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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 21 March 2007

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Reverend Robbie Hamilton, New Wellwynd Parish Church, Airdrie, led Time for Reflection.

2. Rights of Relatives to Damages (Mesothelioma) (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Deputy Minister for Justice (Johann Lamont) moved S2M-5628—That the Parliament agrees that the Rights of Relatives to Damages (Mesothelioma) (Scotland) Bill be passed.

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

3. Cairngorms National Park Boundary Bill – Stage 1: Mr John Swinney moved S2M-5758—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Cairngorms National Park Boundary Bill.

After debate, the motion was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 47, Against 64, Abstentions 2).

4. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S2M-5773—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of 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 Debate: The Future of Scotland

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

followed by Motion of Thanks to the Presiding Officer

1.00 pm Decision Time

The motion was agreed to.

5. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2 and 3 as noted above.

6. The Lack of Park-and-Ride in South Edinburgh: The Parliament debated S2M-5715 in the name of Mike Pringle—That the Parliament welcomes key public transport improvements being delivered by SEStran including bus priority measures, a bus tracker system and cycleway improvements, but is concerned that key schemes for three park-and-ride sites in south Edinburgh at Straiton, Sherrifhall and Lothianburn have yet to open and that the lack of park-and-ride sites in the south of the city is leading to increased commuter parking in residential streets, where residents’ parking is already made difficult by the extension of the controlled parking scheme.

The meeting closed at 5.46 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
21 March 2007


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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 15 March 2007

Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill—The Bill was reprinted as passed (SP Bill 80B) (Executive Bill)

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 16 March 2007 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Barony College, Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2007 (SE/2007/50)—
Coatbridge College, Report of the Board of Management and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2006 (SE/2007/51)—
The Adam Smith College, Fife, Annual Accounts for the 12 months ended 31 July 2006 (SE/2007/52)—
Cumbernauld College, Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2006 (SE/2007/53)—
Report of the Board of Management of Cardonald College and the Accounts for the year ended 31 July 2006 (SE/2007/54)—
Ayr College Report of the Board of Management and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2006 (SE/2007/55)—
Forth Valley College, Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2006 (SE/2007/56)—

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

The following reports were laid before the Scottish Parliament on 19 March 2007 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Langside College – Year End Accounts and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2006 (SE/2007/57)—
Lauder College, Dunfermline – Annual Accounts 2005-06 (SE/2007/58)—
Moray College – Report of the Board of Management and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2006 (SE/2007/59)—
Stevenson College, Edinburgh – Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2006 (SE/2007/60)—
Perth College – Report of the Board of Management and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2006 (SE/2007/61)—
Motherwell College – Financial Statements for the year ending 31 July 2006 (SE/2007/62)
Elmwood College – Report and Financial Statements for the year ending 31 July 2006 (SE/2007/63)

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

HM Inspectorate of Education Annual Report 2005-06 (SE/2007/64)

The following reports were laid before the Scottish Parliament on 20 March 2007 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Scottish Law Commission Annual Report 2006 (SE/2007/20)

laid under section 3(3) of the Law Commission Act 1965

West Lothian College Annual Accounts 2005-06 (SE/2007/65)—
Stow Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2006 (SE/2007/66)—
Oatridge College Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2006 (SE/2007/67)—
Lews Castle College Accounts for the year ended 31 July 2006 (SE/2007/68)—
Central College of Commerce Board of Management Report and Financial Statements 2005-06 (SE/2007/69)—
Banff and Buchan College of Further Education Accounts for the year ended 31 July 2006 (SE/2007/70)—
Anniesland College Report and Accounts 31 July 2006 (SE/2007/71)—

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

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 21 March 2007 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Statistical Bulletin: Criminal Proceedings in Scottish Courts, 2005-06 (SE/2007/72)

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 16 March 2007

Enterprise and Culture Committee, 4th Report, 2007 (Session 2): Annual Report 2006-2007 (SP Paper 779)

The following reports were published on 20 March 2007—

European and External Relations Committee, 2nd Report, 2007 (Session 2): Report on an Inquiry into the Scrutiny of European Legislation (SP Paper 783)

European and External Relations Committee, 3rd Report, 2007 (Session 2): Annual Report 2006-07 (SP Paper 784)

European and External Relations Committee, 4th Report, 2007 (Session 2): Legacy Paper (SP Paper 785)

The following reports were published on 21 March 2007—

Equal Opportunities Committee, 2nd Report, 2007 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 780)

Justice 2 Committee, 5th Report, 2007 (Session 2): Annual Report 2006-07 (SP Paper 786)

Finance Committee, 3rd Report, 2007 (Session 2): Legacy Paper, Session 2 (SP Paper 787)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 21st Report, 2007 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 789)