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No. 61 Thursday 16 March 2000

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Standards Committee, Register of Interests of Staff of Members of the Scottish Parliament : Mr Mike Rumbles, on behalf of the Standards Committee, moved S1M-654—That the Parliament agrees to the establishment of a Register of Interests of Staff of MSPs as set out in the Annex to the Standards Committee 2nd Report 2000; that the provisions contained in that Annex shall apply to all MSPs with immediate effect; that the provisions shall form an Annex to the Code of Conduct for members and that the Annex shall be published for sale in hard copy and made available on the Parliament's website.

After debate, the motion was, with the agreement of the Parliament withdrawn.

2. Health and Community Care Committee, Health Boards and NHS Trusts: Public Consultation and Accountability: Mrs Margaret Smith, on behalf of the Health and Community Care Committee, moved S1M-656—That the Parliament notes the concerns of the Health and Community Care Committee in relation to the accountability of health boards and NHS Trusts and notes the need for a new approach to public consultation as illustrated in the recent and ongoing work of the Committee and in this connection, the Parliament notes the 9th Report, 1999 by the Committee, Report on Stracathro Petition PE13 (SP Paper 48).

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

3. Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-663—That the Parliament agrees—

the following revision to the Business Motion approved on 9 March 2000 —

Thursday 16 March 2000

after “Parliamentary Bureau Motions” insert:

followed by Motion on Members' Allowances”;

(b) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 22 March 2000

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Reverend Daniel J McLoughlin, Parish Priest, St Francis', Port Glasgow

followed by Member's Oath or Affirmation

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 – debate on the subject of S1M-451 Mr Kenny MacAskill: Lothian and Borders Police

Thursday 23 March 2000

9.30 am Non Executive Business (SNP)

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Debate on Genetic Modification Science

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-601 Bill Aitken: Bus Corridors in Glasgow

Wednesday 29 March 2000

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Reverend Dr Kevin Franz, Action of Churches Together in Scotland

followed by Business Motion to include timetabling of proceedings of Stage 3 of the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Bill

followed by Stage 3 of the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 30 March 2000

9.30 am Non-Executive Debate on a Scottish Service Tax (SSP)

11.00 am Non-Executive Debate on Housing Energy Efficiency (Green)

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Debate on Public Appointments

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

and (c) that Stage 1 of the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Bill be completed by 26 April 2000

The motion was agreed to.

4. Designation of Lead Committee: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-661—That the Parliament agrees that the Rural Affairs Committee be the lead committee in the consideration of the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill and that the Bill should also be considered by the Justice and Home Affairs Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

5. Approval of SSIs: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-662—That the Parliament agrees that the following instruments be approved—

the draft Train Operating Companies (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 2000;
the draft Railtrack plc (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 2000;
the draft Water Undertakings (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 2000;
the draft BG Transco plc (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 2000;
the draft Electricity Generators (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 2000;
the draft Electricity Generators (Aluminium) (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 2000; and
the draft Electricity Lands (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 2000.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6. Members' Allowances Scheme and Equipment and Furniture Scheme: Des McNulty, on behalf of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, moved S1M-660—That the Parliament—

(a) directs the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to provide information technology and other office equipment and office furniture for the Parliament in accordance with the Equipment and Furniture Scheme annexed hereto as Annex One;

(b) makes provision, in accordance with section 81(2) of the Scotland Act 1998 (c.46), such provision to be implemented by the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, for the payment of allowances to members of the Parliament in accordance with the Me mbers' Allowances Scheme annexed hereto as Annex Two, and confers on the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body functions as specified in the said Me mbers' Allowances Scheme; and

(c) rescinds the two Resolutions of the Parliament of 8 June 1999 agreeing respectively to motion S1M-40 as amended by amendment S1M-40.2 and to motion S1M-41. [ see Appendix B for full text of Schemes ]

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 4, 5 and 6 as noted above.

8. Rail Travel for the Blind: The Parliament debated S1M-443 in the name of Euan Robson—That the Parliament welcomes the concessionary travel scheme developed for the blind in Scotland but requests that Great North Eastern Railways and Virgin Trains participate in the scheme when Scottish residents who qualify use the railway station at Berwick-upon-Tweed during their journey.

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

The meeting closed at 3.32 pm.

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