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No. 47 Thursday 27 January 2000

The meeting opened at 9.30 am .

1. Working Together for Wider Access to Further and Higher Education and a Fair Deal for Students : The Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning moved S1M-461—That the Parliament endorses the Scottish Executive's Framework Document Working Together for Wider Access to Further and Higher Education and a Fair Deal for Students , its proposals for the abolition of tuition fees for Scottish domiciled students studying in Scotland and its fair, focused and affordable proposals for widening access, promoting lifelong learning, alleviating hardship and providing support during study.

Mr John Swinney moved amendment S1M-461.1 to motion S1M-461—

Leave out from “endorses” to end and insert—

“resolves that the principle of free access to higher education must be restored; calls upon the Scottish Executive to abolish tuition fees for all Scottish students at UK universities and opposes the proposals for a Scottish Graduate Endowment as tuition fees by another name, and demands the implementation in full of the other recommendations of the Independent Inquiry into Student Finance.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 36, Against 85, Abstentions 0).

David McLetchie then moved amendment S1M-461.4 to motion S1M-461—

Leave out from “endorses” to end and insert—

“rejects the Scottish Executive's framework for its failure to abolish unconditionally tuition fees for all Scottish students and its introduction of a new tuition tax which together with the reduction in loan entitlement for a significant number of applicants puts many Scottish students in a worse position than before.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 17, Against 67, Abstentions 34).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 68, Against 53, Abstentions 0).

2. Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister and other Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

3. Approval of SSI: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-462—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Crops, Food and Feedingstuffs) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

4. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1 and 3 as noted above.

5. Rural Sub-Post Offices: The Parliament debated S1M-361 in the name of David Mundell—That the Parliament recognises that current Benefit Agency “modernisation” proposals will encourage the payment of more pensions and other benefits by automated bank transfer, rather than at Post Offices, potentially leading to the closure of hundreds of rural sub-post offices in Scotland, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to make representations to the Benefits Agency and the Post Office as to the serious adverse effects such closures would have on the needs and sustainability of rural communities in Scotland.

The meeting closed at 5.38 pm.

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