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Vol. 2, No. 47 Session 2

Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 27 January 2005

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Energy Policy: Alex Johnstone moved S2M-2320—That the Parliament is concerned that the Scottish Executive’s renewable energy policy is unduly biased in favour of wind power to the detriment of other renewable technologies, which has led to widespread local opposition to wind farm developments throughout the country and to higher costs for electricity; furthermore agrees with Allan Wilson MSP, Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning, that the concerns of security of supply and the need for emission reductions mean that it is time for an open-minded debate into the future of nuclear energy in Scotland; supports John Home Robertson MSP’s proposal for a Cross Party Group on the civil nuclear industry, and calls on the Executive to work in partnership with the UK Government to create a long-term plan for Scotland’s energy needs which b alances renewable production with nuclear energy.

The Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning (Allan Wilson) moved amendment S2M-2320.4 to motion S2M-2320—

Leave out from “is concerned” to end and insert—

“welcomes the Scottish Executive’s study into present and future energy supply and demand in Scotland; supports the Executive’s position of not supporting the further development of nuclear power stations while waste management issues remain unresolved; supports the Executive’s continuing commitment to the development of renewable energy in Scotland, including wind, wave, tidal, solar and biomass power, as a key element of a b alanced energy supply portfolio; supports the Executive’s commitment to achieving 40% renewable electricity generation by 2020, and welcomes the Executive’s proposal in the Review of the Climate Change Programme to create an Energy Efficiency Strategy for Scotland.”

Richard Lochhead moved amendment S2M-2320.2 to motion S2M-2320—

Leave out from “is concerned” to end and insert—

“believes that Scotland is well placed to be Europe’s energy powerhouse given our massive energy resources; believes that onshore and offshore wind energy is an important element in a b alanced renewables policy but that the development of other renewables must be accelerated; shares the frustration expressed by many others, including Highland Council and the Parliament’s Enterprise and Culture Committee, who are calling for a national strategic framework for wind farm developments; calls on the Scottish Executive to ensure that the UK Government does not introduce any charging scheme for access to the grid that discriminates against renewables in Scotland; believes that no new nuclear power stations should be built in Scotland, and calls for the Scottish Parliament to have control over energy policy and oil and gas revenues.”

Shiona Baird moved amendment S2M-2320.3 to motion S2M-2320—

Leave out from “is concerned” to end and insert—

“welcomes the political consensus that climate change is a reality and that alternatives to fossil fuel energy sources must be developed in order to curtail emissions of greenhouse gases; strongly believes that Scotland’s energy future requires a wide range of environmentally-sustainable energy sources; agrees with the Enterprise and Culture Committee’s Inquiry into renewable energy that Scotland needs to develop urgently all forms of renewable energy including marine, on and off-shore wind and solar sources; believes that a much greater focus on energy efficiency across all sectors must be central to any energy policy; notes the International Atomic Energy Agency’s view that nuclear power will be unable to halt climate change and considers that the case for nuclear power in Scotland’s long-term energy future remains completely unconvincing, and calls for more powers over energy policy to be devolved to the Scottish Parliament.”

Frances Curran moved amendment S2M-2320.1 to motion S2M-2320—

Leave out from “and to higher” to end and insert—

“; calls on the Executive to state categorically that no new nuclear power stations will be built in Scotland, bring forward the closure dates of all existing nuclear power stations in Scotland, initiate an immediate programme of investment in all aspects of renewable energy and create a publicly-owned, publicly-resourced renewable energy industry.”

After debate, amendment S2M-2320.4 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 49, Abstentions 2). As a result, amendments S2M-2320.2. S2M-2320.3 and S2M-2320.1 were pre-empted.

The motion, as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 46, Abstentions 6).

Accordingly the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive’s study into present and future energy supply and demand in Scotland; supports the Executive’s position of not supporting the further development of nuclear power stations while waste management issues remain unresolved; supports the Executive’s continuing commitment to the development of renewable energy in Scotland, including wind, wave, tidal, solar and biomass power, as a key element of a b alanced energy supply portfolio; supports the Executive’s commitment to achieving 40% renewable electricity generation by 2020, and welcomes the Executive’s proposal in the Review of the Climate Change Programme to create an Energy Efficiency Strategy for Scotland.

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. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Health and Community Care (Mr Andy Kerr) made a statement and answered questions on Respect and Responsibility: Our Sexual Health Strategy.

5. Budget ( Scotland) (No.2) Bill – Stage 1: The Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform (Mr Tom McCabe) moved S2M-2291—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Budget ( Scotland) (No.2) Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 63, Against 13, Abstentions 39).

6. National Lottery Bill – UK Legislation: The Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport (Patricia Ferguson) moved S2M-2255—That the Parliament agrees that the provisions in the National Lottery Bill that relate to the executive competence of the Scottish Ministers should be considered by the UK Parliament.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2314—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 9 February 2005 on the draft Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 (Modification) Order 2005 and the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Prescribed Police Stations) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/9); and by 10 February 2005 on the draft Remote Monitoring Requirements (Prescribed Courts) (Scotland) Regulations 2005.

The motion was agreed to.

8. Office of the Clerk: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2311—That the Parliament agrees that, between 4 September 2005 and 29 May 2006, the Office of the Clerk will be open on all days except: Saturdays and Sundays, 2 December 2005, 23 December 2005 (pm), 26 and 27 December 2005, 2 and 3 January 2006, 14 and 17 April 2006, 1, 26 and 29 May 2006.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9. Rule 2.3.1: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2312—That the Parliament agrees the following dates in terms of Rule 2.3.1: 8 – 23 October 2005 (inclusive), 24 December 2005 – 8 January 2006 (inclusive), 11 – 19 February 2006 (inclusive), 1 – 17 April 2006 (inclusive), 1 July – 3 September 2006 (inclusive).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 5, 6, 8 and 9 as noted above.

11. Infertility Services in Scotland: The Parliament debated S2M-1852 in the name of Mary Scanlon—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement by the Scottish Executive of its intention to review the Expert Advisory Group on Infertility Services in Scotland’s (EAGISS) guidance on the provision of infertility services by NHS Scotland; notes that implementation of the guidance by NHS boards has been inconsistent since its launch in February 2000; recognises the extreme distress that infertility causes many couples across Scotland and the need to ensure that all couples that are eligible for treatment are able to access the same standard of service regardless of where they live, and considers that the Executive should set a completion date for the review of the guidance in order to address the inequality of service provision that continues to exist.

The meeting closed at 5.55 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
27 January 2005


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

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 27 January 2005 for approval by resolution

The Budget ( Scotland) Act 2004 Amendment Order 2005

laid under section 7(1) of the Budget ( Scotland) Act 2004

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 27 January 2005 and is subject to annulment

The Valuation for Rating (Decapitalisation Rate) ( Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/41)

laid under section 6(8B)(c) of the Valuation and Rating ( Scotland) Act 1956

The following draft Guidance was laid before the Parliament on 27 January 2005 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/2005/14)

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

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 27 January 2005 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scotland ’s Budget Documents: The 2004-05 Spring Budget Revision to the Budget ( Scotland) Act for the year ending 31 March 2005 (SE/2005/3)

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 27 January 2005—

Education Committee, 3rd Report 2005 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 279)

Justice 1 Committee, 2nd Report 2005 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 280)