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Meeting of the Parliament
Thursday 8 March 2007
Note: (DT) signifies a decision taken at Decision Time.
The meeting opened at 9.15 am.
1. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5712—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (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 each of the morning and the afternoon being called) or otherwise not in progress:
The motion was agreed to.
2. Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.
The following amendments were agreed to without division: 11, 29, 1, 2, 3, 4, 12, 13, 35, 14, 15, 16, 5, 17, 18, 6, 19, 32, 33, 7, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 8, 34, 9, 28 and 10.
The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—
The following amendments were moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn: 30 and 36.
Amendment 31 was not moved.
3. General Question Time: General Questions were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.
4. First Minister’s Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell).
5. Themed Question Time: Questions on Education, Tourism, Culture and Sport, and on Finance and Communities were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.
6. Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Minister for Education and Young People (Hugh Henry) moved S2M-5631—That the Parliament agrees that the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill be passed.
After debate, the motion was agreed to (DT).
7. Serious Crime Bill - UK Legislation: The Deputy Minister for Justice (Johann Lamont) moved S2M-5671—That the Parliament endorses the principle that the offence of breaching a Serious Crime Prevention Order should be extended to Scotland and that amendments to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 relating to the use of force in executing search warrants in Scotland under section 387 of that Act and the extension of production orders and search warrants to include cash seizures as set out in the Serious Crime Bill, introduced in the House of Lords on 16 February 2007, should be considered by the UK Parliament.
After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 88, Against 9, Abstentions 2).
8. Breach of the Code of Conduct for Members of the Scottish Parliament: Brian Adam, on behalf of the Standards and Public Appointments Committee, moved S2M-5678—That the Parliament notes the 1st Report, 2007 (Session 2) of the Standards and Public Appointments Committee, Complaint against Brian Monteith MSP (SP Paper 758), and agrees to impose the sanction recommended in the report that Brian Monteith MSP be excluded from all meetings of the Parliament and all meetings of its committees for the first five sitting days immediately after this motion is agreed.
After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 69, Against 4, Abstentions 20).
9. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 7 and 8 as noted above.
10. Fairtrade: The Parliament debated S2M-5653 in the name of Member —That the Parliament recognises the focus which Fairtrade Fortnight gives to the local, national and global effects of fair trade; notes that this year’s event is taking place from 26 February to 11 March 2007; welcomes the growing support in Scotland for fair trade, with 27 areas of Scotland having achieved Fairtrade status, including all of Scotland’s cities; notes that all local authority areas have groups working to achieve Fairtrade status; further notes that 40% of people in Scotland regularly buy Fairtrade products and 75% buy a Fairtrade product every year; congratulates the Co-operative Group on providing the first Fairtrade cotton shopping bag; believes that Scotland should continue to campaign to achieve Fairtrade country status, and further believes that such campaigning not only empowers people in the developing world but also empowers the people of Scotland.
The meeting closed at 4.42 pm.
P E Grice
New Bills introduced or reprinted on 7 March 2007
Christmas Day and New Year’s Day Trading (Scotland) Bill—The Bill was reprinted as passed (SP Bill 59A) (Member’s Bill)
The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 8 March 2007 and are subject to annulment—
The following document was laid before the Parliament on 8 March 2007 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—
The following reports were published on 8 March 2007—