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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 2, No 4 (Session 2)

Thursday 20 May 2004

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Skills and Continued Learning: The Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning (Lewis Macdonald) moved S2M-1340—That the Parliament supports Scottish Executive initiatives, such as the Scottish Union Learning Fund, the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework and the Determined to Succeed programme, to ensure the provision of effective skills and learning opportunities that will allow more people to play a full and productive role in the workplace and in the community; recognises the vital contribution that skills and learning make in helping to stimulate sustainable economic growth and to close the opportunity gap, and congratulates all those involved in the Modern Apprenticeship programme, which has exceeded its target of having 30,000 apprentices in training two years ahead of schedule.

Fiona Hyslop moved amendment S2M-1340.1 to motion S2M-1340—

Leave out from "supports" to end and insert—

"regrets the absence of a national skills and lifelong learning strategy from the Scottish Executive as part of the Smart, Successful Scotland policy; recognises the contribution of the Scottish Union Learning Fund, the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework, the Determined to Succeed programme and the Modern Apprenticeship programme, but notes that these individual elements by themselves will not deliver the appropriate skills and continued learning requirements for Scotland in the 21st century."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 33, Against 75, Abstentions 0).

Murdo Fraser moved amendment S2M-1340.2 to motion S2M-1340—

Insert after "gap,"—

"urges the Scottish Executive to increase the opportunity for school pupils across Scotland to access courses in further education colleges from the age of 14,".

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 106, Against 4, Abstentions 1).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 107, Against 5, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament supports Scottish Executive initiatives, such as the Scottish Union Learning Fund, the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework and the Determined to Succeed programme, to ensure the provision of effective skills and learning opportunities that will allow more people to play a full and productive role in the workplace and in the community; recognises the vital contribution that skills and learning make in helping to stimulate sustainable economic growth and to close the opportunity gap, urges the Scottish Executive to increase the opportunity for school pupils across Scotland to access courses in further education colleges from the age of 14, and congratulates all those involved in the Modern Apprenticeship programme, which has exceeded its target of having 30,000 apprentices in training two years ahead of schedule.

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

3. Question Time: Questions were answered by the Minister for Education and Young People (Peter Peacock) and the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport (Mr Frank McAveety); by the Minister for Finance and Public Services (Mr Andy Kerr) and the Minister for Communities (Ms Margaret Curran); and by other Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

4. Major Events and Festivals in Scotland: The Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport (Mr Frank McAveety) moved S2M-1341—That the Parliament recognises Scotland's excellent track record of creating and hosting world-class events and festivals; recognises the great benefits that events and festivals can bring throughout Scotland, such as boosting our economy, promoting the international profile of Scotland as a place to visit and in which to live, work and invest and encouraging Scots, particularly young people, to participate in sport and culture; welcomes the success achieved by EventScotland in its first year of operation in realising the potential of Scotland as a world-class destination for events, and congratulates the many organisers of festivals throughout Scotland in their success in getting communities involved in these festivals and attracting visitors to Scotland.

Mr Kenny MacAskill moved amendment S2M-1341.1 to motion S2M-1341—

Leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert—

"notes the success of the festivals and events throughout Scotland over many years, created and contributed to by a variety of organisations, whether central or local government, national or area tourist boards or private or public bodies; notes that the impediment to further success has been a shortage of funds and that the creation of an additional and unnecessary tier of bureaucracy is not the solution, and calls for the abolition of EventScotland and the creation of an event fund for appropriate organisations and bodies to access in order to continue and build upon the success to date."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 43, Against 68, Abstentions 1).

Chris Ballance moved amendment S2M-1341.2 to motion S2M-1341—

Insert at end—

"further notes that EventScotland's mission statement encompasses environmental as well as other benefits and that the Scottish Executive's major events strategy, while mentioning sustainability and affordability, places these items 11th and 16th respectively out of a total of 16 priorities, and calls on the Executive, through bodies such as EventScotland and VisitScotland, to work to ensure that environmental and community benefits are not given a lower priority in the quest to attract prestige events."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 12, Against 100, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 94, Against 0, Abstentions 18).

5. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1 and 4 as noted above.

6. Local Television: The Parliament debated S2M-1201 in the name of Linda Fabiani—That the Parliament congratulates Thistle Television, the only local television station in Scotland, on commencing local television broadcasting throughout Lanarkshire with a potential audience of 400,000 local people; welcomes Thistle Television as a valuable addition to local media networks and creative employment, and looks forward to its contribution to local business, culture, education, and community involvement.

The meeting closed at 5.45 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

20 May 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 20 May 2004 for approval by resolution

The Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2004

laid under section 115 of, and paragraphs 1 and 2 of Schedule 7 to, the Scotland Act 1998

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 20 May 2004—

Enterprise and Culture Committee, 4th Report 2004 (Session 2): Report on Inquiry into Broadband in Scotland (SP Paper 158)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 22nd Report 2004 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 161)


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