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No. 33 Thursday 18 November 1999

The meeting opened at 9.30 am .

1. Ministerial Statement: The Deputy Minister for Local Government made a statement on the publication of a draft Ethical Standards in Public Life Bill.

2. Modernisation of the Scottish Economy: The Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning moved S1M-296—That the Parliament acknowledges the very real progress being made to prepare the Scottish economy for the next century, but recognises the growing global competitive pressures it faces, that as a result modernisation of every sector of the Scottish economy will need to be accelerated and that public support is best targeted on initiatives which encourage modernisation.

Miss Annabel Goldie moved amendment S1M-296.1 to motion S1M-296—

Leave out from “initiatives” to end and insert—

“improving our education system and our transport infrastructure and in particular urges the Scottish Executive to promote an expanded enterprise base by encouraging a new culture of risk management in Scotland to enhance the opportunities for new and young entrepreneurs.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 16, Against 64, Abstentions 24).

Mr John Swinney moved amendment S1M-296.2 to motion S1M-296—

Leave out from “encourage” to end and insert—

“will create new wealth and sustainable employment but regrets that these ambitions will be difficult to realise due to the absence of macro-economic powers from this Parliament.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 27, Against 76, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

3. Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-299—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 24 November 1999

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Debate on an Executive motion on Social Justice Targets

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

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.30 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business debate on the subject of S1M-250 Irene Oldfather:

Tobacco Sales to Under-Aged Children

Thursday 25 November 1999

9.30 am Debate on a Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party motion

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 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 debate on the subject of S1M-261 George Lyon: The Kintyre Economy

Wednesday 1 December 1999

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau motions

followed by Stage 3 debate on the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Bill

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 2 December 1999

9.30 am Debate on a motion by the Scottish National Party

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 Equalities

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

The motion was agreed to.

4. Membership of Committee: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary bureau, moved S1M-292—That the Parliament agrees that Patricia Ferguson be appointed to the Standards Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

6. Digital Scotland Initiative: The Deputy Minister for Children and Education moved S1M-295—That the Parliament recognises the crucial importance to Scotland's economic and social well-being of embracing and making full use of new developments in digital information and communications technology; believes that Scotland must seize the opportunities offered to gain competitive economic advantage, enhance learning opportunities for all, open up information resources to every citizen, and offer modern and efficient public services; believes that every community in Scotland must have high quality access to digital technology and information in the future no matter where they live, and welcomes the creation by the Scottish Executive of the Ministerial Committee on Digital Scotland and the Digital Scotland Task Force to create a partnership which will help develop a shared analysis of the challenges and champion the opportunities for Scotland arising from developments in information and communications technology, co-ordinate action and help to create conditions where Scotland can realise the benefits of working at the leading edge of application of those technological developments.

Fiona McLeod moved amendment S1M-295.1 to motion S1M-295—

Leave out from “help develop” to end and insert—

“produce an Integrated Information Strategy for Scotland which aims to influence the global development of the information society, ensures the development of an information society at national level and supports regional and local information society development in Scotland, which ensures the implementation of the strategy in and across every sphere and sector of Scottish society, and which will produce a National Action Plan in line with the European Commission's Information Society Action Plan that addresses the priority areas for action and has a clear timetable for achievement and progress.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 28, Against 76, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 74, Against 1, Abstentions 30).

7. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 4 and 6 as noted above.

8. Pollution of Bo'ness Domestic Water Supply: The Parliament debated S1M-189 in the name of Michael Matheson—That the Parliament notes with concern the ongoing pollution of the domestic water supply in parts of Bo'ness with heavy metals; notes that East of Scotland Water has failed to publish scientific reports into the extent of the pollution and has not operated in an open and accountable manner; notes the potential health risks to the local community and calls for an urgent review of East of Scotland Water's handling of this matter and for related scientific reports to be placed in the public domain.

The meeting closed at 5.44 pm.

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