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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 1, No 57 Session 2

Wednesday 3 March 2004

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Rodef Shalom Eliyahu McLean, Co-ordinator of the Jerusalem Circle led Time for Reflection.

2. National Health Service Reform (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Minister for Health and Community Care (Malcolm Chisholm) moved S2M-215—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the National Health Service Reform (Scotland) Bill.

Shona Robison moved amendment S2M-215.1 to motion S2M-215—

Insert at end—

"but, in so doing, believes that there must be safeguards in place to ensure the independence of the proposed new Scottish Health Council and is concerned about the lack of detail in the Financial Memorandum regarding potential additional costs arising from the Bill."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 39, Against 77, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 94, Against 17, Abstentions 5).

3. National Health Service Reform (Scotland) Bill – Financial Resolution: The Minister for Health and Community Care (Malcolm Chisholm) moved S2M-227—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the National Health Service Reform (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any increase in expenditure of the Scottish Ministers payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund in consequence of the Act.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 73, Against 44, Abstentions 0).

4. Business Motion: Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-983—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 10 March 2004

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate on the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – Debate on the subject of S2M-913 Dr Sylvia Jackson: Commonwealth Day 2004

Thursday 11 March 2004

9.30 am Scottish Senior Citizens' Unity Party Business

followed by Scottish Socialist Party Business

12 noon First Minister's Question Time

2.00 pm Question Time –

Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport;

Justice and Law Officers;

General Questions

3.00 pm Executive Debate on the Historic Environment, a Valuable Resource for Scotland

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – Debate on the subject of S2M-746 Rob Gibson: Maternity Services in Caithness

Wednesday 17 March 2004

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Debate on Enterprise and Culture Committee's 3rd Report, 2003 (Session 2) Scottish Solutions Inquiry

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 18 March 2004

9.30 am Scottish National Party Business

12 noon First Minister's Question Time

2.00 pm Question Time –

Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport;

Finance and Public Services and Communities;

General Questions

3.00 pm Executive Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

The motion was agreed to.

5. Business Motion: Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-989—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 4 March 2004—

Thursday 4 March 2004

delete,

9.30 am Stage 3 of the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill

and insert,

9.30 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 of the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill

The motion was agreed to.

6. Office of the Clerk: Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-986—That the Parliament agrees that between 3 July 2004 and 7 January 2005 the office of the Clerk shall be open all days except: Saturdays and Sundays, 3 December 2004, 24 December 2004 (pm), 27 and 28 December 2004 and 3 and 4 January 2005.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Rule 2.3.1: Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-987—That the Parliament agrees the following dates under Rule 2.3.1: 5 July – 3 September 2004 (inclusive), 11 – 22 October 2004 (inclusive), 27 December 2004 – 7 January 2005 (inclusive).

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 112, Against 4, Abstentions 1).

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

9. The Institute for Science Education in Scotland: The Parliament debated S2M-870 in the name of Lord James Douglas-Hamilton—That the Parliament notes the widespread concerns about the future of science education in Scotland; believes the declining popularity of science subjects in schools and at further and higher education levels has consequences for economic development; welcomes the establishment of the Institute for Science Education in Scotland, a unique network of scientists working with science teachers to support excellence in science teaching throughout Scotland; notes that the aim of the institute is to work with the thousands of people in the Scottish science community who are determined to reverse the decline in the popularity of science at schools, colleges and universities; further notes the priority set by the Scottish Science Advisory Committee in its recent report, Why Science Education Matters, on development of the institute; notes that the institute has the support of all Scotland's universities, the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the General Teaching Council for Scotland; further notes the creation of a National Centre for Excellence in Science Education in England with support from the Wellcome Trust and the Department for Education and Skills, and considers that the Scottish Executive should support the development of the institute.

The meeting closed at 6.12 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

3 March 2004

Appendix

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

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 27 February 2004 and is subject to annulment

The Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI/2004/76)

laid under section 16(2)(c) of the Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Act 1999

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 3 March 2004 and is subject to annulment

The Sea Fishing (Restriction on Days at Sea) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2004 (SSI/2004/81)

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

Not Subject to any Parliamentary Procedure

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 1 March 2004 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibition) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.3) (Scotland) Order 2003 Revocation Order 2004 (SSI 2004/79)

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

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 27 February 2004 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Angus College – Annual Accounts 2002-03 (SE/2004/27)—

Banff and Buchan College of Further Education – Accounts for the year ended 31 July 2003 (SE/2004/28)—

John Wheatley – Annual Report and Financial Statement for the year ended 31 July 2003 (SE/2004/29)—

Kilmarnock College – Board of Management Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2003 (SE/2004/30)—

Reid Kerr College – Report and Financial Statements 31 July 2003 (SE/2004/32)—

Glasgow College of Nautical Studies – Annual Review and Accounts 2002-03 (SE/2004/33)—

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 1 March 2004 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Ayr College Report of the Board of Management and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2003 (SE/2004/36)—

Borders College Report and Financial Statements for year ended 31 July 2003 (SE/2004/37)—

Clackmannan College Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2003 (SE/2004/38)—

Cumbernauld College Report and Financial Statements of the Board of Management year ended 31 July 2003 (SE/2004/39)—

Elmwood College Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2003 (SE/2004/40)—

Falkirk College Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2003 (SE/2004/41)—

Glasgow College of Building and Printing Financial Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 July 2003 (SE/2004/42)—

Glenrothes College Annual Accounts for the 12 months ended 31 July 2003 (SE/2004/43)—

Stow College Annual Financial Statements and Report of the Board of Management for the year ended 31 July 2003 (SE/2004/44)—

The North Highland College Report and Financial Statements 31 July 2003 (SE/2004/45)—

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 3 March 2004 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Cardonald College – Report of the Board of Management and The Accounts for the year ended 31 July 2003 (SE/2004/47)—

Coatbridge College – Report of the Board of Management and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2003 (SE/2004/48)—

Dumfries and Galloway College – Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2003 (SE/2004/49)—

Fife College of Further and Higher Education Annual Accounts Financial Year 2002-03 (SE/2004/50)—

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

Committee Reports

The following Report was published on 1 March 2004

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 7th Report 2004 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 99)

The following Report was published on 3 March 2004

Justice 1 Committee, 3rd Report 2004 (Session 2): Civil Contingencies Bill – UK Legislation (SP Paper 100)


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