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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Vol. 2, No. 66 Session 1

Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 4 April 2001

 


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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: The Reverend Andrew Hill, Minister of St Mark’s Unitarian Church, Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, led Time for Reflection.

2. Looked After Children and Adoption Services: The Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs, moved S1M-1818—That the Parliament endorses the principles contained in the Adoption and Children Bill concerning restrictions on bringing children into the UK for the purpose of adoption and on advertising children for adoption; agrees that the relevant provisions to achieve these principles in the Bill should be considered by the UK Parliament; recognises the importance of the place of adoption services within the spectrum of care for children and young people looked after by local authorities; agrees that a review of adoption policy and practice is desirable; supports the drive towards more integrated services for the benefits they bring to all children and young people within the care system, and agrees that the Executive should seek to promote the interests of such children with quality educational and other opportunities.

Irene McGugan moved amendment S1M-1818.1 to motion S1M-1818—

Insert at end—

"and calls upon the Scottish Executive to undertake a comprehensive review of adoption and fostering legislation for Scotland, with a view to bringing forward a clear legal framework."

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

The motion as amended was then agreed to (DT).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament endorses the principles contained in the Adoption and Children Bill concerning restrictions on bringing children into the UK for the purpose of adoption and on advertising children for adoption; agrees that the relevant provisions to achieve these principles in the Bill should be considered by the UK Parliament; recognises the importance of the place of adoption services within the spectrum of care for children and young people looked after by local authorities; agrees that a review of adoption policy and practice is desirable; supports the drive towards more integrated services for the benefits they bring to all children and young people within the care system, and agrees that the Executive should seek to promote the interests of such children with quality educational and other opportunities and calls upon the Scottish Executive to undertake a comprehensive review of adoption and fostering legislation for Scotland, with a view to bringing forward a clear legal framework.

3. Suspension of meeting: The meeting was suspended from 4.12 pm until 4.23 pm.

4. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on item 2 as noted above.

5. Removal of Reliefs for Water and Sewerage Charges for Charitable Organisations: The Parliament debated S1M-1683 in the name of Richard Lochhhead—That the Parliament expresses concern over the decision to phase out reliefs for water and sewerage charges for charitable bodies starting from 1 April 2001; recognises that if implemented this decision will mean an estimated additional bill of £27 million for Scotland’s voluntary sector in 2001-02 and more than double that for the following year; notes that the additional costs that will result will threaten the ability of many voluntary organisations engaged in helping the more vulnerable members of our society and tackling social exclusion; questions the level of consultation that has taken place with the sector over these proposals, and believes that this decision should be revisited as a matter of priority.

The meeting closed at 5.50 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
4 April 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 3 April 2001 and is subject to annulment

The NHS 24 (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/137)

laid under the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978

Not Subject to any Parliamentary Procedure

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 3 April 2001 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.2) (Scotland) Revocation Order 2001 (SSI 2001/134)

laid under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 30 March 2001 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Criminal Injuries Compensation Board Thirty-Sixth Report and Accounts for the Year ended 31 March 2000 (SE/2001/69)

Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel Forth Report and Accounts for the Year ended 31 March 2000 (SE/2001/81)

Costs, Sentencing Profiles and the Scottish Criminal Justice System 1999 (SE/2001/78)

laid under the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995.

Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Fire Services for Scotland Report for 1999-2000 (SE/2001/86)

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Annual Report and Accounts 1999-2000 (SE/2001/87)—

Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel Accounts 1999-2000 (SE/2001/92)—

laid under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Act 1995.

Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000: Code of Practice for Local Authorities Exercising Functions under the Act – Effective from 2 April 2001 (SE/2001/88)—

Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000: Code of Practice for Persons Authorised under Part to Access Funds of an Adult – Effective from 2 April 2001 (SE/2001/89)—

Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000: Code of Practice for Continuing and Welfare Attorneys – Effective from 2 April 2001 (SE/2001/90)—

laid under the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000

Food Standards Agency: Departmental Report – the Government’s Expenditure Plans 2001-02 to 2003-04 and Main Estimates 2001-02 (SE/2001/95)

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 2 April 2001 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Council on Tribunals Annual Report 1999-2000 (SE/2001/96)

laid under the Tribunals Inquiries Act 1992 and the Scotland Act 1998

Scottish Hospitals Endowment Research Trust Forty-Sixth Annual Report and Accounts 1999-2000 (SE/2001/97)

laid under the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978

 

Committee Reports

The following Report was published on 30 March 2001

Transport and the Environment Committee, 5th Report 2001: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 303)

The following Report was published on 2 April 2001

Justice 2 Committee, 4th Report 2001: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 304)

The following Reports were published on 4 April 2001—

Local Government Committee, 5th Report 2001: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 305)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 15th Report 2001: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 307)

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