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No. 59 Thursday 9 March 2000

The meeting opened at 9.30 am .

1. Created in Scotland – The Way Forward for Manufacturing in the 21st Century : The Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning moved S1M-642—That the Parliament notes the Scottish Executive's aim of pursuing a successful manufacturing sector and welcomes the Executive's report Created in Scotland – The Way Forward for Scottish Manufacturing in the 21st Century , published on 2 March 2000.

Mr John Swinney moved amendment S1M-642.1 to motion S1M-642—

Insert at end—

“but recognises that appropriate UK macro-economic decisions must also be taken to ensure the prosperity of the manufacturing sector in Scotland .”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 40, Against 59, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

2. Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-645—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following revision to the Business Motion approved on 2 March 2000 —

Thursday 9 March 2000

after—

“Motion on the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Forestry Commissioners) Order 2000”

insert—

followed by Motion on Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill”

and (b) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 15 March 2000

2.30 pm Time For Reflection

followed by Stage 2 of the Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Stage 3 of the Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-614 Dr Elaine Murray: Cashpoint Services

Thursday 16 March 2000

9.30 am Committee Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

12.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-443 Euan Robson: Rail Travel for the Blind

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

to conclude at 3.30 pm

Wednesday 22 March 2000

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Ministerial Statement

followed by Debate on Stage 1 of the Standards in Scotland's Schools etc Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business –

Thursday 23 March 2000

9.30 am Non Executive Business – Scottish National Party

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.

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

The meeting was suspended from 2.57 pm to 2.59 pm .

4. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Transport and the Environment made a statement on climate change.

5. Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice moved S1M-636—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill.

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

6. Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill – Financial Resolution: The Minister for Finance moved S1M-640—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any increase attributable to that Act in expenditure payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund by or under any other Act.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Approval of SI: The Deputy Minister for Rural Affairs moved S1M-603—That the Parliament, in consideration of the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Forestry Commissioners) Order 2000, approves the Order.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill – UK Legislation: The Deputy Minister for Local Government moved S1M-628—That the Parliament endorses the principle of providing the Scottish Ministers with enabling powers (subject to the control of the Scottish Parliament) which will allow for the future option of—

transferring any of the functions of the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland to the Electoral Commission;
conferring on the Electoral Commission the function of monitoring compliance with any enactment's relating to candidates' expenses at Scottish local government elections;
allowing the Electoral Commission to provide advice and assistance to returning officers at Scottish local government elections;
allowing the Electoral Commission to promote public awareness of systems of local government and electoral systems in Scotland ; and
also endorses the principle of amending section 75 of the Representation of the People Act 1983 to increase the limit on election expenses incurred by persons other than candidates, election agents or persons authorised by them to £50 plus 0.5p per elector for Scottish local government elections and agrees that provisions to these ends should be considered by the United Kingdom Parliament as part of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9. Decision Time: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-648—That the Parliament agrees that Decision Time on Thursday 16 March 2000 should begin at 12.00 pm .

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 10 as noted above.

11. Peterhead Prison: The Parliament debated S1M-606 in the name of Mr Alex Salmond—That the Parliament notes the success of Peterhead Prison and the wide recognition it has received throughout the 1990s for developing the STOP programme for sex offenders and for its work over recent years; congratulates the prison officers, other staff and the local community on their efforts in building that success, and believes that it would be counterproductive to in any way jeopardise the success of that programme with uncertainties over the future of the prison.

The meeting closed at 5.35 pm.

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