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No. 16 Wednesday 6 September 2000

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: The Reverend Douglas B. D. Alexander, Minister Emeritus, Bishopton, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1147—That the Parliament agrees—

Wednesday 6 September 2000

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Business Motion

followed by                    Ministerial Statement on Independent Inquiry into Problems with Exam Results

followed by                    Debate on the Creative Economy

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business – debate on the subject of S1M-952 Malcolm Chisholm: Dementia Awareness Week

Thursday 7 September 2000

9.30 am                        Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                    Stage 3 Debate on the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Bill

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm                        Continuation of Stage 3 Debate on the Regulation of Investigatory Powers    (
                                    Scotland) Bill

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business – debate on the subject of S1M-1111 Irene McGugan:
Programme of Action for Scots and Gaelic in the European Year of Languages

Wednesday 13 September 2000

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Ministerial Statement and Debate on the Scottish Executive’s Programme

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1124 Shona Robison: Fibromyalgia Syndrome

Thursday 14 September 2000

9.30 am                        Ministerial Statement

followed by                    Stage 1 Debate on the Transport (Scotland) Bill

followed by                    Financial Resolution in respect of the Transport (Scotland) Bill

followed by                    Business Motion

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm                        Debate on the Framework for Economic Development in Scotland

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1122 Maureen Macmillan: Screening for Prostate Cancer

Wednesday 20 September 2000

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm                        Ministerial Statement and Debate on Spending Strategy

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-959 Alex Johnstone: St. Vigeans Primary School, Arbroath

Thursday 21 September 2000

9.30 am                        Executive Business

followed by                    Business Motion

2.30 pm                        Social Inclusion, Housing and Voluntary Sector Committee Debate on Housing Stock Transfer        

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-958 Michael McMahon: Palliative Care

Mr Alex Salmond moved amendment S1M-1147.2 to motion S1M-1147—

Under “Thursday 7 September 2000”, delete—

“Stage 3 Debate on the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Bill”

and insert—

“Debate on the Scottish Qualifications Authority and the crisis of year 2000 Higher and Standard Grade results”

and delete—

“Continuation of Stage 3 Debate on the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Bill”

and insert—

“Continuation of Debate on the Scottish Qualifications Authority and the crisis of year 2000 Higher and Standard Grade results”.

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to (by division: For 58, Against 65, Abstentions 2).
                       
David McLetchie moved amendment S1M-1147.1 to motion S1M-1147—

Under “Wednesday 6 September 2000”, delete—

“Debate on the Creative Economy”

and insert—

“Debate on the subject of S1M-1128 Brian Monteith: Motion of No Confidence: That the Parliament has no confidence in the Minister for Children and Education”.

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to (by division: For 21, Against 105, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to (by division: For 70, Against 56, Abstentions 0).

3.      Ministerial Statement:  The Minister for Children and Education made a statement on the independent inquiry into problems with exam results.

4.      The Creative Economy: The Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning withdrew motion S1M-1145.

5.      Decision Time: There were no decisions to be taken.

6.      Dementia Awareness Week: The Parliament debated S1M-952 in the name of Malcolm Chisholm—That the Parliament believes that the care of people with dementia represents one of the greatest challenges to health and welfare services throughout Scotland because of the prolonged and complex nature of the illness and the severity of its consequences for the large numbers affected and their families, and welcomes the initiative of Alzheimer Scotland—Action on Dementia during Dementia Awareness Week to highlight the need for better planning mechanisms to provide integrated and comprehensive health and social care services for this group of people.

The meeting closed at 5.18 pm.

No. 17 Thursday 7 September 2000

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1148—That the Parliament agrees that for Stage 3 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Bill, debate on each part of the proceedings, if not previously brought to a conclusion, shall be brought to conclusion no later than the following times after commencement of the Stage 3 proceedings—

Group 1 to Group 5 – 1 hour 30 minutes
Group 6 to Group 9 – 2 hours 30 minutes
Group 10 to Group 13 – 3 hours
Group 14 to Group 17 – 4 hours
Motions to pass the Bill – 4 hours 30 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

2.      Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to (without division): 25, 27, 28, 29, 31, 10, 3, 4, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 11, 12, 52, 53, 54, 13, 14, 15, 16, 55, 56, 17, 18, 57, 58, 19, 60, 61, 20, 63, 64, 21, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 22, 70, 71, 72, 24, 73, 74.

Amendment 62 was agreed to (by division: For 76, Against 28, Abstentions 1).              

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

          1            (For 14, Against 86, Abstentions 0)
          8            (For 30, Against 79, Abstentions 0)
          7            (For 44, Against 63, Abstentions 0)

The following amendments were moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn: 30, 32, 59.

Other amendments were not moved.

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

4.      Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice moved S1M-1136—That the Parliament agrees that the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Bill be passed.

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

5.      Motion without Notice: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that S1M-1158 be taken at this meeting of the Parliament.

Agreed to.

6.      Decision Time: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1158—That the Parliament agrees under Rule 11.2.4 of the standing orders that Decision Time on Thursday 7 September 2000 shall begin at 4.10 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

7.      Decision Time: The Parliament took a decision on item 4 as noted above.

8.      Programme for Action for Scots and Gaelic in the European Year of Languages: The Parliament debated S1M-1111 in the name of Irene McGugan—That the Parliament notes that 2001 is to be the European Year of Languages; notes that European Union funding support will extend to projects including regional and minority languages which member states designate as eligible; urges the Scottish Executive to make representations on behalf of Scots and Gaelic to Her Majesty’s Government in order to ensure that Scotland’s indigenous languages are proposed for inclusion, and believes that the Executive should support a programme of action for both languages as part of the European Year of Languages.

The meeting closed at 5.08 pm.

No. 18 Wednesday 13 September 2000

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: The Right Reverend Ian Murray, Bishop of Argyll and the Isles, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Motion without Notice: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that S1M-1178 be taken at this meeting of the Parliament.

The motion was agreed to.

3.      Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1178—That the Parliament agrees—
 
(a) the following revisions to the Business Motion agreed on 6 September 2000—

Wednesday 13 September 2000

after “Time for Reflection” delete all for that day and insert—

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions – S1M-1175 Change of Decision Time and S1M-1176 Suspension of Standing Orders

followed by                    Ministerial Statement, Questions and Debate on the Developing Fuel Situation in Scotland

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1124 Shona Robison: Fibromyalgia Syndrome

Thursday 14 September 2000

after “Financial Resolution in respect of the Transport (Scotland) Bill” delete all and insert—

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

12.30 pm                       Decision Time

2.00 pm                        Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1122 Maureen Macmillan: Screening for Prostrate Cancer

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm                        Ministerial Statement and Debate on the Scottish Executive’s Programme

6.00 pm                        Business Concludes

and (b) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 20 September 2000

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

2.35 pm                        Question Time

3.15 pm                        First Minister’s Question Time

3.35 pm                        Ministerial Statement and Debate on Spending Strategy

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-959 Alex Johnstone: St Vigeans Primary School, Arbroath

Thursday 21 September 2000

9.30 am                        Ministerial Statement

followed by                    Executive Debate on Public Health

followed by                    Business Motion

2.30 pm                        Social Inclusion, Housing and Voluntary Sector Committee Debate on                                            Housing Stock Transfer

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-958 Michael McMahon: Palliative Care

Wednesday 27 September 2000

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Ministerial Statement

followed by                    Executive Debate on the Creative Economy

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business

Thursday 28 September 2000

9.30 am                        Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business

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.      Decision Time: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1175—That the Parliament agrees under Rule 11.2.4 of the standing orders that Decision Time on Thursday 14 September 2000 shall begin at 12.30 pm. 

The motion was agreed to (DT).

5.      Suspension of Standing Orders: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1176—That the Parliament agrees that Rule 5.6.1(c) of standing orders be suspended for the purpose of taking Members’ Business on Thursday 14 September 2000 at 2.00 pm. 

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6.      Ministerial Statement: The First Minister made a statement on the developing fuel situation in Scotland.

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

8.      Fibromyalgia Syndrome: The Parliament debated S1M-1124 in the name of Shona Robison—That the Parliament notes Fibromyalgia Syndrome Awareness Week from 10 to 16 September; recognises that the condition, which affects up to 4% of the population, is frequently overlooked or minimised by health professionals; recognises the problems sufferers have in claiming appropriate benefits; supports the demand for better education and awareness-raising about the condition, and calls for more research into the condition so that Fibromyalgia Syndrome is taken seriously as the devastating “hidden” disability that it is.

The meeting closed at 5.30 pm.

No. 19 Thursday 14 September 2000

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Ministerial Statement: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice made a statement on family law.

2.      Transport (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Minister for Transport and the Environment moved S1M-985—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Transport (Scotland) Bill.

Mr Murray Tosh moved amendment S1M-985.1 to motion S1M-985—

Leave out from “agrees” to end and insert—

“does not agree to the general principles of the Transport (Scotland) Bill because it opposes Part 3 (road user charging and workplace parking levy) including schedule 1, and section 69 (bridges).”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 18, Against 88, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 61, Against 18, Abstentions 27).

3.      Transport (Scotland) Bill – Financial Resolution: The Minister for Finance moved S1M-1077—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Transport (Scotland) Bill, agrees to—

(a) the following expenditure payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund—

(i) the expenses of the Scottish Ministers in consequence of the Act; and
(ii) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of that Fund under any other enactment;

(b) the making of road user charging schemes and workplace parking levy licensing schemes; and

(c) any payments made to the Scottish Ministers under the Act.

The motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 86, Against 18, Abstentions 1).

4.      Membership of Committees: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1180—That the Parliament agrees the following appointments to Committees—

Johann Lamont and Cathy Jamieson to be members of the Education Committee;
Karen Whitefield to be a member of the Audit Committee; and
Kenneth Macintosh to be a member of the Subordinate Legislation Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

5.      Approval of SSI: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1177—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Regulations be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6.      Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 3, 4 and 5 as noted above.

7.      Screening for Prostrate Cancer: The Parliament debated S1M-1122 in the name of  Maureen Macmillan—That the Parliament supports the routine screening of middle aged men for early indications of prostate cancer, a disease which causes the second highest number of deaths from cancer among men in Scotland and which can be successfully treated if discovered at an early stage.

8.      Ministerial Statement: The First Minister made a statement on the developments in the fuel situation.

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

10.    Ministerial Statement: The First Minister made a statement on the Scottish Executive’s programme.

The meeting closed at 6.05 pm.

No. 20 Wednesday 20 September 2000

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Mr Parminder Singh Purba, Honorary Secretary of the Central Guruduwara Singh Sabha Association, Glasgow, led Time for Reflection.

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

3.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Finance made a statement on the spending strategy.

4.      Decision Time: There were no decisions to be taken.

5.      St. Vigeans Primary School, Arbroath: The Parliament debated S1M-959 in the name of Alex Johnstone—That the Parliament commends the quality of education provided at St. Vigeans Primary School near Arbroath; notes the concerns currently being expressed by the parents of children attending St. Vigeans about the possible closure of the school by Angus Council, and believes that the local authority should give full consideration to these concerns, given that rural primary schools are an intrinsic part of the rural way of life in Scotland. 

The meeting closed at 5.30 pm.

No. 21 Thursday 21 September 2000

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Health and Community Care made a statement on the Arbuthnott resource allocation.

2.      Public Health: The Minister for Health and Community Care moved S1M-1196—That the Parliament notes the challenges and progress described in the Chief Medical Officer’s report 1999 Health in Scotland; welcomes the fact that the Scottish Executive is now leading and supporting the biggest ever drive to improve health and tackle health inequalities, and values the contribution of local authorities, voluntary and community organisations and others working in partnership with health professionals and the NHS to improve the health of the people of Scotland.

Kay Ullrich moved amendment S1M-1196.1 to motion S1M-1196—

Leave out from “fact” to end and insert—

"efforts that are being made at all levels of Government and throughout voluntary and community groups and others, and urges the Executive to ensure further advances in tackling the substantial problems which remain in improving Scotland’s public health record. “

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 15, Against 51, Abstentions 15).

Mary Scanlon moved amendment S1M-1196.2 to motion S1M-1196—

Insert at end—

“further notes that progress towards a healthier Scotland is dependent on many factors and that progress will only be achieved through a partnership that matches the work of health professionals with public health education and an increased appreciation by individual Scots of the responsibility they have for their own health.”

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

The motion as amended was then agreed to (DT).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament notes the challenges and progress described in the Chief Medical Officer’s report 1999 Health in Scotland; welcomes the fact that the Scottish Executive is now leading and supporting the biggest ever drive to improve health and tackle health inequalities, and values the contribution of local authorities, voluntary and community organisations and others working in partnership with health professionals and the NHS to improve the health of the people of Scotland and further notes that progress towards a healthier Scotland is dependent on many factors and that progress will only be achieved through a partnership that matches the work of health professionals with public health education and an increased appreciation by individual Scots of the responsibility they have for their own health.

3.      Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1197—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 27 September 2000

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Ministerial Statement

followed by                    Executive Debate on the Creative Economy

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                    Motion on the Publication of the Scottish Parliamentary Commissioner for
                                    Administration’s Annual Report 1999-2000

followed by                    Motion on the Publication of the Health Service Commissioner for Scotland’s Annual Report 1999-2000

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1004 Mr Jamie Stone: Highland Clearances

Thursday 28 September 2000

9.30 am                        Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business

followed by                    Business Motion

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm                        Ministerial Statement

followed by                    Stage 3 Debate on the Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) Amendment (Scotland) Bill

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-994 Dr Sylvia Jackson: Body Piercing

Wednesday 4 October 2000

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Committee Business

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business

Thursday 5 October 2000

9.30 am                        Scottish National Party Business

followed by                    Business Motion

followed by                    Ministerial Statement

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 - debate on the subject of S1M-1132 Tricia Marwick: Multiple Sclerosis in Scotland

The motion was agreed to.

4.      Housing Stock Transfer: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Social Inclusion, Housing and Voluntary Sector Committee, moved S1M-1185—That the Parliament notes the content and recommendations of the 3rd Report of the Social Inclusion, Housing and the Voluntary Sector Committee on Housing Stock Transfer.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (by division: For 76, Against 2, Abstentions 1).

5.      Approval of SSIs: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1195—That the Parliament agrees that the following Orders be approved—

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (No.3) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/266);

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/267);

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.2) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/291);

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (No.4) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/295); and

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.3) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/303).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

7.      Palliative Care: The Parliament debated S1M-958 in the name of Mr Michael McMahon—That the Parliament welcomes the establishment of the Cross Party Group on Palliative Care; welcomes the current priority status in the NHS in Scotland for cancer services; recognises that, despite improvements in the treatment of some cancers, the overall figures for cancer survival remain poor by international standards; believes that this demonstrates the need for more attention and resources to be focussed on palliative care; further notes that palliative care aims to control pain and other distressing symptoms in order to achieve the best possible quality of life for patients and their families; notes that people with chronic and progressive conditions other than cancer also have palliative care needs, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to confirm that palliative care is adequately included in the developing strategies for cancer care and for care of those with chronic and progressive illness in Scotland. 

The meeting closed at 5.37 pm.

No. 22 Wednesday 27 September 2000

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Father George Thompson, Parish Priest of St Peter’s, Dalbeattie, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Ministerial Statement: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice made a statement on justice expenditure

3.      The Creative Economy: The Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning moved S1M-1213—That the Parliament recognises the increasing contribution of the creative industries to the Scottish economy and the potential for further growth in this sector; notes the Executive’s wish to ensure that the creative and business skills on which these industries depend are fully and properly nurtured in Scotland’s people; welcomes Scottish Enterprise’s £25 million development strategy to support this sector of the economy and promote its continuing expansion; and therefore endorses the determination of the Executive to ensure the conditions in which Scotland’s creative industries will continue to flourish in rapidly growing world markets.

Miss Annabel Goldie moved amendment S1M-1213.2 to motion S1M-1213—

Leave out from “notes” to end and insert—

“notes that the best way to expand this sector, as with all other sectors of the economy, is to ensure that tax, red tape and regulatory burdens are kept at as low a level as possible; and urges the Scottish Executive to work in close conjunction with Her Majesty’s Government in order to reduce such burdens which have increased considerably since May 1997.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 19, Against 89, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 88, Against 1, Abstentions 19).

4.      Publication of the Scottish Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration Annual Report 1999-2000: Margaret Smith moved S1M-1211—That the Parliament notes that the Scottish Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration intends to lay his Annual Report for 1999-2000 before the Parliament and orders the Clerk to publish the Report.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

5.      Publication of the Health Service Commissioner for Scotland Annual Report 1999-2000: Margaret Smith moved S1M-1212—That the Parliament notes that the Health Service Commissioner for Scotland intends to lay his Annual Report for 1999-2000 before the Parliament and orders the Clerk to publish the Report.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6.      Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 3, 4 and 5 as noted above.

7.      Highland Clearances: The Parliament debated S1M-1004 in the name of Jamie Stone—That the Parliament expresses its deepest regret for the occurrence of the Highland Clearances and extends its hand in friendship and welcome to the descendants of the cleared people who reside outwith our shores.

The meeting closed at 5.48 pm.

No. 23 Thursday 28 September 2000

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Scottish Tourism: Mr David Davidson moved S1M-1216—That the Parliament recognises the tremendous difficulties faced by Scottish tourism and calls upon the Scottish Executive to make an urgent statement, clearly stating its plans to deal with these difficulties and to improve efficiency in tourism support.

The Deputy Minister for Highlands & Islands and Gaelic moved amendment S1M-1216.2 to motion S1M-1216—

Leave out from “recognises” to end and insert—

“acknowledges that tourism has had a difficult year, but recognises and supports the Executive’s on-going implementation of the New Strategy for Scottish Tourism, published in February this year.”

Fergus Ewing moved amendment S1M-1216.1 to motion S1M-1216—

Leave out from “recognises” to end and insert—

“notes that tourism in Scotland faces considerable competitive disadvantages in comparison with countries such as Ireland in respect of the high pound, high levels of tax on fuel, high business rates and lower resourcing for generic and other promotion; believes that those involved in the tourism industry are to be congratulated for their work and the measure of success achieved despite these disadvantages; further believes that the tourism strategy launched by the Scottish Executive, whilst it has certain good elements, cannot in itself meet the needs of the sector, and calls for (a) an immediate assessment of the efficacy of the Ossian on-line booking system, (b) targeting of resources to permit locally based marketing, (c) a review of the level of landing charges in our airports and (d) a commitment that the area tourist board structure will be amended in the light of the conclusions of the local economic forums with the aim of finding the best solution for each area.”

After debate, amendment S1M-1216.2 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 50, Abstentions 2). As a result, amendment S1M-1216.1 was pre-empted.

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 69, Against 52, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament acknowledges that tourism has had a difficult year, but recognises and supports the Executive’s on-going implementation of the New Strategy for Scottish Tourism, published in February this year.

2.      Report by the Royal Commission on Long Term Care: Mary Scanlon moved S1M-1215—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to implement the key recommendations of the report With Respect to Old Age: Long Term Care – Rights and Responsibilities of the Royal Commission chaired by Sir Stewart Sutherland, including the funding of personal care on the basis of assessed need in order to alleviate the problems facing those who require long term care.

The Deputy Minister for Community Care moved amendment S1M-1215.1 to motion S1M-1215—

Leave out from “calls” to end and insert—

“notes the report and recommendations of the Royal Commission on the Long Term Care of the Elderly; welcomes the Commission’s emphasis on the importance of older people in our society; welcomes their concentration on issues related to the quality of care, the balance between residential care and care provided in the home, and the value of joint management and resourcing of services for older people; welcomes the additional resources announced in the spending review for the care of older people, and calls upon the Executive to ensure that these additional resources are used to deliver significant improvements in care for the largest possible number of older people, particularly those in greatest need and to continue, over time, to work towards fulfilling the Royal Commission’s objectives of fairness and equity in the care of the elderly.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 65, Against 55, Abstentions 1).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 66, Against 53, Abstentions 2).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament notes the report and recommendations of the Royal Commission on the Long Term Care of the Elderly; welcomes the Commission’s emphasis on the importance of older people in our society; welcomes their concentration on issues related to the quality of care, the balance between residential care and care provided in the home, and the value of joint management and resourcing of services for older people; welcomes the additional resources announced in the spending review for the care of older people, and calls upon the Executive to ensure that these additional resources are used to deliver significant improvements in care for the largest possible number of older people, particularly those in greatest need and to continue, over time, to work towards fulfilling the Royal Commission’s objectives of fairness and equity in the care of the elderly.

3.      Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1220—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 4 October 2000

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Ministerial Statement

followed by                    Justice and Home Affairs Committee Debate on the Carbeth Hutters

followed by                    Standards Committee Debate on Register of Members’staff Interests

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1140 Patricia Ferguson: 25th Anniversary of Establishment of Local Health Councils

Thursday 5 October 2000

9.30 am                        Scottish National Party Business

followed by                    Business Motion

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm                        Ministerial Statement

followed by                    Executive Business

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1132 Tricia Marwick: Multiple Sclerosis in Scotland

The motion was agreed to.

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

5.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Transport and the Environment made a statement on transport expenditure.

6.      Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) Amendment (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

Amendment 1 was disagreed to (by division: For 17, Against 66, Abstentions 0).

7.      Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) Amendment (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: Tavish Scott moved S1M-1222—That the Parliament agrees that the Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) Amendment (Scotland) Bill be passed.

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

8.      Membership of Committees: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1225—That the Parliament agrees that the following members be appointed to Committees—

Alex Neil to the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee
Alasdair Morgan to the Justice and Home Affairs Committee
Donald Gorrie to the Transport and the Environment Committee

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9.      Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2, 7 and 8 as noted above.

10.    Body Piercing: The Parliament debated S1M-994 in the name of Dr Sylvia Jackson—That the Parliament notes that body piercing carries a risk of hepatitis, HIV, cellulitis and wound infections; further notes that local authorities have introduced very different ways of regulating the industry; recognises the potential dangers of this situation; believes that an enforceable national regulatory framework to govern body piercing should be introduced, and urges the Scottish Executive to bring forward legislation to cover this industry.

The meeting closed at 5.38 pm.

No. 24 Wednesday 4 October 2000

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: The Very Reverend Dr David Steel of the Church of Scotland, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Rural Affairs made a statement on the Integrated Administration and Control System Appeals Mechanism.

3.      Petition PE14 from the Carbeth Hutters’ Association: Gordon Jackson, on behalf of the Justice and Home Affairs Committee, moved S1M-1228—That the Parliament notes the content and recommendations of the 3rd Report, 2000, of the Justice and Home Affairs Committee on petition PE14 from the Carbeth Hutters’ Association.

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

4.      Register of Members’ Staff Interests: Mr Mike Rumbles, on behalf of the Standards Committee, moved S1M-1217—That the Parliament agrees to the establishment of a Register of Members’ Staff Interests as set out in the appendices to the Standards Committee 3rd Report, 2000 and agrees that the provisions contained in those appendices shall apply to all MSPs as of 23 October 2000; that the provisions shall form an annexe to the Code of Conduct for Members and that the annexe shall be published for sale in hard copy and made available on the Parliament’s website.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 67, Against 2, Abstentions 7).

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

6.      25th Anniversary of Establishment of Local Health Councils: The Parliament debated S1M-1140 in the name of Patricia Ferguson—That the Parliament notes that the year 2000 marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of Scotland’s local health councils; congratulates the staff and lay members who have served the public through these councils during that time and recognises the important role that the councils have played in giving the patient an effective voice in the decision making processes of the NHS.  

The meeting closed at 5.29 pm.

No. 25 Thursday 5 October 2000

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Fuel Duty: Mr Kenny MacAskill moved S1M-1238—That the Parliament acknowledges that Scotland is the largest oil producer in the European Union yet has the highest fuel prices in the developed world; notes that the Scottish economy as a whole and fuel dependent industries in particular are paying a heavy price as a result of high fuel prices; recognises that both individuals and entire geographic areas, in particular rural and island Scotland, are suffering; further recognises that the root cause of high fuel prices is taxation; notes that as a result of the recent increases in world oil prices Her Majesty’s Government will receive a revenue windfall in excess of £4.4 billion, and therefore calls upon the Scottish Executive to hold a summit of interested parties to address the fuel situation, introduce a package of measures to address the needs of fuel dependent industries, and make urgent representations to the Chancellor of the Exchequer requesting him to make an immediate cut in fuel duty and give a commitment to work towards the European average.

Miss Annabel Goldie moved amendment S1M-1238.2 to motion S1M-1238—

Leave out from “is the largest” to end and insert—

“has the highest fuel prices in Europe owing to the high levels of taxation levied by Her Majesty’s Government; notes that this position is reducing the competitiveness of Scottish business; recognises that the essential car user, particularly in rural Scotland, is suffering and calls upon the Scottish Executive to make representations to Her Majesty’s Government in order to reduce taxation in general and fuel tax in particular.”

After debate, amendment S1M-1238.2 was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 18, Against 101, Abstentions 0).

George Lyon moved amendment S1M-1238.1 to motion S1M-1238—

Leave out from “acknowledges” to end and insert—

“notes that fuel is a matter reserved to the UK Parliament; recognises that rising fuel prices and haulage costs create particular financial and social difficulties for individuals and businesses, especially for remote, rural and island areas of Scotland, and further recognises that the Liberal Democrats have opposed all fuel duty increases since the introduction of the fuel escalator under the last Conservative Government and support (a) a cap on fuel taxes in real terms for five years, (b) investment of additional resources acquired through increased VAT in public transport, (c) the encouragement of fuel-efficient cars by abolishing Vehicle Excise Duty for the most fuel-efficient vehicles and (d) targeted assistance for Scotland’s remote, rural and island communities to alleviate the additional fuel price that these areas incur.”

After debate, amendment S1M-1238.1 was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 15, Against 105, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 35, Against 88, Abstentions 0).

2.      Proportional Representation in Local Government: Mr Kenneth Gibson moved S1M-1239—That the Parliament agrees that there is a democratic deficit at the heart of local government and resolves to implement the single transferable vote system of proportional representation for the next local government elections.

The Deputy Minister for Local Government moved amendment S1M-1239.2 to motion S1M-1239—

Leave out from “agrees” to end and insert—

“notes that the Partnership Agreement contains a commitment, following the publication of the final report of the McIntosh Commission, to an immediate programme of change including progress on electoral reform; notes too that the Executive established the Renewing Local Democracy Working Group chaired by Richard Kerley, and welcomes the decision by the Executive to establish a Ministerial Group to consider its recommendations and the Executive’s commitment to continue to make progress on electoral reform and other issues relating to the modernisation of local government.”

Mr Keith Harding moved amendment S1M-1239.1 to motion S1M-1239—

Leave out from “agrees” to end and insert—

"resolves that no alteration to the voting system for local authority elections should be considered until after the publication of the report of the Ministerial Task Group being chaired by the First Minister; agrees that this report, together with the McIntosh and Kerley recommendations, should be debated as a whole and, in view of the limited timescale, resolves that the next local authority elections should take place on the basis of the existing first-past-the-post electoral system which delivers accountability, a clear link between elected member and voter and puts the power to create administrations in the hands of voters rather than politicians.”

After debate, amendment S1M-1239.2 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 69, Against 54, Abstentions 0). As a result, amendment S1M-1239.1 was pre-empted.

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 69, Against 21, Abstentions 33).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament notes that the Partnership Agreement contains a commitment, following the publication of the final report of the McIntosh Commission, to an immediate programme of change including progress on electoral reform; notes too that the Executive established the Renewing Local Democracy Working Group chaired by Richard Kerley, and welcomes the decision by the Executive to establish a Ministerial Group to consider its recommendations and the Executive’s commitment to continue to make progress on electoral reform and other issues relating to the modernisation of local government.

3.      Business Motion: Iain Smith, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1241—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 25 October 2000

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                    Executive Debate on Primary Dental Care Services

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business – debate on the subject of S1M-1096 Dennis Canavan: SBG and Transport Operatives Pension Schemes

Thursday 26 October 2000

9.30 am                        Executive Business

followed by                    Business Motion

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm                        Executive Debate on the Framework for Economic Development in Scotland

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1171 Alex Fergusson: Waiver of Groundwater Maintenance Charge

and (b) that Stage 2 of the Transport (Scotland) Bill be completed by 22 November 2000.

The motion was agreed to.

4.      Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister, the Solicitor General for Scotland and other Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.
                                               
5.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Health and Community Care made a statement on care for older people.

6.      Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill – UK Legislation: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice moved S1M-1240—That the Parliament notes that changes to the current registrations scheme for the registering of sex offenders under the Sex Offenders Act 1997 are proposed in amendments in the Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill currently before the UK Parliament; recognises the practical importance of consistency across the United Kingdom, and agrees that provisions to achieve these ends should be considered in the Bill by the UK Parliament.

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

7.      Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2 and 6 as noted above.

8.      Multiple Sclerosis in Scotland: The Parliament debated S1M-1132 in the name of Tricia Marwick—That the Parliament notes that Scotland, with an estimated 10,400 multiple sclerosis (MS) sufferers, is widely held to have the highest incidence of this disease, for which there is currently no cure; recognises the importance of the lobby of MSPs by people with MS which is to take place on 5 October 2000; notes the important developments in MS care in recent years, including the introduction of specialist MS nurses, a concept pioneered in Scotland, and the development of the drug beta interferon, the only treatment to date which modifies the course of the disease; regrets that, despite this progress, standards of care for people in Scotland with MS remain unsatisfactory, as recognised by the recent report of the Scottish Needs Assessment Programme; further notes that the cost-effectiveness of beta interferon in the treatment of MS is currently under review by the Health Technology Board for Scotland, and believes that Scotland, with the highest incidence of MS in the world, should set the world standard for people with MS care.

9.      Motion without Notice: Mrs Margaret Ewing moved without notice that under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended by up to 30 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 5.53 pm.

No. 26 Friday 13 October 2000

The meeting opened at 2.00 pm.

1.      Tributes to the Right Honourable Donald Dewar MP MSP: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice moved S1M-1260—That the Parliament expresses its deep regret and sadness at the untimely death of the First Minister, The Rt Hon Donald Dewar MP MSP; offers its sympathy and sincere condolences to his family and many friends whose grief is shared by all members of this Parliament; agrees that tributes should be paid to a distinguished Parliamentarian and great leader of Scotland, and further agrees that, as a mark of respect, no other business will be taken today.
           
The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 2.36 pm.

No. 27 Wednesday 25 October 2000

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: The Right Reverend Joseph Devine, Bishop of Motherwell, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Designation of Lead Committees: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1278—That the Parliament agrees the following designations of Lead Committees—

the Health and Community Care Committee to consider The Specified Risk Material Order Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/344); and
the Health and Community Care Committee to consider The Specified Risk Material Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/345).

The motion was agreed to.

3.      Suspension of Standing Orders: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1277—That the Parliament agrees that Rules 13.6.2 and 13.6.3 of the Standing Orders be suspended for the duration of the Meetings of the Parliament for the week beginning Monday 23 October 2000 and that Rule 5.6.1 (c) of the Standing Orders be suspended for the duration of the Meeting of the Parliament on Thursday 26 October 2000.

Alasdair Morgan moved amendment S1M-1277.1 to motion S1M-1277—

Leave out from “Rules 13.6.2 and 13.6.3” to “and that”.

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to (by division: For 35, Against 59, Abstentions 16).

The motion was then agreed to (by division: For 77, Against 34, Abstentions 0).

4.      Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1275—That the Parliament agrees—
 
(a) the following revisions to the Business Motion agreed on 5 October 2000—

Thursday 26 October 2000

delete all for that day and insert—

2.30 pm                        Selection of the Parliament’s Nominee for First Minister

(b) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 1 November 2000

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

2.35 pm                        Executive Motion to appoint Scottish Ministers

3.05 pm                        Executive Motion to appoint junior Scottish Ministers

3.35 pm                        Executive Business

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1188 Mrs Mary Mulligan: Sydney Paralympics and Olympic Games

Thursday 2 November 2000

9.30 am                        Scottish National Party Business

followed by                    Business Motion

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm                        Executive Debate on National Cultural Strategy

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1171 Alex Fergusson: Waiver of Groundwater Maintenance Charge

Wednesday 8 November 2000

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Executive Debate on Equality Strategy

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1236 Ms Sandra White: Glasgow and West Coast of Scotland Rail Infrastructure

Thursday 9 November 2000

9.30 am                        Executive Debate on Children’s Issues

followed by                    Business Motion

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm                        Executive Debate on Sport

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business

and (c) that the Rural Affairs Committee reports to the Health and Community Care Committee by 10 November 2000 on the Specified Risk Material Order Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/344) and the Specified Risk Material Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/345)

Tricia Marwick moved amendment S1M-1275.1 to motion S1M-1275—

In point (a) leave out from “2.30pm” to “Minister” and insert—

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm                        Selection of the Parliament’s Nominee for First Minister

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to (by division: For 33, Against 62, Abstentions 15).

The motion was then agreed to (by division: For 78, Against 33, Abstentions 0).

5.      Primary Dental Care: The Minister for Health and Community Care moved S1M-1271—That the Parliament notes the vital contribution which dental services make to health improvement and patient care; affirms its commitment to an effective and accessible NHS dental service for all who wish to use it in rural and urban Scotland, and welcomes the recently published Scottish Executive action plan for dental services in Scotland as a first step in improving the dental and oral health of Scotland and addressing inequalities in dental health.

Nicola Sturgeon moved amendment S1M-1271.1 to motion S1M-1271—

Insert at end—

“and further calls upon the Scottish Executive to bring forward proposals for the abolition of charges for dental check-ups.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 37, Against 76 Abstentions 0).

Robin Harper moved amendment S1M-1271.2 to motion S1M-1271—

Insert at end—

“but believes that the plans relating to the fluoridation of water supplies as a means of supporting primary care dental services outlined in the action plan should be abandoned in the light of the conclusions of the systematic review of fluoridation by the NHS Centre for Review and Dissemination.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 10, Against 67, Abstentions 36).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

6.      Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 3, 4 and 5 as noted above.

7.      SBG and Transport Operatives Pension Schemes: The Parliament debated S1M-1096 in the name of Dennis Canavan—That the Parliament notes that both the Scottish Bus Group pensions scheme and the Transport Operatives pension scheme have still to be wound up some seven years after privatisation; further notes that the schemes have a surplus of around £129 million and that some 8,000 pensioners and 4,000 deferred pensioners are awaiting payment from this surplus, and calls for urgent action to be taken in order to secure the maximum possible benefit for the pensioners and deferred pensioners from that surplus.
 
The meeting closed at 5.40 pm.

No. 28 Thursday 26 October 2000

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      First Minister: The following members were nominated as candidates for appointment as First Minister—

Dennis Canavan
Henry McLeish
David McLetchie
John Swinney

The result of the first round of voting was—

Dennis Canavan        3
Henry McLeish        68
David McLetchie      19
John Swinney          33

Henry McLeish was duly selected as nominee for appointment as First Minister.

The meeting closed at 3.20 pm.

No. 29 Wednesday 1 November 2000

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: The Reverend David Miller, Chaplain of Saughton Prison, Edinburgh, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Scottish Ministers: The First Minister moved S1M-1297—That the Parliament agrees that Jackie Baillie and Angus MacKay be appointed as Ministers.

David McLetchie moved amendment S1M-1297.1 to motion S1M-1297—

Leave out “and Angus MacKay.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to (by division: For 43, Against 66, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to.

3.      Junior Scottish Ministers: The First Minister moved S1M-1298—That the Parliament agrees that Malcolm Chisholm, Margaret Curran, Tavish Scott and Allan Wilson be appointed as junior Scottish Ministers.

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

4.      Official Information and Accountability to Parliament - The Executive’s Policy: The First Minister moved S1M-1299—That the Parliament notes that the Executive is committed to a policy of openness, accessibility and accountability in all its dealings with the Parliament and its Committees; further notes both the Parliament’s right and duty to hold the Executive to account including the power to invoke section 23 of the Scotland Act and the public interest in maintaining the confidentiality of exchanges between officials and Ministers concerning policy advice; observes that other Parliaments with strong freedom of information regimes do not disclose the terms of such exchanges and calls, to that end, for the Executive and the Parliament to observe the following principles:

(i) consistent with its policy of openness, the Executive should always seek to make as much information as possible publicly available as a matter of course and should respond positively to requests for information from the Parliament and its Committees;

(ii) officials are accountable to Ministers and Ministers in turn are accountable to the Parliament and it follows that, while officials can provide Committees with factual information, Committees should look to Ministers to account for the policy decisions they have taken;

(iii) where, exceptionally, Committees find it necessary to scrutinise exchanges between officials and Ministers on policy issues, arrangements should be made to ensure that the confidentiality of these exchanges is respected,

and commends these principles to Committees as guidelines to be followed in their dealings with the Executive.

Mr John Swinney moved amendment S1M-1299.2 to motion S1M-1299—

Leave out from “that the Executive” to end and insert—

“the need for openness, accessibility and accountability in the workings of the Executive and calls upon the First Minister to convene a meeting at which the Leaders of the political parties in the Parliament and the members of the Consultative Steering Group develop guidelines for access to information in relation to the scrutiny of the Executive by the Parliament and its committees and to bring the proposed guidelines from the meeting before the Parliament for debate.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 30, Against 83, Abstentions 0).

David McLetchie moved amendment S1M-1299.1 to motion S1M-1299—

Insert at end—

“and further calls upon the Executive to clarify (a) in what circumstances exceptions to these principles are acceptable to it in relation to advice given to Ministers by civil servants and (b) how the proposals entitled “Bringing politics back to the heart of Government” presented to Labour MSPs by Henry McLeish on 24 October 2000 (and any subsequent clarification of same) are reconciled with these principles.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 18, Against 66, Abstentions 30).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 66, Against 29, Abstentions 19).

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

6.      Sydney Paralympics and Olympic Games: The Parliament debated S1M-1188 in the name of Mrs Mary Mulligan—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Paralympians and Olympians on their success at being selected for the Sydney games and congratulates the teams on their success in Australia.

The meeting closed at 5.42 pm.

No. 30 Thursday 2 November 2000

The meeting opened at 9.32 am.

1.      Drugs Courts: Roseanna Cunningham moved S1M-1303—That the Parliament recognises the complex nature of the drugs problem in Scotland; accepts that addressing the problem requires effective law enforcement working in partnership with well resourced rehabilitation and treatment strategies; acknowledges the role that a system of specialist drugs courts could play in dealing with drug-related crime; notes that the Scottish Drugs Forum and CoSLA support the establishment of drugs courts, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to develop an appropriate pilot scheme with a view to moving towards the establishment of drugs courts in areas of Scotland where adequate rehabilitation and treatment resources exist, as proposed in the Scottish National Party’s 1999 Election Manifesto.

The Deputy Minister for Justice moved amendment S1M-1303.2 to motion S1M-1303—

Leave out from “acknowledges” to end and insert—

“and acknowledges the work that the Scottish Executive is doing in tackling this problem.”

Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh moved amendment S1M-1303.1 to motion S1M-1303—

Leave out from “with a view” to end and insert—

“based on the aims laid out in the 1999 Scottish Conservative and Unionist Election Manifesto.”

After debate, amendment S1M-1303.2 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 60, Against 51, Abstentions 0). As a result, amendment S1M-1303.1 was pre-empted.

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 61, Against 1, Abstentions 48).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament recognises the complex nature of the drugs problem in Scotland; accepts that addressing the problem requires effective law enforcement working in partnership with well resourced rehabilitation and treatment strategies and acknowledges the work that the Scottish Executive is doing in tackling this.

2.      Rates Relief for Small Businesses: Mr Kenneth Gibson moved S1M-1301—That the Parliament resolves that a permanent small business rates relief scheme, which is more generous than the present 1p poundage reduction, should be introduced with effect from 1 April 2001.

The Minister for Local Government and Finance moved amendment S1M-1301.1 to motion S1M-1301—

Leave out from “resolves” to end and insert—

“commends the Executive for delivering a 1p reduction in the poundage applied to small businesses with a rateable value of less than £10,000; notes that the revaluation of business rates has been delivered with the minimum turbulence for Scottish business and was conducted on a clear partnership basis with full participation from business rate payers and local authorities at every stage in the process, and welcomes the Executive’s current consideration of the case for small business rate relief.”

Miss Annabel Goldie moved amendment S1M-1301.2 to motion S1M-1301—

Leave out from “permanent” to end and insert—

“uniform business rate be re-instated and that efforts be made to reduce the level of uniform business rate, thereby diminishing the financial burden on all business and stimulating business activity in Scotland.”

After debate, amendment S1M-1301.1 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 62, Against 50, Abstentions 0). As a result, amendment S1M-1301.2 was pre-empted.

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 62, Against 19, Abstentions 31).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament commends the Executive for delivering a 1p reduction in the poundage applied to small businesses with a rateable value of less than £10,000; notes that the revaluation of business rates has been delivered with the minimum turbulence for Scottish business and was conducted on a clear partnership basis with full participation from business rate payers and local authorities at every stage in the process, and welcomes the Executive’s current consideration of the case for small business rate relief.

3.      Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1304—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) The following programme of business--

Wednesday 8 November 2000

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Executive Debate on Equality Strategy

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1229 Mr Andrew Welsh: Nuclear Testing Related Illnesses

Thursday 9 November 2000

9.30 am                        Ministerial Statement

followed by                    Executive Debate on NHS Governance and Accountability

followed by                    Business Motion

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm                        Executive Debate on Sport

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1210 Donald Gorrie: Misuse of Alcohol

Wednesday 15 November 2000

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Ministerial Statement

followed by                    Executive Debate on Social Justice

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business

Thursday 16 November 2000

9.30 am                        Scottish National Party Business

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

and (b) that Stage 1 of the Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) Bill be completed by 14 December 2000

The motion was agreed to.

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

5.      National Cultural Strategy: The Minister for Environment, Sport and Culture moved S1M-1305—That the Parliament recognises the strength and breadth of cultural activity in Scotland and the important contribution it makes to Scotland’s economy and to the quality of life of people throughout Scotland; considers that public support and encouragement of cultural development should be guided by a framework which widens opportunities to participate, promotes education in and through culture and supports and celebrates excellence in all areas of cultural activity, and therefore welcomes the publication by the Scottish Executive of Creating Our Future, Minding Our Past, Scotland’s first National Cultural Strategy.

Michael Russell moved amendment S1M-1305.1 to motion S1M-1305—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“calls upon the Scottish Executive to tackle with urgency problems such as the impending closure of key industrial museums in Scotland whilst also developing and implementing a vibrant and accessible vision of the place of the arts and heritage in the lives of the people of Scotland.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 32, Against 80, Abstentions 0).

David Mundell moved amendment S1M-1305.2 to motion S1M-1305—

Leave out from “public support” to end and insert—

“culture in Scotland is the product of our nation’s artistic, political and economic history and the spontaneous and independent interactions of individuals and organisations and that ownership of Scottish culture lies with Scotland’s people; believes that cultural excellence will best develop in an open and free society and that the role of the Scottish Executive should be to preserve and promote our historical record and artistic achievement and to foster an open society where new contributions can be made without requiring endorsement by politicians or producer groups, and further considers that the Executive’s Cultural Strategy document represents a missed opportunity to clarify the limitations of government in Scotland’s culture.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 19, Against 93, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 61, Against 0, Abstentions 49).

6.      Membership of Committees: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1309—That the Parliament agrees that the following Members be appointed to Committees—

Lloyd Quinan to the Audit Committee
Irene McGugan to the Education, Culture and Sport Committee
Linda Fabiani to the Equal Opportunities Committee
Kay Ullrich to the Equal Opportunities Committee
Richard Lochhead to the European Committee
Lloyd Quinan to the European Committee
Alex Neil to the Finance Committee
Shona Robison to the Health and Community Care Committee
Nicola Sturgeon to the Health and Community Care Committee
Kay Ullrich to the Procedures Committee
Winnie Ewing to the Public Petitions Committee
Fergus Ewing to the Rural Affairs Committee
Duncan Hamilton to the Rural Affairs Committee
Brian Adam to the Social Inclusion, Housing and Voluntary Sector Committee
Sandra White to the Social Inclusion, Housing and Voluntary Sector Committee
Fiona McLeod to the Subordinate Legislation Committee
Bruce Crawford to the Transport and the Environment Committee
Fiona McLeod to the Transport and the Environment Committee
John Home Robertson to the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee
Frank McAveety to the Health and Community Care Committee
Johann Lamont to the Social Inclusion, Housing and Voluntary Sector Committee

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7.      Designation of Lead Committee: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1302—That the Parliament agrees that the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee is designated as a Lead Committee in consideration of the Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) Bill and that the Bill should also be considered by the Local Government Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8.      Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2, 5, 6 and 7 as noted above.

9.      Waiver of Groundwater Maintenance Charge: The Parliament debated S1M-1171 in the name of Alex Fergusson—That the Parliament notes that the annual groundwater maintenance charge has been waived for sheep farmers in England and Wales and believes that the Scottish Environment Protection Agency should waive its charge in order to eliminate the competitive disadvantage which is currently borne by Scotland’s farmers.

The meeting closed at 5.47 pm.

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