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Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 24 November 2005

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

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3620—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Housing (Scotland) Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion by the time-limits indicated (each time limit being calculated from when the Stage begins and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when the meeting of the Parliament is suspended (other than a suspension following the first division in the Stage being called) or otherwise not in progress):

Groups 1 to 6 – 55 minutes
Groups 7 to 10 – 1 hour and 25 minutes
Groups 11 to 15 – 2 hours and 20 minutes
Groups 16 to 18 – 2 hours and 55 minutes
Groups 19 to 21 – 3 hours and 25 minutes

The motion was agreed to.

2. Housing (Scotland) Bill: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 70, 72, 5, 6, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56 and 57

Amendment 30 was agreed to (by division) (For 94, Against 14, Abstentions 0)

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

12 (For 30, Against 72, Abstentions 0)
24 (For 15, Against 93, Abstentions 0)
25 (For 13, Against 94, Abstentions 0)
2 (For 36, Against 65, Abstentions 7)
47 (For 39, Against 63, Abstentions 0)

The following amendments were moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn: 80 and 23

The following amendments were not moved: 81, 82, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45 and 46

The following amendments were pre-empted: 73, 74, 75 and 76.

The Presiding Officer extended the time-limits under Rule 9.8.4A (a).

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

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

5. Themed Question Time: Questions on Justice and Law Officers, and on Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers and by the Scottish Law Officers.

6. Housing (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Parliament resumed consideration of the Bill at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 58, 59, 61, 62, 63, 84, 64, 65, 67, 69, 7, 8, 9, 10, 48, 3, 86 and 4

Amendment 85 was agreed to (by division): (For: 91, Against 19, Abstentions 2)

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

1A (For 8, Against 84, Abstentions 20)
1B (For 8, Against 83, Abstentions 20)
1C (For 15, Against 77, Abstentions 20)
1D (For 14, Against 77, Abstentions 20)
1 (For 36, Against 76, Abstentions 0)
68 (For 14, Against 99, Abstentions 0)
87 (For 14, Against 100, Abstentions 1)

Amendment 66 was moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn.

7. Housing (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Minister for Communities (Malcolm Chisholm) moved S2M-3438—That the Parliament agrees that the Housing (Scotland) Bill be passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 116, Against 1, Abstentions 0).

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

9. TV Licence and Digital Reception: The Parliament debated S2M-3415 in the name of Roseanna Cunningham—That the Parliament recognises that there are still many areas in Scotland, including parts of Perthshire, where digital television reception is not possible; notes with concern the desire by the BBC to increase the television licence fee by 2.3% above inflation, and believes that, until such time as the BBC’s entire broadcast output is available to all licence payers, a differential should be introduced into the licence fee to ensure that people who are not receiving a full service do not pay the same licence fee as those who do.

The meeting closed at 5.46 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
24 November 2005

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

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 24 November 2005 and are subject to annulment—

The Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland Amendment Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/589)

laid under section 81(3) of the Transport (Scotland) Act 2001

The Protection of Water Against Agricultural Nitrate Pollution (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/593)

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

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 24 November 2005 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scottish Arts Council Annual Report 2004-05 (SE/2005/213)—
Scottish Qualifications Authority Annual Financial Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2005 (SE/2005243)—
Scottish Buildings Standards Agency Annual Report 2004-05 (SE/2005/244)—

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

Scottish Qualifications Authority Annual Report 2004-05 (SE/2005/242)

laid under section 11 of the Education (Scotland) Act 1996

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 24 November 2005—

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 42nd Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on the Housing (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2 (SP Paper 453)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 43rd Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 454)