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No. 19 Thursday 16 September 1999

The meeting opened at 9.31 am.

1. Motion without Notice: Lord James Douglas-Hamilton moved without notice that motion S1M-158 be taken at this meeting of the Parliament.

The motion was agreed to.

2. Transport: Mr Murray Tosh moved S1M-151—That the Parliament welcomes the increased profile that has been given to transport issues and the Scottish Executive's commitment to continue reducing vehicle emission levels; recognises the importance of Scotland's transport links by road, rail, sea and air to our markets in the rest of the UK, the European Union and beyond; expresses concern that the Scottish Executive does not attach sufficient importance to the strategic road network and calls upon the Scottish Executive to—

(a) increase the current level of spending on construction and maintenance of the trunk road network as part of the strategic roads review;

(b) withdraw the proposals to levy new tolls and taxes on motorists and other road users;

(c) initiate urgent talks with Her Majesty's Government with a view to increasing the share of the UK budget devoted to transport to allow strategic road and rail investment to proceed so that Scotland's needs are reflected in policies pursued at a UK level; and

(d) urge Her Majesty's Government to review the level of fuel taxes and vehicle excise duties.

The Minister for Transport and the Environment moved amendment S1M-151.2 to motion S1M-151—

Leave out from “expresses concern” to end and insert—

“commends the efforts the Scottish Executive is making to tackle the consequences of eighteen years of Conservative transport policies and reverse the resulting legacy of under-investment, rising congestion and environmental degradation, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to continue to work to deliver a sustainable, effective and integrated transport system through in particular the Programme for Government commitments on investing in public transport, promoting a national transport timetable and bringing forward a Transport Bill in early 2000 whilst reflecting the diverse transport needs of all Scotland's people, in particular those living in rural area, and by so doing to take the decisions required to deliver, working with others, an integrated transport system fit for the 21st Century.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 67, Against 42, Abstentions 0).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 68, Against 16, Abstentions 25).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament welcomes the increased profile that has been given to transport issues and the Scottish Executive's commitment to continue reducing vehicle emission levels; recognises the importance of Scotland's transport links by road, rail, sea and air to our markets in the rest of the UK, the European Union and beyond; commends the efforts the Scottish Executive is making to tackle the consequences of eighteen years of Conservative transport policies and reverse the resulting legacy of under-investment, rising congestion and environmental degradation, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to continue to work to deliver a sustainable, effective and integrated transport system through in particular the Programme for Government commitments on investing in public transport, promoting a national transport timetable and bringing forward a Transport Bill in early 2000 whilst reflecting the diverse transport needs of all Scotland's people, in particular those living in rural area, and by so doing to take the decisions required to deliver, working with others, an integrated transport system fit for the 21st Century.

3. Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-152—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 22 September 1999

2.30 pm Debate on an Executive Motion on Tourism

followed by Parliamentary Bureau motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business debate on the subject of motion S1M-126 Paul Martin: Stobhill Hospital

Thursday 23 September 1999

9.30 am Debate on an Executive Motion on Crime Prevention

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

followed by Other Parliamentary Bureau motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

Wednesday 29 September 1999

2.30 pm Debate on an Executive Motion on a Manufacturing and Industrial Strategy for Scotland

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 30 September 1999

9.30 am Non-Executive Business: Debate on a Motion by the Scottish National Party

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 Stage 1 Debate on the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Bill

followed by Motion on a Financial Resolution required in relation to the provisions of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Bill

followed by Other Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

The motion was agreed to.

4. Parity of Treatment by Continental Tyre Company: Lord James Douglas-Hamilton moved S1M-158—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to take up with the Continental Tyre Company the need to give their Scottish employees parity of treatment by offering them an equivalent package to that offered to and received by their former employees in Semprit in Ireland, in view of the impending visit on Friday to Newbridge of Dr Holzbach, senior executive member of the Continental Tyre Company.

The Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning moved amendment S1M-158.1 to motion S1M-158—

Leave out from “calls” to end and insert—

“notes that any financial settlement for workers at the Continental Tyre Company is a matter for negotiation between their trade union representatives and the company; notes that the Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning has urged the company to reach a fair and equitable settlement; notes that negotiations are in progress; hopes that they will reach a quick and positive outcome which takes account of all the relevant circumstances and notes that the Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning will bring this motion to the attention of the company when he meets them on Friday 17 September 1999.”

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

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

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament notes that any financial settlement for workers at the Continental Tyre Company is a matter for negotiation between their trade union representatives and the company; notes that the Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning has urged the company to reach a fair and equitable settlement; notes that negotiations are in progress; hopes that they will reach a quick and positive outcome which takes account of all the relevant circumstances and notes that the Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning will bring this resolution to the attention of the company when he meets them on Friday 17 September 1999.

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

6. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Transport and the Environment made a statement on the water industry.

7. Homelessness: The Minister for Communities moved S1M-154—That the Parliament agrees that the Scottish Executive is fully committed to tackling the scourge of homelessness in Scotland by virtue of its pledge in the Programme for Government that it will ensure that no-one has to sleep rough by 2003, by providing new accommodation and better support services, and by the establishment of a Task Force to (a) review the causes and nature of homelessness in Scotland, (b) examine current practice in dealing with cases of homelessness and (c) make recommendations on how homelessness in Scotland can be best prevented and, where it does occur, tackled effectively.

Fiona Hyslop moved amendment S1M-154.2 to motion S1M-154—

Leave out from “the Scottish” to end and insert—

“tackling homelessness is one of the major challenges facing it, that it supports the Rough Sleepers Initiative and welcomes the Scottish Executive's continuing support for it, and that it recognises that rough sleeping is only one aspect of homelessness and that any initiative designed to tackle it can only deal with the reality of rough sleeping not the causes behind it; calls upon the Scottish Executive to make the newly established Homelessness Taskforce a priority and to bring forward early measures to deal with the causes of homelessness, new regulations to help homeless people and new legislative proposals to bring homelessness legislation up to date; believes that Scottish Executive time is required for early legislation to deal with homelessness and housing in general and calls upon the Scottish Executive to bring forward the proposed publishing date of a draft housing bill to the end of 1999.”

After debate the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 44, Against 65, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

8. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 4 and 7 as noted above.

9. Crisis in Salmon Farming: The Parliament debated S1M-98 in the name of Tavish Scott—That the Parliament recognises the financial pressures the salmon farming industry in Shetland is facing, and notes that the industry creates employment for 900 people in this peripheral area of Scotland and contributes £60 million per annum to the Shetland economy.

The meeting closed at 5.40 pm.

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