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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—

(a) that the Education Committee and Justice 1 Committee report to the Justice 2 Committee by 24 December 2004 on the Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) (Protection of Children) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/526); and

(b) that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 14 January 2005 on the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications to Schedule 5) Order 2005 and the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2005.

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
Clerk of the Parliament
23 December 2004


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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 22 December 2004

Emergency Workers (Scotland) Bill —The Bill was reprinted as passed (SP Bill 21B) (Executive Bill).

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

Note: The draft Scotland Act 1998 (River Tweed) Order 2005, which was laid before the Parliament on 9 December 2004, has been withdrawn

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 22 December 2004 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Statement of Accounts 1 April 2003 to 31 March 2004 (SE/2004/297)

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

*Water Commissioner for Scotland Annual Report and Accounts for the period 1 April 2003 to 31 March 2004 incorporating a report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2003-04 audit of the Water Commissioner for Scotland (SE/2004/301)

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

*(Note: the above notice corrects the notice made in Section H of the Business Bulletin of 22 December 2004)

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 23 December 2004 and not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scottish Social Services Council Annual Report and Accounts 1 April 2003 – 31 March 2004 (SE/2004/272)

laid under schedule 2, paragraph 10(1) of the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001 and section 22(5) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

Committee Reports

The following Report is being published on 23 December 2004

Communities Committee, 15th Report 2004 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 262)