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No. 27 Thursday 28 October 1999

The meeting opened at 9.31 am .

1. European Structural Funds: The Minister for Finance moved S1M-230—That the Parliament welcomes the intention of the Scottish Executive, in preparing for the new round of European Structural Funds Programmes in consultation with local and national partners throughout Scotland , to ensure that the new plans for Scotland complement the policy priorities in the Programme for Government .

Bruce Crawford moved amendment S1M-230.2 to motion S1M-230—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“expresses its concern over the unsatisfactory consultation process with regard to the European Structural Funds Programme for the Highlands and Islands , and asks the Scottish Executive to review the wards eligible under the Objective 2 Programme using the latest information and giving attention to the need to address and remove a number of anomalies.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 30, Against 73, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 62, Against 30, Abstentions 16).

2. Ministerial Statement: The Deputy Minister for Rural Affairs made a statement on the European Union Fisheries Council.

3. Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-231—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 3 November 1999

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Executive Debate on the Scottish Executive's Compact with the Voluntary Sector

followed by Parliamentary Bureau motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business debate of the subject of S1M-208, Michael Russell: Unemployment in North Ayrshire

Thursday 4 November 1999

9.30 am Non-Executive Business on a motion by the Scottish National Party

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 and Debate on the Strategic Roads Review

followed by Parliamentary Bureau motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business debate on the subject of S1M-212, Lord James Douglas Hamilton: Scottish Parliamentary Elections

Wednesday 10 November 1999

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 11 November 1999

9.30 am Ministerial Statement and Debate on Year 2000

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 The Maximum Number of Judges (Scotland) Order 1999

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 European Committee to report to the Rural Affairs Committee by 22 November 1999 on the Organic Aid (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1999 (SSI 1999/107).

The motion was agreed to.

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

5. Scottish University for Industry: The Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning moved S1M-227—That the Parliament welcomes the publication on 27 October 1999 of The Shortest Route to Learning , the Scottish Executive's progress report on the development of the Scottish University for Industry and supports the creation of the Scottish University for Industry which will enable people to access learning opportunities and learn throughout life on their own terms, so increasing individual employability and economic competitiveness.

Mr John Swinney moved amendment S1M-227.1 to motion S1M-227—

Insert at end—

“and requires that the project to establish a Scottish University for Industry must clearly establish that value is being added by the project to existing provision and that adequate performance measurement be undertaken to enable the Parliament to judge the effectiveness of this initiative.”

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

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

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament welcomes the publication on 27 October 1999 of The Shortest Route to Learning , the Scottish Executive's progress report on the development of the Scottish University for Industry; supports the creation of the Scottish University for Industry which will enable people to access learning opportunities and learn throughout life on their own terms, so increasing individual employability and economic competitiveness, and requires that the project to establish a Scottish University for Industry must clearly establish that value is being added by the project to existing provision and that adequate performance measurement be undertaken to enable the Parliament to judge the effectiveness of this initiative.

6. Designation of Lead Committee: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-232—That the Parliament agrees the following designation of lead committee—

the Rural Affairs Committee to consider the Organic Aid (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1999 (SSI 1999/107).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

8. Regional Selective Assistance: The Parliament debated S1M-128 in the name of Allan Wilson—That the Parliament calls for the retention and development of the Regional Selective Assistance priority scheme in areas of high and persistent unemployment.

The meeting closed at 5.33 pm.

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