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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Vol. 1, No. 53   Session 1

Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 17 February 2000

 

  

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

 

1. Tourism: The Deputy Minister for the Highlands & Islands and for Gaelic moved S1M-550—That the Parliament welcomes the publication by the Scottish Executive of the New Strategy for Scottish Tourism and commends this as the way to achieve a modern tourist industry in touch with its customers, a skilled and enterprising industry that has embraced the culture of lifelong learning, and an industry that provides the high quality of service our visitors demand.

 

Fergus Ewing moved amendment S1M-550.2 to motion S1M-550—

 

Leave out from "publication" to end and insert—

"vision for Scottish tourism set out in the New Strategy for Scottish Tourism, but believes that this vision will not be achieved unless effective action is taken by the Scottish Executive and Her Majesty’s Government to tackle the problem facing the industry in Scotland of relative competitive disadvantage; calls upon the Scottish Executive to give further careful consideration to the responses to the consultation paper and to provide, as a focus for a wide ranging public debate, an analysis of the responses, thereby demonstrating that it takes seriously the submissions made by the industry, and further believes that Scotland should be ready and willing to learn from its competitors, such as Ireland, in order to promote best practice in the home tourist industry."

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

 

Mr David Davidson moved amendment S1M-550.1 to motion S1M-550—

 

Leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert—

"notes the publication by the Scottish Executive of the New Strategy for Scottish Tourism and regrets that it fails to address the need for a restructuring of responsibilities and fails to clarify and confirm the essential funding of Area Tourist Boards."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 17, Against 89, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 80, Against 0, Abstentions 28).

 

2. Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-551—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

 

Wednesday 23 February 2000

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Executive Debate on Modernising Government

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-531 Mr George Lyon:

Regeneration of the Clyde

 

Thursday 24 February 2000

9.30 am Executive Debate on E-commerce

11.00 am Executive Debate on Physical Punishment of Children

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Debate on Gaelic

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-351 Alex Fergusson: Beauforts Dyke Disturbance

 

Wednesday 1 March 2000

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Executive Debate on Local Government Grant Distribution – Local Government Finance Order (and report); Special Grants Report on Asylum Seekers; Special Grants Report on Kosovan Evacuees

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

 

Thursday 2 March 2000

9.30 am Non-Executive Business – Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

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. Law Officers: The First Minister moved S1M-558—That the Parliament agrees that it be recommended to Her Majesty that Mr Colin Boyd QC be appointed as the Lord Advocate and that Mr Neil Davidson QC be appointed as Solicitor General for Scotland.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (DT).

 

5. Referral of SSI: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-553—That the Parliament agrees that the Subordinate Legislation Committee should report on—

 

(a) the Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2000;

(b) the Special Grant Report No.1 - Special Grant for Scotland Asylum Seeker Assistance: Report by the Scottish Ministers (SE/2000/10), and

(c) the Special Grant Report No.2 - Special Grant for Scotland Kosovan Evacuees: Report by the Scottish Ministers (SE/2000/11)

and that the Order and the Reports, should be considered by the Parliament.

 

The motion was agreed to (DT).

 

6. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 4 and 5 as noted above.

 

7. Car Parking Charges: The Parliament debated S1M-475 in the name of Bristow Muldoon—That the Parliament notes with concern the decision by West Lothian Healthcare NHS Trust to introduce car park charging at St John’s Hospital in Livingston; recognises the financial burden this will put on users and the potential congestion problems this may cause to surrounding residential areas, and calls upon the Trust Board to suspend implementation until a full consultation with the West Lothian public, and a full discussion with West Lothian Council has taken place.

 

The meeting closed at 5.32 pm.

 

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

17 February 2000

  
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