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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 1 No 14 Session 2

Thursday 26 June 2003

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Draft Landfill (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003: The Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Allan Wilson) moved S2M-143-That the Parliament agrees that the draft Landfill (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003 be approved.

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

2. Fireworks Bill - UK Legislation: The Minister for Finance and Public Services (Mr Andy Kerr) moved S2M-136-That the Parliament endorses the principle of making enabling regulations for the supply and use of fireworks as set out in the Fireworks Bill and agrees that those provisions in the Bill that relate to devolved matters should be considered by the UK Parliament.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 83, Against 2, Abstentions 26).

3. Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell) and other Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

4. Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm (Navigation and Fishing) (Scotland) Bill - Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-202-That the Parliament agrees that, during the Final Stage proceedings on the Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm (Navigation and Fishing) (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 Final Stage begins and excluding any periods when the meeting of the Parliament is suspended)-

Groups 1 to 3 - no later than 1 hour

Motion to pass the Bill - no later than 1 hour 30 minutes

The motion was agreed to.

5. Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm (Navigation and Fishing) (Scotland) Bill - Final Stage: The Bill was considered at Final Stage.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 1, 4, 5, 2, 6, 7

Amendment 3 was agreed to (by division: For 65, Against 30, Abstentions 0)

6. Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm (Navigation and Fishing) (Scotland) Bill - Final Stage: Mr John Home Robertson, moved S2M-121-That the Parliament agrees that the Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm (Navigation and Fishing) (Scotland) Bill be passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 100, Against 13, Abstentions 1).

7. Designation of Lead Committee: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-195-That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Designation of Lead Committee: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-196-That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003 (Saving and Transitional Provisions) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/287).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9. Designation of Lead Committee: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-197-That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated lead committee in consideration of the Drugs Courts (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/290).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10. Decision Time: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that, under Rule 11.2.4 of Standing Orders, Decision Time on Thursday 26 June be taken at 4.43 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

11. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2, 6, 7, 8 and 9 as noted above.

12. Valuing Carers: The Parliament debated S2M-110 in the name of Irene Oldfather-That the Parliament recognises the hard work and dedication of Scotland's 115,675 unpaid carers, a workforce comparable to the total NHS workforce in Scotland; acknowledges the role of Scotland's carer population as partners in the provision of care; recognises the measures outlined in Partnership for Care: Scotland's Health White Paper and in the Community Care and Health (Scotland) Act 2002 to increase partnership working across the health and social care services; notes that the health and well-being of many carers are affected as a direct consequence of the physical and emotional strains of caring; welcomes the dedication of care assistants across Scotland in providing vital respite services to carers and their families; congratulates the UK-wide network of 30,000 Princess Royal Trust for Carers centres on the level of support that they provide to carers and their families; recognises that there are many more unidentified carers in Scotland and that, for appropriate support to be administered, these carers must be identified; further welcomes the publication of Focus on Carers and the NHS - identifying and supporting hidden carers - Good Practice Guide by the Princess Royal Trust for Carers and the strategies for identifying carers contained therein, and considers that the Scottish Executive should target resources specifically on identifying and supporting carers in order that the vision underpinning recent legislation can be realised.

The meeting closed at 5.25 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

26 June 2003

Appendix

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

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

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

The Collagen and Gelatine (Intra-Community Trade) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/328)

laid under the European Communities Act 1972

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 26 June 2003 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Industrial Development Act 1982: Annual Report by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, the First Minister of the Scottish Executive and the First Minister of the National Assembly for Wales for the year ended 31 March 2003 (SE/2003/179)

laid under the Industrial Development Act 1982

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 26 June 2003-

Finance Committee, 2nd Report 2003 (Session 2): Report on Cross-Cutting Expenditure in relation to Children in Poverty (SP Paper 4)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 2nd Report 2003 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 5)

Health Committee, 1st Report 2003 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 7)


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