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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 29 March 2006

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Reverend Graham S. Taylor, Rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Aberdeen, led Time for Reflection.

2. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4204—That the Parliament agrees that, during the Final Stage of the Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill, the debate on groups of amendments shall be brought to a conclusion by the time limit indicated (that time being calculated from when the Stage begins and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when the meeting of the Parliament is suspended or otherwise not in progress):

Groups 1 to 4 - 35 minutes
Groups 5 to 7 - 1 hour and 25 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

3. 1st Report 2006 (Session 2) of the Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill Committee, Appropriate Assessment on the Firth of Forth Special Protection Area: Jackie Baillie, on behalf of the Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill Committee, moved S2M-4130—That the Parliament notes the 1st Report 2006 (Session 2) of the Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill Committee, Appropriate Assessment on the Firth of Forth Special Protection Area (SP Paper 486), and agrees that the works proposed in the Bill will not adversely affect the integrity of the Firth of Forth Special Protection Area.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

4. Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill – Final Stage: The Bill was considered at Final Stage.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 and 33.

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

8 (For 17, Against 79, Abstentions 0)

12 (For 14, Against 82, Abstentions 2)

13 (For 17, Against 80, Abstentions 1)

15A (For 14, Against 80, Abstentions 0)

15 (For 15, Against 81, Abstentions 0)

Amendment 14 was moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn.

The following amendments were not moved: 7, 16, 17 and 18.

5. Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill – Final Stage: Jackie Baillie, on behalf of the Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill, moved S2M-4129—That the Parliament agrees that the Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill be passed.

Margaret Smith moved amendment S2M-4129.1 to motion S2M-4129—

Leave out from “agrees” to end and insert—

“does not agree that the Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill be passed because the tram route does not directly service the Western General Hospital.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 19, Against 81, Abstentions 2).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 84, Against 17, Abstentions 1).

6. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4200—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 30 March 2006—

Thursday 30 March 2006

delete,

2.55 pm Executive Debate: Curriculum Review

and after,

2.15 pmThemed Question Time—

Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning;
Justice and Law Officers

insert,

2.55 pm Ministerial Statement: Scottish Enterprise

followed by Executive Debate: Curriculum Review

The motion was agreed to.

7. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4203—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 19 April 2006

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by European and External Relations Committee Debate: European Commission’s Legislative and Work Programme 2006

followed by Procedures Committee Debate: 2nd Report 2006: Procedures relating to Crown appointments

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 Non-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 Debate: Civil Justice Reform

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 26 April 2006

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Debate: Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Bill

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Police and Justice Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 27 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—

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.

8. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4192—That the Parliament agrees agrees that consideration of the St Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 30 June 2006.

The motion was agreed to.

9. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4193—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Tourist Boards (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 30 June 2006.

The motion was agreed to.

10. Membership of Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4182—That the Parliament agrees that Robin Harper be appointed to replace Chris Ballance on the Procedures Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

S2M-4183—That the Parliament agrees that Mrs Nanette Milne be appointed to replace Bill Aitken as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party substitute on the Equal Opportunities Committee; and

S2M-4184—That the Parliament agrees that Bill Aitken be appointed to replace Miss Annabel Goldie as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party substitute on the Justice 1 Committee.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

12. Designation of Lead Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4185—That the Parliament agrees that the Education Committee be designated as the lead committee in consideration of the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

S2M-4186—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Community Justice Authorities (Establishment, Constitution and Proceedings) (Scotland) Order 2006 be approved;

S2M-4187—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Protection of Charities Assets (Exemption) (Scotland) Order 2006 be approved;

S2M-4188—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Charity Test (Specified Bodies) (Scotland) Order 2006 be approved;

S2M-4189—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exclusions and Exceptions) (Amendment) (Scotland) Order 2006 be approved; and

The motions were agreed to (DT).

14. Approval of SSIs: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4190—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 1992 Modification Order 2006 be approved.

The motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 82, Against 0, Abstentions 19).

15. Approval of SSIs: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4191—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to Scottish Ministers) (No.2) Order 2006 be approved.

The motion was agreed to.

16. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 3, 5, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 as noted above.

17. 50th Anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award: The Parliament debated S2M-4068 in the name of Karen Whitefield—That the Parliament congratulates the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in its 50th anniversary year; recognises the contribution made by the organisations that operate the award and the exceptional number of hours of volunteering undertaken by leaders in supporting over 20,000 young people each year in Scotland; further recognises the efforts of participants in the volunteering section of the award and its wider benefits to communities across Scotland and across the world; acknowledges the contribution the award makes to promoting a healthy lifestyle to young people; recognises the benefits in terms of skills development, enterprise, teamwork and personal and social development; acknowledges the findings of recent research which indicated the tremendous value placed by employers on the award programme, and looks forward to welcoming the International Forum and UK General Council to Edinburgh in November 2006.

The meeting closed at 5.45 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
29 March 2006


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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 27 March 2006

Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to restate and amend the law relating to adoption; to make other provision in relation to the care and possession of children; to enable provision to be made in relation to allowances for the fostering of children; and for connected purposes. (SP Bill 61) (Executive Bill)

Introduced by: Peter Peacock
Supported by: Robert Brown

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 61-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 61-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

Other Documents

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

CITB – Construction Skills Annual Report and Accounts 2005 (SE/2006/13)

laid under section 88(3) of the Scotland Act 1998

Climate Change: The UK Programme 2006 (SE/2006/43)

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman: Compendium of Case Reports for March 2006 (SPSO/2006/02)—

Case 200500814: General Dental Practitioner in Glasgow—
Case 200501495: Lothian NHS Board—
Case 200501360: Forth Valley NHS Board—
Case 200501219: Tayside NHS Board—
Case 200500136: Argyll and Clyde NHS Board—
Case 200501718: Argyll and Clyde NHS Board—
Case 200501924: Irvine Housing Association Ltd—
Case 200501654: Falkirk Council—
Case 200501976: North Lanarkshire Council—
Case 200502190: Glasgow City Council—
Case 200501452: Argyll and Bute Council—
Case 200501817: The Moray Council—
Case 200501503: The City of Edinburgh Council—
Case 200402344: Perth and Kinross Council—
Case 200501852: Perth and Kinross Council—
Case 200500957: Scottish Borders Council—
Case 200501692: Renfrewshire Council—
Case 200501969: East Dunbartonshire Council—

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

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 24 March 2006

Communities Committee, 2nd Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 529)

The following report was published on 29 March 2006

Environment and Rural Development Committee, 4th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Inquiry into developments in the biomass industry (SP Paper 530)