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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Vol. 2, No. 51 Session 1

Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 1 February 2001

 

 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Working together for Scotland: A Programme for Government: The First Minister moved S1M-1609—That the Parliament endorses the contents of Working together for Scotland: a Programme for Government.

Mr John Swinney moved amendment S1M-1609.1 to motion S1M-1609—

Leave out from "endorses" to end and insert—

"condemns the use of valuable Parliamentary time and public resources for an exercise in spin and calls for the Parliament to take on the powers of a normal Parliament which would enable it to use all of the resources of Scotland to address the social and economic priorities determined by the people of Scotland."

Mr David McLetchie moved amendment S1M-1609.1.1 to amendment S1M-1609.1—

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

"represented by and contained within the Working together for Scotland: A Programme for Government document."

After debate, amendment S1M-1609.1.1 was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 17, Against 94, Abstentions 0).

After debate, amendment S1M-1609.1 was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 33, Against 77, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 62, Against 49, Abstentions 0).

2. Business Motion: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1605—That the Parliament agrees

(a) the following revisions to the Business Motion agreed on 25 January 2001—

Thursday 1 February 2001

after "Business Motion" insert

followed by Ministerial Statement on the Lockerbie Trial

and (b) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 7 February 2001

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

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

followed by Executive Debate on the Criminal Justice and Police Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1478 Cathy Peattie: 2001: UN Year of Volunteering

Thursday 8 February 2001

9.30 am Green Party debate on Renewable Energy

followed by Scottish Socialist Party debate on the National Health Service

followed by Scottish Socialist Party debate on Local Authority Housing Capital Debt

followed by Scottish Socialist Party debate on the Abolition of Council Tax

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

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 - debate on the subject of S1M-1489 John Scott: Non-payment of Redundancy Packages to Ailsa Troon Workers

Wednesday 14 February 2001

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Ministerial Statement

followed by Health and Community Care Committee Debate on its Report on the Delivery of Community Care in Scotland

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1569 Fiona Hyslop: Debt Advice and Debt Awareness Day

Thursday 15 February 2001

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

followed by Ministerial Statement on the Lockerbie Trial

The motion was agreed to.

3. Ministerial Statement: The Lord Advocate made a statement on the Lockerbie trial.

4. Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister, the Solicitor General for Scotland and other Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

5. Strategy for Enterprise: The Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning moved S1M-1610—That the Parliament notes the publication of A Smart Successful Scotland: Ambitions for the Enterprise Networks, the first ever comprehensive policy statement of what government expects from the networks, which sets out the foundation for long-term and sustained improvement in economic performance for all of Scotland; welcomes the determination of the Scottish Executive to work with the networks on the challenges of raising productivity, encouraging entrepreneurship, raising skill levels and connecting Scotland globally, and notes the Executive’s commitment in setting the vision and direction for the networks to improve their focus and effectiveness.

Mr Kenny MacAskill moved amendment S1M-1610.1 to motion S1M-1610—

Leave out from "the first" to end and insert—

"calls upon the Scottish Executive to bring forward detailed proposals both for funding and implementing its plans regarding raising productivity, encouraging entrepreneurship and raising skill levels, and calls for a commitment, with regard to connecting Scotland globally, to roll out broadband communication services to all of Scotland within a defined timescale and to promote, in conjunction with the private sector, a dedicated Scottish Internet connector".

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 32, Against 77, Abstentions 1).

Miss Annabel Goldie moved amendment S1M-1610.2 to motion S1M-1610—

Leave out from "the first" to end and insert—

"calls upon the Scottish Executive to play its part in stimulating enterprise in Scotland by reducing the bureaucracy which is currently stifling entrepreneurship and discouraging employment, and further calls upon the Executive to take a lead in facilitating the provision of a communications and roads infrastructure which will assist Scotland’s business to develop."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 47, Against 63, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 62, Against 18, Abstentions 31).

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

7. Tayside Acute Services Review Consultation: The Parliament debated S1M-1575 in the name of Roseanna Cunningham—That the Parliament expresses its lack of faith in the consultation process associated with the Tayside Acute Services Review and the way in which public opinion is being ignored; is concerned that Tayside Health Board are intent on imposing a centralising agenda which will remove services from Angus and Perthshire and overload the service in Dundee, and believes that the Health and Community Care Committee should undertake an inquiry into the evidence base for the proposals and the effectiveness of the consultation process undertaken.

 

8. Motion without notice: Mrs Margaret Ewing moved without notice that under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended by 10 minutes.

Motion agreed to.

The meeting closed at 6.02 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

1 February 2001

 

Appendix

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

 

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 1 February 2001 for approval by resolution

The Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2001

laid under the Scotland Act 1998

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 1 February 2001—

Health and Community Care Committee, 2nd Report 2001: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 261)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 5th Report 2001: Delegated Powers Scrutiny, Budget (Scotland) (No.2) Bill (SP Paper 262)

 

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