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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 28 September 2005

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Rev Bobby Anderson, Chair of the Network of International Development Organisations in Scotland, led Time for Reflection.

2. Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill - Preliminary Stage: Tricia Marwick, on behalf of the Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill Committee, moved S2M-3329—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill and that the Bill should proceed as a Private Bill.

Fergus Ewing moved amendment S2M-3329.1 to motion S2M-3329—

Insert at end—

“but in doing so expresses concern over the management of the project and therefore considers that the Scottish Executive should discuss with the promoter of the Bill whether it is able to continue to be the promoter.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 28, Against 72, Abstentions 3).

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 102, Against 0, Abstentions 1).

3. Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution: The Minister for Transport and Telecommunications (Tavish Scott) moved S2M-3342—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any expenditure of a kind referred to in Rule 9A.14.3(b)(ii) of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

4. Membership of Committee of the Regions: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Parliamentary Business (George Lyon) moved S2M-3344—That the Parliament endorses theScottish Executive’s proposal to nominate as representatives of the Parliament Jack McConnell MSP and Irene Oldfather MSP as full members and George Lyon MSP and Richard Lochhead MSP as alternate members on the UK delegation to the Committee of the Regions for the forthcoming session from 2006 to 2010 and notes that the representation from local government will be Councillor Corrie McChord and Councillor Andrew Campbell as full members and Councillor Graham Garvie and Councillor Jim McCabe as alternate members.

Alasdair Morgan moved amendment S2M-3344.1 to motion S2M-3344—

Leave out from “endorses” to end and insert—

“supports the Committee of the Regions as an institution of European co-operation based on the role of regional government and, in promoting the regions of Scotland in that role, proposes that the full and alternate members representing Scotland are elected members of Scotland’s local authorities, including Councillor Keith Brown, Councillor Corrie McChord and Councillor Andrew Campbell as full members and Councillor Graham Garvie and Councillor Jim McCabe as alternate members and instructs the Executive to return to the Parliament with three additional names of councillors as nominees.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 21, Against 72, Abstentions 10).

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 70, Against 21, Abstentions 11).

5. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S2M-3352—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 5 October 2005

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Member’s Oath/Affirmation

followed by Executive Debate: Planning Reform

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 Ministerial Statement: Business Rates

followed by Stage 1 Debate: St Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 26 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 27 October 2005

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Health and Community Care;
Environment and Rural Development

2.55 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

(b) that the period for members to submit their names for selection for Question Times on 27 October 2005 should end at 12 noon on Wednesday 5 October.

The motion was agreed to.

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

S2M-3346—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 9) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/421) be approved;

S2M-3347—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 10) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/431) be approved; and

S2M-3348—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Housing Grants (Assessment of Contributions) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005 be approved.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

7. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 3, 4 and 6 as noted above.

8. Affordable Rented Housing: The Parliament debated S2M-2911 in the name of John Home Robertson—That the Parliament is concerned about the shortage of affordable rented housing in East Lothian and many communities and the fact that some applicants in overcrowded or unsuitable accommodation can be stuck on waiting lists for years, while others may be compelled to buy or rent housing that they cannot afford; suggests that there is a need for a clearer definition of affordability for the purposes of housing policy; welcomes initiatives by the Scottish Executive to help councils and registered social landlords to increase the supply of affordable housing, including prudential borrowing to fund new building; recognises that the high cost of development land is hindering that policy, and believes that there is a case for further measures to help local authorities to acquire and secure land for affordable housing in the Executive’s proposed Planning Bill.

9. Motion without Notice: Murray Tosh moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended until 6.06 pm. The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 6.06 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
28 September 2005

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

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 23 September 2005 for approval by resolution

The Transfer of Rail Functions To The Scottish Ministers Order 2005

laid under section 52(3) of the Transport (Scotland) Act 2005

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 26 September 2005 and are subject to annulment—

The Registration of Civil Partnerships (Prescription of Forms, Publicisation and Errors) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/458)

laid under section 126(4) of the Civil Partnership Act 2004

The Plant Breeders’ Rights (Discontinuation of Prior Use Exemption) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/460)

laid under section 48(3) of the Plant Varieties Act 1997

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 23 September 2005 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Ayrshire and Arran Health Board Accounts for the period 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2005 (SE/2005/144)—

Borders Health Board Accounts for the period 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2005 (SE/2005/146)—

Dumfries and Galloway Health Board Accounts for the period 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2005 (SE/2005/147)—

NHS Education for Scotland Annual Accounts 2004-05 (SE/2005/162)—

The Queen’s Printer for Scotland Report for the period 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2005 (SE/2005/180)—

sportscotland Group Annual Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2005 (SE/2005/193)—

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 26 September 2005 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Fife Health Board Accounts for the period 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2005 (SE/2005/148)—

Forth Valley Health Board Accounts for the period 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2005 (SE/2005/149)—

Greater Glasgow Health Board Accounts for the period 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2005 (SE/2005/150)—

Lothian Health Board Accounts for the period 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2005 (SE/2005/154)—

Orkney Health Board Accounts for the period 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2005 (SE/2005/155)—

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

Bord na Gaidhlig Annual Report 2004-05 (SE/2005/176)

laid under section 23 of the National Heritage (Scotland) Act 1985

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 27 September 2005 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Shetland Health Board Accounts for the period 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2005 (SE/2005/156)—

NHS Tayside Health Board Accounts for the period 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2005 (SE/2005/157)—

The National Waiting Times Centre Board Annual Accounts 2004-05 (SE/2005/159)—

NHS Health Scotland Annual Accounts 2004-05 (SE/2005/160)—

Mental Welfare Commission Annual Accounts 2004-05 (SE/2005/161)—

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

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland Report for 2004-05 (SE/2005/175)

Further Education in Scotland 2004 (SE/2005/200)

laid under section 1(6) of the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 1992

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

Crofters Commission Annual Report 2004-05 (SE/2005/123)

laid under section 2(4) of the Crofters (Scotland) Act 1993

NHS National Services Scotland Annual Accounts 2004-05 (SE/2005/163)—

NHS Quality Improvement Scotland Annual Accounts 2004-05 (SE/2005/164)—

Scottish Ambulance Service Annual Accounts 2004-05 (SE/2005/165)—

The State Hospitals Board for Scotland Annual Accounts 2004-05 (SE 2005/166)—

NHS 24 Annual Accounts 2004-05 (SE 2005/167)—

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

SPCB Documents

The following document was published on 28 September 2005

The Scottish Parliament Annual Report 2004-05 (SP Paper 407)

Committee Reports

For further information on accessing committee reports, please contact either the relevant clerk or webpage (see end of Bulletin for contact details or access general committee webpage )

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/committees/index.htm

The following report was published on 23 September 2005

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 34th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 424)