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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 1,No No. 72 Session 2

Thursday 6th May 2004

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Business Motion: Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1275—That the Parliament agrees that, during the Stage 3 proceedings of the National Health Service Reform (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 25 minutes

Groups 3 and 4 – no later than 1 hour

Groups 5, 6 and 7 – no later than 1 hour 50 minutes

Motion to pass the Bill – no later than 2 hours 30 minutes

The motion was agreed to.

2. National Health Service Reform (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

6 (For 38, Against 57, Abstentions 5)

21 (For 15, Against 89, Abstentions 0)

22 (For 16, Against 88, Abstentions 0)

13 (For 48, Against 61, Abstentions 0)

14 (For 43, Against 61, Abstentions 0)

The following amendments were moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn: 9, 12

Other amendments were not moved.

3. National Health Service Reform (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Minister for Health and Community Care (Malcolm Chisholm) moved S2M-1095—That the Parliament agrees that the National Health Service Reform (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Shona Robison moved amendment S2M-1095.1 to motion S2M-1095—

Insert at end—

"but, in so doing, remains 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 37, Against 78, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 99, Against 16, Abstentions 1).

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

5. Question Time: Questions were answered by the Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning (Lewis Macdonald) and the Minister for Transport (Nicol Stephen); by the Minister for Justice (Cathy Jamieson), the Solicitor General for Scotland (Mrs Elish Angiolini) and the Lord Advocate (Colin Boyd); and by other Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

6. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Education and Young People (Peter Peacock) made a statement and answered questions on Scottish Borders Council Social Work Services.

7. Scotland’s Beaches – A National Resource: The Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Allan Wilson) moved S2M-1266—That the Parliament recognises the importance of Scottish beaches in attracting visitors to Scotland; welcomes the results of the recent Keep Scotland Beautiful survey of resort beaches with the granting of Seaside Awards to 40 Scottish beaches including 14 new recipients; acknowledges the impact of beach litter as highlighted in the recent Marine Conservation Society’s Beachwatch 2003 Report; commends the partnership approach taken between the Scottish Executive and other bodies to help address the issues raised in Beachwatch 2003; endorses the continuation of that approach, and encourages the public to take more responsibility for its own litter to ensure that Scotland’s beaches continue to be a valued and productive national resource.

Rob Gibson moved amendment S2M-1266.3 to motion S2M-1266—

Insert at end—

"and calls on the Executive to step up pressure against illegal disposal of waste at sea including discharges by the nuclear industry."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 54, Against 62, Abstentions 0).

Alex Johnstone moved amendment S2M-1266.1 to motion S2M-1266—

Insert at end—

"but notes the importance of continuing improvement in bathing water quality in Scotland to the quality of our beaches and believes that further progress is now dependent on addressing the limitations of Scottish Water and the planning system."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 39, Against 71, Abstentions 7).

Mr Mark Ruskell moved amendment S2M-1266.2 to motion S2M-1266—

Leave out from "recognises" to end and insert—

", while welcoming the results of the recent Keep Scotland Beautiful survey of resort beaches with the granting of Seaside Awards to 40 Scottish beaches including 14 new recipients, acknowledges the impact of beach litter as highlighted in the recent Marine Conservation Society’s Beachwatch 2003 Report; notes that the report’s findings include a net increase in beach litter and that sewage-related debris accounts for a higher proportion of beach litter in Scotland than elsewhere in the United Kingdom; further notes that, while encouraging the public to take more responsibility for its own litter, the report also states that determined efforts are required to reduce pollution at source and that local authorities, water authorities and Her Majesty’s Government must play their part in reducing and cleaning up litter; further notes that the environmental quality of beaches encompasses much more than litter alone, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to display a strong lead following the consultation on the best strategy for protecting and enhancing all of Scotland’s coastline as pledged in A Partnership for a Better Scotland, including consideration of an integrated Marine Act."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 55, Against 63, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

8. Nomination of Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland: Bristow Muldoon, on behalf of the Selection Panel, moved S2M-1255—That the Parliament nominates Karen Carlton to Her Majesty The Queen for appointment as the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland.

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

9. Business Motion: Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1253—That the Parliament agrees—

(i) that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 14 May 2004 on the Act of Sederunt (Fees of Solicitors and Witnesses in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment No.2) 2004 (SSI 2004/196); and

(ii) that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 14 May 2004 on the Supervised Attendance Order (Prescribed Courts) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/194); and by 21 May 2004 on the European Communities (Services of Lawyers) Amendment (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/186).

The motion was agreed to.

10. Approval of SSI: Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1252—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications and Deemed Applications) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

11. Membership of Committee: Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S2M-1276—That the Parliament agrees that Margaret Smith be appointed to replace Mike Pringle on the Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

12. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 3, 7, 8, 10 and 11 as noted above.

13. Loch Lomond Rescue Boat: The Parliament debated S2M-1071 in the name of Jackie Baillie—That the Parliament warmly acknowledges the work of the Loch Lomond Rescue Boat; values the service it provides to local communities and visitors enjoying the delights of Loch Lomond; pays tribute to the dedication of the volunteers, who all give freely of their own time to run the service; recognises the importance of their work in promoting and teaching all aspects of safety in and around Loch Lomond, particularly for water sports; notes that a substantial portion of the annual funding is raised by the efforts of volunteers, and therefore considers that the Scottish Executive should investigate the provision of stable funding, similar to that provided for mountain rescue teams, to support this essential, life-saving service.

The meeting closed at 5.40 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

6 May 2004

Appendix

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 5 May 2004

Nature Conservation (Scotland) Bill—The Bill was reprinted as passed (SP Bill 9B) (Executive Bill).

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 6 May 2004 and is subject to annulment

The Sea Fishing (Enforcement of Community Quota and Third Country Fishing Measures) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI/2004/209)

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

 

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 6 May 2004 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Disposal of Forestry Land and Woodlands from 1 January 2003 to 31 December 2003 – Scotland (SE/2004/93)

 

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 6 May 2004—

 

Audit Committee, 5th Report 2004 (Session 2): Report on Scottish Enterprise: special audit examination (SP Paper 149)

Subordinate Legislation Committee 18th Report 2004 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 150)

Subordinate Legislation Committee 19th Report 2004 (Session 2): Delegated Powers Scrutiny: National Health Service Reform (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2 (SP Paper 151)

 

Communities Committee, 5th Report 2004 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 152)


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