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Wednesday 20 September 2006

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Dr Gurudeo Singh Saluja, Westhill, Aberdeenshire, led Time for Reflection.

2. Health Committee, Care Inquiry: Janis Hughes moved S2M-4795—That the Parliament notes the conclusions and recommendations contained in the Health Committee’s 10th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Care Inquiry (SP Paper 594).

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

3. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S2M-4815—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 27 September 2006

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection
followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions
followed by                      Stage 1 Debate: Crofting Reform etc. Bill
followed by                      Financial Resolution: Crofting Reform etc. Bill
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                      Scottish National Party 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                          Ministerial Statement: Right to Buy
followed by                      Stage 1 Debate: St Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Bill
followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions
5.00 pm                          Decision Time
followed by                      Members’ Business

Wednesday 4 October 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 5 October 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—
                                              Finance and Public Services and Communities;
                                              Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport
2.55 pm                          Executive Business
followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions
5.00 pm                          Decision Time
followed by                      Members’ Business

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

4. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved—S2M-4816—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 10 November 2006.

The motion was agreed to.

5. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S2M-4817—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 24 November 2006;

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

6. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S2M-4818—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 3 November 2006

The motion was agreed to.

7. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S2M-4819—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 12 January 2007.

The motion was agreed to.

8. Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4814—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Fundable Bodies (Scotland) Order 2006 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2 and 8 as noted above.

10. Maternity Services in Aberdeenshire: The Parliament debated S2M-4689 in the name of Mike Rumbles—That the Parliament notes with disappointment the decision of NHS Grampian to recommend to the Minister for Health and Community Care the closure of maternity units at Aboyne, Huntly, Fraserburgh and Banff; commends campaigners who have fought to retain these units on the positive way in which they have engaged in the board’s consultation process on the issue; continues to agree that these units are an excellent example of health services being delivered locally as advocated by Professor David Kerr in his report, Building a Health Service Fit for the Future; further agrees that expectant mothers should have the option of giving birth locally, at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary or in the home, and believes that the Minister should reject the board’s recommendation and retain these units to give expectant mothers a genuine choice.

The meeting closed at 6.00 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 19 September 2006

Home Energy Efficiency Targets (Scotland) Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to require the Scottish Ministers to establish targets for improvements in home energy efficiency, and to take steps, including preparation of a plan, to achieve the targets. (SP Bill 70) (Member’s Bill)

Introduced by:  Shiona Baird

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 70-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 70-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 15 September 2006 and is subject to annulment—

The Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004 (Severance Payments) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/471)

laid under section 16(4) of the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 20 September 2006 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Relocation of Scottish Executive departments, agencies and NDBPs: A main report and key messages summary prepared for the Auditor General for Scotland (AGS/2006/9)

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

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 15 September 2006—

Finance Committee, 7th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Inquiry into Accountability and Governance (SP Paper 631)

Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill Committee, 1st Report, 2006 (Session 2): Preliminary Stage Report on the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill (SP Paper 632)

The following report was published on 18 September 2006

Justice 1 Committee, 11th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 634)

The following report was published on 19 September 2006

Procedures Committee, 5th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Consultation Report on Parliamentary Time (SP Paper 635)