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Thursday 26 October 2006

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

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1. Young People and Families: Robin Harper moved S2M-4999—That the Parliament recognises that children and young people are shaped by their relationships and experiences at home, in their schools and communities, by the physical space they find themselves in and by their economic circumstances; understands the absolute importance of these factors at the centre of healthy development; acknowledges that families and young people need support from time to time and that communities, public services, local authorities and the Scottish Executive share a responsibility to meet this need; regrets, however, that public debate in Scotland has increasingly reduced children and young people to simplistic stereotypes, either as innocents to be protected or as problems to be contained; in particular regrets that the tone of debate on antisocial behaviour has distracted attention and resources from the need to address the wider issues in young people’s lives; believes that where problems such as youth disorder have arisen local communities are best placed to decide on the appropriate response; therefore rejects the idea of forcing local authorities to use specific antisocial behaviour measures against their better judgement, and calls on the Executive to develop a comprehensive strategy for supporting families and young people.

The Deputy Minister for Education and Young People (Robert Brown) moved amendment S2M-4999.2 to motion S2M-4999—

Leave out from “that children and young people” to end and insert—

“the vital importance of all young people being able to fulfil their potential; pays tribute to the contribution young people across Scotland make to their families and communities; knows the importance of the family in providing support and guidance for young people; welcomes the fact that child poverty has been reduced by over a quarter in Scotland, that the Scottish Executive has introduced universal nursery education for all three to four-year-olds, that the Executive has seen record levels of investment in schools and teachers, that more of our young people are going on to higher and further education, that youth unemployment is at a record low and that more parents are in work and have access to support and childcare; recognises further that some parents require extra support to bring up children, that decent families and young people need to be safe and protected in their homes and communities, that young people supported by and having access to good quality youth work opportunities have an important role to play in improving their communities, and reiterates the determination of this Parliament to stand up to antisocial behaviour, to end child poverty and to provide every child and young person with the best possible start in life.”

Derek Brownlee moved amendment S2M-4999.1 to motion S2M-4999—

Leave out from first “regrets” to end and insert—

“believes that the most important duties of the Executive towards young people are to provide them with better opportunities for education and employment, a safe environment with affordable housing in which to live and public services which are efficient and effective, and calls for a greater focus from the Executive on delivering improvements in public services and providing opportunities for young people, families, and everyone else in Scotland.”

After debate, amendment S2M-4999.2 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 65, Against 51, Abstentions 1). As a result, amendment S2M-4999.1 was pre-empted.

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 67, Against 29, Abstentions 24).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament recognises the vital importance of all young people being able to fulfil their potential; pays tribute to the contribution young people across Scotland make to their families and communities; knows the importance of the family in providing support and guidance for young people; welcomes the fact that child poverty has been reduced by over a quarter in Scotland, that the Scottish Executive has introduced universal nursery education for all three to four-year-olds, that the Executive has seen record levels of investment in schools and teachers, that more of our young people are going on to higher and further education, that youth unemployment is at a record low and that more parents are in work and have access to support and childcare; recognises further that some parents require extra support to bring up children, that decent families and young people need to be safe and protected in their homes and communities, that young people supported by and having access to good quality youth work opportunities have an important role to play in improving their communities, and reiterates the determination of this Parliament to stand up to antisocial behaviour, to end child poverty and to provide every child and young person with the best possible start in life.

2. Climate Change and Road Transport: Mr Mark Ruskell moved S2M-5005—That the Parliament welcomes growing public and parliamentary recognition of the threat posed by climate change; notes that cuts in carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions of 60% to 90% are necessary to stabilise climate change within a generation; notes that transport, excluding aviation, accounts for 19% of Scotland’s climate change emissions, over 97% of which comes from road transport, and that road traffic is predicted to grow a further 27% by 2021; recognises that without reducing traffic levels it will be impossible to reduce Scottish greenhouse gas emissions to a level consistent with the need to address climate change; further recognises the need for urgent political action within the next four years to achieve year-on-year reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and calls on the Scottish Executive to set year-on-year overall greenhouse gas reduction targets and interim targets to reduce road traffic levels.

Tavish Scott moved amendment S2M-5005.3 to motion S2M-5005—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“supports the Scottish Executive’s record investment of 70% of the transport budget in public transport; notes the significant investment in Scotland’s bus services, which rely upon a modern road infrastructure, and in the rail network, where the Executive has already opened the Larkhall to Milngavie line, all with the aim of improving the environment; further supports the Executive’s investment to reduce road deaths and casualties, improve safety on roads outside schools, and provide attractive, integrated and affordable public transport alternatives, and welcomes the Executive’s climate change programme and sustainable development campaign.”

Richard Lochhead moved amendment S2M-5005.2 to motion S2M-5005—

Leave out from “within a generation” to end and insert—

“recognises that a range of measures are required to reduce transport emissions, including a clean transport fuels strategy and provision of sustainable alternatives to road transport, and further recognises that the energy sector accounts for the greatest proportion of emissions and that Scotland has enormous potential to develop cleaner and renewable energy to reduce our carbon footprint.”

Ted Brocklebank moved amendment S2M-5005.1 to motion S2M-5005—

Leave out from first “notes” to end and insert—

“believes that, along with global poverty and terrorism, climate change is one of the three greatest challenges facing mankind today and therefore supports David Cameron MP’s call for a Climate Change Bill to be included in this year’s Queen’s Speech to establish year-on-year targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by at least 60% by 2050 and to establish an independent monitor to report to the UK Parliament on Britain’s progress in meeting those annual targets and to audit government policy to assess whether we remain on track to hit future targets; acknowledges, however, that ongoing investment in the Scottish road network remains vital for public safety, cutting congestion and to protect both small businesses and remote rural communities in particular; further acknowledges that more must be done to encourage modal shift from road to rail for both passenger and freight traffic, and therefore calls on the Scottish Executive to ensure that those road and rail projects of greatest importance be prioritised for investment, specifically a new Forth crossing, the refurbishment of Waverley Station, the completion of the central belt motorway network and the upgrading of many important trunk routes alongside increased efforts to move more freight from road to rail.”

After debate, amendment S2M-5005.3 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 66, Against 54, Abstentions 1). As a result, amendments S2M-5005.2 and S2M-5005.1 were pre-empted.

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 67, Against 30, Abstentions 24).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament supports the Scottish Executive’s record investment of 70% of the transport budget in public transport; notes the significant investment in Scotland’s bus services, which rely upon a modern road infrastructure, and in the rail network, where the Executive has already opened the Larkhall to Milngavie line, all with the aim of improving the environment; further supports the Executive’s investment to reduce road deaths and casualties, improve safety on roads outside schools, and provide attractive, integrated and affordable public transport alternatives, and welcomes the Executive’s climate change programme and sustainable development campaign.

3. General Question Time: Questions were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

4. First Minister’s Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell).

5. Themed Question Time: Questions on Health and Community Care and on Environment and Rural Development, were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

6. Coastal and Marine National Parks: The Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Ross Finnie) moved S2M-5008—That the Parliament supports the Scottish Executive’s commitment to manage Scotland’s coastline and seas in a sustainable way; welcomes the Executive’s public consultation on proposals to establish Scotland’s first Coastal and Marine National Park, and notes that the Executive will take account of the views expressed in response to the consultation before taking decisions on how to progress the proposals.

Richard Lochhead moved amendment S2M-5008.2 to motion S2M-5008—

Leave out from “supports” to end and insert—

“notes that coastal and marine national parks may have a role to play in the future but that at the present time there are many other more pressing priorities facing our coastal communities; further notes that, according to Scottish Environment Link, there are already over 85 Acts of Parliament that apply to Scotland’s waters and yet a further layer of bureaucracy would not be helpful or popular and would only add to the existing complexity of marine and coastal management in Scotland; calls for a review of the governance of the marine environment before additional legislation is considered; believes that the creation of coastal and marine national parks should not be considered until other priorities are addressed and there is evidence that there is sufficient demand within local communities, and calls for the Scottish Parliament to have additional powers to help protect and promote our marine environment.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 26, Against 90, Abstentions 5).

Ted Brocklebank moved amendment S2M-5008.1 to motion S2M-5008—

Insert at end—

“and, in particular, urges the Executive to carefully consider the impact of a Coastal and Marine National Park on local fishermen, the aquaculture industry and all whose livelihoods are directly dependent on the sea.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 42, Against 71, Abstentions 7).

Eleanor Scott moved amendment S2M-5008.3 to motion S2M-5008—

Leave out from “and notes” to end and insert—

“expects the Executive to take account of all stakeholders’ views with no one sector having primacy; recognises that very many livelihoods depend on our safeguarding our coastal and marine environment; expects local management of marine resources to underpin the organisation of any future coastal and marine national park, and believes that location should not be a barrier to the siting of a marine national park.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 16, Against 82, Abstentions 22).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 90, Against 26, Abstentions 5).

7. Membership of Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5014—That the Parliament agrees that Kate Maclean be appointed to replace Cathie Craigie on the Procedures Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2, 6 and 7 as noted above.

9. Aberdeen’s Bid for the National Energy Technologies Institute: The Parliament debated S2M-4904 in the name of Richard Baker—That the Parliament notes the current and future importance of the energy sector to the north east’s economy; recognises that Aberdeen and the north east are home to a unique cluster of skills and expertise in energy exploration and development; notes the success of the Intermediary Technology Institute for Energy which is based in Aberdeen and works closely with the network of intermediary technology institutes throughout Scotland and also sources academic research across the United Kingdom and worldwide; believes that this successful model based in Aberdeen shows that the city has a unique potential to be the hub for a Scottish bid for the UK Energy Technologies Institute; notes both the location of leading oil and gas operators and contractors in Aberdeen and the work of the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group, and welcomes the efforts to ensure that the UK Energy Technologies Institute is located in Aberdeen so that the north east remains a global leader in the energy industry.

The meeting closed at 5.44 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
Thursday 26 October 2006

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 4 October 2006

Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill—The Bill was reprinted as amended at Stage 2. (SP Bill 51A) (Executive Bill)

Bills withdrawn on 24 October 2006

Environmental Levy on Plastic Bags (Scotland) Bill—The Bill, introduced on 17 June 2005, was withdrawn by Mike Pringle. (SP Bill 43) (Member’s Bill)

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 25 October 2006 for approval by resolution

The Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) (No.3) Order 2006

laid under section 115 of, and paragraphs 1 and 2 of Schedule 7 to, the Scotland Act 1998

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 26 October 2006 for approval by resolution

The Budget (Scotland) Act 2006 Amendment Order 2006

laid under section 7(2) of the Budget (Scotland) Act 2006

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 12 October 2006 and is subject to annulment

The Sea Fishing (Northern Hake Stock) (Scotland) Order 2006 (SSI 2006/505)

laid under section 30(4) of the Fisheries Act 1981

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 19 October 2006 and is subject to annulment

The Curd Cheese (Restriction on Placing on the Market) (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/512)

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

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 25 October 2006 and are subject to annulment—

The Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) (Fees) Amendment Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/515)

laid under section 37(1) of the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986

The Feeding Stuffs (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/516)

laid under section 84(2) of the Agriculture Act 1970

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 26 October 2006 and are subject to annulment—

The Local Government Pension Scheme (Scotland) Amendment (No. 3) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/514)

laid under sections 7 and 12 of the Superannuation Act 1972

The Plastic Materials and Articles in Contact with Food (Scotland) (No. 2) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/517)

laid under section 48(3) of the Food Safety Act 1990

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 6 October 2006 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Caledonian MacBrayne Annual Report and Consolidated Financial Statements 2005-06 (SE/2006/138)—

David MacBrayne Limited Annual Report and Financial Statements 2005-06 (SE/2006/139)—

Caledonian MacBrayne HR (UK) Limited Directors’ Report and Financial Statements, Registered Number SC282760, 31 March 2006 (SE/2006/140)—

laid under section 8(1) of the Transport (Scotland) Act 1989

Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland Annual Review 2005-06 (SE/2006/153)

NHS Ayrshire and Arran Annual Accounts and Notes for the year ended 31 March 2006 (SE/2006/179)—

NHS Borders Health Board Annual Accounts 2005-06 (SE/2006/180)—

NHS Dumfries and Galloway Health Board Annual Accounts 2005-06 (SE/2006/181)—

NHS Greater Glasgow Annual Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2006 (SE/2006/182)—

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 9 October 2006 and are not subject to Parliamentary procedure—

Fife Health Board Annual Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2006 (SE/2006/183)—

Shetland NHS Board Annual Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2006 (SE/2006/184)—

Forth Valley NHS Board Annual Accounts and Financial Statement for the year ended 31 March 2006 (SE/2006/185)—

The National Waiting Times Centre Board Annual Report and Accounts for the period ended 31 March 2006 (SE/2006/186)—

NHS Tayside Health Board Annual Accounts for the year needed 31 March 2006 (SE/2006/187)—

NHS Health Scotland Annual Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2006 (SE/2006/189)—

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 10 October 2006 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Western Isles NHS Board Annual Accounts and Notes for the year ended 31 March 2006 incorporating a report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2005-06 Audit of Western Isles NHS Board (SE/2006/191)—

NHS Quality Improvement Scotland Annual Accounts Financial year ended 31 March 2006 (SE/2006/192)—

NHS Scotland the State Hospitals Board for Scotland Annual Accounts and Notes for the year ended 31 March 2006 (SE/2006/193)—

NHS Education for Scotland Annual Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2006 (SE/2006/194)—

NHS 24 Annual Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2006 (SE/2006/195)—

NHS Orkney Health Board Annual Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2006 (SE/2006/196)—

Scottish Screen Annual Report and Accounts 2005-06 (SE/2006/204)—

Scottish Screen (Enterprises) Limited Report and Financial Statements 31 March 2006 (SE/2006/205)—

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 12 October 2006 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority Annual Report and Accounts 2005-06 (SE/2006/88)

laid under section 14(8) and 26(11) of the Energy Act 2004

Scottish Ambulance Service Board Annual Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2006 (SE/2006/188)

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 13 October 2006 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Argyll and Clyde Health Board Annual Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2006 incorporating a report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2005-06 Audit of Argyll and Clyde Health Board (SE/2006/178)—

Highland Health Board Annual Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2006 incorporating a report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2005-06 Audit of Highland Health Board (SE/2006/190)—

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

General Dental Council Annual Report 2005 (SE/2006/203)

laid under section 2B(4) of the Dentists Act 1984 (Amendment) Order 2005 (SI 2005/2011)

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 18 October 2006 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Registers of Scotland Annual Report and Accounts 2005-06 (SE/2006/128)

laid under section 22(5) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 200

UK Film Council Group and Lottery Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2006 (SE/2006/157)

laid under section 35(5) of the National Lottery etc. Act 1993 as amended by the National Lottery Act 1998 and section 88 of the Scotland Act 1998

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 23 October 2006 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Scottish Forestry Strategy 2006 (SE/2006/155)

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 24 October 2006 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

A report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2005-06 Audit of Lanarkshire Health Board (SE/2006/215)

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

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

Sportscotland Lottery Fund Annual Report 2005-06 (SE/2006/207)

laid under section 35 of the National Lottery etc. Act 1993

Scotland’s Budget Documents: The 2006-07 Autumn Revision to the Budget (Scotland) Act for the year ending 31 March 2007 (SE/2006/210)

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 6 October 2006

Health Committee, 14th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 651)

The following report was published on 9 October 2006

Procedures Committee, 6th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Public Bills and Substitution (SP Paper 652)

The following report was published on 13 October 2006

Education Committee, 10th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 653)