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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 17 May 2006

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

The meeting opened at 2.00 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Reverend Alex Forsyth, Markinch Parish Church, led Time for Reflection.

2. Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Minister for Communities (Malcolm Chisholm) moved S2M-4270—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill.

Patrick Harvie moved amendment S2M-4270.1 to motion S2M-4270—

Leave out from “agrees” to end and insert—

“recognises the need to restore public trust in the planning system; considers that a greater emphasis on consultation and public involvement is to be welcomed but does not negate the need to rebalance the rights which can be exercised in the system, such as the right to take part in public inquiries, the right to select the form in which a hearing takes place or more equal rights at the appeal stage; considers that a hierarchy for planning must be designed to give clarity over the categories of development to ensure that all interested parties know what to expect from the system; considers that a statutory national planning framework is a positive move but that the procedures for its approval and for public and parliamentary scrutiny must be greatly enhanced; is not satisfied that the Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill meets these requirements of restoring trust, rebalancing rights, giving clarity and enhancing scrutiny, and therefore does not agree to the general principles of the Bill.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 12, Against 99, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 98, Against 11, Abstentions 2).

3. Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution: The Deputy Minister for Communities (Johann Lamont) moved S2M-3961—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any expenditure or increase in expenditure of a kind referred to in Rule 9.12.3(b)(iii) of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

The motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 78, Against 11, Abstentions 20).

4. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4409—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 24 May 2006

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution: Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 25 May 2006

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill

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 Continuation of Stage 3 Proceedings: Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

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

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 31 May 2006

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 1 June 2006

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party 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

The motion was agreed to.

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

S2M-4407—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 9 June 2006; and

S2M-4408—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 29 September 2006.

The motions were agreed to.

6. Membership of Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4403—That the Parliament agrees that Mike Rumbles be appointed to replace Mr Andrew Arbuckle on the Local Government and Transport Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4404—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Joint Inspections (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 3, 6 and 7 as noted above.

10. Aberdeen Crossrail: The Parliament debated S2M-4279 in the name of Richard Baker—That the Parliament notes the economic, social and environmental benefits that Aberdeen Crossrail would bring to the city and other areas of the north east; welcomes the announcement by Network Rail in April 2006 that an additional £40 million is to be invested in the Scottish rail infrastructure network; considers that this additional investment should be used to help develop projects like Aberdeen Crossrail; welcomes the Scottish Executive’s “Transport for Tomorrow” consultation as a valuable chance to debate the future of the Executive’s transport strategy, and believes that the Executive should, through that strategy, move beyond a feasibility study of the crossrail project and progress towards a commitment to construction with a clear timetable for completion.

The meeting closed at 6.14 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
17 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 12 May 2006 for approval by resolution

The Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Act 2005 (Supplementary Provisions) Order 2006 (12 May 2006)

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 12 May 2006 and are subject to annulment by 20 June 2006

The Divorce (Religious Bodies) (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/253) (12 May 2006)

The Divorce and Dissolution etc. (Pension Protection Fund) (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/254) (12 May 2006)

The Parental Responsibilities and Parental Rights Agreement (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/255) (12 May 2006)

Not Subject to any Parliamentary Procedure

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 16 May 2006 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 11) (Scotland) Order 2005 Revocation Order 2006 (SSI 2006/260)

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

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 16 May 2006 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scottish Legal Services Ombudsman Annual Report 2005-06 (SE/2006/75)

laid under paragraph 10 of Schedule 3 to the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1990

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 17 May 2006 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

UK Transplant Report and Accounts for the 6 Month Period from 1 April 2005 to 30 September 2005 (SE/2006/19)

laid under section 98(1C) of the National Health Service Act 1977 and section 88 of the Scotland Act 1998

Committee Reports

The following Report was published on 12 May 2006

Education Committee, 5th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 557)

The following reports were published on 17 May 2006—

Justice 1 Committee, 5th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Written evidence received on Scottish Criminal Record Office inquiry (SP Paper 558)

Enterprise and Culture Committee, 7th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Stage 1 Report on the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 559)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 20th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 560)