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Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 2 February 2006

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

The meeting opened at 9.16 am.

  1. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3907—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Human Tissue (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 – 40 minutes
    Groups 3 and 4 – 1 hour 10 minutes
    Groups 5 to 7 – 1 hour 40 minutes

    The motion was agreed to.

  2. Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

    The following amendments were agreed to without division: 1, 2, 38, 61, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10.

    The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

    11 (For 18, Against 87, Abstentions 0)
    13 (For 18, Against 84, Abstentions 0)
    15 (For 13, Against 67, Abstentions 0)
    59 (For 39, Against 66, Abstentions 0)

    The following amendments were not moved: 12, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 60, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 40, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114 and 115.

    Amendments 39 and 62 were pre-empted.

  3. Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care (Lewis Macdonald) moved S2M-3785—That the Parliament agrees that the Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill be passed.

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

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

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

  6. Themed Question Time: Questions on Health and Community Care and on Environment and Rural Development were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.


  7. Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Minister for Justice (Cathy Jamieson) moved S2M-3786—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 98, Against 4, Abstentions 1).

  1. Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution: The Deputy Minister for Justice (Hugh Henry) moved S2M-3822—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill, agrees to—

    (a) any expenditure of a kind referred to in paragraph 3(b)(ii) of Rule 9.12 of the Parliament’s Standing Orders;

    (b) any increase in expenditure of a kind referred to in paragraph 3(b)(iii) of that Rule; and

    (c) any charges or payments in relation to which paragraph 4 of that Rule applies,

    arising in consequence of the Act.

    The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

  3. Childhood Obesity in Scotland: The Parliament debated S2M-3732 in the name of Elaine Smith—That the Parliament expresses concern at recent findings published by NHS Scotland which suggest that the proportion of Scottish children who are overweight, obese and severely obese is far higher than anticipated in all age groups and is twice that of the expected UK average; recognises this means that more than a third of our 12-year-olds were considered to be overweight last year, 19.4% were considered to be obese and 11.2% severely obese; accepts that these figures represent a potential time bomb for the NHS in terms of the future costs of the treatment of obesity and related illness; acknowledges the commitment by the Scottish Executive to tackle this problem; considers that more robust measures are needed, such as investing further in the promotion of breastfeeding as the healthiest start in life, removing unhealthy dietary choices from our school environments and increasing the focus and commitment to physical activity in our schools; acknowledges that examples of best practice exist, such as South Coatbridge’s Healthy Lifestyle Project, and believes that, in light of these findings, a national debate is needed to re-examine all possible options and means of making progress on this issue.

The meeting closed at 5.55 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
2 February 2006

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

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 2 February 2006 for approval by resolution

The Renewables Obligation (Scotland) Order 2006

laid under section 32(9) of the Electricity Act 1989

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 2 February 2006 and is subject to annulment

The National Health Service (General Ophthalmic Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/42)

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

Not Subject to any Parliamentary Procedure

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 2 February 2006 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 15) (Scotland) Order 2005 Revocation Order 2006 (SSI 2006/41)

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

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 reports were published on 2 February 2006—

Education Committee, 2nd Report, 2006 (Session 2): Stage 1 Report on Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill (SP Paper 497)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 6th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2 (SP Paper 498)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 7th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 499)

Health Committee, 4th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 500)