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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 21 June 2006

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: George Weigel, biographer of Pope John Paul II, led Time for Reflection.

2. Glasgow Airport Rail Link Bill – Preliminary Stage: Margaret Jamieson, on behalf of the Glasgow Airport Rail Link Bill Committee, moved S2M-4550—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Glasgow Airport Rail Link Bill and that the Bill should proceed as a Private Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 110, Against 1, Abstentions 0).

3. Glasgow Airport Rail Link Bill – Financial Resolution: The Minister for Transport (Tavish Scott) moved S2M-4574—That the Parliament agrees, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Glasgow Airport Rail Link Bill, agrees to any expenditure of a kind referred to in Rule 9A.14.3(b)(ii) of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

4. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4587—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 22 June 2006—

after,

9.15 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

insert,

followed by                      Ministerial Statement: Legislative Programme

and after,

2.55 pm                          Continuation of Stage 3 Proceedings: Local Electoral Administration and                                       Registration Services (Scotland) Bill

delete,

followed by                      Ministerial Statement: Legislative Programme

The motion was agreed to.

5. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4588—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 28 June 2006

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection
followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions
followed by                      Ministerial Statement: End-Year Flexibility
followed by                      Executive Debate: Race Equality
followed by                      Business Motion
followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions
5.00 pm                          Decision Time
followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 29 June 2006

9.15 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions
followed by                      Executive Debate: International Development / Malawi
11.40 am                        General Question Time
12 noon                          First Minister’s Question Time
2.15 pm                          Themed Question Time—
                                                Health and Community Care;
                                                Environment and Rural Development
2.55 pm                          Stage 1 Debate: Tourist Boards (Scotland) Bill
followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions
5.00 pm                          Decision Time
followed by                      Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

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

S2M-4578—That the Parliament agrees that the draft International Criminal Court (Immunities and Privileges) (No. 1) Order 2006 be approved;

S2M-4579—That the Parliament agrees that the draft International Criminal Court (Immunities and Privileges) (No. 2) Order 2006 be approved; and

S2M-4580—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Consequential Amendments) (Scotland) Order 2006 be approved.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

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

8. Main Road and Rail Transport Links to the Highlands: The Parliament debated S2M-4515 in the name of Fergus Ewing—That the Parliament believes that the main trunk roads connections to the Highlands of Scotland, namely the A9 from Inverness to Perth, the A96 from Inverness to Aberdeen and the A82 from Inverness to Glasgow, should be the subject of major improvements, to be carried out in accordance with a long-term transport projects plan; believes that the rail links to Inverness are inadequate and should be improved; considers that a national consensus should be established to agree these objectives, and, in the case of the A96 and the A9, believes that the ultimate objective should be to dual these trunk routes.

The meeting closed at 5.55 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
21 June 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 16 June 2006 for approval by resolution

The Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 (Consequential Modifications and Savings) Order 2006

laid under section 88(4) of the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 16 June 2006 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Scottish Funding Councils: Report on the audit of the dissolution accounts for the period 1 April to 2 October 2005 (SE/2006/99)—

Scottish Higher Education Funding Council: Report and Accounts for the period from 1 April 2005 to the date of dissolution on 2 October 2005 (SE/2006/100)—

Scottish Further Education Funding Council: Report and Accounts for the period from 1 April 2005 to the date of dissolution on 2 October 2005 (SE/2006/101)—

laid under section 22(5) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

The following documents was laid before the Parliament on 19 June 2006 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Public sector pension schemes in Scotland: a main report prepared for the Auditor General for Scotland (AGS/2006/8)

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 20 June 2006 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Water Industry Commission for Scotland Annual Report 2005-06 (SE/2006/84)

laid under section 5(4) of the Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002 and section 22(5) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

Scottish Water Annual Report and Accounts 2005-06 (SE/2006/102)

laid under section 56(8) of the Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002 and section 22(5) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 21 June 2006 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Food Standards Agency Annual Report 2005-06 (SE/2006/87)

laid under section 4 of the Food Standards Act 1999

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 16 June 2006—

Justice 2 Committee, 9th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 599)

Communities Committee, 9th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 601)

The following report was published on 19 June 2006

Justice 1 Committee, 8th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation

The following report was published on 21 June 2006

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 29th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2 (SP Paper 603)