|Back to the Scottish Parliament||Minutes of Proceedings Vol. 1, No. 31, Session 3|
Meeting of the Parliament
Thursday 8 November 2007
Note: (DT) signifies a decision taken at Decision Time.
The meeting opened at 9.15 am.
1. Holding the SNP Government to Account: Wendy Alexander moved S3M-788—That the Parliament recognises the critical importance of the forthcoming three-year spending review to meeting the hopes and aspirations of the people of Scotland; welcomes the detailed scrutiny of the SNP Government’s spending plans by parliamentary committees as a central part of the budget process; believes that there should be the widest possible debate about the spending priorities for the next three years, and therefore resolves to set aside chamber time for individual debates on the budget priorities for each Cabinet Secretary’s portfolio: Finance and Sustainable Growth, Health and Wellbeing, Education and Lifelong Learning, Justice and Rural Affairs and the Environment not later than the conclusion of Stage 2 of the budget process.
Derek Brownlee moved amendment S3M-788.1 to motion S3M-788—
Leave out from “there should be” to end and insert—
After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 59, Abstentions 0).
Tavish Scott moved amendment S3M-788.2 to motion S3M-788—
Insert at end—
After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 59, Against 63, Abstentions 1).
The motion, as amended, was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 63, Against 44, Abstentions 16).
Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament recognises the critical importance of the forthcoming three-year spending review to meeting the hopes and aspirations of the people of Scotland; welcomes the detailed scrutiny of the SNP Government’s spending plans by parliamentary committees as a central part of the budget process; believes that an effective budget scrutiny process is critical in ensuring that public services are delivered in a way which provides optimal value for money; believes that the process should be sufficiently robust to cope with majority and minority government; believes that there is scope to review the operation of the current procedures as laid down in the Standing Orders and the agreement between the Finance Committee and the Scottish Government; and believes that the appropriate vehicle for such a review would be the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee, in consultation with the other committees of the Parliament, particularly the Finance Committee, and requests that the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee undertakes a review of the budget process for future years.
2. General Question Time: Questions were answered by Cabinet Secretaries and Ministers.
3. First Minister’s Question Time: Questions were answered by the Deputy First Minister (Nicola Sturgeon).
4. Themed Question Time: Questions on Europe, External Affairs and Culture, and on Education and Lifelong Learning were answered by Cabinet Secretaries and Ministers.
5. Scottish Government’s EU Priorities: The Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture (Linda Fabiani) moved S3M-793—That the Parliament notes the importance of EU policies and legislation to the Parliament, its Committees and to Scotland and notes the priorities identified by the Scottish Government for particular attention.
After debate, the motion was agreed to (DT).
6. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1 and 5 as noted above.
7. Autism Parliamentary Network: The Parliament debated S3M-91 in the name of Nanette Milne—That the Parliament affirms its commitment to work during the new Parliamentary session to improve the lives of people with autistic spectrum disorder; is concerned that, while progress has been made, individuals with autistic spectrum disorder still experience difficulties in accessing the appropriate services and support necessary for them to fulfil their potential, both in Aberdeenshire and across Scotland, and welcomes the development of an Autism Parliamentary Network, co-ordinated by the National Autistic Society Scotland, which will serve as an information channel to support Members of the Scottish Parliament in their endeavours to create a society where autism is fully understood and where people with autistic spectrum disorder are fully respected and supported and receive timely, quality services that are appropriate to their individual needs.
The meeting closed at 5.40 pm.
P E Grice
The draft Transport and Works (Scotland) Act 2007 (Consents under Enactments) Regulations 2007, which was laid on 2 November 2007, has been withdrawn
The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 8 November 2007 and are subject to annulment—
The following report was published on 8 November 2007