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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 1, No 31 (Session 2)

Wednesday 12th November 2003

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: The Very Reverend Dr James Harkness, Dean of the Chapel Royal in Scotland and President of the Royal British Legion led Time for Reflection.

2. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Health and Community Care (Malcolm Chisholm) made a statement on Enhancing Sexual Wellbeing in Scotland: A Sexual Health and Relationships Strategy, and answered questions on the statement.

3. Justice 1 Committee – Inquiry into Alternatives to Custody: Pauline McNeill, on behalf of the Justice 1 Committee, moved S2M-562—That the Parliament notes the 3rd Report 2003 (Session 1) of the former Justice 1 Committee, Inquiry into Alternatives to Custody (SP Paper 826).

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

4. Designation of Lead Committee: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-589—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Victim Statements (Prescribed Offences) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2003 (SSI 2003/519).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

5. Membership of Committee: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-591—That the Parliament agrees that Brian Adam be appointed to replace Tricia Marwick on the Standards Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6. Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-590—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of 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

12.30 pm Ministerial Statement

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm Executive Debate on Progress in Respect of Fuel Poverty in Scotland

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

Wednesday 26 November 2003

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Debate on Previous Procedures Committee’s 3rd Report 2003 (Session 1): The Founding Principles of the Scottish Parliament

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 27 November 2003

9.30 am Executive Debate on Violence Against Women

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

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

8. Access to Terrestrial TV Channels in Rural Areas: The Parliament debated S2M-544 in the name of John Farquhar Munro—That the Parliament notes that residents in parts of the Highlands and Islands do not receive independent terrestrial TV channels unless they purchase an encryption card from BSkyB on a regular basis; further notes with concern that access to terrestrial channels in those communities with analogue relay systems will be removed when the analogue signal is switched off in 2010; believes that TV licence payers should not have to pay more because of their geographical location, and considers that Her Majesty’s Government should take action to ensure that all UK TV licence payers have unrestricted access to terrestrial TV channels.

The meeting closed at 5.50 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

12 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 6 November 2003 for approval by resolution

The Mink Keeping (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/528)

laid under section 10(1) of the Destructive Imported Animals Act 1932

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 6 November 2003 and are subject to annulment—

The Specified Sugar Products (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/527)

laid under section 48(3) of the Food Safety Act 1990

The National Health Service Superannuation Scheme (Scotland) Amendment (No.3) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/517)

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

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 7 November 2003 and are subject to annulment—

The Home Energy Efficiency Scheme Amendment (No. 2) (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/529)

laid under section 15(8) of the Social Security Act 1990

The Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000 (Access to Documents and Information) (Relevant Persons) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/530)

laid under section 27(3) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

The Control of Pollution (Silage, Slurry and Agricultural Fuel Oil) (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/531)

laid under section 104(1) of the Control of Pollutions Act 1974

The Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 (Transfer of Scottish Homes Property and Liabilities) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/532)

laid under section 109(4) of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001

 

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 10 November 2003 and is subject to annulment

The Environmental Protection (Duty of Care) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/533)

laid under section 161 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 11 November 2003 and is subject to annulment

Act of Sederunt (Fees of Sheriff Officers) 2003 (SSI 2003/538)

laid under section 40 of the Sheriff Courts (Scotland) Act 1907 and section 6 of the Execution of Diligence (Scotland) Act 1926

Other Documents

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

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 – Code of Practice on Records Management – November 2003 (SE/2003/305)

laid under section 61(6) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Committee Reports

The following Report was published on 7 November 2003

Scottish Commission for Public Audit, 1st Report 2003 (Session 2): Audit Scotland's Budget 2004-2005 (SP Paper 16)

 


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