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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 5 November 2008

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Rev Donald Scott, Chaplain, HMYOI Polmont led Time for Reflection.

2. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-2819—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 5 November 2008—

after

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) (Scotland) Bill

insert

followed by Financial Resolution: Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) (Scotland) Bill

The motion was agreed to.

3. Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) (Scotland) Bill (SP Bill 12): The Minister for Community Safety (Fergus Ewing) moved S3M-2796—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) (Scotland) Bill.

Jackson Carlaw moved amendment S3M-2796.1 to motion S3M-2796—

insert at end—

“but, in so doing, notes the terms of the Justice Committee’s Stage 1 report, in particular the concerns expressed with regard to the Financial Memorandum, and calls on the Scottish Government to provide the Parliament with a more detailed analysis of the likely cost implications, from such information as is available to or can be obtained by the Scottish Government, prior to the Bill being considered at Stage 3.”

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

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

Accordingly the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) (Scotland) Bill but, in so doing, notes the terms of the Justice Committee’s Stage 1 report, in particular the concerns expressed with regard to the Financial Memorandum, and calls on the Scottish Government to provide the Parliament with a more detailed analysis of the likely cost implications, from such information as is available to or can be obtained by the Scottish Government, prior to the Bill being considered at Stage 3.

4. Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution: The Minister for Community Safety (Fergus Ewing) moved S3M-2797—That the Parliament , for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any expenditure of a kind referred to in Rule 9.12.3(b)(ii) of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

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

5. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-2820—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 12 November 2008

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill

followed by Financial Resolution: Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Scottish Economy

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 13 November 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Labour Party 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 Debate: Scottish Futures Trust

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Energy Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 19 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 20 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

Finance and Sustainable Growth

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.

6. Approval of SSI: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-2821—That the Parliament agrees that the draft International Criminal Court (Remand Time) Order 2008 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 3, 4 and 6 as noted above.

8. Digital Switchover: The Parliament debated S3M-2759 in the name of Jeremy Purvis—That the Parliament notes that the UK’s digital TV switchover commences with the switchover of the Selkirk transmitter on 6 and 20 November 2008 in the Border TV region; believes that digital is a positive development within television but is concerned that the Switchover Help Scheme, established to give practical support to those people expected to have the most difficulty in making the switch to digital TV, has been subject to doubts over its effectiveness, and expresses further concern that, with the Border TV region having the highest percentage of viewers receiving their television signal through relay transmitters, the switchover will create a two-tier service with more than 50% of viewers in the Borders able to access only 50% of digital channels.

The meeting closed at 5.35 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
5 November 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 November 2008 and is subject to annulment

The National Health Service Central Register (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/358)

laid under section 61(3) of the Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Act 2006

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 31 October 2008 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman: Annual Report 2007-08 (SPSO/2008/AR)

laid under section 17 of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act 2002

Highlands and Islands Enterprise Network Accounts 2007-08 (SG/2008/223)

laid under section 30(8) of the Enterprise and New Towns (Scotland) Act 1990 and section 22(5) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

A Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2007-08 Audit of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (SG/2008/224)

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

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 5 November 2008 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland Annual Report 2007-08 (SG/2008/162)

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 31 October 2008­­­­

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 37th Report 2008 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 163)

The following reports were published on 5 November 2008­­­­

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 38th Report 2008 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 164)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 39th Report 2008 (Session 3): Report on the Supplementary Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Energy Bill (SP Paper 165)