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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 1, No No. 67 Session 2

Wednesday 21 April 2004

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Sandra Holt, National Assessor for the Church of Scotland’s Ministry selection process led Time for Reflection.

2. Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1181—That the Parliament agrees the following revisions to the programme of business agreed on 31 March 2004—

(a) Wednesday 21 April 2004

after,

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

insert,

followed by Ministerial Statement on Prisoner Escort and Court Custody Services Contract

(b) Thursday 22 April 2004

delete,

9.30 am Executive Debate

and insert,

9.30 am Ministerial Statement on Cultural Review

followed by Executive Debate on Mental Health

The motion was then agreed to.

3. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Justice (Cathy Jamieson) made a statement and answered questions on Prisoner Escort and Court Custody Services Contract.

4. European and External Relations Committee, Enlargement of the European Union: Richard Lochhead, on behalf of the European and External Relations Committee, moved S2M-1098—That the Parliament welcomes the enlargement of the European Union that will see 10 new member states join on 1 May 2004; recognises that this provides both challenges and opportunities to Scotland, and encourages the Scottish Executive to promote actively the benefits of enlargement across Scotland.

Margo MacDonald moved amendment S2M-1098.1 to motion S2M-1098—

Leave out from "encourages" to end and insert—

"calls on the Scottish Executive to produce a balanced assessment of the economic and social impact of enlargement."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 48, Against 58, Abstentions 6).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

 

5. Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1180—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 28 April 2004

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 of the Criminal Procedure (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 29 April 2004

9.30 am Scottish National 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 Reducing Reoffending – Improving the Effectiveness of Custodial and Non-Custodial Sentences

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 5 May 2004

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 of the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 6 May 2004

9.30 am Stage 3 of the National Health Service Reform (Scotland) Bill

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 Business

followed by Nomination of Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

and (b) that consideration of the Emergency Workers (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 10 September 2004.

The motion was then agreed to.

6. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on item 4 as noted above.

7. Loss of Green Space and Leisure Facilities in Glasgow: The Parliament debated S2M-1172 in the name of Robert Brown—That the Parliament notes with concern the continuing loss of green space in Glasgow and other areas due to planning encroachment and, in particular, the threat to the future of bowling greens, tennis courts, football fields, allotments and similar facilities and believes that the Scottish Executive and local authorities should review land use policies, strengthen the protection of green space and leisure facilities, enforce local planning policies, conservation and other planning protections stringently and halt the development for other purposes of green space and leisure areas in pressurised urban communities.

The meeting closed at 5.48 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

21 April 2004

Appendix

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

 

Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill—The Bill was reprinted as passed (SP Bill 11B) (Executive Bill).

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 31 March 2004 and are subject to annulment—

The National Health Service (Travelling Expenses and Remission of Charges) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulation 2004 (SSI 2004/166)—

The National Health Service (Optical Charges and Payments) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/168)—

The National Health Service (General Ophthalmic Services) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 3) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/169)—

laid under section 105(2) of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1975

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 2 April 2004 and is subject to annulment

The Organic Aid (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SSI/2004/174)

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

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 15 April 2004 and is subject to annulment

The Food (Jelly Mini-Cups) (Emergency Control) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/187)

laid under section 48(3) of the Food Safety Act 1990

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

The Home Energy Efficiency Scheme Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/188)

laid under section 15(8) of the Social Security Act 1990

Not Subject to any Parliamentary Procedure

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 7 April 2004 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 6) (Scotland) Order 2003 Revocation Order 2004 (SSI/2004/177)—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 9) (Scotland) Order 2003 Revocation Order 2004 (SSI/2004/178)—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (Scotland) Order 2003 Revocation Order 2004 (SSI/2004/179)—

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

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 14 April 2004 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 11) (Scotland) Order 2003 Revocation Order 2004 (SSI 2004/181)

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

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 6 April 2004 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

The Scottish Law Commission – Annual Report 2003 (SE/2004/58)

laid under section 3(3) of the Law Commissions Act 1965

Milk Development Council - Annual Report 2002-03 (SE/2004/72)

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 8 April 2004 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Perth College Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2003 (SE/2004/73)—

Inverness College Financial Statements and Report of the Board of Management for the year ended 31 July 2003 (SE/2004/74)—

West Lothian College 12 Months’ Accounts 2002-03 (SE/2004/76)—

Moray College Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2003 (Se/2004/78)—

North Glasgow College Springburn Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 July 2003 (SE/2004/80)—

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

Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2002-03 Audit of Inverness College (SE/2004/75)

Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2002-03 Audit of West Lothian College (SE/2004/77)

Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2002-03 Audit of Moray College (SE/2004/79)

Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2002-03 Audit of North Glasgow College (SE/2004/81)

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 14 April 2004 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Fife Acute Hospitals NHS Trust Accounts for the period 1 April 2003 – 30 September 2003 (SE/2004/67)—

Fife Primary Care NHS Trust Accounts for the period 1 April 2003 – 30 September 2003 (SE/2004/68)—

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

The 2003-04 Audit of Fife Primary Care NHS Trust (SE/2004/82)

Committee Reports

The following Report was published on 2 April 2004

Environment and Rural Development Committee, 4th Report

2004 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 122)

The following Report was published on 6 April 2004

Education Committee, 4th Report 2004 (Session 2): Report on

Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 123)

The following Report was published on 16 April 2004

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 13th Report 2004 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 120)


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