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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 6 February 2008

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

The meeting opened at 2.00 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Suzanne Dance, on behalf of the Edinburgh Theravadan Buddhist Group led Time for Reflection.

2. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-1307—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 6 February 2008—

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followed by Stage 3 Debate: Budget (Scotland) Bill

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followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Education and Skills Bill – UK Legislation

The motion was agreed to.

3. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-1314—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Budget (Scotland) Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion by the time limit indicated, that time limit being calculated from when the Stage begins and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when a meeting of the Parliament is suspended (other than a suspension following the first division in the Stage being called) or otherwise not in progress:

Group 1: 45 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

4. Budget (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 5 and 6.The following amendments were agreed to (by division)—

  1. (For 110, Against 0, Abstentions 14)
  2. (For 110, Against 0, Abstentions 14)
  3. (For 109, Against 0, Abstentions 14)
  4. (For 110, Against 0, Abstentions 14)

5. Budget (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth (John Swinney) moved S3M-1296—That the Parliament agrees that the Budget (Scotland) Bill be passed.Iain Gray moved amendment S3M-1296.1 to motion S3M-1296—

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"but, in so doing, calls on the Scottish Government to continue throughout 2008-09 to seek ways to expand programmes of skills and training generally and modern apprenticeships specifically; to secure national minimum standards of service for vulnerable groups and to make a statement to the Parliament outlining how it will achieve this."

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 110, Against 1, Abstentions 13).The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 1, Abstentions 60).

Accordingly the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament agrees that the Budget (Scotland) Bill be passed but, in so doing, calls on the Scottish Government to continue throughout 2008-09 to seek ways to expand programmes of skills and training generally and modern apprenticeships specifically; to secure national minimum standards of service for vulnerable groups and to make a statement to the Parliament outlining how it will achieve this.

6. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-1312—That the Parliament agrees that, for the purpose of allowing up to 20 minutes to debate motion S3M-1306 on Thursday 21 February 2008, the second and third sentences of Rule 10.6.5 of Standing Orders be suspended.The motion was agreed to.

7. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-1308—That the Parliament agrees agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 20 February 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Snaring

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Malawi

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Education and Skills Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Business Motionfollowed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 21 February 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Conservative and Unionist 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 Debate: Democracy in Local Health Care

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 27 February 2008

2.15 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Question Time

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill

followed by Financial Resolution: Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 28 February 2008

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

Rural Affairs and the Environment;
Justice and Law Officers

2.55 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Debate: Graduate Endowment Abolition (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

The motion was agreed to.

8. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on item 5 as noted above.

Congratulations to the Fifth Annual Scots Trad Music Awards: The Parliament debated S3M-956 in the name of Rob Gibson—That the Parliament congratulates Hands Up For Trad for organising the fifth annual Scots Trad Music Awards, Comharrachadh Duaisean Dual-cheòl na h-Alba 2007, held in the Nevis Centre, Fort William from 29 November to 1 December 2007; notes the attendance of 900 celebrants and 130 musicians who produced such a spectacular and enjoyable programme drawn from all aspects of our traditional music; congratulates the award winners whose performances have raised the excellence, rude health and growing recognition of Scotland’s contemporary indigenous music bringing it to wider public notice each year, which acts as a barometer of a confident and innovative musical culture in today’s Scotland but regrets that broadcasters have yet to televise this enjoyable event to take the live performance and celebration of our rich musical traditions onto our television screens, and considers that future awards ceremonies should be televised, starting with the sixth awards due to be held in Glasgow in 2008.

The meeting closed at 5.41 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
6 February 2008

Appendix
(Note: this Appendix does no
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Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 1 February 2008 and is subject to annulment

The National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) (Scotland) Regulations (SSI 2008/27)

laid under section 105 of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 5 February 2008 and are subject to annulment—

The Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 (Alteration of Housing Finance Arrangements) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/28)

laid under section 109(4) of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001

The Sea Fish (Prohibited Methods of Fishing) (Firth of Clyde) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/29)

laid under section 20(5) of the Sea Fish (Conservation) Act 1967

The following draft Guidance was laid before the Parliament on 6 February 2008 and will be issued at the conclusion of 40 days unless the Parliament resolves otherwise

Environment Act 1995: The UK Strategy for Radioactive Discharges: Draft Statutory Guidance (SG/2008/13)

laid under section 31(5) of the Environment Act 1995

Legislative Consent Memorandums

The following memorandum was lodged on 4 February 2008

Kenny MacAskill: Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Pensions Bill (UK Parliament Legislation) (LCM (S3) 8.1

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 1 February 2008 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Report on British Wool Marketing Board Agricultural Marketing Schemes 2006-07 (SG/2008/12)

laid under section 30 of the Agricultural Marketing Act 1958