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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 10 December 2008

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

The meeting opened at 2.00 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Iain Gordon, Chief Executive, Bethany Christian Trust, led Time for Reflection.

2. Elections to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body: Gil Paterson moved S3M-2987—That the Parliament notes the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee’s 1st Report, 2008 (Session 3), Elections to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SP Paper 47), and agrees that the changes to Standing Orders set out in Annexe A to the report be made with effect from 11 December 2008.

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

3. Audit Committee - Title and Remit: Gil Paterson moved S3M-2988—That the Parliament notes the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee’s 8th Report, 2008 (Session 3), Audit Committee - Title and Remit (SP Paper 151), and agrees that the changes to Standing Orders set out in Annexe A to the report be made with effect from 11 December 2008.

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

4. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change (Stewart Stevenson) made a statement on the Strategic Transport Projects Review.

5. Strategic Transport Projects Review: The Parliament debated the Strategic Transport Projects Review.

6. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-3077—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 17 December 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Finance Committee Debate: Budget Process 2009-10

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 18 December 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Drink Driving

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 Debate: Organ Donation Taskforce

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 7 January 2009

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 8 January 2009

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

Europe, External Affairs and the Environment;
Education and Lifelong Learning

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.

7. Designation of Lead Committee: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-3071—That the Parliament agrees that the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee be designated as the lead committee, and that the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee be designated as secondary committee, in consideration of the Climate Change (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

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

8. Approval of SSI: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-3070—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Protection of Charities Assets (Exemption) and the Charity Test (Specified Bodies) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2008 be approved.

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

9. Approval of SSI: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-3072—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Fundable Bodies (Scotland) Order 2008 be approved.

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

10. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 3, 7, 8 and 9 as noted above.

11. 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: The Parliament debated S3M-2630 in the name of Jamie Hepburn—That the Parliament notes that 10 December 2008 will be the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by the General Assembly of the United Nations; believes that the UDHR is one of the outstanding statements of the dignity, integrity and rights belonging to every human being, and further believes that the principles of the UDHR should continue to serve as inspiration for the future development of Scotland.

The meeting closed at 5.47 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
10 December 2008

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

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

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

The Private Landlord Registration (Advice and Assistance) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/402)

laid under section 141(3) of the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004

The Private Landlord Registration (Information and Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/403)

laid under section 141(3) of the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004

The Law Applicable to Non-Contractual Obligations (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/404)

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

Legislative Consent Memorandums

The following memorandum was lodged on 10 December 2008

John Swinney MSP: Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill (UK Parliament legislation) LCM(S3) 13.1

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 4 December 2008 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Scottish Arts Council National Lottery Distribution Fund Annual Report and Accounts for the year to 31 March 2008 (SG/2008/236)

laid under section 35 of the National Lottery etc. Act 1993

Scottish Arts Council Group Annual Report and Accounts for the year to 31 March 2008 (SG/2008/237)

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

Water Industry Commission for Scotland Accounts for the year to 31 March 2008 (SG/2008/242)

laid under section 5(1)(a) of the Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 5 December 2008 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure

The Parole Board for Scotland Annual Report 2007-08 (SG/2008/231)

laid under paragraph 5 of Schedule 1 to the Prisons (Scotland) Act 1989 and paragraph 6 of Schedule 2 to the Prisoners and Criminal Proceedings (Scotland) Act 1993

Scottish Police Services Authority Annual Report and Accounts 2007-08 (SG/2008/250)

laid under sections 7(5) and 15(4) of the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2006

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

HM Inspectorate of Constabulary for Scotland Annual Report 2007-08 (SG/2008/247)

HM Inspectorate of Constabulary for Scotland Scottish Policing Performance Framework Annual Report 2007-08 (SG/2008/248)

Scottish Road Works Commissioner Annual Accounts Year ended 31st March 2008 (SG/2008/251)

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

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

Scottish Legal Aid Board Annual Report 2007-08 (SG/2008/146)

laid under section 5(7)(a) of the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986 and 22(5) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 10 December 2008 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Scottish Qualifications Authority Annual Report and Accounts 2007-08 (SG/2008/253)

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

Improving Energy Efficiency – A report and key messages summary prepared for the Auditor General for Scotland (AGS/2008/13)

laid under the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on Thursday 4 December—

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee, 8th Report, 2008 (Session 3): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 178)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 42nd Report 2008 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 180)

The following report was published on Wednesday 10 December—

Finance Committee, 7th Report, 2008 (Session 3): Report on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2009-10 (SP Paper 179)