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Meeting of the Parliament
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—
Alex Johnstone moved amendment S2M-3543.1 to motion S2M-3543—
Leave out from first “recognises” to end and insert—
Shiona Baird moved amendment S2M-3543.3 to motion S2M-3543—
Leave out from “to deliver the nation’s” to end and insert—
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
New Bills introduced or reprinted on 9 November 2005
Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill—The Bill was reprinted as passed (SP Bill 38B) (Executive Bill).
The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 10 November 2005 and are subject to annulment—
Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body
The following report was published on 10 November 2005