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Meeting of the Parliament
Thursday 7 September 2006
Note: (DT) signifies a decision taken at Decision Time.
The meeting opened at 9.15 am.
1. Education First: The Minister for Education and Young People (Peter Peacock) moved S2M-4755—That the Parliament welcomes the priority given to improving education standards by the Scottish Executive and the achievements delivered by schools, local authorities and other partners in taking forward the comprehensive modernisation of our schools and ensuring that Scotland’s education system is amongst the best in the world; recognises that the Executive’s investment in new and refurbished schools, increased teacher numbers, reducing class sizes, strong parental involvement, stable industrial relations and more targeted support for children with additional support needs is providing the right environment for real and lasting change for Scotland’s children; believes that the education of all Scotland’s children and young people is fundamental to securing a more productive, integrated and successful Scotland in which all our young people can compete in a global economy and all our 16 to 19-year-olds are in education, employment or training, and calls on all those in the Parliament to focus on Scotland’s future and put the education of our children before divisive arguments about separating Scotland from the rest of the United Kingdom.
Fiona Hyslop moved amendment S2M-4755.3 to motion S2M-4755—
Leave out from “the priority” to end and insert—
After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 35, Against 78, Abstentions 4).
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton moved amendment S2M-4755.2 to motion S2M-4755—
Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—
After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 16, Against 100, Abstentions 1).
The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 63, Against 46, Abstentions 9).
2. General Question Time: Questions were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.
3. First Minister’s Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell).
4. 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.
5. Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Deputy Minister for Justice (Hugh Henry) moved S2M-4713—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill.
After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 115, Against 1, Abstentions 2).
6. Membership of Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4758—That the Parliament agrees that Carolyn Leckie be appointed to replace Frances Curran on the Equal Opportunities Committee.
The motion was agreed to (DT).
7. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 5 and 6 as noted above.
8. C-me West Lothian: The Parliament debated S2M-4387 in the name of Mrs Mary Mulligan—That the Parliament congratulates West Lothian Council, NHS Lothian, Lothian and Borders Police and the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration for launching the C-me information-sharing system which, at a time when there is a great deal of concern about child protection issues, is an example of agencies working together to create a clear picture of a child’s needs through sharing relevant background information and will improve the delivery of services to children throughout West Lothian.
The meeting closed at 5.30 pm.
P E Grice
The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 7 September 2006 and are subject to annulment—
The following reports were published on 7 September 2006—