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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 10 January 2007

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Sister Andrea Fraile, Sisters of the Gospel of Life, Glasgow led Time for Reflection.

2. Public Service Investment: The Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform (Mr Tom McCabe) moved S2M-5378—That the Parliament recognises that there have been continuing record levels of public investment in Scotland, as indicated in the most recent publication of Government Expenditure and Revenue in Scotland 2004-05; further recognises the record levels of finance provided to local government which mean that by 2007-08 core funding will have increased by almost £3.2 billion, or 57.9% compared with 1999-2000, and believes that this position is a result of being part of the United Kingdom.

Mr John Swinney moved amendment S2M-5378.2 to motion S2M-5378—

Leave out from first “recognises” to end and insert—

“notes the fact that council tax has increased by 60% since 1997 at a time when the Scottish Executive has reduced the local authority share of Executive spending; welcomes the fact that the Executive has at last begun to address the funding pressures in Scottish local authorities in the most recent financial settlement; notes that Government Expenditure and Revenue in Scotland was devised as part of a Tory scare-mongering campaign that has been continued by Labour; notes that there are fundamental errors in the publication making this an unreliable, discredited source of information, and believes that Scotland will only reach her full potential with the normal powers of an independent parliament.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 32, Against 78, Abstentions 5).

Derek Brownlee moved amendment S2M-5378.1 to motion S2M-5378—

Leave out from first “recognises” to end and insert—

“notes the publication of Government Expenditure and Revenue in Scotland 2004-05; recognises that levels of taxation and public spending in Scotland have reached record levels; believes that the Scottish Executive has failed to deliver value for money for taxpayers, and calls on the Executive to place more emphasis on delivering public services more efficiently.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 38, Against 70, Abstentions 7).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 50, Abstentions 0).

3. Business Motion: George Lyon, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5388—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 17 January 2007

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution: Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Consumers, Estates Agents and Redress Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Further Education Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

6.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 18 January 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) 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 Conclusion of Stage 3 Proceedings: Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 24 January 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution: Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 25 January 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Crofting Reform etc. Bill

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

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

2.55 pm Conclusion of Stage 3 Proceedings: Crofting Reform etc. Bill

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to (by division: For 98, Against 16, Abstentions 1).

4. Business Motion: George Lyon, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5387—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 16 February 2007.

The motion was agreed to.

5. Rule 9.6.3A: George Lyon, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5381—That the Parliament agrees under Rule 9.6.3A that the Parliament shall consider the general principles of the Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill on the fourth sitting day after the publication of the lead committee report.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6. Referral of SSI: George Lyon, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5382—That the Parliament agrees that the Subordinate Legislation Committee should report on the draft Scottish Parliament (Disqualification) Order 2007 and that the Order should be considered by the Parliament.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Substitution on Committees: George Lyon, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-5383—That the Parliament agrees that Ms Rosemary Byrne be appointed as the Solidarity Group substitute on the Local Government and Transport Committee; and

S2M-5384—That the Parliament agrees that Tommy Sheridan be appointed as the Solidarity Group substitute on the Education Committee.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

8. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 5, 6 and 7 as noted above.

9. Bring Back Our Buses Campaign: The Parliament debated S2M-5327 in the name of Colin Fox—That the Parliament notes that several vital community bus services in the Edinburgh area have been cut or made virtually unaffordable through fare increases over the last year; applauds the efforts of the South Queensferry Bus Users’ Group in campaigning for affordable fares and of the “Bring Back our Buses” campaign in calling for the retention of frequent services on the 13, 18, 38 routes and the reinstatement of full services on the 67, 20 and 60 routes, which are much used by OAPs and other vulnerable members of excluded communities in Blackhall, Ratho, Dumbiedykes, Wester Hailes and Pilton, and believes that local authorities should be allowed to regulate bus routes and timetables to ensure that marginalised communities are able to access services and amenities.

The meeting closed at 5.54 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
10 January 2007

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

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 8 January 2007 for approval by resolution

The Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Amendment of Specified Authorities) Order 2007

laid under section 18(4) of the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 22 December 2006 and are subject to annulment—

The Public Service Vehicles (Conduct of Drivers, Inspectors, Conductors and Passengers) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/613)

laid under section 61(1) of the Public Passenger Vehicles Act 1981

The Environmental Impact Assessment (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/614)

laid under paragraph 2(2) of Schedule 2 to the European Communities Act 1972 and section 275 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997

The Scotland Act 1998 (Agency Arrangements) (Specification) (No. 3) Order 2006 (SI 2006/3338)

laid under section 115 of, and paragraphs 1 and 2 of Schedule 7 to, the Scotland Act 1998

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 8 January 2007 and is subject to annulment

The Scotland Act 1998 (Agency Arrangements) (Specification) (No. 2) Order 2006 (SI 2006/3248)

laid under section 115 of, and paragraphs 1 and 2 of Schedule 7 to, the Scotland Act 1998

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 10 January 2007 and is subject to annulment

The Products of Animal Origin (Third Country Imports) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/1)

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

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 9 January 2007 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Statement: British Waterways Board: Pay of Chair and Board Members (SE/2007/04)

laid under paragraph 8 of Schedule 1 to the Transport Act 1962 as amended by Part II of Schedule 2 to the Scotland Act (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Adaptation of Functions etc.) (No. 2) Order 2000

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 22 December 2006—

Justice 2 Committee, 16th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Stage 1 Report on the Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 701)

Standards and Public Appointments Committee, 5th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Determination – Written Statement (SP Paper 706)

Standards and Public Appointments Committee, 6th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Determinations – Publication of Register (SP Paper 707)

Standards and Public Appointments Committee, 7th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Determination – Declaration of Interests (SP Paper 708)

Standards and Public Appointments Committee, 8th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Determinations – Gross Income from Heritable Property (SP Paper 709)

The following report was published on 9 January 2007

Local Government and Transport Committee, 1st Report, 2007 (Session 2): Stage 1 Report on the Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 711)

The following report was published on 10 January 2007

Health Committee, 1st Report, 2007 (Session 2): Stage 1 Report on the Health Board Elections (Scotland) Bill (SP 712)