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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 3, No 24

Wednesday 24 October 2001

 
 

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: The Reverend Fiona Mathieson, Minister of Carrick Knowe Parish Church, Edinburgh, led Time for Reflection.

2. Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2352—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) as a revision to the Business Motion agreed on 4 October 2001

Wednesday 24 October 2001

after the first Parliamentary Bureau Motion, delete all and insert

followed by Motion on the publication of the reports into the investigation, legal proceedings and family liaison arrangements in the case of the murder of Surjit Singh Chhokar

followed by Ministerial Statement on the publication of the reports into the investigation, legal proceedings and family liaison arrangements in the case of the murder of Surjit Singh Chhokar

followed by, no later than 3.30 pm Executive Debate on the Proceeds of Crime Bill - UK Legislation

followed by, no later than 4.10 pm Executive Debate on the Adoption and Children Bill - UK Legislation

followed by, no later than 4.30 pm Executive Debate on Membership of the Committee of the Regions

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-2113 David Mundell: Disabled Access to Railway Station Platforms

(b) the following programme of business:

Wednesday 31 October 2001

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate on Asylum Seekers and Refugee Integration

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-2187 Cathie Craigie: World Alzheimer’s Day

Thursday 1 November 2001

9.30 am Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee Debate on the Review of Higher Education Teaching and Funding

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Committee of the Whole Parliament: Stage 2 Debate on the Police and Fire Services (Finance) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Stage 3 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-2142 Mrs Margaret Ewing: Inverness Airport and Links with Hub Airports

Wednesday 7 November 2001

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 8 November 2001

9.30 am Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Stage 1 of the School Education (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

(c) that the Rural Development Committee reports to the Health and Community Care Committee by 9 November 2001 on the Feeding Stuffs and the Feeding Stuffs (Enforcement) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/334);

and (d) that Stage 1 of the School Education (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill be completed by 9 November 2001; that Stage 1 of the Sexual Offences (Procedure and Evidence) (Scotland) Bill and Stage 1 of the Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill be completed by 23 November 2001 and that Stage 1 of the Water Industry (Scotland) Bill be completed by 7 December 2001.

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

3. Publication of the Reports into the Investigation, Legal Proceedings and Family Liaison Arrangements in the Case of the Murder of Surjit Singh Chhokar: The Deputy First Minister and the Minister for Justice moved S1M-2343—That the Parliament notes that the Scottish Ministers intend to lay in English and other languages the Report of the Inquiry into the Liaison Arrangements Between the Police, the Procurator Fiscal Service and the Crown Office and the Family of the Deceased Surjit Singh Chhokar in Connection with the Murder of Surjit Singh Chhokar and the Related Prosecutions by Dr Raj Jandoo and the Report of the Inquiry into Crown Decision-Making in the Case of the Murder of Surjit Singh Chhokar by the Rt. Hon. Sir Anthony Campbell before the Parliament and orders the Clerk to publish the Reports and their translations.

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

4. Ministerial Statement: The Lord Advocate made a statement on the publication of the reports into the investigation, legal proceedings and family liaison arrangements in the case of the murder of Surjit Singh Chhokar.

5. Proceeds of Crime Bill - UK Legislation: The Deputy First Minister and the Minister for Justice moved S1M-2341—That the Parliament endorses the principles of the Proceeds of Crime Bill and agrees that the provisions in the Bill that relate to devolved matters should be considered by the UK Parliament.

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

6. Adoption and Children Bill - UK Legislation—The Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs moved S1M-2342—That the Parliament accepts the need to provide for continued mutual cross-border recognition of orders properly made by the separate GB jurisdictions in respect of adoption procedures; supports proposals for reform of recognition of overseas adoption orders, and agrees that the relevant provisions to achieve these ends in the Adoption and Children Bill should be considered by the UK Parliament.

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

7. Membership of the Committee of the Regions: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2340—That the Parliament endorses the Executive’s proposal to nominate as representatives of the Parliament Nicol Stephen MSP and Hugh Henry MSP as full members and Jack McConnell MSP and Irene McGugan MSP as alternate members on the UK delegation to the Committee of the Regions for the forthcoming session from 2002 to 2006 and notes that the representation from local government will be Councillor Christine May and Councillor Keith Brown as full members and Councillor Corrie McChord and Councillor Hugh Halcro-Johnston as alternate members.

Fiona Hyslop moved amendment S1M-2340.1 to motion S1M-2340—

Leave out from "endorses" to end and insert—

"supports the Committee of the Regions as an institution of European co-operation based on the role of regional government and in promoting the regions of Scotland in that role proposes that the full and alternate members representing Scotland are elected members of Scotland’s local authorities including Councillor Christine May and Councillor Keith Brown as full members and Councillor Corrie McChord and Councillor Hugh Halcro-Johnston as alternate members and instructs the Executive to return to the Parliament with four additional names of councillors as nominees."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 31, Against 73, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 90, Against 0, Abstentions 18).

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

9. Disabled Access to Railway Station Platforms: The Parliament debated S1M-2113 in the name of David Mundell— That the Parliament notes with concern the continuing difficulties disabled citizens experience in accessing railway station platforms and the adverse impact this has on their freedom to travel; notes in particular the difficulties with access to and from the southbound platform of Lockerbie station, the only mainline station in south-west Scotland, which means disabled passengers have to travel south to Carlisle and return north on another train in order to be able to leave the station premises, and believes that the Scottish Executive should do all it can to work with Railtrack, train operating companies and any other relevant bodies to ensure that the necessary funding is available and priority given to providing appropriate disabled access to railway station platforms in Scotland and Lockerbie in particular.

The meeting closed at 5.44 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
24 October 2001

Appendix

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

New Bills introduced on 4 October 2001

Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to provide for the synchronisation of the polls at local government elections with the polls at elections to the Scottish Parliament; to make some minor rectifications in enactments relating to the timing of elections; and to make provision in relation to the casting and counting of votes at, and the sending of election communications in connection with, local government elections. (SP Bill 38) (Executive Bill)

Introduced by: Angus MacKay

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 38-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 38-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

New Bills introduced on 5 October 2001

Fur Farming (Prohibition) (Scotland) Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to prohibit the keeping of animals solely or primarily for slaughter for the value of their fur; to provide for the making of payments in respect of the related closure of certain businesses; and for connected purposes. (SP Bill 39) (Executive Bill)

Introduced by: Ross Finnie

Supported by: Angus MacKay, Mr Jim Wallace, Rhona Brankin

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 39-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 39-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 11 October 2001 for approval by resolution

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.8) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/374)

laid under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 22 October 2001 for approval by resolution—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (No.2) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/387)—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.9) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/388)—

laid under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 24 October 2001 for approval by resolution

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/391)

laid under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 5 October 2001 and are subject to annulment—

The Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Marking of Meat, Meat Products, Minced Meat and Meat Preparations) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/358)—

laid under the European Communities Act 1972

The National Health Service (General Dental Services) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/368)

laid under the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 8 October 2001 and is subject to annulment

The Import and Export Restrictions (Foot-and-Mouth Disease) (Scotland) (No.2) Amendment (No.3) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/367)

laid under the European Communities Act 1972

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 19 October 2001 and is subject to annulment

The Processed Animal Protein (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2001(SSI/2001/383)

laid under the European Communities Act 1972

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 23 October 2001 and is subject to annulment

The Abolition of the Intervention Board for Agricultural Produce (Consequential Provisions) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/390)

laid under the European Communities Act 1972

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

The Legal Aid (Employment of Solicitors) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/392)

laid under the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 5 October 2001 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scottish Executive Proposed Response to the Equal Opportunities Committee 1st Report 2001: Inquiry into Gypsy Travellers and Public Sector Policies (SE/2001/252)

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 9 October 2001 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Fife Health Board Annual Accounts 2000-01: Report by the Auditor General for Scotland (SE/2001/188)—

Forth Valley Health Board Annual Accounts 2000-01: Report by the Auditor General for Scotland (SE/2001/189)—

State Hospitals Board for Scotland Annual Accounts 2000-01: Report by the Auditor General for Scotland (SE/2001/206)—

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

Statement of Guarantee: Tayside Primary Care National Health Service Trust (SE/2001/257)

laid under the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 11 October 2001 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scottish Executive Response to the Equal Opportunities Committee 1st Report 2001: Inquiry into Gypsy Travellers and Public Sector Policies (SE/2001/252)

Note: The Scottish Executive Proposed Response to the Equal Opportunities Committee 1st Report 2001: Inquiry into Gypsy Travellers and Public Sector Policies (SE/2001/252), which was laid before the Parliament on 5 October 2001, has been withdrawn.

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 16 October 2001 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure—

Milk Development Council Annual Report 1999-2000 (SE/2001/263)

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 17 October 2001 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure

In good supply? Managing supplies in the NHS in Scotland – A report to the Scottish Parliament by the Auditor General for Scotland (AGS/2001/7)—

laid under the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 18 October 2001 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure—

New Opportunities Fund Annual Report and Accounts for the Financial Year Ended 31 March 2001 (SE/2001/251)

laid under the National Lottery etc Act 1993 as amended by the National Lottery Act 1998

Learning and Teaching Scotland: Report and Financial Statements for the 12 months ended 31 March 2001 (SE/2001/259)

The Report on the Proposal for a National Park in the Cairngorms (SE/2001/264)

laid under the National Parks (Scotland) Act 2000

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 22 October 2001 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland: Annual Report 2000-01 (SE/2001/258)

sportscotland Annual Review 2000-01 (SE/2001/270)

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 23 October 2001 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts Account 2000-01 (SE/2001/269)

laid under the National Lottery Act etc. 1993 as amended by the National Lottery Act 1998

British Tourist Authority Foreword and Annual 2001 (SE/2001/268)

laid under section 6 of the Development of Tourism Act 1969

SPCB Papers

The following Reports were laid before the Parliament on 24 October 2001 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Report of the Inquiry into the Liaison Arrangements Between the Police, the Procurator Fiscal Service and the Crown Office and the Family of the Deceased Surjit Singh Chhokar in Connection with the Murder of Surjit Singh Chhokar and the Related Prosecutions (SP Paper 424)

Report of the Inquiry into Crown Decision-Making in the Case of the Murder of Surjit Singh Chhokar (SP Paper 425)

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 5 October 2001—

Health and Community Care Committee, 19th Report 2001: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 421)

Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee, 11th Report 2001: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 422)

The following Report was published on 8 October 2001

Standards Committee, 7th Report 2001: Complaints Concerning a Meeting of the Rural Development Committee on 1 May 2001 (SP Paper 399)

The following Report was published on 22 October 2001

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 36th Report 2001: Conference Report: International Conference on Regulation Reform Management and Scrutiny of Legislation, Sydney, Australia, 9th-13th July 2001. David Mundell (SP Paper 426)

The following Report was published on 23 October 2001

Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee, 12th Report 2001: Report on the Inquiry into the SHEFC Reviews of Teaching and Research Funding (SP Paper 423)


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