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No. 23 Thursday 30 September 1999

The meeting opened at 9.31 am.

1. Education: Nicola Sturgeon moved S1M-172—That the Parliament notes the overwhelming rejection of CoSLA's pay and conditions offer (dated 20 August 1999) by Scotland's teachers, recognises the validity of the concerns expressed by the teaching profession and parents' representatives about the details of CoSLA's offer and agrees that the implementation of the offer in its current form would have resulted in a deterioration of standards in our classrooms and a further decline in teachers' morale; considers that the defects in CoSLA's offer are the result of a lack of resources and that the current impasse between CoSLA and the teaching profession is a direct result of the failure of the Scottish Executive to make sufficient resources available to local government to fund an acceptable settlement and further considers that the approach adopted by the Scottish Executive on this issue has been deliberately provocative to Scotland's teachers; and calls upon the Scottish Executive to adopt a genuine partnership approach to reaching a settlement with teachers, to abandon its proposals to remove the statutory basis of the Scottish Joint Negotiating Committee and establish a Committee of Inquiry and to refer the findings of the Millennium Review (a joint inquiry established by CoSLA and teachers' unions in 1997 to look at various issues in education) for investigation by the Parliament's Education, Culture and Sport Committee.

The Minister for Children and Education moved amendment S1M-172.1 to motion S1M-172—

Leave out from “notes” to end and insert—

“supports the Scottish Executive's intention to earn a world class reputation for the Scottish education system; calls upon the Scottish Executive to ensure that all children get the best start in life by maximising pupil attainment; welcomes the provision of substantial new resources for education including an additional £51 million for school education identified in the Partnership Agreement ; agrees that the quality of education in our schools depends on the professionalism and commitment of teachers; recognises the high standards and dedication of Scottish teachers; endorses the Scottish Executive's commitment to a programme of continuous professional development to assist teachers in maintaining and improving professional standards; agrees that the Scottish Joint Negotiation Committee machinery has failed Scottish teachers, pupils and parents and calls upon the Scottish Executive to continue work towards its objective of ensuring a modern, adaptive and flexible mechanism for determining the professional conditions of service for teachers in Scotland's schools through the appointment of an independent Committee of Inquiry.”

Mr Brian Monteith moved amendment S1M-172.2 to motion S1M-172—

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

“the entrenched positions being taken by the teaching unions and CoSLA in regard to reaching a settlement for teachers' pay and conditions and calls upon the Scottish Executive to bring both parties together for a settlement through the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service.”

After debate, amendment S1M-172.1 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 58, Against 45, Abstentions 0). As a result, amendment S1M-172.2 was pre-empted.

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 59, Against 34, Abstentions 10).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament supports the Scottish Executive's intention to earn a world class reputation for the Scottish education system; calls upon the Scottish Executive to ensure that all children get the best start in life by maximising pupil attainment; welcomes the provision of substantial new resources for education including an additional £51 million for school education identified in the Partnership Agreement ; agrees that the quality of education in our schools depends on the professionalism and commitment of teachers; recognises the high standards and dedication of Scottish teachers; endorses the Scottish Executive's commitment to a programme of continuous professional development to assist teachers in maintaining and improving professional standards; agrees that the Scottish Joint Negotiation Committee machinery has failed Scottish teachers, pupils and parents and calls upon the Scottish Executive to continue work towards its objective of ensuring a modern, adaptive and flexible mechanism for determining the professional conditions of service for teachers in Scotland's schools through the appointment of an independent Committee of Inquiry.

2. Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-175—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 6 October 1999

2.30 pm Ministerial Statement and Debate on the Executive's Expenditure Plans

followed by Parliamentary Bureau motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business debate on the subject of S1M-162 Pauline McNeill: Breast Cancer

Thursday 7 October 1999

9.30 am Debate on an Executive Motion on a Me morandum of Understanding and Concordats

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 Transfer of Executive Functions for Railways

followed by Debate on an Executive motion on Agenda 2000 and the Development of Agriculture in Scotland

followed by Parliamentary Bureau motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business debate on the subject of S1M-156 Andrew Wilson: Criminal Checks for Voluntary Organisations

Wednesday 27 October 1999

2.30 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Me mbers' Business

Thursday 28 October 1999

9.30 am Executive Business

12.20 pm Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.00 pm Open Question Time

followed by, no later than 3.15 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

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

the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee to report to the Education, Culture and Sport Committee by 29 October 1999 on the Educational Development, Research and Services (Scotland) Grant Regulations 1999 (SSI 1999/65).

The motion was agreed to.

3. Ministerial Statement: The First Minister made a statement on Beattie Me dia and the activities of professional lobbying firms.

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

5. Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Minister for Finance moved S1M-155—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Bill.

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

6. Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Bill – Financial Resolution: The Minister for Finance moved S1M-144—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Bill, agrees to—

(a) the following expenditure payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund—

(i) expenditure of the Scottish Administration and Audit Scotland in consequence of the Act; and
(ii) increases attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of the Fund by or under any other Act;

(b) payments into the Fund and to the Scottish Ministers; and

(c) charges imposed by Audit Scotland in respect of the exercise of its functions.

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

7. Designation of Lead Committee: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-176—That the Parliament agrees the following designation of Lead committee—

the Education, Culture and Sport Committee to consider the Educational Development, Research and Services (Scotland) Grant Regulations 1999 (SSI 1999/65).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

9. Upgrading of the Mallaig Road: The Parliament debated S1M-140 in the name of Fergus Ewing—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to make the planned upgrading and improvement of the remaining single track sections of the A830 road between Mallaig and Fort William a top priority when it announces the results of the strategic roads review.

The meeting closed at 5.38 pm.

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