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Vol. 2, No. 23 Session 2

Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 7 October 2004

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Scotland’s International Image: The First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell) moved S2M-1831—That the Parliament shares the Scottish Executive’s ambitions to build relationships across national and regional boundaries to deliver social, political, cultural and economic gain; welcomes efforts to promote Scotland’s international image and to attract people to visit, live, work, study and do business in Scotland; acknowledges the importance of promoting Scotland’s interests overseas; agrees that Scotland has a role in meeting the shared responsibilities of the international community, and welcomes the publication of the Executive’s first international strategy.

Nicola Sturgeon moved amendment S2M-1831.2 to motion S2M-1831—

Leave out from “shares” to end and insert—

“believes that the Scottish Executive has so far failed to fully exploit the enormous international goodwill that exists towards Scotland; calls on the Executive to use the Parliament’s limited powers to implement a far more ambitious, strategic and consistent external relations policy and for such a policy to include the establishment of a distinctive presence overseas to promote Scotland, given that Her Majesty’s Government will always be unable and unwilling to promote Scotland with the same degree of enthusiasm and effectiveness that we ourselves could do, and further believes that Scotland will only reap the full benefits of our distinctive international image and be able to play our full part in the world when we acquire the powers of independent statehood enjoyed by our many, internationally-successful neighbours.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 30, Against 80, Abstentions 3).

David McLetchie moved amendment S2M-1831.3 to motion S2M-1831—

Leave out from second “welcomes” to end and insert—

“notes that Scotland’s historic reputation abroad was built on solid achievement, and believes that the successful promotion of Scotland depends primarily on substance rather than image.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 25, Against 65, Abstentions 23).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 82, Against 3, Abstentions 28).

2. First Minister’s Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell).

3. Membership of Committee: Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S2M-1833—That the Parliament agrees that Mrs Mary Mulligan be appointed to replace Bill Butler on the Justice 1 Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

4. Membership of Committee: Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S2M-1834—That the Parliament agrees that Bill Butler be appointed to replace Karen Whitefield on the Justice 2 Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

5. Membership of Committee: Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S2M-1835—That the Parliament agrees that Karen Whitefield be appointed to replace Johann Lamont on the Communities Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 3, 4 and 5 as noted above.

The meeting closed at 12.39 pm .

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

7 October 2004

Appendix

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 6 October 2004

School Education (Ministerial Powers and Independent Schools) ( Scotland) Bill —The Bill was reprinted as passed (SP Bill 22B) (Executive Bill).

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 7 October 2004 and are subject to annulment—

The International Criminal Court (Enforcement of Fines, Forfeiture and Reparation Orders) ( Scotland) (Revocation) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/437)
laid under section 26(10) of the International Criminal Court ( Scotland) Act 2001

The Genetically Modified Organisms (Traceability and Labelling) ( Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/438)—
The Genetically Modified Organisms (Deliberate Release) ( Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/439)—
laid under schedule 2, paragraph 2 of the European Communities Act 1972

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 7 October 2004 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

A Report by the Scottish Ministers on Further Education in Scotland 2003 (SE/2004/232)
laid under section 1(6) of the Further and Higher Education ( Scotland) Act 1992

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 7 October 2004—

Enterprise and Culture Committee , 9th Report 2004, Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 221)

Environment and Rural Development Committee, 12th Report, 2004 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 222)