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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 29 June 2005

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Time for Reflection: Rev Dr Paul McKeown, Minister of Belhelvie Parish Church, Aberdeenshire, led Time for Reflection.

2. Housing (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Minister for Communities (Malcolm Chisholm) moved S2M-2986—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Housing (Scotland) Bill.

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

3. Housing (Scotland) Bill - Financial Resolution: The Deputy Minister for Communities (Johann Lamont) moved S2M-2617—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Housing (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any expenditure of a kind referred to in paragraph 3(b)(iii) of Rule 9.12 of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

4. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Communities (Malcolm Chisholm) made a statement and answered questions on the White Paper on Modernising the Planning System.

5. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3060—That the Parliament agrees , as a revision to the business programme for Thursday 30 June 2005—

leave out,

12.30 pm Members’ Business

and insert,

12.30pm Election to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

followed by Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

6. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3059—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Transport (Scotland) Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion by the time limits indicated (each time limit being calculated from when the Stage begins and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when the meeting of the Parliament is suspended or otherwise not in progress):

Groups 1 to 3 – 40 minutes
Groups 4 to 6 – 1 hour and 10 minutes
Groups 7 to 11 – 1 hour and 40 minutes
Groups 12 to 17 – 2 hours and 25 minutes

The motion was agreed to.

7. Appointment of Minister: The First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell) moved S2M-3041—That the Parliament agrees that Tavish Scott be appointed as a Minister.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (by division: For 62, Against 38, Abstentions 0).

8. Junior Scottish Ministers: The First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell) moved S2M-3042—That the Parliament agrees that George Lyon and Robert Brown be appointed as junior Scottish Ministers.

Fiona Hyslop moved amendment S2M-3042.1 to motion S2M-3042—

Leave out “and Robert Brown”.

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 41, Against 65, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to (by division: For 64, Against 17, Abstentions 23).

9. Transport (Scotland ) Bill – Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 68, 69, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 52, 53, 54, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62 and 63

The following amendments were agreed to (by division)—

27 (For 93, Against 14, Abstentions 0)
55 (For 95, Against 18, Abstentions 0)
56 (For 96, Against 16, Abstentions 1)

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

65 (For 14, Against 89, Abstentions 0)
17A (For 29, Against 80, Abstentions 0)
17B (For 30, Against 79, Abstentions 0)
17C (For 32, Against 80, Abstentions 0)
49 (For 21, Against 79, Abstentions 7)
50 (For 50, Against 64, Abstentions 1)
80 (For 18, Against 94, Abstentions 0)
81 (For 17, Against 92, Abstentions 0)
8 (For 49, Against 63, Abstentions 1)

Amendments 66, 67, 70, 17D, 17E, 17F, 17G, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 51, 3, 4, 78, 52A, 82, 57, 7, 83, 64 and 9 were not moved.

10. Transport (Scotland ) Bill – Stage 3: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform (Tavish Scott) moved S2M-3039—That the Parliament agrees that the Transport (Scotland) Bill be passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 98, Against 17, Abstentions 0).

11. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3058—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Tuesday 6 September 2005

10.30 am Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by First Minister’s Statement: Scottish Executive’s Programme

2.30 pm Executive Debate: Scottish Executive’s Programme

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 am Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 7 September 2005

9.30 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Continuation of Executive Debate: Scottish Executive’s Programme

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning;
Justice and Law Officers

2.55 pm Continuation of Executive Debate: Scottish Executive’s Programme

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

and (b) that Stage 2 of the Licensing (Scotland) Bill be completed by 8 November 2005.

The motion was agreed to.

12. Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3047—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Dentists Act 1984 (Amendment) Order 2005 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

13. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 3, 10 and 12 as noted above.

14. Closure of Clydesdale Bank Branches: The Parliament debated S2M-2833 in the name of Paul Martin—That the Parliament condemns the decision by National Australia Bank to close 60 Clydesdale Bank branches within Scotland over the next 18 months; notes that research has demonstrated that the closure of branches triggers an outflow of economic activity and threatens the long-term survival of communities, particularly when a bank is “the last bank in town”; believes that closures will have a devastating impact on local communities, particularly in poorer areas where alternative banking is not accessible, and will affect the most vulnerable and least able to travel, such as older people, the less able and parents with young children, and considers that the National Australia Bank should reconsider this massive programme, particularly where a closure will leave communities without any local bank.

The meeting closed at 6.53 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
29 June 2005

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

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 28 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

Not Subject to any Parliamentary Procedure

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 28 June 2005 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 4) (Scotland) Revocation Order 2005 (SSI 2005/360)

laid under section 1(10) of the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 24 June 2005 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

HM Inspectorate of Education Annual Report 2004-05 (SE/2005/88)

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

Scottish Agricultural Wages Board Annual Report 1 April 2003 – 31 March 2004 (SE/2005/110)

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 27 June 2005 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Communities Scotland Regulation and Inspection Annual Report 2004-05 (SE/2005/96)

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 28 June 2005 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Government Chemist Review 2004 (SE/2005/95)

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

Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Annual Report 2004-05 (SPSC/2005/1)

laid under section 18 of the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Act 2002

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 29 June 2005 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

British Potato Council Report and Accounts 2003-04 (SE/2005/92)

laid under section 7 of the Industrial Organisation and Development Act 1947 as amended by section 88(3) of the Scotland Act 1998

Scottish Drug Enforcement Agency Annual Report 2004-05 and Corporate Development Plan 2005-08 (SE/2005/116)

Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission Sixth Annual Report and Accounts for the period 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2005 (SE/2005/118)

The following documents were published on 29 June 2005—

The Budgeting Process Agreement Between the Scottish Executive and the Finance Committee (SP Paper 398)

The Budgeting Process Agreement Between the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body and the Finance Committee (SP Paper 399)

The Budgeting Process Agreement Between the Scottish Commission for Public Audit and the Finance Committee (SP Paper 400)

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 24 June 2005

Enterprise and Culture Committee, 7th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 392)

The following reports were published on 28 June 2005—

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 27th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on the Transport (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2 (SP Paper 393)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 28th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2 (SP Paper 394)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 29th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 395)

The following report was published on 29 June 2005

Subordinate Legislation Committee: 30th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 396)