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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Vol. 2, No. 56 Session 1

Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 28 February 2001

 


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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Reverend Archie McPhail, Minister of Campbell Street Associated Presbyterian Church, Oban, led Time for Reflection.

2. Designation of Lead Committees: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1697—That the Parliament agrees the following designations of Lead Committee—

the Justice 1 Committee to consider the draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2001;

the Justice 1 Committee to consider the draft Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2001; and

the Justice 2 Committee to consider the draft Limited Liability Partnerships (Scotland) Regulations 2001.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

3. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Rural Affairs made a statement on the foot and mouth disease outbreak.

4. Sustainable Development: The Minister for Environment, Sport and Culture moved S1M-1694—That the Parliament affirms its commitment to sustainable development; recognises the importance of sustainable development to achieving social justice for all peoples, and commends the Scottish Executive for continuing to place the issue central to its policies and programmes, as evidenced in its Programme for Government: Working together for Scotland.

Bruce Crawford moved amendment S1M-1694.2 to motion S1M-1694—

Insert at end—

"however, also recognises that a great deal of work still requires to be undertaken regarding sustainable development in the fields of social inclusion, rural affairs, fishing, education, health, transport and economic development as well as in relation to the wider environmental aspects, and believes in particular that meaningful sustainability monitoring indicators should be produced by the end of May 2001".

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 27, Against 76, Abstentions 0).

Mr Murray Tosh moved amendment S1M-1694.3 to motion S1M-1694—

Leave out from ", and commends" to end and insert—

"and to passing on a decent inheritance to future generations of Scots; notes the progress reported to date in Working together for Scotland, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to consult urgently to produce a transparent and effective implementation strategy for sustainability.

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 17, Against 86, Abstentions 0).

Robin Harper moved amendment S1M-1694.1 to motion S1M-1694—

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

"recognises that conserving and protecting environmental resources is the key to ensuring that the welfare of future generations is not compromised by present day activities and, in order to ensure that sustainable development is placed at the centre of all Scottish Executive policies and programmes, calls upon the Executive (a) to adopt urgently comprehensive indicators of sustainable development and to measure progress against these indicators annually, (b) to set specific targets for a 10% reduction in road traffic by 2010, for 22% of electricity sold to be from wind, hydro and wave renewable energy sources by 2010, for conversion of 20% of agricultural land to organic production by 2010 and for recycling of 30% of municipal waste by 2010, (c) to adopt the recommendations of the Transport and the Environment Committee on telecommunication mast developments, (d) to set up an independent inquiry into sea cage fish farming within two months, (e) to exclude waste-to-energy incineration schemes under the Renewables Obligation (Scotland), (f) to institute bi-monthly meetings of the Ministerial Group on Sustainable Scotland, with publication of its minutes and (g) to carry out an annual environmental audit of its Programme for Government.

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 3, Against 73, Abstentions 26).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 61, Agains 41, Abstentions 2).

5. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2 and 4 as noted above.

6. Discrimination Against Centres of Artistic Excellence: The Parliament debated S1M-1251 in the name of Mr Kenneth Gibson—That the Parliament notes the decision of the Department for Education and Employment to introduce Dance and Drama Awards for students to study at institutions in England and Wales; is aware that Scottish students compete on equal terms for places at such institutions with their counterparts from other parts of the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU); is concerned that tuition fees are only paid if students study in England and Wales and regrets that no parallel funding scheme exists for students who wish to study in Scotland; believes that this discrimination against Scottish institutions can only harm them and in the case of Ballet West may force it out of business or to relocate from Taynuilt to outwith Scotland, to the detriment of the local economy and employment; notes that Ballet West attracts students from across the United Kingdom, the EU and as far afield as Guatemala, Japan and Malaysia and outperforms competitor schools from south of the border in ballet competitions and quality of training; is puzzled by the Minister for Children and Education’s view that "there is no evidence of significant demand for Dance and Drama training for young people aged 16 and over in Scotland" when 613 applications were received by Ballet West for 23 places; regrets that 34 students withdrew or rejected offers from Ballet West due to lack of funding, compared with only two students doing so at English institutions; notes that the Excellence Fund supports and encourages talented secondary school dancers in Scotland but that the only progression into tertiary training encouraged by the Scottish Executive is in England; is concerned that Scotland will become denuded of teaching centres of artistic excellence and be drained of artistic talent as a result of this discrimination; believes the current position of the Scottish Executive on this issue contradicts its own cultural strategy that has as its key themes "widening opportunities, promoting education, developing and celebrating excellence" and believes that the Scottish Executive should act in order that students from across the UK can choose where to study dance, drama or stage management based on the quality of course offered rather than on whether or not tuition fees will be paid.

The meeting closed at 5.43 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
28 February 2001

 

Appendix

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

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 16 February 2001 and are subject to annulment—

The Designation of UHI Millennium Institute (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/39)

laid under the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 1992

The Highlands and Islands Agricultural Processing and Marketing Grants Etc. (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/40)

laid under the European Communities Act 1972

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 21 February 2001 and is subject to annulment

The Non-Domestic Rate (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/44)

laid under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1975

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 26 February 2001 and is subject to annulment

The Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/50)

laid under the European Communities Act 1972

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 20 February 2001 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Anniesland College: Report and Accounts 31 July 2000 (SE/2001/11)—

Borders College: Report and Financial Statements for the 16 months ended 31 July 2001 (SE/2001/16)—

Fife College of Further and Higher Education: Annual Accounts Financial Year 1999-2000 (SE/2001/28)—

North Glasgow College: Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 July 2000 (SE/2001/44)—

North Highland College: Group Report and Financial Statements 31 July 2000 (SE/2001/45)—

Perth College: Financial Statements for the 16 months ended 31 July 2001 (SE/2001/48)—

laid under the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 21 February 2001 and is subject to approval by resolution

Special Grant Report No.3: Special Grant Report on Grant in Aid of Expenditure on Rail Services in the Strathclyde Passenger Transport Area (SE/2001/74)

laid under the Local Government Finance Act 1992

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 23 February 2001 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

James Watt College of Further and Higher Education: Annual Accounts 1999-2000 (SE/2001/34)—

Langside College Glasgow: Period end Accounts and Report of the Board of Management for the 16 month period ended 31 July 2000 (SE/2001/38)—

laid under the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 28 February 2001 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Statistical Bulletin: Reconvictions of Offenders Discharged from Custody or given Non-Custodial Sentences in 1995, Scotland (SE/2001/77)

laid under the Police (Scotland) Act 1967

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 16 February 2001—

Local Government Committee, 2nd Report 2001: Special Grant Reports (SP Paper 274)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 8th Report 2001: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper No 275)

The following Report was published on 27 February 2001

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 9th Report 2001: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 278)

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