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No. 7 Tuesday 8 June 1999

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm .

1. Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-35—That the Parliament agrees the following amendment to the business set out in the Business Motion agreed on Wednesday 2 June 1999 —

“ Tuesday 8 June 1999

Immediately after “Decision Time”, a debate on the subject of S1M-24 (Dr Sylvia Jackson) to be taken as Members' Business and to be concluded without any question being put no later than 30 minutes after its commencement;

Wednesday 9 June 1999

At 10.30 am , a statement by the First Minister on legislation in the UK Parliament about devolved matters followed no later than 11.00 am by a debate on the Consultative Steering Group report and draft Information Strategy;”

the remaining business to remain as set out in the Business Motion of 2 June.

Michael Russell, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved amendment S1M-35.1 to motion S1M-35—

After “ Tuesday 8 June 1999 ” insert—

“Motion S1M-41 in the name of Michael Russell to be debated together with S1M-40 also in the name of Michael Russell.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to.

The motion as amended was then agreed to.

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament agrees the following amendment to the business set out in the business motion agreed on Wednesday 2 June—

“ Tuesday 8 June 1999

Motion S1M-41 in the name of Michael Russell to be debated together with S1M-40 also in the name of Michael Russell.

Immediately after “Decision Time”, a debate on the subject of S1M-24 (Dr Sylvia Jackson) to be taken as Me mbers' Business and to be concluded without any question being put no later than 30 minutes after its commencement;

Wednesday 9 June 1999

At 10.30 am , a statement by the First Minister on legislation in the UK Parliament about devolved matters followed no later than 11.00 am by a debate on the Consultative Steering Group Report and draft Information Strategy;”

the remaining business to remain as set out in the business motion of 2 June.

2. Establishment of Committees: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-37—That the Parliament establish the following Committees—

Name of Committee: European
Remit: Set out in Rule 6.8
Maximum number of members: 13

Name of Committee: Equal Opportunities
Remit: Set out in Rule 6.9
Maximum number of members: 13

Name of Committee: Finance
Remit: Set out in Rule 6.6
Maximum number of members: 11

Name of Committee: Audit
Remit: Set out in Rule 6.7
Maximum number of members: 11

Name of Committee: Procedures
Remit: Set out in Rule 6.4
Maximum number of members: 7

Name of Committee: Standards
Remit: Set out in Rule 6.5
Maximum number of members: 7

Name of Committee: Public Petitions
Remit: Set out in Rule 6.10
Maximum number of members: 7

Name of Committee: Subordinate Legislation
Remit: Set out in Rule 6.11
Maximum number of members: 7

Name of Committee: Justice and Home Affairs
Remit: To consider and report on matters relating to the administration of civil and criminal justice, the reform of the civil and criminal law and such other matters as fall within the responsibility of the Minister for Justice
Maximum number of members: 11

Name of Committee: Education, Culture and Sport
Remit: To consider and report on matters relating to school and pre-school education, the arts, culture and sport and such other matters as fall within the responsibility of the Minister for Children and Education
Maximum number of members: 11

Name of Committee: Social Inclusion, Housing and Voluntary Sector
Remit: To consider and report on matters relating to housing and the voluntary sector and such other matters as fall within the responsibility of the Minister for Communities other than local government
Maximum number of members: 11

Name of Committee: Enterprise and Lifelong Learning
Remit: To consider and report on matters relating to the Scottish economy, industry, tourism, training and further and higher education and such other matters as fall within the responsibility of the Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Maximum number of members: 11

Name of Committee: Health and Community Care
Remit: To consider and report on matters relating to health policy and the National Health Service in Scotland and such other matters as fall within the responsibility of the Minister for Health and Community Care
Maximum number of members: 11

Name of Committee: Transport and the Environment
Remit: To consider and report on matters relating to transport, the environment and natural heritage and such other matters as fall within the responsibility of the Minister for Transport and the Environment
Maximum number of members: 11

Name of Committee: Rural Affairs
Remit: To consider and report on matters relating to rural development, agriculture and fisheries and such other matters as fall within the responsibility of the Minister for Rural Affairs
Maximum number of members: 11

Name of Committee: Local government
Remit: To consider and report on matters relating to local government
Maximum number of members: 11

That the Justice and Home Affairs; Education, Culture and Sport; Social Inclusion, Housing and Voluntary Sector; Enterprise and Lifelong Learning; Health and Community Care; Transport and the Environment; Rural Affairs and Local Government Committees be established for the whole session of the Parliament.

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

3. Members' Allowances Scheme: Michael Russell moved S1M-40—That the Parliament, in accordance with section 81(2) of the Scotland Act 1998, make provision for the payment of allowances to members of the Parliament and that the following provisions should have effect—

There shall be a Members' Allowances Scheme (“the Scheme”) which shall make provision to be implemented by the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (“the SPCB”) for the payment of allowances to members of the Parliament.

The following Parts A, B and C together with the Annexes attached shall be the Scheme [ see Appendix A1 for full text of Scheme ]

Karen Whitefield moved amendment S1M-40.1 to motion S1M-40—

In Part A (General Rules), leave out Rule 9 (Equality) and insert—

“Rule 9 – Equal Opportunities

Through payment of appropriate allowances, the Scheme shall allow all members equal opportunity to carry out their Parliamentary duties, taking account of the constituencies or regions from which they were returned.”

In Part B (Allowances), paragraph 1 (Staff Allowance), sub-paragraph (1), leave out from first “member” to “£36,000” and insert—

“constituency member shall be eligible for an allowance of £36,000 and a regional member shall be eligible for an allowance of 60% of that amount”.

In Part B (Allowances), paragraph 2 (Local Office Costs Allowances), sub-paragraph (1), leave out from “member” to “£10,000” and insert—

“constituency member shall be eligible for an allowance of £10,000 and a regional member shall be eligible for an allowance of 60% of that amount”.

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division): For 52, Against 71, Abstentions 3).

Mrs Margaret Smith moved amendment S1M-40.2 to motion S1M-40—

In Part A, Rule 9 (Equality), insert at end—

“subject to paragraph 2 of Part B”.

In Part B, paragraph 2 (Local Office Costs Allowance), sub-paragraph (1), leave out “sub-paragraph (2)” and insert—

“sub-paragraphs (2), (2A), (2B) and (2C)”.

In Part B, paragraph 2 (Local Office Costs Allowance), after “sub-paragraph (2),” insert—

“(2A) Where in a particular region more than one regional member is returned from a registered political party's regional list, the amount of local office costs allowance for which each such regional member is eligible shall not be £10,000 but shall instead be computed as follows—

(a) there shall be added together the amount of the office costs allowance referred to in paragraph (1) in respect of one such regional member and 30% of that sum in respect of each of the other such regional members;

(b) the resulting total sum shall be divided by the number of such regional members; and

(c) that amount shall be the local office costs allowance for which each such regional member shall be eligible.

(2B) Subject to sub-paragraph (2C), where sub-paragraph (2A) applies the office costs allowance shall be used to enable the regional members concerned—

(a) to run only one office in the particular region; and

(b) to meet constituents either on a one to one basis or as a group;

and accordingly some or all of the regional members concerned may pool all or part of their allowances under this paragraph in order to run such an office provided that the members concerned give written notice to the SPCB.

(2C) Where sub-paragraph (2A) applies in relation to a region mentioned in section C of Annex C (eligibility for exceptional needs allowance: the largest regions), the SPCB—

(a) may determine after inquiry that the regional members concerned may run one additional office because that is necessary for the regional members concerned to carry out their Parliamentary duties effectively; and

(b) in those circumstances may increase the local office costs allowance to which each of the regional members concerned is entitled by such a sum as the SPCB may determine but the total of such increases shall not exceed 100% of the office costs allowance referred to in sub-paragraph (1)”.

In Annex A (Allowances Code), section B (Offices), paragraph (1), leave out “should” and insert—

“will normally have.”

In Annex A (Allowances Code), section B (Offices), paragraph (5), leave out “and other”.

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division): For 71, Against 55, Abstentions 0).

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

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament, in accordance with section 81(2) of the Scotland Act 1998, make provision for the payment of allowances to members of the Parliament and that the following provisions should have effect—

There shall be a Members' Allowances Scheme (“the Scheme”) which shall make provision to be implemented by the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (“the SPCB”) for the payment of allowances to members of the Parliament.

The following Parts A, B and C together with the Annexes attached shall be the Scheme [see Appendix A2 for full text of Scheme]

Michael Russell moved S1M-41—That the Parliament direct the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (“the SPCB”) as follows—

1. Provision of Information Technology and Office Equipment

(1) The SPCB shall provide information technology and other office equipment for the Parliament.

(2) Where such information technology and other office equipment is provided for the use of a member for the purpose of carrying out his or her Parliamentary duties—

(a) the member may select the equipment concerned but only from a list of items specified by the SPCB;

(b) the cost of such equipment shall be no more than £5,000 in the first year following a general election and no more than £1,500 in each of the following years in that session;

(c) the member shall be responsible for the maintenance, protection and security of such equipment and the SPCB may, if it has reasonable grounds to believe that any such equipment is being misused, require the return of the equipment.

2. Provision of Office Supplies

(1) The SPCB shall provide office supplies and postage stamps or postage paid envelopes for the Parliament.

(2) Where such office supplies are provided for the use of a member for the purpose of carrying out his or her Parliamentary duties the member may select the supplies concerned but only from a list of items specified by the SPCB.

3. Publication

The SPCB shall publish for each financial year in respect of each member details of the total sums expended under paragraphs 1 and 2 of this direction.

4. Parliamentary Duties

For the purposes of this direction, “Parliamentary duties” shall have the same meaning as in rule 8 of Part A of the Me mbers' Allowances Scheme.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

5. National Park: The Parliament debated S1M-24 in the name of Dr Sylvia Jackson—That the Parliament—

(a) recognises the importance of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, the first National Park in Scotland, as an area to be maintained as one of outstanding natural beauty and for potential in terms of social and economic development; and

(b) encourages the Scottish Executive to consider bringing forward the necessary legislation in relation to the setting up of the first National Park for Scotland at an early opportunity.

The meeting closed at 5.32 pm.

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