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Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 11 June 2009

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

The meeting opened at 8.45 am.

1. Ministerial Statement: The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing (Nicola Sturgeon) made a statement and answered questions on Influenza A (H1N1).

2. Scotland Needs a General Election: Annabel Goldie moved S3M-4344—That the Parliament believes that the interests of Scotland and the United Kingdom would be best served by holding a general election for a new House of Commons as soon as possible.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 78, Against 42, Abstentions 0).

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. Larbert Rail Damage: The Parliament debated S3M-4044 in the name of Michael Matheson—That the Parliament recognises the serious problems being experienced by residents in the Larbert area as a result of heavy coal freight being introduced to the line; understands that this is having a damaging effect on their quality of life as well as their properties; regrets that to date Network Rail has refused to introduce a speed restriction for freight trains on the line, and believes that the problems being experienced by residents in Larbert are unacceptable.

6. Themed Question Time: Questions on Finance and Sustainable Growth were answered by the Cabinet Secretary and Ministers.

7. Ministerial Statement: The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning (Fiona Hyslop) made a statement and answered questions on National Qualifications.

8. National Waste Strategy: The Minister for Environment (Roseanna Cunningham) moved S3M-4348—That the Parliament notes Scotland’s achievement of its share of the 2010 landfill diversion target 18 months early; encourages the Scottish Government to continue working with stakeholders to further improve recycling rates, increase reuse and do more on waste prevention, and looks forward to the forthcoming consultation on the new National Waste Management Plan, which will help Scotland further along the path to becoming a zero waste society.

Elaine Murray moved amendment S3M-4348.3 to motion S3M-4348—

leave out from “, and looks forward” to end and insert—

“; recognises however that the provisions of the EU-revised Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC) are required to be transposed into Scots law by 12 December 2010; notes the forthcoming consultation on the new National Waste Management Plan, and believes that the new plan must fully address the waste hierarchy of prevention, reuse, recycling, recovery and disposal, as described in the National Waste Plan 2003 and the revised EU framework directive.”

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

John Scott moved amendment S3M-4348.2 to motion S3M-4348—

insert at end—

“, and notes that, in order to meet medium and long-term targets, the issue of developing further waste infrastructure must be tackled, as a priority, to better address the management, reduction, recycling and disposal of commercial and industrial waste in Scotland.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 78, Against 40, Abstentions 2).

Liam McArthur moved amendment S3M-4348.4 to motion S3M-4348—

after “early” insert—

“, made possible by the success of the first National Waste Plan; recognises that meeting each subsequent target will become progressively more challenging and that Audit Scotland has raised serious concerns over the ability of local authorities to meet their obligations under the 2013 landfill directive; notes with concern the decision to cut the budget for recycling and the removal of incentives for local authorities to collaborate over waste management plans”.

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 56, Against 64, Abstentions 0).

Robin Harper moved amendment S3M-4348.1 to motion S3M-4348—

insert at end—

“, and believes that, given the good progress being made so far, there should be no necessity for any large-scale waste-to-energy plants to be built in Scotland and that reuse, reducing waste creation and recycling are the best way forward.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 65, Against 54, Abstentions 0).

After debate, the motion as amended was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 79, Against 1, Abstentions 39).

Accordingly the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament notes Scotland’s achievement of its share of the 2010 landfill diversion target 18 months early; encourages the Scottish Government to continue working with stakeholders to further improve recycling rates, increase reuse and do more on waste prevention; recognises however that the provisions of the EU-revised Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC) are required to be transposed into Scots law by 12 December 2010; notes the forthcoming consultation on the new National Waste Management Plan; believes that the new plan must fully address the waste hierarchy of prevention, reuse, recycling, recovery and disposal, as described in the National Waste Plan 2003 and the revised EU framework directive; notes that, in order to meet medium and long-term targets, the issue of developing further waste infrastructure must be tackled, as a priority, to better address the management, reduction, recycling and disposal of commercial and industrial waste in Scotland, and believes that, given the good progress being made so far, there should be no necessity for any large-scale waste-to-energy plants to be built in Scotland and that reuse, reducing waste creation and recycling are the best way forward.

9. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2 and 8 as noted above.

10. Anne Frank Day: The Parliament debated S3M-3698 in the name of John Park—That the Parliament notes that 12 June 2009 is Anne Frank Day, the 80th anniversary of the birth of Anne Frank; welcomes the establishment in 2008 of Anne Frank Scotland as the new education programme for the Anne Frank Trust UK; further welcomes the work carried out by Anne Frank Scotland with young people to develop an understanding of positive citizenship and human rights; further notes that the programme is focussed on Glasgow, Edinburgh and Fife and supports the expansion of the programme across the whole of Scotland; looks forward to the opportunity for the Parliament to host the travelling exhibition, Anne Frank: A History for Today, which is the centrepiece of the programme; understands that the exhibition uses Anne Frank’s story and the history of the Holocaust to address contemporary challenges and discrimination in Scotland, and hopes that all MSPs sign up to the Anne Frank Declaration to mark this anniversary as a recognition of the millions of children and young people who have been victims of persecution and to challenge the prejudice and hatred that harms us all.

The meeting closed at 5.44 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
11 June 2009

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 11 June 2009 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure—

Food from Britain Annual Report and Accounts 2008-09 (SG/2009/93)

laid under section 5(7) of the Agricultural Marketing Act 1983

Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Activity Within Scotland from 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2008 (SG/2009/112)

laid under section 20 of the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005

Legislative Consent Memorandums

The following memorandum was lodged on 11 June 2009

Alex Salmond MSP: Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Holocaust (Stolen Art) Restitution Bill (UK legislation) (LCM (S3) 21.1)

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 11 June 2009—
Public Audit Committee, 6th Report, 2009 (Session 3): The First ScotRail passenger rail franchise (SP Paper 285)

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee, 6th Report, 2009 (Session 3): Annual Report 2008-09 (SP Paper 289)