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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 3 No 29 Session 1

Thursday 8 November 2001

 
 

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Foot-and-Mouth Disease - Public Inquiry: Alex Fergusson moved S1M-2409—That the Parliament calls on the Scottish Executive to instigate a full open public inquiry, either under its aegis or preferably as a distinct part of a full UK inquiry, into the impact of, preparations for and handling of the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in Scotland, and the economic recovery measures put in place by the Executive and Her Majesty’s Government, in order to ensure that lessons are learnt about the appropriate response to any future outbreak.

The Minister for Environment and Rural Development moved amendment S1M-2409.2 to motion S1M-2409—

Leave out from "calls on" to end and insert—

", recognising the need for independent scrutiny of the handling of the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak, supports the participation of the Scottish Executive in the Royal Society inquiry, the Anderson 'Lessons Learnt' inquiry and the Royal Society of Edinburgh inquiry and believes that these inquiries provide ample opportunities for all interested parties to contribute to the process."

Fergus Ewing moved amendment S1M-2409.1 to motion S1M-2409—

Leave out from "calls on" to end and insert—

"welcomes the cross-party approach towards the policy adopted in Scotland to eradicate the foot-and-mouth disease epidemic, but believes that it is essential that all lessons are learned by means of a full, open and independently convened public inquiry in Scotland and that it is important to monitor closely the impact of the crisis upon the whole Scottish economy and, in particular, upon those regions of Scotland most affected by the outbreak."

2. Conduct of the First Minister: David McLetchie did not move S1M-2412.

3. Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2417— That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business

Wednesday 14 November 2001

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate on the Scottish Youth Parliament

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-2243 Johann Lamont: Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Thursday 15 November 2001

9.30 am Executive Debate on Renewing Mental Health Law

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Debate on its Vision for the Protection and Promotion of Scotland’s Natural Heritage

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-2260 Miss Annabel Goldie: Rural Economy

Wednesday 21 November 2001

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate on the Sexual Offences (Procedure and Evidence)

(Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of the Sexual Offences (Procedure and

Evidence) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 22 November 2001

9.30 am Equal Opportunities Committee Debate on its Report on its Inquiry into

Gypsy Travellers and Public Sector Policies

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 Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of the Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

(b) that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 13 November 2001 on the draft Sheriff Courts (Scotland) Act 1971 (Privative Jurisdiction and Summary Cause) Order 2001 and the draft Small Claims (Scotland) (Amendment) Order 2001 and that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 12 November 2001 on the Legal Aid (Employment of Solicitors) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/392) and

(c) that Stage 1 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Bill be completed by 18 January 2002 and Stage 1 of the Fur Farming (Prohibition) (Scotland) Bill be completed by 31 January 2002.

The motion was agreed to.

4. Personal Statement: The First Minister made a personal statement. This was taken under Rule 5.5.4 as the only other item of business.

The meeting closed at 2.38 pm.

 

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

8 November 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 8 November 2001 for approval by resolution

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.10) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/406)

laid under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 8 November 2001 and are subject to annulment—

The Diligence against Earnings (Variation) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/408)

laid under the Debtors (Scotland) Act 1987

The Fish Health Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/409)

laid under the European Communities Act 1972

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 8 November 2001 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Water Industry Commissioner for Scotland: Annual Report and Accounts for the period 1 April 2000 to 31 March 2001 (SE/2001/267)

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

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 8 November 2001—

Standards Committee, 8th Report 2001: The Investigation of Unauthorised Disclosures (SP Paper 430)

Health and Community Care Committee, 20th Report 2001: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 442)

 


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