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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 7 November 2007

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

The meeting opened at 2.15 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Marian Docherty, Head Teacher, St David’s High School, Dalkeith, led Time for Reflection.

2. SPCB Question Time: Questions were answered by members of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body.

3. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture (Linda Fabiani) made a statement and answered questions on Creative Scotland and Cultural Policy.

4. A National Food Policy for Scotland: The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment (Richard Lochhead) moved S3M-784—That the Parliament believes that Scotland should have a national food policy and would benefit greatly by having a clear, consistent and coherent approach to food covering health, environmental, social, cultural and economic factors and welcomes the Scottish Government’s commitment to launch a national debate and consultation on a food policy for Scotland that takes into account the views of the Parliament, industry and wider society.

Sarah Boyack moved amendment S3M-784.3 to motion S3M-784—

Leave out from "that takes into account" to end and insert—

", building on work done by the previous administrations, and believes that policy priorities should include local procurement, affordability, sustainability and reducing Scotland’s climate footprint, taking into account the views of the Parliament, industry and wider society."

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

John Scott moved amendment S3M-784.1 to motion S3M-784—

After "factors" insert—

"; believes that a national policy must include more assistance for public procurement of home-grown Scottish food to be achieved by improved co-operation between Scotland’s local food producers and government,".

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

Mike Rumbles moved amendment S3M-784.2 to motion S3M-784—

Insert at end—

"believes that educating children about where their food comes from must be central to any national food policy; resolves that early action is required to amend public procurement policy to ensure greater use of freshly produced healthy food in the public sector, including in our schools, hospitals and other public bodies; calls on the Scottish Government to assist in the development of farmers’ co-operatives and farmers’ markets, and further calls on the Scottish Government to work with retailers to encourage more use of local Scottish produce in stores."

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

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to (DT).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament believes that Scotland should have a national food policy and would benefit greatly by having a clear, consistent and coherent approach to food covering health, environmental, social, cultural and economic factors; believes that a national policy must include more assistance for public procurement of home-grown Scottish food to be achieved by improved co-operation between Scotland’s local food producers and government; welcomes the Scottish Government’s commitment to launch a national debate and consultation on a food policy for Scotland, building on work done by the previous administrations, and believes that policy priorities should include local procurement, affordability, sustainability and reducing Scotland’s climate footprint, taking into account the views of the Parliament, industry and wider society; believes that educating children about where their food comes from must be central to any national food policy; resolves that early action is required to amend public procurement policy to ensure greater use of freshly produced healthy food in the public sector, including in our schools, hospitals and other public bodies; and calls on the Scottish Government to assist in the development of farmers’ co-operatives and farmers’ markets, and further calls on the Scottish Government to work with retailers to encourage more use of local Scottish produce in stores.

5. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-789—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 14 November 2007

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Strategic Spending Review

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Strategic Spending Review

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.30 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 15 November 2007

9.15 am Scottish Government Debate: Competition, Regulation and Business Structures in the Scottish Legal Services Market

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Health and Wellbeing;
Rural Affairs and the Environment

2.55 pm Stage 1 Debate: Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution: Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 21 November 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 22 November 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

11.40 am Genreral 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 Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on item 4 as noted above.

House of Lords Ruling on Pleural Plaques: The Parliament debated S3M-655 in the name of Stuart McMillan—That the Parliament expresses its concern over the House of Lords ruling against compensation claims for the people suffering from the pleural plaques condition which is a scarring of the lungs caused by exposure to asbestos; notes that this rejection now closes the door to further compensation claims, despite the High Court ruling in February 2005 that anyone suffering from pleural plaques should receive compensation; recognises the work of Clydeside Action on Asbestos for the campaigning work it has undertaken, and notes that a draft bill seeking a Scottish solution will be sent to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice.

Motion without Notice: Robert Brown moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended until 6.02 pm. The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 6.02 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
7 November 2007

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

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instruments were laid in draft before the Parliament on 2 November 2007 for approval by resolution—

The Transport and Works (Scotland) Act 2007 (Consents under Enactments) Regulations 2007

laid under section 28(3), (4) and (5) of the Transport and Works (Scotland) Act 2007

The Transport and Works (Scotland) Act 2007 (Applications and Objections Procedure) Rules 2007—

The Transport and Works (Scotland) Act 2007 (Inquiries and Hearings Procedure) Rules 2007—

laid under section 28(4) and (5) of the Transport and Works (Scotland) Act 2007

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 2 November 2007 and are subject to annulment—

The Feed (Specified Undesirable Substances) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/492)

laid under section 63(2) of the Agriculture Act 1970

The Feed (Corn Gluten Feed and Brewers Grains) (Emergency Control) (Scotland) Revocation Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/493)

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

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 7 November 2007 and are subject to annulment—

The Plant Health (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/498)—

The Plant Health (Import Inspection Fees) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/499)—

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

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 6 November 2007 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland Annual Accounts Year Ended 31 March 2007 (SE/2007/235)

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

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 7 November 2007 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure

The Scottish Arts Council National Lottery Distribution Fund Annual Report and Accounts for the year to 31 March 2007 (SE/2007/222)

laid under section 35 of the National Lottery etc. Act 1993

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 7 November 2007

Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee, 1st Report, 2007 (Session 3): Stage 1 Report on the Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 21)