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Wednesday 8 October 2008

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Mr D Graham Sherry, Lenzie, led Time for Reflection.

2. First Minister’s Statement: The First Minister made a statement and answered questions on the Scottish Broadcasting Commission.

3. Scottish Broadcasting Commission: The Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture (Linda Fabiani) moved S3M-2671—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Broadcasting Commission’s final report and recognises the cross-party engagement that enabled the commission to carry out its work in a constructive and consensual fashion; notes that the report reflects the importance of broadcasting to the cultural and economic life of Scotland and accepts that the Parliament should take an active role in considering the broadcasting industry and services as they relate to Scotland; welcomes the key recommendation for the creation of a new public service Scottish digital network, which represents a major opportunity to develop Scotland’s broadcasting industry; notes that the commission’s recommendations require action by a range of parties, and calls on the Scottish Government to respond positively to the report within its responsibilities.

Pauline McNeill moved amendment S3M-2671.3 to motion S3M-2671—

Insert at end—

"; agrees with the commission that Scotland should not lose out on the obvious advantages of being part of the UK broadcasting framework, particularly in research and development of digital media platforms, and believes that the Calman Commission should consider the role of the Parliament in playing an active role in scrutinising and promoting the broadcasting industry as it relates to Scotland."

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 68, Against 1, Abstentions 44).

Ted Brocklebank moved amendment S3M-2671.1 to motion S3M-2671—

After second "broadcasting industry" insert—

"but believes that further work needs to be done on a suitable funding model, which ensures a substantial private sector input so that the cost does not fall wholly on the taxpayer"

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 16, Against 60, Abstentions 37).

Iain Smith moved amendment S3M-2671.2 to motion S3M-2671—

Insert at end—

"and notes with concern the proposals contained within Phase 2 of Ofcom’s Second Public Service Broadcasting Review, which present a serious threat to the long-term viability of Scottish public service broadcasters, of Borders news programmes and of Scottish content programming and Gaelic language programmes on Channel 3."

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

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

Accordingly the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Broadcasting Commission’s final report and recognises the cross-party engagement that enabled the commission to carry out its work in a constructive and consensual fashion; notes that the report reflects the importance of broadcasting to the cultural and economic life of Scotland and accepts that the Parliament should take an active role in considering the broadcasting industry and services as they relate to Scotland; welcomes the key recommendation for the creation of a new public service Scottish digital network, which represents a major opportunity to develop Scotland’s broadcasting industry; notes that the commission’s recommendations require action by a range of parties; calls on the Scottish Government to respond positively to the report within its responsibilities; agrees with the commission that Scotland should not lose out on the obvious advantages of being part of the UK broadcasting framework, particularly in research and development of digital media platforms; believes that the Calman Commission should consider the role of the Parliament in playing an active role in scrutinising and promoting the broadcasting industry as it relates to Scotland, and notes with concern the proposals contained within Phase 2 of Ofcom’s Second Public Service Broadcasting Review, which present a serious threat to the long-term viability of Scottish public service broadcasters, of Borders news programmes and of Scottish content programming and Gaelic language programmes on Channel 3.

4. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-2678—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 29 October 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: British-Irish Council

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 30 October 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Liberal Democrats Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Europe, External Affairs and Culture;
Education and Lifelong Learning

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: Non-Native Invasive Species

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 5 November 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 6 November 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 Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

5. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-2677—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 23 January 2009.

The motion was agreed to.

6. Designation of Lead Committee: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-2682—That the Parliament agrees that the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee be designated as the lead committee in consideration of the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Approval of SSIs: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S3M-2679—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Freedom of Information (Relaxation of Statutory Prohibitions on Disclosure of Information) (Scotland) Order 2008 be approved.

S3M-2680—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Scottish Commission for Human Rights (Specification) Order 2008 be approved.

S3M-2681—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Adults with Incapacity (Electronic Communications) (Scotland) Order 2008 be approved.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

8. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 3, 6 and 7 as noted above.

9. The Kingdom of Fife and Fife in the World - A Platform of Partnership: The Parliament debated S3M-2609 in the name of Christopher Harvie—That the Parliament greets the Year of Homecoming and envisages the pioneering of a "platform of partnership" using the Kingdom of Fife as a trial project involving the creation of worldwide internet links between places with Fife names, affected by Fifers or twinned with Fife communities and involving schools, churches, community groups and associations, and hopes that the resumption of the Rosyth to Zeebrugge ferry can make this virtual bond a real one.

The meeting closed at 5.33 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
8 October 2008

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

The following report is being published on Thursday 9 October

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 36th Report 2008, (Session 3): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 159).