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Minutes of Proceedings Vol. 4, No. 29 Session 3

Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 3 November 2010

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

The meeting opened at 2.00 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Rev Ian Benzie of Church of Scotland, Irvine: St Andrew’s led Time for Reflection.

2. Housing (Scotland) Bill: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-7327—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Housing (Scotland) 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 to 3: 30 minutes

Groups 4 to 6: 1 hour

Groups 7 to 9: 1 hour 40 minutes

Groups 10 and 11: 2 hours.

The motion was agreed to.

3. Housing (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 7, 8, 9, 44 and 55.

The following amendments were agreed to (by division)—

38 (For 80, Against 0, Abstentions 43)

39 (For 80, Against 0, Abstentions 43)

40 (For 80, Against 0, Abstentions 42)

41 (For 80, Against 0, Abstentions 43)

42 (For 80, Against 0, Abstentions 43)

43 (For 81, Against 0, Abstentions 41)

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

45 (For 61, Against 61, Abstentions 0; amendment disagreed to on casting vote)

46 (For 61, Against 63, Abstentions 0)

47 (For 61, Against 63, Abstentions 0)

4 (For 16, Against 106, Abstentions 0)

6 (For 16, Against 107, Abstentions 0)

11 (For 2, Against 118, Abstentions 1)

12 (For 2, Against 118, Abstentions 0)

13 (For 3, Against 118, Abstentions 0)

2 (For 42, Against 79, Abstentions 0)

16 (For 42, Against 80, Abstentions 0)

Amendment 10 was moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn.

The following amendments were not moved: 48, 49, 50, 51, 14 and 15.

4. Housing (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Minister for Housing and Communities (Alex Neil) moved S3M-7294—That the Parliament agrees that the Housing (Scotland) Bill be passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 104, Against 16, Abstentions 0).

5. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-7314—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 10 November 2010

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

6.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 11 November 2010

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Curriculum for Excellence

11.40 am General Question Time

12.00 pm First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Rural Affairs and the Environment;
Justice and Law Officers

2.55 pm Health and Sport Committee Debate: Inquiry into out-of-hours healthcare provision in rural areas

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 17 November 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 18 November 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:

Finance and Sustainable Growth

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.

6. Business Motions: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S3M-7315—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 21 January 2011.

S3M-7316—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Forced Marriage etc. (Protection and Jurisdiction) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 4 February 2011.

S3M-7317—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Double Jeopardy (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 11 February 2011.

S3M-7318—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Local Electoral Administration (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 4 February 2011.

S3M-7319—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Private Rented Housing (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 28 January 2011.

S3M-7320—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Public Records (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 11 February 2011.

S3M-7321—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Protection of Workers (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 14 January 2011.

S3M-7322—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Reservoirs (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 11 February 2011.

The motions were agreed to.

7. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-7323—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Forth Crossing Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 26 November 2010.

The motion was agreed to.

8. Decision Time: The Parliament took a decision on item 4 as noted above.

9. The Importance of RAF Kinloss and RAF Lossiemouth: The Parliament debated S3M-6920 in the name of David Stewart—That the Parliament considers that RAF Kinloss and RAF Lossiemouth make a substantial contribution to the Moray economy; notes that the two bases collectively support 5,711 full-time equivalent jobs in the local economy, which equates to 16% of all full-time equivalent employment in Moray; further notes that direct on-site employment has been identified as 4,037 full-time equivalents and gross income as £158.3 million; considers that the wider impact on population is significant, with the families of RAF personnel accounting for 1,457 spouses and 1,919 children up to 16 years of age, which is 7% of the total population of Moray and 8% of its working-age population; believes that the economy and population of Moray are heavily dependent on the RAF and that the two bases make a highly significant contribution to the population and economic prosperity of the area, and considers that any decisions about the future of RAF Kinloss and RAF Lossiemouth should take into consideration the social and economic role played by both bases in the Moray area.

The meeting closed at 5.46 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
3 November 2010

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

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 1 November 2010 and is subject to approval

The Fishing Boats (EU Electronic Reporting) (Scotland) Scheme 2010 (SSI2010/374)

laid under section15(3) of the Fisheries Act 1981

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 29 October 2010 and is subject to annulment

The Animal Feed (Scotland) Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/373)

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 2 November 2010 and is subject to annulment

The Scallops (Luce Bay) (Prohibition of Fishing) Order 2010 (SSI 2010/375)

laid under section 20(5) of the Sea Fish (Conservation) Act 1967

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

The Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI2010/377)

laid under section 37(1) of the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 29 October 2010 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Highlands and Islands Enterprise Accounts 2009-2010 (SG/2010/184)

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

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 1 November 2010 and is subject to approval

The Scottish Public Services Ombudsman draft Statement of Complaints Handling Principles and covering submission to Parliament

laid under section 16A of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act2002

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 3 November 2010 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure––

The Scottish Committee of the Administrative Justice & Tribunals Council annual Report 2009/2010 (SG/2010/129)—

Administrative Justice & Tribunals Council Annual Report 2009/2010 (SG/2010/236)––

laid under paragraph 21 of schedule 7 to the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007

Renewable Heat Action Plan for Scotland: 1 year on – an update on steps taken to implement the plan (SG/2010/240)

laid under section 62(1) of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 29 October 2010

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee, 7th Report, 2010 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 507)

The following report was published on 1 November 2010

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 53rd Report, 2010 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SPPaper 510)

The following report was published on 2 November 2010

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 54th Report, 2010 (Session 3): Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill (SPPaper 511)

For further information on accessing committee reports, please contact either the relevant clerk or webpage (see end of Bulletin for contact details or access the general committee webpage).

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