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No. 54 Wednesday 23 February 2000

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm .

1. Time for Reflection: Reverend Watson Moyes, President of the Baptist Union of Scotland, led Time for Reflection.

2. Modernising Government: The Minister for Finance moved S1M-569—That the Parliament notes the Scottish Executive's commitment to high quality, efficient and responsible public services; supports developments to modernise and integrate government at all levels in Scotland , and welcomes initiatives that harness information and communications technology and put citizens at the centre of government in 21st Century Scotland .

Mr John Swinney moved amendment S1M-569.1 to motion S1M-569—

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“and agrees that the Scottish Executive should pursue a programme to obtain greater value from existing public expenditure in Scotland, that targets for modernisation should be set against which the Scottish Executive should be monitored to assess its performance and that the Scottish Executive should take all necessary steps to ensure open, accessible and accountable government.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 42, Against 63, Abstentions 0).

Nick Johnston moved amendment S1M-569.2 to motion S1M-569—

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“and calls upon the Scottish Executive to produce a clear model of modern and integrated yet decentralised government in Scotland , which recognises regional differences and measures quality of service.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 39, Against 62, Abstentions 4 ).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

3. Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-584—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following revision to the Business Motion approved on 17 February 2000 —

Thursday 24 February 2000

3.30 pm the “Executive debate on Gaelic” should be replaced with a “Debate on the Standards Committee Report on the Code of Conduct”

and (b) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 1 March 2000

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Executive Debate on Local Government Grant Distribution – Local Government Finance Order; Special Grants Report on Asylum Seekers; Special Grants Report on Kosovan Evacuees

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-563 Johann Lamont: Drugs Strategy

Thursday 2 March 2000

9.30 am Non - Executive Business – Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Debate on Gaelic

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-474 Richard Lochhead: Grampian Television

Wednesday 8 March 2000

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Non - Executive Business – Scottish National Party

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-557 Patricia Ferguson: International Women's Day

Thursday 9 March 2000

9.30 am Executive Debate on “Created in Scotland – The Way Forward for Manufacturing in the 21st Century”

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

The motion was agreed to.

4. Suspension of Standing Orders: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-585—That the Parliament agrees to suspend Rule 10.7.1 of the Standing Orders for the period of the debate on the Local Government Grant Distribution – Local Government Finance Order; Special Grants Report on Asylum Seekers and Special Grants Report on Kosovan Evacuees on 1 March 2000.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

5. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2 and 4 as noted above.

6. Regeneration of the Clyde: The Parliament debated S1M-531 in the name of George Lyon—That the Parliament recognises that in the Clyde, Scotland has a magnificent international icon which can be marketed globally to promote enterprise and tourism in the region; recognises also that investment in and modernisation of transport infrastructure on the Clyde is a prerequisite for the economic and social regeneration of the area's communities and that the absence of fast and efficient ferry links on the Clyde is one of the contributing factors to social exclusion in the area, and calls for a thorough and fundamental review of the current infrastructure's shortcomings with a view to developing a long term strategy that can exploit the potential of the area and which can meet the needs of communities on the Clyde in the 21st Century.

The meeting closed at 5.39 pm.

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