie Parish Church, Aberdeenshire, led Time for Reflection.

Housing (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Minister for Communities (Malcolm Chisholm) moved S2M-2986—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Housing (Scotland) Bill.

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

Housing (Scotland) Bill - Financial Resolution: The Deputy Minister for Communities (Johann Lamont) moved S2M-2617—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Housing (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any expenditure of a kind referred to in paragraph 3(b)(iii) of Rule 9.12 of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

4.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Communities (Malcolm Chisholm) made a statement and answered questions on the White Paper on Modernising the Planning System.

5.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3060—That the Parliament agrees, as a revision to the business programme for Thursday 30 June 2005—

leave out,

12.30 pm                        Members’ Business

and insert,

12.30pm                         Election to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

followed by                      Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

6.      Transport (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3059—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Transport (Scotland) Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, 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 – 40 minutes

Groups 4 to 6 – 1 hour and 10 minutes

Groups 7 to 11 – 1 hour and 40 minutes

Groups 12 to 17 – 2 hours and 25 minutes

The motion was agreed to.

7.      Appointment of Minister: The First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell) moved S2M-3041—That the Parliament agrees that Tavish Scott be appointed as a Minister.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (by division: For 62, Against 38, Abstentions 0).

8.      Junior Scottish Ministers: The First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell) moved S2M-3042—That the Parliament agrees that George Lyon and Robert Brown be appointed as junior Scottish Ministers.

Fiona Hyslop moved amendment S2M-3042.1 to motion S2M-3042—

Leave out “and Robert Brown”.

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 41, Against 65, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to (by division: For 64, Against 17, Abstentions 23).

9.      Transport (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 68, 69, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 52, 53, 54, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62 and 63

The following amendments were agreed to (by division)—

            27        (For 93, Against 14, Abstentions 0)

            55        (For 95, Against 18, Abstentions 0)

            56        (For 96, Against 16, Abstentions 1)

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

            65        (For 14, Against 89, Abstentions 0)

            17A     (For 29, Against 80, Abstentions 0)

            17B     (For 30, Against 79, Abstentions 0)

            17C     (For 32, Against 80, Abstentions 0)

            49        (For 21, Against 79, Abstentions 7)

            50        (For 50, Against 64, Abstentions 1)

            80        (For 18, Against 94, Abstentions 0)

            81        (For 17, Against 92, Abstentions 0)

            8          (For 49, Against 63, Abstentions 1)

Amendments 66, 67, 70, 17D, 17E, 17F, 17G, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 51, 3, 4, 78, 52A, 82, 57, 7, 83, 64 and 9 were not moved.

10.   Transport (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform (Tavish Scott) moved S2M-3039—That the Parliament agrees that the Transport (Scotland) Bill be passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 98, Against 17, Abstentions 0).

11.   Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3058—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Tuesday 6 September 2005

10.30 am                        Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      First Minister’s Statement:  Scottish Executive’s Programme

2.30 pm                          Executive Debate: Scottish Executive’s Programme

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 am                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Wednesday 7 September 2005

9.30 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Continuation of Executive Debate:  Scottish Executive’s Programme

11.40 am                        General Question Time

12 noon                          First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm                          Themed Question Time—

                                      Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning;

                                      Justice and Law Officers

2.55 pm                          Continuation of Executive Debate:  Scottish Executive’s Programme

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

and (b) that Stage 2 of the Licensing (Scotland) Bill be completed by 8 November 2005.

The motion was agreed to.

12.   Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3047—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Dentists Act 1984 (Amendment) Order 2005 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

13.  Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 3, 10 and 12 as noted above.

14.   Closure of Clydesdale Bank Branches: The Parliament debated S2M-2833 in the name of Paul Martin—That the Parliament condemns the decision by National Australia Bank to close 60 Clydesdale Bank branches within Scotland over the next 18 months; notes that research has demonstrated that the closure of branches triggers an outflow of economic activity and threatens the long-term survival of communities, particularly when a bank is “the last bank in town”; believes that closures will have a devastating impact on local communities, particularly in poorer areas where alternative banking is not accessible, and will affect the most vulnerable and least able to travel, such as older people, the less able and parents with young children, and considers that the National Australia Bank should reconsider this massive programme, particularly where a closure will leave communities without any local bank.

The meeting closed at 6.53 pm.

No. 16 Thursday 30 June 2005

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1.      Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill: George Lyon, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3062—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, 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 4 – 55 minutes

Groups 5 to 7 – 1 hour and 20 minutes

Groups 8 to 10 – 2 hours

Groups 11 to 13 – 3 hours 

The motion was agreed to.

2.      Finance Committee, Cross-cutting Expenditure Review of Economic Development: Des McNulty, on behalf of the Finance Committee, moved S2M-3031—That the Parliament notes the recommendations contained in the Finance Committee’s 2nd Report, 2005 (Session 2): Cross-cutting Expenditure Review of Economic Development (SP Paper 312).

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

3.      Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

            33        (For 13, Against 93, Abstentions 1)

            38        (For 15, Against 91, Abstentions 1)

            40        (For 15, Against 92, Abstentions 1)

            44        (For 13, Against 93, Abstentions 1)

The following amendments were moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn: 53 and 55.

The following amendments were not moved: 34, 35, 36, 37, 39, 41, 42, 43, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 54 and 56.

4.      General Question Time: Questions were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers

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

6.      Daily Business List: The Presiding Officer, under Rule 7.7.4 altered the daily business list to take Members’ Business at 6.00 pm.

7.      Election of Members to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body: The following members were nominated as candidates for appointment to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body—

          Mark Ballard

          Nora Radcliffe

          Jean Turner

The result was—

          Mark Ballard                 7

          Nora Radcliffe              99

          Jean Turner                  3

Nora Radcliffe was duly elected as a member of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body.

8.      Themed Question Time: Questions on Health and Community Care, and on Environment and Rural Development were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

9.      Motion without Notice: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that Rule 12.3.3A of Standing Orders be suspended for the purpose of allowing the Standards and Public Appointments Committee to meet in the afternoon of Thursday 30 June 2005.

The motion was agreed to.

10.    Motion without Notice: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that, under Rule 7.3.3(b), the Parliament agrees that Carolyn Leckie, Colin Fox, Rosie Kane and Frances Curran be excluded from the Chamber for the month of September 2005 and from any meeting of the Parliament in the Chamber during the intervening period.

The motion was agreed to.

11.   Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Parliament resumed consideration of the Bill at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 7, 64, 18, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 67 and 68.

The following amendments were agreed to (by division)—

            1          (For 75, Against 1, Abstentions 17)

            24        (For 56, Against 52, Abstentions 0)

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

            60        (For 16, Against 82, Abstentions 1)

            63        (For 30, Against 75, Abstentions 0)

            65        (For 51, Against 57, Abstentions 0)

            62        (For 16, Against 87, Abstentions 0)

The following amendments were moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn: 57 and 19.

The following amendments were not moved: 58, 59, 17, 20, 21, 22, 2, 66 and 69.

12.   Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Minister for Health and Community Care (Mr Andy Kerr) moved S2M-2985—That the Parliament agrees that the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill be passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 97, Against 17, Abstentions 1).

13.    Membership of Committees: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-3048—That the Parliament agrees that Mr Kenneth Macintosh be appointed to replace Christine May on the Subordinate Legislation Committee;

S2M-3049—That the Parliament agrees that Christine May be appointed to the Standards and Public Appointments Committee;

S2M-3050—That the Parliament agrees that Karen Gillon be appointed to replace Mr Alasdair Morrison on the European and External Relations Committee;

S2M-3051—That the Parliament agrees that Elaine Smith be appointed to replace Karen Gillon on the Environment and Rural Development Committee;

S2M-3064—That the Parliament agrees that Mr Jim Wallace be appointed to replace Iain Smith on the European and External Relations Committee;

S2M-3065—That the Parliament agrees that Euan Robson be appointed to replace Margaret Smith on the Local Government and Transport Committee;

S2M-3066—That the Parliament agrees that Margaret Smith be appointed to replace George Lyon on the Audit Committee, and

S2M-3067—That the Parliament agrees that Iain Smith be appointed to replace Robert Brown on the Education Committee.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

14.    Substitution on Committees: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-3052—That the Parliament agrees that Dr Elaine Murray be appointed to replace Bill Butler as substitute member on the Local Government and Transport Committee;

S2M-3053—That the Parliament agrees that Mr Kenneth Macintosh be appointed to replace Paul Martin as substitute member on the Health Committee;

S2M-3054—That the Parliament agrees that Trish Godman be appointed to replace Janis Hughes as substitute member on the Environment and Rural Development Committee;

S2M-3055—That the Parliament agrees that Karen Gillon be appointed to replace Helen Eadie as substitute member on the Justice 1 Committee;

S2M-3056—That the Parliament agrees that Janis Hughes be appointed to replace Gordon Jackson as substitute member on the Finance Committee, and

S2M-3057—That the Parliament agrees that Paul Martin be appointed to replace Marilyn Livingstone as substitute member on the Standards and Public Appointments Committee.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

15.    Motion without Notice: Brian Adam moved without notice that, under Rule 8.2.6, the Parliament agrees to take motion S2M-3078.

The motion was agreed to.

16.    Standards and Public Appointments Committee, Complaint against Colin Fox MSP, Frances Curran MSP, Rosie Kane MSP and Carolyn Leckie MSP: Brian Adam, on behalf of the Standards and Public Appointments Committee, moved motion S2M-3078—that the Parliament agrees that Colin Fox MSP, Frances Curran MSP, Rosie Kane MSP and Carolyn Leckie MSP be excluded from all proceedings of the Parliament for the month of September 2005 and that their right of access to the Parliamentary complex, their right of access to Parliamentary facilities and services and their salaries and allowances be withdrawn for that period.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

17.    Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 12, 13, 14, and 16 as noted above.

18.    Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland: The Parliament debated S2M-2987 in the name of Fiona Hyslop—That the Parliament notes the recent publication of an economic impact assessment of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland at Ingliston which indicates that £250 million is generated for the economy of which £100 million supports the local Lothian economy; notes that 1.2 million visitors pass through the site each year; is concerned that Her Majesty’s Government’s White Paper, The Future of Air Transport, seeks to secure all of the 300-acre site for future development of Edinburgh Airport which threatens the future successful operation of the society and its year-round events; recognises the important role that the showpiece event, the Royal Highland Show, has for the farming sector, and, noting that this is an ideal site and that there will be a considerable expenditure from the public purse on public transport provision in the area, expresses its view that all parties concerned with economic, rural and transport interests should make further and urgent efforts to examine options for future co-existence of the society and Edinburgh Airport at Ingliston and make representations to the Secretary of State for Transport to achieve this. 

The meeting closed at 6.49 pm.

No.17 Tuesday 6 September 2005

The meeting opened at 10.30 am.

1.      Time for Reflection: Reverend Lorna Hood, Minister of Renfrew North Parish Church led Time for Reflection.

2.      First Minister’s Statement: The First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell) made a statement and answered questions on the Scottish Executive’s programme.

3.      Scottish Executive’s Programme: The Parliament debated the First Minister’s statement on the Scottish Executive’s programme.

4. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S2M-3228—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 14 September 2005

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Debate: Clyde and Hebrides Lifeline Ferry Services

followed by                      Finance Committee Motions: The Budget Process (Written Agreements)

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 15 September 2005

9.15 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 1 Debate: Family Law (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Financial Resolution in respect of the Family Law (Scotland) Bill

11.40 am                        General Question Time

12 noon                          First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm                          Themed Question Time—

                                      Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport;

                                      Finance and Public Services and Communities

2.55 pm                          Executive Debate: Improving Scottish Schools

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Wednesday 21 September 2005

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Environment and Rural Development Committee Debate: 5th Report, 2005, Inquiry into Climate Change

followed by                      Standards and Public Appointments Committee Debate: Draft Consultation on the Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies in Scotland

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 22 September 2005

9.15 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Scottish Green Party Business

11.40 am                        General Question Time

12 noon                          First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm                          Themed Question Time—

                                      Environment and Rural Development;

                                      Health and Community Care

2.55 pm                          Executive Business

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to (by division: For 80, Against 34, Abstentions 1)

5. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S2M-3195—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) that consideration of the Environmental Levy on Plastic Bags (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 27 January 2006; and

(b) that consideration of the Housing (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 4 November 2005.

The motion was agreed to.

6. Membership of Committees: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-3196—That the Parliament agrees that Alex Johnstone be appointed to replace Mr Jamie McGrigor on the Procedures Committee;

S2M-3197—That the Parliament agrees that Mr Ted Brocklebank be appointed to replace Alex Johnstone on the Environment and Rural Development Committee;

S2M-3198—That the Parliament agrees that Mr Jamie McGrigor be appointed to replace Phil Gallie on the Equal Opportunities Committee;

S2M-3199—That the Parliament agrees that Derek Brownlee be appointed to replace Mr Ted Brocklebank on the Finance Committee; and

S2M-3200—That the Parliament agrees that Mr David Davidson be appointed to the Local Government and Transport Committee.

The motions were agreed to.

7. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on item 6 as noted above.

8. Autistic Spectrum Disorder: The Parliament debated S2M-2712 in the name of Mrs Karen Gillon—That the Parliament notes that, according to the latest census publication, Pupils in Scotland, 2004, there are 3,090 pupils diagnosed with an autistic spectrum disorder who have a Record of Needs and/or an Individualised Educational Programme in primary, secondary and special schools in Scotland; further notes that, as it is a spectrum condition, children with autistic spectrum disorders have a range of abilities with some having complex needs; believes that a range of provision is required to meet the needs of each child appropriately and that this may include support from other agencies, and considers that the Scottish Executive should ensure that the needs of children with autistic spectrum disorders are appropriately met so that they can benefit from education and learning.

The meeting closed at 5.52 pm.

No. 18 Wednesday 7 September 2005

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Scottish Executive’s Programme: The Parliament continued its debate on the First Minister’s Statement on the Scottish Executive’s Programme.

2.      General Question Time: Questions were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

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

4.      Themed Question Time:  Questions on Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport and on Justice and Law Officers were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers and by the Scottish Law Officers.

5.      Scottish Executive’s Programme: The Parliament continued its debate on the First Minister’s Statement on the Scottish Executive’s Programme.

6.      Paisley Choral Festival: The Parliament debated S2M-3148 in the name of Miss Annabel Goldie—That the Parliament notes the recent launch by Voices in Paisley of the Paisley Choral Festival to be held between 30 September and 15 October 2005; congratulates the organisers on their commitment and vision; acknowledges the valuable support and encouragement given by Renfrewshire Council and other local bodies and organisations, and commends this initiative, not only for both harnessing and nurturing musical ability within the area, but also for being a contributor to the wider economic, social and cultural regeneration of Paisley.

The meeting closed at 5.37 pm.

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