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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 2No 152

Wednesday 8 September 2004

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Motion without Notice: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that the Parliament agrees that Rule 5.6.1(c) of Standing Orders be suspended for the purpose of Members’ Business on Wednesday 8 September 2004.

The motion was agreed to.

2. Motion without Notice: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 8 September 2004—

after,

5.00 pm Decision Time

insert,

followed by Continuation of Members’ Business – Debate on the subject of S2M-1578 Mr Duncan McNeil: International Suicide Prevention Week

followed by Members’ Business – Debate on the subject of S2M-1593 Brian Adam: North East of Scotland Sports Facilities

The motion was agreed to.

3. Programme of the Scottish Executive: The Parliament continued its debate on the ministerial statement by the First Minister on the Programme of the Scottish Executive.

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 Enterprise and Lifelong Learning (Mr Jim Wallace) and the Minister for Transport (Nicol Stephen); by the Minister for Justice (Cathy Jamieson) and the Lord Advocate (Colin Boyd); and by other Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

6. Programme of the Scottish Executive: The Parliament continued its debate on the ministerial statement by the First Minister on the Programme of the Scottish Executive.

7. Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1630—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) that consideration of the Fire (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 19 November 2004;

(b) that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 17 September 2004 on the European Communities (Lawyer’s Practice) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/302); and

(c) that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 24 September 2004 on the Register of Sasines (Application Procedure) Rules 2004 (SSI 2004/318).

The motion was agreed to.

8. Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1643—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) that the timetable for completion of consideration of the Breastfeeding etc. (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be extended to 24 September 2004; and

(b) that the timetable for completion of consideration of the Emergency Workers (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be extended to 1 October 2004.

The motion was agreed to.

9. International Suicide Prevention Week: The Parliament continued its debate on S2M-1578 in the name of Mr Duncan McNeil—That the Parliament acknowledges the importance of International Suicide Prevention Week from 5 to 11 September 2004 for raising awareness of this cause of death; recognises that more people die as a result of suicide than from traffic accidents; commends the work being done by Choose life, Scotland’s strategy aimed at reducing suicides by 20% over the next 10 years; welcomes the introduction to Scotland of Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, helping develop more effective approaches to both identifying and assisting those most at risk of suicide, and looks forward to this suicide-reduction work continuing at a national and local level.

10. North East of Scotland Sports Facilities: The Parliament debated S2M-1593 in the name of Brian Adam—That the Parliament regrets that the Scottish Executive and sportscotland felt unable to come up with the monies requested by Aberdeen City Council and its partners to create modern sports facilities in the city; believes that this will compromise the project; notes that there is a dearth of top-class facilities in the north and north east of Scotland, and considers that the Scottish Executive should rethink its decision and come up with the resources that are needed to allow this project to progress.

The meeting closed at 6.10 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

8 September 2004

Appendix

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

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 8 September 2004 for approval by resolution

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (No. 2) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/378)

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

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 8 September 2004 for approval by resolution

The Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Act 2000 (Modification of National Parks (Scotland) Act 2000) Order 2004

laid under section 30(3) of the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Act 2000

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 8 September 2004 and are subject to annulment—

The Fodder Plant Seeds Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/380)

laid under section 16(1) and (6) of the Plant Varieties and Seeds Act 1964

The Agricultural Subsidies (Appeals) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/381)

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

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 8 September 2004 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence Annual Report 2003-04 (SE/2004/148)

laid under section 16(2) of schedule 7 to the National Health Service Reform and Health Care Professions Act 2002


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