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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 15 November 2006

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

The meeting opened at 2.15 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Dr Conrad Harvey, Buddhist Faith Representative, NHS Scotland Spiritual Care Committee, led Time for Reflection.

2. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5154—That the Parliament agrees under Rule 11.2.4 of the Standing Orders that Decision Time on Wednesday 15 November 2006 shall begin at 6.00 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

3. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5156—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion by the time limit indicated, each time limit being calculated from when the Stage begins and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when a meeting of the Parliament is suspended (other than a suspension following the first division in any morning or afternoon during which the Stage is taking place being called) or otherwise not in progress:

Groups 1 and 2: 45 minutes

Groups 3 to 7: 1 hour 50 minutes

Groups 8 and 9: 2 hours 25 minutes

Groups 10 to 15: 3 hours 25 minutes (this will conclude Wednesday’s session)

Groups 16 and 17: 3 hours 55 minutes

Group 18: 4 hours 55 minutes

Groups 19 to 23: 5 hours 50 minutes

Groups 24 to 26: 6 hours 30 minutes

Groups 27 to 30: 6 hours 55 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

4. Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to (without division): 1, 38, 39, 40, 20, 2, 21, 3, 4, 5, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 70, 6, 7, 8, 23, 9, 10, 71, 72, 12, 24, 25 and 26.

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

93 (For 39, Against 80, Abstentions 4)

43 (For 41, Against 80, Abstentions 2)

44 (For 18, Against 104, Abstentions 1)

96 (For 56, Against 65, Abstentions 2)

97 (For 40, Against 81, Abstentions 2)

98 (For 33, Against 82, Abstentions 1)

47 (For 31, Against 85, Abstentions 2)

108 (For 40, Against 79, Abstentions 1)

50 (For 8, Against 74, Abstentions 1)

51 (For 16, Against 100, Abstentions 1)

52 (For 17, Against 102, Abstentions 1)

22 (For 35, Against 73, Abstentions 8)

69 (For 16, Against 99, Abstentions 1)

118 (For 33, Against 58, Abstentions 1)

74 (For 18, Against 78, Abstentions 24)

75 (For 17, Against 78, Abstentions 25)

77 (For 15, Against 100, Abstentions 2)

The following amendments were moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn: 109 and 114.

The following amendments were not moved: 94, 95, 46, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 113, 112, 115, 119, 120 and 76.

The Presiding Officer extended the time-limits under Rule 9.8.4C.

The Parliament ended consideration of the Bill for the day amendment 77 having been disposed of.

5. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5155—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 22 November 2006

2.15 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Question Time

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Transport and Works (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution: Transport and Works (Scotland) Bill

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Christmas Day and New Year’s Day Trading (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 23 November 2006

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Preliminary Stage Debate: Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill

followed by Financial Resolution: Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Justice and Law Officers;
Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning

2.55 pm Stage 1 Debate: Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution: Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 29 November 2006

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Final Stage: Glasgow Airport Rail Link Bill

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: St Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 30 November 2006

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Finance and Public Services and Communities;
Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport

2.55 pm Conclusion of Stage 3 Proceedings: Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

6. Membership of Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5151—That the Parliament agrees that Margaret Smith be appointed to replace Nora Radcliffe on the Equal Opportunities Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Substitution on Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5150—That the Parliament agrees that Stewart Stevenson be appointed to replace Mr Stewart Maxwell as the Scottish National Party substitute on the Health Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Decision Time: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved, without notice, a motion under Rule 11.2.4 of Standing Orders that Decision Time on Wednesday 15 November 2006 shall begin at 5.52 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

9. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 6 and 7 as noted above.

10. World Diabetes Day 2006: The Parliament debated S2M-5099 in the name of Mr David Davidson—That the Parliament expresses its support for World Diabetes Day 2006 on 14 November and the launch of the year-long campaign to raise awareness of the impact of diabetes among disadvantaged and vulnerable groups; notes the campaign’s message that every person with diabetes, or at risk of diabetes, deserves the best quality of education, prevention and care that is possible; is concerned that people on the lowest incomes are around twice as likely as those on the highest incomes to develop type 2 diabetes and that the prevalence of diabetes in the most deprived areas is over two-thirds higher than in the most affluent; further notes that black and minority ethnic groups are at least five times more likely to develop diabetes than their Caucasian counterparts and are more likely to live in more deprived areas; recognises the developing epidemic of diabetes in young people in Scotland, and believes that the Scottish Executive should ensure that the needs of disadvantaged and vulnerable groups are fully addressed in the roll-out of the Scottish Diabetes Framework: Action Plan and that resources for diabetes awareness, screening and early intervention treatment to reduce long-term costs to the NHS are made available to all of Scotland’s NHS boards.

The meeting closed at 6.30 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
15 November 2006

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 14 November 2006

Glasgow Airport Rail Link Bill—The Bill was reprinted as amended at Consideration Stage. (SP Bill 54A) (Private Bill)

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instruments were laid in draft before the Parliament on 10 November 2006 for approval by resolution—

The Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006—

The Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) (Prescribed Proceedings) Amendment Regulations 2006—

laid under section 37(2) of the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 10 November 2006 and is subject to annulment

The EC Fertilisers (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/543)

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

Other Documents

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

Milk Development Council Annual Report and Accounts, year ended 31 March 2006 (SE/2006/81)

laid under section 7 of the Industrial Organisation and Development Act 1947

Scottish Consolidated Fund Receipts & Payments Account, 1 April 2005 to 31 March 2006 (SE/2006/211)—

Scottish Funding Council Annual Report and Accounts 2005-06 (SE/2006/222)—

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

sportscotland Annual Review 2005-06 (SE/2006/223)

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 14 November 2006 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Gaelic Media Service Annual Report & Accounts 2005-06 (SE/2006/225)

laid under paragraph 12(3) and (4) of Schedule 19 to the Communications Act 2003

NHS Quality Improvement Scotland Annual Report 2005-06 (SE/2006/226)

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 10 November 2006

Health Committee, 16th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Stage 1 Report on the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 662)

The following report was published on 13 November 2006

Communities Committee,12th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper669)

The following reports were published on 14 November 2006—

Justice 2 Committee, 14th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Stage 1 Report on the Christmas Day and New Year's Day Trading (Scotland) Bill(SP Paper 666)

Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill Committee, 1st Report, 2006: Preliminary Stage Report on the Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill (SP Paper 667)

Local Government and Transport Committee, 15th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Stage 1 Report on the Transport and Works (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 668)

The following reports are being published on 15 November 2006—

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 40th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 670)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 41st Report, 2006: Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2 (SP Paper 671)