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Minutes of Proceedings Vol. 4, No. 56 Session 3

Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 24 February 2011

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

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-7990—That the Parliament agrees agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Patient Rights (Scotland) Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion by the time limit indicated, that time limit being calculated from when the Stage begins and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when a meeting of the Parliament is suspended (other than a suspension following the first division in the Stage being called) or otherwise not in progress:

Groups 1 and 2: 20 minutes
Groups 3 to 6: 40 minutes
Groups 7 and 8: 1 hour 5 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

2. Regeneration: John Park moved S3M-7992—That the Parliament recognises the importance of continued support from the Scottish Government for regeneration initiatives, particularly in the current economic climate; believes that it is essential for effective regeneration activity to be co-ordinated across the Scottish Government and local government and in communities; welcomes the many regeneration initiatives supporting local communities and sustained by local involvement across Scotland; recognises in particular the work of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust in Scotland as an organisation that has played a central role in supporting vital projects that have improved the quality of life for thousands of people living in former mining communities, has helped over 20,000 young people, supported over 2,000 people back into work and supported over 3,000 community initiatives and highlights the fact that every £1 spent by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust generates £1.37 of matched funding to support these important projects, and calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that funding for the Coalfields Regeneration Trust is sustained at existing levels during the next spending period.

The Minister for Housing and Communities (Alex Neil) moved amendment S3M-7992.1 to motion S3M-7992—

Leave out from second "sustained" to end and insert—

"focused on job-creation activities that can contribute to the economic revival of these communities."

After debate, the amendment was agreed to (DT) by division: For 61, Against 57, Abstentions 0).

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to (DT) by division: For 81, Against 40, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament recognises the importance of continued support from the Scottish Government for regeneration initiatives, particularly in the current economic climate; believes that it is essential for effective regeneration activity to be co-ordinated across the Scottish Government and local government and in communities; welcomes the many regeneration initiatives supporting local communities and sustained by local involvement across Scotland; recognises in particular the work of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust in Scotland as an organisation that has played a central role in supporting vital projects that have improved the quality of life for thousands of people living in former mining communities, has helped over 20,000 young people, supported over 2,000 people back into work and supported over 3,000 community initiatives and highlights the fact that every £1 spent by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust generates £1.37 of matched funding to support these important projects, and calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that funding for the Coalfields Regeneration Trust is focused on job-creation activities that can contribute to the economic revival of these communities.

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

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

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. Patient Rights (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 1A, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 7 and 35.

Amendment 8 was agreed to (by division: For 100, Against 15, Abstentions 0).

7. Patient Rights (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing (Nicola Sturgeon) moved S3M-7978—That the Parliament agrees that the Patient Rights (Scotland) Bill be passed.

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

8. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-8007—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 9 March 2011—

delete

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Private Rented Housing (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

and insert

1.15 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Members’ Business

followed by Scottish Government Business

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Reservoirs (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

7.00 pm Decision Time

The motion was agreed to.

9. Committee Membership: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-8008—That the Parliament agrees that John Lamont be appointed to replace Bill Aitken as a member of the Justice Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10. Substitution on Committee: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-8009—That the Parliament agrees that David McLetchie be appointed to replace John Lamont as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party substitute on the Justice Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

11. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 7, 9 and 10 as noted above.

12. Celebrating the Coalfields Regeneration Trust: The Parliament debated S3M-7706 in the name of Helen Eadie—That the Parliament remembers that coal mines across the United Kingdom were closed during the 1980s and 1990s and considers that the effects were devastating not only to workers and their families but to their wider communities especially in Scotland in towns and villages such as Lochgelly, Cardenden, Kinglassie and Kelty where the scars run deep and have left an enduring regeneration challenge; celebrates the fact that in 1999 the Coalfields Regeneration Trust was formed as an independent charity operating on a UK-wide basis, funded in Scotland by the Scottish Executive, and is the only organisation dedicated solely to the social and economic regeneration of coalfield communities; further commemorates the efforts of miners across the centuries in helping to build Scotland into what it is today and, in recognition of their efforts, pledges to continue to do all that it can to say thank you to folk in those coal-mining communities whose harshness of life over the years entitles them to fulsome support, and would welcome a demonstration of gratitude on behalf of all of the people of Scotland by ensuring full financial support is given to the Coalfields Regeneration Trust in Scotland.

The meeting closed at 5.39 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
24 February 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 February 2011 and are subject to annulment––

The Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 (National Convener Appeal against Dismissal) Regulations 2011 (SSI 2011/143)

laid under sections 195(3) and 196(2) of the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011

The Food Labelling (Declaration of Allergens) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 (SSI 2011/152)—

The Fruit Juices and Fruit Nectars (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2011 (SSI 2011/153)—

laid under section 48 of the Food Safety Act 1990

The Police Pensions (Amendment) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 (SSI2011/154)

laid under section 1(6) of the Police Pensions Act 1976

The Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2011 (SSI2011/155)

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

The Healthcare Improvement Scotland (Transfer of Property) Order 2011 (SSI2011/156)

laid under section 133 of the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 24 February 2011 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure––

Scottish Local Government Financial Statistics 2009-10 (SG/2011/12)

Scottish Law Commission Annual Report 2010 (SG/2011/16)

laid under section 3(3) of the Law Commission Act 1965

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 24 February 2011––

Public Audit Committee, 4th Report, 2011 (Session 3): The Gathering 2009 (SP Paper 587)

Local Government and Communities Committee, 6th Report, 2011 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SP paper 593)

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee, 2nd Report, 2011 (Session 3): Report on subordinate legislation (SP Paper 595)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 16th Report, 2011 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 598)