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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 2 November 2005

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

  1. Time for Reflection: Reverend Rosemary Frew, Minister of Abbotshall Parish Church, Kirkcaldy, led Time for Reflection.

  2. Freedom of Information: The Parliament debated the subject of Freedom of Information.

  3. Ministerial Statements: The Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Ross Finnie) and the Minister for Health and Community Care (Mr Andy Kerr) made statements and answered questions on Influenza Contingency Plans.

  4. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3502—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 9 November 2005

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 10 November 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—

Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport;

Finance and Public Services and Communities

2.55 pm Executive Debate: Rail

followed by Motion on the Olympics Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 16 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 17 November 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—

Environment and Rural Development;

Health and Community Care

2.55 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

  1. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3501—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 3 March 2006.

    The motion was agreed to.

  2. A 21st Century Bridge for 21st Century Fife: The Parliament debated S2M-2758 in the name of Scott Barrie—That the Parliament welcomes the decision by the Forth Estuary Transport Authority to support the construction of a further bridge across the Forth at Queensferry; accepts that, even with improvements in public transport, the existing Forth Road Bridge is incapable of coping with the current level of traffic; believes that the limitations on the existing bridges into, and out of, Fife are seriously affecting the economic regeneration of the Kingdom; notes that improvements to rail services to Edinburgh are essential but that these alone will not resolve the transport difficulties across the Forth, and hopes that the new bridge will be multi-modal, allowing for future light rail developments from Fife.

  3. Motion without Notice: Tricia Marwick moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended until 5.59 pm.  The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 5.59 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
2 November 2005

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 28 October 2005

Joint Inspection of Children’s Services and Inspection of Social Work Services (Scotland) Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to make provision for the carrying out of joint inspections of the provision of services to children; and to make provision as to the appointment of persons to act as social work inspectors and their functions. (SP Bill 49) (Executive Bill)

Introduced by: Peter Peacock
Supported by: Robert Brown, Mr Andy Kerr

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 49-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 49-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 28 October 2005 for approval by resolution

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 14) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/529)

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

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 2 November 2005 for approval by resolution

The Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Consequential Amendments) (Scotland) Order 2005

laid under section 259(8)(b) of the Civil Partnership Act 2004

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 28 October 2005 and are subject to annulment—

The Avian Influenza (Preventative Measures) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/530)—

The Avian Influenza (Preventative Measures in Zoos) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/531)—

laid under section 2 of the European Communities Act 1972

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 2 November 2005 and is subject to annulment

The Food Labelling Amendment (No. 3) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/542)

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

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 31 October 2005 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

NESTA Annual Report 2004-05 (SE/2005/186)

laid under section 35(3) of the National Lottery etc. Act 1993

Big Lottery Fund New Opportunities Fund annual report and accounts, New Opportunities Fund details of grants made, Policy directions for the financial year ended 31 March 2005 (SE/2005/201)

laid under section 34(3) and 43D(4) of the National Lottery etc. Act 1993

Scottish Further Education Funding Council Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2005 (SE/2005/222)—

Scottish Higher Education Funding Council Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2005 (SE/2005/223)—

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 1 November 2005 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland: Our Annual Report 2004-05 (SE/2005/194)

laid under section 3(7) of the Mental Health (Scotland) Act 1984

Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland Annual Report 2004-05 (SE/2005/206)

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 2 November 2005 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Annual Report of the Scottish Committee of the Council on Tribunals for the period 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2005 (SE/2005/188)

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 31 October 2005

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 36th Report 2005 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 439)