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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 4, No 45

Thursday 23 January 2003

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Motion without Notice: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice under Rule 8.1.2 of Standing Orders, that motion S1M-3797 be taken at this meeting of the Parliament.

The motion was agreed to.

2. Land Reform (Scotland) Bill–Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3797-That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill, debate on each part of the proceedings shall be brought to a conclusion by the time-limits indicated (each time-limit being calculated from when the Stage begins and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when the meeting of the Parliament is suspended or otherwise not in progress)-

Groups 10 - no later than 2 hours 35 minutes
Groups 11 to 13 - no later than 3 hours 25 minutes
Groups 14 to 18 - no later than 4 hours
Groups 19 to 21- no later than 4 hours 30 minutes
Groups 22 to 27 - no later than 5 hours 30 minutes
Groups 28 and 29 - no later than 6 hours
Group 30 - no later than 6 hours 30 minutes
Groups 31 to 34 - no later than 7 hours 30 minutes

Motion to pass the Bill - 8 hours

The motion was agreed to.

3. Land Reform (Scotland) Bill–Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3 (Day 2).

The following amendments were agreed to (without division): 81, 82, 83, 84, 86, 87, 88A, 88, 170, 89A, 89, 90, 91, 92A, 92B, 93, 94, 95, 171, 100, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 174, 143, 144, 145, 148, 149, 150, 151, 152, 153, 175.

The following amendments were agreed to (by division)—

83A (For 88, Against 14, Abstentions 0)

85 (For 77, Against 27, Abstentions 0)

92G (For 92, Against 17, Abstentions 0)

92I (For 93, Against 17, Abstentions 0)

92 (For 83, Against 27, Abstentions 0)

96 (For 79, Against 24, Abstentions 1)

97 (For 87, Against 17, Abstentions 1)

98 (For 89, Against 18, Abstentions 0)

172 (For 80, Against 24, Abstentions 0)

173 (For 83, Against 25, Abstentions 0)

99 (For 90, Against 18, Abstentions 0)

101 (For 88, Against 15, Abstentions 1)

113 (For 93, Against 16, Abstentions 0)

119 (For 89, Against 17, Abstentions 0)

141 (For 89, Against 15, Abstentions 0)

142 (For 76, Against 29, Abstentions 0)

146 (For 91, Against 17, Abstentions 0)

147 (For 88, Against 17, Abstentions 0)

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

83B (For 26, Against 77, Abstentions 0)

85A (For 42, Against 62, Abstentions 0)

42 (For 15, Against 90, Abstentions 0)

92C (For 46, Against 64, Abstentions 0)

186 (For 29, Against 80, Abstentions 0)

187 (For 25, Against 80, Abstentions 1)

188 (For 28, Against 81, Abstentions 0)

44 (For 16, Against 93, Abstentions 0)

45 (For 18, Against 89, Abstentions 0)

189 (For 24, Against 79, Abstentions 0)

191 (For 24, Against 83, Abstentions 0)

193 (For 30, Against 77, Abstentions 0)

196 (For 44, Against 63, Abstentions 0)

199 (For 41, Against 65, Abstentions 1)

200 (For 27, Against 80, Abstentions 0)

203 (For 27, Against 78, Abstentions 0)

214 (For 31, Against 81, Abstentions 0)

207 (For 28, Against 79, Abstentions 0)

55 (For 16, Against 94, Abstentions 0)

1 (For 16, Against 89, Abstentions 0)

Amendments 195, 213 and 208 were moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn.

Other amendments were not moved.

4. Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3787—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) as a revision to the programme of business agreed on 16 January 2003—

Thursday 23 January 2003

after "3.30 pm Continuation of Stage 3 of Land Reform (Scotland) Bill" insert—

"followed by Financial Resolution in respect of Commissioner for Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill"

(b) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 29 January 2003

2:30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 of Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

7:00 pm Decision Time

Thursday 30 January 2003

9:30 am Green Party and Scottish Socialist Party Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-3753 Gordon Jackson: Regeneration of the Clyde

2:30 pm Question Time

3:10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3:30 pm Stage 1 Debate on the Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill

followed by Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body's nomination for the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner

followed by Standards Committee motion on changes to the Code of Conduct

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-3766 Murdo Fraser: British Cattle Movement Service

Wednesday 5 February 2003

2:30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 of Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 6 February 2003

9:30 am Stage 1 Debate on Proportional Representation (Local Government Elections) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Stage 1 Debate on Organic Farming Targets (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

2:30 pm Question Time

3:10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3:30 pm Debate on Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2003

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

(c) that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 28 January 2003 on the draft Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Investigations: Code of Practice) (Scotland) Order 2003 and on the draft Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Disclosure of Information to and by Lord Advocate and Scottish Ministers) Order 2003; and

(d) that Stage 1 of the Proportional Representation (Local Government Elections) (Scotland) Bill be completed by 7 February 2003.

The motion was agreed to.

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

6. Land Reform (Scotland) Bill–Stage 3: The Parliament resumed consideration of the Bill at Stage 3 (Day 2).

The following amendments were agreed to (without division): 154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164 and 165.

The following amendments were agreed to (by division)—

176 (For 95, Against 22, Abstentions 0)

211 (For 98, Against 18, Abstentions 0)

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

58 (For 18, Against 97, Abstentions 0)

6 (For 18, Against 95, Abstentions 0)

8 (For 16, Against 97, Abstentions 0)

9 (For 18, Against 98, Abstentions 0)

11 (For 18, Against 96, Abstentions 0)

38 (For 17, Against 96, Abstentions 0)

59 (For 18, Against 99, Abstentions 0)

60 (For 18, Against 97, Abstentions 0)

13 (For 18, Against 99, Abstentions 0)

210 (For 32, Against 85, Abstentions 0)

Amendment 215 was moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn.

Other amendments were not moved.

7. Land Reform (Scotland) Bill–Stage 3: The Minister for Environment and Rural Development moved S1M-3780—That the Parliament agrees that the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill be passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 101, Against 19, Abstentions 0).

8. Motion without Notice: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that S1M-3798 be taken at this meeting of Parliament.

The motion was agreed to.

9. Decision Time: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3798-That the Parliament agrees under Rule 11.2.4 of Standing Orders that Decision Time on Thursday 23 January 2003 be taken at 5.15 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

10. Commissioner for Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill – Financial Resolution: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services moved S1M-3781—That the Parliament, for the purpose of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Commissioner for Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill, agrees to the expenditure out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund of the expenses of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body in respect of—

(a) the appointment of the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland;

(b) salary and allowances of, and pension for, the Commissioner; and

(c) the administrative costs (including staff salaries and other staff costs) incurred in the exercise of the Commissioner’s functions.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

11. Approval of SSI: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3791—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Extended Sentences for Violent Offenders (Scotland) Order 2003 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

12. Approval of SSI: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3792—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2003 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

13. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 6, 9, 10 and 11 as noted above.

14. Rural Communities and Renewable Energy: The Parliament debated S1M-3751 in the name of George Lyon—That the Parliament welcomes the ambitious targets set by the Scottish Executive for renewable energy generation; recognises the potential job benefits to be gained from a Scottish manufacturing support base for renewable energy; further recognises the crucial importance of communities benefiting from wind farms and other renewable energy developments in their areas; notes the growing number of wind farm planning applications across rural Scotland; notes with concern the hostile reception such applications have received from members of the local community, who perceive no benefit to the community; further notes that benefits can be delivered through community ownership, rental income, reduced electricity bills or other methods, and considers that the Executive should ensure that the Scottish economy and affected communities benefit from the expansion of renewable energy.

The meeting closed at 5.59 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

23 January 2003

Appendix

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

 

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 23 January 2003 and is subject to annulment

The Tobacco Advertising and Promotion (Sponsorship Transitional Provisions) (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/34)

laid under the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Act 2002

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 23 January 2003 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Covert Surveillance Draft Code of Practice (SE/2003/7)—

The Use of Covert Human Intelligence Sources Draft Code of Practice (SE/2003/8)—

laid under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Act 2000

The Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2003: Report by Scottish Ministers (SE/2003/16)

laid under the Local Government Finance Act 1992

Committee Reports

The following Report was published on 23 January 2003

Rural Development Committee, 3rd Report 2003: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 752)


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