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Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 23 November 2006

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

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1. Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill - Preliminary Stage: Phil Gallie, on behalf of the Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill Committee, moved S2M-5168—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill and that the Bill should proceed as a Private Bill.

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

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 Justice and Law Officers and on Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers and by the Scottish Law Officers.

5. Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care (Lewis Macdonald) moved S2M-5042—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill.
The motion was agreed to (DT).

6. Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill – Financial Resolution: The Minister for Health and Community Care (Lewis Macdonald) moved S2M-4377—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any expenditure of a kind referred to in paragraph 3(b)(iii) of Rule 9.12 of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill: Financial Resolution: The Minister for Transport (Tavish Scott) moved S2M-5174—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill, agrees to any expenditure of a kind referred to in Rule 9A.14.3(b)(ii) of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

S2M-5213—That the Parliament agrees that Marilyn Livingstone be appointed to replace Ms Wendy Alexander on the Education Committee;

S2M-5214—That the Parliament agrees that Gordon Jackson be appointed to replace Des McNulty on the Finance Committee; and

S2M-5215—That the Parliament agrees that Janis Hughes be appointed to replace Gordon Jackson on the Subordinate Legislation Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 5, 6, 7 and 8 as noted above.

10. School Bus Safety: The Parliament debated S2M-4833 in the name of Member —That the Parliament notes that in certain local authority areas in Ayrshire and elsewhere there is a concern about the need to tighten up the rules and guidelines regarding the safety of buses carrying children to school and, in particular, believes that the regulations should be changed so that it is mandatory for a supervising adult to accompany primary school children travelling on a school bus whether the bus is a single or double decker.

The meeting closed at 5.47 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
23 November 2006

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

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 23 November 2006 and are subject to annulment—

The Food for Particular Nutritional Uses (Addition of Substances for Specific Nutritional Purposes) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/556)

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

The Non-Domestic Rating (Telecommunications and Canals) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2006 (SSI 2006/557)

laid under section 6A(2) of the Valuation and Rating (Scotland) Act 1956

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 23 November 2006 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Home-Grown Cereals Authority Annual Report & Accounts 2005-06 (SE/2006/165)

laid under section 21 of the Cereals Marketing Act 1965 as amended by section 88 of the Scotland Act 1998

Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People Annual Accounts, Year ended 31 March 2006 (SE/2006/235)

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

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 23 November 2006—

Local Government and Transport Committee, 16th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 679)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 42nd Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 680)