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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 4 February 2009

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Professor John Haldane, Director of the Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs, University of St Andrews, led Time for Reflection.

2. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-3378—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 4 February 2009—

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followed by Stage 1 Debate: Budget (Scotland) (No.3) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S3M-3293 Murdo Fraser: Combating Human Trafficking

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followed by Scottish Government Motion to treat the Budget (Scotland) (No.3) Bill as an Emergency Bill

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Budget (Scotland) (No.3) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Committee of the Whole Parliament: Stage 2 Proceedings on the Budget (Scotland) (No.3) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Budget (Scotland) (No.3) Billfollowed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business – debate on the subject S3M-3293 Murdo Fraser: Combating Human Trafficking

The motion was agreed to.

3. Budget (Scotland) (No.3) Bill: The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth (John Swinney) moved S3M-3381—That the Parliament agrees that the Budget (Scotland) (No.3) Bill be treated as an Emergency Bill.

The motion was agreed to.

4. Budget (Scotland) (No.3) Bill: The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth (John Swinney) moved S3M-3362—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Budget (Scotland) (No.3) Bill.

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting was suspended at 2.37 pm

The meeting re-convened at 2.37 pm.

5. Budget (Scotland) (No.3) Bill: The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth (John Swinney) moved S3M-3380—That the Parliament agrees that the Budget (Scotland) (No.3) Bill be passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 123, Against 2, Abstentions 0).

6. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-3372—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 11 February 2009

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: The Local Government Finance Act 1992 (Scotland) Order 2009

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 12 February 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

Health and Wellbeing

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution: Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 25 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 26 February 2009

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Debate: Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Bill

11.40 am General Question Time

12.00 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Justice and Law Officers;
Rural Affairs and the Environment

followed by Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

7. Suspension of Standing Orders: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-3379—That the Parliament agrees that, for the purpose of allowing up to 2 hours and 25 minutes to debate motion S3M-3386 (The Local Government Finance Act 1992 (Scotland) Order 2009) on Wednesday 11 February 2009, the final sentence of Rule 10.7.1 of Standing Orders be suspended.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Approval of SSI: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-3374—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Town and Country Planning (Grounds for Declining to Follow Recommendations) (Scotland) Regulations 2009 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9. Approval of SSI: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-3375—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Town and Country Planning (Hierarchy of Developments) (Scotland) Regulations 2009 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10. Approval of SSI: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-3376—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Town and Country Planning (Amount of Fixed Penalty) (Scotland) Regulations 2009 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

11. Approval of SSI: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-3377—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Prohibited Procedures on Protected Animals (Exemptions) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

12. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 5, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 as noted above.

13. Combating Human Trafficking: The Parliament debated S3M-3293 in the name of Murdo Fraser—That the Parliament recognises the need to develop appropriate strategies to combat the evil practice of trafficking people into Scotland; commends the important and continuing work of the International Justice Mission (IJM) to combat sex trafficking; notes that, in the 12 years since the organisation’s founding, the IJM’s investigations have resulted in freedom for hundreds of girls and women held by force in the commercial sex trade; also recognises that the IJM’s founding principle is the defence and protection of individual human rights for all people by bringing the law to bear on their behalf and by prosecuting perpetrators who violate local and international laws; also notes the important contribution of local groups such as Cupar Justice and Peace Group on this issue, and further recognises the international and interdependent characteristics of human trafficking and the need for an internationally coordinated approach to bring about the end of such crimes here in Scotland and across the world.

The meeting closed at 5.47 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
4 February 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 4 February 2009 for approval by resolution

The Local Government Finance Act 1992 (Scotland) Order 2009

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

The following instruments were laid in draft before the Parliament on 4 February 2009 for approval by resolution—

The Budget (Scotland) Acts 2007 and 2008 Amendment Order 2009

laid under section 7(2) of the Budget (Scotland) Act 2007 and section 7(2) of the Budget (Scotland) Act 2008

The Regulation of Care (Fitness to Register, Provide and Manage Care Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009

laid under section 78(2) of the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001

The Victim Statements (Prescribed Courts) (Scotland) Order 2009

laid under section 88(2) of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 4 February 2009 and are subject to annulment—

The Plastic Materials and Articles in Contact with Food (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/30)

laid under section 48(3) of the Food Safety Act 1990

The Victim Statements (Prescribed Offences) (Scotland) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/31)

laid under section 88(1) of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003

The Regulation of Care (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/32)

laid under section 78(1) of the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001

The draft Budget (Scotland) Acts 2007 and 2008 Amendment Order 2009, laid before the Parliament on 27 January 2009, has been withdrawn.

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 30 January 2009 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure

WaterWatch Scotland Annual Report 2007-08 (SG/2009/2)

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

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 4 February 2009 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure

The Local Government Finance Act 1992 (Scotland) Order 2009 (SG/2009/11)

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

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 30 January 2009

Local Government and Communities Committee, 2nd Report, 2009 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 203)

The following reports were published on 3 February 2009—

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee, 1st Report, 2009 (Session 3): Report on the Scottish Government's National Planning Framework 2 (SP Paper 204)

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee, 1st Report 2009 (Session 3): Members' Bills - cut-off date for introduction (SP Paper 205)

The following report was published on 4 February 2009

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 7th Report, 2009 (Session 3): Budget (Scotland) (No.3) Bill (SP Paper 206)