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Wednesday 3 June 2009

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

The meeting opened at 2.00 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: The Venerable K Sri Rewatha Thero, Scotland’s Buddhist Vihara, led Time for Reflection.

2. General Question Time: Questions were answered by Cabinet Secretaries and Ministers.

3. First Minister’s Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister (Alex Salmond).

4. Themed Question Time: Questions on Rural Affairs and the Environment, and Justice and Law Officers were answered by Cabinet Secretaries, Ministers and Scottish Law Officers.

5. Offences (Aggravation by Prejudice) (Scotland) Bill: Patrick Harvie moved S3M-4286—That the Parliament agrees that the Offences (Aggravation by Prejudice) (Scotland) Bill be passed.

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

6. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-4297—That the Parliament agrees that, for the purposes of Members’ Business on Thursday 11 June 2009, "at the end of First Minister’s Question Time and at the end of the meeting following Decision Time" be substituted for "at the end of the meeting following Decision Time" in Rule 5.6.1(c) of Standing Orders.

The motion was agreed to.

7. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-4298—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 10 June 2009

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: A Thriving Rural Scotland: The Future Role of Government Support to Agriculture and Food

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 Conservative and Unionist Party Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

followed by Members’ Business

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Finance and Sustainable Growth

2.55 pm Ministerial Statement: National Qualifications

followed by Scottish Government Debate: National Waste Strategy

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 17 June 2009

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Debate: Nomination of Pension Trustees for the Scottish Parliamentary Pension Scheme

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 18 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

Education and Lifelong Learning;
Europe, External Affairs and Culture

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.

8. Approval of SSI: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-4300—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Waste Batteries (Scotland) Regulations 2009 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

Designation of Lead Committee: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-4301—That the Parliament agrees that the Finance Committee be designated as lead committee and that the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee, the Health and Sport Committee and the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee be designated as secondary committees in consideration of the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

10. Support for Unpaid Carers: The Parliament debated S3M-3357 in the name of Sarah Boyack—That the Parliament recognises the vital role played by unpaid carers across Scotland in providing essential care and support to people whose lives are seriously affected by illness or disability and the work done to support carers by the Voice of Carers Across Lothian (VOCAL) in Edinburgh and the Coalition of Carers in Scotland; notes that the estimated replacement cost for unpaid carers in Edinburgh has increased by £98.3 million to £554.5 million; is concerned that one in five carers has given up work to provide care, the same proportion suffer poor health, only 40% have had a break from their responsibilities of more than two days and 73% live in fuel poverty, and therefore considers that the contribution made by unpaid carers to the Scottish economy should be recognised by improving the sharing of best practice in the provision of support with other European countries and local authorities across the United Kingdom and by improving the quality of support available for respite care, training, support services and young carers in Scotland.

The meeting closed at 5.39 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
3 June 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 28 May 2009 and are subject to annulment—

The Radioactive Contaminated Land (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 (SI 2009/202)

laid under section 161 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990

The Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) (Fees) Amendment Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/203)

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

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 3 June 2009 and are subject to annulment—

The National Health Service (Superannuation Scheme, Pension Scheme and Injury Benefits) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/208)

laid under section 12 of the Superannuation Act 1972

The National Health Service (Pharmaceutical Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/209)

laid under section 105(2) of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978

The Looked After Children (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/210)

laid under section 103(2) of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995, section 90(2) of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968 and section 117(4) of the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007

The Children’s Hearings (Legal Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Rules 2009 (SSI 2009/211)

laid under section 103(2) of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995

The Town and Country Planning (Inquiries Procedure) (Scotland) Amendment Rules 2009 (SSI 2009/212)

laid under section 15 of the Tribunals and Inquiries Act 1992

The Town and Country Planning (Temporary Stop Notice) (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/213)

laid under section 275 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 28 May 2009 and is subject to parliamentary procedure

Environmental Protection Act 1990: Part IIA Contaminated Land – the Radioactive Contaminated Land (Scotland) Regulations 2007 – Statutory Guidance (SG/2009/87)

laid under section 78 YA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 29 May 2009 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland Framework Document June 2009 (SG/2009/97)

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 1 June 2009 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure—

Office of Rail Regulation Annual Report and Resource Accounts 2008-09 (SG/2009/103)

laid under section 74 of the Railways Act 1993, section 6 of chapter 20 to the Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000 and section 88 of the Scotland Act 1998

The Electoral Commission Corporate Plan 2009-10 to 2013-14 (SG/2009/105)
laid under paragraph 15(4) of Schedule 1 to the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 28 May 2009

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee, 7th Report, 2009 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 272)