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Minutes of Proceedings Vol. 3, No. 49 Session 3

Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 27 January 2010

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: The Right Reverend William Hewitt, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland led Time for Reflection.

2. Tobacco and Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-5605—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Tobacco and Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion by the time limit indicated, that time limit being calculated from when the Stage begins and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when a meeting of the Parliament is suspended (other than a suspension following the first division in the Stage being called) or otherwise not in progress:

Groups 1 and 2: 25 minutes
Groups 3 to 5: 1 hour
Groups 6 to 8: 1 hour 25 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

3. Tobacco and Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 29A, 18, 19, 20, 33, 34, 35, 21, 22, 23 and 24.

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

4 (For 14, Against 103, Abstentions 0)
29 (For 60, Against 60, Abstentions 0; amendment disagreed to on casting vote)
30 (For 60, Against 61, Abstentions 0)
31 (For 60, Against 61, Abstentions 1)
1 (For 14, Against 105, Abstentions 0)
11 (For 15, Against 104, Abstentions 0)
36 (For 45, Against 76, Abstentions 0)
25 (For 59, Against 61, Abstentions 1)
46 (For 14, Against 105, Abstentions 0)

The following amendments were not moved: 5, 6, 32, 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 37, 38, 39, 26, 40, 12, 41, 42, 43, 44, 27, 28, 45, 13, 3, 14, 47, 15, 16 and 17.

The Presiding Officer and Deputy Presiding Officer extended the time-limits under Rule 9.8.4A(a) and (c).

4. Tobacco and Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill: The Minister for Public Health and Sport (Shona Robison) moved S3M-5560—That the Parliament agrees that the Tobacco and Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill be passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 108, Against 15, Abstentions 0).

5. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-5609—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 28 January 2010—

after

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: Skills Strategy

insert

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Equality Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Energy Bill – UK Legislation

The motion was agreed to.

6. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-5610—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 3 February 2010

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 4 February 2010

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Marine (Scotland) Bill

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Europe, External Affairs and Culture;
Education and Lifelong Learning

2.55 pm Continuation of Stage 3 Proceedings: Marine (Scotland) Bill

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Flood and Water Management Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 10 February 2010

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by SPCB Question Time

2.20 pm Scottish Government Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 11 February 2010

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Home Owner and Debtor Protection (Scotland) Bill

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.

7. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-5611—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Housing (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 25 June 2010.

The motion was agreed to.

8. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-5612—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 26 March 2010.

The motion was agreed to.

9. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-5613—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 26 March 2010.

The motion was agreed to.

10. Approval of SSI: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-5614—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Crofting (Designation of Areas) (Scotland) Order 2010 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

11. Scottish Government Codes of Practice: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S3M-5615—That the Parliament agrees that the Scottish Government Code of Practice for the Welfare of Dogs (SG 2009/279) be approved.

S3M-5616—That the Parliament agrees that the Scottish Government Code of Practice for the Welfare of Cats (SG 2009/280) be approved.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

12. Establishment of Committee: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-5617—That the Parliament agrees to establish a committee of the Parliament as follows—

Name of Committee: Forth Crossing Bill Committee;

Remit: To consider and report to the Parliament on the Forth Crossing Bill;

Duration: Until the Bill has received Royal Assent, falls or is withdrawn;

Convenership: The Convener will be a member of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party and the Deputy Convener will be a member of the Scottish Liberal Democrat Party;

Membership: Jackson Carlaw, Joe FitzPatrick, Hugh O’Donnell, David Stewart.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

13. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 4, 10, 11 and 12 as noted above.

14. Post Office Development and Diversification: The Parliament debated S3M-5443 in the name of Christine Grahame—That the Parliament, recognising the key role of Scotland’s post office network in both urban and rural communities such as the Scottish Borders, commends the Post Office Diversification Fund, which helps post offices improve and diversify during the recession and was introduced by the Welsh Assembly Government, and considers that similar support should be provided to the post office network in Scotland.

The meeting closed at 5.45 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
27 January 2010

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

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 27 January 2010 for approval by resolution

The Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2010

laid under paragraph 2(3) of Schedule 12 to the Local Government Finance Act 1992

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 22 January 2010 and are subject to annulment—

The Water Services Charges (Billing and Collection) (Scotland) Order 2010 (SSI 2010/10)

laid under section 68(4) of the Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002

The Justice of the Peace Courts (Sheriffdom of South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway) etc. Amendment Order 2010 (SSI 2010/15)

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

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 27 January 2010 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure

The Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2010 (SG/2010/12)

laid under paragraph 2(3) of schedule 12 to the Local Government Finance Act 1992

Scottish Water Interim Accounts For the six months to 30 September 2009 (SG/2010/11)

laid under section 57(8) of the Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 22 January 2009

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee: 1st Report, 2010 (Session 3): The Legislative Consent Memorandum on the UK Flood and Water Management Bill (SP Paper 370)

The following report was published on 25 January 2010

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee: 2nd Report, 2010 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 371)

The following report was published on 26 January 2010

Local Government and Communities Committee, 1st Report, 2010 (Session 3): Stage 1 Report on the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 372)

The following report was published on 27 January 2010

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 7th Report, 2010 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 375)