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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 1 June 2005

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Mr Jim Campbell, National Prayer Breakfast for Scotland, led Time for Reflection.

2. Ministerial Statement: The First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell) made a statement and answered questions on Scotland and Africa.

3. Local Government and Transport Committee, Inquiry into issues arising from the Transport (Scotland) Act 2001: Bristow Muldoon, on behalf of the Local Government and Transport Committee, moved S2M-2854—That the Parliament notes the recommendations contained in the Local Government and Transport Committee’s 4th Report 2005 (Session 2): Inquiry into issues arising from the Transport (Scotland) Act 2001 (SP Paper 316).

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

4. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2888—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 8 June 2005

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate: G8

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 9 June 2005

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party 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

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.55 pm Stage 3 Proceedings: Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 15 June 2005

2.15 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Question Time

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Final Stage: Baird Trust Reorganisation Bill

followed by Executive Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 16 June 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—

Justice and Law Officers;

Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport

2.55 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

5. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2890—That the Parliament agrees under Rule 11.2.4 of the Standing Orders that Decision Time on Thursday 2 June 2005 shall begin at 5.30 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

6. Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2889—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 be approved.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 74, Against 37, Abstentions 3).

7. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 3 and 6 as noted above.

8. Protecting Land Used for Organised Sport and Other Forms of Physical Activity: The Parliament debated S2M-2615 in the name of Mike Watson—That the Parliament notes with concern the continuing diminution in the number of sports pitches and open space across Scotland, despite the efforts of sportscotland and the National Playing Fields Association Scotland; believes that this will make it more difficult for the Scottish Executive to achieve its stated aim of improving the health of young people in Scotland and reducing levels of obesity; endorses the need, as expressed in the report of the Physical Activity Task Force, for all primary and secondary pupils to have a minimum of two hours each week of quality physical education, and considers that the Executive should ensure that more robust measures are introduced to the planning process to protect land used for organised sport and other forms of physical activity.

9. Motion without Notice: Murray Tosh moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended until 6.18 pm. The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 6.18 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
1 June 2005

Appendix

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 26 May 2005

Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation (Scotland) Bill —The Bill was reprinted as passed (SP Bill 29B) (Executive Bill)

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 1 June 2005 and is subject to annulment

The Food (Chilli, Chilli Products, Curcuma and Palm Oil) (Emergency Control) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/294)

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

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 1 June 2005 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Parole Board for Scotland Annual Report 2004 (SE/2005/87)

laid under paragraph 5 of Schedule 1 to the Prisons (Scotland) Act 1989 and paragraph 6 of Schedule 2 to the Prisoners and Criminal Proceedings (Scotland) Act 1993

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 26 May 2005—

European and External Relations Committee, 3rd Report, 2005 (Session 2): Annual Report 2004-05 (SP Paper 361)

The following reports were published on 31 May 2005—

Enterprise and Culture Committee, 6th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report into the Implications of BBC Scotland’s Internal Reviews (SP Paper 365)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 21st Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 367)

The following reports were published on 1 June 2005—

Audit Committee, 5th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Overview of the Financial Performance of the NHS in Scotland (SP Paper 366)

Health Committee, 10th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 368)