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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 15 June 2005

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

The meeting opened at 2.15 pm.

  1. Time for Reflection: Acharya Medanipati Misra, Priest, Hindu Temple, Glasgow and Mrs Shobha Nagpal, Vice President, Hindu Temple, Glasgow, led Time for Reflection.

  2. SPCB Question Time: Questions were answered by members of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body.

  3. Baird Trust Reorganisation Bill – Final Stage: Mr Andrew Arbuckle, on behalf of the Baird Trust Reorganisation Bill Committee, moved S2M-2941—That the Parliament agrees that the Baird Trust Reorganisation Bill be passed.

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

  1. Sexual Health: The Minister for Health and Community Care (Mr Andy Kerr) moved S2M-2958—That the Parliament acknowledges the progress that has been made to date in implementing Respect and Responsibility, the Scottish Executive’s Strategy and Action Plan for Improving Sexual Health; commends the work by stakeholders to date, and welcomes the creation of a National Sexual Health Advisory Committee which will be a key element in taking forward the action plan.

Shona Robison moved amendment S2M-2958.2 to motion S2M-2958—

Insert at end—

“and calls on the Executive to publish reasonable timescales for the implementation of the action plan as soon as possible.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 34, Against 77, Abstentions 1).

Nanette Milne moved amendment S2M-2958.1 to motion S2M-2958—

Leave out from “and welcomes” to end and insert—

“believes, however, that centrally directed sexual health strategies, such as the Executive’s sexual health and relationships strategy, will have a limited reach, and considers that the Executive should publicly affirm the primary responsibility of parents in ensuring that their children are brought up with respect for themselves and others.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 15, Against 96, Abstentions 0).

Patrick Harvie moved amendment S2M-2958.4 to motion S2M-2958—

Insert at end—

“recognises that there is a need both for clinical services and for prevention work which enables individuals to take greater control of their own sexual health and that both elements must be delivered in ways which recognise the diversity of the population and respect their equal rights to information and services; is concerned, therefore, by the decision by NHS Greater Glasgow to cut the funding to Caledonia Youth’s Glasgow branch, which will lead to the closure of a service with a record of working to address the sexual health needs of excluded young people, and calls on the Executive to work with NHS boards to ensure that existing services are maintained and improved upon wherever possible.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 31, Against 77, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 97, Against 14, Abstentions 0).

  1. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2962—That the Parliament agrees —

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 22 June 2005

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Member’s Oath/Affirmation

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Licensing (Scotland) Bill

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 Debate: Review of Scottish Executive Financial Management 2004-05

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: Legal Aid Reform

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 29 June 2005

9.30 am Time for Reflection

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Housing (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution: Housing (Scotland) Bill

2.30 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Transport (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 30 June 2005

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Finance Committee Debate: 2nd Report 2005, Cross-cutting Expenditure Review of Economic Development

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 Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

and (b) that the period for members to submit their names for selection for General Question Time and Themed Question Time on 8 September 2005 should end at 12 noon on Wednesday 29 June 2005.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (by division: For 92, Against 16, Abstentions 3).

  1. Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2961—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Mental Health (Safeguards for Certain Informal Patients) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

  1. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 3, 4 and 6 as noted above.

  2. Centenary of Barnardo’s: The Parliament debated S2M-2504 in the name of Robert Brown—That the Parliament notes the centenary of the death of Dr Thomas Barnardo in 1905; recognises that, although it no longer runs orphanages, the charity he founded has grown and developed over the years, and congratulates the modern-day Barnardo’s for its work, which includes the management of 60 services that support almost 10,000 of Scotland’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged children and families to overcome challenges including sexual abuse, exclusion from school, HIV/AIDS, leaving care, substance misuse, disabilities, mental health issues and social exclusion.

The meeting closed at 6.02 pm .

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
15 June 2005

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 14 June 2005

Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill —The Bill was reprinted as amended at Stage 2. (SP Bill 33A) (Executive Bill)

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

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

The Education (Graduate Endowment, Student Fees and Support) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/341)

laid under section 133 of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980, sections 1 and 2 of the Education (Fees and Awards) Act 1983 and section 1 of the Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) Act 2001

The Fire (Additional Function) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/342)—

The Fire (Charging) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/343)—

The Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 (Consequential Modifications and Amendments) (No. 2) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/344)—

laid under section 88(3) of the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005

The Education (Student Loans) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/345)

laid under section 1(7) of the Education (Student Loans) Act 1990

The Public Service Vehicles (Registration of Local Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/346)

laid under section 61(1) of the Transport Act 1981

The Scottish Administration (Offices) Order 2005 (SI 2005/1467)

laid under section 115 of, and paragraphs 1 and 2 of Schedule 7 to, the Scotland Act 1998

Note: The Criminal Justice Act 1988 (Offensive Weapons) (Scotland) Order 2005, which was laid in draft before the Parliament on 7 June 2005, was withdrawn

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 15 June 2005 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

National Lottery Distribution Fund Account 2003-04 (SE/2005/97)

laid under section 33(1) and (2) of the National Lottery etc. Act 1993 and section 88 of the Scotland Act 1998

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 13 June 2005

Local Government and Transport Committee, 7th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Stage 1 Report on the Licensing (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 378)

The following report was published on 15 June 2005

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 25th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 379)