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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 4 No 8 Session 1

Wednesday 19 June 2002

 
 

Note: (DT) signifies a decision made at Decision Time

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Colonel John Flett, Scotland Secretary of the Salvation Army, led Time for Reflection.

2. Local Government Finance, Inquiry into Local Government Finance: Trish Godman, on behalf of the Local Government Committee, moved S1M-3206 —That the Parliament notes the 6th Report 2002 of the Local Government Committee, Inquiry into Local Government Finance (SP Paper 551) and calls upon the Scottish Executive to consider the report’s recommendations.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (DT).

3. Private Hire Vehicles (Carriage of Guide Dogs etc.) Bill – UK Legislation: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services moved S1M-3211— That the Parliament endorses the principle of including in the Private Hire Vehicles (Carriage of Guide Dogs etc.) Bill a power for Scottish Ministers to regulate for the carriage of guide and other assistance dogs in private hire cars in Scotland and agrees that the relevant provisions to achieve this end in the Bill should be considered by the UK Parliament.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 72, Against 1, Abstentions 28).

4. Designation of Lead Committees: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3232—That the Parliament agrees the following designation of Lead Committees—

the Justice 2 Committee to consider the Sheriff Court Fees Amendment Order 2002 (SSI 2002/269);

the Justice 2 Committee to consider the Court of Session etc. Fees Amendment Order 2002 (SSI 2002/270);

the Justice 2 Committee to consider Act of Sederunt (Fees of Solicitors in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment No.2) 2002 (SSI 2002/274);

the Justice 2 Committee to consider Act of Sederunt (Fees of Witnesses and Shorthand Writers in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment) 2002 (SSI 2002/280); and

the Justice 2 Committee to consider the Gaming Act (Variation of Fees) (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/281).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

6. Glasgow Airport Rail Link: The Parliament debated S1M-3062 in the name of Robert Brown—That the Parliament notes the importance of Glasgow Airport to the economy of west central Scotland, growing congestion on the M8, M74 and M77, the economic and employment opportunities that would be opened up by establishing a rail link to Glasgow Airport and the urgent need to enhance public transport facilities serving the airport; is concerned at the lack of progress on agreeing and proceeding with this key project, and believes that the Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning should convene an urgent meeting of Strathclyde Passenger Transport Authority, British Airports Authority, Railtrack, Glasgow City Council, Renfrewshire Council, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and other interested parties in order to agree a timetabled action plan for delivery of the Glasgow Airport rail link at the earliest possible date.

7. Motion without Notice: Robert Brown moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended until 6.00 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 5.57 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

19 June 2002

Appendix

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

New Bill introduced on 17 June 2002

Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to establish the office of Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland; to make provision in respect of appointments to certain public bodies; to dissolve certain public bodies; to make provision as to certain functions of Health Boards and National Health Service trusts; to make provision as to the functions of the Law Society of Scotland and the Scottish Solicitors’ Discipline Tribunal regarding the regulation of conveyancing and executry practitioners and the provision of services by such practitioners; to make modifications in relation to those services, including conferring certain notarial and other functions on such practitioners; to establish the National Survey of Archaeology and Buildings of Scotland; and for connected purposes. (SP Bill 56) (Executive Bill)

Introduced by: Mr Andy Kerr

Supported by: Peter Peacock

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 56-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 56-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

New Bill introduced on 18 June 2002

Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to make provision for protection of the water environment, including provision for implementing European Parliament and Council Directive 2000/60/EC; to amend the Sewerage (Scotland) Act 1968 and the Water (Scotland) Act 1980 in relation to the provision of water and sewerage services; and for connected purposes. (SP Bill 57) (Executive Bill)

Introduced by: Ross Finnie

Supported by: Mr Andy Kerr, Iain Gray, Allan Wilson

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 57-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 57-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

SPCB Papers

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 18 June 2002 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Scottish Parliamentary Ombudsman and the Health Service Ombudsman for Scotland Annual Report 2001-02 (SP Paper 595)

laid under the Scotland Act 1998 (Transitory and Transitional Provisions) (Complaints of Maladministration) Order 1999 (SI 1999/1351) and the Health Service Commissioners Act 1993 as amended by the Health Service Commissioners Act 1996 and the Scotland Act 1998

Other Documents

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

Crofters Commission Annual Report 2001-02 (SE/2002/106)

laid under the Crofters (Scotland) Act 1993

National Galleries of Scotland Annual Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2001 (SE/2002/113)

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

Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2000-01 Audit of the National Galleries of Scotland Accounts (SE/2002/114)

Food Standards Agency: Departmental Report Spring 2002 and the Government’s Expenditure Plans 2002-02 and 2003-04 (SE/2002/116)

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 18 June 2002 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Audit Committee, 4th Report 2002 – Overview of the National Health Service in Scotland: Response by the Scottish Executive (SE/2002/115)

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 14 June 2002—

Education Culture and Sport Committee, 9th Report 2002: Stage 1 Report on the School Meals (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 602)

Justice 2 Committee, 6th Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 603)

Justice 1 Committee, 5th Report 2002: Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 604)

The following Report was published on 17 June 2002

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 28th Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 605)

The following Report was published on 18 June 2002

Finance Committee, 3rd Report 2002: Stage 1 of the 2003-04 Budget Process (SP Paper 597)


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