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Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 23 June 2005

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

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

  1. Financial Management 2004-5, including Provisional Outturn Figures: The Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform (Mr Tom McCabe) moved S2M-3015—That the Parliament notes the improved financial management of the Scottish Executive, including the latest provisional outturn figures; encourages the Executive to continue its constructive dialogue with the Finance Committee to improve understanding, transparency and scrutiny, and notes the importance of this process to the efficient delivery of commitments outlined in A Partnership for a Better Scotland.

Alasdair Morgan moved amendment S2M-3015.2 to motion S2M-3015—

Leave out from first “notes” to “figures”.

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 31, Against 76, Abstentions 5).

Mr Ted Brocklebank moved amendment S2M-3015.1 to motion S2M-3015—

Leave out from “improved” to end and insert—

“latest provisional outturn figures; encourages the Scottish Executive to continue its constructive dialogue with the Finance Committee to improve understanding, transparency and scrutiny; further notes the importance of this process to the efficient delivery of commitments outlined in A Partnership for a Better Scotland, and is disappointed, however, that, despite earlier assurances by the Executive, its efficiency drive falls substantially short of the Gershon savings instigated in Whitehall.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 14, Against 97, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 42, Abstentions 7).

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

  2. First Minister’s Question Time: Questions were answered by the Deputy First Minister (Mr Jim Wallace).

  3. Themed Question Time: Questions on Finance and Public Services and Communities and on Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

  4. Legal Aid Reform: The Minister for Justice (Cathy Jamieson) moved S2M-3012—That the Parliament recognises the crucial role which publicly funded legal aid, advice and information has in guiding individuals towards resolution of legal problems; welcomes the Scottish Executive’s consultation on improving the effectiveness and efficiency of publicly funded legal assistance, and supports the Executive’s determination to continue to work in partnership with the legal profession and the public and voluntary sectors to develop a system that effectively supports those who require it.

Mr Kenny MacAskill moved amendment S2M-3012.1 to motion S2M-3012—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“notes with concern current difficulties in the funding, staffing and resourcing of a variety of legal services through a multiplicity of agencies, professions and services; believes that the provision of legal and advice services requires a fundamental review in order for it to meet the new challenges and needs of the 21 st century, and calls for a commission to be established with a wide remit, predicated on the principle that access to justice for all is paramount, to consider and advise on the best method of delivering such access and the best use of available resources within the judiciary, legal profession and the public and voluntary sectors.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 36, Against 77, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

  1. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3007—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 6 October 2005.

    The motion was agreed to.

  2. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3008—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 completed by 1 December 2005.

The motion was agreed to.

  1. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3009—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 4 October 2005.

The motion was agreed to.

  1. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3010—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the St Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 6 October 2005.

The motion was agreed to.

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

  2. W8 Summit: The Parliament debated S2M-2951 in the name of Christine Grahame—That the Parliament welcomes the W8 Conference taking place in Edinburgh on 23 June 2005, where eight African women will address the conference; believes that these eight women could change the face of Africa if given some of the support and decision-making power of the G8 leaders meeting at Gleneagles, and notes that these woman have all made significant contributions across Africa and that their voices need to be heard so that practical solutions at grass roots level are not overlooked among welcome, but often remote, international diplomacy.

The meeting closed at 5.54 pm .

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
23 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 instruments were laid in draft before the Parliament on 23 June 2005 for approval by resolution—

The Mental Health (Absconding by mentally disordered offenders) (Scotland) Regulations 2005

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

The Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 (Modification of Enactments) Order 2005

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

The Mental Health (Use of Telephones) (Scotland) Regulations 2005—

The Mental Health (Safety and Security) (Scotland) Regulations 2005—

The Mental Health (Cross-border transfer: patients subject to detention requirement or otherwise in hospital) (Scotland) Regulations 2005—

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

The Advice and Assistance (Assistance by way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2005

laid under section 37(2) of the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 23 June 2005—

Health Committee, 12th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 389)

Local Government and Transport Committee, 8th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 390)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 26th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 391)