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Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 7 February 2008

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

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Children and Early Years (Adam Ingram) made a statement and answered questions on Support for Survivors of Historic In-care and Institutional Abuse.

2. Commercial Forestry: The Minister for Environment (Michael Russell) moved S3M-1315—That the Parliament, mindful of the Scottish Government’s purpose to achieve sustainable economic growth, acknowledges the contribution that forests and woodlands make through timber, tourism and direct and indirect employment, and recognises the need to support the continued development and expansion of the commercial Scottish forestry sector and the competitive and developing industries which it underpins.

David Stewart moved amendment S3M-1315.2 to motion S3M-1315—

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"and further notes the significant role that Scotland’s woodland plays in the mitigation of climate change and the conservation of biodiversity."

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

John Scott moved amendment S3M-1315.1 to motion S3M-1315—

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"welcomes the firming up of the 25% target for forest coverage, planted in ways and using techniques which will contribute to carbon capture; further welcomes the fact that the majority of this additional planting is likely to be established through grant aid to the private sector, and supports efforts to increase the biodiversity value of all forestry in receipt of public funds, in particular new schemes which enhance habitats for key native species such as the capercaillie and the Scottish crossbill."

After debate, the amendment was agreed to (DT).Jim Hume moved amendment S3M-1315.3 to motion S3M-1315—

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"further recognises the role that forestry can play in helping to meet Scotland’s renewable energy targets through biomass generation; welcomes the work of the previous administration on promoting the biomass sector through the highly successful Biomass Support Scheme, and calls on the Scottish Government to maximise the opportunities for growth, jobs and sustainability offered by the expansion of the biomass sector in Scotland by delivering the previous administration’s Biomass Action Plan."

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

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament, mindful of the Scottish Government’s purpose to achieve sustainable economic growth, acknowledges the contribution that forests and woodlands make through timber, tourism and direct and indirect employment, and recognises the need to support the continued development and expansion of the commercial Scottish forestry sector and the competitive and developing industries which it underpins; further notes the significant role that Scotland’s woodland plays in the mitigation of climate change and the conservation of biodiversity; welcomes the firming up of the 25% target for forest coverage, planted in ways and using techniques which will contribute to carbon capture; further welcomes the fact that the majority of this additional planting is likely to be established through grant aid to the private sector, and supports efforts to increase the biodiversity value of all forestry in receipt of public funds, in particular new schemes which enhance habitats for key native species such as the capercaillie and the Scottish crossbill, and further recognises the role that forestry can play in helping to meet Scotland’s renewable energy targets through biomass generation; welcomes the work of the previous administration on promoting the biomass sector through the highly successful Biomass Support Scheme, and calls on the Scottish Government to maximise the opportunities for growth, jobs and sustainability offered by the expansion of the biomass sector in Scotland by delivering the previous administration’s Biomass Action Plan.

3. General Question Time: Questions were answered by Cabinet Secretaries and Ministers.

4. First Minister’s Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister (Alex Salmond).

5. Themed Question Time: Questions on Europe, External Affairs and Culture and on Education and Lifelong Learning, were answered by Cabinet Secretaries and Ministers.

6. The Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2008: The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth (John Swinney) moved S3M-1256—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2008 be approved.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 107, Against 0, Abstentions 15).

7. Approval of SSI: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-1306—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 (Prescribed Documents) Regulations 2008 be approved.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 106, Against 16, Abstentions 0).

8. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 6 and 7 as noted above.

9. Edinburgh Park Railway Station: The Parliament debated S3M-1118 in the name of Margaret Smith—That the Parliament commends the continuing economic contribution made by Edinburgh Park not only to Edinburgh’s economy but to Scotland as whole; congratulates the park on its numerous green initiatives encouraging employees to choose public transport and ease the heavily congested road system surrounding the park; understands that a comprehensive public transport infrastructure is integral to the further growth of this area; considers that there should be clarification as to exactly why Edinburgh Park may not be included on the main Edinburgh to Glasgow line until 2016, forcing employees travelling from the west to travel on to Haymarket Station before doubling back on themselves; acknowledges that, in order to increase connectivity across Scotland, improve business links with Glasgow and aid environmental initiatives, Edinburgh Park must be included on this line as a matter of urgency, and believes that Edinburgh Park must be included as a stop on the Glasgow to Edinburgh mainline without further delay.

The meeting closed at 5.40 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
7 February 2008

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 7 February 2008 for approval by resolution

The Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 2008

laid under section 191(9) of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 7 February 2008 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure—

Student Awards Agency for Scotland Annual Report and Accounts 2006-07 (SG/2008/11)

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

The Housing Support Grant Order 2008-09 Report (SG/2008/17)

laid under sections 191(9) and 192(3) of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987

Not Seen. Not Heard. Not Guilty. The Rights and Status of the Children of Prisoners in Scotland (CCYP/2008/1)

laid under section 12 of the Commissioner for Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2003

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 7 February 2008

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee, 1st Report, 2008 (Session 3): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 56)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 6th Report, 2008 (Session 3): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 57)