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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 4 No 31

Thursday 21 November 2002

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Title Conditions (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice moved S1M-3188—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Title Conditions (Scotland) Bill.

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

2. Title Conditions (Scotland) Bill – Financial Resolution: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services moved S1M-3588—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Title Conditions (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).

3. Extradition Bill – UK Legislation: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice moved S1M-3608—That the Parliament notes the provisions of the Extradition Bill and agrees that those provisions conferring Executive functions on the Scottish Ministers in relation to extradition should be considered by the UK Parliament.

Christine Grahame moved amendment S1M-3608.1 to motion S1M-3608—

Insert at end—

"with the exception of provisions implementing the European Framework Decision on the European Arrest Warrant in the Extradition Bill which should be dealt with by the Scottish Parliament, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to bring forward legislation implementing the Framework Decision that reflects the particular nature of the Scottish legal system."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 28, Against 75, Abstentions 0).

After debate, the motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 76, Against 26, Abstentions 0).

4. Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3598—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 27 November 2002

2:30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee Debate on its 9th Report 2002 on Lifelong Learning

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-3565 John Swinney: A9 - Perth to Inverness

Thursday 28 November 2002

9:30 am Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business

followed by Executive Debate on Waste and Emissions Trading Bill - UK Legislation

followed by Business Motion

2:30 pm Question Time

3:10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3:30 pm Executive Debate on Domestic Abuse

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-3580 Bill Aitken: Glasgow Acute Health Services Review

Wednesday 4 December 2002

2:30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Finance Committee Debate on its 5th Report 2002 on PPP/PFI

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 5 December 2002

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

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of Building (Scotland) Bill

followed by 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

and (b) that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 25 November 2002 on the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) Regulations 2002, the Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002 and the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) Fees Amendment Regulations 2002 and that the Transport and the Environment Committee reports to the Rural Development Committee by 6 December 2002 on 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.

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

6. Scottish Executive Response to Foot-and-Mouth Disease Inquiries: The Minister for Environment and Rural Development moved S1M-3602—That the Parliament notes the conclusions and recommendations of the Lessons to be Learned, Royal Society and Royal Society of Edinburgh inquiries into foot-and-mouth disease and welcomes the Scottish Executive response which builds on their recommendations and aims to develop a framework for reducing the risk of importing infectious diseases, reducing the vulnerability of livestock and minimising the impact of any future outbreak to give better protection to Scotland’s valuable livestock industry.

Fergus Ewing moved amendment S1M-3602.2 to motion S1M-3602—

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

"; welcomes the fact that the Scottish Parliament was able to deal with the foot-and-mouth crisis more efficiently than it was tackled in England; endorses many of the proposals contained within the Scottish Executive response to the inquiries but considers that insufficient progress has been made to tighten import controls; believes that emergency vaccination should be deployed in any future outbreak, that there should be a total transfer to Scotland of all necessary power to handle any such outbreak and that the continued application of the 20-day rule is creating significant difficulties for Scottish farmers and crofters, and considers that the restrictions on access to the countryside were retained for far too long and had a severe impact upon the rural economy of many parts of Scotland."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 27, Against 75, Abstentions 1).

Alex Fergusson moved amendment S1M-3602.1 to motion S1M-3602—

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

"; regrets the late publication of the Scottish Executive’s response to the inquiries and the curtailment of the debate on the issue; considers the response to be vague and urges the Executive to clarify its position on key issues such as the future use of vaccinations; calls on the Executive to produce clear evidence that it is working urgently with Her Majesty’s Government to reduce the risk of importing infectious diseases, and seeks reassurance that the outcome of the inquiries will form the basis for continuing vigilance and regular updated contingency arrangements in the event of a future outbreak."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 14, Against 87, Abstentions 2).

After debate, the motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 61, Against 1, Abstentions 41).

7. Approval of SSI: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3599—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2002 Amendment Order 2002 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3607—That the Parliament agrees that the Education, Culture and Sport Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Bill and that the Local Government Committee be a secondary committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

10. Affordable Rural Housing: The Parliament debated S1M-3538 in the name of John Farquhar Munro—That the Parliament notes the shortfall in affordable housing in rural areas for rent or for purchase particularly for young families; acknowledges that, in part, the cause of this can be traced to second home ownership; believes that in order to maintain a sustainable future for rural Scotland measures must be taken to encourage young people and families to remain in their communities, and considers that the Parliament should review the provision of socially rented housing as well as the extent of second home ownership throughout rural Scotland.

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

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 6.01 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

21 November 2002

Appendix

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

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 21 November 2002 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Scottish Public Pensions Agency Annual Report and Accounts 2001-02 (SE/2002/264)

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

Further Education in Scotland: A Report by the Scottish Ministers (SE/2002/327)

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 21 November 2002—

European Committee, 5th Report 2002: Report on an Inquiry into Scotland’s Representation in the European Union (SP Paper 676)

Procedures Committee, 6th Report 2002: Changes to Standing Orders concerning Written Parliamentary Questions and the Languages of Public Petitions (SP Paper 693)

Standards Committee, 9th Report 2002: Report on the Scottish Parliament and Business Exchange (SP Paper 694)


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