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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 3, No 55 Session 1

Thursday 28 February 2002

 
 

Note: (DT) signifies a decision taken at Decision Time.

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Bill - Stage 1: Mr Mike Rumbles, on behalf of the Standards Committee, moved S1M-2702—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Bill.

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

2. 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?: Irene Oldfather, on behalf of the European Committee, moved S1M-2752—That the Parliament notes the 9th Report, 2001 of the European Committee, Report on the Governance of the European Union and the Future of Europe: What Role for Scotland? (SP Paper 466) and commends the recommendations to the Scottish Executive.

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

3. Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2802—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 6 March 2002

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – the Reverend Jack Holt, Minister of Birse and Feughside Church and Moderator of the Presbytery of Kincardine and Deeside

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

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

followed by 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 Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 7 March 2002

9.30 am Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Debate on the Scotch Whisky Industry

followed by Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Debate on Community Care

12.30 pm Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Debate on the Homelessness Task Force

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Wednesday 13 March 2002

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement

followed by Justice 1 Committee Debate on the Legal Aid Inquiry

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 14 March 2002

9.30 am Scottish National Party Business

12.30 pm 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 the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 5 March 2002 on the Damages (Personal Injury) (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/46).

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

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

5. Education (Disability Strategies and Pupils’ Records) (Scotland) Bill - Stage 1: The Minister for Education and Young People moved S1M-2563—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Education (Disability Strategies and Pupils' Records) (Scotland) Bill.

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

6. Education (Disability Strategies and Pupils’ Records) (Scotland) Bill - Financial Resolution: The Minister for Finance and Public Services moved S1M-2580—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Education (Disability Strategies and Pupils’ Records) (Scotland) 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).

7. Fur Farming (Prohibition) (Scotland) Bill - Suspension of Standing Orders: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2800—That the Parliament agrees that Rules 9.5.3B, 9.7.9 and 9.8.3 of the Standing Orders be suspended for the purposes of the Fur Farming (Prohibition) (Scotland) Bill.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Fur Farming (Prohibition) (Scotland) Bill - Electronic Voting: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2799—That the Parliament directs that under Rule 11.8.3 of the Standing Orders any division at Stage 2 of the Fur Farming (Prohibition) (Scotland) Bill shall be conducted using the electronic voting system.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9. Motion without notice: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that S1M-2816 be taken at this meeting of Parliament.

The motion was agreed to.

10. Motion without notice: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2816—That the Parliament agrees under Rule 11.2.4 of the Standing Orders that Decision Time on Thursday 28 February 2002 be taken at 4.44 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

11. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2, 5, 6, 7 and 8 as noted above.

12. Rail Link to Edinburgh Airport: The Parliament debated S1M-2647 in the name of Lord James Douglas-Hamilton—That the Parliament notes that the Strategic Rail Authority’s 10-year plan includes a study into potential improvements in rail access to Scottish airports and that in Edinburgh options range from a new airport station on the nearby main rail route, with a shuttle into the airport, to a new tunnelled main line and station under the heart of the airport; further notes that either station could provide for further integration and stimulate economic activity, and, in the light of the recent decision by Her Majesty’s Government to place Railtrack into administration which has cast considerable doubt and uncertainty on the willingness of the private sector to fund such investment, calls upon the Scottish Executive to outline how such a link could be financed in the best interests of Edinburgh and Scotland.

The meeting closed at 5.33 pm.

 

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

28 February 2002

Appendix

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

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 28 February 2002 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scottish Law Commission: Thirty-Sixth Annual 2001 (SE/2002/49)

laid under the Law Commissioners Act 1965

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 28 February 2002—

Education, Culture and Sport Committee, 5th Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 523)

Subordinate Legislation Committee 13th Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 524)


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