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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Vol. 2, No. 13 Session 1

Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 29 June 2000

 

 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning made a statement on the Framework for Economic Development in Scotland.

2. Approval of SSI: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1060-That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (Scotland) Order 2000 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

3. Approval of SSIs: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1061-That the Parliament agrees that the following Orders be approved-

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

The draft Docks and Harbours (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 2000.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

4. Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1065-That the Parliament agrees that for Stage 3 of the Education and Training (Scotland) Bill, debate on each part of the proceedings, if not previously brought to a conclusion, shall be brought to a conclusion at the following times-

Amendments - no later than 1 hour 30 minutes after Stage 3 begins

Motion to pass the Bill - no later than 2 hours after Stage 3 begins.

The motion was agreed to (by division: For 54, Against 41, Abstentions 0.)

5. Education and Training (Scotland) Bill: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)-

2 (For 29, Against 70, Abstentions 0)

1 (For 37, Against 60, Abstentions 0)

3 (For 25, Against 66, Abstentions 0)

4 (For 39, Against 56, Abstentions 1)

5 (For 29, Against 66, Abstentions 0)

6. Education and Training (Scotland) Bill: The Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning moved S1M-956-That the Parliament agrees that the Education and Training (Scotland) Bill be passed.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Ministerial Statement: The Deputy Minister for Communities made a statement on the Active Communities Initiative.

8. Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1062-That the Parliament agrees-

Wednesday 5 July 2000

9.30 am Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Debate on the Bail, Judicial Appointments etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

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

2.30 pm Continuation of Morning's 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 Continuation of Executive Debate on Modernisation in the NHS

followed by Motion on Government Resources and Accounts Bill - UK Legislation

followed by Motion on Witness Expenses and Allowances Scheme

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1009 George Lyon: University of Highlands and Islands

The motion was agreed to.

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

10. Forward Strategy for Scottish Agriculture: The Minister for Rural Affairs moved S1M-1051-That the Parliament welcomes the steps being taken by the Scottish Executive to promote a wide-ranging and constructive debate on the development of a long-term strategy and plan of action for Scottish farming following the recent publication of the discussion document A Forward Strategy for Scottish Agriculture in order to secure a sustainable future for the agricultural industry as part of the social, economic and environmental fabric of rural Scotland.

Irene McGugan moved amendment S1M-1051.2 to motion S1M-1051-

Insert at end-

"but recognises that the re-negotiation of the Common Agricultural Policy will be a major factor affecting the future of Scottish agriculture and regrets that, under the current constitutional settlement, Scotland will not have its own voice in these negotiations."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 31, Against 78, Abstentions 0).

Alex Johnstone moved amendment S1M-1051.1 to motion S1M-1051-

Leave out from "the steps" to end and insert-

"steps being taken to secure a sustainable future for the agricultural industry as part of the social, economic and environmental fabric of rural Scotland; recognises agriculture as the main economic driver in rural Scotland; deplores the lack of urgency being shown by the Scottish Executive in addressing the short-term problems of Scotland's farmers, and calls for a speedy conclusion to the series of consultations on an agricultural strategy so that action can be initiated to protect the future of the farming industry."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 21, Against 61, Abstentions 28).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

11. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 3, 6 and 10 as noted above.

12. 999 Emergency Calls: The Parliament debated s1M-999 in the name of Linda Fabiani-That the Parliament urges all members of the public who believe themselves to be in danger to contact the relevant emergency service by dialling 999 without hesitation; expresses concern that the recent campaign to minimise use of the 999 emergency call system may deter members of the public from contacting the emergency services on legitimate grounds; expresses its support for a full examination of the implications for the emergency services of the continuing expansion in forms of communication such as mobile telephones, and urges the Scottish Executive to initiate discussions with all interested parties to identify a means of responding to this challenge, in particular the setting up of a central call system which could connect callers to the local police station.

The meeting closed at 5.43 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
29 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 29 June 2000 and is subject to annulment

The Infant Formula and Follow-on Formula Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/217)

laid under the Food Safety Act 1990

 

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 29 June 2000 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Fisheries Research Services: Chief Executive's Statement and Accounts 1998-99 (SE/2000/9)

The Way Forward: Framework for Economic Development in Scotland (SE/2000/58)

 
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