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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS 

Vol. 1, No. 45   Session 1

Meeting of the Parliament

Thusday 20 January 2000

 

  


Note: (DT) signifies a decision taken at Decision Time.

The meeting opened at 9.31am.

 

1. Ministerial Statement: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice made a statement on Family Law.

 

2. Tackling Drug Misuse in Scotland: The Deputy Minister for Justice moved S1M-437—That the Parliament commends the multi-agency role of the key agencies across Scotland in implementing Tackling Drugs in Scotland: Action in Partnership; acknowledges the Executive’s support for the agencies involved in implementing the priorities and strategy, and welcomes the Executive’s cross-cutting approach and the efforts being made to reverse the tragic level of drug deaths and drug misuse in Scotland.

Roseanna Cunningham moved amendment S1M-437.2 to motion S1M-437—

Leave out from "acknowledges" to end and insert—

"recognises that there is neither a single drug problem nor a single solution; is concerned that at present there are insufficient resources available to those who desire to address the problems of addiction; welcomes the contribution which can be made to the debate by reference to international experience and, accepting that a cross-cutting approach is required to deal with the challenge posed to society by substance abuse, agrees to reflect that in the Parliament itself by the establishment of a Substance Misuse Strategy Committee which would facilitate the multi-agency debate required."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 48, Against 61, Abstentions 1).

Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh moved amendment S1M-437.1 to motion S1M-437—

Leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert—

"while welcoming the Executive’s cross-cutting approach and the efforts being made to reverse the tragic level of drug deaths and drug misuse in Scotland, notes that the present framework for dealing with drug abuse is exceptionally bureaucratic and complicated and calls upon the Scottish Executive to appoint a Minister with sole responsibility for drugs within existing Ministerial numbers and budgets to help streamline this system, making it more easily understood and accessible to the people it seeks to serve."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 18, Against 65, Abstentions 27).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 108, Against 2, Abstentions 0).

 

3. Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-438—That the Parliament agrees—

the following programme of business—

Wednesday 26 January 2000

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Ministerial Statement on Water Charges

followed by Stage 1 Debate on the Budget Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-253 Mr Gil Paterson: Protection of Victims in Rape Cases

 

Thursday 27 January 2000

9.30 am Executive Debate on the British Irish Council

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Debate on Sustainable Development

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-361 David Mundell: Rural Sub Post Offices

 

Wednesday 2 February 2000

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Executive Debate

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 3 February 2000

9.30 am Non Executive Business on a Motion by the Scottish National Party

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Debate on The Census (Scotland) Order

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

 

(b) that the Subordinate Legislation Committee reports to the Parliament on the Census (Scotland) Order 2000 by Wednesday 2 February,

 

and (c) that Stage 1 consideration of The Budget Bill be completed by 26 January 2000

 

The motion was agreed to.

 

4. The Census (Scotland) Order 2000: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-439—That the Parliament agrees that the Census (Scotland) Order is taken at a meeting of the Parliament under Rule 10.1.3.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

 

5. May 2000: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-440—That the Parliament agrees to meet in the former Strathclyde Regional Council debating chamber in Glasgow in May 2000 on dates to be confirmed in the Business Bulletin.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

 

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

 

7. Standing Orders (Definition of Budget Bill): Mr Murray Tosh, on behalf of the Procedures Committee, moved S1M-433—That the Parliament agrees that its standing orders be amended by substituting for paragraph 1 of rule 9.16—

"1. A Budget Bill is an Executive Bill for a Budget Act within the meaning of section 29(3) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000"

and that this amendment shall have immediate effect.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

 

8. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 4, 5 and 7 as noted above.

 

9. Dispersal of Civil Service Jobs to Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross: The Parliament debated S1M-372 in the name of Jamie Stone—That the Parliament notes with interest the statement made by Donald Dewar in response to Parliamentary Question S1W-1558 on 15 September 1999; recommends that serious consideration be given to the dispersal of civil service jobs to Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, and calls for a comprehensive review in May 2000 to assess the Executive’s commitment to the process.

 

The meeting closed at 5.43 pm.

 

PE Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
20 January 2000

 

Appendix

(Note: this Appendix does not form part of the Minutes)

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 20 January 2000 for approval by resolution

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) Partial Revocation (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/13)

laid under the Food Protection Environment Act 1985

 

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 20 January 2000 and is subject to annulment

The Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000 (Transitional, Transitory and Saving Provisions) (No. 1) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/11)

laid under the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

  
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