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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 4 No 21 Session 1

Thursday 3 October 2002

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Standards Committee, Code of Conduct for Members of the Scottish Parliament: Mike Rumbles, on behalf of the Standards Committee, moved S1M-3386—That the Parliament agrees to amend paragraph 10.2.1 of the Code of Conduct for Members of the Scottish Parliament as follows: leave out "MSPs should not communicate any complaint to the press or other media until a decision has been made as to how the complaint is to be dealt with" and insert:

"Disclosure of Complaints

10.2.1A Members should not disclose, communicate or discuss any complaint or intention to make a complaint with members of the press or media prior to the lodging of the complaint or while the Standards Committee is receiving assistance from an adviser appointed under paragraph 10.2.8 in relation to the complaint. The Standards Committee is to be regarded as receiving the assistance of an adviser appointed under paragraph 10.2.8 in relation to a complaint until it has confirmed that no assistance or further assistance from any such adviser will be sought. Where, during the period when the restriction applies, any complaint or intention to make a complaint has been publicised in the press or media without the involvement of the Member who is the subject of the complaint, that Member may issue a brief statement. In doing so, a Member should, as far as possible, avoid discussing details of the complaint or intention to make a complaint."

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 95, Against 5, Abstentions 6).

2. Standards Committee, Report on Replacing the Members’ Interest Order: Proposal for a Committee Bill: Mike Rumbles, of behalf of the Standards Committee, moved S1M-3429—That the Parliament agrees to the proposal for a Committee Bill under Rule 9.15 contained in the Standards Committee’s 7th Report 2002, Replacing the Members’ Interests Order: Proposal for a Committee Bill (SP Paper 621).

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 97, Against 4, Abstentions 4).

3. Standards Committee, Report on Lobbying: Mike Rumbles, of behalf of the Standards Committee, moved S1M-3428—That the Parliament notes the recommendations of the Standards Committee’s 1st Report 2002, Lobbying (SP Paper 507) and agrees to amend section 7 of the Code of Conduct for Members of the Scottish Parliament as set out in Annex E of the report.

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

4. Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3451—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 9 October 2002

2:30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement on National Debate on Education

followed by Executive Debate on the Future of Air Transport in Scotland

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-3419 Michael Matheson: Closure of Prison Officers’ Social Club at HM Prison Polmont

Thursday 10 October 2002

9:30 am Justice 1 Committee Debate on its 6th Report 2002 on the Prison Estates Review

followed by Transport and the Environment Committee Debate on its 4th Report 2002 on Petition PE327 by the Blairingone and Saline Action Group on Organic Waste Spread on Land

followed by Procedures Committee Motion on its 4th Report 2002 on Changes to the Standing Orders of the Scottish Parliament

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

Wednesday 30 October 2002

2:30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate on Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-3388 Kenny MacAskill: 50th Anniversary of the Nordic Council

Thursday 31 October 2002

9:30 am Scottish National Party Business

followed by Business Motion

2:30 pm Question Time

3:10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3:30 pm Stage 1 Debate on Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution in Respect of the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

and (b) that Stage 1 of the Building (Scotland) Bill be completed by 6 December 2002 and that the date for completion of Stage 2 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill be extended to 6 November 2002.

The motion was agreed to.

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

6. Action Against Coronary Heart Disease and Stroke: The Minister for Health and Community Care moved S1M-3450—That the Parliament recognises the unacceptable toll which coronary heart disease and stroke continue to take on Scottish families and communities; acknowledges the role of front-line staff in delivering and developing services for the thousands of people affected each year; supports health improvement initiatives to reduce the incidence of the diseases and the disproportionate burden suffered by the most disadvantaged communities, and looks forward to the development of more integrated services that are backed up by significant and dedicated resources.

Nicola Sturgeon moved amendment S1M-3450.1 to motion S1M-3450—

Insert at end—

"and result in shorter waiting times for patients."

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

Ben Wallace moved amendment S1M-3450.2 to motion S1M-3450—

Insert at end—

"in the context of a reformed health service that empowers patients and expands the number of providers."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 15, Against 88, Abstentions 0).

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to (DT).

7. Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3452—That the Parliament agrees that the Rural Development Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Organic Farming Targets (Scotland) Bill and that the Transport and the Environment Committee be a secondary committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Establishment of Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S1M-3455—That the Parliament agrees to establish a committee of the Parliament as follows:

Name of Committee: Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm (Navigation and Fishing) (Scotland) Bill Committee

Remit: To consider the Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm (Navigation and Fishing) (Scotland) Bill

Duration: Until the Bill is passed, or falls or is otherwise no longer in progress

Convenership: The Convener will be a member of the Labour Party and the Deputy Convener a member of the Scottish National Party

Membership: Colin Campbell, John Home Robertson, Tom McCabe, Jamie McGrigor and Mike Rumbles.

The motion was agreed to.

9. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8 as noted above.

10. Gourock to Dunoon Ferry Service: The Parliament debated S1M-3276 in the name of George Lyon—That the Parliament notes with concern the Executive proposal to restrict Gourock to Dunoon ferry services to passenger-only in the draft Invitation to Tender for Clyde and Hebrides ferry services currently operated by Caledonian MacBrayne; further notes that this proposal undermines action to upgrade Dunoon pier and transport links at Gourock pier; further notes the total opposition of the local community to this proposal, and considers that the Executive should find an alternative proposal that includes a vehicle-carrying ferry and satisfies European competition rules.

The meeting closed at 5.53 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

3 October 2002

Appendix

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

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 3 October 2002—

Social Justice Committee, 8th Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 663)

Equal Opportunities Committee, 5th Report 2002: Analysis of Routine Scrutiny of Legislation (SP Paper 664)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 36th Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 666)

Health and Community Care Committee, 14th Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 667)


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