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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 25 January 2006

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

  1. Time for Reflection: Mrs Alison Twaddle, General Secretary of the Church of Scotland Guild, led Time for Reflection.

  2. Abolition of NHS Prescription Charges (Scotland) Bill: Colin Fox moved S2M-3808—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Abolition of NHS Prescription Charges (Scotland) Bill.

    After debate, the motion was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 40, Against 77, Abstentions 1).

  3. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3871—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of 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 Stage 1 Debate: Council Tax Abolition and Service Tax Introduction (Scotland) Bill

    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 Stage 3 Proceedings: Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill

    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 Stage 1 Debate: Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill

    followed by Financial Resolution: Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill

    followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

    5.00 pm Decision Time

    followed by Members’ Business

    Wednesday 8 February 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 9 February 2006

    9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

    followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Budget (Scotland) (No.3) Bill

    11.40 am General Question Time

    12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

    2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

    Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning;

    Justice and Law Officers

    2.55 pm Executive Business

    followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

    5.00 pm Decision Time

    followed by Members’ Business

    The motion was agreed to.

  4. Approval of SSIs: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—
  5. S2M-3864—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2006 be approved; and

    S2M-3865—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Skin Piercing and Tattooing) Order 2006 be approved.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

  1. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2 and 4 as noted above.

  2. NHS Fife Waiting Times: The Parliament debated S2M-3825 in the name of Iain Smith—That the Parliament welcomes progress made on the reduction in waiting times for treatment of cancer patients in Scotland but notes with concern that 40% of patients in the NHS Fife area are waiting longer than two months for treatment and believes that the Scottish Executive should meet NHS Fife to discuss ways to cut waiting times for Fife cancer patients.

The meeting closed at 5.34 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
25 January 2006

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

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 20 January 2006 and is subject to annulment

The Electricity (Applications for Consent) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/18)

laid under section 106 of the Electricity Act 1989

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 25 January 2006 and is subject to annulment

The Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Act 2000 (Codes of Conduct for Members of certain Scottish Public Authorities) Order 2006 (SSI 2006/26)

laid under section 32(7) of the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Act 2000

Not Subject to any Parliamentary Procedure

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 24 January 2006 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Crofting Counties Agricultural Grants (Scotland) Scheme 2006 (SSI 2006/24)

laid under section 42(3) of the Crofters (Scotland) Act 1993

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 24 January 2006 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scottish Hospital Endowments Research Trust Annual Report and Accounts 51 2004-05 (SE/2006/6)

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 25 January 2006 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

The Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Scotland Annual Report 2004-05 (CPA/2006/1)

laid under paragraph 13(4) of schedule 1 to the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003

Scottish Further Education Funding Council: A progress report: A main report prepared for the Auditor General for Scotland (AGS/2006/1)

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

Legislative Consent Memorandums

The following memorandum was lodged on 25 January 2006

Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill (LCM(S2) 3.1)

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 20 January 2006

Justice 2 Committee, 1st Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 490)

The following reports were published on 23 January 2006—

Justice 2 Committee, 2nd Report, 2006 (Session 2): Stage 1 Report on the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 491)

Finance Committee, 1st Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 492)

The following report was published on 24 January 2006

Local Government and Transport Committee, 1st Report, 2006 (Session 2):  Stage 1 Report on the Council Tax Abolition and Service Tax Introduction (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 488)

The following report was published on 25 January 2006

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 3rd Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 493)