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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 28 June 2006

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Reverend Graham Carter, President of the Methodist Conference, led Time for Reflection.

2. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform (Mr Tom McCabe) made a statement and answered questions on 2005-06 Financial Governance and Outcomes.

3. Race Equality: The Minister for Communities (Malcolm Chisholm) moved S2M-4601—That the Parliament supports the development of a national strategy and action plan on race equality and welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the strategy; welcomes the significant funding provided to local projects through the Race Equality, Integration and Community Support Fund and Scottish Refugee Integration Fund and national projects like Show Racism the Red Card and Heartstone; supports Scottish Executive priorities to increase ethnic minorities’ participation in the labour market, build more inclusive rural communities, provide better services to Scotland’s Gypsies/Travellers, support refugee integration and continue to raise awareness of the issues through the One Scotland Many Cultures campaign, and supports the Executive’s other work to help tackle racism and promote race equality in Scotland.

Christine Grahame moved amendment S2M-4601.1 to motion S2M-4601—

Insert at end—

“, condemns however the treatment of asylum seekers who after years in Scotland, often with children born in Scotland, can still be deported and while living here are prevented from seeking employment despite their wish to do so, and considers that this situation completely contradicts the Fresh Talent initiative and the culture of an inclusive Scotland which the Executive quite rightly seeks to promote.”

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

Dave Petrie moved amendment S2M-4601.2 to motion S2M-4601—

Leave out from—“supports Scottish Executive priorities” to end and insert—

“welcomes the intention to support improved integration and understanding between all groups in the community, and urges the Scottish Executive to deliver tangible improvements in the lives of Scotland’s diverse communities whilst ensuring resources are maximised and directed to best effect”.

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 15, Against 96, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

4. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S2M-4633—That the Parliament agrees that Rule 5.6.1(c) of Standing Orders be suspended for the purposes of Members’ Business on Thursday 29 June 2006.

The motion was agreed to.

5. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S2M-4626—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 29 June 2006—

(a) after,

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

delete,

followed by Executive Debate: International Development / Malawi

and insert,

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Tourist Boards (Scotland) Bill

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Compensation Bill – UK Legislation

(b) after,

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Health and Community Care;
Environment and Rural Development

delete,

2.55 pm Stage 1 Debate: Tourist Boards (Scotland) Bill

and insert,

2.55 pm Executive Debate: International Development / Malawi

and (c) after,

5.00 pm Decision Time

delete,

followed by Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

6. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S2M-4627—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 6 September 2006

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 7 September 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—

Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning;
Justice and Law Officers;

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 Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4628—That the Parliament agrees that the timetable for completion of consideration of the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be extended to 24 November 2006.

The motion was agreed to.

8. Establishment of Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4629—That the Parliament agrees to establish a sub-committee of the Justice 2 Committee as follows:

Name of Committee: Justice 2 Sub-Committee;

Remit: To inquire into and report to the Justice 2 Committee on—

  • The extent of information which local communities should receive on child sex offenders within their locality;
  • The way in which housing is allocated to sex offenders;
  • Whether steps need to be taken to distinguish sexual offences against children from such offences against adults;
  • Whether changes need to be made to the way in which sexual offences against children are considered and disposed of by the courts, and in particular, whether adequate sentencing options exist.

Duration: Until the end of December 2006.

Convenership: The Convener will be a member of the Labour Party and the Deputy Convener a member of the Scottish National Party.

Membership: Jackie Baillie, Alex Fergusson, John Home Robertson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Jeremy Purvis.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9. Suspension of Standing Orders: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4631—That the Parliament agrees that, for the purposes of debating motion S2M-4634 (Legislative Consent Memorandum (LCM(S2) 8.1) relating to the Compensation Bill - UK legislation) on Thursday 29 June 2006, the second sentence of Rule 9B.3.5 of Standing Orders be suspended.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10. Parliamentary Direction Under Rule 11.8.3—Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4630—That the Parliament directs that, for the purposes of its consideration of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2, the Communities Committee may vote using the electronic voting system, in accordance with Rule 11.8.3 of Standing Orders.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

11. Membership of Committees: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-4615—That the Parliament agrees that Chris Ballance be appointed to replace Robin Harper on the Procedures Committee; and

S2M-4616—That the Parliament agrees that Robin Harper be appointed to replace Eleanor Scott on the Audit Committee.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

12. Substitutions on Committees: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-4617—That the Parliament agrees that Mr Mark Ruskell be appointed to replace Eleanor Scott as the Scottish Green Party substitute on the Environment and Rural Development Committee;

S2M-4618—That the Parliament agrees that Eleanor Scott be appointed to replace Chris Ballance as the Scottish Green Party substitute on the Audit Committee;

S2M-4619—That the Parliament agrees that Shiona Baird be appointed to replace Robin Harper as the Scottish Green Party substitute on the Finance Committee; and

S2M-4620—That the Parliament agrees that Chris Ballance be appointed to replace Shiona Baird as the Scottish Green Party substitute on the Communities Committee.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

13. Approval of SSIs: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4621—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Scotland Act 1998 (River Tweed) Order 2006 be approved.

The amendment was agreed ((DT) by division: For 106, Against 5, Abstentions 0).

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

S2M-4622—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Human Organ and Tissue Live Transplants (Scotland) Regulations 2006 be approved;

S2M-4623—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Act 2005 (Supplementary Provisions) Order 2006 be approved; and

S2M-4624—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2006 be approved.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

15. Designation of Lead Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4625—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government and Transport Committee be designated as lead committee, and that the Procedures Committee be designated as secondary committee, in consideration of the Transport and Works (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

16. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 3, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 as noted above.

17. Birth of James Clerk Maxwell: The Parliament debated S2M-4337 in the name of Alex Fergusson—That the Parliament acknowledges the 175th anniversary of the birth of James Clerk Maxwell on 13 June 2006; recognises his great achievement in discovering the nature of electromagnetic waves which opened the way to the invention of television, radio, radar and the mobile phone; applauds his work on colour perception which enabled the successful development of colour television and colour photography, and believes that he is worthy of greater recognition throughout Scotland, given the acknowledgement of Albert Einstein, who said that “the special theory of relativity owes its origins to Maxwell’s equations of the electromagnetic field”, and of Ivan Tolstoy, who wrote “Maxwell’s importance in the history of scientific thought is comparable to Einstein’s (whom he inspired) and to Newton’s (whose influence he curtailed)”.

The meeting closed at 6.01 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
28 June 2006


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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 22 June 2006

Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill—The Bill was reprinted as passed (SP Bill 52B) (Executive Bill).

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 26 June 2006

Transport and Works (Scotland) Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to provide for the making of orders related to, or to matters connected with, the construction or operation of railways, tramways, other guided transport systems, trolley vehicle systems and inland waterways; to make changes to procedures applicable to orders and schemes under the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984, the Harbours Act 1964 and the Pilotage Act 1987; to make further provision as regards grants for purposes relating to transport; and for connected purposes. (SP Bill 66) (Executive Bill)

Introduced by: Tavish Scott

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 66-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 66-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instruments were laid in draft before the Parliament on 28 June 2006 for approval by resolution—

The Transfer of Functions to the Shetland Transport Partnership Order 2006—

The Transfer of Functions to the South-West of Scotland Transport Partnership Order 2006—

laid under section 52(3) of the Transport (Scotland) Act 2005

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 28 June 2006 and is subject to annulment

The Adults with Incapacity (Removal of Regenerative Tissue for Transplantation) (Form of Certificate) (Scotland) (No. 2) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/368)

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

Legislative Consent Memorandums

The following memorandum was lodged on 26 June 2006

Cathy Jamieson: Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Compensation Bill (UK Parliament legislation) (LCM(S2) 8.1)

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 23 June 2006 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Parole Board for Scotland Annual Report 2005 (SE/2006/78)

laid under paragraph 5 of Schedule 1 to the Prisons (Scotland) Act 1989 and paragraph 6 of Schedule 2 to the Prisoners and Criminal Proceedings (Scotland) Act 1993

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 26 June 2006 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Audit Scotland Accounts for the Year to 31 March 2006 and Auditor’s Report thereon (SP Paper 610)

laid under section 25(6) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 27 June 2006 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman: Compendium of Case Reports for June2006 (SPSO/2006/05)—

Case 200501681: Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board

Case 200501748: A Dental Practitioner in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board area

Case 200502319: Highland NHS Board

Case 200400447: Lothian NHS Board

Case 200500864: Lothian NHS Board

Case 200501033: A Dental Practitioner in the Lothian NHS Board area

Case 200501864: Lothian NHS Board

Case 200401897: A GP Practice in Forth Valley NHS Board area

Case 200500831: Fife NHS Board

Case 200500942: Forth Valley NHS Board

Case 200500861: Tayside NHS Board

Case 200501162: A General Practitioner in the Grampian NHS Board area

Case 200501564: Grampian NHS Board

Case 200501358: South Lanarkshire Council

Case 200500953: Glasgow City Council

Case 200500441: The Highland Council

Case 200500797: Argyll and Bute Council

Case 200501263: The Highland Council

Case 200501381: Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

Case 200501822: The City of Edinburgh Council

Case 200502300: The City of Edinburgh Council

Case 200502310: The City of Edinburgh Council

Case 200400766: Fife Council

Case 200500224: Fife Council

Case 200500422: Fife Council

Case 200402195: East Lothian Council

Case 200402347: South Ayrshire Council

Case 200500369: South Ayrshire Council

Case 200500658: Scottish Borders Council

Case 200501457: South Ayrshire Council

Case 200502480: Scottish Borders Council

Case 200500246: Inverclyde Council

Case 200500826: Inverclyde Council

Case 200500893: Inverclyde Council

Case 200500954: North Ayrshire Council

Case 200501952: Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority

Case 200502380: Inverclyde Council

Case 200501034: Student Awards Agency for Scotland

Case TH0062_04: The Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care

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

Risk Management Authority Annual Report and Accounts for the period 1 April 2005 to 31 March 2006 (SE/2006/110)

laid under section 13 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 28 June 2006 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Report on Toll Roads and Toll Orders in Scotland 2005 (SE/2006/98)

laid under section 41 of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991

Report to Parliament: Farm Woodland Scheme, Farm Woodland Premium Scheme and Scottish Forestry Grants Scheme Farmland Premium (SE/2006/107)

laid under section 2(3) of the Farm Land and Rural Development Act 1988

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 23 June 2006

Health Committee, 11th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 608)

The following reports were published on 27 June 2006—

European and External Relations Committee, 4th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on an inquiry into the Scottish Executive’s plans for future structural funds programmes 2007-13 (SP Paper 611)

Local Government and Transport Committee, 9th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 613)

Justice 1 Committee, 9th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 614)