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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesaday 25 February 2009

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

The meeting opened at 2.00 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Father Noel Colford, Holy Cross, Brodick, Isle of Arran, led Time for Reflection.

2. Unpaid Carers: Margaret Mitchell moved S3M-3261—That the Parliament notes evidence gathered by the Equal Opportunities Committee on unpaid carers at its meetings on 25 March and 7 October 2008, which highlighted that there were around 660,000 unpaid carers in Scotland, a figure that represented one in eight of the population; recognises the valuable contribution that unpaid carers make in saving the Scottish economy £7.6 billion a year; further notes that around 40% of unpaid carers surveyed reported that their access to services was poor or that available services did not meet their needs, and calls on the Scottish Government to take into consideration the evidence gathered when developing the forthcoming Scottish Government/COSLA carers strategy.

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

3. Report on Inquiry into Community Policing: Bill Aitken moved S3M-3439—That the Parliament notes the conclusions and recommendations contained in the Justice Committee’s 18th Report, 2008 (Session 3): Report on Inquiry into Community Policing (SP Paper 155).

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

4. Business Motion: Michael McMahon, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-3520—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 4 March 2009

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Policing and Crime Bill - UK Legislation

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 5 March 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 Local Government and Communities Committee Debate: National Planning Framework 2

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill - UK Legislation

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 11 March 2009

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 12 March 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

Europe, External Affairs and Culture;
Education and Lifelong Learning

2.55 pm Stage 3 Proceedings: Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

After debate the motion was agreed to.

5. Designation of Lead Committee: Michael McMahon, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-3521—That the Parliament agrees that the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee be designated as the lead committee in consideration of the Arbitration (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 99, Against 15, Abstentions 0).

6. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 3 and 5 as noted above.

7. Seabirds: The Parliament debated S3M-2794 in the name of Nanette Milne—That the Parliament notes with concern recent data from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Scotland highlighting another terrible season for Scotland’s breeding seabirds, notably Arctic skuas, Arctic terns and kittiwakes; is alarmed that many of our internationally important species have now suffered successive poor breeding seasons over a period of years, with evidence suggesting that the Scottish populations of these species are experiencing substantial declines; notes that Scotland is an internationally important breeding ground for seabirds, with spectacular coastal seabird colonies in areas such as north-east Scotland and the Northern Isles containing 45% of the European Union’s breeding populations; further notes that seabird populations are a key health indicator for the marine environment as a whole, and considers that the forthcoming Scottish marine bill offers an opportunity to examine what can be done to address the catastrophic decline of our seabird populations.

The meeting closed at 5.40 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
25 February 2009

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 13 February 2009 for approval by resolution

The Advice and Assistance and Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions and Contributions) (Scotland) Regulations 2009

laid under section 37(2) of the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986

The following instruments were laid in draft before the Parliament on 19 February 2009 for approval by resolution—

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

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

The Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001 (Minimum Frequency of Inspections) Order 2009

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

The draft Regulation of Care (Fitness to Register, Provide and Manage Care Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009, laid before the Parliament on 4 February 2009, has been withdrawn.

The draft Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001 (Minimum Frequency of Inspections) Order 2009, laid before the Parliament on 6 February 2009, has been withdrawn.

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 24 February 2009 for approval by resolution

The Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Act 2007 (Inhibition) Order 2009

laid under section 224(4)(a) of the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Act 2007

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 25 February 2009 for approval by resolution

The Renewables Obligation (Scotland) Order 2009

laid under section 32L(3) of the Electricity Act 1989

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 12 February 2009 and is subject to annulment

The Housing Revenue Account General Fund Contribution Limits (Scotland) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/43)

laid under section 331 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 13 February 2009 and are subject to annulment—

The Advice and Assistance and Civil Legal Aid (Priority of Debts) (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/49)

laid under section 37(1) of the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986

The Home Energy Assistance Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/48)

laid under section 15(8) of the Social Security Act 1990

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 19 February 2009 and is subject to annulment

The Police Grant (Revocation and Variation No. 2) (Scotland) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/55)

laid under section 32(8) of the Police (Scotland) Act 1967

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 24 February 2009 and are subject to annulment—

The Registration Services (Fees, etc.) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/64)

laid under section 54 of the Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages (Scotland) Act 1965, section 25 of the Marriage (Scotland) Act 1977, section 126 of the Civil Partnership Act 2004 and section 60 of the Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Act 2006

The Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages (Fees) (Scotland) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/65)

laid under section 5(3) of the Public Expenditure and Receipts Act 1968

The Arrestment Jurisdiction (Scotland) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/66)

laid under section 224(3) of the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Act 2007

The Diligence (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/68)

laid under section 159B(2) of the Titles to Land Consolidation (Scotland) Act 1868, section 104 of the Debtors (Scotland) Act 1987 and section 224(3) of the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Act 2007

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 25 February 2009 and are subject to annulment—

The Victim Statements (Prescribed Offences) (No. 2) (Scotland) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/71)

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

The National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/72)

The National Assistance (Sums for Personal Requirements) (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/73)

laid under section 63(3) of the National Assistance Act 1948

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 18 February 2009 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman: Compendium of Case Reports for February 2009 (SPSO/2009/02)—

Case 200702229: Edinburgh’s Telford College

Case 200500267: Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board

Case 200603139: Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board

Case 200700891: Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board

Case 200602779: Highland NHS Board

Case 200701108: The Moray Council

Case 200703245: Scottish Borders Council

Cases 200502409 and 200503071: Fife Council and Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals

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

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 19 February 2009 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure

The Police Grant (Revocation and Variation No. 2) (Scotland) Order 2009 Report (SG/2009/18)

laid under section 32(9) of the Police (Scotland) Act 1967

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 23 February 2009 and is subject to approval in accordance with section 37 of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006

The Scottish Government Code of Practice for the Welfare of Equidae (SG/2009/20)

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 13 February 2009—

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 10th Report, 2009 (Session 3): Legislative Consent Memorandum for the Coroners and Justice Bill (SP Paper 212)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 11th Report, 2009 (Session 3): Legislative Consent Memorandum for the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Bill (SP Paper 213)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 12th Report, 2009 (Session 3): Legislative Consent Memorandum for the Marine and Coastal Access Bill (SP Paper 214)

Justice Committee, 3rd Report, 2009 (Session 3): Report on the Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Policing and Crime Bill LCM(S3)17.1 (SP Paper 215)

The following report was published on 18 February 2009

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee, 2nd Report 2009 (Session 3): Changes to the Code of Conduct arising from the Reimbursement of Members’ Expenses Scheme (SP Paper 217)

The following report was published on 19 February 2009

Public Audit Committee, 3rd Report, 209 (Session3): Major Capital Projects (SP Paper 216)

The following report was published on 25 February 2009

Local Government and Communities Committee, 5th Report, 2009 (Session 3): Report on the National Planning Framework 2: Proposed Framework (SP Paper 218)