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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 3, No 42 Session 1

Wednesday 9 January 2002

 
 

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Reverend Ian G Scott, Church of Scotland Minister for Greenbank Parish Church, Edinburgh, led Time for Reflection.

2. Scottish Executive’s Priorities: The First Minister moved S1M-2578—That the Parliament agrees that the Executive’s priorities across Scotland must be to deliver first class public services that help create a Scotland full of opportunity, where children can reach their full potential, and that in 2002 this will mean working in partnership to improve the health service and the health of all, to achieve high employment and promote educational opportunities, to reduce crime and the fear of crime, to build an integrated transport system which meets the needs of all users and to promote sustainable development across Scotland.

Mr John Swinney moved amendment S1M-2578.2 to motion S1M-2578—

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

"notes the failure of the Executive since its inception to deliver both those first class public services and to create a country in which all children can reach their full potential; recognises that the Parliament has undertaken impressive work but regrets the loss of trust in government caused by the actions of the Executive; calls on the Executive to dramatically improve its performance in delivering public services on health, education, transport and jobs, crime and on the environment, and agrees that only by equipping this Parliament with the powers of a normal independent Parliament will Scotland be able to reach its full potential."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 30, Against 83, Abstentions 2).

David McLetchie moved amendment S1M-2578.1 to motion S1M-2578—

Insert at end—

"but, whilst accepting that these are worthy objectives, does not believe that the approach adopted by the Executive will fulfil them."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 16, Against 69, Abstentions 31).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 68, Against 15, Abstentions 33).

3. Designation of Lead Committees: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2583—That the Parliament agrees the following designations of Lead Committee—

the Health and Community Care Committee to consider the National Health Service (Scotland) (Superannuation Scheme and Additional Voluntary Contributions) (Pension Sharing on Divorce) Amendment Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/465);

the Justice 1 Committee to consider the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986 (Availability of Solicitors) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/464);

the Local Government Committee to consider the Police Pensions (Pension Sharing on Divorce) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/459); and

the Local Government Committee to consider the Police Pensions (Additional Voluntary Contributions and Increased Benefits) (Pension Sharing) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/461).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

5. Congestion and Pollution Caused by Edinburgh "Bus Wars": The Parliament debated S1M-2447 in the name of Mr Kenny MacAskill—That the Parliament notes with concern the escalation of the "bus wars" in the city of Edinburgh, a situation which is detrimental to routes, services and passengers and which results in congestion and pollution in some areas, at the same time as routes and services are lost in others, and urges all responsible parties to take appropriate action to address this situation and to allow Scotland’s capital city to develop an integrated transport network in the 21st Century.

6. Motion without notice: Mrs Margaret Smith moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended by up to 20 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 6.09 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

9 January 2002

Appendix

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

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 21 December 2001 and are subject to annulment—

The Panels of Persons to Safeguard the Interests of Children (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/476)—

The Curators ad Litem and Reporting Officers (Panels) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/477)—

The Children’s Hearings (Legal Representation) (Scotland) Rules 2001 (SSI 2001/478)—

laid under the Children (Scotland) Act 1995

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 3 January 2002 and is subject to annulment

The Rural Diversification Programme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/484)

laid under the European Communities Act 1972

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 7 January 2002 and are subject to annulment—

The Import and Export Restrictions (Foot-and-Mouth Disease) (Scotland) (No.3) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/483)

laid under the European Communities Act 1972

The Scotland Act 1998 (Agency Arrangements) (Specification) Order 2001 (SI 2001/3917)

laid under the Scotland Act 1998

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 9 January 2002 and is subject to annulment

The BSE Monitoring (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/1)

laid under the European Communities Act 1972

Other Documents

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

Forestry Commission Annual Report and Accounts 2000-01 (SE/2001/265)

laid under the Forestry Act 1962

Scottish Executive Core Departments: Resource Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2001 (SE/2001/295)—

Scottish Public Pensions Agency: Pension Scheme Statement – Scottish Teachers’ Pension Scheme 2000-01 (SE/2001/311)—

Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body: Cash Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2001 (SE/2001/313)—

Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body: Annual Resource Accounts 2000-01 (SE/2001/314)—

Audit of Scottish Natural Heritage 2000-01: Report by the Auditor General for Scotland (SE/2001/315)—

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

Scottish Natural Heritage Annual Report 2000-01 (SE/2001/299)—

Scottish Natural Heritage Facts and Figures 2000-01 (SE/2001/3000)—

laid under the Natural Heritage (Scotland) Act 1991

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 21 December 2001—

Standards Committee, 10th Report 2001: Complaint Against Lloyd Quinan MSP (SP 478)

Justice 1 Committee, 10th Report 2001: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 485)

Local Government Committee, 17th Report 2001: Stage 1 Report on the Marriage (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 486)


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