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Minutes of Proceedings Vol. 3, No. 43 Session 3

Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 6 January 2010

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Rev Jim Cowan, Arthurlie Parish Church, Barrhead led Time for Reflection.

2. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-5450—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 7 January 2010 to begin at 9.00 am.

The motion was agreed to.

3. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-5451—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 6 January 2010—

delete

followed by Health and Sport Committee Debate: Report on the Inquiry into Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Well-being

followed by Public Petitions Committee Debate: Petition PE1150 on Community Prisons

and insert

followed by Ministerial Statement: The Decision on the Beauly to Denny Power Line

followed by Health and Sport Committee Debate: Inquiry into Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Well-being

and (b) the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 7 January 2010—

delete

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill

and insert

9.00 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Impact of Severe Weather in Scotland

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill

The motion was agreed to.

4. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism (Jim Mather) made a statement and answered questions on the Decision on the Beauly to Denny Power Line.

5. Report on the Inquiry into Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Well-being: Christine Grahame, on behalf of the Health and Sport Committee, moved S3M-5453—That the Parliament notes the conclusions and recommendations contained in the Health and Sport Committee's 7th Report, 2009 (Session 3): Report on the Inquiry into child and adolescent mental health and well-being (SP Paper 309).

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

6. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-5456—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 13 January 2010

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Bill

followed by Public Petitions Committee Debate: Petition PE1150 on Community Prisons

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Financial Services Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 14 January 2010

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

Health and Wellbeing

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: Attendance Allowance for People with Disabilities

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 20 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 21 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

Justice and Law Officers
Rural Affairs and the Environment

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. Designation of Lead Committee: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-5452—That the Parliament agrees that the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee be designated as the lead committee in consideration of the Census (Scotland) Order 2010 (SSI 2010/draft).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

9. Bausch & Lomb: The Parliament debated S3M-5401 in the name of Angela Constance—That the Parliament regrets that Bausch & Lomb is continuing to pursue closure of its manufacturing plant in Livingston; remains deeply concerned that the phased closure and transfer of production to Ireland will result in the loss of 500 jobs in Livingston; notes that the 90-day statutory consultation period ends on 14 December 2009; regrets that Bausch & Lomb has not reconsidered its decision to close the highly successful and award-winning site in Livingston; applauds the productive, skilled and committed workforce, which has been crucial to the success and efficiency of the Livingston site; notes with sadness that the first round of redundancies will result in 45 people ceasing employment on Christmas Eve; would welcome a continuing dialogue between Bausch & Lomb and the Scottish Government with a view to both protecting jobs and supporting those who now face redundancy; notes that the phased closure of the plant will continue to afford time and opportunity to mitigate against the colossal impact on the West Lothian economy; notes that unemployment in West Lothian is at its highest in a decade, and welcomes the cross-party and community-wide support for the workforce and the determination to succeed that exists in West Lothian despite the current economic challenges.

The meeting closed at 5.40 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
6 January 2010

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

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 18 December 2009 and are subject to annulment—

The Shetland Islands Regulated Fishery (Scotland) Order 2009 (SSI2009/443)

laid under section 20(1) and (2) of the Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) Act 1967

The Inshore Fishing (Prohibition of Fishing for Cockles) (Western Isles) (Scotland) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/444)

laid under section 9(2) of the Inshore Fishing (Scotland) Act 1984

The Official Feed and Food Controls (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI2009/446)

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

The Action Programme for Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/447)

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

The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (Permitted Disclosure of Information) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/448)

laid under section 194K(5) of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 6 January 2010 and is subject to annulment—

The National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI2010/001)

laid under section 105 of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 18 December 2009 and are subject to approval in accordance with section 37 of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006—

The Scottish Government Code of Practice for the Welfare of Dogs (SG 2009/279)

The Scottish Government Code of Practice for the Welfare of Cats (SG 2009/280)

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 18 December 2009 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland Annual Report 2009 (SG/2009/264)

laid under paragraph 14 of Schedule 2 to the Mental Health Care and Treatment) Scotland Act 2003

VisitScotland Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2009 (SG/2009/254)

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

Architecture & Design Scotland Annual Report 2008/09 (SG/2009/274)

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

The Scottish Government Code of Practice for the Welfare of Dogs December 2009 (SG/2009/279)

issued under section 37(6) of the Animal Health Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006

The Scottish Government Code of Practice for the Welfare of Cats December 2009 (SG/2009/280)

issued under section 37(6) of the Animal Health Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006

The Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland Administration Annual Accounts for the year ended 31st March 2009 (SG/2009/281)—

A Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2008/09 Audit of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland Administration (SG/2009/282)—

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 21 December 2009 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure—

National Archives of Scotland Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2009 (SG/2009/248)—

The Skills Development Scotland Co. Limited Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2009 (SG/2009/283)—

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 22 December 2009 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure—

The Parole Board for Scotland Annual Report 2008-09 (SG/2009/263)

laid under paragraph 5 of schedule 1 to the Prisons (Scotland) Act 1989 and paragraph 6 of schedule 2 to the Prisoners and Criminal Proceedings (Scotland) Act 1993

Fife and Forth Valley Community Justice Authority Financial Report and Accounts 2008-09 (SG/2009/265)—

Glasgow Community Justice Authority Annual Accounts 2008-09 (SG/2009/266)—

Lanarkshire Community Justice Authority Annual Report & Accounts 2008-09 (SG/2009/267)—

Lothian and Borders Community Justice Authority Audited Financial Statements 2008-09 (SG/2009/268)—

Northern Community Justice Authority Statement of Financial Accounts 2008-09 (SG/2009/269)—

North Strathclyde Community Justice Authority Annual Accounts 2008-09 (SG/2009/270)—

South West Scotland Community Justice Authority Annual Accounts 2008-09 (SG/2009/271)—

Tayside Community Justice Authority Annual Accounts 2008-09 (SG/2009/272)—

Water Industry Commission for Scotland Accounts for the year to 31 March 2009 (SG/2009/278)—

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 23 December 2009 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure—

Fisheries Research Services Report and Accounts 2008–09 (SG/2009/152)

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

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman: Compendium of Case Reports for December 2009 (SPSO/2009/13)—

Case 200702441: University of Strathclyde

Case 200702367: Edinburgh College of Art

Case 200701396: A Medical Practice, Lanarkshire NHS Board

Case 200703138: Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board - Acute Services Division

Cases 200800557 and 200800997: Lothian NHS Board and A Medical Practice, Lothian NHS Board

Case 200801134: Lothian NHS Board

Case 200701716: Tayside NHS Board

Case 200702047: Tayside NHS Board

Case 200702821: Tayside NHS Board

Case 200803057: Tayside NHS Board

Case 200801053: The Highland Council

Case 200703105: Fife Council

Cases 200701747 and 200800670: Ayrshire and Arran NHS Board and North Ayrshire Council

laid under Section 15(1) of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act 2002

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 24 December 2009 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure

The Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland Annual Report 2007 – 2009 (SG/2009/246)

laid at the request of a member of the Scottish Executive and not under any laying power

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 18 December 2009—

Finance Committee, 9th Report, 2009 (Session 3): Report on legislative consent memorandum on the Financial Services Bill (LCM(S3) 25.1) (SP Paper 357)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 53rd Report, 2009 (Session 3): Legislative Memorandum on the Bribery Bill (SPPaper 358)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 54th Report, 2009 (Session 3): Legislative Memorandum on the Crime and Security Bill (SPPaper 359)

The following report was published on 6 January 2010

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 1st Report, 2010 (Session 3): Report on the Legal Services (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 (SPPaper 360)