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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 3, No 17 Session 1

Thursday 13 September 2001

 
 

The meeting opened at 9.34 am.

1. Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2213—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Thursday 13 September 2001

9.30 am Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Debate on the International Criminal Court (Scotland) Bill

followed by Ministerial Statement on the Future of the SQA and National Qualifications

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Debate on Physical Chastisement of Children

followed by Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Motion on Scottish Commission for Public Audit

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-2066 Mary Scanlon: Men's Health Week, Scotland 7-14 September 2001

Wednesday 19 September 2001

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate on the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-2087 Fiona McLeod: UN

Children’s Summit: 19-21 September 2001

Thursday 20 September 2001

9.30 am Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Debate on Juvenile Justice

followed by Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Debate on Improving Patient Care

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Debate on Effective Assessment in Scotland's Schools

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-2119 Paul Martin: Community Issues in Sighthill, Glasgow

Wednesday 26 September 2001

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Executive Debate on its Support for the Voluntary Sector

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Motion on the Publication of the Ombudsman for Scotland Annual Report

2000-01

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 27 September 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 Stage 1 Debate on the Police and Fire Services (Finance) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-2054 Margaret Smith: RCN Scotland's "Value Nurses" Campaign

The motion was agreed to.

2. International Criminal Court (Scotland) Bill - Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2201—That the Parliament agrees that, at Stage 3 of the International Criminal Court (Scotland) Bill, debate on each part of the proceedings shall be brought to a conclusion by the time-limits indicated (each time-limit being calculated from when Stage 3 begins and excluding any periods when the meeting is suspended)—

Group 1 and Group 2 – no later than 55 minutes

Group 3 – no later than 1 hour 25 minutes

Groups 4, 5, 6 and 7 – no later than 1 hour 55 minutes

Motion to pass the Bill – no later than 2 hours 25 minutes

The motion was agreed to.

3. International Criminal Court (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 43, 42, 44, 45

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

40 (For 26, Against 76, Abstentions 0)

41 (For 26, Against 75, Abstentions 1)

1 (For 43, Against 58, Abstentions 2)

3 (For 41, Against 60, Abstentions 0)

Other amendments were not moved.

4. International Criminal Court (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice moved S1M-2044—That the Parliament agrees that the International Criminal Court (Scotland) Bill be passed.

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

5. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs made a statement on the future of the SQA and National Qualifications.

6. Meetings of the Parliament – May 2002: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2202—That the Parliament agrees to meet in the King’s College Conference Centre in Aberdeen in May 2002 on dates to be confirmed in the Business Bulletin.

The motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 84, Against 19, Abstentions 0).

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

8. Physical Chastisement of Children: The Deputy Minister for Justice moved S1M-2206—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive’s proposals, following on from an extensive consultation process, to clarify the law on physical punishment of children.

Michael Russell moved amendment S1M-2206.1 to motion S1M-2206—

Insert at end—

"but calls upon the Scottish Executive to publish full details of its proposed legislation without delay and to explain in detail to the people of Scotland why such legislation is necessary in terms of the European Convention on Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and to ensure that the emphasis in any such legislation is on helping parents by means of educative change rather than applying punitive sanctions."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 24, Against 80, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 68, Against 20, Abstentions 17).

9. Scottish Commission for Public Audit: Robert Brown, on behalf of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, moved S1M-2191—That the Parliament agrees to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body’s proposal to appoint Margaret Jamieson to be a member of the Scottish Commission for Public Audit.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10. Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2204—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government Committee is designated as Lead Committee in consideration of the Public Appointments (Parliamentary Approval) (Scotland) Bill and that the Bill should also be considered by the Audit Committee.

The motion was withdrawn.

11. Committee Membership: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2203—That the Parliament agrees that David Davidson be appointed to the Audit Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT)

12. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 4, 6, 8, 9, and 11 as noted above.

13. Men’s Health Week, Scotland: 7 – 14 September 2001: The Parliament debated S1M-2066 in the name of Mary Scanlon—That the Parliament pledges its support for Men’s Health Week, Scotland, from 7 to 14 September 2001; acknowledges the collaboration between Men’s Health Forum Scotland, health boards, the business sector, community health initiatives and the voluntary sector to publicise Men’s Health Week, Scotland; recognises that the majority of factors which impact negatively on men’s health are preventable; notes that 75% of suicides are male and almost 60% of premature male deaths are from coronary heart disease and cancer, yet men attend their GPs less than half as often as women; further notes that co-ordinated efforts are necessary to ensure that men take responsibility for their health and that services commit themselves to the challenge of working with men, and believes that MSPs should support the collaboration by promoting positive messages about men’s health and Men’s Health Week, Scotland, thereby encouraging more men to take responsibility for their own health and well-being.

The meeting closed at 6.01 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

13 September 2001

 

Appendix

(Note: this Appendix does not form part of the Minutes)

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 13 September 2001 and are subject to annulment—

The Fireman's Pension Scheme (Pension Sharing on Divorce) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/310)

laid under the Fire Service Act 1947 and the Fire Service Act 1959

The Education (Student Loans) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2001

laid under the Education (Scotland) Act 1980

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 13 September 2001 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

The Teachers’ Pension Scheme (Scotland) Actuarial Review 1991-96: Report by the Government Actuary (SE/2001/248)

laid under the Teachers’ Superannuation (Scotland) Regulations 1992

Audit Committee 2nd Report 2001: National Health Service Bodies in Tayside – Response of the Scottish Executive Health Department (SE/2001/249)

Committee Reports

The following Report is being published on 13 September 2001

Health and Community Care, 15th Report 2001: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 380)


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