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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 3, No 32 Session 1

Wednesday 21 November 2001

 
 

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Mrs Eileen Baxendale, a Baptist lay Member working with asylum seekers in Glasgow, led Time for Reflection.

2. Sexual Offences (Procedure and Evidence) (Scotland) Bill - Stage 1: The Deputy Minister for Justice moved S1M-2459—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Sexual Offences (Procedure and Evidence) (Scotland) Bill.

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

3. Sexual Offences (Procedure and Evidence) (Scotland) Bill - Financial Resolution: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Local Government moved S1M-2143—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Sexual Offences (Procedure and Evidence) (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any increase in expenditure payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund in consequence of the Act.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

4. Designation of Lead Committees: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2410—That the Parliament agrees that the Health and Community Care Committee is designated as lead committee in consideration of the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion (Scotland) Bill and that the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee be secondary committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

5. Designations of Lead Committees: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2467—That the Parliament agrees the following designations of Lead Committee—

Justice 1 Committee to consider the Diligence against Earnings (Variation) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/408); and

Justice 1 Committee to consider the Pensions Appeal Tribunals (Scotland) (Amendment) Rules 2001 (SSI 2001/410)

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6. Emergency Question: An emergency question on the impact on Scottish businesses of the receivership of the telecommunications company, Atlantic Telecom was answered by the Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning.

7. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 3, 4 and 5 as noted above.

8. Regulation of Opencast Mining in the Lothians: The Parliament debated S1M-2081 in the name of Mr John Home Robertson—That the Parliament endorses the terms of the Lothian Structure Plan in relation to opencast mining, as agreed by East Lothian, Midlothian and West Lothian Councils following local consultation and a public inquiry; notes the overwhelming public opposition to opencasting in inappropriate areas which would have detrimental environmental and social effects and where opencast proposals would blight valuable prospects for long-term economic development, and expresses extreme concern at the decision of the Scottish Executive to impose amendments to the structure plan which would designate substantial parts of the three counties as areas of search for opencast coal.

The meeting closed at 5.52 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

21 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 20 November 2001 for approval by resolution

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.13) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/425)

laid under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

The draft Sheriff Courts (Scotland) Act 1971 (Privative Jurisdiction and Summary Cause) Order 2001 and the draft Small Claims (Scotland) Amendment Order 2001, which were laid before the Parliament on 25 October 2001, were withdrawn on 21 November 2001.

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 16 November 2001 and is subject to annulment

The Scottish Social Services Council (Consultation on Codes of Practice) Order 2001 (SSI/2001/424)

laid under the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 16 November 2001 and are subject to approval by resolution—

Standards in Public Life Code of Conduct: Councillor’s Code (SE/2001/50)—

Standards in Public Life Code of Conduct: Member’s Model Code (SE/2001/51)—

laid under the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Act 2000

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 20 November 2001 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Council on Tribunals Annual Report 2000-01 (SE/2001/275)

laid under the Tribunals and Inquiries Act 1992 and the Scotland Act 1998

Home-Grown Cereals Authority Annual Report and Accounts 2000-01 (SE/2001/277)

laid under the Cereals Marketing Act 1965 and the Scotland Act 1998

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 21 November 2001 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Meat and Livestock Commission Annual Report 2001 (SE/2001/47)

laid under the Agriculture Act 1967

The New Trunk Road Contracts - An Examination of the Competition for the Maintenance and Management of the Trunk Road Network: Report by the Auditor General for Scotland (AGS/2001/9)

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

Committee Reports

The following Report was published on 21 November 2001

Subordinate Legislation Committee 42nd Report 2001: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 450)

 


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