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Minutes of Proceedings Vol. 3, No. 35 Session 3

Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 25 November 2009

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Rev Tom McWhirter, Minister for Old Luce and New Luce Parishes, Wigtownshire led Time for Reflection.

2. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism (Jim Mather) made a statement and answered questions on Renewable Heat Action Plan.

3. Learning About Scotland and its History: The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning (Fiona Hyslop) moved S3M-5266—That the Parliament recognises the contribution of Scotland’s children and young people in schools to a successful Year of Homecoming; acknowledges the importance of learning about Scotland’s heritage, history and culture and place in the world, and welcomes the recent launch of Scotland’s History online, a world-leading online resource from Learning and Teaching Scotland, which draws on resources from the National Galleries of Scotland, National Museums Scotland, the National Library of Scotland, the National Archives of Scotland and other sources.

Ken Macintosh moved amendment S3M-5266.2 to motion S3M-5266—

Insert at end—

“and, following concerns expressed by School Leaders Scotland and others over the Curriculum for Excellence, asks ministers to report to the Parliament on the place of history in the developing curriculum.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 101, Against 0, Abstentions 16).

Murdo Fraser moved amendment S3M-5266.1 to motion S3M-5266—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“notes the recent launch of Scotland’s History online and regrets any attempts to promote a nationalist agenda through the use of public resources and the teaching of history.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 29, Against 46, Abstentions 43).

Hugh O’Donnell moved amendment S3M-5266.3 to motion S3M-5266—

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“; reiterates its belief that history should be taught without political interference; recognises that the effective teaching of history and all other subjects requires teachers to be equipped with the necessary resources and training, and calls on the Scottish Government to provide urgent clarity over the substance and implementation of the Curriculum for Excellence and the changes to Scotland's national qualifications.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 72, Against 1, Abstentions 46).

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 104, Against 0, Abstentions 15).

Accordingly the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament recognises the contribution of Scotland’s children and young people in schools to a successful Year of Homecoming; acknowledges the importance of learning about Scotland’s heritage, history and culture and place in the world, and welcomes the recent launch of Scotland’s History online, a world-leading online resource from Learning and Teaching Scotland, which draws on resources from the National Galleries of Scotland, National Museums Scotland, the National Library of Scotland, the National Archives of Scotland and other sources; following concerns expressed by School Leaders Scotland and others over the Curriculum for Excellence, asks ministers to report to the Parliament on the place of history in the developing curriculum; reiterates its belief that history should be taught without political interference; recognises that the effective teaching of history and all other subjects requires teachers to be equipped with the necessary resources and training, and calls on the Scottish Government to provide urgent clarity over the substance and implementation of the Curriculum for Excellence and the changes to Scotland's national qualifications.

4. Child Poverty Bill – UK Legislation: The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing (Nicola Sturgeon) moved S3M-5267—That the Parliament agrees that the relevant provisions of the Child Poverty Bill, introduced in the House of Commons on 11 June 2009 to make provision within the legislative competence of the Parliament and to alter the executive competence of Scottish Ministers in respect of the duties to develop and lay a Scottish strategy to eradicate child poverty before the Scottish Parliament, should be considered by the UK Parliament.

Mary Mulligan moved amendment S3M-5267.1 to motion S3M-5267—

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“and, in so doing, regrets that the Scottish Government will not be placing a duty on local authorities to meet the agreed targets for reducing child poverty, given their partnership role in tackling child poverty, and therefore calls on the Scottish Government to review the single outcome agreements currently available to ascertain whether local authorities have developed a child poverty strategy that will contribute to Scottish and UK targets aimed at abolishing child poverty and, if not, to return to the Scottish Parliament with a proposal to place a duty on local authorities to do so.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 44, Against 74, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

5. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-5270—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 26 November 2009—

after

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Europe, External Affairs and Culture;
Education and Lifelong Learning

insert

followed by Ministerial Statement: Aberdeen Royal Infirmary Healthcare Environment Inspectorate Report

The motion was agreed to.

6. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-5271—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 2 December 2009

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Safer Lives: Changed Lives – Working Together to End Violence Against Women

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 3 December 2009

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Liberal Democrats 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 Debate: Getting it Right for Every Child

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 9 December 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 December 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

Rural Affairs and the Environment;
Justice and Law Officers

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. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 3 and 4 as noted above.

8. World Aids Day and Annie Lennox: The Parliament debated S3M-5159 in the name of Jack McConnell—That the Parliament recognises the importance of World AIDS Day on 1 December 2009 and its aim of highlighting the challenges and consequences of the HIV epidemic around the world, particularly the impact on development in sub-Saharan Africa; acknowledges that UNAIDS estimates that there are now 33.2 million people living with HIV, including 2.5 million children; notes that around half of all people who become infected with HIV do so before they are 25 and die before they are 35; congratulates all those individuals and organisations in Scotland that campaign to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and provide practical support to HIV/AIDS victims, wherever they live; congratulates, in particular, Annie Lennox on the continued success of her SING campaign, which will be two years old on 1 December, and believes that positive consideration should be given to her recent offer to support the Scottish Parliament in its international development work, with an ambassadorial role.

9. Motion without Notice: Jack McConnell 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 5.55 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
25 November 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 20 November 2009 and is subject to annulment

The Justice of the Peace Courts (Sheriffdom of North Strathclyde) etc. Amendment Order 2009 (SSI 2009/409)

laid under section 81 of the Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Act 2007

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 24 November 2009 and is subject to annulment

The Law Applicable to Contractual Obligations (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/410)

laid under paragraph 2(2) of schedule 2 to the European Communities Act 1972

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 25 November 2009 and are subject to annulment—

The Rural Development Contracts (Rural Priorities) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 4) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/411) and—

The Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/412)

laid under paragraph 2(2) of schedule 2 to the European Communities Act 1972

The Sea Fishing (Prohibition on the Removal of Shark Fins) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2009 (SSI 2009/413)

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

The Sheep and Goats (Identification and Traceability) (Scotland) Revocation Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/415)

laid under paragraph 2(2) of schedule 2 to the European Communities Act 1972

The Zoonoses and Animal By-Products (Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/416)

laid under section 56 of the Finance Act 1973

The Control of Salmonella in Turkey Flocks (Scotland) Order 2009 (SSI2009/417)

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 23 November 2009 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure—

Historic Scotland Annual Report and Accounts 2008-2009 (SG/2009/243)

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

Private Rented Housing Panel Annual Report (SG/2009/251)

laid under section 29(4) of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 25 November 2009—

Finance Committee, 6th Report, 2009 (Session 3): the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2009 Amendment Order 2009 (SP Paper 343)

Justice Committee, 20th Report, 2009 (Session 3): Report on the draft Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003 (Designation of Participating Countries) (Scotland) (No. 3) Order 2009 (SP Paper 344)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 48th Report, 2009 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 345)