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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 28 March 2007

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Reverend Neil Gardner, Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh, led Time for Reflection.

2. Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill – Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

Amendments 1 and 2 were agreed to without division.

3. 1st Report 2007 (Session 2) of the Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill Committee, Report on the Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill and European Protected Species: Phil Gallie, on behalf of the Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill Committee, moved S2M-5759—That the Parliament notes the 1st Report, 2007 (Session 2) of the Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill Committee, Report on the Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill and European Protected Species (SP Paper 761), and agrees that the construction of the Airdrie-Bathgate railway project should not impact on the favourable conservation status of otters.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

4. Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill – Stage 3: Phil Gallie, on behalf of the Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill, moved S2M-5760—That the Parliament agrees that the Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Bill be passed.

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

5. The Scottish Public Services Ombudsman: John Scott, on behalf of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, moved S2M-5785—That the Parliament nominates Professor Alice Brown to Her Majesty The Queen for reappointment as the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman from 30 September 2007 until 29 September 2011.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 113, Against 1, Abstentions 2).

6. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 3, 4 and 5 as noted above.

7. Reconnecting Communities by Rail: The Parliament debated S2M-5762 in the name of Mark Ruskell—That the Parliament welcomes the work undertaken by communities across Scotland to enhance the rail network; recognises in particular the long-standing need to reopen railway stations at Blackford, Greenloaning, St Andrews and Levenmouth, and further recognises the role that community rail partnerships and businesses can play in developing new services and enhancing the quality and uptake of existing services.

The meeting closed at 5.56 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
28 March 2007

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

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 23 March 2007 and is subject to annulment

The National Health Service (Travelling Expenses and Remission of Charges) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/259)

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

Other Documents

The following report was laid before the Parliament on 27 March 2007 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman: Compendium of Case Reports for March 2007 (SPSO/2007/03) —

Case 200600328: The Robert Gordon University—
Case 200503208: Lanarkshire NHS Board—
Case 200400944: Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board—
Case 200500083: Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board—
Case 200500103: Argyll and Clyde NHS Board—
Case 200502299: Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board—
Case 200502382: Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board—
Case 200503077: Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board—
Case 200503089: Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board—
Case 200503649: Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board—
Case 200503669: Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board—
Case 200501387: Highland NHS Board—
Cases 200501635 & 200502185: Highland NHS Board and a GP at a Medical Practice, Highland NHS Board—
Cases 200600019 & 200601311: Western Isles NHS Board and a GP at a Medical Practice, Western Isles NHS Board—
Case 200501186: A Dental Practitioner, Lothian NHS Board—
Case 200502398: A Medical Practice, Lothian NHS Board—
Case 200501195: Forth Valley NHS Board—
Case 200502100: A Medical Practice, Forth Valley NHS Board—
Case 200502216: Forth Valley NHS Board—
Case 200501856: Grampian NHS Board—
Case 200502096: Grampian NHS Board—
Case 200502513: A Medical Practice, Grampian NHS Board—
Case 200502887: Grampian NHS Board—
Case 200503032: Grampian NHS Board—
Case 200600040: Grampian NHS Board—
Case 200500976: Ayrshire and Arran NHS Board—
Case 200503215: Ayrshire and Arran NHS Board—
Case 200502738: Southside Housing Association Ltd—
Case 200503508: Trust Housing Association Ltd—
Case 200600770: Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association—
Case 200500432: North Lanarkshire Council—
Case 200500988: North Lanarkshire Council—
Case 200501334: South Lanarkshire Council—
Case 200502048: North Lanarkshire Council—
Case 200502468: North Lanarkshire Council—
Case 200502954: North Lanarkshire Council—
Case 200600613: Glasgow City Council—
Case 200501259: The City of Edinburgh Council—
Case 200500533: Fife Council—
Case 200500879: Fife Council—
Case 200600510: Fife Council—
Case 200501779: Aberdeenshire Council—
Case 200503132: Angus Council—
Case 200502460: East Lothian Council—
Case 200600318: South Ayrshire Council—
Case 200400314: East Dunbartonshire Council—
Case 200503123: Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority—
Case 200500736: Crofters Commission—
Case TH0014_03: Crofters Commission—
Case 200500042: The Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care—
Case 200503379: The Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care—

laid under section 15(1) of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act 2002

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 28 March 2007 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Official Response to Audit Committee 2nd Report 2007: Community Planning: An Initial Review (SE/2007/74)

Inverness College Financial Statements and Report of the Board of Management for the year ended 1 July 2007 (SE/2007/75)—
A Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2005-06 Audit of Inverness College (SE/2007/76)—
James Watt College of Further and Higher Education Report and Accounts 2005-06 (SE/2007/77)—
A Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2005-06 Audit of James Watt College (SE/2007/78)—

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

Official Response to Audit Committee 1st Report 2007: Relocation of Scottish Executive Departments, Agencies and NDPBs (SE/2007/79)

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 23 March 2007—

Equal Opportunities Committee, 3rd Report, 2007 (Session 2): Equalities in Scotland: A Review of Progress (SP Paper 781)

Equal Opportunities Committee, 4th Report, 2007 (Session 2): Annual Report 2006-07 (SP Paper 782)

Justice 2 Committee, 7th Report, 2007 (Session 2): Legacy Paper (SP Paper 793)

Education Committee, 1st Report, 2007 (Session 2): Annual Report 2006-07 (SP Paper 794)

Audit Committee, 3rd Report, 2007 (Session 2): Legacy Paper, Session 2 (SP Paper 796)

Communities Committee,6th Report, 2007 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper797)

The following report was published on 26 March 2007

Education Committee, 2nd Report, 2007 (Session 2): Report on the Implementation of the Teachers’ Agreement (SP Paper 795)

The following reports were published on 27 March 2007—

Equal Opportunities Committee, 5th Report, 2007 (Session 2): Legacy Paper (SP Paper 798)

Audit Committee, 4th Report, 2007 (Session 2): Annual Report of the Audit Committee for the Parliamentary Year 7 May 2006 to 2 April 2007 (SP Paper 800)

Enterprise and Culture Committee, 5th Report, 2007 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 801)

The following reports were published on 28 March 2007—

Communities Committee, 7th Report, 2007 (Session 2): Legacy Paper (SP Paper 802)

Communities Committee, 8th Report, 2007 (Session 2): Annual Report (SP Paper 803)

Education Committee, 3rd Report, 2007 (Session 2): Legacy Paper (SP Paper 805)

Local Government and Transport Committee, 7th Report, 2007 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 806)

Finance Committee, 4th Report, 2007 (Session 2): Annual Report of the Finance Committee for the Parliamentary Year 7 May 2006 to 2 April 2007 (SP Paper 807)

Health Committee, 7th Report, 2007 (Session 2): Annual Report 2006-07 (SP Paper 808)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 22nd Report, 2007 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 809)

SPICe Papers

The following paper was published on 28 March 2007

SPICe, Summaries of Bills Introduced in the Scottish Parliament in the Second Session (2003-07) (SP Paper 804)