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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 22 March 2006

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

  1. Time for Reflection: Reverend Martin Johnston, Priority Areas Worker for Church of Scotland, Glasgow, led Time for Reflection.

  2. Motion without Notice: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that motion S2M-4165 be taken at this meeting of Parliament.

    The motion was agreed to.

  3. Motion of Condolence: Nicola Sturgeon moved S2M-4165—That the Parliament expresses its deep regret and sadness at the death of Margaret Ewing MSP; offers its sympathy and condolences to her family and friends, and recognises her widely appreciated contribution to Scottish politics and public life.

    The motion was agreed to.

  4. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved motion S2M-4151—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 22 March 2006—

    Wednesday 22 March 2006

    after,

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

    delete,

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

    The motion was agreed to.

  5. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved motion S2M-4162—That the Parliament agrees that, during the Final Stage of the Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill, the debate on the final group of amendments will conclude no later than 30 minutes after the final stage proceedings commence.

    The motion was agreed to.

  6. Ministerial Statement: The Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Rhona Brankin) made a statement and answered questions on Scotland’s Species.

  7. Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill – Final Stage: The Bill was considered at Final Stage.

    The following amendments were agreed to without division: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 and 29.

  8. Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill – Final Stage: Bill Aitken, on behalf of the Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill Committee, moved S2M-3838—That the Parliament agrees that the Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill be passed.

    After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 88, Against 20, Abstentions 0).

  9. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved motion S2M-4161—That the Parliament agrees—

    (a) the following programme of 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 Debate: Curriculum Review and Qualifications

    followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

    5.00 pm Decision Time

    followed by Members’ Business

    Wednesday 19 April 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 20 April 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—

    Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport;

    Finance and Public Services and Communities

    2.55 pm Executive Business

    followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

    5.00 pm Decision Time

    followed by Members’ Business

    (b) that the period for lodging First Minister’s Questions for First Minister’s Question Time on 20 April 2006 should end at 4.00 pm on Thursday 13 April;

    (c) that the period for lodging First Minister’s Questions for First Minister’s Question Time on 4 May 2006 should end at 4.00 pm on Friday 28 April;

    (d) that the period for lodging First Minister’s Questions for First Minister’s Question Time on 1 June 2006 should end at 5.00 pm on Thursday 25 May; and

    (e) that the period for members to submit their names for selection for Question Times on 20 April 2006 should end at 12.00 noon on Wednesday 29 March 2006.

    The motion was agreed to.

  10. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4152—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 15 September 2006.

    The motion was agreed to.

  11. Approval of SSIs: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

    S2M-4153—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Risk Assessment and Minimisation (Accreditation Scheme) (Scotland) Order 2006 be approved;

    S2M-4154—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2006 be approved;

    S2M-4155—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2006 be approved;

    S2M-4156—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Water Environment (Consequential and Savings Provisions) (Scotland) Order 2006 be approved;

    S2M-4157—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Non-Domestic Rating (Electronic Communications) (Scotland) Order 2006 be approved; and

    S2M-4158—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Valuation and Rating (Exempted Classes) (Scotland) Order 2006 be approved.

    The motions were agreed to (DT).

  12. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 3, 8 and 11 as noted above.

  13. Lanarkshire United Health for All: The Parliament debated S2M-3944 in the name of Carolyn Leckie—That the Parliament notes NHS Lanarkshire’s consultation, A Picture of Health; is concerned that the board has written off the status quo as “unsustainable” without giving the public the opportunity to make that judgement about their health service; believes that to consult on options which exclude the possibility of a community retaining emergency and planned services at their local hospital is no choice at all; questions the rationale and evidence that the consultation is predicated on, such as whether planned capacity will be sufficient; is concerned that health inequalities will not be addressed and may indeed be perpetuated; recognises the growing anger of communities throughout Lanarkshire, and believes that the board and politicians alike have a duty to explore all options and strategies required to meet the needs of Lanarkshire’s citizens and unite with them to secure full and equal health services for all.

The meeting closed at 5.54 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
22 March 2006

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 16 March 2006

Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to authorise the construction of new railways to link Edinburgh Airport to the national rail network; to make provision concerning planning agreements and developer contributions relating to the railway; and for connected purposes. (SP Bill 58) (Private Bill)

Introduced by: tie Limited

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 58-EN) and a Promoter ’s Memorandum (SP Bill 58-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 20 March 2006

Christmas Day and New Year’s Day Trading (Scotland) Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to prohibit the opening of large shops on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day for the purpose of retail trading. (SP Bill 59) (Member’s Bill)

Introduced by: Karen Whitefield

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 59-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 59-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

Tourist Boards (Scotland) Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to rename the Scottish Tourist Board, to increase the maximum number of members of that body and to abolish area tourist boards (SP Bill 60) (Executive Bill)

Introduced by: Patricia Ferguson

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 60-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 60-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

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

The Non-Domestic Rates (Levying) (Scotland) (No. 2) Regulations (SSI 2006/158)

laid under section 153 of the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 22 March 2006 and are subject to annulment—

The Building (Forms) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/163)

laid under section 54(1) of the Building (Scotland) Act 2003

The Register of Sasines (Methods of Operation) (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/164)

laid under section 2(2) of the Register of Sasines (Scotland) Act 1987

Other Documents

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

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Annual Report 2004-05 (SE/2006/42)

laid under section 26(5) of the National Parks (Scotland) Act 2000

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 17 March 2006—

Justice 1 Committee, 2nd Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 524)

Environment and Rural Development Committee, 3rd Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 525)