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Wednesday 13 September 2006

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: David McNeish, Citizens Advice Scotland, led Time for Reflection.

2. Deputy Scottish Public Services Ombudsman: John Scott, on behalf of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, moved—

S2M-4770—That the Parliament nominates Lewis Shand Smith to Her Majesty The Queen for reappointment as Deputy Scottish Public Services Ombudsman from 30 September 2006 until 29 September 2007;

S2M-4771—That the Parliament nominates Carolyn Hirst to Her Majesty The Queen for reappointment as Deputy Scottish Public Services Ombudsman from 30 September 2006 until 29 September 2007; and

S2M-4772—That the Parliament nominates Eric Drake to Her Majesty The Queen for reappointment as Deputy Scottish Public Services Ombudsman from 30 September 2006 until 29 September 2007.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

3. Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Minister for Education and Young People (Peter Peacock) moved S2M-4711—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 103, Against 8, Abstentions 8).

4. Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution: The Deputy Minister for Education and Young People (Robert Brown) moved S2M-4310—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any increase in expenditure of a kind referred to in paragraph 3(b)(iii) of Rule 9.12 of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

5. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4787—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 20 September 2006

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Health Committee Debate: 10th Report 2006, Care Inquiry

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 21 September 2006

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Environment and Rural Development;
Health and Community Care

2.55 pm Preliminary Stage Debate: Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill

followed by Financial Resolution: Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 27 September 2006

2.30 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 28 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—

Justice and Law Officers;
Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning

2.55 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

6. Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4779—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Automated Registration of Title to Land (Electronic Communications) (Scotland) Order 2006 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Designation of Lead Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4780—That the Parliament agrees that the Communities Committee be designated as the lead committee in consideration of the Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 3, 4, 6 and 7 as noted above.

9. Leisure Facilities in Penicuik: The Parliament debated S2M-4419 in the name of Christine Grahame—That the Parliament notes with concern the proposed closure of Ladywood Leisure Centre, Queensway Leisure Centre and the Jackson Street Centre and the threat to Penicuik Town Hall, all valuable resources for Penicuik's people; notes that the consultation by Midlothian Council was initiated after the decision to make the closures and is only directed at the transition of provision to the Penicuik High School development; considers that, while the facilities being provided adjacent to Penicuik High School are to be welcomed, these will not meet the requirement for those facilities which are to be closed nor will have the capacity to accommodate all activities; further considers that these closures will impact on the community's health and well-being, will remove the provision of services to the young in keeping them off the streets and to mothers and elderly people in providing a point of social contact, and considers that the Scottish government should enter into discussions with local community groups, including the community council, to assist in identifying options to ensure that these facilities remain open.

The meeting closed at 5.43 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
13 September 2006

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 8 September 2006

Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to make provision about the promotion of health in certain schools and certain school hostels; and to amend the law in relation to the provision of food and drink for certain pupils. (SP Bill 68) (Executive Bill)

Introduced by: Peter Peacock

Supported by: Robert Brown

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 68-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 68-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 13 September 2006 for approval by resolution

The Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 (Consequential Provisions) Order 2006

laid under section 53(3)(a) of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 8 September 2006 and is subject to annulment—

The Food (Emergency Control) (Scotland) Revocation Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/459)

laid under paragraph 2(2) of Schedule 2 to the European Communities Act 1972

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 12 September 2006 and are subject to annulment—

The Academic Awards and Distinctions (The Robert Gordon University) (Scotland) Order of Council 2006 (SSI 2006/452)—

The Robert Gordon University (Transfer and Closure) (Scotland) Order 2006 (SSI 2006/461)—

laid under section 60 of the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 1992

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 13 September 2006 and are subject to annulment—

The Water Services and Sewerage Services Licences (Scotland) Order 2006 (SSI 2006/464)

laid under section 34(1) and (2) of the Water Services etc. (Scotland) Act 2005

The Environmental Noise (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/465)

laid under paragraph 2(2) of Schedule 2 to the European Communities Act 1972

The Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Prescription of Offices, Ranks and Positions) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2006 (SSI 2006/466)

laid under section 28(3) of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Act 2000

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 12 September 2006 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Historic Environment Advisory Council for Scotland Annual Report 2005-06 (SE/2006/143)

Committee Reports

The following report was published on8 September 2006

Communities Committee,10th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper629)

The following report was published on 13 September 2006

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 33rd Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 630)