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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 1, No 58 Session 2

Thursday 4 March 2004

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.    Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion: Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-993—That the Parliament agrees that, during the Stage 3 proceedings of the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill, debate on each part of those proceedings shall be brought to a conclusion by the time-limits indicated (each time-limit being calculated from when Stage 3 begins and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when the meeting of the Parliament is suspended or otherwise not in progress)

Groups 1 and 2 - no later than 45 minutes

Groups 3 and 4 - no later than 1 hour 10 minutes

Group 5 - no later than 1 hour 30 minutes

Groups 6 and 7 - no later than 1 hour 45 minutes

Group 8 - no later than 2 hours

Groups 9 to 11 - no later than 2 hours 30 minutes

Motion to pass the Bill – no later than 3 hours 20 minutes

The motion was agreed to.

2.     Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to (without division): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25.

Amendment 47 was agreed to (by division: For 81, Against 10, Abstentions 0).

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

            37        (For 33, Against 64, Abstentions 0)

            49        (For 26, Against 69, Abstentions 0).

The following amendments were moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn: 26, 28, 34 and 66.

Other amendments were not moved.

3.         First Minister’s Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell).

4.         Question Time: Questions were answered by Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

5.         Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Minister for Justice (Cathy Jamieson) moved S2M-699—That the Parliament agrees that the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill be passed.

 fter debate, the motion was agreed to (DT).

6.         Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) Bill – UK Legislation: The Deputy Minister for Communities (Mary Mulligan) moved S2M-973—That the Parliament agrees to the principle that, in the contexts of provisions in the Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) Bill enabling charities to convert to become community interest companies, conversion should be regulated and agrees that the provisions in the Bill that relate to the power to regulate such conversion should be considered by the UK Parliament.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 73, Against 3, Abstentions 32).

7.         Civil Contingencies Bill – UK Legislation: The Deputy Minister for Justice (Hugh Henry) moved S2M-974—That the Parliament agrees the principle of a single statutory framework for civil protection across the UK, as set out in the Civil Contingencies Bill, and agrees that the relevant provisions in the Bill should be considered by the UK Parliament.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 69, Against 14, Abstentions 23).

8.         Decision Time: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved, without notice, a motion under Rule 11.2.4 of Standing Orders that Decision Time on 4 March 2004 be taken at 4.56 pm.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (by division: For 93, Against 13, Abstentions 1).

9.         Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 5, 6 and 7 as noted above.

10.       Achievements of Deaf Pupils in Scotland Project: The Parliament debated S2M-758 in the name of Cathie Craigie—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Executive for funding the Achievements of Deaf Pupils in Scotland project since November 2000; is concerned to note the gap in achievements between deaf and hearing children identified in its initial findings, and considers that the Executive should continue to fund the project so that groundbreaking year-on-year evidence can be collected to enable identification of factors which can be addressed by education services for deaf pupils in Scotland.

The meeting closed at 5.39 pm.

 

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

3 March 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 4 March 2004 for approval by resolution

The Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Act 2004 (Modification of Enactments) Order 2004

laid under section 7 of the Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Act 2004

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 4 March 2004 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Scottish Economic Report – March 2004 (SE/2004/34) 

Overdraft Guarantee for Scottish Water (SE/2004/46)

laid under section 43(1) of the Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002

James Watt College – Annual Report and Accounts 2002-2003 (SE/2004/51)—

Jewel & Esk Valley College – Annual Report of the Board of Management and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2003 (SE/2004/52)—

Langside College – Year End Accounts and Report of the Board of Management for the year ended 31 July 2003 (SE/2004/53)

Stevenson College Edinburgh – Board of Management Report and Financial Statement for the year ended 31 July 2003 (SE/2004/55)—

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

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman – Report of an Investigation into a Complaint Against East Ayrshire Council (SPSO/2004/4)

laid under section 15(1) of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act 2002

 

Committee Reports 

The following Reports were published on 4 March 2004

Health Committee, 5th Report 2004 (Session 2): Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 101) 

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 8th Report 2004 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 102)

Justice 2 Committee, 2nd Report 2004: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 103)

 

 


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