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Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 8 June 2006

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

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1. Subordinate Legislation Committee, 21st Report 2006, Inquiry into the Regulatory Framework in Scotland - Draft Report: Sylvia Jackson, on behalf of the Subordinate Legislation Committee, moved S2M-4502—That the Parliament notes the 21st Report 2006 (Session 2) of the Subordinate Legislation Committee, Inquiry into the Regulatory Framework in Scotland - Draft Report (SP Paper 564).

After debate, the motion was agreed to (DT)

2. Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Bill - Stage 3: The Parliament resumed consideration of the Bill at Stage 3.

Amendment 35 was agreed to without division.

3. Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Bill – Stage 3: Bill Butler moved S2M-4218—That the Parliament agrees that the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Bill be passed.

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

4. General Question Time: Questions were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

5. First Minister’s Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell).

6. Themed Question Time: Questions on Environment and Rural Development, and on Health and Community Care were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

7. Climate Change: The Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Ross Finnie) moved S2M-4507—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of Changing Our Ways: Scotland’s Climate Change Programme as a serious response to a serious challenge; notes the identification of the Scottish Share of carbon savings from devolved policies across the United Kingdom and the setting of the first ever Scottish Target to exceed that share; welcomes the commitment to report annually to Parliament on progress on implementing Changing Our Ways and, in the longer term, to submit the programme to an independent audit; recognises the importance that must be accorded to adapting to the unavoidable impacts of climate change, and agrees that mainstreaming climate thinking, through the carbon proofing of new policies and measures and through communication, is vital to ensuring an effective climate change response.

Richard Lochhead moved amendment S2M-4507.3 to motion S2M-4507—

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“recognises that Scotland requires many of the political powers currently reserved to the UK Government in order to build a low-carbon society and make a greater contribution to the global effort towards tackling climate change; regrets the ongoing delay in publishing the Scottish Executive’s energy efficiency strategy; calls for the establishment of a single high-profile public sector organisation to provide a one-stop shop for the promotion of energy efficiency across all sectors; urges Scottish Ministers when reporting annually to the Parliament to publish the carbon costs and savings that have resulted from their policies, and rejects the view that new nuclear power stations offer a solution to climate change.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 34, Against 77, Abstentions 0).

Alex Johnstone moved amendment S2M-4507.2 to motion S2M-4507—

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“and that all such measures must pass the test of economic sustainability.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 16, Against 95, Abstentions 0).

Mr Mark Ruskell moved amendment S2M-4507.4 to motion S2M-4507—

Leave out from “as a serious response” to end and insert—

“notes that CO2 emissions from Scotland have not fallen since the current First Minister took office; is concerned that Scotland’s emissions reduction since 1990 lags behind that of England;notes that according to the Scottish Executive about half of Scotland’s emissions reduction is due to the decline of heavy industry and not due to Executive policy measures; recognises that emissions from energy use and transport, accounting for over half of Scotland’s emissions, have been increasing since 1990; is concerned that there are devolved policy measures that will result in greenhouse gas emissions that have been ignored by the Executive’s Climate Change Programme, such as motorway building and subsidies for air transport which are likely to negate savings made under the Executive’s Scottish Share; warns the Executive that unless the Scottish Share applies to all policy measures and is part of an identifiable overall target for emissions reduction it will be meaningless; calls on the Executive to implement fully the recommendations of theParliament’s Environment and Rural Development Committee’s 5th Report, 2005: Report onInquiry into Climate Change, including traffic reduction and energy efficiency targets; agrees with the Executivethat mainstreaming climate thinking, through the carbon proofing of new policies and measures, is vital to ensuring an effective climate change response, and therefore calls on the Executive to implement carbon proofing immediately starting with all existing policies and projects.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 11, Against 77, Abstentions 23).

The motion was then disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 101, Against 0, Abstentions 10).

8. Membership of Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4508—That the Parliament agrees that Eleanor Scott be appointed to replace Mr Mark Ruskell on the Environment and Rural Development Committee.

The motion was agreed to ((DT).

9. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 3, 7 and 8 as noted above.

10. Muscular Dystrophy “My Life” Campaign: The Parliament debated S2M-4228 in the name of Cathie Craigie—That the Parliament notes that there are 3,000 people in Scotland with inherited neuromuscular disorders and muscular dystrophy; is concerned that in Cumbernauld & Kilsyth, whilst some constituents tell of good provision of electric wheelchairs and praise the staff delivering social services care, some have never received a full needs assessment of their home environment and can only experience care services delivered via an inflexible system weighted towards older people that does not accommodate the lifestyle that other young people are able to enjoy; notes that this is an example of the variation in standards and availability of care, service and equipment provision across Scotland; supports the work of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign in pioneering the search for treatments and cures for over 40 years, whilst also providing practical, professional and emotional support for people affected by neuromuscular conditions; in particular, supports the Muscular Dystrophy “My Life” campaign and its work in Scotland to encourage a co-ordinated approach by local authorities and NHS boards when assessing individuals’ needs and requirements, and considers the findings of the “My Life” expert group to be a model for future delivery of services to people affected by neuromuscular conditions.

The meeting closed at 5.49 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
8 June 2006

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

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 8 June 2006 and are subject to annulment—

The Common Agricultural Policy (Wine) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/311)—

The Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Crops, Food and Feeding Stuffs) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/312)—

The Avian Influenza (Slaughter and Vaccination) (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/337)—

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

The Seed (Registration, Licensing and Enforcement) (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/313)—

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

The Home Detention Curfew Licence (Prescribed Standard Conditions) (Scotland) Order 2006 (SSI 2006/315)

laid under section 45(2) of the Prisoners and Criminal Proceedings (Scotland) Act 1993

The Plant Health (Potatoes) (Scotland) Order 2006 (SSI 2006/319)

laid under sections 2, 3 and 4(1) of the Plant Health Act 1967

The National Health Service (General Dental Services) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/321)—

The National Health Service (General Opthalmic Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/329)—

The National Health Service (Discipline Committees) (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/330)—

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

The Education (Appeal Committee Procedures) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/322)

laid under section 34(1) of the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 and section 133(2) of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980

The Education (Graduate Endowment, Student Fees and Support) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/323)

laid under section 133(2) of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980, section 2(4) of the Education (Fees and Awards) Act 1983 and section 1(7) of the Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) Act 2001

The Registration of Independent Schools (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/324)

laid under section 133 of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980

The Human Tissue (Removal of Body Parts by an Authorised Person) (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/327)

laid under section 59(2) of the Human Tissue (Scotland) Act 2006

The Education (Student Loans for Tuition Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/333)

laid under section 133(2) of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980

The Animals and Animal Products (Import and Export) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/335)

laid under section 56(4) of the Finance Act 1973

The Sea Fishing (Restriction on Days at Sea) (Scotland) Order 2006 (SSI 2006/341)

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

Other Documents

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 8 June 2006—

Audit Committee, 3rd Report, 2006 (Session 2): Tackling waiting times in the NHS in Scotland (SP Paper 590)

Glasgow Airport Rail Link Bill Committee, 1st Report, 2006 (Session 2): Preliminary Stage Report on the Glasgow Airport Rail Link Bill (SP Paper 592)