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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 4 No 27 Session 1

Thursday 7 November 2002

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Social Justice made a statement on housing.

2. Forestry in Scotland: The Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development moved S1M-3541—That the Parliament notes the report of the Interdepartmental Review Group on Forestry; welcomes the proposed changes to the administrative arrangements for forestry in Scotland contained in that report; notes the proposals by an industry wide steering group for a new Scottish Forestry Grants Scheme, and believes these changes will help achieve the objectives set out in the Scottish Forestry Strategy.

Fergus Ewing moved amendment S1M-3541.2 to motion S1M-3541—

Leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert—

"but believes that the Scottish Executive has failed to acknowledge the significant contribution to the Scottish economy of the timber and forest products industry and, in particular, in respect of the existing devolved functions of the Executive, further believes that it has failed to recognise the importance of the urgent need to improve the road network used for forestry extraction, of an effective policy of procurement to encourage the Scottish national industry interest, of effective promotion of biomass to assist in the achievement of more economic means of supplying energy from renewable sources and of the encouragement and active promotion of the use of wood as a building material."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 44, Against 58, Abstentions 0).

Alex Fergusson moved amendment S1M-3541.1 to motion S1M-3541—

Leave out from "and believes" to end and insert—

"but condemns the Scottish Executive’s failure to address the practical problems which face the Scottish forestry industry, particularly with regard to transport; further notes that the Executive has failed to set and promote robust planting targets or to plan for the impending doubling of timber output over the next 10 to 15 years, and urges the Executive to give greater priority to the issues which so concern what is now the third biggest industry in Scotland."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 17, Against 86, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to (( DT) by division: For 58, Against 43, Abstentions 1).

3. Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3549—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 13 November 2002

2:30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 of Debt Arrangement and Attachment (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

7:00 pm Decision Time

Thursday 14 November 2002

9:30 am Scottish National Party Debate on Poverty

followed by Scottish National Party Debate on Crime

followed by Business Motion

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-3522 Johann Lamont: Regulation of Private Security Firms

2:30 pm Question Time

3:10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3:30 pm Executive Debate on National Cultural Strategy

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-3416 Shona Robison: Licensing Scheme for Fireworks

Wednesday 20 November 2002

2:30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate on Protection of Children (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of the Protection of Children (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 21 November 2002

9:30 am Stage 1 Debate on Title Conditions (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of Title Conditions (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

2:30 pm Question Time

3:10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3:30 pm Executive Debate on Scottish Executive Response to Foot and Mouth Disease Inquiries

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

(b) that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 19 November 2002 on the Discontinuance of Legalised Police Cells (Ayr) Rules 2002 (SSI 2002/472);

(c) that Stage 2 of the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Bill be completed by 11 December 2002 and that Stage 2 of the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Bill be completed by 17 December 2002; and

(d) that the Preliminary Stage of the Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm (Navigation and Fishing) (Scotland) Bill be completed by 24 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. Quality of Life: The Minister for Finance and Public Services moved
S1M-3543—That the Parliament supports the work of the Scottish Executive, the all-party group on quality of life, local authorities and other stakeholders to improve the quality of life in Scotland’s communities, notably the allocation to local authorities of 95 million this year and a further 180 million for the next three years to improve the local environment and the quality of people’s daily lives.

Tricia Marwick moved amendment S1M-3543.1 to motion S1M-3543—

Insert at end—

", but notes COSLA’s concerns over the funding of core services."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 42, Against 58, Abstentions 2).

Keith Harding moved amendment S1M-3543.2 to motion S1M-3543—

Leave out from "notably" to end and insert—

"but regrets that measures being taken are likely to prove ineffective unless a much more robust approach is taken to issues of disorder, vandalism and violence which afflict far too many of them."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 16, Against 62, Abstentions 24).

The motion was then agreed to.

6. Approval of SSI: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3550—That the Parliament agrees that the Codes of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock: Animal Health and Biosecurity (SE/2002/273) be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3551—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Prostitution Tolerance Zones (Scotland) Bill and that the Justice 1 and Justice 2 Committees be secondary committees.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Membership of Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3552—That the Parliament agrees that Bruce Crawford be appointed to replace Adam Ingram on the Transport and the Environment Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

10. Nuisance to Communities Caused by Seagulls: The Parliament debated S1M-3499 in the name of David Mundell—That the Parliament notes that seagulls are causing an increasing nuisance in communities across Scotland and believes that the Scottish Executive should develop best practice guidance on how to tackle the problems associated with seagulls.

The meeting closed at 5.45 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

7 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 7 November 2002 for approval by resolution

The Budget (Scotland) Act 2002 Amendment Order 2002

laid under the Budget (Scotland) Act 2002

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 7 November 2002 and are subject to annulment—

The Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/494)—

The Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/495)—

The Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) (Fees) Amendment Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/496)—

laid under the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 7 November 2002 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting for Scotland Accounts 2001-02 (SE/2002/299)

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

Scotland’s Budget Documents 2002-03 - Autumn Revision: Budget (Scotland) (No.3) Act 2002 for the year ending 31 March 2003 (SE/2002/309)

SPCB Papers

The following document was published on 7 November 2002

Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Annual Report May 2001 – May 2002 (SP Paper 684)

Committee Reports

The following Report was published on 7 November 2002

Health and Community Care Committee, 16th Report 2002: Report on Subordinate legislation (SP Paper 685)


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