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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Vol. 2, No. 27 Session 1

Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 25 October 2000

 

 

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: The Right Reverend Joseph Devine, Bishop of Motherwell, led Time for Reflection.

2. Designation of Lead Committees: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1278—That the Parliament agrees the following designations of Lead Committees—

The Health and Community Care Committee to consider The Specified Risk Material Order Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/344)

The Health and Community Care Committee to consider The Specified Risk Material Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/345)

The motion was agreed to.

3. Suspension of Standing Orders: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1277—That the Parliament agrees that Rules 13.6.2 and 13.6.3 of the Standing Orders be suspended for the duration of the Meetings of the Parliament for the week beginning Monday 23 October 2000 and that Rule 5.6.1 (c) of the Standing Orders be suspended for the duration of the Meeting of the Parliament on Thursday 26 October 2000.

Alasdair Morgan moved amendment S1M-1277.1 to motion S1M-1277—

Leave out from "Rules 13.6.2 and 13.6.3" to "and that".

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to (by division: For 35, Against 59, Abstentions 16).

The motion was then agreed to (by division: For 77, Against 34, Abstentions 0).

4. Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1275—That the Parliament agrees—

  1. the following revisions to the Business Motion agreed on 5 October 2000—


Thursday 26 October 2000

delete all for that day and insert—
2.30 pm Selection of the Parliament’s Nominee for First Minister
(b) the following programme of business—


Wednesday 1 November 2000

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

2.35 pm Executive Motion to appoint Scottish Ministers

3.05 pm Executive Motion to appoint junior Scottish Ministers

3.35 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1188 Mrs Mary Mulligan: Sydney Paralympics and Olympic Games

Thursday 2 November 2000

9.30 am Scottish National Party Business

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Debate on National Cultural Strategy

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1171 Alex Fergusson: Waiver of Groundwater Maintenance Charge


Wednesday 8 November 2000

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Executive Debate on Equality Strategy

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1236 Ms Sandra White: Glasgow and West Coast of Scotland Rail Infrastructure


Thursday 9 November 2000

9.30 am Executive Debate on Children’s Issues

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Debate on Sport

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

and (c) that the Rural Affairs Committee reports to the Health and Community Care Committee by 10 November 2000 on the Specified Risk Material Order Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/344) and the Specified Risk Material Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/345)

Tricia Marwick moved amendment S1M-1275.1 to motion S1M-1275—

In point (a) leave out from "2.30pm" to "Minister" and insert—

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm Selection of the Parliament’s Nominee for First Minister

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to (by division: For 33, Against 62, Abstentions 15).

The motion was then agreed to (by division: For 78, Against 33, Abstentions 0).

5. Primary Dental Care: The Minister for Health and Community Care moved S1M-1271—That the Parliament notes the vital contribution which dental services make to health improvement and patient care; affirms its commitment to an effective and accessible NHS dental service for all who wish to use it in rural and urban Scotland, and welcomes the recently published Scottish Executive action plan for dental services in Scotland as a first step in improving the dental and oral health of Scotland and addressing inequalities in dental health.

Nicola Sturgeon moved amendment S1M-1271.1 to motion S1M-1271—

Insert at end—

"and further calls upon the Scottish Executive to bring forward proposals for the abolition of charges for dental check-ups."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 37, Against 76 Abstentions 0).

Robin Harper moved amendment S1M-1271.2 to motion S1M-1271—

Insert at end—

"but believes that the plans relating to the fluoridation of water supplies as a means of supporting primary care dental services outlined in the action plan should be abandoned in the light of the conclusions of the systematic review of fluoridation by the NHS Centre for Review and Dissemination."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 10, Against 67, Abstentions 36).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

6. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 3, 4 and 5 as noted above.

7. SBG and Transport Operatives Pension Schemes: The Parliament debated S1M-1096 in the name of Dennis CanavanThat the Parliament notes that both the Scottish Bus Group pensions scheme and the Transport Operatives pension scheme have still to be wound up some seven years after privatisation; further notes that the schemes have a surplus of around Ł129 million and that some 8,000 pensioners and 4,000 deferred pensioners are awaiting payment from this surplus, and calls for urgent action to be taken in order to secure the maximum possible benefit for the pensioners and deferred pensioners from that surplus.

The meeting closed at 5.42 pm.

 

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
25 October 2000

 

Appendix

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

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 12 October 2000 for approval by resolution

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.4) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/359)

laid under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 16 October 2000 for approval by resolution

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/360)

laid under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 20 October 2000 for approval by resolution

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (No. 2) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/370)

laid under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 23 October 2000 for approval by resolution

The Welfare of Farmed Animals (Scotland) Regulations 2000

laid under the Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1968

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 24 October 2000 for approval by resolution

The Budget (Scotland) Act 2000 (Amendment) (No.2) Order 2000

laid under the Budget (Scotland) Act 2000


Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 6 October 2000 and is subject to annulment

The National Health Service (General Dental Services) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/352)

laid under the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 18 October 2000 and are subject to annulment—

The Brucellosis (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/364)—

The Enzootic Bovine Leukosis (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/365)—

laid under the European Communities Act 1972

The Teachers’ Superannuation (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/366)

laid under the Superannuation Act 1972

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 23 October 2000 and is subject to annulment

The Gaming Clubs (Hours) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/371)

laid under the Gaming Act 1968

 

Not Subject to any Parliamentary Procedure

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 20 October 2000 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 3) (Scotland) Partial Revocation Order 2000 (SSI 2000/369)

laid under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 23 October 2000 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 3) (Scotland) Revocation Order 2000 (SSI 2000/372)

laid under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 25 October 2000 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 2) (Scotland) Partial Revocation (No.3) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/378)

laid under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

 

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 5 October 2000 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Deer Commission for Scotland Annual Report 1999-2000 (SE/2000/183)

laid under the Deer (Scotland) Act 1996


The following document was laid before the Parliament on 9 October 2000 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

sportscotland Lottery Fund Annual Report 1999-2000 (SE/2000/191)
laid under the National Lottery etc. Act 1993


The following document was laid before the Parliament on 20 October 2000 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

British Tourist Authority: Foreword and Annual Report 2000 (SE/2000/196)
laid under the Development of Tourism Act 1969


The following document was laid before the Parliament on 23 October 2000 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland Annual Report 1999-2000: A Year of Progress (SE/2000/188)


The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 24 October 2000 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Historic Buildings Council for Scotland Annual Report 1998-99 (SE/2000/185)

laid under the Historic Buildings and Ancient Monuments Act 1953

New Opportunities Fund Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2000 (SE/2000/187)
laid under the National Lottery etc. Act 1993

Scotland’s Budget Documents 2000-01 for the year ending 31 March 2001: Scotland’s Autumn Budget Revisions (SE/2000/197)


The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 25 October 2000 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scottish Law Commission Report on Real Burdens (SE/2000/189)

laid under the Law Commissions Act 1965

Further Education in Scotland 1999 (SE/2000/198)
laid under the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 1992


Committee Reports

The following Report was published on 9 October 2000

Transport and the Environment Committee, 13th Report 2000: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 199)

The following Report was published on 19 October 2000

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 35th Report 2000: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 195)

The following Report was published on 24 October 2000

European Committee, 5th Report 2000: Report on the Inquiry into football transfer fees and the position of the European Commission (SP Paper 196)

The following Consultation Paper was published on 25 October 2000

Standards Committee Consultation Paper: Lobbying in the Scottish Parliament (SP Paper 200)

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