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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 4 No 26 Session 1

Wednesday 6 November 2002

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: The Reverend Moira MacCormick, Minister at Buchlyvie and Gartmore, led Time for Reflection.

2. Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3544—That the Parliament agrees as a revision to the Business Programme agreed on 30 October 2002—

Wednesday 6 November 2002

after first Parliamentary Bureau Motions, delete—

"followed by Ministerial Statement"

Thursday 7 November 2002

delete—

"9:30 am Executive Debate on the Scottish Executive Response to Foot and Mouth Disease Inquiries"

and insert—

"9:30 am Ministerial Statement on Housing

followed by Executive Debate on Forestry in Scotland"

The motion was agreed to.

3. Flexibility and Innovation in Schools: The Minister for Education and Young People moved S1M-3536—That the Parliament is committed to raising standards in education and closing the opportunity gap; acknowledges that A Teaching Profession for the 21st Century encourages greater local flexibility for schools in delivery of the National Priorities in Education; welcomes the contribution made by innovative projects in the Future Learning and Teaching programme to addressing issues such as the transition from primary to SI/SII, as well as new approaches to ICT and modern languages, and supports the Executive in its aim of ensuring that every school is a centre of excellence.

Michael Russell moved amendment S1M-3536.1 to motion S1M-3536—

Insert at end—

"but regrets that the Executive seems unable to take on board ideas which will make a real difference in the medium and long term such as the need for a substantial lowering in class sizes, particularly in the early years of primary, the simplification of the Scottish exam system, the review of 5-14 with the aim of creating more flexibility and less pressure, the building and development of a collective and collegiate view of school management as envisaged in the McCrone agreement (which should also involve parents and young people), and other major topics, but instead seeks to apply spin and hype to a First Minister’s vision of education that is lacking in vision and depth and does not constructively address the main issue of providing the best education possible for every child in Scotland."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 49, Against 61, Abstentions 0).

Mr. Brian Monteith moved amendment S1M-3536.3 to motion S1M-3536—

Insert at end—

"and believes that greater flexibility should include giving new opportunities for children to study a wider range of courses, including those at further education colleges, from the age of 14."

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 107, Against 4, Abstentions 0).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 80, Against 0, Abstentions 30).

Accordingly the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament is committed to raising standards in education and closing the opportunity gap; acknowledges that A Teaching Profession for the 21st Century encourages greater local flexibility for schools in delivery of the National Priorities in Education; welcomes the contribution made by innovative projects in the Future Learning and Teaching programme to addressing issues such as the transition from primary to SI/SII, as well as new approaches to ICT and modern languages, and supports the Executive in its aim of ensuring that every school is a centre of excellence and believes that greater flexibility should include giving new opportunities for children to study a wider range of courses, including those at further education colleges, from the age of 14.

4. Meeting of the Parliament: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3545—That the Parliament agreed under Rules 2.2.4, 2.2.5 and 2.2.6(a) of the Standing Orders that the meeting of the Parliament on Wednesday 13 November 2002 may continue beyond 7.00 pm.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

5. Decision Time: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3546—That the Parliament agrees under Rule 11.2.4 of the Standing Orders that Decision Time on Wednesday 13 November 2002 shall begin at 7.00 pm.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6. Suspension of Standing Orders: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3547—That the Parliament agrees that Rule 5.6.1 (c) of the Standing Orders be suspended for the duration of the meeting of the Parliament on Wednesday 13 November 2002.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3548—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Discontinuance of Legalised Police Cells (Ayr) Rules 2002 (SSI 2002/472).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8.Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 as noted above.

9. Science and the Parliament: The Parliament debated S1M-3454 in the name of Dr Sylvia Jackson—That the Parliament welcomes the "Science and the Parliament" event being held on Wednesday 6 November 2002, organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry in association with Scotland's leading science organisations; notes the contribution of Scotland's 40,000 scientists to our economic, environmental and social development; further notes that Scotland is a world leader in many scientific disciplines; congratulates Scotland's scientists for their excellent ratings in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise; welcomes the Scottish Executive's science strategy set out in A Science Strategy for Scotland and the efforts to foster an environment which enhances student participation in science, to invest in the science infrastructure and equipment of our educational establishments, to increase investment in research along with supporting greater industrial research and assisting in the practical application of our world-beating research, and believes that the Executive should take measures to reverse the downward trend and ensure that more students are choosing to study science at higher grade and degree level.

10. Motion Without Notice: David Davidson moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended by 15 minutes.

The meeting closed at 6.16 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

6 November 2002

Appendix

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

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 5 November 2002 for approval by resolution

The Genetically Modified Organisms (Deliberate Release) (Scotland) Regulations 2002

laid under the European Communities Act 1972

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 6 November 2002 and are subject to annulment—

The Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Crops, Food and Feeding Stuffs) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/489)

laid under the European Communities Act 1972

The Large Combustion Plants (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/493)

laid under the Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 1 November 2002 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Caledonian MacBrayne Annual Report and Accounts 2001-02 (SE/2002/224)—

David MacBrayne Ltd. Annual Report and Accounts 2001-02 (SE/2002/268)—

Caledonian MacBrayne Holdings Ltd. Annual Report and Accounts 20001-02 (SE/2002/269)—

laid under the Transport (Scotland) Act 1989

National Museums of Scotland Annual Report 2001-02 (SE/2002/311)

laid under the National Lottery (Scotland) Act

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 4 November 2002 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Report of an Investigation into a complaint against Tayside Primary Care NHS Trust: Ref. no. S.207/00-01 (SPSO/2002/1)

laid under the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act 2002

National Library of Scotland Annual Report 2001-02 (SE/2002/314)

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 6 November 2002 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

How government works in Scotland: A Report by the Auditor General for Scotland (AGS/2002/6)

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

Fisheries Research Services Annual Report and Accounts 2001-02 (SE/2002/124)

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

Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland Annual Report 2001-02 (SE/2002/190)

laid under the Mental Health (Scotland) Act 1984

Audit Committee 5th Report 2002, Report on Public Accounts: Scottish Executive Update (SE/2002/312)

Meat and Livestock Commission Annual Report 2002 (SE/2002/318)

laid under the Agriculture Act 1967

Committee Reports

The following Report was published on 1 November 2002

Social Justice Committee, 10th Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 681)

The following Report was published on 4 November 2002

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 38th Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 683)


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