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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Vol. 1, No. 44 Session 2
Meeting of the Parliament
Thursday 8 January 2004
Note: (DT) signifies a decision taken at Decision Time.
The meeting opened at 9.30 am.
1. Delivering a Quick, Effective Youth Justice System: The Minister for Justice (Cathy Jamieson) moved S2M-762-That the Parliament recognises the importance of dealing quickly, firmly and effectively with the minority of young people who offend; acknowledges that progress has been made by local authorities and partners in the statutory and voluntary sectors to encourage rehabilitation, prevent reoffending and tackle and reduce youth crime, but recognises that further work must be done to ensure that the quality of life in our communities continues to improve.
Nicola Sturgeon moved amendment S2M-762.2 to motion S2M-762-
Leave out from "acknowledges" to end and insert-
After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 37, Against 77, Abstentions 1).
Miss Annabel Goldie moved amendment S2M-762.1 to motion S2M-762-
Insert at end;
After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 13, Against 101, Abstentions 0).
The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 84, Against 0, Abstentions 31).
2. First Minister's Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell).
3. Question Time: Questions were answered by Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.
4. Improving Scotland's Homes: The Minister for Communities (Ms Margaret Curran) moved S2M-761-That the Parliament welcomes the report of the Housing Improvement Task Force and believes that its adoption will make a major contribution to the delivery of good quality, sustainable and affordable housing for all in Scotland.
Shona Robison moved amendment S2M-761.3 to motion S2M-761-
Insert at end-
After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 51, Against 63, Abstentions 1).
Leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert-
After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 15, Against 100, Abstentions 0).
Leave out from "will" to end and insert-
After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 13, Against 102, Abstentions 0).
The motion was then agreed to (DT).
5. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1 and 4 as noted above.
6. Horse Racing Industry in Scotland: The Parliament debated S2M-474 in the name of Susan Deacon-That the Parliament recognises the significant contribution that the horse racing industry makes to the economy, generating up to £125 million annually and providing the equivalent of 1,700 full-time jobs; commends the success of the racing industry in continuing to expand and develop, recognising its contribution to local economies and tourism; notes that there is widespread concern regarding the potential implications of the proposed Office of Fair Trading (OFT) rule 14 notice on the deregulation of the British horse racing industry and, in particular, on its likely impact on Scotland's five racecourses, Ayr, Hamilton Park, Kelso, Musselburgh and Perth, each of which is independently owned and managed with profits generated ploughed back into the sport for long-term growth, and considers that the Scottish Executive should work with representatives of the racing industry to identify opportunities to promote and develop the industry and to explore the possible implications of the OFT ruling.
The meeting closed at 6.03 pm.
P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
8 January 2004
(Note: this Appendix does not form part of the Minutes)
The following Reports were published on 8 January 2004-