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Minutes of Proceedings Vol. 3, No. 39 Session 3

Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 9 December 2009

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Father John Campbell, Parish of Saint Paul the Apostle, Shettleston, Glasgow led Time for Reflection.

2. Further Powers for the Scottish Parliament: The Minister for Culture and External Affairs (Fiona Hyslop) moved S3M-5365—That the Parliament welcomes the recommendations of the Calman Commission on Scottish Devolution that responsibility for the law across a range of areas be devolved to the Scottish Parliament and also welcomes the recommendations for closer working between the Scottish and UK Ministers to ensure that the needs of Scotland are properly represented, and urges the UK Government to work with the Scottish Parliament to ensure that, where there is consensus, all such recommendations are implemented before the dissolution of the current UK Parliament.

Pauline McNeill moved amendment S3M-5365.1 to motion S3M-5365—

Leave out from first "recommendations" to end and insert—

"proposal to strengthen devolution for Scotland and its place within the United Kingdom through the recommendations of the Calman Commission on Scottish Devolution and the subsequent UK Government white paper; recognises the efforts of Scottish Labour, the Scottish Conservatives and the Scottish Liberal Democrats and their respective UK parties in the establishment of and support for the Calman commission, and believes that, 10 years after the establishment of devolution, the purpose of the commission was to take forward a package of greater powers and better accountability for the Scottish Parliament to enhance the devolution settlement for the benefit of all Scots."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 59, Against 66, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 63, Against 61, Abstentions 1).

3. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-5373—That the Parliament agrees that Rule 5.6.1(c) of Standing Orders be suspended for the purpose of Members’ Business on Thursday 17 December 2009.

The motion was agreed to.

4. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-5374—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 16 December 2009

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Scottish Government’s Response to the Pre-Budget Report

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 Finance Committee Debate: Scrutiny of the Draft Budget 2010-11

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

followed by Members’ Business

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Finance and Sustainable Growth

2.55 pm Stage 1 Debate: Home Owner and Debtor Protection (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution: Home Owner and Debtor Protection (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

Wednesday 6 January 2010

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 7 January 2010

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

Education and Lifelong Learning;
Europe, External Affairs and Culture

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.

5. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-5375—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be extended to 8 January 2010.

The motion was agreed to.

6. Committee Remit: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-5376—That the Parliament agrees that the remit of the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee be amended to—

To consider and report on (a) further and higher education, lifelong learning, schools, pre-school care, skills and other matters falling within the responsibility of the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning and (b) matters relating to culture and the arts falling within the responsibility of the Minister for Culture and External Affairs.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

8. Broadband for Rural Scotland: The Parliament debated S3M-5149 in the name of Murdo Fraser—That the Parliament notes the vital importance of good quality broadband to households and businesses in remote and rural parts of Scotland; is concerned that there is now a two-tier communication system in Scotland that is holding back business growth in rural and remote areas; notes that many rural areas of Scotland are not receiving an improved broadband service, while its cities are continually able to access a faster and better service; further notes that there are a number of telephone exchanges that are full or near to full capacity in Tayside, such as Strathardle, Fern and Menmuir; understands that there are growing concerns about the quality, speed and cost of the Scottish Government-supported Avanti service to remote and rural areas, and believes that more should be done to ensure that all parts of the country have access to good quality broadband at affordable rates.

The meeting closed at 5.46 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
9 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 8 December 2009 for approval by resolution

The Crofting (Designation of Areas) (Scotland) Order 2010 (SSI 2010/draft)

laid under section 3A(13) of the Crofters (Scotland) Act 1993

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 8 December 2009 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure

The Scottish Government Scottish Consolidated Fund Receipts & Payments Account 1 April 2008 to 31 March 2009 (SG/2009/165)

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 9 December 2009 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure—

Security Industry Authority Annual Report and Accounts 2008-09 (SG/2009/119)

laid under paragraph 16(3A) and 17(3) of schedule 1 to the Private Security Industry Act 2001

The Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland Annual Report 08/09 (CPA/2009/1)

laid under schedule 1, paragraph 13(4) of the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003

Overview of the NHS in Scotland’s performance 2008/09: report prepared for the Auditor General for Scotland (AGS/2009/11)

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

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 4 December 2009

Finance Committee, 7th Report, 2009 (Session 3): Report on scrutiny of the Draft Budget 2010-11 (SP Paper 349)

The following report was published on 9 December 2009

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 50th Report, 2009 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 352)