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Minutes of Proceedings Vol. 4, No. 9 Session 3

Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 9 June 2010

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

The meeting opened at 2.00 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Bob Holman, one of the founders of Family Action in Rogerfield and Easterhouse led Time for Reflection.

2. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-6517—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Scottish Parliamentary Commissions and Commissioners etc. Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion by the time limit indicated, that 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 and 2: 10 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

3. William Simpson’s Home (Transfer of Property etc.) (Scotland) Bill – Final Stage: Shirley-Anne Somerville, on behalf of the William Simpson’s Home (Transfer of Property etc.) (Scotland) Bill Committee, moved S3M-6450—That the Parliament agrees that the William Simpson’s Home (Transfer of Property etc.) (Scotland) Bill be passed.

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

4. Scottish Parliamentary Commissions and Commissioners etc. Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 1 and 2.

5. Scottish Parliamentary Commissions and Commissioners etc. Bill - Stage 3: Trish Godman moved S3M-6256—That the Parliament agrees that the Scottish Parliamentary Commissions and Commissioners etc. Bill be passed.

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

6. Report on the Inquiry into Active Travel: Patrick Harvie, on behalf of the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee, moved S3M-6476—That the Parliament notes the conclusions and recommendations contained in the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee’s 4th Report, 2010 (Session 3): Report on the Inquiry into Active Travel (SP Paper 413).

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

7. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-6523—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 16 June 2010

2.15 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by SPCB Question Time

2.35 pm Stage 1 Debate: Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 17 June 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

Europe, External Affairs and Culture;
Education and Lifelong Learning

2.55 pm Ministerial Statement: Supporting Young People in the Context of the Economic Climate

3.25 pm Scottish Government Debate: Poverty Framework

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 23 June 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 24 June 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.

8. Designation of Lead Committees: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S3M-6524—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice Committee be designated as the lead committee in consideration of the Criminal Sentencing (Equity Fines) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

S3M-6525—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice Committee be designated as the lead committee in consideration of the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

S3M-6526—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government and Communities Committee be designated as the lead committee in consideration of the Property Factors (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

S3M-6527—That the Parliament agrees that the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee be designated as the lead committee in consideration of the Protection of Workers (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

S3M-6528—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice Committee be designated as the lead committee in consideration of the Commissioner for Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

9. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 3, 5, 6 and 8 as noted above.

10. Hill Tracks in the Scottish Uplands: The Parliament debated S3M-6227 in the name of Peter Peacock—That the Parliament notes with concern the number of engineered hill tracks appearing in the Scottish uplands, particularly in the Highlands; notes that such tracks can be constructed without planning consent when justified as being for agricultural, forestry or repair purposes; further notes the growing number of concerns from hill walkers, ramblers and mountaineers and members of the wider public about the intrusion of these tracks into the natural landscape and the impact on otherwise wild land; considers that, given the importance of the Scottish uplands for current and future generations, this warrants greater scrutiny of proposals for such tracks within the planning system; recognises the legitimate rights of farmers and crofters to continue to construct tracks for their purposes on what will generally be lower-lying land than considered to be a problem in this context; notes that Heriot-Watt University reported on these issues in March 2007, and would welcome the urgent mapping of tracks by reviewing current knowledge of track location and control provisions and consideration of future possibilities for greater control of developing hill tracks and the criteria under which any greater controls might operate.

The meeting closed at 5.44 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
9 June 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 9 June 2010 for approval by resolution—

The Applications by Creditors (Pre-Action Requirements) (Scotland) Order 2010 (SSI 2010/draft)

laid under section 5B(9) of the Heritable Securities (Scotland) Act 1894 and section 24A(9) of the Conveyancing and Feudal Reform (Scotland) Act 1970

The Home Owner and Debtor Protection (Scotland) Act 2010 (Consequential Provisions) Order 2010 (SSI 2010/draft)

laid under section 15(3) of the Home Owner and Debtor Protection (Scotland) Act 2010

Negative Instruments

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

The Census (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/215)

laid under section 3(2) of the Census Act 1920

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 8 June 2010 and are subject to annulment—

The Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2010 (SSI2010/222)

laid under section 133(3) of the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010

The National Lottery etc. Act 1993 (Amendment of Section 23) (Creative Scotland) Order 2010 (SSI 2010/223)

laid under section 60 of the National Lottery etc. Act 1993

The Scottish Social Services Council (Appointments, Procedure and Access to the Register) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/224)

laid under section 78 of the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 9 June 2010 and is subject to annulment—

The Sea Fishing (Restriction on Days at Sea) (Scotland) Order 2010 (SSI2010/238)

laid under section 30(4) of the Fisheries Act 1981

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 7 June 2010—

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee, 5th Report, 2010 (Session 3): Annual Report 2009-10 (SP Paper 447)

Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee, 6th Report, 2010 (Session 3): Annual Report 2009-10 (SP Paper 449)

Justice Committee, 11th Report, 2010 (Session 3): Annual Report 2009‑2010 (SP Paper 450)

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee, 5th Report, 2010 (Session 3): Annual Report 2009-10 (SP Paper 454)

The following reports were published on 9 June 2010—

Public Petitions Committee, 1st Report, 2010 (Session 3): Annual Report 2009-10 (SP Paper 448)

European and External Relations Committee, 2nd Report, 2010 (Session 3): Annual Report 2009-2010 (SP Paper 453)

Finance Committee, 4th Report, 2010 (Session 3): Report on the Budget Strategy Phase (SP Paper 455)

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee, 6th Report, 2010 (Session 3): Stage 1 Report on the Children's Hearings (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 460)