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No. 15 Thursday 2 September 1999

The meeting opened at 9.30 am .

1. Mental Health (Public Safety and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill – Emergency Bill: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice moved S1M-109—That the Parliament agrees that the Mental Health (Public Safety and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill be treated as an Emergency Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

2. Mental Health (Public Safety and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-110—That the Parliament agrees that (a) all Stages of the Mental Health (Public Safety and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill shall not be taken in one day, and (b) that the time available for the Stages and debates at each of the Stages should be as follows—

Stage 1 – debate on Thursday 2 September 1999 to last 1 hour 30 minutes;
Stages 2 and 3 – debates on Wednesday 8 September to last 3 hours 20 minutes.

The motion was agreed to (by division: For 107, Against 2, Abstentions 0).

3. Mental Health (Public Safety and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice moved S1M-115—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Mental Health (Public Safety and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

4. Mental Health (Public Safety and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill – Suspension of Standing Orders: Mr Tom McCabe moved S1M-111—That the Parliament agrees that—

(a) Rules 9.7.8 and 9.7.9 of Standing Orders should be suspended for the purposes of the meeting of the Parliament at which Stages 2 and 3 of the Me ntal Health (Public Safety and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill are taken, and
(b) directs that any vote to be taken during Stage 2 of the Bill in the Committee of the Whole Parliament shall be conducted using the electronic voting system.

The motion was agreed to.

5. Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister, the Lord Advocate and other Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

6. National Cultural Strategy : The Minister for Children and Education moved S1M-107—That the Parliament agrees that culture, in all its diversity, has a central role in shaping a sense of community and civic pride in the new Scotland, and a contribution to make to its prosperity, health and cohesion; welcomes the Executive's proposals to develop a national cultural strategy for all of Scotland's people, and endorses the far-reaching consultation process on which Scottish Ministers have embarked.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 61, Against 0, Abstentions 35).

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

8. Domestic Violence: The Parliament debated S1M-94 in the name of Maureen Macmillan—That the Parliament notes the Work Plan drawn up by the Scottish Partnership on domestic violence which has as part of its remit an examination of the experience of women in rural areas; calls for swift consideration to be given to improving the safety of women at risk, and supports the work carried out in this field by Women's Aid and other organisations in the Highlands and Islands.

9. Motion without Notice: Ms Margaret Curran moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended for up to 30 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 5.59 pm.

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