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Thursday 25 June 2009

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

The meeting opened at 9.00 am.

1. Calman Commission Report: Iain Gray moved S3M-4490—That the Parliament warmly welcomes the Calman Commission on Scottish Devolution’s report, Serving Scotland Better: Scotland and the United Kingdom in the 21st Century, which is based firmly on evidence and engagement with the people of Scotland; thanks the chair and members of the commission for their work on behalf of the Parliament and the UK Government; agrees that the commission’s report is a comprehensive response to the remit approved by the Parliament on 6 December 2007; welcomes the establishment of the steering group to take forward the report’s recommendations to strengthen devolution and enable the Parliament, through new powers and responsibilities, to serve the people of Scotland better in the United Kingdom; calls on the Scottish Government to make fully available the resources of the Scottish administration to cooperate in this respect, and calls on the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to continue to allocate appropriate resources and funding to enable the Parliament to support the work of the steering group and consider the recommendations that apply to the Parliament.

The Minister for Culture, External Affairs and the Constitution (Michael Russell) moved amendment S3M-4490.1 to motion S3M-4490—

leave out from after first “Parliament” to end and insert—

“welcomes the constitutional debate in Scotland; notes the Calman Commission on Scottish Devolution’s report, Serving Scotland Better: Scotland and the United Kingdom in the 21st Century, and puts forward a plan for implementation that (a) urgesthe UK Government to work with the Scottish Government to implement now those recommendations for additional powers that have attracted consensus by devolving electoral administration (5.1), airguns (5.13), licensing of controlled substances for treating addictions (5.14), drink-driving limits (5.15) and national speed limits (5.16), (b) calls on the Parliamentary Bureau to consider the recommendations that apply to the procedures of the Parliament, (c) further calls on the Scottish Government to work with other devolved administrations and the UK Government to take forward recommendations on the relationships between the respective governments, and (d) calls for continued debate towards a decision by the Scottish people on the merits of the Calman Commission on Scottish Devolution’s financial proposals in contrast to those that would offer real financial independence for Scotland.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 47, Against 72, Abstentions 0).

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 69, Against 49, Abstentions 1).

2. Hybrid Bills: Gil Paterson moved S3M-4432—That the Parliament notes the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee’s 7th Report 2009 (Session 3), Hybrid Bills (SP Paper 299), and agrees that changes to Standing Orders set out in Annexe A to the report be made with effect from 26 June 2009.

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

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. St Bridget’s Chapel and the Mary’s Meals Backpack Project: The Parliament debated S3M-3762 in the name of Margaret Curran—That the Parliament endorses the work of the Mary’s Meals international movement and in particular the group working from St Bridget’s Chapel in Baillieston; commends the initiative, which is helping to feed over 350,000 children in poor areas of the globe on a daily basis, encouraging hungry children to attend school to be fed and, through education, gain a better future for themselves and their communities; expresses great pride in the fact that Mary’s Meals is based in Glasgow and administers volunteers and feeding programmes in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe, and recognises the hard work of the volunteers at St Bridget’s who participate in the Backpack Project, providing deprived children across five continents with school bags and school essentials donated by local community members.

6. Themed Question Time: Questions on Health and Wellbeing were answered by the Cabinet Secretary and Ministers.

7. Ministerial Statement: The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth (John Swinney) made a statement and answered questions on End Year Flexibility.

8. Arbitration (Scotland) Bill: The Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism (Jim Mather) moved S3M-4465—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Arbitration (Scotland) Bill.

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

9. Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) Bill – UK Legislation: The Minister for Culture, External Affairs and the Constitution (Michael Russell), moved S3M-4454—That the Parliament agrees that the relevant provisions of the Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) Bill, introduced in the House of Commons on 26 January 2009, relating to the return from public museum and gallery collections of cultural objects stolen during the Nazi era, so far as these matters fall within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament, should be considered by the UK Parliament.

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

10. Committee Membership: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-4504—That the Parliament agrees that Bill Kidd be appointed to replace Andrew Welsh on the Public Audit Committee.

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

11. Substitution on Committees: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-4505—That the Parliament agrees that Andrew Welsh be appointed to replace Bill Kidd as the Scottish National Party substitute on the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee.

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

12. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2, 8, 9, 10 and 11 as noted above.

The meeting closed at 5.03 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
25 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 25 June 2009 and are subject to annulment—

The Meat (Official Controls Charges) (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI2009/262)

The Feed (Hygiene and Enforcement) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/263)

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 25 June 2009 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure—

National Planning Framework for Scotland 2 (SG/2009/108)

laid under section 3C(1) of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006

National Planning Framework 2 participation statement including Final Conformity Report (SG/2009/109)

laid under section 3C(2)(a) of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006

Statement in Response to the Views of the Scottish Parliament on the Proposed National Planning Framework (SG/2009/110)

laid under section 3C(2)(b) of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006

Social Work Inspection Agency Annual Report and Accounts 2008-09 (SG/2009/113)

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

Scottish Water Annual Report and Accounts 2008/09 (SG/2009/120)

laid under section 56(8) Of the Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2000 and section 22(5) of the Public Finance & Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

Industrial Development Act 1982 An Annual Report by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, the First Minister of Scotland, and the Welsh Ministers for the year ended 31 March 2009 (SG/2009/128)

laid under sections 11 and 15 of the Industrial Development Act 1982

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 25 June 2009

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee, 10th Report, 2009 (Session 3): Report on The Pig Industry (SP Paper 311)