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Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 28 June 2007

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

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1. Ministerial Statement: The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth (John Swinney) made a statement and answered questions on the Approach to the Strategic Spending Review.

2. Health and Wellbeing of the People of Scotland: The Parliament debated the Health and Wellbeing of the People of Scotland.

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 Rural Affairs and the Environment, and on Health and Wellbeing were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

6. The Draft Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Amendment (No. 2) (Scotland) Regulations 2007: The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment (Richard Lochhead) moved S3M-252—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Amendment (No. 2) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 be approved.

John Scott moved amendment S3M-252.1 to motion S3M-252—

Insert at end—

“and, in so doing, requests the Scottish Government to invite Her Majesty’s Government to consider complementary legislative measures to protect environmentally sensitive sites such as the Firth of Forth.”

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

The motion was agreed to (DT).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Amendment (No. 2) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 be approved and, in so doing, requests the Scottish Government to invite Her Majesty’s Government to consider complementary legislative measures to protect environmentally sensitive sites such as the Firth of Forth.

7. Ministerial Statement: The First Minister (Alex Salmond) made a statement and answered questions on the Council of Economic Advisers.

8. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on item 6 as noted above.

9. National Diabetes Week, 10 to 16 June 2007: The Parliament debated S3M-147 in the name of David Stewart—That the Parliament welcomes the Small Change, Big Difference campaign being run by Diabetes UK Scotland for National Diabetes Week 2007; commends the tremendous support that Diabetes UK Scotland gives to the estimated 173,000 people in Scotland who are living with diabetes; notes that, in the Highlands alone, the number of people living with diabetes stands at 11,111 and this figure is predicted to rise to at least 13,000 by 2017, and therefore considers that the Scottish Diabetes Framework Action Plan should be delivered by 2009, as set out in the Diabetes UK Scotland Manifesto 2007.

The meeting closed at 5.37 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
28 June 2007

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

Other Documents

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

Risk Management Authority Annual Report and Accounts for the period 1 April 2006 to 31 March 2007 (SE/2007/91)

laid under section 13 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003

Meat Hygiene Service Annual Report and Accounts 2006-07 (SE/2007/94)

laid under section 7 of the Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000 and section 88 of the Scotland Act 1998

The Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland Annual Report 2006-07 (SE/2007/110)

Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency Annual Report 2006-07 (SE/2007/129)

laid under section 15(4) of the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2006

Industrial Development Act 1982 Annual Report for the year ended 31 March 2007 (SE/2007/130)

laid under sections 11 and 15 of the Industrial Development Act 1982

Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Annual Report 2006-07 (SPSC/2007/1)

laid under section 18 of the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Act 2002