Back
 

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 1, No 17 Session 2

Wednesday 10 September 2003

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Father Chris Boles, Edinburgh Jesuit Community, led Time for Reflection.

2. Strategic Framework for Aquaculture: The Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Allan Wilson) moved S2M-310—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive's commitment, as set out in A Partnership for a Better Scotland, to support an aquaculture industry that is sustainable, diverse and competitive; endorses A Strategic Framework for Scottish Aquaculture, prepared in collaboration with, and supported by, a wide range of stakeholders and launched in March 2003 and notes the progress already achieved in addressing the priorities for action listed therein, and further welcomes the Executive's continuing commitment to work in partnership with industry and all the other key stakeholders in regularly reviewing and reporting to the Parliament progress with the monitoring and implementation of the full programme of work contained in the strategic framework.

Richard Lochhead moved amendment S2M-310.2 to motion S2M-310—

Leave out from first "welcomes" to end and insert—

"expresses support for sustainable aquaculture and recognises the sector’s vital economic contribution to Scotland; urges the industry to strive continually to achieve the highest environmental standards and welcomes progress already made; believes that the regulatory framework must be guided by well-resourced science; further believes that lessons must be learnt from other countries on the streamlining and simplification of the regulatory framework and is disappointed that this is one of many issues that the strategy fails to address adequately; calls for the powers currently exercised by the Crown Estate to be transferred to the Parliament, and further calls for the early introduction of legislation transferring planning control to local authorities in order to enhance openness and accountability to ensure that local communities have a say over the siting of fish farms."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 22, Against 80, Abstentions 11).

Ted Brocklebank moved amendment S2M-310.1 to motion S2M-310—

Leave out from "endorses" to end and insert—

"but regrets that the strategic framework for Scottish aquaculture increasingly looks more like a straightjacket, with no fewer than eight bodies currently overseeing it, and further regrets that the Executive has failed to make meaningful financial provision to the industry in terms of research and development, especially of new species and has failed to protect the quality "Scottish" brand for farmed salmon and failed to safeguard the 6,500 Scottish jobs in salmon farming by its inadequate approach to dumping of inferior foreign product on the European market with the subsequent collapse in Scottish prices."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 37, Against 76, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 65, Against 19, Abstentions 29).

3. Establishment of Committee: Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-330—That the Parliament agrees to establish a committee of the Parliament as follows—

Name of Committee: Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine Railway and Linked Improvements Bill Committee

Remit: To consider and report to the Parliament on the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine Railway and Linked Improvements Bill

Duration: Until the Bill has received Royal Assent, falls or is withdrawn

Convenership: The Convener will be a member of the Labour Party and the Deputy Convener a member of the Scottish National Party

Membership: Bill Butler (Labour), Mr Richard Baker (Labour), Mr Rob Gibson (SNP), David Mundell (Conservative), Nora Radcliffe (Lib Dem).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

4. Committee Substitutes: Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-331—That the Parliament agrees the following nominated committee substitutes, as permitted under Rule 6.3A—

Labour Party

Audit Committee Marlyn Glen

Communities Committee Christine May

Education Committee Mr Richard Baker

Enterprise and Culture Committee Rhona Brankin

Environment and Rural Development Committee Janis Hughes

Equal Opportunities Committee Jackie Baillie

European and External Relations Committee Ms Wendy Alexander

Finance Committee Gordon Jackson

Health Committee Paul Martin

Justice 1 Committee Helen Eadie

Justice 2 Committee Cathie Craigie

Local Government and Transport Committee Bill Butler

Procedures Committee Irene Oldfather

Public Petitions Committee Susan Deacon

Standards Committee Marilyn Livingstone

Subordinate Legislation Committee Maureen Macmillan

Scottish National Party

Justice 1 Committee Roseanna Cunningham

Scottish Socialist Party

Education Committee Rosie Kane

Justice 2 Committee Ms Rosemary Byrne

Local Government and Transport Committee Colin Fox

The motion was agreed to (DT).

5. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 3 and 4 as noted above.

6. Scotland’s European Pollutant Emission Register: The Parliament debated S2M-106 in the name of Dr Sylvia Jackson—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Scottish European Pollutant Emission Register by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency; recognises that this is an important component of a strategy to deliver environmental justice in Scotland; notes that all communities have a right to know about chemical emissions in their environment; further notes that, in the United States, the introduction of the Toxic Release Inventory resulted in emission reductions of over 40%, and looks forward to the rapid development and publication of a comprehensive and easily accessible system that includes contextual health and environmental impact information.

The meeting closed at 5.38 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

10 September 2003

Appendix

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

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 8 September 2003 for approval by resolution—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.9) (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/409)—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.10) (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/410)—

laid under section 1(8) of the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 10 September 2003 for approval by resolution

The draft Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003 (Consequential Provisions) Order 2003

laid under section 127(2) of the Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 5 September 2003 and is subject to annulment

The Police Pensions (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/406)

laid under section 1(6) of the Police Pensions Act 1976

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 8 September 2003 and is subject to annulment

The Animal By-Products (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/411)

laid under paragraph 2 of schedule 2 to the European Communities Act 1972

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 9 September 2003 and are subject to annulment—

The Food (Figs, Hazelnuts and Pistachios from Turkey) (Emergency Control) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/413)—

The Food (Pistachios from Iran) (Emergency Control) (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/414)—

The Food (Peanuts from Egypt) (Emergency Control) (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/418)—

The Food (Figs Peanuts from China) (Emergency Control) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/419)—

laid under paragraph 2 of schedule 2 to the European Communities Act 1972

The Road Works (Inspection Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/415)—

The Road Works (Recovery of Costs) (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/416)—

The Road Works (Reinstatement) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/417)

laid under section 163 of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 10 September 2003 and are subject to annulment—

The Housing Grants (Application Forms) (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (SSI/2003/420)

laid under section 331 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987

The Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2003 (SSI/2003/421)

laid under section 37(1) of the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986

The National Health Service (General Dental Services) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2003 (SSI/2003/422)

laid under section 105(2) of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978

The Teachers’ Superannuation (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003 (SSI/2003/423)

laid under section 12(6) of the Superannuation Act 1972

The Children’s Hearings (Provision of Information by Principal Reporter) (Prescribed Persons) (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI/2003/424)

laid under section 88(1) of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 8 September 2003 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Horticultural Development Council Annual Report and Accounts 2001-02 (SE 2003/245)

laid under section 7 of the Industrial Organisation and Development Act 1947

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 9 September 2003 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Report of the Interception of Communications Commissioner for 2002 (SE/2003/210)

laid under section 58(6) of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000

Annual Report of the Chief Surveillance Commissioner to the Prime Minister and to the Scottish Ministers for 2002-03 (SE/2003/244)

laid under section 107(3) of the Police Act 1997

Prohibition of Fishing for Scallops (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/371): Regulatory Impact Assessment (SE/2003/246)

Letter from the Minister for Justice to the Presiding Officer regarding the Annual Report of the Chief Surveillance Commissioner to the Prime Minister and to the Scottish Ministers for 2002-03 (SE/2003/247)

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 10 September 2003 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Report by the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman of an investigation into a complaint against Falkirk Council (SPSO/2003/11)

laid under section 15(1) of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act 2002

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 5 September 2003 —

Local Government and Transport Committee, 2nd Report 2003 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 11)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 3rd Report 2003 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 12)

 


Back