|Back to the Scottish Parliament||Minutes of Proceedings Vol. 1, No. 13 Session 3|
Meeting of the Parliament
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—
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—
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—
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—
Insert at end—
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—
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—
Insert at end—
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
Thursday 28 June 2007
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
The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 21 June 2007 and is subject to annulment
The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 21 June 2007 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—