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Minutes of Proceedings Vol. 4, No. 53 Session 3

Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 9 February 2011

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: His Eminence Keith Patrick Cardinal O’Brien, Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh led Time for Reflection.

2. Budget (Scotland) (No.5) Bill: The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth (John Swinney) moved S3M-7899—That the Parliament agrees that the Budget (Scotland) (No.5) Bill be passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 79, Against 48, Abstentions 0).

3. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-7913—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 10 February 2011—

delete

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Health and Wellbeing

2.55 pm Stage 1 Debate: Public Records (Scotland) Bill

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2011

followed by SPCB Motion: Technical Changes to the Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Act 2009

and insert

2.00 pm Themed Question Time

Health and Wellbeing

2.40 pm Stage 1 Debate: Public Records (Scotland) Bill

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2011

followed by Ministerial Statement: Delayed Discharges

followed by SPCB Motion: Technical Changes to the Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Act 2009

The motion was agreed to.

4. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-7914—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 23 February 2011

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.05 pm SPCB Question Time

2.20 pm Equal Opportunities Committee Debate: Inquiry into Migration and Trafficking

followed by Public Petitions Committee Debate: Work of the Public Petitions Committee

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: UK Energy Bill (UK Legislation)

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

6.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 24 February 2011

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

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Justice and Law Officers;
Rural Affairs and the Environment

2.55 pm Stage 3 Proceedings: Patient Rights (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 2 March 2011

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

6.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 3 March 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

followed by Members’ Business

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Finance and Sustainable Growth

2.55 pm Stage 3 Proceedings: Damages (Scotland) Bill

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Property Factors (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

and (b) that, for the purposes of Members’ Business on Thursday 3 March 2011, “at the end of First Minister’s Question Time and at the end of the meeting following Decision Time” be substituted for “at the end of the meeting following Decision Time” in Rule 5.6.1(c) of Standing Orders.

The motion was agreed to.

5. Business Motions: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S3M-7915—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Certification of Death (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 4 March 2011.

S3M-7916—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Double Jeopardy (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 4 March 2011.

S3M-7917—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Forced Marriage etc. (Protection and Jurisdiction) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 4 March 2011.

S3M-7918—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Local Electoral Administration (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 4 March 2011.

The motions were agreed to.

6. Approval of SSI: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-7919—That the Parliament agrees that the Prohibited Procedures on Protected Animals (Exemptions) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2011 (SSI 2011/draft) be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Approval of SSI: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-7920—That the Parliament agrees that the Scottish Government Code of Practice on the Welfare of Gamebirds Reared for Sporting Purposes December 2010 (SG 2010/275) be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 6 and 7 as noted above.

9. Scotland’s Science Centres: The Parliament debated S3M-7630 in the name of Joe FitzPatrick —That the Parliament congratulates what it sees as the excellent work of Scotland’s science centres in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen; welcomes in particular the official launch of the Dundee Science Centre Science Learning Institute in support of the Curriculum for Excellence and lifelong learning, through which the science centre has formed what is considered a unique partnership with the University of Dundee and Dundee College; considers that this initiative, which will offer interprofessional science communication training for cross-sector audiences, will bring more science to the people of Tayside, promoting public engagement with scientific research and discovery and supporting science-sector skills development, and wishes all four centres and their partners every success in such ventures in the future.

The meeting closed at 5.45 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
9 February 2011

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 9 February 2011 and is subject to approval

The Radioactive Substances Act 1993 Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2011 (SSI2011/draft)

laid under paragraph 2 of Schedule 2 to the European Communities Act 1972

The draft Radioactive Substances Act 1993 Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2011, laid before the Parliament on 27 January 2011, has been withdrawn.

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 4 February 2011 and are subject to annulment––

The Marine Licensing (Exempted Activities) (Scottish Offshore Region) Order 2011 (SSI 2011/57)

laid under section 316(8) of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009

The Sea Fishing (EU Recording and Reporting Requirements) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2011 (SSI 2011/59)

laid under section 30(4) of the Fisheries Act 1981

The Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Act 2007 (Fixed Penalty Notices) Amendment Order 2011 (SSI 2011/60)

laid under section 43(2) of the Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Act 2007

The Police Grant (Scotland) Order 2011 (SSI 2011/62)

laid under section 32(8) of the Police (Scotland) Act 1967

The Health Professions Council (Registration and Fees) (Amendment) (No.2) Rules 2010 Order of Council 2011 (SI 2011/210)

laid under the Health Professions Order 2001

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

The Local Authority Accounts (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2011 (SSI2011/64)

laid under section 105(4) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 4 February 2011 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure––

The Police Grant (Scotland) Order 2011 Report by the Scottish Ministers under section 32(6) of the Police Grant (Scotland) Act 1967 (SG/2011/14)

laid under section 32(9) of the Police Grant (Scotland) Act 1967

Scottish Legal Complaints Commission Annual Report 1 July 2009 – 30 June 2010 (SG/2011/15)

laid under paragraph 16 of schedule 1 to the Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 2007

Note: The Scottish Legal Complaints Commission Annual Report 1 July 2009 – 30 June 2010 (SG/2011/5) which was laid before the Parliament on 24 January 2011, has been withdrawn.

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 9 February 2011 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The cost of public sector pensions in Scotland: a report prepared for the Auditor General for Scotland and the Accounts Commission (AGS/2011/3)

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

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 9 February 2011­­­­

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 10th Report, 2011 (Session 3): Scotland Bill (UK Legislation) (SP Paper 581)