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No. 31 Wednesday 8 November 2000

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Robert D. Kernohan, an elder of the Church of Scotland at Cramond Kirk, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Equality Strategy: The Minister for Social Justice moved S1M-1320—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive’s commitment to ensuring that people are treated as equal individuals regardless of, for example, their background, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, any disability, age or religious belief; commends the strategy set out in Working Together for Equality and the Scottish Executive’s commitment to address inequality, prejudice and discrimination through an inclusive, participative and mainstreaming approach, and calls upon other organisations to do likewise in working to attain equality of opportunity for all.

Fiona Hyslop moved amendment S1M-1320.2 to motion S1M-1320—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“notes the publication of the Scottish Executive’s strategy set out in Working Together for Equality, regrets that currently the legislative competence for equal opportunities remains with the Westminster Parliament, and therefore calls on the Scottish Executive within its limited powers to implement all the exceptions listed under section L2 of Schedule 5 to the Scotland Act 1998 in meeting their objectives to attain equality of opportunity for all.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 27, Against 72, Abstentions 0).

Bill Aitken moved amendment S1M-1320.1 to motion S1M-1320—

Leave out from “commends” to end and insert—

“but recognises that true equality, namely the equality of opportunity, can only be achieved by a radical rethink of many Scottish Executive policies.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 17, Against 82, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 83, Against 16, Abstentions 0).

3.      Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on item 2 as noted above.

4.      Nuclear Testing Related Illnesses: The Parliament debated S1M-1229 in the name of Mr Andrew Welsh—That the Parliament recognises the possible correlation between participation in the UK’s Nuclear Test Programme in the 1950s and the development of subsequent illnesses; congratulates Dundee University on its progress toward the development of a new diagnostic procedure and management clinic for individuals exposed to injurious amounts of ionising radiation, and supports the University’s attempts to develop a centre of excellence to deal with the health hazards of long term and accidental radiation exposure.

The meeting closed at 5.36 pm.

No. 32 Thursday 9 November 2000

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Social Justice made a statement on street homelessness in Glasgow.

2.      NHS Governance and Accountability: The Minister for Health and Community Care moved S1M-1324—That the Parliament notes that improving governance and accountability arrangements is a core element of the work underway on NHS modernisation and calls on the Scottish Executive to ensure that meaningful and practical proposals for change are set out in the forthcoming Scottish Health Plan.

Nicola Sturgeon moved amendment S1M-1324.2 to motion S1M-1324—

Insert at end—

"and further notes that the formulation and implementation of such proposals for change must fully involve both staff and the public and that such changes must be adequately resourced if they are to be successful.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 44, Against 52, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

3.      Business Motion: Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1326—That the Parliament agrees—
 
(a) the following programme of business—

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 - debate on the subject of S1M-1236 Ms Sandra White: Glasgow and West Coast of Scotland Rail Infrastructure

Thursday 16 November 2000

9.30 am                        Scottish National Party Business

followed by                    Ministerial Statement

followed by                    Business Motion

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm                        Executive Debate on Implications of the Chancellor’s Pre-budget Statement for the Scottish Executive

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1273 Mr Duncan McNeil: Compensation for Mesothelioma Sufferers

Wednesday 22 November 2000

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Executive Debate on Domestic Abuse

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business

Thursday 23 November 2000

9.30 am                        Committee Business

followed by                    Stage 1 Debate on the Salmon Conservation (Scotland) Bill

followed by                    Business Motion

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm                        Continuation of Stage 1 Debate on the Salmon Conservation (Scotland) Bill

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business

(b) that the Transport and the Environment Committee reports to the Justice and Home Affairs Committee by 24 November 2000 on the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) (No.2) Order 2000; and

(c) that the Justice and Home Affairs Committee and the Rural Affairs Committee report to the Transport and the Environment Committee by 24 November 2000 on the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Adaptation of Functions etc.) (No. 2) Order 2000.

The motion was agreed to.

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

5.      Sport: The Minister for Environment, Sport and Culture moved S1M-1325—That the Parliament recognises the contribution that sport makes to a modern inclusive society, to health and full and enjoyable life and as a positive and attractive alternative, for young people especially, to anti-social activities and criminal behaviour; notes the outcome of the first review of Sport 21; restates its support for Sport 21: Nothing Left to Chance as the strategic basis for developing sport in Scotland; welcomes the outcome of the 2000 spending review for sport in Scotland; congratulates Team GB and the Scots in it on their performances in the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and commends and supports the Scottish Executive’s bid to secure the 2009 Ryder Cup for Scotland, the home of golf.

Irene McGugan moved amendment S1M-1325.1 to motion S1M-1325—

Insert at end—

"accepting that the overall purposes of a sport policy should be to involve as many as possible, to encourage diversity, to sustain not only mainstream but also minority sports, including traditional Scottish sports, and to ensure a high level of international standard sporting excellence in Scotland.”

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

David Mundell moved amendment S1M-1325.2 to motion S1M-1325—

Insert at end—

"and urges the Executive to consider how it may best assist the objective of Euro 2008 being held in Scotland; recognises that sports such as swimming will require additional investment if participants are to realise their full potential; and calls upon the Scottish Executive to lobby Her Majesty’s Government to use the ending of the Millennium Fund to return the share of lottery funds going towards sport in Scotland to the levels that existed when the share of National Lottery funding for sport, art, heritage and culture was 20% rather than the 16.7% that has been in place since the Labour Government introduced its New Opportunities Fund.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 44, Against 55, Abstentions 0).

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

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament recognises the contribution that sport makes to a modern inclusive society, to health and full and enjoyable life and as a positive and attractive alternative, for young people especially, to anti-social activities and criminal behaviour; notes the outcome of the first review of Sport 21; restates its support for Sport 21: Nothing Left to Chance as the strategic basis for developing sport in Scotland; welcomes the outcome of the 2000 spending review for sport in Scotland; congratulates Team GB and the Scots in it on their performances in the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and commends and supports the Scottish Executive’s bid to secure the 2009 Ryder Cup for Scotland, the home of golf, accepting that the overall purposes of a sport policy should be to involve as many as possible, to encourage diversity, to sustain not only mainstream but also minority sports, including traditional Scottish sports, and to ensure a high level of international standard sporting excellence in Scotland.

6.      Designation of Lead Committees: Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1322—That the Parliament agrees the following designations of Lead Committees—

the Justice and Home Affairs Committee to consider the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) (No.2) Order 2000; and

the Transport and the Environment Committee to consider the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Adaptation of Functions etc.) (No.2) Order 2000.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7.      Approval of SSI: Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1323—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Train Operating Companies (Rateable Values) (Scotland) (No.2) Order 2000 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

9.      Misuse of Alcohol: The Parliament debated S1M-1210 in the name of Donald Gorrie—That the Parliament agrees that everything possible should be done to ensure that alcohol abuse and the issues of health and violence arising from it receive greater attention, and urges the Executive to promote civilised social drinking and to reduce excessive and under age drinking through any means available, including administrative action, publicity, education and legislation.

The meeting closed at 5.38 pm.

No. 33 Wednesday 15 November 2000

The meeting opened at 2.31 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Christine Davis from the Society of Friends, Dunblane, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Environment, Sport and Culture made a statement on water and sewerage charges.

3.      Social Justice: The Minister for Social Justice moved S1M-1345—That the Parliament welcomes the Executive’s publication of the Social Justice Annual Report 2000; notes the progress which is being made in tackling poverty and social exclusion, and reaffirms its commitment to creating a fairer society in Scotland, where everyone matters.

Fiona Hyslop moved amendment S1M-1345.3 to motion S1M-1345—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“affirms its commitment to creating a fairer society and to combating poverty; notes the publication by the Scottish Executive of the Social Justice Annual Report 2000; requests that in future the report is produced on an independent basis, with targets and measurements revised to be sustainable over future administrations and subject to all-party Parliamentary agreement, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to abandon those policies which are currently undermining progress in combating poverty and where necessary to make representations on behalf of the Scottish people to Her Majesty’s Government to change those policies which prevent progress in achieving social justice.” 

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 29, Against 72, Abstentions 0).

Bill Aitken moved amendment S1M-1345.1 to motion S1M-1345—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“notes the information published to date which shows that the Scottish Executive still has a long way to go to meet its objectives on social justice; affirms its commitment to building a civic society based on opportunities and responsibilities for all, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to address the problems of crime in Scotland’s communities and devolve power to individuals, families and communities as essential steps on the road to achieving social justice.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 18, Against 83, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 57, Against 19, Abstentions 26).

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

5.      Glasgow and West Coast of Scotland Rail Infrastructure: The Parliament debated S1M-1236 in the name of Ms Sandra White—That the Parliament agrees that the transport infrastructure of Glasgow and the West Coast of Scotland suffers from the lack of a direct rail link to Glasgow Airport and a Glasgow north/south rail link; notes that these interrelated schemes would bring benefits to all of Scotland, improving the rail accessibility of all parts of the country, and believes that the Scottish Executive should implement plans and make available the necessary funds for the development of these schemes.

The meeting closed at 5.42 pm.

No. 34 Thursday 16 November 2000

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Community Care: Nicola Sturgeon moved S1M-1356—That the Parliament is concerned about the current waiting lists held by local authorities of people in hospital and at home who have been assessed as needing residential and nursing home care but for whom no funding is available; recognises that home care services are inadequate to enable them to safely stay within their own home; notes that most of the additional funding announced by the Minister for Health and Community Care on 5 October 2000 will not be introduced until April 2001 and therefore calls upon the Scottish Executive to bring forward proposals as a matter of urgency to address these issues before the onset of winter.

The Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care moved amendment S1M-1356.1 to motion S1M-1356—

Leave out from “is concerned” to end and insert—

“notes that the Health and Community Care Committee is conducting an inquiry into Community Care and believes it is appropriate that the Parliament awaits the outcome of the Committee’s conclusions.”

After debate, amendment S1M-1356.1 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 56, Against 26, Abstentions 18).

Mary Scanlon moved amendment S1M-1356.2 to motion S1M-1356—

Leave out from “notes” to end and insert—

“agrees that the best way forward is the eventual implementation of the Sutherland Commission’s recommendation of free personal care, and urges the Scottish Executive to monitor the use of new monies allocated to local authorities for community care in light of winter pressure to ensure that the elderly receive the appropriate care and support.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 43, Against 56, Abstentions 2).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 74, Against 27, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament notes that the Health and Community Care Committee is conducting an inquiry into Community Care and believes it is appropriate that the Parliament awaits the outcome of the Committee’s conclusions.

2.      Housing Stock Transfer: Fiona Hyslop moved S1M-1355—That the Parliament notes that the ballot for the proposed Glasgow housing stock transfer may now be delayed until late 2001; calls upon the Scottish Executive to abandon its wholesale stock transfer policy in its current review of problem policies and further calls upon the Executive to release budgets allocated for stock transfer now in order to improve housing stock in Glasgow and throughout Scotland.

The Deputy Minister for Social Justice moved amendment S1M-1355.3 to motion S1M-1355—

Leave out from “notes” to end and insert—

“supports the community ownership policies that the Scottish Executive is taking forward to attract significant new investment into housing and supports putting tenants at the heart of the decision making process relating to their homes, in line with its commitments in Partnership for Scotland and Programme for Government.”

Bill Aitken moved amendment S1M-1355.1 to motion S1M-1355—

Leave out from “notes” to end and insert—

“calls upon the Scottish Executive to recognise the rapidly worsening condition of Glasgow City Council’s housing stock; agrees that improved standards of social housing can only be achieved through the genuine devolution of control of housing from councils to local housing providers with tenant involvement as initiated by the last Conservative Government and continued by the current Scottish Executive; recognises that tenant priorities will only be achieved if the size of community housing providers is limited to reflect genuine communities and maintain local control, and urges the Scottish Executive to expedite its stock transfer policy to appropriately sized community housing providers.”

After debate, amendment S1M-1355.3 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 55, Against 28, Abstentions 18). As a result, amendment S1M-1355.1 was pre-empted.

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 73, Against 28, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament supports the community ownership policies that the Scottish Executive is taking forward to attract significant new investment into housing and supports putting tenants at the heart of the decision making process relating to their homes, in line with its commitments in Partnership for Scotland and Programme for Government.

3.      Business Motion: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1358—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 22 November 2000

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                    Executive Debate on Renewing Local Government Finance

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1243 John Scott: SSSI, SPA and SAC Designations

Thursday 23 November 2000

9.30 am                        Standards Committee Debate on its Report on Investigation of Complaints and the Appointment of a Standards Commissioner

followed by                    Procedures Committee Debate on its Report on Parliamentary Questions

followed by                    Procedures Committee Debate on its Report on Changes to Standing Orders

followed by                    Stage 1 Debate on the Salmon Conservation (Scotland) Bill

followed by                    Business Motion

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm                        Continuation of Stage 1 Debate on the Salmon Conservation (Scotland) Bill

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1218 Margaret Jamieson: Tinnitus

Wednesday 29 November 2000

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Ministerial Statement

followed by                    Executive Debate on Domestic Abuse

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business

Thursday 30 November 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

and (b) that the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee reports to the Transport and the Environment Committee by 28 November 2000 on the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) Order 2000.

The motion was agreed to.

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

5.      Implications of the Chancellor’s Pre-budget Statement for the Scottish Executive: The First Minister moved S1M-1357—That the Parliament notes the implications of the Chancellor’s pre-Budget statement for the Scottish Executive.

Mr John Swinney moved amendment S1M-1357.1 to motion S1M-1357—

Insert at end—

"but regrets that at the end of the budget period the Chancellor will be investing less of the nation’s wealth in public services than when the Conservative Party left office.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 46, Against 55, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 82, Against 19, Abstentions 0).

6.      Designation of Lead Committee: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1351—That the Parliament agrees the following designation of Lead Committee—

the Transport and the Environment Committee to consider the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) Order 2000.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7.      Approval of SSIs: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1352—That the Parliament agrees that the following Orders be approved—

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.4) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/359);

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (Scotland) Order (SSI 2000/360);

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (No.2) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/370); and

the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Notification of Authorisations etc.) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/340).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8.      Sitting Days: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1353—That the Parliament agrees that the Office of the Clerk will be closed on 27, 28 and 29 December 2000.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9.      Rule 2.3.1: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1354—That the Parliament agrees the following dates under Rule 2.3.1: 19–23 February 2001 inclusive, 9–20 April 2001 inclusive, 2 July–31 August 2001 inclusive, 8–19 October 2001 inclusive and 24 December 2001–4 January 2002 inclusive.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 94, Against 4, Abstentions 2).

10.    Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 as noted above.

11.    Compensation for Mesothelioma Sufferers: The Parliament debated S1M-1273 in the name of Mr Duncan McNeil—That the Parliament notes the plight of shipyard workers and their families who were exposed to asbestos, became ill and have now contracted mesothelioma; expresses concern over the length of time their compensation cases are taking to reach conclusion and the use of so-called “blanket denials” by the defenders, and notes that this practice victimises and denies justice to these cancer sufferers.

The meeting closed at 5.47 pm.

No. 35 Wednesday 22 November 2000

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Maryanne Ure, National Secretary of the Scottish Catholic Justice and Peace Commission, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Suspension of Standing Orders: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1381—That the Parliament agrees that Rule 5.6.1(c) of the standing orders be suspended for the duration of the Meeting of the Parliament on Thursday 23 November 2000.

The motion was agreed to.

3.      Decision Time: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1380—That the Parliament agrees under Rule 11.2.4 of the standing orders that Decision Time on Thursday 23 November 2000 shall begin at 3.30 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

4.      Business Motion: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1379—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following revision to the Business Motion on 16 November 2000—

Thursday 23 November 2000

after ‘Stage 1 Debate on the Salmon Conservation (Scotland) Bill’, delete all for that day and insert—

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

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1218 Margaret Jamieson: Tinnitus

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm                        Decision Time

(b) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 29 November 2000

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Oath Taking

followed by                    Ministerial Statement

followed by                    Executive Debate on Domestic Abuse

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1189 Mr Adam Ingram: Mental Health Carers

Thursday 30 November 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 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-1347 Mr Mike Rumbles: Access to NHS Dental Services in Grampian

Wednesday 6 December 2000

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Ministerial Statement

followed by                    Stage 3 Debate on the Abolition of Poindings and Warrant Sales Bill

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1286 Tommy Sheridan: Glasgow Light Rail Scheme

Thursday 7 December 2000

9.30 am                        Ministerial Statement

followed by                    Executive Debate on Sea Fisheries

followed by                    Business Motion

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm                        Executive Debate on Development of a National Alcohol Misuse Strategy

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business

and (c) that the Equal Opportunities Committee reports to the Justice and Home Affairs Committee by 11 December 2000 on the draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2001.

The motion was agreed to.

5.      Renewing Local Government Finance: The Minister for Finance and Local Government moved S1M-1373—That the Parliament welcomes the improvements in the local government finance system proposed by the Scottish Executive and agrees that this will provide greater stability and improve accountability and will contribute to the Scottish Executive’s aims of revitalising government and ensuring better local services and tax stability for the citizens of Scotland.

Mr Kenneth Gibson moved S1M-1373.1 to motion S1M-1373—

Leave out from “and will contribute” to end and insert—

“and believes that an independent and comprehensive review is essential to the renewal of local government finance and further welcomes the inquiry currently being conducted by Local Government Committee.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 24, Against 70, Abstentions 0).

Mr Keith Harding moved amendment S1M-1373.2 to motion S1M-1373—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“notes the changes in the local government finance system proposed by the Scottish Executive but recognises that further changes and considerations are necessary with regard to the funding and powers of local government to ensure that a truly democratic, responsive, inclusive and accountable system of local government is put in place in Scotland.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 19, Against 72, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 74, Against 20, Abstentions 0).

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

7.      SSSI, SPA and SAC Designations: The Parliament debated S1M-1243 in the name of John Scott—That the Parliament notes and expresses its concern at the significant increase in proposed designations of Sites of Special Scientific Interest, Special Protection Areas and Special Areas of Conservation made during the last year and covering more than 8% of Scotland’s landmass; requests a report to the Parliament on the scientific basis for these designations and on the findings of any consultations undertaken prior to designation, and believes that this issue should be debated in  the Parliament before these designations are finalised. R

The meeting closed at 5.37 pm.

No. 36 Thursday 23 November 2000

The meeting opened at 9.31 am.

1.      Investigation of Complaints and the Appointment of a Standards Commissioner: Mr Mike Rumbles, on behalf of the Standards Committee, moved S1M-1376—That the Parliament agrees the recommendations of the Standards Committee, as set out in its 4th Report 2000, on the investigation of complaints, the appointment of a Standards Commissioner and other matters.

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

2.      Parliamentary Questions: Mr Murray Tosh, on behalf of the Procedures Committee, moved S1M-1382—That the Parliament notes and agrees to the recommendations contained in the 1st Report 2000 of the Procedures Committee, Preliminary Report into the Volume of Written Parliamentary Questions and the Scottish Executive’s Speed of Response (SP paper 169), as set out on pages 1 and 2 of the Report and reproduced below—

(a)          to agree the terms of the proposed agreement between the Parliament and the Executive (as detailed on page 1 of the Report);

(b)          that a continuing seminar on the resources for obtaining information and the appropriate use of parliamentary questions, and involving members, the Scottish Executive and Parliamentary officials, be organised by the Parliamentary authorities to assist those involved in the drafting of parliamentary questions, primarily members’ researchers and assistants;

(c)          that internal departmental telephone directories of the Scottish Executive be made available to all MSPs; and

(d)          that to facilitate the tracking of parliamentary questions and the answers submitted, the Parliamentary authorities should investigate now the feasibility of placing the date on which questions are lodged in the relevant Parliamentary publications.

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

3.      Private Legislation in the Scottish Parliament and Changes to the Standing Orders: Mr Murray Tosh, on behalf of the Procedures Committee, moved S1M-1383—That the Parliament notes—

(a)          the terms of the 2nd Report 2000 of the Procedures Committee, Private Legislation in the Scottish Parliament (SP Paper 204) and agrees to amend the Parliament’s standing orders in terms of the amendments set out in Annex B to the Report;

(b)          the terms of the 3rd Report 2000 of the Procedures Committee, Changes to Standing Orders of the Scottish Parliament (SP Paper 205) and agrees to amend the Parliament’s standing orders in terms of the amendments set out in Annexes A and B to that Report; and

agrees that these amendments come into force on 24 November 2000.

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

4.      Salmon Conservation (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Deputy Minister for Rural Development moved S1M-1361—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Salmon Conservation (Scotland) Bill.

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

5.      Salmon Conservation (Scotland) Bill – Financial Resolution: The Minister for Finance and Local Government moved S1M-1372—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Salmon Conservation (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any increase attributable to that Act in the sums payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund by or under any other Act.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6.      Membership of Committee: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1386—That the Parliament agrees that Duncan Hamilton be appointed to the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7.      Designation of Lead Committee: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1378—That the Parliament agrees the following designation of lead committee—

The Justice and Home Affairs Committee to consider the draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2001.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8.      Approval of SSI: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1377—That the Parliament agrees that the following Order be approved—

The draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2000 (Amendment) (No.2) Order 2000.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9.      Tinnitus: The Parliament debated S1M-1218 in the name of Margaret Jamieson—That the Parliament notes that tinnitus affects around one in ten of the population, including an even higher proportion of older people; further notes that following advances in various therapies to counter its effects a pharmacological solution is now a real possibility, and urges the Scottish Executive to encourage appropriate research to this end by all means at its disposal.

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

11.    Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 as noted above.

The meeting closed at 3.33 pm.

No. 37 Wednesday 29 November 2000

The meeting opened at 2.32 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: The Reverend Alan McDonald, Minister of the Parish Churches of St Leonard’s and Cameron in St Andrews and Convenor of the Church and Nation Committee, Church of Scotland, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Oaths and Affirmations: William Gerard Butler made his solemn affirmation before the Clerk.

3.      Ministerial Statement: The Lord Advocate made a statement concerning the murder of Surjit Singh Chhokar.

4.      Domestic Abuse: The Minister for Social Justice moved S1M-1400—That the Parliament approves the final Report of the Scottish Partnership on Domestic Abuse, endorses the National Strategy to Address Domestic Abuse in Scotland and welcomes the funding package which has been put in place to implement the recommendations of the Partnership.

Tommy Sheridan moved amendment S1M-1400.1 to motion S1M-1400—

Insert at end—

"but believes that this represents only a small step in the direction of tackling real problems which women and children who live with, are planning to leave or have left violent men face and that immediate resources need to be made directly available to women and children in this position.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 20, Against 91, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

5.      Motion without Notice: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that motion S1M-1408 be taken at this meeting of the Parliament.

The motion was agreed to.

6.      Suspension of Standing Orders: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1408—That the Parliament agrees that Rule 12.3.3 of the standing orders be suspended from 12.30 pm until 2.30 pm on Thursday 30 November 2000 to allow the Education, Culture and Sport Committee to meet.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

8.      Mental Health Carers: The Parliament debated S1M-1189 in the name of Mr Adam Ingram—That the Parliament congratulates Trust: A Carers Connection on its campaigning for the rights of carers of the mentally ill in Ayrshire; recognises the specific needs of these carers; believes that the rights of carers of people with mental illness should be at least the same as those of other carers, particularly in relation to consultation over care issues concerning the patient, and acknowledges the invaluable work carried out by these carers.

The meeting closed at 5.34 pm.

No. 38 Thursday 30 November 2000

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      District Courts: Phil Gallie moved S1M-1404—That the Parliament expresses its concern over the detrimental effects of the current strike being undertaken by UNISON members in Glasgow District Court on the administration of justice and calls upon the Scottish Executive to do everything in its power to resolve the current situation and in the longer term to transfer the responsibility for administration of district courts to the Scottish Courts Administration and to seek to negotiate a no strike agreement with court staff to put them on a par with police and prison officers.

The Deputy Minister for Justice moved amendment S1M-1404.2 to motion S1M-1404—

Leave out from “and calls” to end and insert—

“; recognises that the Crown has worked to protect business in District Courts and that this has proved successful except in the case of Glasgow, and urges the suspension of further action affecting the courts.”

After debate, amendment S1M-1404.2 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 62, Against 49, Abstentions 0).

Michael Matheson moved amendment S1M-1404.1 to motion S1M-1404—

Leave out from “detrimental” to end and insert—

“effect of the current industrial action on the operation of the Glasgow District Court; calls upon the Scottish Executive to ensure a speedy resolution of the dispute and, in the light of the current situation, further calls upon the Scottish Executive to publish an interim report from the current review of district courts in order that public confidence in the administration and operation of our judicial system is restored and to ensure that this report is made available to the Parliament.”

After debate, amendment S1M-1404.1 was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 30, Against 82, Abstentions 0).
 
The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 63, Against 50, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament expresses its concern over the detrimental effects of the current strike being undertaken by UNISON members in Glasgow District Court on the administration of justice; recognises that the Crown has worked to protect business in District Courts and that this has proved successful except in the case of Glasgow and urges the suspension of further action affecting the courts.

2.      Europe: David McLetchie moved S1M-1406—That the Parliament notes the forthcoming Nice intergovernmental conference meeting which is intended to pave the way for enlargement of the European Union and, which will have significant consequences for Scotland and, whilst welcoming enlargement, opposes moves towards a European superstate which will undermine our national sovereignty; calls upon the Scottish Executive to urge Her Majesty’s Government to support the development of a European Union which is based on flexibility, consensus and co-operation, believing that this is in the best interests of Scotland and Europe as a whole and further calls upon the Scottish Executive to commission and publish a study into the impact of the Nice proposals on devolved functions and the Scottish economy.

The Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs moved amendment S1M-1406.2 to motion S1M-1406—

Leave out from “notes” to end and insert—

“recognises the vital importance of the European Union to the current prosperity of Scotland; welcomes Scotland’s positive engagement in the European Union directly and through the UK; believes appropriate decisions in different areas of policy can be taken at Scottish, UK and European levels to ensure democracy and effective government; and supports the work of the Executive and the Parliament to raise the profile of a newly devolved Scotland as a modern, dynamic country with a clear sense of identity within a strong member state.”

Andrew Wilson moved amendment S1M-1406.1 to motion S1M-1406—

Insert at end—

"and encourages any moves towards the normalisation of Scotland’s status as a nation within a confederal European Union with full rights and obligations as a member state.”

After debate, amendment S1M-1406.2 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 63, Against 49, Abstentions 0). As a result, amendment S1M-1406.1 was pre-empted.

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 49, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament recognises the vital importance of the European Union to the current prosperity of Scotland; welcomes Scotland’s positive engagement in the European Union directly and through the UK; believes appropriate decisions in different areas of policy can be taken at Scottish, UK and European levels to ensure democracy and effective government; and supports the work of the Executive and the Parliament to raise the profile of a newly devolved Scotland as a modern, dynamic country with a clear sense of identity within a strong member state.

3.      Business Motion: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1403—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 6 December 2000

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                    Stage 3 Debate on the Abolition of Poindings and Warrant Sales Bill

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1286 Tommy Sheridan: Glasgow Light Rail Scheme

Thursday 7 December 2000

9.30 am                        Ministerial Statement on Local Government Settlement

followed by                    Executive Debate on Sea Fisheries

followed by                    Business Motion

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm                        Executive Debate on Development of a National Alcohol Misuse Strategy

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1363 Scott Barrie: Let’s Keep It Safe

Wednesday 13 December 2000

9.30 am                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Education, Culture and Sport Committee and Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee Debate on SQA Inquiries

2.30 pm                        Finance Committee Debate on 2001-02 Budget Process Stage 2

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1206 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: Abercorn Primary School West Lothian

Thursday 14 December 2000

9.30 am                        Scottish National Party Business

followed by                    Ministerial Statement

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

5.      Framework for Economic Development in Scotland: The Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning moved S1M-1405—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of Way Forward: Framework for Economic Development in Scotland; agrees with the clear aspirations for the Scottish economy which it sets out; agrees that for future economic success and prosperity, Scotland needs to improve productivity, its capacity for learning and innovation and transform its technology base, and that the Framework provides a basis for the joined up economic decision-making which is vital, and welcomes the work being done in partnership with all the key players in the Scottish economy towards achieving the Framework’s vision.

Mr Kenny MacAskill moved amendment S1M-1405.2 to motion S1M-1405—

Leave out “and that” and insert—

“and to that end insists that further investment is made in education and in the transport and electronic communications infrastructure to ensure that the aspirations of the framework document can be achieved; agrees that with such investment.”

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

Miss Annabel Goldie moved amendment S1M-1405.1 to motion S1M-1405—

Insert at end—

“but emphasises the importance of monitoring such activity in order that a meaningful response can be made to any negative outcome or trend.”

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

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

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of Way Forward: Framework for Economic Development in Scotland; agrees with the clear aspirations for the Scottish economy which it sets out; agrees that for future economic success and prosperity, Scotland needs to improve productivity, its capacity for learning and innovation and transform its technology base, and that the Framework provides a basis for the joined up economic decision-making which is vital, and welcomes the work being done in partnership with all the key players in the Scottish economy towards achieving the Framework’s vision but emphasises the importance of monitoring such activity in order that a meaningful response can be made to any negative outcome or trend.

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

7.      Access to NHS Dental Services in Grampian: The Parliament debated S1M-1347 in the name of Mr Mike Rumbles—That the Parliament recognises that improving access to NHS dental services is a public health priority, welcomes the publication by the Scottish Executive of An Action Plan for Dental Services in Scotland as a first step in this process but recognises that in the Grampian Health Board area, as in a number of rural areas of Scotland, more needs to be done to ensure access for all to NHS dental treatment.
Meetings of Committees

The meeting closed at 5.43 pm.

No. 39 Wednesday 6 December 2000

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: The Reverend Alison Fuller, Rector of St Columba’s by the Castle Episcopal Church, Edinburgh, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Abolition of Poindings and Warrant Sales Bill – Business Motion: Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1429—That the Parliament agrees that the time for consideration of Stage 3 of the Abolition of Poindings and Warrant Sales Bill be allotted as follows, so that debate on each part of the proceedings, if not previously brought to a conclusion, shall be brought to a conclusion on the expiry of the specified period (calculated from the time when Stage 3 begins)—

Group 1 to Group 2 - no later than 1 hour 55 minutes
Motion to pass the Bill - no later than 2 hours 25 minutes

The motion was agreed to.

3.      Abolition of Poindings and Warrant Sales Bill – Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

Amendment 1 was agreed to (without division).

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division):

2            (For 36, Against 71, Abstentions 0)
3            (For 38, Against 65, Abstentions 2)

4.      Abolition of Poindings and Warrant Sales Bill – Stage 3: Tommy Sheridan moved S1M-1401—That the Parliament agrees that the Abolition of Poindings and Warrant Sales Bill be passed.

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

5.      Suspension of meeting: The meeting was suspended from 4.57 pm until 5.00 pm.

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

7.      Glasgow Light Rail Scheme: The Parliament debated S1M-1286 in the name of Tommy Sheridan—That the Parliament believes that the construction of a light rail scheme in Glasgow would provide enormous benefits to the city in relation to jobs, improving the environment, tackling congestion and related pollution and regenerating the city as a tourist attraction; resolves therefore to reappraise urgently the Strathclyde Passenger Transport Executive’s private legislation proposal for a light rail scheme promoted in 1994 but rejected by four Parliamentary Commissioners, appointed under the Private Legislation Procedure (Scotland) Act 1936, in 1996, and agrees that this matter deserves to be investigated by the Minister for Transport and the Environment immediately.

The meeting closed at 5.30 pm.

No. 40 Thursday 7 December 2000

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Finance and Local Government made a statement on the local government settlement.

2.      Sea Fisheries: The Deputy Minister for Rural Development moved S1M-1433—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to seek from the negotiations leading up to the December Fisheries Council the best available outcome for the Scottish fishing industry consistent with sustainability of fish stocks.

Richard Lochhead moved amendment S1M-1433.1 to motion S1M-1433—

Insert at end—

", and to negotiate the transfer of lead responsibility for European Union fisheries negotiations from Her Majesty’s Government to the Scottish Executive in recognition of Scotland’s dominant position within the UK industry; questions the basis on which many of the proposals tabled by the EU Commission for the December Fisheries Council were formulated; calls for the urgent  implementation of a recovery plan for fish stocks comprising a range of technical measures to achieve the aim of sustainability; further recognises that adequately funded economic and social measures will also be required to ensure the viability of our fishing communities and achieve a restructuring of the fishing fleet; calls for an early introduction of zonal management to ensure that the unacceptable decision-making process that prevents stability in the fishing industry is not repeated, and notes that the Labour-Liberal coalition’s policies have left the Scottish fishing industry at a competitive disadvantage.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 28, Against 75, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

3.      Business Motion: Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1428—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 13 December 2000

9.30 am                        Time for Reflection – The Reverend Dr. Gordon Murray, Minister, Edinburgh and Forth Methodist Circuit

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                    Education, Culture and Sport Committee and Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee Debate on SQA Inquiries

2.30 pm                        Finance Committee Debate on 2001-02 Budget Process Stage 2

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1206 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: Abercorn Primary School West Lothian

Thursday 14 December 2000

9.30 am                        Scottish National Party Business

followed by                    Ministerial Statement on the Health Plan

followed by                    Business Motion

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm                        Debate on Committee Restructuring

followed by                    Executive Business

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-808 Fergus Ewing: Shinty

Wednesday 20 December 2000

9.30 am                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                    Stage 3 Debate on the Transport (Scotland) Bill

2.30 pm                        Continuation of Stage 3 Debate on the Transport (Scotland) Bill

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business

After debate, the motion was agreed to (by division: For 74, Against 3, Abstentions 0).

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

5.      Development of a National Alcohol Misuse Strategy: The Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care moved S1M-1434—That the Parliament endorses the Executive’s plans to work towards the publication of a national action plan to tackle alcohol misuse.

Mr Keith Harding moved amendment S1M-1434.1 to motion S1M-1434—

Leave out from “endorses” to end and insert—

“notes the Executive’s plans to work towards the publication of a national action plan to tackle alcohol misuse and calls upon the Executive to review the terms of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 1976 in order that licensing practices are brought into line with modern attitudes and social outlooks.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 18, Against 60, Abstentions 25).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

6.      Membership of Committee: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1430—That the Parliament agrees that Mrs Margaret Ewing be appointed to the Education, Culture and Sport Committee following the resignation of Ms Nicola Sturgeon.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7.      Approval of SSIs: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1431—That the Parliament agrees that the following Orders be approved—

the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) (No.2) Order 2000;
the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) Order 2000;
the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Adaptation of Functions etc.) (No.2) Order 2000;
the Mink Keeping (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/400); and
the draft Welfare of Farmed Animals (Scotland) Regulations 2000.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8.      Sitting Days: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1432—That the Parliament agrees that between 8 January 2001 and 11 January 2002 (inclusive) the Office of the Clerk will be open on all days except: Saturdays and Sundays, 13 April, 16 April, 7 May, 25 May, 28 May, 30 November, 24 December (pm), 25 December, 26 December 2001, 1 January 2002 and 2 January 2002.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9.      Membership of Committee: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1438—That the Parliament agrees that Bill Butler be appointed to the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee following the resignation of John Home Robertson.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10.    Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 as noted above.

11.    Let’s Keep Safe: The Parliament debated S1M-1363 in the name of Scott Barrie—That the Parliament notes the widespread harassment that people with learning difficulties can be subjected to in Scotland; further notes the work undertaken by MENCAP and ENABLE to highlight this problem; congratulates Values Into Action for producing the A to Z booklets Let’s Keep Safe and Let’s Report It to assist people in dealing with and overcoming such bullying and harassment; further notes the successful launch of these booklets in Edinburgh on 15 November 2000, and commends them to local authorities, NHS Trusts and voluntary groups as a guide to best practice in this area

The meeting closed at 5.32 pm.

No. 41 Wednesday 13 December 2000

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Time for Reflection: The Reverend Dr Gordon Murray, Minister, Edinburgh and Forth Methodist Circuit, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Business Motion: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1457—That the Parliament agrees, as an addition to the Business Motion agreed on 7 December 2000,—

Wednesday 13 December 2000

after the first Parliamentary Bureau Motions, insert—

“followed by                   Debate on Motion of No Confidence”

Tricia Marwick moved amendment S1M-1457.1 to motion S1M-1457—

Insert at end—

“and after the “Education, Culture and Sport Committee and Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee Debate on SQA Inquiries” insert

“to be concluded at 1.30 pm””

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to (by division: For 33, Against 79, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to (by division: For 78, Against 32, Abstentions 0).

3.      Motion of No Confidence: Mike Russell moved S1M-1448—That the Parliament has no confidence in Sam Galbraith in his role as a member of the Scottish Executive, by reason of his failure to act decisively on the matter of the Scottish Qualifications Authority between 26 June and 13 August 2000.

After debate, the motion was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 52, Against 66, Abstentions 1).

4.      Scottish Qualifications Authority Inquiries: Mary Mulligan, on behalf of the Education, Culture and Sport and Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committees moved S1M-1446—That the Parliament notes the 11th Report 2000 by the Education, Culture and Sport Committee, Exam Results Inquiry (SP Paper 234) and the 6th Report 2000 of the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee Inquiry into the Governance of the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SP Paper 232) and urges the Scottish Executive to give urgent consideration to their findings and recommendations.

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

5.Stage 2 of the 2001-02 Budget Process: Mike Watson, on behalf of the Finance Committee, moved S1M-1449—That the Parliament notes the 16th Report 2000 of the Finance Committee, Stage 2 of the 2001-02 Budget Process and commends the recommendations to the Scottish Executive.

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

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

7.      Abercorn Primary School, West Lothian: The Parliament debated S1M-1206 in the name of Lord James Douglas-Hamilton—That the Parliament registers its concern about the possible closure of Abercorn Primary School in West Lothian which provides a first class education to its pupils, notes the opposition expressed by the parents to the proposed closure by West Lothian Council and calls upon the Council to keep the school open.

The meeting closed at 5.38 pm.

No. 42 Thursday 14 December 2000

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Transport: Bruce Crawford moved S1M-1461—That the Parliament notes with concern and anger the crisis in the rail network in Scotland; regrets the lack of authority, influence or action demonstrated by the Scottish Executive and that the control and legislative powers over the rail industry in Scotland remain primarily reserved matters for Her Majesty’s Government and calls for all the powers over the rail industry in Scotland to be transferred to the Parliament, for the Scottish Executive to be given Scotland’s share of new investment in transport infrastructure and for a mechanism to be established so that Scotland’s interests are directly represented on cross-border rail matters.

The Minister for Transport moved amendment S1M-1461.2 to motion S1M-1461—

Leave out from “with concern” to end and insert—

“the progress being made by the Scottish Executive to build a sustainable, effective and integrated transport system which provides genuine choice and delivers a safe, accessible and expanding Scottish rail system as an integral part of the GB rail network.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 78, Against 31, Abstentions 0).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 79, Against 31, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament notes the progress being made by the Scottish Executive to build a sustainable, effective and integrated transport system which provides genuine choice and delivers a safe, accessible and expanding Scottish rail system as an integral part of the GB rail network.

2.      Health and Community Care: Nicola Sturgeon moved S1M-1453—That the Parliament is concerned that there are 3,000 fewer beds in the NHS than in 1997 and a further 3,000 beds occupied by patients ready for discharge; is further concerned that there are 900 fewer nurses than in 1996 and that hospital waiting lists have increased by 15% since September 1999; believes that the policies of the Scottish Executive to date have not adequately addressed these issues; notes the imminent publication of the Scottish Health Plan and calls on the Scottish Executive to include in that Plan practical and adequately funded proposals that will ease the pressure on hard pressed NHS staff and deliver real improvements to the quality of care provided to patients in Scotland.

The Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care moved amendment S1M-1453.1 to motion S1M-1453—

Leave out from “is concerned” to end and insert—

“notes the fact that the NHS in Scotland is treating more patients than ever before and welcomes the fact that funding for the NHS in Scotland is being increased by record amounts over the period 2000-04, and looks forward to further modernisation and change in the interests of patients.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 63, Against 47, Abstentions 0).

Mary Scanlon moved amendment S1M-1453.2 to motion S1M-1453—

Insert at end—

“and further notes the Royal Commission on Long Term Care’s recommendation on free personal care and calls upon the Scottish Executive to unequivocally commit itself to this recommendation and come forward with a firm date for its implementation.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 47, Against 62, Abstentions 0).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 63, Against 18, Abstentions 29).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament notes the fact that the NHS in Scotland is treating more patients than ever before and welcomes the fact that funding for the NHS in Scotland is being increased by record amounts over the period 2000-04, and looks forward to further modernisation and change in the interests of patients.

3.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Health and Community Care made a statement on the health plan.

4.      Business Motion: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1466—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following revision to the Business Motion agreed on 7 December 2000—

Thursday 14 December 2000

after “Debate on Committee Restructuring”, replace—

followed by                   Executive Debate on Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill – UK Legislation”

with—

followed by                   Debate on the Draft Undertaking by the Scottish Ministers under section 2(1) of the Highlands and Islands Shipping Services Act 1960”

(b) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 20 December 2000

9.30 am                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                    Stage 3 Debate on the Transport (Scotland) Bill

2.30 pm                        Continuation of Stage 3 Debate on the Transport (Scotland) Bill

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1389 Cathy Jamieson: Home and Community Safety

(c) that the Local Government Committee reports to the Transport and the Environment Committee by 12 January 2001 on the Financial Assistance for Environmental Purposes (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/430);

(d) that Stage 1 of the Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) (No. 2) Bill be completed by 31 January 2001;

and (e) that Stage 1 of the Mortgage Rights (Scotland) Bill be completed by 18 January 2001.

The motion was agreed to.

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

6.      Committee Restructuring: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1462—That the Parliament agrees that resolution of the Parliament S1M-37, agreed on 8 June 1999, shall be amended with effect from 8 January 2001 as follows—

Name of Committee: European
Remit: Unchanged
Maximum number of members: 9

Name of Committee: Equal Opportunities
Remit: Unchanged
Maximum number of members: 9

Name of Committee: Finance
Remit: Unchanged
Maximum number of members: 7

Name of Committee: Audit
Remit: Unchanged
Maximum number of members: 7

Name of Committee: Health and Community Care
Remit: Unchanged
Maximum number of members: 9

Name of Committee: Justice and Home Affairs be renamed Justice I
Remit: to consider and report on matters relating to the administration of civil and criminal justice, the reform of the civil and criminal law and such other matters as fall within the responsibility of the Minister for Justice
Maximum number of members: 7

Name of Committee: New Committee to be established and named Justice II
Remit: to consider and report on matters relating to the administration of civil and criminal justice, the reform of the civil and criminal law and such other matters as fall within the responsibility of the Minister for Justice
Maximum number of members: 7

Name of Committee: Education, Culture and Sport
Remit: to consider and report on matters relating to school and pre-school education which fall within the responsibility of the Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs; and on matters relating to the arts, culture and sport which fall within the responsibility of the Minister for Environment, Sport and Culture
Maximum number of members: 7

Name of Committee: Social Inclusion, Housing and Voluntary Sector be renamed Social Justice
Remit: to consider and report on matters relating to housing and the voluntary sector and such other related matters as fall within the responsibility of the Minister for Social Justice
Maximum number of members: 7

Name of Committee: Transport and the Environment
Remit: to consider and report on matters relating to transport which fall within the responsibility of the Minister for Transport; and matters relating to environment and natural heritage which fall within the responsibility of the Minister for Environment, Sport and Culture
Maximum number of members: 9

Name of Committee: Rural Affairs to be renamed Rural Development
Remit: to consider and report on matters relating to rural development, agriculture and fisheries and such other related matters as fall within the responsibility of the Minister for Rural Development
Maximum number of members: 11

Name of Committee: Local Government
Remit: to consider and report on matters relating to local government and which fall within the responsibility of the Minister for Finance and Local Government
Maximum number of members: 7

and calls upon the Procedures Committee to bring forward amendments to the standing orders to allow substitutes with voting rights to be nominated for each of the Committees.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 75, Against 34, Abstentions 1).

7.      Approval of draft Undertaking: The Minister for Transport moved S1M-1467—That the Parliament  approves the draft Undertaking by the Scottish Ministers under section 2(1) of the Highlands and Islands Shipping Services Act 1960.

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

8.      Approval of SSIs: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1458: Approval of SSIs—That the Parliament agrees that the following instruments be approved—

the draft Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2000;
the draft Education (National Priorities) (Scotland) Order 2000;

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.5) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/409);

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.6) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/428); and

the draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2001.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (DT) by division: For 87, Against 16, Abstentions 3).

9.      Designation of Lead Committee: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1459—That the Parliament agrees the following designation of Lead Committee—

the Transport and Environment Committee to consider the Financial Assistance for Environmental Purposes (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/430).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10.    Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2, 6, 7, 8 and 9 as noted above.

11.    Shinty: The Parliament debated S1M-808 in the name of Fergus Ewing—That the Parliament recognises the importance of shinty as Scotland’s indigenous sport; notes that, whilst it is especially popular in the Highlands, it is played throughout Scotland; acknowledges that it makes a significant contribution to Scotland in terms of social inclusion, citizenship, healthy living, community development, volunteering and economic development; welcomes the comprehensive presentation made by the Camanachd Association to MSPs on 3 May 2000, and supports the Association’s case for enhanced funding from sportscotland.

The meeting closed at 5.47 pm.

No. 43 Wednesday 20 December 2000

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Time for Reflection: The Reverend Alexander G Horsburgh, Church of Scotland Chaplain to the University of Stirling, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Business Motion: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1482—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) as an addition to the Business Motion agreed on 14 December 2000

Wednesday 20 December 2000

after the first Parliamentary Bureau Motions, insert—

         “followed by                   Ministerial Statement on the Fisheries Council”

and (b) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 10 January 2001

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                    Ministerial Statement

followed by                    Stage 1 Debate on the Leasehold Casualties (Scotland) Bill

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business

Thursday 11 January 2001

9.30 am                        Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                    Ministerial Statement

followed by                    Stage 3 Debate on the Salmon Conservation (Scotland) Bill

followed by                    Business Motion

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm                        Executive Debate on Stalking and Harassment

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business – debate on the subject of S1M-1436 Lloyd Quinan: Autistic Spectrum Disorder Provision

The motion was agreed to.

3.      Transport (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion: Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1488—That the Parliament agrees that the time for consideration of Stage 3 of the Transport (Scotland) Bill be allocated as follows, so that debate on each part of the proceedings, if not previously brought to a conclusion, shall be brought to a conclusion on the expiry of the specified period (calculated from the time when Stage 3 begins)—

          Group 1 to Group 2 - no later than 30 minutes
          Group 3 to Group 15 - no later than 1 hour 45 minutes
          Group 16 to Group 17 - no later than 2 hours 30 minutes
          Group 18 to Group 22 - no later than 3 hours 30 minutes
          Group 23 to Group 29 - no later than 4 hours 30 minutes
          Motion to pass the Bill - no later than 5 hours

The motion was agreed to.

4.      Ministerial Statement: The Deputy Minister for Rural Development made a statement on the Fisheries Council meeting.

5.      Transport (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to (without division): 1, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 59, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 60, 61, 62, 63, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 64, 65, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 66, 36, 37, 38, 67, 68, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 48, 49, 50, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 74, 58.

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

          6            (For 19, Against 66, Abstentions 0)
          7            (For 18, Against 66, Abstentions 0)
          69          (For 15, Against 80, Abstentions 1)
          70          (For 2,   Against 87, Abstentions 1)
          3            (For 6,   Against 61, Abstentions 19)
          5            (For 22, Against 75, Abstentions 0)
           
The following amendments were moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn: 73, 4.

Other amendments were not moved.

6.      Motion without Notice: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice under Rule 8.2.6, a motion without notice.

The motion was agreed to.

7.      Decision Time: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved that under Rule 11.2.4, Decision Time be taken at 4.15 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

8.      Transport (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Minister for Transport moved S1M-1425—That the Parliament agrees that the Transport (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Mr Murray Tosh moved amendment S1M-1425.1 to motion S1M-1425—

Insert at end—

“but in so doing expresses opposition to road user charging as defined by Part 3, and section 69 of the Bill which provides for potential additional Forth Road Bridge tolls.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 16, Against 83, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

9.      Membership of Committees: Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1483—That the Parliament agrees that the following Members be appointed to Committees with effect from 8 January 2001—

Keith Raffan to the Audit Committee
Karen Gillon to the Education, Culture and Sport Committee
Frank McAveety to the Education, Culture and Sport Committee
Cathy Peattie to the Equal Opportunities Committee
Margaret Smith to the Equal Opportunities Committee
John Home Robertson to the European Committee
Helen Eadie to the European Committee
Nora Radcliffe to the European Committee
Colin Campbell to the European Committee
Donald Gorrie to the Finance Committee
Janis Hughes to the Health and Community Care Committee
John McAllion to the Health and Community Care Committee
Frank McAveety to the Standards Committee
Kenneth Macintosh to the Standards Committee
Kay Ullrich to the Standards Committee
Iain Smith to the Local Government Committee
Frank McAveety to the Procedures Committee
Kenneth Macintosh to the Procedures Committee
Patricia Ferguson to the Procedures Committee
Brian Adam to the Procedures Committee
Rhoda Grant to the Public Petitions Committee
George Lyon to the Public Petitions Committee
Dorothy Grace Elder to the Public Petitions Committee
Jamie Stone to the Rural Development Committee
Mary Mulligan to the Rural Development Committee
Cathy Jamieson to the Rural Development Committee
Margaret Ewing to the Rural Development Committee
Bill Butler to the Subordinate Legislation Committee
Gordon Jackson to the Subordinate Legislation Committee
Margo MacDonald to the Subordinate Legislation Committee
John Farquhar Munro to the Transport and the Environment Committee
Bristow Muldoon to the Transport and the Environment Committee
Maureen Macmillan to the Transport and the Environment Committee
Des McNulty to the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee
Kenneth Macintosh to the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee
Kenny MacAskill to the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee
Paul Martin to the Justice I Committee
Karen Whitefield to the Justice II Committee
Scott Barrie to the Justice II Committee
Pauline McNeill to the Justice II Committee
Lyndsay McIntosh to the Justice II Committee
Euan Robson to the Justice II Committee
Margo MacDonald to the Justice II Committee
Christine Grahame to the Justice II Committee

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

11.    Home and Community Safety: The Parliament debated S1M-1389 in the name of Cathy Jamieson—That the Parliament congratulates East Ayrshire Council for working towards achieving a community safety strategy that encompasses safety at home, on the roads, and throughout the community; is aware that more than a third of all accidents take place in the home, resulting in an estimated two and a half million casualty attendance’s each year; acknowledges the importance of creating a central database of information relevant to home safety, and asks the Scottish Executive to consider supporting the introduction of a Home Safety Act.

The meeting closed at 5.00 pm.

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