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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 5 October 2005

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Rev Dr Norman Maciver, Minister of Newhills Parish Church, Bucksburn, Aberdeen led Time for Reflection.

2. Oaths and Affirmations: Mr Charlie Gordon took the affirmation of allegiance before the Clerk.

3. Planning Reform: The Parliament debated the subject of Planning Reform.

4. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3392—That the Parliament agrees a revision to the programme of business for Thursday 6 October, as agreed on 28 September 2005—

after,

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

insert,

followed by Motion on Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Motion on Civil Aviation Bill – UK Legislation

followed by SPCB Motion on Membership of the Scottish Commission for Public Audit

The motion was agreed to.

5. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3380—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 26 October 2005

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by SPCB Debate: Report on Prioritisation of the Non-Executive Bills Unit’s Workload

followed by Motion on Equalities Bill – UK Legislation

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 Debate: Delivering for Health

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 Debate: Homelessness

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 2 November 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 3 November 2005

9.15 pm 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—

Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning;
Justice and Law Officers

2.55 pm Stage 3 Proceedings: Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

6. Designation of Lead Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3372—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Decision Time: The Parliament took a decision on item 6 as noted above.

8. Met Office Aberdeen: The Parliament debated S2M-3073 in the name of Brian Adam—That the Parliament expresses grave concern at proposals by the Met Office to close its office in Aberdeen and transfer the work to Exeter; notes that the Aberdeen office is commercially profitable and that its integrated approach to forecasting and commercial activities is key to that success; further notes its important role in adding value to raw data by providing significant interpretation through local knowledge and by successfully engaging face to face with many of its customers, and considers that the Scottish Executive should engage in the consultation recently announced by the Met Office with the intention of retaining all its activities in Aberdeen and seeking consideration of the devolution of the civil and commercial activities.

The meeting closed at 5.54 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
5 October 2005

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 30 September 2005

Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to make further provision about the police; to make further provision about public order and safety; to make further provision about criminal justice; and for connected purposes. (SP Bill 46) (Executive Bill)

Introduced by:  Cathy Jamieson
Supported by:  Hugh Henry

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 46-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 46-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 3 October 2005

Licensing (Scotland) Bill—The Bill was reprinted as amended at Stage 2. (SP Bill 37A) (Executive Bill)

Explanatory Notes to the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill—A corrected version of the Explanatory Notes has been printed. (SP Bill 47-EN (Revised)) (Executive Bill).  Please discard previous version.

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 30 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

Note: The draft Transfer of Rail Functions to the Scottish Ministers Order 2005, laid on 23 September 2005, has been withdrawn

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 30 September 2005 and is subject to annulment

The Tryptophan in Food (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/479)

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

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 4 October 2005 and are subject to annulment—

The Reporting of Prices of Milk Products (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/484)

laid under paragraph 2(2) of Schedule 2 to the European Communities Act 1972

The Removal, Storage and Disposal of Vehicles (Prescribed Sums and Charges etc.) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/486)

laid under section 10(5) of the Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978 and section 134(3) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 30 September 2005 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Argyll and Clyde Health Board Accounts for the period 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2005 (SE/2005/145)—

Grampian Health Board Accounts for the period 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2005 (SE/2005/151)—

Argyll and Clyde Health Board: Report by the Auditor General for Scotland (SE/2005/195)—

Grampian Health Board: Report by the Auditor General for Scotland (SE/2005/196)—

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

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Annual Report 2004-05 (SPSO/2005/AR)

laid under section 17 of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act 2002

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 3 October 2005 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Highland Health Board Accounts for the period 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2005 (SE/2005/152)—

Lanarkshire Health Board Accounts for the period 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2005 (SE/2005/153)—

Western Isles Health Board Accounts for the period 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2005 (SE/2005/158)—

Highland Health Board: Report by the Auditor General for Scotland (SE/2005/197)—

Lanarkshire Health Board: Report by the Auditor General for Scotland (SE/2005/198)—

Western Isles Health Board: Report by the Auditor General for Scotland (SE/2005/199)—

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

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 4 October 2005 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scottish Homes Annual Report and Accounts Year to 31 March 2005

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 5 October 2005 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Annual Report and Consolidated Accounts 2004-05 (SE/2005/208)

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

Learning and Teaching Scotland Annual Report 2004-05 (SE/2005/209)

Learning and Teaching Scotland Report and Financial Statements Year ended 31 March 2005 (SE/2005/210)

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 30 September 2005:

Local Government and Transport Committee, 10th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on the Civil Aviation Bill - UK Legislation (SP Paper 427)

The following reports were published on 3 October 2005—

Audit Committee, 6th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on Bowel Cancer Services (SP Paper 426)

Enterprise and Culture Committee, 10th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 429)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 35th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 430)

The following reports were published on 5 October 2005—

Procedures Committee, 7th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on the Sewel Convention (SP Paper 428)

Health Committee, 16th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 431)

Local Government and Transport Committee, 11th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 433)