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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Vol. 2, No. 49 Session 1

Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 25 January 2001

 

 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Roads of Scotland: Bruce Crawford moved S1M-1584—That the Parliament expresses its grave concern over the tendering process for the award of the contracts for the management and maintenance of the trunk road network; in particular notes that there are wide concerns about the contract assessment process, the future operation of the trunk road service and the potential knock-on implications for local authorities and others, and also expresses its deep regret that the Scottish Executive has failed to respond fully to the substantial and detailed submissions by the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, individual councils and others.

The Minister for Transport moved amendment S1M-1584.1 to motion S1M-1584—

Leave out from "expresses" to end and insert—

"recognises the strong concerns expressed by the local government consortia and trade unions about the award of the contracts for the management and maintenance of the trunk road network; in particular notes their concerns about the contract assessment process, the future operation of the trunk road services and the potential knock-on implications for local authorities, and calls upon the Executive to continue further exploration of all outstanding issues."

 

 

Mr Murray Tosh moved amendment S1M-1584.1.1 to amendment S1M-1584.1—

At end insert—

"and further expresses concern that the separation of trunk from non-trunk roads for management and maintenance work hitherto carried out on a combined basis may diminish overall operational efficiency and value for money, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to conduct an urgent analysis of the impact of disaggregation of combined operations and to report back to the Parliament on proposals necessary to achieve optimum operational efficiency and value for money across the network as a whole."

After debate, amendment S1M-1584.1.1 was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 53, Against 69, Abstentions 0).

Amendment S1M-1584.1 was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 86, Against 35, Abstentions 1).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 88, Against 34, Abstentions 1).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament recognises the strong concerns expressed by the local government consortia and trade unions about the award of the contracts for the management and maintenance of the trunk road network; in particular notes their concerns about the contract assessment process, the future operation of the trunk road services and the potential knock-on implications for local authorities, and calls upon the Executive to continue further exploration of all outstanding issues.

2. Personal Care for the Elderly: Nicola Sturgeon moved S1M-1589—That the Parliament, while welcoming the further package of proposals to improve care for the elderly announced by the Minister for Health and Community Care on 24 January 2001, notes that it is the policy of the Liberal Democrats, SNP, Conservatives and others to introduce free personal care for the elderly as proposed in the Sutherland Commission Report and calls upon the Scottish Executive to make a similar clear, firm and unequivocal commitment together with a definite timetable for its implementation.

Dr Richard Simpson moved amendment S1M-1589.2 to motion S1M-1589—

leave out from "while" to end and insert—

"recognises that there are benefits in providing free personal care for the elderly; welcomes as a major step in this direction the further package of proposals announced by the Executive on 24 January 2001 which set out a process that will lead to a substantial extension of free personal care; notes that there are significant issues of cost and practicality in moving further and calls upon the Executive to broaden the terms of reference of the Development Group to require it to consider the practicalities, costs and implications of providing free personal care for all and to report by August 2001 with proposals that will inform the Executive’s expenditure decisions for 2002-3 and beyond."

 

 

 

Tommy Sheridan moved amendment S1M-1589.1 to motion S1M-1589—

Leave out "and others" and insert—

"the Scottish Socialist Party and the Scottish Green Party".

After debate, amendment S1M-1589.2 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 65, Against 55, Abstentions 1). As a result, amendment S1M-1589.1 was pre-empted.

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 65, Against 20, Abstentions 36).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament, recognises that there are benefits in providing free personal care for the elderly; welcomes as a major step in this direction the further package of proposals announced by the Executive on 24 January 2001 which set out a process that will lead to a substantial extension of free personal care; notes that there are significant issues of cost and practicality in moving further and calls upon the Executive to broaden the terms of reference of the Development Group to require it to consider the practicalities, costs and implications of providing free personal care for all and to report by August 2001 with proposals that will inform the Executive’s expenditure decisions for 2002-03 and beyond.

3 Business Motion: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1581—That the Parliament agrees

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 31 January 2001

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – The Reverend Ernest Levy, Member of the Jewish Clergy

followed by Stage 1 Debate on the Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) (No. 2) Bill

followed by Executive Debate on the Outworking Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Financial Resolution on the Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) (No. 2) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1579 Ian Jenkins: Borders Textile Industry

Thursday 1 February 2001

9.30 am Executive Debate on Working Together for Scotland – a Programme for Government

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Debate on the Strategy for Enterprise

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1575 Roseanna Cunningham: Tayside Acute Services Review Consultation

Wednesday 7 February 2001

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Executive Debate on Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2001

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 8 February 2001

9.30 am Scottish Socialist Party and Green Party Business

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm Stage 3 Debate on the Budget (Scotland) (No.2) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

(b) that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 2 February 2001 on the draft Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986 Amendment Regulations 2001 and on the draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2001 and that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 2 February 2001 on the draft Number of Inner House Judges (Variation) Order 2001; and

(c) that Stage 1 of the Convention Rights (Compliance) (Scotland) Bill be completed by 21 March 2001

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

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

5. Budget (Scotland) (No.2) Bill – Stage 1: The Minister for Finance and Local Government moved S1M-1574—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Budget (Scotland) (No.2) Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 67, Against 0, Abstentions 52).

6. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Parliament, under Rule 13.2.2, made a statement on personal care for the elderly.

7. Suspension of meeting: The meeting was suspended from 5.09 pm
until 5.10 pm.

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

9. Robert Burns: The Parliament debated S1M-1506 in the name of David Mundell—That the Parliament recognises the immeasurable contribution which the life and works of Robert Burns have made to the history and culture of Scotland; commends the activities of the Robert Burns World Federation, individual Burns’ Clubs and the many other organisations and individuals who are dedicated to preserving and promoting Burns’ memory and work in Scotland and abroad, and believes that the Scottish Executive should do all it can to ensure that the maximum educational, cultural and economic, particularly from tourism, benefits are gained by the people of Scotland from Robert Burns’ global legacy.

The meeting closed at 6.19 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

25 January 2001

 

Appendix

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

 

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 25 January 2001 for approval by resolution

The Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2001

laid under the Local Government Finance Act 1992

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 25 January 2001 for approval by resolution

The Budget (Scotland) Act 2000 (Amendment) (No.2) Order 2001

laid under section 6(2) of the Budget (Scotland) Act 2000

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 25 January 2001 and is subject to annulment

The Smoke Control Areas (Exempt Fireplaces) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/16)

laid under the Clean Air Act 1993

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 25 January 2001 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Scotland’s Budget Documents 2001-02: Budget (Scotland) (No.2) Bill for the year ending 31 March 2002 (SE/2001/3)

National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting for Scotland Account 1999-2000 (SE/2001/57)

New Directions: Report on the Review of the Mental Health (Scotland) Act 1984 (SE/2001/56)

The Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2001 (SE/2001/64)

laid under the Local Government Finance Act 1992

 

 

 

Committee Reports

The following Report is being published on 25 January 2001

Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee, 1st Report 2001: Stage 1 Report on the Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) (No.2) Bill (SP Paper 252)

 

 

 

 

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