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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Vol. 1, No. 63   Session 1

Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 23 March 2000

 

  

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

 

1. Public Investment in the Infrastructure of Scotland: Fiona Hyslop moved S1M-676—That the Parliament recognises that, to enable Scotland to become a dynamic, prosperous country prepared for the 21st Century, priority must be given to the provision of quality affordable homes, a high standard learning environment for children, and modern high quality communication links; notes the difficulties facing Scotland’s public services and infrastructure, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to consider ways to increase the scope and powers of the Scottish Executive and the Parliament to provide necessary funding.

The Minister for Communities moved amendment S1M-676.1 to motion S1M-676—

Leave out from "notes" to end and insert—

"and welcomes the action taken by the Scottish Executive to provide the policy framework and secure the resources necessary to achieve the targets set out in Making it Work Together: A Programme for Government and make a real difference in our communities."

Miss Annabel Goldie moved amendment S1M-676.2 to motion S1M-676—

Leave out from "to increase" to end and insert—

"other than using its powers to propose rises in taxation, to stimulate investment in Scotland’s essential public services and infrastructure."

After debate, amendment S1M-676.1 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 59, Against 48, Abstentions 0). As a result, amendment S1M-676.2 was pre-empted.

The motion as amended was then was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 59, Against 49, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament recognises that, to enable Scotland to become a dynamic, prosperous country prepared for the 21st Century, priority must be given to the provision of quality affordable homes, a high standard learning environment for children, and modern high quality communication links and welcomes the action taken by the Scottish Executive to provide the policy framework and secure the resources necessary to achieve the targets set out in Making it Work Together: A Programme for Government and make a real difference in our communities.

 

2. Business Motion: Mr Iain Smith, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-677—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—



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 – debate on the subject of S1M-650 George Lyon: National Park Status for Argyll Forest Park



Thursday 30 March 2000

9.30 am Scottish Socialist Party Debate on a Scottish Service Tax

11.00 am Scottish Green Party Debate on Housing Energy Efficiency

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 – debate on the subject of S1M-488 Cathy Jamieson: Standing Commission on Health and Safety at Work in Scotland



Wednesday 5 April 2000

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Ministerial Statement

followed by SPCB Debate on the Holyrood Project

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 6 April 2000

9.30 am Non-Executive Business - Scottish National 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 Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

 

4. Genetic Modification Science: The Minister for Health and Community Care moved S1M-675—That the Parliament acknowledges the public concerns which exist in relation to the development of genetically modified foods and crops; commends the precautionary approach of the Scottish Executive and the rigorous regulatory systems which are in place to control the development of genetically modified foods and crops, and recognises the excellence of the Scottish biotechnology industry.

Mr Kenny MacAskill moved amendment S1M-675.2 to motion S1M-675—

Leave out from "commends" to end and insert—

"recognises the Scottish biotechnology industry’s excellent work and record to date; notes the concerns regarding crop testing expressed by bodies such as the British Medical Association, and calls for a moratorium on field crop testing until all legitimate causes for concern have been satisfactorily addressed."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 33, Against 59, Abstentions 16).

Alex Johnstone moved amendment S1M-675.1 to motion S1M-675—

Leave out from "commends" to end and insert—

"and, while recognising the excellence of the Scottish biotechnology industry and the benefits that GM technology has the potential to provide, calls upon the Scottish Executive to delay the recently announced farm scale trials until evidence from previous scientific tests, proving beyond any reasonable doubt that such trials pose no threat to the environment or public health, has been thoroughly evaluated by a range of independent assessors and placed in the public domain."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 48, Against 57, Abstentions 1).

Robin Harper moved amendment S1M-675.4 to motion S1M-675—

Leave out from "commends" to end and insert "recognises the excellence of the Scottish biotechnology industry and calls on the Enterprise and LifeLong Learning, Rural Affairs and Transport and the Environment Committees to report to the Parliament on the full implications of planting GM crops in Scotland for our economy, agriculture and environment."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 36, Against 53, Abstentions 19).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 57, Against 19, Abstentions 28).

 

5. Approval of SSI: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-674—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Air Quality (Scotland) Regulations 2000 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

 

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

 

7. Bus Corridors in Glasgow: The Parliament debated S1M-601 in the name Bill Aitken—That the Parliament notes the concerns of businesses in Glasgow about the effects of bus corridors on the main arterial routes in and out of the city on local businesses, and believes that the local authority should give the fullest possible consideration to the views of small businesses prior to the imposition of these schemes, in view of the potential adverse consequences on employment.

 

The meeting closed at 5.53 pm.

 

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
23 March 2000

 

Appendix

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

Subordinate Legislation

 

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 22 March 2000 and is subject to annulment

The Scotland Act 1998 (Agency Arrangements) (Specification) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/745)

laid under the Scotland Act 1998

 

Committee Reports

The following Report is being published on 23 March 2000

Health and Community Care Committee, 5th Report 2000: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 91)

  
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