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Vol. 2, No. 19 Session 2

Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 23 September 2004

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. A Sporting Scotland is a Successful Scotland: Mr Frank McAveety moved S2M-1733—That the Parliament recognises the significant progress made since devolution in increasing participation in sport through the investment in active schools and the Scottish Executive’s commitment to ensure that every child has at least two hours of high quality physical education; celebrates the continuing success of Scotland’s sportsmen and women, particularly the medallists at the recent Olympics and those competing for medals at the Paralympics currently under way in Athens, of Andrew Murray at the US Open and most recently of Colin Montgomerie as part of the successful European team in the Ryder Cup; endorses the Executive’s ambitions to attract major sporting events in Scotland, building on the successful rugby U21 World Cup; recognises the Executive’s ambitions to invest in sports facilities for all talents and abilities, and seeks the support of all partners in meeting the challenges set out in Sport 21, the national strategy for sport in Scotland.

Michael Matheson moved amendment S2M-1733.1 to motion S2M-1733—

Leave out from "the significant" to end and insert—

"the important contribution of sport in schools, homes, workplaces and communities across Scotland; celebrates the continuing success of Scotland’s sportsmen and women, particularly the medallists at the recent Olympics and those competing for medals at the Paralympics currently under way in Athens, of Andrew Murray at the US Open and most recently of Colin Montgomerie as part of the successful European team in the Ryder Cup, and acknowledges the economic importance of sport to the Scottish economy and calls on the Scottish Executive to demonstrate its ambition to hold major sporting events here in Scotland by supporting the call for a solo Scottish bid for the European Football Championships in 2012."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 11, Against 75, Abstentions 8).

Mr Jamie McGrigor moved amendment S2M-1733.3 to motion S2M-1733—

Leave out from first "recognises" to end and insert—

"laments the lack of significant progress made since devolution in increasing participation in sport; congratulates Scotland’s sportsmen and women, particularly the medallists at the recent Olympics and those competing for medals at the Paralympics currently under way in Athens, Andrew Murray at the US Open and most recently Colin Montgomerie as part of the successful European team in the Ryder Cup; endorses the Scottish Executive’s ambitions to attract major sporting events in Scotland, building on the successful rugby U21 World Cup; believes that the Executive’s fixation with arbitrary targets and control of sport is counter-productive, and believes that, rather than over-spending on consultations, initiatives and glossy brochures, funding should be channelled directly to schools and national governing bodies to be spent on facilities and training."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 15, Against 78, Abstentions 1).

Dennis Canavan moved amendment S2M-1733.2 to motion S2M-1733—

Insert at end—

"but recognises that none of the above will be achieved without more resources invested at local level under the auspices of sportscotland and local authorities."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 18, Against 75, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to (DT) by division: For 71, Against 0, Abstentions 24).

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 Environment and Rural Development (Ross Finnie); by the Minister for Health and Community Care (Malcolm Chisholm); and by other Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

4. Breastfeeding etc. (Scotland) Bill: Elaine Smith moved S2M-1640—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Breastfeeding etc. (Scotland) Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 80, Against 15, Abstentions 0).

5. Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1732—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 29 September 2004 on the Solicitors (Scotland) Act 1980 (Foreign Lawyers and Multi-national Practices) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/383).

The motion was agreed to.

6. Membership of Committee: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1734—That the Parliament agrees that Mr Andrew Welsh be appointed to replace Mr Kenny MacAskill on the Audit Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Membership of Committee: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1735—That the Parliament agrees that Christine Grahame be appointed to replace Ms Sandra White on the Communities Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Membership of Committee: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1736—That the Parliament agrees that Linda Fabiani be appointed to replace Stewart Stevenson on the Communities Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9. Membership of Committee: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1737—That the Parliament agrees that Michael Matheson be appointed to replace Brian Adam on the Enterprise and Culture Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10. Membership of Committee: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1738—That the Parliament agrees that Alasdair Morgan be appointed to replace Fergus Ewing on the Finance Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

11. Membership of Committee: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1739—That the Parliament agrees that Stewart Stevenson be appointed to replace Michael Matheson on the Justice 1 Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

12. Membership of Committee: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1740—That the Parliament agrees that Mr Bruce McFee be appointed to replace Mr Stewart Maxwell on the Justice 1 Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

13. Membership of Committee: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1741—That the Parliament agrees that Mr Stewart Maxwell be appointed to replace Nicola Sturgeon on the Justice 2 Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

14. Membership of Committee: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1742—That the Parliament agrees that Ms Sandra White be appointed to replace Linda Fabiani on the Public Petitions Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

15. Membership of Committee: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1743—That the Parliament agrees that Mr Bruce McFee be appointed to replace Bruce Crawford on the Procedures Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

16. Membership of Committee: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1744—That the Parliament agrees that Linda Fabiani be appointed to replace Alex Neil on the Standards Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

17. Membership of Committee: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1745—That the Parliament agrees that Mr Adam Ingram be appointed to replace Alasdair Morgan on the Subordinate Legislation Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

18. Membership of Committee: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1746—That the Parliament agrees that Fergus Ewing be appointed to replace Mr Bruce McFee on the Local Government and Transport Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

19. Membership of Committee: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1747—That the Parliament agrees that Bruce Crawford be appointed to replace Mr Andrew Welsh on the Local Government and Transport Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

20. 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 23 September 2004 be taken at 4.55 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

21. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19 as noted above.

22. Scotland’s Regiments: The Parliament debated S2M-1590 in the name of Murdo Fraser—That the Parliament notes the outstanding commitment and service of Scotland’s six infantry regiments for this country over the centuries; further notes that the recent war in Iraq was the latest conflict which showed Scotland’s regiments to be a modern, effective fighting force as well as institutions steeped in history and tradition; condemns the proposed loss of one of Scotland’s regiments and the amalgamation of existing regiments into one or two new regiments, with the resultant loss of individual regimental identity and traditions; believes that, in a time of increased commitments across the globe, our armed forces must have the necessary resources and structure to protect our country, deter aggression and safeguard our vital interests in the wider world, and considers that the Scottish Executive should make urgent representations to the Ministry of Defence against these proposals in the interests of the Scottish economy and Scotland’s military culture.

23. Motion without Notice: Murdo Fraser moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended by 25 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 6.13 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

23 September 2004

Appendix

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

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 23 September 2004 and is subject to annulment

The Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/406)

laid under section 54 of the Building (Scotland) Act 2003

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 22 September 2004 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Crofters Commission Annual Report 2003-04 (SE/2004/120)

laid under section 2(4) of the Crofters (Scotland) Act 1993

Bord na Gaidhlig Annual Report 2003-04 (SE/2004/216)

laid under section 23 of the National Heritage (Scotland) Act 1985

The Electoral Commission Corporate Plan 2004-05 to 2008-09 (SE/2004/217)

laid under paragraph 15(4) of Schedule 1 to the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000

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

Scottish Agricultural Science Agency – Annual Report and Accounts 2003-04 (SE/2004/149)

laid under section 22(5) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 23 September 2004—

Justice 1 Committee, 10th Report 2004 (Session 2): Stage 1 Report on the Emergency Workers (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 210)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 33rd Report 2004 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 211)

Enterprise and Culture Committee, 8th Report 2004 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 213)