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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 12 December 2007

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Jack Glenny, Greenock and Paisley Presbytery led Time for Reflection.

2. Ministerial Statement: The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing (Nicola Sturgeon) made a statement and answered questions on the Scottish Government’s Health Strategy.

3. The Benefits of Woodland and Greenspaces: The Minister for Environment (Michael Russell) moved S3M-1008—That the Parliament recognises the value of the physical environment in promoting health and wellbeing; recognises the role that woodland and other greenspace plays in this through increased opportunities for physical activity, relaxation and social interaction in people’s everyday lives, and calls on the environmental and health sectors to work together to further develop the contribution of woodland and other greenspace to Scotland’s health.

Des McNulty moved amendment S3M-1008.3 to motion S3M-1008—

After "lives" insert—

"notes the significant revisions to SPP 11: Open Space and Physical Activity between the draft consultation and the published document, including the omission of statutory consultation on non-sporting green spaces and proposed minimum standards of open space within developments, and believes that the Scottish Executive should consult further on these significant changes to planning policy,".

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 54, Against 62, Abstentions 0).

Nanette Milne moved amendment S3M-1008.2 to motion S3M-1008—

After "lives" insert—

"further recognises the economic significance of woodlands and the need to support the development and expansion of Scotland’s commercial forestry sector".

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

Jim Hume moved amendment S3M-1008.4 to motion S3M-1008—

Leave out from "and calls" to end and insert—

"believes that the voluntary and public sectors can work proactively to promote the use of existing woodland and other greenspace, particularly by young people, through such activities as nature kindergartens, outdoor education centres and footpath networks; recognises the importance of local authorities developing core path plans in improving public access to greenspace; further recognises the need to work with land managers to increase access to land through management contract incentives; therefore calls on the Scottish Government to commit to long-term funding to sustain better access for everyone to urban and rural woodland and greenspace through management contract incentives; calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that local authorities create better public access to their area by developing and implementing core path plans, and calls on the environmental and health sectors to work together to further develop the contribution of woodland and other greenspace to Scotland’s health."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 53, Against 62, Abstentions 2).

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

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament recognises the value of the physical environment in promoting health and wellbeing; recognises the role that woodland and other greenspace plays in this through increased opportunities for physical activity, relaxation and social interaction in people’s everyday lives; further recognises the economic significance of woodlands and the need to support the development and expansion of Scotland’s commercial forestry sector, and calls on the environmental and health sectors to work together to further develop the contribution of woodland and other greenspace to Scotland’s health.

4. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-1014—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 19 December 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: EU Reform Treaty

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 Stage 1 Debate: Graduate Endowment Abolition (Scotland) Bill

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 Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Climate Change Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Wednesday 9 January 2008

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 10 January 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motionsfollowed by Labour Party Business

11.40 am General Question Time12 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 Businessfollowed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

5. Approval of SSI: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-1015—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Scottish Police Services Authority (Police Support Services) (Modification) Order 2007 be approved.

6. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 3 and 5 as noted above.

7. Air Ambulance Service in Orkney: The Parliament debated S3M-331 in the name of Liam McArthur—That the Parliament notes the continuing concerns felt in Orkney about the provision of air ambulance cover in the islands, the validity of which were demonstrated by the recent failure of the Scottish Ambulance Service helicopter to evacuate a patient from Papa Westray because of the weather conditions, with the patient only being evacuated thanks to the co-operation of the pilot of a Loganair BN Islander who was able to use his local experience of the weather to make use of a short weather window to reach the island; further notes that this would not have been possible had the evacuation been needed outside Loganair’s operational hours; believes that an independent review of the provision of air ambulance cover in Orkney is urgently needed, and further believes that the outcome of such a review would be the recognition of the need to provide a Kirkwall-based BN Islander air ambulance to provide a back up to the main Scottish Ambulance Service aircraft.

The meeting closed at 5.46 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
12 December 2007

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

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 10 December 2007 for approval by resolution

The draft Emergency Workers (Scotland) Act 2005 (Modification) Order 2008

laid under section 8(4) of Emergency Workers (Scotland) Act 2005

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 7 December 2007 and are subject to annulment—Act of Sederunt (Fees of Sheriff Officers) 2007 (SSI 2007/550)laid under section 40 of the Sheriff Courts (Scotland)

Act 1907The Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Export and Movement Restrictions) (Scotland) (No. 2) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/552)

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

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 10 December 2007 and is subject to annulmentThe Licensing (Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/553)laid under section 146(4) of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 10 December 2007 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Bord na Gaidhlig Annual Report and Accounts 2006-07 (SE/2007/263)

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 12 December 2007 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Scottish Law Commission Report on Sharp v Thomson (SE/2007/242)

laid under section 3(1)(e) of the Law Commissions Act 1965

National Audit Office Compensating Victims of Violent Crime (SE/2007/250)

laid under section 88 of the Scotland Act 1998

Committee Reports

The following report was being published on 12 December 2007

Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee, 3rd Report, 2007 (Session 3): Report on the Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Climate Change Bill – LCM (S3) 4.1 (SP Paper 36)