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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 1, No 35 Session 2

Wednesday 26 November 2003

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Father Thomas Boyle, Parish Priest of St Joseph’s, Wemyss Bay led Time for Reflection

2. Previous Procedures Committee’s 3rd Report 2003 (Session 1) – The Founding Principles of the Scottish Parliament: Karen Gillon moved S2M-603—That the Parliament takes note of the previous Procedures Committee’s 3rd Report, 2003 (Session 1), The Founding Principles of the Scottish Parliament (SP Paper 818); continues to endorse the four principles of access and participation, equal opportunities, accountability and power sharing as the guiding principles for the Parliament, and encourages all members to play a part in applying these principles throughout the range of their Parliamentary work.

The motion was agree to (DT).

3. Business Motion: Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-657—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 3 December 2003

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate on Modernising Access to Legal Advice, Information and Representation

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 4 December 2003

9.30 am Scottish National Party Business

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm Executive Debate on Protecting Bathing Water Quality

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 10 December 2003

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate on Fisheries 2004

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 11 December 2003

9.30 am Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm Preliminary Stage Debate on Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine Railway and Linked Improvements Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

After debate, the motion was agreed to by division: For 71, Against 31, Abstentions 0).

4. Designation of Lead Committee: Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-652—That the Parliament agrees that the Communities Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Fire Sprinklers in Residential Premises (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

5. Approval of SSI: Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-653—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 Amendment (Scotland) Order 2003 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6. Designation of Lead Committee: Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-654—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Act of Sederunt (Fees of Sheriff Officers) 2003 (SSI 2003/538).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

8. European Parliament Seat Numbers: The Parliament debated S2M-553 in the name of Nicola Sturgeon—That the Parliament notes the reduction of UK seats in the European Parliament from 87 to 78 to accommodate enlargement of the EU; welcomes the accession of 10 new countries in 2004; believes, however, that Scotland, with no seat on the Council of Europe, no Commissioners and fewer MEPs than comparably-sized independent member states, has little enough influence in the EU, and therefore believes that the Scottish Executive should resist the reduction in Scotland’s MEPs from eight to seven.

The meeting closed at 5.57 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

26 November 2003

Appendix

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 21 November 2003

Local Governance (Scotland) Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to make provision for the election of councillors by single transferable vote and in relation to candidates to be councillor; to make provision in relation to certain restrictions upon being a councillor and upon former councillors; to make new provision about remuneration for and other payments to councillors; and for connected purposes. (SP Bill 14) (Executive Bill)

Introduced by: Mr Andy Kerr

Supported by: Tavish Scott

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 14-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 14-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 25 November 2003 for approval by resolution

The draft Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003 (Designation of Scotland River Basin District) Order 2003

laid under section 36(6) of the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 26 November 2003 and are subject to annulment—

The Pig Carcase (Grading) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/565)

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

The Race Relations Act 1976 (Statutory Duties) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2003 (SSI 2003/566)

laid under section 74 of the Race Relations Act 1976

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 25 November 2003 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Maps for the draft Scottish Statutory Instrument: The Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003 (Designation of Scotland River Basin District) Order 2003 (SE/2003/310)

laid under section 4(4) of the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 26 November 2003 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Scottish Water Interim Accounts for the six months to 30 September 2003 (SE/2003/309)

laid under section 57(8) of the Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002

Statistical Bulletin Criminal Justice Series: Homicide in Scotland, 2002 (SE/2003/314)

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 25 November 2003—

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 12th Report 2003 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 51)

Justice 1 Committee, 4th Report 2003 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 52)


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