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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Vol. 2, No. 38 Session 1

Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 30 November 2000

 

 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. District Courts: Phil Gallie moved S1M-1404—That the Parliament expresses its concern over the detrimental effects of the current strike being undertaken by UNISON members in Glasgow District Court on the administration of justice and calls upon the Scottish Executive to do everything in its power to resolve the current situation and in the longer term to transfer the responsibility for administration of district courts to the Scottish Courts Administration and to seek to negotiate a no strike agreement with court staff to put them on a par with police and prison officers.

The Deputy Minister for Justice moved amendment S1M-1404.2 to motion S1M-1404—

Leave out from "and calls" to end and insert—

"; recognises that the Crown has worked to protect business in District Courts and that this has proved successful except in the case of Glasgow, and urges the suspension of further action affecting the courts."

After debate, amendment S1M-1404.2 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 62, Against 49, Abstentions 0).

Michael Matheson moved amendment S1M-1404.1 to motion S1M-1404—

Leave out from "detrimental" to end and insert—

"effect of the current industrial action on the operation of the Glasgow District Court; calls upon the Scottish Executive to ensure a speedy resolution of the dispute and, in the light of the current situation, further calls upon the Scottish Executive to publish an interim report from the current review of district courts in order that public confidence in the administration and operation of our judicial system is restored and to ensure that this report is made available to the Parliament."

After debate, amendment S1M-1404.1 was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 30, Against 82, Abstentions 0).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 63, Against 50, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament expresses its concern over the detrimental effects of the current strike being undertaken by UNISON members in Glasgow District Court on the administration of justice; recognises that the Crown has worked to protect business in District Courts and that this has proved successful except in the case of Glasgow and urges the suspension of further action affecting the courts.

2. Europe: David McLetchie moved S1M-1406—That the Parliament notes the forthcoming Nice intergovernmental conference meeting which is intended to pave the way for enlargement of the European Union and, which will have significant consequences for Scotland and, whilst welcoming enlargement, opposes moves towards a European superstate which will undermine our national sovereignty; calls upon the Scottish Executive to urge Her Majesty’s Government to support the development of a European Union which is based on flexibility, consensus and co-operation, believing that this is in the best interests of Scotland and Europe as a whole and further calls upon the Scottish Executive to commission and publish a study into the impact of the Nice proposals on devolved functions and the Scottish economy.

The Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs moved amendment S1M-1406.2 to motion S1M-1406—

Leave out from " notes" to end and insert—

"recognises the vital importance of the European Union to the current prosperity of Scotland; welcomes Scotland’s positive engagement in the European Union directly and through the UK; believes appropriate decisions in different areas of policy can be taken at Scottish, UK and European levels to ensure democracy and effective government; and supports the work of the Executive and the Parliament to raise the profile of a newly devolved Scotland as a modern, dynamic country with a clear sense of identity within a strong member state."

Andrew Wilson moved amendment S1M-1406.1 to motion S1M-1406—

Insert at end—

"and encourages any moves towards the normalisation of Scotland’s status as a nation within a confederal European Union with full rights and obligations as a member state."

After debate, amendment S1M-1406.2 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 63, Against 49, Abstentions 0). As a result, amendment S1M-1406.1 was pre-empted.

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 49, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament recognises the vital importance of the European Union to the current prosperity of Scotland; welcomes Scotland’s positive engagement in the European Union directly and through the UK; believes appropriate decisions in different areas of policy can be taken at Scottish, UK and European levels to ensure democracy and effective government; and supports the work of the Executive and the Parliament to raise the profile of a newly devolved Scotland as a modern, dynamic country with a clear sense of identity within a strong member state.

3. Business Motion: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1403—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 6 December 2000

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

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

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 on Local Government Settlement

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 - debate on the subject of S1M-1363 Scott Barrie: Let’s Keep It Safe

Wednesday 13 December 2000

9.30 am Time for Reflection

followed by Education, Culture and Sport Committee and Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee Debate on SQA Inquiries

2.30 pm Finance Committee Debate on 2001-02 Budget Process Stage 2

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1206 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: Abercorn Primary School West Lothian

Thursday 14 December 2000

9.30 am Scottish National Party Business

followed by Ministerial Statement

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

The motion was agreed to.

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

5. Framework for Economic Development in Scotland: The Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning moved S1M-1405—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of Way Forward: Framework for Economic Development in Scotland; agrees with the clear aspirations for the Scottish economy which it sets out; agrees that for future economic success and prosperity, Scotland needs to improve productivity, its capacity for learning and innovation and transform its technology base, and that the Framework provides a basis for the joined up economic decision-making which is vital, and welcomes the work being done in partnership with all the key players in the Scottish economy towards achieving the Framework’s vision.

Mr Kenny MacAskill moved amendment S1M-1405.2 to motion S1M-1405—

Leave out "and that" and insert—

"and to that end insists that further investment is made in education and in the transport and electronic communications infrastructure to ensure that the aspirations of the framework document can be achieved; agrees that with such investment"

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 30, Against 83, Abstentions 0).

Miss Annabel Goldie moved amendment S1M-1405.1 to motion S1M-1405—

Insert at end—

"but emphasises the importance of monitoring such activity in order that a meaningful response can be made to any negative outcome or trend."

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

The motion as amended was then agreed to (DT).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of Way Forward: Framework for Economic Development in Scotland; agrees with the clear aspirations for the Scottish economy which it sets out; agrees that for future economic success and prosperity, Scotland needs to improve productivity, its capacity for learning and innovation and transform its technology base, and that the Framework provides a basis for the joined up economic decision-making which is vital, and welcomes the work being done in partnership with all the key players in the Scottish economy towards achieving the Framework’s vision but emphasises the importance of monitoring such activity in order that a meaningful response can be made to any negative outcome or trend.

6. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2 and 5 as noted above.

7. Access to NHS Dental Services in Grampian: The Parliament debated S1M-1347 in the name of Mr Mike Rumbles—That the Parliament recognises that improving access to NHS dental services is a public health priority, welcomes the publication by the Scottish Executive of An Action Plan for Dental Services in Scotland as a first step in this process but recognises that in the Grampian Health Board area, as in a number of rural areas of Scotland, more needs to be done to ensure access for all to NHS dental treatment.

Meetings of Committees

The meeting closed at 5.43 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
30 November 2000

Appendix

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

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 30 November 2000 for approval by resolution

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.6) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/428)

laid under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 30 November 2000 for approval by resolution

Draft Undertaking by the Scottish Ministers under section 2(1) of the Highlands and Islands Shipping Services Act 1960

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 30 November 2000 and are subject to annulment—

The Common Agricultural Policy Support Schemes (Modulation) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/429)

laid under the European Communities Act 1972

The Financial Assistance for Environmental Purposes (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/430)

laid under the Environment Protection Act 1990

The Plastic Materials and Articles in Contact with Food (Amendment) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/431)

laid under the Food Safety Act 1990

The Control of Pollution (Registers and Consents for Discharges) (Secretary of State Functions) Amendment Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/432)

laid under the Control of Pollution Act 1974

 

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 30 November 2000 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scottish Conveyancing and Executry Services Board Annual Report & Accounts 1999-2000 (SE/2000/186)

laid under the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1990

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 30 November 2000—

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 43rd Report 2000: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 225)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 44th Report 2000: Delegated Powers Scrutiny, Abolition of Poindings and Warrant Sales Bill as amended at Stage 2 (SP Paper 226)

Enterprise and Lifelong Learning, 6th Report 2000: Report on the Inquiry into the Governance of the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SP Paper 232)

 
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