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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 8 December 2004

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Marie Cooke, Co-ordinator of the Youth Service of Aberdeen Diocese (based at the Youth Office in Inverness) led Time for Reflection.

2. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform (Mr Tom McCabe) made a statement and answered questions on the Local Government Finance Settlement and Non-Domestic Rate Poundage.

3. Executive-Supported Lifeline Ferry Services in the Clyde and Hebrides: The Minister for Transport (Nicol Stephen) moved S2M-2117—That the Parliament commends the Scottish Executive’s continued commitment to supporting and investing in lifeline ferry services in the Clyde and Hebrides; endorses its proposals for tendering the main bundle of ferry services as required under European Union rules, and welcomes the proposals for a final round of consultation to obtain the views of local communities and freight service users before proceeding with the tender under EU rules.

Fergus Ewing moved amendment S2M-2117.1 to motion S2M-2117—

Leave out from "commends" to end and insert—

"believes that lifeline ferry services must be provided and an element of public subsidy will be required for that aim; further believes that the proposed national concessionary travel scheme should be extended to ferry travel; calls on the Scottish Executive to provide documented evidence showing that EU law requires that the tendering process which the Executive proposes must be undertaken; is concerned about the potential impact that this process may have upon the employment conditions of staff working on ferries, and notes that many passengers have voiced serious concerns about both the efficiency and effectiveness of the current ferry services provided by Caledonian MacBrayne which require a thorough and independent investigation."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 53, Against 65, Abstentions 1).

David Mundell moved amendment S2M-2117.2 to motion S2M-2117—

Leave out from "commends" to end and insert—

"notes the continued uncertainty inflicted upon Caledonian MacBrayne, its employees and customers as a result of the Scottish Executive’s handling of the tendering process; regrets that Clyde and Hebridean ferry services are going out to tender purely to satisfy the wishes of the European Commission, and calls on the Scottish Executive to put the interests of our island communities before those of the European Commission."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 32, Against 89, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 53, Against 54, Abstentions 15).

4. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2130—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 15 December 2004

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement on Concessionary Fares

followed by Executive Debate: Waiting Times

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 16 December 2004

9.30 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party 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 Debate: Tourism

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 22 December 2004

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 of the Emergency Workers (Scotland) Bill

followed by Motion on the Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 23 December 2004

9.30 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Finance Committee Debate: Stage 2 of the 2005-06 Budget Process

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

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

3.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

5. Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2123—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (No. 2) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/500) be approved.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 80, Against 19, Abstentions 19.

6. Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2124—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Tenements (Scotland) Act 2004 (Consequential Provisions) Order 2004 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Designation of Lead Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2125—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the draft Criminal Procedure (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2004 (Incidental, Supplemental and Consequential Provisions) Order 2005.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 3, 5, 6 and 7 as noted above.

9. Retire into Action – CSV Report on Older Volunteers: The Parliament debated S2M-2033 in the name of Sarah Boyack —That the Parliament welcomes the publication of Retire into Action, the Community Service Volunteers’ research into the benefits of volunteering by older people; celebrates the contribution made by older citizens in supporting local community organisations and individuals in Scotland; notes the personal benefits to be gained by volunteers such as improved health and confidence, as well as great social benefits; believes that Scotland’s ageing population provides great opportunities as well as challenges; notes the work done by older citizens in Edinburgh Central in supporting homeless people and those with debt problems, assisting in schools and running community centres and the many community groups that would struggle to exist without the generous time, expertise and commitment given by so many older people, and, in particular, notes the contribution of the Parliament’s neighbours in the Old Town where organisations such as the Committee of the St Anne’s Community Centre and the committees of the Dumbiedykes Neighbourhood Association and the Writers Group have worked over many years to support people and enrich their lives.

The meeting closed at 5.55 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
8 December 2004

Appendix

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

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 2 December 2004 and are subject to annulment—

The Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/520)

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

The Race Relations Act 1976 (Statutory Duties) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2004 (SSI 2004/521)

laid under section 74 of the Race Relations Act 1976

The Protection of Children (Scotland) Act 2003 Determination Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/523)

laid under section 21 of the Protection of Children (Scotland) Act 2003

The Plastic Materials and Articles in Contact with Food Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/524)—

The Contaminants in Food (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/525)—

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

The Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) (Protection of Children) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/526)

laid under section 125 of the Police Act 1997

The Fire Services (Appointments and Promotion) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/527)

laid under section 35 of the Fire Services Act 1947

The following draft Guidance was laid before the Parliament on 2 December 2004 and will be issued at the conclusion of 40 days unless the Parliament resolves otherwise

Part 1 Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003: Draft Guidance for Local Authorities and National Park Authorities (SE/2004/276)

laid under section 27(4)(b) of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 8 December 2004 and is subject to annulment

The Salmonella in Laying Flocks (Sampling Powers) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/536)

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

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 7 December 2004 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Energy Act 2004: Directions to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (the NDA) in respect of the Chapelcross Nuclear Site (SE/2004/281)—

Energy Act 2004: Directions to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (the NDA) in respect of the Hunterston A Nuclear Site (SE/2004/282)—

Energy Act 2004: Directions to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (the NDA) in respect of the Dounreay Nuclear Establishment (SE/2004/283)—

laid under section 3(7)(a) of the Energy Act 2004