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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 4, No 11 Session 1

Thursday 27 June 2002

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Bill – Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3258—That the Parliament agrees that, at Stage 3 of the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Bill, debate on each part of the proceedings shall be brought to a conclusion at the time specified—

Consideration of amendments – no later than 10.15 am

Motion to pass the Bill – no later than 10.30 am

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

2. Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Bill – Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

3. Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Bill – Stage 3: Mike Rumbles, on behalf of the Standards Committee, moved S1M-3112—That the Parliament agrees that the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Bill be passed.

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

4. Finance Committee, Stage 1 of the 2003-04 Budget Process: Des McNulty, on behalf of the Finance Committee, moved S1M-3225—That the Parliament notes the 3rd Report 2002 of the Finance Committee, Stage 1 of the 2003-04 Budget Process (SP Paper 597) and refers the recommendations to the Scottish Executive for consideration.

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

5. Police Reform Bill – UK Legislation: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice moved S1M-3237—That the Parliament endorses the principle that sex offenders orders made in one jurisdiction within the United Kingdom should be recognised and enforceable throughout the UK with appropriate provisions in place concerning how the orders are applied for, amended and discharged, and agrees that the relevant provisions to achieve these ends should be considered by the UK Parliament in the Police Reform Bill.

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

6. Appointment of Scottish Public Services Ombudsman: Trish Godman, on behalf of the Selection Panel, moved S1M-3244—That the Parliament nominates Professor Alice Brown to Her Majesty the Queen for appointment as the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 100, Against 3, Abstentions 1).

7. Appointment of Scottish Public Services Deputy Ombudsman: Trish Godman, on behalf of the Selection Panel, moved S1M-3245—That the Parliament nominates Mr Eric Drake to Her Majesty the Queen for appointment as Scottish Public Services Deputy Ombudsman.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 99, Against 1, Abstentions 3).

8. Appointment of Scottish Public Services Deputy Ombudsman: Trish Godman, on behalf of the Selection Panel, moved S1M-3246—That the Parliament nominates Ms Carolyn Hirst to Her Majesty the Queen for appointment as Scottish Public Services Deputy Ombudsman.

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

9. Appointment of Scottish Public Services Deputy Ombudsman: Trish Godman, on behalf of the Selection Panel, moved S1M-3247—That the Parliament nominates Reverend Lewis Shand Smith to Her Majesty the Queen for appointment as Scottish Public Services Deputy Ombudsman.

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

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

11. Better Communities in Scotland: Closing the Gap: The Deputy Minister for Social Justice moved S1M-3256—That the Parliament warmly welcomes the publication of the Scottish Executive’s community regeneration statement Better Communities in Scotland: Closing the Gap; agrees that despite past successes in community regeneration more needs to be done to improve the quality of life of people in Scotland’s deprived areas; fully endorses the policy proposals for improving public services in deprived communities, placing community regeneration more firmly within the strategic framework of community planning, giving more priority to community learning and development and improving monitoring and evaluation, and agrees that these measures will make a significant contribution to closing the gap between deprived areas and the rest of Scotland.

Mr Kenneth Gibson moved amendment S1M-3256.1 to motion S1M-3256—

Leave out from "warmly" to end and insert—

"notes with disappointment the content of the Scottish Executive’s community regeneration statement Better Communities in Scotland: Closing the Gap; believes that community regeneration is a topic worthy of serious consideration, and demands that the Executive go back to the drawing board and come back when it has some well thought out, workable solutions to the problems faced by Scotland’s deprived communities."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 29, Against 68,

Abstentions 2).

Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh moved amendment S1M-3256.2 to motion S1M-3256—

Leave out from "warmly" to end and insert

"notes the publication of the Scottish Executive’s community regeneration statement Better Communities in Scotland: Closing the Gap; agrees that despite past successes in community regeneration more needs to be done to improve the quality of life of people in Scotland’s deprived areas; notes the Executive’s worthwhile aim of empowering professionals and communities to resolve local problems but considers that its bureaucratic, centralising approach fails to shift the emphasis of regeneration away from traditional government-imposed structures; notes that Better Communities in Scotland: Closing the Gap contains no meaningful proposals to measure the success or failure of regeneration initiatives, and calls upon the Executive to implement a genuinely diverse approach, independent of government, to empower families, communities, local voluntary organisations and professionals to take action to resolve the difficulties faced by Scotland’s deprived communities."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 13, Against 89, Abstentions 2).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 59, Against 41, Abstentions 1).

12. Approval of SSIs: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3250—That the Parliament agrees that the following be approved—

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); and

the draft Welfare of Farmed Animals (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002.

The motion was agreed to.

13. Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3251—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government Committee be designated as Lead Committee in consideration of the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 and that the Health and Community Care Committee, the Education, Culture and Sport Committee and the Justice 1 and 2 Committees be secondary committees.

The motion was agreed to.

14. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12 and 13 as noted above.

15. Peebles Sheriff Court: The Parliament debated S1M-3207 in the name of Christine Grahame—That the Parliament notes with concern the threat of the permanent closure of Peebles Sheriff Court; further notes that the Minister for Justice is currently considering a report into the expenditure required to make the courthouse fully operational and intends to make his conclusion public soon, and further notes that the retention of the sheriff court at Peebles is supported by, inter alia, the Sheriff Principal of Lothian and Borders, the two sheriffs who sit there, the Society of Solicitors in the Shires of Selkirk and Peebles and the Faculty of Solicitors in Roxburghshire.

The meeting closed at 5.49 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

27 June 2002

 

Appendix

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

 

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 25 June 2002 for approval by resolution—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.5) (Scotland) Order (SSI 2002/306)—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.6) (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/307)—

laid under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 27 June 2002 for approval by resolution

The Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Adaptation of Functions etc.) (Amendment) Order 2002

laid under the Scotland Act 1998

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 24 June 2002 and are subject to annulment—

The Food and Animal Feedingstuffs (Products of Animal Origin from China) (Emergency Control) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/300)

laid under the European Communities Act 1972

The Adults with Incapacity (Specified Medical Treatments) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/302)

laid under the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 25 June 2002 and is subject to annulment

The National Waiting Times Centre Board (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/305)

laid under the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978

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

The Local Government Pension Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/311)

laid under the Superannuation Act 1972

The Scottish Secure Tenants (Compensation for Improvements) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/312)—

The Scottish Secure Tenancies (Abandoned Property) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/313)—

The Scottish Secure Tenancies (Exceptions) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/314)—

The Short Scottish Secure Tenancies (Notices) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/315)—

The Scottish Secure Tenants (Right to Repair) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/316)—

The Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 (Scottish Secure Tenancy etc.) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/318)—

The Short Scottish Secure Tenancies (Proceedings for Possession) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/319)—

The Scottish Secure Tenancies (Proceedings for Possession) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/320)—

laid under the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001

The Housing (Right to Buy) (Houses Liable to Demolition) (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/317)

laid under the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 20 June 2002 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Ancient Monuments Board for Scotland Forty-Eighth Annual Report 2001 (SE/2002/109)

laid under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979

Milk Development Council Annual Report 2000-01 (SE/2002/117)

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 24 June 2002 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000: Supplement to the Code of Practice for Persons Authorised to Carry Out Medical Treatment or Research Under Pat V of the Act (SE/2002/111)

Note: The Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000: Supplement to the Code of Practice for Persons Authorised to Carry Out Medical Treatment or Research Under Pat V of the Act (SE/2002/111), which was laid before the Parliament on 13 June 2000, has been withdrawn

The Children’s Hearing System in Scotland: A Special Report by the Scottish Committee of the Council on Tribunals (SE/2002/118)

Scottish Drug Enforcement Agency Annual Report 2001-02 (SE/2002/120)

Review of the Management of Waiting Lists in Scotland: A Report by the Auditor General for Scotland (AGS/2002/3)

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 25 June 2002 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Scottish Economic Report: June 2002 (SE/2002/110)

National Museums of Scotland: Statement of Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2001 (SE/2002/122)

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

Audit of the National Museums of Scotland Accounts 200/2001: Report by the Auditor General for Scotland (SE/2002/123)

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 27 June 2002 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education Annual Report 2001-02 (SE/2002/98)

Industrial Development Act 1982: Annual Report by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, the First Minister of the Scottish Executive and the First Minister of the National Assembly for Wales for the Year ended 31 March 2002 (SE/2002/112)

laid under the Industrial Development Act 1982

Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission Third Annual Report and Accounts for the period 1 April 2001 to 31 March 2002 (SE/2002/180)

laid under the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 and the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

Grants Paid Under section 70 of the Transport (Scotland) Act 2001: Financial Year 2001-02 (SE/2002/181)

laid under the Transport (Scotland) Act 2001

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 21 June 2002—

Equal Opportunities Committee, 3rd Report 2002: Race Reporter's Report (SP Paper 606)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 29th Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 610)

The following Report was published on 27 June 2002

Transport and the Environment Committee, 11th Report 2002: Report on Phase 2 of the Inquiry into Aquaculture (SP Paper 611)


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