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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 3, No 18 Session 1

Wednesday 19 September 2001

 
 

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Reverend Alison Simpson, Episcopalian Minister of St Mary on the Rock, Ellon and St James’s, Cruden Bay, led Time for Reflection.

2. Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2229—That the Parliament agrees as a revision to the Business Programme agreed on 13 September 2001—

Wednesday 19 September 2001

after Decision Time, delete all and insert

"followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-2088 - Irene McGugan: Waste Incinerators"

The motion was agreed to.

3. Remit of Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2230—That the Parliament agrees that with effect from 20 September 2001 the remit for the Local Government Committee should be—

To consider and report on matters relating to (a) local government (including local government finance) and (b) other matters (excluding finance other than local government finance) which fall within the responsibility of the Minister for Finance and Local Government.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

4. Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill - Stage 1: Mike Watson moved S1M-2078—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill.

Alex Fergusson, on behalf of the Rural Development Committee, moved amendment S1M-2078.2 to motion S1M-2078—

Leave out from "agrees" to end and insert—

"does not agree to the general principles of the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill for the reasons set out in the Stage 1 Report of the Rural Development Committee; and because it considers that, as an alternative, the Executive should examine the issues identified in the Report, in particular paragraph 72 thereof, in order to address whether the existing law against fox baiting provides adequate protection against cruelty to wild mammals."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 27, Against 92, Abstentions 1).

Dr Elaine Murray moved amendment S1M-2078.1 to motion S1M-2078—

Leave out from "agrees" to end and insert—

"does not agree to the general principles of the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill because, while accepting the desire of the sponsors to end cruelty to wild mammals, it does not believe that this Bill adequately addresses the issues presented in evidence to the Rural Development Committee and considers that the Scottish Executive, as an alternative, should examine the existing law in relation to wild mammals, in particular the Wild Mammals (Protection) Act 1996, in order to take action against any unnecessary suffering caused through the provisions of this Act and to bring the legislation covering wild mammals into line with that which applies to domestic animals."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 36, Against 82, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 84, Against 34, Abstentions 1).

5. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 3 and 4 as noted above.

6. Waste Incinerators: The Parliament debated S1M-2088 in the name of Irene McGugan—That the Parliament notes with concern that at least five large new incinerators are being planned for siting around Scotland, despite the growing evidence that they may frequently emit a cocktail of toxic chemicals which breach legal pollution limits and raise health concerns; further notes that the defect ridden Baldovie incinerator in Dundee reported 18 separate breaches of safety limits within a five week period earlier this year, which more than justifies the concerns of communities in Aberdeen about the planned Altens incinerator; is concerned that although 60% of the waste produced in Scotland is biodegradable, only 6.6% of it was recycled last year, thereby placing Scotland at the bottom of the European recycling league; commends the first area waste plan in Scotland which opts for the recycling of waste rather than the burning of it, and believes that the Scottish Executive should implement policies which promote a resource efficient, recycling society.

The meeting closed at 5.52 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

19 September 2001

 

Appendix

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

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 19 September 2001 for approval by resolution—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.6) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/316)—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/317)—

laid under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 14 September 2001 and is subject to annulment

The Parole Board (Scotland) Rules 2001 (SSI 2001/315)

laid under the Prisoners and Criminal Proceedings (Scotland) Act 1993

Not Subject to any Parliamentary Procedure

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 14 September 2001 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Radioactivity in Sheep) Partial Revocation (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/313)—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (|Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (Scotland) Revocation (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/314)—

laid under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 14 September 2001 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Tayside Health Board Annual Accounts 2000-01: Report by the Auditor General for Scotland (SE/2001/197)

Committee Reports

The following Report was published on 14 September 2001

Transport and the Environment Committee, 10th Report 2001: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 383)

The following Report was published on 17 September 2001

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 31st Report 2001: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 385)

The following Report was published on 19 September 2001

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 32nd Report 2001: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 389)


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