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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 1, No 61

Wednesday 17 March 2004

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Priya Sahi, 5th Year Student from Grove Academy, Broughty Ferry led Time for Reflection.

2. Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1048—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 17 March 2004—

after,

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

insert,

followed by Ministerial Statement on vCJD

Bill Aitken moved amendment S2M-1048.1 to motion S2M-1048—

Insert at end—

"and the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 18 March 2004—

delete from,

"3.00 pm Executive Debate on Action to Promote Women in Scotland"

to end and insert,

"3.00 pm Debate on request from the Parliament to the BBC to release to the Fraser Inquiry the taped interviews conducted for "The Gathering Place", especially those interviews with the late Donald Dewar and Enric Miralles

3.30 pm Executive Debate on Action to Promote Women in Scotland

followed by Motion on Justice (Northern Ireland) Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.30 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business – Debate on the subject of S2M-971 Rhona Brankin: World Health Organisation’s Bone and Joint Decade 2000 to 2010" "

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to (by division: For 24, Against 60, Abstentions 30).

Carolyn Leckie moved amendment S2M-1048.2 to motion S2M-1048—

Leave out from "insert" to end and insert—

"delete,

"followed by Debate on Enterprise and Culture Committee’s 3rd Report 2003 (Session 2): Scottish Solutions Inquiry (for text of motion see S2M-1043 in Section F of the Business Bulletin for Monday 15 March 2004)

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time"

and insert,

"followed by Ministerial Statement on vCJD

followed by Ministerial Statement on the situation of the three Iranian Kurdish hunger strikers in Glasgow

followed by Debate on Enterprise and Culture Committee’s 3rd Report 2003 (Session 2): Scottish Solutions Inquiry (for text of motion see S2M-1043 in Section F of the Business Bulletin for Monday 15 March 2004)

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.30 pm Decision Time" "

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to (by division: For 37, Against 77, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to (by division: For 86, Against 22, Abstentions 7).

3. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Health and Community Care (Malcolm Chisholm) made a statement, and answered questions on vCJD.

4. Enterprise and Culture Committee, Scottish Solutions Inquiry: Alasdair Morgan, on behalf of the Enterprise and Culture Committee, moved S2M-1043—That the Parliament notes the 3rd Report 2003 (Session 2) of the Enterprise and Culture Committee, Report on Scottish Solutions Inquiry (SP Paper 67), on the potential impact of the introduction of variable tuition fees in England and recognises the importance of a healthy higher education sector to Scotland’s economic development.

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

5. Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1049—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 24 March 2004

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate on the Local Governance (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of the Local Governance (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 25 March 2004

9.30 am Scottish Green Party Business

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.00 pm Question Time -

Environment and Rural Development;

Health and Community Care;

General Questions

3.00 pm Executive Debate on Protecting Communities – Reforming the Role of Non-Jury Courts

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 31 March 2004

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 1 April 2004

9.30 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 of the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.00 pm Question Time -

Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport;

Justice and the Law Officers;

General Questions

3.00 pm Continuation of Stage 3 of the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

and (b) that consideration of the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 4 June 2004.

The motion was agreed to.

6. Approval of SSI: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1047—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Renewables Obligation (Scotland) Order 2004 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 4 and 6 as noted above.

8. National Celebrations on St Andrew’s Day: The Parliament debated S2M-754 in the name of Donald Gorrie—That the Parliament believes that many aspects of Scottish life would benefit from the adoption of St Andrew’s Day as a focus for national celebration; recognises the value that similar national days, such as Thanksgiving Day in the United States of America, bring to other countries, and considers that the Parliament and the Scottish Executive should work with all relevant bodies to make St Andrew’s Day, or the weekend nearest to it, a basis for educational, cultural and sporting activity, family reunions, community events, the promotion of tourism and Scottish products abroad and for developing existing celebrations of Scottish life held abroad.

The meeting closed at 5.53 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

17 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 15 March 2004 for approval by resolution

The draft Community Right to Buy (Definition of Excluded Land) (Scotland) Order 2004

laid under section 98(5) of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 12 March 2004 and is subject to annulment

The Criminal Legal Aid (Fixed Payments) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2004 (SSI/2004/126)

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

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 16 March 2004 and is subject to annulment

The Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SSI/2004/128)

laid under paragraph 2(2) of Schedule 2 to the European Communities Act 1972

Not Subject to any Parliamentary Procedure

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 12 March 2004 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 4) (Scotland) Order 2003 Revocation Order 2004 (SSI/2004/124)—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 6) (Scotland) Order 2003 Partial Revocation Order 2004 (SSI/2004/125)—

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

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 16 March 2004 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 10) (Scotland) Order 2003 Revocation Order 2004 (SSI/2004/129)—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (No. 2) (Scotland) Order 2003 Revocation Order 2004 (SSI/2004/130)—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 5) (Scotland) Order 2003 Revocation Order 2004 (SSI/2004/131)—

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

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 4 March 2004 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

South Lanarkshire College Annual Report and Financial Statements for the 12 months ended 31 July 2003 (SE/2004/54)

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

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 17 March 2004 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Annual Report 2002-03 (SE/2004/31)

laid under section 26 of the National Parks (Scotland) Act 2000

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 16 March 2004

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 9th Report 2004 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 107)

The following Report was published on 17 March 2004

Justice 1 Committee, 4th Report 2004 (Session 2): Justice (Northern Ireland) Bill – UK Legislation (SP Paper 109)


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