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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 21 January 2009

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: The Honourable Steve Peters, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario led Time for Reflection.

2. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Communities and Sport (Stewart Maxwell) made a statement and answered questions on Mortgage to Shared Equity – Mortgage to Rent.

3. Common Agricultural Policy Health Check: The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment (Richard Lochhead) moved S3M-3250—That the Parliament , noting the recent agreement in the Council of Ministers on the European Commission’s legislative proposals for the Health Check of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), acknowledges the Scottish Government’s commitment to work with stakeholders on how key aspects of the proposals should be implemented in Scotland and on the longer-term implementation of CAP in Scotland and believes that future decisions must reflect the distinctiveness of agriculture in Scotland and support a dynamic and competitive industry with farmers playing their full part in achieving the Scottish Government’s purpose of sustainable economic growth through food production and the environmental management of our agricultural land, combined with the delivery of other economic and social public goods.

Sarah Boyack moved amendment S3M-3250.4 to motion S3M-3250—

insert at end—

“and calls on the Scottish Government to work constructively with UK ministers to ensure that the United Kingdom’s negotiating strategy delivers the right framework for rural Scotland, including support for farming and crofting in fragile rural areas, to ensure that new policy mechanisms are in place to maintain habitat programmes, following the loss of set-aside provisions, and to continue a bull hire scheme.”

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

John Scott moved amendment S3M-3250.1 to motion S3M-3250—

insert at end—

“considers that greater levels of food production and increased self-sufficiency are becoming increasingly important, and therefore encourages policy makers to work towards future support being linked to the active farming of land.”

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

Liam McArthur moved amendment S3M-3250.3 to motion S3M-3250—

insert at end—

“notes with concern evidence of serious difficulties experienced by farmers and crofters in accessing monies under the Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP); recognises the Scottish Government’s commitment to review the Rural Priorities scheme, and calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that the review is sufficiently wide-ranging to cover all aspects of the structure of the SRDP as well as the application process for payments to resolve urgently the problems with the operation and implementation of the programme.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 53, Against 2, Abstentions 62).

Robin Harper moved amendment S3M-3250.2 to motion S3M-3250—

leave out from second “the Scottish Government’s” to end and insert—

“Scotland’s environmental, social and economic priorities through food production and the environmental management of our agricultural land, combined with the delivery of other economic and social public goods; accepts the decision by an overwhelming majority of the European Parliament that new controls need to be placed on the use of agricultural chemicals; notes that once these new controls are implemented there will be a level playing field in Europe, allowing the competitiveness of Scottish agriculture to be maintained, and further notes that environmental security and sustainability will be key to delivering a competitive and dynamic agricultural industry in the future.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 3, Against 76, Abstentions 37).

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

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved— That the Parliament, noting the recent agreement in the Council of Ministers on the European Commission’s legislative proposals for the Health Check of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), acknowledges the Scottish Government’s commitment to work with stakeholders on how key aspects of the proposals should be implemented in Scotland and on the longer-term implementation of CAP in Scotland and believes that future decisions must reflect the distinctiveness of agriculture in Scotland and support a dynamic and competitive industry with farmers playing their full part in achieving the Scottish Government’s purpose of sustainable economic growth through food production and the environmental management of our agricultural land, combined with the delivery of other economic and social public goods; calls on the Scottish Government to work constructively with UK ministers to ensure that the United Kingdom’s negotiating strategy delivers the right framework for rural Scotland, including support for farming and crofting in fragile rural areas, to ensure that new policy mechanisms are in place to maintain habitat programmes, following the loss of set-aside provisions, and to continue a bull hire scheme; considers that greater levels of food production and increased self-sufficiency are becoming increasingly important; therefore encourages policy makers to work towards future support being linked to the active farming of land; notes with concern evidence of serious difficulties experienced by farmers and crofters in accessing monies under the Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP); recognises the Scottish Government’s commitment to review the Rural Priorities scheme, and calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that the review is sufficiently wide-ranging to cover all aspects of the structure of the SRDP as well as the application process for payments to resolve urgently the problems with the operation and implementation of the programme.

4. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-3254—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 28 January 2009

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Budget (Scotland) (No.2) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 29 January 2009

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

Finance and Sustainable Growth

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: Gaelic Language Plan

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 4 February 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 5 February 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

Education and Lifelong Learning;
Europe, External Affairs and Culture

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. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on item 3 as noted above.

6. Shelter Scotland 40 Years On: The Parliament debated S3M-2926 in the name of Mary Mulligan—That the Parliament welcomes the publication by Shelter Scotland of the 40 Years On booklet, which marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of Shelter Scotland on 3 October 1968; notes that throughout its existence Shelter Scotland has consistently spoken out on behalf of those who are homeless or in poor-quality housing; further notes that Shelter Scotland has been at the cutting edge of developing services, including the opening of housing aid centres, the rural housing initiative, care and repair schemes for older people, the launch of the Housing Law Service, the returning home initiative and the Rough Sleepers Initiative, and was instrumental in the establishment of housing associations in Scotland such as Castle Rock Housing Association, now Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association; further notes that Shelter Scotland is today the largest provider of online housing advice in the country; recognises that Shelter played a key role in the development of the Homelessness Task Force, which for the first time led to the establishment of a legal commitment to give all homeless people the right to a home by 2012, and welcomes the ongoing contribution which Shelter Scotland makes in the challenge of providing good-quality housing for all in Scotland.

The meeting closed at 5.40 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
21 January 2009

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

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 21 January 2009 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman: Compendium of Case Reports for January 2009 (SPSO/2009/01) —

Case 200700040: University of Edinburgh

Case 200603262: Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board

Case 200703044: Western Isles NHS Board

Case 200801411: A Medical Practice, Fife NHS Board

Case 200700656: North Lanarkshire Council

Case 200601009: Fife Council

Case number 200701327: Renfrewshire Council

Case 200502842: Scottish Government Environment Directorate

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

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 16 January 2009—

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 3rd Report 2009 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 193)

Justice Committee, 1st Report, 2009 (Session 3): Stage 1 Report on the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 194)

The following report was published on 21 January 2009

Justice Committee, 2nd Report, 2009 (Session 3): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 195).