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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Vol. 2, No. 7 Session 1

Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 8 June 2000

 

 

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

The meeting opened at 9.31 am.

1. Ministerial Statement: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice made a statement on Diligence.

2. Local Economic Development Services Inquiry: Mr John Swinney, on behalf of the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee, moved S1M-935-That the Parliament notes the 1st Report 2000 of the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee on local economic development services (SP Paper 109) and commends the conclusions to the Scottish Executive in the context of its current review of economic development structures.

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

3. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Communities made a statement on Local Government: Best Value and Community Planning.

4. Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-970-That the Parliament agrees-

the following programme of business-

Wednesday 14 June 2000

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

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

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-659 Robert Brown: Housing Needs of Disabled People


Thursday 15 June 2000

9.30 am Non-Executive Business - Conservative Party

12.15 pm Ministerial Statement

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Debate on Early Education and Childcare

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-894 Mr Duncan McNeil: Greenock Morton Football Club


Wednesday 21 June 2000

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Debate on the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc (Scotland) Bill

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-882 Roseanna Cunningham: Edinburgh Folk Festival


Thursday 22 June 2000

9.30 am Non-Executive Business - Scottish National Party

followed by Business Motion

followed by Executive Motion on Care Standards Bill - UK Legislation

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-913 David McLetchie: Milestone House Hospice

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

followed by Stage 1 Debate on the Bail, Judicial Appointments etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of the Bail, Judicial Appointments etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.30 pm Decision Time


(b) that the Rural Affairs Committee reports to the Health and Community Care Committee by 23 June 2000 on the following-

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

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

and (c) that Stage 2 of the National Parks (Scotland) Bill be completed by 20 June 2000

The motion was agreed to.

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

6. Learning Disability Review: The Deputy Minister for Community Care moved S1M-966-That the Parliament notes that the report of the Learning Disability Review The same as you ?, was issued on 11 May to a wide range of consultees; calls for the fullest possible debate on how its recommendations should be implemented and looks forward to a future where all relevant agencies work together with people with learning disabilities to ensure that they can live as full lives as possible in our communities.

Mr Duncan Hamilton moved amendment S1M-966.1 to motion S1M-966-

Leave out from "and" to end and insert-

"recognises the difficulties faced by local authorities as a result of underfunding; calls upon the Scottish Executive to press for a review of the social security and benefits systems to provide greater support to those with learning disabilities and welcomes the opportunity for inter-agency co-operation to ensure that those with learning disabilities are treated with equality and respect."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 30, Against 78, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

7. Designation of Lead Committee: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-973-That the Parliament agrees that the Transport and the Environment Committee is designated as Lead Committee in consideration of the Transport (Scotland) Bill; other Committees will be the Local Government Committee and the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Approval of SSI: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-972-That the Parliament agrees that the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2000 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9. Designation of Lead Committees: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-971-That the Parliament agrees the following designations of Lead Committees-

The Health and Community Care Committee to consider The Animal Feedingstuffs from Belgium (Control) (Scotland) Revocation Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/158)

The Health and Community Care Committee to consider The Food (Animal Products from Belgium) (Emergency Control) (Scotland) Revocation Order 2000 (SSI 2000/159).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10. Suspension of Standing Orders: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-969-That the Parliament agrees that Rule 9.5.3 of the Standing Orders be suspended for the purposes of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Bill and the Bail and Judicial Appointments etc (Scotland) Bill.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

11. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 as noted above.

12. Women's Pay: The Parliament debated S1M-908 in the name of Elaine Thomson-That the Parliament notes with concern that 30 years after the introduction of the Equal Pay Act women earn only 73.3% of average male earnings; notes further that Aberdeen has the widest discrepancy between men and women's earnings in Scotland, with women in Aberdeen earning only 64.2% of men's earnings; believes that these figures clearly show that legislation in itself has failed to deliver parity in the labour market; believes that the Scottish Executive and its economic development agencies should pursue policies that would assist in the equalisation of pay between the genders, and asks the Scottish Executive, whilst pursuing the creation of a knowledge economy, to put in place adequate monitoring and evaluation to ensure that women will become equal players in the labour market.

The meeting closed at 5.39 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
8 June 2000

Appendix

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

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 8 June 2000 and is subject to annulment

The Sulphur Content of Liquid Fuels (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/169)

laid under the European Communities Act 1972

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 8 June 2000 and is not subject to any Parliamentary proceedings

Agricultural Business Improvement Scheme: Report by the Auditor General for Scotland (AGS/2000/1)

laid under the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

Committee Reports

The following Report was published on 8 June 2000

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 23rd Report, 2000: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 139)

 
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