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Minutes of Proceedings Vol. 3, No. 69 Session 3

Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 28 April 2010

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

The meeting opened at 2.00 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Mrs Barbara Urquhart DCS, President of the Diaconate Council of the Church of Scotland and Chair of the Scottish Churches Disability Agenda Group led Time for Reflection.

2. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-6213—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion by the time limits indicated, each time limit being calculated from when the Stage begins and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when a meeting of the Parliament is suspended (other than a suspension following the first division in the Stage being called) or otherwise not in progress:

Groups 1 to 3: 25 minutes
Groups 4 to 7: 45 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

3. Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16.

The following amendments were moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn: 22 and 25

Amendment 24 was not moved.

4. Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Bill: The Minister for Parliamentary Business (Bruce Crawford) moved S3M-6167—That the Parliament agrees that the Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Bill be passed.

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

5. Legal Services (Scotland) Bill: The Minister for Community Safety (Fergus Ewing) moved S3M-6168—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Legal Services (Scotland) Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 92, Against 2, Abstentions 0).

6. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-6218—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of 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

Wednesday 12 May 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 13 May 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

Finance and Sustainable Growth

2.55 pm Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

(b) that the period for lodging First Minister’s Questions for First Minister’s Question Time on 5 May 2010 ends at 4.00 pm on Thursday 29 April 2010 and

(c) that the period for lodging First Minister’s Questions for First Minister’s Question Time on 3 June 2010 ends at 4.00 pm on Thursday 27 May 2010.

The motion was agreed to.

7. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-6219—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Patient Rights (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 19 November 2010.

The motion was agreed to.

8. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-6221—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Scottish Parliamentary Commissions and Commissioners etc. Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 7 May 2010.

The motion was agreed to.

9. Approval of SSI: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-6222—That the Parliament agrees that the Census (Scotland) Order 2010 to the extent that it relates to the following particulars in Schedule 2—

(a) item 1;
(b) in item 2, the words "and, as the case may be, where there are 5 or fewer persons in the household, the relationship of each of the previous persons mentioned in the return and where there are 6 or more persons in the household, the relationship of the sixth and subsequent persons to the two previously mentioned persons in the return";
(c) item 7;
(d) in item 8, the words "and, if not born in the United Kingdom, month and year of most recent arrival to live in the United Kingdom";
(e) items 9,10,12,14,17,18,19,20;
(f) in item 21, the words "on a Government sponsored training scheme;"
(g) items 22,27,28,30,31,33,34;
and items 1,2,3 and 4 of Schedule 3 to the Order, be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 4, 5 and 9 as noted above.

11. The Need for Nuclear Power: The Parliament debated S3M-5352 in the name of Joe FitzPatrick—That the Parliament welcomes the intervention in the Dundee-based The Courier by Bailie George Regan, Chair of Nuclear Free Local Authorities, to the debate on the future of Scotland’s energy needs; considers that his opinion reflects the will of the people and the Parliament that Scotland’s future energy needs lie in renewables rather than nuclear power, and believes that the massive government subsidies that are earmarked for new nuclear power stations in the UK would be of greater benefit to the research and development of renewable technologies.

The meeting closed at 5.36 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
28 April 2010

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 28 April 2010

Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Bill—The Bill was reprinted as passed (SP Bill 27B) (Executive Bill)

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 27 April 2010 and is subject to annulment—

The Parole Board (Scotland) Amendment Rules 2010 (SSI2010/164)

laid under section 45(2) of the Prisoners and Criminal Proceedings (Scotland) Act 1993

Other Documents

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

Langside College Glasgow Year End Accounts and the Report to the Board of Management for the year ended 31 July 2009 (SG/2010/76)—

North Glasgow College Report and Financial Statements for the period 1 August 2008 - 31 July 2009 (SG/2010/77)—

The North Highland College Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2009 (SG/2010/78)—

Reid Kerr College Report and Financial Statements 31st July 2009 (SG/2010/79)—

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

Scottish Advisory Committee on Distinction Awards Annual Report April 2010 (SG/2010/83)

laid at the request of a member of the Scottish Executive and not under any laying power

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 28 April 2010 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Queen’s Printer for Scotland Report covering the period 1 January to 31 December 2009 (SG/2010/81)

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 27 April 2010—

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 25th Report, 2010 (Session 3): Children's Hearings (Scotland) Bill (SPPaper 422)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 26th Report, 2010 (Session 3): Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2 (SPPaper 423)