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Minutes of Proceedings Vol. 3, No. 37 Session 3

Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 2 December 2009

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Rev John Forbes, Retired Church of Scotland Parish Minister, Banchory led Time for Reflection.

2. Safer Lives: Changed Lives - Working Together to End Violence Against Women: The Minister for Housing and Communities (Alex Neil) moved S3M-5307—That the Parliament is pleased to reaffirm its commitment to ending violence against women; supports the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence and its theme this year of Commit – Act – Demand: we can end violence against women!; celebrates the commitment of partners across Scotland, including the voluntary sector, local authorities, the police, NHS boards and others, to work together to end violence against women; acknowledges the importance of the shared understanding developed through the Safer Lives: Changed Lives strategic approach, and welcomes the progress that has been made to date on tackling violence against women in Scotland, including the groundbreaking work to involve young people who have experienced domestic abuse as expert advisers.

Johann Lamont moved amendment S3M-5307.2 to motion S3M-5307—

Insert at end—

“and regrets that a report on the implementation of the first round of single outcome agreements has not yet been published, given the concerns of Scottish Women's Aid about the level of provision across Scotland; believes that the strategy of protection, provision and prevention remains central to the tackling of violence against women, and agrees that the Scottish Government should produce a joint statement from across its directorates to ensure that all its key policies are tested against their impact on women facing violence.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 53, Against 0, Abstentions 59).

Bill Aitken moved amendment S3M-5307.1 to motion S3M-5307—

Insert at end—

“and calls on the Scottish Government to consider, where practical, extending the principle of domestic violence courts throughout 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 is pleased to reaffirm its commitment to ending violence against women; supports the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence and its theme this year of Commit – Act – Demand: we can end violence against women!; celebrates the commitment of partners across Scotland, including the voluntary sector, local authorities, the police, NHS boards and others, to work together to end violence against women; acknowledges the importance of the shared understanding developed through the Safer Lives: Changed Lives strategic approach, and welcomes the progress that has been made to date on tackling violence against women in Scotland, including the groundbreaking work to involve young people who have experienced domestic abuse as expert advisers; regrets that a report on the implementation of the first round of single outcome agreements has not yet been published, given the concerns of Scottish Women's Aid about the level of provision across Scotland; believes that the strategy of protection, provision and prevention remains central to the tackling of violence against women; agrees that the Scottish Government should produce a joint statement from across its directorates to ensure that all its key policies are tested against their impact on women facing violence, and calls on the Scottish Government to consider, where practical, extending the principle of domestic violence courts throughout Scotland.

3. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-5321—That the Parliament agrees that “09:00” be substituted for “09:15” in Rule 2.2.3 for the purpose of allowing the meeting of the Parliament on Thursday 3 December 2009 to begin at 9.00 am.

The motion was agreed to.

4. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-5322—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 3 December 2009—

delete

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

and insert

9.00 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Appointment of Minister

The motion was agreed to.

5. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-5323—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 9 December 2009

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Further Powers for the Scottish Parliament

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 Labour Party 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 Debate: Climate Change

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 16 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 17 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

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.

6. Approval of SSI: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-5324—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2009 Amendment Order 2009 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Approval of SSI: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-5325—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003 (Designation of Participating Countries) (Scotland) (No. 3) Order 2009 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Designation of Lead Committee: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-5326—That the Parliament agrees that the Health and Sport Committee be designated as the lead committee in consideration of the Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 6, 7 and 8 as noted above.

10. Detention of Children at Dungavel: The Parliament debated S3M-5109 in the name of Sandra White—That the Parliament expresses serious concern over figures obtained from the UK Border Agency that show that, between October 2008 and September 2009, 103 children were detained at Dungavel in Scotland; notes that, in the last five years, 889 children from 488 families throughout the United Kingdom have been held for over 28 days, thus requiring UK ministers to personally approve continued detention; considers that these figures show that, despite the welcome commitment and efforts of the previous administration and the current Scottish Government to end the practice of the detention of children at Dungavel, children and families from Glasgow and throughout Scotland are still being subjected to this unacceptable practice, and would welcome further efforts from all political parties in Scotland to ensure that this practice is ended.

The meeting closed at 5.47 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
2 December 2009

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

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 2 December 2009 for approval by resolution

The Census (Scotland) Order 2010 (SSI 2010/draft)

laid under paragraph 6 of the schedule to the Census Act 1920

The draft Census (Scotland) Order 2010, laid before the Parliament on 26 November 2009, has been withdrawn

The draft Crofting (Designation of Areas) (Scotland) Order 2010, laid before the Parliament on 19 November 2009, was withdrawn on 26 November 2009

Other Documents

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

Scottish Law Commission Report on Double Jeopardy (SG/2009/102)

laid under section 3 of the Law Commissions Act 1965

Legislative Consent Memorandum

The following memorandum was lodged on 2 December 2009

John Swinney MSP: Legislative Consent Memorandum on the UK Energy Bill (UK Parliament legislation) (LCM(S3) 12.3)

Committee Reports

The following reports are being published on 3 December 2009

Scottish Parliament Statistics 2004-2005 (SP Paper 348)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 49th Report, 2009 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SPPaper 350)