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Meeting of the Parliament
Thursday 15 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-5749—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Custodial Sentences and Weapons (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:
The motion was agreed to.
2. Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.
The following amendments were agreed to without division: 1, 2, 3, 45, 46, 4, 47, 48, 5, 49, 50, 51, 54, 60, 61, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 75, 76, 11, 77, 78, 79, 12, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 13, 14, 80, 15, 81, 82, 83 and 84.
The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—
The following amendments were not moved: 53, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 62, 26, 27, 28, 31, 32, 33, 34 and 35.
Amendments 29 and 30 were pre-empted.
3. General Question Time: 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. Malawi: The Parliament debated S2M-5725 in the name of Karen Gillon—That the Parliament welcomes the partnership that has been established between Scotland and Malawi and, in particular, the historic co-operation agreement signed by the Scottish Executive and the Government of Malawi; congratulates the wide range of schools, churches and civic organisations in Clydesdale that are involved in joint work with similar groups in Malawi, and believes that MSPs should sign up to the Scotland Malawi Partnership’s pledge in advance of the election to ensure that this mutually beneficial partnership continues.
6. Themed Question Time: Questions on Health and Community Care and on Environment and Rural Development were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.
7. Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Minister for Justice (Cathy Jamieson) moved S2M-5632—That the Parliament agrees that the Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill be passed.
After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 89, Against 23, Abstentions 3).
8. Procedures Committee Debate, Scottish Commission for Public Audit: Donald Gorrie, on behalf of the Procedures Committee, moved S2M-5626—That the Parliament notes the Procedures Committee’s 10th Report, 2006 (Session 2), Scottish Commission for Public Audit and agrees that the changes to Standing Orders set out in Annexe A to the report be made with effect from the day after the Parliament is dissolved at the end of the current session.
After debate, the motion was agreed to (DT).
9. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 7 and 8 as noted above.
10. Rum’s Red Deer: The Parliament debated S2M-5492 in the name of Mr Jamie McGrigor—That the Parliament notes that the red deer is an iconic part of the image of Scotland; further notes that, because of its isolation, the red deer herd on Rum has arguably the purest bloodline in the country and has been the subject of scientific research, and considers that Scottish Natural Heritage’s plan to cull Rum’s red deer solely to protect the trees that it has decided to plant on the island without any protective fencing is to be condemned.
The meeting closed at 4.49 pm.
P E Grice
New Bills introduced or reprinted on 14 March 2007
Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill—The Bill was reprinted as passed. (SP Bill 68B) (Executive Bill)
Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill—The Bill was reprinted as amended at Consideration Stage. (SP Bill 64A) (Private Bill)
The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 15 March 2007 and is subject to annulment
The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 15 March 2007 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—
The following reports were published on 15 March 2007—