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No. 17 Thursday 9 September 1999

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Programme for Government: The First Minister moved S1M-127—That the Parliament endorses the contents of Making It Work Together: A Programme for Government .

Mr Alex Salmond moved amendment S1M-127.1 to motion S1M-127—

Leave out from “endorses” to end and insert—

“condemns the use of valuable Parliamentary time and public resources for yet another public relations re-launch of the floundering coalition, calls upon the Scottish Executive to bring forward a programme of substance rather than spin, and instructs the Scottish Executive to take steps to access and use all of Scotland's resources to tackle poverty, lack of opportunity and unemployment, and to raise the ambitions of all of Scotland's peoples.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 31, Against 65, Abstentions 14).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 65, Against 46, Abstentions 0).

The meeting was adjourned from 10.43 am to 11.05 am .

2. Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-132—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following amendment to the programme of business agreed on 1 September—

Thursday 9 September 1999

after “Motion to Approve SSIs (to be taken without debate)” insert—

followed by Motion to approve the designation of the lead committee for the Public Finance and Accountability Bill (to be taken without debate)”

(b) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 15 September 1999

2.30 pm Debate on an Executive Motion on the Food Standards Agency

followed by, no earlier than 4.30 pm Motion on the Nomination and Appointment of the Auditor General for Scotland

followed by Motion on the designation of lead committees for SSIs (to be taken without debate)

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business debate on the subject of S1M-86 Alasdair Morgan: Wigtown , Scotland 's National Book Town

Thursday 16 September 1999

9.30 am Non-Executive Business: Debate on a Motion by the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party on the subject of Transport

followed by, no later than 12.20 pm Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.00 pm Open Question Time

followed by, no later than 3.15 pm Ministerial Statement on the Water Industry

followed by Debate on an Executive Motion on Homelessness

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business debate on the subject of S1M-98 - Tavish Scott: Crisis in Salmon Farming

Wednesday 22 September 1999

2.30 pm Debate on an Executive Motion on Tourism

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 23 September 1999

9.30 am Debate on Executive Motion on a Manufacturing and Industrial Strategy for Scotland

followed by, no later than 12.20 pm Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.00 pm Open Question Time

followed by, no later than 3.15 pm Debate on an Executive Motion on the Voluntary Sector

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

and (c) the following dates by which other committees should make any recommendations on instruments or draft instruments to the lead committee—

the Rural Affairs Committee and the European Committee to report to the Transport and the Environment Committee on the Environmental Impact Assessment (Forestry) (Scotland) Regulations 1999 (SSI 1999/43) by 29 September 1999;
the Rural Affairs Committee and the European Committee to report to the Health and Community Care Committee on the Food (Animals and Animal Products from Belgium ) (Emergency Control) (No.2) (Scotland) Order 1999 (SSI 1999/32) by 29 September 1999;
the Rural Affairs Committee and the European Committee to report to the Health and Community Care Committee on the Animal Feedingstuffs from Belgium (Control) (No.2) (Scotland) Regulations 1999 (SSI 1999/33) by 29 September 1999; and
the European Committee to report to the Health and Community Care Committee on the Spreadable Fats (Marketing Standards) (Scotland) Regulations 1999 (SSI 1999/34) by 29 September 1999 .

The motion was agreed to.

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

4. Time for Reflection: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-131—That the Parliament agrees that, further to the decision on motion S1M–1 on Prayers, the provision of a Time for Reflection should be as outlined below—

Time for Reflection will be held in the Chamber in a meeting of the Parliament normally as the first item of business each week;

Time for Reflection will be held in public and will be addressed both to Members and to the Scottish people;

Time for Reflection will last for a maximum of four minutes;

Time for Reflection will follow a pattern based on the balance of beliefs in Scotland ;

invitations to address the Parliament in leading Time for Reflection will be issued by the Presiding Officer on advice from the Parliamentary Bureau; and

Time for Reflection will be recorded in the Official Report.

Phil Gallie moved amendment S1M-131.1 to motion S1M-131.1—

Leave out from “the balance” to “Bureau” and insert—

“the traditional Christian culture and faith of Scotland .”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 9, Against 99, Abstentions 3).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 91, Against 7, Abstentions 13).

5. Membership of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association: Des McNulty, on behalf of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, moved S1M-96—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) to apply for admission to membership of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, such membership to be effective immediately on approval of the application by the General Assembly of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association;
(b) to abide by the provisions of the Constitution of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association;
(c) the required membership fee be paid to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association; and
(d) that this motion be communicated to the Secretariat of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association immediately following agreement.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6. Approval of SSIs: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-134—That the Parliament agrees that the following instruments be approved—

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (Scotland) Order 1999 (SSI 1999/26); and
the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (Scotland) Order 1999 (SSI 1999/27).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Designation of Lead Committee: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-139—That the Parliament agrees that the Audit Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Bill.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 4, 5, 6 and 7 as noted above.

9. Unemployment in Clackmannanshire and West Fife: The Parliament debated S1M-116 in the name of Nick Johnston—That the Parliament calls the Scottish Ministers' attention to the problems of social and economic deprivation caused by escalating unemployment in Clackmannanshire and West Fife.

The meeting closed at 5.42 pm.

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