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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 24 May 2006

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Ms Neelam Bakshi of Glasgow’s Hindu Community led Time for Reflection.

2. Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Culture (Allan Wilson) moved S2M-4269—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 94, Against 5, Abstentions 16).

3. Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution: The Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Culture (Allan Wilson) moved S2M-4383—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill, agrees—

(a) to any—

(i) increase in expenditure charged on; and

(ii) expenditure for new purposes or increase in expenditure forexisting purposes payable out of, the Scottish Consolidated Fund in consequence of the Act; and

(b) to any charge imposed, and any payment required to be made, in consequence of the Act.

The motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 93, Against 5, Abstentions 16).

4. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4439—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 25 May 2006—

after,

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

delete,

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

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

The motion was agreed to.

5. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4440—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of 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 Debate: Architecture

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 7 June 2006

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Finance Committee Debate: 5th Report 2006, Cross-cutting Expenditure Review of Deprivation

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 8 June 2006

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Subordinate Legislation Committee Debate: 21st Report 2006, Inquiry into the Regulatory Framework in Scotland – Draft Report

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

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

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.

6. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4438—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 6 October 2006.

The motion was agreed to.

7. Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4436—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Treatment of Office or Body as Specified Authority) Order 2006 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4437—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Private Water Supplies (Notices) (Scotland) Regulations 2006 be approved.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 98, Against 16, Abstentions 0).

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

10. Sectarianism in Scotland: The Parliament debated S2M-3906 in the name of Bill Butler—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of the Scottish Executive’s 18-point Action Plan on Tackling Sectarianism which will see the Executive support and expand the range of local and national initiatives that emerged from the National Summit on Sectarianism, held in February 2005; recognises that sectarianism is a problem throughout Scotland and that it must be confronted; realises the importance of supporting community-based projects, such as Glasgow City Council’s Sense over Sectarianism campaign and the twinning of denominational and non-denominational schools, in challenging sectarian attitudes and improving young people's understanding of each others’ cultural identities, and commends the efforts of the Executive, local authorities, charities such as Nil By Mouth, churches and community groups in highlighting the problems of bigotry and sectarianism which exist within communities and workplaces throughout Scotland.

The meeting closed at 5.57 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
24 May 2006


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

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instruments were laid in draft before the Parliament on 19 May 2006 for approval by resolution—

The International Criminal Court (Immunities and Privileges) (No. 1) Order 2006—

The International Criminal Court (Immunities and Privileges) (No. 2) Order 2006—

laid under paragraph 4 of Schedule 1 to the International Criminal Court Act 2001

The Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2006

laid under section 44(5) of the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006

The Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Consequential Amendments) (Scotland) Order 2006

laid under section 259(8)(b) of the Civil Partnership Act 2004

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 22 May 2006 for approval by resolution

The Human Organ and Tissue Live Transplants (Scotland) Regulations 2006—

laid under section 59(3) of the Human Tissues (Scotland) Act 2006

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 19 May 2006 and are subject to annulment—

The Seed Potatoes (Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/264)

laid under section 16(6) of the Plant Varieties and Seeds Act 1964

The Planning (National Security Directions and Appointed Representatives) (Scotland) Rules 2006 (SSI 2006/265)

laid under section 265A(13)(b) of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997, inserted by section 91(1) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004

The Town and Country Planning (Listed Buildings and Buildings in Conservation Areas) (Amendment) (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/266)

laid under section 82(3) of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997

The Town and Country Planning (Application of Subordinate Legislation to the Crown) (Scotland) Order 2006 (SSI 2006/270)

laid under section 122(7) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004

The Scotland Act 1998 (Agency Arrangements) (Specification) Order 2006 (SI 2006/1251)

laid under section 93(3) of the Scotland Act 1998

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

The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (Transitional Provisions) (Scotland) Order 2006 (SSI 2006/269)

laid under section 122(7) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004

The Regulation of Care (Applications and Provision of Advice) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2006 (SSI 2006/272)—

The Regulation of Care (Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2006 (SSI 2006/273)—

The Regulation of Care (Requirements as to Care Services) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2006 (SSI 2006/274)—

laid under section 78(1) of the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 23 May 2006 and are subject to annulment—

The Robert Gordon University (Establishment) (Scotland) Order 2006 (SSI 2006/276)—

The Designation of Institutions of Higher Education (Scotland) Order 2006 (SSI 2006/279)—

laid under section 60 of the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 1992

Other Documents

The following Code of Practice was laid in draft before the Parliament on 19 May 2006 and will be published at the conclusion of 40 days unless the Parliament resolves otherwise

Pesticides, Code of Practice for Using Plant Protection Products in Scotland (SE/2006/83)

laid under section 17(2) and (3) of the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 19 May 2006—

Audit Committee, 1st Report, 2006 (Session 2): Supporting New Initiatives and Leadership Development (SP Paper 562)

Justice2 Committee 7th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 563)

The following report was published on 23 May 2006

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 21st Report, 2006 (Session 2): Inquiry into the Regulatory Framework in Scotland: Draft Report (SP Paper 564)

The following report was published on 24 May 2006

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 22nd Report, 2006 (Session 2): Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2 (SP Paper 565)