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Vol. 2, No. 17 Session 2

Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 16 September 2004

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Growing Scotland’s Economy – Building on Progress: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning (Mr Jim Wallace) moved S2M-1695—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Scottish Executive’s response to the issues raised at the Business in the Parliament Conference 2004; welcomes the input of the business community into the current revision of A Smart, Successful Scotland and welcomes this opportunity for members to influence that revision; notes the broad consensus in support of the Executive’s recently published framework for economic development in Scotland for addressing Scotland’s historically low rate of economic growth by working to deliver improved productivity, and believes that improved economic growth is key to generating first-class public services for the people of Scotland.

Mr Jim Mather moved amendment S2M-1695.2 to motion S2M-1695—

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"in the belief that the case has now been made and popularly acclaimed at home and internationally-proven in recent competitiveness indices for more powers for the Parliament, which are needed in order to reverse Scotland’s historically low rate of economic growth and generate both the wealth required to provide world-class public services and infrastructure and the high quality employment opportunities needed to retain and develop fresh talent in Scotland."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 20, Against 82, Abstentions 6).

Murdo Fraser moved amendment S2M-1695.1 to motion S2M-1695—

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"notes the continuing underperformance of the Scottish economy relative to the United Kingdom as a whole, despite the economic strategies of the Scottish Executive over the last five years; further notes with concern that Scotland was ranked 36th out of 60 countries in IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2004, some 14 places behind the United Kingdom as a whole; recognises the broad consensus of the business community in response to the Executive’s recently published framework for economic development in Scotland, that action rather than words is required from the Executive to grow the Scottish economy, and calls upon the Executive to take immediate steps to create a more business-friendly environment by reducing business rates and water charges and cutting red tape, thereby encouraging business development and boosting Scotland’s economic competitiveness."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 15, Against 76, Abstentions 18).

Shiona Baird moved amendment S2M-1695.3 to motion S2M-1695—

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"acknowledges that Scotland’s economy, society and environment are interlinked and cannot be treated in isolation; notes that prioritising economic growth, above all else, contradicts the Scottish Executive’s stated commitment to human and environmental welfare, and that GDP growth alone is not a measure of improvement in people’s quality of life and environmental sustainability; notes the revelation in the recent report to the Environment and Rural Development Committee by CAG Consultants, Is The Scottish Executive Structured and Positioned to Deliver Sustainable Development? that the most significant weakness emerged in relation to the perceived need for economic growth and the failure to acknowledge the negative environmental impacts of growth policies, and calls on the Executive to place quality of life as its number one priority, supported by the development of a sustainable economy that does not undermine social and environmental justice."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 15, Against 77, Abstentions 18).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 65, Against 27, Abstentions 18).

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. Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1702—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Tenements (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 4 – no later than 30 minutes

Groups 5 to 8 – no later than 45 minutes

Groups 9 to 11 – no later than 1 hour and 15 minutes

Groups 12 to 16 – no later than 1 hour and 30 minutes

Motion to pass the Bill – 2 hours

The motion was agreed to.

5. Tenements (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 81, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77 and 78.

Amendment 30 was agreed to (by division: For 70, Against 9, Abstentions 0)

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

79 (For 9, Against 93, Abstentions 0)

22A (For 29, Against 57, Abstentions 0)

The remaining amendment was not moved.

6. Tenements (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Minister for Communities (Ms Margaret Curran) moved S2M-1493—That the Parliament agrees that the Tenements (Scotland) Bill be passed.

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

7. Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S2M-1685—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 24 September 2004 on the International Criminal Court (Enforcement of Fines, Forfeiture and Reparation Orders) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/360), the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Prescribed Police Stations) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/370), the Freedom of Information (Fees for Disclosure under Section 13) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/376) and the draft Freedom of Information (Fees for Required Disclosure) (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

The motion was agreed to.

8. Motion without Notice: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that the Parliament agrees under Rule 11.2.4 of Standing Orders that Decision Time on Thursday 16 September 2004 be taken at 4.47 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

9. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1 and 6 as noted above.

10. Children of Drug Abusers: The Parliament debated S2M-1306 in the name of Trish Godman—That the Parliament notes the widespread incidence in Scotland of children whose parents misuse drugs and who, as a result, suffer diminished lives in all kinds of ways; believes that such children, many of whom are infants, require comprehensive care by those concerned with the protection of vulnerable families, and considers that the Scottish Executive, social work departments and other interested parties should adopt healthcare programmes that will ensure that such young citizens escape the blighting of their lives brought about by parents who are themselves in need of treatment and support.

The meeting closed at 5.43 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

16 September 2004

Appendix

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 15 September 2004

School Education (Ministerial Powers and Independent Schools) (Scotland) Bill—The Bill was reprinted as amended at Stage 2. (SP Bill 22A) (Executive Bill)

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 16 September 2004 for approval by resolution

The Maximum Number of Judges (Scotland) Order 2004

laid under section 1(3) of the Court of Session Act 1986

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 16 September 2004 and are subject to annulment—

The Scottish Network 1 Tourist Board Scheme Order 2004 (SSI 2004/396)

laid under section 173(5) of the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994

The Scottish Network 2 Tourist Board Scheme Order 2004 (SSI 2004/397)

laid under section 173(5) of the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994

The Common Agricultural Policy Support Schemes (Modulation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/398)

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

The Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Crops, Food and Feeding Stuffs) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 3) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/399)

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

The Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003 (Conservation Bodies) Amendment Order 2004 (SSI 2004/400)

laid under section 127(1) of the Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 16 September 2004 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scottish Homes Annual Report and Accounts 2003-2004 (SE 2004/134)

laid under section 11(1) of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1988