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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Vol. 2, No. 4 Session 1

Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 25 May 2000

 

 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.


1. Race Relations (Amendment) Bill:
The Deputy Minister for Communities moved S1M-887—That the Parliament agrees the principles contained in the provisions of the Race Relations (Amendment) Bill including the power to impose duties on public authorities so far as those provisions relate to matters within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament or confer functions on the Scottish Ministers.

Michael Matheson moved amendment S1M-887.1 to motion S1M-887—

Insert at end—

"but regrets that discrimination on the grounds of nationality or ethnicity will not be unlawful where it is done by Ministerial authorisation or by officials acting within immigration laws or rules."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 28, Against 78, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

2. Rural Scotland: A New Approach: The Minister for Rural Affairs moved S1M-896—That the Parliament welcomes the publication by the Scottish Executive of the document Rural Scotland: A New Approach; notes the progress which the Executive has already made in placing rural Scots in the mainstream of its policies and activities, and endorses the vision for rural Scotland presented in the document and the approach which will be taken, working together with others, to put and keep rural Scotland at the heart of Scotland’s future.

Alasdair Morgan moved amendment S1M-896.2 to motion S1M-896—

Leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert—

"notes the publication by the Scottish Executive of Rural Scotland: A New Approach; recognises the need to place rural Scots in the mainstream of its policies and activities, but regrets that the retention of many powers at Westminster undermines the ability of the Scottish Executive to be fully effective in dealing with the affairs of rural Scotland."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 28, Against 78, Abstentions 0).

Alex Johnstone moved amendment S1M-896.1 to motion S1M-896—

Leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert—

"notes the publication by the Scottish Executive of the document Rural Scotland: A New Approach; further notes the lack of progress which the Executive has made in placing rural Scots in the mainstream of its policies and activities, and calls upon the Executive to acknowledge that Scotland’s rural economy was in the past, and must continue to be in the future, based on its primary industries."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 15, Against 64, Abstentions 27).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 92, Against 0, Abstentions 15).


3. Business Motion:
Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-904—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—


Thursday 1 June 2000

9.30 am Time for Reflection

followed by Ministerial Statement

followed by Committee Business - Rural Affairs Committee Debate on Borders Rail Link

12.00 pm Business Motion

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-822 Mr Keith Harding: Bell Baxter High School in Cupar

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Business

followed by Executive Motion on Insolvency Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time



Wednesday 7 June 2000

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Debate on the Standards in Scotland's Schools Bill

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business



Thursday 8 June 2000

9.30 am Ministerial Statement

10.00 am Executive Business

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Debate on Learning Disability Review

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

and (b) that Stage 2 of the Abolition of Poindings and Warrant Sales (Scotland) Bill be completed by 29 September 2000.

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. Emergency Question:
An emergency question on Caledonian MacBrayne was answered by the Minister for Transport and the Environment.


6. Education and Training (Scotland) Bill:
The Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning moved S1M-876—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Education and Training (Scotland) Bill.

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


7. Education and Training (Scotland) Bill:
The Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning moved S1M-861—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Education and Training (Scotland) Bill, agrees to the expenditure payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund of the expenses of the Scottish Ministers in consequence of the Act.

The motion was agreed to (DT).


8. Decision Time:
The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2, 6 and 7 as noted above.


9. Dyspraxia:
The Parliament debated S1M-653 in the name of Mr Duncan Hamilton—That the Parliament notes the establishment of the first paid development worker within the field of dyspraxia in the UK, to be based in the Highlands and Islands; notes that the condition is estimated to affect up to ten per cent of the population; recognises that dyspraxia is often overlooked by GPs and is unknown to many in the teaching profession, and believes that greater recognition should be given to the condition by education and health professionals and that dyspraxia should be included in the current regime of pre-school screening.

The meeting closed at 5.40 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
25 May 2000

 

 Appendix

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 25 May 2000


Bail, Judicial Appointments etc. (Scotland) Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to change the law about bail; to abolish temporary sheriffs and create a new kind of sheriff; to change the law about justices of the peace; and to abolish district court prosecutions brought on behalf of or by local authorities. (SP Bill 17) (Executive Bill)

Introduced by: Mr Jim Wallace

Supported by: Angus MacKay

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 17-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 17-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

 

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 25 May 2000 for approval by resolution

The Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 4) Order 2000

laid under the Scotland Act 1998

 

Other Documents

The following document was laid in draft before the Parliament on 25 May 2000 and is subject to annulment

The Draft Statutory Guidance on the New Regime for Contaminated Land

(SE 2000/63)

laid under the Environment Act 1995

 

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 25 May 2000—

Justice and Home Affairs Committee, 4th Report 2000: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 132)

Social Inclusion, Housing and Voluntary Sector Committee, 2nd Report 2000: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 133)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 20th Report, 2000: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP134)

 
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