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No. 12 Thursday 24 June 1999

The meeting opened at 9.30 am .

1. Privatisation of Public Services: Nicola Sturgeon moved S1M-67—That the Parliament condemns the privatisation of health, education, transport and other public services through the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) and Public-Private Partnership (PPP) schemes; notes the mounting body of evidence that PFI and PPP, introduced by the Conservative Government and continued by the Labour Government, are an inefficient and expensive method of funding vital public services which also undermine the pay and conditions of public service staff; calls upon the Scottish Ministers to disclose the annual expenditure commitments associated with each public project involving private finance, and the rate of return that private partners receive for the capital that they commit; urges the Scottish Ministers to examine alternatives to such private financing, and calls on the Scottish Ministers to bring forward proposals to introduce Scottish Public Service Trusts.

The Minister for Finance moved amendment S1M-67.1 to motion S1M-67—

Leave out from “condemns” to end and insert—

“supports the provision of high quality health, education, transport and other public services; agrees that public/private partnerships will continue to be one of the ways used to increase innovation and investment in public services where this approach represents best value; calls on the Executive to continue to work to improve the operation of public/private partnerships and seek opportunities for new types of partnership and flexible contracts which will allow assets, when appropriate, to revert to public ownership, and recognises its use in delivering high quality public services while protecting the interests of the community as indicated in the Partnership for Scotland .”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) For 84, Against 36, Abstentions 0).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) For 84, Against 36, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament supports the provision of high quality health, education, transport and other public services; agrees that public/private partnerships will continue to be one of the ways used to increase innovation and investment in public services where this approach represents best value; calls on the Scottish Executive to continue to work to improve the operation of public/private partnerships and seek opportunities for new types of partnership and flexible contracts which will allow assets, when appropriate, to revert to public ownership, and recognises its use in delivering high quality public services while protecting the interests of the community as indicated in the Partnership for Scotland .

2. Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-71—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Friday 2 July

9.30 am Question Time

10.00 am Open Question Time

followed by, no later than 10.15 S tatement by the Minister for Communities and debate on the McIntosh Committee report

followed by Motion to establish an Independent Committee of Inquiry on Student Finance

followed by Motion on Appointments to Committees (to be taken without debate)

followed by Motion on the Register of Me mbers' Interests (to be taken without debate)

12.30 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business debate on the subject of motion S1M-58 in the name of Mr David Davidson on the fish processing industry

To be concluded no later than 30 minutes after the commencement of the debate without any question being put

Wednesday 1 September

2.30 pm Business Motion

followed by Executive Business

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 2 September

9.30 am Executive Business

2.30 pm Question Time

3.00 pm Open Question Time

followed by, no later than 3.15 Executive Business

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

The motion was agreed to.

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

4. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Finance made a statement on financial issues.

5. Economy of Scotland: The Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning moved S1M-68—That the Parliament notes that unemployment in Scotland is falling and is low by historical and international standards and that employment is increasing, and looks forward to the Scottish Executive building on Scotland's economic success by investing in jobs and skills, promoting a stable and competitive environment for enterprise and encouraging the growth of new businesses.

Mr John Swinney moved amendment S1M-68.1 to motion S1M-68—

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

“remains a grave and ongoing economic and social problem which is not addressed by a partial representation of statistics; and calls on the Scottish Executive to develop an economic strategy that has long term sustainable growth in the economy and jobs as its focus and addresses the need to—

(a) recognise small businesses as the engine of growth in the economy and the labour market and tackles the need to improve entrepreneurship and business start-up, survival and expansion with particular emphasis on reducing business rates;

(b) develop cohesive economic development structures through greater synergy between agencies involved in economic development, inward investment, exporting and tourism and to gain maximum benefit from Scotland 's external representation;

(c) produce compelling evidence that the New Deal is delivering long-term structural change in the labour market that will be sustained when the New Deal programme has concluded; and

(d) generate competitive advantage for companies in Scotland .”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) For 49, Against 71, Abstentions 1).

Mr David Davidson moved amendment S1M-68.2 to motion S1M-68—

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

“is increasing in parts of Scotland , and calls upon the Scottish Executive not to increase the tax and regulatory burden on business in the interest of expanding employment.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) For 14, Against 73, Abstentions 34).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) For 70, Against 13, Abstentions 2).

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

The meeting closed at 5.08 pm.

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