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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 1, No 53 Session 2

Wednesday 11th February 2004

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Rev Dr Michael Purcell, Parish Priest, St Mary of the Angels, Camelon led Time for Reflection.

2. The Future of Scottish Football: Mr Kenny MacAskill moved S2M-889—That the Parliament notes the crisis faced by Scottish football; recognises football’s significant contribution and potential impact in terms of its economic, social and health benefits and its role in our culture and identity; sympathises with the backroom and playing staff of those clubs worst affected; calls on professional football clubs to work with their supporters to harness the emotional and financial investment they make in their clubs; calls on the football authorities and clubs to ensure better business planning and financial management; believes that public funding for the game is essential but not the bail out of individual clubs; welcomes current and proposed financial support from the Scottish Executive but calls for such support to be matched by structural change; calls for the Scottish Football Association (SFA) to be a more integrated governing body for the game; calls for the for a review of the professional league structure in Scotland and the criteria for membership, and further calls for the SFA to regulate and develop participation by all ages and at all levels from grassroots in the community through to the national team.

Mr Jamie McGrigor moved amendment S2M-889.1 to motion S2M-889—

Leave out from "significant" to end and insert—

"importance in terms of its economic, social and health benefits and also its contribution to our culture and identity; believes, however, that football clubs must take responsibility for their own commercial decisions and that a well-run football club should be sustainable without the need for public funding; further believes that the Scottish Executive can help club finances by lifting the outdated alcohol ban in all-seater stadia, and invites the Scottish Football Association to consider reinstating the home international championship as a means of generating additional revenue for the development of the game."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 16, Against 96, Abstentions 1).

Colin Fox moved amendment S2M-889.2 to motion S2M-889—

Leave out from "sympathises" to end and insert—

"notes the experience of successful club teams such as Barcelona that are mutually owned and elect their own board of directors to run the club; further notes that some clubs in the English Nationwide League have already chosen this path by setting up supporters’ trusts, and believes that public funding should be made available to allow for wider community involvement in the clubs and to co-ordinate the game across Scotland."

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 99, Against 15, Abstentions 0).

3. Nuclear Waste: Roseanna Cunningham moved S2M-890—That the Parliament is concerned that policies related to nuclear waste management are being discussed and debated at UK and European level without significant input from Scotland; believes that appropriate statutory guidance for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency on radioactive discharges is urgently required, and considers that decisions regarding the control, management and disposal of nuclear waste material in Scotland should be a matter solely for the Scottish Ministers.

The Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Allan Wilson) moved amendment S2M-890.3 to motion S2M-890—

Leave out from "is concerned" to end and insert—

"agrees that the review of options for the long-term management of radioactive waste, currently being undertaken by the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management, is the correct means of engaging Scotland in the debate to find a long-term publicly acceptable solution to the disposal of long-lived radioactive waste and that the Scottish Executive should continue to input into UK, European and international radioactive waste issues and require the Scottish Environment Protection Agency to implement policy such as the UK Strategy for Radioactive Discharges 2001-2020."

Alex Johnstone moved amendment S2M-890.1 to motion S2M-890—

Leave out from "is concerned" to end and insert—

"believes that nuclear power capacity is vital in meeting Scotland’s future energy needs; recognises technical advances in the handling and disposal of the associated waste materials, and considers that the resolution of nuclear waste issues and the development of new nuclear power capacity can and must run in parallel, as the lengthy commissioning process means that decisions about new nuclear power stations cannot be put off any longer."

Mr Mark Ruskell moved amendment S2M-890.4 to motion S2M-890—

Insert after "Parliament"—

"acknowledges that radioactive nuclear waste for which there is no safe disposal route will remain harmful to human health and the environment for many thousands of years and that responsibility for nuclear waste created by this generation will have to be inherited by countless future generations; considers that the most important step in tackling the growing problem of nuclear waste must be to stop creating the waste in the first instance; believes that Scotland should not accept nuclear waste originating outside Scotland and that waste arising from Scottish civil and military nuclear facilities should remain on the site of the originating facility in secure, monitorable and retrievable storage;"

After debate amendment 890.3 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 77, Against 37, Abstentions 1). As a result amendments S2M-890.1 and S2M-890.4 were pre-empted.

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 78, Against 37, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament agrees that the review of options for the long-term management of radioactive waste, currently being undertaken by the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management, is the correct means of engaging Scotland in the debate to find a long-term publicly acceptable solution to the disposal of long-lived radioactive waste and that the Scottish Executive should continue to input into UK, European and international radioactive waste issues and require the Scottish Environment Protection Agency to implement policy such as the UK Strategy for Radioactive Discharges 2001-2020.

4. Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-906—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 12 February 2004—

after,

9.30 am Procedures Committee Debate on its 2nd Report 2003 (Session 2): Oral Questions in the Chamber; on its 1st Report 2004: Oral Questions and Time in the Chamber; and on its 2nd Report 2004: Emergency Bills

insert,

followed by Motion on Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Bill – UK Legislation

and after,

2.30 pm Question Time

delete,

3.10 pm Stage 3 of the Budget (Scotland) Bill

followed by Motion on Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Bill – UK Legislation

and insert,

3.10 pm Ministerial Statement on Common Agricultural Policy Reform

followed by Stage 3 of the Budget (Scotland) Bill

The motion was agreed to.

5. Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-898—That the Parliament agrees—

  1. the following programme of business—

Wednesday 25 February 2004

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate on the Criminal Procedure (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of the Criminal Procedure (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 26 February 2004

9.30 am Executive Debate on a Better Deal for Young People

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm Executive Debate on Building and Supporting the NHS Workforce

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

and (b) that consideration of the Tenements (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 3 June 2004.

The motion was agreed to.

6. Designation of Lead Committee: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-899—That the Parliament agrees that the Health Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Prohibition of Smoking in Regulated Areas (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 3 and 6 as noted above.

8. VisitScotland Tourist Information: The Parliament debated S2M-847 in the name of Nora Radcliffe—That the Parliament notes the criticisms from the tourism industry about the performance and operation of the visitscotland.com website; in particular, notes the concerns among some operators about the negative impact the website is having on their custom due to technical problems with the site, the high cost of subscription, the apparent lack of reliable information in some instances and the cost in lost tourism; recognises how important tourism is to the Scottish economy, and therefore considers that the Scottish Executive and VisitScotland must ensure that these problems are resolved ahead of the 2004 tourist season.

The meeting closed at 5.59 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

11 February 2004

Appendix

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

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

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

The Renewables Obligation (Scotland) Order 2004

laid under section 32(9) of the Electricity Act 1989

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 6 February 2004 for approval by resolution

The draft Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 2004

laid under sections 191 and 192 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987

The following instruments were laid in draft before the Parliament on 10 February 2004 for approval by resolution—

The Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2004—

The Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2004—

laid under section 37(2) of the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 10 February 2004 and are subject to annulment—

The Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SSI/2004/49)—

The Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SSI/2004/50)—

The Criminal Legal Aid (Fixed Payments) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004—

laid under section 37(1) of the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986

Not Subject to any Parliamentary Procedure

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 9 February 2004 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Radioactivity in Sheep) Partial Revocation (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/48)

laid under section 1(10) of the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

Other Documents

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

The General Teaching Council for Scotland Annual Report and Accounts 2002-03 (SE/2004/13)

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

The Housing Support Grant Order 2004-05 (SE/2004/12)

laid under sections 191(9) and 192(3) of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 9 February 2004 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

National Lottery Distribution Fund Account 2002-03 with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (SE/2004/15)

laid under section 33(1) and (2) of the National Lottery etc. Act 1993 as amended by the National Lottery Act 1998

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 11 February 2004 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Performance management in Historic Scotland – A report to the Scottish Parliament by the Auditor General for Scotland (AGS/2004/1)

laid under the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

Committee Reports

The following Report is being published on 6 February 2004

Health Committee, 3rd Report 2004 (Session 2): Stage 1 of the National Health Service Reform (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 90)

The following Report is being published on 11 February 2004

Health Committee, 4th Report 2004 (Session 2): Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 94)

 


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