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Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 30 November 2006

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

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5251—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Bankruptcy and Diligence (Scotland) Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion by the time limits indicated, each 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:

Groups 1 to 9: 40 minutes

Groups 10 to 13: 1 hour 20 minutes

Groups 14 to 16: 2 hours

Groups 17 to 19: 2 hours 50 minutes

Groups 20 to 31: 3 hours 20 minutes

The motion was agreed to.

2. Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to (without division): 90, 91, 13, 14, 15, 16, 64, 17, 18, 29, 30, 31, 65, 19, 20, 21, 22, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 95, 97, 49, 50, 1, 66, 2, 3, 117, 121, 130, 51, 67, 68, 69, 4 and 5.

Amendment 12 was agreed to (by division) (For 77, Against 12, Abstentions 0).

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

            93        (For 39, Against 65, Abstentions 1)
            206     (For 20, Against 84, Abstentions 0)
            52        (For 20, Against 84, Abstentions 0)
            148     (For 28, Against 74, Abstentions 1)
            149     (For 29, Against 74, Abstentions 1).

The following amendments were not moved: 94, 96, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 118, 119, 120, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146 and 147.

The Presiding Officer extended the time-limits under Rules 9.8.4A(a) and 9.8.4A(c).

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 Finance and Public Services and Communities and on Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

6. Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Parliament resumed consideration of the Bill at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to (without division): 155, 156, 55, 157, 159, 6, 7, 56, 57, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167, 168, 169, 170, 172, 173, 71, 58, 174, 8, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 26, 27, 28, 81, 82, 175, 83, 9, 10, 59, 60, 84, 85, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 23, 24, 86, 11, 25, 178, 179, 181, 87, 88, 182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 187, 188, 89, 37, 194, 195, 196, 197, 198, 199, 200, 201 and 202.

The following amendments were agreed to (by division)—

            208     (For 73, Against 31, Abstentions 3)
            209     (For 78, Against 36, Abstentions 0)
            53        (For 103, Against 8, Abstentions 1)
            210     (For 80, Against 35, Abstentions 0)
            211     (For 79, Against 36, Abstentions 0)
            54        (For 108, Against 4, Abstentions 2)
            212     (For 73, Against 32, Abstentions 0)

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

            150     (For 40, Against 74, Abstentions 0)
            151     (For 34, Against 70, Abstentions 2)
            152     (For 37, Against 74, Abstentions 2)
            153     (For 39, Against 76, Abstentions 0)
            154     (For 52, Against 58, Abstentions 0)
            70        (For 44, Against 67, Abstentions 2)
            171     (For 35, Against 74, Abstentions 0)

The following amendments were not moved: 158, 176, 61, 177, 207, 62, 63, 180, 189, 190, 191, 192, 193, 203, 204 and 205.

The Presiding Officer extended the time-limits under Rules 9.8.4A(a) and 9.8.4A(c).

7. Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning (Allan Wilson) moved S2M-5044—That the Parliament agrees that the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill be passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 50, Abstentions 0).

8. Membership of Committee of the Regions: The Deputy Minister for Finance, Public Service Reform and Parliamentary Business (George Lyon) moved S2M-5236—That the Parliament endorses the Scottish Executive’s proposal to nominate as a representative of the Parliament Maureen Watt MSP as alternate member on the UK delegation to the Committee of the Regions for the session from 2006 to 2010.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

10. Pioneering Co-location of Borders College and Heriot Watt University Borders Campus: The Parliament debated S2M-5146 in the name of Jeremy Purvis—That the Parliament welcomes the signing of the ground-breaking co-location agreement, on Friday 17 November 2006, between Borders College and Heriot Watt University to bring about a combined further and higher education campus in the Borders at Netherdale in Galashiels; recalls the concerns about the proposed relocation of the School of Textiles and Design by the university from the Borders campus to Edinburgh in 2004 but congratulates the group established to work with the university in successfully retaining the internationally renowned school at the Borders campus, and welcomes the extensive funding package from the Scottish Executive and EU structural funds, totalling £27.7 million for the redevelopment of the campus and a further £3.7 million being granted to fund a new community college in Hawick, to provide state-of-the-art learning facilities for the Borders and establish a “university college” model and creative, world-class learning facilities.

The meeting closed at 5.41 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
29 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 30 November 2006 and are subject to annulment—

The Home Energy Efficiency Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/570)

laid under section 15(8) of the Social Security Act 1990

The Scottish Charity Appeals Panel Rules 2006 (SSI 2006/571)

laid under section 103(4) of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005

The Conservation of Salmon (Collection of Statistics) (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/572)

laid under section 68(2) of the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 2003

The Marriage (Approval of Places) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/573)

laid under section 18A(9) of the Marriage (Scotland) Act 1977

The Civil Partnership (Attestation) (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/574)

laid under section 126(4) of the Civil Partnership Act 2004

The Registration Services (Fees, etc.) (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/575)

laid under section 54(2) of the Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages (Scotland) Act 1965, section 61(3) of the Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Act 2006, section 25(2) of the Marriage (Scotland) Act 1977 and section 126(4) of the Civil Partnership Act 2004

The Plant Protection Products (Scotland) Amendment (No. 3) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/576)—
The Sheep and Goats (Identification and Traceability) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/577)—

The Environmental Impact Assessment (Agriculture) (Scotland) Regulations (SSI 2006/582)—

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

The Feeding Stuffs (Scotland) and the Feed (Hygiene and Enforcement) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/578)

laid under section 84(2) of the Agriculture Act 1970 and paragraph 2 of Schedule 2 to the European Communities Act 1972

The Fishery Products (Official Controls Charges) (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/579)—

The Meat (Official Controls Charges) (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/580)—

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

Legislative Consent Memorandums

The following memorandum was lodged on 30 November 2006

Cathy Jamieson MSP: Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Consumers, Estate Agents and Redress Bill (UK Parliament legislation) (LCM(S.2) 10.1)

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 30 November 2006 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland Annual Report 2005-06 (SE/2006/161)

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 30 November 2006—

Local Government and Transport Committee, 17th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 684)

Procedures Committee, 9th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Rule 10.3.2 (the “20-day rule) (SP Paper 685)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 44th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Bankruptcy and Diligence (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2 (SP Paper 688)