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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 4, No 3 Session 1

Tuesday 28 May 2002

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Time for Reflection: The Reverend Easter Smart, Chaplain to the University of Aberdeen, led Time for Reflection.

2. The Modernising Government Fund:The Minister for Finance and Public Services moved S1M-3150—That the Parliament notes the Scottish Executive’s commitment to modern, high quality, efficient and responsive public services and supports its approach, through the Modernising Government Fund, to help deliver the changes which will integrate government, exploit the benefits of information and communications technology and put citizens at the centre of public service delivery in a 21st Century Scotland.

Tricia Marwick moved amendment S1M-3150.1 to motion S1M-3150—

Insert at end—

", but recognises that the delivery of first class public services also requires support to the staff working in that sector, adequate funding from central government and a commitment to ensure that the services remain in the public sector."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 31, Against 81, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 65, Against 20, Abstentions 28).

3. Address by Her Majesty The Queen: Her Majesty The Queen addressed the Parliament.

4. Alternatives to Custody: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice moved S1M-3149—That the Parliament commends the Scottish Executive’s commitment to developing a range of high quality alternatives to custody which fit the changing pattern of offending behaviour across Scotland, and recognises the importance of ensuring the delivery of consistently effective community disposals which have the confidence of the judiciary and the public and also have the potential to reduce re-offending without compromising public safety.

Roseanna Cunningham moved amendment S1M-3149.2 to motion S1M-3149—

Leave out from "commends" to end and insert—

"regrets the failure of the Scottish Executive adequately to develop a range of high quality alternatives to custody which fit the changing pattern of offending behaviour across Scotland; recognises the importance of programmes which are well-resourced and available across every jurisdiction in Scotland, and believes that a greater element of restorative justice should be introduced into the Scottish criminal justice system whether dealing with adults or young offenders."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 30, Against 82, Abstentions 0).

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton moved amendment S1M-3149.1 to motion
S1M-3149—

Leave out from "commends" to end and insert—

"warns against the widespread extension of soft non-custodial sentences simply to empty Scotland’s overcrowded prisons without sufficient regard to the protection of the public; notes with concern the plans paraded by the Scottish Executive to send the parents of young offenders to jail, and calls upon the Executive to put in place sufficient resources to make Scotland a safer place in which to live and work."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 20, Against 93, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 66, Against 46, Abstentions 1).

5. Approval of SSIs: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3146—That the Parliament agrees that the following instruments be approved—

the draft Valuation and Rating (Exempted Classes) (Scotland) Order 2002; and

the draft Marriage (Approval of Places) (Scotland) Regulations 2002.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

7. Drug Misuse in North East Scotland: The Parliament debated S1M-3151 in the name of Richard Lochhead—That the Parliament notes with concern that drug misuse in the north east of Scotland has increased dramatically in recent years, with an estimated 50% rise in problem drug users in Grampian alone between 1997 and 2000; further notes that Dundee has the second highest and Aberdeen the third highest level of drug misuse in Scotland and that Grampian has the highest percentage of injecting drug users in Scotland, and considers that the Scottish Executive should recognise the scale of the problem and investigate the level and nature of resources that have been applied to addressing this growing social problem in the north east region, paying particular attention to (a) the role and accountability of the various agencies involved, (b) the amount of resources dedicated to drug users, (c) the cost to society in terms of loss of life, associated health problems and distress caused to users' families and (d) the enormous amount of drug-related crime inflicted on the local community, reflected by the fact that 80% of inmates at HM Prison Aberdeen test positive for drug use at reception.

8. Motion without Notice: Richard Lochhead moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended until 6.00 pm.

The meeting closed at 6.00 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

28 May 2002

Appendix

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

New Bill introduced on 16 May 2002

Local Government in Scotland Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to provide anew about the way in which local authorities discharge their functions and about the local provision of certain public services; to give local authorities power to do things which they consider will advance well-being; to make some minor, miscellaneous amendments of certain provisions of law about local authorities’ meetings and of other provisions connected with the functions of local authorities; and for connected purposes. (SP Bill 53) (Executive Bill)

Introduced by: Mr Andy Kerr

Supported by: Peter Peacock

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 53-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 53-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 21 May 2002 for approval by resolution

The Welfare of Farmed Animals (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002

laid under the Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1968

The following instruments were laid in draft before the Parliament on 17 May 2002 for approval by resolution—

The Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) (No.2) Regulations 2002—

The Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) (No.2) Regulations 2002—

laid under the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 21 May 2002 and is subject to annulment

The Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/238)

laid under the European Communities Act 1972

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 16 May 2002 and are subject to annulment—

The Community Care and Health (Scotland) Act 2002 (Consequential Amendment) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/233)

laid under the Community Care and Health Act 2002

The Meat (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/234)

laid under the Food Safety Act 1990

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 17 May 2002 and is subject to annulment

Act of Sederunt (Fees of Solicitors in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment) 2002 (SSI 2002/235)

laid under the Sheriff Courts (Scotland) Act 1907

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 22 May 2002 and is subject to annulment

The National Health Service (Clinical Negligence and Other Risks Indemnity Scheme) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/239)

laid under the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 27 May 2002 and are subject to annulment—

The St Mary’s Music School (Aided Places) (Scotland) Amendments Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/248)—

The Education (Assisted Places) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/249)—

laid under the Education (Scotland) Act 1980

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

The Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/254)

laid under the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986

The TSE (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/255)

laid under the European Communities Act 1972

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 21 May 2002 and are subject to approval by resolution—

Draft Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock: Laying Hens (SE/2002/100)—

Draft Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock: Meat Chickens and Breeding Chickens (SE/2002/101)—

laid under the Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1968

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 21 May 2002 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Annual Report and Accounts 2000-01 (SE/2002/70)

laid under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Act 1995

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 24 May 2002 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

ITC Putting Viewers First: Annual Report and Accounts 2001 (SE/2002/102)

laid under the Broadcasting Act 1990

Committee Reports

The following Report was published on 17 May 2002

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 24th Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 587)

The following Reports were published on 23 May 2002—

Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee, 5th Report 2002: Stage 1 Report on the University of St. Andrews (Postgraduate Medical Degrees) Bill (SP Paper 588)

Local Government Committee, 10th Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 589)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 25th Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 590)

Health and Community Care Committee, 7th Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 591)

The following Report was published on 27 May 2002

Transport and the Environment Committee, 9th Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP 593)


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