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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 3, No 45

Thursday 17 January 2002

 
 

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Freedom of Information (Scotland) Bill - Stage 1: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice moved S1M-2274—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 90, Against 17, Abstentions 1).

2. Freedom of Information (Scotland) Bill - Financial Resolution: The Minister for Finance and Public Services moved S1M-2602—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Bill, agrees to the following expenditure out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund–

(a) expenditure of the Scottish Administration in consequence of the Act; and

(b) increases attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of that Fund under any other enactment.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

3. Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S1M-2609—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 23 January 2002

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate on the Budget (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-2402 by Alex Fergusson: Research into Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Thursday 24 January 2002

9.30 am Scottish Socialist Party Debate on the Abolition of Council Tax

followed by Scottish Socialist Party Debate on the Introduction of Progressive Water Tax

followed by Scottish Socialist Party Business

11.00 am Green Party Debate on Employment Opportunities in Scotland, with special reference to the Environment and Recycling

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Debate on European Structural Funds

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-2585 by Angus MacKay: The Colin O’Riordan Trust

Wednesday 30 January 2002

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 31 January 2002

9.30 am Stage 1 Debate on the Scottish Public Sector Ombudsman Bill

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of the Scottish Public Sector Ombudsman Bill

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-2528 by Mr Kenneth Gibson: Young Runaways

The motion was agreed to.

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

5. Marriage (Scotland) Bill - Stage 1: The Deputy Minister for Parliamentary Business moved S1M-2463—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Marriage (Scotland) Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (DT)

6. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2 and 5 as noted above.

7. Promoting Aberdeen as Europe’s Energy Capital: The Parliament debated S1M-2472 in the name of Richard Lochhead—That the Parliament recognises the City of Aberdeen’s role as Europe’s oil and gas capital and the long-term contribution that the offshore sector will continue to make to the Scottish economy; believes that every effort should be made to ensure that the city evolves into Europe’s "Energy Capital" thereby benefiting from the industry’s enormous economic and environmental potential that can place Scotland in the vanguard of renewable energy business internationally; considers that the Scottish Executive should produce specific strategies aimed at supporting Scotland’s oil and gas sector and renewable energy sector that also promote Aberdeen as Europe’s energy capital, and further considers that the Executive should promote measures to ensure that, as far as possible, the new energy revolution is driven by indigenous interests.

8. Motion without notice: Richard Lochhead moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended until 6.10 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 6.12 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

17 January 2002

Appendix

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

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 17 January 2002 for approval by resolution

The Forth Estuary Transport Authority Order 2002

laid under the Transport (Scotland) Act 2001

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 17 January 2002 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Report of the Chief Surveillance Commissioner for 2000-01 and Letter from the Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice Regarding Exclusion on Confidential Annex from the Report (SE/2002/5)

Committee Reports

The following Report was published on 17 January 2002

Audit Committee, 1st Report 2002: Overview of Further Education Colleges in Scotland 1999-2000 (SP Paper 491)


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