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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:

Groups 1 to 4: 55 minutes
Groups 5 to 6: 1 hour 35 minutes
Groups 7 to 12: 2 hours 20 minutes.

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)—

16 (For 6, Against 94, Abstentions 0)
17 (For 6, Against 94, Abstentions 0)
18 (For 6, Against 95, Abstentions 0)
19 (For 6, Against 83, Abstentions 0)
20 (For 14, Against 84, Abstentions 0)
21 (For 14, Against 85, Abstentions 0)
22 (For 14, Against 84, Abstentions 0)
23 (For 14, Against 89, Abstentions 0)
24 (For 14, Against 86, Abstentions 0)
25 (For 13, Against 74, Abstentions 0)
52 (For 13, Against 86, Abstentions 0)
44 (For 27, Against 74, Abstentions 0).

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
Clerk of the Parliament
15 March 2007

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

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)

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 15 March 2007 and is subject to annulment

The Inshore Fishing (Prohibited Methods of Fishing) (Firth of Lorn) (No. 2) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/240)

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

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 15 March 2007 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

The North Highland College, Report and Financial Statements for year ended 31 July 2006 (SE/2007/43)—
Reid Kerr College, Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2006 (SE/2007/44)—
Kilmarnock College, Board of Management Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2006 (SE/2007/45)—
Glasgow College of Nautical Studies, Report of the Board of Management for the year ended 31 July 2006 (SE/2007/46)—
Glasgow Metropolitan College, Financial Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 July 2006 (SE/2007/47)—
Edinburgh’s Telford College, Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2006 (SE/ 2007/48)—
Dumfries and Galloway College, Report and Financial Statements for the period 1 August 2005 to 31 July 2006 (SE/2007/49)—

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

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 15 March 2007—

Communities Committee, 5th Report 2007 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 776)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 19th Report, 2007 (Session 2): Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2 (SP Paper 777)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 20th Report, 2007 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 778)