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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 10 September 2008

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

The meeting opened at 2.00 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Rev Dave Richards, St Paul’s and St George’s Church, Edinburgh led Time for Reflection.

2. Ministerial Statement: The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth (John Swinney) made a statement and answered questions on the Scottish Futures Trust.

3. Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee Debate: 4th Report 2008 Ferry Services in Scotland: Patrick Harvie moved S3M-2496—That the Parliament notes the conclusions and recommendations contained in the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee’s 4th Report, 2008 (Session 3): Ferry Services in Scotland (SP Paper 138).

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

5. Business Motion: David McLetchie, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-2520—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 17 September 2008

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Scottish Ambulance Service

followed by European and External Relations Committee Debate: 3rd Report 2008: Inquiry into International Development

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 18 September 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Hill Farms and Less Favoured Areas

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister's Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Education and Lifelong Learning;
Europe, External Affairs and Culture

2.55 pm Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee Debate: 6th Report 2008: Growing Pains - can we achieve a 50% growth in tourist revenue by 2015?

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Wednesday 24 September 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 25 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

Health and Wellbeing

2.55 pm Stage 3 Proceedings: Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

The motion was agreed to.

5. Business Motion: David McLetchie, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-2522—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 6 November 2008.

The motion was agreed to.

6. Business Motion: David McLetchie, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-2521—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 23 January 2009.

The motion was agreed to.

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

8. Shortage of Indian Chefs in Aberdeen: The Parliament debated S3M-2232 in the name of Brian Adam—That the Parliament notes that there is a shortage of Indian chefs in Aberdeen and elsewhere in Scotland and that the popularity of Indian food remains high, reflecting well on the appreciation of cultural diversity in our country; further notes the success of the Fresh Talent initiative in retaining overseas graduates, and commends consideration of a similar pilot scheme for Indian chefs in Scotland.

The meeting closed at 5.34 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
10 September 2008


Appendix
(Note: this Appendix does not form part of the Minutes)

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 5 September 2008 and is subject to annulment

The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (Scottish Public Authorities) Amendment Order 2008 (SSI 2008/297)

laid under section 72 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 8 September 2008 and is subject to annulment

The Action Programme for Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/298)

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

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 9 September 2008 and are subject to annulment

The Potatoes Originating in Poland (Notification) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2008 (SSI 2008/299)

laid under section 2(1) of the Plant Health Act 1967

The Plant Health (Scotland) Amendment Order 2008 (SSI 2008/300)

laid under sections 2, 3 and 4(1) of the Plant Health Act 1967

The Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 (Modification) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/302)

laid under section 8(2) of the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 10 September 2008 for approval by resolution

The Mental Health (England and Wales Cross-border transfer: patients subject to requirements other than detention) (Scotland) Regulations 2008

laid under section 326(4) of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 8 September 2008 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Scottish Environment Protection Agency Annual Report and Accounts 2007-2008 (SG/2008/150)

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

Learning and Teaching Scotland Annual Review 2007-08 (SG/2008/157)

Learning and Teaching Scotland Report and Financial Statements Year Ended 31 March 2008 (SG/2008/164)

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 9 September 2008 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Costs and Equalities and the Scottish Criminal Justice System 2005-06 (SG/2008/152)