Note: (DT) signifies a decision taken at Decision Time.
The meeting opened at 9.30 am.
1. Procedures Committee, Oral Questions and Emergency Bills: Iain Smith, on behalf of the Procedures Committee, moved S2M-864—That the Parliament notes the Procedures Committee's recommendations for changes to the format of Question Time and other aspects of oral questioning in its 2nd Report, 2003 (Session 2), Oral Questions in the Chamber, and about the timing of First Minister's Question Time and Question Time in its 1st Report, 2004 (Session 2), Oral Questions and Time in the Chamber, further notes the Committee's recommendations for changes to the procedure for Emergency Bills in its 2nd report, 2004 (Session 2), Report on Emergency Bills, and agrees that the changes to standing orders set out in Annexe A to the 2nd Report, 2003 (Session 2) and in Annexe A to the 2nd Report, 2004 (Session 2) should be made with effect from 13 February 2004.
After debate, the motion was agreed to (DT).
2. Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Bill – UK Legislation: The Deputy Minister for Justice (Hugh Henry) moved S2M-838—That the Parliament endorses the principle of creating a new offence to combat trafficking in human beings for non-sexual exploitation as set out in the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Bill and agrees that the provisions to achieve this end in Scotland which relate to devolved matters should be considered by the UK Parliament.
After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 76, Against 33, Abstentions 1).
3. Appointment of a Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland: Scott Barrie, on behalf of the Selection Panel, moved S2M-886—That the Parliament nominates Kathleen Marshall to Her Majesty The Queen for appointment as the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland.
After debate, the motion was agreed to (DT).
4. First Minister's Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell).
5. Question Time: Questions were answered by Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.
6. Ministerial Statement: The Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Allan Wilson) made a statement and answered question on reform of the Common Agricultural Policy.
7. Budget (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services (Tavish Scott) moved S2M-902—That the Parliament agrees that the Budget (Scotland) Bill be passed.
After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 86, Against 10, Abstentions 14).
8. Higher Education Bill – UK Legislation: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning (Mr Jim Wallace) moved S2M-787—That the Parliament agrees that the provisions contained in the Higher Education Bill which have the effect of creating a UK Arts and Humanities Research Council and which confer powers and functions on Scottish Ministers, so far as those provisions relate to matters within the legislative competence of the Parliament, should be considered by the UK Parliament.
After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 77, Against 22, Abstentions 10).
9. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2, 3, 7 and 8 as noted above.
10. Sewage Dumping: The Parliament debated S2M-770 in the name of Ms Rosemary Byrne—That the Parliament accepts that the dumping of untreated or semi-treated sewage on land is a revolting concept to the public with potentially devastating health and environmental effects; notes with strong disapproval the current practice of the dumping of semi-treated waste in various sites in the south of Scotland by a subsidiary of Thames Water plc, and considers that the Scottish Executive should ban this practice completely by ensuring safe scientific methods of disposal under both the precautionary and proximity principles.
Motion without Notice: Alasdair Morgan moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended by 5 minutes.
The motion was agreed to.
The meeting closed at 6.06 pm.
P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
12 February 2004
(Note: this Appendix does not form part of the Minutes)
The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 12 February 2004 and are subject to annulment—
The Motorways Traffic (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SSI/2004/53)—
The A1 (East of Haddington to Dunbar) Special Road Regulations 2004 (SSI/2004/54)—
laid under section 134(3) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984
The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 12 February 2004 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure
Aberdeen College – Financial Statements for the Year to 31 July 2003 (SE/2004/16)—
Anniesland College – Report and Accounts – 31 July 2003 (SE/2004/17)—
Barony College – Financial Statements for the Year to 31 July 2003 (SE/2004/18)—
Central College of Commerce – Report and Financial Statements 2002-03 (SE/2004/19)—
Clydebank College – Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 July 2003 (SE/2004/20)—
laid under section 22(5) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000