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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 19 April 2006

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

  1. Time for Reflection: Reverend Rodger Neilson, Cruden Parish Church, Aberdeenshire, led Time for Reflection.

  2. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4249—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 19 April 2006—

    Wednesday 19 April 2006

    after,

    2.30 pm Time for Reflection

    followed by  Parliamentary Bureau Motions

    delete,

    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

    and insert,

    followed by  Members’ Oaths/Affirmations - David Petrie and Maureen Watt

    followed by  Motion on Her Majesty The Queen’s 80th Birthday

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

    followed by  Nominations to the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

    The motion was agreed to.

  3. Oaths and Affirmations: Mr Dave Petrie and Ms Maureen Watt took oaths of allegiance before the Clerk.

  4. The Queen’s 80th Birthday: The First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell) moved S2M-4240—That the Parliament congratulates Her Majesty the Queen on the occasion of her 80th birthday.

    After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 83, Against 5, Abstentions 0).

  5. European and External Relations Committee, The European Commission’s Work Programme 2006: Linda Fabiani, on behalf of the European and External Relations Committee moved S2M-4221—That the Parliament notes the European Commission’s Legislative and Work Programme for 2006 and its importance for the work of the Parliament and its committees and to Scotland.

    After debate, the motion was agreed to (DT).

  6. Nominations to the Economic and Social Committee of the European Union: The Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform (Mr Tom McCabe) moved S2M-4238—That the Parliament endorses the Scottish Executive’s proposal to nominate Mr Kenneth Fraser, nominated by CBI Scotland and the Institute of Directors Scotland, Mr Sandy Boyle, nominated by the STUC, and Ms Maureen O’Neill, nominated by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, to the UK delegation on the Economic and Social Committee of the European Union for the forthcoming mandate from September 2006 to September 2010.

    The motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 88, Against 0, Abstentions 4).

  7. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4248—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

    Wednesday 26 April 2006

    2.30 pm Time for Reflection

    followed by  Parliamentary Bureau Motions

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

    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 Debate: Scottish Rural Development Plan

    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: Scottish Historic Environment Policies

    followed by  Parliamentary Bureau Motions

    5.00 pm Decision Time

    followed by  Members' Business

    Wednesday 3 May 2006

    2.00 pm Time for Reflection

    followed by  Parliamentary Bureau Motions

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

    followed by  Stage 1 Debate: Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill

    followed by  Financial Resolution: Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill

    followed by  Business Motion

    followed by  Parliamentary Bureau Motions

    5.00 pm Decision Time

    followed by  Members' Business

    Thursday 4 May 2006

    9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

    followed by  Scottish Green 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 Stage 1 Debate: Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill

    followed by  Financial Resolution: Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill

    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-4250—That the Parliament agrees that the timetable for consideration of the Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be extended to 5 May 2006; and

    S2M-4251—That the Parliament agrees that the timetable for consideration of the Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill at Stage 1 be extended to 5 May 2006.

    The motions were agreed to.

  9. Designation of Lead Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4242—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as the lead committee in consideration of the Christmas Day and New Year’s Day Trading (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

    The motion was agreed to (DT).

  10. Designation of Lead Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4243—That the Parliament agrees that the Health Committee be designated as the lead committee in consideration of the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

    The motion was agreed to (DT).

  11. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 4, 5, 6, 9 and 10 as noted above.

  12. Supporters Direct in Scotland: The Parliament debated S2M-4080 in the name of Frank McAveety—That the Parliament recognises the work carried out by Supporters Direct in Scotland in promoting and supporting the concept of democratic supporter ownership and representation in Scottish football through mutual, not-for-profit structures; notes the role of Supporters Direct in Scotland in promoting football clubs as civic and community institutions and welcomes the development of Supporters Direct among Glasgow football clubs and across Scotland; further notes the contribution of Supporters Direct in Scotland to preserving the competitive values of football in Scotland through promoting the health of the game as a whole, and applauds Supporters Direct in Scotland’s aim of helping people who wish to play a responsible part in the life of the football club they support through support, advice and information to groups of football supporters.

The meeting closed at 5.52 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
19 April 2006

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 30 March 2006

Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to make provision for the purposes of protecting adults from abuse; to require the establishment of committees with functions relating to the safeguarding of adults who are at risk of abuse; to amend the law relating to incapable adults; to remove an individual’s liability for expenses incurred by councils in performing certain functions in relation to the individual’s spouse or child; to allow the Scottish Ministers to delegate their functions relating to councils’ duty to pay sums for the purposes of securing community care services; to make provision entitling a council to recover expenses incurred in providing social services to persons who are not ordinarily resident in the council’s area; to allow the Public Guardian to intervene in court proceedings; to adjust the circumstances in which extensions of orders authorising compulsory treatment of mentally disordered persons must be reviewed; and for connected purposes. (SP Bill 62) (Executive Bill)

Introduced by: Mr Andy Kerr
Supported by: Lewis Macdonald

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 62-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 62-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 31 March 2006

Health Board Elections (Scotland) Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to make provision for local public elections to Health Boards in Scotland; and for connected purposes. (SP Bill 63) (Member’s Bill)

Introduced by: Bill Butler

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 63-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 63-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 19 April 2006 for approval by resolution

The Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Treatment of Office or Body as Specified Authority) Order 2006

laid under section 18(4) of the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 31 March 2006 and are subject to annulment—

The National Health Service (Travelling Expenses and Remission of Charges) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/183)

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

The Scottish Charity Register (Transitional) Order 2006 (SSI 2006/188)

laid under section 103(4) of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 3 April 2006 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 8) (Scotland) Order 2005 Revocation Order 2006 (SSI 2006/191)—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.16) (Scotland) Order 2005 Revocation Order 2006 (SSI 2006/192)—

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

Not Subject to any Parliamentary Procedure

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 11 April 2006 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 11) (Scotland) Order 2005 Partial Revocation Order 2006 (SSI 2006/202)—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 14) (Scotland) Order 2005 Revocation Order 2006 (SSI 2006/203)—

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

Other Documents

The following draft Guidance was laid before the Parliament on 31 March 2006 and is subject to annulment

Environmental Protection Act 1990: Part IIA Contaminated Land Statutory Guidance: Edition 2 (SE/2006/44)

laid under section 78YA(4A) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 10 April 2006 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Anniesland College Report and Accounts 31 July 2005 (SE/2006/46)—

Ayr College Report of the Board of Management and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2005 (SE/2006/47)—

Clackmannan College Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2005 (SE/2006/48)—

Coatbridge College Report of the Board of Management and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2005 (SE/2006/49)—

Fife College of Further and Higher Education Annual Accounts – Financial Year 2004-05 (SE/2006/50)—

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 11 April 2006 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Glasgow Metropolitan College Financial Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 July 2005 (SE/2006/51)—

Lauder College Annual Accounts 2004-05 (SE/2006/52)—

Lews Castle College Annual Accounts year to 31 July 2005 (SE/2006/53)—

Cumbernauld College Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2005 (SE/2006/54)—

Dumfries and Galloway College Report and Financial Statements for the period 1 August 2004 to 31 July 2005 (SE/2006/55)—

Elmwood College Report and financial statements for the year ended 31 July 2005 (SE/2006/56)—

Glenrothes College Annual Accounts for the 12 months ended 31 July 2005 (SE/2006/57)—

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 12 April 2006 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

North Glasgow College Report and Accounts for year ended 31 July 2005 (SE/2006/58)—

Reid Kerr College Report and Financial Statements 31 July 2005 (SE/2006/59)—

Stevenson College Reports and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2005 (SE/2006/60)—

The North Highland College Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2005 (SE/2006/61)—

Banff and Buchan College of Further Education Accounts for the year ended 31 July 2005 (SE/2006/62)—

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

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

Barony College Financial Statements year ended 31 July 2005 (SE/2006/63)—

Glasgow College of Nautical Studies Report of the Board of Management for the year ended 31 July 2005 (SE/2006/64)—

John Wheatly College Report by the Board of Management and Financial Statements for the 12 months to 31 July 2005 (SE/2006/65)—

Motherwell College Financial Statements year ending 31 July 2005 (SE/2006/66)—

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

Legislative Consent Memorandums

The following memorandum was lodged on 6 April 2006

Malcolm Chisholm: Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Housing Corporation (Delegation) etc. Bill (UK Parliament legislation) (LCM(S2) 6.1)

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 13 April 2006

Finance Committee, 5th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Cross-cutting Expenditure Review of Deprivation (SP Paper 536)

The following reports were published on 18 April 2006—

Education Committee, 3rd Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Pupil Motivation (SP Paper 537)

Local Government and Transport Committee, 5th Report, 2006 (Session 2):  Stage 1 Report on the Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 538)