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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 14 March 2007

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

The meeting opened at 10.00 am.

1. Time for Reflection: Father John Keenan, Catholic Chaplaincy, University of Glasgow, led Time for Reflection.

2. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5748—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion by the time limit indicated, that time limit being calculated from when the Stage begins and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when the meeting of the Parliament is suspended (other than a suspension following the first division in the Stage being called) or otherwise not in progress:

Groups 1 to 2: 1 hour 5 minutes
Groups 3 to 5: 1 hour 35 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

3. Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 28, 29 and 30.

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

21 (For 29, Against 70, Abstentions 0)
1 (For 29, Against 73, Abstentions 1)
6 (For 11, Against 73, Abstentions 20)
22 (For 32, Against 71, Abstentions 1)
23 (For 12, Against 72, Abstentions 21)
24 (For 12, Against 71, Abstentions 21)
3 (For 32, Against 72, Abstentions 1)
4 (For 32, Against 72, Abstentions 1)
14 (For 12, Against 73, Abstentions 20)
15 (For 12, Against 71, Abstentions 21)
16 (For 32, Against 72, Abstentions 1)
17 (For 32, Against 73, Abstentions 1)
18 (For 32, Against 73, Abstentions 1)
19 (For 32, Against 72, Abstentions 1)
20 (For 30, Against 73, Abstentions 1)
25 (For 30, Against 73, Abstentions 3)
7 (For 12, Against 72, Abstentions 21)
8 (For 11, Against 84, Abstentions 0)
27 (For 30, Against 71, Abstentions 0)
9 (For 11, Against 89, Abstentions 0)
31 (For 32, Against 72, Abstentions 0)

Amendment 26 was not moved.

4. Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Minister for Education and Young People (Hugh Henry) moved S2M-5695—That the Parliament agrees that the Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill be passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (DT).

5. 2nd Report 2007 (Session 2) of the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill Committee, Appropriate Assessment Report on the Firth of Forth Special Protection Area: Scott Barrie, on behalf of the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill Committee, moved S2M-5683—That the Parliament notes the 2nd Report, 2007 (Session 2) of the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill Committee, Appropriate Assessment Report on the Firth of Forth Special Protection Area (SP Paper 736), and agrees that the construction of the project proposed in the Bill will not adversely affect the integrity of the Firth of Forth Special Protection Area.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6. 3rd Report 2007 (Session 2) of the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill Committee, Report on the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill and European Protected Species: Scott Barrie, on behalf of the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill Committee, moved S2M-5684—That the Parliament notes the 3rd Report, 2007 of the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill Committee, Report on the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill and European Protected Species (SP Paper 737), and agrees that the construction of the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link project should not impact on the favourable conservation status of otters.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill – Final Stage: Scott Barrie, on behalf of the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill Committee, moved S2M-5685—That the Parliament agrees that the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill be passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 86, Against 29, Abstentions 3).

8. Standards and Public Appointments Committee, Code of Conduct for Members of the Scottish Parliament: Brian Adam, on behalf of the Standards and Public Appointments Committee, moved S2M-5719—That the Parliament notes the 2nd Report, 2007 (Session 2) of the Standards and Public Appointments Committee, Code of Conduct for Members of the Scottish Parliament (SP Paper 763) and agrees to its conclusions.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 106, Against 7, Abstentions 2).

9. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5746—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 15 March 2007—

after,

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

insert,

followed by Members’ Business – S2M-5725 Karen Gillon: Malawi

The motion was agreed to.

10. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5747—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 21 March 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Rights of Relatives to Damages (Mesothelioma) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Cairngorms National Park Boundary Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 22 March 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate: Scotland in the United Kingdom

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

followed by Members’ Business

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning
Justice and Law Officers

2.55 pm Executive Debate: Education

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 28 March 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Final Stage: Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 29 March 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

followed by Executive Business

1.00 pm Decision Time

The motion was agreed to.

11. Approval of SSIs: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-5733—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Gambling Act 2005 (Mandatory and Default Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 be approved;

S2M-5734—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004 (Allowances and Expenses) Regulations 2007 be approved;

S2M-5735—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Representation of the People (Postal Voting for Local Government Elections) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 be approved;

S2M-5736—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Representation of the People (Post-Local Government Elections Supply and Inspection of Documents) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 be approved;

S2M-5737—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Number of Inner House Judges (Variation) Order 2007 be approved;

S2M-5738—That the Parliament agrees that the draft National Waste Management Plan for Scotland Regulations 2007 be approved;

S2M-5739—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Fundable Bodies (Scotland) Order 2007 be approved;

S2M-5740—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Debt Arrangement Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 be approved; and

S2M-5741—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Renewables Obligation (Scotland) Order 2007 be approved.

The motions were agreed to (DT)

12. Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5742—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Prohibited Procedures on Protected Animals (Exemptions) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 be approved.

The motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 70, Against 25, Abstentions 21).

13. Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5743—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Business Improvement Districts (Ballot Arrangements) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 be approved.

The motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 75, Against 39, Abstentions 1).

14. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12 and 13 as noted above.

15. Success of Scots Trad Music Awards 2006: The Parliament debated S2M-5261 in the name of Rob Gibson—That the Parliament congratulates Hands Up For Trad, its founder Simon Thoumire of Footstompin’ Records and the sponsors and supporters who made the 2006 awards ceremony and weekend entertainment in Fort William such a happy and successful gathering; draws particular attention to the staff of the Nevis Centre whose hard work allowed the annual event to move from its Edinburgh base and offer a top-class venue, a friendly Highland welcome and a tremendous warm-up for the major events to be staged there in 2007 during the Scottish Year of Highland Culture; offers congratulations to winners of a wide range of awards, voted on by thousands across the globe, that give significant recognition to the excellence within Scotland’s thriving contemporary traditional music scene; encourages the funding bodies to invest in this success which promotes, through composition, performance and enthusiastic audience response, such a positive message about Scottish cultural confidence, and believes that Scotland’s television media should build on BBC Radio Scotland’s role as the sole consistent champion of our Scottish music and traditions by broadcasting the images and sounds round the world.

The meeting closed at 5.37 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
14 March 2007

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 8 March 2007

Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill—The Bill was reprinted as passed (SP Bill 73B) (Executive Bill).

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 9 March 2007 and are subject to annulment—

The Napier University (Scotland) Order of Council 1993 Amendment Order of Council 2007 (SSI 2007/160)

laid under sections 45 and 60 of the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 1992

The Bankruptcy Fees (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/220)

laid under section 72 of the Bankruptcy (Scotland) Act 1985

The Town and Country Planning (Application of Subordinate Legislation to the Crown) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2007 (SSI 2007/221)

laid under section 122(7) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004

The Personal Injuries (NHS Charges) (Reviews and Appeals) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/222)—

The Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003 Supplementary Provisions (Recovery of NHS Charges) (Scotland) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/223)—

laid under section 195(8) of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003

The Seed (Scotland) (Amendments for Tests and Trials etc.) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/224)

laid under section 16(6) of the Plant Varieties and Seeds Act 1964

The National Health Service (Travelling Expenses and Remission of Charges) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/225)

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

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 14 March 2007 and is subject to annulment

The Inshore Fishing (Prohibited Methods of Fishing) (Firth of Lorn) Revocation Order 2007 (SSI 2007/239)

laid under section 9(2) of the Inshore Fishing (Scotland) Act 1984

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 9 March 2007 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scotland’s Children’s Panels Annual Report 2006 (SE/2007/23)

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 12 March 2007 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, Chapter 23: Report of the Intelligence Services Commissioner for 2000 (SE/2007/28)
Report of the Intelligence Services Commissioner for 2001 (SE/2007/29)—
Report of the Intelligence Services Commissioner for 2002 (SE/2007/30)—
Report of the Intelligence Services Commissioner for 2003 (SE/2007/31)—
Report of the Intelligence Services Commissioner for 2004 (SE/2007/32)—

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 13 March 2007 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Observers at Scottish Local Government Elections: A Code of Practice (SE/2007/24)

laid under section 11 of the Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services Act 2006

Aberdeen College, Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2006 (SE/2007/33)—
Angus College, 2005-06 Annual Accounts (SE/2007/34)—
Borders College, Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2006 (SE/2007/35)—
Clydebank College, Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2006 (SE/2007/36)—

laid under section 22(5) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

Note: The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, Chapter 23: Report of the Intelligence Services Commissioner for 2000 (SE/2007/28), laid before the Parliament on 12 March 2007, has been withdrawn

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 14 March 2007 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Dundee College, Report of the Board of Management and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2006 (SE/2007/37)—
Jewel and Esk Valley College, Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2006 (SE/2007/38)—
John Wheatley College, Annual Report and Financial Statement for the year ended 31 July 2006 (SE/2007/39)—
North Glasgow College, Springburn, Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 July 2006 (SE/2007/40)—
South Lanarkshire College, Financial Statements for the 12 months ended 31 July 2006 (SE/2007/41)—

laid under section 22(5) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 9 March 2007—

Justice 1 Committee, 5th Report, 2007 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 768)

Audit Committee, 2nd Report, 2007 (Session 2): Community Planning: an initial review (SP Paper 770)

Enterprise and Culture Committee, 3rd Report, 2007 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 773)

The following report was published on 12 March 2007

Environment and Rural Development Committee, 4th Report, 2007 (Session 2): Report on Inquiry into the Marine Environment (SP Paper 774)

The following report was published on 13 March 2007

Procedures Committee, 1st Report, 2007 (Session 2): Annual Report 2006-07 (SP Paper 775)