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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 3, No 69

Wednesday 1 May 2002

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: The Very Reverend Monsignor Henry Docherty, General Secretary of the Roman Catholic Bishop's Conference of Scotland, led Time for Reflection.

2. Helping Scotland's Youth Participate in Communities: The Minister for Education and Young People moved S1M-3048—That the Parliament notes the Scottish Executive’s commitment to valuing young people and reflecting their aspirations and needs; recognises the importance of the Scottish Youth Summit and the follow-up launch of the consultation toolkit "Re:action" in contributing to this agenda; agrees to support constructive work with young people as they engage in civic society and democratic processes whether at local level through local authority youth councils, or at national level through organisations such as the Scottish Youth Parliament, and welcomes work by the Executive alongside other devolved administrations and UK departments to develop the UK approach to the European Union white paper on youth and to ensure that young people from Scotland can contribute in the wider arena of international affairs.

Michael Russell moved amendment S1M-3048.1 to motion S1M-3048—

Leave out from "and welcomes" to end and insert—

"encourages all of Scotland’s young people to have open and enquiring minds about the future of their country, their continent and their world, in order that they might take an active part in the widest range of national and international affairs, and therefore requests that the Executive consult widely with Scotland’s young people as well as with other devolved administrations and other European governments in order that there can be a positive and informed Scottish response to the European Union white paper on youth."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 30, Against 60, Abstentions 15).

Murdo Fraser moved amendment S1M-3048.2 to motion S1M-3048—

Leave out from "agrees" to "Youth Parliament" and insert—

"pays tribute to the important role of voluntary organisations in developing the awareness of, and involving, young people in civic society; emphasises the crucial role of Scotland's schools; agrees to support constructive work with young people as they engage in civic society and democratic processes whether at local level through local authority youth councils, or at national level through organisations such as the Scottish Youth Parliament; believes that, given the alarming decrease in young people voting in elections in recent years, schools and voluntary groups should take a lead in encouraging young people to re-engage in the mainstream political process."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 43, Against 62, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

3. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on item 2 as noted above.

4. Ageism: The Parliament debated SIM-2849 in the name of Sarah Boyack—That the Parliament notes research findings by Help the Aged indicating that over 50% of Scots in the 65-74 age group feel that the country treated older people as if they were "on the scrap heap" and "a burden to society"; believes that such treatment is unacceptable and perpetuates ageism in society, which can be seen in both deliberate and inadvertent discrimination in the attitudes of both public and private sector organisations, allied to continued media stereotyping of older people, and therefore considers that the Scottish Executive should identify and address areas of age discrimination in Scottish public life so that older people feel valued and can make a full and positive contribution to society.

The meeting closed at 5.59 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

1 May 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 29 April 2002 for approval by resolution

The Marriage (Approval of Places) (Scotland) Regulations 2002

laid under the Marriage (Scotland) Act 1977

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 29 April 2002 and are subject to annulment—

The Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Source Records) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/205)—

The Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Juveniles) (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/206)—

The Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Cancellation of Authorisations) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/207)—

laid under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Act 2000

Committee Reports

The following Report was published on 30 April 2002

Justice 2 Committee, 4th Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 574)

The following Report was published on 1 May 2002

Standards Committee, 5th Report 2002: Submission to the Committee on Standards in Public Life (SP Paper 575)

 


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