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No. 31 Thursday 11 November 1999

The meeting opened at 9.31 am .

1. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning made a statement on The Millennium Date Change Problem: Report on the Readiness of the Scottish Infrastructure .

2. Two Minutes' Silence: The Parliament observed two minutes' silence.

3. Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-266—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 17 November 1999

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Debate on an Executive motion on Childcare Strategy

followed by Parliamentary Bureau motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business debate on the subject of S1M-219 Phil Gallie: Proof of Age Card Scheme

Thursday 18 November 1999

9.30 am Ministerial Statement on publication of draft Ethical Standards in Public Life Bill

followed by 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 Debate on an Executive motion on Digital Scotland

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business debate on the subject of S1M-189: Michael Matheson: Pollution of Bo'ness Domestic Water Supply

Wednesday 24 November 1999

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Debate on an Executive motion on Social Inclusion Targets

followed by, no later than 3.45 pm Debate on an Executive motion on Land Reform

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 25 November 1999

9.30 am Debate on a motion by the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.30 pm Question Time

3.00 pm Open Question Time

followed by Ministerial Statement on Freedom of Information

followed by, no later than 3.45 pm Debate on an Executive motion on Carers' Strategy

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

The motion was agreed to.

4. Approval of SSI: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-257—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) ( North Coast ) (Scotland) Order 1999 (SSI 1999/125) be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

6. Ministerial Statement: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice made a statement on temporary sheriffs.

7. Approval of SSI: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice moved S1M-228—That the Parliament, in consideration of the draft Maximum Number of Judges (Scotland) Order 1999, recommends that the draft instrument be approved.

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

8. Motion without Notice: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that, under Rule 11.2.4, Decision Time be taken at 4.48 pm .

The motion was agreed to.

9. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 4 and 7 as noted above.

10. Pardon for Executed Soldiers: The Parliament debated S1M-223 in the name of Dr Elaine Murray—That the Parliament believes that it is not too late to restore the names and reputations of the soldiers of the British Empire Forces court martialled and executed, mostly on the Western Front, in the four years 1914-18, following charges ranging across desertion, cowardice, quitting posts, sleeping at posts, disobedience, striking a superior officer and casting away arms; regrets deficiencies in their opportunity to prepare adequate defence and appeals; notes the marked and enlightened change in the Army's attitude just over a score of years later to the consequences of soldiers enduring long periods of severe cold and damp, lack of food and sleep coupled with the stress and shock of constant shellfire with the result that not a single solider was executed on these charges throughout the six years from 1939-45; considers that the vast majority of the 307 executed were as patriotic and brave as their million other compatriots who perished in the conflict and that their misfortune was brought about due to stress, or the stress of their accusers, during battle, and that even if the behaviour of a small minority may have fallen below that of the highest standards then time, compassion and justice dictates that all of these soldiers should now be treated as victims of the conflict, and urges Her Majesty's Government to recommend a posthumous pardon, thus bringing to a close a deeply unhappy and controversial chapter in the history of the Great War.

11. Motion without Notice: Mr Tom McCabe moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended to 5.30 pm .

The motion was agreed to.

he meeting closed at 5.32 pm.

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