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Minutes of Proceedings Vol. 3, No. 55 Session 3

Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 24 February 2010

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Rev Alex Noble, Saltcoats North Parish Church, Ayrshire led Time for Reflection.

2. Ministerial Statement: The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing (Nicola Sturgeon) made a statement and answered questions on Representing Constituents.

3. Preventing Obesity in Scotland: The Minister for Public Health and Sport (Shona Robison) moved S3M-5798—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Government’s commitment to take action to prevent overweight and obesity as set out in the recent publication, Preventing Overweight and Obesity in Scotland: A Route Map Towards Healthy Weight, to support a cross-government approach that will guide future work and to welcome the establishment of a joint governmental leadership group to ensure and oversee progress.

Dr Richard Simpson moved amendment S3M-5798.1 to motion S3M-5798—

Insert at end—

“but regrets that the Scottish Government is failing to meet the SNP manifesto pledges to ensure that every pupil has two hours of quality PE each week delivered by specialist PE teachers and for children to be given free, year-round access to council swimming pools.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 70, Against 46, Abstentions 0).

Ross Finnie moved amendment S3M-5798.2 to motion S3M-5798—

After “Parliament” insert—

“, while recognising the role of individual responsibility and choice,”.

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

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 70, Against 1, Abstentions 45).

Accordingly the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament, while recognising the role of individual responsibility and choice, welcomes the Scottish Government’s commitment to take action to prevent overweight and obesity as set out in the recent publication, Preventing Overweight and Obesity in Scotland: A Route Map Towards Healthy Weight, to support a cross-government approach that will guide future work and to welcome the establishment of a joint governmental leadership group to ensure and oversee progress, but regrets that the Scottish Government is failing to meet the SNP manifesto pledges to ensure that every pupil has two hours of quality PE each week delivered by specialist PE teachers and for children to be given free, year-round access to council swimming pools.

4. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-5800—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 3 March 2010

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Final Stage Debate: Ure Elder Fund Transfer and Dissolution Bill

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Regeneration

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 4 March 2010

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Labour Party Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12.00 pm First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Finance and Sustainable Growth

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: Educating Children and Young People to Compete in a Globalised 21st Century

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 10 March 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 11 March 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. Suspension of Standing Orders: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-5801—That the Parliament agrees that, for the Ure Elder Fund Transfer and Dissolution Bill, Consideration Stage shall not take place and, accordingly, agrees that, for the purposes of the Bill, Rules 9A.7.1(b), 9A.9 and the first sentence of 9A.8.10 of the Standing Orders be suspended.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 3 and 5 as noted above.

7. Car Parking Charges at HIAL Airports: The Parliament debated S3M-5426 in the name of Liam McArthur—That the Parliament notes the welcome, if belated, decision by Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL) to postpone the introduction of car parking charges at Kirkwall Airport; regrets that this decision was taken only after the board of HIAL initially rejected the unanimous recommendation of the statutory Kirkwall Airport Consultative Committee to put the introduction of the charges on hold until a proper consultation was undertaken; further notes that HIAL is considering imposing similar charges at its airports at Sumburgh and Stornoway; is concerned that the introduction of car parking charges at these island airports will add still further to the high cost for island residents of using their lifeline internal and external air services and of island life in general; expects the consultation to be thorough and to enable the detail of HIAL’s proposals, as well as the principle of charging, to be robustly challenged, and considers that the delay offers the opportunity for all Orcadians to make their views known and for islanders from Shetland and the Western Isles to add their voices to the campaign against the Kirkwall charges in order to avoid a precedent being set at Kirkwall which HIAL could use to impose charges at Sumburgh and Stornoway.

The meeting closed at 5.34 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
24 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 12 February 2010 for approval by resolution

The International Organisations (Immunities and Privileges) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2010 (SSI2010/draft)

laid under section 10 of the International Organisations Act 1968

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 15 February 2010 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 following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 23 February 2010 for approval by resolution

The National Bus Travel Concession Scheme for Older and Disabled Persons (Scotland) Amendment Order 2010 (SSI2010/draft)

laid under section 52(3) of the Transport (Scotland) Act 2005

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 24 February 2010 for approval by resolution

The International Organisations (Immunities and Privileges) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2010 (SSI2010/draft)

laid under section 10(1) of the International Organisations Act 1968

The International Organisations (Immunities and Privileges) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2010 (SSI 2010/draft), laid before the Parliament on 12 February 2010, was withdrawn on 24 February 2010.

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 12 February 2010 and are subject to annulment—

The Local Government (Allowances and Expenses) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/45)

laid under section 50 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 and sections 11 and 16(4) of the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004

The Food for Particular Nutritional Uses (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/48)

laid under section 48(3)(a) of the Food Safety Act 1990

The Town and Country Planning (Limit of Annual Value) (Scotland) Order 2010 (SSI 2010/49)

laid under section 275 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 19 February 2010 and is subject to annulment

The Advice and Assistance and Civil Legal Aid (Priority of Debts) (Scotland) Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/57)

laid under section 37 of the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 22 February 2010 and is subject to annulment

The Refuges for Children (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI2010/59)

laid under section 103(2) of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 24 February 2010 and are subject to annulment—

The Management of Extractive Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2010 (SSI2010/60)

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

The Town and Country Planning (Prescribed Date) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/61)

laid under section 275 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997

The Housing Revenue Account General Fund Contribution Limits (Scotland) Order 2010 (SSI 2010/62)

laid under section 204(3) of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 12 February 2010 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Scottish Law Commission eighth programme of law reform (SG/2010/10)

laid under section 3(2) of the Law Commissions Act 1965

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 17 February 2010 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman: Compendium of Case Reports for February 2010 (SPSO/2010/02)—

Case 200700596: The City of Edinburgh Council

Case 200802232: The City of Edinburgh Council

Case 200703201: Aberdeenshire Council

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

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 18 February 2010 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Scottish Law Commission Annual Report 2009 (SG/2010/8)

laid under section 3(3) of the Law Commission Act 1965

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 23 February 2010 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Statement to Parliament on National Park Proposals for Cairngorms National Park Authority (SG/2010/18)—

Statement to Parliament on National Park Proposals for Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority (SG/2010/19)—

laid under section 26(5) of the National Parks (Scotland) Act 2000

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 24 February 2010 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Improving public sector efficiency: A report prepared for the Auditor General for Scotland and the Accounts Commission (AGS/2010/2)

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

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 12 February 2010

Public Audit Committee, 1st Report, 2010 (Session 3): The 2008/09 audit of Registers of Scotland (SP Paper 387)

The following report was published on 24 February 2010­­­­

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 14th Report, 2010 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SPPaper 390)