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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 1 February 2006

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

The meeting opened at 2.15 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Rt Rev David W. Lacy, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, led Time for Reflection.

2. Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Question Time: Questions were answered by members of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body.

3. Council Tax Abolition and Service Tax Introduction (Scotland) Bill: Tommy Sheridan moved S2M-3893—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Council Tax Abolition and Service Tax Introduction (Scotland) Bill.

After debate, the motion was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 12, Against 94, Abstentions 6).

4. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3905—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 8 February 2006

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate: Local Government Settlement 2006-2007

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

followed by Executive Debate: Volunteering

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 Debate: Social Work for the 21st Century

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 22 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 23 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—

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

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

S2M-3903—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2005 Amendment Order be approved; and

S2M-3904—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Police Act 1997 Amendment (Scotland) Order 2006 be approved.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

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

7. Community and Village Halls: The Parliament debated S2M-3839 in the name of Mr Andrew Welsh—That the Parliament notes with concern the increased costs of water charges paid by new village and community halls and that these will also be imposed on older halls after 2010; recognises that these halls play a vital role as the hub of the community by providing a venue for educational classes, Scottish dancing, recreation, Scottish Women’s Rural Institute meetings, keep-fit classes, youth clubs, scouts, brownies and other activities; believes that these charges to charitable organisations are an undue burden on local rural communities in Angus; notes that the Scottish Executive has partly funded numerous new halls and refurbishments for many more which has caused an increase in the rateable value burden, and believes that the Executive should extend the exemption scheme to all community and village halls with charitable status and introduce legislation to reinstate the exemption for community and village halls which have charitable status.

The meeting closed at 5.35 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
1 February 2006

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 31 January 2006

Glasgow Airport Rail Link Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to authorise the construction of a railway from a point east of Paisley St James Station to Glasgow Airport and to make improvements in the existing railway between Paisley St James Station and Glasgow Central Station; and for connected purposes. (SP Bill 54) (Private Bill)

Introduced by: Strathclyde Passenger Transport Executive

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 54-EN) and a Promoter’s Memorandum (SP Bill 54-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 27 January 2006 and is subject to annulment

The National Health Service (Variation of the Areas of Greater Glasgow and Highland Health Boards) (Scotland) Order 2006 (SSI 2006/33)

laid under section 105(2) of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 1 February 2006 and is subject to annulment

The Police Grant (Variation) (Scotland) Order 2006 (SSI 2006/39)

laid under section 32(8) of the Police (Scotland) Act 1967

Not Subject to any Parliamentary Procedure

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 31 January 2006 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (No. 2) (Scotland) Order 2005 Revocation Order 2006 (SSI 2006/38)

laid under section 1(10) of the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 31 January 2006 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Statistical Bulletin: Criminal Justice Social Work Statistics, 2004-05 (SE/2006/8)

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 1 February 2006 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Police Grant (Variation) (Scotland) Order 2006 Report (SE/2006/10)

laid under section 32(6) of the Police (Scotland) Act 1967

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 27 January 2006

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 4th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 495)

The following report was published on 30 January 2006

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 5th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 496)