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Minutes of Proceedings Vol. 3, No. 25 Session 3

Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 7 October 2009

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Rev Martin Thomson, Dalry Trinity Church, Ayrshire led Time for Reflection.

2. Rural Affairs and Environment Committee : Rural Housing: Maureen Watt moved S3M-4973—That the Parliament notes the conclusions and recommendations contained in the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee’s 5th Report, 2009 (Session 3): Rural Housing (SP Paper 256).

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

3. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-4979—That the Parliament agrees—

Wednesday 28 October 2009

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Student Support

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Reshaping the Future Care of Older People

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 29 October 2009

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Marine (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution: Marine (Scotland) Bill

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 Debate: The Scottish Economy

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 4 November 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 5 November 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

Health and Wellbeing

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.

4. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-4980—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Tobacco and Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 26 November 2009.

The motion was agreed to.

5. Designation of Lead Committee: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-4981—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government and Communities Committee be designated as the lead committee in consideration of the Home Owner and Debtor Protection (Scotland) Bill.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6. Parliamentary Recess Dates: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-4982—That the Parliament agrees the following parliamentary recess dates under Rule 2.3.1: 5 July – 5 September 2010 (inclusive).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 5 and 6 as noted above.

8. Kintore Station and Aberdeen Crossrail: The Parliament debated S3M-4851 in the name of Mike Rumbles—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement that passenger numbers at the reopened Laurencekirk station have exceeded estimations by around 80%; notes that the decision by the previous Scottish Executive to reopen the Laurencekirk station followed a long community-based campaign; believes that a reopened Kintore station would be similarly successful; expresses its concern that progress on the Aberdeen Crossrail project has stalled under the current Scottish Government, and would welcome funding being brought forward to reopen Kintore station as part of the Aberdeen Crossrail project.

The meeting closed at 5.40 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
7 October 2009

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

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 2 October 2009 and is subject to annulment

The Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/336)

laid under section 2(7) of the Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 5 October 2009 and is subject to annulment

The Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 (Transitory Provisions in Consequence of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006) (No. 2) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/337)

laid under section 100(3) of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 7 October 2009 and are subject to annulment—

The Sea Fishing (Enforcement of Community Quota and Third Country Fishing Measures and Restriction on Days at Sea) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2009 (SSI 2009/338)

laid under section 30(4) of the Fisheries Act 1981

The Welfare of Animals (Transport) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/339)

laid under Paragraph 2 of Schedule 2 to the European Communities Act 1972

The Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Prescription of Offices, Ranks and Positions) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2009 (SSI 2009/340)

laid under section 28(3) of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Act 2000 and section 10(3) of the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2006

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 2 October 2009 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman: ‘Other’ Report about the handling of a complaint (200502514) (SPSO/2009/10)

laid under section 17(4) of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act 2002

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 5 October 2009 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure—

Crofters Commission Annual Report 2008-09 (SG/2009/134)

laid under section 2(4) of the Crofters (Scotland) Act 1993 as amended by the Crofting Reform etc Act 2007

Scottish Qualifications Authority Annual Report and Accounts 2008-09 (SG/2009/189)—

Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland Annual Accounts Year Ended 31 March 2009 (SG/2009/192)—

Scottish Natural Heritage Annual Report and Accounts 2008-09 (SG/2009/193)—

NHS 24 Annual Accounts for Year Ended 31 March 2009 (SG/2009/194)—

Scottish Ambulance Service Annual Accounts and Notes for Year Ended 31 March 2009 (SG/2009/195)—

NHS Health Scotland Annual Accounts for Year Ended 31 March 2009 (SG/2009/196)—

NHS Quality Improvement Scotland Annual Accounts Financial Year Ended 31 March 2009 (SG/2009/197)—

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 6 October 2009 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure—

Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland Annual Accounts for Year Ended 31 March 2009 (SG/2009/198)—

NHS National Services Scotland Directors’ Report and Accounts and Scottish Financial Returns for Year Ended 31 March 2009 (SG/2009/199)—

National Waiting Times Centre Board Annual Report and Accounts for Year Ended 31 March 2009 (SG/2009/200)—

NHS Education for Scotland Annual Accounts for Year Ended 31 March 2009 (SG/2009/201)—

The State Hospitals Board for Scotland Annual Accounts and Notes for the Year Ended 31 March 2009 (SG/2009/202)—

Ayrshire and Arran NHS Board Annual Report and Accounts for the Year Ended 31 March 2009 (SG/2009/203)—

Borders Health Board Annual Accounts and Notes for the Year Ended 31 March 2009 (SG/2009/204)—

Dumfries and Galloway NHS Board Annual Report and Accounts 2008-09 (SG/2009/205)—

Fife Health Board Annual Accounts for the Year Ended 31 March 2009 (SG/2009/206)—

Forth Valley NHS Board Annual Accounts for the Year Ended 31 March 2009 (SG/2009/207)—

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 7 October 2009 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Grampian Health Board Annual Accounts 2008-09 (SG/2009/208)—

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Annual Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2009 (SG/2009/209)—

Highland Health Board Annual Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2009 (SG/2009/210)—

Lanarkshire Health Board Annual Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2009 (SG/2009/211)—

NHS Lothian Directors’ Report and Annual Accounts year ended 31 March 2009 (SG/2009/212)—

Orkney Health Board Annual Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2009 (SG/2009/213)—

Shetland NHS Board Annual Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2009 (SG/2009/214)—

Tayside Health Board Annual Accounts 2008-09 (SG/2009/215)—

Western Isles Health Board Annual Accounts 2008-09 (SG/2009/216)—

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

Review of Cairngorm Funicular Railway: A main report and key messages summary prepared for the Auditor General for Scotland (AGS/2009/8)

laid under the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000