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Thursday 4 September 2008

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

The meeting opened at 9.00 am.

1.   Breach of the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Act 2006: Keith Brown moved S3M-2442—That the Parliament notes the 6th Report, 2008 (Session 3) of the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee, Complaint against Wendy Alexander MSP, and agrees to impose the sanction recommended in the report that Wendy Alexander MSP be excluded from all proceedings of the Parliament for the first Wednesday that is a sitting day following agreement of this motion.

After debate, the motion was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 49, Against 70, Abstentions 2).

2.   Getting it Right for Every Child: The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning (Fiona Hyslop) moved S3M-2480—That the Parliament welcomes the continuing support for the Getting It Right For Every Child programme, initiated by the previous administration; acknowledges the significant progress in pathfinder activity, both in Highland and for children and young people experiencing domestic abuse, exploring how best agencies can work together to record and share information as necessary to inform effective decision making around children’s needs and to redesign services to reduce overlap and bureaucracy; welcomes progress in developing the eCare Framework to support positive practice change across all services and the plans to develop a safe and secure environment for exchanging information where necessary and for a particular purpose, respecting both data protection legislation and the privacy of individuals, and supports continuing activity to develop understanding and awareness of implementation of Getting It Right For Every Child and how services can best work to improve outcomes for children and delivery of the national outcomes.

Rhona Brankin moved amendment S3M-2480.1 to motion S3M-2480—

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“and therefore voices its concern at the impact on vulnerable children of rising class sizes, cuts in the number of health visitors and cuts in the number of teachers of children with additional support needs, and calls on the Scottish Government to honour its pledge to pay kinship carers allowance to grandparents.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 76, Against 44, Abstentions 1).

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 75, Against 44, Abstentions 1).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament welcomes the continuing support for the Getting It Right For Every Child programme, initiated by the previous administration; acknowledges the significant progress in pathfinder activity, both in Highland and for children and young people experiencing domestic abuse, exploring how best agencies can work together to record and share information as necessary to inform effective decision making around children’s needs and to redesign services to reduce overlap and bureaucracy; welcomes progress in developing the eCare Framework to support positive practice change across all services and the plans to develop a safe and secure environment for exchanging information where necessary and for a particular purpose, respecting both data protection legislation and the privacy of individuals; supports continuing activity to develop understanding and awareness of implementation of Getting It Right For Every Child and how services can best work to improve outcomes for children and delivery of the national outcomes and therefore voices its concern at the impact on vulnerable children of rising class sizes, cuts in the number of health visitors and cuts in the number of teachers of children with additional support needs, and calls on the Scottish Government to honour its pledge to pay kinship carers allowance to grandparents.

3.   General Question Time:  Questions were answered by Cabinet Secretaries and Ministers.

4.   First Minister’s Question Time: Questions were answered by the Deputy First Minister (Nicola Sturgeon).

5.   Themed Question Time: Questions on Rural Affairs and the Environment, and Justice and Law Officers were answered by Cabinet Secretaries, Ministers and Scottish Law Officers.

6.   Obesity Action Plan: The Minister for Public Health (Shona Robison) moved S3M-2481—That the Parliament welcomes the commitment of the Scottish Government to tackle obesity as highlighted in the recent publication, Healthy Eating, Active Living: An action plan to improve diet, increase physical activity and tackle obesity, and further welcomes the £56 million over the next three years, which the Scottish Government has made available to build on the existing good work in support of the Scottish Diet Action Plan and the National Physical Activity Strategy as outlined in the action plan.

Margaret Curran moved amendment S3M-2481.2 to motion S3M-2481—

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“and calls on the Scottish Government to bring forward to the Parliament details on how it intends to meet its commitment to two hours per week PE tuition in schools by specialist teachers and guarantee five days’ outdoor education for every school pupil.”

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

Ross Finnie moved amendment S3M-2481.1 to motion S3M-2481—

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“and believes that progress in tackling obesity should be assessed and reported on a regular basis according to the 10 measurements set out in chapter two of the action plan.”

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

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to (DT).

Accordingly, the Parliament agreed—That the Parliament welcomes the commitment of the Scottish Government to tackle obesity as highlighted in the recent publication, Healthy Eating, Active Living: An action plan to improve diet, increase physical activity and tackle obesity, and further welcomes the £56 million over the next three years, which the Scottish Government has made available to build on the existing good work in support of the Scottish Diet Action Plan and the National Physical Activity Strategy as outlined in the action plan; calls on the Scottish Government to bring forward to the Parliament details on how it intends to meet its commitment to two hours per week PE tuition in schools by specialist teachers and guarantee five days’ outdoor education for every school pupil, and believes that progress in tackling obesity should be assessed and reported on a regular basis according to the 10 measurements set out in chapter two of the action plan.

7.    Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-2493—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 10 September 2008—

after

Wednesday 10 September 2008

delete

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

and insert

2.00 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Ministerial Statement: Scottish Futures Trust

The motion was agreed to.

8.   Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2 and 6 as noted above.

9.   Enforcement of Planning Legislation: The Parliament debated S3M-2011 in the name of Iain Smith—That the Parliament notes with concern the difficulties faced by planning authorities, such as Fife Council, in attempting to deal with breaches of planning legislation through enforcement and stop notices; considers that development without the appropriate planning approval undermines the rule of law and the planning process and that the present planning legislation does not provide a sufficient safeguard against unlawful development; believes that appeals against enforcement or stop notices should not be permitted on the grounds that planning permission for the development would have been granted or that a planning application for the development has been submitted; further believes that there should be a presumption against approval for any development that has been carried out without the appropriate planning approvals, and desires further debate on these proposals.

The meeting closed at 5.37 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
4 September 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 4 September 2008 for approval by resolution

The Adults with Incapacity (Electronic Communications) (Scotland) Order 2008

laid under section 9(4) and (7)(d) of the Electronic Communications Act 2000

Negative Instruments

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

The Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/294)

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

The Smoke Control Areas (Authorised Fuels) (Scotland) (No.2) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/295)

laid under section 63(2) of the Clean Air Act 1993

The Smoke Control Areas (Exempt Fireplaces) (Scotland) (No.2) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/296)

laid under section 63(3) of the Clean Air Act 1993

Committee Reports

The following report is being published on 4 September 2008

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 30th Report 2008 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 144)

For further information on accessing committee reports, please contact either the relevant clerk or webpage (see end of Bulletin for contact details or access general committee webpage)

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/committees/index.htm