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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 28 February 2007

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Rev Andrew Hill, Minister of St Mark’s Unitarian Church, Edinburgh, led Time for Reflection.

2. Business Motion: George Lyon, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5664—That the Parliament agrees the following revisions to the programme of business for Wednesday 28 February and Thursday 1 March 2007—

(a) Wednesday 28 February 2007

delete,

5.00 pm Decision Time

and insert,

5.30 pm Decision Time

and;

(b) Thursday 1 March 2007

after,

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

delete,

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

The motion was agreed to.

3. Business Motion: George Lyon, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5667—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion by the time limit indicated, each time limit being calculated from when the Stage begins and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when a meeting of the Parliament is suspended (other than a suspension following the first division in the Stage being called) or otherwise not in progress:

Group 1: 15 minutes
Group 2: 40 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

3. Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

1 (For 24, Against 85, Abstentions 0)
3 (For 24, Against 87, Abstentions 0)
4 (For 1, Against 100, Abstentions 8)

The Presiding Officer extended the time-limits under Rules 9.8.4A(c) and 9.8.4A(a).

4. Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill: The Deputy Minister for Finance, Public Service Reform and Parliamentary Business (George Lyon) moved S2M-5629—That the Parliament agrees that the Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill be passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 103, Against 4, Abstentions 8).

5. The Future of Scotland’s Organic Farming: The Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Sarah Boyack) moved S2M-5655—That the Parliament acknowledges the progress made to date in implementing the Organic Action Plan; welcomes the increasing consumer demand for Scottish organic produce, the contribution of organic producers in improving the availability of good quality local food at local markets and the contribution of organic producers to sustainable development, and commits to continue to support the organic sector in the future.

Richard Lochhead moved amendment S2M-5655.2 to motion S2M-5655—

Insert at end—

“but believes that, as many of the targets in the current Organic Action Plan have only been partially met, it is time for a new updated organic action plan that encourages a more balanced basket of healthy, locally grown organic produce, and pledges to use public procurement to promote organic produce, to communicate the benefits to consumers and to minimise the bureaucracy associated with organic production.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 38, Against 76, Abstentions 1).

Alex Johnstone moved amendment S2M-5655.1 to motion S2M-5655—

Insert at end—

“but also recognises the high quality, environmental and welfare standards achieved by most Scottish farmers using a range of traditional methods.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 39, Against 66, Abstentions 10).

Eleanor Scott moved amendment S2M-5655.3 to motion S2M-5655—

Insert at end—

“and further commits to the production of a revised and strengthened organic action plan to include ambitious targets for increased land area and market penetration, prioritised support for the organic sector through land management contracts, grants and support for local supply chain development, including a review of barriers to further growth across the sector, an organic public procurement strategy adopting the successful "Food for Life" standards across the public sector, a communication strategy to engage with the public about the benefits of organic food and farming, strengthened advisory support and a review of SEERAD’s research and development strategy.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 38, Against 77, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 105, Against 2, Abstentions 8).

6. Business Motion: George Lyon, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5665—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 7 March 2007

10.00 am Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Christmas Day and New Year’s Day Trading (Scotland) Bill

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 Standards and Public Appointments Committee Motion on Breach of the Code of Conduct for Members of the Scottish Parliament

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 14 March 2007

10.00 am Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill

2.30 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Final Stage: Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill

followed by Standards and Public Appointments Committee Debate: Report on Code of Conduct for MSPs

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 15 March 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill

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 Conclusion of Stage 3 Proceedings: Custodial Sentences and Weapons (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

The motion was agreed to.

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

S2M-5658—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2006 Amendment Order 2007 be approved; and

S2M-5659—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001 (Minimum Frequency of Inspections) Order 2007 be approved; and

S2M-5660—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Mental Health (Safety and Security) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 be approved; and

S2M-5661—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Transfer of Functions, Property, Rights and Liabilities from the Strathclyde Passenger Transport Executive to the Strathclyde Passenger Transport Authority Order 2007 be approved.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

9. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 4, 5 and 8 as noted above.

10. Switch Off Energy Debt: The Parliament debated S2M-5525 in the name of Scott Barrie—That the Parliament expresses concern at the high level of energy debt in Scotland; notes from the most recent figures published by Ofgem that 343,617 customers in Dunfermline and elsewhere owe their energy supplier an average of £181; further notes that energy prices remain high, with Scottish consumers typically paying more than £1,000 per year for their gas and electricity; is concerned that, according to Ofgem, the number of disconnections from energy supply has risen by 285% between September 2005 and September 2006, and believes that all energy suppliers should take urgent action to address the burden of debt on Scotland's most vulnerable households.

The meeting closed at 6.21 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
28 February 2007

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 27 February 2007

Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill—The Bill was reprinted as amended at Consideration Stage. (SP Bill 58A) (Private Bill)

Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill—The Bill was reprinted as amended at Stage 2. (SP Bill 80A) (Executive Bill)

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

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

The Local Government (Allowances and Expenses) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/108)

laid under section 16 of the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004

The Police Grant (Scotland) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/109)

laid under section 32(8) of the Police (Scotland) Act 1967

The Police Act (Criminal Records) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/112)

laid under section 125(4) of the Police Act 1997 (as read with section 125(6) of the Police Act 1997)

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 27 February 2007 and are subject to annulment—

The Education (Assisted Places) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/114)—
The St Mary’s Music School (Aided Places) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/115)—

laid under section 133 of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 28 February 2007 and are subject to annulment—
The Dairy Produce Quotas (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/118)—
The Plant Protection Products (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/119)—

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

Other Documents

The following reports were laid before the Parliament on 27 February 2007 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

The Police Grant (Scotland) Order 2007 Report (SE/2007/22)

laid under section 32(9) of the Police (Scotland) Act 1967

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman: Compendium of Case Reports for February 2007 (SPSO/2007/02) —

Case 200502663: Lanarkshire NHS Board
Case 200502203: Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board
Case 200501332: Lothian NHS Board
Case 200501851: Fife NHS Board
Case 200501624: Tayside NHS Board
Case 200503283: Tayside NHS Board
Case 200503520: Tayside NHS Board
Case 200503188: Dumfries and Galloway NHS Board
Case 200503682: The Highland Council
Case 200601025: The City of Edinburgh Council
Case 200502249: Dundee City Council
Case 200501799: East Lothian Council
Case 200502318: North Ayrshire Council
Case 200502633: East Lothian Council
Case 200500060 & 200600224: West Dunbartonshire Council
Case 200502980: Inverclyde Council
Case 200503264: East Dunbartonshire Council
Case 200401919: Crofters Commission
Case 200401429: Scottish Prison Service

laid before the Scottish Parliament by the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman under Section 15(1) of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act 2002.

Legislative Consent Memorandums

The following memorandum was lodged on 27 February 2007—

Cathy Jamieson: Legislative Consent Memorandum on the UK Borders Bill (UK Parliament legislation) (LCM(S2) 14.1)

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 23 February 2007

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 14th Report, 2007 (Session 2): Inquiry into the Regulatory Framework in Scotland - Final Report (SP Paper 751)

The following report was published on 26 February 2007

Finance Committee, 2nd Report, 2007 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 753)

The following reports were published on 28 February 2007—

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 15th Report, 2007 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 754)

Justice 2 Committee 3rd Report, 2007 (Session 2): Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Serious Crime Bill (LCM(S2) 13.1) (SP Paper 757)