MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Vol. 2, No. 22 Session 1
Meeting of the Parliament
Wednesday 27 September 2000
Note: (DT) signifies a decision
taken at Decision Time.
The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.
1. Time for Reflection: Father George Thompson, Parish Priest of St Peter’s, Dalbeattie, led Time for Reflection.
2. Ministerial Statement: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice made a statement on Justice Expenditure
3. Creative Economy: The Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning moved S1M-1213—That the Parliament recognises the increasing contribution of the creative industries to the Scottish economy and the potential for further growth in this sector; notes the Executive’s wish to ensure that the creative and business skills on which these industries depend are fully and properly nurtured in Scotland’s people; welcomes Scottish Enterprise’s £25 million development strategy to support this sector of the economy and promote its continuing expansion; and therefore endorses the determination of the Executive to ensure the conditions in which Scotland’s creative industries will continue to flourish in rapidly growing world markets.
Miss Annabel Goldie moved amendment S1M-1213.2 to motion S1M-1213—
Leave out from "notes" to end and insert—
"notes that the best way to expand this sector, as with all other sectors of the economy, is to ensure that tax, red tape and regulatory burdens are kept at as low a level as possible; and urges the Scottish Executive to work in close conjunction with Her Majesty’s Government in order to reduce such burdens which have increased considerably since May 1997."
After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 19, Against 89, Abstentions 0).
The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 88, Against 1, Abstentions 19).
4. Publication of the Scottish Parliamentary for Administration Annual Report 1999-2000: Margaret Smith moved S1M-1211—That the Parliament notes that the Scottish Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration intends to lay his Annual Report for 1999-2000 before the Parliament and orders the Clerk to publish the Report.
The motion was agreed to (DT).
5. Publication of the Health Service Commissioner for Scotland Annual Report 1999-2000: Margaret Smith moved S1M-1212—That the Parliament notes that the Health Service Commissioner for Scotland intends to lay his Annual Report for 1999-2000 before the Parliament and orders the Clerk to publish the Report.
The motion was agreed to (DT).
6. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 3, 4 and 5 as noted above.
7. Highland Clearances: The Parliament debated S1M-1004 in the name of Jamie Stone—That the Parliament expresses its deepest regret for the occurrence of the Highland Clearances and extends its hand in friendship and welcome to the descendants of the cleared people who reside outwith our shores.
The meeting closed at 5.48 pm.
P E Grice
(Note: this Appendix does not form part of the Minutes)
The following draft instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 21 September 2000 for approval by resolution
The draft Train Operating Companies (Rateable Values) (Scotland) (No.2) Order 2000
The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 25 September 2000 and is subject to annulment
The Diseases of Fish (Control) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/330)
The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 25 September 2000 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—
Scottish Homes Annual Report 1999-2000 (SE/2000/174)
The following Report was published on 27 September 2000