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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 3 No 63 Session 1

Thurday 28 March 2002

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Transport: David Mundell moved S1M-2945—That the Parliament notes the importance of transport to the economy in delivering growth and investment to Scotland; further notes that the Scottish Executive’s stewardship of transport issues has been characterised by chaos and muddle, evidenced by strikes, increased congestion, poor maintenance of local roads and unreliable public transport; regrets that the long-awaited transport delivery plan launched by the Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning on 21 March 2002 contains no concrete plans for funding and delivering desperately needed improvements to Scotland’s transport infrastructure and services and, in particular, gives no details of new trunk road improvements beyond 2004-05, and calls upon the Executive to make a clear commitment to investing in transport for the benefit of the economy and the travelling public.

The Deputy Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning moved amendment S1M-2945.2 to motion S1M-2945—

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"welcomes the publication of Scotland’s Transport: Delivering Improvements which sets out the Scottish Executive’s transport vision for Scotland; endorses this Executive-led vision of an efficient, safe transport system which meets the needs of all in society: individuals and businesses, car and public transport users, cyclists and pedestrians, whilst protecting our environment and promoting sustainable development; commends the integrated package of measures that the Executive is pursuing: tackling congestion, ensuring greater access to a modernised and improved public transport system, promoting alternative modes of transport to the private car, and targeted motorway and trunk roads improvements, and further commends the specific articulation in this transport delivery report of the Executive’s top priorities for delivery."

Mr Kenny MacAskill moved amendment S1M-2945.1 to motion S1M-2945—

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"trunk roads and unreliable public transport; recognises that this is a result of decades of under-investment and misguided privatisation; regrets that the Labour and Liberal Democrat Executive has failed to reverse these damaging Tory policies, and further regrets that the Scottish Executive’s latest transport strategy publication, Scotland’s Transport: Delivering Improvements, provides no programme, no costings and no timescale, and therefore offers little hope for, or commitment to, improvements in Scotland’s transport infrastructure."

After debate, amendment S1M-2945.2 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 58, Against 33, Abstentions 0). As a result amendment S1M-2945.1 was pre-empted.

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 58, Against 38, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament notes the importance of transport to the economy in delivering growth and investment to Scotland; welcomes the publication of Scotland’s Transport: Delivering Improvements which sets out the Scottish Executive’s transport vision for Scotland; endorses this Executive-led vision of an efficient, safe transport system which meets the needs of all in society: individuals and businesses, car and public transport users, cyclists and pedestrians, whilst protecting our environment and promoting sustainable development; commends the integrated package of measures that the Executive is pursuing: tackling congestion, ensuring greater access to a modernised and improved public transport system, promoting alternative modes of transport to the private car, and targeted motorway and trunk roads improvements, and further commends the specific articulation in this transport delivery report of the Executive’s top priorities for delivery.

2. Enterprise and Scotland: Miss Annabel Goldie moved S1M-2946—That the Parliament notes with concern the relatively poor performance of the Scottish economy compared to that of the UK economy as a whole; believes that public funding of enterprise programmes should be focused on infrastructure improvements which benefit all businesses; further notes the damaging effects of the higher business rate poundage in Scotland compared with the rest of the UK, and supports the reintroduction of a uniform business rate across the UK and calls for a fundamental review of the role and functions of the enterprise network, both with the objective of improving growth and competitiveness in the Scottish economy.

The Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning moved amendment S1M-2946.2 to motion S1M-2946—

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"welcomes the Scottish Executive’s initiatives to improve Scotland’s economic position and its new economic strategy for Scotland based on science and skills; believes that the Scottish Executive should build consensus behind this new strategy; notes the significant progress already made in establishing the conditions for sustained success in relation to our key objectives: global connections, growing businesses, and skills and learning, and welcomes the clear direction given to the enterprise network through Smart, Successful Scotland to work with the Scottish Executive to deliver this vision."

Mr Adam Ingram moved amendment S1M-2946.1 to motion S1M-2946—

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"and competitor European economies over the post war period; further notes that the efforts of enterprise development agencies and initiatives within the uniform UK economic policy regime have had no apparent effect on our relative economic decline throughout the period and that the gap in performance would appear to have widened more recently; believes that the policy and debate in Scotland has so far been focused on dealing with the symptoms of this relative economic decline rather than its root causes, and calls for a refocusing of the political debate in Scotland on the potential for the acquisition and use of the range of financial and economic powers available to competitor states such as Ireland and Finland and the optimal policy mix required to place the Scottish economy at the competitive advantage required to achieve faster growth, higher living standards and an improved revenue stream to resource sustained investment in public services."

After debate, amendment S1M-2946.2 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 59, Against 47, Abstentions 0). As a result amendment S1M-2946.1 was pre-empted.

The motion as amended was then agreed to (DT) by division: For 60, Against 47, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive’s initiatives to improve Scotland’s economic position and its new economic strategy for Scotland based on science and skills; believes that the Scottish Executive should build consensus behind this new strategy; notes the significant progress already made in establishing the conditions for sustained success in relation to our key objectives: global connections, growing businesses, and skills and learning, and welcomes the clear direction given to the enterprise network through Smart, Successful Scotland to work with the Scottish Executive to deliver this vision.

3. Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2954—That the Parliament agrees—

  1. the following programme of business—

Wednesday 17 April 2002

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate on the Housing Improvement Taskforce

followed by Executive Debate on the Enterprise Bill - UK Legislation

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 18 April 2002

9.30 am Executive Debate on the Prisons Estates Review

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Debate on the Social Care Workforce Development

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Wednesday 24 April 2002

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 25 April 2002

9.30 am 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 Tobacco Advertising and Promotion (Scotland) Bill be completed by 19 December 2002

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 - Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2949—That the Parliament agrees that at Stage 3 of the Education (Disability Strategies and Pupils’ Records) (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 when the meeting is suspended)—

Groups 1 to 5 - no later than 1 hour;

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

The motion was agreed to.

6. Education (Disability Strategies and Pupils’ Records) (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

7. Education (Disability Strategies and Pupils’ Educational Records) (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Minister for Education and Young People moved S1M-2894—That the Parliament agrees that the Education (Disability Strategies and Pupils’ Educational Records) (Scotland) Bill be passed.

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

8. Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2948—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee is designated as Lead Committee in consideration of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill and that the Justice 1 Committee be a secondary committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9. Motion without Notice: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that S1M-2960 be taken at this meeting of Parliament.

The motion was agreed to.

10. Decision Time: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2960—That the Parliament agrees under Rule 11.2.4 of the Standing Orders that Decision Time on Thursday 28 March 2002 be taken at 4.31pm.

The motion was agreed to.

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

12. Child Witness Reform: The Parliament debated S1M-2698 in the name of Mr Gil Paterson—That the Parliament welcomes the report Justice for Children – The Welfare of Children in the Justice System; commends Children 1st, Childline, NCH Scotland and the other participants for producing this report, and considers that the Scottish Executive should look closely at the findings and recommendations of the report and act accordingly.

The meeting closed at 5.23 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

28 March 2002

 

Appendix

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

 

 

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 28 March 2002 for approval by resolution

The Air Quality (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002

laid under the Environment Act 1995

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 28 March 2002 and are subject to annulment—

The Scotland Act 1998 (Agency Arrangements) (Specification) (No.2) Order 2002 (SI 2002/800)

laid under the Scotland Act 1998

The Plant Health (Great Britain) Amendment (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/164)

laid under the European Communities Act 1972

The Scottish Water (Rate of Return) (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/165)—

The Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002 (Consequential and Savings Provisions) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/166)—

The Water and Sewerage Charges (Exemption) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/167)—

laid under the Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002

 

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 28 March 2002—

Local Government Committee, 7th Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 561)

Rural Development Committee, 5th Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 562)

Health and Community Care Committee, 4th Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 563)

Education, Culture and Sport Committee, 8th Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 564)

Subordinate Legislation Committee 18th Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 565)


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