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No. 37 Thursday 2 December 1999

The meeting opened at 9.31 am .

1. The Plight of Pensioners: Alex Neil moved S1M-327—That the Parliament recognises the plight of our pensioners, many of whom are living on or near the poverty line; condemns the lack of action by both the Scottish Executive and Her Majesty's Government to bring about a significant increase in the standard and quality of living of pensioners, and calls upon both the Scottish Executive and Her Majesty's Government to implement a comprehensive action plan to rectify this situation, the top priority of which should be a substantial increase in the basic state retirement pension and the re-establishment of the link with earnings for future pension increases.

The Deputy Minister for Community Care moved amendment S1M-327.1 to motion S1M-327—

Leave out from “recognises” to end and insert—

“notes the Scottish Executive's vision of a Scotland in which every older person matters and every person beyond working age has a decent quality of life, and welcomes the measures the Scottish Executive has already taken and has planned to support older people in line with its Programme for Government commitment to deliver person centred health and community care.”

Mr Keith Harding moved amendment S1M-327.2 to motion S1M-327—

Leave out from “recognises” to end and insert—

“regards care and concern for Scotland's elderly as a major priority; recognises that the measures necessary to achieve this must include a reversal of Her Majesty's Government's decision to tax pension funds, which will cut retirement incomes, healthcare provision without fear of discrimination on the grounds of age and the introduction of an integrated concessionary fares system enabling the elderly to maintain contact with friends and family on an affordable basis; further recognises that the transfer of council housing stock would enable better housing provision to be made for the elderly, particularly those in need of sheltered accommodation, and that the rising crime rate has resulted in an increased number of elderly people, particularly those living alone, being afraid for their personal safety and the security of their homes, and undertakes to take the appropriate steps to provide reassurance and improve the quality of life for our elderly population.”

After debate, amendment S1M-327.1 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 61, Against 48, Abstentions 1). As a result, amendment S1M-327.2 was pre-empted.

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 62, Against 17, Abstentions 31).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament notes the Scottish Executive's vision of a Scotland in which every older person matters and every person beyond working age has a decent quality of life and welcomes the measures the Scottish Executive has already taken and has planned to support older people in line with its Programme for Government commitment to deliver person centred health and community care.

2. Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-340—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

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

followed by Executive motion on Sea Fishing Grants (Charges) Bill

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business debate on the subject of S1M-319 Euan Robson: Hawick

Thursday 9 December 1999

9.30 am Ministerial Statement on National Waste Strategy

10.00 am Ministerial Statement

10.30 am Debate on a motion on a Procedures Committee Report

followed by, no later than 11.30 am Stage 1 Debate on the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.00 pm Open Question Time

followed by, no later than 3.15 pm Continuation of Stage 1 Debate on the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Bill

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – Debate on the subject of S1M-275 Nicola Sturgeon: Pollokshaws Sports Centre

Wednesday 15 December 1999

9.30 am Debate on a motion on a Standards Committee report on Cross Party Groups

10.00 am Debate on draft 2000-01 budget – level 2 figures

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Stage 1 debate on the Abolition of Feudal Tenure etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 16 December 1999

9.30 am Non-Executive business on Scottish National 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 Debate on Executive motion on Health

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

The motion was agreed to.

3. Designation of Lead Committee: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-339—That the Parliament agrees the following designation of lead committee—

the Local Government Committee to consider the Non-domestic Rating Contributions (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1999 (SSI 1999/153).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

5. Equalities: The Deputy Minister for Communities moved S1M-334—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive's commitment, as set out in Making it Work Together: A Programme for Government , to promote equality of opportunity for all and to do that through an inclusive, phased and participative approach to the development of an equality strategy so ensuring that in developing policy and in service design and delivery concern for equality is at the heart of the matter.

Roseanna Cunningham moved amendment S1M-334.2 to motion S1M-334—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“recognises the fundamental importance of equality of opportunity in Scotland both now and for the future and therefore regrets that legislative competence in this area remains reserved to Westminster .”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 31, Against 79, Abstentions 0).

Mr Jamie McGrigor moved amendment S1M-334.1 to motion S1M-334—

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

“regardless of race, sex, class or faith and further recognises that this will not be achieved by positive discrimination or politically correct strategies which label people as categories, but by a commitment to limited government and enhanced personal freedom.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 16, Against 94, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 94, Against 16, Abstentions 0).

6. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 3 and 5 as noted above.

7. European Freight and Passenger Terminal in Fife: The Parliament debated S1M-287 in the name of Bruce Crawford—That the Parliament notes that the EU is the destination for over half of Scottish exports and that Scotland has no direct ferry connection with Europe; believes that Scotland, being on the geographical periphery of the EU, has an urgent need for good transport links with continental Europe and that it is uneconomic, environmentally unsound and irrational that the majority of Scottish goods and freight traffic should have to pass through Hull or other southern ports to reach destinations in Europe, as this increases the volume of freight traffic on roads and impedes Scottish economic growth; recognises the need to develop a multi-modal freight and passenger terminal to serve Scotland, and agrees the need to promote a freight and passenger ferry terminal at Rosyth, assist Fife Council, Fife Enterprise, Scottish industry and the Scottish Tourist Board in their efforts to secure this facility, encourage the fast tracking of all planning applications to allow the proposed facility to be established without delay, encourage the development of road and rail infrastructure links to ensure easy and safe passage for passengers and freight through the proposed terminal at Rosyth and ensure the availability of an appropriate level of freight facilities grant for the proposed ferry terminal at Rosyth.

The meeting closed at 5.41 pm.

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