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Minutes of Proceedings Vol. 4, No. 40 Session 3

Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 9 December 2010

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

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1. Scotland Bill: Iain Gray moved S3M-7550—That the Parliament welcomes the introduction of the Scotland Bill in the House of Commons on 30 November 2010; notes that it is based on the recommendations of the Calman Commission on Scottish Devolution, which were warmly welcomed by the Parliament on 25 June 2009; supports the general principles of the Bill, which will give the Parliament substantial new taxation, spending and other powers, strengthen its relationship with the rest of the United Kingdom and enable it to serve the people of Scotland better, and calls on the Scottish Government to respond positively and timeously to any requests for assistance or analysis from Scottish Government officials from the committee considering the Bill.

Alex Salmond moved amendment S3M-7550.1 to motion S3M-7550—

Leave out from “which were warmly welcomed” to end and insert—

“and supports the general principles of the Bill in conferring more powers and responsibilities on the Parliament but expresses concern about key aspects of the new system of financing proposed by the UK Government for devolved government,which will further reduce the resources available for public services in Scotland; rejects the UK Government’s reservations of legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament; regrets the omission from the UK Government’s proposals of important recommendations from the commission, notably on further tax powers, welfare and benefits and the marine environment, and urges the Scotland Bill Committee to scrutinise fully the Legislative Consent Memoranda, the Bill and accompanying documents so that the Parliament can come to a decision on these proposals after ensuring that they are in the interests of Scotland.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 42, Against 62, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 59, Against 44, Abstentions 1).

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. Scotland’s Nuclear Weapons-free Zones: The Parliament debated S3M-7072 in the name of Bill Kidd—That the Parliament believes that New Zealand has set a good example with the establishment of a succession of nuclear weapons-free zones; would welcome the establishment of such zones in Scotland in homes, classrooms, places of work, communities, local authorities and in the environs of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, with the aim to register Scotland as a single-state nuclear weapons-free zone with the United Nations, and would further welcome the development of a protocol for Scotland requesting that the nuclear weapons states honour such a zone by not deploying nuclear weapons on Scottish territory and by guaranteeing not to threaten or use nuclear weapons against Scotland.

5. Themed Question Time: Questions on Justice and Law Officers and Rural Affairs and the Environment, were answered by Cabinet Secretaries, Ministers and Scottish Law Officers.

6. Report on the impact of the Treaty of Lisbon on Scotland: Irene Oldfather moved S3M-7496—That the Parliament notes the European and External Relations Committee’s 4th Report 2010 (Session 3), Inquiry into the Impact of the Treaty of Lisbon on Scotland (SP Paper 469) and agrees to the introduction of a Parliament-wide strategy for European Union engagement and scrutiny, including the introduction on a pilot basis, and, if successful, permanently, of an early warning system for EU legislative proposals, as outlined in Annexe B to the Report.

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

7. Ministerial Statement: The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth (John Swinney) made a statement and answered questions on the Local Government Finance Settlement 2011-12.

8. Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndrome (SADS): The Parliament debated S3M-7393 in the name of Jim Hume—That the Parliament recognises the devastating impact that the death of an apparently healthy young person from a previously undiagnosed heart condition can have on the friends and family of the deceased; further recognises that, on average, 12 people in the United Kingdom die each week from a heart condition associated with sudden arrhythmia death syndrome (SADS); understands that this figure is likely to be less than the actual total because of the difficulties that it believes exist in accurately identifying and recording such deaths; congratulates the work of charities such as Cardiac Risk in the Young and the Selkirk-based Scottish HART for highlighting the deaths of young people from SADS and campaigning for greater awareness; welcomes the Cardiac Assessment of Young Athletes programme run by Professor Stewart Hillis, which screens young people involved in amateur sport for potential heart conditions, and wishes to see a greater awareness of deaths in young people from SADS.

The meeting closed at 5.34 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
9 December 2010

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

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 9 December 2010 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure––

Transport Scotland Annual Report and Accounts 09/10 (SG/2010/218)

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

Scottish Screen National Lottery Distribution Fund Account and Report 2009/2010 (SG/2010/241)

laid under section 26(3), (3A) and (4) of the National Lottery etc. Act 1993

Scottish Arts Council National Lottery Distribution Fund Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2010 (SG/2010/242)

laid under section 35 of the National Lottery etc. Act 1993

Committee Reports

The following report is being published on 10 December 2010­­­­

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 69th Report, 2010 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 544)