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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Vol. 1, No. 67   Session 1

Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 6 April 2000

 

  

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

 

1. Financing Public Services: Andrew Wilson moved S1M-736That the Parliament expresses its concern at the level of resources allocated to Scotland by Westminster which takes no account of the requirements of Scottish public services, the level of revenues raised in Scotland or of the priorities of the Scottish people; notes in particular that health expenditure is rising faster in the rest of the UK than in Scotland despite the fact that there is no evidence of relative improvement in health standards in Scotland; observes that the latest polling evidence suggests that more than two thirds of Scots want greater powers for the Parliament, and therefore calls upon the Scottish Executive to bring forward proposals for a fairer, more fiscally responsible and more democratically accountable system of funding Scottish public services that allows the Scottish people, through the Scottish Parliament, to make the key choices about the share of the nation’s wealth that should be allocated to public services.

The Minister for Finance moved amendment S1M-736.1 to motion S1M-736—

Leave out from "expresses its concern" to end and insert—

"welcomes and supports the investment by the Scottish Executive in education, health and other vital services, matching the people’s priorities with prudent costed expenditure plans, and endorses the additional funding of 288 million for 2000-01 announced by the Minister for Finance last week."

Nick Johnston moved amendment S1M-736.2 to motion S1M-736—

Leave out from "expresses its concern" to end and insert—

"recognises that the application of the block mechanism and Barnett formula by successive governments has enabled Scotland to develop high standards of public services and recognises that further improvements in public services in Scotland will be best achieved through sustaining our partnership within the economic, monetary and political union of the United Kingdom."

After debate, amendment S1M-736.1 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 60, Against 47, Abstentions 0). As a result, amendment S1M-736.2 was pre-empted.

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 62, Against 47, Abstentions 1).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament welcomes and supports the investment by the Scottish Executive in education, health and other vital services, matching the people’s priorities with prudent costed expenditure plans, and endorses the additional funding of 288 million for 2000-01 announced by the Minister for Finance last week.

 

2. Dairy Industry: Adam Ingram moved S1M-738—That the Parliament recognises the serious crisis affecting Scotland’s dairy industry; notes with concern that farm gate price for milk has fallen by over 30% in the last three years, yet the retail milk price has remained virtually static, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to enter into a dialogue with the industry with a view to developing a strategy to ensure its long term future.

The Minister for Rural Affairs moved amendment S1M-738.1 to motion S1M-738—

Leave out from "recognises" to end and insert—

"supports the Executive in its determination to help the dairy industry and all other sectors of Scottish agriculture as part of its overall commitment given in the Partnership for Scotland agreement to promote rural development in Scotland."

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 62, Against 47, Abstentions 1).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 62, Against 22, Abstentions 26).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament supports the Executive in its determination to help the dairy industry and all other sectors of Scottish agriculture as part of its overall commitment given in the Partnership for Scotland agreement to promote rural development in Scotland.

 

3. Business Motion; Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-739—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—



Wednesday 26 April 2000

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Ministerial Statement

followed by Committee Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions



5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-632 Tavish Scott: Environmentally Sensitive Areas Scheme



Thursday 27 April 2000

9.30 am Ministerial Statement

10.00 am Stage 1 Debate on the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution on the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Stage 1 Debate on the Abolition of Poindings and Warrants Sales Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-718 Irene Oldfather: Relocation of Maternity Units



Wednesday 3 May 2000

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Stage 3 of the Abolition of Feudal Tenure etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business



Thursday 4 May 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

followed by Members' Business



The motion was agreed to.

 

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

 

5. UK Legislation on the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice moved S1M-733—That the Parliament endorses the principle of ensuring that the use of investigatory techniques is compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights, as set out in the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill, and agrees that the provisions within that Bill that relate to devolved matters should be considered by the UK Parliament.

Roseanna Cunningham moved amendment S1M-733.1 to motion S1M-733—

Leave out from "as set out" to end and insert—

"and accordingly agrees that the provisions within the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill which relate to devolved matters should be considered by the Scottish Parliament."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 30, Against 80, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 80, Against 29, Abstentions 0).

 

6. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Rural Affairs made a Ministerial Statement on a Forward Strategy for Scottish Agriculture.

 

7. Approval of SSI: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-740—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Adaptation of Functions etc.) Order 2000 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

 

8. Approval of SSI: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-741—That the Parliament agrees that the Special Grant Report No.3 - Special Grant Report on Grant in Aid of Expenditure on Rail Services in the Strathclyde Passenger Transport Area be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

 

9. Approval of SSIs: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-743—That the Parliament agrees that the following SSIs be approved—

the draft Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2000

the draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2000

the draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2000.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

 

10. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2, 5, 7, 8 and 9 as noted above.

 

11. Suicide: The Parliament debated S1M-418 in the name of Mr Kenneth Gibson—That the Parliament notes with deep concern the death of 874 Scots by their own hand in 1998; is aware that since 1984 the proportion of male Scots aged 35 or under whose deaths can be attributed to suicide has increased from one in nine to one in four, and for females from one in twenty to one in seven in the same age category, making suicide the most common cause of death in young Scots; recognises that in Scotland the suicide rate for males and females of all age groups is 32 and 10 respectively per 100,000 and increasing, whereas in England it is 18 and 6 per 100,000 and decreasing; believes the reasons for suicide to be complex, multi-functional and poorly understood, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to commission, at the earliest date possible, wide ranging, comprehensive research into the issue of suicide, analysing what makes people take their own lives, why the suicide rate in Scotland is increasing, why particular groups in society are more vulnerable than others, how other countries prevent suicide, and introducing an early warning system of diagnosis and intervention.

The meeting closed at 5.41 pm.

 

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
6 April 2000

 

Appendix

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

Other Documents



The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 6 April 2000 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel Third Annual Report 1998 to 1999 and Accounts for the Year Ended 31 March 1999 (SE/2000/37)

The British Potato Industry Annual Report and Accounts 1998-99 (SE/2000/44)

laid under the Industrial Organisation and Development Act as read with the Scotland Act 1998

 

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 6 April 2000—

Health and Community Care Committee, 6th Report 2000: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 106)

Transport and Environment Committee, 4th Report 2000: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 107)

  
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