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Thursday 17 September 2009

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

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1. Diageo: The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth (John Swinney) moved S3M-4862—That the Parliament recognises the work of the Diageo Taskforce to safeguard jobs in the west of Scotland; notes with real disappointment that the taskforce and Diageo were unable to agree a way forward; recognises that support for the individuals and communities affected is a major priority; calls on the Scottish Government to support the trades unions in their efforts to ensure that an extension on the proposed closure of Port Dundas is fully considered, that the proposed new jobs in Leven are permanent and high quality in nature and the formal consultation process between Diageo and trades unions is extended to ensure that all necessary steps are taken to mitigate the closure of the Kilmarnock packaging plant, and supports the continued work of taskforce members to tackle the devastating impacts that the job losses will have on the affected communities.

Derek Brownlee moved amendment S3M-4862.1 to motion S3M-4862—

Insert at end—

“; calls on the Scottish Government to work together with the UK Government, local authorities and relevant agencies to encourage new job creation and new business start-ups in the affected communities and elsewhere in Scotland; recognises that Scotland must compete in a global market for the investment necessary to create and safeguard jobs, and calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that its actions are aimed at maximising such investment.”

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

Robert Brown moved amendment S3M-4862.2 to motion S3M-4862—

After “Parliament” insert—

“believes that major commercial decisions in Scotland should be made in the context of sustainable economic development; regrets that the proposals by Diageo to close Port Dundas Distillery in Glasgow and the Kilmarnock packaging plant abandoned long-standing workforces and plants while taking little responsibility for the consequent public costs of their decisions; urges the Scottish Government to ensure that government  support of communities faced with major job losses is applied consistently across all communities in Scotland;”.

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

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to (DT).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament believes that major commercial decisions in Scotland should be made in the context of sustainable economic development; regrets that the proposals by Diageo to close Port Dundas Distillery in Glasgow and the Kilmarnock packaging plant abandoned long-standing workforces and plants while taking little responsibility for the consequent public costs of their decisions; urges the Scottish Government to ensure that government  support of communities faced with major job losses is applied consistently across all communities in Scotland; recognises the work of the Diageo Taskforce to safeguard jobs in the west of Scotland; notes with real disappointment that the taskforce and Diageo were unable to agree a way forward; recognises that support for the individuals and communities affected is a major priority; calls on the Scottish Government to support the trades unions in their efforts to ensure that an extension on the proposed closure of Port Dundas is fully considered, that the proposed new jobs in Leven are permanent and high quality in nature and the formal consultation process between Diageo and trades unions is extended to ensure that all necessary steps are taken to mitigate the closure of the Kilmarnock packaging plant; supports the continued work of taskforce members to tackle the devastating impacts that the job losses will have on the affected communities; calls on the Scottish Government to work together with the UK Government, local authorities and relevant agencies to encourage new job creation and new business start-ups in the affected communities and elsewhere in Scotland; recognises that Scotland must compete in a global market for the investment necessary to create and safeguard jobs, and calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that its actions are aimed at maximising such investment.

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 Europe, External Affairs and Culture and on Education and Lifelong Learning, were answered by Cabinet Secretaries and Ministers.

5. Ministerial Statement: The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth (John Swinney) made a statement and answered questions on the Budget.

6. Scottish Road Safety Framework: The Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change (Stewart Stevenson) moved S3M-4861—That the Parliament welcomes the publication on 15 June 2009 of Scotland’s Road Safety Framework to 2020; notes the road safety vision for Scotland, which is in line with other leading road safety countries, and further notes the road safety targets, priorities and commitments and the support of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland to tackle road casualty reductions in Scotland over the next decade.

Des McNulty moved amendment S3M-4861.1 to motion S3M-4861—

After “2020” insert—

“; notes the significant reductions in the numbers of children and young people killed and seriously injured in the period 1997 to 2007; calls on the Scottish Government to prioritise making streets safer for cyclists and for vulnerable groups of pedestrians such as visually impaired and partially sighted people”.

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

Alex Johnstone moved amendment S3M-4861.2 to motion S3M-4861—

Insert at end—

“; notes that ongoing investment in the road network is crucial to making our roads safer, and believes that road spending should be prioritised on the most dangerous black spots and those roads with the highest numbers of accidents and fatalities.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to (DT) by division: For 77, Against 39, Abstentions 0).

Alison McInnes moved amendment S3M-4861.3 to motion S3M-4861—

Insert at end—

“; reiterates its support for a reduction in the drink-driving limit from 80 mg to 50 mg per 100 ml of blood; expresses deep concern at the disproportionately high incidence of fatalities and serious injuries on rural roads, and calls for greater emphasis on specific, targeted action to improve the safety of Scotland’s rural roads.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to (DT) by division: For 98, Against 18, Abstentions 0).

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to (DT) by division: For 100, Against 0, Abstentions 16).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament welcomes the publication on 15 June 2009 of Scotland’s Road Safety Framework to 2020; notes the significant reductions in the numbers of children and young people killed and seriously injured in the period 1997 to 2007; calls on the Scottish Government to prioritise making streets safer for cyclists and for vulnerable groups of pedestrians such as visually impaired and partially sighted people; notes the road safety vision for Scotland, which is in line with other leading road safety countries, and further notes the road safety targets, priorities and commitments and the support of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland to tackle road casualty reductions in Scotland over the next decade; notes that ongoing investment in the road network is crucial to making our roads safer; believes that road spending should be prioritised on the most dangerous black spots and those roads with the highest numbers of accidents and fatalities; reiterates its support for a reduction in the drink-driving limit from 80 mg to 50 mg per 100 ml of blood; expresses deep concern at the disproportionately high incidence of fatalities and serious injuries on rural roads, and calls for greater emphasis on specific, targeted action to improve the safety of Scotland’s rural roads.

7. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1 and 6 as noted above.

8. Supporting the Living Wage for Scotland: The Parliament debated S3M-4063 in the name of Frank McAveety—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of the Scottish Living Wage Employer Awards being held in Dalmarnock; regrets the fact that there are around 700,000 workers in Scotland, the majority of them women, earning less than the Scottish living wage of £7.00 per hour; is aware that low pay can lock people into poverty and can be damaging for individuals, families, businesses, communities and the wider economy, and recognises the importance of encouraging employers in the public, private and voluntary sectors to ensure that all low-paid workers are paid no less than the Scottish living wage of £7.00 per hour.

9. Motion without Notice: Frank McAveety moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended by up to 30 minutes.  The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 5.59 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
17 September 2009

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 17 September 2009 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Scottish Environment Protection Agency Annual Report and Accounts 2008-2009 (SG/2009/150)

laid under section 46 of the Environment Act 1995 and section 22(5) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

Scottish Information Commissioner Annual Accounts Year Ended 31 March 2009 (SG/2009/180)

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

Quality Meat Scotland Annual Report and Accounts For the 12 Months to 31 March 2009 (SG/2009/181)

laid under section 7 of the Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Specification) Order 1999

Committee Reports

The following report is being published on 17 September 2009­­­­

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 40th Report, 2009 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 322)