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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 2No 10, Session 2

Wednesday 23rd June 2004

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar led Time for Reflection.

2. Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1528—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Local Governance (Scotland) Bill, debate on each part of the proceedings shall be brought to a conclusion by the time-limits indicated (each time-limit being calculated from when the Stage 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 to 5 – no later than 1 hour and 10 minutes

Group 6 – no later than 1 hour 20 minutes

Groups 7 and 8 – no later than 1 hour and 50 minutes

Group 9 – no later than 1 hour and 55 minutes

Motion to pass the Bill – 2 hours and 25 minutes

The motion was agreed to.

3. Local Governance (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 10, 11, 13 and 12

The following amendments were agreed to (by division)—

18 (For 80, Against 23, Abstentions 6)

14 to 17 (For 99, Against 1, Abstentions 10)

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

1 (For 47, Against 65, Abstentions 0)

2 (For 44, Against 66, Abstentions 0)

3 (For 48, Against 64, Abstentions 0)

4 (For 28, Against 82, Abstentions 0)

19 (For 29, Against 80, Abstentions 0)

20 (For 11, Against 98, Abstentions 0)

26 (For 41, Against 64, Abstentions 0)

21 (For 44, Against 65, Abstentions 0)

23A (For 45, Against 65, Abstentions 0)

23 (For 45, Against 65, Abstentions 0)

24 (For 2, Against 110, Abstentions 0)

25 (For 2, Against 110, Abstentions 0)

 

Amendment 6 was moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn.

Other amendments were not moved.

4. Local Governance (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Minister for Finance and Public Services (Mr Andy Kerr) moved S2M-1495—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Governance (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Tricia Marwick moved amendment S2M-1495.1 to motion S2M-1495—

Insert at end—

"but, in so doing, considers that the Scottish Executive should bring forward legislation, as a matter of urgency, to decouple elections to Scottish local authorities from the elections to the Parliament."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 39, Against 78, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 96, Against 18, Abstentions 2).

5. Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1523—That the Parliament agrees the following revisions to the programme of business for Thursday 24 June 2004 and Thursday 1 July 2004—

 

(a) Thursday 24 June 2004

(i) delete,

9.30 am Procedures Committee Debate on its 3rd Report, 2004: Suspension of Standing Orders and its 5th Report, 2004: Two Minor Changes to Standing Orders

and insert,

9.30 am Ministerial Statement on Future Arrangements for Cross-Border Students

followed by Procedures Committee Debate on its 3rd Report, 2004: Suspension of Standing Orders and its 5th Report, 2004: Two Minor Changes to Standing Orders

and,

(ii) after,

2.00 pm Question Time—

Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport;

Finance and Public Services and Communities;

General Questions

delete,

3.00 pm Stage 1 Debate on the School Education (Ministerial Powers and Independent Schools) (Scotland) Bill

and insert,

3.00 pm Ministerial Statement on Efficient Government

followed by Stage 1 Debate on the School Education (Ministerial Powers and Independent Schools) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Motion on the Publication of Lord Fraser’s Report into the Scottish Parliament Building Project;

and

(b) Thursday 1 July 2004

delete,

9.30 am Final Stage of Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine Railway and Linked Improvements Bill

and insert,

9.30 am Executive Debate on 21st Century Social Work

and after,

2.00 pm Question Time—

Environment and Rural Development;

Health and Community Care;

General Questions

delete,

3.00 pm Executive Business

and insert,

3.00 pm Final Stage of Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine Railway and Linked Improvements Bill

The motion was agreed to.

6. Approval of SSI: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1513—That the Parliament agrees that the Farm Business Development (Scotland) Amendment Scheme 2004 (SSI 2004/236) be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Designation of Lead Committees: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-1514—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Police (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/257).

S2M-1515—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/262).

S2M-1516—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Criminal Legal Aid (Fixed Payments) (Scotland) Amendment (No.3) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/263).

S2M-1517—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) (Fees) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/264).

S2M-1518—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) (Fees) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/281).

The motions were agreed to (DT).

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

9. Newton Dee Village Community: The Parliament debated S2M-1204 in the name of Mr David Davidson—That the Parliament recognises the huge investment in, and the excellent and unique work accomplished at, the Newton Dee Village Community since 1940 and also at the 11 other centres of the Camphill Village Trust through the provision of fulfilling work opportunities and homes for adults with learning disabilities; commends the pioneering health care provision available to residents and the local community; recognises the impact this has on the development of wide-ranging interests and participation in cultural and social activities, and believes that everything possible should be done to allow the community to continue undisturbed and to develop over future years.

The meeting closed at 5.40 pm.

 

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

23 June 2004

Appendix

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 17 June 2004

Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill—The Bill was reprinted as passed (SP Bill 12B) (Executive Bill).

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 21 June 2004 for approval by resolution

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/298)

laid under section 1(8) of the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

SPCB Papers

The following report is being published on 22 June 2004

The Scottish Parliament Annual Report 2003-2004 (SP Paper 169)

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 23 June 2004 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman – Report of an Investigation into a Complaint Against Fife Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (SPSO/2004/05)

laid under section 15(1) of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act 2002

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 18 June 2004—

Subordinate Legislation Committee 28th Report 2004 (Session 2): Delegated Powers Scrutiny: Local Governance (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2 (SP Paper 186)

 

Finance Committee, 5th Report 2004: Stage 1 of the 2005-06 Budget Process (SP Paper 182)

The following Report was published on 21 June 2004

Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine Railway and Linked Improvements Bill Committee, 2nd Report 2004 (Session 2): Report on Appropriate Assessment for the River Teith Candidate Special Area of Conservation (SP Paper 187)

 


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