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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 1 March 2006

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

  1. Time for Reflection: Reverend Favian Straughan, Order of Buddhist Contemplatives, Portobello Buddhist Priory, Edinburgh, led Time for Reflection.

  2. Business Motion: George Lyon, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4040—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 1 March 2006—

    Wednesday 1 March 2006

    after,

    2.30 pm Time for Reflection

    followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

    insert,

    followed by Ministerial Statement: Tolled Bridges Review

    The motion was agreed to.

  3. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Transport and Telecommunications (Tavish Scott) made a statement and answered questions on the Tolled Bridges Review.

  4. Regeneration in Scotland - People and Place: The Minister for Communities (Malcolm Chisholm) moved S2M-4024—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Scottish Executive’s statement “People and Place: Regeneration Policy in Scotland”; notes the current support for the regeneration of communities across Scotland; supports the commitment from the Executive and its agencies to work with local authorities and other partners to ensure that communities benefit from economic activity and to attract further investment from the private sector, and welcomes the Executive’s determination to tackle those land, property and other issues that can act as a barrier to regeneration and to create successful, mixed and vibrant communities.

    Christine Grahame moved amendment S2M-4024.1 to motion S2M-4024—

    Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

    “notes that after some seven years of this Labour/Liberal Democrat coalition and the launch of yet another glossy brochure littered with self-evident axioms, one in four Scottish children and one in five pensioners remain in poverty; further notes that tens of thousands of young people remain not in education, training or employment and that 39,000 manufacturing jobs have been lost in the first three years of this government and that, according to a report in The Herald on 28 February 2006, a spokesman for the First Minister stated regarding regeneration, “England has jumped ahead of us on this. This is us getting our act together”; therefore welcomes the Finance Committee’s inquiry on deprivation spending, to report at the end of March, and recognises that, had the Scottish people not been deliberately misled about the impact of the energy reserves in the 1970s and the economic and social prospects of independence, poverty in Scotland would have been made history.”

    After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 26, Against 78, Abstentions 10).

    Mary Scanlon moved amendment S2M-4024.2 to motion S2M-4024—

    Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

    “notes the publication of the Scottish Executive’s statement “People and Place: Regeneration Policy in Scotland”; further notes that under the Executive’s stewardship the gap between the poorest and rich in our society is widening, as shown in recent Joseph Rowntree Foundation figures, and that the number of working-age adults without dependent children who are in income poverty has increased from around 300,000 in the mid-1990s to almost 400,000 in recent years; believes that the key to tackling poverty is to have a thriving economy where people can find secure employment, and accordingly calls on the Executive to create an environment for businesses to invest in Scotland by reducing the burden of regulation and tax and by investing in our infrastructure.”

    After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 40, Against 74, Abstentions 0).

    The motion was then agreed to/disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 44, Abstentions 6).

  5. Business Motion: George Lyon, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4041—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

    Wednesday 8 March 2006

    2.30 pm Time for Reflection

    followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

    followed by Executive Debate: International Women’s Day

    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 Debate: Agriculture Strategy

    followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

    5.00 pm Decision Time

    followed by Members’ Business

    Wednesday 15 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 16 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—

    Finance and Public Services and Communities;

    Education, Tourism, Culture and Sport

    2.55 pm Executive Business

    followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

    5.00 pm Decision Time

    followed by Members’ Business

    The motion was agreed to.

  6. Business Motion: George Lyon, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4033—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 24 March 2006.

    The motion was agreed to.

  7. Business Motion: George Lyon, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4034—That the Parliament agrees that the timetable for completion of consideration of the Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill at Stage 1 be extended to 28 April 2006.

    The motion was agreed to.

  8. Designation of Lead Committee: George Lyon, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4030—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

    The motion was agreed to (DT).

  9. Approval of SSI: George Lyon, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

    S2M-4031—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Transfer of Functions from the Strathclyde Passenger Transport Authority and the Strathclyde Passenger Transport Executive to the West of Scotland Transport Partnership Order 2006 be approved; and

    S2M-4032—That the Parliament agrees that the draft National Bus Travel Concession Scheme for Older and Disabled Persons (Scotland) Order 2006 be approved.

    The motions were agreed to (DT).

  10. Establishment of Committee: George Lyon, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4035—That the Parliament agrees to establish a committee of the Parliament as follows:

    Name of Committee: Glasgow Airport Rail Link Bill Committee;
    Remit: To consider and report to the Parliament on the Glasgow Airport Rail Link Bill;
    Duration: Until the Bill has received Royal Assent, falls or is withdrawn;
    Convenership: The Convener and the Deputy Convener will be members of the Labour Party; 
    Membership: Mr Andrew Arbuckle, Marlyn Glen, Margaret Jamieson, Michael Matheson, Mr Brian Monteith.

    The motion was agreed to (DT).

  11. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 4, 8, 9 and 10 as noted above.

  12. North Ayrshire Schools PPP Project: The Parliament debated S2M-3810 in the name of Campbell Martin—That the Parliament notes that North Ayrshire Council, through a PPP project, intends to amalgamate St Andrew’s Academy in Saltcoats with St Michael’s Academy in Kilwinning and to build a “superschool” to be erected on Laighdykes playing fields in Saltcoats, the only playing fields serving the towns of Saltcoats and Ardrossan; is concerned that the council’s plans will impact adversely on the educational attainment of pupils and on the provision of open space and sports pitches in Saltcoats and Ardrossan; is further concerned that questions remain over aspects of the bidding and procurement processes adopted by North Ayrshire Council in its PPP for Schools Project, and considers that public private partnerships do not represent best value for local taxpayers and local communities.

The meeting closed at 6.00 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
1 March 2006

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 27 February 2006

Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to make provision as to bail in criminal proceedings; to reform certain aspects of summary criminal procedure; to make provision in relation to solemn criminal procedure; to make provision as to maximum penalties in the summary criminal courts; to make provision for the purpose of compensation orders in favour of victims of offences; to make provision for and in relation to alternatives to prosecution; to make provision as to enforcement of financial penalties for offences; to make provision establishing the JP court and for disestablishing the district court; to provide for the inspection of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service; and for connected purposes. (SP Bill 55) (Executive Bill)

Introduced by:  Cathy Jamieson

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 55-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 55-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 24 February 2006 and is subject to annulment

The Sheep and Goats (Identification and Traceability) (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/73)

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

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 28 February 2006 and are subject to annulment—

The NHS Education for Scotland Amendment Order 2006 (SSI 2006/79)

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

The Older Cattle (Disposal) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/82)

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

The Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/84)

laid under sections 3(2) and (4) and 16(2)(a) and (b) of the Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Act 1999

Act of Sederunt (Fees of Shorthand Writers in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment) 2006 (SSI 2006/86)

laid under section 40 of the Sheriff Courts (Scotland) Act 1907

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

The Additional Support Needs Tribunals for Scotland (Practice and Procedure) Rules 2006 (SSI 2006/88)

laid under section 34 of the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 28 February 2006 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman: Compendium of Case Reports for February 2006 (SPSO/2006/01)—

Case 200400662: Greater Glasgow NHS Board—
Case 200500260: Fife NHS Board—
Case 200500034: West Whitlawburn Housing Co-operative Ltd—
Case 200500401: North Ayrshire Council—
Case 200501862: Renfrewshire Council—

laid under section 15(1) of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act 2002

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 1 March 2006 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Scottish Homes Final Report and Accounts - 9 months to 31 December 2005 (SE/2006/14)

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

Report on British Wool Marketing Board Agricultural Marketing Schemes 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05 (SE/2006/34)

laid under section 30 of the Agricultural Marketing Act 1958

Legislative Consent Memorandums

The following memorandum was lodged on 1 March 2006

Mr Tom McCabe: Supplementary Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill (UK Parliament legislation) (LCM(S2) 3.2)

Committee Reports

The following Report was published on 27 February 2006

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 10th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 511)

The following Report was published on 1 March 2006

Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill Committee, 2nd Report, 2006: Report on Consideration Stage (SP Paper 510)