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Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 22 January 2009

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

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1. Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill: Alasdair Morgan moved S3M-3029—That the Parliament agrees that the Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill be passed.

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

Accordingly the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament agrees that the Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill be passed.

2. Scottish Government’s Response to the Scottish Council of Economic Advisers’ Annual Report: The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning (Fiona Hyslop) moved S3M-3257—That the Parliament notes the recommendations made in the First Annual Report of the Scottish Council of Economic Advisers: December 2008 and the Scottish Government’s response to those recommendations in the context of its action to help businesses and households, support jobs and investment and ensure Scotland is well positioned to take advantage of any recovery.

John Park moved amendment S3M-3257.2 to motion S3M-3257—

insert at end—

“and calls on the Scottish Government to establish a formal link between the Council of Economic Advisers and the National Economic Forum to ensure that the work of the two bodies is coordinated to be of maximum benefit to the Scottish people.”

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

Derek Brownlee moved amendment S3M-3257.1 to motion S3M-3257—

insert at end—

“and in particular notes the commitment to an independent assessment of the full economic costs and abatement potential of the various energy options, including nuclear power, which are open to Scotland.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 98, Against 18, Abstentions 0).

Jeremy Purvis moved amendment S3M-3257.3 to motion S3M-3257—

insert at end—

“notes the Council of Economic Advisers’ recommendation that the Scottish Government “raises the overall level of infrastructure spending within Scotland”, and believes that the Elgin bypass should be included in the Scottish Government’s transport infrastructure investment plans.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 15, Against 48, Abstentions 52).

After debate, the motion as amended was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 98, Against 2, Abstentions 16).

Accordingly the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament notes the recommendations made in the First Annual Report of the Scottish Council of Economic Advisers: December 2008 and the Scottish Government’s response to those recommendations in the context of its action to help businesses and households, support jobs and investment and ensure Scotland is well positioned to take advantage of any recovery; calls on the Scottish Government to establish a formal link between the Council of Economic Advisers and the National Economic Forum to ensure that the work of the two bodies is coordinated to be of maximum benefit to the Scottish people, and in particular notes the commitment to an independent assessment of the full economic costs and abatement potential of the various energy options, including nuclear power, which are open to Scotland.

3. General Question Time: Questions were answered by Cabinet Secretaries and Ministers.

4. First Minister’s Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister (Alex Salmond).

5. Themed Question Time: Questions on Rural Affairs and the Environment, and Justice and Law Officers were answered by Cabinet Secretaries, Ministers and Scottish Law Officers.

6. Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill: The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment (Richard Lochhead) moved S3M-3163—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill.

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

Accordingly the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill.

7. Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution: The Minister for Environment (Michael Russell) moved S3M-2814—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any expenditure of a kind referred to in paragraph 3(b)(iii) of Rule 9.12 of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

Accordingly the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any expenditure of a kind referred to in paragraph 3(b)(iii) of Rule 9.12 of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

8. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2, 6 and 7 as noted above.

9. Cuiken Primary and its School Playing Field: The Parliament debated S3M-2935 in the name of Christine Grahame—That the Parliament notes with alarm that yet another primary school playing field, at Cuiken Primary in Penicuik, is under threat of development despite Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) 11 and the presumption against building on school playing fields; notes the objection of the Penicuik and District Community Council to this proposal, and believes that there should be centralised data on the current provision of school playing fields, including location and acreage, and that sportscotland would add benefit as a mandatory consultee in any development plans that impinge on school playing fields and public open spaces.

The meeting closed at 5.35 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliamen
22 January 2009

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

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 22 January 2009 for approval by resolution

The Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2009

laid under paragraph 2(3) of Schedule 12 to the Local Government Finance Act 1992

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 22 January 2009 and are subject to annulment—

The Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 2007 (Transitional Provision) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/17)

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

The Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006 (Development Planning) (Saving, Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Amendment Order 2009 (SSI 2009/18)

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

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 22 January 2009 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Scottish Water Interim Accounts For the Six Months to 30 September 2008 (SG/2009/7)

laid under section 57(8) of the Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002

The Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2009 (SG/2009/8)

laid under paragraph 2(3) of Schedule 12 to the Local Government Finance Act 1992

Legislative Consent Memorandums

The following memorandum was lodged on 22 January 2009

Kenny MacAskill: Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Policing and Crime Bill (UK Parliament Legislation) LCM(S3)17.1

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 22 January 2009

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee, 1st Report, 2009 (Session 3): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 197)