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Minutes of Proceedings Vol. 3, No. 59 Session 3

Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 10 March 2010

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Sister Isabel Smyth, Honorary Lecturer, Centre for Inter Faith Studies, Glasgow University and Secretary to the Catholic Bishops Committee for Inter Religious Dialogue led Time for Reflection.

2. Aquaculture: The Minister for Environment (Roseanna Cunningham) moved S3M-5908—That the Parliament notes the continued development of an ambitious and sustainable Scottish aquaculture industry; recognises the economic importance of the industry to Scotland as a whole and many coastal communities in particular; notes the considerable work being carried out under the auspices of A Fresh Start – the renewed Strategic Framework for Scottish Aquaculture, published on 21 May 2009, and notes the continuing commitment to dialogue on the future of the industry in Scotland.

Elaine Murray moved amendment S3M-5908.2 to motion S3M-5908—

Leave out from second "notes" to end and insert—

"; also recognises the potential of the industry to increase the availability of healthy, environmentally sustainable, locally-produced food; notes the considerable work being carried out under the auspices of A Fresh Start – the renewed Strategic Framework for Scottish Aquaculture, published on 21 May 2009, and notes the continuing commitment to dialogue on the future of the industry in Scotland; regrets, however, the late publication of Delivering Planning Reform for Aquaculture on the Scottish Government website on the day before this debate, and urges the Scottish Government, in future, to ensure that sufficient time is allowed between publication of government documents and their debate in Parliament to enable stakeholders and MSPs to adequately consider their contents."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 43, Against 58, Abstentions 14).

John Scott moved amendment S3M-5908.4 to motion S3M-5908—

After "continuing" leave out to end and insert—

"need to consult with industry stakeholders on the development of the industry in Scotland, and further notes that ways must be found to streamline the planning process and remove barriers to the development and growth of the fish farming industry such as the lack of affordable housing and available sites for fish farms in order to allow the industry to grow to its full potential."

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 73, Against 43, Abstentions 0).

Liam McArthur moved amendment S3M-5908.3 to motion S3M-5908—

After "particular" insert—

"; calls on the Scottish Government to clarify what action it is taking to develop and retain a skilled and qualified workforce in the sector; supports industry calls for greater clarity about the food consumers buy through country of origin labelling, and invites ministers to make clear their intentions regarding any moves to amend protected geographical status for Scottish farmed salmon;"

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

Robin Harper moved amendment S3M-5908.1 to motion S3M-5908—

Insert at end—

", and urges the Scottish Government to phase out the rearing of smolt in freshwater open net-pens in systems that contain native migratory fish and replace both fresh and sea water net farming with closed containment systems as soon as possible."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 2, Against 114, Abstentions 0).

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 113, Against 0, Abstentions 2).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament notes the continued development of an ambitious and sustainable Scottish aquaculture industry; recognises the economic importance of the industry to Scotland as a whole and many coastal communities in particular; calls on the Scottish Government to clarify what action it is taking to develop and retain a skilled and qualified workforce in the sector; supports industry calls for greater clarity about the food consumers buy through country of origin labelling, and invites ministers to make clear their intentions regarding any moves to amend protected geographical status for Scottish farmed salmon; notes the considerable work being carried out under the auspices of A Fresh Start – the renewed Strategic Framework for Scottish Aquaculture, published on 21 May 2009; notes the continuing need to consult with industry stakeholders on the development of the industry in Scotland, and further notes that ways must be found to streamline the planning process and remove barriers to the development and growth of the fish farming industry such as the lack of affordable housing and available sites for fish farms in order to allow the industry to grow to its full potential.

3. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-5916—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 17 March 2010

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Tourism

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 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: International Development in Malawi

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 24 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 25 March 2010

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill

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 Continuation of Stage 3 Proceedings: Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

4. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-5917—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 2 July 2010.

The motion was agreed to.

5. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-5918—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Legal Services (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be extended to 30 April 2010.

The motion was agreed to.

6. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-5919—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 26 March 2010.

The motion was agreed to.

7. Approval of SSIs: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S3M-5920—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2009 Amendment Order 2010 be approved.

S3M-5921—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Community Care (Personal Care and Nursing Care) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 be approved.

S3M-5922—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Treatment of Office or Body as Specified Authority) Order 2010 be approved.

S3M-5923—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 2010 be approved.

S3M-5924—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications and Deemed Applications) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 be approved.

S3M-5925—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Local Government Investments (Scotland) Regulations 2010 be approved.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

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

9. Commonwealth Day 2010, Science, Technology and Society: The Parliament debated S3M-5832 in the name of Sandra White—That the Parliament considers that the Commonwealth has a valuable role in strengthening relationships between nations across the world; welcomes the continued contribution of Scotland and its people to those relationships; reaffirms its support for the work of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA); notes that, this year, the CPA Scotland Branch and the Scottish Government have, as a key focus, continued to develop relationships with Australia, Canada, Malawi and New Zealand; considers that Scotland has contributed throughout the Commonwealth to promoting technological innovation as a powerful tool for fighting poverty and climate change; commends the CPA Secretariat for facilitating an online discussion via web and teleconferencing during the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December 2009; believes that it would be helpful if international organisations and donors focussed on science and technology to strengthen expertise in this area, particularly among developing countries, and commends the theme of Commonwealth Day this year, Science, Technology and Society.

The meeting closed at 5.38 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
10 March 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 5 March 2010 and are subject to annulment—

The Police Pensions Amendment (Scotland) Regulations2010 (SSI2010/85)

laid under section 1(6) of the Police Pensions Act 1976

The National Health Service (General Ophthalmic Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/86)

laid under section 105(2) of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978

The Rural Development Contracts (Rural Priorities) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/87)

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

The Zoonoses and Animal By-Products (Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/88)

laid under section 56 of the Finance Act 1973

The Natural Mineral Water, Spring Water and Bottled Drinking Water (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/89)

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

The Fish Labelling (Scotland) Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/90)

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

The Registration Services (Fees, etc.) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/92)

laid under section 25 of the Marriage (Scotland) Act 1977 and section 126 of the Civil Partnership Act 2004

The National Health Service (General Medical Services Contracts, Primary Medical Services Section 17C Agreements and Primary Medical Services Performers Lists) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/93)

laid under section 105(2) of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978

The National Health Service (Travelling Expenses and Remission of Charges) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/94)

laid under section 105(2) of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 5 March 2010 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Scottish Information Commissioner Freedom of Information Annual Report 2009 (SG/2010/34)

laid under section 46 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 8 March 2010 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure—

The Cairngorms National Park Designation, Transitional and Consequential Provisions (Scotland) Order 2003 Modification Order 2010 (SG/2010/35)—

The Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Designation, Transitional and Consequential Provisions (Scotland) Order 2002 Modification Order 2010 (SG/2010/36)—

laid under section 6(3) (d) of the National Parks (Scotland) Act 2000

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 5 March 2010—

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 16th Report, 2010 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 398)

Health and Sport Committee: 3rd Report 2010: Clinical Portal and Telehealth Development in NHS Scotland (SP Paper 399)