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Thursday 19 January 2005

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

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1. Air Route Development Fund: The Minister for Transport and Telecommunications (Tavish Scott) moved S2M-3837—That the Parliament endorses the success of the Air Route Development Fund (ARDF) in bringing direct Scottish air links to Europe, North America and within the UK; notes the economic advantages that have flowed to the Scottish economy and the reduced need for short haul flights through hub airports; supports the development of a European regime that tackles the environmental impact of aviation emissions; further supports work to improve rail journey times between Scotland and London in order to reduce the reliance on domestic short haul flights, and looks to the further use of the ARDF in developing Scotland’s international connections.

Fergus Ewing moved amendment S2M-3837.2 to motion S2M-3837—

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“further acknowledges the importance of aviation in the prime aim of growing the Scottish economy; urges the Executive to seek to remove barriers to further success in aviation policy; calls on the Executive to audit and review the ARDF and its efficacy thus far, with a view to refining and widening its terms, and to consider, for example, its extension to air freight traffic and to less frequent and seasonal services, and urges the Executive to work with Scotland’s airports and carriers to deliver a competitive economic environment, which should include the provision of appropriate and sufficient infrastructure for our airports.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 35, Against 74, Abstentions 1).

Murdo Fraser moved amendment S2M-3837.1 to motion S2M-3837—

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“notes, however, that the ARDF represents a comparatively modest contribution to the massive expansion of air services over recent decades, which is chiefly due to the substantial deregulation of the industry achieved by the liberalising policies of the last Conservative administration, such as the privatisation of the British Airports Authority (BAA), the privatisation of British Airways (BA), the Airports Act 1986, the Civil Aviation Act 1980 and the pursuit of a European single market in aviation.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 14, Against 94, Abstentions 2).

Mark Ruskell moved amendment S2M-3837.3 to motion S2M-3837—

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“questions the success of the Air Route Development Fund (ARDF) in bringing sustainable development benefits to Scotland; further questions whether economic advantages have flowed to the Scottish economy from the ARDF; supports the development of an international regime that reduces overall aviation emissions; notes that promoting expansion of aviation undermines existing emissions targets and that projected growth in aviation would necessitate cessation of economic activity in other sectors in order to achieve targets; notes that the net cost of aviation to the Scottish economy was £1.4 billion in 2004 and that the United Kingdom accounts for 87% of tourist visits to Scotland; supports work to improve rail journey times between Scotland and London in order to reduce the reliance on domestic short-haul flights but notes the lack of progress in this respect, and condemns the further use of public funds for the ARDF.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 7, Against 97, Abstentions 7).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 99, Against 12, Abstentions 1).

2. General Question Time:  Questions were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

3. First Minister’s Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell).

4. Themed Question Time: Questions on Justice and Law Officers and on Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers and by the Scottish Law Officers.

5. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport (Patricia Ferguson) made a statement and answered questions on the Cultural Commission.

6. Business Motion: Bill Aitken, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3836—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Joint Inspection of Children’s Services and Inspection of Social Work Services (Scotland) Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion by the time limit indicated (that 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 being called, or otherwise not in progress):

Groups 1 and 2 – 25 minutes

The motion was agreed to.

6. Joint Inspection of Children’s Services and Inspection of Social Work Services (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

Amendment 1 was disagreed to (by division) (For 40, Against 65, Abstentions 1)

Amendment 2 was moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn.

7. Joint Inspection of Children’s Services and Inspection of Social Work Services (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Deputy Minister for Education and Young People (Robert Brown) moved S2M-3783—That the Parliament agrees that the Joint Inspection of Children’s Services and Inspection of Social Work Services (Scotland) Bill be passed.

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

8. Health Bill - UK Legislation: The Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care (Lewis Macdonald) moved S2M-3835—That the Parliament agrees that the UK Parliament should consider those provisions of the Health Bill, introduced in the House of Commons on 27 October 2005, which will legislate in devolved areas in respect of supervisory requirements on community pharmacists and recovery of NHS costs in cases of personal injury compensation, which will include the powers consequential on these amendments and which will alter the executive competence of the Scottish Ministers to enforce certain provisions in the Medicines Act, as laid out in LCM(S2) 1.1.

The motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 105, Against 1, Abstentions 5).

9. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 7 and 8 as noted above.

10. Communication Impairment: The Parliament debated S2M-3245 in the name of Mrs Nanette Milne—That the Parliament notes that there are an estimated 250,000 people in Scotland who have communication impairment; recognises that communication impairment can affect every waking moment of a person’s life and that those affected by communication impairment, by definition, are not easily able to speak up about their needs, and believes that the Scottish Executive should take immediate steps to support quality social action research in order to develop a comprehensive and coherent framework for action on communication impairment in Scotland.

The meeting closed at 5.52 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
19 January 2006

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 17 January 2006

Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill—The Bill was reprinted as amended at Stage 2. (SP Bill 42A) (Executive Bill)

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 19 January 2006 and is subject to annulment

The Feeding Stuffs (Scotland) Amendment and the Feeding Stuffs (Sampling and Analysis) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/16)

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

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 19 January 2006 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scottish Local Government Financial Statistics 2004-05 (SE/2006/1)

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 19 January 2006

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 2nd Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Joint Inspection of Children’s Services and Inspection of Social Work Services (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2 (SP Paper 489)