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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 7 February 2007

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Promotion of Tartan and Scotland’s Tartan Industry: The Parliament debated the subject of Promotion of Tartan and Scotland’s Tartan Industry.

2. The Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2007: The Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform (Mr Tom McCabe) moved S2M-5503—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2007 be approved.

Derek Brownlee moved amendment S2M-5503.1 to motion S2M-5503—

Insert at end—

“but, in so doing, considers that the accountability of both the Scottish Executive and local authorities for their role in determining the level of the council tax, and the impact on services provided, would be strengthened by a more transparent budget process with a reduced level of “ring fencing” of grants to local authorities by the Executive.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 49, Against 67, Abstentions 0).

The motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 110, Against 5, Abstentions 1).

3. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S2M-5552—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 14 February 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

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

followed by Executive Debate: Taking the NHS Local

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 Solidarity Group Business

followed by Independent Group 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

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

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

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 21 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 22 February 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Environment and Rural Development;
Health and Community Care

2.55 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

4. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5553—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Rights of Relatives to Damages (Mesothelioma) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 23 February 2007.

The motion was agreed to.

5. Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5554—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exclusions and Exceptions) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2007 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6. Membership of Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5555—That the Parliament agrees that Malcolm Chisholm be appointed to replace Dr Elaine Murray on the Finance Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2, 5 and 6 as noted above.

8. Disabled Access to Shotts Railway Station: The Parliament debated S2M-5450 in the name of Karen Whitefield—That the Parliament believes that all railway stations in Scotland should be fully accessible to people who have a disability; in particular, notes that the east-bound platform at Shotts railway station has no disabled access, which means that wheelchair users currently must use an alternative railway station, and considers that Transport Scotland should provide suitable disabled access to this station as a matter of urgency.

The meeting closed at 5.46 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
7 February 2007

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 6 February 2007

Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill—The Bill was reprinted as amended at Stage 2. (SP Bill 69A) (Executive Bill)

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instruments were laid in draft before the Parliament on 2 February 2007 for approval by resolution—

The Fundable Bodies (Scotland) Order 2007

laid under section 34(4) of the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 2005

The Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Notification Requirements) (Scotland) Regulations 2007

laid under section 138(2) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003

The following instruments were laid in draft before the Parliament on 7 February 2007 for approval by resolution—

The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications and Deemed Applications) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007

laid under section 252(4) of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997

The Prohibited Procedures on Protected Animals (Exemptions) (Scotland) Regulations 2007

laid under section 51(3) of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006

The Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 2007

laid under section 191(9) of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987

The Gambling Act 2005 (Mandatory and Default Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2007

laid under section 355(9) of the Gambling Act 2005

The Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2006 (Modification of Agency’s Powers and Incidental Provision) Order 2007

laid under section 103(4) of the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2006

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 2 February 2007 and are subject to annulment—

The Contaminants in Food (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/29)—

The Notification of Marketing of Food for Particular Nutritional Uses (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/37)—

laid under section 48(3) of the Food Safety Act 1990

The Licensing Register (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/33)—

The Licence Transfer (Prescribed Persons) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/34)—

The Licensing (Closure Orders) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/35)—

laid under section 146(4) of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005

The Non Domestic Rating (Rural Areas and Rateable Value Limits) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2007 (SSI 2007/36)

laid under section 8 of the Local Government and Rating Act 1997

The Sea Fishing (Prohibition on the Removal of Shark Fins) (Scotland) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/39)

laid under section 30(4) and (5) of the Fisheries Act 1981

The Sea Fishing (Restriction on Days at Sea) (Scotland) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/40)

laid under section 30(4) of the Fisheries Act 1981

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 7 February 2007 and are subject to annulment—

The Registration of Civil Partnerships (Prescription of Forms, Publicisation and Errors) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/53)

laid under section 126(4) of the Civil Partnership Act 2004

The Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages (Re-registration) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/54)

laid under section 54(2)(b) of the Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages (Scotland) Act 1965

Not Subject to any Parliamentary Procedure

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 2 February 2007 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Radioactivity in Sheep) Partial Revocation (Scotland) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/38)

laid under section 1(10) of the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

Other Documents

The following report was laid before the Parliament on 5 February 2007 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Report on the British Wool Marketing Board Agricultural Marketing Schemes 2005-06 (SE/2007/13)

laid under section 30 of the Agricultural Marketing Act 1958

The following report was laid before the Parliament on 6 February 2007 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Security Industry Authority Annual Report and Accounts 2005-06 (SE/2007/10)

laid under paragraph 16(3A) and 17(3) of Schedule 1 to the Private Security Industry Act 2001

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 7 February 2007 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 2007-08 (SE/2007/7)

laid under sections 191(9) and 192(3) of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 2 February 2007—

Justice 1 Committee, 2nd Report, 2007 (Session 2): Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 730)

European and External Relations Committee, 1st Report, 2007 (Session 2): Report on an inquiry into the European Commission’s Strategy for Growth and Jobs (SP Paper 732)

The following report was published on 7 February 2007

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 8th Report, 2007 (Session 2): Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill (SP Paper 733)