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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Vol. 2, No. 41 Session 1

Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 13 December 2000

 

 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Time for Reflection: The Reverend Dr Gordon Murray, Minister, Edinburgh and Forth Methodist Circuit. led Time for Reflection.

2. Business Motion: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1457—That the Parliament agrees, as an addition to the Business Motion agreed on 7 December 2000

Wednesday 13 December 2000

after the first Parliamentary Bureau Motions, insert

followed by Debate on Motion of No Confidence

Tricia Marwick moved amendment S1M-1457.1 to motion S1M-1457—

Insert at end—

"and after the "Education, Culture and Sport Committee and Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee Debate on SQA Inquiries" insert

to be concluded at 1.30 pm"

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to (by division: For 33, Against 79, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to (by division: For 78, Against 32, Abstentions 0).

 

 

3. Motion of No Confidence: Mike Russell moved S1M-1448—That the Parliament has no confidence in Sam Galbraith in his role as a member of the Scottish Executive, by reason of his failure to act decisively on the matter of the Scottish Qualifications Authority between 26 June and 13 August 2000.

After debate, the motion was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 52, Against 66, Abstentions 1).

4. Education, Culture and Sport and Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committees Debate on Scottish Qualifications Authority Inquiries: Mary Mulligan, on behalf of the Education, Culture and Sport and Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committees moved S1M-1446—That the Parliament notes the 11th Report 2000 by the Education, Culture and Sport Committee Exam Results Inquiry (SP Paper 234) and the 6th Report 2000 of the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee Inquiry into the Governance of the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SP Paper 232) and urges the Scottish Executive to give urgent consideration to their findings and recommendations.

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

5. Stage 2 of the 2001-02 Budget Process: Mike Watson, on behalf of the Finance Committee, moved S1M-1449—That the Parliament notes the 16th Report 2000 of the Finance Committee Stage 2 of the 2001-02 Budget Process and commends the recommendations to the Scottish Executive.

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

6. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 3, 4 and 5 as noted above.

7. Abercorn Primary School, West Lothian: The Parliament debated S1M-1206 in the name of Lord James Douglas-Hamilton—That the Parliament registers its concern about the possible closure of Abercorn Primary School in West Lothian which provides a first class education to its pupils, notes the opposition expressed by the parents to the proposed closure by West Lothian Council and calls upon the Council to keep the school open.

The meeting closed at 5.38 pm.

 

 

 

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

13 December 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 12 December 2000 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (Scotland) Partial Revocation (No.2) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/440)—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (No.2) (Scotland) Revocation Order 2000 (SSI 2000/441)—

laid under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 12 December 2000 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scottish Charities Nominee Annual Report for the year ended 31 August 2000 (SE/2000/216)

laid under the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1990 and the Charities (Dormant Accounts) (Scotland) Regulations 1995

Sportscotland Annual Review 1999-2000 (SE/2000/223)

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 13 December 2000 for approval by resolution

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

Note: the draft Undertaking which was laid before the Parliament on 30 November 2000 has been withdrawn

SPCB Papers

The following Report was published on 8 December 2000

Scottish Commission for Public Audit, 2nd Report 2000: Audit Scotland Budget 2001-2002 (SP Paper 228)

 

 

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 8 December 2000—

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 45th Report 2000: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 233)

Education, Culture and Sport Committee, 11th Report 2000: Report on Exam Results Inquiry (SP Paper 234)

Volume 2 was published on 11 December 2000

Transport and the Environment Committee, 15th Report 2000: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 237).

The following Consultation Paper was published on 11 December 2000

Standards Committee, Consultation Paper: Members’ Interests (SP Paper 235)

The following Report was published on 11 December 2000

Finance Committee, 16th Report 2000: Report on Stage 2 of the 2001-02 Budget process (SP Paper 236)

The following Report was published on 12 December 2000

Education, Culture and Sport, 12th Report 2000: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP 238)

The following Report was published on 13 December 2000

Health and Community Care Committee, 18th Report 2000: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 240)

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