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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 27 September 2006

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Colonel Ruth Flett, Salvation Army, Wick, led Time for Reflection.

2. Crofting Reform etc. Bill – Stage 1: The Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Ross Finnie) moved S2M-4710—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Crofting Reform etc. Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 96, Against 17, Abstentions 1).

3. Crofting Reform etc. Bill – Financial Resolution: The Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Rhona Brankin) moved S2M-4562—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Crofting Reform etc. Bill, agrees to any expenditure or increase in expenditure of a kind referred to in Rule 9.12.3(b)(iii) of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

The motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 95, Against 17, Abstentions 1).

4. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4857—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 28 September 2006—

after,

followed by Stage 1 Debate: St Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Bill

insert,

followed by Financial Resolution: Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill

followed by Standards and Public Appointments Committee Motion on Breach of the Code of Conduct for Members of the Scottish Parliament

The motion was agreed to.

5. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4867—That the Parliament agrees that, for the purpose of allowing the Parliament to meet at 9.00 am on Wednesday 25 October 2006, Rule 2.2.3 be suspended.

The motion was agreed to.

6. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4866—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 4 October 2006

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Environment and Rural Development Committee Debate – 8th Report 2006, Report on an Inquiry into the Food Supply Chain

followed by European and External Relations Committee Debate – 3rd Report 2006, Report on an Inquiry into Possible Co-operation Between Scotland and Ireland

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 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—

Finance and Public Services and Communities;

Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport

2.55 pm Procedures Committee Debate – 4th Report 2006, Motions and Decisions, and 5th Report 2006, Consultation Report on Parliamentary Time

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 25 October 2006

9:00 am Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Education Committee Debate – 7th Report 2006, Early Years

followed by Local Government and Transport Committee Debate – 10th Report 2006, Report on Inquiry into Freight Transport in Scotland

2.30 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Tourist Boards (Scotland) Bill

followed by Independents’ Group Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 26 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—

Health and Community Care;

Environment and Rural Development;

2.55 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

and

b) that the period for members to submit their names for selection for Question Times on 26 October 2006 should end at 12.00 noon on Wednesday 4 October 2006.

The motion was agreed to.

7. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-4868—That the Parliament agrees that the timetable for completion of consideration of the Environmental Levy on Plastic Bags (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be extended to 3 November 2006; and

S2M-4869—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 15 December 2006.

The motions were agreed to.

8. Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-4858—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Community Right to Buy (Definition of Excluded Land) (Scotland) Order 2006 be approved;

S2M-4859—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Transfer of Functions to the Shetland Transport Partnership Order 2006 be approved;

S2M-4860—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Transfer of Functions to the South-West of Scotland Transport Partnership Order 2006 be approved; and

S2M-4861—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 (Consequential Modifications and Savings) Order 2006 be approved.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

9. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 3 and 8 as noted above.

10. Glasgow Crossrail Scheme: The Parliament debated S2M-4688 in the name of Bill Butler—That the Parliament welcomes the progress that has been made to modernise Scotland’s rail infrastructure, the most recent example of which was the agreement to the general principles of the Bill to establish the Glasgow Airport Rail Link (GARL) on 21 June 2006; notes the points contained in the Glasgow Airport Rail Link Bill Committee’s preliminary stage report which highlight the national and local economic and transport benefits of the proposed Glasgow Crossrail scheme if introduced in conjunction with the GARL project; recognises the added value which the proposed crossrail scheme would bring not only to Glasgow but to Scotland’s rail transport infrastructure; acknowledges that the establishment of the scheme would bridge the missing link in Scotland’s rail network; realises that the scheme would further strengthen Glasgow’s bid to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and believes that the compelling economic and transport case for Glasgow Crossrail is such that the Scottish Executive should commit to the implementation of the project.

The meeting closed at 5.54 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
27 September 2006


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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 21 September 2006

Cairngorms National Park Boundary Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to extend the boundary of Cairngorms National Park to include parts of Highland and Eastern Perthshire within the National Park; and to make consequential changes to the composition of the Cairngorms National Park Authority. (SP Bill 72) (Member’s Bill)

Introduced by: John Swinney

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 72-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 72-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

In addition to the accompanying documents, the following documents were deposited in SPICe by the Member:

  • An Overview Map; and

  • Sixteen Boundary Maps.

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 25 September 2006

Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to bar certain individuals from working with children or certain adults; to require the Scottish Ministers to keep lists of those individuals; to make further provision in relation to those lists; to establish a scheme under which information about individuals working or seeking to work with children or certain adults is collated and disclosed; to make provision about the sharing of information relevant to the protection of children; to amend Part 5 of the Police Act 1997; to amend the meaning of school care accommodation service in the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001; and for connected purposes. (SP Bill 73) (Executive Bill)

Introduced by: Peter Peacock

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 73-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 73-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 22 September 2006 and is subject to annulment

The Plant Health (Scotland) Amendment Order 2006 (SSI 2006/474)

laid under section 6(1) of the Plant Health Act 1967

Other Documents

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

Scottish Environment Protection Agency: Annual Report and Accounts 2005-06 (SE/2006/141)

laid under section 46 of the Environment Act 1995 and section 22(5) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 26 September 2006 and is subject to annulment—

The East Dunbartonshire Council (Lenzie Moss, Lenzie) Compulsory Purchase Order No. 1 2001 (SE/2006/162)

laid under section 7(1) of the Scotland Act 1998 (Transitory and Transitional Provisions) (Orders Subject to Special Parliamentary Procedure) Order 1999

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 26 September 2006 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Scottish Law Commission Report on Interest on Debt and Damages (SE/2006/146)

laid under section 3(1)(e) of the Law Commissions Act 1965

sportscotland Group Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2006 (SE/2006/163)

laid under section 22(5) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman: Compendium of Case Reports for September 2006 (SPSO/2006/08) —

Case 200500252: Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board

Case 200500778: Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board

Case 200500930: Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board

Case 200501357: Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board

Case 200502302: Lanarkshire NHS Board

Case 200502688: Lanarkshire NHS Board

Case 200500603 & 200500688: Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board and Lothian NHS Board

Case 200502475: Highland NHS Board – New Craigs Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Service

Case 200502495: General Practitioner, Highland NHS Board

Case 200502445: A General Practitioner, Lothian NHS Board

Case 200501135: Tayside NHS Board

Case 200502722: Tayside NHS Board

Case 200500050: Borders NHS Board

Case 200500216: Scottish Borders Housing Association Ltd

Case 200501775: Bridgewater Housing Association Ltd

Case 200503021: North Lanarkshire Council

Case 200501581: The City of Edinburgh Council

Case 200500551: Perth and Kinross Council

Case 200500642: Stirling Council

Case 200502010: South Ayrshire Council

Case 200501461: Inverclyde Council

Case 200502116: Renfrewshire Council

Case 200402258 & 200501168: Scottish Prison Service

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

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 27 September 2006 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scottish Executive: an overview of the performance of transport in Scotland – A main report and key messages summary prepared for Audit General for Scotland (AGS/2006/10)

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

Scottish Parliament Annual Report

The following document was published on 27 September 2006

Scottish Parliament Annual Report 2005-06 (SP Paper 625)

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 21 September 2006—

Standards and Public Appointments Committee, 2nd Report, 2006 (Session 2): Complaint Against Mike Pringle MSP (SP Paper 636)

Justice 2 Committee, 12th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 640)

The following report was published on 26 September 2006

Health Committee, 13th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 641)

The following report was published on 27 September 2006

Environment and Rural Development Committee, 12th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Supplementary Stage 1 Report on the Environmental Levy on Plastic Bags (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 642)