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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 5 December 2007

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

The meeting opened at 2.00pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Rev Neil Urquhart, Fullarton Church, Irvine led Time for Reflection.

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

3. Ministerial Statement: The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning (Fiona Hyslop) made a statement and answered questions on Class Sizes.

4. National Fostering and Kinship Care: The Minister for Children and Early Years (Adam Ingram) moved S3M-965—That the Parliament recognises that the needs of a child are paramount and that families should be supported to stay together; agrees that, where the child needs to live away from his or her birth parents, care within the family circle by a kinship carer should be the first option unless it is not in the best interests of the child; believes that all placements for a child who must live away from his or her birth parents must provide a safe and nurturing home, whether for a planned short-term period or on a permanent basis, and affirms its commitment to the provision of equitable and appropriate support for all carers of looked-after children, with systems in place to ensure that carers can provide the best possible opportunities and chances to all looked-after children.

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

5. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford moved S3M-980—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 6 December 2007—

after

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: Summary Justice Reform

insert

followed by Scottish Government Motion: Membership of the Committee of the Regions and the Regional Chamber of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe

The motion was agreed to.

6. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford moved S3M-981—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 12 December 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Scottish Government’s Health Strategy

followed by Scottish Government Debate: The Benefits of Woodland and Greenspaces

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 13 December 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

Rural Affairs and the Environment;
Justice and Law Officers

2.55 pm Ministerial Statement: Local Government Finance Settlement 2008-2011

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Local Government Finance Settlement 2008-2011

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.30 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 19 December 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Graduate Endowment Abolition (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 20 December 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

Finance and Sustainable Growth

2.55 pm Stage 3 Debate: Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

The motion was agreed to.

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

S3M-977—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Transport and Works (Scotland) Act 2007 (Inquiries and Hearings Procedure) Rules 2007 be approved;

S3M-978—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Transport and Works (Scotland) Act 2007 (Applications and Objections Procedure) Rules 2007 be approved; and

S3M-979—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Transport and Works (Scotland) Act 2007 (Consents under Enactments) Regulations 2007 be approved.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

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

9. Lancastria: The Parliament debated S3M-786 in the name of Christine Grahame—That the Parliament notes the armistice commemorations and takes time to reflect on the remarkable sacrifice made by veterans of many countries during numerous conflicts since the First World War; notes, in particular, the loss of the troopship, Lancastria, which was sunk on 17 June 1940 with the loss of 4,000 lives, an estimated 400 of them Scots, including individuals from the South of Scotland; notes the decades of official silence surrounding this loss, the worst for British forces in the whole of the Second World War, and supports the calls from the remaining survivors and relatives of victims for official recognition of this tragedy.

The meeting closed at 5.49 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
5 December 2007

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

Legislative Consent Memorandums

The following memorandum was lodged on 3 December 2007

Fiona Hyslop MSP: Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Education and Skills Bill (UK Parliament Legislation)LCM(S3) 6.1)

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 4 December 2007 and is subject to annulment

The Licensing (Vessels etc.) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/545)

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

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 3 December 2007 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Annual Report of HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland 2006-07 (SE/2007/248)

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 5 December 2007 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Scottish Law Commission Report on Personal Injury Actions: Limitation and Prescribed Claims (SE/2007/241)

laid under section 3(2) of the Law Commissions Act 1965

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 3 December 2007

Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee, 2nd Report, 2007 (Session 3): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 32)

The following report was published on 5 December 2007

Justice Committee, 6th Report, 2007 (Session 3): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 33)