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Minutes of Proceedings Vol. 4, No. 44 Session 3

Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 23 December 2010

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

The meeting opened at 9.00 am.

1. Committee Membership: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-7644—That the Parliament agrees that—

Stewart Stevenson be appointed to replace Aileen Campbell as a member of the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee;

Stewart Stevenson be appointed to replace Angela Constance as a member of the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

2. Substitution on Committees: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-7646—That the Parliament agrees that—

Michael Matheson be appointed as the Scottish National Party substitute on the Scotland Bill Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

3. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Skills and Lifelong Learning (Angela Constance) made a statement and answered questions on Skills Development Scotland.

4. Violence Against Women: The Parliament debated the subject of Violence Against Women.

5. Themed Question Time: Questions on Europe, External Affairs and Culture and on Education and Lifelong Learning, were answered by Cabinet Secretaries and Ministers.

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

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

8. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1 and 2 as noted above.

The meeting closed at 12.30 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
23 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 20 December 2010 and is subject to approval

The Prohibited Procedures on Protected Animals (Exemptions) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2011 (SSI 2011/draft)

laid under section 51(3) of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 21 December 2010 and is subject to annulment

The Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/461)

The Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/462)

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

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 20 December 2010 and are subject to annulment—

The Non-Domestic Rate (Scotland) (No.2) Order 2010 (SSI 2010/457)

laid under section 7B of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1975

The Eggs and Chicks (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI2010/450)

laid under paragraph 2(2) of Schedule 2 to the European Communities Act 1972 and section 48(3) of the Food Safety Act 1990

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 23 December 2010 and is subject to annulment

The Town and Country Planning (Determination of Appeals by Appointed Persons) (Prescribed Classes) (Scotland) Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/467)

laid under section 275 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997, section 82(3) of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997, and section 39(3) of the Planning (Hazardous Substances) (Scotland) Act 1997

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 17 December 2010 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure––

The Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland Annual Report 09/10 (CPA/2010/6)

laid under schedule 1, paragraph 13(4) of the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003

British Wool Marketing Board Report on the BWMB Agricultural Marketing Scheme 2009-10 (SG/2010/264)

laid under section 30 of the Agricultural Marketing Act 1958

The following report will be published on 17 December 2010

Scottish Commission for Public Audit, 1st Report, 2010 (Session 3): Report on Audit Scotland’s Budget Proposal for 2011-12 (SP Paper 547)

Published pursuant to section 11(9) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 20 December 2010 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Scottish Futures Trust Limited Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2010 (SG/2010/93)—

Fife & Forth Valley Community Justice Authority Annual Accounts 2009/10 (SG/2010/265)—

Glasgow Community Justice Authority Annual Accounts 2009/10 (SG/2010/266)—

Lanarkshire Community Justice Authority Annual Accounts 2009/10 (SG/2010/267)—

Lothian & Borders Community Justice Authority Annual Accounts 2009/10 (SG/2010/268)—

Northern Community Justice Authority Annual Accounts 2009/10 (SG/2010/269)—

North Strathclyde Community Justice Authority Annual Accounts 2009/10 (SG/2010/270)—

South West Scotland Community Justice Authority Annual Accounts 2009/10 (SG/2010/271)—

Tayside Community Justice Authority Annual Accounts 2009/10 (SG/2010/272)—

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

Scottish Water Interim Accounts for the six months to 30 September 2010 (SG/2010/274)

laid under section 57(8) of the Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 21 December 2010 and has been made in exercise of the powers conferred by section 37 of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 (“the 2006 Act”). The code is not a Scottish Statutory Instrument nor does it have legislative effect. However, in accordance with section 37 of the 2006 Act, once made, it is subject to approval by resolution of the Parliament.

The Scottish Government Code of Practice for the Welfare of Gamebirds Reared for Sporting Purposes December 2010 (SG/2010/275)

The following documents were laid before the Scottish Parliament on the 22 December 2010 by the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman under section 15(1) of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act 2002 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman: Compendium of Case Reports for December 2010 (SPSO/2010/12)—

Case 200905049: South Lanarkshire Council

Case 200904955: Argyll and Bute Council

Case 200904074: Lothian NHS Board

Case 201001372: Scottish Ambulance Service

Case 200905042: East Lothian Council

The following documents were laid under section 22(5) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

National Library of Scotland Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2010 (SG/2010/276)

A Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2009/10 Audit of the National Library of Scotland (SG/2010/277)

NHS Superannuation Scheme (Scotland) 2009-2010 (SG/2010/249)

Scottish Teachers’ Superannuation Scheme 2009-2010 (SG/2010/248)

The following document was laid at the request of a member of the Scottish Executive and not under any laying power and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure.

Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland Annual Report 2009-2010 (SG/2010/142)

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 23 December 2010 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Government Report to Parliament: Economic Condition of Crofting 2007-2010 (SG/2010/278)

laid under section 51 of the Crofting Reform (Scotland) Act 2010

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 23 December and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland Annual Review 2009-2010 (SG/2010/261)

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 23 December 2010 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Skills Development Scotland Co. Limited Annual Report and Financial Statement for the year ended 31 March 2010 (SG/2010/279)

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 17 December 2010––

Local Government and Communities Committee, 11th Report, 2010 (Session 3): Report on the draft SPSO Statement of Complaints Handling Principles (SP Paper 549)

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee, 11th Report, 2010 (Session 3): Stage 1 Report on the Autism (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 550)

The following report was published on 22 December 2010­­­­

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 72nd Report, 2010 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SPPaper 553)

The following reports were published on 23 December 2010—

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee, 9th Report, 2010 (Session 3): MSPs’ Registrable Interests: Proposed Changes to the Code of Conduct (SP Paper 551)

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee, 10th Report, 2010 (Session 3): Minor changes to Standing Orders (SP Paper 552)

The following report was published on 23 December 2010

Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee, 9th Report 2010 (Session 3): Report on Low Carbon Scotland: The Draft Report on Proposals and Policies (SP Paper 554)