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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Vol. 2, No. 3 Session 1

Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 24 May 2000

 

 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Time for Reflection: The text for Time for Reflection, as submitted by Captain Christopher Connelly of the Salvation Army, was read by the Presiding Officer.


2. Mike Tyson:
Roseanna Cunningham moved S1M-890—That the Parliament notes the decision of the Home Secretary to grant a visa for Mike Tyson to enter the United Kingdom; is concerned that his decision was taken without any genuine consultation with members of the Scottish Parliament, Scottish Executive or relevant womens’ groups; further notes that Mike Tyson has at no time expressed public remorse for the crimes of violence for which he has been convicted, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to ensure by whatever means possible, and if necessary by arranging for a judicial review to be sought, that the boxing match scheduled for 24 June 2000 at Hampden Stadium does not go ahead.

David McLetchie moved amendment S1M-890.1 to motion S1M-890—

Leave out from first "notes" to end and insert—

"regrets the determination of the SNP to promote an agenda designed to wreck rather than address the issues for which the Parliament is responsible; recognises and supports the current constitutional settlement, which was endorsed by a referendum of the Scottish people and which leaves immigration policy in the hands of the Home Secretary, and accordingly notes that the Home Secretary is the proper person to take the decision on whether Mike Tyson should be allowed into this country."

The Deputy Minister for Justice moved amendment S1M-890.1.1 to amendment S1M-890.1—

Insert at end—

"and, whilst recognising the widespread concerns, in this Parliament and elsewhere, about the proposed visit, believes that this Parliament should use its time to discuss and to take decisions on matters within its competence and so help to build a Scotland true to the values of fairness, equality and justice, and supports the work of the Scottish Executive in tackling domestic abuse and supporting its victims, in particular in developing effective intervention and service provision to prevent male violence against women and their children".

After debate, amendment S1M-890.1.1 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 78, Against 1, Abstentions 34).

Amendment S1M-890.1 as amended was then agreed to: ((DT) by division: For 77, Against 35, Abstentions 0).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 79, Against 34, Abstentions 1).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament regrets the determination of the SNP to promote an agenda designed to wreck rather than address the issues for which the Parliament is responsible; recognises and supports the current constitutional settlement, which was endorsed by a referendum of the Scottish people and which leaves immigration policy in the hands of the Home Secretary, and accordingly notes that the Home Secretary is the proper person to take the decision on whether Mike Tyson should be allowed into this country and, whilst recognising the widespread concerns, in this Parliament and elsewhere, about the proposed visit, believes that this Parliament should use its time to discuss and to take decisions on matters within its competence and so help to build a Scotland true to the values of fairness, equality and justice, and supports the work of the Scottish Executive in tackling domestic abuse and supporting its victims, in particular in developing effective intervention and service provision to prevent male violence against women and their children.


3. Scottish Heart Transplant Unit:
Kay Ullrich moved S1M-888—That the Parliament agrees that Scotland urgently needs a fully-functioning and well maintained and staffed heart transplant unit.

The Minister for Health and Community Care moved amendment S1M-888.1 to motion S1M-888—

Leave out from "agrees" to end and insert—

"welcomes the arrangements which are being put in place to secure the long-term future of heart transplantation service in Scotland; notes the efforts being made to minimise the effect of change on patients; welcomes the commitment of staff at the North Glasgow University Hospitals NHS Trust to continue with high quality support, assessment and follow-up of transplant patients in the interim period; notes the effective co-operation with the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle and arrangements for transplant patients, and notes the importance of patients and the public being reassured that interim arrangements are in place and that steps are being taken for the long-term."

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 77, Against 2, Abstentions 33).

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

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament welcomes the arrangements which are being put in place to secure the long-term future of heart transplantation service in Scotland; notes the efforts being made to minimise the effect of change on patients; welcomes the commitment of staff at the North Glasgow University Hospitals NHS Trust to continue with high quality support, assessment and follow-up of transplant patients in the interim period; notes the effective co-operation with the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle and arrangements for transplant patients, and notes the importance of patients and the public being reassured that interim arrangements are in place and that steps are being taken for the long-term.


4. Infectious Salmon Anaemia:
The Deputy Minister for Rural Affairs made a statement on Infectious Salmon Anaemia.


5. National Parks (Scotland) Bill:
The Minister for Transport and the Environment moved S1M-770—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the National Parks (Scotland) Bill.

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


6. National Parks (Scotland) Bill:
The Minister for Finance moved S1M-716—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the National Parks (Scotland) Bill, agrees to—

(a) the expenditure out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund of the expenses of the Scottish Ministers in consequence of the Act, and

(b) payments by National Park authorities to the Scottish Ministers.

The motion was agreed to (DT).


7. Motion Without Notice:
Mr Tom McCabe, no behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved that S1M-906 be taken without notice.

The motion was agreed to.


8. Business Motion:
Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-906—That the Parliament agrees that, as a revision to the Business Programme agreed on 18 May 2000, the Scottish Executive Debate on Race Relations – UK Legislation, scheduled for Thursday 25 May, should be extended to conclude at 10.30 am.

The motion was agreed to.


9. Decision Time:
The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 3, 5 and 6 as noted above.


10. Jobs and Training in the Construction Industry:
The Parliament debated S1M-724 in the name of Johann Lamont—That the Parliament notes the increasing opportunities for construction work in Pollok, Glasgow and in Scotland as a whole; believes that the construction industry, working along with the construction unions and Construction Industry Training Board, should provide real training and apprenticeships for young men and women, work to improve safety and regulation in the construction industry and ensure, in conjunction with the Executive, local authorities, Social Inclusion Partnerships and other agencies, that those most excluded in society by poverty and disadvantage are provided with the opportunities to benefit from the jobs created by the boom in the construction industry, and further believes that the Executive should do everything within its power to support these aims.

The meeting closed at 5.44 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
24 May 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 22 May 2000 for approval by resolution

The Budget (Scotland) Act 2000 (Amendment) Order 2000

laid under the Budget (Scotland) Act 2000

 

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 19 May 2000 and is subject to annulment

The Children (Protection at Work) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000./149)

laid under the European Communities Act 1972

 

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 22 May 2000 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scotland’s Budget Documents 2000-01: Budget (Scotland) Act 2000 (Amendment) Order 2000 (SE/2000/61)

 

Committee Reports

The following Report was published on 19 May 2000

Finance Committee, 6th Report 2000: Report on the National Parks (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 130)


The following Reports were published on 22 May 2000—

Rural Affairs Committee, 5th Report 2000: Stage 1 Report on the National Parks (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 125)

Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee, 2nd Report 2000: Stage 1 Report on the Education and Training (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 128)


The following report was published on 24 May 2000

Finance Committee, 7th Report 2000: Report on the Education and Training (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 131)

 
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