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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 31 May 2006

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

The meeting opened at 2.00 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Rt Reverend John Cunningham, Bishop of Galloway, led Time for Reflection.

2. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4471—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion by the time-limits indicated (each time-limit 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, other than a suspension following the first division in the Stage being called or otherwise not in progress):

Groups 1 and 2: 30 minutes
Groups 3 to 6: 45 minutes
Groups 7 and 8: 1 hour 30 minutes
Groups 9 to 11: 1 hour 55 minutes
Groups 12 to 15: 2 hours 10 minutes

The motion was agreed to.

3. Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43 and 44.

The following amendments were agreed to (by division)—

14 (For 96, Against 14, Abstentions 1)
15 (For 92, Against 16, Abstentions 0)
30 (For 86, Against 30, Abstentions 3)

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

1 (For 52, Against 56, Abstentions 0)
9 (For 43, Against 60, Abstentions 6)
2 (For 52, Against 61, Abstentions 0)
14A (For 37, Against 75, Abstentions 0)
45 (For 8, Against 69, Abstentions 22)
4 (For 25, Against 92, Abstentions 1)
11 (For 31, Against 87, Abstentions 0)
12A (For 19, Against 101, Abstentions 0)
12 (For 31, Against 89, Abstentions 0)
51 (For 50, Against 59, Abstentions 0)
13 (For 11, Against 88, Abstentions 6)
5 (For 37, Against 73, Abstentions 0)
53 (For 51, Against 60, Abstentions 0)

The following amendments were moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn: 6 and 8.

The following amendments were not moved: 3, 12B, 7 and 52.

4. Motion without notice: Ms Margaret Curran moved, without notice, a motion under 9.8.5A to extend the time-limits for groups 1 and 2 by 10 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

5. Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill: The Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Ross Finnie) moved S2M-4267—That the Parliament agrees that the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill be passed.

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

6. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of 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 Debate: Climate Change

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 14 June 2006

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Final Stage Proceedings: Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 15 June 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—

Justice and Law Officers;
Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning

2.55 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

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

S2M-4467—That the Parliament agrees that the timetable for completion of consideration of the St Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be extended to 29 September 2006;

S2M-4468—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 17 November 2006;

S2M-4469—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Christmas Day and New Year’s Day Trading Day (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 24 November 2006; and

S2M-4470—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Health Board Elections (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 26 January 2007.

The motions were agreed to.

8. Substitution on Committees: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4478—That the Parliament agrees that Margaret Smith be appointed to replace Euan Robson as the Liberal Democrat Party substitute on the Health Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 5 and 8 as noted above.

10. Fife’s Coastline: The Parliament debated S2M-4434 in the name of Andrew Arbuckle—That the Parliament recognises that Fife has some of the most beautiful coastline in Scotland; further recognises that the Scottish Executive has made efforts to clean up our coasts and seas, particularly through the Scottish Coastal Forum; recognises that the local tourism industry depends on Fife having clean beaches and seas; understands that there is much work still to be done and that some of our coastline is still littered with rubbish and other pollution, and considers that the Executive and other relevant public agencies should redouble their efforts in cleaning up the coastline and seas for our own quality of life, for tourism, for wildlife and for future generations.

The meeting closed at 5.49 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
31 May 2006

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 30 May 2006

Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to authorise the construction of new railways between Drumgelloch and Bathgate, including new stations at Caldercruix and Armadale; to authorise the use of land for relocated stations at Drumgelloch and Bathgate; to authorise related improvements to the existing railways between Airdrie and Drumgelloch and Bathgate and Edinburgh; to regularise the operation of certain enactments relating to the existing railway affected by the works so authorised; and for connected purposes. (SP Bill 64) (Private Bill)

Introduced by: Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 64-EN) and a Promoter’s Memorandum (SP Bill 64-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill—The Bill was reprinted as amended at Stage 2. (SP Bill 52AA) (Executive Bill)

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 30 May 2006 and is subject to annulment

The Sea Fishing (Marking and Identification of Passive Fishing Gear and Beam Trawls) (Scotland) Order 2006 (SSI 2006/284)

laid under section 30(4) of the Fisheries Act 1981

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

The Police Pensions Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/285)

laid under section 1 of the Police Pensions Act 1976

Act of Sederunt (Fees of Solicitors in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment) 2006 (SSI 2006/295)

laid under section 40 of the Sheriff Courts (Scotland) Act 1907

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 31 May 2006 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman: Compendium of Case Reports for May2006 (SPSO/2006/04) —

Case 200501345: University of Glasgow—

Case 200401800: Lanarkshire NHS Board—

Case 200500299: Lanarkshire NHS Board—

Case 200501127: Argyll & Clyde NHS Board—

Case 200501128: A General Practitioner in the Argyll and Clyde NHS Board area—

Case 200402334: A Dental Practice in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board area—

Case 200500518: A Dental Practitioner in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board area—

Case 200402133: Lothian NHS Board—

Case 200501127: Argyll & Clyde NHS Board—

Case 200501128: A General Practitioner in the Argyll and Clyde NHS Board area—

Case 200301943: Grampian NHS Board—

Case 200500400: Orkney NHS Board—

Case 200402133: Lothian NHS Board—

Case 200500701: A Dental Practitioner in the Lothian NHS Board area—

Case 200501610: Lothian NHS Board—

Case 200501938: A GP Practice in the Lothian NHS Board area—

Case TS0105_04: Lothian NHS Board - Lothian University Hospitals Division—

Case 200501079: Forth Valley NHS Board—

Case 200502186: A GP Practice in the Forth Valley NHS Board area—

Case 200501366: Almond Housing Association Ltd—

Case 200401943: East Ayrshire Council—

Case 200501880: Argyll and Bute Council—

Case 200501052: Fife Council—

Case 200501688: Stirling Council—

Case 200501985: Fife Council—

Case 200500402: Fife Council—

Case 200501157: Fife Council—

Case 200501297: Dumfries and Galloway Council—

Case 200402200: Scottish Executive Health Department—

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

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 30 May 2006—

Audit Committee, 2nd Report, 2006 (Session 2): Annual Report 2005-06 (SP Paper 568)

Equal Opportunities Committee, 1st Report, 2006 (Session 2): Annual Report 2005-06 (SP Paper 569)

European and External Relations Committee, 2nd Report, 2006 (Session 2): Annual Report 2005-06 (SP Paper 570)

Finance Committee, 6th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Annual Report 2005-06 (SP Paper 571)

Procedures Committee, 3rd Report, 2006 (Session 2): Annual Report 2005-06 (SP Paper 572)

Public Petitions Committee, 1st Report, 2006 (Session 2): Annual Report 2005-06 (SP Paper 573)

Standards and Public Appointments Committee, 1st Report, 2006 (Session 2): Annual Report 2005-06 (SP Paper 574)

Subordinate Legislation Committee 24th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Annual Report 2005-06 (SP Paper 575)

Communities Committee, 7th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 576)

The following reports were published on 31 May 2006—

Communities Committee, 8th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Annual Report 2005-06 (SPPaper 584)

Education Committee, 6th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Annual Report 2005-06 (SPPaper 577)

Enterprise and Culture Committee, 8th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Annual Report 2005-06 (SPPaper 578)

Environment and Rural Development Committee, 7th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Annual Report 2005-06 (SP Paper 579)

Health Committee, 8th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Annual Report 2005-06 SPPaper 580)

Justice 1 Committee, 6th Report, 2006 (Session 2):Annual Report 2005-06 (SPPaper 581)

Justice 2 Committee, 8th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Annual Report 2005-06 (SPPaper 582)

Local Government and Transport Committee, 7th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Annual Report 2005-06 (SPPaper 583)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 25th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2 (SP Paper 585)