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Minutes of Proceedings Vol. 3, No. 57 Session 3

Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 3 March 2010

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Kamal Akil and Caley Gallison, Middle East Youth Festival led Time for Reflection.

2. Ure Elder Fund Transfer and Dissolution Bill: David Stewart moved S3M-5817—That the Parliament agrees that the Ure Elder Fund Transfer and Dissolution Bill be passed.

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

3. Regeneration: The Minister for Housing and Communities (Alex Neil) moved S3M-5852—That the Parliament acknowledges the continuing need for regeneration of communities across Scotland, particularly in challenging economic times; also acknowledges the critical role of local government, community planning partners, the private and voluntary sectors and community members in delivering regeneration, and recognises the contribution that regeneration makes to increasing sustainable economic growth and the improvement of opportunities for people living in deprived communities.

Johann Lamont moved amendment S3M-5852.1 to motion S3M-5852—

After second "regeneration" insert—

"; notes in particular the importance of an effective planning system and the necessity of genuine community engagement to secure real change".

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

Jamie McGrigor moved amendment S3M-5852.2 to motion S3M-5852—

Insert at end—

"; acknowledges the success of the New Life for Urban Scotland initiative focused on Castlemilk, Ferguslie Park, Wester Hailes and Whitfield and described as a landmark in the history of urban regeneration in Scotland in the official assessment of the scheme, and welcomes the £60 million Town Centre Regeneration Fund secured in the 2009 budget."

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

Ross Finnie moved amendment S3M-5852.3 to motion S3M-5852—

Insert at end—

"and therefore calls on the Scottish Government to bring forward detailed proposals on how it intends to deliver its regeneration ambitions in the context of its economic recovery plan and how it will protect and enhance the contribution of the voluntary sector through structured and sustainable funding from central and local government."

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 65, Against 0, Abstentions 45).

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to (DT).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament acknowledges the continuing need for regeneration of communities across Scotland, particularly in challenging economic times; also acknowledges the critical role of local government, community planning partners, the private and voluntary sectors and community members in delivering regeneration; notes in particular the importance of an effective planning system and the necessity of genuine community engagement to secure real change; recognises the contribution that regeneration makes to increasing sustainable economic growth and the improvement of opportunities for people living in deprived communities; acknowledges the success of the New Life for Urban Scotland initiative focused on Castlemilk, Ferguslie Park, Wester Hailes and Whitfield and described as a landmark in the history of urban regeneration in Scotland in the official assessment of the scheme; welcomes the £60 million Town Centre Regeneration Fund secured in the 2009 budget, and therefore calls on the Scottish Government to bring forward detailed proposals on how it intends to deliver its regeneration ambitions in the context of its economic recovery plan and how it will protect and enhance the contribution of the voluntary sector through structured and sustainable funding from central and local government.

4. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-5858—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 10 March 2010

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Aquaculture

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 Conservative and Unionist Party 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 Debate: Serious and Organised Crime

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 17 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 18 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

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.

5. Approval of SSI: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-5859—That the Parliament agrees that the A90 (Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route) Special Road Scheme 2010 be approved.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 104, Against 2, Abstentions 0).

6. Approval of SSI: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-5860—That the Parliament agrees that the A90 (Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route) Trunk Road Order 2010 be approved.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 107, Against 3, Abstentions 0).

7. Approval of SSI: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-5861—That the Parliament agrees that the A90 (Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route) (Craibstone Junction) Special Road Scheme 2010 be approved.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 108, Against 2, Abstentions 0).

8. Approval of SSI: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-5862—That the Parliament agrees that the A96 (Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route) Trunk Road Order 2010 be approved.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 107, Against 3, Abstentions 0).

9. Approval of SSI: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-5863—That the Parliament agrees that the A956 (Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route) Special Road Scheme 2010 be approved.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 108, Against 2, Abstentions 0).

10. Approval of SSI: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-5864—That the Parliament agrees that the A956 (Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route) Trunk Road Order 2010 be approved.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 108, Against 2, Abstentions 0).

11. Approval of SSI: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-5865—That the Parliament agrees that the draft CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme Order 2010 (SI 2010/draft) be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

12. Designation of Lead Committee: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-5866—That the Parliament agrees that the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee be designated as the lead committee in consideration of the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

13. Office of the Clerk: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-5867—That the Parliament agrees that, between 4 December 2010 and 31 January 2011, the Office of the Clerk will be open on all days except: Saturdays and Sundays, 24 (pm), 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31 December 2010, 3 and 4 January 2011.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

14. Parliamentary Recess Dates: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-5868—That the Parliament agrees the following parliamentary recess dates under Rule 2.3.1: 23 December (pm) 2010 – 9 January 2011 (inclusive).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

15. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 as noted above.

16. Fairtrade Fortnight 2010: The Parliament debated S3M-5768 in the name of Bill Butler—That the Parliament welcomes Fairtrade Fortnight, which runs from 22 February to 7 March 2010; applauds the efforts of church groups, charities, schools and individuals in promoting the benefits of fair trade in Scotland; considers that the fair trade movement has already made a positive difference to the lives of thousands of people and communities across the globe; recognises that the fair trade concept is based on traditional cooperative principles of community ownership, concern for communities and democratic membership control; notes that estimated sales of fair trade products across the United Kingdom total over £700 million; welcomes moves to establish a cross-party group on fair trade in the Scottish Parliament; notes the continuing success of the Scottish Fair Trade Forum, established in January 2007, ahead of its third Fairtrade Fortnight tour of Scotland; notes that the tour will cover 15 local authority areas in order to raise awareness of the final push to make Scotland the world's second Fair Trade nation by the end of 2011, and would welcome as many schools, local authorities, further and higher education establishments and businesses as possible striving to achieve fair trade status.

17. Motion without Notice: Bill Butler moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended by up to 30 minutes. The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 6.10 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
3 March 2010

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 23 February 2010

Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to restate and amend the law relating to children’s hearings; and for connected purposed. (SP Bill 41) (Executive Bill)

Introduced by: Michael Russell

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 41-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 41-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 3 March 2010 for approval by resolution—

The Local Government Finance (Scotland) Amendment 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 25 February 2010 and are subject to annulment—

The Firefighters’ Pension Scheme (Scotland) Order 2007 Amendment Order 2010 (SSI2010/65)

laid under section 60(5) of the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004

The Firefighters’ Pension Scheme Amendment (Scotland) Order 2010 (SSI2010/66)

laid under section 35 of the Fire Services Act 1947

The Food Hygiene (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/69)

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

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 1 March 2010 and are subject to annulment—

The Seed Potatoes (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI2010/71)

laid under section 16(6) of the Plant Varieties and Seeds Act 1964

The Recovery of Expenditure for the Provision of Social Care Services (Scotland) Regulations 2010 (SSI2010/72)

laid under section 90(2) of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968

The National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/73)

laid under section 63(3) of the National Assistance Act 1948

The National Assistance (Sums for Personal Requirements) (Scotland) Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/74)

laid under section 63(3) of the National Assistance Act 1948

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 2 March 2010 and is subject to annulment—

The Bankruptcy Fees (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI2010/76)

laid under section 72 of the Bankruptcy (Scotland) Act 1985

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 3 March 2010 and is subject to annulment—

The Tobacco and Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Act 2010 (Ancillary Provisions) Order 2010 (SSI 2010/77)

laid under section 40(3) of the Tobacco and Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Act 2010

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 25 February 2010 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Scottish Law Commission Report on Land Registration (SG/2010/14)

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 2 March 2010 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure—

Aberdeen College Financial Statements for the year to 31 July 2009 (SG/2010/22)—

The Adam Smith College, Fife Annual Accounts for the 12 months ended 31 July 2009 (SG/2010/23)—

Anniesland College Report & Accounts 31st July 2009 (SG/2010/24)—

Ayr College Report of the Board of Management and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2009 (SG/2010/25)—

Barony College Board of Management Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2009 (SG/2010/26)—

Borders College Report and Financial Statements for year ended 31 July 2009 (SG/2010/27)—

Cardonald College Glasgow Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ending 31 July 2009 (SG/2010/28)—

Cumbernauld College Report and Financial Statements of the Board of Management year ended 31 July 2009 (SG/2010/29)—

Dumfries and Galloway College Report and Financial Statements for the period 1 August 2008 to 31 July 2009 (SG/2010/30)—

Moray College Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2009 (SG/2010/31)—

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 3 March 2010 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure—

Chief Inspector of Fire and Rescue Authorities (CIFRA) – A Report to the Scottish Ministers on the decision by Grampian Fire and Rescue Service not to install Firelink in officers’ cars (SG/2010/32)

The Local Government Finance (Scotland) Amendment Order 2010 Report by the Scottish Ministers under paragraph 2(3) of Schedule 12 to the Local Government Finance Act 1992 (SG/2010/33)

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

Managing NHS Waiting Lists: A review of new arrangements: A main report and key messages summary prepared for the Auditor General for Scotland (AGS/2010/3)

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

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 3 March 2010—

Public Audit Committee, 2nd Report, 2010 (Session 3): Review of Cairngorm funicular railway (SP Paper 393)