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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 2 February 2005

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

The meeting opened at 2.00 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Dr Alison Elliot, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland led Time for Reflection.

2. Gaelic Language (Scotland) Bill: The Minister for Education and Young People (Peter Peacock) moved S2M-1812—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Bill.

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

3. Gaelic Language (Scotland) Bill – Financial Resolution: The Minister for Education and Young People (Peter Peacock) moved S2M-1819—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any expenditure or increase in expenditure of a kind referred to in Rule 9.12.3(b)(ii) or (iii) of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

4. Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill – UK Legislation: The Minister for Justice (Cathy Jamieson) moved S2M-2243—That the Parliament recognises the importance of building safe and secure communities and agrees that the provisions of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill that relate to devolved matters and those that relate to the executive competence of the Scottish Ministers should be considered by the UK Parliament.

Bill Butler moved amendment S2M-2243.2 to motion S2M-2243—

Leave out from “should” to end and insert—

“apart from those currently contained in clauses 124, 125(3), 127 and 160(5) and (6), should be considered by the UK Parliament.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 105, Against 16, Abstentions 0).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 57, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly Parliament resolved— That the Parliament recognises the importance of building safe and secure communities and agrees that the provisions of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill that relate to devolved matters and those that relate to the executive competence of the Scottish Ministers, apart from those currently contained in clauses 124, 125(3), 127 and 160(5) and (6), should be considered by the UK Parliament.

5. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2360—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 9 February 2005

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by

Stage 3 Proceedings: Water Services etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by

Stage 3 Proceedings: Budget (Scotland) (No.2) Bill

followed by

Business Motion

followed by

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by

Members’ Business

Thursday 10 February 2005

9.30 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by

Executive 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 Ministerial Statement: Scottish Water’s Objectives

followed by

Executive Debate: Anti-Racism Strategy

followed by

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by

Members’ Business

Wednesday 23 February 2005

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by

Stage 3 Proceedings: Fire (Scotland) Bill

followed by

Preliminary Stage Debate: Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill

followed by

Business Motion

followed by

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by

Members’ Business

Thursday 24 February 2005

9.30 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by

Non-Executive Business

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

3.00 pm Procedures Committee Debate: 2nd Report 2005, Final Review of Oral Questions

followed by

Standards Committee Debate: 1st Report 2005, Replacing the Members’ Interest Order

followed by

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by

Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

6. Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2345—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 (Modification) Order 2005 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Membership of Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2354—That the Parliament agrees that Mrs Nanette Milne be appointed to replace Mr David Davidson on the Health Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Membership of Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S2M-2355—That the Parliament agrees that Phil Gallie be appointed to replace Mrs Nanette Milne on the Equal Opportunities Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8 as noted above.

10. Philip Lawrence Awards 2204: The Parliament debated S2M-2178 in the name of Susan Deacon—That the Parliament congratulates the youth volunteer group at LGBT Youth Scotland for winning one of the eight 2004 community safety Philip Lawrence Awards for their contribution to the community grid and to improving the lives of others; notes that LGBT Youth Scotland was the only Scottish organisation to reach the finals of the community safety awards section; recognises the significant work done by LGBT Youth Scotland in tackling homophobia and bullying; believes that this work continues to make a crucial difference to the lives of young people in Scotland, and commends this work to all who are working to challenge prejudice in Scotland.

The meeting closed at 6.01 pm .

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
2 February 2005

Appendix

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

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 28 January 2005 and are subject to annulment—

The European Communities (Matrimonial and Parental Responsibility Jurisdiction and Judgments) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/42)

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

The Antisocial Behaviour (Noise Control) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/43)

laid under section 141(3) of the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004 

Committee Reports

The following document was published on 1 February 2005

Access to Dental Health Services in Scotland (SP Paper 277)

The following reports were published on 2 February 2005—

Justice 2 Committee , 3rd Report 2005 (Session 2):Report on the Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill (SP Paper 281)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 3rd Report 2005 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 282)