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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 3, No 33 Session 1

Thursday 22 November 2001

 
 

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill - Stage 1: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Local Government moved S1M-2307—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 49, Abstentions 0.)

2. Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill - Financial Resolution: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Local Government moved S1M-2440—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Scottish Local Government (Elections) 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).

3. NHS Reform and Health Care Professions Bill - UK Legislation: The Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care moved S1M-2458—That the Parliament endorses the principle that the Council for the Regulation of Healthcare Professionals, which is to be created to oversee the regulatory bodies for healthcare professionals under the NHS Reform and Health Care Professions Bill, should also have power to oversee any regulatory bodies which might be established in future and which fall within the devolved competence of the Scottish Parliament; agrees that the Council be made accountable to the Scottish Parliament in respect of such of its functions as fall within devolved competence; agrees that the function should be conferred upon Scottish ministers of appointing one of the members of the Council, agrees that power should be conferred on Scottish ministers to make payments and loans to the Council, and finally agrees that the relevant provisions to achieve this end in the Bill should be considered by the UK Parliament.

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

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

5. Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S1M-2477—That the Parliament agrees—

  1. the following programme of business—

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 - debate on the subject of S1M-2222 Maureen Macmillan: Gaelic-Medium Education

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 Debate on Social Justice

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject S1M-2436 Mr Mike Rumbles: Digital Hearing Aids and Review of Audiology Services

Wednesday 5 December 2001

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Equal Opportunities Committee Inquiry into Gypsy Travellers and Public Services

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-2175 Ms Sandra White: European Year of Languages 2001 & BSL

Thursday 6 December 2001

9.30 am Stage 1 Debate on the Water Industry (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of the Water Industry (Scotland) Bill

12.00 noon Ministerial Statement

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Debate on Improving Scotland’s Youth Justice System to Build Safer Communities

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-2428 Mr Kenneth Macintosh: 2002, Autism Awareness Year

(b) that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 26 November 2001 on the Diligence against Earnings (Variation) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/408) and by 4 December 2001 on the Pensions Appeal Tribunals (Scotland) (Amendment) Rules 2001 (SSI 2001/410)

(c) that Stage 1 of the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion (Scotland) Bill be completed by 26 April 2002;

and (d) that Stage 2 of the School Education (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill be completed by 29 November 2001.

The motion was agreed to.

6. Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S1M-2466—That the Parliament agrees that the Education, Culture and Sport Committee is designated as lead committee in consideration of the School Meals (Scotland) Bill and that the Local Government Committee, the Health and Community Care Committee and the Social Justice Committee be secondary committees.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S1M-2465—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government Committee is designated as lead committee in consideration of the Marriage (Scotland) Bill and that the Justice 1 Committee and the Justice 2 Committees be secondary committees.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7 as noted above.

9. Contract Research Staff: The Parliament debated S1M-2184 in the name of Alex Neil—That the Parliament recognises that contract research staff in Scotland’s universities and research institutes are one of the most significant assets in Scotland’s knowledge economy; notes that more than 90% of such staff are employed on insecure fixed term contracts, resulting in a systematic failure to properly exploit our science and social science base to the benefit of the Scottish economy and society; further notes that this highly educated human resource, comprising graduate, postgraduate and postdoctoral level workers, is subject to constant wastage, to the detriment of Scotland’s universities and economic potential, and believes that the Scottish Executive should act with clarity, urgency and determination to secure a complete overhaul of the management of the contract research workforce with a view to eliminating the current insecurity and wastage and establishing a radical new approach in partnership with higher education employers and representatives of the research staff.

10. Motion without notice: Alex Neil moved that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended by up to 15 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

11. First Minister: The following members were nominated as candidates for appointment as First Minister—

Dennis Canavan

Mr Jack McConnell

David McLetchie

Mr John Swinney

The result of the first round of voting was—

Dennis Canavan 3

Mr Jack McConnell 70

David McLetchie 19

Mr John Swinney 34

Mr Jack McConnell was duly selected as nominee for appointment as First Minister.

The meeting closed at 3.24 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

22 November 2001

Appendix

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

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 22 November 2001 and are subject to annulment—

The Import and Export Restrictions (Foot-and-Mouth Disease) (Scotland) (No.3) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/429)

laid under the European Communities Act 1972

The National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/430)

laid under the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1975

Committee Reports

The following Report was published on 22 November 2001

Transport and the Environment Committee, 14th Report 2001: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 453)


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