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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 15 March 2006

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

  1. Time for Reflection: Father Douglas Macmillan, St. Mirin’s Cathedral, Paisley, led Time for Reflection.

  2. Improving the Legislative Process: The Parliament debated the subject of Improving the Legislative Process.    

  3. The Importance of Play: The Parliament debated S2M-3890 in the name of Mr Kenneth Macintosh—That the Parliament welcomes calls from Play Scotland and Barnardo’s for a play strategy that recognises the right of all children in East Renfrewshire and across Scotland to a safe, challenging and accessible play environment; is aware of the public and political concerns over levels of obesity, mental health problems and anti-social behaviour amongst children and young people; notes that lack of opportunity to play is a contributing factor to these problems; is concerned that traffic growth, loss of open space and fears over safety are further restricting play opportunities, and therefore believes that play should be supported with a vigour that reflects its importance.

  4. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4115—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

    Wednesday 22 March 2006

    2.30 pm Time for Reflection

    followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

    followed by Ministerial Statement: Scotland’s Species

    followed by Final Stage Proceedings: Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill

    followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill – UK Legislation

    followed by Business Motion

    followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

    5.00 pm Decision Time

    followed by Members’ Business

    Thursday 23 March 2006

    9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

    followed by Executive Debate: Growing a Knowledge Economy

    11.40 am General Question Time

    12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

    2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

    Health and Community Care;

    Environment and Rural Development

    2.55 pm Executive Debate: Strategy for an Ageing Population

    followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

    5.00 pm Decision Time

    followed by Members’ Business

    Wednesday 29 March 2006

    2.30 pm Time for Reflection

    followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

    followed by Final Stage Proceedings: Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill

    followed by Business Motion

    followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

    5.00 pm Decision Time

    followed by Members’ Business

    Thursday 30 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—

    Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning

    Justice and Law Officers;

    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. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

    S2M-4105—That the Parliament agrees that the timetable for consideration of the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be extended to 5 May 2006;

    S2M-4106—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Crofting Reform etc. Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 30 June 2006; and

    S2M-4107—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 8 September 2006.

    The motions were agreed to.

  6. Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4108—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Renewable Obligations (Scotland) Order 2006 be approved.

    After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 80, Against 7, Abstentions 0).

  7. Decision Time: The Parliament took a decision on item 6 as noted above.

  8. Banffshire Partnership and Buchan Dial-a-Community Bus: The Parliament debated S2M-3882 in the name of Stewart Stevenson—That the Parliament congratulates the Banffshire Partnership and the Buchan Dial-a-Community Bus, who provide an essential transport service in areas with virtually no public transport; notes that transport problems faced by many people in rural communities lead to many forms of exclusion; further notes that at present the national concessionary travel scheme does not encompass transport outwith conventional services, and hopes that the formation of Transport Scotland will enable new ideas to be implemented to tackle the problem of rural transport.

The meeting closed at 5.45 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
15 March 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 15 March 2006 for approval by resolution

The Joint Inspections (Scotland) Regulations 2006

laid under section 6(4) of the Joint Inspection of Children’s Services and Inspection of Social Work Services (Scotland) Act 2006

Negative Instruments

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

The National Health Service (Dental Charges) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/131)—

The Functions of Health Boards (Scotland) Amendment Order 2006 (SSI 2006/132)—

The National Health Service (General Ophthalmic Services) (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/135)—

The National Health Service (Primary Medical Services Performers Lists) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/136)—

The National Health Service (General Dental Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/137)—

The National Health Service (Optical Charges and Payments) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/138)—

The National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/141)—

The National Health Service (Travelling Expenses and Remission of Charges) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/142)—

The National Health Service (Pharmaceutical Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/143)—

The National Waiting Times Centre Board (Scotland) Amendment Order 2006 (SSI 2006/144)—

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

The Water Environment (Oil Storage) (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/133)

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

The Sight Testing (Examination and Prescription) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations (SSI 2006/134)

laid under section 34(6) of the Opticians Act 1989

The Children (Protection at Work) (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/140)

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

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 13 March 2006 and is subject to annulment

The National Health Service (Service Committees and Tribunal) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/139)

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

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 15 March 2006 and are subject to annulment—

The Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Crops, Food and Feeding Stuffs) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/151)

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

The Gambling Act 2005 (Licensing Authority Policy Statement) (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/154)

laid under section 355(10) of the Gambling Act 2005

Not Subject to any Parliamentary Procedure

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 13 March 2006 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 16) (Scotland) Order 2005 Partial Revocation Order 2006 (SSI 2006/145)

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

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 15 March 2006 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

The National Archives of Scotland: Annual Report of the Keeper of the Records in Scotland 2004-05 (SE/2006/9)

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

Performance Management in Scottish Enterprise: A main report and key findings summary prepared for the Auditor General for Scotland (AGS/2006/4)

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

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 10 March 2006—

Procedures Committee, 2nd Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Procedures Relating to Crown Appointments (SP Paper 515)

Enterprise and Culture Committee, 4th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 518)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 12th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 519)

The following report was published on 14 March 2006

Enterprise and Culture Committee, 5th Report, 2006: Business Growth – the next 10 years (SP Paper 520)   

The following report was published on 15 March 2006

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 13th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 521)