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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 3, No 60

Wednesday 20 March 2002

 
 

The meeting opened at 1.45 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: The Reverend David Cooper, Synod Secretary, The Methodist Church in Scotland, led Time for Reflection.

2. Ministerial Statement on the National Debate on Education: The Minister for Education and Young People made a statement on the National Debate on Education.

3. Land Reform (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Minister for Environment and Rural Development moved S1M-2506—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 92, Against 16, Abstentions 0).

4. Land Reform (Scotland) Bill – Financial Resolution: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services moved S1M-2532—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Land Reform (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).

5. Designation of Lead Committees: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2922—That the Parliament agrees the following designations of Lead Committees—

the Justice 1 Committee to consider the Restriction of Liberty Order (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/119);

the Justice 1 Committee to consider the Adults with Incapacity (Public Guardian’s Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/131);

the Justice 2 Committee to consider the draft Police Act 1997 (Enhanced Criminal Record Certificates) (Protection of Vulnerable Adults) (Scotland) Regulations 2002;

the Justice 2 Committee to consider the Prisons and Young Offenders Institutions (Scotland) Amendment Rules 2002 (SSI 2002/107); and

the Justice 2 Committee to consider the Police Grant (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/116).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6. Approval of SSIs: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2923—That the Parliament agrees that the following instruments be approved—

the draft Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 2002;

the draft Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation) Amendment Order 2002;

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.2) (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/65);

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.3) (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/80);

Special Grant Report No.1 Special Grant for Scotland Asylum Seeker Assistance, SE/2002/52;

the draft Water Undertakings (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Variation Order 2002; and

the draft Electricity Lands and Generators (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Variation Order 2002.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 3, 4, 5 and 6 as noted above.

8. Scottish Sub-Post Offices – "Your Guide": The Parliament debated S1M-2844 in the name of Robert Brown—That the Parliament acknowledges the importance of the role that sub-post offices play in Scottish communities, particularly in rural areas and deprived urban areas; recognises the potential financial consequences for sub-post offices in Scotland of the UK-wide Automated Credit Transfer system for the payment of benefits; notes that "Your Guide" is a comprehensive information service currently being evaluated for sub-post offices in England and Wales; further notes that such a service includes Government General Practitioner and Internet Learning Access Point initiatives, both of which provide members of the public with the ability to interact with departments of Her Majesty’s Government and gain government information in an accessible way; further recognises the potential benefits that such a service could provide in Scotland, in terms of improving openness and public participation with government, as well as potentially providing a timely boost to business levels for sub-post offices at a time when the network is having difficulty in sustaining such levels, and considers that the Scottish Executive should pilot such a scheme in Scotland, with a view to rolling out the service across the country as soon as possible.

9. Motion without notice: Alex Neil moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended until 6.15 pm

The meeting closed at 6.21 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

20 March 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 March 2002 and is subject to annulment—

The Adults with Incapacity (Public Guardian’s Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/131)

laid under section 86(1) of the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 15 March 2002 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Oatridge Agricultural College: Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2001 (SE/2002/41)

laid under section 22(5) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000: Code of Practice for Persons Authorised Under Intervention Orders and Guardians (SE/2002/65)

laid under section 13(3) of the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000

Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration Annual Report 2000-01 (SE/2002/68)

laid under section 136(4) of the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994

SPCB Papers

The following documents were published on 20 March 2002—

Scottish Parliament Salaries Scheme (SP Paper 554)

Scottish Parliament Party Leaders’ Allowances Scheme (SP Paper 555)

 

Committee Reports/Documents

The following report was re-published on 15 March 2002—

Health and Community Care, 2nd Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 526)

The following reports were published on 15 March 2002—

Justice 2 Committee, 2nd Report 2002: Stage 1 Report on the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 541)

Rural Development Committee, 4th Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 549)

The following reports were published on 18 March 2002—

Standards Committee, 3rd Report 2002: Complaint Against Alex Johnstone (SP Paper 546)

Standards Committee, 4th Report 2002: Complaint Against Alex Johnstone (SP Paper 547)

The following report was published on 20 March 2002—

Local Government Committee, 6th Report 2002: Report on of Inquiry into Local Government Finance (SP Paper 551)

 

 


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