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Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 22 June 2006

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

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4589—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion by the time limit indicated, that 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:        1 hour

Groups 3 to 5:           1 hour 50 minutes

The motion was agreed to.

2. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Parliamentary Business (Ms Margaret Curran) made a statement and answered questions on the Legislative Programme.

3. Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11.

Amendment 5 was disagreed to (by division: For 22, Against 62, Abstentions 18)

Amendment 12 was moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn.

The following amendments were not moved: 13, 14, 15, 6, 7 and 8.

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 Finance and Public Services and Communities, Education and Young People, and Tourism, Culture and Sport were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

7. Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform and Parliamentary Business (George Lyon) moved S2M-4368—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill be passed.

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

8. Motion without Notice: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that the Parliament agrees under Rule 11.2.4 of the Standing Orders that Decision Time on Thursday 22 June 2006 be taken at 4.08 pm. 

The motion was agreed to.

9. Decision Time: The Parliament took a decision on item 7 as noted above.

10. Royal Victoria Hospital Site: The Parliament debated S2M-4530 in the name of Margaret Smith—That the Parliament welcomes NHS Lothian’s decision to relocate the majority of its geriatric in-patient beds to the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, as part of its Improving Care: Investing in Change programme, where modern facilities are better placed to provide quality care for older people; seeks the best possible provision of care for the elderly services in Lothian; acknowledges the current range of measures being put in place to ease parking and congestion problems for visitors and residents in the vicinity of the Western General; believes that the current site of the Royal Victoria Hospital remains ideally located for the provision of a range of care for the elderly services, including adapted housing, clinics, a care home and day-hospital facilities for the benefit of older people in north-west Edinburgh, and believes that NHS Lothian should consult fully and effectively with Edinburgh residents and key local groups such as Queensferry Churches Care in the Community Project, Pilton Elderly Project and the Almond Mains Initiative to determine their priorities and the perceived needs of older people in the capital and how the Royal Victoria site might be used to meet these needs.

The meeting closed at 4.55 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
22 June 2006

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

Affirmative Instruments

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

The Fundable Bodies (Scotland) Order 2006

laid under section 34(4) of the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 2005

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 22 June 2006 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Government Chemist Review 2005 (SE/2006/103)

laid under section 88(3) of the Scotland Act 1998

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 22 June 2006—

Enterprise and Culture Committee, 11th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on the management of budgets at Scottish Enterprise and the proposed restructuring of the enterprise agencies (SP Paper 604)

Enterprise and Culture Committee, 12th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 605)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 30th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 606)

European and External Relations Committee, 3rd Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on an Inquiry into Possible Co-operation Between Scotland and Ireland (SP Paper 607)