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Minutes of Proceedings Vol. 3, No. 71 Session 3

Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 5 May 2010

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

The meeting opened at 2.00 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Ani Rinchen Khandro, Kagyu Samye Dzong, Edinburgh Tibetan Buddhist Centre for World Peace and Health led Time for Reflection.

2. First ScotRail Industrial Relations: The Parliament debated S3M-5722 in the name of Elaine Smith—That the Parliament understands that a provision exists in the First ScotRail franchise agreement that provides the Scottish Government with discretionary powers to reimburse the company for revenues lost due to industrial action; supports the position of the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) that it is wholly wrong for public funds to be used to support private companies such as First ScotRail in disputes with trade unions; also agrees with the STUC that the provision and use of such powers is not conducive to good industrial relations as it weakens the incentive for private companies to reach agreement; further supports the view of the STUC that such powers should not be used in the event of industrial action in the current dispute between First ScotRail and the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT); welcomes the fact that the Scottish Government has been in dialogue with the RMT over the issues involved in the dispute, and believes that the interests of constituents in Coatbridge and Chryston, passengers, rail workers and Scotland would be best served by an early and agreed negotiated settlement to end this dispute.

3. General Question Time: Questions were answered by Cabinet Secretaries and Ministers.

4. First Minister’s Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister (Alex Salmond).

5. Themed Question Time: Questions on Rural Affairs and the Environment, and Justice and Law Officers were answered by Cabinet Secretaries, Ministers and Scottish Law Officers.

6. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-6253—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 12 May 2010

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by European and External Relations Committee Debate: European Commission Legislative Work Programme

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Zero Waste Plan

followed by Preliminary Stage Debate: William Simpson’s Home (Transfer of Property etc.) (Scotland) Bill

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 Stage 1 Debate: Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution: Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

followed by Members’ Business

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Finance and Sustainable Growth

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: NHS Quality Strategy

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 19 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 20 May 2010

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12.00 pm 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

and (b) that, for the purposes of Members’ Business on Thursday 13 May 2010, "at the end of First Minister’s Question Time and at the end of the meeting following Decision Time" be substituted for "at the end of the meeting following Decision Time" in Rule 5.6.1(c) of Standing Orders.

The motion was agreed to.

7. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-6254—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be extended to 28 May 2010.

The motion was agreed to.

8. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-6255—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be extended to 21 May 2010.

The motion was agreed to.

9. Decision Time: The Parliament took no decisions on any of the items above.

The meeting closed at 4.22 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
5 May 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 30 April 2010 and are subject to annulment—

The Town and Country Planning (Hazardous Substances) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/171)

laid under section 39 of the Planning (Hazardous Substances) (Scotland) Act 1997

The Adoption Agencies (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI2010/172)

laid under section 117(4) of the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007

The Adoptions with a Foreign Element (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/173)

laid under section 1(4) of the Adoption (Intercountry Aspects) Act1999

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 4 May 2010

European and External Relations Committee, 1st Report, 2010 (Session 3): Europe 2020 (SP Paper 425)