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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Vol. 2, No. 70 Session 1

Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 2 May 2001

 


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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: President Stephen Kerr of the Edinburgh Scotland Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, led Time for Reflection.

2. Crime: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice moved S1M-1890—That the Parliament welcomes the reduction in recorded crime and notes the further steps being taken by the Executive to combat crime.

Roseanna Cunningham moved amendment S1M-1890.1 to motion S1M-1890—

Leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert—

"asserts that since 1997 the UK Government and the Scottish Executive have failed the Scottish criminal justice system and the Scottish people in (a) presiding over an increase in both the levels of crime and the fear of crime, (b) providing insufficient numbers of police officers at the front line, (c) failing to alleviate the serious public concern over the levels of youth offending and (d) overseeing a collapse in morale in the Scottish prison system and calls upon the Scottish Executive to bring forward a coherent programme which will both tackle the major problems currently being experienced across the Scottish criminal justice system and deliver a safer Scotland for everyone."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 50, Against 63, Abstentions 1).

Phil Gallie moved amendment S1M-1890.2 to motion S1M-1890—

Leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert—

"regrets the rise in crime that followed the change of UK government in 1997, welcomes the reversal of this trend recently recorded and notes the further steps, albeit inadequate, taken by the Scottish Executive to combat crime."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 17, Against 65, Abstentions 31).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 62, Against 18, Abstentions 32).

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

4. Scotch Whisky Opt-out from EU Directive: The Parliament debated S1M-1390 in the name of Mr Brian Monteith—That the Parliament notes with concern the possible impact of the EU’s Water Framework Directive on the removal of water from rivers and water courses and its potentially damaging effect on the Scotch whisky industry; recognises that the industry is important to Scotland’s economy and the many rural areas where distilleries are located; welcomes the efforts made by representatives of all parties to convince the EU to consider opt-outs for Scottish distilleries, and believes that the Scottish Executive should apply immediately the exemptions from the Directive in order to protect the jobs and livelihoods of those working in the industry.

The meeting closed at 5.45 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

2 May 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 30 April 2001 and is subject to annulment

The Gelatine (Intra-Community Trade) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI/2001/169)

laid under the European Communities Act 1972

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 30 April 2001 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Ancient Monuments Board for Scotland Forty-Seventh Annual Report 2000 (SE/2001/105)

laid under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 2 May 2001 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Best Value in Local Government ‘Next Steps’: Responses to Consultation Paper (SE/2001/112)

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 27 April 2001—

Procedures Committee, 1st Report 2001: Changes to Chapters 9 and 9A of the Standing Orders of the Scottish Parliament (SP Paper 316)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 17th Report 2001: Delegated Powers Scrutiny, Mortgage Rights (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 319)

Health and Community Care Committee, 9th Report 2000: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 320)

The following Report was published on 30 April 2001

Transport and Environment Committee, 7th Report 2001: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 321)

 

 

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