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Wednesday 21 February 2007

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

The meeting opened at 2.15 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Reverend Joe Kavanagh, Mearns Parish Kirk, Newton Mearns, led Time for Reflection.

2. Community Safety: The Deputy Minister for Justice (Johann Lamont) moved S2M-5608—That the Parliament acknowledges the good progress being made towards making our communities safer; notes that crime is falling and violent crime is at its lowest level since devolution; welcomes the record numbers of police officers now helping to prevent and detect crime; notes that antisocial behaviour legislation has made a real difference, with effective use being made by the police and local authorities of new measures contained in the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004; welcomes work by community safety partnerships to focus resources on tackling crime and disorder in response to local community needs, and supports the Scottish Executive’s determination to keep working with communities and to make further progress with its partners towards ensuring that decent and law-abiding people can feel safe in their homes and on their streets wherever they live.

Mr Kenny MacAskill moved amendment S2M-5608.1 to motion S2M-5608—

Leave out from “acknowledges” to end and insert—

“recognises the concern and anxiety in our communities caused by both low-level antisocial behaviour and serious and violent crime; appreciates the increased burden placed on our police forces by new legislation and additional requirements; believes that the best way of tackling both serious crime and antisocial behaviour is a visible police presence to reassure the public and deter criminals, and therefore commits to the recruitment of 1,000 additional police officers for our communities.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 23, Against 85, Abstentions 9).

Margaret Mitchell moved amendment S2M-5608.2 to motion S2M-5608—

Leave out from “acknowledges” to end and insert—

“notes, in relation to community safety, that since 1999 crimes and offences are up, that according to the Scottish Crime survey only one in four crimes is reported to the police, that drug crime has increased 5.7% in the last year, that automatic early release of prisoners is not being adequately addressed and that there is a crisis of public confidence in the criminal justice system, and calls on the Scottish Executive to increase police numbers to improve levels of community policing, to bring forward an expansion of drug rehabilitation facilities and to restore clarity and honesty in sentencing in order to improve community safety and rebuild public confidence in our criminal justice system.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 15, Against 79, Abstentions 23).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 67, Against 43, Abstentions 7).

3. The Environment: Richard Lochhead moved S2M-5607—That the Parliament welcomes the recent ruling by the High Court in London that declared the UK Government’s decision to back new nuclear power stations illegal due to a failure to consult adequately; recognises that the judgement is a further blow to the UK Government’s pro-nuclear policy, and rejects the case for new nuclear power stations in Scotland in favour of developing our nation’s enormous renewables and clean energy potential which is the quickest, most effective, safest and less expensive energy option for tackling climate change.

Allan Wilson moved amendment S2M-5607.3 to motion S2M-5607—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“notes the ruling by the High Court in London regarding the UK Government consultation on energy; notes that the DTI has accepted the judgement and will consult further; believes that the way ahead for energy in Scotland is to deliver on the Scottish Executive’s energy policies; further welcomes the announcement by the Executive that it has already met its 2010 target of 18% of Scotland’s electricity from renewable energy; welcomes the Executive’s support for nine marine power projects, including one set to be the world’s largest, and its commitment to the world-leading European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney; notes that the achievement of the Executive’s renewable energy targets has been through a mix of renewable technologies, including the major Blacklaw windfarm constructed on a former open-cast coal site generating 140MW; notes that projects for the future include the substantial Glen Doe hydro power project, world-leading offshore wind development and significant biomass energy schemes, and believes that Scotland can achieve its future renewables targets if it is supported with determination and consistency by the Executive.”

Alex Johnstone moved amendment S2M-5607.1 to motion S2M-5607—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“notes the conclusions of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report that human beings are, with a 90% probability, responsible for accelerating climate change and believes that this report simply reinforces the need for urgent action; therefore welcomes the Conservatives’ commitment to a climate change Bill to introduce annual targets and their call for carbon capture and storage to be put on an equal footing with other low-carbon energy sources; believes that we need a broad-based strategy of energy production for future energy provision in Scotland, and further welcomes the Scottish Conservatives’ proposal for a Scottish eco-bonus scheme to incentivise households, communities and small businesses to install modern energy-creating and energy-saving technologies that will have the triple benefit of cutting their energy bills, reducing CO2 emissions and giving a boost to new small-scale renewable technologies.”

Shiona Baird moved amendment S2M-5607.2 to motion S2M-5607—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“recognises that developing a sustainable energy policy is one of the most serious environmental challenges currently facing Scotland, given the need to reduce our climate changing emissions; believes that Scotland’s energy future is best served by a combination of energy conservation, energy efficiency and clean decentralised production of energy; notes that nuclear power remains an expensive, dangerous and fundamentally unsustainable power source that is by no means carbon-free and that the long-term storage of radioactive waste continues to pose an insurmountable challenge to the nuclear industry; welcomes therefore the success of Greenpeace’s judicial review of the UK Government’s flawed consultation on nuclear power and hopes that a properly conducted consultation exercise will arrive at a more sustainable outcome; calls on the Scottish Executive to prepare and submit a timely response to the new UK energy review consultation which highlights the environmental, social and economic benefits offered by energy conservation and efficiency and renewable energy in Scotland, and calls on all political parties that oppose nuclear power to publicly rule out coalition with any party that refuses to rule out new nuclear build in Scotland.”

After debate, the amendment S2M-5607.3 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 67, Against 35, Abstentions 15). As a result, amendments S2M-5607.1 and S2M-5607.2 were pre-empted.

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 67, Against 35, Abstentions 15).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament notes the ruling by the High Court in London regarding the UK Government consultation on energy; notes that the DTI has accepted the judgement and will consult further; believes that the way ahead for energy in Scotland is to deliver on the Scottish Executive’s energy policies; further welcomes the announcement by the Executive that it has already met its 2010 target of 18% of Scotland’s electricity from renewable energy; welcomes the Executive’s support for nine marine power projects, including one set to be the world’s largest, and its commitment to the world-leading European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney; notes that the achievement of the Executive’s renewable energy targets has been through a mix of renewable technologies, including the major Blacklaw windfarm constructed on a former open-cast coal site generating 140MW; notes that projects for the future include the substantial Glen Doe hydro power project, world-leading offshore wind development and significant biomass energy schemes, and believes that Scotland can achieve its future renewables targets if it is supported with determination and consistency by the Executive.

4. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S2M-5612—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 28 February 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Executive Debate: Future of Scotland’s Organic Farming

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 1 March 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate: Dealing with Illegal Money Lenders

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Justice and Law Officers;
Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.55 pm Stage 3 Proceedings: Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill

followed by Procedures Committee Debate: 10th Report 2006, Scottish Commission for Public Audit

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 7 March 2007

10.00 am Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

2.30 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish National Party Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 8 March 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

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

2.55 pm Conclusion of Stage 3 Proceedings: Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Serious Crime Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

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

6. Making our Transport Fit for Purpose: The Parliament debated S2M-5523 in the name of Nora Radcliffe—That the Parliament, recognising that transport is integral to the economic, environmental and social well-being of communities, commends the joint initiative of the Aberdeenshire Environmental Forum and the City of Aberdeen Environmental Forum in organising a public meeting on “Making our Transport System Fit for Purpose” on 1 February 2007 in Aberdeen, to inform and facilitate the debate on the future of transport in the north east; notes that the meeting is being held during the current Nestrans consultation on its proposed regional transport strategy, and, in light of the Stern and Eddington reports, believes it is important that the people of the north east think carefully about making the transport system that serves them fit for purpose in a world in which the threat of climate change has become a factor.

The meeting closed at 5.38 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
21 February 2007

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 15 February 2007

Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill—The Bill was reprinted as passed (SP Bill 62B) (Executive Bill).

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 16 February 2007 and is subject to annulment

The Public Service Vehicles (Registration of Local Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/79)

laid under section 61(1) of the Public Passenger Vehicles Act 1981

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 19 February 2007 and is subject to annulment

The Home Energy Efficiency Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/85)

laid under section 15(8) of the Social Security Act 1990

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 20 February 2007 and are subject to annulment—

Act of Sederunt (Fees of Solicitors in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment) 2007 (SSI 2007/87)

laid under section 40 of the Sheriff Courts (Scotland) Act 1907

The Scottish Police Services Authority (Staff Transfer) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/88)—
The Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2006 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/89)—
The Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency (Appointment of Police Members) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/90)—

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

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 21 February 2007 and are subject to annulment—

The Official Controls (Animals, Feed and Food) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/91)—
The Potatoes Originating in Egypt (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007
(SSI 2007/94)—
The Common Agricultural Policy Schemes (Cross-Compliance) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/99)—

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

The Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Act 2005 (Specification of Persons) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/92)

laid under section 10(9)(a) of the Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Act 2005

The Sale of Alcohol to Children and Young Persons (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/93)—
The Licensing (Training) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/95)—
The Occasional Licence (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/96)—
The Licensing (Designated Airports) (Scotland) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/97)—
The Licensing Qualification (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/98)—

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

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 19 February 2007 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Report of the Interception of Communications Commissioner for 2005-06, including Letters to the Scottish Parliament Justice Committees (SE/2007/17)

laid under section 58(6) of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 20 February 2007 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Report of the Intelligence Services Commissioner for 2005-06 (SE/2007/18)

laid under section 60(4) of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 21 February 2007 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Trust, Assurance and Safety – The Regulation of Health Professionals in the 21st Century (SE/2007/14)

Learning from tragedy, keeping patients safe: Overview of the Government’s action programme in response to the recommendations of the Shipman Inquiry (SE/2007/15)

Safeguarding Patients: The Government’s response to the recommendations of the Shipman Inquiry’s fifth report and to the recommendations of the Ayling, Neale and Kerr/Haslam Inquiries (SE/2007/16)

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 21 February 2007

Equal Opportunities Committee, 1st Report, 2007 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 747)