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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 3, No 22

Wednesday 3 October 2001

 
 

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Mr Muhammad Farogh Ahmad, High Priest, World Islamic Mission, Glasgow, led Time for Reflection.

2. A Forward Strategy for Scottish Agriculture: The Minister for Environment and Rural Development moved S1M-2278—That the Parliament welcomes the Executive’s commitment, as set out in A Forward Strategy for Scottish Agriculture, to secure a more profitable and sustainable future for Scottish agriculture, to integrate farming into the economic and social development of rural communities, including the development of Land Management Contracts, and to protect and enhance the environment in partnership with farmers, and approves the actions set out in the strategy for achieving these objectives in partnership with other agencies.

Fergus Ewing moved amendment S1M-2278.1 to motion S1M-2278—

Leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert—

"believes that the Scottish Executive’s A Forward Strategy for Scottish Agriculture does not contain an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the sector, does not consider the policies implemented in other European countries, does not provide or suggest any mechanism by which the aims described in the document can be achieved, nor does it provide any assurance to the small farmer or crofter that they have a sustainable long term future in agriculture."

After debate the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 27, Against 77, Abstentions 1).

Alex Fergusson moved amendment S1M-2278.2 to motion S1M-2278

Insert at end—

"while recognising that a profitable farming industry is fundamental to a successful rural economy."

After debate the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 69, Against 9, Abstentions 27).

The motion as amended was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 77, Against 26, Abstentions 2).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved— That the Parliament welcomes the Executive’s commitment, as set out in A Forward Strategy for Scottish Agriculture, to secure a more profitable and sustainable future for Scottish agriculture, to integrate farming into the economic and social development of rural communities, including the development of Land Management Contracts, and to protect and enhance the environment in partnership with farmers, and approves the actions set out in the strategy for achieving these objectives in partnership with other agencies while recognising that a profitable farming industry is fundamental to a successful rural economy.

3. Protection from Abuse (Scotland) Bill - Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2282—That the Parliament agrees that, at Stage 3 of the Protection from Abuse (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 to Group 8 – no later than 2 hours 30 minutes

Motion to pass the Bill – no later than 3 hours

The motion was agreed to.

4. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on item 2 above.

5. Oxfam: The Parliament debated S1M-2118 in the name of Mrs Mary Mulligan—That the Parliament congratulates Linlithgow Oxfam Group on 26 years of fundraising and campaigning for poverty eradication and social justice throughout the world; recognises the contribution made by all Oxfam groups and individual supporters in Scotland in raising awareness of our role and responsibility in the world, and supports their efforts to increase action to meet the UN 2015 poverty action targets.

6. Motion without notice: Fiona Hyslop moved without notice under Rule 8.14.3 that the debate on S1M-2118 be extended until 6.00 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 6.00 pm. P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

3 October 2001

 

Appendix

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

New Bills introduced on 27 September 2001

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to make provision for the disclosure of information held by Scottish public authorities or by persons providing services for them; and for connected purposes. (SP Bill 36) (Executive Bill)

Introduced by: Mr Jim Wallace

Supported by: Iain Gray

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 36-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 36-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 28 September 2001 and is subject to annulment

The Education and Training (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2001 (SSI/2001/329)

laid under the Education and Training (Scotland) Act 2000

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 1 October 2001 and is subject to annulment

The Feeding Stuffs and the Feeding Stuffs (Enforcement) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI/2001/334)

laid under the Agriculture Act 1970.

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 2 October 2001 and are subject to annulment—

The Potatoes Originating in Germany (Notification) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/333)

laid under the Plant Health Act 1967

The Fossil Fuel Levy (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/335)

laid under the Electricity Act 1989

The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (Amendment) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/337)

laid under the European Communities Act 1972

 

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 28 September 2001 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

East of Scotland Water Authority Annual Report and Accounts: Environment and Quality Report 2000-01 – A year in view (SE/2001/223)—

West of Scotland Water Authority Annual Report and Accounts 2000-01 - The work behind the water (SE/2001/224)—

North of Scotland Water Authority Annual Report and Accounts 2000-01 (SE/2001/225)—

laid under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1994

Caledonian MacBrayne Annual Report and Accounts 2000-01 (SE/2001/231)—

David MacBrayne Ltd. Annual Report and Accounts 2000-01 (SE/2001/255)—

Caledonian MacBrayne Holdings Ltd. Annual Report and Accounts 2000-01 (SE/2001/256)—

laid under the Transport (Scotland) Act 1989

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 2 October 2001—

Standards Committee, 6th Report 2001: Annual Report of the Standards Committee for the Parliamentary Year 12 May 2000 to 11 May 2001 (SP Paper 400)

Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee, 10th Report 2001: Annual Report of the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee for the Parliamentary Year 12 May 2000 to 11 May 2001 (SP Paper 401)

Social Justice Committee, 4th Report 2001: Annual Report of the Social Justice Committee for the Parliamentary Year 12 May 2000 to 11 May 2001 (SP paper 402)

Rural Development Committee, 12th Report 2001: Annual Report of the Rural Development Committee for the Parliamentary Year 12 May 2000 to 11 May 2001 (SP Paper 403)

Justice 2 Committee, 11th Report 2001: Annual Report of the Justice 2 Committee for the Parliamentary Year 12 May 2000 to 11 May 2001 (SP Paper 404)

Transport and the Environment Committee, 11th Report 2001: Annual Report of the Transport and the Environment Committee for the Parliamentary Year 12 May 2000 to 11 May 2001 (SP Paper 405)

Equal Opportunities Committee, 2nd Report 2001: Annual Report of the Equal Opportunities Committee for the Parliamentary Year 12 May 2000 to 11 May 2001 (SP Paper 406)

Education, Culture and Sport Committee, 9th Report 2001: Annual Report of the Education, Culture and Sport Committee for the Parliamentary Year 12 May 2000 to 11 May 2001 (SP Paper 407)

The following Reports were published on 3 October 2001—

European Committee, 6th Report 2001: Report on the proposed Common Position with regard to the proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a general framework for informing and consulting employees in the European Community (SP Paper 396)

Health and Community Care Committee, 18th Report 2001: Annual Report of the Health and Community Care Committee for the Parliamentary Year 12 May 2000 to 11 May 2001 (SP Paper 408)

Procedures Committee, 4th Report 2001: Annual Report of the Procedures Committee for the Parliamentary Year 12 May 2000 to 11 May 2001 (SP Paper 409)

Local Government Committee, 12th Report 2001: Annual Report of the Local Government Committee for the Parliamentary Year 12 May 2000 to 11 May 2001 (SP Paper 411)

Transport and the Environment Committee, 12th Report 2001: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 417)


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