Vol. 2, No. 67 Session 1
Meeting of the Parliament
Thursday 5 April 2001
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
Thursday 26 April 2001
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.
(Note: this Appendix does not form part of the Minutes)
The following instruments were laid in draft before the Parliament on 5 April 2001 for approval by resolution—
The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 5 April 2001 and are subject to annulment—
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)—
The following Reports were published on 5 April 2001—