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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Vol. 2, No. 11 Session 1

Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 22 June 2000

 

 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. McCrone Report: Nicola Sturgeon moved S1M-1027—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to publish its response to the report of the McCrone Committee of Inquiry into the Professional Conditions of Service for Teachers and to confirm what additional resources it will make available to local authorities to fund the committee’s recommendations.

The Deputy Minister for Children and Education moved amendment S1M-1027.1 to motion S1M-1027—

Leave out from "calls upon" to end and insert—

"welcomes the Executive’s approach to establish genuine consultation and partnership through constructive dialogue and mature consideration of the recommendations of the McCrone Report, and calls upon the Executive to maintain its progress towards the objective of securing a modern and flexible mechanism for determining the professional conditions of service for teachers in Scotland’s schools as a critical determinant in establishing a world class reputation for the Scottish education system".

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 77, Against 33, Abstentions 0).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 74, Against 2, Abstentions 31).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament welcomes the Executive’s approach to establish genuine consultation and partnership through constructive dialogue and mature consideration of the recommendations of the McCrone Report, and calls upon the Executive to maintain its progress towards the objective of securing a modern and flexible mechanism for determining the professional conditions of service for teachers in Scotland’s schools as a critical determinant in establishing a world class reputation for the Scottish education system.

 

2. Petrol and Diesel Prices: Mr Kenny MacAskill moved S1M-1026—That the Parliament notes that since 1997 petrol and diesel prices have risen in excess of 25%; further notes that Scottish public services are being forced to operate under ever increasing financial constraints; recognises that the increased cost of fuel is a burden which must be carried not just by motorists, but which falls on all Scottish citizens through rising fuel costs to the public sector; believes that it is unacceptable that money should be diverted from over-stretched Scottish public service budgets to the Treasury in Westminster, and therefore calls upon the Scottish Executive to consider extending the fuel duty rebate and to examine the possibility of extending the availability of rebated fuel across Scotland’s public services in order to ensure that money spent on Scottish services is spent here rather than being returned to London.

The Deputy Minister for Highlands & Islands and Gaelic moved amendment S1M-1026.2 to motion S1M-1026—

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

"recognises concern about the impact of fuel prices especially in rural, highland and islands areas where public transport alternatives are more difficult to provide; recognises that fuel duty is a reserved matter; welcomes the investigation by the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee into the bulk purchase of fuel for remote areas; welcomes the progress made by the Scottish Executive in implementing a comprehensive integrated transport strategy and investing in public transport projects across Scotland; in particular notes support for rural public transport services and the network for petrol stations in rural Scotland, as well as measures to sustain lifeline air and ferry links, including the Highlands and Islands; and further notes that the current budget for the fuel duty rebate would have no impact on Treasury receipts but would be a cost to the current budget for Scottish public services."

Mr Murray Tosh moved amendment S1M-1026.1 to motion S1M-1026—

Leave out from "through rising" to end and insert—

"and calls upon the Scottish Executive to make representations to Her Majesty’s Government with a view to ensuring that fuel prices in Scotland are kept broadly in line with those of neighbouring countries and that prices in remoter areas are brought into line with those in other areas of Scotland."

After debate, amendment S1M-1026.2 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 45, Abstentions 0). As a result, amendment S1M-1026.1 was pre-empted.

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 65, Against 45, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament recognises concern about the impact of fuel prices especially in rural, highland and islands areas where public transport alternatives are more difficult to provide; recognises that fuel duty is a reserved matter; welcomes the investigation by the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee into the bulk purchase of fuel for remote areas; welcomes the progress made by the Scottish Executive in implementing a comprehensive integrated transport strategy and investing in public transport projects across Scotland; in particular notes support for rural public transport services and the network for petrol stations in rural Scotland, as well as measures to sustain lifeline air and ferry links, including the Highlands and Islands; and further notes that the current budget for the fuel duty rebate would have no impact on Treasury receipts but would be a cost to the current budget for Scottish public services.

 

3. Ministerial Statement: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice made a statement on Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary’s interim findings into his inspection of the Scottish Criminal Records Office.

 

4. Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1035—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 28 June 2000

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Committee Business – Finance Committee Debate

followed by Executive Motion on Written Agreements on Budgeting Process

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business – debate on the subject of S1M-380 Johann Lamont: Cross Examination During Sexual Crimes Trials



Thursday 29 June 2000

9.30 am Ministerial Statement on the Framework for Economic Development in Scotland

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Debate on the Education and Training (Scotland) Bill

followed by Ministerial Statement on the Active Communities Initiative

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Debate on Forward Strategy for Scottish Agriculture

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-999 Linda Fabiani: 999 Emergency Calls



Wednesday 5 July 2000

9.30 am Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Debate on the National Parks (Scotland) Bill

2.30 pm Executive Business

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business – debate on the subject of S1M-756 Allan Wilson: West Kilbride: Scotland’s Craft Town



Thursday 6 July 2000

9.30 am Ministerial Statement

followed by Executive Debate on Modernisation in the NHS

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

 

(b) that the Equal Opportunities Committee reports to the Justice and Home Affairs Committee by 11 September 2000 on the Census (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/194) and that the Transport and Environment Committee reports to the Local Government Committee by 4 September 2000 on The Environmental Protection (Waste Recycling Payments) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/185);

and (c) that Stage 1 of the Transport (Scotland) Bill be completed by 14 September 2000.

The motion was agreed to.

 

5. Care Standards Bill: The Minister for Children and Education moved S1M-975—That the Parliament endorses the principle of a power to make an Order in Council to vary the functions of the Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work, a cross-border public authority, as set out in the Care Standards Bill and agrees that the relevant provision to achieve this end in the Bill should be considered by the UK Parliament.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

 

6. Milestone House Hospice: The Parliament debated S1M-913 in the name of David McLetchie—That the Parliament notes with concern the proposal to close Milestone House in Edinburgh, Scotland’s only hospice for AIDS sufferers, and urges the Scottish Executive to initiate discussions with Lothian Health Board, the City of Edinburgh Council and Waverley Care Trust with a view to devising a funding package which recognises that it is a national facility equipped to meet the needs of patients and their families

 

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

 

8. Bail, Judicial Appointments etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice moved S1M-984—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Bail, Judicial Appointments etc. (Scotland) Bill.

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

 

9. Bail, Judicial Appointments etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Deputy Minister for Justice moved S1M-1024—That the Parliament , for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Bail, Judicial Appointments etc. (Scotland) Bill, agrees to the following expenditure—

(a) payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund, of sums required by the Scottish Ministers to pay remuneration and allowances to part-time sheriffs; and

(b) charged on that Fund, of any increase attributable to the Act in expenditure charged on that Fund by any other Act.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

 

10. Designation of Lead Committee: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1031—That the Parliament agrees the following designation of Lead Committee—

The Local Government Committee to consider the Environmental Protection (Waste Recycling Payments) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/185).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

 

11. Designation of Lead Committee: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1032—That the Parliament agrees the following designation of Lead Committee—

The Justice and Home Affairs Committee to consider the Census (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/194).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

 

12. Approval of SSI: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1033—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 4) Order 2000 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

 

13. Approval of SSI: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1034—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2000 (Amendment) Order 2000 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

 

14. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 as noted above.

The meeting closed at 5.36 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
22 June 2000

 

 Appendix

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

Committee Reports

 

The following Reports were published on 22 June 2000—

Finance Committee, 10th Report 2000: Report on Bail, Judicial Appointments etc. (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 149)

Local Government Committee, 9th Report 2000: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 150)

Local Government Committee, 10th Report 2000: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 151)

 
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