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No. 35 Thursday 25 November 1999

The meeting opened at 9.31 am .

1. Law and Order: Phil Gallie moved S1M-316—That the Parliament expresses concern over the substantial drop in the number of serving police officers over the last two years, the reversal of the falling crime rates inherited, the rising number of drugs related deaths, the shortsighted and ill considered prison closure programme and staff redundancies instigated by the Scottish Executive's £13 million raid of Scottish Prison Service funds, the Scottish Executive's lack of emphasis on and support for the victims of crime and the shambles in our courts resulting from Her Majesty's Government's decision to incorporate the European Convention of Human Rights into Scots law, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to live up to its Partnership Agreement promise to be “tough on crime and the criminals who blight our communities”.

The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice moved amendment S1M-316.1 to motion S1M-316—

Leave out from “expresses” to end and insert—

“supports the Scottish Executive's policies on law and order and the principles and initiatives set out in the Partnership for Scotland agreement and the priorities identified in the Programme for Government and in particular the measures being taken to combat crime and drugs, to support the victims of crime, to encourage stronger links between the police and the communities in which they operate, to tackle the problem of persistent re-offending, to rehabilitate offenders through training, education and work and through alternatives to custody, and in putting in place effective community safety strategies.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 63, Against 18, Abstentions 25).

Michael Matheson moved amendment S1M-316.2 to motion S1M-316—

Leave out from “expresses” to end and insert—

“notes with concern the decreasing numbers of serving police officers; expresses deep concern at the prison closure programme, as a result of the Scottish Executive's re-allocation of £13 million of Scottish Prison Service funding, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to recognise that effective criminal justice is one in which adequate resources are provided for the police and the prison service as well as victims of crime, none of whom are well served under the present system.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 28, Against 78, Abstentions 0).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 63, Against 16, Abstentions 27).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament supports the Scottish Executive's policies on law and order and the principles and initiatives set out in the Partnership for Scotland agreement and the priorities identified in the Programme for Government and in particular the measures being taken to combat crime and drugs, to support the victims of crime, to encourage stronger links between the police and the communities in which they operate, to tackle the problem of persistent re-offending, to rehabilitate offenders through training, education and work and through alternatives to custody, and in putting in place effective community safety strategies.

2. Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-315—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

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 debate on the subject of S1M-238, Cathy Jamieson: Co-operative and Mutual Sector in Scotland

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 debate on the subject of S1M-287, Bruce Crawford: European Freight and Passenger Terminal In Fife

Wednesday 8 December 1999

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Ministerial Statement on Local Government Finance

followed by Debate on Executive Motion on Sea Fisheries

followed by Parliamentary Bureau motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 9 December 1999

9.30 am Stage 1 Debate on Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Bill

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

followed by, no later than 3.45 pm Debate on a Report by the Procedures Committee

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

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 Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice made a statement on freedom of information.

5. Carers' Strategy: The Deputy Minister for Community Care moved S1M-317— That the Parliament welcomes the Executive's commitment in its Programme for Government to introduce a Carers' Strategy for Scotland to assist unpaid carers, and approves the Executive's proposals for that strategy.

Kay Ullrich moved amendment S1M-317.1 to motion S1M-317—

Leave out from “to assist” to end and insert—

“and calls upon it to provide local authorities with the necessary funding to deliver the services required by Scotland 's unpaid carers.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 28, Against 79, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

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

7. The Kintyre Economy: The Parliament debated S1M-261 in the name of George Lyon—That the Parliament notes the severe problems facing the Kintyre economy as it faces the combination of a downturn in all its primary industries, a drop in tourist numbers in the last two years and the threat of Sea Containers pulling out of the Campbeltown to Ballycastle ferry service, and calls for co-ordinated and effective action to ensure that the ferry crossing remains and that the necessary investments are made to safeguard the long term viability of Kintyre's communities.

he meeting closed at 5.46 pm.

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