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No. 44 Wednesday 19 January 2000

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm .

1. Time for Reflection: The Reverend Norman Shanks, Leader of the Iona Community, led Time for Reflection.

2. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Transport and the Environment made a statement on air quality strategy.

3. Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill – UK Legislation: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice moved S1M-430—That the Parliament endorses the principles of equalising the age of consent for homosexual and heterosexual activity and creating a new criminal offence of breach of trust as set out in the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill considered by the UK Parliament in the 1998-99 Parliamentary session, and agrees that the UK Parliament should consider any Bill introduced in the same terms in the current session.

Phil Gallie moved amendment S1M-430.1 to motion S1M-430—

Leave out from “endorses” to end and insert—

“considers that the principles of equalising the age of consent for homosexual and heterosexual activity and creating a new criminal offence of breach of trust as set out in the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill considered by the UK Parliament in the 1998-99 Parliamentary session fall entirely within the remit of the Scottish Parliament and on that basis agrees that these matters be judged only after full consultation with the Scottish people.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 18, Against 90, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 90, Against 16, Abstentions 1).

4. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on item 3 as noted above.

5. Flooding in Inverclyde: The Parliament debated S1M-371 in the name of Mr Duncan McNeill—That the Parliament notes that the recent flooding in Inverclyde dealt a blow to the area; recognises that this is a long-term, recurring problem; notes that, were it to persist, it may adversely affect investment in the area and agrees that a multi-agency approach offers the best opportunity to facilitate a permanent solution.

The meeting closed at 5.33 pm.

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