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Thursday 21 June 2007

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

The meeting opened at 9.15 pm.

1. Olympic Games: Murdo Fraser moved S3M-204—That the Parliament fully supports Glasgow’s bid to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games; wishes our competitors every success in the 2010 Commonwealth Games and looks forward to them building on the 29 medals brought back from the 2006 games, which is the largest number of medals ever won by a Scottish team at overseas games; also wishes the British team every success in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and believes that the interests of sport in Scotland and our athletes are best served if they compete as part of the British team in the 2008 Olympic Games and at subsequent Olympic Games.

Stewart Maxwell moved amendment S3M-204.3 to motion S3M-204—

Leave out from “and believes that” to end and insert—

“notes with considerable concern the negative impact that the spiralling costs of the subsequent Olympic Games is projected to have on lottery support for grassroots sport throughout the United Kingdom; supports the Scottish Football Association and the Tartan Army in their opposition to the proposal for a British football team to take part in the 2008 and 2012 games, and agrees that such a proposal could damage the continuation of a separate Scottish international football team.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 49, Against 78, Abstentions 1).

Johann Lamont moved amendment S3M-204.1 to motion S3M-204—

Leave out from “, and believes” to end and insert—

“and Paralympics; believes that the interests of sport in Scotland and our athletes are best served if they compete as part of the British team in the 2008 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games and at subsequent Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, and further urges the Scottish Executive to work with all the relevant sporting agencies and organisations to maximise the opportunities for young Scots to benefit from UK Sport World Class Performance programmes.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 62, Against 62, Abstentions 3; amendment disagreed to on casting vote).

Nicol Stephen moved amendment S3M-204.2 to motion S3M-204—

Insert at end—

“including the 2012 London Olympics, but regrets that the UK Government’s insistence on using lottery funds to finance the Games will deprive grassroots sport development in Scotland of essential funding and urges the UK Government to make a commitment that no further raids will be made on lottery funds to make up any additional Olympic budget shortfall.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 65, Against 62, Abstentions 1).

The motion, as amended, was then disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 45, Against 79, Abstentions 2).

2. Council Tax: Derek Brownlee moved S3M-201—That the Parliament does not support the introduction of a local income tax as a replacement for the council tax.

Des McNulty moved amendment S3M-201.4 to motion S3M-201—

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“and further requires that any proposals for a new system should be published by Scottish Executive ministers before the Parliament considers Stage 2 of the 2008-09 budget process.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 62, Against 65, Abstentions 1).

Tavish Scott moved amendment S3M-201.2 to motion S3M-201—

Leave out from—

“does not support” to end and insert “believes that local income tax, which is based on ability to pay, is a fairer system of local taxation than the discredited and unfair council tax and notes the position of the Green Party in regard to land value taxation.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 62, Abstentions 2).

Robin Harper moved amendment S3M-201.3 to motion S3M-201—

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“notes the decision, made by the Parliament on 30 January 2003 but never fulfilled, to consider and investigate land value taxation, and calls on the Scottish Government to fulfil this commitment before the introduction of legislation on the future of local government finance.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 49, Against 78, Abstentions   0).

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 62, Abstentions 2).

Accordingly the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament believes that local income tax, which is based on ability to pay, is a fairer system of local taxation than the discredited and unfair council tax and notes the position of the Green Party in regard to land value taxation.

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 (Alex Salmond).

5. Themed Question Time: Questions on Education and Lifelong Learning, and on Europe, External Affairs and Culture were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

6. Ministerial Statement: The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth made a statement and answered questions on Climate Change.

7. Housing: The Parliament debated the subject of Housing.

8. Scottish Commission for Public Audit: Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, moved S3M-212—That the Parliament agrees to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body’s proposal to appoint Robert Brown, Derek Brownlee, Angela Constance and George Foulkes to be members of the Scottish Commission for Public Audit.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-220—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 27 June 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Transport

followed by Executive Debate: Transport  

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 28 June 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Approach to the Comprehensive Spending Review

followed by Executive Debate: Health and Wellbeing of the People of Scotland

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Rural Affairs and the Environment;
Health and Wellbeing

2.55 pm Debate on the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Amendment (No. 2) (Scotland) Regulations 2007

followed by First Minister Statement: The Council of Economic Advisers

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

and (b) that the period for Members to submit their names for General and Themed Question Times on 6 September 2007 should end at 12 noon on Wednesday 27 June.

The motion was agreed to.

10. Substitution on Committees: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-215—That the Parliament agrees the following nominated committee substitutes, as permitted under Rule 6.3A—

Scottish Liberal Democrat Party

Audit Committee Iain Smith

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee Liam McArthur

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee Hugh O’Donnell

Equal Opportunities Committee Jim Tolson

European and External Relations Committee Jeremy Purvis

Finance Committee Ross Finnie

Health and Sport Committee Mr Jamie Stone

Justice Committee Mike Pringle

Local Government and Communities Committee Robert Brown

Procedures Committee Alison McInnes

Public Petitions Committee Jim Hume

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee John Farquhar Munro

Standards and Public Appointments Committee Mike Rumbles

Subordinate Legislation Committee Margaret Smith

Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee Tavish Scott

The motion was agreed to (DT).

11. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2, 8, and 10 as noted above.

12. Local Food: The Parliament debated S3M-28 in the name of Jim Hume—That the Parliament recognises the benefit to our health, the environment and Scotland’s farmers, fishermen and rural areas of choosing more local, fresh, seasonal produce; believes that by specifying requirements for freshness, delivery frequency, specific varieties and production standards the public sector can take a lead in the promotion of local food; notes the success of the East Ayrshire school meals pilot in showing how procurement rules can promote locally grown food and support Scotland’s local suppliers; considers that the school meals pilot should be rolled-out across Scotland, and recognises the importance of action across the public sector to encourage the procurement of more locally grown produce.

The meeting closed at 6.03 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
21 June 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 21 June 2007 and is subject to annulment

The Gambling Act 2005 (Premises Licences and Provisional Statements) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/332)

laid under section 355(10) of the Gambling Act 2005

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 21 June 2007 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Annual Report and Accounts 2005-06 (SE/2007/12)

laid under section 6 of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Act 1995

ECITB Annual Report and Accounts 2006 (SE/2007/122)

laid under section 88(3) of the Scotland Act 1998