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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 4 No 62 Session 1

Wednesday 26 March 2003

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Time for Reflection: The Reverend Samuel Siroky, Minister of Ettrick and Yarrow Parish, led Time for Reflection.

2. The Scottish Economy: The Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning moved S1M-4057—That the Parliament endorses the Scottish Executive’s policy to increase the sustainable growth of Scotland’s economy over the long term as set out in A Smart, Successful Scotland and believes that this, along with the investment in Scottish transport infrastructure outlined in Building Better Transport and the introduction of education for work and enterprise for every pupil at every stage of school to create a culture of aspiration and entrepreneurship, will deliver increased prosperity, thus providing resources for first-class public services and a more socially just and sustainable Scotland.

Andrew Wilson moved amendment S1M-4057.1 to motion S1M-4057—

Leave out from "endorses" to end and insert

"believes that a dramatic improvement on the underperformance of the Scottish economy should be the top priority of Scotland’s leaders and calls for all parties to work together to place growth and competitiveness at the top of our national agenda; supports initiatives such as set out in A Smart, Successful Scotland and effective investment in infrastructure and skills improvement but believes more must be done to deliver maximum growth and a competitive advantage for the Scottish economy; calls on all parties to support positive reform of the Scottish Enterprise network and a reduction in Scottish business rates to below the United Kingdom rate in the course of the next session of the Parliament, and believes that the optimal policy to release Scotland’s full economic potential requires the Scottish government to be equipped with the same competitive policy tools as Scotland’s independent competitors focussed on delivering the maximum possible competitive advantage for the Scottish economy."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 27, Against 74, Abstentions 1).

Miss Annabel Goldie moved amendment S1M-4057.2 to motion S1M-4057—

leave out from first "Scottish" to end and insert

"objectives of A Smart, Successful Scotland and, while welcoming the introduction of education for work and enterprise within Scottish schools, expresses concern that, at the end of the first devolved parliamentary session, business start-ups have declined, business regulation has intensified, strategic transport investment has been neglected and business rates have increased, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to recreate a competitive business environment by increasing the annual transport budget by 100 million, cutting the business rate poundage to the level of England and taking pro-active steps to reduce the burden of red tape on Scottish business."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 14, Against 86, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 60, Against 43, Abstentions 2).

3. Promotion of First Division Champions: The Parliament debated S1M-3999 in the name of Dennis Canavan—That the Parliament believes that promotion to the Scottish Premier League should be based on footballing merit rather than arbitrarily set criteria that discriminate against clubs of modest means and therefore believes that the Scottish Premier League should ensure that the champions of the First Division of the Scottish Football League are given the opportunity of promotion to the Scottish Premier League provided they have guaranteed use of a suitable stadium, whether through ownership or lease or a ground-sharing arrangement.

4. Council of the Law Society of Scotland Bill, Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Bill, National Galleries of Scotland Bill and Commissioner for Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-4062—That the Parliament agrees that, during the Stage 3 and Final Stage proceedings on the Council of the Law Society of Scotland Bill, Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Bill, National Galleries of Scotland Bill and Commissioner for Children and Young People (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 the Stage 3 proceedings on the Council of the Law Society of Scotland Bill begin and excluding any periods when the meeting of the Parliament is suspended)—

Council of the Law Society of Scotland Bill

Motion to pass the Bill – no later than 30 minutes

Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Bill

Amendment 1 and motion to pass the Bill – no later than 40 minutes

National Galleries of Scotland Bill

Amendments 1 to 4 and motion to pass the Bill – no later than 1 hour and 20 minutes

Commissioner for Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill

Groups 1 to 3 and motion to pass the Bill – no later than 2 hours and 25 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

5. Council of the Law Society of Scotland Bill – Stage 3: David McLetchie moved S1M-4055—That the Parliament agrees that the Council of the Law Society of Scotland Bill be passed.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6. Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

Amendment 1 was agreed to without division.

7. Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Lord Advocate moved S1M-4004—That the Parliament agrees that the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Bill be passed.

The motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 96, Against 2, Abstentions 1).

8. National Galleries of Scotland Bill – Final Stage: The Bill was considered at Final Stage.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 1, 2, 3, 4

9. National Galleries of Scotland Bill – Final Stage: Rhona Brankin, on behalf of the National Galleries of Scotland Bill Committee, moved S1M-4018—That the Parliament agrees that the National Galleries of Scotland Bill be passed.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10. Commissioner for Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill — Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

Amendment 3 was agreed to without division.

The following amendments were moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn: 2 and 1.

11. Commissioner for Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: Karen Gillon, on behalf of the Education, Culture and Sport Committee, moved S1M-3862—That the Parliament agrees that the Commissioner for Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill be passed.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

12. Scottish Executive’s Nominations to the European Economic and Social Committee: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services moved S1M-4058—That the Parliament notes with regret the resignation of Professor Robert Grant Baird from the United Kingdom delegation to the European Union’s Economic and Social Committee and endorses the Scottish Executive proposal to nominate Mr Brendan Burns, Dr Grahame Wright and Mr Anthony Tucker to the delegation to the committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

13. Decision Time: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that, under Rule 11.2.4 of Standing Orders, Decision Time on Wednesday 26 March 2003 be taken at 4.40 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

14. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 5, 7, 9, 11 and 12 as noted above.

15. Island Transport: The Parliament debated S1M-4003 in the name of Tavish Scott—That the Parliament recognises that reliable, regular and affordable air and sea transport links are vital to the social and economic well-being of the Scottish islands; welcomes the proposal from the Highlands and Islands Strategic Transport Partnership for improved air services in the Highlands and Islands backed by public service obligations; believes that the introduction of public service obligations provides an opportunity to ensure that the specified air services’ timetables link in with those for ferry and bus services, and considers that the Scottish Executive should take this opportunity to provide the islands with a properly integrated transport service.

The meeting closed at 5.37 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

26 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 21 March 2003 and are subject to annulment—

The TSE (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/198)

laid under the European Communities Act 1972

The Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Act 2000 (Register of Interests) Amendment Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/203)

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

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 26 March 2003 and is subject to annulment

The National Health Service (Optical Charges and Payments) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/218)

laid under the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 24 March 2003 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Coatbridge College: Annual Report of the Board of Management and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2002 (SE/2003/32)—

Telford College: Annual Report of the Board of Management and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2002 (SE/2003/36)—

Glasgow College of Nautical Studies: Annual Report of the Board of Management and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2002 (SE/2003/42)—

Langside College: Annual Report of the Board of Management and Accounts for the year ended 31 July 2002 (SE/2003/49)—

Reid Kerr College: Annual Report of the Board of Management and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2002 (SE/2003/58)—

Stevenson College: Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2002 (SE/2003/60)—

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 25 March 2003 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Scotland’s Census 2001: Key Statistics for Settlements and Localities Scotland (SE/2003/68)—

Scotland’s Census 2001: Reference Volume (SE/2003/69)—

laid under the Census Act 1920

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Report of an Investigation into a Complaint Against South Glasgow University Hospitals NHS Trust (S.195/01-02) (SPSO/2003/5)

laid under the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act 2002

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 26 March 2003 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Moray College: Annual Report of the Board of Management and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2002 (SE/2003/52)—

North Glasgow College: Annual Report of the Board of Management and Accounts for the year ended 31 July 2002 (SE/2003/54)—

Perth College: Annual Report of the Board of Management and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2002 (SE/2003/57)—

West Lothian College: Annual Report of the Board of Management and Accounts for the year ended 31 July 2002 (SE/2003/62)—

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

Costs, Sentencing Profiles and the Scottish Criminal Justice System, 2001 (SE/2003/75)

Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2001-02 Audit of Lauder College (SE/2003/79)

Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2001-02 Audit of Kilmarnock College (SE/2003/80)

Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2001-02 Audit of John Wheatley College (SE/2003/81)

Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2001-02 Audit of Borders College (SE/2003/82)

Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2001-02 Audit of Inverness College (SE/2003/83)

Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2001-02 Audit of Moray College (SE/2003/85)

Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2001-02 Audit of North Glasgow College (SE/2003/86)

Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2001-02 Audit of Perth College (SE/2003/87)

Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2001-02 Audit of West Lothian College (SE/2003/88)

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 21 March 2003—

Justice 1 Committee, 3rd Report 2003: Report on inquiry into alternatives to custody (SP Paper 826)

Justice 2 Committee, 8th Report 2003: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 829)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 24th Report 2003: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 830)

The following reports were published on 25 March 2003—

Scottish Commission for Public Audit, 1st Report 2003: Report on the Functions of the Commission (SP Paper 831)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 25th Report 2003: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 832)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 26th Report 2003: Delegated Powers Scrutiny: Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2 (SP Paper 833)

The following reports were published on 26 March 2003—

Audit Committee, 3rd Report 2003: Annual Report of the Audit Committee for the Parliamentary Year 12 May 2002 to 26 March 2003 (SP Paper 791)

Education, Culture and Sport Committee, 8th Report: 2003: Annual Report of the Education, Culture and Sport Committee for the Parliamentary Year 12 May 2002 to 26 March 2003 (SP Paper 792)

Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee, 2nd Report 2003: Annual Report of the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee for the Parliamentary Year 12 May 2002 to 26 March 2003 (SP Paper 793)

Equal Opportunities Committee, 2nd Report 2003: Annual Report of the Equal Opportunities Committee for the Parliamentary Year 12 May 2002 to 26 March 2003 (SP Paper 794)

European and External Relations Committee, 1st Report 2003: Annual Report of the European and External Relations Committee for the Parliamentary Year 12 May 2002 to 26 March 2003 (SP Paper 795)

Finance Committee, 5th Report 2003: Annual Report of the Finance Committee for the Parliamentary Year 12 May 2002 to 26 March 2003 (SP Paper 796)

Health and Community Care Committee, 5th Report 2003: Annual Report of the Health and Community Care Committee for the Parliamentary Year 12 May 2002 to 26 March 2003 (SP Paper 797)

Justice 1 Committee, 6th Report: 2003: Annual Report of the Justice 1 Committee for the Parliamentary Year 12 May 2002 to 26 March 2003 (SP Paper 798)

Justice 2 Committee, 10th Report 2003: Annual Report of the Justice 2 Committee for the Parliamentary Year 12 May 2002 to 26 March 2003 (SP Paper 799)

Local Government Committee, 8th Report 2003: Annual Report of the Local Government Committee for the Parliamentary Year 12 May 2002 to 26 March 2003 (SP Paper 800)

Procedures Committee, 4th Report 2003: Annual Report of the Procedures Committee for the Parliamentary Year 12 May 2002 to 26 March 2003 (SP Paper 801)

Public Petitions Committee, 1st Report 2003: Annual Report of the Public Petitions Committee for the Parliamentary Year 12 May 2002 to 26 March 2003 (SP Paper 802)

Rural Development Committee, 6th Report 2003: Annual Report of the Rural Development Committee for the Parliamentary Year 12 May 2002 to 26 March 2003 (SP Paper 803)

Social Justice Committee, 3rd Report 2003: Annual Report of the Social Justice Committee for the Parliamentary Year 12 May 2002 to 26 March 2003 (SP Paper 804)

Standards Committee, 2nd Report 2003: Annual Report of the Standards Committee for the Parliamentary Year 12 May 2002 to 26 March 2003 (SP Paper 805)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 27th Report 2003: Annual Report of the Subordinate Legislation Committee for the Parliamentary Year 12 May 2002 to 26 March 2003 (SP Paper 806)

Transport and the Environment Committee, 4th Report 2003: Annual Report of the Transport and the Environment Committee for the Parliamentary Year 12 May 2002 to 26 March 2003 (SP Paper 807)

Audit Committee, 3rd Report 2003: Dealing with Offending by Young People (SP Paper 827)

Health and Community Care Committee, 6th Report 2003: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 837)

Social Justice Committee, 4th Report 2003: Subordinate Legislation Report (SP Paper 838)


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