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Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 16 June 2005

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

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1. Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Minister for Justice (Cathy Jamieson) moved S2M-2775—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 89, Against 17, Abstentions 0).

2. Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution: The Deputy Minister for Justice (Hugh Henry) moved S2M-2933—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill, agrees—

(a) to the following expenditure out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund—

(i) expenditure of the Scottish Administration in consequence of the Act; and
(ii) increases attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of that Fund under any other enactment; and

(b) to any payment required to be made by virtue of the Act.

The motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 89, Against 3, Abstentions 14).

3. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform (Mr Tom McCabe) made a statement and answered questions on ID Cards.

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

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

6. 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 and by the Scottish Law Officers.

7. Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill: The Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Ross Finnie) moved S2M-2774—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 93, Against 0, Abstentions 15).

8. Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution: The Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Lewis Macdonald) moved S2M-2894—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any increase in expenditure of a kind referred to in Rule 9.12.3(b)(iii) of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

The motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 93, Against 0, Abstentions 16).

9. Change of Decision Time: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved, without notice, a motion under Rule 11.2.4 of Standing Orders that Decision Time on Thursday 16 June 2005 be taken at 4.56 pm.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2, 7 and 8 as noted above.

11. Learning Disability Week, 19 to 26 June 2005: The Parliament debated S2M-2869 in the name of Jackie Baillie—That the Parliament welcomes the 28th annual Learning Disability Week which takes place from 19 to 26 June 2005; notes that this week is important in raising the profile of people with learning disabilities and family carers; further notes that the theme, “It’s Our Community Too”, highlights the difficulties that people with learning disabilities face in becoming involved with their local communities; celebrates the work of ENABLE and the Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability in raising awareness, changing negative perceptions, encouraging participation and building respect; recognises that it is five years since the seminal policy document, The same as you?, was published by the Scottish Executive which aims to improve access to opportunities for people with learning disabilities; welcomes direct ministerial involvement in chairing the Implementation Group, and, while congratulating the Executive on the steps taken so far, encourages it to maintain the momentum for change in order to achieve full implementation of the recommendations.

The meeting closed at 5.52 pm .

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
16 June 2005

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

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 16 June 2005 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Food Standards Agency Departmental Report Spring 2005 (SE/2005/99)

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 16 June 2005—

Justice 2 Committee, 11th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 380)

Communities Committee, 6th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 384)