Vol. 2, No. 37 Session 1
Meeting of the Parliament
Wednesday 29 November 2000
Note: (DT) signifies a decision
taken at Decision Time.
The meeting opened at 2.32 pm.
1. Time for Reflection: The Reverend Alan McDonald, Minister of the Parish Churches of St Leonard’s and Cameron in St Andrews and Convenor of the Church and Nation Committee, Church of Scotland, led Time for Reflection.
2. Oaths and Affirmations: William Gerard Butler made his solemn affirmation before the Clerk.
3. Ministerial Statement: The Lord Advocate made a statement concerning the murder of Surjit Singh Chhokar.
4. Domestic Abuse: The Minister for Social Justice moved S1M-1400—That the Parliament approves the final Report of the Scottish Partnership on Domestic Abuse, endorses the National Strategy to Address Domestic Abuse in Scotland and welcomes the funding package which has been put in place to implement the recommendations of the Partnership.
Tommy Sheridan moved amendment S1M-1400.1 to motion S1M-1400—
Insert at end—
"but believes that this represents only a small step in the direction of tackling real problems which women and children who live with, are planning to leave or have left violent men face and that immediate resources need to be made directly available to women and children in this position."
After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 20, Against 91, Abstentions 1).
The motion was then agreed to (DT).
5. Motion without notice: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that motion S1M-1408 be taken at this meeting of the Parliament.
The motion was agreed to.
6. Suspension of standing orders: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1408—That the Parliament agrees that Rule 12.3.3 of the standing orders be suspended from 12.30 pm until 2.30 pm on Thursday 30 November 2000 to allow the Education, Culture and Sport Committee to meet.
The motion was agreed to (DT).
7. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 4 and 6 as noted above.
8. Mental Health Carers: The Parliament debated S1M-1189 in the name of Mr Adam Ingram—That the Parliament congratulates Trust: A Carers Connection on its campaigning for the rights of carers of the mentally ill in Ayrshire; recognises the specific needs of these carers; believes that the rights of carers of people with mental illness should be at least the same as those of other carers, particularly in relation to consultation over care issues concerning the patient, and acknowledges the invaluable work carried out by these carers.
The meeting closed at 5.34 pm.
(Note: this Appendix does not form part of the Minutes)
The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 27 November 2000 and is subject to annulment
The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 28 November 2000 and are subject to annulment—
The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 29 November 2000 and is subject to annulment
The following document was laid before the Parliament on 29 November 2000 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure
The following Reports were published on 24 November 2000—
The following Report was published on 27 November 2000
The following Report was published on 28 November 2000