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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 4 No 17 Session 1

Thursday 19 September 2002

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Debt Arrangement and Attachment (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Minister for Social Justice moved S1M-3085—That the Parliamentagrees to the general principles of the Debt Arrangement and Attachment (Scotland) Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 80, Against 4, Abstentions 28).

2. Debt Arrangement and Attachment (Scotland) Bill – Financial Resolution: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services moved S1M-3102—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Debt Arrangement and Attachment (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any increase in expenditure payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund in Consequence of the Act.

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

3. Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3405—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 25 September 2002

2:30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Education, Culture and Sport Committee Debate on the Committee's Report on proposed Commissioner for Children and Young People Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-3357 Mary Scanlon: Importance of Primary Care

Thursday 26 September 2002

9:30 am Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business

followed by Business Motion

2:30 pm First Minister's Question Time

3:10 pm Question Time

3:30 pm Executive Debate on Race Equality

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-3387 Brian Fitzpatrick: New CancerBACUP Scotland Centre Opened in Glasgow

Wednesday 2 October 2002

2:30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate on Local Government in Scotland Bill

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of the Local Government in Scotland Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 3 October 2002

9:30 am Standards Committee Debate on the Code of Conduct for Members of the Scottish Parliament: Disclosure of Complaints

followed by Standards Committee Debate on its 7th Report 2002 on Replacing the Members' Interests Order: Proposal for a Committee Bill

followed by Standards Committee Debate on its 1st Report 2002 on Lobbying

followed by Business Motion

2:30 pm Question Time

3:10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3:30 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

and (b) that Stage 1 of the Protection of Children (Scotland) Bill be completed by 22 November 2002 and that Stage 1 of the Council of the Law Society of Scotland Bill be completed by 17 January 2003.

The motion was agreed to.

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

5. Role of Culture in the Educational Development of Young People: The Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport moved S1M-3401—That the Parliament recognises the value of participation in cultural activities by Scotland’s young people; believes that the development of creativity and the expressive arts is essential to Scotland’s success in the 21st century, and welcomes the commitment of the Scottish Executive to increase the opportunities for all young people to take action to engage with Scotland’s rich and vibrant culture.

Brian Monteith moved amendment S1M-3401.1 to motion S1M-3401—

Leave out from "the development" to end and insert—

"more can be done to open up opportunity for learning about and participating in expressive arts, and recognises the importance of schools in this process."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 46, Against 65, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

6. Motion without Notice: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that motion S1M-3411 be taken at this meeting of the Parliament.

The motion was agreed to.

7. Approval of SSIs: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3411—That the Parliament agrees that the following Orders be approved—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (No.3) (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/408);

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

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.10) (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/357)

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3403—That the Parliament agrees that the Social Justice Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Homelessness etc. (Scotland) Bill and that the Local Government Committee be a secondary committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9. Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3404—That the Parliament agrees that the Health and Community Care Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Mental Health (Scotland) Bill and that the Justice 1 Committee, the Justice 2 Committee and the Local Government Committee be secondary committees.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10. Membership of Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3409—That the Parliament agrees the following—

Rhona Brankin to replace Scott Barrie on the Audit Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

11. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10 as noted above.

12. Supporting Crofting in the Highlands and Islands: The Parliament debated S1M-3352 in the name of Tavish Scott—That the Parliament notes the importance of crofting to the Highlands and Islands; welcomes the publication of the White Paper on crofting reform and encourages crofters to participate in the consultation now underway; further notes the level of agricultural returns to crofting businesses and supports the agri-environmental focus that the Environmentally Sensitive Area scheme has brought to many crofting counties, and encourages continuing support to crofting through such measures as the Crofting Counties Agricultural Grants scheme.

The meeting closed at 5.54 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

19 September 2002

Appendix

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

New Bills introduced on 18 September 2002

Building (Scotland) Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to make further provision with respect to buildings, building standards, work in relation to buildings and related matters; and for connected purposes. (SP Bill 65) (Executive Bill)

Introduced by: Ms Margaret Curran

Supported by: Hugh Henry

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 65-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 65-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 19 September 2002 for approval by resolution

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.12) (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/430)

laid under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

Not Subject to any Parliamentary Procedure

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 19 September 2002 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.5) (Scotland) Revocation Order 2002 (SSI 2002/431)

laid under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 19 September 2002 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Highland Primary Care NHS Trust Annual Accounts 2001-02 (SE/2002/140)—

Lothian Primary Care NHS Trust Annual Accounts 2001-02 (SE/2002/144)—

Renfrewshire & Inverclyde Primary Care NHS Trust Annual Accounts 2001-02 (SE/2002/147)—

West Lothian Healthcare NHS Trust Annual Accounts 2001-02 (SE/2002/151)—

Argyll and Clyde Health Board Annual Accounts 2001-02 (SE/2002/153)—

Forth Valley Health Board Annual Accounts 2001-02 (SE/2002/158)—

Highland Health Board Annual Accounts 2001-02 (SE/2002/161)—

Common Services Agency Annual Accounts 2001-02 (SE/2002/169)—

laid under section 22(5) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland Annual Report 2001-02 (SE/2002/216)

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 19 September 2002—

Social Justice Committee, 6th Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 649)

Education, Culture and Sport Committee, 14th Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 650)

Enterprise and Lifelong Learning, 8th Report 2001: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 651)

Health and Community Care Committee, 13th Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 652)


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