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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 18 January 2005

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Mrs Carrie Varjavandi, representing the Baha’i Council for Scotland, led Time for Reflection.

2. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3832—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 January 2006 as follows—

Wednesday 18 January 2006

after,

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Mrs Carrie Varjavandi, representing the Baha’i Council for Scotland

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

delete,

followed by Ministerial Statement: The Cultural Commission

and insert,

followed by Executive Debate: International Strategy

Thursday 19 January 2006

after,

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

delete,

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.55 pm Stage 3 Proceedings: Joint Inspection of Children’s Services and Inspection of Social Work Services (Scotland) Bill

and insert,

2.55 pm Ministerial Statement: The Cultural Commission

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Joint Inspection of Children’s Services and Inspection of Social Work Services (Scotland) Bill

The motion was agreed to.

3. International Strategy: The Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform (Mr Tom McCabe) moved S2M-3826—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive’s ambitions and activities to build international relationships that benefit Scotland and Scotland’s interests throughout the world; supports its promotion of Scotland as an ideal place to live, work, study and do business; commends the Executive’s encouragement and support for Scottish contributions to international development and other challenges facing the international community; acknowledges the importance of working with the UK Government to achieve these aims, and underlines the importance of responding to changing international circumstances to ensure the greatest possible gains for Scotland in all sectors.

Mr John Swinney moved amendment S2M-3826.1 to motion S2M-3826—

Leave out from “acknowledges” to end and insert—

“but regrets that on major issues of international policy, such as the war in Iraq or CIA rendition flights, the Executive is unable effectively to represent the views of the people of Scotland, and recognises that this will be possible only when Scotland plays a constructive role as an independent member of the international community.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 35, Against 79, Abstentions 0).

Murdo Fraser moved amendment S2M-3826.2 to motion S2M-3826—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“notes the Scottish Executive’s efforts to promote Scotland’s international image and to encourage Scottish contributions to international development; welcomes the work of Scottish Development International in building on the success of Locate in Scotland; is disappointed to note that no minister has participated in any Scottish Council for Development and Industry trade mission since 1999; believes that a more competitive economy and better public services are crucial to making Scotland a more attractive place in which to live and invest, and acknowledges that the Executive must work closely with Her Majesty’s Government in order to improve the image of Scotland overseas.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 15, Against 79, Abstentions 21).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 69, Against 26, Abstentions 20).

4. Private Bill Committee Assessors: Donald Gorrie, on behalf of the Procedures Committee, moved S2M-3794—That the Parliament notes the Procedures Committee’s 1st Report, 2006 (Session 2), Private Bill Committee assessors (SP Paper 481), and agrees that the changes to Standing Orders set out in Annexe A to the report be made with effect from 19 January 2006.

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

5. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3833—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 25 January 2006

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Abolition of NHS Prescription Charges (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 26 January 2006

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Finance and Public Services and Communities;
Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport

2.55 pm Stage 1 Debate: Budget (Scotland) (No.3) Bill

followed by Ministerial Statement: Forestry

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 1 February 2006

2.15 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Question Time

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 2 February 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—

Health and Community Care;
Environment and Rural Development

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-3828—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 19 May 2006.

The motion was agreed to.

7. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3829—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 28 April 2006.

The motion was agreed to.

8. Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3827—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Act 2004 (Modification of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978) Order 2006 be approved.

The motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 108, Against 1, Abstentions 5).

9. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 3, 4, and 8 as noted above.

10. Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods: The Parliament debated S2M-3744 in the name of Christine May—That the Parliament recognises the many opportunities to improve community safety provided under the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004 and other initiatives, such as Safer Routes to School; congratulates community safety partnerships, such as that in Fife, for the innovative ways in which they have developed local schemes; notes that initiatives, such as Fife’s Time2Act Safer Neighbourhoods campaign, cover a wide range of community safety matters such as safety of older people, women’s personal safety, reduction in domestic violence, drink driving and drunk pedestrians, safety of children and young people, safer town centres and neighbourhoods and support for victims of crime and anti-social behaviour; acknowledges the work done by public sector staff, uniformed services and many members of local communities to develop and support such schemes; believes that there is further scope for developments in this area, and considers that all concerned should continue to work together to make Scotland’s communities safer.

The meeting closed at 5.52 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
18 January 2006

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 13 January 2006 for approval by resolution—

The Transfer of Functions from the Strathclyde Passenger Transport Authority and the Strathclyde Passenger Transport Executive to the West of Scotland Transport Partnership Order 2006—

The National Bus Travel Concession Scheme for Older and Disabled Persons (Scotland) Order 2006—

laid under section 52(3) of the Transport (Scotland) Act 2005

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 13 January 2006 and are subject to annulment—

The Bail Conditions (Methods of Monitoring Compliance and Specification of Devices) (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/7)

laid under sections 24B(5) and 24D(5) of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995

The Restriction of Liberty Order (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/8)

laid under sections 245A(14) and 245C(4) of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995

The Mental Health (Recall or Variation of Removal Order) (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/11)—

The Mental Health (Form of Documents) (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/12)—

laid under section 326(3) of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 18 January 2006 and is subject to annulment—

The Intensive Support and Monitoring (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/15)

laid under section 103 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 17 January 2006 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People (SCCYP!): First Annual Report 2004-05 (CCYP/2006/1)

laid under section 10(1) of the Commissioner for Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2003

Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People (SCCYP!): Participation Strategy 2005 Children and Young People with Us Every Step of the Way (CCYP/2006/2)

laid under section 12 of the Commissioner for Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2003

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 13 January 2006

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 1st Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 485)

The following reports were published on 18 January 2006—

Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill Committee, 1st Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Appropriate Assessment on the Firth of Forth Special Protection Area (SP Paper 486)

Health Committee, 3rd Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 487)