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No. 34 Wednesday 24 November 1999

The meeting opened at 2.31 pm .

1. Time for Reflection: The Reverend David Beckett, Minister of Greyfriars Tolbooth and Highland Kirk, Edinburgh , led Time for Reflection.

2. Social Justice Targets: The Minister for Communities moved S1M-314—That the Parliament agrees that social justice should be the hallmark of Scottish society; welcomes the publication by the Scottish Executive of the groundbreaking report Social Justice – A Scotland Where Everyone Matters and the targets, milestones and developments in budgetary mechanisms that it contains, and commends this as an example of the success of the Partnership Agreement and as an appropriate opportunity to work with Her Majesty's Government for the betterment of Scotland.

Fiona Hyslop moved amendment S1M-314.2 to motion S1M-314—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“recognises the appalling poverty we have in Scotland and the need for immediate action to tackle this poverty; welcomes the publication by the Scottish Executive of the report Social Justice - A Scotland Where Everyone Matters ; believes however that the report lacks definition, range, focus and clear achievable targets and agrees that the Scottish Executive should re-evaluate the report brought forward by the Evaluation Framework action team and bring forward revised targets and indicators to the Parliament.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 32, Against 83, Abstentions 0).

Bill Aitken moved amendment S1M-314.1 to motion S1M-314—

Leave out from “agrees” to end and insert—

“notes the Scottish Executive's publication of Social Justice - A Scotland Where Everyone Matters which sets out statements not targets; does not provide any proposals for action or details of funding; does not set out any meaningful way in which progress on the issues highlighted can be measured; and completely fails to address the needs of Scotland's people.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 19, Against 96, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 33, Abstentions 18).

3. Land Reform: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice moved S1M-313—That the Parliament commends the openness of the Scottish Executive's approach to land reform, as demonstrated by the extensive consultations on the Land Reform White Paper published in July; recognises the scale of its overall commitments to legislation and other action on land reform as set out in the Land Reform Action Plan published in August, and welcomes the progress to date as shown in the first Progress Report published earlier this month.

Roseanna Cunningham moved amendment S1M-313.2 to motion S1M-313—

Leave out from “commends” to end and insert—

“notes the progress of the Scottish Executive's consultation on the Land Reform White Paper ; welcomes the commitment to a community right to purchase contained within the proposals; nevertheless is concerned that these proposals remain too narrowly focused and therefore agrees that they should be widened to include proposals which would increase community involvement in local land management throughout Scotland.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 33, Against 82, Abstentions 0).

Alex Johnstone moved amendment S1M-313.1 to motion S1M-313—

Leave out from “commends” to end and insert—

“recognises that the problems facing our rural communities and way of life will not be solved by land reform and calls upon the Scottish Executive to recognise the fact that many of the proposals contained in the Land Reform Action Plan will have a damaging effect on the rural economy.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 18, Against 97, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 62, Against 18, Abstentions 1).

4. Approval of SSI: Iain Smith, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-307—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transitory and Transitional Provisions) (Appropriations) Amendment Order 1999 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

5. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 3 and 4 as noted above.

6. Tobacco Sales to Under-Aged Children: The Parliament debated S1M-250 in the name of Irene Oldfather—That the Parliament notes that surveys by trading standards officers in North Ayrshire and the Borders indicate that tobacco continues to be sold to under-aged children; notes that those retailers who are successfully prosecuted are treated leniently; and supports the establishment of a system of negative licensing under the jurisdiction of local licensing boards, whereby retailers who repeatedly sell tobacco to young people will lose their right to sell age restricted products altogether.

The meeting closed at 6.16 pm.

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