|Back to the Scottish Parliament||Minutes of Proceedings Vol. 4, No. 26 Session 2|
Meeting of the Parliament
Thursday 5 October 2006
Note: (DT) signifies a decision taken at Decision Time.
The meeting opened at 9.15 am.
1. Scotland’s Duty to its Senior Citizens: Miss Annabel Goldie moved S2M-4901—That the Parliament believes that our senior citizens represent a valuable and under-acknowledged repository of skill, wisdom and experience and that they should be both respected and, where the need arises, cared for by both society and government to enable them to live in dignity and security in their old age; is therefore greatly concerned that the council tax has risen by 60% since 1997, resulting in many pensioners struggling to pay their bills, and believes that the Scottish Conservatives’ proposal for a 50% discount for all pensioner households would greatly alleviate the burden; is further concerned that the policy of free personal care, which was supported by all parties in the Parliament, is still not being universally or timeously implemented throughout Scotland, and therefore calls on the Scottish Executive, local authorities and all other relevant agencies to unite in securing the immediate and complete implementation of this policy in Scotland.
Malcolm Chisholm moved amendment S2M-4901.4 to motion S2M-4901—
Leave out from first “believes” to end and insert—
Christine Grahame moved amendment S2M-4901.3 to motion S2M-4901—
Leave out from “is therefore” to end and insert—
Colin Fox moved amendment S2M-4901.2 to motion S2M-4901—
Leave out from “and that they” to end and insert—
John Swinburne moved amendment S2M-4901.1 to motion S2M-4901—
Leave out from “is therefore” to end and insert—
After debate, amendment S2M-4901.4 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 63, Against 42, Abstentions 7). As a result, amendments S2M-4901.3, S2M-4901.2 and S2M-4901.1 were pre-empted.
The motion, as amended, was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 63, Against 40, Abstentions 11).
Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament recognises the enormous contribution that our senior citizens make to Scottish society; supports action to challenge ageism, widen opportunities for older people and ensure that they are treated with dignity and respect; acknowledges the improvement to older people’s quality of life through groundbreaking policies such as free personal and nursing care, free bus travel and the central heating programme, and welcomes the continuing commitment of the Scottish Executive to recognising, valuing and supporting Scotland’s older people through the development of its Strategy for a Scotland with an Ageing Population.
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 Finance and Public Services and Communities, and on Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.
5. Procedures Committee – Motions and decisions and Consultation Report on Parliamentary Time: Donald Gorrie moved S2M-4870—That the Parliament notes the Procedures Committee’s 4th Report 2006, (Session 2), Motions and decisions (SP Paper 589) and agrees that the changes to Standing Orders set out in Annexe A to the report be made with effect from 6 October 2006.
After debate, the motion was agreed to (DT).
The Parliament also debated the Procedures Committee’s 5th Report 2006, Consultation Report on Parliamentary Time.
6. Law Officers: The First Minister moved S2M-4924—That the Parliament agrees that it be recommended to Her Majesty that Elish Angiolini be appointed as the Lord Advocate and that John Beckett QC be appointed as Solicitor General for Scotland.
Miss Annabel Goldie moved amendment S2M-4924.1 to motion S2M-4924—
Leave out from “and that” to end.
After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 15, Against 97, Abstentions 3).
The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 99, Against 0, Abstentions 15).
7. Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill - UK Legislation: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform (George Lyon) moved S2M-4887—That the Parliament agrees that the relevant provisions in the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill introduced in the House of Commons on 11 January 2006, that relate to the implementation of European Union obligations and which are within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament, or which confer executive powers on the Scottish Ministers, should be considered by the UK Parliament.
After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 102, Against 5, Abstentions 7).
8. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 5 and 7 as noted above.
9. Knife Crime Education: The Parliament debated S2M-4708 in the name of Alex Johnstone—That the Parliament encourages all efforts to reduce knife crime; notes that educational programmes and courses on the dangers of carrying a knife have been shown to have been successful in the past, and congratulates Mr Mark Davies from Angus on using his experiences as a door supervisor and martial artist to put together a new course which educates our young people on the dangers and possible consequences of carrying a knife.
The meeting closed at 5.39 pm.
P E Grice
The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 5 October 2006 and are subject to annulment—
The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 5 October 2006 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure
The following reports were published on 5 October 2006—