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Vol. 2, No. 32 Session 2

Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 24 November 2004

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Rev Elizabeth Clelland of Alloa North Parish Church and member of the Clackmannanshire United Prayer Group led Time for Reflection.

2. Towards a Green Jobs Strategy: The Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning (Mr Jim Wallace) moved S2M-2049—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive’s commitment in A Partnership for a Better Scotland to work with business to develop and implement a green jobs strategy; notes the publication of Towards A Green Jobs Strategy – Opportunities For Business in June 2004; recognises the importance of sustainable economic development; notes the leadership given by the Executive in identifying potential “big wins” for Scotland, and encourages early publication of a finalised Green Jobs Strategy with an emphasis on action to secure for Scotland the positive benefits to both business and the environment arising from demands for more sustainable products and processes.

Jim Mather moved amendment S2M-2049.3 to motion S2M-2049—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“recognises the need to have control over energy policy to better enable Scotland to control and capitalise on its natural resources and fully utilise its considerable research and development capability to develop new green technologies that promote green jobs and also recognises that, in order to achieve these objectives and successfully implement a green jobs strategy to the most comprehensive extent, Scotland needs to have the full range of fiscal powers with which to encourage investment, retain intellectual property and high quality jobs, thereby securing the long-term positive benefits for the economy and the environment arising from increased affluence, increased demand for more sustainable products and processes and increased “green” employment.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 29, Against 77, Abstentions 1).

Murdo Fraser moved amendment S2M-2049.2 to motion S2M-2049—

Insert at end—

“but urges the Executive to ensure that such green jobs are not created at the expense of jobs in other sectors of the Scottish economy.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 17, Against 74, Abstentions 16).

Shiona Baird moved amendment S2M-2049.1 to motion S2M-2049—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“, while welcoming the Scottish Executive’s commitment to develop and implement a green jobs strategy, recognises the importance of placing sustainability at the heart of development and the inherent contradiction in A Partnership for a Better Scotland between having economic growth as top priority and having environmental concerns at the heart of public policy; notes that the leadership so far shown by the Executive in identifying and securing “big wins” in terms of green jobs for Scotland would be greatly enhanced if it broadened its conception of green jobs from jobs in the environmental sector alone to mainstreaming sustainability in all enterprise; notes that a broader conception of green jobs could help to resolve this contradiction in the Partnership Agreement, and encourages early publication of a finalised Green Jobs Strategy that covers all sectors of the Scottish economy.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 13, Against 77, Abstentions 17).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 72, Against 0, Abstentions 35).

3. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2054—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 1 December 2004

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement on REGLEG

followed by Public Petitions Committee Debate: Public Petition PE535

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 2 December 2004

9.30 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate: Aquaculture

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.00 pm Question Time—

Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport;

Finance and Public Services and Communities;

General Questions

3.00 pm Executive Debate: Efficient Government

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 8 December 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 9 December 2004

9.30 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Socialist Party 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

(b) that consideration of the Charities and Trustee Investment ( Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 11 March 2005;

(c) that consideration of the Water Services etc. ( Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 21 January 2005; and

(d) that consideration of the Fire ( Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 28 January 2005.

The motion was agreed to.

4. Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2053—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Mental Health (Care and Treatment) ( Scotland) Act 2003 Modification Order 2004 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

5. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2 and 4 as noted above.

6. Lung Cancer Awareness Month: The Parliament debated S2M-2003 in the name of Irene Oldfather—That the Parliament notes that November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, the Macmillan Cancer Relief and the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation’s month-long campaign to raise awareness of lung cancer and highlight the message that early diagnosis saves lives; recognises that lung cancer is now the United Kingdom’s biggest cancer killer with 94 people a day dying from the disease; recognises that people are 40 times more likely to survive if the disease is detected early on; congratulates NHS Ayrshire and Arran on its innovative Smoking in Schools scheme whereby health advisers visit secondary schools across North Ayrshire to educate them on the dangers of tobacco smoke and to offer cessation services for young people who have already taken up the habit; recognises the importance of educating our young people on the dangers of tobacco smoking; looks forward to the future development of this scheme, and welcomes the Scottish Executive’s plans to increase support for those wishing to stop smoking and to ban smoking in public places, which will help reduce cases of lung cancer in Scotland.

The meeting closed at 5.54 pm .

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
24 November 2004

Appendix

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 18 November 2004

Breastfeeding etc. ( Scotland) Bill —The Bill was reprinted as passed (SP Bill 15A) (Member’s Bill).

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 23 November 2004 for approval by resolution

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (No. 2) ( Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/500)

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

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 22 November 2004 and are subject to annulment—

The Agricultural Holdings (Fees) ( Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/496)—

The Agricultural Holdings (Forms) ( Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/497)—

laid under section 91(3) of the Agricultural Holdings ( Scotland) Act 2003

The Sea Fish (Marketing Standards) ( Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/498)

laid under paragraph 2(2) of Schedule 2 to the European Communities Act 1972

Not Subject to any Parliamentary Procedure

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 23 November 2004 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) ( Scotland) Revocation Order 2004 (SSI 2004/501)

laid under section 1(10) of the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (No. 3) ( Scotland) Revocation Order 2004 (SSI 2004/502)

laid under section 1(10) of the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 19 November 2004 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Annual Report of the Keeper of the Records of Scotland 2003-04 (SE/2004/252)

The 2003-04 Audit of the National Galleries of Scotland (SE/2004/259)—

National Galleries of Scotland Annual Accounts for Year Ended 31 March 2004 (SE/2004/260)—

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

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 24 November 2004 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Statistical Release: Homicide in Scotland 2003 (SE/2004/263)

Committee Reports

The following Report was published on 19 November 2004

Communities Committee, 13th Report 2004 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 240)

The following Report was published on 23 November 2004

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 40th Report 2004 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 241)