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Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 25 January 2007

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

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1. Business Motion: Alasdair Morgan, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5464—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Crofting Reform etc. 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 being called) or otherwise not in progress:

Groups 1 to 5: 55 minutes

Groups 6 and 7: 1 hour 15 minutes

Groups 8 to 11: 1 hour 35 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

2. Crofting Reform etc. Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 42, 43, 5, 6, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 50, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 38, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25.

Amendment 1 was agreed to by division: (For 97, Against 3, Abstentions 0).

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

39 (For 45, Against 55, Abstentions 0)

28 (For 15, Against 87, Abstentions 0)

32 (For 16, Against 85, Abstentions 0)

34 (For 16, Against 87, Abstentions 0)

40 (For 44, Against 58, Abstentions 0)

41 (For 14, Against 86, Abstentions 0).

The following amendments were moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn: 26, 33 and 35.

The following amendments were not moved: 29, 30, 31, 36, 37, 38A and 2.

3. Crofting Reform etc. Bill - Stage 3: The Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Ross Finnie) moved S2M-5335—That the Parliament agrees that the Crofting Reform etc. Bill be passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 91, Against 5, Abstentions 20).

4. General Question Time: Questions were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

5. First Minister’s Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell).

6. Themed Question Time: Questions on Finance, Public Service Reform and Communities and on Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport, were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

7. Determinations required under the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Act 2006: Brian Adam, on behalf of the Standards and Public Appointments Committee, moved—

S2M-5431—That the Parliament notes the Standards and Public Appointments Committee’s 5th Report, 2006 (Session 2), Determinations required under the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Act 2006 - Determination required under Section 4 (SP Paper 706), and agrees that the determination set out in Annexe A to the report be made with effect from 4 April 2007;

S2M-5432—That the Parliament notes the Standards and Public Appointments Committee’s 6th Report, 2006 (Session 2), Determinations required under the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Act 2006 - Determination required under Section 11 (SP Paper 707), and agrees that the determination set out in Annexe A to the report be made with effect from 4 April 2007;

S2M-5433—That the Parliament notes the Standards and Public Appointments Committee’s 7th Report, 2006 (Session 2), Determinations required under the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Act 2006 - Determination required under Section 13 (SP Paper 708) and agrees that the determination set out in Annexe A to the report be made with effect from 4 April 2007; and

S2M-5434—That the Parliament notes the Standards and Public Appointments Committee’s 8th Report, 2006 (Session 2), Determinations required under the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Act 2006 - Determination required under the schedule, paragraph 8 (SP Paper 709), and agrees that the determination set out in Annexe A to the report be made with effect from 4 April 2007.

After debate, the motions were agreed to (DT).

8. Budget (Scotland) (No. 4) Bill – Stage 1: The Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform (Mr Tom McCabe) moved S2M-5441—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Budget (Scotland) (No. 4) Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 90, Against 7, Abstentions 18).

Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5454—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Scottish Local Government Elections Order 2007 be approved.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 108, Against 6, Abstentions 3).

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

10. Fair Parking for the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh: The Parliament debated S2M-5414 in the name of Mike Pringle—That the Parliament welcomes the plan to build a new hospital for sick children alongside the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh at Little France in south Edinburgh; notes that parking costs only 70p per hour and is free in the evening and at weekends near the current Royal Hospital for Sick Children site in Sciennes but that parking at the Royal Infirmary is almost £1.20 per hour, up to a maximum of £10 per day, and that this applies for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and believes that bus services to the Little France area should be improved from all parts of the city and that NHS Lothian should guarantee that parking at any new hospital will not cost any more than the current site and that the mistakes that were made in respect of fixing parking charges at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh are not made in planning the new sick children’s hospital.

The meeting closed at 5.41 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
25 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

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 25 January 2007 for approval by resolution

The Budget (Scotland) Act 2006 Amendment Order 2007

laid under section 7(2) of the Budget Scotland Act 2006

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.

Legislative Consent Memorandum

The following memorandum was lodged on 25 January 2007

Cathy Jamieson MSP: Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Serious Crime Bill (UK Parliament Legislation) (LCM (S2) 13.1)

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.

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 25 January 2007 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scotland’s Budget Documents: The 2006-07 Spring Budget Revision to the Budget (Scotland) Act for the year ending 31 March 2007 (SE/2007/5)

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 25 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

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)