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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 13 April 2005

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Time for Reflection: Reverend Bob Brown, Queen’s Cross Parish Church, Aberdeen, led Time for Reflection.

2. Meeting the Needs and Aspirations of People in Scotland: Margo MacDonald moved S2M-2619—That the Parliament agrees that its members’ primary function is to reflect and address the needs and aspirations of people in Scotland.

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

3. Women Offenders: The Minister for Justice (Cathy Jamieson) moved S2M-2689—That the Parliament notes the continued increase in the female prison population; recognises that, to reduce this, greater emphasis on rehabilitation within prisons and in community sentences is required to ensure that problems, including drug misuse, are addressed; believes that community sentences can play a significant role for those women who pose little risk to the public or communities in which they live; acknowledges that family and community support is vital in ensuring that women offenders are able to successfully reintegrate into the community, and recognises that a more integrated system of community and prison-based support services to improve the management of women offenders is required in order to reduce reoffending.

Stewart Stevenson moved amendment S2M-2689.1 to motion S2M-2689—

Insert at end—

“, coupled with the necessary resources for the Scottish Prison Service, local authorities and voluntary organisations to enable them to make their contribution to achieving this goal.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 36, Against 64, Abstentions 10).

Miss Annabel Goldie moved amendment S2M-2689.2 to motion S2M-2689—

Insert at end—

“, and acknowledges that the best outcome of all is to advance and promote measures which provide early intervention, thereby ensuring that significantly fewer women enter the criminal justice system.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 41, Against 64, Abstentions 5).

Colin Fox moved amendment S2M-2689.3 to motion S2M-2689—

Leave out from “rehabilitation” to end and insert—

“ alternatives to custody for women and greater access to drugs rehabilitation resources are vital; believes that prison is no place to treat women with severe mental health, drugs or alcohol problems; believes that the vast majority of women prisoners pose no threat to the community and should best serve their sentences in the community; believes that only by tackling the root causes of their offending: poverty, unemployment, domestic violence, history of abuse and health problems, will the current trends of increased incarceration be reversed; further believes that it is unacceptable that women end up in jail for trivial offences like fine defaulting, shoplifting and TV licence evasion, and believes that it is time to end custody as a penalty for these and other such offences.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 36, Against 74, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

4. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2692—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 20 April 2005

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 21 April 2005

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Health Committee Debate: Access to Dental Health Services in Scotland

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport;
Finance and Public Services and Communities

2.55 pm Stage 3 Proceedings: Gaelic Language (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 27 April 2005

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 28 April 2005

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Environment and Rural Development;
Health and Community Care

2.55 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to by division: For 75, Against 33, Abstentions 1.

5. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2 and 3 as noted above.

6. Quality of Fife’s Train Services: The Parliament debated S2M-2482 in the name of Scott Barrie—That the Parliament notes the importance of the rail network to an efficient public transport system in east central Scotland; notes previous debates in the Parliament that highlighted the poor service offered to Fifers by train operators in respect of reliability and punctuality; regrets that the improvements made to the rail infrastructure in Fife, including longer platforms and increased capacity, are still not meeting the level of demand; notes that the service has failed to improve under the new franchisee; believes that the current level of train cancellation and late running is unacceptable, and further believes that First ScotRail, in particular, must ensure that it improves its performance so that a viable alternative to car usage is available.

The meeting closed at 5.57 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
13 April 2005

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

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 6 April 2005 for approval by resolution

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 3) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/208)

laid under section 1(8) of the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 29 March 2005 and is subject to annulment

The National Health Service (Travelling Expenses and Remission of Charges) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/179)

laid under section 105(2) of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 31 March 2005 and are subject to annulment—

The Police Pensions Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/200)

laid under section 1(6) of the Police Pensions Act 1976

The Intensive Support and Monitoring (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/201)

laid under section 70 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 7 April 2005 and are subject to annulment—

The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland (Authorised Persons) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/205)—

The Mental Health (Provision of Information to Patients) (Prescribed Times) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/206)—

laid under section 326(3) of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 13 April 2005 and are subject to annulment—

The Miscellaneous Food Additives Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/214)—

The Smoke Flavourings (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/215)—

laid under section 48(3) of the Food Safety Act 1990

Not Subject to any Parliamentary Procedure

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 30 March 2005 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 9) (Scotland) Order 2004 Partial Revocation Order 2005 (SSI 2005/191)

laid under section 1(10) of the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 4 April 2005 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 13) (Scotland) Order 2004 Revocation Order 2005 (SSI 2005/202)—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 5) (Scotland) Order 2004 Partial Revocation Order 2005 (SSI 2005/203)—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 10) (Scotland) Order 2004 Revocation Order 2005 (SSI 2005/204)—

laid under section 1(10) of the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 13 April 2005 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 5) (Scotland) Order 2004 Revocation Order 2005 (SSI 2005/212)—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 3) (Scotland) Order 2004 Revocation Order 2005 (SSI 2005/213)

laid under section 1(10) of the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 29 March 2005 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Perth College Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2004 (SE/2005/60)—

Langside College Year End Accounts and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2004 (SE/2005/61)—

James Watt College of Further and Higher Education Report and Accounts 2003-04 (SE/2005/62)—

Glasgow College of Nautical Studies Report of the Board of Management for the year ended 31 July 2004 (SE/2005/63)—

Glasgow College of Food Technology Consolidated Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2004 (SE/2005/64)—

Glasgow College of Building and Printing Financial Report and Account for the year ended 31 July 2004 (SE/2005/65)—

Fife College Annual Account for the financial year 2003-04 (SE/2005/66)—

Falkirk College Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2004 (SE/2005/67)—

Cumbernauld College Report and Financial Statements of the Board of Management for the year ended 31 July 2004 (SE/2005/68)—

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

Environment Agency Annual Report and Accounts 1999-2000 (SE/2005/69)—

Environment Agency Annual Report and Accounts 2000-01 (SE/2005/70)—

Environment Agency Annual Report and Accounts 2001-02 (SE/2005/71)—

Environment Agency Annual Report and Accounts 2002-03 (SE/2005/72)—

Environment Agency Annual Report and Accounts 2003-04 (SE/2005/73)—

laid under Article 10(2) of Scotland Act 1998 (Border Rivers) Order 1999 (SI 1999/1746)

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 31 March 2005 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Bus User Complaints Tribunal Annual Report 2004 (SE/2005/21)

laid under section 41(3) of the Transport (Scotland) Act 2001

Statistical Bulletin Criminal Proceedings in Scottish Courts, 2003 (SE/2005/74)

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 4 April 2005 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Overdraft Guarantee for Scottish Water (SE/2005/75)

laid under section 43(1) of the Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 6 April 2005 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman: Report of an investigation into a complaint against a general dental practitioner in the Lothian Health Board area (SPSO/2005/02)

laid under section 15(1) of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act 2002

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 7 April 2005 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Lauder Group Annual Accounts 2003-04 (SE/2005/39)

laid under section 22(51) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2002

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 8 April 2005 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scottish Economic Report April 2005 (SE/2005/57)

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 13 April 2005 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Annual Report 2003-04 (SE/2005/77)

laid under section 26 of the National Parks (Scotland) Act 2000

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 6 April 2005

Justice 1 Committee, A Comparative Review of Alternatives to Custody: Lessons from Finland, Sweden and Western Australia (SP Paper 320)