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Minutes of Proceedings Vol. 3, No. 51 Session 3

Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 3 February 2010

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Rose Goodenough, Scottish Inter Faith Council led Time for Reflection.

2. Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill: The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth (John Swinney) moved S3M-5637—That the Parliament agrees that the Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill be passed.

Andy Kerr moved amendment S3M-5637.1 to motion S3M-5637—

Insert at end—

"but, in so doing, calls on the Scottish Government to reinstate the funding for the Glasgow Airport Rail Link."

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 66, Against 45, Abstentions 14).

3. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-5663—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 4 February 2010 to begin at 9.00 am.

The motion was agreed to.

4. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-5662—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 4 February 2010—

delete

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Marine (Scotland) Bill

and insert

9.00 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Marine (Scotland) Bill

The motion was agreed to.

5. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-5664—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 10 February 2010

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by SPCB Question Time

2.20 pm Preliminary Stage Debate: Ure Elder Fund Transfer and Dissolution Bill

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Control of Dogs (Scotland) Bill

followed by Scottish Government Debate: The Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2010

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 Equal Opportunities Committee Debate: 3rd Report 2009: Female offenders in the criminal justice system

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 24 February 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 25 February 2010

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12.00 pm 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.

6. Approval of SSI: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-5665—That the Parliament agrees that the Loch Ryan Port (Harbour Empowerment) Order 2009 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

8. Improved Availability of Broadband: The Parliament debated S3M-5291 in the name of Peter Peacock—That the Parliament welcomes the UK Government’s commitment to improving availability of broadband as detailed in the Digital Britain report published in June 2009; welcomes the commitment to deliver a Universal Service Broadband Commitment of 2Mbps by 2012; welcomes the proposed public support for the network of tomorrow to allow for access to next generation broadband; considers the Western Isles of Scotland to be the worst area in Scotland in terms of broadband coverage and one of worst in the United Kingdom as a whole; is concerned at the disadvantages that rural areas of Scotland suffer in terms of economic, business and educational development when broadband services are inadequate, and would welcome a positive response to the report and the delivery of improved and reliable broadband services for every Scottish broadband customer.

The meeting closed at 5.53 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
3 February 2010

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 February 2010 for approval by resolution

The Budget (Scotland) Act 2009 Amendment Order 2010 (SSI 2010/draft)

laid under section 7(2) of the Budget (Scotland) Act 2009

The following instruments were laid in draft before the Parliament on 3 February 2010 for approval by resolution

The Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 2010 (SSI 2010/draft)

laid under section 191(9) of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987

The Community Care (Personal Care and Nursing Care) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/draft)

laid under section 23(3)(a) of the Community Care and Health (Scotland) Act 2002

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 29 January 2010 and is subject to annulment—

The Scottish Road Works Register (Prescribed Fees) Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/23)

laid under section 163 of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 2 February 2010 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Scotland’s Budget Documents: the 2009-10 Spring Budget Revision to the Budget (Scotland) Act for the year ending 31 March 2010 (SG/2010/9)

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 3 February 2010 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure

The Housing Support Grant Order 2010-2011 Report (SG/2010/15)

laid under sections 191(9) and 192(3) of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 3 February 2010

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 9th Report, 2010 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 381)