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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Vol. 2, No. 36 Session 1

Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 23 November 2000

 

 

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

The meeting opened at 9.31 am.

1. Investigation of Complaints and the Appointment of a Standards Commissioner: Mr Mike Rumbles, on behalf of the Standards Committee, moved S1M-1376—That the Parliament agrees the recommendations of the Standards Committee, as set out in its 4th Report 2000, on the investigation of complaints, the appointment of a Standards Commissioner and other matters.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (DT).

2. Parliamentary Questions: Mr Murray Tosh, on behalf of the Procedures Committee, moved S1M-1382—That the Parliament notes and agrees to the recommendations contained in the 1st Report 2000 of the Procedures Committee Preliminary Report into the Volume of Written Parliamentary Questions and the Scottish Executive’s Speed of Response (SP paper 169), as set out on pages 1 and 2 of the Report and reproduced below—

(a) to agree the terms of the proposed agreement between the Parliament and the Executive (as detailed on page 1 of the Report);

(b) that a continuing seminar on the resources for obtaining information and the appropriate use of parliamentary questions, and involving members, the Scottish Executive and Parliamentary officials, be organised by the Parliamentary authorities to assist those involved in the drafting of parliamentary questions, primarily members’ researchers and assistants;

(c) that internal departmental telephone directories of the Scottish Executive be made available to all MSPs; and

(d) that to facilitate the tracking of parliamentary questions and the answers submitted, the Parliamentary authorities should investigate now the feasibility of placing the date on which questions are lodged in the relevant Parliamentary publications.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (DT).

3. Private Legislation in the Scottish Parliament and Changes to the Standing Orders: Mr Murray Tosh, on behalf of the Procedures Committee, moved S1M-1383—That the Parliament notes—

(a) the terms of the 2nd Report 2000 of the Procedures Committee Private Legislation in the Scottish Parliament (SP Paper 204) and agrees to amend the Parliament’s standing orders in terms of the amendments set out in Annex B to the Report;

(b) the terms of the 3rd Report 2000 of the Procedures Committee Changes to Standing Orders of the Scottish Parliament (SP Paper 205) and agrees to amend the Parliament’s standing orders in terms of the amendments set out in Annexes A and B to that Report; and

agrees that these amendments come into force on 24 November 2000.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (DT).

4. Salmon Conservation (Scotland) Bill: The Minister for Rural Affairs moved S1M-1361—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Salmon Conservation (Scotland) Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (DT).

5. Salmon Conservation (Scotland) Bill: The Minister for Finance and Local Government moved S1M-1372—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Salmon Conservation (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any increase attributable to that Act in the sums payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund by or under any other Act.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6. Membership of Committees: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1386—That the Parliament agrees that Duncan Hamilton be appointed to the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Designation of lead committee: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1378—That the Parliament agrees the following designation of lead committee—

The Justice and Home Affairs Committee to consider the draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2001.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Approval; of SSI: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1377—That the Parliament agrees that the following Order be approved—

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

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9. Tinnitus: The Parliament debated S1M-1218 in the name of Margaret Jamieson—That the Parliament notes that tinnitus affects around one in ten of the population, including an even higher proportion of older people; further notes that following advances in various therapies to counter its effects a pharmacological solution is now a real possibility, and urges the Scottish Executive to encourage appropriate research to this end by all means at its disposal.

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

11. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 as noted above.

The meeting closed at 3.33 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
23 November 2000

 

Appendix

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

Subordinate Legislation

Not Subject to any Parliamentary Procedure

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 23 November 2000 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (Scotland) Partial Revocation Order 2000 (SSI 2000/413)—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (No.4) (Scotland) Revocation Order 2000 (SSI 2000/414)—

laid under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

 
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