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No. 66 Wednesday 5 April 2000

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm .

1. Time for Reflection: The Very Reverend Gilleasbuig Macmillan, Minister of St. Giles Cathedral, led Time for Reflection.

2. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Children and Education made a statement on Hampden.

3. Holyrood Project: Sir David Steel, on behalf of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, moved S1M-720—That the Parliament notes—

(a) the Report of the SPCB on the Holyrood project (SP Paper 99);

(b) the Report by John Spencely attached as Annexe 1;

(c) the photographs incorporated as Annexe 2 which are available from the Scottish Parliament Document Supply Centre; and

(d) the revised budget of £195 million set out in Annexe 3.

Donald Gorrie moved amendment S1M-720.1 to motion S1M-720—

Insert at end—

“and, in order to be fully informed when making a final decision on the location, design, specification and cost of its permanent home, (a) directs the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to present to it in early June the scheme design for the Holyrood buildings prepared by the design team, along with the most detailed possible plans, with evaluation and costs, prepared by independent experts for (i) the St Andrew's House/Royal High School site with new build parliament chamber and (ii) the Mound site based on the acquisition of the New College Campus and development of nearby buildings; (b) calls upon the Scottish Executive to co-operate fully with the study of these options and to publish a report on financing options for the parliament buildings; (c) approves the SPCB's proposal for a progressing group to take on day to day responsibility for the project of creating the Parliament's new home and (d) agrees to make a final decision on the permanent Parliament buildings in June in the light of the information requested.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 58, Against 67, Abstentions 1).

Gordon Jackson moved amendment S1M-720.2 to motion S1M-720—

Leave out from “(a)” to end and insert—

“the Report of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) on the Holyrood Project; approves its terms, and directs the SPCB to establish a progress group comprising representatives of the Parliament and relevant professionals to work with the SPCB to (a) finalise the design; (b) complete the project by the end of 2002 within a total budget of £195 million and (c) report regularly, or as from time to time may be required, on progress including on expenditure to date and estimated completion costs to the SCPB and to members.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 67, Against 58, Abstentions 1).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 68, Against 56, Abstentions 2).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament notes the report of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) on the Holyrood Project; approves its terms, and directs the SPCB to establish a progress group comprising representatives of the Parliament and relevant professionals to work with the SPCB to (a) finalise the design; (b) complete the project by the end of 2002 within a total budget of £195 million and (c) report regularly, or as from time to time may be required, on progress including on expenditure to date and estimated completion costs to the SCPB and to members.

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

5. A701: The Parliament debated S1M-643 in the name of Lord James Douglas- Hamilton—That the Parliament notes the more than 400 objections to the upgrading of the A701 to dual carriageway and the case for a public inquiry so that the views of the objectors can be properly considered.

The meeting closed at 6.15 pm.

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