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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 4 No 41 Session 1

Thursday 9 January 2003

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. The Draft Scottish Parliament (Disqualification) Order 2003: The Deputy Minister for Parliament moved S1M-3744—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Scottish Parliament (Disqualification) Order 2003 be approved.

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

2. Council of the Law Society of Scotland Bill – Stage 1: David McLetchie moved S1M-3743—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Council of the Law Society of Scotland Bill.

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

3. Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm (Navigation and Fishing) (Scotland) Bill – Preliminary Stage: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Committee, moved S1M-3728—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm (Navigation and Fishing) (Scotland) Bill and that the bill should proceed as a Private Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 98, Against 12, Abstentions 2).

4. Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3745—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 15 January 2003

2:30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate on Commissioner for Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill

followed by Transport and the Environment Committee Debate on its 15th Report 2002 on Inquiry into the Rail Industry in Scotland

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 16 January 2003

9:30 am Scottish National Party Business

followed by Business Motion

2:30 pm Question Time

3:10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3:30 pm Stage 1 Debate on Dog Fouling (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Wednesday 22 January 2003

2:30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 of Land Reform (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 23 January 2003

9:30 am Continuation of Stage 3 of Land Reform (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

2:30 pm Question Time

3:10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3:30 pm Continuation of Stage 3 of Land Reform (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

and (b) that the Justice 2 Committee and the Transport and the Environment Committee report to the Justice 1 Committee by 17 January 2003 on the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) 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. Review of Child Protection: The Minister for Education and Young People moved S1M-3748—That the Parliament notes the findings of the report of the Child Protection Audit and Review, It’s everyone’s job to make sure I’m alright; expresses concern that, despite examples of good practice in child protection across Scotland, many children and young people are still at risk of abuse and neglect, and supports the Scottish Executive’s plans for a sustained programme of reform, building on effective inter-agency working, and its continued emphasis on closing the opportunity gap for Scotland’s most vulnerable young people.

Irene McGugan moved amendment S1M-3748.2 to motion S1M-3748—

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

"condemns the Scottish Executive’s failure to deal effectively with this problem despite almost four years in government in Scotland, and commends a response based on effective, committed and sustained support of mainstream, front-line child protection services, in both financial and political terms."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 50, Against 66 Abstentions 0).

Bill Aitken moved amendment S1M-3748.1 to motion S1M-3748—

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

"calls for an overhaul of the children's hearings system which would not only better deal with young offenders, but offer greater protection to vulnerable young Scots, and further calls for a substantial increase in the number of police officers visible within our communities to deter and detect crime which would help make all sections of society safer."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 18, Against 98, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to/disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 87, Against 0, Abstentions 29).

7. Substitution on Committees: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3746—That the Parliament agrees the following nominated committee substitutes for the Liberal Democrat Party as permitted under Rule 6.3A—

George Lyon Equal Opportunities Committee

Nora Radcliffe Rural Development Committee

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

9. Breast Cancer Awareness: The Parliament debated S1M-3485 in the name of Mr Keith Harding—That the Parliament congratulates all the voluntary and research agencies involved for their efforts in highlighting Breast Cancer Awareness Month; recognises the importance of continuing research into the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, building upon major advances achieved over past decades; records its thanks to all the medical and ancillary staff involved for their unstinting kindness and support to patients and their families, and considers that the Scottish Executive should ensure that funding is made available for increasing awareness, research, providing treatment and support and all other aspects of breast cancer care.

The meeting closed at 5.52 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

9 January 2003

Appendix

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

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 9 January 2003—

Rural Development Committee, 1st Report 2003: Report on Inquiry into Integrated Rural Development (SP Paper 735)

Finance Committee, 1st Report 2003: Commissioner for Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 738)


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