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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 1, No 29 Session 2

Wednesday 5 November 2003

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: The Rev Dr David Sinclair, the Convener of the Scottish Network for Civilian Peace Service led Time for Reflection.

2. Scotland’s Transport: Nicol Stephen moved S2M-541—That the Parliament recognises the importance of the Scottish Executive’s proposals for improving transport in Scotland as set out in A Partnership for a Better Scotland, in particular its intention to set up a transport agency to secure delivery of the Executive’s major investment programme to expand transport infrastructure and services across Scotland and to improve the integration of these services, the proposals to enhance the schemes of concessionary fares to benefit elderly and disabled people and the proposals to enhance the ability of local government to serve the travelling public through stronger regional transport partnerships, which should contribute to an effective transport system, central to a thriving economy and strong communities.

Mr Kenny MacAskill moved amendment S2M-541.4 to motion S2M-541—

leave out from "and the proposals" to end and insert

"; notes with concern the underperformance of the Executive on major transport schemes to date; notes that for the new agency to be successful there must be transparency, accountability and direction for Scotland on all aspects of transport policy whether road, rail, marine or air, and recognises that the new agency should be strategic and should not undermine the role and function of Strathclyde Passenger Transport nor any future statutory regional transport authority elsewhere in Scotland and that the performance of the agency should be monitored to ensure that it delivers improvements to allow Scotland's transport system to match those of its European competitors."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 38, Against 77, Abstentions 2).

David Mundell moved amendment S2M-541.1 to motion S2M-541—

leave out from "recognises" to end and insert

"regrets that the Scottish Executive’s transport policies continue to be driven by spin, the need for press releases and photo opportunities and a determination to introduce road tolls; notes the Executive’s continuing failure to make any firm financial commitments to significant infrastructure projects, such as the Borders rail link and addressing missing strategic links in the road network; believes that there is no evidence that the introduction of further bureaucracy and delays to decision-making, as represented by the proposed transport agency, will improve infrastructure or services, and calls upon the Executive to produce detailed and costed measures with start and completion dates for the major transport infrastructure programmes that the Scottish economy and local communities need in the 21st century."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 15, Against 78, Abstentions 25).

Chris Ballance moved amendment S2M-541.2 to motion S2M-541—

leave out from "recognises" to end and insert

"notes with concern the Scottish Executive’s proposals for improving transport in Scotland, as set out in A Partnership for a Better Scotland, in particular its failure to give sufficient support for healthy transport initiatives such as walking and cycling; further notes that the finance put aside so far overwhelmingly relates to encouraging road and air transport, the most polluting forms of transport, and, while welcoming any extension of concessionary fares, regrets the failure to promote an effective public transport system in Scotland."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 18, Against 98, Abstentions 2).

The motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 67, Against 23, Abstentions 28).

 

3. Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-554—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 12 November 2003

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement

followed by Debate on Justice 1 Committee’s 3rd Report 2003 - Inquiry into Alternatives to Custody

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 13 November 2003

9.30 am Executive Debate on Reforming Child Protection in Scotland

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm Executive Debate on Celebrating 150 Years of Public Libraries in Scotland

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 19 November 2003

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate on the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 20 November 2003

9.30 am Scottish Socialist Party Business

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm Executive Business

followed by Motion on Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

4. Designation of Lead Committee: Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-545—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the draft Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 Amendment (Scotland) Order 2003.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

5. Designation of Lead Committee: Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-546—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Scottish Legal Aid Board (Employment of Solicitors to Provide Criminal Legal Assistance) Amendment Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/511).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6. Designation of Lead Committee: Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-547—That the Parliament agrees that the Education Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill and that the Equal Opportunities Committee be designated as secondary committee at Stage 1.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Designation of Lead Committee: Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-548—That the Parliament agrees that the Communities Committee be designated as lead committee and that the Justice 2 Committee and Local Government and Transport Committee be designated as secondary committees in consideration of the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7 as noted above.

9. No Dumping of Nuclear Submarines in Scotland: The Parliament debated S2M-313 in the name of Bruce Crawford—That the Parliament rejects any proposal by Her Majesty’s Government to dispose of nuclear waste from nuclear submarines in Scotland and opposes, in particular, any plans to cut up and store in Scotland any of the redundant nuclear submarines currently held at Rosyth or those that will become redundant in future.

Motion Without Notice: Jamie Stone moved without notice a motion under Rule 8.14.3 that the Parliament agrees that Members’ Business on 5 November 2003 be extended until 6.15 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 6.15 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

5 November 2003

Appendix

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

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 31 October 2003 for approval by resolution

The Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (Grants) (Scotland) Amendment Scheme 2003 (SSI 2003/518)

laid under section 29(2)(d) of the Agriculture Act 1970

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 31 October 2003 and is subject to annulment

The Victim Statements (Prescribed Offences) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2003 (SSI 2003/519)

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

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 3 November 2003 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Home-Grown Cereals Authority Annual Report and Accounts 2002-03 (SE/2003/155)

laid under section 21 of the Cereals Marketing Act 1965 and section 88 of the Scotland Act 1998

Scottish Qualifications Authority Annual Report 2002-03 (SE/2003/302)

laid under section 11 of the Education (Scotland) Act 1996

Scottish Qualifications Authority Annual Financial Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2003 (SE/2003/303)

laid under section 22(5)(a) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 4 November 2003 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Annual Report of the Scottish Committee of the Council on Tribunals (SE/2003/248)

New Opportunities Fund Annual Report and Accounts for the year ending 31 March 2003 (SE/2003/285)

laid under section 43D of the National Lottery etc. Act 1993 and section 88 of the Scotland Act 1998

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 5 November 2003 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Dealing with offending by young people - A follow up report: A report and summary report by the Auditor General for Scotland and the Accounts Commission (AGS/2003/8)

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

Committee Reports

The following Report was published on 31 October 2003

Health Committee, 8th Report 2003 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 39)

The following Report was published on 4 November 2003

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 9th Report 2003 (Session 2):

Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 40)

The following report was published on 5 November 2003

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 10th Report 2003 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 41)

 


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