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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 7 January 2009

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Rev Sam Torrens, Edinburgh: Barclay Church of Scotland, led Time for Reflection.

2. National Qualifications: The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning (Fiona Hyslop) moved S3M-3164—That the Parliament recognises the importance of developing the next generation of national qualifications in Scotland in line with the aims, vision and values of the Curriculum for Excellence, with its emphasis on equipping all young people to respond to the demands of the 21st century through developing their capacities as successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors and acknowledges the challenges and opportunities in taking forward the findings of the national consultation exercise and the key role to be played by local authorities, schools, colleges, universities and others in ensuring that we develop a system that meets the expectations of society, in which robust and credible assessment supports good learning and teaching and all young people have the opportunity to acquire the skills, knowledge and experience that they require to take their places in a modern society and economy.

Rhona Brankin moved amendment S3M-3164.3 to motion S3M-3164—

insert at end—

“; is therefore concerned at the continued lack of clarity over the implementation of the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) within the new examinable framework; highlights the need for parents, teachers and other stakeholders to be involved to a far greater extent in developing the CfE and for teaching staff in particular to be given the time and investment needed to develop materials for it; believes that literacy and numeracy are central to the development of the CfE; believes that it is unacceptable that fewer than half of primary 7 pupils are well established in reading; calls on the Scottish Government to establish an assessment regime for basic literacy in primary schools, linked to individual programmes for pupils who have failed to attain adequate literacy skills, with the expectation that all pupils should leave primary school functionally literate, and calls for a greater show of leadership and direction from the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 42, Against 63, Abstentions 16).

Elizabeth Smith moved amendment S3M-3164.1 to motion S3M-3164—

insert at end—

“and, in particular, recognises the need to ensure that pupils in Scotland are properly schooled and tested in the basic skills of literacy and numeracy by the end of primary 7 and also to ensure that the qualifications structure better reflects the specific needs of all pupils, whether they wish to pursue courses that are more academically focused or more vocationally focused.”

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

Margaret Smith moved amendment S3M-3164.2 to motion S3M-3164—

after “contributors” insert—

“; further recognises the funding, resourcing and training implications of such a move,”

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 recognises the importance of developing the next generation of national qualifications in Scotland in line with the aims, vision and values of the Curriculum for Excellence, with its emphasis on equipping all young people to respond to the demands of the 21st century through developing their capacities as successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors; further recognises the funding, resourcing and training implications of such a move; acknowledges the challenges and opportunities in taking forward the findings of the national consultation exercise and the key role to be played by local authorities, schools, colleges, universities and others in ensuring that we develop a system that meets the expectations of society, in which robust and credible assessment supports good learning and teaching and all young people have the opportunity to acquire the skills, knowledge and experience that they require to take their places in a modern society and economy, and, in particular, recognises the need to ensure that pupils in Scotland are properly schooled and tested in the basic skills of literacy and numeracy by the end of primary 7 and also to ensure that the qualifications structure better reflects the specific needs of all pupils, whether they wish to pursue courses that are more academically focused or more vocationally focused.

3. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-3177—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 8 January 2009—

after

Thursday 8 January 2009

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

delete

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 Culture;
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

and insert

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Homecoming and its Potential to Support Sustainable Economic Growth

followed by Scottish Government Debate: The Humanitarian Disaster in Gaza

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

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

4. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-3169—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of 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 Stage 1 Debate: Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution: Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill

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 Debate: Forth Crossing

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 21 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 22 January 2009

9.15 am  Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill

followed by Scottish Government 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 Stage 1 Debate: Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution: Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill

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-3170—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be extended to 13 February 2009.

The motion was agreed to.

6. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on item 2 as noted above.

7. Devastating Cuts At The Herald and Evening Times: The Parliament debated S3M-3038 in the name of Sandra White—That the Parliament condemns the announcement that all staff at The Herald and Evening Times in Glasgow will be made redundant and have to re-apply for their jobs under new terms and conditions, which it believes will inevitably leave them worse off, and further believes that this reorganisation will have a damaging effect on editorial independence among the titles and should be re-evaluated.

8. Motion without Notice: Sandra White moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended until 5.57 pm. The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 5.57 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
7 January 2009

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

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instruments were laid in draft before the Parliament on 19 December 2008 for approval by resolution—

The Town and Country Planning (Amount of Fixed Penalty) (Scotland) Regulations 2009

laid under section 275(7B) of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997

The Town and Country Planning (Grounds for Declining to Follow Recommendations) (Scotland) Regulations 2009

laid under section 275(7A) of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997

The Town and Country Planning (Hierarchy of Developments) (Scotland) Regulations 2009

laid under section 26A(5) of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 19 December 2008 and are subject to annulment—

The Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Amendment (No. 2) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/425)

laid under paragraph 2(2) of schedule 2 to the European Communities Act 1972 and section 26(2) of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981

The Town and Country Planning (Development Planning) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/426)

laid under section 275 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997

The Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006 (Development Planning) (Saving, Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/427)

laid under section 58(4) of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 22 December 2008 and are subject to annulment—

The Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 2007 (Handling Complaints and Specification of Interest Rates) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/428)

laid under section 79(2) of the Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 2007

The Act of Sederunt (Fees of Sheriff Officers) 2008 (SSI 2008/430)

laid under section 40 of the Sheriff Courts (Scotland) Act 1907

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 23 December 2008 and are subject to annulment—

The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/432)—

The Town and Country Planning (Schemes of Delegation and Local Review Procedures) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/433)—

The Town and Country Planning (Appeals) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/434)—

laid under section 275 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 19 December 2008 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure—

British Waterways Board: Pay to Chair and Board Members (SG/2008/153)

laid under paragraph 8 of Schedule 1 to the Transport Act 1962 as amended by Part II of Schedule 2 to the Scotland Act 1998 (Cross Border Public Authorities) (Adaptation of Functions etc.) (No.2) (Scotland) Order 2000

Scottish Court Service Annual Report and Accounts 2007-08 (SG/2008/254)

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 22 December 2008 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure—

Skills Development Scotland Parliamentary Accounts 2007-08 (SG/2008/243)

Architecture and Design Scotland Annual Report 2007-08 and Financial Statement 2007-08 (SG/2008/249)—

A Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2007-08 Audit of VisitScotland (SG/2008/261)—

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

VisitScotland Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2008 (SG/2008/260)

laid under section 6(6) of the Development of Tourism Act 1969 and section 22(5) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 23 December 2008 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure—

Providing Criminal Legal Assistance by Means of Solicitors Directly Employed by the Scottish Legal Aid Board: a Report on the Progress of the Feasibility Study (SG/2008/259)

laid under section 28A(9A) of the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986

Lothian & Borders Community Justice Authority Audited Financial Statements 2007-08 (SG/2008/262)—

North Strathclyde Community Justice Authority Annual Accounts 2007-08 (SG/2008/263)—

Fife and Forth Valley Community Justice Authority Financial Report and Acounts 2007/08 (SG/2008/264)—

South West Scotland Community Justice Authority Annual Accounts 2007-08 (SG/2008/265)—

Tayside Community Justice Authority Annual Accounts 2007-08 (SG/2008/266)—

Glasgow Community Justice Authority Annual Accounts 2007-08 (SG/2008/267)—

Lanarkshire Community Justice Authority Annual Report and Accounts 2007/08 (SG/2008/268)—

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 24 December 2008 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure—

Northern Community Justice Authority Statement of Accounts for the period 1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008 (SG/2008/269)

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

The Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland Annual Report 2008 (SG/2008/257)

laid under paragraph 14 of schedule 2 to the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003