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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Vol. 2, No. 33 Session 1

Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 15 November 2000

 

 

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

The meeting opened at 2.31 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Christine Davis, Quaker, Dunblane, led Time for Reflection.

2. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Environment, Sport and Culture made a statement on water and sewerage charges.

3. Social Justice: The Minister for Social Justice moved S1M-1345—That the Parliament welcomes the Executive’s publication of the Social Justice Annual Report 2000; notes the progress which is being made in tackling poverty and social exclusion, and reaffirms its commitment to creating a fairer society in Scotland, where everyone matters.

Fiona Hyslop moved amendment S1M-1345.3 to motion S1M-1345—

Leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert—

"affirms its commitment to creating a fairer society and to combating poverty; notes the publication by the Scottish Executive of the Social Justice Annual Report 2000; requests that in future the report is produced on an independent basis, with targets and measurements revised to be sustainable over future administrations and subject to all-party Parliamentary agreement, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to abandon those policies which are currently undermining progress in combating poverty and where necessary to make representations on behalf of the Scottish people to Her Majesty's Government to change those policies which prevent progress in achieving social justice."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 29, Against 72, Abstentions 0).

Bill Aitken moved amendment S1M-1345.1 to motion S1M-1345—

Leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert—

"notes the information published to date which shows that the Scottish Executive still has a long way to go to meet its objectives on social justice; affirms its commitment to building a civic society based on opportunities and responsibilities for all, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to address the problems of crime in Scotland’s communities and devolve power to individuals, families and communities as essential steps on the road to achieving social justice.

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 18, Against 83, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 57, Against 19, Abstentions 26).

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

5. Glasgow and West Coast of Scotland Rail Infrastructure: The Parliament debated S1M-1236 in the name of Ms Sandra White—That the Parliament agrees that the transport infrastructure of Glasgow and the West Coast of Scotland suffers from the lack of a direct rail link to Glasgow Airport and a Glasgow north/south rail link; notes that these interrelated schemes would bring benefits to all of Scotland, improving the rail accessibility of all parts of the country, and believes that the Scottish Executive should implement plans and make available the necessary funds for the development of these schemes.

The meeting closed at 5.42 pm.

 

 

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

15 November 2000

 

Appendix

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

 

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 13 November 2000 for approval by resolution—

The Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2001

laid under the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 15 November 2000 for approval by resolution

The Mink Keeping (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/400)

laid under the Destructive Imported Animals Act 1932

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 13 November 2000 and is subject to annulment

The Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/399)

laid under the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 14 November 2000 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Scottish Natural Heritage Annual Report 1999-2000 (SE/2000/192)—

Scottish Natural Heritage Facts and Figures 1999-2000 (SE/2000/193)—

laid under the Heritage (Scotland) Act 1991

Committee Reports

The following Report was published on 10 November 2000

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 39th Report 2000: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 214)

The following Report was published on 14 November 2000

Justice and Home Affairs Committee, 7th Report 2000: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 213)

 

 

 
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