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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 4, No 30 Session 1

Wednesday 20 November 2002

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Professor Abd al-Fattah El-Awaisi, Vice-Chancellor of Al-Maktoum Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies, Dundee, led Time for Reflection.

2. Protection of Children (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Minister for Education and Young People moved S1M-3369—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Protection of Children (Scotland) Bill.

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

3. Protection of Children (Scotland) Bill – Financial Resolution: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services moved S1M-3436—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Protection of Children (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any expenditure payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund in consequence of the Act.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

4. Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3597—That the Parliament agrees as a revision to the programme of business agreed on 14 November 2002—

Thursday 21 November 2002

after—

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

insert—

"followed by Executive Debate on Extradition Bill - UK Legislation"

The motion was agreed to.

5. May 2003: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved
S1M-3604—That the Parliament agrees to meet in The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh during the period from 12 - 29 May 2003.

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

6. Designation of Lead Committee: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3605—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the following regulations—

the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/494);

the Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/495); and

the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) (Fees) Amendment Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/496).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Designation of Lead Committee: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3606—That the Parliament agrees that the Rural Development Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the following regulations—

the draft Cairngorms National Park Designation, Transitional and Consequential Provisions (Scotland) Order 2003, and

the draft Cairngorms National Park Elections (Scotland) Order 2003.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7 as noted above.

9. Mis-selling of Utilities: The Parliament debated S1M-3486 in the name of Duncan McNeil—That the Parliament notes the proposal of energy regulator, Ofgem, to penalise London Electricity for failing to prevent its sales staff from mis-selling products to customers; expresses concern over the high-pressure selling tactics employed by representatives of certain utility companies; believes that vulnerable members of the public are entitled to protection from such practices; seeks clarification over what safeguards are currently in place and how these are enforced, and considers that the industry, the Scottish Executive and all interested parties should undertake a concerted effort to put an end to underhand sales practices and restore public confidence in the utilities market.

The meeting closed at 5.46 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

20 November 2002

Appendix

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

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 20 November 2002 for approval by resolution

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 15) (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/511)

laid under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

Not Subject to any Parliamentary Procedure

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 20 November 2002 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.10) (Scotland) Revocation Order 2002 (SSI 2002/510)

laid under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 15 November 2002 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Report of an Investigation into a Complaint Against Coatbridge and Airdrie Doctors on Call and Lanarkshire Primary Care NHS Trust – ref. S.29/01-02 (SPSO/2002/2)

laid under the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act 2002

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 20 November 2002 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Council of Tribunals Annual Report 2001-02 (SE/2002/283)

laid under the Tribunals and Inquiries Act 1992 and the Scotland Act 1998

Committee Reports

The following Report was published on 15 November 2002

Education, Culture and Sport Committee, 15th Report 2002: Stage 1 Report on the Protection of Children (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 689)

The following Report was published on 18 November 2002

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 41st Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 690)

The following Report was published on 19 November 2002

Equal Opportunities Committee, 7th Report 2002: Literature Review of Research on Gender Inequality in Scotland (SP Paper 691)

 


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