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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:

Groups 1 to 4: 35 minutes
Groups 5 to 7: 1 hour
Groups 8 and 9: 1 hour 35 minutes
Groups 10 and 11: 2 hours
Groups 12 and 13: 2 hours 25 minutes
Groups 14 to 16: 3 hours.

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)—

37 (For 45, Against 56, Abstentions 0)
38 (For 13, Against 87, Abstentions 0)

The following amendments were moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn: 30 and 36.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
Clerk of the Parliament
8 March 2007

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

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)

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 8 March 2007 and are subject to annulment—

The National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) (Scotland) Regulations 2007(SSI 2007/139)
The National Health Service (Primary Medical Services Section 17C Agreements) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/205)—
The National Health Service (General Medical Services Contracts) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/206)—
The National Health Service (Primary Medical Services Performers Lists) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/207)—
The National Health Service (Pharmaceutical Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/208)—

laid under section 105(2) of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978

The Debt Arrangement Scheme (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2007(SSI 2007/187)

laid under section 62(3) of the Debt Arrangement and Attachment (Scotland) Act 2002

The Teachers’ Superannuation (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/189)

laid under sections 12(6) and 24(5) of the Superannuation Act 1972

The Animals and Animal Products (Import and Export) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/194)—
The Horse Passports (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/217)—

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

The Gambling Act 2005 (Premises Licences and Provisional Statements) (Scotland) Regulations 2007(SSI 2007/196)—
The Gambling (Premises Licence Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/197)—

laid under section 355(10) of the Gambling Act 2005

The Firefighters’ Compensation Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Order 2007 (SSI 2007/198)

laid under section 60 of the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004

The Firefighters’ Pension Scheme (Scotland) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/199)

laid under sections 34 and 60 of the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004

The Firefighters’ Pension Scheme Amendment (Scotland) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/200)—

laid under section 35 of the Fire Services Act 1947

The Police Pensions (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/201)

laid under section 1 of the Police Pensions Act 1976

The Business Improvement Districts (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/202)

laid under section 47 of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006

The Charities References in Documents (Scotland) Regulations 2007
(SSI 2007/203)—
The Charities Reorganisation (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/204)—

laid under section 103 of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005

The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2007 (SSI 2007/209)

laid under section 275(5) of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) 1997

The Justices of the Peace (Scotland) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/210)

laid under section 81(3) of the Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Act 2007

Act of Sederunt (Fees of Shorthand Writers in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment) 2007 (SSI 2007/211)

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

The Valuation Appeals Panels and Committees (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/212)

laid under section 29(8) of the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994

The Council Tax (Discounts) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007
(SSI 2007/213)—
The Council Tax (Discounts) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2007
(SSI 2007/214)—
The Council Tax (Exempt Dwellings) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2007
(SSI 2007/215)—

laid under section 113 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992

The Non-Domestic Rates (Levying) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/216)

laid under section 153 of the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994

The Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007(SSI 2007/219)

laid under section 36(5) of the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 8 March 2007 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Scotland’s Climate Change Programme: Annual Report 2007 (SE/2007/26)

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 8 March 2007—

Justice 1 Committee, 4th Report, 2007 (Session 2): Legislative Consent Memorandum on the UK Borders Bill (LCM (S2) 14.1) (SP Paper 767)

Local Government and Transport Committee, 6th Report, 2007 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 769)

Health Committee, 5th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 771)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 18th Report, 2007 (Session 2): Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2 (SP Paper 772)