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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 31 January 2007

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Rev Murdo Maclean from Carmyle and Kenmuir Mount Vernon Churches, Glasgow, led Time for Reflection.

2. Health Board Elections (Scotland) Bill: Bill Butler moved S2M-5478—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Health Board Elections (Scotland) Bill.

After debate, the motion was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 55, Against 64, Abstentions 0).

3. Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill – UK Legislation: The Deputy Minister for Justice (Johann Lamont) moved S2M-5427—That the Parliament agrees that the relevant provisions of the Tribunals,Courts and Enforcement Bill, introduced in the House of Lords on 16 November 2006, (a) relating to the establishment of a new Tribunals Service and an Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council and (b) providing immunity from seizure for international works of art on loan to exhibitions in this country, so far as these matters fall within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament, should be considered by the UK Parliament.

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

4. Business Motion: Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S2M-5515—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 7 February 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate: Promotion of Tartan and Scotland’s Tartan Industry

followed by Debate on the Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2007

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 Scottish National Party 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 Stage 3 Debate: Transport and Works (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 14 February 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Debate: Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill

followed by Executive Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 15 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—

Education, Tourism, Culture and Sport;
Finance and Public Services and Communities

2.55 pm Stage 3 Debate: Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

5. Business Motions: Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved—

S2M-5514—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 23 February 2007; and

S2M-5516—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 16 February 2007.

After debate, the motions were agreed to.

6. Referral of SSI: Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5511—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2007 be considered by the Parliament.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 3 and 6 as noted above.

8. 90th Anniversary of Passchendaele: The Parliament debated S2M-5290 in the name of Murdo Fraser—That the Parliament notes that 31 July 2007 will mark the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele which was launched on 31 July 1917 and continued until the fall of Passchendaele village on 6 November 1917; notes that Passchendaele saw the biggest loss of life of any battle in the First World War with over half a million British, Commonwealth and German troops killed, wounded or missing; notes that the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 is currently planning a number of events to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the battle, including unveiling a Celtic cross as a memorial to commemorate Scottish soldiers who took part in the battle; thanks all governments, organisations and individuals that have contributed towards commemorations planned and towards the memorial; welcomes the memorial as it will commemorate the Scottish regiments that played a pivotal role in the battle, which saw the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, the Black Watch, the Cameronians, the Gordon Highlanders, the Highland Light Infantry, the King’s Own Scottish Borderers, the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, the Royal Scots, the Scots Guards and the Seaforth Highlanders in combat for the United Kingdom, fighting with dignity, skill and honour in treacherous conditions, and believes that the Scottish Executive should mark the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele and contribute towards the commemorations.

The meeting closed at 5.47 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
31 January 2007

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 25 January 2007

Crofting Reform etc. Bill—The Bill was reprinted as passed (SP Bill 57B) (Executive Bill).

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 26 January 2007 for approval by resolution

The Transfer of Functions, Property, Rights and Liabilities from the Strathclyde Passenger Transport Executive to the Strathclyde Passenger Transport Authority Order 2007

laid under section 85(8) of the Transport Act 1985

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 26 January 2007 and are subject to annulment—

The Adults with Incapacity (Ethics Committee) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/22)

laid under section 86(1) of the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000

The Strathclyde Passenger Transport Authority (Constitution, Membership and Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Amendment Order 2007 (SSI 2007/23)

laid under section 40(9) of the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994

The Police Grant (Variation) (Scotland) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/24)

laid under section 32 of the Police (Scotland) Act 1967

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 30 January 2007 and are subject to annulment—

The Sulphur Content of Liquid Fuels (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/27)

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

The Police (Injury Benefit) (Scotland) Revocation Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/28)

laid under section 1(6) of the Police Pensions Act 1976

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 26 January 2007 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Police Grant (Variation) (Scotland) Order 2007 Report (SE/2007/11)

laid under section 32(6) of the Police (Scotland) Act 1967

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 30 January 2007 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman: Compendium of Case Reports for January 2007 (SPSO/2007/01)—

Case 200501676: University of Aberdeen
Case 200502097: A Medical Practice, Lanarkshire NHS Board
Case 200502666: Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board
Case 200500779: Shetland NHS Board
Case 200500468: Lothian NHS Board
Case 200502015: Lothian NHS Board
Case 200502052: A Dentist, Lothian NHS Board
Case 200502396: Scottish Ambulance Service
Case 200502765: A Dentist, Lothian NHS Board
Case 200503335: A Dental Practice, Lothian NHS Board
Case 200501436: A GP, Fife NHS Health Board
Case 200502545: A Dentist, Tayside NHS Board
Case TS0166_03: Tayside NHS Board
Case 200503000: Borders NHS Board
Case 200600307: A Medical Practice, Borders NHS Board
Case 200503282: West Highland Housing Association Ltd
Cases W030517 & 200401927: North Lanarkshire Council
Case 200502916: Glasgow City Council
Case 200500735: The City of Edinburgh Council
Case 200501141: Perth and Kinross Council
Case 200503422: Fife Council
Case 200501517: Aberdeenshire Council
Case 200501971: Dundee City Council
Case 200502645: Aberdeen City Council
Case 200503482: East Lothian Council
Case 200502753: Renfrewshire Council
Case 200502807: Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority
Case 200502906: The Scottish Information Commissioner

laid under section 15(1) of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act 2002

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 25 January 2007

Health Committee 2nd Report, 2007 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 728)