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Wednesday 12 March 2008

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

The meeting opened at 2.00 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: His Excellency, Archbishop Faustino Sainz Muñoz, Apostolic Nuncio led Time for Reflection.

2. NHS Independent Scrutiny: The Parliament debated the subject of NHS independent scrutiny.

3. Home Detention Curfew Licences – Scottish Statutory Instruments: David McLetchie, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-1486—That the Parliament agrees that nothing further be done under the Home Detention Curfew Licence (Prescribed Standard Conditions) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/36).

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 62, Against 58, Abstentions 1).

The Cabinet Secretary for Justice (Kenny MacAskill) moved S3M-1488—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Home Detention Curfew Licence (Amendment of Specified Days) (Scotland) Order 2008 be approved.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 65, Against 60, Abstentions 0).

4. Pensions Bill - UK Legislation: The Minister for Community Safety (Fergus Ewing) moved S3M-1513—That the Parliament agrees that the relevant provisions of the UK Pensions Bill, introduced in the House of Commons on 5 December 2007, which legislate in devolved areas in respect of pension compensation on divorce or dissolution of a marriage or civil partnership, should be considered by the UK Parliament.

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

5. Business Motion: TBC, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-1540—That the Parliament agrees

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 19 March 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Curriculum for Excellence

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Housing and Regeneration Bill – UK Legislation

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 Debate: Scottish Marine Bill Consultation

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Wednesday 26 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 27 March 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister's Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Justice and Law Officers;
Rural Affairs and the Environment

2.55 pm Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

(b) that for the period for lodging First Minister’s Questions for First Minister’s Question Time on 27 March 2008 ends at 4.00 pm on Thursday 20 March 2008;

(c) that for the period for lodging First Minister’s Questions for First Minister’s Question Time on 8 May 2008 ends at 4.00 pm on Thursday 1 May 2008;

(d) that for the period for lodging First Minister’s Questions for First Minister’s Question Time on 29 May 2008 ends at 4.00 pm on Thursday 22 May 2008; and

(e) that the period for Members to submit their names for selection for General and Themed Question Time on 17 April 2008 ends at 12 noon on Wednesday 26 March 2008.

The motion was agreed to.

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

7. Make Scotland’s Roads Safer - Reduce the Drink Driving Limit: The Parliament debated S3M-1000 in the name of Dave Thompson—That the Parliament welcomes the British Medical Association’s (BMA) Christmas card campaign calling for a reduction in the drink driving limit; notes that there is clear evidence that shows that drivers who exceed 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood are significantly impaired; further notes with regret that in the Highlands and Islands there are 27% more accidents caused by drunk drivers than the national average; joins the BMA in considering that more pressure should be exerted on the UK Government to lower the drink driving limit from 80mg per 100ml of blood to 50mg; supports the implementation of random testing, which would undoubtedly act as a further deterrent to drink driving, and notes that these measures will make Scotland’s roads safer and could save as many as 65 lives a year on UK roads.

The meeting closed at 5.32 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
12 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 7 March 2008 and are subject to annulment—

The Public Contracts and Utilities Contracts (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/94)—

The Meat (Official Controls Charges) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/98)—

The Horses (Zootechnical Standards) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/99)—

The Rural Development Contracts (Rural Priorities) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/100)—

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

The Personal Injuries (NHS Charges) (Amounts) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/96)

laid under section 195(8) of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003

The Meat Products (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/97)

laid under section 48(3) of the Food Safety Act 1990

The Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Act 2007 (Fixed Penalty Notices) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/101)

laid under section 43(2) of the Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Act 2007

The Sea Fishing (Control Procedures for Herring, Mackerel and Horse Mackerel) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/102)

laid under section 30(4) of the Fisheries Act 1981

The Enforcement of Fines (Seizure and Disposal of Vehicles (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/103)

laid under section 226D(14) of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995

The Enforcement of Fines (Diligence) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/104)

laid under section 226F(8) of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995

The National Health Services (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/105)—

The National Health Service (Optical Charges and Payments) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/106)—

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

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 7 March 2008 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Scottish Information Commissioner Freedom of Information Annual Report 2007 (SG 2008/21)

laid under section 46 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 11 March 2008 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure

British Potato Council Report and Accounts 2006-07 (SG/2008/20)

laid under section 7 of the Industrial Organisation and Development Act 1947 as amended by the Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000 (Audit of Public Bodies) Order 2003

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 12 March 2008 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Overdraft Guarantee for Scottish Water 11 March 2008 (SG/2008/23)

laid under section 43(2) of the Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 7 March 2008

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee, 1st Report, 2008 (Session 3): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 71)