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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Vol. 2, No. 73 Session 1

Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 10 May 2001

 

 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Tourism: Mr David Davidson moved S1M-1914—That the Parliament notes the failure of the Scottish Executive to complete the restructuring of the Scottish Tourist Board/visitscotland which has undermined efforts to regenerate Scottish tourism following two years of decline; calls upon the Scottish Executive to implement a survival and recovery plan for Scottish businesses affected by the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak which includes a hardship fund to provide interest-free loans to supplement the limited measures announced to date, and further calls upon the Scottish Executive to expedite the opening up of the countryside via the risk assessment procedure.

The Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning moved amendment S1M-1914.2 to motion S1M-1914—

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"welcomes the actions being taken by the Executive to assist the tourism industry to recover from the effects of foot-and-mouth disease and supports its commitment to work with the relevant agencies including visitscotland and the industry to prepare and implement an appropriate and effective strategy to ensure the future growth of the industry."

Mr Kenny MacAskill moved amendment S1M-1914.1 to motion S1M-1914—

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"believes that policies being pursued by successive Westminster Governments, in particular a high pound, high fuel costs and high VAT, have been damaging to the tourist industry; further believes that the aims of visitscotland/the Scottish Tourist Board should be sharply refocused so that it is a marketing rather than a regulatory body; notes the relief package as proposed by the Scottish Tourism Forum and calls for its full implementation, and believes that direct transport links between Scotland and Europe and Scotland and America are essential."

After debate, amendment S1M-1914.2 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 63, Against 45, Abstentions 2). As a result, amendment S1M-1914.1 was pre-empted.

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 65, Against 18, Abstentions 27).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament welcomes the actions being taken by the Executive to assist the tourism industry to recover from the effects of foot-and-mouth disease and supports its commitment to work with the relevant agencies including visitscotland and the industry to prepare and implement an appropriate and effective strategy to ensure the future growth of the industry.

2. Holyrood: David McLetchie moved S1M-1918—That the Parliament notes its resolution of 5 April 2000 which approved expenditure of up to £195 million on the Holyrood Project and now calls on the Scottish Executive to advise the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body that this figure is a cash limit within which the building is to be completed and that no further sums of public money will be allocated towards the project.

Michael Russell moved amendment S1M-1918.2 to motion S1M-1918—

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"; expresses considerable concern that this figure is likely to be exceeded and therefore calls upon the Corporate Body to ensure that any revised costs above that figure, as well as any changes to quality standards and completion dates that affect that figure, are laid before the Parliament for debate and approval; further calls upon the Conservatives to cease their boycott of the Holyrood Progress Group so that all the principal parties in the Parliament supervise this Parliamentary project together; asks the Scottish Executive to nominate a Minister to the Group, and expresses the wish that the Progress Group should become a sub-committee of the Corporate Body and that, following such a change, the Progress Group itself should report regularly and directly to formal meetings of the Parliament, rather than to informal meetings of members as at present, thus strengthening direct Parliamentary accountability for the project."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 31, Against 76, Abstentions 3).

 

Mr John Home Robertson moved amendment S1M-1918.1 to motion S1M-1918—

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"and notes the good progress of the construction of the Holyrood Parliament Building; welcomes the fact that most of the tender packages have come in at prices in line with the cost estimates but recognises the effect of an above-average inflation rate in the construction industry in the Edinburgh area; further notes the identification of possible savings by the Holyrood Progress Group, which has led to unanimous decisions by both the Progress Group and the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to authorise savings of £2.5 million, but endorses their firm commitment not to compromise the quality of Scotland’s new Parliament Building; acknowledges the rigorous work of the Project Team and the Holyrood Progress Group to achieve good value for money, and directs them to continue to work towards the completion of the construction of the building in December 2002 as an international recognised home for our new democracy which will be a source of pride for people throughout Scotland."

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 61, Against 19, Abstentions 30).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 61, Against 19, Abstentions 30).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament notes its resolution of 5 April 2000 which approved expenditure of up to £195 million on the Holyrood Project and notes the good progress of the construction of the Holyrood Parliament Building; welcomes the fact that most of the tender packages have come in at prices in line with the cost estimates but recognises the effect of an above-average inflation rate in the construction industry in the Edinburgh area; further notes the identification of possible savings by the Holyrood Progress Group, which has led to unanimous decisions by both the Progress Group and the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to authorise savings of £2.5 million, but endorses their firm commitment not to compromise the quality of Scotland’s new Parliament Building; acknowledges the rigorous work of the Project Team and the Holyrood Progress Group to achieve good value for money, and directs them to continue to work towards the completion of the construction of the building in December 2002 as an international recognised home for our new democracy which will be a source of pride for people throughout Scotland.

3. Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1919—That the Parliament agrees:

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 16 May 2001

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Executive Debate on Architecture and the Built Environment

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1897 Tavish Scott: Rural and Islands GPs

Thursday 17 May 2001

9.30 am Education, Culture and Sport Committee Debate on its Report on Special Educational Needs

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Stage 1 Debate on Scottish Local Authorities (Tendering) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1859 Elaine Smith: National Breastfeeding Awareness Week

Wednesday 23 May 2001

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Committee Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 24 May 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 Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

and, (b) that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 14 May 2001 on the draft Sex Offenders (Notice Requirements) (Foreign Travel) (Scotland) Regulations 2001.

The motion was agreed to.

4. Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister and other Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

5. Urban Regeneration: The Minister for Social Justice moved S1M-1922—That the Parliament endorses the Executive’s approach to urban regeneration and the steps it has taken to enable the people in some of our most disadvantaged communities to become involved in regenerating their areas and welcomes the Executive’s intention to engage in discussions to formulate the Neighbourhood Renewal statement for Scotland.

Mr Kenneth Gibson moved amendment S1M-1922.3 to motion S1M-1922—

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"notes the activities being undertaken by the Executive with regard to urban regeneration; congratulates the key agencies, organisations and citizens involved in regenerating urban Scotland; recognises that despite these efforts, levels of poverty, sickness and unemployment remain stubbornly high across much of urban Scotland, and undertakes to carry out a comprehensive review of regeneration policy in our towns and cities with specific regard to infrastructure and employment, examining the successes and failures of the past and including an analysis of thriving models of urban renewal across the United Kingdom and beyond."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 30, Against 80, Abstentions 0).

Bill Aitken moved amendment S1M-1922.2 to motion S1M-1922—

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"notes the Scottish Executive’s approach to urban regeneration but considers this to be inadequate to achieve the desired result of regenerating both inner city areas and peripheral estates."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 45, Against 63, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 63, Against 2, Abstentions 45).

6. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2 and 5 as noted above.

7. Foot-and-Mouth Disease in Dumfries and Galloway: The Parliament debated S1M-1742 in the name of Dr Elaine Murray—That the Parliament recognises the severe problems being faced in parts of Dumfries and Galloway as a result of the current outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease; notes that the effects are not confined to the farming industry but also affect slaughterhouses, hauliers, food producers, tourism and retailing businesses; notes with concern that workers have already been laid off by several firms and that many more workers may imminently be laid off, and urges the Scottish Executive to work in partnership with other agencies to seek ways of ameliorating the situation as a matter of urgency.

The meeting closed at 6.01 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

10 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 10 May 2001 and is subject to annulment

The Water (Prevention of Pollution) (Code of Practice) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2001 (SSI 2001/175)

laid under the Control of Pollution Act 1974

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 10 May 2001 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Nitrogen and Phosphorus Supplement to the Code of Good Practice on Prevention of Environmental Pollution From Agriculture Activity (SE/2001/114)

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 10 May 2001—

Rural Development Committee, 7th Report 2001: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP 326)

Health and Community Care Committee, 10th Report 2001: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 327)

 

 

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