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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 2No No. 11 Session 2

Thursday 24th June 2004

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Ministerial Statement: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning (Mr Jim Wallace) made a statement and answered questions on the future arrangements for cross-border students.

2. Procedures Committee, Suspension of Standing Orders and Two Minor Changes to Standing Orders: Iain Smith, on behalf of the Procedures Committee, moved S2M-1447—That the Parliament notes the Procedures Committee’s 3rd Report, 2004 (Session 2), Suspension of Standing Orders (SP Paper 93), and its 5th Report, 2004 (Session 2), Two Minor Changes to Standing Orders (SP Paper 174), and agrees that the changes to standing orders set out in Annexe A to each Report be made with effect from 6 September 2004.

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

3. Finance Committee, Stage 1 of the 2005-06 Budget Process: Des McNulty, on behalf of the Finance Committee, moved S2M-1498—That the Parliament notes the 5th Report, 2004 (Session 2) of the Finance Committee, Stage 1 of the 2005-06 Budget Process (SP Paper 182) and refers the recommendations to the Scottish Executive for consideration.

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

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

5. 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.

6. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Finance and Public Services (Mr Andy Kerr) made a statement and answered questions on efficient government.

7. School Education (Ministerial Powers and Independent Schools) (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Minister for Education and Young People (Peter Peacock) moved S2M-1119—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the School Education (Ministerial Powers and Independent Schools) (Scotland) Bill.

After debate, motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 60, Against 48, Abstentions 0).

8. Publication of Lord Fraser’s Report into the Scottish Parliament Building Project: Murray Tosh moved S2M-1529—That the Parliament authorises Lord Fraser to lay his report into the Scottish Parliament Building Project before the Parliament and orders the Clerk to publish the report.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9. Designation of Lead Committee: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1519—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/282).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10. Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1520—That the Parliament agrees—

(i) that consideration of the Water Services etc. (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 19 November 2004;

(ii) that the timetable for completion of consideration of the Emergency Workers (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be extended to 24 September 2004; and

(iii) that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 27 June 2004 on the Police (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/257); the Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/262); the Criminal Legal Aid (Fixed Payments) (Scotland) Amendment (No.3) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/263); the Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) (Fees) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/264); and by 3 July 2004 on the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) (Fees) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/281) and the Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/282).

The motion was agreed to.

11. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 3, 7, 8 and 9 as noted above.

12. Education for Peace Across Scotland: The Parliament debated S2M-1431 in the name of Chris Ballance—That the Parliament commends the work of the World Peace Prayer Society at its European headquarters in Dumfriesshire, particularly in peace education in schools; recognises the valuable contribution that principles of non-violence and co-operation can make to society and supports the development of skills in conflict resolution, and believes that the Scottish Executive should therefore consider a cross-sectoral review of various peace initiatives, not just in education, but in justice, health and other areas, liaising with COSLA, NHS boards, religious groups, voluntary organisations and other relevant bodies in order to bring forward an integrated strategy for encouraging the peaceful resolution of disputes in all fields and promoting education for peace.

The meeting closed at 5.57 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

24 June 2004

Appendix

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 23 June 2004

Local Governance (Scotland) Bill—The Bill was reprinted as passed (SP Bill 14B) (Executive Bill).

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

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

The Education Maintenance Allowances (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/301)

laid under sections 73(f) and 133 of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980


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