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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Vol. 2, No. 31 Session 1

Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 8 November 2000

 

 

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

 

1. Time for Reflection: Robert D. Kernohan, an elder of the Church of Scotland at Cramond Kirk, led Time for Reflection.

2. Equality Strategy: The Minister for Social Justice moved S1M-1320—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive’s commitment to ensuring that people are treated as equal individuals regardless of, for example, their background, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, any disability, age or religious belief; commends the strategy set out in Working Together for Equality and the Scottish Executive’s commitment to address inequality, prejudice and discrimination through an inclusive, participative and mainstreaming approach, and calls upon other organisations to do likewise in working to attain equality of opportunity for all.

Fiona Hyslop moved amendment S1M-1320.2 to motion S1M-1320—

Leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert—

"notes the publication of the Scottish Executive’s strategy set out in Working Together for Equality, regrets that currently the legislative competence for equal opportunities remains with the Westminster Parliament, and therefore calls on the Scottish Executive within its limited powers to implement all the exceptions listed under section L2 of Schedule 5 to the Scotland Act 1998 in meeting their objectives to attain equality of opportunity for all."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 27, Against 72, Abstentions 0).

Bill Aitken moved amendment S1M-1320.1 to motion S1M-1320—

Leave out from "commends" to end and insert—

"but recognises that true equality, namely the equality of opportunity, can only be achieved by a radical rethink of many Scottish Executive policies."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 17, Against 82, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 83, Against 16, Abstentions 0).

3. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on item 2 as noted above.

4. Nuclear Testing Related Illnesses: The Parliament debated S1M-1229 in the name of Mr Andrew Welsh—That the Parliament recognises the possible correlation between participation in the UK’s Nuclear Test Programme in the 1950s and the development of subsequent illnesses; congratulates Dundee University on its progress toward the development of a new diagnostic procedure and management clinic for individuals exposed to injurious amounts of ionising radiation, and supports the University’s attempts to develop a centre of excellence to deal with the health hazards of long term and accidental radiation exposure.

The meeting closed at 5.36 pm.

 

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
8 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

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 3 November 2000 for approval by resolution

The Welfare of Farmed Animals (Scotland) Regulations 2000

laid under the Agricultural (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1968

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 6 November 2000 for approval by resolution

The Education (National Priorities) (Scotland) Order 2000

laid under the Standards in Scotland’s Schools etc. Act 2000

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 8 November 2000 for approval by resolution

The Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) Order 2000

laid under the Scotland Act 1998

 

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 8 November 2000 and is subject to annulment

The Dairy Produce Quotas Amendment (No. 2) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/391)

laid under the European Communities Act 1972

 

Not Subject to any Parliamentary Procedure

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 3 November 2000 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (Scotland) Partial Revocation Order 2000 (SSI 2000/381)—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (No.3) (Scotland) Revocation Order 2000 (SSI 2000/382)—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (No.4) (Scotland) Partial Revocation Order 2000 (SSI 2000/383)—

laid under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985


The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 8 November 2000 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 4) (Scotland) Revocation Order 2000 (SSI 2000/389)

laid under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

 

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 3 November 2000 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scottish Natural Heritage Account 1999-2000 (SE/2000/207)

laid under the Natural Heritage (Scotland) Act 1991


The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 6 November 2000 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland Annual Report 1999-2000 (SE/2000/181)

laid under the Mental Health (Scotland) Act 1984

The Food Standards Agency Statement of Objectives and Practices: Putting the Consumer First (SE/2000/2000)

laid under the Food Standards Act 1999

New Opportunities from the Lottery: Proposals for the New Opportunities Fund (SE/2000/206)

laid under the National Lottery etc. Act 1993

National Galleries of Scotland: Review, Report, Accounts and Catalogue of Acquisitions 1997-99 (SE/2000/210)

laid under the National Heritage (Scotland) Act 1985

 

Committee Reports

The following Report was published on 8 November 2000

European Committee 6th Report, 2000: Report of the Inquiry into European Structural Funds and their implementation in Scotland (SP Paper 210)

 
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