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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 25 June 2008

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

The meeting opened at 2.00 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Rabbi Nancy Morris, Glasgow Reform Synagogue led Time for Reflection

2. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-2257—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 25 June 2008—

after

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Alcohol Misuse

delete

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

and insert

followed by Ministerial Statement: Scottish Ambulance Service Contact Information

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.30 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

The motion was agreed to.

3. Ministerial Statement: The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing (Nicola Sturgeon) made a statement and answered questions on housing.

4. Alcohol Misuse: The Parliament debated the subject of alcohol misuse.

5. Ministerial Statement: The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing (Nicola Sturgeon) made a statement and answered questions on Scottish Ambulance Service Contact Information.

6. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-2256—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 3 September 2008—

9.30 am Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

2.30 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed byMembers' Business

Thursday 4 September 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

Rural Affairs and the Environment;
Justice and Law Officers

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. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-2258—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 28 November 2008.

The motion was agreed to.

8. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-2259—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Scottish Register of Tartans Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 12 September 2008.

The motion was agreed to.

9. Approval of SSI: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S3M-2260—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Charity Test (Specified Bodies) (Scotland) Order 2008 be approved.

S3M-2261—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Nutritional Requirements for Food and Drink in Schools (Scotland) Regulations 2008 be approved.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

10. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on item 9 as noted above.

11. Sweet 16?: The Age of Leaving Care in Scotland: The Parliament debated S3M-1645 in the name of Karen Whitefield—That the Parliament welcomes the Sweet 16? report by the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland into the age of leaving care; expresses concern that while law and policy strongly advise that young people should be encouraged and supported to stay in care until 18 years of age where their welfare requires it, and that some local authorities such as North Lanarkshire are making welcome progress in achieving that objective, Scottish Government statistics show that eight times as many young people leave care at 16 as leave at 18; notes that as a result many young people encounter problems with paying bills, alcohol and drugs, continuing education and homelessness; believes that this is unacceptable, and recognises the merits of the report's recommendations to change the culture that assumes 16 as the age for leaving care so ensuring that in the future no young person feels pressurised to leave care before they are ready, that proper care until 18 is a right for all, that support continues to be available during the transition to independence, that the destinations and outcomes for young people leaving care are properly monitored and that all young people in care, in Airdrie and Shotts and across Scotland, receive the support, advice and information about their rights and options for the future that they require.

The meeting closed at 6.11 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
25 June 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 23 June 2008 for approval by resolution

The Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Amendment of Specified Authorities) Order 2008

laid under 18(4) the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 20 June 2008 and is subject to annulment

The Public Service Vehicles (Registration of Local Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/253)

laid under section 61(1) of the Public Passenger Vehicles Act 1981

Scottish Commission for Public Audit

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 24 June 2008 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Audit Scotland Annual Report and Accounts for Year Ended 31 March 2008 and Auditor’s Report Thereon (SP Paper 137)

laid under section 25(6) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 19 June 2008 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Lord Fraser Inquiry into Holyrood Building Project Account of Expenditure (SG/2008/96)

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 23 June 2008 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure

How Government Works: Review of major capital projects in Scotland – A main report prepared for the Auditor General for Scotland (AGS/2008/6)

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 25 June 2008 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure—

Meat Hygiene Service Annual Report and Accounts 2007-08 (SG/2008/89)

laid under section 7 of the Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000 and section 88 of the Scotland Act 1998

Water Industry Commission for Scotland Annual Report 2007-08 (SG/2008/98)

laid under section 5(4) of the Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002

Social Work Inspection Agency Annual Report and Accounts 2007-08 (SG/2008/99)

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

Passenger Focus Annual Report and Accounts 2007-08 (SG/2008/106)

laid under Schedule 5 of the Railways Act 2005

Risk Management Authority Annual Report and Accounts for the period 1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008 (SG/2008/109)

laid under section 13 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003

ECITB Annual Report and Accounts 2007 (SG/2008/118)

laid under section 88(3) of the Scotland Act 1998

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 20 June 2008—

European and External Relations Committee, 3rd Report, 2008 (Session 3): Inquiry into International Development (SP Paper 134)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 28th Report, 2008 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 135)

The following report was published on 24 June 2008

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee, 6th Report, 2008 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 136)