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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 4 No 16 Session 1

Wednesday 18 September 2002

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 2.00 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: The Reverend Father Paul Fletcher, Minister at The Sacred Heart Church, Edinburgh, led Time for Reflection.

2. Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Minister for Justice moved S1M-2952—That the Parliamentagrees to the general principles of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 89, Against 19, Abstentions 3).

3. Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill – Financial Resolution: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services moved S1M-3203—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill, agrees to the following expenditure out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund–

(a) expenditure of the Scottish Administration in consequence of the Act; and

(b) increases attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of that fund under any other enactment.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

5. Dundee Heritage Trust: The Parliament debated S1M-3191 in the name of Irene McGugan—That the Parliament recognises that our industrial heritage is of interest to many people from other countries as well as Scots; notes with concern, however, that despite strenuous efforts and exploration of all possible funding opportunities, Dundee Heritage Trust, the charity which owns Dundee's leading tourist attractions, RRS Discovery and the Verdant Works, has been forced by a continuing and critical shortfall in revenue support into a series of cost-cutting exercises and staff redundancies, the latest being the loss of their very experienced and committed chief executive; recognises that the seriousness of this move cannot be underestimated and is a worrying indication that the closure of both Discovery Point and the Verdant Works may now be imminent; considers that the Scottish Executive should put in place a financial package with immediate effect and extend central revenue support as part of a longer term strategy to secure the future of these significant visitor attractions, both of which achieved five star grading by VisitScotland, with Dundee Heritage Trust being the only independent operator in Scotland to achieve this accolade, and notes that the loss of RRS Discovery, which gives the city of Dundee its "identity" and the Verdant Works, the last working jute mill in Scotland and European Industrial Museum of the Year in 1999, to the cultural heritage of the nation would be both significant and irreplaceable.

The meeting closed at 5.58 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

18 September 2002

Appendix

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

New Bills introduced on 16 September 2002

Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to amend the law relating to agricultural holdings under the Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Act 1991; to provide for new forms of agricultural tenancies and to make provision in relation to these tenancies; to provide for the right of certain agricultural tenants to buy land; to provide for the use of certain agricultural land for non-agricultural purposes; to make special provision for certain agricultural tenancies where the tenant is a partnership; to make new provision for the resolution of disputes between landlords and tenants arising under agricultural tenancies; and for connected purposes. (SP Bill 62) (Executive Bill)

Introduced by: Ross Finnie

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 62-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 62-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

Homelessness etc. (Scotland) Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to make further provision about homelessness; to provide for the giving of notice to local authorities of proceedings for possession and enforcement of standard securities; to amend section 18 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1988 in relation to recovery of possession of assured tenancies for non-payment of rent; and for connected purposes. (SP Bill 63) (Executive Bill)

Introduced by: Ms Margaret Curran

Supported by: Hugh Henry

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 63-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 63-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

Mental Health (Scotland) Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to restate and amend the law relating to mentally disordered persons; and for connected purposes. (SP Bill 64) (Executive Bill)

Introduced by: Malcolm Chisholm

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 64-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 64-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

 

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 13 September 2002 and are subject to annulment—

The Nursing and Midwifery Student Allowances (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/423)

laid under the Education (Scotland) Act 1980

The Food (Figs, Hazelnuts and Pistachios from Turkey) (Emergency Control) (Scotland) (No.2) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/424)—

The Food (Peanuts from China) (Emergency Control) (Scotland) (No.2) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/425)—

laid under the European Communities Act 1972

Not Subject to any Parliamentary Procedure

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 13 September 2002 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.10) (Scotland) Partial Revocation Order 2002 (SSI 2002/421)—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.7) (Scotland) Order 2002 Revocation Order 2002 (SSI 2002/422)—

laid under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 13 September 2002 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Scottish Further Education Funding Council Audit for the year ended 31 March 2002 (SE/2002/262)—

Scottish Higher Education Funding Council Audit for the year ended 31 March 2002 (SE/2002/263)—

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

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

Dumfries and Galloway Health Board Annual Accounts 2001-02 (SE/2002/156)—

Fife Health Board Annual Accounts 2001-02 (SE/2002/157)—

Grampian Health Board Annual Accounts 2001-02 (SE/2002/159)—

Greater Glasgow Health Board Annual Accounts 2001-02 (SE/2002/160)—

Lanarkshire Health Board Annual Accounts 2001-02 (SE/2002/162)—

Lothian Health Board Annual Accounts 2001-02 (SE/2002/163)—

Orkney Health Board Annual Accounts 2001-02 (SE/2002/164)—

Western Isles Health Board Annual Accounts 2001-02 (SE/2002/167)—

Scottish Ambulance Service Board Annual Accounts 2001-02 (SE/2002/174)—

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 18 September 2002 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Argyll & Clyde Acute Hospitals NHS Trust Annual Accounts 2001-02 (SE/2002/125)—

Borders General Hospital NHS Trust Annual Accounts 2001-02 (SE/2002/128)—

Greater Glasgow Primary Care NHS Trust Annual Accounts 2001-02 (SE/2002/136)—

Grampian University Hospitals NHS Trust Annual Accounts 2001-02 (SE/2002/138)—

Lanarkshire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust Annual Accounts 2001-02 (SE/2002/141)—

Tayside Primary Care NHS Trust Annual Accounts 2001-02 (SE/2002/150)—

Ayrshire and Arran Health Board Annual Accounts 2001-02 (SE/2002/154)—

Shetland Health Board Annual Accounts 2001-02 (SE/2002/165)—

Tayside Health Board Annual Accounts 2001-02 (SE/2002/166)—

laid under the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2002

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 13 September 2002—

Justice 2 Committee, 8th Report 2002: Stage 1 Report on the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 645)

Justice 2 Committee, 9th Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 647)

The following Reports were published on 16 September 2002—

Audit Committee, 6th Report 2002: Annual Report of the Audit Committee for the Parliamentary Year 12 May 2001 to 11 May 2002 (SP Paper 623)

Education, Culture and Sport, 13th Report 2002: Annual Report of the Education, Culture and Sport Committee for the Parliamentary Year 12 May 2001 to 11 May 2002 (SP Paper 624)

Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee, 7th Report 2002: Annual Report of the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee for the Parliamentary Year 12 May 2001 to 11 May 2002 (SP Paper 625)

Equal Opportunities Committee, 4th Report 2002: Annual Report of the Equal Opportunities Committee for the Parliamentary Year 12 May 2001 to 11 May 2002 (SP Paper 626)

European Committee, 4th Report 2002: Annual Report of the European Committee for the Parliamentary Year 12 May 2001 to 11 May 2002 (SP Paper 627)

Finance Committee, 4th Report 2002: Annual Report of the Finance Committee for the Parliamentary Year 12 May 2001 to 11 May 2002 (SP Paper 628)

Health and Community Care Committee, 11th Report 2002: Annual Report the Health and Community Care Committee for the Parliamentary Year 12 May 2001 to 11 May 2002 (SP Paper 629)

Justice 1 Committee, 8th Report 2002: Annual Report of the Justice 1 Committee for the Parliamentary Year 12 May 2001 to 11 May 2002 (SP Paper 630)

Justice 2 Committee, 7th Report 2002: Annual Report of the Justice 2 Committee for the Parliamentary Year 12 May 2001 to 11 May 2002 (SP Paper 631)

Local Government Committee, 12th Report 2002: Annual Report of the Local Government Committee for the Parliamentary Year 12 May 2001 to 11 May 2002 (SP Paper 632)

Public Petitions Committee, 1st Report 2002: Annual Report of the Public Petitions Committee for the Parliamentary Year 12 May 2001 to 11 May 2002 (SP Paper 633)

Procedures Committee, 3rd Report 2002: Annual Report of the Procedures Committee for the Parliamentary Year 12 May 2001 to 11 May 2002 (SP Paper 634)

Rural Development Committee, 10th Report 2002: Annual Report of the Rural Development Committee for the Parliamentary Year 12 May 2001 to 11 May 2002 (SP Paper 635)

Social Justice Committee, 5th Report 2002: Annual Report of the Social Justice Committee for the Parliamentary Year 12 May 2001 to 11 May 2002 (SP Paper 636)

Standards Committee, 8th Report 2002: Annual Report of the Standards Committee for the Parliamentary Year 12 May 2001 to 11 May 2002 (SP Paper 637)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 33rd Report 2002: Annual Report of the Subordinate Legislation Committee for the Parliamentary Year 12 May 2001 to 11 May 2002 (SP Paper 638)

Transport and the Environment Committee, 13th Report 2002: Annual Report of the Transport and the Environment Committee for the Parliamentary Year 12 May 2001 to 11 May 2002 (SP Paper 639)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 32nd Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 648)


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