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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 4 No 5

Thursday 30 May 2002

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Ministerial Statement: The First Minister made a statement on the Scottish Executive's programme.

2. Approval of SSIs: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3164—That the Parliament agrees that the following instruments be approved—

the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) Order 2002;

the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2002; and

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.4) (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/231).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

3. Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3166—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government Committee is designated as Lead Committee in consideration of the Local Government in Scotland Bill and that the Transport and the Environment Committee and the Education, Culture and Sport Committee be secondary committees.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

4. Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3165—That the Parliament agrees—

  1. the following programme of business—

Wednesday 12 June 2002

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate on the University of St. Andrews (Postgraduate Medical Degrees) Bill

followed by Executive Debate on the Value of Participation in Sport increasing the Quality of Life in Scotland

followed by Motion on the Publication of the Scottish Parliamentary Ombudsman and Health Service Ombudsman for Scotland’s Annual Report for 2001-02

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 13 June 2002

9.30 am Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Debate on Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Wednesday 19 June 2002

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Debate on the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Bill

followed by Local Government Committee Debate on its Report on Local Government Finance

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 20 June 2002

9.30 am Scottish National Party Business

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Stage 1 Debate on the School Meals (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of the School Meals (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

(b) that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 16 June 2002 on the Act of Sederunt (Fees of Solicitors in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment) 2002 and that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 16 June 2002 on the draft Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) (No.2) Regulations 2002, the draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) (No.2) Regulations 2002 and by 23 June 2002 on the draft Criminal Justice Act 1988 (Offensive Weapons) Amendment (Scotland) Order 2002; and

(c) that Stage 1 of the Debt Arrangement and Attachment (Scotland) Bill be completed by 20 September 2002.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (by division: For 85, Against 2, Abstentions 0).

5. Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister and other Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

6. Implementing the Cancer Strategy: The Minister for Health and Community Care moved S1M-3160—That the Parliament acknowledges the problems highlighted by the recent Clinical Standards Board for Scotland reports on cancer services; welcomes the Cancer Strategy and the significant and dedicated resources that have been allocated for its implementation; supports the key role of front-line staff in deciding investment priorities and leading service change, and looks forward to sustained progress in implementing the strategy and reaching all the Clinical Standards Board for Scotland standards.

Nicola Sturgeon moved amendment S1M-3160.1 to motion S1M-3160—

Leave out from "supports" to end and insert—

"considers that the staff shortages in cancer services, highlighted in the recent Clinical Standards Board for Scotland reports, restrict the ability of front-line staff to decide investment priorities, lead service change and deliver a first class service for patients, and calls on the Scottish Executive to introduce specific initiatives to tackle these shortages."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 46, Against 66, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

7. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 3 and 6 as noted above.

8. Timber Industry: The Parliament debated S1M-2953 in the name of Alex Fergusson—That the Parliament acknowledges the value of timber as a primary product within rural Scotland and the 11,000 jobs which are dependent on that industry; recognises the very real difficulties faced by some rural local authorities in maintaining and improving minor roads for timber extraction, and believes that the Scottish Executive should meet COSLA’s Rural Affairs Committee and representatives of the forestry industry to determine a satisfactory way forward, recognising that the placing of weight restriction orders, which effectively landlock large areas of mature timber, is not a realistic solution.

The meeting closed at 5.47 pm

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

30 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 30 May 2002 for approval by resolution

The Welfare of Farmed Animals (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002

laid under section 2(3) of the Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1968

Note: The Welfare of Farmed Animals (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002, which was laid before the Parliament on 21 May 2002, has been withdrawn

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 30 May 2002 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Parole Board for Scotland Annual Report 2001 (SE/2002/95)

laid under paragraph 5 of schedule 1 to the Prisons (Scotland) Act 1989 and paragraph 6 of schedule 2 to the Prisoners and Criminal Proceedings (Scotland) Act 1993


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