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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Vol. 2, No. 40 Session 1

Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 7 December 2000

 

 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Finance and Local Government made a statement on the local government settlement.

2. Sea Fisheries: The Deputy Minister for Rural Development moved S1M-1433—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to seek from the negotiations leading up to the December Fisheries Council the best available outcome for the Scottish fishing industry consistent with sustainability of fish stocks.

Richard Lochhead moved amendment S1M-1433.1 to motion S1M-1433—

Insert at end—

", and to negotiate the transfer of lead responsibility for European Union fisheries negotiations from Her Majesty's Government to the Scottish Executive in recognition of Scotland’s dominant position within the UK industry; questions the basis on which many of the proposals tabled by the EU Commission for the December Fisheries Council were formulated; calls for the urgent implementation of a recovery plan for fish stocks comprising a range of technical measures to achieve the aim of sustainability; further recognises that adequately funded economic and social measures will also be required to ensure the viability of our fishing communities and achieve a restructuring of the fishing fleet; calls for an early introduction of zonal management to ensure that the unacceptable decision-making process that prevents stability in the fishing industry is not repeated, and notes that the Labour-Liberal coalition’s policies have left the Scottish fishing industry at a competitive disadvantage."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 28, Against 75, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

3. Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1428—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 13 December 2000

9.30 am Time for Reflection – The Reverend Dr. Gordon Murray, Minister, Edinburgh and Forth Methodist Circuit

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

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 on the Health Plan

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Debate on Committee Restructuring

followed by Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-808 Fergus Ewing: Shinty

Wednesday 20 December 2000

9.30 am Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Debate on the Transport (Scotland) Bill

2.30 pm Continuation of Stage 3 Debate on the Transport (Scotland) Bill

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

The motion was agreed to (by division: For 74, Against 3, Abstentions 0).

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

5. Development of a National Alcohol Misuse Strategy: The Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care moved S1M-1434—That the Parliament endorses the Executive’s plans to work towards the publication of a national action plan to tackle alcohol misuse.

Mr Keith Harding moved amendment S1M-1434.1 to motion S1M-1434—

Leave out from "endorses" to end and insert—

"notes the Executive’s plans to work towards the publication of a national action plan to tackle alcohol misuse and calls upon the Executive to review the terms of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 1976 in order that licensing practices are brought into line with modern attitudes and social outlooks."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 18, Against 60, Abstentions 25).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

6. Membership of Committees: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1430—That the Parliament agrees that Mrs Margaret Ewing be appointed to the Education, Culture and Sport Committee following the resignation of Ms Nicola Sturgeon.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Approval of SSIs: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1431—That the Parliament agrees that the following Orders be approved—

The draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) (No.2) Order 2000;

The draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) Order 2000;

The draft Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Adaptation of Functions etc.) (No.2) Order 2000;

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

The draft Welfare of Farmed Animals (Scotland) Regulations 2000.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Sitting Days: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1432—That the Parliament agrees that between 8 January 2001 and 11 January 2002 (inclusive) the Office of the Clerk will be open on all days except: Saturdays and Sundays, 13 April, 16 April, 7 May, 25 May, 28 May, 30 November, 24 December (pm), 25 December, 26 December 2001, 1 January 2002 and 2 January 2002.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9. Membership of Committees: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1438—That the Parliament agrees that Bill Butler be appointed to the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee following the resignation of John Home Robertson.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 as noted above.

11. Let’s Keep Safe: The Parliament debated S1M-1363 in the name of Scott Barrie—That the Parliament notes the widespread harassment that people with learning difficulties can be subjected to in Scotland; further notes the work undertaken by MENCAP and ENABLE to highlight this problem; congratulates Values Into Action for producing the A to Z booklets Let’s Keep Safe and Let’s Report It to assist people in dealing with and overcoming such bullying and harassment; further notes the successful launch of these booklets in Edinburgh on 15 November 2000, and commends them to local authorities, NHS Trusts and voluntary groups as a guide to best practice in this area

The meeting closed at 5.32 pm.

 

 

 

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament

7 December 2000

 

Appendix

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

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 7 December 2000 and is subject to annulment

The Divorce etc. (Pensions) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/438)

laid under the Family Law (Scotland) Act 1985

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 7 December 2000 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scottish Transport Group Report and Accounts for the year to 31 March 2000 (SE/2000/213)

laid under the Transport Act 1962 as amended by the Transport Act 1968

Committee Reports

The following Report was published on 7 December

Social Inclusion, Housing and Voluntary Sector Committee, 6th Report 2000: Report on Inquiry into Drug Misuse and Deprived Communities (SP Paper 198)

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