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Minutes of Proceedings Vol. 4, No. 45 Session 3

Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 12 January 2011

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

The meeting opened at 2.00 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Larry Blance, Kagyu Samye Dzong led Time for Reflection.

2. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-7683—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 12 January 2011—

delete

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.30 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

and insert

followed by Ministerial Statement: Proposed School Closures in Argyll

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

6.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

3. Ministerial Statement: The Cabinet Secretary for Justice (Kenny MacAskill) made a statement and answered questions on the Reform of the Police and Fire and Rescue Services.

4. Autism (Scotland) Bill: Hugh O’Donnell moved S3M-7676—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Autism (Scotland) Bill.

After debate, the motion was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 5, Against 109, Abstentions 2).

5. Low Carbon Scotland: The Draft Report on Proposals and Policies: Patrick Harvie moved S3M-7677—That the Parliament endorses the recommendations contained in the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee’s 9th Report, 2010 (Session 3): Report on Low Carbon Scotland: The Draft Report on Proposals and Policies (SP Paper 554) and agrees that this report, together with the Official Report of the Parliament’s debate on the report, should form the Parliament’s response to the Scottish Government on the Draft Report on Proposals and Policies.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 56, Against 0, Abstentions 61).

6. Ministerial Statement: The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning (Michael Russell) made a statement and answered questions on proposed school closures in Argyll.

7. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-7684—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 19 January 2011

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill

followed by Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee Debate: The public sector’s support for exporters, international trade and the attraction of inward investment.

followed by SPCB Motion on membership of the Scottish Commission for Public Audit

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 20 January 2011

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Green Party Business

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 Stage 3 Proceedings: Historic Environment (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 26 January 2011

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 27 January 2011

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.

8. Approval of SSIs: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved:

S3M-7685—That the Parliament agrees that the Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2011 be approved.

S3M-7686—That the Parliament agrees that the Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003 (Designation of Participating Countries) (Scotland) Order 2011 be approved.

S3M-7687—That the Parliament agrees that the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010 (Consequential and Supplementary Provisions) Order 2011 be approved.

S3M-7688—That the Parliament agrees that the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Amendment of Specified Authorities) Order 2011 be approved.

S3M-7689—That the Parliament agrees that the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman draft Statement of Complaints Handling Principles be approved.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

9. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 4, 5 and 8 as noted above.

10. Paying Tribute to Scotland’s Irish Diaspora: The Parliament debated S3M-7353 in the name of Bob Doris—That the Parliament notes that Scotland celebrated the Year of Homecoming in 2009, welcoming the Scottish diaspora back from around the world to celebrate Scottish connections; notes that many European nations have experienced similar demographic movements, both inward and outward; celebrates the contribution from inward migration to Scotland both historical and present, such as it considers is seen in the thriving Irish music, sporting and cultural scene in the city of Glasgow; congratulates Scotland’s Irish community on what it considers the dedication and commitment that it has shown in keeping Irish culture thriving and in the good work that Irish groups do in the wider community, and believes that a confident, outward-looking, modern Scotland must have at its heart the appreciation and celebration of the multiple cultures that contribute to Scotland’s national life.

The meeting closed at 6.51 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
12 January 2011

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

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 24 December 2010 and are subject to annulment––

The Limitation on Right to Purchase (Form of Notice) (Scotland) Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/468)

laid under section 331 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987

The Housing (Scotland) Act 2010 (Consequential Amendment) Order 2010 (SSI 2010/469)

laid under section 161(3) of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2010

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 7 January 2011 and is subject to annulment

The Community Payback Orders (Prescribed Persons for Consultation) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 (SSI 2011/1)

laid under section 227ZL(3) of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 24 December 2010 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Statistical Bulletin: Prison statistics Scotland: 2009-10 (SG/2010/280)

laid under section 5(1) of the Prison (Scotland) Act 1989

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 10 January 2011 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Low Carbon Scotland: Public Engagement Strategy (SG/2011/3)

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 11 January 2011

Finance Committee, 1st Report, 2011 (Session 3): Report on preventative spending (SP Paper 555)

The following reports were published on 12 January 2011––

Justice Committee, 1st Report, 2011 (Session 3): Stage 1 Report on the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill (SPPaper 556)

Justice Committee, 2nd Report, 2011 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SPPaper 557)