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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 1, No 63 Session 2

Wednesday 24th March 2004

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Father Philip Tartaglia of St Mary’s, Duntocher, Clydebank led Time for Reflection.

2. Local Governance (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Minister for Finance and Public Services (Mr Andy Kerr) moved S2M-682—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Local Governance (Scotland) Bill.

Tommy Sheridan moved amendment S2M-682.2 to motion S2M-682—

insert at end—

"but, in so doing, notes the Interim Report of the Scottish Executive’s Single Transferable Vote Working Group and expresses its support for the principle of the recommendation that general ward sizes should be three to five members with the option of two member wards in exceptional circumstances in recognition that this member ward size better reflects the balance being sought between proportionality and the member/ward link."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 36, Against 83, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 95, Against 19, Abstentions 6).

3. Local Governance (Scotland) Bill – Financial Resolution: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services (Tavish Scott) moved S2M-777—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Local Governance (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any increase in expenditure payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund in consequence of the Act.

The motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 101, Against 18, Abstentions 0).

4. Business Motion: Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1085—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of 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 Ministerial Statement

followed by 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, Transport and Lifelong Learning;

Justice and 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

Wednesday 21 April 2004

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Committee Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 22 April 2004

9.30 am Executive Business

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.00 pm Question Time –

Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport;

Finance and Communities;

General Questions

3.00 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

5. Designation of Lead Committees: Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-1080—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the draft Community Right to Buy (Definition of Excluded Land) (Scotland) Order 2004.

S2M-1081—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the draft Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Travel Notification Requirements) (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

6. Approval of SSIs: Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-1082—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Act 2004 (Modification of Enactments) Order 2004 be approved.

S2M-1083—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 2004 be approved.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

7. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 3, 5 and 6 as noted above.

8. Millennium Development Goals: The Parliament debated S2M-972 in the name of Des McNulty—That the Parliament notes the 10th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda and continuing poverty in sub-Saharan Africa; recognises the extreme urgency of international efforts in making progress towards achieving the eight millennium development goals by 2015 including the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, achievement of universal primary education, promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women, reduction of child mortality, improvement of maternal health, combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, ensuring environmental sustainability and developing a global partnership for development; further recognises the role that churches and other civic society organisations in Scotland have played in reminding us of our responsibilities to people in the poorest countries, and looks forward to a timetable being set by Her Majesty’s Government for meeting its commitment to increase the UK aid budget to 0.7% of gross national product.

The meeting closed at 6.03 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

24 March 2004

Appendix

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 22 March 2004

Emergency Workers (Scotland) Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to make it an offence to assault or impede persons who are providing emergency services; and for connected purposes. (SP Bill 21) (Executive Bill)

Introduced by: Mr Andy Kerr

Supported by: Tavish Scott

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 21-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 21-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 23 March 2004

National Health Service Reform (Scotland) Bill—The Bill was reprinted as amended at Stage 2. (SP Bill 6A) (Executive Bill)

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 22 March 2004 for approval by resolution

The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications and Deemed Applications) (Scotland) Regulations 2004

laid under section 252(4) of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 22 March 2004 and is subject to annulment

The Local Government Pension Scheme (Management and Investment of Funds) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SSI/2004/134)

laid under section 12(6) of the Superannuation Act 1972

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 24 March 2004 and is subject to annulment

The Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Prescribed Police Stations) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI/2004/137)

laid under section 138(3) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003

Not Subject to any Parliamentary Procedure

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 22 March 2004 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 8) (Scotland) Order 2003 Revocation Order 2004 (SSI/2004/135)

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

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 24 March 2004 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 11) (Scotland) Order 2003 Partial Revocation Order 2004 (SSI/2004/139)

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

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 24 March 2004 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Lomond and Argyll Primary Care NHS Trust – Accounts for the period 1 April – 30 June 2003 (SE/2004/63)—

Renfrewshire and Inverclyde Primary Care NHS Trust – Accounts for the period 1 April – 30 June 2003 (SE/2004/65)—

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

The 2003/04 Audit of Lomond and Argyll Primary Care NHS Trust – Report by the Auditor General for Scotland (SE/2004/64)

The 2003/04 Audit of Renfrewshire and Inverclyde Primary Care NHS Trust – Report by the Auditor General for Scotland (SE/2004/66)

Committee Reports

The following Report was published on 19 March 2004

Local Government and Transport Committee, 2nd Report 2004 (Session 2): Stage 1 Report on the Local Governance (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 110)


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