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Vol. 2, No. 20 Session 2

Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 29 September 2004

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Rev Dr David Campbell, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Dunfermline led Time for Reflection.

2. Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1782—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for 29 September 2004—

Wednesday 29 September 2004

after,

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

leave out,

followed by Executive Debate: Spending Review 2004 – Enterprise, Opportunity and Fairness

and insert,

followed by Ministerial Statement on Spending Review 2004 – Enterprise, Opportunity and Fairness

followed by Executive Debate on Ministerial Statement on Spending Review 2004 – Enterprise, Opportunity and Fairness

The motion was agreed to.

3. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Finance and Public Services (Mr Andy Kerr) made a statement and answered questions on the Spending Review 2004 – Enterprise, Opportunity and Fairness.

4. Spending Review 2004 – Enterprise, Opportunity and Fairness: Parliament debated the ministerial statement by the Minister for Finance and Public Services (Mr Andy Kerr) on the Spending Review 2004 – Enterprise, Opportunity and Fairness.

5. Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1780—That the Parliament agrees that Rule 5.6.1(c) of Standing Orders be suspended in respect of Members’ Business on Thursday 7 October 2004.

The motion was agreed to.

6. Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1781—That the Parliament agrees under Rule 11.2.4 of Standing Orders that Decision Time on Thursday 7 October 2004 be taken at 12.30 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

7. Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1783—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 6 October 2004

9.30 am Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement on Efficient Government – Efficiency, Effectiveness and Productivity

followed by Executive Debate on Ministerial Statement on Efficient Government – Efficiency, Effectiveness and Productivity

followed by Stage 3 of the School Education (Ministerial Powers and Independent Schools) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Members’ Business

2.00 pm Question Time—

Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport;

Finance and Public Services and Communities;

General Questions

followed by Debate on Enterprise and Culture Committee’s 6th Report, 2004: Renewable Energy in Scotland

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 7 October 2004

9.30 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate on Scotland’s International Image

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

12.30 pm Decision Time

Wednesday 27 October 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 28 October 2004

9.30 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

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 Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

8. Approval of SSIs: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-1763—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (No.2) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/322) be approved.

S2M-1764—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.5) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/323) be approved.

S2M-1765—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.6) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/330) be approved.

S2M-1766—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (Irish Sea) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/340) be approved.

S2M-1767—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.7) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/341) be approved.

S2M-1768—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.8) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/344) be approved.

S2M-1769—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (No.3) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/352) be approved.

S2M-1770—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.9) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/359) be approved.

S2M-1771—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (No.2) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/378) be approved.

After debate, the motions were agreed to ((DT) by division: For 75, Against 21, Abstentions 11).

9. Committee Remit: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1773—That the Parliament agrees that the remit for the Education Committee be amended to—

To consider and report on matters relating to school and pre-school education, young people and social work and such other matters as fall within the responsibility of the Minister for Education and Young People.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10. Designation of Lead Committee: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1774—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the draft Maximum Number of Judges (Scotland) Order 2004.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

11. Designation of Lead Committee: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1775—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003 (Conservation Bodies) Amendment Order 2004 (SSI 2004/400).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

12. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 8, 9, 10, and 11 as noted above.

13. Development of Edinburgh Airport: The Parliament debated S2M-1723 in the name of Mrs Margaret Smith —That the Parliament notes the importance of Edinburgh Airport to the local, regional and national economy; further notes projections in Her Majesty’s Government's white paper, The Future of Air Transport, that Edinburgh Airport will need a second runway by 2020; is sceptical that these projected passenger number increases will necessarily come to pass; recognises that, while setting aside land for any second runway may be a sensible precaution, it creates planning blight for a number of households and concern for many others and that construction would necessitate relocation of the Royal Highland showground; believes BAA plc must engage with all the local communities around the airport and keep them up to date with development plans at the airport in as open and transparent a fashion as possible; recognises the problem of noise pollution from current flight levels; believes that greater provision of high-speed rail could offer genuine alternatives to short-haul air travel, with the added benefit of freeing up capacity for more long-haul international flights and reducing the need for a second runway; welcomes the development of tram and rail links to Edinburgh Airport and the development of all transport links that will reduce congestion in the area, and considers that Her Majesty’s Government, the Scottish Executive, BAA plc and all concerned should help deliver sustainable, long-term development of Edinburgh Airport.

The meeting closed at 5.57 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

29 September 2004

Appendix

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 27 September 2004

Gaelic Language (Scotland) Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to establish a body having functions exercisable with a view to securing the status of the Gaelic language as an official language of Scotland, including the functions of preparing a national Gaelic language plan, of requiring certain Scottish public authorities to prepare and publish Gaelic language plans in connection with the exercise of their functions and to maintain and implement such plans, and of issuing guidance in relation to Gaelic education. (SP Bill 25) (Executive Bill)

Introduced by: Peter Peacock

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 25-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 25-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 24 September 2004 for approval by resolution

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.10) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/412)

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

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 27 September 2004 for approval by resolution—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (No. 4) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/417)—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 11) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/418)—

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

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 24 September 2004 and are subject to annulment—

The Victim Notification (Prescribed Offences) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/411)

laid under section 88(1) of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003

The Miscellaneous Food Additives Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/413)

laid under section 48(3) of the Food Safety Act 1990

The Feeding Stuffs (Sampling and Analysis) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/414)

laid under section 84(2) of the Agriculture Act 1970

The Public Service Vehicles (Registration of Local Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/415)

laid under section 61(1) of the Public Passenger Vehicles Act 1981

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 28 September 2004 and is subject to annulment

The Sale of Spray Paint (Display of Warning Statement) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/419)

laid under sections 141(1) and (3) of the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 27 September 2004 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Queen’s Printer for Scotland Report covering the period 1 April 2003 to 31 March 2004 (SE/2004/157)

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

Scottish Legal Aid Board Annual Report 2003-04 (SE/2004/158)

laid under section 5 of the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986 and section 22(5) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

MACS: Our first full year Annual Report 2003 (SE/2004/220)

Seafish Annual Report and Accounts 2003-04 (SE/2004/221)

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 29 September 2004 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

National Library of Scotland Statement of Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2001 (SE/2004/224)—

National Library of Scotland Statement of Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2002 (SE/2004/225)—

National Library of Scotland Statement of Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2003 (SE/2004/226)—

National Library of Scotland Statement of Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2004 (SE/2004/227)—

laid under schedule 8(2) of the National Library of Scotland Act 1925

Scottish Prison Service – Contract for the provision of prisoner escort and court custody services (AGS/2004/10)

laid under the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 24 September 2004—

Justice 2 Committee, 7th Report 2004 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 212)

Health Committee Report on Subordinate Legislation 15th Report 2004 (Session 2): (SP Paper 214)