Back to the Scottish Parliament Minutes of Proceedings Vol. 3, No. 53 Session 2
Archive Home

Business Bulletin 1999-2011

Minutes of Proceedings 1999-2011

Journal of Parliamentary Proceedings Sessions 1 & 2

Committees Sessions 1, 2 & 3

Annual reports

Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 8 February 2006

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Father Eddie McGhee, Parish Priest of St Joseph’s, Stranraer, led Time for Reflection.

2. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3930—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 8 February 2006—

Wednesday 8 February 2006

after,

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

insert,

followed by Ministerial Statement: Proposed Action following the Bichard Report

The motion was agreed to.

3. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3931—That the Parliament agrees that for the purposes of consideration of the Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2006 on Wednesday 8 February 2006, the sentence “The debate on the motion shall last no more than 90 minutes” in Rule 10.7 of Standing Orders be suspended.

The motion was agreed to.

4. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Education and Young People (Peter Peacock) made a statement and answered questions on Proposed Action following the Bichard Report.

5. Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2006: The Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform (Mr Tom McCabe) moved S2M-3922—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2006 (SSI 2006/29) be approved.

Mr John Swinney moved amendment S2M-3922.2 to motion S2M-3922—

Insert at end—

“but, in so doing, considers that, in order to protect council tax payers from above-inflation increases in council tax that will arise from the inadequate financial provision in this Order, local authorities should be permitted to retain £58.5 million in efficiency savings and obtain a £34.7m share of the public expenditure arising from the pre-Budget report to close the financial gap in support for local authority services that exists.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 27, Against 79, Abstentions 5).

David Davidson moved amendment S2M-3922.1 to motion S2M-3922—

Insert at end—

“but, in so doing, considers that there is a lack of democratic accountability at the local government level due to the high level of ring-fencing attached to the Scottish Executive’s revenue support grant, and further considers that only when councils are freer to set their own spending priorities will local needs be better met.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 34, Against 67, Abstentions 9).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 63, Against 5, Abstentions 42).

6. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3932—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 22 February 2006

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution: Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill

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 Stage 1 Debate: Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill

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 Debate: Fair to All, Personal to Each – the Progress on Waiting

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 1 March 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 2 March 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—

Environment and Rural Development;
Health and Community Care

2.55 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

7. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3925—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 28 April 2006.

The motion was agreed to.

8. Substitution on Committees: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-3926—That the Parliament agrees that Patrick Harvie be appointed to replace Robin Harper as the Scottish Green Party substitute on the Procedures Committee; and
S2M-3927—That the Parliament agrees that Robin Harper be appointed as the Scottish Green Party substitute on the Finance Committee.

The motions was agreed to (DT).

9. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 5 and 8 as noted above.

10. Linlithgow Primary School Volunteers: The Parliament debated S2M-3700 in the Mrs Mary Mulligan—That the Parliament congratulates the children of Linlithgow Primary School who were honoured by Historic Scotland this week, on International Volunteer Day, for the tremendous work they do as tour guides around Linlithgow Palace and further commends their volunteering to other young people as a way of developing personal skills, but also of establishing a pride in the history of their own town or community.

The meeting closed at 5.39 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
8 February 2006

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 2 February 2006

Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill—The Bill was reprinted as passed (SP Bill 42B) (Executive Bill).

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 3 February 2006 for approval by resolution

The Risk Assessment and Minimisation (Accreditation Scheme) (Scotland) Order 2006

laid under section 88(2) of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 7 February 2006 and are subject to annulment—

The Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Slaughter and Vaccination) (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/45)—

The TSE (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/46)—

laid under paragraph 2(2) of Schedule 2 to the European Communities Act 1972

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 8 February 2006 and is subject to annulment

The Perth (Pilotage Powers) Order 2006 (SSI 2006/49)

laid under section 30(1) of the Pilotage Act 1987

Legislative Consent Memorandums

The following memorandum was lodged on 8 February 2006

Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Police and Justice Bill (LCM(S2) 4.1)

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 3 February 2006

Finance Committee, 2nd Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 501)

The following report was published on 7 February 2006

Environment and Rural Development Committee, 1st Report, 2006 (Session 2): Stage 1 Report on the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 502)