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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 27 February 2008

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Rev Dr Martin Fair, St Andrew’s Church, Arbroath led Time for Reflection.

2. Ministerial Statement: The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing made a statement and answered questions on Accident and Emergency Reviews.

3. Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill: The Minister for Communities and Sport (Stewart Maxwell) moved S3M-1366—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill.

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

4. Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill: Financial Resolution: The Minister for Communities and Sport (Stewart Maxwell) moved S3M-1062—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill, agrees to any expenditure payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund for a new purpose in consequence of the Act.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

5. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-1433—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 5 March 2008

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Borders Rail Link

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Organ Donation Taskforce Report

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 6 March 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Scottish Law Commission’s Report on Rape and Sexual Offences

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 Scottish Government Debate: OECD Review of Scotland’s Rural Policy

followed by Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee Debate: Report on the Consultation on the Proposed Strategy for Enhancing Equal Opportunities for Scotland’s Ministerial Appointments Process

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Wednesday 12 March 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 13 March 2008

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

Education and Lifelong Learning;
Europe, External Affairs and Culture

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.

6. Approval of SSIs: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S3M-1426—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Community Care (Personal Care and Nursing Care) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 be approved;

S3M-1427—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Act 2007 (Supplemental Provisions) Order 2008 be approved;

S3M-1428—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 Fixed Penalty Order 2008 be approved;

S3M-1429—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Valuation and Rating (Exempted Classes) (Scotland) Order 2008 be approved;

S3M-1430—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Bankruptcy (Scotland) Act 1985 (Low Income, Low Asset Debtors etc.) Regulations 2008 be approved; and

S3M-1435—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2007 Amendment Order 2008 be approved.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

7. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 3, 4 and 6 as noted above.

8. Recreational Sea Angling: The Parliament debated S3M-1096 in the name of John Scott—That the Parliament notes the economic and social importance of recreational sea angling to communities along the west coast and across Scotland; further notes that around 225,000 people participate in the sport annually with an average spend of £1,375 for boat anglers and £861 for shore anglers; recognises that most species of interest to sea anglers have limited commercial value and are returned alive to the sea, representing an excellent financial return for “Scotland plc”; affirms the extremely low environmental cost of recreational sea angling which is at the forefront of sustainable fishing and especially welcomes the Give Fish a Chance initiative from the Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network, encouraging anglers to keep only those fish which have reached breeding size; regrets the substantial decline of the sport and supporting industries, notably on the Firth of Clyde, due to a loss of stocks with a number of species becoming extinct locally or reduced to the point where only juvenile specimens are now being caught; notes with concern the critically endangered status of key species, such as common skate, porbeagle and spurdog, which bring sea anglers to Scotland, and considers that work between the Scottish Government, sea angling bodies and other relevant agencies should continue to ensure the conservation of key species and the continued growth of sea angling in Scotland.

The meeting closed at 5.41 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
27 February 2008

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

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 22 February 2008 and are subject to annulment—

The Crofting Counties Agricultural Grants (Scotland) Amendment Scheme 2008 (SSI 2008/58)

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

The Charities References in Documents (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/59)

laid under section 103 of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005

The National Health Service (Clinical Negligence and Other Risks Indemnity Scheme) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/60)

laid under section 105(2) of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978

Legislative Consent Memorandums

Note: The Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Football Spectators and Sports Grounds Bill (UK Parliament legislation) (LCM(S3) 9.1), which was lodged on 21 February 2008, has been withdrawn

The following memorandum was lodged on 26 February 2008

Nicola Sturgeon: Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Housing and Regeneration Bill (UK Parliament legislation) (LCM(S3) 10.1)

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 27 February 2008 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Handle with Care: A report on the moving and handling of children and young people with disabilities (CCYP/2008/2)

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

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 22 February 2008

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 8th Report, 2008 (Session 3): Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Pensions Bill (SP Paper 63)

The following report was published on 26 February 2008

Finance Committee, 2nd Report, 2008 (Session 3): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 64)