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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 4, No 57

Thursday 6 March 2003

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Scottish Executive’s Record: David McLetchie moved S1M-3986—That the Parliament notes that four years of government by Labour and the Liberal Democrats in Scotland have not achieved the better public services and stronger economy that people in both our urban and rural communities were led to expect and believes that Scotland needs an Executive that will undertake a coherent programme of reform designed to boost Scotland's economic performance and improve our public services by reducing the burden of tax and red tape, empowering parents, professionals and local communities and increasing choice and accountability.

The Minister for Parliament moved amendment S1M-3986.2 to motion S1M-3986—

leave out from "not achieved" to end and insert—

"delivered a clear record of achievement which includes, amongst many other accomplishments, a full legislative programme and Executive action in urban and rural areas that has led to record investment in the health service, the abolition of tuition fees, the introduction of free personal care for older people, nursery places for all three- and four-year-olds whose parents want them, record numbers of police, an increase in the seizure of class "A" drugs by 173%, freezing business rates, rates relief for small businesses and a substantial programme for long-term investment in transport; notes that Scotland has achieved the lowest level of unemployment for 25 years, and further believes that the next Parliament will have every opportunity to build upon the foundations laid in this first session for a prosperous, confident Scotland."

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 68, Against 46, Abstentions 4).

Roseanna Cunningham moved amendment S1M-3986.1 to motion S1M-3986—

leave out from "notes" to end and insert—

"regrets that four years of government by Labour and the Liberal Democrats in Scotland have failed to improve on the disastrous record of 18 years of Conservative rule; notes that since the Labour/Liberal Executive came to power, hospital waiting lists have grown longer, violent crime has risen, one in three children live in poverty and the economy has recorded the lowest level of growth anywhere in the European Union; recognises that a change of government is essential to reverse the decline in public services, and believes that only with the normal powers of an independent Parliament will Scotland be able to release its full potential."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 31, Against 86, Abstentions 2).

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 68, Against 48, Abstentions 3)

Accordingly, Parliament agreed— That the Parliament notes that four years of government by Labour and the Liberal Democrats in Scotland have delivered a clear record of achievement which includes, amongst many other accomplishments, a full legislative programme and Executive action in urban and rural areas that has led to record investment in the health service, the abolition of tuition fees, the introduction of free personal care for older people, nursery places for all three- and four-year-olds whose parents want them, record numbers of police, an increase in the seizure of class "A" drugs by 173%, freezing business rates, rates relief for small businesses and a substantial programme for long-term investment in transport; notes that Scotland has achieved the lowest level of unemployment for 25 years, and further believes that the next Parliament will have every opportunity to build upon the foundations laid in this first session for a prosperous, confident Scotland.

2. Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3976— That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 12 March 2003

9:30 am Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 of Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Bill

2:30 pm Continuation of Stage 3 of Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-3953 Dr Richard Simpson: New Forth Road Bridge Crossing Near Kincardine

Thursday 13 March 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

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

3:30 pm Stage 3 of Dog Fouling (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-3932 David Mundell: Post Office Card Accounts

Wednesday 19 March 2003

9:30 am Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 of Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Bill

2:30 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Continuation of Stage 3 Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 20 March 2003

9:30 am Continuation of Stage 3 of Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

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 Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Motion on Sexual Offences Bill – UK Legislation

Motion on Railways and Transport Safety Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-3897 Kenneth Gibson: Suicide Emergency Telephone Hotline.

and (b) that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 17 March 2003 on the Sheriff Court Fees Amendment Order 2003 (SSI 2003/97) and that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 17 March 2003 on the draft Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exclusions and Exceptions) (Scotland) Order 2003.

The motion was agreed to.

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

4. Gaelic Language (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: Michael Russel moved S1M-3618—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Bill.

The member has provided the following translation—

Gu bheil a’ Phàrlamaid a' toirt taic do phrionnsabalan coitcheann Bile Cànan na Gàidhlig (Alba).

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

5. Approval of SSI: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3977—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Act 2000 (Modification of Enactments) Order 2003 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT)

6. Approval of SSI: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3978—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Water Undertakings (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT)

7. Approval of SSI: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3979—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Non-Domestic Rating (Petrol Filling Stations, Public Houses and Hotels) (Scotland) Order 2003 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT)

8. Approval of SSI: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3980—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2003 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT)

9. Approval of SSI: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3981—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Regulations 2003 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT)

10. Approval of SSI: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3982—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2003 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT)

11. Approval of SSI: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3998—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2002 Amendment Order 2003 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT)

12. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 as noted above.

13. Scotland’s Fair Trade Towns: The Parliament debated S1M-3691 in the name of Linda Fabiani—That the Parliament congratulates the towns of Strathaven and Aberfeldy on becoming Scotland’s first fair trade towns; recognises the vision of both South Lanarkshire and Perth and Kinross councils in this regard; commends the commitment of the respective fair trade groups in achieving this status, and notes that fair trade can be beneficial to both national and international suppliers and consumers.

The meeting closed at 5.46 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

6 March 2003

Appendix

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

 

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 6 March 2003 and are subject to annulment—

The Scotland Act 1998 (Agency Arrangements) (Specification) Order 2003 (SI 2003/.407 (S.3)

laid under the Scotland Act 1998

The Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Act 2000 (Register of Interests) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/135)

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

The Council Tax (Liability of Owners) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/137)

laid under the Local Government Finance Act 1992

The Local Government Pension Scheme (Management and Investment of Funds) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/138)

laid under the Superannuation Act 1972

Committee Reports

The following Report was published on 6 March 2003

Rural Development Committee, 5th Report 2003: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 813)

 


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