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Thursday 2 November 2006

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

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1. The Scottish Executive Budget Review: Mr John Swinney moved S2M-5063—That the Parliament calls on the Scottish Executive to publish the Howat review of the Executive’s budget before the conclusion of Stage 1 of this year’s budget process.

The Minister for Finance and Public Services Reform (Mr Tom McCabe) moved amendment S2M-5063.1 to motion S2M-5063—

Leave out from “calls on” to end and insert—

“notes that preparation for the 2007 Spending Review, including the provision of advice to Scottish Ministers by the Budget Review Group, is ongoing and further notes the Scottish Executive’s intention to publish a comprehensive suite of documents including the completed Howat review as part of the Spending Review package.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 62, Against 52, Abstentions 0).

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 65, Against 51, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament notes that preparation for the 2007 Spending Review, including the provision of advice to Scottish Ministers by the Budget Review Group, is ongoing and further notes the Scottish Executive’s intention to publish a comprehensive suite of documents including the completed Howat review as part of the Spending Review package.

2. The Financial Powers of the Parliament: Jim Mather moved S2M-5055—That the Parliament recognises the need for an open, inclusive and objective debate about the financial powers that it requires to have in order to maximise accountability, efficient government, economic growth, public services, infrastructure development and good social outcomes in Scotland and further encourages the business community, the trade unions, the public sector, the voluntary sector, academia and wider civic Scotland to participate in this debate, the objective of which must be to make Scotland a more prosperous country, able to deliver social justice to its people.

Richard Baker moved amendment S2M-5055.3 to motion S2M-5055—

Leave out from “recognises” to end and insert—

“believes that the arguments for further fiscal autonomy are being used as a cover for the debate on independence; calls on those MSPs who support a separate Scotland to give an honest explanation of what a separate Scotland would mean for our economy, and further believes that we should continue to use the powers of the Scottish Parliament to deliver better health, education, lower crime and economic growth.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 47, Against 69, Abstentions 0).

Derek Brownlee moved amendment S2M-5055.1 to motion S2M-5055—

Leave out from “powers” to end and insert—

“and non-financial powers that it requires to have in order to maximise accountability, efficient government, economic growth, public services, infrastructure development and good social outcomes in Scotland and further encourages the business community, the trade unions, the public sector, the voluntary sector, academia and wider civic Scotland to participate in this debate, the objective of which must be to make Scotland a more prosperous country, able to deliver social justice to its people, and notes that a more effective and accountable devolved Scottish Parliament would strengthen the United Kingdom.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 17, Against 99, Abstentions 0).

Jeremy Purvis moved amendment S2M-5055.2 to motion S2M-5055—

Leave out from “recognises” to end and insert—

“believes that the Scottish Parliament needs significant new powers that follow federal principles; calls for a significant increase in the taxation powers of the Parliament in order to improve competitiveness and accountability, increase transparency, encourage more efficient allocation of resources and allow the Parliament to have greater fiscal levers to influence the direction of the Scottish economy; notes that full fiscal autonomy does not exist in any developed economy in the world and rejects the argument for such autonomy as a cloak for independence which would damage Scotland and our economy; calls for the establishment of a second constitutional convention during the next session of the Parliament to improve the home rule settlement in order to deliver real benefits to the people of Scotland; calls on all political parties and civic Scotland to participate in the new convention; believes that the new convention should also consider the case for additional legislative powers for Scotland and new procedures to improve joint working between the Scottish and UK Parliaments, and calls for the new legislative and fiscal powers of the Scottish Parliament to be enshrined in a written constitution for the United Kingdom.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 18, Against 98, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 51, Against 65, Abstentions 0).

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

4. First Minister’s Question Time: Questions on Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning, and on Justice and Law Officers were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers and by the Scottish Law Officers.

5. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5058—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion by the time limit indicated, that time limit being calculated from when the Stage begins and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when the meeting of the Parliament is suspended (other than a suspension following the first division in the Stage being called) or otherwise not in progress:

Group 1:                    50 minutes
Group 2:                   1 hour 20 minutes
Groups 3 to 5:           1 hour 45 minutes
Groups 6 and 7:        2 hours 20 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

6. Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 131, 132, 133, 134, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 156, 158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173 and 174.

The following amendments were agreed to (by division)—

            1          (For 75, Against 37, Abstentions 0)
            2          (For 73, Against 39, Abstentions 0).

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

            5          (For 37, Against 73, Abstentions 1)
            29        (For 32, Against 73, Abstentions 1)
            35        (For 32, Against 72, Abstentions 0)
            100A   (For 34, Against 70, Abstentions 0)
            105     (For 37, Against 71, Abstentions 0)
            135     (For 34, Against 71, Abstentions 0)
            157     (For 38, Against 69, Abstentions 0).

Amendment 27 was moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn.

The following amendments were not moved: 129 and 130.

The following amendments were pre-empted: 3 and 4.

7. Scottish Commission for Human Rights Bill: The Deputy Minister for Education and Young People (Robert Brown) moved S2M-4920—That the Parliament agrees that the Scottish Commission for Human Rights Bill be passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 74, Against 41, Abstentions 0).

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

9. Clydesdale Parks: The Parliament debated S2M-4811 in the name of Karen Gillon—That the Parliament welcomes the decision by the Heritage Lottery Fund to award over £1.3 million to help renovate Castlebank Park and Delves Park in Lanark; congratulates South Lanarkshire Council on its ambitious proposals to significantly improve access, interpretation and learning opportunities at the two historic parks; believes that restoration of the 18th century walled garden, the reinstatement of the glasshouses and the development of a multi-sports play area will attract many new visitors and increase community involvement in local history, gardening and other activities, and looks forward to the parks playing an important role in celebrations such as Lanimer Day, the medieval fayre and other special events in the future.

The meeting closed at 6.32 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
1 November 2006

Appendix

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

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 2 November 2006 for approval by resolution

The Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Skin Piercing and Tattooing) Amendment Order 2006

laid under section 44(3) of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 2 November 2006 and are subject to annulment—

The Regional Transport Strategies (Health Boards) (Scotland) Order 2006 (SSI 2006/528)

laid under section 52(2) of the Transport (Scotland) Act 2005

The Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/530)

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

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 2nd November 2006—

Education Committee, 11th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Draft National Plan for Gaelic (SP Paper 657)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 38th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 658)