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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 30 November 2005

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Reverend Alastair H. Symington, Troon Old Parish Church, led Time for Reflection.

2. Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care (Lewis Macdonald) moved S2M-3627—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (DT).

3. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3655—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 7 December 2005

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Joint Inspection of Children’s Services and Inspection of Social Work Services (Scotland) Bill

followed by Executive Debate: Violence Against Women

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 8 December 2005

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate: First Anniversary of the Criminal Justice Plan

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: Future Arrangements for Health Services in the Argyll and Clyde Areas

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 14 December 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 15 December 2005

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Family Law (Scotland) Bill

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 Conclusion of Stage 3 Proceedings: Family Law (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

4. Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3650—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Consequential Amendments) (Scotland) Order 2005 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

5. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2 and 4 as noted above.

6. Outsourcing of Rail Call Centre Jobs from Vertex Call Centre, Dingwall: The Parliament debated S2M-3473 in the name of Maureen Macmillan—That the Parliament notes with concern the issuing of the 90-day notices to the 200-plus workforce at the Vertex Call Centre in Dingwall; notes that the loss of these jobs will have a major impact on this small Highland town; further notes that these jobs have been put in jeopardy by the decision of TheTrainline, a company which has Virgin Trains as its major shareholder, to move the contract outwith the European Union, in spite of Virgin Trains being in receipt of substantial amounts of UK taxpayers’ money; supports the campaign of the Transport Salaried Staff’s Association on behalf of the call centre workers who are a highly skilled and loyal workforce, and believes that the Scottish Executive should consider what influence it can exert to reverse TheTrainline’s decision or assist Vertex in finding a new contract.

The meeting closed at 5.43 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
30 November 2005

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 24 November 2005

Housing (Scotland) Bill—The Bill was reprinted as passed (SP Bill 40B) (Executive Bill).

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 29 November 2005 for approval by resolution

The Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) Order 2006

laid under section 115 of, and paragraphs 1 and 2 of Schedule 2 to, the Scotland Act 1998

Note: The Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) (No. 3) Order 2005, which was laid in draft before the Parliament on 9 November 2005, was withdrawn

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 25 November 2005 and is subject to annulment

The Town and Country Planning (Limit of Annual Value) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/594)

laid under section 275(5) of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 29 November 2005 and is subject to annulment

The Fishery Products (Official Controls Charges) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/597)

laid under paragraph 2 of schedule 2 to the European Communities Act 1972

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 30 November 2005 and are subject to annulment—

The Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Crops, Food and Feeding Stuffs) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/599)—

The Meat (Official Controls Charges) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/607)—

The Feed (Hygiene and Enforcement) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/608)—

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

The Feeding Stuffs (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/605)

laid under section 84(2) of the Agriculture Act 1970 and paragraph 2(2) of Schedule 2 to the European Communities Act 1972

The Contaminants in Food (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/606)

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

The Scottish Homes (Dissolution) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/609)

laid under section 129(4) of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001

The Regulation of Care (Social Services Workers) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2005 (SSI 2005/611)

laid under section 78(1) of the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001

Other Documents

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 25 November 2005 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (External Requests and Orders) Order 2005 (SI 2005/3181)

laid under section 459(7) of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

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

The Food Standards Agency Scotland: Statement of Accounts 2004-05 (SE/2005/205)

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

Scottish Screen National Lottery Distribution Fund: Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2005 (SE/2005/240)—

Scottish Screen Annual Report and Accounts 2004-05 (SE/2005/241)—

laid under section 26(3), (3A) and (4) of the National Lottery etc. Act 1993

The Food Standards Agency: Putting the Consumer First Report 2004-05 (SE/2005/216)

laid under section 4 of the Food Standards Act 1999

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 29 November 2005

Justice 1 Committee, 12th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 455)

The following reports were published on 30 November 2005—

Equal Opportunities Committee, 6th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 457)

Education Committee, 10th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Stage 1 Report on Joint Inspection of Children's Services and Inspection of Social Work Services (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 458)