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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Vol. 2, No. 64 Session 1

Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 28 March 2001

 

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Katie Gallagher, Sixth Year Student at Holy Rood Roman Catholic High School, Edinburgh, led Time for Reflection.

2. Tourism and the Economy: Mr Kenny MacAskill moved S1M-1797—That the Parliament notes the grave impact which the foot-and-mouth crisis is having on the tourism industry; believes that conflicting information about the disease both at home and abroad, further jeopardises Scottish tourism; believes that more must be done to secure the future of the tourism industry and therefore calls upon the Scottish Executive to implement the following recovery plan—

(i) immediate action to enable and ensure efficient crisis management, including a public information campaign through the press and broadcast media to make people aware of what can and cannot be done in the crisis;

(ii) interim support measures to prevent bankruptcy throughout the duration of the crisis including a rates relief package for the months of April, May and June; interest free loans for affected industries and an exemption to be sought by the Scottish Executive from Her Majesty's Treasury for VAT and National Insurance contributions over a similar period for crisis-affected industries; and

(iii) a recovery strategy to ensure the success of the summer tourist season, beginning immediately and including an emergency Scottish advertising campaign in all key markets.

The Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning moved amendment S1M-1797.2 to motion S1M-1797—

Leave out from "notes" to end and insert—

"recognises the impact of the Foot and Mouth outbreak on the tourism industry; welcomes the Executive’s measures to minimise the effect on tourism through public information; endorses the support to businesses in the form of hardship relief, and supports the commitment to appropriate and effective marketing by visitscotland."

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 68, Against 49, Abstentions 0).

Miss Annabel Goldie moved amendment S1M-1797.1 to motion S1M-1797—

Leave out from "on the tourism industry" to end and insert—

"in Scotland on the tourism industry and businesses within the affected areas; believes that conflicting information about the disease, both at home and abroad, further jeopardises Scottish tourism; further believes that more must be done to secure the future of the tourism industry, and therefore calls upon the Scottish Executive to implement the following recovery plan for tourism and businesses within the affected areas: (i) immediate action to enable and ensure efficient crisis management, including a public information campaign through the press and broadcast media to make people aware of what can and cannot be done during the crisis, (ii) a moratorium on liability for business rates and council tax, (iii) a moratorium to be sought by the Scottish Executive from HM Treasury on liability for payment of national taxes, (iv) the establishment of a designated crisis area within the local authority area of Dumfries and Galloway to which the foregoing moratoria would apply, (v) the establishment of a hardship loan scheme to address the problem of cash flow facing many essentially sound businesses in the designated crisis area and (vi) a robust recovery strategy to be implemented by the Scottish Executive and relative agencies to market Scotland as a world class tourist destination."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 48, Against 68, Abstentions 0).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 67, Against 1, Abstentions 48).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament recognises the impact of the Foot and Mouth outbreak on the tourism industry; welcomes the Executive’s measures to minimise the effect on tourism through public information; endorses the support to businesses in the form of hardship relief, and supports the commitment to appropriate and effective marketing by visitscotland.

3. Financial Powers of the Parliament: Andrew Wilson moved S1M-1794—That the Parliament notes that the current devolution settlement gives the Scottish Parliament fewer financial powers than any other Parliament in the world; further notes, that while devolution is a recognition of the need and desirability for policy divergences within the United Kingdom, the financial settlement underpinning it is designed explicitly to produce convergence in public expenditure; recognises that two thirds of Scots already support the devolution of full financial powers to the Scottish Parliament and calls for the Scottish Executive to respond to this growing consensus and bring forward proposals to deliver full financial powers to the Parliament.

The Minister for Finance and Local Government moved amendment S1M-1794.1 to motion S1M-1794—

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

"supports the financial framework for devolution as set out by the Scottish Constitutional Convention and supported by the Scottish Labour Party and the Scottish Liberal Democrats; notes that the Barnett formula has provided a stable fiscal framework for government expenditure in Scotland; and welcomes the current record level of public expenditure in Scotland."

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 67, Against 50, Abstentions 0).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 67, Against 50, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament supports the financial framework for devolution as set out by the Scottish Constitutional Convention and supported by the Scottish Labour Party and the Scottish Liberal Democrats; notes that the Barnett formula has provided a stable fiscal framework for government expenditure in Scotland; and welcomes the current record level of public expenditure in Scotland.

4. Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1800—That the Parliament agrees the following designation of Lead Committee—

the Health and Community Care Committee to consider The Feeding Stuffs (Sampling Analysis) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/104).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

5. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 3 and 4 as noted above.

6. Drug Assisted Sexual Assault: The Parliament debated S1M-1368 in the name of Pauline McNeill—That the Parliament notes the findings of the Home Office/Police Research Awards study on Drug Assisted Sexual Assault undertaken by DCI Peter Sturman of the Metropolitan Police; believes that drug assisted rape and sexual assault is a serious cause for concern, and notes that DCI Sturman’s research progresses the debate on this matter and should be fully considered by the Parliament.

 

The meeting closed at 5.43 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

28 March 2001

 

Appendix

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

 

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 23 March 2001 and is subject to annulment

The National Health Service (General Medical Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/119)

laid under the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 27 March 2001 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Scotland’s Appropriation Accounts for the period from 1 July 1999 to 31 March 2000 (SE/2001/91)—

Scottish Consolidated Fund Accounts for the period 1 July 1999 to 31 March 2000 (SE/2001/93)—

laid under the Scotland Act 1998

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 28 March 2001 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Elmwood College: Report and Financial Statements for the 16 months ended 31 July 2000 (SE/2001/26)—

Reid Kerr College: Audit fore the 16 months ended 31 July 2000 (SE/2001/49)—

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

Committee Reports

The following Report was published on 26 March 2001

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 13th Report 2001: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 297)

The following Report was published on 28 March 2001

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 14th Report 2001: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 299)

 

 

 

 

 

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