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Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 7 December 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-5285—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Adoption and Children (Scotland) 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 in the morning and afternoon being called, or otherwise not in progress:

Groups 1 to 5: 1 hour 5 minutes

Group 6: 1 hour 50 minutes

Groups 7 to 10: 2 hours 20 minutes

Groups 11 to 17: 3 hours 5 minutes

Groups 18 to 20: 3 hours 25 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

2. Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 80, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 81, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 82, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 83, 85, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 100 and 103.

Amendment 84 was agreed to (by division) (For 59, Against 51, Abstentions 1).

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

            4A       (For 36, Against 71, Abstentions 0)
            4B       (For 37, Against 71, Abstentions 0)
            86        (For 55, Against 58, Abstentions 1)
            94        (For 8, Against 101, Abstentions 1)
            95        (For 11, Against 98, Abstentions 1)
            96        (For 12, Against 95, Abstentions 1).

Amendments 97 and 98 were not moved.

The Presiding Officer extended the time-limits under Rule 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 Health and Community Care and on Environment and Rural Development were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

6. Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Parliament resumed consideration of the Bill at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 104, 105, 106, 107, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 34, 35, 36, 115, 37, 120, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 122, 123, 47, 124, 48, 125, 49, 126, 50, 52, 153, 53, 55, 128, 129, 131, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 134, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 61, 62, 141, 142, 63, 143, 144, 64, 65, 145, 146, 147, 66, 148, 149, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 154, 73, 74, 151, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79 and 152.

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

            51        (For 35, Against 65, Abstentions 7)
            54        (For 34, Against 64, Abstentions 9)
            133     (For 38, Against 69, Abstentions 0)
            135     (For 44, Against 63, Abstentions 0).

Amendment 108 was moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn.

The following amendments were not moved: 116, 117, 119, 121 and 150.

7. Motion without notice: Ms Margaret Curran moved, without notice, a motion under Rule 9.8.5A to extend the time-limits for groups 8 to 10 by 30 minutes. 

The motion was agreed to.

The Presiding Officer consequently used his discretion under Rule 9.8.5B to move Decision Time to 5.30 pm on Thursday 7 December 2006.

8. Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Minister for Education and Young People (Hugh Henry) moved S2M-5041—That the Parliament agrees that the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill be passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 101, Against 6, Abstentions 6).

9. Decision Time: The Parliament took a decision on item 8 as noted above.

10. A Century of Change: The Parliament debated S2M-5188 in the name of Sarah Boyack—That the Parliament recognises the launch of “Edinburgh’s Volunteers: A Century of Change”, an exhibition which celebrates the history of volunteers in Edinburgh and the Lothians and outlines the development of volunteering in this area over the centuries; considers that all MSPs should visit the exhibition, which is located at the Museum of Edinburgh on the Royal Mile until 3 March 2007 and includes photographs, objects and oral histories about volunteers; recognises the collaboration of the Living Memory Association and the Volunteer Centre Edinburgh to provide tremendous assistance in the creation of this exhibition, and further notes the importance of volunteer contributions to enriching the lives of the people of Edinburgh and the Lothians over the last century.

The meeting closed at 6.16 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
7 December 2006

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

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 7 December 2006 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Water Customer Panels Annual Report 2005-06 (SE/2006/241)

laid under section 6B of the Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002

VisitScotland Annual Review 2005-06 (SE/2006/249)

Scottish Natural Heritage Annual Report 2005-06 (SE/2006/250)

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

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 7 December 2006—

Local Government and Transport Committee, 18th Report, 2006 (Session 2):  Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 691)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 45th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 692)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 46th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2 (SP Paper 693)

Justice 2 Committee 15th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 694)