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Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 19 September 2007

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Father Andrew Clark, Roman Catholic Chaplain, HM Prisons Perth and Glenochil led Time for Reflection.

2. Ministerial Statement: The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing (Nicola Sturgeon) made a statement and answered questions on NHS Waiting Times.

3. European Treaty: The Parliament debated the subject of the European Treaty.

4. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-493—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 26 September 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Enterprise Networks

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Housing

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 27 September 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Liberal Democrats Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Finance and Sustainable Growth;

Justice and Law Officers

2.55 pm Ministerial Statement: Rail Links to Edinburgh Airport

followed by Ministerial Statement: Broadcasting

followed by Procedures Committee Debate: 1st Report 2007 (Session 3), Merging the Procedures Committee and the Standards and Public Appointments Committee

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 3 October 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 4 October 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Education and Lifelong Learning;

Europe, External Affairs and Culture

2.55 pm Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

5. Decision Time: There were no decisions to be taken on the above items.

6. Beauly Denny Public Inquiry: The Parliament debated S3M-97 in the name of Murdo Fraser—That the Parliament is concerned about the conduct of the public inquiry into the proposed Beauly to Denny 400kV electricity transmission line; notes that there is a lack of confidence from many objectors in the current handling of the inquiry and that objectors have raised concerns with Inquiry Reporters but that these concerns have been dismissed; further notes with concern that many objectors’ submissions have been ruled inadmissible; believes that serious issues are not being fully considered due to the strict adherence to the inquiry timetable, and further believes that the current conduct of the public inquiry will prevent a fully democratic inquiry and does nothing to reassure the 17,000 objectors that this is a fair process.

The meeting closed at 5.58 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
19 September 2007

 

Appendix

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

New Documents

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 14 September 2007 and is subject to annulment—

The Surface Waters (Shellfish) (Classification) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/427)

laid under section 104(1) of the Control of Pollution 1974

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 18 September 2007 and is subject to annulment

The Import and Export Restrictions (Food-and-Mouth Disease) (Scotland) (No. 3) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/428)

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

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 19 September 2007 and is subject to annulment

The University of the West of Scotland Order of Council 2007 (SSI 2007/426)

laid under section 60 of the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 1992

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 14 September 2007 and is not subject to parliamentary procedure

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Annual Accounts 2006-07 (SE/2007/175)

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 19 September 2007 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure—

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman: Compendium of Case Reports for September 2007 (SPSO/2007/08)—

Case 200501333: A Medical Practice, Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board

Case 200502730: Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board

Case 200503152: Argyll and Clyde NHS Board

Case 200600378: Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board

Case 200602488: Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board

Case 200503079: Argyll & Clyde Health Board

Case 200502314: A Medical Practice, Lothian NHS Board

Case 200602210: Forth Valley NHS Board

Case 200601627: A GP, Tayside NHS Board

Case 200600619: A Medical Practice, Ayrshire & Arran NHS Board

Case 200500253: North Lanarkshire Council

Case 200501241: The Highland Council

Case 200600426: The Highland Council

Case 200602214: Argyll and Bute Council

Case 200502873: The City of Edinburgh Council

Case 200603479: The City of Edinburgh Council

Case 200700035: The City of Edinburgh Council

Case 200502631: Fife Council

Case 200601620: Clackmannanshire Council

Case 200601662: Fife Council

Case 200600542: Dundee City Council

Case 200602830: Dundee City Council

Case 200601721: Dumfries and Galloway Council

Case 200602645: East Lothian Council

Case 200601899: East Dunbartonshire Council

Case 200503572: Scottish Executive

Case 200603174: Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals

Case 200602684: The Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care

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

The Queen’s Printer for Scotland Report covering the period 1 April 2006 to 31 March 2007 (SE/2007/160)

Sustainable Waste Management: A main report and key messages summary prepared for the Auditor General for Scotland (AGS/2007/7)

laid under Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 14 September 2007—

Procedures Committee, 1st Report, 2007 (Session 3): Report on Merging the Procedures Committee and the Standards and Public Appointments Committee (SP Paper 7)

Justice Committee, 2nd Report, 2007 (Session 3): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 10)

The following report was published on 18 September 2007

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee: 1st Report, 2007 (Session 3): The Cattle Identification (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SP Paper 6)