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No. 25 Thursday 7 October 1999

The meeting opened at 9.32 am .

1. Memorandum of Understanding: The First Minister moved S1M-186—That the Parliament endorses the Me morandum of Understanding and supplementary agreements concluded between the United Kingdom Government, Scottish Ministers and the National Assembly for Wales .

The First Minister moved amendment S1M-186.2 to motion S1M-186—

After “ Scottish Ministers and the ” insert—

Cabinet of the

The amendment was agreed to (DT).

Alex Neil moved amendment S1M-186.1 to motion S1M-186—

Leave out from “endorses” to end and insert—

“calls upon the Scottish Executive to re-negotiate the Me morandum of Understanding and supplementary agreements concluded between the United Kingdom Government, Scottish Ministers and the National Assembly of Wales in order to protect the interests of the Scottish people and ensure that no additional constraints are placed on the powers of the Scottish Parliament.”

Alex Neil then moved amendment S1M-186.1.1 to amendment S1M-186.1—

After “ Scottish Ministers and the ” insert—

Cabinet of the

After debate, amendment S1M-186.1.1 was agreed to (DT).

Amendment S1M-186.1 as amended was then disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 31, Against 76, Abstentions 0).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 75, Against 32, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament endorses the Memorandum of Understanding and supplementary agreements concluded between the United Kingdom Government, Scottish Ministers and the Cabinet of the National Assembly for Wales .

2. Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-196—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 27 October 1999

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Debate on an Executive Motion on Domestic Violence

followed by Parliamentary Bureau motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business debate on the subject of S1M-187, Mr Nick Johnston: Telecommunications

Thursday 28 October 1999

9.30 am Debate on an Executive Motion on Structural Funds Programmes

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 Scottish University for Industry

followed by Parliamentary Bureau motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business debate on the subject of S1M-128, Allan Wilson: Regional Selective Assistance

and (b) that the Finance Committee and Audit Committee shall complete Stage 2 consideration of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Bill by 19 November 1999.

The motion was agreed to.

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

4. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Transport and the Environment made a statement on the transfer of executive functions for railways.

5. Scottish Agriculture: The Minister for Rural Affairs moved S1M-185—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive's support for Scottish farmers and approves the steps it is taking to assist in creating a more sustainable future for Scottish agriculture.

Alasdair Morgan moved amendment S1M-185.1 to motion S1M-185—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“notes the vital role of agriculture for Scotland's rural communities; recognises that many of the factors causing the serious crisis in Scottish agriculture are outwith the control of the Scottish Executive, and calls upon the Executive to make representations to Her Majesty's Government on such matters as interest rates and the level of road fuel duty and to implement the Common Agricultural Policy reforms in a way which best sustains rural communities.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 45, Against 61, Abstentions 1).

Alex Johnstone moved amendment S1M-185.2 to motion S1M-185—

Leave out from “and” to end and insert—

“but, recognising the unprecedented crisis facing our Scottish farmers, calls for additional steps to be taken to reverse the continuing decline in the economic fortunes of Scottish agriculture.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 14, Against 64, Abstentions 29).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 1, Abstentions 42).

6. Membership of Committee: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-192—That the Parliament agrees that Dr Richard Simpson be appointed to the Standards Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Designation of Lead Committees: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-194—That the Parliament agrees the following designations of lead committees—

the Justice and Home Affairs Committee to consider the Abolition of Poindings and Warrant Sales Bill;
the Finance Committee to consider Part 1 at Stage 2 of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Bill; and
the Audit Committee to consider Parts 2 and 3 at Stage 2 of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Bill.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Approval of SSIs: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-195—That the Parliament agrees that the following instruments be approved—

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.3) (Scotland) Order 1999 (SSI 1999/71);
the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (No.2) (Scotland) Order 1999 (SSI 1999/72); and
the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (No.3) (Scotland) Order 1999 (SSI 1999/73).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

10. Criminal Checks for Voluntary Organisations: The Parliament debated S1M-156 in the name of Andrew Wilson—That the Parliament recognises the invaluable work done by the broad range of voluntary organisations and calls upon the Scottish Executive to ensure that no charge be levied against voluntary organisations when they apply to have their volunteers, staff and office holders checked by the Scottish Criminal Records Office with regard to child protection.

The meeting closed at 6.03 pm.

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