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Meeting of the Parliament
Thursday 23 December 2004
Note: (DT) signifies a decision taken at Decision Time.
The meeting opened at 9.30 am.
1. Finance Committee, Stage 2 of the 2005-06 Budget Process: Des McNulty, on behalf of the Finance Committee moved, S2M-2179—That the Parliament notes the 8th Report 2004 (Session 2) of the Finance Committee on Stage 2 of the 2005-06 Budget Process (SP Paper 257) and refers the report and its recommendations to the Scottish Executive for consideration.
After debate, the motion was agreed to (DT).
2. First Minister’s Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell).
3. 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 Service Reform (Mr Tom McCabe) and the Minister for Communities (Malcolm Chisholm); and by other Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.
4. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2193—That the Parliament agrees—
The motion was agreed to.
5. Decision Time: The Parliament took a decision on item 1 as noted above.
6. Closure of Craigneuk Development: The Parliament debated S2M-2080 in the name of Alex Neil—That the Parliament expresses its deep regret that the Craigneuk Development and Support Unit has been forced to announce its closure and the forced redundancy of its staff with effect from Christmas Eve, as a direct result of the actions taken by North Lanarkshire Council to withdraw funding from this organisation and the services it provides; notes that the withdrawal of the unit’s counselling and support services will have a detrimental effect on the levels of poverty and deprivation in the communities which it serves, and believes that the way in which the council has treated this excellent organisation should be the subject of a detailed examination by Audit Scotland and the auditors of the European Commission and that appropriate steps should be taken to stop local authorities creating third party agencies which deliberately undermine and subvert the work of existing providers who are doing an excellent job, as was the case with the Craigneuk Development and Support Unit.
The meeting closed at 3.28 pm.
P E Grice
New Bills introduced or reprinted on 22 December 2004
Emergency Workers (Scotland) Bill —The Bill was reprinted as passed (SP Bill 21B) (Executive Bill).
Note: The draft Scotland Act 1998 (River Tweed) Order 2005, which was laid before the Parliament on 9 December 2004, has been withdrawn
The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 22 December 2004 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure
The following document was laid before the Parliament on 23 December 2004 and not subject to any Parliamentary procedure
The following Report is being published on 23 December 2004