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Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 15 June 2006

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

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

  1. Senior Judiciary (Vacancies and Incapacity) (Scotland) Bill – Emergency Bill: The Minister for Justice (Cathy Jamieson) moved S2M-4536—That the Parliament agrees that the Senior Judiciary (Vacancies and Incapacity) (Scotland) Bill be treated as an Emergency Bill.

    The motion was agreed to.

  2. Senior Judiciary (Vacancies and Incapacity) (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Minister for Justice (Cathy Jamieson) moved S2M-4542—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Senior Judiciary (Vacancies and Incapacity) (Scotland) Bill.

    After debate, the motion was agreed to.

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

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

  5. Themed Question Time: Questions on Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning, and on Justice and Law Officers were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers and by the Scottish Law Officers.

  6. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform (Mr Tom McCabe) made a statement and answered questions on Public Service Reform.

    The meeting closed at 3.28 pm.

    A second meeting opened at 3.58 pm.

  7. Senior Judiciary (Vacancies and Incapacity) (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Minister for Justice (Cathy Jamieson) moved S2M-4543—That the Parliament agrees that the Senior Judiciary (Vacancies and Incapacity) (Scotland) Bill be passed.

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

  8. Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4538—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Student Fees (Specification) (Scotland) Order 2006 be approved.

    After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 66, Against 56, Abstentions 1).

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

    S2M-4548—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Electronic Communications (Scotland) Order 2006 be approved; and

    S2M-4549—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Treatment of Public Transport Users’ Committee for Scotland as Specified Authority and Amendment of Specified Authorities) Order 2006 be approved.

    The motions were agreed to.

  10. Establishment of Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4552—That the Parliament agrees to establish a committee of the Parliament as follows:

    Name of Committee: Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill Committee;

    Remit: To consider and report to the Parliament on the Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill;

    Duration: Until the Bill has received Royal Assent, falls or is withdrawn;

    Convenership: The Convener will be a member of the Conservative and Unionist Party and the Deputy Convener will be a member of the Scottish National Party;

    Membership: Phil Gallie, Janis Hughes, Alasdair Morgan, Cathy Peattie, Jeremy Purvis.

    The motion was agreed to (DT).

  11. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 8, 9, 10 and 11 as noted above.

  12. Migrant Workers in the Highlands: The Parliament debated S2M-4411 in the name of Maureen Macmillan—That the Parliament notes the increase in population in the Highlands over the last five years; welcomes the contribution made to these figures by migrant workers who are taking up job vacancies in Inverness, Badenoch and Strathspey, Lochaber, Easter Ross and other parts of the Highlands; commends the initiatives of agencies in the Highlands to support the migrant workers, in particular noting the forthcoming “Information Day” in Inverness on 22 May 2006; expresses concern regarding the capacity available in the Highlands to support increasing numbers of migrant workers, and notes that more needs to be done to give language and other support to the children of migrant workers in our schools.

The meeting closed at 5.49 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
15 June 2006

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 14 June 2006

Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill—The Bill was reprinted as passed (SP Bill 8B) (Private Bill).

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 15 June 2006 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Annual Report and Accounts 2003-04 (SE/2006/92)

laid under section 6 of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Act 1995

Community Planning: An Initial Review – A main report and key findings summary prepared for the Auditor General for Scotland (AGS/2006/7)

laid under the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 15 June 2006—

Local Government and Transport Committee, 8th Report, 2006 (Session 2):  Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 598)

Environment and Rural Development Committee, 9th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 600)