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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 3, No 61

Thursday 21 March 2002

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning made a statement on the Transport Delivery Plan.

2. Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Bill - Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2921—That the Parliament agrees that, at Stage 3 of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman 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 when the meeting is suspended)—

Groups 1 to 3 - no later than 1 hour

Motion to pass the Bill - no later than 1 hour 30 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

3. Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13.

4. Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Bill - Stage 3: The Minister for Finance and Public Services moved S1M-2853—That the Parliament agrees that the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Bill be passed.

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

5. Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2920—That the Parliament agrees—

 

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 27 March 2002

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate on Tourism

followed by Executive Debate on the Size of the Parliament

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 28 March 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

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

3.30 pm Stage 3 Debate on the Education (Disability Strategies and Pupils’ Records) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

(b) that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 16 April 2002 on the Prisons and Young Offenders Institutions (Scotland) Amendment Rules 2002 (SSI 2002/107), the Police Grant (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/116) and the draft Police Act 1997 (Enhanced Criminal Record Certificates) (Protection of Vulnerable Adults) (Scotland) Regulations 2002; and

(c) that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 15 April 2002 on the Restriction of Liberty Order (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/119) and the Adults with Incapacity (Public Guardian’s Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/131).

The motion was agreed to.

6. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Justice made a statement on the Prison Estates Review.

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

8. Civil Contingencies: The Deputy Minister for Justice moved S1M-2918—That the Parliament acknowledges the importance of civil contingency planning and, in the light of the atrocities in the United States of America on 11 September 2001, approves the ongoing work by the Scottish Executive, the police, fire and ambulance services, the National Health Service, the local authorities and others, in promoting measures to enhance the safety and protection of the people of Scotland.

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

9. Scottish Parliament Salaries Scheme and the Scottish Parliamentary Party Leaders’ Allowances Scheme: John Young, on behalf of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, moved S1M-2919—That the Parliament—

  1. (i) in exercise of the powers conferred by section 81(5) (b) of the Scotland Act 1998, confers functions as specified in the Scottish Parliament Salaries Scheme (SP Paper 554) on the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body;
  2. (ii) approves the Scheme; and

  3. approves the Scottish Parliament Party Leaders’ Allowances Scheme (SP Paper 555); and
  4. directs the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to pay on and after 1 April 2002 the salaries and allowances stated in the Scottish Parliamentary Salaries Scheme and Scottish Parliament Party Leaders’ Allowances Scheme.

Shona Robison moved amendment S1M-2919.1 to motion S1M-2919—

After "the Scheme" insert —

"subject to the Scheme being amended as follows: in paragraph 2(1) leave out "48,228" and insert "42,918", and in paragraph 5 leave out from "as specified" to end and insert "in accordance with an index determined by the Parliamentary corporation."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 20, Against 95, Abstentions 3).

Tommy Sheridan moved amendment S1M-2919.2 to motion S1M-2919—

Leave out from first "; and" to end and insert—

"subject to the Scheme being amended as follows: in paragraph 1(1) leave out "any index of prices or earnings" and insert "Retail Price Index", in paragraph 2(1) leave out "48,228" and insert "25,000"; in paragraph 3(1) (a) leave out "36,240" and insert "10,000"; in paragraph 3(1) (b) leave out "22,699" and insert "7,000"; in paragraph 5 leave out from "as specified" to end and insert "by applying the percentage increase in the index"; in paragraph 7(1) leave out from "determine" to end and insert "recommend to the Parliament the salaries payable, and it shall be for the Parliament to approve, amend or reject any or all of the salaries recommended"; leave out paragraphs 7(2) to 7(6), and in the Schedule leave out "69,861" and insert "15,000", leave out "47,349" and insert "15,000", leave out "34,237" and insert "15,000", leave out "36,240" and insert "10,000" and leave out "22,699" and insert "7,000"; and

(b) does not approve the Scottish Parliament Party Leaders’ Allowances Scheme (SP Paper 555);
and

(c) directs the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to pay on and after 1 April 2002 the salaries
stated in the Scottish Parliamentary Salaries Scheme."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 1, Against 116, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 89, Against 15, Abstentions 15).

10. Approval of SSIs: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2927—That the Parliament agrees that the following instruments be approved—

the Pig Industry Restructuring (Capital Grant) (Scotland) Scheme 2002 (SSI 2002/43); and

the draft Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2002.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

11. Committee Membership: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2928—That the Parliament agrees that the following Members be appointed to Committees—

Gordon Jackson to replace Elaine Thomson on the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee;

Angus MacKay to replace Gordon Jackson on the Justice 1 Committee;

Brian Fitzpatrick to replace Bristow Muldoon on the Subordinate Legislation Committee; and

Elaine Thomson to replace Michael McMahon on the Local Government Committee.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (by division: For 81, Against 3, Abstentions 35).

12. Substitution on Committees: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2929—That the Parliament agrees that Cathy Peattie be the nominated committee substitute for the Labour Party on the Education, Culture and Sport Committee as permitted under Rule 6.3A.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

13. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 4, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 as noted above.

14. Scottish Agricultural College, Auchincruive: The Parliament debated S1M-2637 in the name of Adam Ingram—That the Parliament recognises the important contribution that the Scottish Agricultural College, Auchincruive, formerly the West of Scotland Agricultural College, has made and continues to make to the rural economy of Scotland; deplores the plans by the Scottish Agricultural College to downgrade Auchincruive to a mere delivery vehicle for education courses in association with Paisley University; views with concern the prospective closure of Auchincruive as a research and teaching facility if and when it amalgamates with the University’s Ayr campus, and considers that such a closure would be detrimental to the economic development of Ayrshire and the south of Scotland.

15. Motion without notice: Murray Tosh moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended until 6.00 pm.

The meeting closed at 6.00 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

21 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 21 March 2002 and is subject to annulment

The Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/139)

laid under the European Communities Act 1972

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 21 March 2002—

Audit Committee, 3rd Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 552)

Social Justice Committee, 3rd Report 2002: Report on Monitoring the Impact of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 (SP Paper 556)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 16th Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 557)

Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee, 3rd Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 558)


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