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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 1 November 2006

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Cardinal Keith O’Brien, Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, led Time for Reflection.

2. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5060—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 1 November 2006—

after,

followed by European and External Relations Committee Debate: 4th Report 2006, Inquiry into the Scottish Executive’s plans for future structural funds programmes 2007-13

insert,

followed by Ministerial Statement – Severe weather in the north of Scotland

The motion was agreed to.

3. European and External Relations Committee, Report on an Inquiry into the Scottish Executive’s Plans for Future Structural Funds Programmes 2007-13: Linda Fabiani, on behalf of the European and External Relations Committee, moved S2M-5013—That the Parliament notes the conclusions and recommendations contained in the European and External Relations Committee’s 4th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on an Inquiry into the Scottish Executive’s plans for future structural funds programmes 2007-13 (SP Paper 611).

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

4. Ministerial Statement: The Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Rhona Brankin) made a statement and answered questions on severe weather in the north of Scotland.

5. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5061—That the Parliament agrees that—

(a) for the purposes of allowing the meeting of the Parliament on Thursday 2 November 2006 to continue beyond 5.30 pm, the word “Wednesday” in Rules 2.2.4 and 2.2.5(c) be suspended and that the word “Thursday” be substituted for it in each place, and that Rule 2.2.5(a) be suspended;

(b) under Rule 2.2.4 thus varied, the meeting of the Parliament on Thursday 2 November 2006 may continue to 7.00 pm; and

(c) Decision Time on Thursday 2 November 2006 shall begin at 6.00 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

6. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5062—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 8 November 2006

2.30 pm  Time for Reflection

followed byParliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by  Executive Debate: Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET)

followed by  Business Motion

followed by  Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm  Decision Time

followed by  Members’ Business

Thursday 9 November 2006

9.15 am  Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by  Scottish Socialist Party Business

11.40 am  General Question Time

12 noon  First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm  Themed Question Time—

Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport;

Finance and Public Services and Communities;

2.55 pm  Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed byExecutive Debate: Violence Against Women

followed byEducation Committee Motion – Report on Draft National Plan for Gaelic

followed byLocal Government and Transport Committee Motion – Provision of Rail Passengers Services (Scotland) Bill

followed by  Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm  Decision Time

followed by  Members’ Business

Wednesday 15 November 2006

2.30 pm  Time for Reflection

followed byParliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by  Stage 3 Proceedings: Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by  Business Motion

followed by  Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm  Decision Time

followed by  Members’ Business

Thursday 16 November 2006

9.15 am  Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by  Continuation of Stage 3 Proceedings: Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill

11.40 am  General Question Time

12 noon  First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm  Themed Question Time—

Environment and Rural Development;

Health and Community Care;

2.55 pm  Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed byConclusion of Stage 3 Proceedings: Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by  Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm  Decision Time

followed by  Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

7. Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5051—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Social Work Inspections (Scotland) Regulations 2006 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Membership of Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-5052—That the Parliament agrees that Mr Stewart Maxwell be appointed to replace Michael Matheson on the Enterprise and Culture Committee; and

S2M-5053—That the Parliament agrees that Michael Matheson be appointed to replace Mr Stewart Maxwell on the Justice 2 Committee.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

9. Substitution on Committees: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5054—That the Parliament agrees that Dave Petrie be appointed as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party substitute on the Health Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10. Designation of Lead Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5059—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as the lead committee in consideration of the Rights of Relatives to Damages (Mesothelioma) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

11. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 3, 7, 8, 9 and 10, as noted above.

12. Public Inquiries into Wind Farm Proposals in the Ochil Hills: The Parliament debated S2M-4648 in the name of Roseanna Cunningham—That the Parliament notes the large number of planning applications to construct wind farms in the Ochil Hills, with six consecutive public inquiries scheduled between October 2006 and March 2007; considers that all appropriate expert evidence must be made available to such public inquiries; notes the Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development’s parliamentary answer on 8 June 2006 confirming that both Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) have adequate resources to make representations to public local inquiries, and considers that SNH, SEPA and Historic Scotland should provide witnesses to all pertinent public inquiries so that the burden of providing evidence to such inquiries does not fall disproportionately on communities.

The meeting closed at 5.46 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
1 November 2006

Appendix

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

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 27 October 2006 and is subject to annulment

The Closures Guidance (Railway Services in Scotland and England) Order 2006 (SI 2006/2837)

laid under section 43(5) of the Railways Act 2005

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 1 November 2006 and is subject to annulment

The Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/521)

laid under section 125(4) and (6) of the Police Act 1997

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 31 October 2006 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

NESTA Annual Report and Accounts 2005-06 (SE/2006/147)

laid under sections 22(5) and 23(4) of the National Lottery Act 1998 and section 88 of the Scotland Act 1998

Scottish Executive Consolidated Accounts for the Year Ended 31 March 2006 (SE/2006/158)—

Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland Administration Annual Report and Accounts for the Year Ended 31 March 2006 (SE/2006/206)

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

Scottish Screen Annual Report 2005-06 (SE/2006/208)

laid under section 26(3), (3A) and (4) of the National Lottery etc. Act 1993

Children’s Rights Impact Assessment: The SCCYP Model (CCYP/2006/3)

laid under section 12 of the Commissioner for Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2003

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman: Compendium of Case Reports for October 2006 (SPSO/2006/09)—

Case 200502864:  University of Strathclyde
Case 200503082:  The Robert Gordon University
Case 200502895:  University of Paisley
Case 200500691:  Lanarkshire NHS Board
Case 200600295:  A GP, Forth Valley NHS Board
Case 200500877:  Argyll and Clyde NHS Board
Case 200501484:  A GP, Greater Glasgow & Clyde NHS Board
Case 200502351:  Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board
Case 200501724:  Shetland NHS Board
Case 200502580:  Highland NHS Board
Case 200500841:  Lothian NHS Board
Case 200500828:  Forth Valley NHS Board
Case 200501454:  A Dentist, Forth Valley NHS Board
Case 200500110:  Grampian NHS Board
Case 200501485:  A GP Practice, Tayside NHS Board
Case 200500697:  A GP Practice, Ayrshire and Arran NHS Board
Case 200501077:  Charing Cross Housing Association Ltd
Case 200501998:  Thenew Housing Association Ltd
Case 200502968:  Partick Housing Association Ltd
Case 200503292:  Hillcrest Housing Association Ltd
Case 200502245:  Loreburn Housing Association Ltd
Case 200502246:  Loreburn Housing Association Ltd
Case 200401563 & 200500141:  South Lanarkshire Council
Case 200502079:  North Lanarkshire Council
Case 200500245:  Cairngorms National Park Authority
Case 200501774:  Shetland Islands Council
Case 200400116:  The City of Edinburgh Council
Case 200401956:  The City of Edinburgh Council
Case 200500786:  The City of Edinburgh Council
Case 200501686:  The City of Edinburgh Council
Case 200503182:  Midlothian Council
Case 200401690:  Fife Council
Case 200500163:  Fife Council
Case 200400434:  North Ayrshire Council
Case 200401921:  South Lanarkshire Council
Case 200502369:  South Ayrshire Council
Case 200502692:  Inverclyde Council
Case 200501874:  Scottish Executive Inquiry Reporters Unit
Case 200502045:  Scottish Executive Inquiry Reporters Unit
Case 200502348:  Parole Board for Scotland
Case 200500964 & 200501918:  Lothian NHS Board and The City of Edinburgh Council—

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

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 1 November 2006 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland Annual Report 2005-06 (SE/2006/198)

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 30 October 2006

Glasgow Airport Rail Link Bill Committee, 2nd Report, 2006 (Session 2): Consideration Stage Report on the Glasgow Airport Rail Link Bill (SP Paper 656)

SPICe Commissioned Research

The following report was published on 30 October 2006

Public Petitions Committee, Commissioned Research Report on the Assessment of the Scottish Parliament's Public Petitions System 1999-2006 (SP Paper 654)