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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 3, No 15

Thursday 6 September 2001

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Erskine Bridge Tolls Bill - Emergency Bill: The Minister for Transport and Planning moved S1M-2162—That the Parliament agrees that the Erskine Bridge Tolls Bill be treated as an Emergency Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (by division: For 73, Against 25, Abstentions 0).

2. Erskine Bridge Tolls Bill - Stage 1: The Minister for Transport and Planning moved S1M-2163—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Erskine Bridge Tolls Bill.

Mr Adam Ingram moved amendment S1M-2163.1 to motion S1M-2163—

Leave out from "agrees" to end and insert—

"does not agree to the general principles of the Erskine Bridge Tolls Bill because it wishes first to examine the whole issue of bridge tolling and requests that the Transport and the Environment Committee stages an inquiry into the economic and legal impact of bridge tolls in Scotland and makes recommendations on what legislation, if any, is required."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to (by division: For 25, Against 78, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to (by division: For 79, Against 25, Abstentions 0).

3. Inquiry into the Impact of the New Economy: Alex Neil, on behalf of the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee, moved S1M-2133—That the Parliament notes the 6th Report, 2001 of the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee, Inquiry into the Impact of the New Economy (SP Paper 355).

After debate, the motion was agreed to (DT).

4. Protection from Abuse (Scotland) Bill - Financial Resolution: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Local Government moved S1M-2156—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Protection from Abuse (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any increase in expenditure payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund in consequence of the Act.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

The meeting closed at 3.33 pm.

A second meeting opened at 3.56 pm.

6. Erskine Bridge Tolls Bill - Stage 3: The Deputy Minister for Transport and Planning moved S1M-2164—That the Parliament agrees that the Erskine Bridge Tolls Bill be passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 78, Against 26, Abstentions 0).

7. Committee Membership: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2149—That the Parliament agrees that the following Members be appointed to Committees with effect from 6 September 2001—

Christine Grahame to replace Alasdair Morgan on the Justice 1 Committee;

Margaret Ewing to replace Christine Grahame on the Justice 2 Committee;

Stewart Stevenson to replace Margo MacDonald on the Justice 2 Committee and to replace Margaret Ewing on the Rural Development Committee;

Adam Ingram to replace Bruce Crawford on the Transport and the Environment Committee;

Gil Paterson to replace Linda Fabiani on the Equal Opportunities Committee;

Tricia Marwick and Sandra White to replace Kenneth Gibson and Gil Paterson on the Local Government Committee;

Kenneth Gibson and Linda Fabiani to replace Sandra White and Brian Adam on the Social Justice Committee;

Fiona Hyslop to replace Brian Adam on the Procedures Committee;

Alasdair Morgan and Brian Adam to replace Andrew Wilson and Adam Ingram on the Finance Committee; and

Colin Campbell to replace Kenny MacAskill on the Subordinate Legislation Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2137—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee is designated as Lead Committee in consideration of the Sexual Offences (Procedure and Evidence) (Scotland) Bill and that the Bill should also be considered by the Justice 1 Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9. Rule 2.3.1: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2166—That the Parliament agrees the following dates under Rule 2.3.1—

18 – 22 February 2002 inclusive; 29 March – 12 April 2002 inclusive; 1 July – 30 August 2002 inclusive; 7 – 18 October 2002 inclusive and 23 December 2002 – 3 January 2003 inclusive.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10. Sitting Days: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2167—That the Parliament agrees that between 7 January 2002 and 3 January 2003 (inclusive) the Office of the Clerk will be open on all days except: Saturdays and Sundays, 29 March, 1 April, 6 May, 31 May, 3 June, 4 June, 29 November, 24 December (PM), 25 December, 26 December 2002, 1 January 2003 and 2 January 2003.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

11. Motion without notice: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that S1M-2180 be taken at this meeting of the Parliament.

The motion was agreed to

12. Decision Time: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2180—That the Parliament agrees under Rule 11.2.4 of the Standing Orders that Decision Time on Thursday 6 September 2001 shall begin at 4.20 pm.

The motion was agreed to

13. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 as noted above.

14. Centenary of Donibristle Pit Disaster: The Parliament debated S1M-1964 in the name of Helen Eadie—That the Parliament congratulates the schools in Dunfermline East for their contribution to marking the centenary of the Donibristle pit disaster on 26 August 1901; notes that their efforts will help celebrate and keep alive the memory of the brave men, some of whom heroically gave their lives to save fellow miners in the tragedy; further congratulates all of those in our towns and villages in the constituency of Dunfermline East for the act of remembrance that binds miners and their families through the ages and across all our communities and, in doing so, sends its thoughts and prayers to the community of Caerphilly, Wales who remembered on 24 May the miners who lost their lives in the Caerphilly disaster on that date 100 years ago, and calls on the Scottish Executive to send appropriate messages to both communities.

The meeting closed at 5.07 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

6 September 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 September 2001 and is subject to annulment

The Right to Time Off for Study or Training (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/298)

laid under the Employment Rights Act 1996

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 6 September 2001 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Student Awards Agency for Scotland Annual Report and Accounts 2000-01 (SE/2001/239)

laid under the Exchequer and Audit Department’s Act 1921

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 6 September 2001—

Justice 2 Committee, 9th Report 2001: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 377)

Subordinate Legislation Committee 30th Report 2001: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 378)

 


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