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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 1, No 8 Session 2

Thursday 5 June 2003

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Young People: The Minister for Education and Young People (Peter Peacock) moved S2M-103—That the Parliament celebrates the contribution made to society by the young people of Scotland, both at home and abroad; applauds their dynamism, intellect, enthusiasm, enterprise, creativity and individuality; will work in partnership with young people to help meet their aspirations; believes that the establishment of the new Children’s Commissioner, measures to reform education by ensuring that the curriculum is built around the needs of the child and that education takes place in the most modern facilities, extending access to high quality sport and leisure facilities and support for youth work and volunteering will help young people to reach their full potential and participate in society; recognises that some young people require additional support and measures to do so, and commits itself whenever possible to making sure that appropriate support is provided.

Fiona Hyslop moved amendment S2M-103.3 to motion S2M-103—

Leave out from first “will” to end and insert—


“recognises, however, that it is essential for Scotland that we have the powers to ensure that young people do not have to leave Scotland in their 20s to find a future; further recognises that tackling the low birth rate and developing an effective inward migration policy for Scotland are vital elements towards ensuring that there are enough young Scots to maintain our country’s vitality, and, in the meantime, notes that it is right for there to be a Children’s Commissioner and for the Scottish Executive to develop measures in the field of education and youth work, and to provide additional support for learning, volunteering, culture, sport and leisure facilities for young people in Scotland.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 33, Against 76, Abstentions 1).

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton moved amendment S2M-103.1 to motion S2M-103—

Insert at end—

“whilst recognising the central role played by parents and families in enabling young people to become responsible adults and therefore fulfil their potential.”

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

Eleanor Scott moved amendment S2M-103.4 to motion S2M-103—

Insert at end—

“and calls upon the Scottish Executive to ensure that educational programmes dealing with sustainable development and environmental and social justice issues are included in the curriculum in order to foster responsible attitudes, that opportunities for outdoor education are emphasised, that particular attention is paid to those one in seven young people who are reported to have “disappeared” from the system and are not in a job, training, education or on the unemployment register despite government measures such as the New Deal, and that the minimum age for voting and standing in elections is lowered to 16 years.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 34, Against 78, Abstentions 0).

The motion as amended was then agreed to (DT).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament celebrates the contribution made to society by the young people of Scotland, both at home and abroad; applauds their dynamism, intellect, enthusiasm, enterprise, creativity and individuality; will work in partnership with young people to help meet their aspirations; believes that the establishment of the new Children’s Commissioner, measures to reform education by ensuring that the curriculum is built around the needs of the child and that education takes place in the most modern facilities, extending access to high quality sport and leisure facilities and support for youth work and volunteering will help young people to reach their full potential and participate in society; recognises that some young people require additional support and measures to do so, and commits itself whenever possible to making sure that appropriate support is provided whilst recognising the central role played by parents and families in enabling young people to become responsible adults and therefore fulfil their potential.

2. Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-102—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 11 June

2:30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stages 2 and 3 of the Education (School Meals) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Final Stage of the Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm (Navigation and Fishing) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 12 June

9:30 am Scottish National Party Business

followed by Business Motion

2:30 pm Question Time

3:10 pm First Minister’s Question Time

3:30 pm Executive Debate on Investing in Public Transport

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 18 June

2:30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate on Patient Focus and Public Involvement

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 19 June

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

The motion was agreed to.

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

4. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on item 1 as noted above.

5. Rural Rail Services: The Parliament debated S2M-89 in the name of Mr Jamie Stone—That the Parliament notes that the contract to operate Scotland’s internal rail services over the next seven years is shortly to be awarded; recognises that the provision of affordable, reliable and regular rail services across all of the Scottish network is important to the social and economic well-being of communities, and believes that, in considering the tender proposals offered by the competing train operators, the vital needs of communities served by rural lines should not be forgotten.

6. Motion without Notice: Mike Rumbles moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended by 10 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 6.01 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
5 June 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 5 June 2003 and are subject to annulment—

The Litter (Fixed Penalty) (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/268)
laid under the Environmental Protection Act 1990

The National Health Service Superannuation Scheme (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/270)
laid under the Superannuation Act 1972

The Urban Waste Water Treatment (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/273)
laid under the European Communities Act 1972

The Sweeteners in Food Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/274)—
The Food Supplements (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/278)—
laid under the Food Safety Act 1990

The Feeding Stuffs (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/277)
laid under the Agriculture Act 1970 and the European Communities Act 1972

The Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Act 2000 (Devolved Public Bodies) (No.2) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/279)
laid under the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Act 2000

The St Mary’s Music School (Aided Places) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/280)—
The Education (Assisted Places) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/281)—
laid under the Education (Scotland) Act 1980


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