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Minutes of Proceedings Vol. 4, No. 38 Session 3

Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 2 December 2010

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

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1. The Scottish Economy: Jeremy Purvis moved S3M-7519—That the Parliament believes that creating jobs and strengthening the economy is central to Scotland's future prosperity; further believes that for Scotland to meet a goal of being one of the most innovative and entrepreneurial economies in the world it needs to reform the enterprise bodies; considers that a network of regional development banks, bringing together business support, lending and grant making, skills and training support and destination management, would be an effective way to support jobs and economic growth across Scotland; further considers that Scotland should have a single body to offer equity finance support for businesses and a single promotional, marketing and inward investment body, and believes that this would create a framework for success in the long term to help more businesses grow and to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurialism over the next decade.

Jim Mather moved amendment S3M-7519.2 to motion S3M-7519—

Leave out from “reform” to end and insert—

“build sustainable economic recovery; notes the work already undertaken by the Scottish Government on reforming the Enterprise networks and decluttering the delivery landscape, reducing duplication and driving up effectiveness and efficiency; further notes the ongoing Inquiry by the Economy, Enterprise and Tourism Committee on the Enterprise Network and the contribution it is making, and calls on the Scottish Government to consider its conclusions.”

Gavin Brown moved amendment S3M-7519.2.1 to amendment S3M-7519.2—

Insert at end—

“; calls on the Scottish Government to pay particular focus to improving Scotland’s record on exporting and internationalisation of businesses, and also calls on the Scottish Government to focus on improving the business start-up rate.”

David Whitton moved amendment S3M-7519.1 to motion S3M-7519—

Leave out from first “further” to end and insert—

“; notes that the Scottish Government chose to cut the budgets of enterprise and tourism this year even though the Scottish budget was going up; notes that Scotland’s unemployment levels are now higher than that of the UK; calls on members to support a Scottish future jobs fund to help young people get in to work, and calls on the UK Government to base the green investment bank in Edinburgh.”

After debate, amendment 7519.2.1 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 63, Against 28, Abstentions 0).

Amendment 7519.2, as amended, was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 51, Against 40, Abstentions 0).

Amendment 7519.1 was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 28, Against 63, Abstentions 0).

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 51, Against 39, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament believes that creating jobs and strengthening the economy is central to Scotland's future prosperity; further believes that for Scotland to meet a goal of being one of the most innovative and entrepreneurial economies in the world it needs to build sustainable economic recovery; notes the work already undertaken by the Scottish Government on reforming the Enterprise networks and decluttering the delivery landscape, reducing duplication and driving up effectiveness and efficiency; further notes the ongoing Inquiry by the Economy, Enterprise and Tourism Committee on the Enterprise Network and the contribution it is making, and calls on the Scottish Government to consider its conclusions; calls on the Scottish Government to pay particular focus to improving Scotland’s record on exporting and internationalisation of businesses, and also calls on the Scottish Government to focus on improving the business start-up rate.

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

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

4. Themed Question Time: Questions on Health and Wellbeing were answered by the Cabinet Secretary and Ministers.

5. Ministerial Statement: The Cabinet Secretary for Justice (Kenny MacAskill) made a statement and answered questions on the Forensics Modernisation Programme.

6. Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Bill: The Minister for the Environment (Roseanna Cunningham) moved S3M-7484—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Bill.

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

7. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-7533—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 2 December 2010—

delete

followed by Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

8. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1 and 6 as noted above.

The meeting closed at 5.05 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
2 December 2010

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

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 2 December 2010 and is subject to approval

The Advice and Assistance (Assistance By Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2011

laid under section 37(2) of the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 2 December 2010 and are subject to annulment—

The Vegetable Seeds Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2010 (SSI/2010/425)

laid under section 16(6) of the Plant Varieties and Seeds Act 1964

The Flood Risk Management (Flood Protection Schemes, Potentially Vulnerable Areas and Local Plan Districts) (Scotland) Regulations 2010 (SSI/2010/426)

laid under section 94 of the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009

The Registration Services (Fees) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2010 (SSI/2010/427)

laid under section 54(2) of the Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages (Scotland) Act 1965, section 126(4) of the Civil Partnership Act 2004, and section 61(3) of the Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Act 2006.

The Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages (Fees) (Scotland) Order 2010 (SSI/2010/428)

laid under section 5(3) of the Public Expenditure and Receipts Act 1968

The Scallops (Luce Bay) (Prohibition of Fishing) Variation Order 2010 (SSI/2010/429)

laid before the Scottish Parliament under section 20 of the Sea Fish (Conservation) Act 1967

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 2 December 2010 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure––

Scottish Social Services Council 1 April 2009 – 31 March 2010 (SG/2010/246)

laid under schedule 2, paragraph 10(1) of the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001 and section 22(5) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

Sportscotland National Lottery Distribution Fund Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31st March 2010 (SG/2010/252)

laid under section 35 of the National Lottery etc Act 1993

Sportscotland Group Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2010 (SG/2010/253)

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

UK Anti-Doping Annual Report and Accounts 2009-10 (SG/2010/258)

laid under section 88 of the Scotland Act 1998

Scottish Commission for Human Rights IFRS Annual Accounts Year ended 31 March 2010 (SG/2010/260)

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