|Back to the Scottish Parliament||Minutes of Proceedings Vol. 4, No. 66 Session 2|
Meeting of the Parliament
Thursday 22 March 2007
Note: (DT) signifies a decision taken at Decision Time.
The meeting opened at 9.15 am.
1. Scotland in the United Kingdom: The Minister for Parliamentary Business (Ms Margaret Curran) moved S2M-5779—That the Parliament believes that the United Kingdom is a mutually beneficial relationship for Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England; notes that devolution “is a process, not an event”; notes the additional powers that have been devolved to the Scottish Parliament since 1999; notes that the majority of people in Scotland oppose separation from the rest of the UK; believes that such a course would result in either cuts in vital public services or massive increases in taxation; believes that Scotland should retain the benefits of being part of the UK; and notes the respective positions of the Labour and the Liberal Democrat parties on the powers of the Parliament.
Alasdair Morgan moved amendment S2M-5779.2 to motion S2M-5779—
Leave out from “United Kingdom” to end and insert—
After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 31, Against 77, Abstentions 5).
Murdo Fraser moved amendment S2M-5779.3 to motion S2M-5779—
Leave out from “; and notes” to end and insert—
After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 24, Against 64, Abstentions 25).
Patrick Harvie moved amendment S2M-5779.4 to motion S2M-5779—
Leave out from “the United Kingdom” to end and insert—
After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 33, Against 77, Abstentions 3).
Colin Fox moved amendment S2M-5779.1 to motion S2M-5779—
Leave out from “is a mutually beneficial relationship” to end and insert—
After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 35, Against 76, Abstentions 1).
The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 58, Against 51, Abstentions 3).
2. General Question Time: Questions were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.
3. First Minister’s Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell).
4. Crichton Campus and the University of Glasgow: The Parliament debated S2M-5726 in the name of Alasdair Morgan—That the Parliament welcomes the work to develop an academic strategy for higher and further education in Dumfries and Galloway but, conscious that the failure of the University of Glasgow to recruit an intake of new undergraduates at the Crichton Campus in Dumfries this year may prejudge the outcome of that strategy, considers that the Scottish Executive should take all necessary steps to ensure that recruitment is resumed for the current year.
5. Themed Question Time: Questions on Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning, and on Justice and Law Officers were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers and by the Scottish Law Officers.
6. Celebrating Success in Scottish Education: The Minister for Education and Young People (Hugh Henry) moved S2M-5775—That the Parliament notes the commitment shown by the Scottish Executive and its partners to the most comprehensive programme of modernisation of Scottish education for a generation; recognises that the Executive’s investment in over 320 new and refurbished schools, increased teacher numbers, a world-leading induction scheme, reduced class sizes, strong parental involvement and stable industrial relations has rebuilt the foundations of a successful school system; welcomes the significant increase in pre-school education entitlement that has been delivered since 1999; further welcomes the high quality of leadership in Scotland’s schools and congratulates the 973 teachers who have achieved the Scottish Qualification for Headship; welcomes the Executive’s investment in Scotland’s 49 Schools of Ambition, and congratulates staff, teachers and pupils in schools and centres across Scotland for the contribution they are making to the delivery of excellent learning and teaching.
Fiona Hyslop moved amendment S2M-5775.3 to motion S2M-5775—
Leave out from “notes” to end and insert—
After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 25, Against 78, Abstentions 10).
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton moved amendment S2M-5775.1 to motion S2M-5775—
Leave out from “notes” to end and insert—
After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 18, Against 87, Abstentions 8).
The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 61, Against 43, Abstentions 9).
7. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5781—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 28 March 2007—
followed by Final Stage: Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill
followed by SPCB Motion on the Reappointment of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman
The motion was agreed to.
8. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1 and 6 as noted above.
9. Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: The Parliament debated S2M-5521 in the name of Dr Sylvia Jackson—That the Parliament expresses concern that people who suffer from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a severe and progressive genetic muscle wasting disease predominantly affecting boys and for which there is currently no cure, are dying in Scotland on average 10 years earlier then their counterparts in England; believes that an improvement in the life expectancy and experiences of these young people must be a priority for the Scottish Executive; considers that, in addition to enhanced medical research, better support services, equipment and adapted housing can make a massive difference to the quality of life of people with DMD and can contribute to extending their life expectancy; welcomes the development in 2003 of the Scottish Muscle Network, based at Yorkhill, as a national managed clinical network benefiting patients in Stirling and across Scotland, but believes that more must be done to improve both life quality and life expectancy for people with DMD in Scotland.
P E Grice
The following document was laid before the Parliament on 22 March 2007 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure
The following reports were published on 22 March 2007—