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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 24 January 2007

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Linda Todd, National Director, the Leprosy Mission Scotland, led Time for Reflection.

2. Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Minister for Education and Young People (Hugh Henry) moved S2M-5339—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill.

Fiona Hyslop moved amendment S2M-5339.3 to motion S2M-5339—

Insert at end—

"but, in so doing, regrets that provision for the piloting of free and nutritious school meals on a universal basis in public sector nurseries and the early years of primary school has not been included in the Bill, nor the flexibility to introduce this at a later date, as a key element in tackling health and nutrition of children and improving the uptake of school meals in the longer term."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 34, Against 77, Abstentions 2).

Frances Curran moved amendment S2M-5339.4 to motion S2M-5339—

Insert at end—

"and, in so doing, urges the Scottish Executive to consider the crucial research by Hull City Council, announced on 22 January 2007, which shows how free healthy school meals can assist take up and improve learning and behaviour; acknowledges evidence already given to the Communities Committee which supports free healthy school meals, and considers that amendments should be brought forward at Stage 2 which would introduce free healthy school meals for all state school children, including those in nurseries."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 13, Against 77, Abstentions 23).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 107, Against 0, Abstentions 6).

3. Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill – Financial Resolution: The Minister for Education and Young People (Hugh Henry) moved S2M-5410—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any increase in expenditure for existing purposes payable, in consequence of the Act, out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund.

The motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 106, Against 4, Abstentions 2).

4. The Draft Scottish Parliament (Disqualification) Order 2007: The Deputy Minister for Finance, Public Service Reform and Parliamentary Business (George Lyon) moved S2M-5442—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Scottish Parliament (Disqualification) Order 2007 be approved.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 107, Against 6, Abstentions 0).

5. Business Motion: George Lyon, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5461—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 31 January 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Health Board Elections (Scotland) Bill

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 1 February 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Green Party Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Health and Community Care;
Environment and Rural Development

2.55 pm Stage 1 Debate: Rights of Relatives to Damages (Mesothelioma) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Statistics and Registration Services Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 7 February 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 8 February 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning;
Justice and Law Officers

2.55 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

6. Business Motion: George Lyon, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5462—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 2 March 2007.

The motion was agreed to.

7. Approval of SSIs: George Lyon, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-5452—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Farm Woodland Premium Schemes and SFGS Farmland Premium Scheme Amendment (Scotland) Scheme 2007 be approved; and

S2M-5453—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Conservation (Natural Habitats &c.) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2007 be approved.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

8. Substitution on Committees: George Lyon, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5455—That the Parliament agrees that Mr Andrew Arbuckle be appointed to replace Jeremy Purvis as the Scottish Liberal Democrat Party substitute on the Environment and Rural Development Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9. Rule 10.6.5: George Lyon, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5463—That the Parliament agrees that, for the purpose of allowing up to 30 minutes to debate motion S2M-5454 in relation to the draft Local Government Elections Order 2007 on Thursday 25 January 2007, the second and third sentences of Rule 10.6.5 of Standing Orders be suspended.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 3, 4, 7, 8 and 9 as noted above.

11. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month: The Parliament debated S2M-5406 in the name of Patrick Harvie—That the Parliament notes that February is LGBT History Month and that events will be taking place around Scotland to celebrate the lives of Scottish LGBT people, past and present; congratulates the many organisations that have contributed to LGBT History Month, including voluntary organisations, religious groups, businesses and the Scottish Executive; regrets that LGBT history, from the horrors of the gulags and gas chambers to the achievements of LGBT people in all spheres of life, often remains unwritten and unspoken; believes that this represents a cultural loss to the whole of society; further believes that young LGBT people in particular have a right to learn about their cultural heritage in all its forms, and hopes therefore that many communities, including schools, will participate in LGBT History Month this year and in the future.

The meeting closed at 5.53 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
24 January 2007

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 18 January 2007

Criminal Proceedings etc. (Scotland) Bill—The Bill was reprinted as passed (SP Bill 55B) (Executive Bill).

Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to make provision, for financial year 2007/08, for the use of resources by the Scottish Administration and certain bodies whose expenditure is payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund, for authorising the payment of sums out of the Fund and for the maximum amounts of borrowing by certain statutory bodies; to make provision, for financial year 2008/09, for authorising the payment of sums out of the Fund on a temporary basis; and for connected purposes. (SP Bill 81) (Budget Bill)

Introduced by: Mr Tom McCabe
Supported by: Mr Jack McConnell, Mr Nicol Stephen, Ms Margaret Curran

Accompanying documents (SP Bill 81-AD) were printed to accompany the Bill.

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 22 January 2007 for approval by resolution

The Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001 (Minimum Frequency of Inspections) Order 2007

laid under section 78(2)(b) of the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 19 January 2007 and are subject to annulment

The Food Hygiene (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/11)

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

The Prohibition of Fishing with Multiple Trawls (No. 2) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2007 (SSI 2007/13)

laid under section 20(3) of the Sea Fish (Conservation) Act 1967

The Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) (Fees) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/14)

laid under section 37(1) of the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986

The Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003 (Commencement No. 1 and Savings) (Scotland) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/10 (C.2)) was laid in error on 18 January 2007.

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 22 January 2007 and is subject to annulment

The Antisocial Behaviour (Fixed Penalty Offence) (Prescribed Area) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/15)

laid under section 141(3) of the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 23 January 2007 and is subject to draft affirmative procedure

Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005: Draft Guidance for Licensing Boards and Local Authorities (SE/2007/9)

laid under section 142(5) of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 24 January 2007 and are subject to annulment—

The Tenements (Scotland) Act 2004 (Prescribed Risks) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/16)

laid under section 32(2) of the Tenements (Scotland) Act 2004

The Tweed Regulation Order 2007 (SSI 2007/19)

laid under article 77(2) of the Scotland Act 1998 (River Tweed) Order 2006 (SI 2006/2913)

The Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005: Draft Guidance for Licensing Boards and Local Authorities (SE/2007/9), which was laid before the Parliament on 23 January 2007, has been withdrawn.

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 24 January 2007 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Planning ward nursing – legacy or design? A follow-up report: A main report and key messages summary prepared for the Auditor General for Scotland (AGS/2007/1)

laid under the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

The Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005: Draft Guidance for Licensing Boards and Local Authorities (SE/2007/9), which was laid before the Parliament on 23 January 2007, has been withdrawn.

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 19 January 2007

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 3rd Report, 2007 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 723)

The following reports were published on 22 January 2007—

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 4th Report, 2007 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 724)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 5th Report, 2007 (Session 2): Crofting Reform etc. Bill as amended at Stage 2 (SP Paper 725)

The following reports were published on 24 January 2007—

Local Government and Transport Committee, 2nd Report, 2007 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 726)

Finance Committee, 1st Report, 2007 (Session 2): Report on the legislative consent memorandum on the Statistics and Registration Service Bill (UK Legislation) (SP Paper 727)