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Wednesday 4 October 2006

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

The meeting opened at 2.00 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Reverend Leith Fisher, Wellington Church, Glasgow, led Time for Reflection.

2. Environment and Rural Development Committee – Inquiry into the Food Supply Chain: Sarah Boyack, on behalf of the Environment and Rural Development Committee, moved S2M-4884—That the Parliament notes the conclusions and recommendations contained in the Environment and Rural Development Committee’s 8th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on an Inquiry into the Food Supply Chain (SP Paper 595).

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

3. European and External Relations Committee – Inquiry into the Possible Co-operation between Scotland and Ireland: Dennis Canavan, on behalf of the European and External Relations Committee, moved S2M-4899—That the Parliament notes the conclusions and recommendations contained in the European and External Relations Committee’s 3rd Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on an Inquiry into Possible Co-operation between Scotland and Ireland (SP Paper 607).

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

4. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4907—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of 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: Tourists 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  Scottish Green Party 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 Debate: Coastal and Marine National Parks

followed by  Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm  Decision Time

followed by  Members’ Business

Wednesday 1 November 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 2 November 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  Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by  Stage 3 Proceedings: Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill

followed by  Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm  Decision Time

followed by  Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

5. Business Motions: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-4908—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 19 January 2007; and

S2M-4909—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the St Andrew’s Day Public Holiday (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 17 November 2006.

The motions were agreed to.

6. Designation of Lead Committees: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-4910—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as the lead committee in consideration of the Civil Appeals (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1;

S2M-4911—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as the lead committee in consideration of the Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1; and

S2M-4912—That the Parliament agrees that the Communities Committee be designated as the lead committee in consideration of the Education (School Meals etc.) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

7. Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4913—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Construction Contracts (Scotland) Exclusion Amendment Order 2006 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 3, 6 and 7 as noted above.

9. No Need to Shout...Just Learn to Sign!: The Parliament debated S2M-4843 in the name of Cathie Craigie—That the Parliament notes Learn to Sign Week from 2 to 8 October 2006; commends the work of the British Deaf Association and supports its objective of building a nation where British Sign Language (BSL), with its Scottish dialect, is a shared communication medium for both deaf and hearing communities; welcomes its 2006 UK-wide campaign, “No need to shout...just learn to sign!”, which aims to encourage people to learn BSL; applauds the work of the Scottish Deaf Association (SDA) in raising awareness of deaf issues in our schools, further education establishments and workplaces, and considers that the Scottish Executive should be encouraged to support the efforts of the SDA.

The meeting closed at 5.41 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
4 October 2006

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 29 September 2006

Civil Appeals (Scotland) Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to provide for a final right of civil appeal to a Civil Appeals Committee and to abolish the right of civil appeal to the House of Lords; and for connected purposes. (SP Bill 77) (Member’s Bill)

Introduced by:  Adam Ingram

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 77-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 77-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

Provision of Rail Passenger Services (Scotland) Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to direct the Scottish Ministers as to how they shall exercise the powers conferred upon them by the Railways Act 1993 as amended by the Railways Act 2005 in relation to the provision of rail passenger services; and for connected purposes. (SP Bill 78) (Member’s Bill)

Introduced by:  Tommy Sheridan

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 78-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 78-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

Treatment of Drug Users (Scotland) Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to provide a scheme under which drug users and their families can obtain an integrated health and social care plan for their treatment and rehabilitation; to fund additional treatment services for drug misuse from the proceeds of drug-related crime; and for connected purposes.  (SP Bill 79) (Member’s Bill)

Introduced by:  Rosemary Byrne

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 79-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 79-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 2 October 2006

Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to restate and amend the law relating to the confinement and release of prisoners; to make provision relating to the control of weapons; and for connected purposes. (SP Bill 80) (Executive Bill)

Introduced by:  Cathy Jamieson

Supported by:  Hugh Henry

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 80-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 80-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 4 October 2006 and is subject to annulment

The National Health Service Central Register (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SE/2006/484)

laid under section 61(3) of the Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Act 2006

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 29 September 2006 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Industrial Development Act 1982: Annual Report for the year ended 31 March 2006 (SE/2006/167)

laid under sections 11 and 15 of the Industrial Development Act 1982

Bord na Gaidhlig Annual Report 2005-06 (SE/2006/168)

laid under section 23 of the National Heritage (Scotland) Act 1985

Statistical Bulletin: Domestic Abuse Recorded by the Police in Scotland, 2005-06 (SE/2006/169)

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 2 October 2006 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Learning and Teaching Scotland Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2006 (SE/2006/159)

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

Deer Commission for Scotland Annual Report 2005-06 (SE/2006/170)

laid under section 2(2) of the Deer (Scotland) Act 1996

Learning and Teaching Scotland Annual Review 2005-06 (SE/2006/171)

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 3 October 2006 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Quality Meat Scotland Annual Report 2005-06 (SE/2006/172)

laid under section 7 of the Scotland Act 1998 (Cross Border Public Authorities) (Adaptation of Functions etc.) Order 1999

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 4 October 2006 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Communities Scotland Annual Report and Accounts 2005-06 (SE/2006/132)

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

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 29 September 2006

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 35th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 644)

The following report was published on 2 October 2006

Audit Committee, 5th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 646)

The following report was published on 4 October 2006

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 36th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 647)