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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 4, No 23 Session 1

Thursday 10 October 2002

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Justice 1 Committee, Report on Prison Estates Review: Christine Grahame, on behalf of the Justice 1 Committee, moved S1M-3438—That the Parliament notes the 6th Report, 2002 of the Justice 1 Committee, Report on the Prison Estates Review (SP Paper 612).

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

2. Transport and Environment Committee, Report on Petition PE327 by the Blairingone and Saline Action Group on Organic Waste Spread on Land: Bristow Muldoon, on behalf of the Transport and Environment Committee, moved S1M-3465—That the Parliament notes the 4th Report 2002 of the Transport and the Environment Committee, Report on Petition PE327 by the Blairingone and Saline Action Group on Organic Waste Spread on Land (SP Paper 528).

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

3. Procedures Committee, Changes to Standing Orders concerning the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner, European Committee remit, Private Legislation, Temporary Conveners and the Journal of the Scottish Parliament: Murray Tosh, of behalf of the Procedures Committee, moved S1M-3460—That the Parliament agrees the recommendations for changes to the Standing Orders of the Scottish Parliament concerning the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner contained in the Procedures Committee’s 4th Report 2002, Changes to Standing Orders concerning the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner, European Committee remit, Private Legislation, Temporary Conveners and the Journal of the Scottish Parliament (SP Paper 665), and agrees that these changes shall come into effect on 14 October 2002.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

4. Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3476—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

 

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

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Wednesday 6 November 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 7 November 2002

9:30 am Executive Business

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

(b) that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 28 October 2002 on the Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) (Fees) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2002, the Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002 and on the Criminal Legal Aid (Fixed Payments) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2002;

and (c) that Stage 1 of the Organic Farming Targets (Scotland) Bill be completed by 7 February 2003 and that Stage 2 of the Local Government in Scotland Bill be completed by 28 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. Closing the Opportunity Gap: The Minister for Social Justice moved S1M-3477—That the Parliament welcomes the document Closing the Opportunity Gap: Scottish Budget for 2003-2006, which shows how the Executive’s spending plans, as set out in Building a Better Scotland – Spending Proposals 2003-2006: What the money buys, will deliver a better life for the most disadvantaged people and communities in Scotland and agrees that the Executive’s social justice spending plans for the next three years will improve outcomes for those people and communities, through investing in their homes and neighbourhoods.

Linda Fabiani moved amendment S1M-3477.2 to motion S1M-3477—

Leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert—

"notes the failure of the Scottish Executive to make any improvement in the field of social justice; further notes its inability to close the opportunity gap; agrees that the lack of adequate powers of the Executive and the Parliament perpetuates inequalities, and calls for the return of full parliamentary powers to Scotland."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 27, Against 71, Abstentions 0).

Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh moved amendment S1M-3477.1 to motion S1M-3477—

Leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert—

"notes the document Closing the Opportunity Gap: Scottish Budget for 2003-2006; believes that the Scottish Executive’s centralised, target-based approach will prevent the most vulnerable from realising their full potential, and further notes that the best way to close the opportunity gap is to offer vulnerable people real choice and diversity through reform of public services and to promote a low-tax market economy which creates jobs and allows our vulnerable people to lift themselves out of the poverty trap, thereby delivering a better life for all."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 13, Against 61, Abstentions 26).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 59, Against 14, Abstentions 27).

7. Approval of SSI: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3480—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.12) (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/430) be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

10. European Capital of Culture Bid – Inverness Highland 2008: The Parliament debated S1M-3407 in the name of Rhoda Grant—That the Parliament notes the on-going competition to decide the United Kingdom’s nominee for the European Capital of Culture in 2008; further notes that Inverness Highland 2008 is the sole Scottish bid; recognises the imaginative plans that the bid team have proposed including capitalising on the Highlands’ unique culture and the development of a cultural plan; further recognises the immense economic, social and cultural benefits that a successful bid would bring to Inverness and the Highlands, and considers that, as this is the sole Scottish bid, the Scottish Executive, MSPs, government agencies and the wider Scottish society should do all in their power to support the bid and promote a successful outcome.

The meeting closed at 5.53 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

10 October 2002

Appendix

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

 

 

Committee Reports

The following Report was published on 10 October 2002

Health and Community Care Committee, 15th Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 671)

 


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