MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Vol. 1, No. 50 Session 1
Meeting of the Parliament
Wednesday 9 February 2000
Note: (DT) signifies a decision taken at Decision Time.
The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.
1. Time for Reflection: The Reverend Susan Brown, Minister of Dornoch Cathedral led Time for Reflection.
2. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Finance made a statement on Public Appointments.
3. The Knowledge Economy: The Deputy Minister for Life Long Learning moved S1M-508That the Parliament recognises that our future prosperity depends upon success in taking up the challenges and opportunities of the Knowledge Economy and that the building of a Knowledge Economy, which has as its hallmarks lifelong learning, knowledge, skills, innovation, enterprise and social justice for all, is essential to a modern and more prosperous Scotland.
Mr John Swinney moved amendment S1M-508.2 to motion S1M-508
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"and calls upon the Scottish Executive to put in place a coherent strategy to ensure that areas of common interest between separate taskforces and Executive departments are properly co-ordinated and focused, to introduce a framework to measure effectively the performance of the Scottish economy in adapting to the challenges of the Knowledge Economy and to ensure that the Knowledge Economy is not placed at any competitive disadvantage."
After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 46, Against 58, Abstentions 1).
David Mundell moved amendment S1M-508.1 to motion S1M-508
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"and that this will only be achieved by the urgent establishment of a clear vision for the Scottish Economy and a strategy to achieve it."
After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 43, Against 58, Abstentions 2).
The motion was then agreed to (DT).
4. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on item 3 as noted above.
5. Asylum and Immigration Act: The Parliament debated S1M-304 in the name of Cathy JamiesonThat the Parliament is concerned that aspects of the Asylum and Immigration Act will effectively amend Scottish legislation pertaining to social work, the health service, mental health, childrens rights and housing; considers that the Scottish Parliament should, therefore, be consulted on this matter; believes that the cash payments to asylum seekers should continue in Scotland, and believes that the Scottish Parliament should consider supplementing financial resources provided to local authorities by the Home Office in relation to the Acts provisions and that the timetable for the Acts implementation in Scotland should be extended to April 2001 to allow time to address the specific problems which the Act poses for Scotland.
The meeting closed at 5.42 pm.
P E Grice
(Note: this Appendix does not form part of the Minutes)
The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 9 February 2000 and is subject to annulment
Not subject to any Parliamentary procedure
The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 3 February 2000 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure
The following document was laid before the Parliament on 8 February 2000 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure
The following Report was published on 7 February 2000
The following Report was published on 8 February 2000