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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 3 No 62 Session 1

Wednesday 27 March 2002

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Dr Lloyd J. Ogilvie, Chaplain to the US Senate, led Time for Reflection.

2. Tourism: The Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport moved S1M-2941—That the Parliament welcomes the progress that has been made by the Scottish Executive in implementing A New Strategy for Scottish Tourism since its publication in 2000 and commends the Tourism Framework for Action 2002:05 as the way to build on this and achieve a tourism industry that is internationally competitive and creates jobs and wealth for the people of Scotland.

Mr Kenny MacAskill moved amendment S1M-2941.2 to motion S1M-2941—

Leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert—

"notes the damage caused to the tourism industry by the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease and the events of 11 September 2001; further notes that the underlying problems of the high pound and high fuel costs remain; notes with concern that the Scottish Executive’s Tourism Framework for Action 2002:05 contains no additional funding; calls on the Executive to promote marketing and accessibility for the sector, and further calls for action to open new air routes to Scotland and to make VisitScotland, not the British Tourist Authority, responsible for marketing Scotland abroad."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 31, Against 86, Abstentions 0).

Mr David Davidson moved amendment S1M-2941.1 to motion S1M-2941—

Leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert—

"recognises the distinct lack of performance by the Scottish Executive in assisting the tourism industry to be internationally competitive and create more jobs; considers that, after five months of consultation, the Tourism Framework for Action 2002:05 spells out the obvious and provides no real vision for focusing on the real challenges faced by the different regions in Scotland in order to promote tourism opportunities through a targeted marketing approach, and believes that it is entirely unacceptable that the only role the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport will play is to head a Steering Group while the Executive takes responsibility for a mere 10% of the actions outlined in the framework without allowing business input into the strategy behind the action plan."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 18, Against 75, Abstentions 25).

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 71, Against 48, Abstentions 0).

3. Size of the Scottish Parliament: The Minister for Parliamentary Business moved S1M-2940—That the Parliament notes Her Majesty’s Government’s consultation paper on the size of the Scottish Parliament; acknowledges the positive progress made by the Parliament and its committees, and considers that the number of elected representatives should remain at 129.

David McLetchie moved amendment S1M-2940.1 to motion S1M-2940—

Leave out from "acknowledges" to end and insert—

"further notes public disillusionment with the performance of the Parliament to date; believes that reducing the number of MSPs to 108 in line with the provisions of the Scotland Act would be a welcome step towards establishing public confidence in the institution of the Parliament, and considers that a smaller, more focused Parliament would better fulfil the objective of "doing less, better."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 18, Against 101, Abstentions 0).

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 100, Against 18, Abstentions 0).

4. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2 and 3 as noted above.

5. Hamish Henderson: The Parliament debated S1M-2885 in the name of Cathy Peattie—That the Parliament notes with regret the death of Hamish Henderson and wishes to place on record its appreciation of his lifetime devotion to international solidarity, peace and socialism, his many contributions to Scottish culture and politics, including his role in gathering traditional songs, his support for other artists and his authorship of the song that many believe should be Scotland’s (inter)national anthem, The Freedom Come All Ye.

The meeting closed at 5.46 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

27 March 2002

Appendix

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

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 22 March 2002 and are subject to annulment—

The Combined Police Area Amalgamation Schemes 1995 (Amendment) (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/140)

laid under the Police (Scotland) Act 1967

The Combined Fire Services Area Administration Schemes (Variation) (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/141)

laid under the Fire Services Act 1947

The Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/143)

laid under the Police Act 1997

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 25 March 2002 and are subject to annulment—

The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/147)

laid under the Environment Act 1995

The Food (Figs, Hazelnuts and Pistachios from Turkey) (Emergency Control) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/148)—

The Food (Peanuts from China) (Emergency Control) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/149)—

laid under the European Communities Act 1972

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 26 March 2002 and are subject to annulment—

The National Health Service (General Medical Services and Pharmaceutical Services) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/153)

laid under the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1975

The Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council Boundaries (Blackburn) Amendment Order 2002 (SSI 2002/154)—

The Argyll and Bute Council and West Dunbartonshire Council Boundaries (Ardoch Sewage Works) Amendment Order 2002 (SSI 2002/155)—

The Glasgow City Council and Renfrewshire Council Boundaries (Braehead) Amendment Order 2002 (SSI 2002/156)—

The City of Edinburgh Council and West Lothian Council Boundaries (West Farm, Broxburn) Amendment Order 2002 (SSI 2002/157)—

laid under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 27 March 2002 and is subject to annulment

The Scottish Administration (Offices) Order 2002 (SI 2002/801)

laid under the Scotland Act 1998

Not Subject to any Parliamentary Procedure

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 26 March 2002 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (Scotland) Revocation Order 2002 (SSI 2002/152)

laid under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 27 March 2002 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.4) (Scotland) Revocation Order 2002 (SSI 2002/160)

laid under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 22 March 2002 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scottish Hospital Endowments Research Trust Forty Seventh Annual Report and Accounts 2000-01 (SE/2002/72)

laid under the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1972

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 27 March 2002 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Angus College: Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 July 2002 (SE/2002/7)—

Banff and Buchan College of Further Education: Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 July 2002 (SE/2002/10)—

Elmwood College: Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2002 (SE/2002/22)—

Falkirk College of Further and Higher Education: Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2002 (SE/2002/23)—

Kilmarnock College: Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2002 (SE/2002/33)—

West Lothian College: Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 July 2002 (SE/2002/47)—

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

Committee Reports

The following Report was published on 26 March 2002

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 17th Report 2002: Education (Disability Strategies and Pupils' Records) (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2 (SP Paper 559)

The following Report was published on 27 March 2002

Equal Opportunities Committee, 2nd Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 560)


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