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Thursday 23 April 2009

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

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1. Scottish Newspaper Industry: David Whitton moved S3M-3947—That the Parliament recognises the threat to the Scottish economy from the current crisis facing Scotland’s newspaper and media industries; notes that local newspapers are facing particular difficulties in the current economic climate; opposes any moves towards compulsory redundancies such as those imposed by Trinity Mirror at the Daily Record and Sunday Mail; calls for all newspaper and media organisations considering restructuring, reorganisation or redundancy to engage in meaningful negotiations with the relevant workforce representatives in order to minimise the economic impact of any job cuts, and calls on the Scottish Government to hold urgent talks with Trinity Mirror management in order to prevent compulsory job cuts.

Ted Brocklebank moved amendment S3M-3947.2 to motion S3M-3947—

leave out from “opposes” to end and insert—

“calls for all newspaper and media organisations considering restructuring, reorganisation or redundancy to engage in meaningful negotiations with the relevant workforce representatives in order to minimise the economic impact of any job cuts, and calls on the Scottish Government to hold urgent talks with Trinity Mirror and to work with all media groups to allow new industry models to emerge that will encourage investment not just in local newspapers but in local online services and new local TV companies.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 13, Against 53, Abstentions 42).

Iain Smith moved amendment S3M-3947.1 to motion S3M-3947—

leave out from “opposes” to end and insert—

“expresses concern at moves towards compulsory redundancies such as those imposed by Trinity Mirror at the Daily Record and Sunday Mail; notes the importance of a viable and diverse national, regional and local newspaper industry to Scotland’s culture; recognises the need to retain talent in Scotland's creative media industries, and calls for all newspaper and media organisations considering restructuring, reorganisation or redundancy to engage in meaningful negotiations with the relevant workforce representatives in order to minimise the economic impact of any job cuts and the need for compulsory redundancies.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 26, Against 40, Abstentions 42).

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 82, Against 13, Abstentions 13).

2. West of Scotland Transport Infrastructure: Des McNulty moved S3M-3938—That the Parliament notes the need for investment in transport infrastructure in the west of Scotland, particularly in the Greater Glasgow travel-to-work area, to ensure the continued competitiveness of the area, especially given that Glasgow and surrounding areas linked with traditional manufacturing and heavy industry, which suffered badly in previous recessions, are experiencing disproportionate increases in unemployment compared with the Scottish average, as illustrated by claimant count statistics.

Gavin Brown moved amendment S3M-3938.2 to motion S3M-3938—

leave out from “especially” to end and insert—

“; therefore regrets the previous Labour-led administration’s disappointing record on delivering improvements to key road links connecting the west of Scotland, notably the substantial delays and cost overruns in upgrading the M8 and M74; welcomes the fact that the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link project pioneered by the previous Labour-led administration has been cancelled, thereby freeing up investment for the crucial Edinburgh to Glasgow Rail Improvement Programme, and calls on the Scottish Government to ensure the clear prioritisation of transport projects both in the west of Scotland and elsewhere.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 55, Against 53, Abstentions 0).

Robert Brown moved amendment S3M-3938.3 to motion S3M-3938—

insert at end—

“welcomes the significant opportunity presented by the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games for the creation of legacy transport infrastructure projects in the west of Scotland, including the proposed redevelopment of Dalmarnock station as a key public transport hub for the Games and the area, offering speedy direct rail links to the main Games venues and to Celtic Park from Lanarkshire, the city centre and the west in particular, as well as a high standard of pedestrian and cyclist pathways through the area; supports the work of Clyde Gateway in developing the project, and urges the Scottish Government to give the Dalmarnock station project its full backing.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 54, Against 0, Abstentions 54).

After debate, the motion as amended was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 56, Against 52, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament notes the need for investment in transport infrastructure in the west of Scotland, particularly in the Greater Glasgow travel-to-work area, to ensure the continued competitiveness of the area; therefore regrets the previous Labour-led administration’s disappointing record on delivering improvements to key road links connecting the west of Scotland, notably the substantial delays and cost overruns in upgrading the M8 and M74; welcomes the fact that the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link project pioneered by the previous Labour-led administration has been cancelled, thereby freeing up investment for the crucial Edinburgh to Glasgow Rail Improvement Programme; calls on the Scottish Government to ensure the clear prioritisation of transport projects both in the west of Scotland and elsewhere; welcomes the significant opportunity presented by the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games for the creation of legacy transport infrastructure projects in the west of Scotland, including the proposed redevelopment of Dalmarnock station as a key public transport hub for the Games and the area, offering speedy direct rail links to the main Games venues and to Celtic Park from Lanarkshire, the city centre and the west in particular, as well as a high standard of pedestrian and cyclist pathways through the area; supports the work of Clyde Gateway in developing the project, and urges the Scottish Government to give the Dalmarnock station project its full backing.

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 Education and Lifelong Learning, and on Europe, External Affairs and Culture were answered by Cabinet Secretaries and Ministers.

6. Glasgow 2014 Legacy Plan: The Minister for Public Health and Sport (Shona Robison) moved S3M-3948—That the Parliament welcomes the forthcoming meeting to take place in Glasgow between the Minister for Public Health and Sport, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Andy Burnham, Secretary of State for Scotland Jim Murphy and Glasgow City Council leader Steven Purcell to discuss the release of a substantial sum of National Lottery funding towards supporting a legacy for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow; supports the work of the Scottish Government and its partners, including the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, Glasgow City Council, local authorities across Scotland, NHS boards, public bodies and the third sector, in planning for a legacy for the people of Scotland from these Games; agrees that the Interim Games Legacy Plan, published on 18 December 2008, set the right context for that planning with its emphasis on health, physical activity and sport and its coverage of volunteering, education and learning, culture, sustainability, business, skills, tourism and Scotland’s international profile; commends the real opportunity that the hosting of the Games offers for regenerating the east end of Glasgow, and further agrees that, following the launch of the full Games Legacy Plan in the summer, the Scottish Parliament can play a part by encouraging individuals, groups, communities and businesses to get involved so that Scotland’s legacy from the 2014 Games can be lasting and positive.

Mr Frank McAveety moved amendment S3M-3948.1 to motion S3M-3948—

after “Games in Glasgow” insert—

“welcomes this new spirit of cooperation and calls on the Scottish Government to work with the UK Government to maximise the benefit of sporting events in Scotland and the wider United Kingdom, especially the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2012 Olympic Games, in terms of encouraging sporting participation and harnessing the talents of Scots; notes Glasgow City Council’s own 2014 legacy plan and calls on the Scottish Government to work with other local authorities to produce their own legacy plans to meet shared aspirations on tackling obesity and low levels of participation”.

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

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

Accordingly the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament welcomes the forthcoming meeting to take place in Glasgow between the Minister for Public Health and Sport, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Andy Burnham, Secretary of State for Scotland Jim Murphy and Glasgow City Council leader Steven Purcell to discuss the release of a substantial sum of National Lottery funding towards supporting a legacy for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow; welcomes this new spirit of cooperation and calls on the Scottish Government to work with the UK Government to maximise the benefit of sporting events in Scotland and the wider United Kingdom, especially the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2012 Olympic Games, in terms of encouraging sporting participation and harnessing the talents of Scots; notes Glasgow City Council’s own 2014 legacy plan and calls on the Scottish Government to work with other local authorities to produce their own legacy plans to meet shared aspirations on tackling obesity and low levels of participation; supports the work of the Scottish Government and its partners, including the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, Glasgow City Council, local authorities across Scotland, NHS boards, public bodies and the third sector, in planning for a legacy for the people of Scotland from these Games; agrees that the Interim Games Legacy Plan, published on 18 December 2008, set the right context for that planning with its emphasis on health, physical activity and sport and its coverage of volunteering, education and learning, culture, sustainability, business, skills, tourism and Scotland’s international profile; commends the real opportunity that the hosting of the Games offers for regenerating the east end of Glasgow, and further agrees that, following the launch of the full Games Legacy Plan in the summer, the Scottish Parliament can play a part by encouraging individuals, groups, communities and businesses to get involved so that Scotland’s legacy from the 2014 Games can be lasting and positive.

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

8. The Future of the Sunday Mail and Daily Record: The Parliament debated S3M-3559 in the name of Kenneth Gibson—That the Parliament notes with deep concern the decision of Trinity Mirror to merge the editorial content of the Daily Record and Sunday Mail with the loss of up to 30% of journalistic staff, based primarily in Glasgow and the west of Scotland; recognises that both newspapers are an integral part of Scottish culture and that to diminish their individual identities would be a serious blow to the diversity, vibrancy and quality of the Scottish media; believes that the loss of their separate identities would undoubtedly lead to the erosion of circulation at both titles, leading inevitably to further job losses; considers that Trinity Mirror is highly profitable and that there is no need to undertake such drastic restructuring, and therefore very much hopes that good sense may prevail over the future of two of Scotland's leading titles.

The meeting closed at 5.38 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
23 April 2009

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

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 23 April 2009 and are subject to annulment—

The Plant Health (Scotland) Amendment Order 2009 (SSI 2009/153)

laid under section 6(1) of the Plant Health Act 1967

The Adoption Agencies (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/154)

laid under section 117(4) of the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007

The Rural Development Contracts (Land Managers Options) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/155)

laid under paragraph 2(2) of schedule 2 to the European Communities Act 1972

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 23 April 2009 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Barony College Board of Management Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2008 (SG/2009/70)—

Report of the Board of Management of Cardonald College Glasgow and the Accounts for the year ended 31 July 2008 (SG/2009/71)—

Dundee College Report of the Board of Management and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2008 (SG/2009/72)—

Elmwood College Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2008 (SG/2009/73)—

Edinburgh’s Telford College Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2008 (SG/2009/74)—

John Wheatley College Annual Report and Financial Statement for the year ended 31 July 2008 (SG/2009/75)—

laid under section 22(5) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000