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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Vol. 2, No. 30 Session 1

Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 2 November 2000

 

 

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

The meeting opened at 9.32 am.

1. Drugs Courts: Roseanna Cunningham moved S1M-1303—That the Parliament recognises the complex nature of the drugs problem in Scotland; accepts that addressing the problem requires effective law enforcement working in partnership with well resourced rehabilitation and treatment strategies; acknowledges the role that a system of specialist drugs courts could play in dealing with drug-related crime; notes that the Scottish Drugs Forum and CoSLA support the establishment of drugs courts, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to develop an appropriate pilot scheme with a view to moving towards the establishment of drugs courts in areas of Scotland where adequate rehabilitation and treatment resources exist, as proposed in the Scottish National Party’s 1999 Election Manifesto.

The Deputy Minister for Justice moved amendment S1M-1303.2 to motion S1M-1303—

Leave out from "acknowledges" to end and insert—

"and acknowledges the work that the Scottish Executive is doing in tackling this problem."

Phil Gallie moved amendment S1M-1303.1 to motion S1M-1303—

Leave out from "with a view" to end and insert—

"based on the aims laid out in the 1999 Scottish Conservative and Unionist Election Manifesto."

After debate, amendment S1M-1303.2 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 60, Against 51, Abstentions 0). As a result, amendment S1M-1303.1 was pre-empted.

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 61, Against 1, Abstentions 48).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament recognises the complex nature of the drugs problem in Scotland; accepts that addressing the problem requires effective law enforcement working in partnership with well resourced rehabilitation and treatment strategies and acknowledges the work that the Scottish Executive is doing in tackling this.

2. Rates Relief for Small Businesses: Mr Kenneth Gibson moved S1M-1301—That the Parliament resolves that a permanent small business rates relief scheme, which is more generous than the present 1p poundage reduction, should be introduced with effect from 1 April 2001.

The Minister for Local Government and Finance moved amendment S1M-1301.1 to motion S1M-1301—

Leave out from "resolves" to end and insert—

"commends the Executive for delivering a 1p reduction in the poundage applied to small businesses with a rateable value of less than 10,000; notes that the revaluation of business rates has been delivered with the minimum turbulence for Scottish business and was conducted on a clear partnership basis with full participation from business rate payers and local authorities at every stage in the process, and welcomes the Executive’s current consideration of the case for small business rate relief."

Miss Annabel Goldie moved amendment S1M-1301.2 to motion S1M-1301—

Leave out from "permanent" to end and insert "uniform business rate be re-instated and that efforts be made to reduce the level of uniform business rate, thereby diminishing the financial burden on all business and stimulating business activity in Scotland."

After debate, amendment S1M-1301.1 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 62, Against 50, Abstentions 0). As a result, amendment S1M-1301.2 was pre-empted.

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 62, Against 19, Abstentions 31).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament commends the Executive for delivering a 1p reduction in the poundage applied to small businesses with a rateable value of less than 10,000; notes that the revaluation of business rates has been delivered with the minimum turbulence for Scottish business and was conducted on a clear partnership basis with full participation from business rate payers and local authorities at every stage in the process, and welcomes the Executive’s current consideration of the case for small business rate relief.

3. Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1304—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) The following programme of business--

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-1229 Mr Andrew Welsh: Nuclear Testing Related Illnesses

Thursday 9 November 2000

9.30 am Ministerial Statement

followed by Executive Debate on NHS Governance and Accountability

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 - debate on the subject of S1M-1210 Donald Gorrie: Misuse of Alcohol

Wednesday 15 November 2000

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Ministerial Statement

followed by Executive Debate on Social Justice

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 16 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 Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

and (b) that Stage 1 of the Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) Bill be completed by 14 December 2000

The motion was agreed to.

4. Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister and other Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

5. National Cultural Strategy: The Minister for Environment, Sport and Culture moved S1M-1305—That the Parliament recognises the strength and breadth of cultural activity in Scotland and the important contribution it makes to Scotland’s economy and to the quality of life of people throughout Scotland; considers that public support and encouragement of cultural development should be guided by a framework which widens opportunities to participate, promotes education in and through culture and supports and celebrates excellence in all areas of cultural activity, and therefore welcomes the publication by the Scottish Executive of Creating Our Future, Minding Our Past, Scotland’s first National Cultural Strategy.

Michael Russell moved amendment S1M-1305.1 to motion S1M-1305—

Leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert—

"calls upon the Scottish Executive to tackle with urgency problems such as the impending closure of key industrial museums in Scotland whilst also developing and implementing a vibrant and accessible vision of the place of the arts and heritage in the lives of the people of Scotland."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 32, Against 80, Abstentions 0).

Mr Brian Monteith moved amendment S1M-1305.2 to motion S1M-1305—

Leave out from "public support" to end and insert—

"culture in Scotland is the product of our nation’s artistic, political and economic history and the spontaneous and independent interactions of individuals and organisations and that ownership of Scottish culture lies with Scotland’s people; believes that cultural excellence will best develop in an open and free society and that the role of the Scottish Executive should be to preserve and promote our historical record and artistic achievement and to foster an open society where new contributions can be made without requiring endorsement by politicians or producer groups, and further considers that the Executive’s Cultural Strategy document represents a missed opportunity to clarify the limitations of government in Scotland’s culture.

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 19, Against 93, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 61, Against 0, Abstentions 49).

6. Membership of Committees: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1309—That the Parliament agrees that the following Members be appointed to Committees—

Lloyd Quinan to the Audit Committee

Irene McGugan to the Education, Culture and Sport Committee

Linda Fabiani to the Equal Opportunities Committee

Kay Ullrich to the Equal Opportunities Committee

Richard Lochhead to the European Committee

Lloyd Quinan to the European Committee

Alex Neil to the Finance Committee

Shona Robison to the Health and Community Care Committee

Nicola Sturgeon to the Health and Community Care Committee

Kay Ullrich to the Procedures Committee

Winnie Ewing to the Public Petitions Committee

Fergus Ewing to the Rural Affairs Committee

Duncan Hamilton to the Rural Affairs Committee

Brian Adam to the Social Inclusion, Housing and Voluntary Sector Committee

Sandra White to the Social Inclusion, Housing and Voluntary Sector Committee

Fiona McLeod to the Subordinate Legislation Committee

Bruce Crawford to the Transport and the Environment Committee

Fiona McLeod to the Transport and the Environment Committee

John Home Robertson to the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee

Frank McAveety to the Health and Community Care Committee

Johann Lamont to the Social Inclusion, Housing and Voluntary Sector Committee


The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Designation of Lead Committee: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1302—That the Parliament agrees that the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee is designated as a Lead Committee in consideration of the Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) Bill and that the Bill should also be considered by the Local Government Committee.


The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2, 5, 6 and 7 as noted above.

9. Waiver of Groundwater Maintenance Charge: The Parliament debated S1M-1171 in the name of Alex Fergusson—That the Parliament notes that the annual groundwater maintenance charge has been waived for sheep farmers in England and Wales and believes that the Scottish Environment Protection Agency should waive its charge in order to eliminate the competitive disadvantage which is currently borne by Scotland’s farmers.


The meeting closed at 5.47 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
2 November 2000

 

Appendix

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

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instruments were laid in draft before the Parliament on 2 November 2000 for approval by resolution—

The Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) (No.2) Order 2000—

The Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Adaptation of Functions etc.) (No.2) Order 2000—

laid under the Scotland Act 1998

 

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 2 November 2000—

Finance Committee, 14th Report 2000: Report on Salmon Conservation (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 207)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 38th Report 2000: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 209)

 
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