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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 19 March 2008

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Tony Benn led Time for Reflection.

2. Curriculum for Excellence: The Parliament debated the subject of Curriculum for Excellence.

3. Housing and Regeneration Bill - UK Legislation: The Minister for Communities and Sport (Stewart Maxwell) moved S3M-1582—That the Parliament agrees that the relevant provisions in the Housing and Regeneration Bill, introduced in the House of Commons on 15 November 2007, relating to the executive competence of Scottish Ministers to enter into agreements for the provision of services with the Housing Corporation and/or Welsh Ministers, on such terms and for such payment which they consider appropriate, so far as these matters fall within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament, should be considered by the UK Parliament.

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

4. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-1600—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 26 March 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Healthcare Associated Infection Taskforce Action Plan

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 Debate on the Home Detention Curfew Licence (Prescribed Standard Conditions) (Scotland) (No.2) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/125)

followed by Scottish Government Debate: The Local Government Finance (Scotland) Amendment Order 2008

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 Debate: Fatal Accident Inquiries

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Wednesday 16 April 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Justice Committee Debate: 4th Report 2008 - Report on Inquiry into the Effective Use of Police Resources

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 17 April 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

Finance and Sustainable Growth

2.55 pm Stage 1 Debate: Public Health etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

The motion was agreed to.

5. Decision Time: The Parliament took a decision on item 3 as noted above.

6. Celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight: The Parliament debated S3M-1174 in the name of Patricia Ferguson—That the Parliament recognises the ongoing efforts of individuals and organisations working to promote and raise awareness of fair trade in Scotland, welcomes the steady increase in the number of schools, colleges, church groups, towns and cities across Scotland who now have Fairtrade status; acknowledges the important contribution made by the Scottish Fair Trade Forum in the work to help Scotland achieve Fairtrade nation status, notes that Fairtrade Fortnight will take place from 24 February to 9 March 2008, and looks forward to marking this at an event in the Parliament on the evening of Thursday 28 February.

The meeting closed at 5.47 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
19 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 17 March 2008 and are subject to annulment—

The Police (Special Constables) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/117)

laid under section 26(10) of the Police (Scotland) Act 1967

Act of Sederunt (Fees of Shorthand Writers in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment) 2008 (SSI 2008/118)

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

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 18 March 2008 and is subject to annulment

The Home Detention Curfew Licence (Prescribed Standard Conditions) (Scotland) (No. 2) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/125)

laid under section 45(2) of the Prisoners and Criminal Proceedings (Scotland) Act 1993

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 18 March 2008 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure


Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General – Preparing for Sporting Success at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and Beyond (SG/2008/22)

laid under section 9 of the National Audit Act 1983

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 19 March 2008 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure—

Scottish Public Ombudsman: Compendium of Case Reports for March 2008 (SPSO/2008/03)—

Case 200502104:  University of St Andrews—
Case 200503615:  A GP, Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board—
Case 200600808:  A GP, Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board—
Case 200601008:  Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board—
Case 200601890:  A Podiatry Clinic, Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board—
Case 200604047:  Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board—
Case 200700770:  Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board—
Case 200701522:  Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board—
Case 200600899:  Lothian NHS Board—
Case 200603703:  Lothian NHS Board—
Case 200700444:  Lothian NHS Board—
Case 200701321:  A GP, Lothian NHS Board—
Case 200701919:  Lothian NHS Board—
Case 200601724:  Forth Valley NHS Board—
Case 200602580:  Tayside NHS Board—
Case 200602887:  Grampian NHS Board—
 Case 200602508: Ayrshire and Arran NHS Board—
Case 200604017:  Falkirk Council—
Case 200600763:  The Highland Council—
Case 200701625:  Perth and Kinross Council—
Case 200502399:  South Ayrshire Council—
Case 200600900:  North Ayrshire Council—
Case 200602421:  Scottish Borders Council—
Cases 200500311 & 200501522:  West Dunbartonshire Council—
Case 200600702:  Inverclyde Council—
Case 200603583:  East Dunbartonshire Council—
Case 200600108:  The Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care—

laid under Section 15(1) of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act 2002

Improving the school estate: A main report and key messages summary prepared for the Auditor General for Scotland (AGS/2008/2)

laid under the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 14 March 2008

Local Government and Communities Committee, 6th Report, 2008 (Session 3): Housing and Regeneration Bill Legislative Consent Memorandum (S3) 10.1 (SP Paper 75)

The following reports were published on 18 March 2008—

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 12th Report, 2008 (Session 3): Inquiry into the Regulatory Framework (SP Paper 74)

Health and Sport Committee, 2nd Report, 2008 (Session 3): Stage 1 Report on the Public Health etc. (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 76)

The following report was published on 19 March 2008

Justice Committee, 8th Report, 2008 (Session 3): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 77)