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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 3, No 37 Session 1

Thursday 6 December 2001

 
 

 

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Water Industry (Scotland) Bill - Stage 1: The Minister for Environment and Rural Development moved S1M-2276—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Water Industry (Scotland) Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 112, Against 2, Abstentions 0).

2. Water Industry (Scotland) Bill - Financial Resolution: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services moved S1M-2522—That the Parliament for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Water Industry (Scotland) Bill, agrees to—

(a) the expenditure out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund of the expenses of the Scottish Ministers in consequence of the Act; and

(b) any charge imposed on, and any payment required to be made by, any person by or under the Act.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

3. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Finance and Public Services made a statement on the local government settlement 2002-03 and 2003-04.

4. Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2521— That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 12 December 2001

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate on ‘Our National Health’ – Delivering Change

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-2289 Mr Brian Monteith: Closure of Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department Offices in Stirling, Dundee and Forfar

Thursday 13 December 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 Sea Fisheries

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-2400 Mr Bristow Muldoon: Proposed Closure of Binny House, Sue Ryder Care

Wednesday 19 December 2001

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Debate on the Finance Committee’s Report on Stage 2 of the Budget Process

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 20 December 2001

9.30 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Debate on the Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Stage 3 Debate on the School Education (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

and (b) that Stage 1 of the Marriage (Scotland) Bill be completed by 18 January 2002, that Stage 2 of the Community Care and Health (Scotland) Bill be completed by 23 January 2002, that Stage 1 of the Scottish Public Sector Ombudsman Bill be completed by 1 February 2002 and that Stage 1 of the School Meals (Scotland) Bill be completed by 10 May 2002.

The motion was agreed to.

5. Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister and other Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

6. Improving Scotland's Youth Justice System to Build Safer Communities: The Minister for Education and Young People moved S1M-2520—That the Parliament confirms its support for the Executive’s objective of decreasing offending and disorder among young people, particularly persistent offending by a very small minority of young people; recognises the importance of early intervention measures, of youth work and of increased sports, leisure and educational opportunities in enabling all young people to fulfil their potential and to steering many young people at risk of offending away from a life of crime; welcomes the proposals to achieve these objectives including (a) mapping the coverage and effectiveness of community-based programmes to tackle persistent offending, (b) using the partnership opportunities provided by the multi-agency youth justice teams to develop more systematic early intervention measures and to improve the quality of information provided to the children’s hearing about the offending behaviour and how re-offending could be prevented and (c) identifying how restorative justice approaches can prevent the offender re-offending and build the confidence of victims in our youth justice system and increase the safety of communities.

Irene McGugan moved amendment S1M-2520.2 to motion S1M-2520—

Insert at end—

"; calls upon the Scottish Executive to implement in full the recommendations of the Advisory Group Report on Youth Crime Review, focussing particularly on the proposed national strategy and the review of the age of criminal responsibility; notes the crisis in the recruitment of social workers for children and family services, and, given that the problem of youth crime needs to be seen in the wider context of social justice and in order to measure progress, further calls on the Scottish Executive to bring forward an annual report to the Parliament on the status of all of Scotland’s vulnerable children."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 31, Against 83, Abstentions 0).

Bill Aitken moved amendment S1M-2520.1 to motion S1M-2520—

Leave out from "the importance" to end and insert—

"that the children’s hearing system with the limited disposals currently available is impotent to deal with persistent and serious offenders; recognises the importance of early intervention measures, of youth work and of increased sports, leisure and educational opportunities in enabling all young people to fulfil their potential and to steering many young people at risk of offending away from a life of crime; welcomes the proposals to achieve these objectives including (a) mapping the coverage and effectiveness of community-based programmes to tackle persistent offending, (b) using the partnership opportunities provided by the multi-agency youth justice teams to develop more systematic early intervention measures and to improve the quality of information provided to the children’s hearing about the offending behaviour and how re-offending could be prevented and (c) identifying how restorative justice approaches can prevent the offender re-offending and build the confidence of victims in our youth justice system and increase the safety of communities, and further calls upon the Scottish Executive to review the powers of the children’s hearing system."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 15, Against 98, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

7. Membership of Committees: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2523—That the Parliament agrees that the following members be appointed to committees—

Bill Butler to replace Dr Richard Simpson on the Health and Community Care Committee; and

Rhona Brankin to replace Bill Butler on the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2518—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee is designated as lead committee in consideration of the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill and that the Justice 1 Committee, the Rural Development Committee and the Local Government Committee be secondary committees.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9. Approval of SSIs: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2517—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.13) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/425) be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2, 6, 7, 8 and 9 as noted above.

11. 2002, Autism Awareness Year: The Parliament debated S1M-2428 in the name of Mr Kenneth Macintosh—That the Parliament joins with the Scottish Society for Autism, the National Autistic Society, Autism Alliance Scotland, the Learning Disabilities Trust, the British Institute for Brain Injured Children and all other autism organisations across Scotland in declaring 2002 as Autism Awareness Year; recognises the everyday challenges faced by children and adults on the autistic spectrum, and their families, in gaining appropriate support from the statutory services, and further recognises and congratulates those voluntary organisations, including the East Renfrewshire Autism Support Group, which work tirelessly to support all of those affected by autistic spectrum disorders.

The meeting closed at 5.59 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

6 December 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 6 December 2001 and are subject to annulment—

The Plant Protection Products Amendment (No.3) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/454)—

The Import and Export Restrictions (Foot-and-Mouth Disease) (Scotland) (No.3) Amendment Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/455)—

laid under the European Communities Act 1972

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 6 December 2001—

Equal Opportunities Committee, 5th Report 2001: Gender Reporter Bound Volume (SP Paper 464)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 43rd Report 2001: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 467)

 

 


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