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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Vol. 1, No. 73 Session 1

Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 11 May 2000

 

  

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Ministerial Statement: The Deputy Minister for Justice made a statement on Drugs Action Plan.

2. Telecommunications Inquiry: Mr Andy Kerr, on behalf of the Transport and the Environment Committee, moved S1M-803-That the Parliament notes the 3rd Report, 2000 of the Transport and the Environment Committee Report on the Inquiry into Proposals to Introduce New Planning Procedures for Telecommunications Developments (SP Paper 90) and commends the recommendations to the Scottish Executive.

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

3. Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-826-That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business-

Wednesday 17 May 2000

10.00 am Time for Reflection

followed by Executive Debate on Glasgow Regeneration

12.00 pm Ministerial Statement on the Agricultural Holdings White Paper

followed by Continuation of the Executive Debate on Glasgow Regeneration

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-599 Mike Watson: Epilepsy

Thursday 18 May 2000

9.30 am Executive Debate on Community Care

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Ministerial Statement

4.15 pm Stage 1 Debate on the Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) Amendment (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-704 Dorothy Grace Elder: Slopping Out in Scottish Prisons

Wednesday 24 May 2000

9.30 am Time for Reflection

followed by Non Executive Business - Scottish National Party

2.30 pm Ministerial Statement

3.00 pm Stage 1 Debate - National Parks (Scotland) Bill

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-724 Johann Lamont: Jobs and Training in the Construction Industry

Thursday 25 May 2000

9.30 am Ministerial Statement

10.00 am Executive Debate on Rural Scotland - A New Approach

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 - debate on the subject of S1M-653 Mr Duncan Hamilton: Dyspraxia

The motion was agreed to.

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

5. Special Educational Needs: The Deputy Minister for Children and Education moved S1M-823-That the Parliament welcomes the publication on 9 May 2000 of the Scottish Executive's progress report Improving our Schools: The Special Educational Needs Programme of Action and endorses the Executive's policies of support for children and young people with special educational needs.

Nicola Sturgeon moved amendment S1M-823.1 to motion S1M-823-

Leave out from "the Executive's policies" to end and insert-

"the progress made towards better support for children and young people with special educational needs; notes that a great deal of work is still required to ensure equality of provision across Scotland, improved access to and within mainstream schools, effective inter-agency co-operation and properly funded staff development and training, and looks forward to receiving the report of the Education, Culture and Sport Committee's inquiry into special needs provision."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 49, Against 65, Abstentions 0).

Mr Brian Monteith moved amendment S1M-823.2 to motion S1M-823-

Insert at end-

"but expresses its concern that the Riddell Report on the Education of Children with Severe Low Incidence Disabilities proposes that grant-aid funding for the seven special schools serving these children be ended and the funds distributed to local authorities; notes that this could jeopardise the future of the special educational needs schools which provide national centres of excellence; notes that any change from national funding could dilute specialist provision and detrimentally affect the service to children, and agrees that the schools must continue to be funded through grant-aided status."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 13, Against 69, Abstentions 27).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

6. Designation of Lead Committees: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-827-That the Parliament agrees the following designation of lead committees-

The Social Inclusion, Housing and the Voluntary Sector Committee to consider The draft Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Houses of Multiple Occupation) Order 2000 and

The Health and Community Care Committee to consider The draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2000.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

8. The Black Cuillin: The Parliament debated S1M-769 in the name of Mr John Munro-That the Parliament notes the unique position of the Cuillins in Scotland's natural heritage; further notes the public debate about the legitimacy of the title and believes that it would be in the public interest to put the sale on hold until matters have been fully investigated.

The meeting closed at 5.41 pm.

 

 

 

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

11 May 2000

 

Appendix

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

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 11 May 2000-

The Education, Culture and Sport Committee, 5th Report 2000: Report on Petition PE9: Roman remains at Cramond (SP Paper 121).

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 18th Report, 2000: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 122)

 
  
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