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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 5 March 2008

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

The meeting opened at 2.00 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Jane Bentley, Scottish Interfaith Council Youth Steering Committee led Time for Reflection.

2. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change (Stewart Stevenson) made a statement and answered questions on the Borders Rail Link.

3. Organ Donation Taskforce Report: The Parliament debated the Organ Donation Taskforce Report.

4. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-1484—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 12 March 2008

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Independent Scrutiny

followed by Debate on the Home Detention Curfew Licence (Prescribed Standard Conditions) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/36) and the draft Home Detention Curfew Licence (Amendment of Specified Days) (Scotland) Order 2008

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Pensions Bill – UK Legislation

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 Debate: National Parks

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Wednesday 19 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 20 March 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

Health and Wellbeing

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.

5. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-1487—That the Parliament agrees that for the purposes of allowing up to 60 minutes to debate motion S3M-1486 on Wednesday 12 March 2008, the second and third sentences of Rule 10.4.4 of Standing Orders be suspended.

The motion was agreed to.

6. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-1485—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 28 March 2008.

The motion was agreed to.

7. Decision Time: The Parliament took no decisions on any of the items above.

8. Scottish Wheelchair Users and their Human Rights: The Parliament debated S3M-1028 in the name of Trish Godman—That the Parliament commends The Herald for alerting the public to the ofttimes severe distress and denial of human rights inflicted upon Scottish wheelchair users by the insensitive, penny-pinching and uncaring approach by those in authority to their legitimate expectations and requirements anent the design of wheelchairs and their manufacture, adaptability to individual needs and maintenance programmes; notes that the charity, Quarriers, in West Renfrewshire, has stated that, of 105 wheelchair users recently interviewed, over 50 said that their wheelchairs were unfit for purpose and is firmly of the view that this state of affairs is unacceptable in modern Scotland; believes that our wheelchair users should be provided with wheelchairs that equal the best provided elsewhere in Europe; considers that the recommendations contained in the document Moving Forward: Review of NHS Wheelchair and Seating Services in Scotland should be implemented forthwith, and reminds all such strategic decision-makers involved in these matters that the goal should be to offer the best services attainable so that Scottish wheelchair users can lead tolerable lives in their communities.

The meeting closed at 5.43 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
5 March 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 29 February 2008 and are subject to annulment—

The Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Crops, Food and Feeding Stuffs) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/65)—

The Leader Grants (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/66)—

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

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 4 March 2008 and are subject to annulment—

Act of Sederunt (Fees of Solicitors in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment No. 2) 2008 (SSI 2008/72)

laid under section 40 of the Sheriff Courts (Scotland) Act 1907

The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Avian Influenza) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2008 (SSI 2008/74)

laid under section 275(5) of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997

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

The Intensive Support and Monitoring (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/75)

laid under section 103(2) of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995

The Bankruptcy Fees (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/79)

laid under section 72 of the Bankruptcy (Scotland) Act 1985 and section 224(3) of the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Act 2007

The Bankruptcy (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/82)

laid under section 72(1) of the Bankruptcy (Scotland) Act 1985 and section 224(3) of the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Act 2007

The Non-Domestic Rating (Unoccupied Property) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/83)

laid under section 24(5) and 24A(6) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1966

The Non-Domestic Rating (Telecommunications and Canals) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2008 (SSI 2008/84)

laid under section 6A of the Valuation and Rating (Scotland) Act 1956

The Non-Domestic Rates (Levying) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/85)

laid under section 153 of the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 29 February 2008—

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee, 2nd Report, 2008 (Session 3): Draft Public Appointments Equalities Strategy - Diversity Delivers (SP Paper 65)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 9th Report, 2008 (Session 3): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 66)

The following report was published on 5 March 2008

Justice Committee, 6th Report, 2008 (Session 3): Report on the Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Pensions Bill (LCM (S3) 8.1) (SP Paper 67)