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Wednesday 8 June 2005

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

  1. Time for Reflection: Rev Ronnie Johnstone, Minister of Thurso West Church of Scotland, led Time for Reflection.

  2. G8: The Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform (Mr Tom McCabe) moved S2M-2924—That the Parliament welcomes the opportunities presented by hosting the G8 summit which will engage the Scottish public in debate on the theme of Africa and climate change, will showcase Scotland to an international audience and examine and develop Scotland’s role in international development; recognises the economic benefit to Scotland which will arise from the summit both in the short and longer term; further acknowledges the sense of pride that Scotland is hosting such a prestigious event; extends a warm welcome to all peaceful visitors who come to Scotland, and fully supports the police, the UK Government and other key partners in making the summit safe and productive.

Mr John Swinney moved amendment S2M-2924.1 to motion S2M-2924—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“expresses the aspiration that the G8 Summit at Gleneagles will secure a meaningful increase in the volume of aid for international development and debt relief, a fairer system of trade and progress on the issue of climate change; welcomes the fact that such important objectives may be achieved at a summit held in Scotland; welcomes the steps taken by the Scottish Executive to become involved in delivering international development activity; welcomes peaceful and organised demonstrations to advance the arguments for increased international aid and greater action on climate change; supports the police, the Executive, the UK Government and other agencies in making the summit at Gleneagles Hotel and the surrounding communities safe; encourages the Executive to make representations to the UK Government to meet in full the additional cost arising to public authorities in Scotland of hosting the summit, and calls on the Executive to make a clear statement on the cost of hosting the summit in Scotland and the financial benefits it expects to accrue to Scotland.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 35, Against 69, Abstentions 15).

Mark Ballard moved amendment S2M-2924.4 to motion S2M-2924—

Leave out from “will showcase” to end and insert—

“notes the undemocratic nature of the G8, given that the G8 countries represent only 13% of the world’s population while making decisions with consequences that are felt worldwide; supports the aims of the Make Poverty History campaign and other civil society campaigns; believes that all unpayable third world debt must be cancelled with immediate effect; supports developing countries’ right to protect indigenous industry and promotes fair trade rather than free trade; welcomes the Franco-German proposal to fund more aid by levying a Tobin tax which would limit damaging currency speculation; further welcomes the Franco-German proposal to levy a tax on aviation fuel to combat the global climate change that threatens to undermine the Millennium Development Goals; urges the US Government to ratify the Kyoto protocol as a vital step in international efforts to combat climate change; recognises the importance of sexual and reproductive health and rights and is gravely concerned at the growing impact of HIV and AIDS in Africa and across the developing world; recognises the genuine concerns about the G8 process and agenda that are held by people across the world; welcomes and recognises the legitimate right to peaceful protest against the G8 summit; further recognises the success of past protests at UK G8 events in changing UK government policy, and supports calls for the adequate provision of accommodation and other facilities and acknowledges that the provision of such facilities is essential to ensure the safety and well-being of all those involved in the event.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 13, Against 106, Abstentions 1).

Frances Curran moved amendment S2M-2924.2 to motion S2M-2924—

Leave out from “will showcase” to end and insert—

“notes that the existing neoliberal policies of the G8 countries are the biggest factor causing mass poverty worldwide; accepts that policies such as free trade imposed by the G8 countries through the International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organisation are a major cause of the collapse of local economies in Africa and in many developing countries; recognises that the proposed International Finance Facility is nothing more than a PFI for Africa; supports the immediate cancellation of third world debt and hopes that as many people as possible come to Scotland and take to the streets, including at Gleneagles, in support of fair trade, aid and all debt cancellation; upholds the democratic right to peaceful protest; is shocked that a minister in the Scottish Executive, without any scrutiny from the Parliament, has suspended democratic accountability for the police, the Scottish Executive and local authorities through the “prospective ministerial certificate” with no end date set for this attack on democratic rights, and calls for the immediate rescinding of this directive, which introduces a code of secrecy, and for democratic rights to be restored.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 13, Against 107, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 109, Against 3, Abstentions 8).

  1. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2928—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of 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 Debate: Sexual Health

    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 Stage 1 Debate: Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill

    followed by Financial Resolution: Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill

    11.10 am Ministerial Statement: ID Cards

    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 Stage 1 Debate: Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill

    followed by Financial Resolution: Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill

    followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

    5.00 pm Decision Time

    followed by Members’ Business

    Wednesday 22 June 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 23 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—

    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.

  1. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2927—That the Parliament agrees under Rule 11.2.4 of the Standing Orders that Decision Time on Thursday 9 June 2005 shall begin at 5.30 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

  1. Baird Trust Reorganisation Bill: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2929—That the Parliament agrees that, for the Baird Trust Reorganisation Bill, Consideration Stage shall not take place and, accordingly, agrees that, for the purposes of the Bill, Rules 9A.7.1(b), 9A.9 and the first sentence of 9A.8.10 of the Standing Orders be suspended.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

  1. Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2930—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 4) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/260) be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

  1. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 5 and 6 as noted above.

  2. Norway’s Centenary Celebrations: The Parliament debated S2M-2647 in the name of Rob Gibson—That the Parliament congratulates the Government and people of Norway on their celebrations of the centenary since the union of Norway and Sweden was dissolved by peaceful means; welcomes the international centennial programme in 2005 whose three main themes are Norway - a partner in peace and development, Norway - a nation rich in resources and Norway - a modern cultural and knowledge nation; applauds the aim to enhance Norway’s visibility, update Norway’s image, celebrate 100 years of close ties with key partner countries and promote Norway as a deeply-committed participant in the international community, both in 2005 and in the years to come; considers that Scots should be encouraged to share in the centenary independence celebrations including the successful Edvard Grieg exhibition, Art and Identity, which closes on 16 April 2005 in the City Art Centre, Edinburgh, and believes that the Scottish Executive should promote participation by Scots in understanding the success of Norway's story.

The meeting closed at 5.55 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
8 June 2005

 

Appendix

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 2 June 2005

Protection of Children and Prevention of Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill —The Bill was reprinted as passed (SP Bill 30B) (Executive Bill)

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 7 June 2005 for approval by resolution

The Criminal Justice Act 1988 (Offensive Weapons) (Scotland) Order 2005

laid under section 141(3) of the Criminal Justice Act 1988

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 3 June 2005 and are subject to annulment—

The Adam Smith College, Fife (Establishment) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/298)

laid under section 60 of the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 1992

The Electricity (Applications for Consent) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/295)

laid under section 106 of the Electricity Act 1989

The Loch Crinan Scallops Several Fishery Order 2005 (SSI 2005/304)

laid under section 20(2) of the Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) Act 1967

The Air Quality Limit Values (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/300)—

The Nitrate (Public Participation etc.) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/305)—

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

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 7 June 2005 and are subject to annulment—

The Charities (Designated Religious Bodies) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/306)

laid under section 15(11) of the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1990

The Honey (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/307)

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

The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (Variation of Schedule) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/308)

laid under section 26(2) of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 8 June 2005 and are subject to annulment—

The Mental Health (Content and amendment of care plans) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/309)—

The Mental Health (Social Circumstances Reports) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/310)—

The Mental Health (Content and amendment of Part 9 care plans) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/312)—

laid under section 326(3) of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003

The Sea Fishing (Enforcement of Community Quota and Third Country Fishing Measures) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/311)

laid under section 30(4) and (5) of the Fishing Act 1981

The Student Loans (Information Requests, Maximum Threshold, Maximum Repayment Levels and Hardship Loans) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/314)

laid under section 133 of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980

The Local Government Pension Scheme (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/315)

laid under section 12(6) of the Superannuation Act 1972

The Genetically Modified Organisms (Transboundary Movements) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/316)

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

The Falkirk College of Further and Higher Education (Change of Name) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/317)

laid section 60 of the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 1992

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 7 June 2005 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

ECITB Annual Review 2004 (SE/2005/76)

laid under section 88(3) of the Scotland Act 1998

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 8 June 2005 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

8th Report of the Financial Reporting Advisory Board April 2004 to March 2005 (SE/2005/94)

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 6 June 2005

Justice 2 Committee, 9th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Inquiry into Youth Justice (SP Paper 370)

The following report was published on 7 June 2005

Environment and Rural Development Committee, 9th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Stage 1 Report on the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 371)

The following reports were published on 8 June 2005—

Justice 2 Committee, 10th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Stage 1 Report on the Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 372)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 23rd Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2 (SP Paper 375)

The following reports were published on the 9 June 2005—

Standards and Public Appointments Committee, 3rd Report, 2005 (Session 2): Complaints against Jack McConnell MSP (SP Paper 373)

Standards and Public Appointments Committee, 4th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Complaint against Kenneth Macintosh MSP (SP Paper 374)

Health Committee, 11th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 376)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 24th Report 2005 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 377)