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Thursday 18 January 2007

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

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1. Business Motion: George Lyon, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5423—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (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 3: 50 minutes

Groups 4 to 8 1 hour 45 minutes

Group 9: 2 hours 5 minutes

Groups 10 to 11: 2 hours 55 minutes

Groups 12 to 15: 3 hours 25 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

2. Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 37, 38, 39, 67, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 57, 56, 58, 59, 60, 61 and 62.

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

10 (For 31, Against 65, Abstentions 2)
11 (For 32, Against 65, Abstentions 0)
12 (For 32, Against 67, Abstentions 0)
1 (For 15, Against 82, Abstentions 0)
35 (For 28, Against 67, Abstentions 3)
65 (For 40, Against 54, Abstentions 1)
66 (For 11, Against 91, Abstentions 0)

The following amendments were not moved: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 13, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 36, 40, 8 and 9.

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

6. Motion without Notice: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that the Parliament agrees under Rule 11.2.4 of the Standing Orders that Decision Time on Thursday 18 January 2007 be taken at 3.51 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

7. Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Minister for Justice (Cathy Jamieson) moved S2M-5337—That the Parliament agrees that the Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Bill be passed.

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

8. Decision Time: The Parliament took a decision on item 7 as noted above.

9. Home Smart: The Parliament debated S2M-5079 in the name of Linda Fabiani—That the Parliament welcomes the home smart campaign by the Scottish Council for Single Homeless (SCSH) and its aim of ensuring that school leavers understand the issues surrounding homelessness and how to avoid it; commends those schools in the Central Scotland region which have committed themselves to participate; values the contribution made by organisations like SCSH in tackling homelessness, and calls for a renewed effort to end homelessness.

The meeting closed at 4.26 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
18 January 2007