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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Vol. 1, No. 61   Session 1

Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 16 March 2000

 

  

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Register of Interests of Staff of Members of the Scottish Parliament: Mr Mike Rumbles, on behalf of the Standards Committee, moved S1M-654—That the Parliament agrees to the establishment of a Register of Interests of Staff of MSPs as set out in the annex to the Standards Committee 2nd Report 2000; that the provisions contained in that annex shall apply to all MSPs with immediate effect; that the provisions shall form an annex to the Code of Conduct for members, and that the annex shall be published for sale in hard copy and made available on the Parliament’s website.

After debate, Mr Mike Rumbles sought leave to withdraw the motion. Agreed to.

 

2. Health Boards and NHS Trusts: Public Consultation and Accountability: Mrs Margaret Smith, on behalf of the Health and Community Care Committee, moved S1M-656—That the Parliament notes the concerns of the Health and Community Care Committee, in relation to the accountability of health boards and NHS Trusts and notes the need for a new approach to public consultation as illustrated in the recent and ongoing work of the Committee, and in this connection the Parliament notes the 9th Report, 1999 by the Committee, Report on Stracathro Petition PE13 (SP Paper 48).

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

 

3. Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-663—That the Parliament agrees—

the following revision to the Business Motion approved on 9 March 2000:


Thursday 16 March 2000

after Parliamentary Bureau Motions insert:

followed by Motion on Members’ Allowances;

(b) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 22 March 2000

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Reverend Daniel J McLoughlin, Parish Priest, St Francis’, Port Glasgow

followed by Member’s Oath or Affirmation

followed by Debate on Stage 1 of the Standards in Scotland’s Schools etc Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business – debate on the subject of S1M-451 Mr Kenny MacAskill: Lothian and Borders Police

 

Thursday 23 March 2000

9.30 am Non Executive Business (SNP)

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Debate on Genetic Modification Science

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business – debate on the subject of S1M-601 Bill Aitken: Bus Corridors in Glasgow



Wednesday 29 March 2000

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Reverend Dr Kevin Franz, Action of Churches Together in Scotland

followed by Business Motion to include timetabling of proceedings of Stage 3 of the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Bill

followed by Stage 3 of the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business



Thursday 30 March 2000

9.30 am Non-Executive Debate on a Scottish Service Tax (SSP)

11.00 am Non-Executive Debate on Housing Energy Efficiency (Green)

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Debate on Public Appointments

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business


and (c) that Stage 1 of the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. Bill be completed by 26 April 2000

The motion was agreed to.

 

4. Designation of Lead Committee: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-661—That the Parliament agrees that the Rural Affairs Committee be the lead committee in the consideration of the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill and that the Bill should also be considered by the Justice and Home Affairs Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

 

5. Approval of SSIs: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-662—That the Parliament agrees that the following Orders be approved—

The draft Train Operating Companies (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 2000;

The draft Railtrack plc (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 2000;

The draft Water Undertakings (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 2000;

The draft BG Transco plc (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 2000;

The draft Electricity Generators (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 2000;

The draft Electricity Generators (Aluminium) (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 2000 and

The draft Electricity Lands (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 2000.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

 

6. Members’ Allowances Scheme and Equipment and Furniture Scheme: Des McNulty, on behalf of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, moved S1M-660—That the Parliament—

directs the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to provide information technology and other office equipment and office furniture for the Parliament in accordance with the Equipment and Furniture Scheme annexed hereto as Annex One;

(b) makes provision, in accordance with section 81(2) of the Scotland Act 1998 (c.46), such provision to be implemented by the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, for the payment of allowances to members of the Parliament in accordance with the Members’ Allowances Scheme annexed hereto as Annex Two, and confers on the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body functions as specified in the said Members’ Allowances Scheme; and

(c) rescinds the two Resolutions of the Parliament of 8 June 1999 agreeing respectively to motion S1M-40 as amended by amendment S1M-40.2 and to motion S1M-41.

 

ANNEX ONE

This is the Equipment and Furniture Scheme referred to in the foregoing motion

 

"The Equipment and Furniture Scheme

1. Provision of Information Technology and other Office Equipment, and Office Furniture

(1) The Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body ("the SPCB") shall provide information technology and other office equipment, and office furniture for the Parliament.

(2) Where such information technology and other office equipment and office furniture is provided

for the use of a member for the purpose of carrying out his or her Parliamentary duties—

(a) the member may select the equipment and furniture concerned but only from a list of items specified by the SPCB;

(b) the member shall be responsible for the maintenance, protection and security of such equipment and furniture and the SPCB may, if it has reasonable grounds to believe that any such equipment or furniture is being misused, require the return of the equipment or furniture.



2. Provision of Office Supplies

(1) The SPCB shall provide office supplies and postage stamps or postage paid envelopes for the Parliament.

(2) Where such office supplies are provided for the use of a member for the purpose of carrying out his or her Parliamentary duties the member may select the supplies concerned but only from a list of items specified by the SPCB.



3. Publication

The SPCB shall publish for each financial year in respect of each member details of the total sums expended under paragraphs 1 and 2 of this scheme.



4. Parliamentary Duties

For the purposes of this Scheme, "Parliamentary duties" shall have the same meaning as in rule 8 of Part A of the Members’ Allowances Scheme."

 

ANNEX TWO

This is the Members’ Allowances Scheme referred to in the foregoing motion.

"Members’ Allowances Scheme

The following Parts A, B and C together with the Annexes attached shall be the Members’ Allowances Scheme ("Scheme")—


Part A – General Rules in relation to the Scheme

The following general rules shall, unless the context otherwise requires, govern the Scheme—



Rule 1 – Interpretation and commencement

In this Scheme—

"parliamentary complex" means the place where the Parliament or any of its committees or sub-committees meets from time to time;

"remuneration of staff" includes gross salaries, employers’ national insurance contributions and employers’ pension contributions;

"main residence" means the property in which the member is resident for council tax purposes under section 75 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992;

"other residence" means any residence which the member owns or leases other than his or her main residence,

and any reference to a Part is a reference to the Part so lettered in this Scheme and any reference to an Annex is a reference to the Annex so lettered in this Scheme.

 

Rule 2 – Verifiable Expenditure

(1) The Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body ("SPCB") may, on an application for the purpose made to it by a member in accordance with this Scheme, make payments to that member by way of allowances for the reimbursement of expenses incurred by that member.

(2) Subject to paragraph (3) of this rule, allowances for which a member is eligible shall be paid by the SPCB only upon the production to the SPCB of evidence of relevant expenditure in the form of invoices or receipts.

(3) Supporting invoices and receipts are not required

(a) for payment of the mileage allowance under paragraph 3(2)(b) of Part B; or

(b) for the reimbursement of expenses under paragraph 3(2)(a) or (d) of Part B where the expenditure is 10 or less.

(4) Paragraph 3 of this rule does not apply to taxi fares and car parking charges, other than parking meter charges.

(5) The SPCB shall provide forms for the purposes of administering the Scheme which members shall complete and sign in order to claim the relevant allowance.



Rule 3 – The Allowances Code

The proper use of allowances payable under this Scheme shall be governed by the Allowances Code at Annex A.



Rule 4 – Publication

(1) The SPCB shall publish the following information for each financial year in respect of each member in such form as the SPCB may determine–

(a) details of the allowance expenditure incurred; and

(b) the names of the staff employed by the member.

(2) A copy of the information published under paragraph (1) shall be kept by the Clerk at the office of the Clerk and shall be available for inspection by any person on the days and at the times when the office of the Clerk is open.



Rule 5 – Enforcement

(1) The SPCB shall be responsible for supervising members’ adherence to the Scheme.

(2) Where eligibility for any of the allowances in this Scheme is in dispute, and cannot otherwise be resolved, the matter shall be referred to the SPCB for determination.

(3) Any member may make a complaint to the SPCB about another member where he or she has reason to believe that allowances under this Scheme have not been expended in accordance with the Scheme (hereinafter referred to as an improper use of allowances), and where such a complaint is made, the SPCB shall hear that complaint within one month.

(4) Where the SPCB has reason to believe that a member has made an improper use of allowances or where the SPCB has received a complaint under sub-paragraph (3), the SPCB may, after raising the matter with the Business Manager of the relevant political party, initiate investigations into the matter.

(5) Where the SPCB has initiated investigations in accordance with paragraph (4) and finds that a member has made an improper use of allowances, the SPCB shall report to the Standards Committee with its recommendation; and such a recommendation may propose the removal of all or part of the member’s allowance.



Rule 6 – Virement

(1) Subject to paragraph (2) of this rule, a member shall not vire amounts between one allowance and another allowance.

(2) A member may vire up to 40% of his or her local office costs allowance to use for staffing or up to 40% of his or her staff allowance to use for local office costs provided that written notice is given to the SPCB.



Rule 7 – Uprating

(1) Subject to paragraphs (2), (3) and (4) of this rule, the SPCB shall uprate allowances on 1 April each year by the amount of increase in the Retail Price Index for the previous financial year.

(2) The SPCB shall, unless the Parliament does not agree, uprate the motor vehicle allowance in line with the maximum rate in respect of vehicles over 1199cc set for local government under section 46 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, and the uprating will become effective at the same time as it does for local government.

(3) The SPCB shall uprate the motorcycle mileage allowance at the same time as and in accordance with the corresponding allowance set for staff of the Scottish Administration.

(4) The SPCB shall uprate the pedal cycle mileage allowance at the same time as and in accordance with the maximum tax-free allowance set by the Treasury.



Rule 8 – Parliamentary Duties

(1) All of the allowances referred to in this Scheme are to be used only for the purpose of members carrying out their Parliamentary duties.

(2) In this Scheme, "Parliamentary duties" means the undertaking of any task or function which a member could reasonably be expected to carry out in his or her capacity as a member of the Parliament including:

(a) attending a meeting of the Parliament;

(b) attending a meeting of a committee or sub-committee of the Parliament of which the member is a member or which the member is required to attend because of being in charge of a Bill or other matter under consideration by the committee or sub-committee or for any other valid reason relating only to the business of the committee or sub-committee;

(c) undertaking research or administrative functions which relate directly to the business of the Parliament;

(d) attending meetings for the purpose of representing electors or explaining the application of policy including attending meetings for the purpose of seeing a constituent or constituents;

(e) attending Parliamentary party group meetings in Edinburgh;

(f) attending any ceremony or official function or national or international conference as a representative of the Parliament or with the prior approval of a committee of the Parliament or the SPCB;

but does not include a member’s activities which are wholly in relation to that member’s role as a Party spokesperson or representative.



Rule 9 – Equality

All members shall be treated equally irrespective of whether they have been returned as constituency members or as regional members, subject to paragraph 2 of Part B.



Rule 10 – Allowances: general

(1) Where a member has claimed an allowance from any other source, the member shall not be eligible to claim the same allowance under this Scheme.

(2) Where a person becomes eligible for an allowance part way through the financial year, then the amount of any allowance payable under this Scheme shall be apportioned on a pro rata basis.

(3) Where a person ceases to be a member part way through the financial year, the SPCB shall decide whether or not any allowance shall be apportioned on a pro rata basis.



Part B – Allowances

1. Staff Allowance

(1) Subject to the provisions of this paragraph, a member shall be eligible for an allowance of 36,000 for each financial year for the purpose of employing staff (whether full time or part time, temporary or permanent, through an agency or on a contract for services) to assist the member in carrying out his or her Parliamentary duties. The allowance shall include employers’ costs such as gross salary, employers’ National Insurance contributions and employers’ pension contributions.

(2) Subject to sub-paragraph (3), staff employed by a member will be employed on the terms and conditions determined by the SPCB from time to time.

(3) A member may employ his or her staff on conditions which are more favourable to the employee than those determined by the SPCB provided that this does not entail the member exceeding the amount of his or her staff allowance.

(4) Staff of a member shall be bound by the Allowances Code at Annex A.

Whilst the remuneration of staff shall be the responsibility of the member, the SPCB shall provide—

(a) payroll services for members’ staff; and

(b) arrangements for employers’ pension contributions to be paid to an employee’s choice of pension scheme,

and members shall provide the SPCB with details about their staff to enable the SPCB to provide such services and make such arrangements.

A member may pool his or her staff allowance with another member or other members in order to employ staff who are shared between or amongst them, provided that—

(a) a member of staff remains the employee of a single member; and

(b) the members concerned give written notice to the SPCB.



2. Local Office Costs Allowance

Subject to sub-paragraph (3), (5) and (8), a member shall be eligible for an allowance of 10,000 for each financial year to enable the member, within the constituency or region from which he or she was returned—

(a) to run an office; and

(b) to meet with constituents either on a one to one basis or as a group.

Without prejudice to the generality of sub-paragraph (1), this allowance may be used for the following—

(a) lease of a property or rental of premises;

(b) the provision of utilities;

(c) the purchase or lease of office furniture or equipment or the purchase of stationery.

(d) the member and his or her staff using telecommunications, information technology and photocopying equipment at a location other than the member’s Parliamentary office base; and the purchase or lease of associated furniture and equipment.

(3) Where in a particular region more than one regional member is returned from a registered political party’s regional list, the amount of local office costs allowance for which each such regional member is eligible shall not be 10,000 but shall instead be computed as follows—

there shall be added together the amount of the office costs allowance referred to in paragraph (1) in respect of one such regional member and 30% of that sum in respect of each of the other such regional members;

the resulting total sum shall be divided by the number of such regional members; and

that amount shall be the local office costs allowance for which each such regional member shall be eligible.

(4) Subject to sub-paragraph (5), where sub-paragraph (3) applies the office costs allowance shall be used to enable the regional members concerned—

(a) to run only one office in the particular region; and

(b) to meet constituents either on a one to one basis or as a group;

and accordingly some or all of the regional members concerned may pool all or part of their allowances under this paragraph in order to run such an office provided that the members concerned give written notice to the SPCB.

(5) Where sub-paragraph (3) applies in relation to a region mentioned in section C of Annex C (eligibility for exceptional needs allowance: the largest regions), the SPCB—

(a) may determine after inquiry that the regional members concerned may run one additional (a) office because that is necessary for the regional members concerned to carry out their Parliamentary duties effectively; and

(b) in those circumstances may increase the local office costs allowance to which each of the regional members concerned is entitled by such a sum as the SPCB may determine but the total of such increases shall not exceed 100% of the office costs allowance referred to in sub-paragraph (1).

(6) Where local office costs are higher than in other parts of Scotland due to the state of the local economy, a member may refer the matter to the SPCB for its determination as to whether the member should be eligible for an allowance greater than the amount mentioned in sub-paragraph (1), but in any event no greater than 10% of that amount.

(7) Where the SPCB has made a determination under sub-paragraph (5)(a) the regional members concerned may pool their allowances under this paragraph with any other member or members for that region, provided that all members concerned first notify the SPCB.

(8) A constituency member may locate his or her Parliamentary office base in a constituency other than the one from which the member was returned provided that the location has the prior approval of the member returned from that other constituency and the SPCB is notified immediately.

 

3. Members’ Travel Allowance

(1) A member shall be eligible for the reimbursement of travelling expenses necessarily incurred by that member in performing his or her Parliamentary duties.

(2) In this paragraph—

"travelling expenses" means—

(a) the actual cost of any travel ticket purchased or fare paid in making a journey, or part of a journey, by public transport;

(b) where such a journey, or any part of such a journey, is made by means of a motor vehicle, motor cycle or pedal cycle, owned or wholly maintained by the member, such amount per mile travelled on the journey, or that part of the journey, by means of that motor vehicle, motor cycle or pedal cycle as is described in sub-paragraphs (3) to (5);

(c) in exceptional circumstances, with the approval of the SPCB, the actual cost of car hire and associated petrol costs; and

(d) tolls and carparking charges;

"public transport" means any service or services provided to the public at large for the carriage of passengers by road, rail, air or sea but includes travel by taxi service only where the use of such a service is required for reasons of urgency or where it is not reasonably practicable for the member to use other forms of public transport.

(3) The rate of the motor vehicle mileage allowance will be the maximum set for local government under section 46 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 and shall apply to all motor vehicles irrespective of engine size or annual mileage.

(4) The rate of the motorcycle mileage allowance will be the corresponding maximum rate set for staff of the Scottish Administration.

(5) The rate of the pedal cycle mileage allowance will be at the level of the maximum tax free allowance set by the Treasury.

(6) Any travel outside Scotland shall be eligible for reimbursement only where the travel concerned has been authorised in advance by the SPCB.

  1. Reimbursement will not be made of the cost of travel between the Parliamentary complex and accommodation rented or bought under paragraph 4(3)(b) where the accommodation is outside the City of Edinburgh.



4. Edinburgh Accommodation Allowance

(1) Where a member’s main residence lies within a constituency mentioned in Group One of Annex B, he or she shall not be eligible for any allowance under this paragraph.

(2) Where a member’s main residence lies within a constituency mentioned in Group Two of Annex B, the member shall be eligible for an overnight subsistence allowance of up to 80 per night for each night that he or she requires to stay overnight for Parliamentary duties in Edinburgh.

(3) Where a member’s main residence lies within a constituency mentioned in Group Three of Annex B, the member shall be eligible for a total allowance of 9000 for each financial year comprising either—

(a) an allowance of up to 80 per night for each night that he or she requires to stay overnight for Parliamentary duties in Edinburgh; or

(b) subject to sub-paragraph (4), an allowance in order to cover the costs of those items mentioned in sub-paragraph (5) below, where such costs are a necessary consequence of having to stay overnight for Parliamentary duties in Edinburgh.

(4) Where the member claims an allowance under sub-paragraph (3)(b) part way through the financial year, then the amount of the allowance payable under that paragraph shall be apportioned on a pro rata basis.

(5) The costs referred to in sub-paragraph (3) relate only to the provision and use as residential accommodation of a property located within a constituency mentioned in group one of Annex B and are—

(a) the rent payable for the lease of the property;

(b) the interest on the capital required to purchase the property;

(c) the conveyancing fees and outlays, and the surveyors’ fees, incurred in the purchase of the property;

(d) council tax;

(e) factoring charges; and

(f) the provision of utilities.

 

(6) Where a member’s main residence falls within Group Two of Annex B, the member may refer his or her case to the SPCB and, where there are extenuating circumstances, the SPCB may determine that the member may for the purposes of this paragraph be treated as if his or her main residence fell within Group Three of Annex B.

(7) The SPCB shall publish for each financial year information about any allowance payable under this paragraph including the name of the city, town or village where each member’s main residence is located.



5. Exceptional Needs Allowance

(1) This paragraph applies to members returned from those constituencies or regions which are set out in Annex C.

(2) A member shall be eligible to claim an exceptional needs allowance of up to 80 per night where it is unreasonable for the member to return to his or her main or other residence before or after undertaking Parliamentary duties within the member’s constituency or region.



6. Overnight Subsistence Allowance

(1) Subject to sub-paragraphs (4) and (5), a member shall be eligible for an overnight subsistence allowance where he or she requires for the purpose of carrying out his or her Parliamentary duties to spend a night away from his or her main or other residence.

(2) The amount of the overnight subsistence allowance shall be—

(a) up to 80 per night; or

(b) up to 100 per night in Greater London; or

(c) in respect of a stay outside the United Kingdom an amount determined by the SPCB.

(3) Any claim for overnight subsistence in connection with a stay outside Scotland shall be eligible for reimbursement only where the stay concerned has been authorised in advance by the SPCB.

(4) A member is not eligible for an allowance under this paragraph in connection with Parliamentary duties in Edinburgh.

(5) A member is not eligible for an allowance under this paragraph in connection with Parliamentary duties within his or her constituency or region.



7. Staff Travel Allowance

(1) This paragraph applies only to staff employed through the SPCB payroll service.

(2) Each member is eligible for an allowance in respect of the cost of 40 single journeys for each financial year between his or her constituency or region and the Parliamentary complex by members of his or her staff, as follows—

(a) 40 single journeys between the constituency or region from which the member was returned, or the main residence of the member of staff, and the Parliamentary complex; or

(b) 40 journeys within that constituency or region undertaken in support of the member’s Parliamentary duties, and a journey shall be the sum of all such travel completed within one day; or

(c) a combination of (a) and (b) up to 40 single journeys or journeys in total.

(3) The SPCB shall keep a record of each member’s entitlement to an allowance under this paragraph and its use to date.



8. Family Travel Allowance

(1) Each member is eligible for an allowance in respect of the cost of 12 single journeys for each financial year between his or her constituency, region or main residence and Edinburgh for each member of his or her immediate family.

(2) In this paragraph, "immediate family" means—

(a) the member’s spouse or another nominated person; and

(b) any child under the age of 18; and

for the purposes of this paragraph "child" includes any step child, adopted child, foster child or any other child living with that member as part of his or her family.

(3) The SPCB shall keep a record of each member’s entitlement to an allowance under this paragraph and its use to date.

(4) In order to qualify for the family travel allowance, a member must register with the SPCB who are his or her immediate family eligible to take part in the Scheme.



9. Disability Allowance

(1) This paragraph applies to any member whose ability to undertake his or her role as a member is impaired by reason of disability.

(2) The SPCB may award an allowance up to a maximum of 10,000 per session to a member for him or her to use in any way which the SPCB decides is helpful to the member in undertaking his or her work.



10. Winding Up Allowance

(1) Where a member ceases to serve as a member of the Parliament, he or she shall be eligible for a winding up allowance.

(2) The amount of the winding up allowance shall be the equivalent of one third of the staff allowance and local office costs allowance payable in any one financial year to which the member would otherwise have been entitled.

 

Part C – Review

For the purposes of determining the success or otherwise of the practical operation of the Scheme, the SPCB shall take all reasonably practicable steps to review the operation of the Scheme by the end of December 2000, and shall following the review make recommendations to the Parliament.

 

ANNEX A

ALLOWANCES CODE


A Offices

(1) Each MSP will normally have one Parliamentary office base within the area from which he or she was returned that will be his or her registered local address for correspondence.

(2) All MSPs’ offices will be presented as ‘The Office of Ms X, Member of the Scottish Parliament’ in the Parliament’s colours. It should be possible to identify the party affiliation of the MSP as well, if desired.

(3) Parliamentary offices may be acquired in association with political party premises, but must be a clearly definable office space. Party political material is not permitted to be externally displayed in areas occupied by the Parliamentary office.

(4) Parliamentary offices should be suitable for public access.

(5) MSPs will be able to use offices/locations, other than their main base, within the area for which they were returned for surgery purposes.



B Activities

(1) Premises, or the relevant part of premises, acquired as Parliamentary offices should be used only for parliamentary activities, and not for party business.

(2) During the hours that they are employed by an MSP under his or her staff allowance, an MSP’s employees may not undertake any significant party political activity.

(3) MSPs will be responsible to the SPCB for the activities of their staff as for their own activities.

(4) Premises, or the relevant part of premises, acquired as Parliamentary offices shall not be used as a base for canvassing or election campaigning, or any party activity related to elections.

Parliamentary stationery and office equipment must not be used for party purposes.



C Responsibilities

(1) Each MSP has a duty to ensure that he or she utilises the allowances to which he or she is eligible for the purpose for which they were intended. This includes any allowances for which he or she is eligible, but which are utilised by members of staff or immediate family.

(2) Each MSP has a duty to ensure that he or she adheres to the terms of this code in spirit and in practice.



ANNEX B

ELIGIBILITY FOR EDINBURGH ACCOMMODATION ALLOWANCES

Group One

Edinburgh West

Edinburgh Pentlands

Edinburgh Central

Edinburgh North & Leith

Edinburgh South

Edinburgh East & Musselburgh

Linlithgow

Livingston

Midlothian

 

Group Two

East Lothian

North East Fife

Central Fife

Kirkcaldy

Dunfermline East

Dunfermline West

Ochil

Falkirk East

Falkirk West

Cumbernauld & Kilsyth

Airdrie & Shotts

Coatbridge & Chryston

Hamilton North & Bellshill

Motherwell & Wishaw

Hamilton South

Glasgow Anniesland

Glasgow Ballieston

Glasgow Cathcart

Glasgow Govan

Glasgow Kelvin

Glasgow Maryhill

Glasgow Pollok

Glasgow Rutherglen

Glasgow Shettleston

Glasgow Springburn

Strathkelvin & Bearsden

Paisley North

Paisley South

Stirling

Perth

Dundee East

Dundee West

Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale

 

Group Three

Aberdeen Central

Aberdeen North

Aberdeen South

Aberdeenshire West & Kincardine

Angus

Argyll and Bute

Ayr

Banff & Buchan

Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross

Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley

Clydesdale

Clydebank & Milngavie

Cunninghame North

Cunninghame South

Dumbarton

Dumfries

East Kilbride

Eastwood

Galloway and Upper Nithsdale

Gordon

Greenock & Inverclyde

Inverness East Nairn & Lochaber

Kilmarnock & Loudon

Moray

North Tayside

Orkney

Renfrewshire West

Ross, Skye & Inverness West

Roxburgh & Berwickshire

Shetland

Western Isles

 

ANNEX C

ELIGIBILITY FOR EXCEPTIONAL NEEDS ALLOWANCE

A: Constituencies of over 250,000 hectares

Argyll & Bute

Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross

Galloway & Upper Nithsdale

Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber

North Tayside

Ross, Skye and Inverness West

Roxburgh & Berwickshire

West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine

Western Isles

 

B: Constituencies which contain significant island communities

Orkney

Shetland

Cunninghame North

 

C: The largest regions

Highlands & Islands

North East Scotland

South of Scotland

Mid Scotland and Fife."

 

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

 

7. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 4, 5 and 6 as noted above.

 

8. Rail Travel for the Blind: The Parliament debated S1M-443 in the name of Euan Robson—That the Parliament welcomes the concessionary travel scheme developed for the blind in Scotland but requests that Great North Eastern Railways and Virgin Trains participate in the scheme when Scottish residents who qualify use the railway station at Berwick upon Tweed during their journey.

 

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

The meeting closed at 3.32 pm.

 

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
16 March 2000

 

Appemdix

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

Subordinate Legislation

 

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 16 March 2000 and is subject to annulment

The Police Grant (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/73)

laid under the Police (Scotland) Act 1967

 

Other Documents

The following Report was laid before the Parliament on 16 March 2000 for approval by resolution

Special Grant Report No.3 - Special Grant Report on Grant in Aid of Expenditure on Rail Services in the Strathclyde Passenger Transport Area

laid under the Local Government Finance Act 1992

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 16 March 2000 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scottish Law Commission (Scot Law Com No.176) Sixth Programme of Law Reform (SE/2000/27)

laid under the Law Commissions Act 1965

The Police Grant (Scotland) Order 2000: Report by the Scottish Ministers (SE/2000/30

laid under the Police (Scotland) Act 1967

 

 

Committee Reports

The following Report was published on Thursday 16 March 2000

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 10th Report 2000: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 87)

 

  
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