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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 14 December 2005

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

  1. Time for Reflection: Reverend Tony Schmitz, Director of the Ogilvie Institute, Aberdeen, led Time for Reflection.

  2. Ministerial Statement: The Deputy Minister for Communities (Johann Lamont) made a statement and answered questions on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.

  3. Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Bill: Bill Butler, on behalf of the Standards and Public Appointments Committee, moved S2M-3633—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Bill.

    Tommy Sheridan moved amendment S2M-3633.1 to motion S2M-3633—

    Insert at end—

    “but, in doing so, considers that it should cover homes which have been purchased under the Parliament’s accommodation allowance and that amendments should be brought forward at Stage 2 to achieve this purpose.”

    After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 8, Against 114, Abstentions 0).

    The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 115, Against 0, Abstentions 5).

  4. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3727—That the Parliament agrees that Rule 5.6.1(c) of Standing Orders be suspended for the purposes of Members’ Business on Thursday 22 December 2005.

    The motion was agreed to.

  5. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3730—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

    Wednesday 21 December 2005

    2.30 pm Time for Reflection

    followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

    followed by Ministerial Statement: Abolition of Priority Need

    followed byFinance Committee Debate: Budget Process 2006-07

    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: Blood Products

    followed by Scottish Socialist Party Business: “Torture Flights” on Scottish Soil

    11.40 am General Question Time

    12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

    followed by Members’ Business

    2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

    Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport;

    Finance and Public Services and Communities

    followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

    2.55 pm Decision Time

    Wednesday 11 January 2006

    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 12 January 2006

    9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

    followed by Executive Business

    11.40 am General Question Time

    12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

    2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

    Environment and Rural Development;

    Health and Community Care

    2.55 pm Executive Business

    followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

    5.00 pm Decision Time

    followed by Members’ Business

    The motion was agreed to.

  6. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3731—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Family Law (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 in the morning and afternoon being called, or otherwise not in progress):

    Groups 1 to 4 – 1 hour and 15 minutes
    Groups 5 to 8 – 2 hours and 10 minutes
    Groups 9 to 13 – 3 hours and 30 minutes
    Groups 14 to 16 – 4 hours and 25 minutes
    Groups 17 to 20 – 4 hours and 55 minutes

    The motion was agreed to.

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

    S2M-3720—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Fundable Bodies (Scotland) Order 2005 be approved;

    S2M-3721—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Private Landlord Registration Modification (Scotland) Order 2005 be approved; and

    S2M-3722—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Contaminated Land (Scotland) Regulations 2005 be approved.

    The motions were agreed to (DT).

  8. Approval of SSIs: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3723—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 17) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/585) be approved.

    The motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 114, Against 8, Abstentions 0).

  9. Designation of Lead Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3724—That the Parliament agrees that the Environment and Rural Development Committee be designated as lead committee, and that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as secondary committee, in consideration of the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2006.

    The motion was agreed to (DT).

  10. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 3, 7, 8 and 9 as noted above.

  11. Benefits of Dialogue between Steiner and Mainstream Education Sectors: The Parliament debated S2M-3117 in the name of Mike Pringle—That the Parliament commends Steiner Schools in Scotland, including the Edinburgh Rudolf Steiner School, for providing education which focuses on a child’s spiritual, physical and moral well-being as well as academic progress; notes the recent research publication, Steiner Schools in England, by Professor Woods of the University of West of England, which compared Steiner Schools with those in the state sector; agrees with him that “there is great potential benefit from mutual dialogue and professional interaction between Steiner and mainstream educators”; welcomes high-level dialogue between the Steiner Fellowship (the UK Steiner accreditation body), local education authorities in England and the UK Government which has led to the prospect of the United Kingdom’s first publicly funded Steiner Academy in Hereford, and considers that the Scottish Executive should engage actively with local authorities in Scotland and encourage the schools to be brought within the publicly funded sector, in a similar fashion to other European countries such as Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark.

The meeting closed at 5.55 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
14 December 2005

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

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instruments were laid in draft before the Parliament on 9 December 2005 for approval by resolution—

The Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Act 2004 (Modification of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978) Order 2006

laid under section 7(5) of the Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Act 2004

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

Note: The Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Act 2004 (Modification of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978) Order 2006, which was laid before the Parliament on 1 December 2005, and The Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Skin Piercing and Tattooing) Order 2006, which was laid before the Parliament on 7 December 2005, have been withdrawn

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 14 December 2005 for approval by resolution

The Budget (Scotland) Act 2005 Amendment Order 2006

laid under section 7(2) of the Budget (Scotland) Act 2005

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 9 December 2005 and are subject to annulment—

The Adults with Incapacity (Supervision of Welfare Guardians etc. by Local Authorities) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/630)—

The Adults with Incapacity (Countersignatories of Applications for Authority to Intromit) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/631)—

laid under section 86(1) of the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 12 December 2005 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

General Register Office for Scotland Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2005 (SE/2005/234)—

National Library of Scotland Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2005 (SE/2005/257)—

The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2005 (SE/2005/258)—

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 14 December 2005 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scotland’s Budget Documents: The 2005-06 Autumn Budget Revision to the Budget (Scotland) (No 2) Act for the year ending 31 March 2006 (SE/2005/187)

Scottish Information Commissioner Annual Accounts Year Ended 31 March 2005 (SE/2005/256)—

Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland Annual Accounts Year Ended 31 March 2005 (SE/2005/259)—

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

Homicide in Scotland 2004-05 (SE/2005/260)

Legislative Consent Memorandums

The following memorandum was lodged on 8 December 2005

Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Health Bill (LCM(S2) 1.1)

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 8 December 2005—

Communities Committee, 11th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 467)

Environment and Rural Development Committee, 14th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 468)

Environment and Rural Development Committee, 15th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Animal Welfare Bill - UK Legislation (SP Paper 469)

The following reports were published on 14 December 2005—

Finance Committee, 5th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Stage 2 of the 2006-07 Budget Process (SP Paper 471)

Equal Opportunities Committee, 7th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 472)