Vol. 2, No. 62 Session 1
Meeting of the Parliament
Thursday 21 March 2001
Note: (DT) signifies a decision taken at Decision Time.
The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.
1. Time for Reflection: Gelongma Lhamo, Buddhist nun of the Karma Kagyu order, from Samye Ling, led Time for Reflection.
2. Convention Rights (Compliance) (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice moved S1M-1526—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Convention Rights (Compliance) (Scotland) Bill.
After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 94, Against 0, Abstentions 13).
3. Convention Rights (Compliance) (Scotland) Bill – Financial Resolution: The Minister for Finance and Local Government moved S1M-1536—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Convention Rights (Compliance) (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any increase attributable to that Act in expenditure payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund by or under any other Act.
The motion was agreed to (DT).
4. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2 and 3 as noted above.
5. Scottish Berry Project: The Parliament debated S1M-1420 in the name of Irene McGugan—That the Parliament notes that the rate of coronary heart disease in Scotland is now the highest in western Europe, that Scotland has a long-established soft fruit industry that is suffering economic distress, that advances in medicine have conclusively demonstrated a link between increased consumption of fruit and vegetables and a reduction in risk from coronary heart disease, but that Scottish consumption falls far below even the World Health Organisation recommended minimum of 400g per day; further notes that a holistic approach to these factors which crosses traditional government departmental structures has enabled Finland in the last 25 years to reduce its rate of coronary heart disease by 50% and that a plan for such a cross-sectoral approach has been put forward as a "Berry Scotland Project", and recommends that the Scottish Executive takes forwards a cross-sectoral project that reflects the aims of the original "Berry Scotland Project" in order to raise consumption of soft fruit, especially the home produced product, which the Finnish experience has demonstrated could significantly benefit both the rural economy and public health.
The meeting closed at 5.34 pm.
(Note: this Appendix does not form part of the Minutes)
The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 16 March 2001 and are subject to annulment—
The National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/67)—
The National Health Service (Dental Charges) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/69)—
The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 20 March 2001 and is subject to annulment
The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 21 March 2001 and is subject to annulment
The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 16 March 2001 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—
The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 19 March 2001 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—
Banff and Buchan College of Further Education: Accounts for the 16 month period to 31 July 2000 (SE/2001/13)—
Bell College of Technology: Report of the Board of Management and Financial Statements for the period to 31 July 2000 (SE/2001/15)—
The following Reports were published on 16 March 2001—
Health and Community Care Committee, 5th Report 2000: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 294)
Subordinate Legislation Committee, 12th Report 2001: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 295)
The following Report was published on 21 March 2001
Justice 2 Committee, 3rd Report 2001: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 296)