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No. 1                    Wednesday 10 May 2006

The meeting opened at 2.15 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Father Matt McManus, St Peter’s, Ardrossan, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill – Business Motion: Alasdair Morgan, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4371—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion by the time indicated (that 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, other than a suspension following the first division in the Stage being called, or otherwise not in progress):

Groups 1 and 2:           40 minutes

Groups 3 to 6:              1 hour and 5 minutes

Groups 7 to 9:              1 hour and 40 minutes

The motion was agreed to.

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

4.      Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill - Stage 3:~ The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 and 26.

The following amendments were agreed to (by division)—

            7          (For 68, Against 38, Abstentions 0)

            8          (For 68, Against 38, Abstentions 0)

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

            27        (For 38, Against 68, Abstentions 0)

            1          (For 36, Against 62, Abstentions 0)

            2          (For 33, Against 58, Abstentions 0)

            3          (For 39, Against 65, Abstentions 0)

            28        (For 36, Against 65, Abstentions 1)

            32        (For 14, Against 89, Abstentions 0)

            29        (For 39, Against 64, Abstentions 0)

            30        (For 41, Against 60, Abstentions 0)

The following amendments were not moved: 4, 5 and 6.

5.      Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill - Stage 3: The Minister for Education and Young People (Peter Peacock) moved S2M-4271—That the Parliament agrees that the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) (Scotland) Bill be passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 92, Against 17, Abstentions 0).

6.      Housing Corporation (Delegation) etc. Bill - UK Legislation: The Minister for Communities (Malcolm Chisholm) moved S2M-4318—That the Parliament agrees that the UK Parliament should consider those provisions of the Housing Corporation (Delegation) etc. Bill, introduced in the House of Commons on 30 March 2006, which will legislate in devolved areas in respect of the past operation of the Housing Corporation in Scotland as outlined in LCM (6.1).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7.      Business Motion: George Lyon, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4366—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 17 May 2006

2.00 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 1 Debate: Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Financial Resolution: Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.30 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 18 May 2006

9.15 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Independents’ Group Debate: The Implications of the Kerr Report: Future Needs of the NHS

followed by                      Procedures Committee Debate – 2nd Report 2006, Procedures relating to Crown appointments

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                          Enterprise and Culture Committee Debate – 5th Report 2006, Business Growth - the next 10 years

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Wednesday 24 May 2006

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 25 May 2006

9.15 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 3 Proceedings: Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill

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 Stage 3 Proceedings: Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

and (b) under Rule 11.2.4 of the Standing Orders that Decision Time on Wednesday 17 May 2006 shall begin at 5.30 pm.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (by division: For 86, Against 17, Abstentions 6).

8.      Business Motion: George Lyon, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4365—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 17 November 2006.

The motion was agreed to.

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

10.   New Powers for Credit Unions: The Parliament debated S2M-4052 in the name of Christine May—That the Parliament welcomes the extended facilities available to credit unions from April 2006 which will allow them to offer a wider range of services to their members; notes that these facilities will include insurance products, budgeting and savings accounts and flexible low-cost loans based on ability to pay; recognises the importance of the role played by credit unions in helping to alleviate poverty, prevent debt and its devastating consequences for many low income families, encourage saving and prudent borrowing and support regeneration in many communities across Scotland, such as Glenrothes and Levenmouth in Fife; further welcomes the additional support provided for approved credit unions to establish and administer these services; acknowledges that the credit union movement embodies and promotes the principles of mutualism and co-operation, and believes that the expansion of the credit union network in Scotland will play a vital part in enabling regeneration of many more communities.

11.   Motion without Notice: Christine May moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended until 6.00 pm. 

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 6.00 pm.

 No. 2                      Thursday 11 May 2006

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1.      Council Tax and Pensioner Poverty: Mr John Swinney moved S2M-4363—That the Parliament recognises that the council tax is an unfair tax which is based neither on income nor on the ability to pay; further notes that the council tax, which has increased by over 60% since 1997, discriminates against those on a fixed income, particularly the elderly; notes that means-tested council tax benefit has failed to help many of the elderly, in particular older owner-occupiers, and calls for the abolition of the unfair council tax and its replacement by a local income tax based on the ability to pay.

The Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform and Parliamentary Business (George Lyon) moved amendment S2M-4363.4 to motion S2M-4363—

Leave out from first “council tax” to end and insert—

“Scottish Executive has established the independent inquiry into local government finance consistent with the Partnership Agreement of May 2003; notes that the Labour Party has submitted clear and detailed proposals to support changes to the council tax, and further notes that the Liberal Democrats have submitted clear and detailed proposals to support a local income tax and that the inquiry is due to report in the future.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 62, Against 52, Abstentions 1). 

Derek Brownlee moved amendment S2M-4363.1 to motion S2M-4363—

Leave out from “recognises” to end and insert—

“notes that the council tax has increased by 60% since 1997 and that it is this large rise which has made the cost of local council services a punishing burden for so many Scottish households, especially pensioners; calls on the Scottish Executive to fund fully the centrally-driven policies which it imposes on local councils; further calls on the Executive to ensure that those who are entitled to council tax benefits are in receipt of them, and notes that in 2004-05 councils collected only 92.7% of council tax and that, if the Scottish councils improved their average collection rate to that of England, 96.5%, an extra £41.50 could be shaved off the average band D council tax in 2005-06.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 19, Against 89, Abstentions 7).

Tommy Sheridan moved amendment S2M-4363.3 to motion S2M-4363—

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

“regrets the failure of the SNP and Liberal Democrat parties to vote for the replacement of the unfair council tax with an income-based alternative, when presented with such an opportunity during the February 2006 debate on the Council Tax Abolition and Service Tax Introduction (Scotland) Bill; notes the failure of either the SNP or Liberal Democrat parties to propose any concrete legislative alternative to the council tax over the last seven years, and believes that the overwhelming majority of Scottish citizens support the replacement of the council tax with a system based on income and designed to tax the wealthy more and ordinary workers and pensioners less.”

Amendment S2M-4363.3 was pre-empted by S2M-4363.4.

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 63, Against 51, Abstentions 1).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament recognises that the Scottish Executive has established the independent inquiry into local government finance consistent with the Partnership Agreement of May 2003; notes that the Labour Party has submitted clear and detailed proposals to support changes to the council tax, and further notes that the Liberal Democrats have submitted clear and detailed proposals to support a local income tax and that the inquiry is due to report in the future.

2.      Scottish Enterprise: Jim Mather moved S2M-4367—That the Parliament views the current financial position of Scottish Enterprise with mounting concern, given that the overspend is now estimated to be in excess of  £60 million; is doubly concerned that this overspend will jeopardise jobs, skills and training, including those jobs of Scottish Enterprise employees; is disturbed to discover that Scottish Executive ministers were unaware of the true extent of the overspend for four months after it was first identified; criticises the failure to address this mismanagement at an earlier stage, and calls for urgent action to be taken to address the current problems facing Scottish Enterprise, for future guarantees that organisations must live within their established budgets and a recognition that the activity of enterprise agencies will never adequately compensate the people of Scotland for the lack of economic powers and the full means to manage the Scottish economy competitively and effectively in the interest of everyone in Scotland.

The Deputy Minister and Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning (Nicol Stephen) moved amendment S2M-4367.2 to motion S2M-4367—

Leave out from “views” to end and insert—

“recognises the important role of Scottish Enterprise in supporting the growth of the Scottish economy; endorses the strategic direction set by ministers for Scottish Enterprise in terms of business growth, regeneration and local development initiatives, training, skills and maximising international opportunities; welcomes the steps taken by the Scottish Executive to secure effective financial management by Scottish Enterprise in the future, in particular the commissioning of the robust report by KPMG and the commitment to the implementation of its recommendations; welcomes the additional non-cash resources to be made available to Scottish Enterprise, and confirms the important role that Scottish Enterprise will play in contributing to the growth of the Scottish economy.”

Murdo Fraser moved amendment S2M-4367.1 to motion S2M-4367—

leave out from “calls” to end and insert “believes that the time has come for Scottish Enterprise to be restructured, refocused and slimmed down, with the savings made being invested in transport infrastructure improvements and reductions in the business rate which would deliver real benefits to all businesses across Scotland.”

Amendment 4367.2 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 62, Against 46, Abstentions 7).  As a result, amendment S2M-4367.1 was pre-empted.

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 86, Against 21, Abstentions 8).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament recognises the important role of Scottish Enterprise in supporting the growth of the Scottish economy; endorses the strategic direction set by ministers for Scottish Enterprise in terms of business growth, regeneration and local development initiatives, training, skills and maximising international opportunities; welcomes the steps taken by the Scottish Executive to secure effective financial management by Scottish Enterprise in the future, in particular the commissioning of the robust report by KPMG and the commitment to the implementation of its recommendations; welcomes the additional non-cash resources to be made available to Scottish Enterprise, and confirms the important role that Scottish Enterprise will play in contributing to the growth of the Scottish economy.

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 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.

6.      Drugs and Hidden Harm: The Minister for Justice (Cathy Jamieson) moved S2M-4370—That the Parliament welcomes the publication by the Scottish Executive of Hidden Harm - Next Steps: Supporting Children - Working With Parents; acknowledges the wide range of work currently being undertaken to protect and support children living in substance-misusing families; recognises the serious risks and problems faced by many children in drug-abusing households and the incompatibility of serious and chaotic drug use with effective parenting; acknowledges the important role of the extended family in helping to safeguard and nurture children who have been affected by substance misuse, and supports the Executive’s commitment to further improvements in the way that agencies protect and support children in these circumstances.

Fiona Hyslop moved amendment S2M-4370.2 to motion S2M-4370—

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

“notes that in 2002 the current First Minister, formerly minister with responsibility for children, said that the Executive and relevant agencies had three years to get their collective act together on child protection; recognises that child protection issues generally, including the increasing number of cases where drugs misuse is a factor, are complex and need thought-through policy solutions and concerted action for delivery, and calls on the Executive to redouble its efforts to complete implementation of the child protection recommendations contained in the 2002 report, It’s everyone’s job to make sure I’m alright, which it committed to fulfil but which are still outstanding, and to ensure that it adopts a comprehensive policy approach to proposed legislation for child protection, adoption and fostering and children’s hearings which puts the child at centre stage and which addresses support for kinship care, listens to children and to professionals in the field and also addresses support services where current spend on children’s services by local authorities on average far exceeds GAE allocation to a disproportionate extent.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 27, Against 64, Abstentions 24).

Miss Annabel Goldie moved amendment S2M-4370.1 to motion S2M-4370—

Insert at end—

“but believes that progress will be impeded unless there is an increase in the availability of rehabilitation for those addicted parents, as well as a greater emphasis on educational and preventative measures to stop people getting involved with drugs in the first place.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 47, Against 64, Abstentions 4).

Margo MacDonald moved amendment S2M-4370.3 to motion S2M-4370—

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

“and to that end guarantees to investigate properly alternative regimes that aim to reduce the harm done by drug abuse and stabilise the lifestyle of persistent drug abusers; acknowledges the important role of kinship carers in helping to safeguard and nurture children who have been affected by substance misuse and recognises this role by financially recompensing them to an agreed national standard, and supports the Executive’s commitment to further improvements in the way that agencies protect and support children in these circumstances.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 13, Against 102, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

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

8.      Ensuring the Independence of Scottish National Statistics: The Parliament debated S2M-4171 in the name of Jim Mather—That the Parliament, in light of the proposals from HM Treasury for the establishment of an independent UK Office for National Statistics, notes that no proposals were made for Scotland; further notes that such proposals for Scotland are the responsibility of the Scottish Executive, and considers that, in light of previous statistical issues such as the loss of Objective 1 funding for the Highlands and Islands through statistical error, the Executive should take similar measures to place the production of Scottish statistics on a statutory basis, incorporating the National Statistics Code of Practice, and establish an independent Office of Scottish Statistics with independent governance answerable directly to the Scottish Parliament.

The meeting closed at 5.30 pm.

No. 3              Wednesday 17 May 2006

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1.      Time for Reflection: Reverend Alex Forsyth, Markinch Parish Church, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Minister for Communities (Malcolm Chisholm) moved S2M-4270—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill.

Patrick Harvie moved amendment S2M-4270.1 to motion S2M-4270—

Leave out from “agrees” to end and insert—

“recognises the need to restore public trust in the planning system; considers that a greater emphasis on consultation and public involvement is to be welcomed but does not negate the need to rebalance the rights which can be exercised in the system, such as the right to take part in public inquiries, the right to select the form in which a hearing takes place or more equal rights at the appeal stage; considers that a hierarchy for planning must be designed to give clarity over the categories of development to ensure that all interested parties know what to expect from the system; considers that a statutory national planning framework is a positive move but that the procedures for its approval and for public and parliamentary scrutiny must be greatly enhanced; is not satisfied that the Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill meets these requirements of restoring trust, rebalancing rights, giving clarity and enhancing scrutiny, and therefore does not agree to the general principles of the Bill.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 12, Against 99, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 98, Against 11, Abstentions 2).

3.      Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution: The Deputy Minister for Communities (Johann Lamont) moved S2M-3961—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any expenditure or 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 78, Against 11, Abstentions 20).

4.       Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4409—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 24 May 2006

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 1 Debate: Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Financial Resolution: Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 25 May 2006

9.15 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 3 Proceedings: Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill

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 Stage 3 Proceedings: Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Continuation of Stage 3 Proceedings: Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Wednesday 31 May 2006

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 3 Proceedings: Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 1 June 2006

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—

                                      Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport;

                                      Finance and Public Services and Communities;

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 Motions: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-4407—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 9 June 2006; and

S2M-4408—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 29 September 2006.

The motions were agreed to.

6. Membership of Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4403—That the Parliament agrees that Mike Rumbles be appointed to replace Mr Andrew Arbuckle on the Local Government and Transport Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4404—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Joint Inspections (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

9.      Aberdeen Crossrail: The Parliament debated S2M-4279 in the name of Richard Baker—That the Parliament notes the economic, social and environmental benefits that Aberdeen Crossrail would bring to the city and other areas of the north east; welcomes the announcement by Network Rail in April 2006 that an additional £40 million is to be invested in the Scottish rail infrastructure network; considers that this additional investment should be used to help develop projects like Aberdeen Crossrail; welcomes the Scottish Executive’s “Transport for Tomorrow” consultation as a valuable chance to debate the future of the Executive’s transport strategy, and believes that the Executive should, through that strategy, move beyond a feasibility study of the crossrail project and progress towards a commitment to construction with a clear timetable for completion.

The meeting closed at 6.14 pm.

 No. 4                         Thursday 18 May 2006

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1.      The Implications of the Kerr Report: Future Needs of the NHS: The Parliament debated the implications of the Kerr Report: Future Needs of the NHS.

2.      Procedures Committee, Procedures relating to Crown appointments: Donald Gorrie moved S2M-4380—That the Parliament notes the Procedures Committee’s 2nd Report 2006 (Session 2), Procedures relating to Crown appointments (SP Paper 515) and agrees that the changes to Standing Orders set out in Annexe A to the report be made with effect from 19 May 2006.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 79, Against 1, Abstentions 19).

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.      Enterprise and Culture Committee, Report on Inquiry into Business Growth: Alex Neil, on behalf of the Enterprise and Culture Committee, moved S2M-4405—That the Parliament notes the recommendations contained in the Enterprise and Culture Committee’s 5th Report 2006 (Session 2): Business Growth - the next 10 years (SP Paper 520).

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

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

8.      RIP Cigarettes: The Parliament debated S2M-4091 in the name of Mr Stewart Maxwell—That the Parliament acknowledges that deaths resulting from fires, of which there were 99 in 2004, are a major concern in Scotland; recognises that they are significantly higher in Scotland than the rest of the United Kingdom and that the majority of fire deaths in Scotland occur in the West of Scotland; notes with concern that smoking materials are one of the leading causes of fires in Scotland and that 50% of all smoking-related fire deaths occur in the West of Scotland; believes that the Scottish Parliament should commit to actively pursuing policies aimed at reducing the number of fire deaths in the West of Scotland and within Scotland as a whole; recognises the role that Reduced Ignition Potential (RIP) cigarettes, commonly referred to as fire-safe cigarettes, could play in reducing damage to property as well as the overall number of fires, fire injuries and fire deaths; supports the implementation of a new fire safety law that would require all cigarettes sold in Scotland to be RIP cigarettes; welcomes the decision of the Chief Fire Officers’ Association in Scotland to support the call for the introduction of fire-safe cigarettes; congratulates Canada and New York for introducing such laws and recognises that the introduction of fire-safe cigarettes would have a significant and positive impact on the number of fire fatalities in Scotland, and believes that the Scottish government should bring forward legislation to introduce this fire safety measure as soon as possible in the hope that Scotland can truly say RIP to fires caused by cigarettes.

The meeting closed at 5.34 pm.

No. 5              Wednesday 24 May 2006

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Ms Neelam Bakshi of Glasgow’s Hindu Community led Time for Reflection.

2.      Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Culture (Allan Wilson) moved S2M-4269—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 94, Against 5, Abstentions 16).

3.      Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution: The Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Culture (Allan Wilson) moved S2M-4383—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill, agrees—

(a)       to any—

(i)      increase in expenditure charged on; and

(ii)     expenditure for new purposes or increase in expenditure for existing purposes payable out of, the Scottish Consolidated Fund in consequence of the Act; and

(b)    to any charge imposed, and any payment required to be made, in consequence of the Act.

The motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 93, Against 5, Abstentions 16).

4.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4439—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 25 May 2006—

after,

2.55 pm                          Continuation of Stage 3 Proceedings: Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill

delete,

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Continuation of Stage 3 Proceedings: Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Bill

The motion was agreed to.

5.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4440—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 31 May 2006

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 3 Proceedings: Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 1 June 2006

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—

                                      Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport;

                                      Finance and Public Services and Communities

2.55 pm                          Executive Debate: Architecture

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Wednesday 7 June 2006

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Finance Committee Debate: 5th Report 2006, Cross-cutting Expenditure Review of Deprivation  

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 8 June 2006

9.15 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Subordinate Legislation Committee Debate: 21st Report 2006, Inquiry into the Regulatory Framework in Scotland – Draft Report

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Continuation of Stage 3 Proceedings: Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Bill

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.

6.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4438—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 6 October 2006.

The motion was agreed to.

7.      Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4436—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Treatment of Office or Body as Specified Authority) Order 2006 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8.      Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4437—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Private Water Supplies (Notices) (Scotland) Regulations 2006 be approved.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 98, Against 16, Abstentions 0).

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

10.   Sectarianism in Scotland: The Parliament debated S2M-3906 in the name of Bill Butler—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of the Scottish Executive’s 18-point Action Plan on Tackling Sectarianism which will see the Executive support and expand the range of local and national initiatives that emerged from the National Summit on Sectarianism, held in February 2005; recognises that sectarianism is a problem throughout Scotland and that it must be confronted; realises the importance of supporting community-based projects, such as Glasgow City Council’s Sense over Sectarianism campaign and the twinning of denominational and non-denominational schools, in challenging sectarian attitudes and improving young people's understanding of each others’ cultural identities, and commends the efforts of the Executive, local authorities, charities such as Nil By Mouth, churches and community groups in highlighting the problems of bigotry and sectarianism which exist within communities and workplaces throughout Scotland.

The meeting closed at 5.57 pm.

No. 6             Thursday 25 May 2006

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1.      Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4447—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (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, other than a suspension following the first division in the morning or afternoon being called, or otherwise not in progress):

         Groups 1 to 6: 40 minutes

         Groups 7 to 10: 1 hour and 25 minutes

         Group 11: 1 hour and 55 minutes

         Group 12: 2 hours and 55 minutes

         Groups 13 to 19: 3 hours and 25 minutes.

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

2.      Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 130, 131, 132, 15, 133, 134, 135, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 136, 31, 137, 138, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 1, 2, 3, 4, 141, 142, 50, 51, 52, 53, 5, 6, 155, 7, 8, 54 and 157.

Amendment 160 was disagreed to (by division: For 3, Against 108, Abstentions 0)

The following amendments were moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn: 139, 195 and 159.

The following amendments were not moved: 140, 145, 143, 144, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 151, 152, 153, 154 and 156.

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 Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning, and on Justice and Law Officers were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers and by the Scottish Law Officers.

6.      Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Parliament resumed consideration of the Bill at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 196, 197, 198, 161, 199, 162, 201, 202, 203, 163, 164, 9, 166, 167, 168, 10, 11, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 178, 66, 67, 68, 69, 179, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 180, 86, 87, 88, 89, 181, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 187, 100, 101, 102, 188, 12, 13, 103, 189, 190, 105, 106, 191, 192, 14, 193, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128 and 129.

The following amendments were agreed to (by division)—

            208     (For 91, Against 16, Abstentions 0)

            200     (For 92, Against 17, Abstentions 0)

            207     (For 63, Against 44, Abstentions 0)

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

            204     (For 24, Against 84, Abstentions 1)

            205     (For 24, Against 85, Abstentions 1)

            165     (For 11, Against 95, Abstentions 0)

The following amendments were not moved: 206, 209 and 194.

7.      Motion without notice: Ms Margaret Curran moved, without notice, a motion under 9.8.5A to extend the time-limits for groups 13 to 19 by 10 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

8.      Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Minister for Justice (Cathy Jamieson) moved S2M-4268—That the Parliament agrees that the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill be passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 111, Against 5, Abstentions 0).

9.      Motion without Notice: Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that S2M-4446 be taken at this meeting of Parliament.

The motion was agreed to.

10.    Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4446—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 31 May 2006—

delete,

2.30 pm               Time for Reflection

followed by           Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by           Stage 3 Proceedings: Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill

insert,

2.00 pm               Time for Reflection

followed by           Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by           Stage 3 Proceedings: Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill

The motion was agreed to.

11.    Decision Time: The Parliament took a decision on item 8 as noted above.

12.    The Trafficking of Impoverished Women into Forced Prostitution in Scotland: The Parliament debated S2M-3983 in the name of Trish Godman—That the Parliament is seriously concerned over reports that criminal gangs are engaged in the evil trafficking of impoverished women into Scotland, England and Wales who are then compelled, often by threats or use of physical violence and degradation, to work as prostitutes; notes that this is a problem throughout Scotland, but particularly in the west of Scotland; believes that Scotland cannot claim immunity from this unsavoury international sexual trading of poor women from European, Asian, African and South American countries; acknowledges the difficulties involved in tracking down these predatory traffickers in women, but believes that the Scottish Executive, in co-operation with the UK Government and our police service, should do all that is necessary to bring such wrongdoers to court where it is hoped that they will, upon conviction, receive condign punishment.

The meeting closed at 5.44 pm.

No. 7              Wednesday 31 May 2006

The meeting opened at 2.00 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Rt Reverend John Cunningham, Bishop of Galloway, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4471—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Animal Health and Welfare (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, other than a suspension following the first division in the Stage being called or otherwise not in progress):

Groups 1 and 2:                    30 minutes

Groups 3 to 6:                       45 minutes

Groups 7 and 8:                    1 hour 30 minutes

Groups 9 to 11:                     1 hour 55 minutes

Groups 12 to 15:                   2 hours 10 minutes

The motion was agreed to.

3.      Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43 and 44.

The following amendments were agreed to (by division)—

            14        (For 96, Against 14, Abstentions 1)

            15        (For 92, Against 16, Abstentions 0)

            30        (For 86, Against 30, Abstentions 3)

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

            1          (For 52, Against 56, Abstentions 0)

            9          (For 43, Against 60, Abstentions 6)

            2          (For 52, Against 61, Abstentions 0)

            14A     (For 37, Against 75, Abstentions 0)

            45        (For 8, Against 69, Abstentions 22)

            4          (For 25, Against 92, Abstentions 1)

            11        (For 31, Against 87, Abstentions 0)

            12A     (For 19, Against 101, Abstentions 0)

            12        (For 31, Against 89, Abstentions 0)

            51        (For 50, Against 59, Abstentions 0)

            13        (For 11, Against 88, Abstentions 6)

            5          (For 37, Against 73, Abstentions 0)

            53        (For 51, Against 60, Abstentions 0)

The following amendments were moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn: 6 and 8.

The following amendments were not moved: 3, 12B, 7 and 52.

4.      Motion without notice: Ms Margaret Curran moved, without notice, a motion under 9.8.5A to extend the time-limits for groups 1 and 2 by 10 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

5.      Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Ross Finnie) moved S2M-4267—That the Parliament agrees that the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill be passed.

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

6.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4466—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 7 June 2006

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Finance Committee Debate: 5th Report 2006, Cross-cutting Expenditure Review of Deprivation  

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 8 June 2006

9.15 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Subordinate Legislation Committee Debate: 21st Report 2006, Inquiry into            the Regulatory Framework in Scotland – Draft Report

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Continuation of Stage 3 Proceedings: Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Bill

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 Debate: Climate Change

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Wednesday 14 June 2006

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Final Stage Proceedings: Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 15 June 2006

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, Transport and Lifelong Learning

2.55 pm                          Executive Business

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

7.      Business Motions: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-4467—That the Parliament agrees that the timetable for completion of consideration of the St Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be extended to 29 September 2006;

S2M-4468—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 17 November 2006;

S2M-4469—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Christmas Day and New Year’s Day Trading Day (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 24 November 2006; and

S2M-4470—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Health Board Elections (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 26 January 2007.

The motions were agreed to.

8.      Substitution on Committees: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4478—That the Parliament agrees that Margaret Smith be appointed to replace Euan Robson as the Liberal Democrat Party substitute on the Health Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

10.   Fife’s Coastline: The Parliament debated S2M-4434 in the name of Andrew Arbuckle—That the Parliament recognises that Fife has some of the most beautiful coastline in Scotland; further recognises that the Scottish Executive has made efforts to clean up our coasts and seas, particularly through the Scottish Coastal Forum; recognises that the local tourism industry depends on Fife having clean beaches and seas; understands that there is much work still to be done and that some of our coastline is still littered with rubbish and other pollution, and considers that the Executive and other relevant public agencies should redouble their efforts in cleaning up the coastline and seas for our own quality of life, for tourism, for wildlife and for future generations.

The meeting closed at 5.49 pm.

 No. 8             Thursday 1 June 2006

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1.      Education: Lord James Douglas-Hamilton moved S2M-4464—That the Parliament believes that creating a greater degree of school autonomy, devolving more powers to head teachers and giving greater say to parents and teachers in shaping the education system will raise standards; is therefore disappointed at the abolition of school boards which will dilute parental representation in schools; notes that Jordanhill School, Scotland’s only remaining independently run but publicly funded school, has consistently been among the top-performing schools in Scotland and won the SQA “School of the Year” award; notes that teaching unions are voicing concerns over the Scottish Executive’s discipline and mainstreaming policies, and calls on the Executive to introduce reforms to create a more diverse education system in Scotland to raise standards, tackle discipline and serve the needs and aspirations of all pupils.

The Deputy Minister for Education and Young People (Robert Brown) moved amendment S2M-4464.2 to motion S2M-4464—

Leave out from “believes” to end and insert—

“applauds the fact that the Scottish education system is recognised by international benchmarking exercises as being amongst the best in the world; recognises the commitment of the Scottish Executive to sustained improvement in education and the biggest school buildings modernisation programme in our history, unprecedented stability in industrial relations and increased numbers of teachers and classroom assistants; welcomes the educational legislation which has, for example, established a more individual and supportive framework for children with additional support needs and increased the opportunities for parental involvement in education; notes that the top-performing schools in Scotland have served a wide variety of communities and congratulates all the winners of the SQA “School of the Year” award; welcomes the measured comments of the EIS in relation to discipline policies of the Scottish Executive, and believes that the model for continued improvement for Scottish schools should build on current strength and success and tackle known challenges by fostering the leadership skills of head teachers and other teaching staff, reforming the curriculum, widening choice and reducing unnecessary paperwork, ensuring that teachers are freed up to teach, and pupils to learn, all with a view to equipping young people with the skills and values needed in the modern world.”

Fiona Hyslop moved amendment S2M-4464.1 to motion S2M-4464—

Leave out from “believes” to end and insert—

“supports greater choice within schools, rather than between schools, in order that pupils can benefit from breadth in the curriculum and believes that the agenda for education in Scotland should be focused on raising the levels of achievement for all and should include a review of the deployment of education resources at school level against the national resources provided, an analysis of over-assessment in schools and policies to drive forward the pursuit of excellence.”

After debate, amendment S2M-4464.2 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 67, Against 22, Abstentions 20).  As a result, amendment S2M-4464.1 was pre-empted.

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 87, Against 22, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved— That the Parliament applauds the fact that the Scottish education system is recognised by international benchmarking exercises as being amongst the best in the world; recognises the commitment of the Scottish Executive to sustained improvement in education and the biggest school buildings modernisation programme in our history, unprecedented stability in industrial relations and increased numbers of teachers and classroom assistants; welcomes the educational legislation which has, for example, established a more individual and supportive framework for children with additional support needs and increased the opportunities for parental involvement in education; notes that the top-performing schools in Scotland have served a wide variety of communities and congratulates all the winners of the SQA “School of the Year” award; welcomes the measured comments of the EIS in relation to discipline policies of the Scottish Executive, and believes that the model for continued improvement for Scottish schools should build on current strength and success and tackle known challenges by fostering the leadership skills of head teachers and other teaching staff, reforming the curriculum, widening choice and reducing unnecessary paperwork, ensuring that teachers are freed up to teach, and pupils to learn, all with a view to equipping young people with the skills and values needed in the modern world.

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.      Emergency Question: An emergency question on the implications and possible consequences of the illness of the Lord President, Lord Hamilton was answered by the First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell).

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

6.      Architecture: The Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport (Patricia Ferguson) moved S2M-4477—That the Parliament appreciates the importance of architecture to many aspects of life in Scotland; recognises that both our new and historic buildings have a critical role to play in sustainable regeneration and in delivering successful urban and rural places; acknowledges the wide range of progress that has been made through partnership in implementing the commitments of the Scottish Executive’s policy on architecture, and supports the Executive’s intention to publish a renewed policy statement.

Michael Matheson moved amendment S2M-4477.2 to motion S2M-4477—

Leave out from “both” to end and insert—

“our buildings have a critical role to play in maintaining and enhancing the quality of Scotland's urban and rural communities; notes the progress made to date on the Scottish Executive's policy on architecture; acknowledges the important role that local authorities have in promoting good architectural design, and believes that future national architectural policy should place greater emphasis on local authorities developing their own local architectural policy.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 48, Against 61, Abstentions 0).

Mr Jamie McGrigor moved amendment S2M-4477.1 to motion S2M-4477—

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

“in this area by independent and voluntary organisations including the Lighthouse and An Lanntair; notes the importance of the efficient use of existing building stock, and believes that a strong economy and a fair planning system are integral to a successful built environment.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 16, Against 93, Abstentions 0).

Robin Harper moved amendment S2M-4477.3 to motion S2M-4477—

Insert at end—

“; recognises the crucial role played by architectural policy in promoting environmental sustainability and social equality, and calls on the Executive to move in a measured way from guidance to regulation to provide a level playing field to encourage all constructors, developers and planning departments to work with architects to achieve the highest possible levels of sustainability, particularly in relation to procurement, refurbishment of existing buildings, energy efficiency, low-toxicity, recycling and re-use of materials and new build on a long-life, loose-fit basis.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 33, Against 74, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 87, Against 1, Abstentions 21).

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

8.      World Heritage Site Status for St Andrews: The Parliament debated S2M-4344 in the name of Mr Ted Brocklebank—That the Parliament supports a campaign to encourage the UK Government to obtain from UNESCO World Heritage Site status for St Andrews; recognises that St Andrews is the home of golf, the world’s fastest-growing sport; further recognises that it is also the historic ecclesiastical capital of Scotland; believes that its cultural and educational contributions, in particular those of Scotland’s oldest university, should be formally acknowledged; notes that St Andrews is regarded worldwide as unique, not only for its medieval town centre but also for its captivating and award-winning natural features; considers that the Scottish Executive should support St Andrews as an outstanding Scottish candidate for the UK Tentative List, and further notes that a consultation with every household in St Andrews showed 99% support for this move, as well as support from St Andrews Community Council, the University of St Andrews, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, the St Andrews Links Trust, St Andrews Preservation Trust, Scottish Enterprise Fife, the St Andrews Green Belt Forum, Action of Churches Together in St Andrews and cross-party political support from distinguished St Andrews graduates, including Lord Alton, Lord Forsyth, Mark Lazarowicz MP, Alex Salmond MP and many others.

The meeting closed at 5.38 pm.

 No. 9                         Wednesday 7 June 2006

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Ms Emma Campbell, Former pupil of Currie High School, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Finance Committee Debate, Cross-cutting Expenditure Review of Deprivation: Des McNulty, on behalf of the Finance Committee, moved S2M-4482—That the Parliament notes the recommendations contained in the Finance Committee’s 5th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Cross-cutting Expenditure Review of Deprivation (SP paper 536).

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

3.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S2M-4505—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 14 June 2006

2.00 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Ministerial Statement: Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service Review of Rape and Sexual Offences

followed by                      Final Stage Proceedings: Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 15 June 2006

9.15 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Debate on an Executive Motion to treat the proposed Senior Judiciary (Vacancies and Incapacity) (Scotland) Bill as an Emergency Bill

followed by                      Stage 1 Debate: proposed Senior Judiciary (Vacancies and Incapacity) (Scotland) Bill

11.40 am                        General Question Time

12 noon                          First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm                          Themed Question Time—

                                      Justice and Law Officers;

                                      Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning

2.55 pm                          Ministerial Statement: Public Service Reform

followed by                      Committee of the Whole Parliament: Stage 2 Debate on the proposed Senior Judiciary (Vacancies and Incapacity) (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Stage 3 Proceedings: proposed Senior Judiciary (Vacancies and Incapacity) (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Wednesday 21 June 2006

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 22 June 2006

9.15 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 3 Proceedings: Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill

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                          Continuation of Stage 3 Proceedings: Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

4.      Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4503—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006 be approved.

The motion was agreed to.

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

6.      Mental Health and Deaf and Deafblind People: The Parliament debated S2M-3971 in the name of Mr Adam Ingram—That the Parliament acknowledges and supports the campaign by the Scottish Council on Deafness (SCoD) for equal access to mainstream and specialist mental health services for deaf and deafblind people in Scotland; notes the widespread lack of provision for deaf and deafblind people who have specific language and communication needs and that presently their rights under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) Scotland Act 2003 and Disability Discrimination Act 2005 are not being met, leading to misdiagnosis and unsuitable treatments being applied; further notes with concern the complete lack of consultant psychiatrists in Scotland who are trained and experienced to work with deaf and deafblind people who have mental health problems and that the nearest available specialist mental health service for deaf and deafblind inpatients is Manchester whose outreach service, which is currently used by Scots deaf and deafblind people, is now under threat of closure; endorses the campaign for a specialist mental health service for deaf and deafblind people in Scotland, funded through the NHS, and SCoD’s aim of providing support for training and recruiting of deaf and deafblind people to enable them to work with deaf and deafblind patients; backs SCoD’s call for additional resourcing for mainstream psychiatric services in both hospital and community settings which would lead to greater accessibility for deaf and deafblind people with mental health problems, and recommends the establishment of a specialist Scottish centre for deaf and deafblind people with mental health problems in the south of Scotland or other suitable region.

The meeting closed at 5.44 pm.

 No. 10           Thursday 8 June 2006

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1.      Subordinate Legislation Committee, 21st Report 2006, Inquiry into the Regulatory Framework in Scotland - Draft Report: Sylvia Jackson, on behalf of the Subordinate Legislation Committee, moved S2M-4502—That the Parliament notes the 21st Report 2006 (Session 2) of the Subordinate Legislation Committee, Inquiry into the Regulatory Framework in Scotland - Draft Report (SP Paper 564).

After debate, the motion was agreed to (DT)

2.      Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Bill - Stage 3: The Parliament resumed consideration of the Bill at Stage 3.

Amendment 35 was agreed to without division.

3.      Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Bill – Stage 3: Bill Butler moved S2M-4218—That the Parliament agrees that the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Bill be passed.

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

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 Environment and Rural Development, and on Health and Community Care were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

7.      Climate Change: The Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Ross Finnie) moved S2M-4507—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of Changing Our Ways: Scotland’s Climate Change Programme as a serious response to a serious challenge; notes the identification of the Scottish Share of carbon savings from devolved policies across the United Kingdom and the setting of the first ever Scottish Target to exceed that share; welcomes the commitment to report annually to Parliament on progress on implementing Changing Our Ways and, in the longer term, to submit the programme to an independent audit; recognises the importance that must be accorded to adapting to the unavoidable impacts of climate change, and agrees that mainstreaming climate thinking, through the carbon proofing of new policies and measures and through communication, is vital to ensuring an effective climate change response.

Richard Lochhead moved amendment S2M-4507.3 to motion S2M-4507—

Insert at end—

“recognises that Scotland requires many of the political powers currently reserved to the UK Government in order to build a low-carbon society and make a greater contribution to the global effort towards tackling climate change; regrets the ongoing delay in publishing the Scottish Executive’s energy efficiency strategy; calls for the establishment of a single high-profile public sector organisation to provide a one-stop shop for the promotion of energy efficiency across all sectors; urges Scottish Ministers when reporting annually to the Parliament to publish the carbon costs and savings that have resulted from their policies, and rejects the view that new nuclear power stations offer a solution to climate change.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 34, Against 77, Abstentions 0).

Alex Johnstone moved amendment S2M-4507.2 to motion S2M-4507—

Insert at end—

 “and that all such measures must pass the test of economic sustainability.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 16, Against 95, Abstentions 0).

Mr Mark Ruskell moved amendment S2M-4507.4 to motion S2M-4507—

Leave out from “as a serious response” to end and insert—

“notes that CO2 emissions from Scotland have not fallen since the current First Minister took office; is concerned that Scotland’s emissions reduction since 1990 lags behind that of England; notes that according to the Scottish Executive about half of Scotland’s emissions reduction is due to the decline of heavy industry and not due to Executive policy measures; recognises that emissions from energy use and transport, accounting for over half of Scotland’s emissions, have been increasing since 1990; is concerned that there are devolved policy measures that will result in greenhouse gas emissions that have been ignored by the Executive’s Climate Change Programme, such as motorway building and subsidies for air transport which are likely to negate savings made under the Executive’s Scottish Share; warns the Executive that unless the Scottish Share applies to all policy measures and is part of an identifiable overall target for emissions reduction it will be meaningless; calls on the Executive to implement fully the recommendations of the Parliament’s Environment and Rural Development Committee’s 5th Report, 2005: Report on Inquiry into Climate Change, including traffic reduction and energy efficiency targets; agrees with the Executivethat mainstreaming climate thinking, through the carbon proofing of new policies and measures, is vital to ensuring an effective climate change response, and therefore calls on the Executive to implement carbon proofing immediately starting with all existing policies and projects.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 11, Against 77, Abstentions 23).

The motion was then disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 101, Against 0, Abstentions 10).

8.      Membership of Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4508—That the Parliament agrees that Eleanor Scott be appointed to replace Mr Mark Ruskell on the Environment and Rural Development Committee.

The motion was agreed to ((DT).

9.      Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 3, 7 and 8 as noted above.

10.  Muscular Dystrophy “My Life” Campaign: The Parliament debated S2M-4228 in the name of Cathie Craigie—That the Parliament notes that there are 3,000 people in Scotland with inherited neuromuscular disorders and muscular dystrophy; is concerned that in Cumbernauld & Kilsyth, whilst some constituents tell of good provision of electric wheelchairs and praise the staff delivering social services care, some have never received a full needs assessment of their home environment and can only experience care services delivered via an inflexible system weighted towards older people that does not accommodate the lifestyle that other young people are able to enjoy; notes that this is an example of the variation in standards and availability of care, service and equipment provision across Scotland; supports the work of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign in pioneering the search for treatments and cures for over 40 years, whilst also providing practical, professional and emotional support for people affected by neuromuscular conditions; in particular, supports the Muscular Dystrophy “My Life” campaign and its work in Scotland to encourage a co-ordinated approach by local authorities and NHS boards when assessing individuals’ needs and requirements, and considers the findings of the “My Life” expert group to be a model for future delivery of services to people affected by neuromuscular conditions.

The meeting closed at 5.49 pm.

No. 11            Wednesday 14 June 2006

The meeting opened at 2.00 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Connie Pearce, Stonelaw High School, Glasgow, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion: Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4544—That the Parliament agrees that, during the Final Stage of the Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall be brought to a conclusion by the time limit indicated, that 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 (other than a suspension following the first division in the Stage being called) or otherwise not in progress:

            Group 1:         45 minutes

            Group 2:         1 hour 20 minutes

            Group 3:         1 hour 40 minutes

The motion was agreed to.

3.      Ministerial Statement: The Solicitor General (Mrs Elish Angiolini) made a statement and answered questions on the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service Review of Rape and Sexual Offences.

4.      Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill – Final Stage: The Bill was considered at Final Stage.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15 and 4.

The following amendments were agreed to (by division)—

            2          (For 59, Against 53, Abstentions 0)

            3          (For 61, Against 51, Abstentions 0)

                       

Amendment 5 was disagreed to (by division: For 2, Against 114, Abstentions 1)

Amendment 19 was moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn.   

5.      Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill Committee, Appropriate Assessment on the River Tweed Special Area of Conservation: Tricia Marwick, on behalf of the Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill Committee, moved S2M-4450—That the Parliament notes the 1st Report, 2006 (Session 2) of the Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill Committee, Appropriate Assessment on the River Tweed Special Area of Conservation (SP Paper 553), and agrees that the works proposed in the Bill will not adversely affect the integrity of the River Tweed Special Area of Conservation.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6.      Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill – Final Stage: Tricia Marwick, on behalf of the Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill Committee, moved S2M-4451—That the Parliament agrees that the Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill be passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 114, Against 1, Abstentions 1).

7.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4541—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 21 June 2006

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Preliminary Stage Debate: Glasgow Airport Rail Link Bill

followed by                      Financial Resolution: Glasgow Airport Rail Link Bill

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 22 June 2006

9.15 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 3 Proceedings: Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill

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                          Continuation of Stage 3 Proceedings: Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Ministerial Statement: Legislative Programme

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Wednesday 28 June 2006

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 29 June 2006

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—

                                      Health and Community Care;

                                      Environment and Rural Development

2.55 pm                          Executive Business

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 Question Times on 7 September 2006 ends at 12.00 noon on Wednesday 28 June.

The motion was agreed to.

8.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4545—That the Parliament agrees that the timetable for completion of consideration of the Crofting Reform etc. Bill at Stage 1 be extended to 29 September 2006.

The motion was agreed to.

9.      Suspension of Standing Orders: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4546—That the Parliament agrees that, for the purpose of allowing up to 30 minutes to debate motion S2M-4538 on Thursday 15 June 2006, the second and third sentences of Rule 10.6.5 of Standing Orders be suspended.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

11.   Carers Week 2006: The Parliament debated S2M-4445 in the name of Cathy Peattie—That the Parliament notes that 12 to 18 June is Carers Week 2006; recognises the valuable work of national and local carers' organisations, such as Carers Scotland and the Falkirk and Clackmannanshire Carers Centre which this year celebrates its 10th anniversary; recognises the importance of supporting carers in employment and enabling them to fulfil their caring and work responsibilities without detriment to their own health and well-being; notes that the health of the Scottish economy depends on the health and well-being of unpaid carers and their ability to juggle work and care; further notes that recent research has shown that 58% of carers who provide a substantial amount of care give up work because of their caring responsibilities, and believes that the Scottish Executive, local government and employers should consider and support the adoption of flexible alternative care solutions and carer-friendly working arrangements to give more carers the opportunity to remain in, or take up, employment.

The meeting closed at 5.55 pm.

 No. 12           Thursday 15 June 2006

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1.      Senior Judiciary (Vacancies and Incapacity) (Scotland) Bill – Emergency Bill: The Minister for Justice (Cathy Jamieson) moved S2M-4536—That the Parliament agrees that the Senior Judiciary (Vacancies and Incapacity) (Scotland) Bill be treated as an Emergency Bill.

The motion was agreed to.

2.      Senior Judiciary (Vacancies and Incapacity) (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Minister for Justice (Cathy Jamieson) moved S2M-4542—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Senior Judiciary (Vacancies and Incapacity) (Scotland) Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

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 Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning, and on Justice and Law Officers were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers and by the Scottish Law Officers.

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

The meeting closed at 3.28 pm.

A second meeting opened at 3.58 pm.

7.      Senior Judiciary (Vacancies and Incapacity) (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Minister for Justice (Cathy Jamieson) moved S2M-4543—That the Parliament agrees that the Senior Judiciary (Vacancies and Incapacity) (Scotland) Bill be passed.

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

8.      Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4538—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Student Fees (Specification) (Scotland) Order 2006 be approved.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 66, Against 56, Abstentions 1).

9.      Approval of SSIs: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-4548—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Electronic Communications (Scotland) Order 2006 be approved; and

S2M-4549—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Treatment of Public Transport Users’ Committee for Scotland as Specified Authority and Amendment of Specified Authorities) Order 2006 be approved.

The motions were agreed to.

10.    Establishment of Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4552—That the Parliament agrees to establish a committee of the Parliament as follows:

Name of Committee: Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill Committee;

Remit: To consider and report to the Parliament on the Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill;

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

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

Membership: Phil Gallie, Janis Hughes, Alasdair Morgan, Cathy Peattie, Jeremy Purvis.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

12.   Migrant Workers in the Highlands: The Parliament debated S2M-4411 in the name of Maureen Macmillan—That the Parliament notes the increase in population in the Highlands over the last five years; welcomes the contribution made to these figures by migrant workers who are taking up job vacancies in Inverness, Badenoch and Strathspey, Lochaber, Easter Ross and other parts of the Highlands; commends the initiatives of agencies in the Highlands to support the migrant workers, in particular noting the forthcoming “Information Day” in Inverness on 22 May 2006; expresses concern regarding the capacity available in the Highlands to support increasing numbers of migrant workers, and notes that more needs to be done to give language and other support to the children of migrant workers in our schools.

The meeting closed at 5.49 pm.

 No. 13           Wednesday 21 June 2006

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: George Weigel, biographer of Pope John Paul II, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Glasgow Airport Rail Link Bill – Preliminary Stage: Margaret Jamieson, on behalf of the Glasgow Airport Rail Link Bill Committee, moved S2M-4550—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Glasgow Airport Rail Link Bill and that the Bill should proceed as a Private Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 110, Against 1, Abstentions 0).

3.      Glasgow Airport Rail Link Bill – Financial Resolution: The Minister for Transport (Tavish Scott) moved S2M-4574—That the Parliament agrees, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Glasgow Airport Rail Link Bill, agrees to any expenditure of a kind referred to in Rule 9A.14.3(b)(ii) of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

4.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4587—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 22 June 2006—

after,

9.15 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

insert,

followed by                      Ministerial Statement: Legislative Programme

and after,

2.55 pm                          Continuation of Stage 3 Proceedings: Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill

delete,

followed by                      Ministerial Statement: Legislative Programme

The motion was agreed to.

5.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4588—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 28 June 2006

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Ministerial Statement: End-Year Flexibility

followed by                      Executive Debate: Race Equality

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 29 June 2006

9.15 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Debate: International Development / Malawi

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                          Stage 1 Debate: Tourist Boards (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

6.      Approval of SSIs: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-4578—That the Parliament agrees that the draft International Criminal Court (Immunities and Privileges) (No. 1) Order 2006 be approved;

S2M-4579—That the Parliament agrees that the draft International Criminal Court (Immunities and Privileges) (No. 2) Order 2006 be approved; and

S2M-4580—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Consequential Amendments) (Scotland) Order 2006 be approved.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

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

8.      Main Road and Rail Transport Links to the Highlands: The Parliament debated S2M-4515 in the name of Fergus Ewing—That the Parliament believes that the main trunk roads connections to the Highlands of Scotland, namely the A9 from Inverness to Perth, the A96 from Inverness to Aberdeen and the A82 from Inverness to Glasgow, should be the subject of major improvements, to be carried out in accordance with a long-term transport projects plan; believes that the rail links to Inverness are inadequate and should be improved; considers that a national consensus should be established to agree these objectives, and, in the case of the A96 and the A9, believes that the ultimate objective should be to dual these trunk routes.

The meeting closed at 5.55 pm.

 No. 14           Thursday 22 June 2006

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1.      Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4589—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion by the time limit indicated, that 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 (other than a suspension following the first division in the Stage being called) or otherwise not in progress:

         Groups 1 and 2:           1 hour

         Groups 3 to 5:               1 hour 50 minutes

The motion was agreed to.

2.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Parliamentary Business (Ms Margaret Curran) made a statement and answered questions on the Legislative Programme.

3.      Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11.

Amendment 5 was disagreed to (by division: For 22, Against 62, Abstentions 18)

Amendment 12 was moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn.

The following amendments were not moved: 13, 14, 15, 6, 7 and 8.

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 Finance and Public Services and Communities, Education and Young People, and Tourism, Culture and Sport were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

7.      Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform and Parliamentary Business (George Lyon) moved S2M-4368—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill be passed.

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

8.      Motion without Notice: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that the Parliament agrees under Rule 11.2.4 of the Standing Orders that Decision Time on Thursday 22 June 2006 be taken at 4.08 pm. 

The motion was agreed to.

9.      Decision Time: The Parliament took a decision on item 7 as noted above.

10.    Royal Victoria Hospital Site: The Parliament debated S2M-4530 in the name of Margaret Smith—That the Parliament welcomes NHS Lothian’s decision to relocate the majority of its geriatric in-patient beds to the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, as part of its Improving Care: Investing in Change programme, where modern facilities are better placed to provide quality care for older people; seeks the best possible provision of care for the elderly services in Lothian; acknowledges the current range of measures being put in place to ease parking and congestion problems for visitors and residents in the vicinity of the Western General; believes that the current site of the Royal Victoria Hospital remains ideally located for the provision of a range of care for the elderly services, including adapted housing, clinics, a care home and day-hospital facilities for the benefit of older people in north-west Edinburgh, and believes that NHS Lothian should consult fully and effectively with Edinburgh residents and key local groups such as Queensferry Churches Care in the Community Project, Pilton Elderly Project and the Almond Mains Initiative to determine their priorities and the perceived needs of older people in the capital and how the Royal Victoria site might be used to meet these needs.

The meeting closed at 4.55 pm.

 No. 15           Wednesday 28 June 2006

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Reverend Graham Carter, President of the Methodist Conference, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform (Mr Tom McCabe) made a statement and answered questions on 2005-06 Financial Governance and Outcomes.

3.      Race Equality: The Minister for Communities (Malcolm Chisholm) moved S2M-4601—That the Parliament supports the development of a national strategy and action plan on race equality and welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the strategy; welcomes the significant funding provided to local projects through the Race Equality, Integration and Community Support Fund and Scottish Refugee Integration Fund and national projects like Show Racism the Red Card and Heartstone; supports Scottish Executive priorities to increase ethnic minorities’ participation in the labour market, build more inclusive rural communities, provide better services to Scotland’s Gypsies/Travellers, support refugee integration and continue to raise awareness of the issues through the One Scotland Many Cultures campaign, and supports the Executive’s other work to help tackle racism and promote race equality in Scotland.

Christine Grahame moved amendment S2M-4601.1 to motion S2M-4601—

Insert at end—

“, condemns however the treatment of asylum seekers who after years in Scotland, often with children born in Scotland, can still be deported and while living here are prevented from seeking employment despite their wish to do so, and considers that this situation completely contradicts the Fresh Talent initiative and the culture of an inclusive Scotland which the Executive quite rightly seeks to promote.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 34, Against 77, Abstentions 0).

Dave Petrie moved amendment S2M-4601.2 to motion S2M-4601—

Leave out from—“supports Scottish Executive priorities” to end and insert—

“welcomes the intention to support improved integration and understanding between all groups in the community, and urges the Scottish Executive to deliver tangible improvements in the lives of Scotland’s diverse communities whilst ensuring resources are maximised and directed to best effect”.

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 15, Against 96, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

4.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S2M-4633—That the Parliament agrees that Rule 5.6.1(c) of Standing Orders be suspended for the purposes of Members’ Business on Thursday 29 June 2006.

The motion was agreed to.

5.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S2M-4626—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 29 June 2006—

(a) after,

9.15 am              Parliamentary Bureau Motions

delete,

followed by          Executive Debate: International Development / Malawi

and insert,

followed by          Stage 1 Debate: Tourist Boards (Scotland) Bill

followed by          Legislative Consent Motion: Compensation Bill – UK Legislation

(b) after,

2.15 pm              Themed Question Time—

                          Health and Community Care;

                          Environment and Rural Development

delete,

2.55 pm              Stage 1 Debate: Tourist Boards (Scotland) Bill

and insert,

2.55 pm              Executive Debate: International Development / Malawi

and (c) after,

5.00 pm              Decision Time

delete,

followed by                      Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

6.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S2M-4627—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 6 September 2006

2.00 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 7 September 2006

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—

                                      Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning;

                                      Justice and Law Officers;

2.55 pm                          Executive Business

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

7.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4628—That the Parliament agrees that the timetable for completion of consideration of the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be extended to 24 November 2006.

The motion was agreed to.

8.      Establishment of Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4629—That the Parliament agrees to establish a sub-committee of the Justice 2 Committee as follows:

Name of Committee: Justice 2 Sub-Committee;

Remit: To inquire into and report to the Justice 2 Committee on—

  • The extent of information which local communities should receive on child sex offenders within their locality;
  • The way in which housing is allocated to sex offenders;
  • Whether steps need to be taken to distinguish sexual offences against children from such offences against adults;
  • Whether changes need to be made to the way in which sexual offences against children are considered and disposed of by the courts, and in particular, whether adequate sentencing options exist.

Duration: Until the end of December 2006.

Convenership: The Convener will be a member of the Labour Party and the Deputy Convener a member of the Scottish National Party.

Membership: Jackie Baillie, Alex Fergusson, John Home Robertson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Jeremy Purvis.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9.   Suspension of Standing Orders: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4631—That the Parliament agrees that, for the purposes of debating motion S2M-4634 (Legislative Consent Memorandum (LCM(S2) 8.1) relating to the Compensation Bill - UK legislation) on Thursday 29 June 2006, the second sentence of Rule 9B.3.5 of Standing Orders be suspended.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10.    Parliamentary Direction Under Rule 11.8.3—Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4630—That the Parliament directs that, for the purposes of its consideration of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2, the Communities Committee may vote using the electronic voting system, in accordance with Rule 11.8.3 of Standing Orders.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

S2M-4615—That the Parliament agrees that Chris Ballance be appointed to replace Robin Harper on the Procedures Committee; and

S2M-4616—That the Parliament agrees that Robin Harper be appointed to replace Eleanor Scott on the Audit Committee.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

12.    Substitutions on Committees: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-4617—That the Parliament agrees that Mr Mark Ruskell be appointed to replace Eleanor Scott as the Scottish Green Party substitute on the Environment and Rural Development Committee;

S2M-4618—That the Parliament agrees that Eleanor Scott be appointed to replace Chris Ballance as the Scottish Green Party substitute on the Audit Committee;

S2M-4619—That the Parliament agrees that Shiona Baird be appointed to replace Robin Harper as the Scottish Green Party substitute on the Finance Committee; and

S2M-4620—That the Parliament agrees that Chris Ballance be appointed to replace Shiona Baird as the Scottish Green Party substitute on the Communities Committee.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

13.   Approval of SSIs: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4621—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Scotland Act 1998 (River Tweed) Order 2006 be approved.

The amendment was agreed ((DT) by division: For 106, Against 5, Abstentions 0).

14.   Approval of SSIs: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-4622—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Human Organ and Tissue Live Transplants (Scotland) Regulations 2006 be approved;

S2M-4623—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Act 2005 (Supplementary Provisions) Order 2006 be approved; and

S2M-4624—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2006 be approved.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

15.    Designation of Lead Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4625—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government and Transport Committee be designated as lead committee, and that the Procedures Committee be designated as secondary committee, in consideration of the Transport and Works (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

17.   Birth of James Clerk Maxwell: The Parliament debated S2M-4337 in the name of Alex Fergusson—That the Parliament acknowledges the 175th anniversary of the birth of James Clerk Maxwell on 13 June 2006; recognises his great achievement in discovering the nature of electromagnetic waves which opened the way to the invention of television, radio, radar and the mobile phone; applauds his work on colour perception which enabled the successful development of colour television and colour photography, and believes that he is worthy of greater recognition throughout Scotland, given the acknowledgement of Albert Einstein, who said that “the special theory of relativity owes its origins to Maxwell’s equations of the electromagnetic field”, and of Ivan Tolstoy, who wrote “Maxwell’s importance in the history of scientific thought is comparable to Einstein’s (whom he inspired) and to Newton’s (whose influence he curtailed)”.

The meeting closed at 6.00 pm.

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