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Minutes of Proceedings Vol. 4, No. 39 Session 3

Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 8 December 2010

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

The meeting opened at 2.01 pm

1. Time for Reflection: Dr Alasdair Black, Senior Pastor, Stirling Baptist Church led Time for Reflection.

2. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford withdrew motion S3M-7560.

3. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-7573—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 8 December 2010—

delete

followed by Ministerial Statement: Future Budget Planning Assumptions

followed by Equal Opportunities Committee Debate: Scrutiny of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Property Factors (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

6.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

and insert

followed by Ministerial Statement: Severe Weather

followed by Ministerial Statement: Future Budget Planning Assumptions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Property Factors (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.30 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

(b) the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 9 December 2010—

delete

5.05 pm Decision Time

and insert

5.00 pm Decision Time

The motion was agreed to.

4. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-7559—That the Parliament agrees under Rule 8.2.7 that motion S3M-7550 be taken by the Parliament on Thursday 9 December 2010.

The motion was agreed to.

5. Ministerial Statement: The Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change (Stewart Stevenson) made a statement and answered questions on Severe Weather.

6. Ministerial Statement: The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth (John Swinney) made a statement and answered questions on Future Budget Planning Assumptions.

7. Property Factors (Scotland) Bill: Patricia Ferguson moved S3M-7531—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Property Factors (Scotland) Bill.

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

8. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-7561—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 15 December 2010

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Damages (Scotland) Bill

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Forth Crossing Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 16 December 2010

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Labour Party Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12.00 pm First Minister’s Question Time

followed by Members’ Business

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Finance and Sustainable Growth

2.55 pm Ministerial Statement: The Future of Scottish Higher Education

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Antisocial Behaviour Framework

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 22 December 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 23 December 2010

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

11.00 am Themed Question Time

Europe, External Affairs and Culture;
Education and Lifelong Learning

11.40 am General Question Time

12.00 pm First Minister’s Question Time

12.30 pm Decision Time

The motion was agreed to.

9. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-7562—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Patient Rights (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 17 December 2010.

The motion was agreed to.

10. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-7563—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 28 January 2011.

The motion was agreed to.

11. Approval of SSI: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-7564—That the Parliament agrees that the draft National Scenic Areas (Consequential Modifications) (Scotland) Order 2010 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

12. Decision Time: The Parliament took a decision on items 7 and 11 as noted above.

13. WRVS Clydesdale Community Transport and Good Neighbours Project: The Parliament debated S3M-7225 in the name of Karen Gillon—That the Parliament commends the WRVS Clydesdale Community Transport and Good Neighbours Project for being, what it considers, a great example of how community volunteers and voluntary organisations can support older people and others; believes that there is value, in social and financial terms and in effectiveness, of preventative services, such as those operated by the volunteers and paid staff of WRVS and others in Clydesdale; further believes that these services help people to live independently, healthily and happily in their own communities and that they can prevent or delay the need to access costly acute health and social care services, thus preventing unnecessary costs accruing to the public purse; is of the view that, as Scotland faces what is considered to be unprecedented financial circumstances, these services, if properly resourced, can form an integral part of the health and care system in Scotland, and understands the importance of partnership working between the Scottish Government, NHSScotland, local authorities and the voluntary sector to achieve this.

The meeting closed at 6.07 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
8 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

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 6 December 2010 and are subject to annulment––

The Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006 (Saving and Transitional Provisions) Order 2010 (SSI 2010/431)

laid under section 58 of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006

The Town and Country Planning (Modification and Discharge of Planning Obligations) (Scotland) Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/432)

laid under section 275 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997

The Town and Country Planning (Modification and Discharge of Good Neighbour Agreement) (Scotland) Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/433)

laid under section 275 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997

The Town and Country Planning (Tree Preservation Order and Trees in Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/434)

laid under section 275 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 8 December 2010 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure––

Improving energy efficiency: a follow-up report: prepared for the Auditor General for Scotland (AGS/2010/12)

laid under the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

Scottish Police Services Authority Annual Report and Accounts 2009-10 (SG/2010/259)

laid under section 7(5) and 15(3) of the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2006

Legislative Consent Memorandums

The following memorandum was lodged on 6 December 2010

Iain Gray MSP, Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Scotland Bill
(UK Parliamentary legislation) (LCM(S3) 30.2)

This memorandum was supported by Annabel Goldie MSP and Tavish Scott MSP

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 6 December 2010––

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee, 10 Report, 2010 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SPPaper 537)

The following reports were published on 8 December 2010––

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 65th Report, 2010 (Session 3): Forth Crossing Bill as amended at stage 2 (SPPaper 538)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 66th Report, 2010 (Session 3): Certification of Death (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 539)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 67th Report, 2010 (Session 3): Forced Marriages etc. (Protection and Jurisdiction) (Scotland) Bill (SPPaper 540)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 68th Report, 2010 (Session 3): Reservoirs (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 541)

Justice Committee, 15th Report, 2010 (Session 3): Stage 1 Report on the Damages (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 542)