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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 3, No 20

Wednesday 26 September 2001

 
 

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Mr Ephraim Borowski, Honorary Secretary of the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities, led Time for Reflection.

2. Motion without notice: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that S1M-2251 be taken at this meeting of the Parliament.

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

3. Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2251— That the Parliament agrees as a revision to the Business Motion agreed on 20 September 2001—

Wednesday 26 September 2001

after "Time for Reflection" insert

followed by Ministerial Statement on the Scottish Executive’s Response to the Report of the Care Development Group

The motion was agreed to.

4. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Health and Community Care made a statement on the Scottish Executive’s response to the Report of the Care Development Group.

5. Scottish Executive Support for the Voluntary Sector: The Minister for Social Justice moved S1M-2245—That the Parliament welcomes the Executive’s recognition of the important role of the voluntary sector in Scottish society through the contribution it increasingly makes to promoting social justice, encouraging active citizenship and widening economic prosperity; endorses the progress made by the Executive in its commitment to working in partnership with the sector through the framework of the Scottish Compact, and welcomes the commitment demonstrated by the Executive through its increased resourcing of the sector.

Mr Kenneth Gibson moved amendment S1M-2245.1 to motion S1M-2245—

Leave out from "the commitment" to end and insert—

"additional direct funding, while acknowledging that many issues such as transaction costs, consistency, sustainability, leadership, core and statutory funding and the adverse impact of planned phased removal of water reliefs from charitable organisations remain to be addressed."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 47, Against 57, Abstentions 0).

Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh moved amendment S1M-2245.2 to motion S1M-2245—

Leave out from "and welcomes" to end and insert—

"regrets the Executive’s use of funding mechanisms to direct the work of the voluntary sector and urges the Executive to allow a more independent role for the voluntary sector in future."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 16, Against 61, Abstentions 28).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 75, Against 1, Abstentions 29).

6. Publication of Scottish Parliamentary Ombudsman and Health Service Ombudsman for Scotland Annual Report 2000-01: Mrs Margaret Smith moved S1M-2238—That the Parliament notes that the Scottish Parliamentary Ombudsman and Health Service Ombudsman for Scotland intends to lay his Annual Report for 2000-01 before the Parliament and orders the Clerk to publish the report.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Designation of Lead Committees: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2255—That the Parliament agrees the following designations of Lead Committees—

the Justice 1 Committee to consider the Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/306);

the Justice 1 Committee to consider the Criminal Legal Aid (Fixed Payments) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/307);

the Justice 1 Committee to consider the Parole Board (Scotland) Rules 2001 (SSI 2001/315); and

the Local Government Committee to consider the Firemen’s Pension Scheme (Pension Sharing on Divorce) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/310).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 5, 6 and 7 as noted above.

9. European Day of Languages: The Parliament debated S1M-2221 in the name of Irene Oldfather—That the Parliament welcomes European Day of Languages and the publication of Citizens of a Multilingual World by the Action Group on Languages, which makes recommendations on the future provision of language education in schools; recognises the vital role of language education in promoting cultural awareness; notes the positive response to the report, and looks forward to innovation in language teaching and an expansion of opportunities in primary schools.

The meeting closed at 5.58 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

26 September 2001

Appendix

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

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 21 September 2001 for approval by resolution

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.7) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI/2001/322)

laid under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 21 September 2001 and are subject to annulment—

The Highlands and Islands Agricultural Programme and Rural Diversification Programme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2001 (SSI/2001/319)—

The Farm and Conservation Grant Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI/2001/321)—

laid under the European Communities Act 1972

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 24 September 2001 and is subject to annulment

The Building Standards (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/320)

laid under the Building (Scotland) Act 1959

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 25 September 2001 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Dumfries and Galloway Primary Care NHS Trust Annual Accounts: 2000-01: Report by the Auditor General for Scotland (SE/2001/162)—

Argyll & Clyde Health Board Annual Accounts 2000-01: Report by the Auditor General for Scotland (SE/2001/184)—

Scottish Hospital Trust Annual Accounts 2000-01: Report by the Auditor General for Scotland (SE/2001/207)—

laid under the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

NHS Pension Scheme (Scotland) Resource Account 1999-2000 (SE/2001/250)

laid under the Exchequer and Audit Departments Act 1921

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 21 September 2001—

Education, Culture and Sport Committee, 7th Report 2001: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 392)

Health and Community Care Committee, 16th Report 2001: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 393)

The following Report was published on 24 September 2001

Local Government Committee, 11th Report 2001: Stage 1 Report on the Police and Fire Services (Finance) (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 391)

The following Reports were published on 26 September 2001—

European Committee, 4th Report 2001: Report on scrutiny of European documents: covering 26 January 2000 to 12 December 2000 (SP Paper 386)

European Committee, 5th Report 2001: Report on scrutiny of European documents: covering 16 January 2001 to 19 June 2001 (SP Paper 387)


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