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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 4 March 2009

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

The meeting opened at 2.15 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: The Right Honourable the Lord Elis-Thomas PC AM, Presiding Officer of the National Assembly for Wales, led Time for Reflection.

2. Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill: The Minister for Children and Early Years (Adam Ingram) moved S3M-3506—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill.

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

3. Policing and Crime Bill - UK Legislation: The Cabinet Secretary for Justice (Kenny MacAskill) moved S3M-3512—That the Parliament agrees that the relevant provisions in the Policing and Crime Bill, introduced to the House of Commons on 18 December 2008, relating to football banning orders, extradition and the proceeds of crime, insofar as these matters fall within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament or alter the executive competence of the Scottish Ministers, should be considered by the UK Parliament.

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

4. Business Motion: Michael McMahon, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-3600—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of 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 Liberal Democrat 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 Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 18 March 2009

2.15 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Question Time

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Offences (Aggravation by Prejudice) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 19 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

Health and Wellbeing

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. Business Motion: Michael McMahon, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-3601—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 1 May 2009.

The motion was agreed to.

6. Designation of Lead Committee: Michael McMahon, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-3602—That the Parliament agrees that the Health and Sport Committee be designated as the lead committee in consideration of the Tobacco and Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

8. Bicentenary of Louis Braille: The Parliament debated S3M-3371 in the name of Robert Brown—That the Parliament celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille, inventor of the unique communication system for blind people that has been instrumental in unlocking knowledge and potential, creating opportunities and supporting independent action from the time of its invention to the present day; notes the importance of providing braille and other forms of accessible information to people with visual impairments across all sectors and in all areas of activity to create a fair and inclusive society; also notes the potential of modern technology to give full effect to Louis Braille’s vision of effective communication for blind and visually impaired people, and considers that the Scottish Government has an important role as an exemplar of best practice in relation to the accessibility to visually impaired people of public services and information provision across Scotland.

The meeting closed at 5.33 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
4 March 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 27 February 2009 for approval by resolution

The Renewables Obligation (Scotland) Order 2009

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

The draft Renewables Obligation (Scotland) Order 2009, laid before the Parliament on 25 February 2009, has been withdrawn.

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 27 February 2009 and is subject to annulment

The Non-Domestic Rating (Payment of Interest) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/76)

laid under section 9A(5) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1975

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

The Police Grant (Scotland) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/80)

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

The Act of Sederunt (Fees of Solicitors in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment) 2009 (SSI 2009/81)

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

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 27 February 2009 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Scotland’s Children’s Panels Annual Report 2008 (SG/2009/10)

Scottish Law Commission Annual Report 2008 (SG/2009/13)

laid under section 3(3) of the Law Commission Act 1965

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

The Police Grant (Scotland) Order 2009 Report

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

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 27 February 2009

Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee, 1st Report 2009 (Session 3): Report on the potential benefits of high-speed rail services (SP Paper 219)

The following report was published on 3 March 2009

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee, 3rd Report 2009 (Session 3): Report on the Legislative Consent Memorandum on the UK Marine and Coastal Access Bill - LCM (S3)14.1 (SP Paper 222)

The following report is being published on 4 March 2009

Justice Committee, 4th Report, 2009 (Session 3): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 223)