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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 1, No 28 Session 2

Thursday 30 October 2003

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Rural Development Committee, Inquiry into Integrated Rural Development: Sarah Boyack on behalf of the Environment and Rural Development Committee moved S2M-477—That the Parliament notes the recommendations contained in the Rural Development Committee’s 1st Report 2003 (Session 1): Inquiry into Integrated Rural Development (SP Paper 735).

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

2. First Minister’s Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell).

3. Question Time: Questions were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

4. Building Better Cities – Delivering Growth and Opportunities: The Minister for Finance and Public Services (Mr Andy Kerr) moved S2M-526—That the Parliament notes the significant progress made by local authorities and their community planning partners in taking forward the recommendations set out in Building Better Cities: Delivering Growth and Opportunities since its publication in January 2003 and the collaborative process led by the community planning partnerships in each city region to develop a 10-year City-Vision; welcomes the strategic plans set out in the six City-Visions, including the projects to be funded by the Cities Growth Fund, and endorses the Scottish Executive’s long-term commitment to the regeneration of Scotland’s cities.

Fergus Ewing moved amendment S2M-526.2 to motion S2M-526—

Leave out from "endorses" to end and insert—

"notes the concerns of many that the publication of the Review of Scotland’s Cities was a modest response to the challenges facing Scottish cities and that the review neglects the opportunity to address properly important issues of transport infrastructure and finance."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 26, Against 84, Abstentions 7).

Mr Brian Monteith moved amendment S2M-526.4 to motion S2M-526—

Leave out from "notes" to end and insert—

"believes that the cities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Stirling are vital drivers of economic growth in Scotland and that they, together with Scotland’s urban and rural economies, would benefit from a reduction in non-domestic rates, an improvement in transport infrastructure and better public services and further believes these three policies would achieve far more than centrally-directed government-inspired initiatives, strategic plans and visions."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 14, Against 77, Abstentions 25).

Mark Ballard moved amendment S2M-526.3 to motion S2M-526—

Leave out from "since" to end and insert—

"welcomes the bringing together of a wider range of policy strands; believes, however, that sustainability must lie at the heart of urban policy rather then being an afterthought to economic growth, and urges the Scottish Executive to take forward a policy of urban regeneration that is led primarily by the needs of local communities, rather than by big business."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 13, Against 79, Abstentions 24).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 65, Against 26, Abstentions 26).

5. Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S2M-518—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 14 November 2003 on the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/486).

The motion was agreed to.

6. Approval of SSI: Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S2M-519—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Victim Statements (Prescribed Courts) (Scotland) Order 2003 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Approval of SSI: Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S2M-522—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Local Government in Scotland Act 2003 (Ancillary Provisions) Order 2003 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 4, 6 and 7 as noted above.

9. European Week for Safety and Health: The Parliament debated S2M-442 in the name of Karen Gillon—That the Parliament notes that the European Week for Safety and Health will take place between 13 and 19 October 2003; welcomes the week’s acknowledgement of the need to promote safety and health in the workplace; congratulates trade unions for the role that they have played in improving health and safety in the workplace, and commends the commitment of the European Agency for Safety and Health and the Health and Safety Executive to promote safe and healthy working.

The meeting closed at 6.01 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

30 October 2003

 

Appendix

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 29 October 2003

Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to make provision in connection with antisocial behaviour; to make provision about criminal justice; to make provision in relation to child welfare; and for connected purposes. (SP Bill 12) (Executive Bill)

Introduced by: Ms Margaret Curran

Supported by: Cathy Jamieson, Peter Peacock, Ross Finnie, Mrs Mary Mulligan

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 12-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 12-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 30 October 2003 and is subject to annulment

The Inshore Fishing (Prohibition of Fishing and Fishing Methods) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/514)

laid under section 9(2) of the Inshore fishing (Scotland) Act 1984

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 30 October 2003 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Community Fund Annual Report 2002-03 (SE/2003/282)

laid under section 34(3) of the National Lottery Etc. Act 1993

Scottish Court Service Annual Report and Accounts 2002-03 (SE/2003/292)

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

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 30 October 2003—

Justice 1 Committee, 2nd Report 2003 (Session 2): Report on

Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 36)

Justice 1 Committee, 3rd Report 2003 (Session 2): Report on

Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 37)

Justice 2 Committee, 2nd Report 2003: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 38)


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