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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 27 June 2007

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Rev George White, Colinton Parish Church, Edinburgh led Time for Reflection.

2. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-247—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 27 June 2007—

after

followed by Business Motion

insert

followed by SPCB Motion on Members’ Allowances Scheme

The motion was agreed to.

3. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change made a statement and answered questions on Transport.

4. Transport: The Minister for Finance and Sustainable Growth moved S3M-243—That the Parliament endorses the Government’s transport priorities and notes that the Government party proposed during the election campaign not to proceed with the Edinburgh Trams and current EARL projects, but planned an additional crossing for the River Forth.

Wendy Alexander moved amendment S3M-243.1 to motion S3M-243—

Leave out from "endorses" to end and insert—

"notes that the Edinburgh Trams project and EARL were approved by the Parliament after detailed scrutiny; further notes the report of the Auditor General for Scotland on these projects and, in light thereof, (a) calls on the Scottish Government to proceed with the Edinburgh Trams project within the budget limit set by the previous administration, noting that it is the responsibility of Transport Initiatives Edinburgh and the City of Edinburgh Council to meet the balance of the funding costs and (b) further calls on the Scottish Government to continue to progress the EARL project by resolving the governance issues identified by the Auditor General before any binding financial commitment is made and to report back to the Parliament in September on the outcome of its discussions with the relevant parties."

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 81, Against 47, Abstentions 0).

The motion, as amended, was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 81, Against 47, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament notes that the Edinburgh Trams project and EARL were approved by the Parliament after detailed scrutiny; further notes the report of the Auditor General for Scotland on these projects and, in light thereof, (a) calls on the Scottish Government to proceed with the Edinburgh Trams project within the budget limit set by the previous administration, noting that it is the responsibility of Transport Initiatives Edinburgh and the City of Edinburgh Council to meet the balance of the funding costs and (b) further calls on the Scottish Government to continue to progress the EARL project by resolving the governance issues identified by the Auditor General before any binding financial commitment is made and to report back to the Parliament in September on the outcome of its discussions with the relevant parties.

5. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-248—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 5 September 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 6 September 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Justice and Law Officers;
Finance and Sustainable Growth

2.55 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

6. Members’ Allowances Scheme: Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, moved S3M-233—That the Parliament—

(a) amends with immediate effect the Resolution of the Parliament of 21 June 2001 agreeing to motion S1M-2034 by substituting "is employed by a member or members" for "remains employed by a single member" in paragraph 1.(7)(a) of Part B of the Members’ Allowances Scheme referred to in that Resolution; and

(b) confers functions upon the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to pay allowances in each financial year in accordance with the amended Members’ Allowances Scheme.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Establishment of Committee: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-249—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) to establish a committee of the Parliament as follows:

Name of Committee: Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Scheme Committee;

Remit: To inquire into and report with recommendations for a Committee Bill on a replacement for the Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Scheme rules;

Duration: Until the Parliament has completed its consideration of the committee’s report;

Convenership: The Convener will be a member of the Scottish National Party and the Deputy Convener will be a member of the Labour Party;

Membership: Alasdair Morgan, Peter Peacock, David McLetchie and Hugh O’Donnell; and

(b) as an alternative to Rule 6.3.2 of Standing Orders, that this committee shall have four members.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Committee Membership and Substitution on Committees: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-254—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) that Helen Eadie be appointed as a member and that John Park and Dr Richard Simpson be appointed to replace George Foulkes and Elaine Smith as members of the Subordinate Legislation Committee; and

(b) the following nominated committee substitutes, as permitted under Rule 6.3A—

Labour Party

Audit Committee James Kelly

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee Irene Oldfather

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee George Foulkes

Equal Opportunities Committee Claire Baker

European and External Relations Committee Karen Gillon

Finance Committee Peter Peacock

Health and Sport Committee Helen Eadie

Justice Committee Mary Mulligan

Local Government and Communities Committee Rhoda Grant

Public Petitions Committee Marilyn Livingstone

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee David Stewart

Standards and Public Appointments Committee David Whitton

Subordinate Legislation Committee Richard Baker

Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee Malcolm Chisholm

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Audit Committee Derek Brownlee

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee Alex Johnstone

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee Ted Brocklebank

Equal Opportunities Committee Mary Scanlon

European and External Relations Committee Jackson Carlaw

Finance Committee Murdo Fraser

Health and Sport Committee Jamie McGrigor

Justice Committee John Lamont

Local Government and Communities Committee Margaret Mitchell

Procedures Committee Elizabeth Smith

Public Petitions Committee John Scott

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee Nanette Milne

Subordinate Legislation Committee Bill Aitken

Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee Gavin Brown

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 4, 6, 7 and 8 as noted above.

10. Tartan Day Celebrations: The Parliament debated S3M-59 in the name of Andrew Welsh—That the Parliament compliments the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, the Scottish Executive, Angus Council and other Scottish local authorities for their work in developing the concept of Tartan Day, which marks an annual celebration of the historical enactment of the Arbroath Declaration made on 6 April 1320 and seeks to renew the close historical, cultural, trading and other links between Scotland and the rest of the world, with particular attention being paid to countries where the Scottish diaspora is greatest and encourages the development of individual and international friendship and goodwill through Tartan Day celebrations.

The meeting closed at 5.49 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
27 June 2007

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

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 22 June 2007 for approval by resolution

The Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) (Amendment (No. 2) (Scotland) Regulations 2007

laid under paragraph 2(2) of Schedule 2 to the European Communities Act 1972

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 25 June 2007 for approval by resolution

The Licensing (Mandatory Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2007

laid under section 146(5) of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 26 June 2007 for approval by resolution

The Housing Grants (Assessment of Contributions) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007

laid under section 240A(3) of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 25 June 2007 and is subject to annulment

The Licensing Conditions (Late Opening Premises) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/336)

laid under section 146(4) of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 26 June 2007 and is subject to annulment

The Bovine Products (Restriction on Placing on the Market) (Scotland) (No. 2) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/338)

laid under paragraph 2(2) of Schedule 2 to the European Communities Act 1972

Legislative Consent Memorandums

The Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Victims of Terrorism Bill (UK Parliament Legislation) (LCM(S3) 1.1), laid before the Parliament on 14 June 2007, has been withdrawn

Scottish Commission for Public Audit

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 26 June 2007 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Audit Scotland Annual Report and Accounts Year Ended 31 March 2007 and Auditor’s Report Thereon (SP Paper 2)

laid under section 25(6) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 25 June 2007 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure—

Annual Report by the Scottish Legal Services Ombudsman, Jane Irvine, 2006-07 (SE/2007/87)

laid under paragraph 10 of Schedule 3 to the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1990

10th Report of the Financial Reporting Advisory Board, Report for the period April 2006 to March 2007 (SE/2007/100)

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 26 June 2007 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure

HM Inspectorate of Education Annual Report and Accounts 2006-07 (SE/2007/89)

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 27 June 2007 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Food Standards Agency Annual Report 2006-07 (SE/2007/84)

laid under section 4 of the Food Standards Act 1999

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 26 June 2007

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 1st Report, 2007 (Session 3): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 3)