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No. 13 Friday 2 July 1999

The meeting opened at 9.31 am .

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

2. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Communities made a statement on the McIntosh Commission Report.

3. Student Finance: Committee of Inquiry: The Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning moved S1M-82—That the Parliament recognises the growing importance to Scotland's society and the economy of lifelong learning, the wide range of circumstances of those engaged in lifelong learning and the widespread concern about how students finance their studies; calls upon the Scottish Executive to appoint urgently an independent committee of inquiry with the following terms of reference and membership to report before the end of 1999, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to lay a copy of the committee's report before the Parliament—

Terms of Reference :

To conduct a comprehensive review of tuition fees and financial support for students normally resident in Scotland participating, part-time or full-time, in further and higher education courses anywhere in the UK;

to have regard to the desirability of promoting access to further and higher education, particularly for those groups currently under-represented, while taking account of the need to maintain and to develop quality and standards, and the position of Scottish further and higher education in the wider UK system;

to make recommendations for any changes to the current system, and provide costed options where these may require additional resources; and

to present a report of its finding to the Executive by the end of 1999.

Membership:

Andrew Cubie (Chair), Morag Alexander, Rowena Arshad, George Bennett, David Bleiman, Eleanor Currie, David Dimmock, Marian Healy, Archie Hunter, Dugald Mackie, Ian Ovens, Heather Sheerin, Professor Maria Slowey, David Welsh.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 70, Against 48, Abstentions 0).

4. Membership of Committees: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-83—That the Parliament approves the addition of Tommy Sheridan to the membership of the Equal Opportunities Committee and the addition of Dennis Canavan to the membership of the European Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

5. Register of Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament : Mr Mike Rumbles, on behalf of the Standards Committee, moved S1M-73—That the Parliament agrees that on or after 2 July 1999 the Register of Interests of Me mbers of the Parliament be printed in a loose-leaf folder to be kept at the Office of the Clerk of the Parliament and published on the Parliament's website.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on item 3, 4 and 5 as noted above.

7. Fish Processing Industry: The Parliament debated S1M-58 in the name of Mr David Davidson—That the Parliament agrees that the current expensive implementation proposals for the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive (91/271/EEC), in so far as they apply to the Scottish fish processing industry in North East Scotland, will effectively close many of the companies engaged in the industry, which provide thousands of skilled jobs; and also agrees that implementation of these proposals should be delayed to allow for proper consideration of the technical review currently being undertaken to produce cost effective solutions for the industry, enabling the industry to continue as a major employer in Scotland.

The meeting closed at 1.16 pm.

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