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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 3, No 44

Wednesday 16 January 2002

 
 

 

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Mr Chris Docherty, Convener of Action of Churches Together in Scotland Youth Forum, Glasgow, led Time for Reflection.

2. Scotland’s Railways: Mr Kenny MacAskill moved S1M-2606—That the Parliament notes that the Executive’s neglect and lamentable lack of vision and strategy for Scotland’s railways has contributed to a deterioration of rail services in Scotland to the point at which they have become amongst the worst in Europe; further notes that the Strategic Rail Authority’s new strategic plan offers nothing new for Scotland; believes that Scottish railways must be fully controlled by, and accountable to, the Scottish Parliament, and therefore calls upon the Executive to take responsibility for delivering a strategy for the running and operation of Scotland’s rail network.

The Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning moved amendment S1M-2606.2 to motion S1M-2606—

Leave out from first "notes" to end and insert—

"welcomes the publication of the Strategic Rail Authority’s Strategic Plan and the vision it contains as a first, significant step towards a bigger, better and safer railway for Scotland."

David Mundell moved amendment S1M-2606.1 to motion S1M-2606—

Leave out from "that the Executive’s" to end and insert—

"with regret the acquiescence of the Scottish Executive in Her Majesty's Government’s woeful handling of our railways which has led to the uncertainty and chaos that now exists throughout the UK rail industry and, in particular, the undermining of the confidence that is needed to secure the necessary private investment in our railways in order to meet the needs of the travelling public and business users, and calls upon the Executive to set out its strategic objectives for the rail network and services in Scotland, how and when these are to be achieved and how they will be funded."

After debate, amendment S1M-2606.2 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 65, Against 49, Abstentions 0). After debate, amendment S1M-2606.1 was pre-empted.

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 48, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Strategic Rail Authority’s Strategic Plan and the vision it contains as a first, significant step towards a bigger, better and safer railway for Scotland.

3. Code of Conduct: Rules on Cross Party Groups: Mike Rumbles, on behalf of the Standards Committee, moved S1M-2572—That the Parliament amends Rule 12 of Section 8.3 of the Code of Conduct of Members of the Scottish Parliament, as follows—

  1. leave out the first two bullet points and insert—

  • MSPs, but not other members of Cross-Party Groups, may make reasonable use of the Parliament’s telephone, fax, photocopying, IT facilities and Parliamentary stationery in pursuit of Cross-Party business or where expressly permitted by these rules e.g. use of the Cross-Party Group Bulletin. Groups may not otherwise use the Parliament’s telephone, fax, photocopying, IT facilities and Parliamentary stationery other than where these are available for public use.

  • Groups may not make use of free postage facilities provided by the Parliament.

(b) leave out the sixth bullet point.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

4. Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S1M-2607—That the Parliament agrees as a revision to the Business Programme agreed on the 10 January 2002—

Thursday 17 January 2002

after "Business Motion", delete

"followed by Adoption and Children Bill – UK Legislation"

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

6. Renewable Energy in the Western Isles: The Parliament debated S1M-2588 in the name of Mr Alasdair Morrison—That the Parliament notes the development of the proposed renewable energy projects on the Isle of Lewis; recognises the substantial potential socio-economic and environmental benefits that they offer; congratulates the Stornoway Trust Estate for its professional handling of developments to date, and believes that ministers and officials of the Scottish Executive and Her Majesty’s Government should continue their excellent partnership working with all relevant agencies.

7. Motion without notice: Mrs Margaret Ewing moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended until 6.00 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 6.00 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

16 January 2002

Appendix

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

 

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 14 January 2002 and is subject to annulment

The Environmental Impact Assessment (Uncultivated Land and Semi-Natural Areas) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/6)

laid under the European Communities Act 1972

Not Subject to any Parliamentary Procedure

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 16 January 2002 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.9) (Scotland) Revocation Order 2002 (SSI 2002/9)

laid under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 11 January 2002 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scottish Law Commission Report on Age of Criminal Responsibility (SE/2002/1)

laid under the Law Commissions Act 1965

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 14 January 2002 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work: Account 2000-01 (SE/2002/48)

laid under the Health and Social Services and Social Security Adjudications Act 1983

Committee Reports

The following Report was published on 11 January 2002

Justice 1 Committee, 1st Report 2002: Stage 1 Report on Freedom of Information (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 488)

 

 


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