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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Vol. 1, No. 51   Session 1

Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 10 February 2000

 

  

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

 

1. Enterprise: Nick Johnston moved S1M-510—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to announce a remit and timescale for a comprehensive review of the operations of Scottish Enterprise and other agencies involved in economic development as a demonstration of its commitment to the expansion of Scotland’s indigenous business base.

The Minister for Enterprise and Life Long Learning moved amendment S1M-510.1 to motion S1M-510—

Leave out from "calls upon" to end and insert—

"supports the Executive’s publication of a consultation paper seeking views on the future of the enterprise networks as part of its drive to encourage a more entrepreneurial culture in Scotland and to provide a modern framework for economic development."

After debate the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 91, Against 18, Abstentions 1).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 90, Against 18, Abstentions 1).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament supports the Executive’s publication of a consultation paper seeking views on the future of the enterprise networks as part of its drive to encourage a more entrepreneurial culture in Scotland and to provide a modern framework for economic development.

 

2. Section 2A (Commonly known as Section 28): Mr Brian Monteith moved S1M-509—That the Parliament affirms its belief in an open, democratic and tolerant society where all members are treated equally under the law; calls upon the Scottish Executive not to include the proposed repeal of section 2A of the Local Government Act 1986 in the draft Ethical Standards in Public Life etc.(Scotland) Bill, to establish an official committee of inquiry to consider all aspects of the section and in particular the provision of sex education in Scottish schools and to give this committee the remit of ensuring that relationships form the basis for discussion and teaching of sex education and establishing what statutory protection for children, parents and school boards is required, accompanied by clear guidelines on what topics and materials are appropriate for pupils of varying age, experience and maturity, and agrees to defer further consideration of this matter until said committee has reported to the Parliament.

Michael Matheson moved amendment S1M-509.1 to motion S1M-509—

Leave out from "calls upon" to end and insert—

"notes the Executive’s move to consult fully on all necessary safeguards before any repeal of section 2A and in particular the Executive’s commitment to publish a draft circular to education authorities on introduction of the Bill, to set up a Working Group to review and consult on that circular, the existing curriculum material and support for teachers in relation to sex education and thereafter to use powers in the Education (Scotland) Act 1980 to issue any necessary guidance, and to consult on any other reassurance that may be required, including the status that then might be given to the guidelines."

After debate the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 32, Against 78, Abstentions 0).

The Minister for Communities moved amendment S1M-509.2 to motion S1M-509—

Leave out from "affirms its" to end and insert—

"supports a tolerant, just and inclusive society; notes the concern that section 2A constrains local authorities from serving all sections of the community, and has inhibited teachers who are concerned about the legal status of any action they may take against homophobic bullying; recognises the existing high professional standards of teaching and management in Scottish schools; notes the Executive’s intention to consult on all necessary safeguards and whether further reassurance is required before any repeal of section 2A and in particular the Executive’s commitment to publish a draft circular to education authorities on introduction of the Bill, to set up a Working Group to review the package of safeguards including the existing curriculum material and support for teachers in relation to sex education and thereafter to use powers in the Education (Scotland) Act 1980 to issue any necessary guidance; and looks forward to a full debate on the Ethical Standards in Public Life Bill when it will have an opportunity to consider the package of safeguards on sex education and the views of the Working Group which the Executive has set up."

After debate the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 88, Against 18, Abstentions 3).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 88, Against 17, Abstentions 3).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament supports a tolerant, just and inclusive society; notes the concern that section 2A constrains local authorities from serving all sections of the community, and has inhibited teachers who are concerned about the legal status of any action they may take against homophobic bullying; recognises the existing high professional standards of teaching and management in Scottish schools; notes the Executive’s intention to consult on all necessary safeguards and whether further reassurance is required before any repeal of section 2A and in particular the Executive’s commitment to publish a draft circular to education authorities on introduction of the Bill, to set up a Working Group to review the package of safeguards including the existing curriculum material and support for teachers in relation to sex education and thereafter to use powers in the Education (Scotland) Act 1980 to issue any necessary guidance; and looks forward to a full debate on the Ethical Standards in Public Life Bill when it will have an opportunity to consider the package of safeguards on sex education and the views of the Working Group which the Executive has set up.

 

3. Ministerial Statement: A statement on the draft Integrated Transport (Scotland) Bill was made by the Minister for Transport and the Environment.

 

4. Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-514—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 16 February 2000

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Executive Debate on the Census (Scotland) Order 2000

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – Debate on the subject of S1M-303 Dr Winnie Ewing: Sign Language



Thursday 17 February 2000

9.30 am Executive Debate on Tourism

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 Debate on the Standards Committee Report on the Code of Conduct

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business



Wednesday 23 February 2000

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business



Thursday 24 February 2000

9.30 am Executive Business

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 Business

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

 

The motion was agreed to.

5. Membership of Committee: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-511—That the Parliament agrees that Lewis Macdonald be appointed to the Education, Culture and Sport Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

 

6. Approval of SSI: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-512—That the Parliament agrees that The Scotland Act 1998 (Transitory and Transitional Provisions) (Appropriations) Amendment (Scotland) Order 2000 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

 

7. Recess Dates: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-513—That the Parliament agrees that the summer recess should begin on 10 July 2000 and end on 3 September 2000, the autumn recess should begin on 9 October 2000 and end on 22 October 2000 and the winter recess should begin on 21 December 2000 and end on 7 January 2001.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

 

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

 

9. Budget (Scotland) Bill: The Minister for Finance moved S1M-498—That the Parliament agrees that the Budget (Scotland) Bill is passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 59, Against 0, Abstentions 46).

 

10. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2, 5, 6, 7 and 9 as noted above.

 

11. Scottish Scallop Industry: The Parliament debated S1M-413 in the name of Jamie McGrigor—That the Parliament notes the progress achieved by the Irish Government in alleviating the problems for its scallop industry associated with amnesic shellfish poisoning, and recommends that similar measures be considered to remove Scotland’s scallop industry from its present crisis by lifting the current closures under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985 and focusing the management regime on end product testing without delay.

The meeting closed at 5.44 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
10 February 2000

 

 

Appendix

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

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instruments were laid in draft before the Parliament on 10 February 2000 for approval by resolution—

The Train Operating Companies (Rateable Values)( Scotland) Order 2000—

The Railtrack plc (Rateable Values)( Scotland) Order 2000—

The Water Undertakings (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 2000—

The BG Transco plc (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 2000—

The Electricity Lands (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 2000—

The Electricity Generators (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 2000—

The Electricity Generators (Aluminium) (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 2000—

laid under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1975

 

Not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 10 February 2000 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) Partial Revocation (No. 4) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/24)

laid under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

  
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