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Meeting of the Parliament
Thursday 13 January 2005
Note: (DT) signifies a decision taken at Decision Time.
The meeting opened at 9:30 am.
1. Make Poverty History: Nicola Sturgeon moved S2M-2240—That the Parliament expresses sympathy and support for the individuals, families and countries devastated by the effects of the tsunami; congratulates the people of Scotland for their magnificent efforts in collecting money and supplies to help ease the immediate plight of those affected and encourages all MSPs to make a payroll donation of one day’s pay to the appeals; recognises that long-term support is needed to restore the infrastructure of the countries of South East Asia and that Scotland is well placed to assist in this vital work; calls for a summit of Scottish aid agencies and other interested parties to be organised to discuss and co-ordinate such activities; recognises that more than 200,000 people die of preventable causes every week and that more assistance by the richer countries is needed to tackle global poverty, and supports the Make Poverty History campaign which seeks to remind the member countries which make up the G8 of their responsibilities to the rest of the world and to demand that they take action on debt repayments, trade agreements and aid assistance to prevent people dying because of starvation and poverty.
Patricia Ferguson moved amendment S2M-2240.2 to motion S2M-2240—
Leave out from "and encourages” to end and insert—
Mark Ballard moved amendment S2M-2240.4 to motion S2M-2240—
Insert at end —
Dennis Canavan moved amendment S2M-2240.3 to motion S2M-2240—
Leave out from “calls for a summit” to end and insert—
After debate, the motion was, with the approval of the Parliament, withdrawn. Accordingly, amendments S2M-2240.2, S2M-2240.4 and S2M-2240.3 fell.
2. First Minister’s Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell) and other Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.
3. Question Time: Questions were answered by the Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Ross Finnie); by the Minister for Health and Community Care (Mr Andy Kerr); and by other Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.
4. Improving Rights and Services for Victims and Witnesses: The Deputy Minister for Justice (Hugh Henry) moved S2M-2241—That the Parliament acknowledges that the interests and diverse needs of victims and witnesses are central to criminal justice reform; welcomes recent legislation that improves the status of victims and witnesses in the justice system, including the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2004 and the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003; notes the progress made in implementing the Strategy for Scottish Victims and the recommendations of the Lord Advocate’s Working Group on Support for Child Witnesses; notes the major steps that have been taken within the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, in particular the establishment of the Victims Information and Advice Service and the instigation of a detailed review of the investigation and prosecution of sexual offences, and recognises the Executive’s commitment to make further improvements for victims including the reflection of their interests in proposals for reducing re-offending.
Mr Kenny MacAskill moved amendment S2M-2241.2 to motion S2M-2241—
Insert at end—
After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 25, Against 83, Abstentions 7).
Miss Annabel Goldie moved amendment S2M-2241.1 to motion S2M-2241—
Insert at end—
After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 17, Against 99, Abstentions 0).
5. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on item 4 as noted above.
6. Sustaining Agriculture and Sustaining Communities: The Parliament debated S2M-2209 in the name of Jamie Stone—That the Parliament believes that sustaining a viable agricultural sector involves encouraging an increase in employment on Scotland’s land and that this would strengthen the contribution of agriculture to the viability of rural communities and contribute to the nutritional health of Scotland.
The meeting closed at 5:54 pm.
P E Grice
(Note: this Appendix does not form part of the Minutes)
Note: The draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2005, which was laid before the Parliament on 9 December 2004, has been withdrawn.
The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 13 January 2005 for approval by resolution
The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 13 January 2005 and is subject to annulment
The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 13 January 2005 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure
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