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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 3, No 65 Session 1

Wednesday 17 April 2002

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Reverend Margaret R. Forrester, Minister of St. Michael's Parish Church, Edinburgh, led Time for Reflection.

2. Housing Improvement Task Force—The Deputy Minister for Social Justice moved S1M-2982—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the first report of the Housing Improvement Task Force, Issues in Improving Quality in Private Housing, as an important step in meeting the Scottish Executive’s commitment, as set out in Working Together for Scotland: A Programme for Government, to address the significant problems of housing quality in the private sector stock.

Mr Kenneth Gibson moved amendment S1M-2982.1 to motion S1M-2982—

Leave out from "meeting" to end and insert—

"examining the wide range of issues facing the private housing sector in Scotland; looks forward to debating the Task Force’s recommendations for action and timescale for implementation following completion of its second stage report; seeks clarification as to when publication of the second stage report is anticipated, and calls on the Scottish Executive to propose that time is provided in the parliamentary process to ensure that any necessary legislation that may emerge will be progressed prior to the end of this session of the Parliament."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 48, Against 61, Abstentions 1).

Bill Aitken moved amendment S1M-2982.2 to motion S1M-2982—

Leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert—

"notes the publication of the first report of the Housing Improvement Task Force; regrets that this report contains many vague and often contradictory conclusions, and expresses the hope that future reports will provide more focussed conclusions and firmer recommendations aimed at addressing the significant problems of housing quality in the private sector stock."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 19, Against 93, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

3. Enterprise Bill – UK Legislation: The Deputy Minister for Justice moved
S1M-2983—That the Parliament agrees that provisions in the Enterprise Bill that relate to the devolved matter of receivership should be considered by the UK Parliament.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 82, Against 1 Abstentions 29).

4. Designation of Lead Committees: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2992—That the Parliament agrees the following designation of Lead Committees—

the Justice 1 Committee to consider the Combined Police Area Amalgamation Schemes 1995 (Amendment) (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/140);

the Justice 1 Committee to consider the Combined Fire Services Area Administration Schemes (Variation) (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/141); and

the Justice 2 Committee to consider the Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/143).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

6. 10th Anniversary of Children's Hospice Association Scotland: The Parliament debated S1M-2852 in the name of Susan Deacon—That the Parliament congratulates the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) on its 10th anniversary; pays tribute to the excellent work carried out by staff at the children’s hospice, Rachel House, in providing care and support for terminally ill children and their families from across Scotland; notes that the development of a second children’s hospice is currently underway; recognises the efforts of the many individuals and organisations who have contributed to the development of this project, and considers that the Scottish Executive should work in partnership with CHAS, NHS boards, local authorities and the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care to ensure that these services are supported effectively.

The meeting closed at 5.52 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

17 April 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 3 April 2002 and is subject to annulment

The Import and Export Restrictions (Foot-and-Mouth Disease) (Scotland) (No.3) Amendment (No.2) Amendment Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/169)

laid under the European Communities Act 1972

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 5 April 2002 and is subject to annulment

The Food (Jelly Confectionery) (Emergency Control) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/179)

laid under the European Communities Act 1972

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 15 April 2002 and are subject to annulment—

The Loch Ewe, Isle of Ewe, Wester Ross, Scallops Several Fishery (Variation) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/185)—

The Little Loch Broom Scallops Fishery Order 2002 (SSI 2002/186)—

laid under the Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) Act 1967

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 17 April 2002 and are subject to annulment—

The Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (City of Glasgow) Designation Amendment Order 2002 (SSI 2002/187)—

The Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (City of Edinburgh) Designation Amendment Order 2002 (SSI 2002/188)—

laid under the Road Traffic Act 1991

The Adults with Incapacity (Ethics Committee) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/190)

laid under the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000

The Artificial Insemination of Cattle (Animal Health) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/191)

laid under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 1984

Not Subject to any Parliamentary Procedure

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 12 April 2000 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.2) (Scotland) Order 2001 Revocation Order 2002 (SSI/2002/182)—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.2) (Scotland) Revocation Order 2002 (SSI/2002/183)—

laid under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 2 April 2002 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Ayr College: Report of the Board of Management and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2001 (SE/2002/9)—

Clydebank College: Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 July 2001 (SE/2002/16)—

Fife College: Annual Accounts for the year ended 31 July 2001 (SE/2002/24)—

Inverness College: Report of the Board of Management and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2001 (SE/2002/29)—

Lews Castle College: Annual Accounts for the year ended 31 July 2001 (SE/2002/36)—

Moray College: Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2001 (SE/2002/37)—

North Glasgow College: Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 July 2001 (SE/2002/39)—

Reid Kerr College: Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2001 (SE/2002/43)—

Bell College of Technology: Report of the Board of Management and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2001 (SE/2002/83)—

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

Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2000-01 Audit of Ayr College (SE/2002/74)

Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2000-01 Audit of Bell College of Technology (SE/2002/75)

Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2000-01 Audit of Clydebank College (SE/2002/76)

Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2000-01 Audit of Fife College (SE/2002/77)

Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2000-01 Audit of Inverness College (SE/2002/78)

Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2000-01 Audit of Moray College (SE/2002/80)

Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2000-01 Audit of North Glasgow College (SE/2002/81)

Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2000-01 Audit of Reid Kerr College (SE/2002/82)

Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2000-01 Audit of Lews Castle College (SE/2002/84)

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 3 April 2002 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Coatbridge College: Report of the Board of Management and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2001 (SE/2002/17)—

Stevenson College: Financial Report for the year ended 31 July 2001 (SE/2002/45)—

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

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 4 April 2002 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Costs, Sentencing Profiles and the Scottish Criminal Justice System 2000 (SE/2002/71)

laid under the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 11 April 2002 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

National Lottery Distribution Fund Accounts 2000-2001 (SE/2002/87)

laid under section 33(1) and (2) of the National Lottery Etc. Act 1993

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 12 April 2002 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Scottish Executive Response to the Report from the Education, Culture and Sport Committee on the Inquiry into the Need for a Children’s Commissioner in Scotland (SE/2002/85)

Minute from the Scottish Executive Health Department, Contingent Liability (SE/2001/68): Revised Table of Clinical Trials of Blood Products Produced by the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service Protein Fractional Centre (SE/2002/88)

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

Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000: Code of Practice for Persons Authorised to Carry Out Medical Treatment or Research Under Part 5 of the Act (SE/2002/73)—

laid under the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000

Code of Practice: For Registered Persons and Other Recipients of Disclosure Information (SE/2002/86)—

laid under the Police Act 1997

Community Fund Strategic Plan 2002-2007 (SE/2002/89)

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 16 April 2002 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel Fifth Report: Annual Report and Accounts for the Year Ended 31 March 2001 (SE/2002/69)

laid under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Act 1995

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 17 April 2002 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Perth College: Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2001 (SE/2002/42)—

Stow College: Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2001 (SE/2002/46)—

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

Committee Reports

The following Report was published on 4 April 2002

Transport and the Environment Committee, 6th Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP 567)

The following Report was published on 15 April 2002

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 19th Report 2002: Freedom of Information (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2 (SP Paper 568)


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