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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Vol. 2, No. 59 (Revised) Session 1

Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 8 March 2001

 


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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Scotland’s Fishing Industry: Mr Jamie McGrigor moved S1M-1725—That the Parliament supports the aims of the cod recovery plan; acknowledges the financial sacrifices made by the Scottish fishing fleet towards that end, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to utilise Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance funding to provide financial support to our fishermen during the twelve week closure period and to outline its plans for the protection of other stocks such as haddock and programme for vessel decommissioning at the earliest opportunity.

The Deputy Minister for Rural Development moved amendment S1M-1725.2 to motion S1M-1725—

Leave out from "utilise" to end and insert—

"continue to develop a range of measures aimed at returning whitefish stocks to sustainable levels".

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 52, Against 55, Abstentions 0).

Richard Lochhead moved amendment S1M-1725.1 to motion S1M-1725—

Leave out from "Financial Instrument" to "period" and insert—

"funding from the Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance or other appropriate financial resources to provide financial support to our fishermen during the twelve week closure period in the form of an immediate compensated tie-up scheme and other suitable measures".

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 55, Against 51, Abstentions 0).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 55, Against 55, Abstentions 0; motion agreed to on casting vote).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved— That the Parliament supports the aims of the cod recovery plan; acknowledges the financial sacrifices made by the Scottish fishing fleet towards that end, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to utilise funding from the Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance or other appropriate financial resources to provide financial support to our fishermen during the twelve week closure period in the form of an immediate compensated tie-up scheme and other suitable measures and to outline its plans for the protection of other stocks such as haddock and programme for vessel decommissioning at the earliest opportunity.

2. Crisis in Rural Scotland: Alex Johnstone moved S1M-1726—That the Parliament expresses its profound concern about the recent outbreak of foot and mouth disease, its sympathy for farmers and others in the meat supply chain facing the loss of their livelihoods, its concern about the general impact on the economy of the areas affected and its appreciation of the work of those fighting to contain the spread of the disease; affirms its support for the measures taken to date to control the spread of the disease; welcomes the introduction of the licensed movement of livestock to abattoirs, and calls upon the Scottish Executive, acting in concert with Her Majesty’s Government and the European Union, to ensure that all meat imports are subject to the same rigorous public health and animal welfare standards as our domestic produce.

The Minister for Rural Development moved amendment S1M-1726.2 to motion S1M-1726—

Insert at end—

"and approves the action being taken by the Food Standards Agency to control the quality of meat imports".

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

Fergus Ewing moved amendment S1M-1726.1 to motion S1M-1726—

Insert at end—

"; further resolves that the urgent priority in this crisis is to contain and eradicate foot and mouth disease by means of a policy of slaughter of infected animals, disinfection and movement control; notes that the nature and extent of restrictions upon life in rural communities should be based upon advice from the Chief Veterinary Officer; recognises that the restrictions are creating real financial hardship for those working in tourism, haulage and many other related industries in rural Scotland, and calls upon the Scottish Executive and Her Majesty's Government, once the outbreak is brought under control, to consider as a matter of urgency the plight of all of those whose livelihood has been materially affected as a result of this crisis."

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

The motion as amended was then disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 54, Against 55, Abstentions 1).

3. Business Motion: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1728—That the Parliament agrees that the time for consideration of Stage 3 of the Leasehold Casualties (Scotland) Bill be allocated as follows, so that debate on the proceedings, if not previously brought to a conclusion, shall be brought to a conclusion on the expiry of the specified period (calculated from the time when Stage 3 begins)—

Motion to pass the Bill – no later than 30 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

4. Change of Decision Time: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1727—That the Parliament agrees under Rule 11.2.4 of the standing orders that Decision Time on Wednesday 14 March 2001 shall begin at 5.30 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

5. Business Motion: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1719—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 14 March 2001

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Stage 1 Debate on the Housing (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of the Housing (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.30 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1464 Des McNulty: Clydebank and the Blitz


Thursday 15 March 2001

9.30 am Executive Debate on Freedom of Information

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Debate on Credit Unions

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1670 Mr George Reid: National Tartan Day


Wednesday 21 March 2001

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Stage 1 Debate on the Convention Rights (Compliance) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of the Convention Rights (Compliance) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1650 Kay Ullrich: School

Swimming Lessons


Thursday 22 March 2001

9.30 am Social Justice Committee Debate on Drug Misuse and Deprived Communities

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

The motion was agreed to.

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

7. International Development Bill – UK Legislation: The Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care moved S1M-1713—That the Parliament endorses the principles included in the International Development Bill that Scottish Ministers’ consent be required before Scottish statutory bodies undertake international development activity, that Scottish Ministers can add or delete Scottish bodies from the list of those which can undertake such activity and that Scottish police officers who undertake international development activity abroad continue to enjoy the same conditions of service as in the UK, and agrees that the relevant provisions to achieve these ends in the Bill should be considered by the UK Parliament.

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

8. Leasehold Casualties (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: Adam Ingram moved S1M-1721—That the Parliament agrees that the Leasehold Casualties (Scotland) Bill be passed.

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

9. Culture and Recreation Bill – UK Legislation: The Deputy Minister for Environment, Sport and Culture moved S1M-1645—That the Parliament endorses the principle of gaining efficiency and effectiveness in relation to public bodies by means of structural change to the Film Council and to Resource: The Council for Museums, Archives and Libraries, as set out in the Culture and Recreation Bill; also endorses the provision of a simplified procedure for the making of parks regulations for application in Scotland, and agrees that the relevant provisions to achieve these ends in the Bill should be considered by the UK Parliament.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10. Approval of SSIs: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1720—That the Parliament agrees that the following instruments be approved—

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

the draft Civil Defence (Scotland) Regulations 2001.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

11. Motion without notice: Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that, under Rule 11.3.3, Decision Time be taken at 4.30 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

12. Suspension of meeting: The meeting was suspended from 4.15 pm until 4.29 pm.

13. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 and 10 as noted above.

14. Less favoured Areas: The Parliament debated S1M-1452 in the name of Alex Fergusson—That the Parliament notes the concerns of farmers and crofters from all parts of Scotland regarding the Area Based Payments Scheme which will replace the Hill Livestock Compensatory Allowance Scheme; further notes that at least 65% of all recipients will be disadvantaged by this change to such a degree that many currently viable businesses will be rendered unviable, and believes that the Minister for Rural Development must review the situation as soon as is practical in order to redress the situation which will arise in 2003 when the transitional arrangements have their greatest financial impact.

The meeting closed at 5.25 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
8 March 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 8 March 2001 and are subject to annulment—

The Restriction on Pithing (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/73)—

The Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Crops, Food and Feeding Stuffs) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/84)—

laid under the European Communities Act 1972

The Police Grant (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/74)

laid under the Police (Scotland) Act 1967

The Adults with Incapacity (Public Guardian’s Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/75)—

The Adults with Incapacity (Certificates from Medical Practitioners) (Accounts and Funds) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/76)—

The Adults with Incapacity (Supervision of Welfare Attorneys by Local Authorities) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/77)—

The Adults with Incapacity (Countersignatories of Applications for Authority to Intromit) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/78)—

The Adults with Incapacity (Evidence in Relation to Dispensing with Intimation or Notification) (Accounts and Funds) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/79)—

The Adults with Incapacity (Certificates in Relation to Powers of Attorney) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/80)—

laid under the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000

The Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/82)

laid under the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986

The Gaming Act (Variation of Fees) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/83)

laid under the Gaming Act 1968

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 8 March 2001 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Equipped to care – Managing medical equipment in the NHS in Scotland: Report by the Auditor General for Scotland (AGS/2001/2)

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

The Police Grant (Scotland) Order 2001: Report by the Scottish Ministers (SE/2001/79)

laid under the Police (Scotland) Act 1967

Accounts Commission for Scotland: Accounts for the five month period to 31 March 2000 (SE/2001/80)

laid under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 8 March 2001—

Rural Development Committee, 4th Report 2001: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 286)

Education, Culture and Sport Committee, 4th Report 2001: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 287)

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