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Vol. 1, No. 43 Session 2

Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 7 January 2004

 

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Cardinal Keith O'Brien, Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh led Time for Reflection.

2. Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-759-That the Parliament agrees a revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 7 January 2004, as agreed on 17 December 2003-

after-

2.30pm Time for Reflection - Cardinal Keith O'Brien, Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

insert-

followed by Ministerial Statement on Fisheries

The motion was agreed to.

3. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Ross Finnie) made a statement on fisheries, and answered questions on the statement.

4. Nature Conservation (Scotland) Bill - Stage 1: The Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Ross Finnie) moved S2M-425-That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Bill.

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

5. Nature Conservation (Scotland) Bill - Financial Resolution: The Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Ross Finnie) moved S2M-500-That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any increase in expenditure payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund in consequence of the Act.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6. Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-760-That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business-

Wednesday 14 January 2004

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate on Developing a Sexual Health and Relationship Strategy for Scotland

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 15 January 2004

9.30 am European and External Relations Committee Debate on the European Commission's Work Programme for 2004

12 noon First Minister's Question Time

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm Executive Debate on Protection of Emergency Workers

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Wednesday 21 January 2004

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Debate on Environment and Rural Development Committee's 4th Report 2003 (Session 2): Inquiry into the National Waste Plan

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 22 January 2004

9.30 am Scottish National Party Business

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 4 and 5 as noted above.

8. Closure of Holy Trinity Episcopal Primary School: The Parliament debated S2M-702 in the name of Brian Monteith-That the Parliament regrets the decision of Stirling Council's ruling Labour administration to close Holy Trinity Episcopal Primary School in the top of the town area of the city; notes that the council has failed to listen to the wishes of parents, the local community and those involved in the school as recorded in its report on its own consultation exercise; believes that Stirling Council has therefore failed to make an adequate case for the closure of the school, and further believes that the Scottish Executive should use its powers over the closure of denominational schools to ask the council to find a way to keep the school open.

The meeting closed at 5.45 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

7 January 2004

Appendix

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 18 December 2003

Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill-The Bill was reprinted as passed (SP Bill 4B) (Executive Bill).

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 19 December 2003 for approval by resolution

The draft Solvent Emissions (Scotland) Regulations 2004

laid under section 2(8) of the Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 24 December 2003 for approval by resolution

The draft National Health Service (Distribution of Endowment Income Scheme) (Scotland) Regulations 2004

laid under section 18(4) of the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 5 January 2004 for approval by resolution

The draft Scottish Hospital Trust (Transfer of Property) Regulations 2004

laid under section 18(4) of the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 19 December 2003 and is subject to annulment

The Support and Assistance of Young People Leaving Care (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/608)

laid under section 78(1) of the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001 and section 103(2) of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 5 January 2004 and is subject to annulment

The Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003 (Conservation Bodies) Amendment Order 2003 (SSI 2003/621)

laid under section 127(1) of the Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 6 January 2004 and is subject to annulment

The Sea Fishing (Restriction on Days at Sea) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 3) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/623)

laid under section 30(4) of the Fisheries Act 1981

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 19 December 2003 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure-

The Scottish Executive Finance and Central Services Department - Non-Domestic Rating Account 2002-03 (SE/2003/326)-

The Scottish Consolidated Fund Receipts and Payments Account 1 April 2002 to 31 March 2003 (SE/2003/331)-

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 22 December 2003 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure-

Forestry Commission Scotland Annual Report and Accounts 2002-03 (SE/2003/317)-

Scottish Executive Core Departments' Resource Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2003 (SE/2003/323)-

Scottish Executive Consolidated Resource Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2003 (SE/2003/324)-

The Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Annual Accounts 2002-03 (SE/2003/345)-

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

The 2002-03 Audit of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SE/2003/346)

Food Standards Agency - Scotland Statement of Accounts: Statement for the year ended 31 March 2003 (SE/2003/347)

laid under section 4 of the Food Standards Act 1999

Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2002-03 Audit of the Scottish Executive Core Departments' Resource Accounts (SE/2003/348)

Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2002-03 Audit of the Scottish Executive Consolidated Resource Accounts (SE/2003/349)

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 23 December 2003 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure-

Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2002-03 Audit of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (SE/2003/335)

Scottish Social Services Council Annual Report and Accounts to March 2003 (SE/2003/338)

laid under paragraph 10(1) of Schedule 2 to the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001

Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service: Annual Accounts 2002-03 (SE/2003/342)

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

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 24 December 2003 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scottish Executive Finance and Central Services: Non-Domestic Rating Account 2002-03 (SE/2003/336)

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

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 5 January 2004 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Fire Services for Scotland Report for 2002-03 (SE/2003/3)

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 6 January 2004 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Agricultural Marketing Schemes Report of 2001-02 (SE/2004/6)

laid under section 30 of the Agricultural Marketing Act 1958

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 19th December 2003

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 17th Report 2003 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 69)

Justice 1 Committee, 5th Report 2003 (Session 2): Report on

Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 70)

The following Report was published on 22nd December 2003

Procedures Committee, 2nd Report 2003 (Session 2): Report on Oral Questions in the Chamber (SP Paper 71)

The following Report was published on 7 January 2004

Equal Opportunities Committee, 1st Report 2004 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 73)