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Wednesday 21 September 2005

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Monsignor John Tormey, Parish Priest of St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Greenock led Time for Reflection.

2. Environment and Rural Development Committee, Inquiry into Climate Change: Sarah Boyack, on behalf of the Environment and Rural Development Committee, moved S2M-3293—That the Parliament notes the recommendations contained in the Environment and Rural Development Committee's 5th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on Inquiry into Climate Change (SP Paper 342).

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

3. Standards and Public Appointments Committee, Draft Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies in Scotland: Brian Adam, on behalf of the Standards and Public Appointments Committee, moved S2M-3286—That the Parliament agrees that the Standards and Public Appointments Committee’s 6th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Draft Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies in Scotland (SP Paper 410), together with the Official Report of the Parliament’s debate on the report, should form the Parliament’s response to the consultation by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland.

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

4. Business Motion:  Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3316—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 28 September 2005

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Preliminary Stage Debate: Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of the Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill

followed by Executive Debate: Membership of the Committee of the Regions

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 29 September 2005

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Justice 2 Committee Debate: 9th Report, 2005, Inquiry into Youth Justice

11.40 am   General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

12.30 pm   Themed Question Time—

Justice and Law Officers;
Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

1.10 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 5 October 2005

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 6 October 2005

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish National Party Business

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 Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

5. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3309—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Family Law (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 30 November 2005.

The motion was agreed to.

6. Approval of SSIs: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-3301—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Mental Health (Definition of Specified Person: Correspondence) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 be approved;

S2M-3302—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Mental Health (Absconding by mentally disordered offenders) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 be approved;

S2M-3303—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Mental Health (Use of Telephones) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 be approved;

S2M-3304—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 (Modification of Enactments) Order 2005 be approved;

S2M-3305—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Mental Health (Safety and Security) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 be approved;

S2M-3306—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Mental Health (Cross-border transfer: patients subject to detention requirement or otherwise in hospital) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 be approved;

S2M-3307—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations be approved; and

S2M-3308—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Criminal Justice Act 1988 (Offensive Weapons) (Scotland) Order 2005 be approved.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

The meeting was suspended from 16.57 pm until 17.00 pm.

7. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 3 and 6 as noted above.

8. Accident Record on the A9: The Parliament debated S2M-3155 in the name of Mr John Swinney—That the Parliament notes with concern the statistics recently published by the Scottish Executive that show that 82 fatalities occurred on the A9 in the last five years; recognises that this is the highest number of fatalities for any trunk road in Scotland; notes the local concern at the delays that have occurred in undertaking promised junction improvements at Ballinluig and Bankfoot in Perthshire, and recognises that, even when these improvements are made, the road will remain fundamentally unsafe until it is reconstructed as a dual carriageway from Perth to Inverness.

The meeting closed at 5.50 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
21 September 2005

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

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 20 September 2005 for approval by resolution

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 11) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/455)

laid under section 1(8) of the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 20 September 2005 and is subject to annulment

The Food Labelling Amendment (No. 2) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/456)

laid under section 48(3) of the Food Safety Act 1990.

Other Documents

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

Communities Scotland Annual Report and Accounts 2004-05 (SE/2005/136)

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

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 20 September 2005 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Historic Environment Advisory Council for Scotland Annual Report 2004-05 (SE/2005/182)

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 21 September 2005 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Fisheries Research Services Report and Accounts 2004-05 (SE/2005/134)

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

Caledonian MacBrayne Annual Report and Accounts 2004-05 (SE/2005/168)—

David MacBrayne Limited Annual Report and Accounts 2004-05 (SE/2005/169)—

Caledonian MacBrayne Holdings Limited Annual Report and Accounts 2004-05 (SE/2005/170)—

laid under section 8(1) of the Transport (Scotland) Act 1989

Scottish Advisory Committee on Distinction Awards Annual Report March 2005 (SE/2005/190)

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 19 September 2005

Procedures Committee 6th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Admissibility and Closure of Public Petitions (SP Paper 420)