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Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 25 September 2008

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

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1. Legacy from Lottery Funding for Community Sport: Margo MacDonald moved S3M-2589—That the Parliament, in view of the reduction in lottery funding for the development of community sport in Scotland, supports calls for a substantial sum of National Lottery funding to be released as soon as possible, without prejudice to the outcome of ongoing consultations on aspects of the wider remits of lottery funding, thus ensuring both support for ongoing coaching programmes and a legacy from the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow that benefit the population of Glasgow and all of Scotland, and believes that such funding is capable of enhancing the Glasgow games so that, in addition to supporting a spectacular event, the investment would lay the foundations for health and sporting improvements across the entire population of Scotland.

Frank McAveety moved amendment S3M-2589.1 to motion S3M-2589—

Insert at end—

"and also tackle poverty and deprivation, improve economic performance, protect the environment and historic heritage and support artistic endeavour, and notes the particular role of community and voluntary organisations in delivering this legacy."

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

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

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament, in view of the reduction in lottery funding for the development of community sport in Scotland, supports calls for a substantial sum of National Lottery funding to be released as soon as possible, without prejudice to the outcome of ongoing consultations on aspects of the wider remits of lottery funding, thus ensuring both support for ongoing coaching programmes and a legacy from the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow that benefit the population of Glasgow and all of Scotland; believes that such funding is capable of enhancing the Glasgow games so that, in addition to supporting a spectacular event, the investment would lay the foundations for health and sporting improvements across the entire population of Scotland and also tackle poverty and deprivation, improve economic performance, protect the environment and historic heritage and support artistic endeavour, and notes the particular role of community and voluntary organisations in delivering this legacy.

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

3. First Minister’s Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister (Alex Salmond).

4. Themed Question Time: Questions on Health and Wellbeing were answered by the Cabinet Secretary and Ministers.

5. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-2591—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) 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 4: 35 minutes
Groups 5 to 7: 1 hour 5 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

6. Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17.

Amendment 23 was agreed to (by division: For 71, Against 46, Abstentions 0)

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

20 (For 56, Against 62, Abstentions 0)
21 (For 56, Against 62, Abstentions 0)

The following amendments were moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn: 18 and 1.

The following amendments were not moved: 19 and 22.

The Presiding Officer extended the time-limits in Business Motion S2M-2591 under Rule 9.8.4A (a).

7. Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Cabinet Secretary for Jusitce (Kenny MacAskill) moved S3M-2342—That the Parliament agrees that the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill be passed.

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

8. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1 and 7 as noted above.

9. Action to Protect the Red Squirrel: The Parliament debated S3M-1950 in the name of Murdo Fraser—That the Parliament is concerned at the continuing encroachment of the non-native grey squirrel in Scotland on native red squirrel territory, including parts of Mid-Scotland and Fife; notes that Scotland is the last stronghold in the United Kingdom for red squirrels and is home to approximately 120,000 reds, which accounts for 75% of the UK red squirrel population; observes that red and grey squirrels are unable to co-exist together in the same territory and that red squirrels eventually disappear due to competition for food and the carrying of the squirrel pox virus by grey squirrels which is harmless to them but fatal to reds; is alarmed to learn that the first grey squirrel was officially reported in the Highlands near Inverness in April 2008 and that the first red squirrel in Scotland contracted squirrel pox in the South of Scotland in May 2007, underlining the growing threat to red squirrels in Scotland, and believes that urgent action is required to protect the red squirrel, including research into immunocontraception for grey squirrels.

The meeting closed at 5.43 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
25 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 25 September 2008 and is subject to annulment

The Infant Formula and Follow-on Formula (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/322)

laid under section 48(3) of the Food Safety Act 1990

Other Documents

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

NHS Grampian – Grampian Health Board Annual Accounts 2007-2008 (SG/2008/189)—

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Annual Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2008 (SG/2008/190)—

NHS Borders – Borders Health Board Annual Accounts Final 2007/08 (SG/2008/191)—

NHS Dumfries and Galloway – Dumfries and Galloway NHS Board Annual Report and Accounts 2007/08 (SG/2008/192)—

Fife Health Board Annual Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2008 (SG/2008/193)—

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

Quality Meat Scotland Annual Report 2007/08 (SG/2008/194)

laid under section 7 off the Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Specification) Order 1999

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 25 September 2008

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 34th Report 2008 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 152)