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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 1, No 9 Session 2

Wednesday 11th June 2003

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Maggie Lunan, Member of Wellington Parish, Glasgow led Time for Reflection.

 

2. Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson moved, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, S2M-126—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) as a revision to the programme of business agreed on 5 June 2003—

Wednesday 11 June 2003

after—

"followed by Stage 3 of the Education (School Meals) (Scotland) Bill"

delete—

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

(b) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 18 June 2003

2:30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate on Patient Focus and Public Involvement in the NHS

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 19 June 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 Debate on the Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002 (Consequential Provisions) Order 2003

followed by Motion on Health and Community Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Wednesday 25 June 2003

2:30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Landfill (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003

followed by Urban Waste Water Treatment (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003

followed by Motion on Fireworks Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 26 June 2003

9:30 am Executive Business

followed by Business Motion

2:30 pm Question Time

3:10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3:30 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

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

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Bill Aitken moved amendment S2M-126.1 to motion S2M-126—

after—

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

insert—

"Thursday 12 June 2003

delete—

"3:30 pm Executive Debate on Investing in Public Transport"

and insert—

"3:30 pm Statement by the Presiding Officer on Increased Costs of the Holyrood Building Project

4:00 pm Statement by the First Minister on Inquiry into the Holyrood Building Project.""

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to (by division: For 44, Against 70, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to (by division: For 69, Against 46, Abstentions 2)

3. Education (School Meals) (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-129—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stages 2 and 3 of the Education (School Meals) (Scotland) Bill, debate on each part of the proceedings shall be brought to a conclusion by the time-limits indicated (each time-limit being calculated from when Stage 2 begins)—

Stage 2

Group 1 - no later than 45 minutes

Group 2 - no later than 1 hour 20 minutes

Groups 3 and 4 - no later than 1 hour 55 minutes

Stage 3

Motion to pass the Bill - no later than 2 hours 25 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 2.51 pm.

A second meeting opened at 4.36 pm.

4. Education (School Meals) (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Deputy Minister for Education and Young People (Euan Robson) moved S2M-119—That the Parliament agrees that the Education (School Meals) (Scotland) Bill be passed.

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

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

6. Fair Credit Scheme: The Parliament debated S2M-0069 in the name of Sarah Boyack—That the Parliament welcomes the recently published in-depth report into personal debt in the UK, In Too Deep, produced by the citizens advice bureau (CAB) service in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland; acknowledges the Scottish context of the report; notes with concern the report's findings that more people in Scotland blamed low incomes than elsewhere in the UK and more people coped with their debt problem by taking out further borrowing than elsewhere in the UK; further notes that personal debt is nearly always connected to other problems in people’s lives such as loss of job or ill-health; notes that the number of debt cases brought to citizens advice bureaux in Scotland is at an all-time high with nearly 60,000 new debt enquiries last year; recognises the link between CAB clients and MSPs’ constituents and therefore supports the invaluable work of Scotland’s CAB service as a vital provider of free, independent, impartial and comprehensive advice and as the leading voice on the issue of personal debt in Scotland today; welcomes the commitments in A Partnership for a Better Scotland to support the extension of the money advice service, building on the work of the CAB and other bodies to assist those burdened by multiple debt, and considers that the Scottish Executive should increase access to affordable credit for people on very low incomes and, as a matter of urgency, take action on the commitment from A Partnership for a Better Scotland to work with the Department of Trade and Industry to introduce fairer credit schemes and protection from exorbitant interest rates.

The meeting closed at 5.54 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

11 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 6 June 2003 and are subject to annulment—

The Road User Charging (Classes of Motor Vehicles) (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/282)—

The Road User Charging (Consultation and Publication) (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/292)—

laid under the Transport (Scotland) Act 2001

The Agricultural Wages (Scotland) Act 1949 Amendment Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/283)

laid under the National Minimum Wage Act 1998

The Home Energy Efficiency Scheme Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/284)

laid under the Social Security Act 1990

The Education (Student Loans) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/285)

laid under the Education (Student Loans) Act 1990

The Accountability of Local Authorities (Publication of Information about Finance and Performance) (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/286)

laid under the Local Government in Scotland Act 2003

The Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003 (Saving and Transitional Provisions) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/287)—

The Drugs Courts (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/290)—

laid under the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003

The Contaminants in Food (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/289)—

The Cocoa and Chocolate Products (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/291)—

The Fruit Juices and Fruit Nectars (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/293)—

laid under the Food Safety Act 1990

The Agricultural Holdings (Relevant Date and Relevant Period) (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/294)

laid under the Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Act 2003

The National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/295)—

The National Health Service (Pharmaceutical Services) (Scotland) Amendment regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/296)—

The National Health Service (General Medical Services Supplementary Lists) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/298)—

laid under the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978

The Stevenson College (Change of Name) (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/297)

laid under the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 1992

The Collagen and Gelatine (Intra-Community Trade) (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/299)—

The Agricultural Subsidies (Appeals) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/302)—

laid under the European Communities Act 1972

The Sea Fishing (Restriction on Days at Sea) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/300)

laid under the Fisheries Act 1981

The Cremation (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/301)

laid under the Cremation Act 1952

The Rural Stewardship Scheme (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/303)

laid under the Environment Act 1995

The Oil and Fibre Plant Seeds Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/304)

laid under the Plant Varieties and Seeds Act 1964

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 11 June 2003 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Report of an Investigation into a Complaint Against Tayside University Hospitals NHS Trust (SPSO/2003/6)

laid under the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act 2002


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