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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 7 December 2005

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Mr Donald Matheson, Elder of the Free Church of Scotland and Session Clerk of the Falkirk Congregation, led Time for Reflection.

2. Joint Inspection of Children’s Services and Inspection of Social Work Services (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Minister for Education and Young People (Peter Peacock) moved S2M-3629—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Joint Inspection of Children’s Services and Inspection of Social Work Services (Scotland) Bill.

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

3. Violence Against Women: The Deputy Minister for Communities (Johann Lamont) moved S2M-3670—That the Parliament believes that the International Day of Action to Eliminate Violence Against Women and the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence are vital in continuing to raise awareness of violence against women; supports the work of the Scottish Executive in seeking to challenge violence against women in its commitment to the new Violence Against Women Fund and the Rape Crisis Specific Fund; welcomes the work of the Scottish Law Commission and Crown Office to review the law on rape and its investigation and prosecution to ensure it is effective, fair and robust, and, in particular, supports all efforts to challenge the attitudes which place the blame on the woman and not the perpetrator, thereby allowing gender-based violence including domestic abuse, rape and sexual assault to continue.

Christine Grahame moved amendment S2M-3670.2 to motion S2M-3670—

Insert at end—

“, and further, in challenging the attitudes which place the blame on the woman and not the perpetrator, condemns the overt sexualised representation of young women prevailing in a range of publications, electronic or paper, driven by commercialism, which presents women as objects rather than individuals.”

Margaret Mitchell moved amendment S2M-3670.1 to motion S2M-3670—

Insert after “Rape Crisis Specific Fund;”—

“recognises the expertise and contribution the voluntary sector can provide in dealing with domestic abuse; acknowledges that usually the best outcome for women and children is one where they can remain in the family home;”

Amendments S2M-3670.2 and S2M-3670.1 were agreed to (DT).

The motion as amended was then agreed to (DT).

Accordingly, the Parliament agreed—That the Parliament believes that the International Day of Action to Eliminate Violence Against Women and the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence are vital in continuing to raise awareness of violence against women; supports the work of the Scottish Executive in seeking to challenge violence against women in its commitment to the new Violence Against Women Fund and the Rape Crisis Specific Fund; recognises the expertise and contribution the voluntary sector can provide in dealing with domestic abuse; acknowledges that usually the best outcome for women and children is one where they can remain in the family home; welcomes the work of the Scottish Law Commission and Crown Office to review the law on rape and its investigation and prosecution to ensure it is effective, fair and robust, and, in particular, supports all efforts to challenge the attitudes which place the blame on the woman and not the perpetrator, thereby allowing gender-based violence including domestic abuse, rape and sexual assault to continue, and further, in challenging the attitudes which place the blame on the woman and not the perpetrator, condemns the overt sexualised representation of young women prevailing in a range of publications, electronic or paper, driven by commercialism, which presents women as objects rather than individuals.

4. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3692—That the Parliament agrees that—

(a) for the purposes of allowing the meeting of the Parliament on Thursday 15 December 2005 to continue beyond 5.30 pm, the word “Wednesday” in Rules 2.2.4 and 2.2.5(c) be suspended and that the word “Thursday” be substituted for it in each place, and that Rule 2.2.5(a) be suspended;

(b) under Rule 2.2.4 thus varied, the meeting of the Parliament on Thursday 15 December 2005 may continue to 7.00 pm; and

(c) Decision Time on Thursday 15 December 2005 shall begin at 6.30pm.

The motion was agreed to.

5. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3693—That the Parliament agrees that Rule 5.6.1(c) of Standing Orders be suspended for the purposes of Members’ Business on Thursday on 15 December 2005.

The motion was agreed to.

6. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3689—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 14 December 2005

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Bill

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

followed by Members’ Business

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 Motion on Animal Welfare Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

6.30 pm Decision Time

Wednesday 21 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 22 December 2005

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Socialist 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 Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

7. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3679—That the Parliament agrees that the timetable of consideration of the Council Tax Abolition and Service Tax Introduction (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be extended to 3 February 2006.

The motion was agreed to.

8. Approval of SSIs: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-3675—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 15) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/575) be approved; and

S2M-3676—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 16) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/579) be approved.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

9. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 3 and 8 as noted above.

10. A76 - The Case for Improvement: The Parliament debated S2M-3520 in the name of Alex Fergusson—That the Parliament notes with regret the two recent deaths on the A76 in separate incidents north of Sanquhar and near Auldgirth; recognises that the upgrading of the A77 to motorway standard from Glasgow to Kilmarnock has brought about a steady increase in the amount of traffic using the A76; notes that there have been three deaths in five years on the same stretch north of Sanquhar which would have been upgraded by now had the Scottish Executive not shelved plans agreed in the route action plan in favour of an easier option south of Sanquhar; recognises the formation of the A76 Action Group, and considers that the Executive should identify priority stretches of the A76 for urgent upgrading on safety grounds before further lives are lost.

The meeting closed at 5.48 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
7 December 2005

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

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 6 December 2005 for approval by resolution

The Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2006

laid under section 115 of, and paragraphs 1 and 2 of Schedule 7 to, the Scotland Act 1998

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 7 December 2005 for approval by resolution

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 18) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/626)

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

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 7 December 2005 for approval by resolution

The Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Skin Piercing and Tattooing) Order 2006

laid under section 44(3) of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 5 December 2005 and is subject to annulment

The Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/624)

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

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 5 December 2005 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Care Commission Annual Report and Summary of Financial Accounts 2004-05 (SE/2005/221)

laid under paragraph 10(1) of Schedule 1 to the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 7 December 2005 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Audit Committee, 6th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Scottish Executive Health Department Response: Bowel Cancer Services (SE/2005/252)

Scottish Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund Annual Accounts 2004-05 (SE/2005/253)

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

Quality Meat Scotland Annual Report 2004-05 (SE/2005/254)

laid under section 7 of the Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Adaptation of Functions etc.) Order 1999

Overview of the Financial Performance of the NHS in Scotland: A report prepared for the Auditor General for Scotland (AGS/2005/09)

laid under the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

Note: The reports on the Scottish Executive Consolidated Resource Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2005 (SE/2005/231) and the NHS Pension Scheme (Scotland) 2004-05 (SE/2005/236), which were laid before the Parliament on 1 December 2005, each contained a report by the Auditor General for Scotland under section 22 of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

Committee Reports

For further information on accessing committee reports, please contact either the relevant clerk or webpage (see end of Bulletin for contact details or access general committee webpage)

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/committees/index.htm

The following report was published on 6 December 2005

Environment and Rural Development Committee, 13th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Stage 1 Report on the Environmental Levy on Plastic Bags (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 464)

The following reports were published on 7 December 2005—

Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill Committee, 2nd Report, 2005 (Session 2): Consideration Stage Report on the Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill (SP Paper 465)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 45th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 466)