Note: (DT) signifies a decision taken at Decision Time.
The meeting opened at 9.30 am.
1. Violence Against Women: The Minister for Communities (Ms Margaret Curran) moved S2M-660—That the Parliament approves the continuing progress made in implementing the National Strategy to Address Domestic Abuse in Scotland by raising awareness of the issue and increasing the protection of women and children experiencing domestic abuse and the services available to them and welcomes the work of the National Group to Address Violence Against Women in tackling this unacceptable behaviour.
Nicola Sturgeon moved amendment S2M-660.2 to motion S2M-660—
Leave out from "approves" to end and insert—
"deplores the fact that while over 36,000 women reported a domestic abuse incident to the police in the last 12 months, over half of the incidents did not lead to the recording of a crime or offence and only 66% of those recorded were referred to the procurator fiscal; is appalled at recent research which shows that Scotland has a prosecution rate of 10% and a conviction rate of 6% following rape allegations, the second poorest conviction rate in Europe; welcomes the "prevention, protection, provision" theme of the National Strategy to Address Domestic Abuse in Scotland and work done to date, but believes that the Scottish Executive must consider what action could reasonably be taken to improve dramatically prosecution and conviction rates for rape and other cases of violence against women."
After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 30, Against 72, Abstentions 8).
Miss Annabel Goldie moved amendment S2M-660.1 to motion S2M-660—
Insert at end—
"but notes with grave concern the escalating pattern of repeat victimisation highlighting the fact that more and more victims are trapped in abusive situations."
After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 44, Against 67, Abstentions 1).
Shiona Baird moved amendment S2M-660.3 to motion S2M-660—
Insert at end—
"but urges the Scottish Executive to consider making an equally strong commitment to tackle rape and sexual abuse."
After debate, the amendment was agreed to (DT).
The motion, as amended, was then agreed to (DT).
Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament approves the continuing progress made in implementing the National Strategy to Address Domestic Abuse in Scotland by raising awareness of the issue and increasing the protection of women and children experiencing domestic abuse and the services available to them and welcomes the work of the National Group to Address Violence Against Women in tackling this unacceptable behaviour but urges the Scottish Executive to consider making an equally strong commitment to tackle rape and sexual abuse.
2. First Minister's Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell).
3. Question Time: Questions were answered Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.
4. Physical Activity – The Need for Improvement and the Cost of Failure: The Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care (Mr Tom McCabe) moved S2M-661—That the Parliament acknowledges the significance of the Scottish Executive's physical activity strategy Let's Make Scotland More Active as the approach to tackling the serious, nationwide problem of inactivity; acknowledges the need for urgency and the action taken thus far to tackle inactivity in Scotland as part of the Executive's wide-reaching programme to improve health in Scotland; welcomes the Executive's plans to emphasise walking as the means of increasing levels of physical activity in Scotland, and supports the Executive's intentions to secure national leadership for physical activity in Scotland.
Shona Robison moved amendment S2M-661.2 to motion S2M-661—
Insert after first "physical activity in Scotland"—
"; recognises that the physical activity levels amongst children and adults would be enhanced by improved provision and access to community sports facilities".
After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 37, Against 60, Abstentions 15).
Mr David Davidson moved amendment S2M-661.1 to motion S2M-661—
Leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert—
"notes the Executive's plans to emphasise walking as one of the means to increase levels of physical activity; encourages people to take more responsibility for their own health and that of their family; calls for more access to organised sport in schools and the community, and further calls on the Executive to provide more support for the voluntary sector, which provides a huge variety of sporting opportunities for children and adults alike".
After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 41, Against 63, Abstentions 8).
The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 97, Against 14, Abstentions 1).
5. Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-651—That the Parliament agrees—
(a) that the Justice 1 Committee report to the Justice 2 Committee by 5 December 2003 on the Act of Sederunt (Fees of Sheriff Officers) 2003 (SSI 2003/538); and
(b) that Stage 2 of the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill be completed by 12 December 2003.
The motion was agreed to.
6. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1 and 4 as noted above.
7. World Aids Day: The Parliament debated S2M-564 in the name of Des McNulty—That the Parliament acknowledges the importance of World AIDS Day, 1 December 2003, both for Scotland and for all those nations and peoples most affected by the spread of HIV/AIDS; notes the need to combat HIV/AIDS-related stigma and discrimination which is highlighted by this year's theme, "Do you have time?"; further notes that there are now over 42 million people living with HIV/AIDS, including 50,000 people in the UK and nearly 4,000 people in Scotland; recognises that women account for half of those infected with HIV/AIDS and there are more than 13.2 million AIDS orphans; notes the importance of practical assistance for the poorer countries devastated by HIV/AIDS; believes that pharmaceutical companies and governments should take the steps necessary to allow access to appropriate antiviral treatments to all those who need them; congratulates and applauds all of the agencies that work with those living with HIV/AIDS in Scotland, the UK and worldwide, and encourages each MSP to raise awareness about the disease and work towards its global eradication.
The meeting closed at 6.00 pm.
P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
27 November 2003
(Note: this Appendix does not form part of the Minutes)
The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 27 November 2003 and are subject to annulment—
The Collagen and Gelatine (Intra-Community Trade) (Scotland) (No.2) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/568)
laid under paragraph 2 of schedule 2 to the European Communities Act 1972
The Honey (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/569)
laid under section 48(3) of the Food Safety Act 1990
The Regulation of Care (Applications and Provision of Advice) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/570)
The Regulation of Care (Excepted Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/571)
The Regulation of Care (Requirements as to Care Services) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/572)
The Regulation of Care (Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2003 (SSI 2003/573)
The Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001 (Transitional Provisions) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/574)
laid under section 78(1) of Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001
The Registration of Establishments Keeping Laying Hens (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/576)
laid under section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972
The National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Amendment (No.4) (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/577)
laid under section 63(3) of the National Assistance Act 1948
The Food Labelling Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/578)
laid under section 48(3) of the Food Safety Act 1990
The Local Government Pension Reserve Fund (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/580)
laid under section 93(3) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 and section 93(6) of the Local Government Finance Act 1992
The Plant Protection Products (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/579)
laid under paragraph 2(2) of schedule 2 to the European Communities Act 1972
The Pupils' Educational Records (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/581)
laid under section 5 of the Education (Disability Strategies and Pupils' Educational Records) (Scotland) Act 2002
The following document was laid before the Parliament on 27 November 2003 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure
UK Film Council (Formerly Film Council) Lottery Accounts 2002-03 (SE/2003/312)
laid under the National Lottery etc. Act 1993 as amended by the National Lottery Act 1998, and under section 88 of the Scotland Act 1998
The following reports were published on 27 November 2003—
Subordinate Legislation Committee, 13th Report 2003 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 53)
Environment and Rural Development Committee, 5th Report 2003 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 54)