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Wednesday 27 April 2005

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Miss Eilidh Letham, sixth year pupil, Airdrie Academy, led Time for Reflection.

2. Financial Services Strategy: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning (Mr Jim Wallace) moved S2M-2729—That the Parliament recognises the central importance of financial services to the Scottish economy; believes the industry’s future success is fundamental to achieving sustained economic growth in Scotland; congratulates all those involved in the development of A Strategy for the Financial Services Industry in Scotland; believes that the involvement of high level representatives from industry, trade unions, government and other public sector partners will help secure continued success in an increasingly competitive global market, and welcomes the commitment of the Scottish Executive to maintaining a long-term partnership while focusing on effective and timely delivery of the First Year Implementation Plan.

Jim Mather moved amendment S2M-2729.1 to motion S2M-2729—

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“also recognises, however, the threats to the Scottish financial services industry as well as the opportunities and echoes the calls from within the industry for Scotland to have a separate and competitive fiscal regime in Scotland that could strengthen the industry and the case for increased investment in Scotland.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 21, Against 70, Abstentions 6).

Murdo Fraser moved amendment S2M-2729.2 to motion S2M-2729—

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“notes, however, that, as a result of Labour’s stewardship of our economy, the savings ratio is at a historically low level, means-testing has been extended to 5 million pensioners, £5 billion per year has been removed in additional taxes from pension funds and public confidence in the pensions industry has been destroyed, and therefore believes that the financial services industry in Scotland requires a UK government that is committed to restoring trust in the industry and improving incentives to save.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 10, Against 63, Abstentions 24).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 78, Against 0, Abstentions 19).

3. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2735—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 4 May 2005

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Business Motion

2.35 pm General Question Time

2.55 pm First Minister’s Question Time

3.25 pm Themed Question Time—

Justice and Law Officers;
Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

4.05 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 11 May 2005

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Procedures Committee Debate: Report on Private Legislation

followed by Justice 1 Committee Debate: 3rd Report, 2005, Inquiry into the Effectiveness of Rehabilitation in Prisons

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 12 May 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—

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

2.55 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

4. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on item 2 as noted above.

5. Make Poverty History Campaign in 2005: The Parliament debated S2M-2207 in the name of Des McNulty—That the Parliament welcomes the UK Government’s commitment to the millennium development goals; welcomes the First Minister’s recent statement that Scotland’s devolved government can contribute to international development; notes that the crucial G8 meeting will be held in Scotland in July 2005; notes with concern that the current debt crisis, trade injustice and shortcomings of aid further exacerbate poverty, inequality, the HIV/AIDS crisis and environmental degradation across the developing world; notes that, if the international community is to make poverty history, then there needs to be further co-ordinated political action by the world’s governments, including the United Kingdom, aimed at trade justice, dropping the debt and providing more and better aid, and considers that the UK Government should lead the way for change and use its influence when it holds the presidency of the G8 and chairs the EU to make poverty history in 2005.

6. Motion without Notice: Des McNulty moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended until 6.15 pm. The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 6.15 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
27 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 25 April 2005 for approval by resolution

The Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2005

laid under section 36(6) of the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 22 April 2005 and are subject to annulment—

The Horse Passports (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/223)—
The Land Management Contracts (Menu Scheme) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/225)—
laid under paragraph 2(2) of Schedule 2 to the European Communities Act 1972

Not Subject to any Parliamentary Procedure

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 25 April 2005 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 2) (Scotland) Revocation Order 2005 (SSI 2005/227)—
The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 11) (Scotland) Order 2004 Revocation Order 2005 (SSI 2005/228)—

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

Other Documents

The following report was published on 22 April 2005

Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) Equal Opportunities Report 2004 (SP Paper 324)

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 25 April 2005 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Moray College Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2004 (SE/2005/80)

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 26 April 2005 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Lews Castle College Accounts for the year ended 31 July 2004 (SE/2005/81)—
Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2003-04 Audit of Lews Castle College (SE/2005/82)—
West Lothian College Annual Accounts 2003-04 (SE/2005/83)—
Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2003-04 Audit of West Lothian College (SE/2005/84)—
Inverness College Financial Statements and Report of the Board of Management for the year ended 31 July 2004 (SE/2005/85)—
Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2003-04 Audit of Inverness College (SE/2005/86)—

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

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 22 April 2005

Justice 2 Committee, 6th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 327)

The following report was published on 26 April 2005

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 15th Report 2005 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 328)

The following reports were published on 27 April 2005—

Education Committee, 4th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 329)

Health Committee, 7th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 330)