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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 4, No 53 Session 1

Thursday 20 February 2003

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3921—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 26 February 2003

9:30 am Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business

11:00 am Executive Debate on Educational Attainment of Looked After Children

2:00 pm Stage 3 of Title Conditions (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-3898 Dr Richard Simpson: New Forth Road Bridge Crossing Near Kincardine

Thursday 27 February 2003

9:30 am Preliminary Stage Debate on National Galleries of Scotland Bill

followed by Stage 1 Debate on Prostitution Tolerance Zones (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

2:30 pm Question Time

3:10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3:30 pm Executive Debate on the European Year of the Disabled

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Wednesday 5 March 2003

9:30 am Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

2:00 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 of Homelessness (Scotland) Bill

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 6 March 2003

9:30 am Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party 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 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 4 March 2003 on the draft General Commissioners of Income Tax (Expenses) (Scotland) Regulations 2003 and that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 4 March 2003 on the draft Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exclusions and Exceptions) (Scotland) Order 2003.

The motion was agreed to.

2. Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill and Building (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3927— That the Parliament agrees that, during today's Stage 3 proceedings on the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill and the Building (Scotland) Bill, debate on each part of those proceedings shall be brought to a conclusion by the time-limits indicated (each time-limit being calculated from when today's Stage 3 proceedings on the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill begin and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when the meeting of the Parliament is suspended)—

Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill

Groups 22 and 23 - no later than 40 minutes

Groups 24 to 30 - no later than 1 hour 45 minutes

Motion to pass the Bill - no later than 2 hours 15 minutes

Building (Scotland) Bill

Groups 1 to 5 - no later than 3 hours 10 minutes

Groups 6 to 12 - no later than 4 hours 10 minutes

Motion to pass the Bill - 4 hours 40 minutes

The motion was agreed to.

3. Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3 (Day 2).

The following amendments were agreed to (without division): 73, 8, 109, 16, 17, 42 and 48.

The following amendments were agreed to (by division)—

71 (For 66, Against 28, Abstentions 2)

72 (For 67, Against 28, Abstentions 2)

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

101 (For 27, Against 68, Abstentions 2)

102 (For 26, Against 67, Abstentions 2)

103 (For 29, Against 69, Abstentions 2)

104 (For 37, Against 61, Abstentions 2)

74 (For 30, Against 70, Abstentions 1)

75 (For 39, Against 59, Abstentions 0)

76 (For 36, Against 61, Abstentions 0)

Amendments 108 and 81 were moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn.

Other amendments were not moved.

4. Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice moved S1M-3730—That the Parliament agrees that the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill be passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 71, Against 0, Abstentions 15).

5. Building (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 62, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 63, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 2, 64, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60 and 61.

Amendment 1 was disagreed to (by division: For 24, Against 66, Abstentions 0)

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

7. Building (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Deputy Minister for Social Justice moved S1M-3757—That the Parliament agrees that the Building (Scotland) Bill be passed.

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

8. Approval of Special Grant Report: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3917—That the Parliament agrees that the Special Grant Report No.1: Special Grant for Scotland Asylum Seeker Assistance - Report by Scottish Ministers (SE/2003/15) be approved.

The motion was agreed to.

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 Thursday 20 February 2003 be taken at 4.14 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

10. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 4, 7 and 8 as noted above.

11. Member’s Business: The Parliament debated S1M-3860 in the name of Andrew Welsh—That the Parliament applauds the pioneering work of the Arbroath CAFE Project which provides an invaluable service for young people in the area; notes that a safe, community alcohol-free environment was established where young people could socialise and engage in a wide range of activities, providing a positive alternative to "life on the street"; recognises the success of the project which has received national and international recognition and is being used as a model for projects elsewhere in the country and further afield; congratulates the project on its involvement with the British Council’s global Dreams and Teams project and on its plans to launch a pilot scheme, "Street Football for All" to take place throughout Angus with a view to becoming a national project, and wishes the CAFE Project every success with both these initiatives and in continuing to provide opportunities for young people and the wider community.

The meeting closed at 4.54 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

20 February 2003

Appendix

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

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 20 February 2003—

Education, Culture and Sport Committee, 2nd Report 2003: Report on Inquiry into the role of educational and cultural policy in supporting and developing Gaelic, Scots and minority languages in Scotland (SP Paper 778)

Subordinate Legislation Committee 18th Report 2003: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 779)


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