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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 3, No 53

Thursday 14 February 2002

 
 

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Water Industry (Scotland) Bill - Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2746-That the Parliament agrees that, at Stage 3 of the Water Industry (Scotland) Bill, debate on each part of the proceedings shall be brought to a conclusion by the time limits indicated (each time limit being calculated from when Stage 3 begins and excluding any periods for Question Time, First Minister’s Question Time and when the meeting is suspended)-

Group 1 to Group 4 - no later than 55 minutes

Group 5 to Group 6 - no later than 1 hour 25 minutes

Group 7 to Group 8 - no later than 2 hours 20 minutes

Group 9 to Group 11 - no later than 3 hours

Group 12 to Group 15 - no later than 3 hours 30 minutes

Motion to pass the Bill - no later than 4 hours

The motion was agreed to.

2. Water Industry (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, 30, 29, 31, 32, 33, 35, 36.

The following amendments were agreed to (by division)—

2 (For 72, Against 26, Abstentions 0)

3 (For 69, Against 26, Abstentions 0)

4 (For 73, Against 25, Abstentions 0)

5 (For 76, Against 27, Abstentions 0)

6 (For 75, Against 28, Abstentions 0)

7 (For 74, Against 26, Abstentions 0)

27 (For 114, Against 0, Abstentions 2)

34 (For 80, Against 31, Abstentions 0)

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

85 (For 30, Against 82, Abstentions 0)

97 (For 2, Against 80, Abstentions 33)

98 (For 3, Against 82, Abstentions 30)

87 (For 50, Against 66, Abstentions 0)

88 (For 48, Against 65, Abstentions 0)

99 (For 33, Against 82, Abstentions 0)

100 (For 50, Against 64, Abstentions 0)

1 (For 33, Against 79, Abstentions 0)

90 (For 49, Against 65, Abstentions 0)

102 (For 2, Against 109, Abstentions 1)

103 (For 47, Against 64, Abstentions 1)

104 (For 49, Against 64, Abstentions 1)

92 (For 47, Against 62, Abstentions 1)

107 (For 48, Against 62, Abstentions 0)

93 (For 45, Against 63, Abstentions 0)

Other amendments were not moved.

3. Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2741-That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 27 February 2002

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate on the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Bill

followed by European Committee Debate on its 9th Report 2001: Report on the Governance of the European Union and the Future of Europe: What Role for Scotland?

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-2597 Dorothy Grace- Elder: Plight of Chronic Pain Patients

Thursday 28 February 2002

9.30 am Scottish Conservative and Unionist 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 Education (Disability Strategies and Pupils' Records) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Stage 3 Debate on the Marriage (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-2647 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: Rail Link to Edinburgh Airport

Wednesday 6 March 2002

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Debate on the Sexual Offences (Procedure and Evidence) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 7 March 2002

9.30 am Committee of the Whole Parliament: Stage 2 Debate on the Fur Farming (Prohibition) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Stage 3 Debate on the Fur Farming (Prohibition) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Executive Business

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

and (b) that Stage 1 of the Scottish Qualifications Authority Bill be completed by 21 March 2002.

The motion was agreed to.

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

5. Water Industry (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was further considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84.

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

94 (For 27, Against 81, Abstentions 1)

109 (For 15, Against 91, Abstentions 0)

95 (For 45, Against 62, Abstentions 0)

60 (For 7, Against 78, Abstentions 24)

96 (For 30, Against 77, Abstentions 1)

Other amendments were not moved.

6. Water Industry (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Minister for Environment and Rural Development moved S1M-2675—That the Parliament agrees that the Water Industry (Scotland) Bill be passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 82, Against 31, Abstentions 0).

7. Budget (Scotland) (No.3) Bill - Stage 3: The Minister for Finance and Public Services moved S1M-2674—That the Parliament agrees that the Budget (Scotland) (No.3) Bill be passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 99, Against 0, Abstentions 14).

8. Membership of Committees: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2743—That the Parliament agrees the following change to Committee membership—

Adam Ingram to replace Kenny MacAskill on the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9. Membership of Committees: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2747—That the Parliament agrees the following change to Committee membership—

Jamie Stone to replace Donald Gorrie on the Finance Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10. Rule 2.3.1: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2748—That the Parliament agrees that the dates 7-18 October 2002 as agreed by the Parliament under Rule 2.3.1 on 6 September 2001 be replaced with 14-25 October 2002.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

12. World Heritage Site Status for the Cairngorms: The Parliament debated S1M-2669 in the name of Elaine Thomson—That the Parliament congratulates the United Nations on its co-ordination of the International Year of Mountains; believes that an appropriate way to celebrate the year would be to ensure that the Cairngorm Mountain Range, the largest continuous area of high ground above 1,000 metres in Britain, is designated a World Heritage Site, and therefore considers that the Scottish Executive should speedily propose discussions with Her Majesty's Government to achieve the ultimate international acclaim of World Heritage Status for this beautiful and environmentally unique part of our heritage.

The meeting closed at 5.40 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

14 February 2002

Appendix

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

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 14 February 2002—

Education, Culture and Sport Committee, 2nd Report 2002: Report on Inquiry into the Need for a Children's Commissioner in Scotland (SP 508)

Local Government Committee, 4th Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 511)

Subordinate Legislation Committee 8th Report 2002: Delegated Powers Scrutiny, Water Industry (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2 (SP Paper 513)

Subordinate Legislation Committee 9th Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 514)

 


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