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Wednesday 3 October 2007

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

1. Time for Reflection: Rev Valerie Ott, Gatehouse of Fleet Parish Church, led Time for Reflection.

2. Rule 10.6.5: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-597—That the Parliament agrees that, for the purpose of allowing up to 15 minutes to debate motion S3M-587 on Wednesday 3 October 2007, the second and third sentences of Rule 10.6.5 of Standing Orders be suspended.

The motion was agreed to.

3. Crerar Review: The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth (John Swinney) moved S3M-589—That the Parliament welcomes the Crerar review work commissioned by the previous administration; notes the broad principles and vision of a simplified scrutiny landscape, with a proportionate, co-ordinated and risk-based approach, as set out in the Independent Review of Regulation, Audit, Inspection and Complaints Handling of Public Services in Scotland; thanks Professor Crerar and his team for their work; commits to joint working with the Scottish Government over the relevant recommendations, and calls on the Scottish Government to carefully consider the review before returning to the Parliament with further proposals to take forward the conclusions of the report.

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

4. Approval of SSIs: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-587—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Provision of School Lunches (Disapplication of the Requirement to Charge) (Scotland) Order 2007 be approved.

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

5. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-598—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 24 October 2007

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: First Minister’s Visit to the United States

followed by Ministerial Statement: Waiting Times

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Agriculture

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 25 October 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed byScottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business

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 Scottish Government Debate: Alcohol

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 31 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 1 November 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—

Justice and Law Officers;
Finance and Sustainable Growth

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.

6. Approval of SSI: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved:

S3M-599—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Licensing (Mandatory Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 be approved; and

S3M-600—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Housing Grants (Assessment of Contributions) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 be approved.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

7. Membership and Substitution on Committees: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved:

S3M-608—That the Parliament agrees that George Foulkes be appointed to replace Trish Godman as a member of the Audit Committee;

S3M-601—That the Parliament agrees that Elizabeth Smith be appointed as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party substitute on the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee;

S3M-602—That the Parliament agrees that Trish Godman be appointed as the Scottish Labour Party substitute on the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee;

S3M-603—That the Parliament agrees that Alison McInnes be appointed as the Scottish Liberal Democrat substitute on the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee; and

S3M-604—That the Parliament agrees that Alasdair Morgan be appointed as the Scottish National Party substitute on the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

8. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 3, 4, 6 and 7 as noted above.

9. NDCS Change Your World Consultation: The Parliament debated S3M-465 in the name of Cathie Craigie—That the Parliament congratulates the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) on its groundbreaking Change Your World consultation exercise, which represents the first ever discussion with young deaf and hearing-impaired people in Scotland and the United Kingdom about the issues and challenges which affect them; believes that deafness and other hearing impairments should not be a barrier for children in achieving their true potential; acknowledges the work of the NDCS in representing the interests of all deaf children and young people from birth until they reach independence; welcomes this opportunity to engage with young deaf Scots, and considers that as many young people as possible in Cumbernauld and Kilsyth and across Scotland with a hearing impairment should be encouraged to get involved and make their voice heard.

The meeting closed at 5.36 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
3 October 2007

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

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

Communities Scotland Annual Report and Accounts 2006-07 (SE/2007/138)—
General Register Office for Scotland Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2007 (SE/2007/176)—

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 1 October 2007 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure—

NHS 24 Annual Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2007 (SE/2007/187)—
NHS Education for Scotland Annual Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2007 (SE/2007/188)—
NHS Scotland The State Hospitals Board for Scotland Annual Accounts and Notes for the year ended 31 March 2007 (SE/2007/189)—
NHS National Services Scotland Annual Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2007 (SE/2007/190)—
NHS Quality Improvement Scotland Annual Accounts for the financial year ended 31 March 2007 (SE/2007/191)—
NHS Health Scotland Annual Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2007 (SE/2007/192)—
The National Waiting Times Centre Board Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2007 (SE/2007/193)—

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 2 October 2007 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure—

Scottish Ambulance Service Board Annual Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2007 (SE/2007/194)—
Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland Annual Accounts for year ended 31 March 2007 (SE/2007/195)—
Ayrshire and Arran Health Board Annual Accounts and Notes for the year ended 31 March 2007 (SE/2007/196)—
Forth Valley NHS Board Annual Accounts and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2007 (SE/2007/197)—
Fife Health Board Annual Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2007 (SE/2007/198)—
NHS Borders, Borders Health Board Annual Accounts 2006-07 (SE/2007/199)—
NHS Dumfries and Galloway Annual Accounts 2006-07 (SE/2007/200)—

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

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman: Annual Report 2007 (SPSO/2007/AR)

laid under section 17 of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act 2002

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 3 October 2007 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure—

The Parole Board for Scotland Annual Report 2006 (SE/2007/155)

laid under paragraph 5 of Schedule 1 to the Prisons (Scotland) Act 1989 and paragraph 6 of Schedule 2 to the Prisoners and Criminal Proceedings (Scotland) Act 1993

Highland Health Board Annual Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2007 (SE/2007/201)—
Shetland NHS Board Annual Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2007 (SE/2007/202)—
NHS Grampian Annual Accounts 2006-07 (SE/2007/203)—
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Annual Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2007 (SE/2007/204)—

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

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 2 October 2007

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee, 1st Report, 2007 (Session 3): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 15)

The following report was published on 3 October 2007

Health and Sport Committee, 2nd Report, 2007 (Session 3), Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 16);