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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 17 December 2008

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: The Very Rev Patrick Keegans, Former Parish Priest of Holy Trinity Church, Lockerbie, led Time for Reflection.

2. Finance Committee 7th Report 2008 (Session 3): Scottish Government's Draft Budget 2009-10: Andrew Welsh moved S3M-3100—That the Parliament notes the 7th Report 2008 (Session 3) of the Finance Committee on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2009-10 (SP Paper 179), and refers the report and its recommendations to the Scottish Government for consideration.

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

Accordingly the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament notes the 7th Report 2008 (Session 3) of the Finance Committee on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2009-10 (SP Paper 179), and refers the report and its recommendations to the Scottish Government for consideration.

3. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-3117—That the Parliament agrees that Rule 5.6.1(c) of Standing Orders be suspended for the purposes of Members’ Business on Thursday 18 December 2008.

The motion was agreed to.

4. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-3118—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 18 December 2008—

after

5.00 pm Decision Time

delete

followed by Members’ Business

and after

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

insert

followed by Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

5. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-3119—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 7 January 2009

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: National Qualifications

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 Debate: Protecting Scotland’s Communities – the Scottish Government’s Offender Management Plan

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 Debate: Homecoming and its Potential to Support Sustainable Economic Growth

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 14 January 2009

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Budget (Scotland) (No.2) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 15 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

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.

6. Designation of Lead Committee: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-3120—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government and Communities Committee be designated as the lead committee in consideration of the Scottish Government National Planning Framework for Scotland 2 (Proposed Framework).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2 and 6 as noted above.

8. Eco-Congregation Scotland Programme: The Parliament debated S3M-2665 in the name of Des McNulty—That the Parliament recognises the important role played by churches and other faith groups in Scotland in raising awareness of environmental issues and in particular climate change; congratulates the Eco-Congregation Scotland programme on achieving its 200th registration; notes the rapid growth of the programme across Scotland from its inception less than a decade ago to become the largest network of community environment groups in Scotland and its spread to include congregations from nine denominations, including the congregation of the Abbotsford Parish Church in Clydebank, and welcomes the new commitment that the programme is making to help congregations and communities understand the impact of climate change here and in the developing world, respond appropriately to the challenge climate change presents and take collective and personal responsibility for reducing their carbon emissions.

The meeting closed at 5.45 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
17 December 2008

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

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 16 December 2008 for approval by resolution

The International Organisations (Immunities and Privileges) (Scotland) Order 2009

laid under section 10 of the International Organisations Act 1968

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 17 December 2008 for approval by resolution

The Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 1992 Modification Order 2009

laid under section 103(5) of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 16 December 2008 and are subject to annulment—

The Local Government (Allowances and Expenses) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/414) (16 December 2008)

laid under section 50 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 and sections 11 and 16 of the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004

The Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004 (Remuneration) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/415) (16 December 2008)

laid under section 190 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 and section 16 of the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 17 December 2008 and are subject to annulment—

The Assistance by Way of Representation (District Court Financial Limit) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/416)

laid under section 81(2) of the Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Act 2007

The Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/417)

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

The Beef and Veal labelling (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/418)

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

Legislative Consent Memorandums

The following memorandum was lodged on 15 December 2008

Richard Lochhead MSP: Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Marine and Coastal Access Bill (UK Parliament Legislation) LCM(S3)14.1

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 12 December 2008 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure—

Transport Scotland Annual Report and Accounts 07/08 (SG/2008/212)

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

The Scottish Government National Planning Framework for Scotland 2 (Proposed Framework) (SG/2008/252)

laid under section 3B of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 15 December 2008 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure—

Scottish Social Services Council Annual Report & Accounts 1 April 2007-31 March 2008 (SG/2008/208)

laid under paragraph 10(1) of Schedule 2 to the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001 and section 22(5) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

Student Awards Agency for Scotland Annual Report and Accounts 2007-2008 (SG/2008/232)

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

Note: The Scottish Government National Planning Framework for Scotland 2 (Proposed Framework) SG/2008/252 was laid before the Parliament on 12 December 2008 under section 3B of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006 and is subject to Parliamentary consideration as set out in section 3B of the Act

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 17 December 2008 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure—

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman: Compendium of Case Reports for December 2008 (SPSO/2008/12)—

Case 200501473: University of Glasgow

Case 200700254: The Robert Gordon University

Case number 200700814: Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board

Case 200503543: The Moray Council

Case 200601561: Scottish Borders Council

Case 200703152: North Ayrshire Council

Case 200702044: Police Complaints Commissioner for Scotland

laid under Section 15(1) of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act 2002

The National Archives of Scotland Accounts For the year ended 31 March 2008 (SG/2008/183)

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

Bord na Gaidhlig Annual Report 2007-2008 (SG/2008/234)

laid under section 1(6) of the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005 and section 22(5) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

Police Complaints Commissioner for Scotland Annual Accounts Year Ended 31 March 2008 (SG/2008/258)

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

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 15 December 2008

Health and Sport Committee, 7th Report, 2008 (Session 3): Stage 1 Report on the Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 185)

The following report was published on 16 December 2008

Finance Committee, 8th Report, 2008 (Session 3): Inquiry into methods of funding capital investment projects (SP Paper 182)

The following report was published on 17 December 2008

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee, 11th Report, 2008 (Session 3): Review of Section 6 of the Code of Conduct (Cross-Party Groups) (SP Paper 186)