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No. 30 Wednesday 10 November 1999

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm .

1. Time for Reflection: The Most Reverend Keith Patrick O'Brien, the Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh , led Time for Reflection.

2. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Communities made a statement on homelessness.

3. Working Together in Europe: The First Minister moved S1M-258—That the Parliament endorses the Scottish Executive's policy of continued positive engagement within the European Union; recognises that our full participation in Europe is vital to our present and future economic success and prosperity; and believes that Scottish businesses, communities and families are best served by our working together in leadership in Europe with the rest of Britain.

Mr Alex Salmond moved amendment S1M-258.1 to motion S1M-258—

Leave out from “Scottish Executive's” to end and insert—

“view that Scotland should play an active and positive role within the European Union; recognises that our full participation in the EU and early entry into the Euro is vital to business and jobs and the future economic success and prosperity of Scotland and believes that Scottish businesses, communities and families will be best served by an independent Scotland playing its full and proper role in the EU.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) For 30, Against 85, Abstentions 1).

David McLetchie moved amendment S1M-258.2 to motion S1M-258—

Leave out from “recognises” to end and insert—

“but does not believe that it would be in Scotland and Britain 's interests to consider joining the single currency until its economic and political consequences have been properly assessed and believes that we should keep our independence in decision making.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) For 18, Against 96, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 66, Against 31, Abstentions 20).

4. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on item 3 as noted above.

5. Borders Rail Link: The Parliament debated S1M-237 in the name of Christine Grahame—That the Parliament recognises the economic problems in the Borders and, appreciating the necessity for good transport links as crucial to the social and economic advancement of the area and acknowledging the pioneering work of Borders Transport Futures and the efforts of Campaign for Borders Rail, Scottish Borders Council, Scottish Borders Enterprise, and local MPs and MSPs of all parties, gives its support to the cross-party campaign for the restoration of a Borders rail link.

he meeting closed at 5.39 pm.

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