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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 4 No 46 Session 1

Wednesday 29 January 2003

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Patricia Johnston, China Field Officer – Scottish Churches China Group, led Time for Reflection.

2. Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion: Euan Robson moved S1M-3825—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Bill, debate on each part of the Stage 3 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 proceedings are suspended)—

Group 1 – no later than 1 hour
Groups 2 and 3 – no later than 1 hour 40 minutes
Groups 4 to 6 – no later than 2 hours 10 minutes
Group 7 – no later than 2 hours 25 minutes
Group 8 – no later than 2 hours 35 minutes
Group 9 – no later than 2 hours 50 minutes
Groups 10 and 11 – no later than 3 hours 10 minutes

Motion to pass the Bill – 3 hours 40 minutes

The motion was agreed to.

3. Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3814—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) as a revision to the programme of business agreed on 23 January 2003—

Wednesday 29 January 2003

after first Parliamentary Bureau Motions, insert—

"followed by Ministerial Statement on Educating for Excellence – Choice and Opportunity"

Thursday 30 January 2003

delete,

"followed by Business Motion"

(b) the following programme of business—

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

6:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-3612 Trish Godman: Tackling Under Age Drinking

Thursday 6 February 2003

9:30 am Debate on Local Government Bill – UK Legislation

followed by 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 – debate on the subject of S1M-3765 Nicola Sturgeon: Removal of Thimerosal in Vaccines

Wednesday 12 February 2003

9:30 am Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish National Party Business

2:30 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 of Protection of Children (Scotland) Bill

followed by Executive Debate on Fisheries

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

7:00 pm Decision Time

Thursday 13 February 2003

9:30 am Justice 2 Committee Debate on its 4th Report 2003: Report on the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service Inquiry

followed by Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee Debate on its 1st Report 2003: Report on the Future of Tourism in Scotland

followed by Business Motion

followed by Members’ Business

2:30 pm Question Time

3:10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3:30 pm Stage 3 of the Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill

followed by Stage 1 on Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

and (c) that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 4 February 2003 on the draft Child Support Appeals (Jurisdiction of Courts) (Scotland) Order 2003, the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Prescription of Offices, Ranks and Positions) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2003 and the Police and Police (Special Constables) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003.

The motion was agreed to.

4. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Education and Young People made a statement on Educating for Excellence – Choice and Opportunity.

5. Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22 and 23.

Amendment 19 was agreed to (by division: For 63, Against 39, Abstentions 0).

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

29 (For 39, Against 65, Abstentions 1)

83 (For 26, Against 80, Abstentions 0).

Amendment 82 was moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn.

6. Ministerial Statement: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice made a statement on the firefighters’ dispute.

7. Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Parliament resumed consideration of the Bill at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 30, 24, 25, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 26, 80, 27, 28 and 81.

The remaining amendment was not moved.

8. Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland Bill) – Stage 3: The Minister for Environment and Rural Development moved S1M-3707—That the Parliament agrees that the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Bill be passed.

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

9. Decision Time: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved a motion without notice that the Parliament agrees under rule 11.2.4 of Standing Orders that Decision Time on Wednesday 29 January 2003 be brought forward to 6.41 pm.

10. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on item 8 as noted above.

The meeting closed at 6.42 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

29 January 2003

Appendix

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

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 24 January 2003 for approval by resolution

The Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/42)

laid under the Local Government Finance Act 1992

The following instruments were laid in draft before the Parliament on 29 January 2003 for approval by resolution—

The Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 2003

laid under the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987

The Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Act 2000 (Modification of Enactments) Order 2003

laid under the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Act 2000

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 29 January 2003 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Scottish Executive Letter to Convener of Audit Committee: Progress Report on Audit Committee Recommendations (SE/2003/17)

The Housing Support Grant Order 2003-04: Report by Scottish Ministers (SE/2003/18)

laid under the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987

Hospital Cleaning: Report and Executive Summary by the Auditor General for Scotland (AGS/2003/2)

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

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 24 January 2003—

Local Government Committee, 3rd Report 2003: Report on Inquiry into Renewing Local Democracy (SP Paper 748)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 6th Report 2003: Delegated Powers Scrutiny: Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2 (SP Paper 754)

Health and Community Care Committee, 2nd Report 2003: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 755)

The following Report was published on 28 January 2003

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 7th Report 2003: Delegated Powers Scrutiny: Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2 (SP Paper 756)

The following Reports were published on 29 January 2003—

Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee, 1st Report 2003: Report on the Future of Tourism in Scotland (SP Paper 740)

Transport and the Environment Committee, 2nd Report 2003: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 757)

 


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