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Thursday 10 November 2005

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

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1.      Energy Policy: Richard Lochhead moved S2M-3543—That the Parliament considers it unacceptable that in energy-rich Scotland fuel poverty blights our society; notes with concern that, despite Scotland possessing massive energy resources, urgent action is required to avoid an energy gap in the next decade; calls for the development of an energy policy for Scotland that will deliver security of supply, affordability, self-sufficiency and energy efficiency; recognises that the transmission charges for power generators, as permitted by the UK Government, will undermine these objectives; rejects nuclear power in favour of an energy mix that includes making Scotland the world leader in renewable energy and carbon capture and storage technology; believes that such a policy will boost our economy and meet our environmental obligations, and recognises that the Scottish Parliament requires the necessary energy powers and control over our oil and gas resources to deliver the nation’s energy needs in the 21st century.

The Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning (Allan Wilson) moved amendment S2M-3543.4 to motion S2M-3543—

Leave out from “considers” to end and insert—

“supports the Scottish Executive’s continuing commitment to the development of a wide range of renewable energy technologies in Scotland as a key element of a balanced energy supply mix; supports the Executive’s commitment to achieving 40 per cent renewable electricity generation by 2020; supports the Executive’s attempts to eradicate fuel poverty by 2016; looks forward to publication of the revised Scottish Climate Change Programmeand the consideration given to the contribution of energy efficiency and renewables to reduce carbon dioxide emissions; recognises the Executive’s commitment, as set out in the Partnership Agreement, not to approve the construction of any new nuclear power stations in Scotland until the issue of waste has been addressed, and supports the Executive’s commitment to continue to work with the UK Government and energy supply industries to ensure that the immediate and future energy supply needs of Scotland are met.”

Alex Johnstone moved amendment S2M-3543.1 to motion S2M-3543—

Leave out from first “recognises” to end and insert—

“believes that renewable and nuclear energy are complementary and that, in order to achieve a balanced energy policy, no existing or potential resource should be ignored; urges the Scottish Executive to revisit its renewable energy policy to provide proper planning guidance to local authorities, communities and developers in relation to the siting of wind farms and, until this guidance is implemented, calls on the Executive to declare a moratorium on the determination of locally-opposed wind farm planning applications, and believes that the North Sea oil and gas industry is best served by the current regulatory arrangements.”

Shiona Baird moved amendment S2M-3543.3 to motion S2M-3543—

Leave out from “to deliver the nation’s” to end and insert—

“in order to deliver Scotland’s sustainable energy needs and to tackle climate change which is recognised as one of the greatest threats to our economy, communities and environment; further considers that, if we are serious about tackling climate change, a radical overhaul of our energy use is urgently required, particularly addressing contradictory transport policies which are increasing carbon emissions, and further notes that a truly sustainable energy policy will require the widespread adoption of domestic and community-based renewable micro-generation as well as the development of decentralised energy networks.”

After debate, amendment S2M-3543.4 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 63, Against 48, Abstentions 0).  As a result, amendments S2M-3543.1 and S2M-3543.3 were pre-empted.

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 66, Against 47, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament supports the Scottish Executive’s continuing commitment to the development of a wide range of renewable energy technologies in Scotland as a key element of a balanced energy supply mix; supports the Executive’s commitment to achieving 40 per cent renewable electricity generation by 2020; supports the Executive’s attempts to eradicate fuel poverty by 2016; looks forward to publication of the revised Scottish Climate Change Programmeand the consideration given to the contribution of energy efficiency and renewables to reduce carbon dioxide emissions; recognises the Executive’s commitment, as set out in the Partnership Agreement, not to approve the construction of any new nuclear power stations in Scotland until the issue of waste has been addressed, and supports the Executive’s commitment to continue to work with the UK Government and energy supply industries to ensure that the immediate and future energy supply needs of Scotland are met.

2.      General Question Time: Questions were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

3.      First Minister’s Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell).

4.      Themed Question Time: Questions on Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport, and on Finance and Public Services and Communities were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

5.      The Future of Rail in Scotland: The Parliament debated the subject of The Future of Rail in Scotland.

6.      London Olympics Bill - UK Legislation: The Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport (Patricia Ferguson) moved S2M-3506—That the Parliament agrees that those provisions in the London Olympics Bill which relate to the arrangements for staging Olympic football matches at Hampden and the prevention of ticket touting and which are within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament, including those which confer powers on the Scottish Ministers, should be considered by the UK Parliament.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7.      Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1 and 6 as noted above.

8.      Scottish Food Fortnight: The Parliament debated S2M-3242 in the name of Alex Johnstone—That the Parliament congratulates the organisers of Scottish Food Fortnight which seeks to reconnect the people of Scotland with their countryside through the continuing promotion of high quality local produce to local people; recognises the importance of food production to the rural economy and supports efforts to promote rural enterprise and diversification of small businesses; notes the nutritional value of quality local fresh produce and the environmental benefits of reducing transport costs as promoted by Scottish Food Fortnight, and believes that the Scottish Executive should take measures to increase the use of local, regional and Scottish produce by organisations such as schools and hospitals.

The meeting closed at 5.45 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
10 November 2005

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 9 November 2005

Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill—The Bill was reprinted as passed (SP Bill 38B) (Executive Bill).

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 10 November 2005 and are subject to annulment—

The Marriages and Civil Partnerships (Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/556)

laid under section 54(2) of the Births, Deaths and Marriages (Scotland) Act 1965, section 25 of the Marriages (Scotland) Act 1977 and section 126 of the Civil Partnership Act 2004

The Disability Discrimination (Public Authorities) (Statutory Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/565)

laid under section 67(1) and (5) of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995

The Firefighters’ Pension Scheme Amendment (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/566)

laid under section 35 of the Fire Services Act 1947

Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

 The following report was published on 10 November 2005

Scottish Commission for Public Audit, 1st Report, 2005 (Session 2): Audit Scotland’s Expenditure Proposals 2006-2007 (SP Paper 443)