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Vol. 2, No. 22 Session 2

Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 6 October 2004

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Time for Reflection: Mr Graeme Sinclair, Deaf Action led Time for Reflection.

2. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1824—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for 6 October 2004—

Wednesday 6 October 2004

after,

9.30 am Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

leave out,

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

and insert ,

followed by First Minister’s Motion to appoint a Minister

followed by First Minister’s Motion to appoint Junior Scottish Ministers

The motion was agreed to.

3. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1825—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the School Education (Ministerial Powers and Independent Schools) (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 and 2 – no later than 30 minutes

Motion to pass the Bill – 1 hour

The motion was agreed to.

4. Appointment of Minister: The First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell) moved S2M-1822—That the Parliament agrees that Mr Tom McCabe be appointed as a Minister.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (by division: For 62, Against 36, Abstentions 4.

5. Appointment Junior Scottish Ministers: The First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell) moved S2M-1823—That the Parliament agrees that Rhona Brankin and Johann Lamont be appointed as junior Scottish Ministers.

Shona Robison moved amendment S2M-1823.2 to motion S2M-1823—

Leave out “Rhona Brankin and”.

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to (by division: For 35, Against 67, Abstentions 7).

Bill Aitken moved amendment S2M-1823.1 to motion S2M-1823—

Leave out “and Johann Lamont”.

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to (by division: For 36, Against 66, Abstentions 7).

The motion was then agreed to (by division: For 67, Against 36, Abstentions 6).

6. School Education (Ministerial Powers and Independent Schools) ( Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 7, 8, 9 and 10.

Amendment 1 was disagreed to (by division: For 35, Against 59, Abstentions 0).

Other amendments were not moved.

7. School Education (Ministerial Powers and Independent Schools) ( Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Minister for Education and Young People (Peter Peacock) moved S2M-1813—That the Parliament agrees that the School Education (Ministerial Powers and Independent Schools) ( Scotland) Bill be passed.

After debate, motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 68, Against 51, Abstentions 0).

8. Closure of Telephone Boxes by BT: The Parliament debated S2M-1706 in the name of Bruce Crawford—That the Parliament recognises the value of public telephone boxes as an important public service throughout Scotland in terms of social need and access to emergency services; is concerned about the plans by British Telecom (BT) to close 165 call boxes in towns and villages throughout mid-Scotland and Fife and around 1,000 around Scotland; supports the many community councils who have expressed grave concern at the planned closure of public call boxes in their communities; considers the consultation process conducted by BT to be inadequate, and therefore believes that BT should consult directly with the communities affected and reconsider its plans.

9. Motion without Notice: Bruce Crawford moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended by 15 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

10. Question Time: Questions were answered by the Minister for Education and Young People (Peter Peacock) and the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport (Patricia Ferguson); by the Minister for Finance and Public Sector Reform (Mr Tom McCabe) and the Minister for Communities (Malcolm Chisholm); and by other Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

11. Enterprise and Culture Committee, Renewable Energy in Scotland: Mike Watson, on behalf of the Enterprise and Culture Committee, moved S2M-1762—That the Parliament commends the 6th Report 2004 (Session 2) of the Enterprise and Culture Committee, Renewable Energy in Scotland, including its support for the Scottish Executive’s ambitious renewable energy targets; recognises that, if the targets are to be met, further development of all sources of renewable energy will be necessary, and urges the Executive to take active steps to ensure that the targets are met from a range of renewable sources including wind, wave, tidal, solar and bio-mass, that energy efficiency measures continue to increase and that the current planning regime is kept under review to facilitate this.

After debate, motion was agreed to (DT).

12. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1826—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

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

Wednesday 3 November 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 4 November 2004

9.30 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive 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 Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

13. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1827—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) that consideration of the Gaelic Language ( Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 4 February 2005; and

(b) that the timetable for completion of consideration of the Prohibition of Smoking in Regulated Areas (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be extended to 28 January 2005.

The motion was agreed to.

14. Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1828—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Housing Grants (Assessment of Contributions) ( Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

15. Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-1829—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Freedom of Information (Fees for Required Disclosure) ( Scotland) Regulations 2004 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

16. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 7, 11, 14 and 15 as noted above.

17. Reserved Contracts to Support Remploy: The Parliament debated S2M-1406 in the name of Helen Eadie—That the Parliament recognises the work of Remploy in Scotland in supporting 700 people with special needs in employment and congratulates the organisation on its training and development programme which has seen the creation of dedicated learning rooms at all 10 of its employment sites, with 275 employees currently undertaking skills training in language and mathematics and a further 135 involved in other learning activity, and a commitment of at least 5% of working time over a year to be dedicated to personal development; notes that this programme has been implemented in just over two years, and believes that the Scottish Executive and all publicly-funded organisations should examine their procurement policies with a view to reserving contracts for supported employment organisations such as those working with Remploy.

The meeting closed at 5.33 pm .

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
6 October 2004

Appendix

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 30 September 2004

Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Bill —A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to make provision establishing the Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council and provision as to its functions; to make provision as to support for further and higher education; to make provision relating to bodies which provide further and higher education; and for connected purposes. (SP Bill 26) (Executive Bill)

Introduced by: Mr Jim Wallace

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 26-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 26-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 5 October 2004 for approval by resolution

The Abolition of Feudal Tenure etc. ( Scotland) Act 2000 (Consequential Provisions) Order 2004

laid under section 74(2) of the Abolition of Feudal Tenure etc. ( Scotland) Act 2000

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 6 October 2004 for approval by resolution—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) ( Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI/2004/435)—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (No. 3) ( Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI/2004/436)—

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

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 1 October 2004 and are subject to annulment—

The Building (Procedure) ( Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/428)

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

The Mental Health (Advance Statements) (Prescribed Class of Persons) ( Scotland) (No. 2) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/429)—

The Mental Health (Patient Representation) (Prescribed Persons) ( Scotland) (No. 2) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/430)—

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

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 5 October 2004 and are subject to annulment—

The Genetically Modified Food ( Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/432)

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

The Genetically Modified Animal Feed ( Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/433)

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

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 4 October 2004 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Learning and Teaching Scotland - Report and Financial Statements - Year ended 31 March 2004 (SE/2004/147)

British Waterways Board: Pay of Chair and Board Members (SE/2004/231)

laid under paragraph 8 of schedule 1 to the Transport Act 1962

Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the Audit of the National Library of Scotland 2002-03 (SE/2004/233)

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 5 October 2004 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scottish Further Education Funding Council Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2004 (SE/2004/218)—

Scottish Higher Education Funding Council Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2004 (SE/2004/219)—

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 6 October 2004 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Communities Scotland Annual Report and Accounts 2003/04 Corporate Statement 2004/05 (SE/2004/135)

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

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland Report for 2003/2004 (SE/2004/207)

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 4 October 2004—

Subordinate Legislation Committee 35th Report 2004 (Session 2): Delegated Powers Scrutiny: School Education (Ministerial Powers and Independent Schools) ( Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2 (SP Paper 218)

Justice 1 Committee, 11th Report 2004 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 219)

Education Committee , 9th Report 2004 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 220)