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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 22 June 2005

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

  1. Time for Reflection: Rev Michael L. Lindvall, Senior Minister, The Brick Presbyterian Church, New York, USA, led Time for Reflection.

  2. Oaths and Affirmations: Mr Derek Brownlee took the oath of allegiance before the Clerk.

  3. Licensing (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform (Tavish Scott) moved S2M-2776—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Licensing (Scotland) Bill.

Bruce Crawford moved amendment S2M-2776.1 to motion S2M-2776—

Insert at end—

“but, in so doing, notes the concerns expressed by the Local Government and Transport Committee in its Stage 1 Report on the Bill that, in respect of the Financial Memorandum, it considered that more robust financial details were required and as a result the committee was not in a position to determine whether the Financial Memorandum was adequate.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 45, Against 64, Abstentions 7).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

  1. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3004—That the Parliament agree s—

    (a) that the meeting of the Parliament on Wednesday 29 June 2005 may continue until 7.00 pm, as permitted under Rule 2.2.4; and

    (b) that Decision Time on Wednesday 29 June 2005 shall begin at 6.00 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

  1. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3005—That the Parliament agrees that—

    (a) for the purposes of allowing the meeting of the Parliament on Thursday 30 June 2005 to continue beyond 5.30 pm, the word “Wednesday” in Rules 2.2.4 and 2.2.5(c) be suspended and that the word “Thursday” be substituted for it in each place, and that Rule 2.2.5(a) be suspended;

    (b) under Rule 2.2.4 thus varied, the meeting of the Parliament on Thursday 30 June 2005 may continue to 7.00 pm; and

    (c) Decision Time on Thursday 30 June 2005 shall begin at 6.00 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

  1. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3018—That the Parliament agrees that Rule 5.6.1(c) of Standing Orders be suspended for the purpose of Members’ Business on Thursday 30 June 2005.

The motion was agreed to.

  1. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3019—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of 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

    12 noon Ministerial Statement: White Paper on Modernising the Planning System

    2.00 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

    followed by First Minister’s Motion to appoint Ministers

    2.35 pm Stage 3 Proceedings: Transport (Scotland) Bill

    followed by Business Motion

    followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

    6.00 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

    10.45 am Stage 3 Proceedings: Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill

    11.40 am General Question Time

    12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

    12.30 pm Members’ Business

    2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

    Health and Community Care;

    Environment and Rural Development

    2.55 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

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

    followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

    6.00 pm Decision Time

The motion was agreed to.

  1. Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2996—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003 (Amendment of Police (Scotland) Act 1967) Order 2005 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

  1. Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2997—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 (Consequential Modifications and Amendments) Order 2005 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

  1. Membership of Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2998—That the Parliament agrees that Mark Ballard be appointed to replace John Swinburne on the Finance Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

  1. Membership of Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2999—That the Parliament agrees that John Swinburne be appointed to replace Shiona Baird on the Equal Opportunities Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

  1. Membership of Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3000—That the Parliament agrees that Shiona Baird be appointed to replace Chris Ballance on the Enterprise and Culture Committee.

    The motion was agreed to (DT).

  2. Membership of Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3001—That the Parliament agrees that Chris Ballance be appointed to replace Mark Ballard on the Procedures Committee.

    The motion was agreed to (DT).

  3. Membership of Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3002—That the Parliament agrees that Eleanor Scott be appointed to replace Robin Harper on the Audit Committee.

    The motion was agreed to (DT).

  4. Designation of Lead Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3003—That the Parliament agrees that the Environment and Rural Development Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Environmental Levy on Plastic Bags (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

    The motion was agreed to (DT).

  5. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on item 3, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 as noted above.

  6. Just Youth Intergenerational DVD: The Parliament debated S2M-2703 in the name of Karen Whitefield—That the Parliament congratulates all those involved in the production of the Just Youth Intergenerational DVD, a project designed to challenge intergenerational stereotypes; congratulates, in particular, the young people and staff of the Just Youth Project in Airdrie, the community learning and development staff of North Lanarkshire Council and also the residents of Gartlea Gardens sheltered housing complex who participated in the DVD; commends North Lanarkshire Council for this innovative attempt to build st ronger and more positive relationships between young and old, and further commends the Scottish Executive for funding this initiative through the youth justice fund.

The meeting closed at 5.46 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
22 June 2005


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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 17 June 2005

Environmental Levy on Plastic Bags (Scotland) Bill —A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to provide for a levy on the provision of plastic bags to customers; to provide for the levy to be used by local authorities for environmental purposes; and for connected purposes. (SP Bill 43) (Member’s Bill)

Introduced by: Mike Pringle

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 43–EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 43–PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 17 June 2005 for approval by resolution

The Mental Health (Definition of Specified Person: Correspondence) (Scotland) Regulations 2005

laid under section 326(4) (c) of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 22 June 2005 for approval by resolution

The Housing Grants (Assessment of Contributions) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005

laid under section 240A(3) of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 17 June 2005 and is subject to annulment

The Requirements for Teachers (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/355)

laid under section 133 of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980 and section 59 of the Standards in Scotland’s Schools etc. Act 2000

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)

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 17 June 2005 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Audit Scotland Accounts for the Year to 31 March 2005 and Auditor’s Report thereon (SP Paper 388)

laid under section 25(6) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 20 June 2005 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Scottish Water Annual Report and Accounts 2004-05 (SE/2005/103)

laid under section 57(8) of the Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002

Scottish Water Solutions Annual Report and Accounts 2004-05 (SE/2005/104)

laid under section 22(5) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 22 June 2005 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Statistical Bulletin: Reconviction of Offenders Discharged from Custody or Given Non-custodial Sentences in 1999, Scotland (SE/2005/106)

Inspectorate of Prosecution in Scotland Annual Report for 2004-05 (SE/2005/108)

Moving on? An overview of delayed discharges in Scotland. A report to the Scottish Parliament by the Auditor General for Scotland (AGS/2005/4)—

Moving on? A handbook on modelling the whole system for delayed discharges in Tayside. A report to the Scottish Parliament by the Auditor General for Scotland (AGS/2005/4)—

laid under the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 17 June 2005—

Education Committee, 6th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 381)

Education Committee, 7th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 382)

Education Committee, 8th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on Additional Support for Learning Code of Practice (SP Paper 383)

Justice 1 Committee, 7th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 385)

The following report was published on 20 June 2005

Ad Hoc Standards Committee, 1st Report, 2005 (Session 2): Complaint against Members of the Standards Committee (as at March 2004) and David Davidson MSP (SP Paper 386)

The following report was published on 22 June 2005

Communities Committee, 7th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Stage 1 Report on Housing (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 387)