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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 22 February 2006

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

  1. Time for Reflection: Irene Khan, Secretary General of Amnesty International, led Time for Reflection.

  2. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3986—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 22 February 2006—

    Wednesday 22 February 2006

    after,

    2.30 pm Time for Reflection

    followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

    insert,

    followed by Ministerial Statement: The Scottish Fingerprint Service

    The motion was agreed to.

  3. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3987—That the Parliament agrees under Rule 11.2.4 of the Standing Orders that Decision Time on Wednesday 22 February 2006 shall begin at 5.15 pm.

    The motion was agreed to.

  4. Ministerial Statement: The Lord Advocate (Colin Boyd) and the Minister for Justice (Cathy Jamieson) made statements and answered questions on the Scottish Fingerprint Service.

  5. Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill – Stage 1: The Deputy Minister for Education and Young People (Robert Brown) moved S2M-3895—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill.

    Fiona Hyslop moved amendment S2M-3895.1 to motion S2M-3895—

    Insert at end—

    “but, in so doing, notes that parental involvement in the management of schools as institutions is not the same as parents’ involvement in their own children’s education which should be the focus of policy, and regrets that the Scottish Executive has failed to provide detail about its proposals for the role of parents in the appointment of headteachers and senior staff before introducing the Bill or the debate and vote on Stage 1 of the Bill, noting that this is now the most contentious part of the Bill since the Executive latterly introduced proposals for elected parent councils similar to elected school boards into the Bill.”

    After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 50, Against 62, Abstentions 0).

    The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 62, Against 17, Abstentions 32).

  6. Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill – Financial Resolution: The Deputy Minister for Education and Young People (Robert Brown) moved S2M-3486—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill, agrees to any expenditure or increase in expenditure of a kind referred to in Rule 9.12.3(b)(iii) of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

    After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 81, Against 0, Abstentions 29).

  7. Motion without Notice: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that motion S2M-3994 be taken at this meeting of Parliament.

    The motion was agreed to (DT).

  8. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3994—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

    Wednesday 1 March 2006

    2.30 pm Time for Reflection

    followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

    followed by Executive Debate: Regeneration in Scotland – people and place

    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 Scottish National Party 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 Debate: Architecture

    followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

    5.00 pm Decision Time

    followed by Members’ Business

    Wednesday 8 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 9 March 2006

    9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

    followed by Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business

    11.40 am General Question Time

    12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

    2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

    Justice and Law Officers;

    Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning

    2.55 pm Executive Business

    followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

    5.00 pm Decision Time

    followed by Members’ Business

    The motion was agreed to.

  9. Approval of SSIs: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3976—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Prohibition of Smoking in Certain Premises (Scotland) Regulations 2006 be approved.

    The motion was agreed to (DT).

  10. Membership of Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

    S2M-3977—That the Parliament agrees that David McLetchie be appointed to replace Mr David Davidson on the Local Government and Transport Committee; and

    S2M-3978—That the Parliament agrees that Mr David Davidson be appointed to replace Miss Annabel Goldie on the Justice 2 Committee.

    The motions were agreed to (DT).

  11. Substitution on Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

    S2M-3979—That the Parliament agrees that David McLetchie be appointed to replace Mr Brian Monteith as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party substitute on the Enterprise and Culture Committee.

    S2M-3988—That the Parliament agrees that Stewart Stevenson be appointed as the Scottish National Party substitute on the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Bill Committee.

    The motions were agreed to (DT).

  12. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 5, 6, 9, 10 and 11 as noted above.

  13. Beauly to Denny Power Line: Concerns Over Increase of Childhood Leukaemia: The Parliament debated S2M-3642 in the name of Bruce Crawford—That the Parliament notes the findings of the Draper Report into the link between high voltage power lines and levels of childhood leukaemia which, among other findings, concluded that children who live within 200 metres of high voltage power lines were nearly twice as likely to have childhood leukaemia as those who lived within 600 metres of a line; further notes that the National Radiological Protection Board recommended that the UK Government should consider the need for further precautionary measures and, as a consequence, the Stakeholder Advisory Group on ELF EMFs was formed to explore the implications of a precautionary approach and make practical recommendations; is concerned that, with regard to the application by Scottish and Southern Energy to construct a high voltage power line between Beauly and Denny, a survey carried out by Stirling Before Pylons of the Stirling Council area shows that 50 houses are within 100 metres of the pylon corridor, that 48 flats housing approximately 330 students at Stirling University are within 200 metres and that 878 houses are within 600 metres of the pylon corridor, and believes, therefore, in view of the reports showing a link between high voltage power lines and childhood leukaemia and the results of the Stirling Before Pylons survey, that the Scottish Executive should seriously examine these matters as part of its consideration of the application or indeed any future public enquiries which might be held.

  14. Motion without Notice: Mr Mark Ruskell moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended until 6.20 pm.  The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 6.20 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
22 February 2006

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 9 February 2006

Budget (Scotland) (No.3) Bill—The Bill was reprinted as passed (SP Bill 53A) (Executive Bill).

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instruments were laid in draft before the Parliament on 16 February 2006 for approval by resolution—

The Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2006—

The Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2006—

laid under section 37(2) of the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986

The Water Environment (Consequential and Savings Provisions) (Scotland) Order 2006

laid under section 36(6) of the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003

The Community Justice Authorities (Establishment, Constitution and Proceedings) (Scotland) Order 2006

laid under section 3(25)(a) of the Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Act 2005

The Protection of Charities Assets (Exemption) (Scotland) Order 2006—

The Charity Test (Specified Bodies) (Scotland) Order 2006—

laid under section 103(5) of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exclusions and Exceptions) (Amendment) (Scotland) Order 2006

laid under section 10(2) of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

The Non-Domestic Rating (Electronic Communications) (Scotland) Order 2006

laid under section 9(4) and (7) of the Electronic Communications Act 2000

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 17 February 2006 for approval by resolution

The Valuation and Rating (Exempted Classes) (Scotland) Order 2006

laid under section 1(7) of the Valuation and Rating (Exempted Classes) (Scotland) Act 1976

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 20 February 2006 for approval by resolution

The Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 1992 Modification Order 2006

laid under section 103(5) of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 10 February 2006 and are subject to annulment—

The Solway Firth Regulated Fishery (Scotland) Order 2006 (SSI 2006/57)

laid under section 20(2) of the Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) Act 1967

The Inshore Fishing (Prohibition of Fishing for Cockles) (Scotland) Order 2006 (SSI 2006/58)

laid under section 9(2) of the Inshore Fishing (Scotland) Act 1984

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 16 February 2006 and are subject to annulment—

The Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/60)—

The Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/61)—

laid under section 37(1) of the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986

The Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Act 2005 (Designation of Partner Bodies) Order 2006 (SSI 2006/63)

laid under section 3(25)(b) of the Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Act 2005

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 17 February 2006 and is subject to annulment

The Housing Revenue Account General Fund Contribution Limits (Scotland) Order 2006 (SSI 2006/64)

laid under section 204(3) of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 21 February 2006 and is subject to annulment

The Council Tax (Electronic Communications) (Scotland) Order 2006 (SSI 2006/67)

laid under section 9(3) and (7) of the Electronic Communications Act 2000

Not Subject to any Parliamentary Procedure

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 17 February 2006 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 17) (Scotland) Order 2005 Revocation Order 2006 (SSI 2006/66)

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

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 13 February 2006 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Inverness College Financial Statements and Report to the Board of Management for the year ended 31 July 2005 (SE/2006/15)—

Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2004-05 Audit of Inverness College (SE/2006/16)—

James Watt College of Further and Higher Education Annual Report and Accounts 2004-05 (SE/2006/17)—

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

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 15 February 2006 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Tackling Waiting Times in the NHS in Scotland: A report prepared for the Auditor General for Scotland (AGS/2006/2)

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

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 16 February 2006 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel Annual Report and Accounts 2004-05 (SE/2006/12)

laid under section 6 of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Act 1995

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 21 February 2006 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Angus College Annual Accounts 2004-05 (SE/2006/20)—

Dundee College Report of the Board of Management and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2005 (SE/2006/21)—

Jewel and Esk Valley College Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2005 (SE/2006/22)—

Kilmarnock College Board of Management Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2005 (SE/2006/23)—

Perth College Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2005 (SE/2006/24)—

Stow College Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2005 (SE/2006/25)—

West Lothian College Annual Accounts 2004-05 (SE/2006/26)—

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

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 22 February 2006 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scottish Information Commissioner Annual Report 2005 (SE/2006/27)

laid under section 46 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

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 10 February 2006

Communities Committee, 1st Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 506)

The following report was published on 13th February 2006

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 9th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 507)

The following report was published on 22 February 2006.

Local Government and Transport Committee, 3rd Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 509)