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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Vol. 2, No. 67 Session 1

Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 5 April 2001

 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Structural Funds: The Minister for Finance and Local Government moved S1M-1825—That the Parliament welcomes the progress made to develop Structural Funds Programmes in Scotland which will have a lasting effect and supports the steps being taken by the Scottish Executive to develop a broader strategy in relation to European funding issues in preparation for the enlargement of the European Union.

Mr Kenneth Gibson moved amendment S1M-1825.1 to motion S1M-1825—

Leave out from "the steps" to end and insert—

"steps being taken by the Scottish Executive to develop a broader strategy in relation to European funding issues in preparation for enlargement of the European Union, but notes the failure of the Scottish Office to secure the retention of Objective One status for any area of Scotland by re-drawing the regional map as was successfully done for their own regions by the Welsh Office, Ireland, Sweden and Finland, thus depriving the Executive of vital resources needed to develop its Structural Funds Programmes and reducing the scope, impact and likely success of the outcomes sought by both it and the Parliament."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 25, Against 70, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 72, Against 0, Abstentions 25).

2. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Environment and Rural Development made a statement on the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak.

3. Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1823—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 25 April 2001

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate on Scotland’s Skills for Tomorrow

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 26 April 2001

9.30 am Scottish National Party Business

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Debate on Rural Transport

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

The motion was agreed to.

4. Question Time: Questions were answered by Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

5. Suspension of meeting: The meeting was suspended from 3.10 pm until 3.23 pm.

6. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs made a statement on progress towards the 2001 examination diet.

7. Ministerial Statement: The Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning and Gaelic made a statement on tourism support measures.

8. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on item 1 as noted above.

9. Airdrie to Bathgate Rail Line: The Parliament debated S1M-1511 in the name of Karen Whitefield—That the Parliament recognises the continuing need for the rail line between Airdrie and Bathgate to be re-opened; agrees that such a project would provide a service to around 200,000 people and as a result would improve labour market access to businesses in the M8 corridor, and welcomes the joint work being undertaken by North Lanarkshire and West Lothian Councils to highlight the benefits and value for money that the re-opening of the rail line would offer.

The meeting closed at 5.59 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
5 April 2001

 

Appendix

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

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instruments were laid in draft before the Parliament on 5 April 2001 for approval by resolution—

The Part-Time Sheriffs (Removal Tribunal) Regulations 2001

laid under the Sheriff Courts (Scotland) Act 1971

The Justices of the Peace (Tribunal) (Scotland) Regulations 2001

laid under the District Courts (Scotland) Act 1975

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 5 April 2001 and are subject to annulment—

The National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Amendment (No.3) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/138)

laid under the National Assistance Act 1948

The Fisheries and Aquaculture Structures (Grants) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/140)—

The Import and Export Restrictions (Foot-and-Mouth Disease) (Scotland) Amendment (No.3) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/141)—

laid under the European Communities Act 1972

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 5 April 2001—

Rural Development Committee, 5th Report 2001: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 308)

Audit Committee, 1st Report 2001: Overview of the National Health Service in Scotland 1999/2000 (SP Paper 310)

Health and Community Care Committee, 7th Report 2000: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 311)

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