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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 21 November 2007

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Anne McIntyre, National Director, Parliamentary Prayer Scotland led Time for Reflection.

2. Scottish Government’s Economic Strategy: The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth (John Swinney) moved S3M-883—That the Parliament recognises the importance of creating a more successful country with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish and notes the publication of The Government Economic Strategy, which sets out the Scottish Government’s approach to aligning the public, private and voluntary sectors to achieve this objective.

Iain Gray moved amendment S3M-883.3 to motion S3M-883—

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“calls on the government to make the necessary investment in skills, schools, colleges, universities and infrastructure, and believes that Scotland can best achieve sustainable economic growth as part of the United Kingdom.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 53, Against 64, Abstentions 1).

Derek Brownlee moved amendment S3M-883.1 to motion S3M-883—

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“and, recognising the importance of small businesses to the Scottish economy, calls on the Scottish Government, if additional resources become available, to prioritise the acceleration of the full implementation of the reductions in business rates for small businesses announced in the budget on 14 November 2007.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 62, Against 3, Abstentions 52).

Liam McArthur moved amendment S3M-883.2 to motion S3M-883—

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“believes that higher education has a vital contribution to make to the Scottish economy in delivering high-level skills, research and knowledge transfer, and is therefore disappointed and dismayed at the failure of the SNP government to support this economically vital sector with the funds it requires to remain internationally competitive.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 53, Against 63, Abstentions 1).

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 62, Against 3, Abstentions 53).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament recognises the importance of creating a more successful country with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish and notes the publication of The Government Economic Strategy, which sets out the Scottish Government’s approach to aligning the public, private and voluntary sectors to achieve this objective and, recognising the importance of small businesses to the Scottish economy, calls on the Scottish Government, if additional resources become available, to prioritise the acceleration of the full implementation of the reductions in business rates for small businesses announced in the budget on 14 November 2007.

3. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford moved S3M-890—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 22 November 2007—

after

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Finance and Sustainable Growth;
Justice and Law Officers

delete

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: A Better Future for Scotland's Children: Ending Domestic Abuse Against Women

followed by Appointment of the Chair of the Scottish Commission for Human Rights

and insert

2.55 pm Ministerial Statement: Pandemic Flu

followed by Scottish Government Debate: A Better Future for Scotland's Children: Ending Domestic Abuse Against Women

The motion was agreed to.

4. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-888 —That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 28 November 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Equality and Diversity

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 29 November 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Tourism

11.40 pm 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 Debate: St Andrew’s Day

followed by Appointment of the Chair of the Scottish Commission for Human Rights

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 5 December 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 6 December 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Labour Party Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time-

Health and Wellbeing

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. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-889—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Public Health etc. (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 18 April 2008.

The motion was agreed to.

6. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-887—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 7 December 2007.

The motion was agreed to.

7. Approval of SSI: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-891—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Licensing (Mandatory Conditions No. 2) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2 and 7 as noted above.

9. Recycling Waste Wood: The Parliament debated S3M-752 in the name of Bill Kidd—That the Parliament congratulates the Glasgow Wood Recycling Project, a Drumchapel-based social enterprise finding new ways to recycle and reuse wood through collecting waste wood from offcuts to skirting boards and roofing; welcomes the support that this project has received from Glasgow School of Art students, who are incorporating the waste wood into their work, and Edrington’s bottling plant in providing its old whisky barrels to be recycled into garden furniture amongst other things; believes that local initiatives such as these are of fundamental value in tackling the environmental problems facing local communities and Scotland as a whole, and hopes that as the Glasgow Wood Recycling Project grows more people will use and benefit from this service.

The meeting closed at 5.38 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
21 November 2007

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

Legislative Consent Memorandum

The following memorandum was lodged on 16 November 2007

Nicola Sturgeon: Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Health and Social Care Bill (UK Parliament legislation) (LCM(S3) 5.1)

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

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

The Licensing (Relevant Offences) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/513)

laid under section 146(4) of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 21 November 2007 and are subject to annulment—

The Local Government Pension Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/514)

laid under section 12(6) of the Superannuation Act 1972

The Public Health (Ships) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/515)

laid under section 1(6) of the Public Health (Scotland) Act 1945

The Transport and Works (Scotland) Act 2007 (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/517)

laid under section 28(2) of the Transport and Works (Scotland) Act 2007

Other Documents

The following document was laid on 16 November 2007 and is subject to draft negative parliamentary procedure

Environmental Protection Act 1990: Part IIA Contaminated Land: The Radioactive Contaminated Land (Scotland) Regulations 2007 Draft Statutory Guidance (SE/2007/168)

laid under section 78YA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 16 November 2007 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure

The Care Commission Annual Report and Accounts 2006-07 (SE/2007/148)

laid under paragraph 10(1) of Schedule 1 to the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001

The following document was laid on 19 November 2007 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland: Our Annual Report 2006-07 and Our Overview of Mental Welfare in Scotland 2006-07 (SE/2007/86)

laid under section 18(2) of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 20 November 2007 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure—

Scottish Consolidated Fund Receipts & Payments Account 1 April 2006 to 31 March 2007 (SE/2007/233)

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

Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People Third Annual Report 2006-07 (CCYP/2007/1)

laid under section 10(1) of the Commissioner for Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2003

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 21 November 2007 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure—

Architecture and Design Scotland Annual Review, Report and Accounts 2006-07 (SE/2007/185)

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

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Annual Report and Accounts 2006-07 (SE/2007/249)

laid under section 26(5) of the National Parks (Scotland) Act 2000

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman: Compendium of Case Reports for November 2007 (SPSO/2007/10)—
Case 200601576: Lanarkshire NHS Board
Case 200601998: A Medical Practice; Lanarkshire NHS Board
Case 200501228: Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board
Case 200600276: A Dentist, Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board
Case 200601034: Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board
Case 200604106: A GP, Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board
Case 200602829: A GP, Highland NHS Board
Case 200500714: Lothian NHS Board
Case 200603030: Lothian NHS Board
Case 200700667: A Dental Practice, Lothian NHS Board
Case 200500782: Tayside NHS Board
Case 200500951: Grampian NHS Board
Case 200501660: Tayside NHS Board
Case 200503486: Tayside NHS Board
Case 200500940: Ayrshire and Arran NHS Board
Case 200503321: Ayrshire and Arran NHS Board
Case 200601233: Ayrshire and Arran NHS Board
Case 200602521: Ayrshire and Arran NHS Board
Case 200601843: South Lanarkshire Council
Case 200502731: The Moray Council
Case 200502234: The City of Edinburgh Council
Case 200501344: Fife Council
Case 200601593: Stirling Council
Case 200603238: Perth and Kinross Council
Case 200700021: Aberdeen City Council
Case 200600349: Dumfries and Galloway Council
Case 200603087: East Lothian Council
Case 200500969: Inverclyde Council
Case 200600867: East Dunbartonshire Council
Case 200601465: East Dunbartonshire Council
Case 200602514: West Dunbartonshire Council
Cases 200601808 & 200700764: Moray College and Scottish Funding Council

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

The Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland - Diversity Delivers: Consultation on the proposed strategy for enhancing equal opportunities in Scotland’s ministerial public appointments process (CPA/2007/3)

laid under sections 2(10)(a) and 2(10)(b) of the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 16 November 2007

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 10th Report, 2007 (Session 3): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 25)

The following report was published on 21 November 2007

Justice Committee, 5th Report, 2007 (Session 3): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 26)