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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 3 May 2006

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

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1. Time for Reflection: Bhai Sahib Mohinder Singh led Time for Reflection.

2. Oaths and Affirmations: Richard Lochhead took the affirmation of allegiance before the Clerk.

3. Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill – Stage 1: The Deputy Minister for Education and Young People (Robert Brown) moved S2M-3908—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 69, Against 18, Abstentions 25).

4. Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill: Financial Resolution: The Minister for Justice (Cathy Jamieson) moved S2M-3948—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill, agrees to any expenditure of a kind referred to in paragraph 3(b)(ii) of Rule 9.12 of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

The motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 70, Against 21, Abstentions 24).

5. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4326—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 10 May 2006

2.15 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Question Time

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill

followed by Housing Corporation (Delegation) etc. Bill Legislative Consent Motion – UK Legislation

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 11 May 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—

Finance and Public Services and Communities;
Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport

2.55 pm Executive Debate: Drugs and Hidden Harm

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 17 May 2006

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution: Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.30 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 18 May 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—

Health and Community Care;
Environment and Rural Development

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

S2M-4319—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (Commencement No.2 and Consequential Provisions) (Scotland) Order 2006 be approved; and

S2M-4320—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Joint Inspections (Scotland) Regulations 2006 be approved.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

7. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 3, 4 and 6 as noted above.

8. Funding the Voluntary Sector: The Parliament debated S2M-4284 in the name of Donald Gorrie—That the Parliament is concerned about the funding problems faced by many voluntary organisations, including groups involved in youth work, caring, and advice and support-giving services in Central Scotland, to which the general method of public funding contributes, with its over-emphasis on funding mainly innovative projects for no longer than three years; welcomes some useful funding initiatives by the Scottish Executive and local authorities, imaginative new ways of deciding on the distribution of funding set up by the Big Lottery Fund and other grant givers, some progress towards better targeted funding of community enterprises and the social economy, and full cost recovery in project funding; believes, however, that the funding system should concentrate first on providing successful voluntary organisations with continued core funding, guaranteed so long as a group fulfils its remit of public benefit, and second on providing continuing funding for proven successful projects rather than insisting that projects have to be reinvented to claim that they are innovative, and considers that the Executive, local authorities, other public and charitable grant-giving bodies and the Big Lottery Fund should co-operate in developing policies along these lines.

The meeting closed at 6.01 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
3 May 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 3 May 2006 for approval by resolution

The Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006

laid under section 37(2) of the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 2006

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 28 April 2006 and is subject to annulment

The Ceramic Articles in Contact with Food (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/230)

laid under section 48(3) of the Food Safety Act 1990

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 2 May 2006 and is subject to annulment

The TSE (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/231)

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

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 3 May 2006 and are subject to annulment—

The Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/233)—

The Criminal Legal Aid (Summary Justice Pilot Courts and Bail Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/234)—

laid under section 37(1) of the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986

Not Subject to any Parliamentary Procedure

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

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 7) (Scotland) Order 2005 Revocation Order 2006 (SSI 2006/235)—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 13) (Scotland) Order 2005 Partial Revocation Order 2006 (SSI 2006/236)—

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

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 28 April 2006—

Local Government and Transport Committee, 6th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 547)

Communities Committee, 3rd Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 548)

Communities Committee, 4th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Housing Corporation (Delegation) etc. Bill (SP Paper 549)