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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 21 December 2005

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Rt. Rev David Chillingworth, Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane, led Time for Reflection.

2. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Communities (Malcolm Chisholm) made a statement and answered questions on Abolition of Priority Need.

3. Finance Committee, Stage 2 of the 2006-07 Budget Process: Des McNulty, on behalf of the Finance Committee, moved S2M-3746—That the Parliament notes the 5th Report 2005 (Session 2) of the Finance Committee on Stage 2 of the 2006-07 Budget Process (SP Paper 471) and refers the report and its recommendations to the Scottish Executive for consideration.

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

4. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3765—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 11 January 2006

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate: Sustainable Development Strategy

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 Scottish National Party 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 Debate: Workforce Development

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 18 January 2006

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Procedures Committee Debate: Report into the Private Bills Procedure

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 19 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—

Justice and Law Officers;

Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning

2.55 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

5. Rule 2.3.1: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3754—That the Parliament agrees the following dates in terms of Rule 2.3.1: 7 – 22 October 2006 (inclusive) and 23 December 2006 – 7 January 2007 (inclusive).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6. Office of the Clerk: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3755—That the Parliament agrees that, between 4 September 2006 and 3 January 2007, the Office of the Clerk will be open on all days except: Saturdays and Sundays, 1 December 2006, 22 December 2006 (pm), 25 and 26 December 2006 and 1 and 2 January 2007.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Designation of Lead Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-3756—That the Parliament agrees that the Communities Committee be designated as lead committee, and that the Local Government and Transport Committee be designated as secondary committee, in consideration of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1;

S2M-3757—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government and Transport Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1; and

S2M-3758—That the Parliament agrees that the Health 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 motions were agreed to (DT).

8. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 3, 5, 6 and 7 as noted above.

9. Earthquake in Kashmir: The Parliament debated S2M-3407 in the name of Des McNulty—That the Parliament expresses its deepest sympathy for the victims of the earthquake affecting Kashmir and Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province which took place on Saturday 8 October 2005; recognises that many families in the west of Scotland and across Scotland as a whole will have lost relatives and friends as a result of the tragedy or are awaiting information about those who are missing; congratulates Islamic Relief and other charitable organisations on their swift response, and welcomes the steps taken by the UK Government to provide urgent assistance to the affected areas.

The meeting closed at 5.47 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
21 December 2005

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 15 December 2005

Family Law (Scotland) Bill—The Bill was reprinted as passed (SP Bill 36B) (Executive Bill)

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 19 December 2005

Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to make further provision relating to town and country planning; to make provision for business improvement districts; and for connected purposes. (SP Bill 51) (Executive Bill)

Introduced by:  Malcolm Chisholm
Supported by:  Johann Lamont

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 51-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 51-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to make provision in relation to the administration and conduct of local government elections; to reorganise local registration services; to amend the law in relation to the registration of births and deaths and the procedure in relation to marriages and civil partnerships; to provide for the recording of certain events occurring outwith Scotland in relation to persons who have a Scottish connection; to make available certain information and records held by the Registrar General; and for connected purposes. (SP Bill 52) (Executive Bill)

Introduced by:  Mr Tom McCabe
Supported by:  George Lyon

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 52-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 52-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 19 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

Note: The Budget (Scotland) Act 2005 Amendment Order 2006, which was laid before the Parliament on 14 December 2005, has been withdrawn

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 20 December 2005 and are subject to annulment—

The Road User Charging (Liability for Charges) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/651)—

The Road User Charging (Penalty Charges) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/652)—

The Road User Charging Schemes (Keeping of Accounts and Relevant Expenses) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/654)—

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

The Transport of Animals (Cleansing and Disinfection) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/653)

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

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 21 December 2005 and is subject to annulment

The M77 (Malletsheugh) (Speed Limit) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/655)

laid under section 134(3) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 16 December 2005 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scottish Executive Enterprise Transport and Lifelong Learning Department: Erskine Bridge Accounts 2004-05 (SE/2005/215)

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 20 December 2005 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland Annual Review 2004-05 (SE/2005/226)—
HM Inspectorate of Education in Scotland Annual Accounts 2004-05 (SE/2005/249)—

Water Industry Commissioner for Scotland Annual Report and Accounts for the period 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2005 (SE/2005/263)—

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Annual Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2005 (SE/2005/265)—

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

Scottish Social Services Council Annual Report and Accounts 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2005 (SE/2005/245)

laid under paragraph 10(1) of schedule 2 to the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001 and section 22(5) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

Water Customer Panels Annual Report Annual Report 2004-05 (SE/2005/264)

laid under section 6B of the Water Services (Scotland) Act 2002 as amended by section 3 of the Water Services etc. (Scotland) Act 2005

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman: Compendium of Case Reports for December 2005 (SPSO/2005/9)—

Case TS0135_03: Greater Glasgow NHS Board
Case 200401461: Lothian NHS Board
Case 200401824: Lothian NHS Board
Case 200400338: Tayside NHS Board
Case 200500720: Clydebank Housing Association Ltd

laid under section 15(1) of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act 2002

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 21 December 2005 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Student Awards Agency for Scotland Annual Report and Accounts 2004-05 (SE/2005/246)—

Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People Annual Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2005 (SE/2005/255)—

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

Accountant in Bankruptcy, Scotland’s Insolvency Service Annual Report and Accounts 2004-05 (SE/2005/247)

laid under section 1A(1)(c) of the Bankruptcy (Scotland) Act 1985, section 159 of the Bankruptcy (Scotland) Act 1913 and section 22(5) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

Scottish Legal Aid Board Annual Report 2004-05 (SE/2005/266)

laid under section 5 of the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986 and section 22(5) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

Scottish Executive: The NorthLink ferry services contract – A main report prepared for the Auditor General for Scotland (AGS/2005/10)

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

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 20 December 2005

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 47th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 475)

The following report was published on 21 December 2005

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 48th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 478)