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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 11 May 2005

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

  1. Time for Reflection: Rev Dr George Whyte, Minister of Colinton, Edinburgh, led Time for Reflection.

  2. Procedures Committee, Report on Private Legislation : Iain Smith, on behalf of the Procedures Committee, moved S2M-2764—That the Parliament notes the Procedures Committee’s 4th Report 2005 (Session 2), Private Legislation (SP Paper 334); agrees that the changes to Standing Orders set out in Annexe A to the report be made with effect from 12 May 2005, but agrees that new Rule 9A.1.4A shall not apply to any Bill introduced before 5 September 2005.

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

  1. Justice 1 Committee, Inquiry into the Effectiveness of Rehabilitation in Prisons: Pauline McNeill, on behalf of the Justice 1 Committee, moved S2M-2762—That the Parliament notes the recommendations contained in the Justice 1 Committee’s 3 rd Report 2005 (Session 2), Inquiry into the Effectiveness of Rehabilitation in Prisons (SP Paper 291).

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

  1. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2790—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of 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 Ministerial Statement: Follow-up to the Audit Committee Report on Argyll and Clyde Health Board

9.45 am Executive Debate: Tackling Serious and Organised Crime - Developing Strategic Partnerships

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 Debate: Voluntary Sector and the Social Economy

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 25 May 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 26 May 2005

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish National Party Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport;

Justice and Law Officers

2.55 pm Stage 3 Proceedings: Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

  1. Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2786—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2005 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

  2. Call for Action on the A90: The Parliament debated S2M-2367 in the name of Mrs Nanette Milne—That the Parliament notes with concern the number of road accidents on the A90 north of Aberdeen between Tipperty and Balmedie; further notes the significant number of new houses in and around the Ellon area which have added to the high volumes of traffic on this already congested road, and considers that the Scottish Executive should take action to upgrade this stretch of road as a matter of extreme urgency.

The meeting closed at 5.31 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
11 May 2005

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 4 May 2005

Protection of Children and Prevention of Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill —The Bill was reprinted as amended at Stage 2. (SP Bill 30A) (Executive Bill)

Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Bill —The Bill was reprinted as amended at Stage 2. (SP Bill 32A) (Executive Bill)

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 10 May 2005

Transport (Scotland) Bill —The Bill was reprinted as amended at Stage 2. (SP Bill 28A) (Executive Bill)

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 5 May 2005 and is subject to annulment

The Feed (Corn Gluten Feed and Brewers Grains) (Emergency Control) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/246)

laid under paragraph 2(2) of schedule 2 to the European Communities Act 1972

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 10 May 2005 and are subject to annulment—

The Confirmation to Small Estates (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/251)

laid under section 1(4) of the Confirmation to Small Estates (Scotland) Act 1979

The Prior Rights of Surviving Spouse (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/252)

laid under section 9A of the Succession (Scotland) Act 1964

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 6 May 2005 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman: Report of an investigation into a complaint against Grampian Health Board (SPSO/2005/03)—

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman: Report of an investigation into a complaint against Lothian Health Board (SPSO/2005/04)—

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