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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Vol. 2, No. 63 Session 1

Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 22 March 2001

 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Drug Misuse and Deprived Communities: Karen Whitefield, on behalf of the Social Justice Committee, moved S1M-1766—That the Parliament notes the content and recommendations of the 6th Report 2000 of the Social Inclusion, Housing and Voluntary Sector Committee, Inquiry into Drug Misuse and Deprived Communities.

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

2. Motion without notice: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that, under Rule 11.2.4, Decision Time be taken at 5.15 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

3. Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1777—That the Parliament agrees:

(a) as a revision to the Business Motion agreed on 14 March 2001:

after "First Minister’s Question Time", insert:

"3.30 pm First Minister’s Motion to appoint a junior Scottish Minister"

and replace:

"3.30 pm Executive Debate on Rural Scotland"

with:

"followed by Executive Debate on Rural Scotland"

(b) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 28 March 2001

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Scottish National Party Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1368 Pauline McNeill: Drug Assisted Sexual Assault

Thursday 29 March 2001

9.30 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Debate on Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) (No. 2) Bill

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Debate on Justice

followed by Executive Motion on the Armed Forces Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1340 Mr Keith Harding:

Homelessness in Fife

Wednesday 4 April 2001

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 5 April 2001

9.30 am Executive Business

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

and (c) that the Social Justice Committee’s consideration of Stage 2 of the Housing (Scotland) Bill commences during the week beginning 2 April 2001 and is completed by the week beginning 14 May 2001 and that its consideration of Stage 2 of the Mortgage Rights (Scotland) Bill commences on 21 March 2001 and is completed by the week beginning 26 March 2001; and that the Health and Community Care Committee’s consideration of Stage 2 of the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Bill commences on 28 March 2001 and is completed by 16 May 2001.

The motion was agreed to.

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

5. Junior Scottish Minister: The First Minister moved S1M-1775—That the Parliament agrees that Lewis Macdonald be appointed as a junior Scottish Minister.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (by division: For 84, Against 32, Abstentions 1).

6. Rural Scotland: The Minister for Rural Development moved S1M-1771—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive’s commitment to rural areas, especially during and after the foot-and-mouth crisis; endorses the Executive’s commitment to the eradication of the disease as essential for the long-term future of the rural economy, including tourism; endorses the provision of clear guidance on public access; welcomes the steps being taken to provide hardship relief, and supports the Executive’s commitment to assist Scotland’s vital rural communities and industries.

Fergus Ewing moved amendment S1M-1771.2 to motion S1M-1771—

Leave out from "the Scottish Executive’s" to end and insert—

"the united approach taken by the Executive and opposition parties in recognising the need to eradicate the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease; believes that the rural economy is facing unprecedented difficulties; urges the Executive to launch a public information campaign in relation to the disease with clearer and more precise guidelines governing access to the countryside, and believes that the extent of the financial difficulties now being suffered is so grave that a comprehensive package of measures must be introduced to assist all aspects of economic life in our rural communities."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 32, Against 87, Abstentions 1).

Alex Johnstone moved S1M-1771.1 to motion S1M-1771—

Leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert—

"endorses the Executive’s commitment to the eradication of the foot-and-mouth disease as essential for the long term future of the rural economy, including tourism; calls upon the Executive to take further steps to speed up the process of dealing with the disease on the ground, including the further use of the army; expresses the need for clear guidance on public access; urges the consideration of such further steps as are necessary to provide hardship relief to assist Scotland’s vital rural communities and industries, and calls upon the 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."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 21, Against 69, Abstentions 30).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 69, Against 20, Abstentions 31).

7. Approval of SSIs: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1769—That the Parliament agrees that the following instruments be approved—

the draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2001;

the draft Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2001;

the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) Order 2001;

the draft Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 2001; and

the draft Limited Liability Partnerships (Scotland) Regulations 2001.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 6 and 7 as noted above.

9. Recycling in Fife: The Parliament debated S1M-1684 in the name of Iain Smith—That the Parliament notes with disappointment that, according to the Accounts Commission Performance Indicators for 1999-2000 for the percentage of domestic waste recycled, Fife Council has fallen from 4th in 1996-97, when it inherited the award-winning record of the former North East Fife District Council, to bottom of the league in 1999-2000 at 1.6% and urges Fife Council to develop a strategy to increase recycling and meet its obligations under the European Landfill Directive.

The meeting closed at 6.02 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

22 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 22 March 2001 and are subject to annulment—

The Valuation for Rating (Plant and Machinery) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/115)

                              laid under the Lands Valuation (Scotland) Act 1854

The Sea Fishing (Enforcement of Community Quota and Third Country Fishing Measures) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/117)

                               laid under the Fisheries Act 1981


 
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