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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Vol. 2, No. 35 Session 1

Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 22 November 2000

 

 

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Maryanne Ure, National Secretary of the Scottish Catholic Justice and Peace Commission, led Time for Reflection.

2. Suspension of standing orders: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1381—That the Parliament agrees that Rule 5.6.1(c) of the standing orders be suspended for the duration of the Meeting of the Parliament on Thursday 23 November 2000.

The motion was agreed to.

3. Change of Decision Time: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1380—That the Parliament agrees under Rule 11.2.4 of the standing orders that Decision Time on Thursday 23 November 2000 shall begin at 3.30 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

4. Business Motion: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1379—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following revision to the Business Motion on 16 November 2000—

Thursday 23 November 2000

after ‘Stage 1 Debate on the Salmon Conservation (Scotland) Bill’, delete all for that day and insert—

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of the Salmon Conservation (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1218 Margaret Jamieson: Tinnitus

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Decision Time

(b) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 29 November 2000

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Oath Taking

followed by Ministerial Statement

followed by Executive Debate on Domestic Abuse

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1189 Mr Adam Ingram: Mental Health Carers

Thursday 30 November 2000

9.30 am Scottish Conservative and Unionist 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 the Framework for Economic Development in Scotland

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1347 Mr Mike Rumbles: Access to NHS Dental Services in Grampian

Wednesday 6 December 2000

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Ministerial Statement

followed by Stage 3 Debate on the Abolition of Poindings and Warrant Sales Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1286 Tommy Sheridan: Glasgow Light Rail Scheme

Thursday 7 December 2000

9.30 am Ministerial Statement

followed by Executive Debate on Sea Fisheries

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Debate on Development of a National Alcohol Misuse Strategy

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

and (c) that the Equal Opportunities Committee reports to the Justice and Home Affairs Committee by 11 December 2000 on the draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2001.

The motion was agreed to.

5. Renewing Local Government Finance: The Minister for Finance and Local Government moved S1M-1373—That the Parliament welcomes the improvements in the local government finance system proposed by the Scottish Executive and agrees that this will provide greater stability and improve accountability and will contribute to the Scottish Executive’s aims of revitalising government and ensuring better local services and tax stability for the citizens of Scotland.

Mr Kenneth Gibson moved S1M-1373.1 to motion S1M-1373—

Leave out from "and will contribute" to end and insert—

"and believes that an independent and comprehensive review is essential to the renewal of local government finance and further welcomes the inquiry currently being conducted by Local Government Committee."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 24, Against 70, Abstentions 0).

Mr Keith Harding moved amendment S1M-1373.2 to motion S1M-1373—

Leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert—

"notes the changes in the local government finance system proposed by the Scottish Executive but recognises that further changes and considerations are necessary with regard to the funding and powers of local government to ensure that a truly democratic, responsive, inclusive and accountable system of local government is put in place in Scotland.

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 19, Against 72, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 74, Against 20, Abstentions 0).

6. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on item 5 as noted above.

7. SSSI, SPA and SAC Designations: The Parliament debated S1M-1243 in the name of John Scott—That the Parliament notes and expresses its concern at the significant increase in proposed designations of Sites of Special Scientific Interest, Special Protection Areas and Special Areas of Conservation made during the last year and covering more than 8% of Scotland’s landmass; requests a report to the Parliament on the scientific basis for these designations and on the findings of any consultations undertaken prior to designation, and believes that this issue should be debated in the Parliament before these designations are finalised. R

The meeting closed at 5.39 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
22 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 17 November 2000 for approval by resolution

The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2000

laid under the Environment Act 1985

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 21 November 2000 for approval by resolution

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.5) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/409)

laid under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 17 November 2000 and is subject to annulment

The Local Authorities (Goods and Services) (Public Bodies) (No.2) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/403)

laid under the Local Authorities (Goods and Services) Act 1970

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 20 November 2000 and is subject to annulment

The Prohibition of Fishing with Multiple Trawls (No.2) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/405)

laid under the Sea Fish (Conservation) Act 1967

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 21 November 2000 and are subject to annulment—

The Education (Provision of Information as to Schools) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/406)—

The Education (School and Placing Information) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/407)—

laid under the Education (Scotland) Act 1980

 

Not Subject to any Parliamentary Procedure

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 20 November 2000 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (Scotland) Revocation Order 2000 (SSI 2000/402)—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.2) (Scotland) Partial Revocation (No.4) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/402)—

laid under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 21 November 2000 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Annual Report of the Scottish Committee of the Council on Tribunals for the period 1 August 1999 to 31 July 2000 (SE/2000/195)

Audit Committee, 3rd Report 2000: The Scottish Ambulance Service: Response of the Scottish Executive Health Department (SE/2000/214)

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 22 November 2000 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Home-Grown Cereals Authority Annual Report and Accounts 1999-2000 (SE/2000/206)

laid under section 21 of the Cereals Marketing Act 1965 and section 88 of the Scotland Act 1998

National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting : Annual Accounts 1999-2000 (SE/2000/211)

laid under section 22(5) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

 

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 17 November 2000—

Social Inclusion, Housing and Voluntary Sector Committee, 4th Report 2000: Stage 1 Report on The Mortgage Rights (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 176)

Procedures Committee, 3rd Report 2000: Changes to Standing Orders of the Scottish Parliament (SP Paper 205)

 

The following Reports were published on 20 November 2000

Procedures Committee, 2nd Report 2000: Report on Private Legislation in the Scottish Parliament (SP Paper 204)

Rural Affairs Committee, 9th Report 2000: Stage 1 Report on the Salmon Conservation (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 218)

The following Report was published on 22 November 2000

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 41st Report 2000: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 220)

 
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