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Minutes of Proceedings Vol. 4, No. 16 Session 3

Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 1 July 2010

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

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1. Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-6694—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Crofting 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, those time limits 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: 20 minutes
Groups 3 and 4: 40 minutes
Groups 5 to 7: 1 hour
Groups 8 to 10: 1 hour 20 minutes
Groups 11 to 14: 1 hour 45 minutes
Groups 15 to 17: 2 hours 5 minutes
Groups 18 to 21: 2 hours 25 minutes

The motion was agreed to.

2. Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to (without division): 144, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 176, 66, 67, 68, 177, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 1, 74, 75, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 192, 199, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 101, 103, 104, 105, 106, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 227, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 140, 141, 142 and 143.

Amendment 107 was agreed to (by division: For 59, Against 56, Abstentions 0).

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

2 (For 58, Against 64, Abstentions 0)
145 (For 59, Against 65, Abstentions 0)
146 (For 59, Against 66, Abstentions 0)
147 (For 59, Against 66, Abstentions 0)
148 (For 59, Against 66, Abstentions 0)
149 (For 59, Against 66, Abstentions 0)
150 (For 59, Against 66, Abstentions 0)
151 (For 59, Against 66, Abstentions 0)
76 (For 55, Against 64, Abstentions 0)
77 (For 56, Against 64, Abstentions 0)
190 (For 55, Against 62, Abstentions 0)
191 (For 54, Against 62, Abstentions 0)
198 (For 56, Against 61, Abstentions 0)
99 (For 55, Against 61, Abstentions 0)
100 (For 56, Against 60, Abstentions 0)
202 (For 56, Against 59, Abstentions 0)

Amendment 175 was moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn.

The following amendments were not moved: 4, 152, 153, 154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 178, 179, 180, 181, 182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 187, 188, 189, 193, 194, 195, 196, 197, 200, 225, 201, 226, 102, 204, 205, 123, 124, 206, 207, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 228, 139, 221, 222, 223 and 224.

Amendment 203 was pre-empted.

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. Broadcasting Black Hole for Scottish Rugby: The Parliament debated S3M-6642 in the name of Sarah Boyack—That the Parliament notes Scotland’s commendable performance during the Six Nations tournament with a notable away win in Ireland; is disappointed that terrestrial broadcasters do not cover a broader range of rugby matches and tournaments at all playing levels; believes that more investment in the coverage of Scottish rugby is essential in order to promote sport in general to a wider audience, thereby increasing participation and health levels and to showcase the successes of Scotland’s rugby teams; notes the substantial contribution that rugby matches bring to the local Edinburgh economy, and would welcome efforts to ensure increased broadcast coverage of rugby in Scotland.

6. Motion without Notice: Sarah Boyack moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended by up to 30 minutes. The motion was agreed to.

7. 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.

8. Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill: The Minister for Environment (Roseanna Cunningham) moved S3M-6605—That the Parliament agrees that the Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill be passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 66, Against 0, Abstentions 59).

9. 4th Report, 2010 (Session 3) of the Finance Committee on the Budget Strategy Phase: Andrew Welsh, on behalf of the Finance Committee, moved S3M-6670—That the Parliament notes the 4th Report, 2010 (Session 3) of the Finance Committee on the Budget Strategy Phase (SP Paper 455) and refers the report and its recommendations to the Scottish Government for consideration.

David Whitton moved amendment S3M-6670.1 to motion S3M-6670—

Insert at end—

“and calls on the Scottish Government to provide the committee with more detailed financial information as requested, including a draft budget by September 2010 or budget scenarios that make clear where savings will be made, so that the Parliament and the public bodies affected by any proposed budget reductions can consider and debate them fully.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 62, Against 64, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

10. Committee Membership: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-6693—That the Parliament agrees that Bill Wilson be appointed to replace Michael Matheson as a member of the European and External Relations Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

11. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 8, 9 and 10 as noted above.

The meeting closed at 5.02 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
1 July 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 1 July 2010 and are subject to annulment—

The Smoke Control Areas (Authorised Fuels) (Scotland) Regulations2010 (SSI2010/271)

laid under section 63(2) of the Clean Air Act 1993

The Smoke Control Areas (Exempt Fireplaces) (Scotland) Order2010 (SSI2010/272)

laid under 63(3) of the Clean Air Act 1993

The Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2010 (SSI2010/273)

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

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 1 July 2010 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence - Annual report and accounts 2009-10, and Performance review report 2009-10 - Enhancing public protection through improved regulation July 2010(SG/2010/87)

laid under paragraph 16 (1) and (2) of schedule 7 to the National Health Service Reform and Health Care Professions Act 2002, as amended by the Health and Social Care Act 2008

Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board Annual Report and Accounts 2009-10 (SG/2010/94)

laid under Article 13 of The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board Order 2008

British Waterways Annual Report and Accounts 2009-10 (SG/2010/121)

laid under section 24(3) of the Transport Act 1962 (as amended)

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 1 July 2010 and is subject to Parliamentary procedure

Advisory Committee on Sites of Special Scientific Interest – Convenor Appointment (CPA/2010/04)

laid under section 2(8)(a) of the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc (Scotland) Act 2003