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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 3, No 41 Session 1

Wednesday 8 May 2002

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Ms Eildon Dyer, Press Adviser for Christian Aid, led Time for Reflection.

2. Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S1M-3077—That the Parliament agrees—

as a revision to the Business Programme agreed on 2 May 2002—

Wednesday 8 May 2002

after first Parliamentary Bureau Motions, delete

"followed by Executive Debate on Sustainable Development - Meeting the Needs"

and insert

"followed by First Minister's Motion to appoint a Minister

followed by, no First Minister's Motion to appoint a junior Scottish Minister

later than 2.50 pm

followed by, no Executive Debate on Sustainable Development - Meeting the Needs"

later than 3.05 pm

Thursday 9 May 2002

after "Social Justice Committee Debate on the Voluntary Sector", delete

"followed by Business Motion

followed by Ministerial Statement on New National Qualifications"

and insert

"followed by Ministerial Statement on New National Qualifications

followed by Business Motion"

The motion was agreed to.

3. Scottish Ministers: The First Minister moved S1M-3069—That the Parliament agrees that Margaret Curran be appointed as a Minister.

After debate, the motion was agreed to by division (For 66, Against 27, Abstentions 15).

4. Junior Scottish Ministers: The First Minister moved S1M-3070—That the Parliament agrees that Frank McAveety be appointed as a junior Scottish Minister.

After debate, the motion was agreed to by division (For 66, Against 0, Abstentions 45).

5. Sustainable Development – Meeting the Needs… Priorities, Actions and Targets for sustainable development in Scotland: The Minister for Rural Development moved S1M-3067—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive statement on sustainable development, Meeting the Needs… Priorities, Actions and Targets for sustainable development in Scotland, and the vision that it sets out for a sustainable Scotland in which the Executive conserves, protects and harnesses Scotland’s natural resources and the talents of the people; believes that the statement marks an important step forward for sustainable development in Scotland; agrees that the indicator list provides a good basis on which to begin to measure progress, and believes that sustainable development must be a central principle in governing Scotland.

Bruce Crawford moved amendment S1M-3067.1 to motion S1M-3067—

Leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert—

"believes that sustainable development must be a central principle in governing Scotland; welcomes the Scottish Executive’s statement on sustainable development, Meeting the Needs… Priorities, Actions and Targets for sustainable development in Scotland, and further believes that, while the statement marks an important step forward for sustainable development in Scotland, further work is required to produce a list of indicators that is more comprehensive and meaningful for the purpose of measuring progress and that the targets’ lack of ambition does not recognise Scotland’s full potential and therefore will not contribute significantly to ensuring a sustainable future for Scotland."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 50, Against 62, Abstentions 1).

John Scott moved amendment S1M-3067.2 to motion S1M-3067—

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

"expresses its concern that the statement has not gone far enough, particularly in its indicator list given that, 27 months after first promised, 24 indicators have been selected but less than 50% have set targets; questions whether the indicator list therefore provides an adequate basis to measure progress; further believes that the inclusion of no less than 15 other consultations, strategies, forums and plans may hinder the long-term delivery of the new vision, and supports the development of a more focused action plan for the continuation of sustainable development in Scotland."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 19, Against 63, Abstentions 31).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 82, Against 30, Abstentions 2).

6. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on item 5 as noted above.

7. World Asthma Day 7 May 2002: The Parliament debated S1M-2966 in the name of Margaret Smith—That the Parliament notes that World Asthma Day is on Tuesday 7 May 2002 when, in the United Kingdom, the National Asthma Campaign will highlight childhood asthma; is aware that over 113,000 (around 1 in 6) children in Scotland have been diagnosed with asthma and that the incidence is highest amongst children; commends the National Asthma Campaign Scotland for its work on childhood asthma, including its publication of the first childhood asthma audit and its programme of asthma information sessions for adults working in the early years sector; further notes the soon to be published Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network/British Thoracic Society guidelines for asthma and invites the Scottish Executive to devise a national asthma strategy to ensure that these guidelines are implemented across the country and matched by any necessary resources.

The meeting closed at 5.56 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

8 May 2002

Appendix

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

 

New Bill introduced on 7 May 2002

Debt Arrangement and Attachment (Scotland) Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to provide a scheme under which individuals may arrange for their debts to be paid under payment programmes; to create a new diligence in relation to corporeal moveable property owned by a debtor; to make special provision for the use of that diligence in relation to property kept in dwellinghouses; to abolish poindings and warrant sales; and for connected purposes. (SP Bill 52) (Executive Bill)

Introduced by: Mr Jim Wallace

Supported by: Dr Richard Simpson, Ms Margaret Curran, Hugh Henry

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 52-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 52-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

 

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 3 May 2002 and is subject to annulment

The Adults with Incapacity (Medical Treatment Certificates) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/208)

laid under the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 8 May 2002 and is subject to annulment

The Registration of Fish Farming and Shellfish Farming Businesses Amendment (No.2) (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/220)

laid under the Diseases of Fish Act 1983

Not Subject to any Parliamentary Procedure

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 8 May 2002 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.3) (Scotland) Revocation Order 2002 (SSI 2002/218)

laid under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

 

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 8 May 2002 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Electoral Commission Corporate Plan 2002-03 to 2006-07 (SE/2002/96)

Overview of Further Education Colleges in Scotland 2000-01: Report by the Auditor-General for Scotland (AGS/2002/2)

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

Committee Reports

The following Report is being published on 3 May 2002

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 22nd Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 579)

 

 

 


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