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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 4 May 2005

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

  1. Time for Reflection: Father Raymond Jaconelli, Abbot of Nunraw, Haddington, led Time for Reflection.

  2. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S2M-275 7—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 11 May 2005

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Procedures Committee Debate: 4th Report 2005, 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 Debate: Schools/Colleges Review

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 Debate: Veterans

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 18 May 2005

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Enterprise and Culture Committee Debate: 3rd Report 2005, Restructuring Scotland’s Tourism Industry: Report on the Review of Area Tourist Boards

followed by European and External Relations Committee Debate: 1st Report 2005, An Inquiry into the Promotion of Scotland Worldwide: The Strategy, Policy and Activities of the Scottish Executive

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 19 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—

Health and Community Care;

Environment and Rural Development

2.55 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

and (b) that Stage 2 of the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill be completed by 15 June 2005.

The motion was agreed to.

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

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

  3. Themed Question Time: Questions on Justice and Law Officers, and on Enterprise , Lifelong Learning and Transport, were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

  4. Supporting Local Producers: The Parliament debated S2M-2726 in the name of Shiona Baird—That the Parliament notes the launch of the new farmers’ market at Stonehaven as a welcome addition to the many thriving markets in the north east of Scotland; acknowledges the continuing popularity and growth of farmers’ markets, “box” schemes and community-supported agriculture initiatives across the whole of Scotland; recognises that many consumers are becoming increasingly selective about what they eat and are now consciously rejecting mass-produced, remotely-sourced food in favour of fresh seasonal produce that is grown or reared locally; congratulates local farmers and producers for establishing a range of enterprising initiatives to respond to growing consumer demand for such produce in their areas, and considers that shoppers should actively support Stonehaven’s initiative and other examples of sustainable local enterprise which benefit the local producer, the local consumer and the local economy.

The meeting closed at 5.01 pm

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
4 May 2005


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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 3 May 2005

Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation (Scotland) Bill —The Bill was reprinted as amended at Stage 2. (SP Bill 29A) (Executive Bill)

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

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

The Materials and Articles in Contact with Food (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/243)

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

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 4 May 2005 and is subject to annulment

The Fireworks (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/245)

laid under section 16 of the Fireworks Act 2003

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 4 May 2005

Procedures Committee, 4th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on Private Legislation (SP Paper 334)