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Thursday 10 February 2005

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Reform of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Services: The Parliament debated the Reform of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Services.

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 Enterprise and Lifelong Learning (Mr Jim Wallace) and the Minister for Transport (Nicol Stephen); by the Minister for Justice (Cathy Jamieson) and the Lord Advocate (Colin Boyd); and by other Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

4.Anti-Racism Strategy: The Minister for Communities (Malcolm Chisholm) moved S2M-2402—That the Parliament fully welcomes the Scottish Executive’s continued commitment to tackling racism and promoting race equality; welcomes the high profile One Scotland Many Cultures campaign and flagship Fresh Talent initiative; supports the continuing need to raise awareness of, and tackle, racism in Scotland and to celebrate our diversity; supports the range of Executive activities and actions to promote race equality including work in health, the police and education, and is committed to eradicating racism in Scotland in whatever form it takes to ensure that we create an inclusive and prosperous Scotland.

Sandra White moved amendment S2M-2402.3 to motion S2M-2402—

Insert at end—

“, and expresses concern that Labour and Conservative immigration proposals do not reflect Scotland’s population requirements or multicultural ethos.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 35, Against 75, Abstentions 0).

Mary Scanlon moved amendment S2M-2402.2 to motion S2M-2402—

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

“; supports the continuing need to raise awareness of, and tackle, racism in Scotland and to celebrate our diversity; supports the range of Executive activities and actions to promote race equality including work in health, the police and education; is committed to eradicating racism in Scotland in whatever form it takes to ensure that we create an inclusive and prosperous Scotland, and believes that a fair system of immigration control is necessary in order to promote good race relations.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 15, Against 96, Abstentions 0).

Rosie Kane moved amendment S2M-2402.1 to motion S2M-2402—

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

“, and believes that current immigration and asylum policy from Westminster undermines the Executive’s attempts to eradicate racism in Scotland.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 35, Against 77, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 97, Against 15, Abstentions 0) .

5. Business Motion: The Minister for Parliamentary Business (Margaret Curran), on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2393—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) that consideration of the Gaelic Language ( Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 18 March 2005;

(b) that the Justice 2 Committee report to the Justice 1 Committee by 25 February 2005 on Part 1 Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003: Draft Guidance for Local Authorities and National Park Authorities (SE/2005/14);

(c) that the Justice 2 Committee report to the Justice 1 Committee by 4 March 2005 on the European Communities (Matrimonial and Parental Responsibility Jurisdiction and Judgments) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/42); and

(d) that the Justice 1 Committee report to the Justice 2 Committee by 26 February 2005 on the Community Reparation Orders (Requirements for Consultation and Prescribed Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/18).

The motion was agreed to.

6. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on item 4 as noted above.

7. A Better Deal for People Dealing with Cancer: The Parliament debated S2M-2294 in the name of Elaine Smith—That the Parliament congratulates Macmillan Cancer Relief on the success of its “A Better Deal for People Dealing with Cancer” campaign which has so far directly helped 8,000 people across the UK access advice on the benefit entitlements of cancer patients; reasserts its support for the campaign and the recent round of radio promotions targeted at areas in the United Kingdom with high cancer and mortality rates and low uptake of disability benefits, including five areas of Scotland; expresses concern that Scotland has the highest non-claimant rate (64%) amongst patients with a terminal diagnosis; acknowledges that the key aim of the campaign is to secure specialist advice for every cancer patient at diagnosis; recognises that such an objective could be best realised through partnership-working between stakeholders, such as the Benefits Agency, the NHS, local authorities and cancer charities, and considers that co-operation between the Scottish Executive and the UK Government is necessary to facilitate such change.

The meeting closed at 5.40 pm .

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
10 February 2005


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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 9 February 2005

Water Services etc. ( Scotland) Bill —The Bill was reprinted as passed (SP Bill 23B) (Executive Bill).