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Minutes of Proceedings Vol. 3, No. 67 Session 3

Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 21 April 2010

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Father Chris Boles SJ, Director of the Lauriston Jesuit Centre, Edinburgh led Time for Reflection.

2. Transmission Charging: The Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism (Jim Mather) moved S3M-6169—That the Parliament opposes the existing locational approach to charging electricity generators for access and use of the GB grid system applied by National Grid and Ofgem that results in areas with the greatest renewables potential facing the highest charges in the United Kingdom; agrees that locational charging is a barrier to delivering renewable energy generation from Scotland, impacts on investment decisions and the growth of the Scottish energy sector and undermines delivery of a balanced, diverse and sustainable energy mix that helps to meet the challenge of climate change through moving to a low-carbon energy generation mix; supports the Scottish Government in continuing to work with industry, utilities, academia and environmentalist and business organisations to address the issue of high transmission charges, and welcomes the work now in hand to develop and deliver options for change to the transmission charging regime that will help deliver Scotland's energy potential and ensure security of energy supply.

Lewis Macdonald moved amendment S3M-6169.2 to motion S3M-6169—

Leave out from "opposes" to end and insert—

"recognises the importance of the British Electricity Trading and Transmission Arrangements in balancing supply and demand across the electricity networks and in supporting future energy development; acknowledges that the current charging regimes provide some advantages to Scottish consumers as well as some disadvantages to Scottish generators; recognises that Scottish and UK targets for reducing carbon emissions are likely to increase demand on the electricity networks, requiring significant new investments and changes to these charging regimes; welcomes the current review of transmission charges for intermittent renewable generation, which could lead to significant savings for wind generators in Scotland, and calls for a wider review of network charging regimes to support low-carbon electricity generation while protecting the interests of consumers."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 35, Against 71, Abstentions 2).

Gavin Brown moved amendment S3M-6169.1 to motion S3M-6169—

Leave out from "opposes" to end and insert—

"notes that the existing locational approach to charging electricity generators for access and use of the GB grid system was first designed prior to the development of the UK public policy objectives and targets regarding carbon emissions and renewable energy; notes that the economics of transmission charging has a number of elements and involves a significant contribution from consumers, infrastructure costs of transmission and operating costs of transmission; believes that there should be an urgent review of transmission charging methodology, taking into account all the existing public policy objectives, and further believes that a review should find a solution that does not disadvantage investment in Scotland."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 52, Against 54, Abstentions 2).

Liam McArthur moved amendment S3M-6169.3 to motion S3M-6169—

Insert at end—

"; recognises also that the current system of charging threatens efforts to develop and deploy large-scale carbon capture and storage technology; believes that it now is essential that an urgent review of the locational charging regime be carried out, and urges the Scottish Government to work with any incoming UK administration to help ensure that such a review gets underway before the end of 2010."

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 71, Against 0, Abstentions 38).

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 57, Against 0, Abstentions 52).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament opposes the existing locational approach to charging electricity generators for access and use of the GB grid system applied by National Grid and Ofgem that results in areas with the greatest renewables potential facing the highest charges in the United Kingdom; agrees that locational charging is a barrier to delivering renewable energy generation from Scotland, impacts on investment decisions and the growth of the Scottish energy sector and undermines delivery of a balanced, diverse and sustainable energy mix that helps to meet the challenge of climate change through moving to a low-carbon energy generation mix; supports the Scottish Government in continuing to work with industry, utilities, academia and environmentalist and business organisations to address the issue of high transmission charges; welcomes the work now in hand to develop and deliver options for change to the transmission charging regime that will help deliver Scotland's energy potential and ensure security of energy supply; recognises also that the current system of charging threatens efforts to develop and deploy large-scale carbon capture and storage technology; believes that it now is essential that an urgent review of the locational charging regime be carried out, and urges the Scottish Government to work with any incoming UK administration to help ensure that such a review gets underway before the end of 2010.

3. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-6178—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 22 April 2010—

delete

2.55 pm Stage 3 Proceedings: Control of Dogs (Scotland) Bill

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Progress Towards 18 Week Referral to Treatment

and insert

2.55 pm Stage 3 Proceedings: Control of Dogs (Scotland) Bill

followed by Ministerial Statement: Volcanic Ash Cloud

The motion was agreed to.

4. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-6171—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 28 April 2010

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Bill

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Legal Services (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 29 April 2010

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Green 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: Changing Lives: A Confident, Competent Social Care Workforce

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 5 May 2010

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Members’ Business

2.50 pm General Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister’s Question Time

3.40 pm Themed Question Time

Rural Affairs and the Environment;
Justice and Law Officers

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

4.20 pm Decision Time

and (b) that Rule 5.6.1(c) of Standing Orders be suspended for the purpose of Members’ Business on Wednesday 5 May 2010.

The motion was agreed to.

5. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on item 2 as noted above.

6. Celebrating the Scottish Football Museum: The Parliament debated S3M-6032 in the name of Charlie Gordon—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Football Museum, Hampden Park, Glasgow, on achieving recognised status for its collection, awarded by Museum Galleries Scotland; further notes that Scotland was the first country in the world to establish a national football museum; considers that the Scottish Football Museum reflects many of the pioneering influences that Scotland has brought to the modern game of association football; wishes the Scottish museum a successful future, and would welcome admission to the Scottish Football Museum being free to maximise the number of visitors to the best football museum in the world.

The meeting closed at 5.37 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
21 April 2010

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

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instruments were laid in draft before the Parliament on 21 April 2010 for approval by resolution—

The Climate Change (Annual Targets) (Scotland) Order 2010 (SSI2010/draft)—

The Climate Change (International Aviation and Shipping) (Scotland Order 2010 (SSI 2010/draft)—

The Climate Change (Limit on Carbon Units) (Scotland) Order 2010 (SSI2010/draft)—

The Carbon Accounting Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/draft)

laid under section 96(4) of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 16 April 2010 and are subject to annulment—

The Additional Support for Learning (Co-ordinated Support Plan) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI2010/149)

laid under section 34(4) of the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004

The Poultry Compartments (Fees) (Scotland) Order 2010 (SSI 2010/151)

laid under section 84 of the Animal Health Act 1981

The Additional Support Needs Tribunals for Scotland (Practice and Procedure) Amendment Rules 2010 (SSI 2010/152)

laid under section 34(4) of the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004

The Guar Gum (Restriction on First Placing on the Market) (Scotland) Revocation Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/153)

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

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 21 April 2010 and is subject to annulment—

The Disposal of Land by Local Authorities (Scotland) Regulations 2010 (SSI2010/32)

laid under section 74(2G) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 16 April 2010 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Supporting Children’s Learning: Code of Practice (Revised edition) 2010 (SG/2010/66)

laid under section 27(4) of the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 21 April 2010 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman: Compendium of Case Reports for April 2010 (SPSO/2010/04)—

Case 200801621: A Medical Practice, Lanarkshire NHS Board

Case 200801102: A Medical Practice, Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board

Case 200802296: Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board

Case 200802723: Midlothian Council

Case 200900833: Aberdeenshire Council

Case 200800438: Scottish Borders Council

Case 200801907: Scottish Prisons Complaints Commission

Case 200802827: Scottish Prisons Complaints Commission

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

Carnegie College Annual Accounts 2008-09 (SG/2010/67)—

Clydebank College Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2009 (SG/2010/68)—

Dundee College Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2009 (SG/2010/69)—

Edinburgh’s Telford College Report and Financial Statements for the y ear ended 31 July 2009 (SG/2010/70)—

Elmwood College Report and Financial Statements for the year ending 31 July 2009 (SG/2010/71)

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

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 16 April 2010

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 23rd Report, 2010 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SPPaper 417)

The following reports were published on 21 April 2010—

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 24th Report, 2010 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SPPaper 418)

Justice Committee, 8th Report, 2010 (Session 3): Legislative consent memorandum on the Powers of Entry etc. Bill (LCM(S3) 29.1) (SP Paper 419)