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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 4 No 19 Session 1

Thursday 26 September 2002

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Business Sustainability in Rural Scotland: Alex Fergusson moved S1M-3418—That the Parliament deplores the failure of the Scottish Executive to arrest the decline of our rural industries; notes that rural business start-ups remain at an unacceptably low level; regrets and deplores the Executive’s continued lack of investment in rural transport and information technology infrastructure and the over-regulation which has resulted in barriers to the regeneration of the rural economy, and calls on the Executive to devolve decision-making powers to a local level while reversing policies which are damaging to rural communities in Scotland.

The Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development moved amendment S1M-3418.2 to motion S1M-3418—

Leave out from "deplores" to end and insert—

"endorses the Scottish Executive’s significant plans for investing in Scotland over the next three years to support economic growth, including sustainable rural development; notes that a strong economy provides the foundation for meeting social justice objectives in respect of increasing opportunities for all, first-class public services and infrastructure, and further endorses the key priorities and long-term actions set out in A Smart, Successful Scotland, the enterprise strategy for urban and rural areas, of helping businesses and communities grow, building global connections, and improving Scotland’s skills base."

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 53, Against 31, Abstentions 1).

Richard Lochhead moved amendment S1M-3418.1 to motion S1M-3418—

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"and recognises that Her Majesty’s Government has ignored the plight of our rural communities and calls for the many powers that it currently has to be transferred to the Parliament in order to boost the rural economy."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 15, Against 70, Abstentions 1).

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 53, Against 30, Abstentions 2).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament endorses the Scottish Executive’s significant plans for investing in Scotland over the next three years to support economic growth, including sustainable rural development; notes that a strong economy provides the foundation for meeting social justice objectives in respect of increasing opportunities for all, first-class public services and infrastructure, and further endorses the key priorities and long-term actions set out in A Smart, Successful Scotland, the enterprise strategy for urban and rural areas, of helping businesses and communities grow, building global connections, and improving Scotland’s skills base.

2. Impact on Transport of the Comprehensive Spending Review: David Mundell moved S1M-3422—That the Parliament recognises that increased investment in transport infrastructure is essential to providing the best business environment to generate growth and investment in Scotland; regrets that since Labour came to power in Scotland in 1997 there has been a failure to deliver any meaningful infrastructure or public transport improvements; further regrets that the Scottish Executive continues to prefer spin and wish-lists to costed plans and timescales for delivery, and calls on the Executive to provide full details, including the cost and timetable, for completion of each commitment outlined in the recent Spending Review which included the Scottish Passenger Rail Franchise, rail links to Glasgow and Edinburgh airports, public transport improvements across Central Scotland, A8 and A80 motorway upgrades, improvements to the existing trunk road network and tackling the congestion problems in Aberdeen.

The Deputy Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning moved amendment S1M-3422.2 to motion S1M-3422—

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"welcomes the increase in spending that the Scottish budget settlement for 2003-06 provides for transport as one of the Scottish Executive’s five key priority areas and recognises that these resources lay the foundation for priority projects set out in the Transport Delivery Report that will transform Scotland’s transport infrastructure over the next decade, delivering a sustainable transport system fit for the 21st century, which supports business and economic growth and meets the needs of all in society."

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 53, Against 29, Abstentions 2).

Kenny MacAskill moved amendment S1M-3422.1 to motion S1M-3422—

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"and calls for the Parliament to be given all powers necessary to allow these and other required transport and infrastructure improvements to be properly implemented."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 13, Against 70,

Abstentions 1).

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 53, Against 18, Abstentions 12).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament welcomes the increase in spending that the Scottish budget settlement for 2003-06 provides for transport as one of the Scottish Executive’s five key priority areas and recognises that these resources lay the foundation for priority projects set out in the Transport Delivery Report that will transform Scotland’s transport infrastructure over the next decade, delivering a sustainable transport system fit for the 21st century, which supports business and economic growth and meets the needs of all in society.

3. Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3420—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

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 – debate on the subject of S1M-3263 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: Development of RAF Turnhouse Site

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 Debate on Action Against Coronary Heart Disease and Stroke

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-3276 George Lyon: Gourock to Dunoon Ferry Service

Wednesday 9 October 2002

2:30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 10 October 2002

9:30 am Justice 1 Committee Debate on its 6th Report on the Prison Estates Review

followed by Transport and Environment Committee’s Debate on its 4th Report on Petition PE327 by the Blairingone and Saline Action Group on Organic Waste Spread on Land

followed by Business Motion

2:30 pm Question Time

3:10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3:30 pm Executive Debate on Closing the Opportunity Gap

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-3407 Rhoda Grant: European Capital of Culture Bid – Inverness Highland 2008

and (b) that Stage 1 of the Mental Health (Scotland) Bill be completed by 13 December 2002, that Stage 1 of the Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Bill be completed by 20 December 2002, that Stage 1 of the Homelessness etc. (Scotland) Bill be completed by 20 December 2002 and that Stage 1 of the Proportional Representation (Local Government Elections) (Scotland) Bill be completed by 31 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. Race Equality: The Minister for Social Justice moved S1M-3423—That the Parliament recognises the importance of tackling racism, prejudice and inequality as integral to promoting an inclusive, confident and prosperous Scotland that retains and attracts talent from different cultures and backgrounds and welcomes the anti-racism and race equality work being done by the Executive and other national and local bodies.

Michael Matheson moved amendment S1M-3423.2 to motion S1M-3423—

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"and recognises the importance of fully resourcing these bodies in order to sustain their efforts over the long term."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 16, Against 51, Abstentions 19).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

6. Approval of SSIs: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3421—That the Parliament agrees that the following Orders be approved —

the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act 2002 (Amendment) Order 2002;

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

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.11) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/388).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Substitution on Committees: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3425—That the Parliament agrees the following nominated committee substitutes for the Labour Party as permitted under Rule 6.3A—

Karen Whitefield Equal Opportunities Committee

Wendy Alexander Finance Committee

Trish Godman Procedures Committee

Scott Barrie Public Petitions Committee

Jackie Baillie Subordinate Legislation Committee

Janis Hughes Audit Committee

Marilyn Livingstone Education, Culture and Sport Committee

Kate Maclean Justice 1 Committee

Angus MacKay Local Government Committee

John McAllion Rural Development Committee

Elaine Thomson Enterprise and Lifelong Learning

Committee

Tom McCabe Health and Community Care Committee

Sylvia Jackson Justice 2 Committee

Sarah Boyack Social Justice Committee

Karen Gillon Standards Committee

Helen Eadie Transport and the Environment Committee

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2, 5, 6 and 7 as noted above.

10. New CancerBACUP Scotland Centre Opened: The Parliament debated S1M-3387 in the name of Brian Fitzpatrick—That the Parliament congratulates CancerBACUP Scotland on opening its new centre in Glasgow to provide information and support to anyone affected by cancer; recognises that cancer is one of Scotland's biggest public health problems; notes that CancerBACUP's specialist nurses answer more than 50,000 questions a year on all types of cancer and that the new centre will enable the charity to answer an extra 18,000 enquiries every year, and applauds the efforts of the Sunday Mail and people all over Scotland in raising funds for this initiative to support cancer patients and their families and friends.

The meeting closed at 5.40 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

26 September 2002

Appendix

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

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 26 September 2002 and is subject to annulment

The National Health Service (General Medical Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/438)

laid under the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 25 September 2002 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Audit Scotland Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2002 and Auditor’s Report Thereon (SP Paper 660)

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 26 September 2002 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Deer Commission for Scotland Annual Report 2001-02 (SE/2002/266)

laid under the Deer (Scotland) Act 1996

Statistical Bulletin: Prison Statistics Scotland 2001 (SE/2002/279)—

Statistical Release: Criminal Appeal Statistics Scotland 2001 (SE/2002/280)—

laid under the Police (Scotland) Act 1967 as amended by the Police and Magistrates’ Courts Act 1994

Committee Reports

The following Report was published on 26 September 2002

Local Government Committee, 14th Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 659)


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