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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 30 April 2008

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Rev Mark Malcolm, Minister of Ormiston and Pencaitland parishes led Time for Reflection.

2. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-1804—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion by the time limit indicated, that time limit being calculated from when the Stage begins and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when a meeting of the Parliament is suspended (other than a suspension following the first division in the Stage being called) or otherwise not in progress:

Groups 1 to 3: 40 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

3. Ministerial Statement: The Cabinet Secretary for Justice (Kenny MacAskill) made a statement and answered questions on Implementing the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Act.

4. Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn: 1, 4 and 9.

The following amendments were not moved: 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8.

5. Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill - Stage 3: The Minister for Communities and Sport (Stewart Maxwell) moved S3M-1716—That the Parliament agrees that the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill be passed.

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

6. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-1805—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 7 May 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Free Personal Care

followed by Scottish Government Debate: International Framework

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 8 May 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

Rural Affairs and the Environment;
Justice and Law Officers

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: Effective Public Services

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Wednesday 14 May 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution: Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 15 May 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

Finance and Sustainable Growth

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.

7. Approval of SSI: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-1806—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Mental Health (Cross-border Visits) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Office of the Clerk: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-1807—That the Parliament agrees that between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009, the Office of the Clerk will be open on all days except: Saturdays and Sundays, 28 November 2008, 24 December (pm), 25 and 26 December 2008, 1 and 2 January 2009, 10 and 13 April 2009, 4 May, 22 and 25 May 2009.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9. Parliamentary Recess Dates: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-1808—That the Parliament agrees the following parliamentary recess dates under Rule 2.3.1: 20 December 2008 – 4 January 2009 (inclusive), 14 – 22 February 2009 (inclusive), 4 – 19 April 2009 (inclusive) and 27 June – 30 August 2009 (inclusive).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10. Decision Time: The Parliament took a decision on items 5, 7, 8 and 9 as noted above.

11. Fenwick Weavers’ Society and the Co-operative Model: The Parliament debated S3M-1580 in the name of Willie Coffey—That the Parliament notes thatthe Fenwick Weavers’ Society is increasingly being acknowledged as the world’s first formally incorporated co-operative society; recognises that having been founded on 14 March1761 to promote and maintain high standards in the craft of weaving, it also became involved in the bulk purchase of oatmeal for resale to its members and in lending money to needy members and their families, setting examples followed in the development of both the retail co-operative sector and credit unions; notes that the deed of incorporation and the minute book of the society covering the period 1761 to 1783 are in the safe-keeping of the National Library of Scotland; welcomes the decision of the library to make the deed of incorporation and minute book available to the residents of Fenwick who, under the inspired leadership of John Smith and John McFadzean, have re-established the society to develop a heritage centre inFenwick to value and build on the work of the society, and records its support for the co-operative model of working, which has the potential to make a significant contribution to the economic and social development of Scotland and the wider world.

The meeting closed at 5.34 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
30 April 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 25 April 2008 for approval by resolution

The Advice and Assistance (Limits, Conditions and Representation) (Scotland) Regulations 2008

laid under section 37(2) of the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 28 April 2008 and is subject to annulment

The Lyon Court and Office Fees (Variation) (No. 2) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/168)

laid under section 5 of the Public Expenditure and Receipts Act 1968

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 25 April 2008 and is subject to annulment

The Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008

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

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 28 April 2008 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure—

James Watt College of Further and Higher Education Annual Report and Accounts 2006-07 (SG/2008/65)—

A Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2006-07 Audit of James Watt College (SG/2008/66)—

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

“A performance overview of sport in Scotland”: A main report prepared for the Auditor General for Scotland (AGS/2008/4)

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 29 April 2008 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure—

Kilmarnock College Board of Management Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2007 (SG/2008/67)—

A Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2006-07 Audit of Kilmarnock College (SG/2008/68)—

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

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 30 April 2008 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Scottish Legal Complaints Commission Annual Budget Plan (Abbreviated to 9 months) for the period 1 October 2008 to 30 June 2009 (SG/2008/78)

laid under section 29(10) of the Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 2007

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 25 April 2008—

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 16th Report, 2008 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 86)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 17th Report, 2008 (Session 3): Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill as amended at Stage 2 (SP Paper 88)

The following report was published on 28 April 2008

Local Government and Communities Committee, 7th Report, 2008 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 87)