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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 2, No 16 (Session 2)

Wednesday 15 September 2004

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Father John Bollan from the Religious Education Department at the University of Glasgow led Time for Reflection.

2. Finance Committee, Relocation of Public Sector Jobs: Des McNulty, on behalf of the Finance Committee, moved S2M-1672—That the Parliament notes the 6th Report 2004 (Session 2) of the Finance Committee, Report on the Relocation of Public Sector Jobs (SP Paper 189), which summarises the considerable evidence in support of the principle of relocation of public sector jobs, calls for greater transparency in the decision-making process associated with relocation, highlights the need for the objectives of the policy to be set out clearly and realistically, identifies lessons to be learnt from elsewhere and puts forward a number of recommendations for consideration and debate.

After debate, motion was agreed to (DT).

3. Motions without Notice: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that S2M-1698, S2M-1700 and S2M-1699 be taken at this meeting of the Parliament.

The motion was agreed to.

4. Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1698—That the Parliament agrees that Rule 5.6.1(c) of Standing Orders be suspended in respect of Members’ Business on Wednesday 22 September 2004.

The motion was agreed to.

5. Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1700—That the Parliament agrees under Rule 11.2.4 of Standing Orders that Decision Time on Wednesday 22 September 2004 be taken at 7.00pm.

The motion was agreed to.

6. Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1699—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 22 September 2004

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Debate on the Holyrood Inquiry Report

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

7.00 pm Decision Time

Thursday 23 September 2004

9.30 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate on Sport

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.00 pm Question Time—

Environment and Rural Development;

Health and Community Care;

General Questions

3.00 pm Stage 1 Debate on the Breastfeeding etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 29 September 2004

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 30 September 2004

9.30 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.00 pm Question Time—

Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport;

Justice and Law Officers;

General Questions

3.00 pm Stage 1 Debate on the Emergency Workers (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

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

S2M-1686—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the International Criminal Court (Enforcement of Fines, Forfeiture and Reparation Orders) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/360).

S2M-1687—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Prescribed Police Stations) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/370).

S2M-1688—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Freedom of Information (Fees for Disclosure under Section 13) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/376).

S2M-1689—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the draft Freedom of Information (Fees for Required Disclosure) (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

8. Membership of Committees: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-1690—That the Parliament agrees that Nora Radcliffe be appointed to replace Margaret Smith on the Equal Opportunities Committee.

S2M-1691—That the Parliament agrees that Alex Neil be appointed to replace Alasdair Morgan on the Enterprise and Culture Committee.

S2M-1692—That the Parliament agrees that Roseanna Cunningham be appointed to replace Christine Grahame on the Health Committee.

S2M-1693—That the Parliament agrees that Mr John Swinney be appointed to replace Richard Lochhead on the European and External Relations Committee.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

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

10. Citizens Advice Week: The Parliament debated S2M-1579 in the name of Bill Butler—That the Parliament supports Advice Week from 6 to 13 September 2004; commends the vital work that Scotland’s 77 citizens advice bureaux do in providing free, impartial and confidential advice to all; recognises that in the last year they handled over 400,000 issues and secured nearly £26m for clients; further recognises that such good quality advice on issues such as benefits, debt, employment, housing and consumer affairs is increasingly necessary in today’s society; acknowledges that the use of client evidence means that citizens advice bureaux speak with authority and relevance on changing social issues from both a local and national perspective; congratulates the 2,193 volunteers and 329 paid members of staff who provide this service, and hopes that parliamentarians across the political spectrum can work together to ensure that the service will continue to inform government and meet the needs of local communities across Scotland in the years to come.

The meeting closed at 5.54 pm.

 

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

15 September 2004

 

Appendix

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

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instruments were laid in draft before the Parliament on 9 September 2004 for approval by resolution—

The Scotland Act 1998 (Functions Exercisable in or as Regards Scotland) Order 2004

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

The Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) Order 2004

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

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 9 September 2004 and are subject to annulment—

The Solicitors (Scotland) Act 1980 (Foreign Lawyers and Multi-national Practices) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/383)

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

The Agricultural Wages (Permits to Infirm and Incapacitated Persons) (Repeals) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/384)

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

The Firemen’s Pension Scheme Amendment (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/385)

laid under section 26 of the Fire Services Act 1947 and sections 12 and 16 of the Superannuation Act 1972

The Community Health Partnerships (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/386)

laid under section 105(2) of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978

The Mental Health (Advance Statements) (Prescribed Class of Persons) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/387)

laid under section 326(3) of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Action 2003

The Mental Health (Patient Representation) (Prescribed Persons) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/388)

laid under section 326(3) of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003

The Teachers (Medical Requirements for Admission to Training and Registration) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/390)

laid under sections 6(2B) and 7(8) of the Teaching Council (Scotland) Act 1965

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 10 September 2004 and is subject to annulment

The National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Amendment (No. 2) (Scoltland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/389)

laid under section 63(3) of the National Assistance Act 1948

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 14 September 2004 and are subject to annulment—

The Sea Fishing (Enforcement of Community Satellite Monitoring Measures) (Scotland) Revocation Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/391)

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

The Sea Fishing (Enforcement of Community Satellite Monitoring Measures) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/392)

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

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 15 September 2004 and are subject to annulment—

The Fireworks (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/393)

laid under section 16 of the Fireworks Act 2003

The Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/394)

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

The Food Safety (Act of Accession concerning the Czech Republic and other States) (Consequential Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/395)

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

SPCB Papers

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 15 September 2004

The Holyrood Inquiry: A Report by the Rt Hon Lord Fraser of Carmyllie QC (SP Paper 205)

laid under the authority of the Parliament in accordance with a resolution of the Parliament of 24 June 2004

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 9 September 2004 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Audit Committee, 8th Report, 2004, Scottish Executive Health Department Response: Overview of National Health Service Scotland 2002-2003 (SE 2004/206)

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 14 September 2004 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Audit Scotland Annual Report on Accounts for the year ending 31 March 2004 (SP Paper 207)

laid under section 25(6) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 15 September 2004 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

UK Film Council (Formerly Film Council) Lottery Accounts 2003-2004 (SE 2004/212)

laid under chapter 39, section 35(5) of the National Lottery etc Act 1993 (as amended by the National Lottery Act 1998)

Committee Reports

The following document was published on 14 September 2004

Is the Scottish Executive Structured and Positioned to Deliver Sustainable Development? Research Commissioned by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre for the Environment and Rural Development Committee (SP Paper 206)

The following reports were published on 15 September 2004

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 31st Report 2004 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 208)

 

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 32nd Report 2004 (Session 2): Delegated Powers Scrutiny: Tenements (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2 (SP Paper 209)


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