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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Vol. 2, No. 5 Session 1

Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 1 June 2000

 

 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

 

1. Time for Reflection: Captain Christopher Connelly, Salvation Army, led Time for Reflection.

2. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Finance made a statement on Civic Participation.

3. Borders Rail Link: Alex Johnstone, on behalf of the Rural Affairs Committee, moved S1M-922-That the Parliament recognises and endorses the case for the establishment of a railway linking the Scottish Borders to the national network at Edinburgh and Carlisle and urges the Scottish Executive to consult with the Strategic Rail Authority and others to facilitate its establishment.

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

4. Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-923-That the Parliament agrees-

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 - Debate on the subject of S1M-787 Ms Margo MacDonald: Standard Life Mutuality

Thursday 8 June 2000

9.30 am           Ministerial Statement

followed by       Committee Business - Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee Debate on Local Economic Development Services in Scotland

12.00 pm          Ministerial Statement

followed by        Business Motion

2.30 pm            Question Time

3.10 pm            First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm            Debate on Learning Disability Review

5.00 pm            Decision Time

followed by        Members' Business -Debate on the subject of S1M-908 Elaine Thomson: Women's Pay - 30 Years on from the Equal Pay Act

Wednesday 14 June 2000

2.30 pm           Time for Reflection

followed by       Ministerial Statement

followed by       Stage 1 Debate on the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Bill

5.00 pm            Decision Time

followed by       Members' Business

Thursday 15 June 2000

9.30 am            Non-Executive Business - Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party

12.15 pm          Ministerial Statement

followed by        Business Motion

2.30 pm            Question Time

3.10 pm            Open Question Time

3.30 pm            Debate on Early Education and Childcare

followed by        Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm            Decision Time

followed by        Members' Business

The motion was agreed to.

5. Bell Baxter High School in Cupar: The Parliament debated S1M-822 in the name of Mr Keith Harding-That the Parliament notes that Bell Baxter High School in Cupar, Fife has operated on a split-site for the past 40 years, that pupils must walk along busy roads between both sites to attend classes with a loss of teaching time, and that Fife Council's capital programme for the school will take four years to implement and will nevertheless omit the refurbishment of the swimming pool and gymnasium and the provision of community facilities, and believes that the Scottish Executive should review the situation as a matter of urgency in order to determine whether it is able to assist Fife Council to resolve this problem at the earliest opportunity.

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

7. Tackling Rough Sleeping in Glasgow and Across Scotland: The Minister for Communities moved S1M-921-That the Parliament welcomes the commitment of the Scottish Executive to achieving its aim that no one in Scotland should have to sleep rough by the end of this session of the Parliament; recognises the allocation of funds through the Rough Sleepers Initiative to projects which address the complex needs of rough sleepers including health needs, and notes the progress of the high level review team in carrying out a strategic review of current measures to tackle the problems of street homelessness in Glasgow and across Scotland.

Fiona Hyslop moved amendment S1M-921.1 to motion S1M-921-

Leave out from "welcomes" to "recognises" and insert-

"notes the commitment of the Scottish Executive to achieving its aim that no-one should have to sleep rough by the end of this session of the Parliament; notes that this commitment has been moved back from an original deadline of 2002, and believes that the challenge funding nature of the Rough Sleepers Initiative aligned with a general fall in housing resources is hindering the ability of the Executive to meet its target of ending rough sleeping; however recognises".

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 42, Against 63, Abstentions 0).

Bill Aitken moved amendment S1M-921.2 to motion S1M-921-

Insert at end-

"and also recognises that concrete proposals are now essential to ensure that the commitments of the Executive are achieved, that these proposals must include provision for support to rough sleepers to enable them to obtain, and in turn to maintain, short and medium term tenancies with a view to enabling them to return to mainstream housing in the shortest possible time, and that such support should ensure that the needs of homeless people with drug, alcohol or mental health problems are met."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 41, Against 63, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

8. Insolvency Bill: The Deputy Minister for Justice moved S1M-889-That the Parliament endorses the principle of including in the Insolvency Bill a power for the Secretary of State, with the consent of the Scottish Ministers, to make regulations to implement the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law model law on cross-border insolvency and agrees that the relevant provisions to achieve this end in the Bill should be considered by the UK Parliament.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9. Designation of Lead Committee: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-926-That the Parliament agrees the following designation of Lead Committee-

The Finance Committee to consider The Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 4) Order 2000.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10. Approval of SSI: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-925-That the Parliament agrees that the draft Census (Scotland) Amendment Order 2000, to the extent that it relates to the particulars printed in italics in article 2 (3), be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

11. Approval of SSI: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-924-That the Parliament agrees that the draft Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation) Order 2000 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

12. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 3, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 as noted above.

The meeting closed at 5.07 pm.

 

 

 

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

1 June 2000

Appendix

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

 

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instruments were laid in draft before the Parliament on 1 June 2000 for approval by resolution-

The Electricity Lands and Water Undertakings (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2000-

The Docks and Harbours (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 2000-

laid under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1975

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 31 May 2000 and are subject to annulment-

The Animal Feedingstuffs from Belgium (Control) (Scotland) Revocation Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/158)

laid under the European Communities Act 1972

 

The Food (Animal Products from Belgium) (Emergency Control) (Scotland) Revocation Order 2000 (SSI 2000/159)

laid under the Food Safety Act 1990

Not Subject to any Parliamentary Procedure

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 31 May 2000 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure-

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (North Coast) (Scotland) Revocation Order 2000 (SSI 2000/156)-

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (Scotland) Revocation Order 2000 (SSI 2000/157)-

laid under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 31 May 2000

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 21st Report, 2000: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP 135)

 

 

 

The following Report was published on 1 June 2000

Health and Community Care Committee, 9th Report 2000: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 136)

 
 
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