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Wednesday 27 May 2009

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Andy Brookes, National Prayer Breakfast, led Time for Reflection.

2. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-4237—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 27 May 2009—

after

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Andy Brookes, National Prayer Breakfast

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

insert

followed by Ministerial Statement: Open Prisons

and (b) the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 28 May 2009—

delete

2.55 pm CashBack for Communities: Investing the proceeds of crime back into our communities

and insert

2.55 pm Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland – Reappointment

followed by CashBack for Communities: Investing the proceeds of crime back into our communities

The motion was agreed to.

3. Ministerial Statement: The Cabinet Secretary for Justice (Kenny MacAskill) made a statement and answered questions on Open Prisons.

4. Influenza A (H1N1): The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing (Nicola Sturgeon) moved S3M-4217—That the Parliament acknowledges the work of NHS Scotland, local authorities and other stakeholders in handling the recent outbreak of Influenza A (H1N1); commends NHS boards and Health Protection Scotland for the success so far of the containment strategy in limiting the spread of the virus by quickly and effectively treating confirmed cases, tracing contacts and dealing with possible and probable cases; accepts that we must maintain a high state of preparedness given the potential seriousness for the nation’s health and economy of a full-scale pandemic, and supports the collaborative approach of the Scottish Government and all its partners, both within Scotland and beyond, in minimising the spread of A (H1N1).

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

5. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-4238—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 3 June 2009

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.05 pm General Question Time

2.25 pm First Minister’s Question Time

2.55 pm Themed Question Time

Rural Affairs and the Environment;
Justice and Law Officers

3.35 pm Stage 3 Proceedings: Offences (Aggravation by Prejudice) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Wednesday 10 June 2009

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 11 June 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

Finance and Sustainable Growth

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.

6. Approval of SSI: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-4239—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act 2002 (Amendment) Order 2009 be approved.

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

7. Approval of SSI: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-4240—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003 (Designation of Participating Countries) (Scotland) (No. 2) Order 2009 be approved.

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

8. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 4, 6 and 7 as noted above.

9. Electronic Identification of Sheep: The Parliament debated S3M-4150 in the name of Liam McArthur—That the Parliament notes with concern that the EU Council of Ministers has voted to press ahead with the introduction of compulsory electronic identification (EID) of sheep across the European Union; recognises that this decision was taken despite outright opposition from some member states and growing unease among others about the cost and practicalities of such a scheme; doubts that a system of EID can be found that is workable on most of Scotland’s sheep farms, particularly those in the Highlands and Islands; further notes that £3 million has been committed to a large-scale pilot to try to find a workable and cost-effective solution, and believes that the European Commission has much to learn from observing the pilot and, should a solution not be identified, that a derogation from a compulsory EID scheme would be in the best interests of Scotland’s sheep farmers.

The meeting closed at 5.46 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
27 May 2009

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

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

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

The University of the West of Scotland Order of Council 2009 (SSI 2009/194)

laid under section 60 of the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 1992

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 27 May 2009­­­­

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 29th Report, 2009 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 271)