Note: (DT) signifies a decision taken at Decision
The meeting opened at 9.30 am.
1. European and External Relations Committee Debate
on the European Commission’s Work Programme for 2004:
Richard Lochhead, on behalf of the European and External Relations
Committee, moved S2M-771—That the Parliament notes the
publication of the European Commission’s work programme
for 2004, which is dominated by the enlargement of the European
Union, and agrees that it contains a number of legislative and
non-legislative plans of importance to Scotland.
Nicola Sturgeon moved amendment
S2M-771.2 to motion S2M-771—
Insert at end—
"and calls on the Scottish Executive to publish its
position on the Commission’s programme in order to inform
the Parliament and Scotland about the aims and objectives
that the Executive has in relation to it and to publish a
strategy paper outlining how the Executive intends to achieve
these, but considers that Scotland’s interests in relation
to the Commission’s programme would be best represented
if Scotland was an independent member state of the EU."
After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division:
For 28, Against 81, Abstentions 0).
Phil Gallie moved amendment S2M-771.1 to motion S2M-771—
Leave out "is" and insert—
"was compiled on the presumption that the European Constitution
would have been accepted and is now".
After debate, the
amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 17, Against
88, Abstentions 5).
The motion was then agreed to (DT).
2. First Minister’s
Question Time: Questions were answered by the First
Minister (Mr Jack McConnell).
3. Question Time: Questions were answered
by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.
4. Protection of Emergency Workers: The Parliament
debated the protection of emergency workers.
5. Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved
S2M-781—That the Parliament agrees—
(a) that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee
by 30 January 2004 on the Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003
(Conservation Bodies) Amendment Order 2003 (SSI 2003/621); and
(b) that consideration of the Fire Sprinklers in Residential
Premises (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 30 April
The motion was agreed to.
Time: The Parliament took decisions on item 1 as noted
7. Medical Services in the West Highlands:
The Parliament debated S2M-629 in the name of George Lyon—That
the Parliament recognises the deep concern of the communities
in Fort William and Oban regarding the threat to future provision
of acute medical services in the west Highlands; notes that
over 3,500 people, so far, have turned out at public meetings
to express their opposition to Argyll and Clyde and Highland
NHS boards’ plans to downgrade Oban and Fort William hospitals
to community status; recognises that, if the proposals go ahead,
patients from the West Highlands would be forced to travel hundreds
of miles to Glasgow or Inverness to access treatment, and therefore
believes that the Scottish Executive should reject these plans
and give a commitment that the current service provision will
continue to be delivered locally to communities in the West
8. Motion Without Notice: Mrs Margaret Ewing
moved without notice a motion under Rule 8.14.3 that the Parliament
agrees that Members’ Business on 15 January 2004 be extended
by up to 30 minutes.
The meeting closed at 6.10 pm.
P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
15 January 2004
(Note: this Appendix does
not form part of the Minutes)
The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on
15 January 2004 and are subject to annulment—
The Infant Formula and Follow-on Formula Amendment (Scotland)
Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/7)—
The Processed Cereal-based Foods and Baby Foods for Infants
and Young Children (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/8)—
laid under section 48(3) of the Food Safety Act 1990