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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 24 June 2009

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

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1. Time for Reflection: Rev Michael Lindvall, Senior Minister of the Brick Prebyterian Church in the City of New York, led Time for Reflection.

2. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-4483—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 24 June 2009—

delete

2.30 pm Continuation of Stage 3 Proceedings: Climate Change (Scotland) Bill

and insert

1.45 pm Continuation of Stage 3 Proceedings: Climate Change (Scotland) Bill

and (b) the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 25 June 2009—

after

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Arbitration (Scotland) Bill

insert

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) Bill – UK Legislation

The motion was agreed to.

3. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-4488—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion by the time limits indicated, each time limit being calculated from when the Stage begins and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when a meeting of the Parliament is suspended (other than a suspension following the first division in the Stage in the morning and afternoon being called) or otherwise not in progress:

Groups 1 and 2:45 minutes
Groups 3 to 6:1 hour 40 minutes
Groups 7 to 11: 2 hours 30 minutes
Groups 12 to 16:3 hours 10 minutes
Groups 17 to 19:4 hours
Groups 20 to 24:4 hours 50 minutes
Groups 25 to 28: 5 hours 30 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

4. Climate Change (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 94A, 94, 95, 97, 9, 10, 98, 99, 100, 13, 14, 16, 102, 103, 104, 19, 20A, 20, 21, 106, 24, 25, 109, 112, 26, 27, 114, 28, 29, 30, 116, 31, 32, 33, 147, 34, 35, 36, 37, 39, 51, 52, 119, 120, 53, 121, 122, 123, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67A, 67B, 67C, 67D, 67F, 67E, 67, 125A, 125B, 125, 68, 69, 70, 132, 135, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 137, 138A, 138, 136, 139, 140, 86, 5, 141, 87, 88, 89, 90, 143, 144, 92, 145 and 93.

The following amendments were agreed to (by division)—

18(For 79, Against 43, Abstentions 0)
20AA(For 101, Against 18, Abstentions 0)
23(For 60, Against 59, Abstentions 0)
85(For 77, Against 45, Abstentions 0)

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

6(For 2, Against 119, Abstentions 0)
11(For 18, Against 104, Abstentions 0)
12(For 18, Against 103, Abstentions 0)
15(For 19, Against 103, Abstentions 0)
17(For 2, Against 120, Abstentions 0)
107(For 60, Against 61, Abstentions 0)
108(For 3, Against 118, Abstentions 0)
113(For 60, Against 60, Abstentions 0; amendment disagreed to on casting vote)
38(For 60, Against 62, Abstentions 0)
49(For 60, Against 62, Abstentions 0)
2(For 60, Against 62, Abstentions 0)

The following amendments were moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn: 22, 133, 134 and 142.

The following amendments were pre-empted: 3 and 4.

The following amendments were not moved: 7, 8, 96, 101, 105, 110, 111, 146, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 137A, 137B, 5A and 91.

5. Climate Change (Scotland) Bill: The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth (John Swinney) moved S3M-4464—That the Parliament agrees that the Climate Change (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-4484—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 2 September 2009

9.30 am Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

2.30 pm Scottish Government Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 3 September 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

Justice and Law Officers;
Rural Affairs and the Environment

2.55 pm Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Wednesday 9 September 2009

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 10 September 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 pmThemed 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.

7. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-4485—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 16 January 2010.

The motion was agreed to.

8. Approval of SSI: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-4486—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exclusions and Exceptions) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2009 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

10. Supporting Social Work: The Parliament debated S3M-3893 in the name of Christina McKelvie—That the Parliament supports the awareness raising campaign, Social Work Changes Lives, which was launched by the Association of Directors of Social Work, the Scottish Social Services Council and the Association of Social Care Communicators on 1 April 2009; recognises the burdens that social workers carry; agrees that it is important to promote a positive image of social work acknowledging the huge variety of tasks that social work and social care staff undertake to support vulnerable people in central Scotland region and right across the country; believes that most people will come into contact with social work services at some point in their lives, whether they are receiving a service or are involved in arranging a service for others, and therefore believes that it is vitally important that social work services are well understood and valued by society.

The meeting closed at 5.46 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
24 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 24 June 2009 and are subject to annulment—

The Debt Arrangement Scheme (Scotland) Revocation Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/258)

laid under section 62 of the Debt Arrangement and Attachment (Scotland) Act 2002

The Food Irradiation (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/261)

laid under section 48(3) of the Food Safety Act 1990

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 19 June 2009 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People Fifth Annual Report 2008-2009 (CCYP/2009/2)

laid under section 10(1) of the Commissioner for Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2003

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 22 June 2009 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Section 70 Grant Payments, In accordance with: Transport Scotland Act 2001, Section 70(4) – Financial Year 2008-09 (SG/2009/116)

laid under section 70(4) of the Transport Scotland Act 2001Committee Reports

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 24 June 2009 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure—

Scottish Committee of the Administrative Justice & Tribunals Council Annual Report 2008-09 (SG/2009/67)

laid under paragraph 21 of schedule 7 to the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007

ECITB Annual Report and Accounts 2008 (SG/2009/126)

laid under section 88 of the Scotland Act 1998

Legislative Consent Memorandums

The following memorandum was lodged on 24 June 2009

Nicola Sturgeon MSP: Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Child Poverty Bill (UK legislation) (LCM (S3)22.1)

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 19 June 2009—

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee, 7th Report, 2009 (Session 3): Stage 1 Report on the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 306)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 34th Report, 2009 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 307)

The following report was published on 22 June

Finance Committee, 4th Report, 2009 (Session 3): Public Sector Pay (SP Paper 308)

The following report was published on 24 June 2009

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 35th Report, 2009 (Session 3): Climate Change (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2 (SP Paper 310)