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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Vol. 2, No. 68 Session 1

Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 25 April 2001

 

 

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Mr Haq Ghani, President of the UK Islamic Mission, Scotland Zone, led Time for Reflection.

2. Designation of Lead Committee: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1864—That the Parliament agrees to the following designations of Lead Committee—

the Justice 2 Committee to be the lead committee in the consideration of the International Criminal Court (Scotland) Bill and the Bill also to be considered by the Justice 1 Committee;

the Local Government Committee to be the lead committee in the consideration of the Scottish Local Authorities (Tendering) Bill;

the Justice 1 Committee to consider the draft Part-Time Sheriffs (Removal Tribunal) Regulations 2001;

the Justice 1 Committee to consider the draft Justices of the Peace (Tribunal) (Scotland) Regulations 2001; and

the Justice 2 Committee to consider Act of Sederunt (Fees of Shorthand Writers in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment) 2001, (SSI 2001/136).

The motion was agreed to.

3. Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1863—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

(a) the following revisions to the Business Motion agreed on 5 April 2001

Wednesday 25 April 2001

after "Parliamentary Bureau Motions", insert

"followed by Ministerial Statement on Motorola"

Thursday 26 April 2001

after "Scottish National Party Debate on the Fuel Crisis", insert

"followed by Ministerial Statement on Update on Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreak"

(b) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 2 May 2001

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Executive Debate on Crime

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1390 Mr Brian Monteith: Scotch Whisky Opt-out from EU Directive

Thursday 3 May 2001

9.30 am Procedures Committee Debate on Proposed Changes to Bill Procedure

followed by Transport and the Environment Committee Debate on its Report on Genetically Modified Organisms

followed by Rural Development Committee Debate on its Report on the Changing Employment Patterns in Rural Scotland

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Debate on Action on Child Health

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1463 Mrs Margaret Ewing: McDermott UK Pension Plan – Former Ardersier Employees

Wednesday 9 May 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 10 May 2001

9.30 am Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party 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 Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 7 May 2001 on the draft Part-Time Sheriffs (Removal Tribunal) Regulations 2001 and the draft Justices of the Peace (Tribunal) (Scotland) Regulations 2001; and that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 11 May 2001 on the Act of Sederunt (Fees of Shorthand Writers in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment) 2001, (SSI 2001/136).

The motion was agreed to.

4. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning made a statement on Motorola.

5. Scotland’s Skills for Tomorrow: The Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning moved S1M-1857—That the Parliament endorses the Scottish Executive’s commitment to investment in skills as the key to Scotland’s business success.

Mr Kenny MacAskill moved amendment S1M-1875.1 to motion S1M-1875—

Leave out from "endorses" to end and insert—

"notes that, under changing global economic circumstances, a sustainable future for Scotland is dependent on a high skills, high value knowledge economy; recognises that significant skills shortages have been allowed to develop in key sectors in the Scottish economy; regrets that, to date, government has neither quantified nor predicted these shortages, far less been able to take action to fill the skills shortfall, and therefore calls upon the Executive to take immediate action to identify and quantify Scotland’s current skills shortages and likely future shortages, tailor investment in skills to meet current and future demands and shortfalls and work closely with industry to assure a demand-led integrated approach to training, further and higher education."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 31, Against 83, Abstentions 2).

Miss Annabel Goldie moved amendment S1M-1875.2 to motion S1M-1875—

Leave out from "endorses" to end and insert—

"recognises that investment in skills is the key to Scotland’s future business success and calls upon the Scottish Executive to ensure that the skills being provided are relevant to the needs of Scottish business and that the delivery of skills provision is monitored to ensure maximum effectiveness in skills enhancement."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 19, Against 65, Abstentions 32).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 66, Against 18, Abstentions 32).

6. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on item 5 as noted above.

7. Lord Abernethy ruling on rape: The Parliament debated S1M-1789 in the name of Johann Lamont—That the Parliament notes with grave concern the recent ruling by Lord Abernethy that sex without a woman’s consent is not rape unless the attacker uses force or the threat of force; believes that women have the right to be protected in law from those who seek to have sex with them without their consent; believes there are serious ramifications in such a ruling for the willingness of rape victims to report the crime and on the attitudes of men who abuse or seek to abuse women; considers that this ruling raises significant issues about the current training for judges dealing with such cases, and given the Scottish Executive’s commitment to the zero tolerance of violence to women and its commitment to the support of the victims of crime, urges the Minister for Justice and the Minister for Social Justice, in conjunction with the Executive’s equality Units, the appropriate committees of the Parliament and in consultation in particular with women’s organisations and victim support groups, to review the legislation on sexual assault and rape, to ensure that the law offers real protection and support to anyone who suffers sexual assault or rape.

The meeting closed at 6.01 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

25 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 6 April 2001 and is subject to annulment

The Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/145)

laid under the European Communities Act 1972

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 11 April 2001 and is subject to annulment

Act of Sederunt (Fees of Shorthand Writers in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment) 2001 (SSI 2001/136)

laid under the Sheriff Courts (Scotland) Act 1907

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 18 April 2001 and is subject to annulment

The Teachers’ Superannuation (Pension Sharing on Divorce) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/152)

laid under the Superannuation Act 1972

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 23 April 2001 and are subject to annulment—

The Import and Export Restrictions (Foot-and-Mouth Disease) (Scotland) Amendment (No.4) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/158)—

The Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Marking of Meat and Meat Products) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/160)—

laid under the European Communities Act 1972

The Plant Protection Products Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/161)

laid under the European Communities Act 1972 and the Finance Act 1973

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 24 April 2001 and is subject to annulment

The Milk and Milk Products (Pupils in Educational Establishments) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/162)

laid under the European Communities Act 1972

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 9 April 2001 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scottish Teachers Superannuation Scheme Resource Account 1999-2000 (SE/2001/98)

laid under the Scotland Act 1998 (Transitory and Transitional Provisions) Finance Order 1999

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 11 April 2001 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Scottish Executive Core Departments’ Resource Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2000

laid under the Scotland Act 1998 (Transitory and Transitional Provisions) (Finance) Order 1999

A new way of caring for a special place: The Report on the proposal for a Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park

laid under the National Parks (Scotland) Act 2000

Meat and Livestock Commission Annual Report 2000 (SE/2001/100)

laid under the Agriculture Act 1967

Agricultural Marketing Schemes Report of 1999-2000 (SE/2001/101)

laid under the Agricultural Marketing Act 1958

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 23 April 2001 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Statistical Bulletin: Recorded Crime in Scotland, 2000 (SE/2001/106)

laid under the Police (Scotland) Act 1967

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 25 April 2001—

Local Government Committee, 6th Report 2001: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 315)

Finance Committee, 6th Report 2001: Report on International Criminal Court (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 317)


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