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No. 29 Thursday 4 November 1999

The meeting opened at 9.30 am .

1. Agriculture and Rural Affairs: Alasdair Morgan moved S1M-242—That the Parliament recognises the drastic effects of the agricultural recession which has been exacerbated by successive Governments' ineptitude over matters such as BSE, beef on the bone, the present difficulties in pig farming and the failure to secure European help for hill farmers; acknowledges that there is now a crisis in rural Scotland and that it is being made worse by the continuing effect of the fuel price escalator, the decline of rural public transport, the shortage of affordable rural housing and the failure to support successfully Scotland's tourist industry, and therefore calls upon the Scottish Executive to devise a real and effective rural strategy which could command the backing not only of the whole Parliament but also of the whole of Scotland.

Alex Johnstone moved amendment S1M-242.1 to motion S1M-242—

Leave out from first “which” to “farmers”.

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 17, Against 105, Abstentions 0).

The Minister for Rural Affairs moved amendment S1M-242.2 to motion S1M-242—

Leave out from “drastic” to end and insert—

“difficulties being faced by the agriculture industry; endorses the principle contained in the Partnership for Scotland agreement of working to support and enhance rural life and the rural economy; commends the steps already taken by the Scottish Executive to achieve these aims, and supports the Executive in its determination to promote long-term sustainable development, both in the agriculture industry and throughout rural Scotland.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 67, Against 54, Abstentions 0).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 71, Against 17, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament recognises the difficulties being faced by the agriculture industry; endorses the principle contained in the Partnership for Scotland agreement of working to support and enhance rural life and the rural economy; commends the steps already taken by the Scottish Executive to achieve these aims, and supports the Executive in its determination to promote long-term sustainable development, both in the agriculture industry and throughout rural Scotland.

2. Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-247—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 10 November 1999

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Ministerial Statement

followed by Debate on an Executive motion on Working Together in Europe

followed by Parliamentary Bureau motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business debate on the subject of S1M-237 Christine Grahame: Borders Rail-Link

Thursday 11 November 1999

9.30 am Ministerial Statement and Debate on The Millennium Date Change Problem: A Report on the Readiness of the Scottish Infrastructure

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau motions

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

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business debate on the subject of S1M-223 Dr Elaine Murray: Pardon for Executed Soldiers

Wednesday 17 November 1999

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Debate on an Executive motion on Child Care Strategy

followed by Parliamentary Bureau motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 18 November 1999

9.30 am Debate on an Executive motion on the Modernisation of the Scottish Economy

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.30 pm Question Time

3.00 pm Open Question Time

followed by, no later than 3.15 pm Executive Business

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

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

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); and
the Subordinate Legislation Committee to report by 9 November 1999 on the draft Maximum Number of Judges (Scotland) Order 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 strategic roads review.

5. Designation of Lead Committees: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-243—That the Parliament agrees the following designations of Lead committees—

the Justice and Home Affairs Committee to be the lead committee in the consideration of the Abolition of Feudal Tenure etc. (Scotland) Bill;
the Justice and Home Affairs Committee to be the lead committee in the consideration of the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Bill and that the Bill should also be considered by the Health and Community Care Committee;
the Social Inclusion, Housing and Voluntary Sector Committee and the Local Government Committee to report to the Justice and Home Affairs Committee on the Abolition of Poindings and Warrant Sales Bill; and
the Rural Affairs Committee to be the lead committee in the consideration of the Plant Health (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Order 1999 (SSI 1999/129) and that the instrument should also be considered by the European Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6. Approval of SSI: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-245—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (Scotland) Order 1999 (SSI 1999/110) be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

8. Scottish Parliamentary Elections: The Parliament debated S1M-212 in the name of Lord James Douglas-Hamilton—That the Parliament notes with grave concern that 2,097 votes in the Scottish parliamentary election list vote from the West Edinburgh parliamentary division were not counted as well as other irregularities elsewhere, and calls upon the First Minister to consult urgently with the Secretary of State for Scotland with regard to the outcome of the arrangements for counting these votes and to make a statement to the Parliament.

he meeting closed at 5.40 pm.

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