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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 3, No 31 Session 1

Thursday 15 November 2001

 
 

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Bill - UK Legislation: The Deputy Minister for Justice moved S1M-2445—That the Parliament recognises the urgency of enhancing anti-terrorist capability and security in the current international situation and agrees that the provisions of the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Bill specified in the Scottish Executive’s memorandum that relate to devolved matters should be considered by the UK Parliament.

Roseanna Cunningham moved amendment S1M-2445.1 to motion S1M-2445—

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

"; calls on the Scottish Executive to bring forward legislation dealing with the relevant devolved matters, if necessary under the Parliament’s emergency bill procedures, in order that there can be proper consultation with the relevant authorities, companies, agencies and organisations in Scotland, and furthermore notes with concern the new proposals in regard to detention without trial in clauses 21 to 32 of the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Bill which are a suspension of the normal Scottish criminal justice procedures and which would breach the European Convention on Human Rights."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 26, Against 75, Abstentions 0.)

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 75, Against 30, Abstentions 1.)

2. The Executive's Vision for the Protection and Promotion of Scotland's Natural Heritage: The Deputy Minister for Rural Development moved S1M-2444— That the Parliament supports the Scottish Ministers’ intention to come forward with legislative proposals to protect and promote Scotland’s natural heritage; notes the widespread support for this proposed reform, and agrees that improved protection of nature requires a combination of new legislation and integrated land use policies and incentives currently being developed by the Executive.

Bruce Crawford moved amendment S1M-2444.2 to motion S1M-2444—

Leave out from ", and agrees" to end and insert—

"and the many open ended commitments in the policy statement The Nature of Scotland; calls on the Executive to publish a timetable for the introduction of a Wildlife Crime Bill and a modernised system for the protection and management of Sites of Special Scientific Interest; records its concerns over the portfolios of rural development and environment continuing to be the responsibility of the same Minister, and further calls on the Executive to adopt an integrated "stewardship" approach to the development and implementation of its policies in regard to the natural heritage and resources of Scotland."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 31, Against 75, Abstentions 0.)

John Scott moved amendment S1M-2444.3 to motion S1M-2444—

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

"Scotland’s wildlife and welcomes their proposals to promote and continue to protect Scotland’s natural heritage; recognises the conservation practices of previous generations; supports the need for an overall balance to be struck which recognises the needs of local communities, land owners, occupiers, managers and conservationists alike, and urges Scottish Natural Heritage to take more account of local interests and knowledge and to consult more widely before designating further Sites of Special Scientific Interest."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to (DT) by division: For 15, Against 62, Abstentions 29.)

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 60, Against 15, Abstentions 31.)

3. Decision Time: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S1M-2453—That the Parliament agrees under Rule 11.2.4 of the Standing Orders that Decision Time on Thursday 22 November 2001 shall begin at 12.30 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

4. Suspension of Standing Orders: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S1M-2452—That the Parliament agrees that Rule 5.6.1(c) of the Standing Orders be suspended for the duration of the Meeting of the Parliament on Thursday 22 November 2001.

The motion was agreed to.

5. Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S1M-2451—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

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 - debate on the subject of S1M-2081 Mr John Home Robertson: Regulation of Opencast Mining in the Lothians

Thursday 22 November 2001

9.30 am 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 Executive Debate on the NHS Reform Health Care Professions Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Question Time

followed by First Minister's Question Time

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

12.30 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-2184 Alex Neil: Contract Research Staff

2.30 pm Selection of the Parliament's Nominee for First Minister

Wednesday 28 November 2001

12.00 noon Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by First Minister’s Motion to appoint Scottish Ministers

followed by First Minister’s Motion to appoint junior Scottish Ministers

2.30 pm Stage 1 Debate on the Community Care and Health (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of the Community Care and Health (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 29 November 2001

9.30 am Scottish National Party Business

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

6. Question Time: Questions were answered by the Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice and other Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

7. School Education (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill - Stage 1: The Deputy Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs moved S1M-2275—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the School Education (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill.

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

8. Approval of SSIs: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S1M-2443—That the Parliament agrees that the following instruments be approved—

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

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); and

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

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9. Motion without notice: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that S1M-2455 be taken at this meeting of the Parliament.

The motion was agreed to.

10. Decision Time: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2455—That the Parliament agrees under Rule 11.2.4 of the Standing Orders that Decision Time on Thursday 15 November 2001 shall begin at 4.26 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

11. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2, 7 and 8 as noted above.

12. Rural Economy: The Parliament debated S1M-2260 in the name of Miss Annabel Goldie—That the Parliament notes the economic challenges confronting the rural and more remote parts of Scotland and recognises the specific implications of the Aggregates Tax for the quarrying industry in those areas.

The meeting closed at 5.13 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

15 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 15 November 2001 for approval by resolution

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.12) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/423)

laid under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 15 November 2001 and is subject to annulment

The Colours in Food Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/422)

laid under the Food Safety Act 1990

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 15 November 2001 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Communities Scotland Framework Document (SE/2001/4)

Committee Reports

The following Report is being published on 15 November 2001

Equal Opportunities Committee, 4th Report 2001: Gypsy Traveller Civic Participation Event (SP Paper 448)

 

 


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