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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 4, No 25 Session 1

Thursday 31 October 2002

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Broadcasting and the Media: Michael Russell moved S1M-3507—That the Parliament recognises the vital importance of broadcasting and the print media to the cultural, social and economic life of Scotland and expresses its concern that the present devolution settlement prevents it from legislating in order to secure diversity of ownership and appropriate modern broadcasting regulation in Scotland.

The Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport moved amendment S1M-3507.1 to motion S1M-3507—

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"; recognises the importance to Scotland of UK, Scottish and regional television programming and production; believes that these interests are enhanced by diversity in media ownership, and believes that it is vital that the relevant regulatory bodies reflect those Scottish interests in respect of UK broadcasting regulations and other media matters."

Brian Monteith moved amendment S1M-3507.2 to motion S1M-3507—

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"; believes that the public interest is best protected by maximising competition and liberalising the current strict laws that apply to the media; supports the principle that such matters are dealt with at a UK level but considers that the current regulatory structure is detrimental to the growth and prosperity of the sector, and supports the right of broadcasters and publishers to make their own commercial decisions with the minimum possible interference from the state."

After debate, amendment S1M-3507.1 was agreed to/disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 65, Against 49, Abstentions 1). As a result, amendment S1M-3507.2 was pre-empted.

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 67, Against 46, Abstentions 1).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament recognises the vital importance of broadcasting and the print media to the cultural, social and economic life of Scotland and recognises the importance to Scotland of UK, Scottish and regional television programming and production; believes that these interests are enhanced by diversity in media ownership, and believes that it is vital that the relevant regulatory bodies reflect those Scottish interests in respect of UK broadcasting regulations and other media matters.

2. Fishing: Richard Lochhead moved S1M-3511—That the Parliament recognises that sustainable fisheries are essential for the well-being of our fishing communities but rejects any advice to close Scotland’s mixed fishery as part of a cod recovery plan given the devastating and unjustifiable impact that such a measure would have on our fishing communities and associated sectors; calls on the Scottish Executive to work in partnership with the fishing industry with a view to drawing up proposals for the future management of all fish stocks; notes that technical conservation measures and the recent decommissioning scheme have not been fully taken into account; further notes that other states that fish Scottish waters, or impact on local stocks, have a duty to adopt similar measures including a reduction in the industrial fishery, and believes that any further measures, for which the necessary funding should be made available, should be delayed given that they would be most effectively generated through the new mechanisms proposed as part of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy that will be adopted in a matter of weeks and that Scotland should seek to officially lead the UK delegation during forthcoming European negotiations on which the future of the fishing industry depends.

The Minister for Environment and Rural Development moved amendment S1M-3511.2 to motion S1M-3511—

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"rejects the wholesale closure of Scottish fishing grounds as politically unacceptable and economically ruinous for Scotland’s fishing communities; welcomes the fact that the Scottish Executive is working in close collaboration with the Scottish fishing industry to identify alternative approaches, and urges all concerned to pursue a longer-term strategy that will reverse the historic decline in key fish stocks and secure a sustainable basis for our fisheries-dependent communities."

Jamie McGrigor moved amendment S1M-3511.1 to motion S1M-3511—

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"regrets that this latest crisis comes on the back of the announcement that Scotland is to receive only 2% of the total allowable catch for deep water species on the west coast of Scotland, and believes that we need to restore national and local control and management of our waters to ensure sensible conservation measures and to protect the interests of Scotland’s fishermen."

After debate, amendment S1M-3511.2 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 80, Against 34, Abstentions 1). As a result, amendment S1M-3511.1 was pre-empted.

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

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament rejects the wholesale closure of Scottish fishing grounds as politically unacceptable and economically ruinous for Scotland's fishing communities; welcomes the fact that the Scottish Executive is working in close collaboration with the Scottish fishing industry to identify alternative approaches, and urges all concerned to pursue a longer-term strategy that will reverse the historic decline in key fish stocks and secure a sustainable basis for our fisheries-dependent communities.

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

4. Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Bill − Stage 1: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services moved S1M-3224—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Bill.

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

5. Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Bill − Financial Resolution: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services moved S1M-3349—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any increase in the sums payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund in consequence of the Act.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6. Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3515—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the draft Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986 Amendment Regulations 2002.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3516—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Combined Police Area Amalgamation Schemes 1995 Amendment (No.2) (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/458).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Membership of Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S1M-3517—That the Parliament agrees that Sarah Boyack be appointed to replace Paul Martin on the Audit Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 as noted above.

10. Edinburgh Waverley Station: The Parliament debated S1M-3406—That the Parliament notes the importance of Edinburgh Waverley Station to the national rail network; welcomes plans for the development of regional and local services across central Scotland; further notes that current projections state that the station will reach its capacity in 2003; recognises the station’s significance as part of the historic core of Scotland's capital city and its potential as a modern, accessible transport interchange; further welcomes proposals to upgrade the station to enable the significant expansion of rail provision on the east coast, and encourages the Scottish Executive to continue to work in partnership with Her Majesty's Government, City of Edinburgh Council, the Strategic Rail Authority and the railway industry to accelerate the delivery of this vital project.

11. Motion without Notice: Murray Tosh moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended until 6.00 pm.

 

The meeting closed at 6.00 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

31 October 2002

Appendix

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

 

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 31 October 2002 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Annual Report and Accounts 2001-02 (SE/2002/211)

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

Report of the Interception of Communications Commissioner for 2001 (SE/2002/300)

laid under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000

sportscotland Lottery Fund Annual Report 2001-02 (SE/2002/310)

laid under the National Lottery etc. Act 1993

Committee Reports

The following Report was published on 31 October 2002

Rural Development Committee, 12th Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 680)

 


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