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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Vol. 1, No. 55   Session 1

Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 24 February 2000

 

  

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

 

1. E-Commerce: The Minister for Enterprise and LifeLong Learning moved S1M-575—That the Parliament notes the Scottish Executive’s commitment to helping Scottish business take advantage of the revolution in information technology; supports the publication by Scottish Enterprise of an action plan to accelerate the take-up of e-commerce by business and develop supplier industries, and welcomes all actions by the public and private sectors which will contribute to Scotland becoming the e-commerce hub of Europe.

David Mundell moved amendment S1M-575.1 to motion S1M-575—

Insert at end—

"and calls upon the Scottish Executive to report to the Parliament on progress in achieving this aim on a quarterly basis."

After debate, David Mundell sought leave to withdraw the amendment. Agreed to.

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

 

2. Physical Punishment of Children: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice moved S1M-586—That the Parliament welcomes the publication by the Scottish Executive of the consultation paper The Physical Punishment of Children in Scotland and commends this opportunity to seek the views of the Scottish people on this important matter.

Nicola Sturgeon moved amendment S1M-586.2 to motion S1M-586—

Insert at end—

"and further calls upon the Executive to take full account of all views expressed in the consultation, to ensure that the rights of parents and children are mutually respected and that Scots law complies with the European Convention on Human Rights."

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

Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh moved amendment S1M-586.1 to motion S1M-586—

Insert after "Scotland"—

"agrees with its view that parents should continue to have the right to physically rebuke their children by reasonable means, if they so choose, in order to maintain discipline both in the present day and for future generations, calls upon the Scottish Executive to clarify the definition of reasonable chastisement so that both parents and children are sure of their rights within the law."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 13, Against 87, Abstentions 0).

The motion as amended was then agreed to (DT).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament welcomes the publication by the Scottish Executive of the consultation paper The Physical Punishment of Children in Scotland and commends this opportunity to seek the views of the Scottish people on this important matter and further calls upon the Executive to take full account of all views expressed in the consultation, to ensure that the rights of parents and children are mutually respected and that Scots law complies with the European Convention on Human Rights.

 

3. Motion without Notice: Mr Iain Smith, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved that under Rule 11.2.4, Decision Time be taken at 5.30 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

 

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

 

5. Ministerial Statement: The First Minister made a statement on the Repeal of section 2A of the Local Government Act 1986.

 

6. Code of Conduct for Members: Mr Mike Rumbles, on behalf of the Standards Committee, moved S1M-517—That the Parliament agrees to adopt the Code of Conduct for Members annexed to the 1st Report, 2000 of the Standards Committee (SP Paper 64); that the provisions of the Code shall have immediate effect and shall apply to all Members, and that the Code be printed and published for sale in hard copy and made available on the Parliament’s website.

Dennis Canavan moved amendment S1M-517.1 to motion S1M-517—

Insert after "Committee"—

"with the exception of section 2.3 of the Code of Conduct"

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 3, Against 67, Abstentions 27).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

 

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

 

8. Beauforts Dyke: The Parliament debated S1M-351 in the name of Alex Fergusson—That the Parliament recognises the work done by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, South Ayrshire Council and other agencies in seeking to improve the marine environment of South West Scotland, but is concerned at the prospect of hazardous materials and munitions being distributed by the laying of underwater cables through the Beauforts Dyke region of the Irish Sea in order to service the Scotland to Northern Ireland Interconnector.

 

The meeting closed at 6.10 pm.

 

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
24 February 2000

 

Appendix

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

Subordinate Legislation

 

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 24 February 2000 for approval by resolution

The Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 2000

laid under the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987

 

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 24 February 2000 and are subject to annulment—

The Housing Revenue Account General Fund Contribution Limits (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/33)

laid under the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987

 

The Food (Peanuts from Egypt) (Emergency Control) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/35)

laid under the Food Safety Act 1990

 

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 24 February 2000 for approval by resolution

The Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 2000: Report by Scottish Ministers (SE/2000/20)

laid under the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987

  
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