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Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 21 April 2005

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S2M-2717—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion by the time-limits indicated (each time limit being calculated from when the Stage begins and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when the meeting of the Parliament is suspended or otherwise not in progress):

Groups 1 and 2 – 30 minutes

Group 3 – 55 minutes

Groups 4 to 6 – 1 hour and 15 minutes

The motion was agreed to.

2. Access to Dental Services in Scotland: Roseanna Cunningham, on behalf of the Health Committee, moved S2M-2708—That the Parliament commends to the Scottish Executive the research report, Access to Dental Health Services in Scotland (SP Paper 277), commissioned by the Health Committee; draws the Executive’s attention to the problems of access to services that the report identifies and their implications for the introduction of free dental checks, and urges the Executive to use the report to inform the implementation of its dental strategy.

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

3. Question Time: General Questions were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

4. First Minister’s Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell).

5. Question Time: Questions on Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport, on Finance and Public Services and on Communities were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

6. Gaelic Language (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 49, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 45, 42, 8, 43 and 44

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

5 (For 27, Against 70, Abstentions 0)

1 (For 23, Against 73, Abstentions 0)

48 (For 23, Against 70, Abstentions 0)

2 (For 37, Against 57, Abstentions 3)

Amendments 6, 7, 4, 47, 3 and 46 were not moved.

7. Gaelic Language (Scotland ) Bill - Stage 3: The Minister for Education and Young People (Peter Peacock) moved S2M-2665—That the Parliament agrees that the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Bill be passed.

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

8. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2 and 7 as noted above.

9. Protected Geographical Indicator Status for Scotch Whisky: The Parliament debated S2M-2650 in the name of Mr Andrew Arbuckle—That the Parliament believes that EU Protected Geographical Indicator (PGI) status for Scotch whisky would provide a further selling point for the end product; welcomes the fact that this would require the use of Scottish-only grain in the manufacture of Scotch whisky; believes that the industry should apply for PGI status to help ensure the long-term sustainability of Scottish cereal growing, and considers that any such application should be supported by the Scottish Executive.

The meeting closed at 5.41 pm .

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
21 April 2005

Appendix

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

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 21 April 2005 and is subject to annulment

The Food Labelling Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/222)

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

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on the 21 April 2005—

Health Committee, 6th Report 2005 (Session 2): Stage 1 Report on the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill, Volume 1 (SP Paper 322)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 14th Report 2005 (Session 2): Report on the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2 (SP Paper 326)