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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 3, No 49 Session 1

Thursday 31 January 2002

 
 

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Scottish Public Sector Ombudsman Bill - Stage 1: The Minister for Finance and Public Services moved S1M-2625—That the Parliamentagrees to the general principles of the Scottish Public Sector Ombudsman Bill.

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

2. Scottish Public Sector Ombudsman Bill - Financial Resolution: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services moved S1M-2503—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Scottish Public Sector Ombudsman 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. Changes to the Standing Orders of the Scottish Parliament: Mr Kenneth Macintosh moved S1M-2656—That the Parliament (a) approves the recommendations of the Procedures Committee’s 5th Report 2001, Changes to the Standing Orders of the Scottish Parliament (SP Paper 441) and agrees to amend the Standing Orders in accordance with Annex A to the Report; (b) approves the recommendations of the Procedures Committee’s 1st Report 2002, Changes to the Standing Orders of the Scottish Parliament (SP Paper 495) and agrees to amend the Standing Orders in accordance with Annex A to the Report, and (c) agrees that these amendments to the Standing Orders should come into force on 4 February 2002.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 107, Against 2, Abstentions 0).

4. Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2658—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 6 February 2002

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Debate on 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-2363 Stewart Stevenson: HM Prison Peterhead and Beacon Site Status

Thursday 7 February 2002

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 Stage 1 Debate on the Public Appointments (Parliamentary Approval) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-2533 Mr Donald Gorrie: Musical Instrument Instructors

Wednesday 13 February 2002

1.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Debate on the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

7.00 pm Decision Time

Thursday 14 February 2002

9.30 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Debate on the Water Industry (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Continuation of Stage 3 Debate on the Water Industry (Scotland) Bill

followed by Stage 3 Debate on the Budget (Scotland) (No.3) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

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

6. Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2002: The Minister for Finance and Public Services moved S1M-2654—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2002 be approved.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 62, Against 0, Abstentions 48).

7. Approval of SSI: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2661—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002 be approved.

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. Young Runaways: The Parliament debated S1M-2528 in the name of Mr Kenneth Gibson—That the Parliament welcomes the report Missing Out – Young Runaways in Scotland; commends the University of York, Aberlour Child Care Trust, Extern, Children’s Promise and The Children’s Society for producing this report, the most extensive piece of research yet undertaken into young people under 16 who run away or are forced to leave home; notes that this is the first comprehensive research to provide both an overall picture of the scale and extent of the problem while suggesting workable strategies for responding to the needs of this very vulnerable group of young people, and asks the Executive to look closely at the findings and recommendations of the report and act accordingly.

The meeting closed at 5.52 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

31 January 2002

Appendix

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

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instruments were laid in draft before the Parliament on 31 January 2002 for approval by resolution—

The Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2002

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

The Budget (Scotland) Act 2001 (Amendment) Order 2002

laid under the Budget (Scotland) Act 2001

The Forth Estuary Transport Authority Order 2002

laid under the Transport (Scotland) Act 2001

Note: The draft Forth Estuary Transport Authority Order 2002, which was laid before the Parliament on 17 January 2002, has been withdrawn

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 31 January 2002 and is subject to annulment

The Scottish Legal Services Ombudsman (Compensation) (Prescribed Amount) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/32)

laid under the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1990

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 31 January 2002 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Scotland’s Budget Documents 2002-03: Budget (Scotland) (No.3) Bill for the year ended 31 March 2003 (SE/2002/2)

Scotland’s Budget Documents 2001-02 – Spring Budget Revision: Budget (Scotland) (No.2) Act 2001 for the year ended 31 March 2002 (SE/2002/3)

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 31 January 2002—

European Committee, 1st Report 2002: Report on the Enlargement of the European Union and the Challenges and Opportunities Facing Scotland (SP Paper 499)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 4th Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 500)

Local Government Committee, 2nd Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 501)


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