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No. 44 Wednesday 10 January 2001

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: The Reverend Sheila Blount, Minister of Falkirk Old and St Modan’s Parish Church, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Designation of Lead Committee: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1514—That the Parliament agrees the following designation of Lead Committee—

the Health and Community Care Committee to consider the Fresh Meat (Beef Controls) (No.2) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/449) and the Feeding Stuffs (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/453).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

3.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs made a statement on the progress on implementing the McCrone report in respect of teachers’ pay and conditions.

4.      Leasehold Casualties (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: Mr Adam Ingram moved S1M-1367—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Leasehold Casualties (Scotland) Bill.

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

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

6.      Scottish Borders Labour Force: The Parliament debated S1M-1500 in the name of Euan Robson—That the Parliament notes the recent studies which have shown that a skills shortage is likely to develop in the labour force in the Scottish Borders in the next few years, creating particular challenges for traditional industries such as textiles and also for the construction industry, and therefore urges all relevant agencies to develop plans for training, retraining and upskilling, which will also assist in attracting high technology inward investors to broaden the base of the Borders’ economy and in expanding attractive job opportunities for young people near their home localities.

The meeting closed at 5.39 pm.

No. 45 Thursday 11 January 2001

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Salmon Conservation (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1518—That the Parliament agrees that the time for consideration of Stage 3 of the Salmon Conservation (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)—

          Groups 1 and 2 - no later than 1 hour
          Groups 3 and 4 - no later than 1 hour 30 minutes
          Group 5 to Group 8 - no later than 2 hours 30 minutes
          Motion to pass the Bill - no later than 3 hours.

The motion was agreed to.

2.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning made a statement on the Scottish Executive response to the career services review.

3.      Salmon Conservation (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

Amendment 12 was agreed to (by division: For 59, Against 41, Abstentions 0).

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

          2            (For 13, Against 84, Abstentions 0)
          3            (For 38, Against 56, Abstentions 0)
          11          (For 14, Against 79, Abstentions 0)
          5            (For 14, Against 83, Abstentions 1)
          6            (For 40, Against 58, Abstentions 0)
          7            (For 16, Against 84, Abstentions 0)
          10          (For 15, Against 80, Abstentions 0)
          14          (For 26, Against 68, Abstentions 0)

The following amendments were moved, and with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn: 1, 1A

Other amendments were not moved or pre-empted.

4.      Salmon Conservation (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Minister for Rural Development moved S1M-1502—That the Parliament agrees that the Salmon Conservation (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Richard Lochhead moved amendment S1M-1502.1 to motion S1M-1502—

Insert at end—

“and notes that the measures for the conservation of salmon which the Bill will allow are limited in nature; urges the Scottish Executive to bring forward an action plan designed to conserve salmon in all phases of their life cycle, and recommends that, as the existing corpus of statute law relating to salmon fishing and conservation is both complex and fragmented, a Consolidation Bill be brought forward as soon as practicable.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 33, Against 75, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 93, Against 16, Abstentions 0).

5.      Business Motion: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1520—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 17 January 2001

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                    Stage 1 Debate on the Mortgage Rights (Scotland) Bill

followed by                    Executive Debate on the Health and Social Care Bill - UK Legislation

followed by                    Executive Debate on the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill - UK Legislation

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1474 Janis Hughes: Acute Health Service Review in South Glasgow

Thursday 18 January 2001

9.30 am                        Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business

12.15 pm                       Ministerial Statement

followed by                    Business Motion

2.00 pm                        Executive Debate on the International Criminal Court Bill – UK Legislation

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm                        Executive Debate on the Scottish Strategy for Victims

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1454 Alex Neil: 
Hepatitis C

Wednesday 24 January 2001

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Ministerial Statement

followed by                    Committee Business

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business

Thursday 25 January 2001

9.30 am                        Scottish National Party Business

12.15 pm                       Ministerial Statement

followed by                    Business Motion

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm                        Stage 1 Debate on the Budget (Scotland) Bill

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1506 David Mundell: Robert Burns

and (b) that the Rural Development Committee reports to the Health and Community Care Committee by 2 February 2001 on the Fresh Meat (Beef Controls) (No.2) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/449) and on the Feeding Stuffs (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/453).

The motion was agreed to.

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

7.      Stalking and Harassment: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice moved S1M-1515—That the Parliament welcomes the work undertaken by the Scottish Executive to review the law on stalking and harassment; notes the completion of the consultation exercise carried out in 2000 and endorses the Scottish Executive’s proposals for strengthening the law, procedures and practice in this area.

Roseanna Cunningham moved amendment S1M-1515.1 to motion S1M-1515—

Leave out from “and endorses” to end.

After debate, Roseanna Cunningham sought leave to withdraw the amendment. Agreed to.

Phil Gallie moved amendment S1M-1515.2 to motion S1M-1515—

Leave out “endorses the Scottish Executive’s proposals” and insert—

“will endorse practical proposals.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 16, Against 59, Abstentions 30).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

8.      Designation of Lead Committee: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1519—That the Parliament agrees that the Social Justice Committee is designated as Lead Committee in consideration of the Housing (Scotland) Bill and that the Bill should also be considered by the Local Government Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9.      Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 4, 7 and 8 as noted above.

10.    Motion without Notice: Lloyd Quinan moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended by up to 30 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

11.    Autistic Spectrum Disorder: The Parliament debated S1M-1436 in the name of Lloyd Quinan—That the Parliament notes that the incidence of Autistic Spectrum Disorder has rapidly increased in the last ten years; further notes the challenge faced by parents, carers and organisations such as the Strathclyde Autistic Society regarding the lack of appropriate provision, and urges rapid action to address and rectify the current situation.

The meeting closed at 6.14 pm.

No. 46 Wednesday 17 January 2001

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: The Most Reverend Bruce Cameron, Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Decision Time: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1552—That the Parliament agrees under Rule 11.2.4 of the Standing Orders that Decision Time on Wednesday 17 January 2001 shall begin at 5.30 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

3.      Business Motion: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1551—That the Parliament agrees the following revisions to the Business Motion agreed on 11 January 2001—

Wednesday 17 January 2001

after “Executive Debate on the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill – UK Legislation”, delete all and insert—

followed by                   Debate on Convenership of Committees

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.30 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1474 Janis Hughes: Acute Health Service Review in South Glasgow”

The motion was agreed to.

4.      Designation of Lead Committees: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1553—That the Parliament agrees that—

the Health and Community Care Committee is designated as Lead Committee in consideration of the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Bill and that the Bill should also be considered by the Local Government Committee and by the Education, Culture and Sport Committee; and
the Justice 1 Committee is designated as Lead Committee in consideration of the Convention Rights (Compliance) (Scotland) Bill.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

5.      Designation of Lead Committee: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1554—That the Parliament agrees the following designation of Lead Committee—

the Health and Community Care Committee to consider the Specified Risk Material Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/3) and the Specified Risk Material Order Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/4).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6.      Mortgage Rights (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: Cathie Craigie moved S1M-1534—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Mortgage Rights (Scotland) Bill.

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

7.      Health and Social Care Bill – UK Legislation: The Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care moved S1M-1529—That the Parliament endorses the principle of transferring to local authorities in Scotland the responsibility for the funding and care management of people in residential care and nursing homes with preserved rights to higher levels of income support as set out in the Health and Social Care Bill; also endorses the principle of introducing enabling powers to extend recognition to specific groups of healthcare professionals for the purposes of dispensing NHS prescriptions written by them and of determining the list of medicines and appliances which they may prescribe and which NHS community pharmacists may be paid for dispensing, and agrees that the relevant provisions to achieve these ends in the Bill should be considered by the UK Parliament.

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

8.      Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill – UK Legislation: The Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care moved S1M-1527—That the Parliament endorses the need to ban tobacco advertising and promotion in Scotland as set out in the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill and agrees that the relevant provisions in the Bill should be considered by the UK Parliament.

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

9.      Convenership of Committee: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1555—That the Parliament agrees that the Convener of the Justice 2 Committee be appointed from the Labour Party and that the Deputy Convener of the Justice 2 Committee be appointed from the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.

Tricia Marwick moved amendment S1M-1555.1 to motion S1M-1555—

Leave out from “the Convener” to end and insert—

“the founding principles of the Parliament as established by the Consultative Steering Group must not be undermined; that those principles have as their bedrock the fair representation of the parties in the Parliament, on parliamentary committees and in the role of Convener and Deputy Convener of those committees and therefore instructs the Parliamentary Bureau to bring forward a proposal to allocate the Convenership and Deputy Convenership of the Justice 2 Committee according to the system that has been successfully applied since the establishment of the Parliament and which has to date commanded all party support.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 37, Against 75, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) For 73, Against 36, Abstentions 0).

10.    Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 as noted above.

11.    Acute Health Service Review in South Glasgow: The Parliament debated S1M-1474 in the name of Janis Hughes—That the Parliament notes the current review of acute hospital services in the south of Glasgow and believes that there should be an option appraisal of all the sites considered by Greater Glasgow Health Board as part of their consultation process.

12.    Motion without Notice: Ken MacIntosh moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended by 10 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 6.30 pm.

No. 47 Thursday 18 January 2001

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Fisheries: Mr Jamie McGrigor moved S1M-1548—That the Parliament notes the failure of the Scottish Executive to take the lead in producing an appropriate cod recovery plan for presentation as a United Kingdom submission to the European Commission; believes that this failure has led to European proposals for the North Sea which would seriously disadvantage the Scottish fishing fleet; notes that the plan, unless altered, will cause tremendous economic damage to Scotland’s fishing communities, and calls for an alternative plan, devised in co-operation with the Scottish fishing industry, to be promoted immediately, which will lead to the revival of fish stocks and ensure a long-term future for Scotland’s fishing industry.

The Deputy Minister for Rural Affairs moved amendment S1M-1548.2 to motion S1M-1548—

Leave out from “the failure” to end and insert—

“that the Scottish Executive, as part of the UK delegation, is currently involved in negotiations on a cod recovery plan with the European Commission, is aiming to secure the best possible deal for Scottish fishermen whilst ensuring a sustainable fishing industry, and is fully involving the industry in these discussions.”

Richard Lochhead moved amendment S1M-1548.1 to motion S1M-1548—

At end insert—

“; notes that, while other European Member States provide generous financial support for their fishing industries, Scotland’s industry receives minimal support, and therefore calls on the Scottish Executive to announce an appropriate level of new investment in the industry given that such additional support for our fishing communities in their hour of need will ensure that they continue to make an enormous contribution to Scotland.”

After debate, amendment  S1M-1548.2 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 61, Against 50, Abstentions 1). As a result, amendment S1M-1548.1 was pre-empted.

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 93, Against 18, Abstentions 1).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament notes that the Scottish Executive, as part of the UK delegation, is currently involved in negotiations on a cod recovery plan with the European Commission, is aiming to secure the best possible deal for Scottish fishermen whilst ensuring a sustainable fishing industry, and is fully involving the industry in these discussions.

2.      Route Action Plan and Priority Trans-European Network Road Links: Mr Murray Tosh moved S1M-1547—That the Parliament recognises the strategic importance of the ports of Stranraer and Cairnryan and the A75 corridor, in linking Northern Ireland and Scotland with the rest of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland and in developing priority Trans-European Network links; applauds the efforts of Dumfries and Galloway Council and the North Channel Partnership to highlight the strategic importance of the corridor as well as its economic importance to South West Scotland; notes the concern of the Council and the Partnership that the Scottish Executive’s current proposals for the A75 will neither ensure improvements to the standards required for a Trans-European Networks road link, nor deliver agreed improvements within a timescale which would allow Stranraer and Cairnryan to compete effectively with the A55-Holyhead corridor, and calls upon the Scottish Executive, in recognition of the strategic importance of the A75 corridor, to work with all relevant partners to reassess the A75 Route Action Plan proposals, with a view to promoting a more comprehensive upgrading of the route and bringing forward firm funding proposals.

The Minister for Transport moved amendment S1M-1547.1 to motion S1M-1547—

Leave out from “notes the concern” to end and insert—

“welcomes the Scottish Executive’s decision in the Spending Review 2000 to increase expenditure on transport by £500 million in the period to March 2004, recognises the progressive improvement of the A75 most recently through the scheme at The Glen completed in 1999 and the measures covering the next 10 years set out in the Route Action Plan, and notes that the Scottish Executive has already completed the short term measures and is now implementing the medium term priorities in that Plan.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 49, Abstentions 0).

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 strategic importance of the ports of Stranraer and Cairnryan and the A75 corridor, in linking Northern Ireland and Scotland with the rest of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland and in developing priority Trans-European Network links; applauds the efforts of Dumfries and Galloway Council and the North Channel Partnership to highlight the strategic importance of the corridor as well as its economic importance to South West Scotland; welcomes the Scottish Executive’s decision in the Spending Review 2000 to increase expenditure on transport by £500 million in the period to March 2004, recognises the progressive improvement of the A75 most recently through the scheme at The Glen completed in 1999 and the measures covering the next 10 years set out in the Route Action Plan, and notes that the Scottish Executive has already completed the short term measures and is now implementing the medium term priorities in that Plan.

3.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Finance and Local Government’s statement on the review of NDPBs in Scotland was taken as read. This item of business was not concluded.

4.      Business Motion: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1550—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 24 January 2001

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection – The Right Reverend Dr Andrew R C McLellan, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland

followed by                    Ministerial Statement

followed by                    Justice 1 Committee Debate on its Proposal for a Protection from Abuse Bill
The Clerk has been informed that the following document(s) are relevant to this debate.
                                    Justice and Home Affairs Committee’s 9th Report, 2000 (SP Paper 221)

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1334 Pauline McNeill: Funding of Glasgow’s Museums and Galleries

Thursday 25 January 2001

9.30 am                        Scottish National Party Business

12.15 pm                       Ministerial Statement

followed by                    Business Motion

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm                        Stage 1 Debate on the Budget Bill

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1506 David Mundell: Robert Burns

Wednesday 31 January 2001

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection – The Reverend Ernest Levy, Member of the Jewish Clergy

followed by                    Stage 1 Debate on the Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) (No. 2) Bill

followed by                    Financial Resolution on the Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) (No. 2) Bill

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business

Thursday 1 February 2001

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 Strategy for Enterprise

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business

(b) that Stage 1 of the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Bill be completed by 7 March 2001;

(c) that Stage 1 of the Housing (Scotland) Bill be completed by 14 March 2001; and

(d) that the Rural Development Committee reports to the Health and Community Care Committee by 2 February 2001 on the Specified Risk Material Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/3) and the Specified Risk Material Order Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/4).

After debate, the motion was agreed to (by division: For 27, Against 15, Abstentions 0).

5.      International Criminal Court Bill – UK Legislation: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice moved S1M-1528—That the Parliament endorses the principle of establishing the International Criminal Court in the legal systems of the United Kingdom and agrees that the provisions within the International Criminal Court Bill that relate to devolved matters should be considered by the UK Parliament.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 80, Against 33, Abstentions 0).

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

7.      Scottish Strategy for Victims: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice moved S1M-1556—That the Parliament endorses the principles of the Scottish Strategy for Victims; commends the development of the strategy which gives proper recognition for victims of crime and their needs; welcomes its emphasis on partnership working between criminal justice agencies to achieve the Scottish Executive’s objectives of better support and information for victims, and welcomes the commitment to action and real improvements set out in the Justice Department’s Action Plan.

Roseanna Cunningham moved amendment S1M-1556.1 to motion S1M-1556—

Leave out from “commends” to end and insert—

“recognises the long-standing neglect of victims within the Scottish criminal justice system which the strategy seeks to address, in particular the need for better support and involvement of victims throughout the criminal justice process, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to give higher status to the Victim Steering Group and ensure that sufficient resources are in place for the successful implementation of the Strategy.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 34, Against 79, Abstentions 0).

Phil Gallie moved amendment S1M-1556.2 to motion S1M-1556—

Leave out from “gives” to end and insert—

“represents a step forward in what has been a lethargic approach by the Scottish Executive.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 18, Against 64, Abstentions 31).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

8.      Designation of Committee: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1563—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee is designated as the other Committee in consideration in the Convention Rights (Compliance) (Scotland) Bill.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

10.    Hepatitis C: The Parliament debated S1M-1454 in the name of Alex Neil—That the Parliament notes with concern that there are currently 10,000 people carrying hepatitis C in Scotland and that there may be 50,000 undiagnosed cases; acknowledges that hepatitis C can be treated in a cost-effective manner through a comprehensive system of education, screening and holistic treatment, and recognises the work of C-Level, Capital C and other such groups in their attempts to gain adequate funding so that they might tackle the issue.

The meeting closed at 5.47 pm.

No. 48 Wednesday 24 January 2001

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: The Right Reverend Dr Andrew R C McLellan, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Health and Community Care made a statement on long term care.

3.      Proposal for a Protection from Abuse Bill: Alasdair Morgan, on behalf of the Justice 1 Committee, moved S1M-1392—That the Parliament agrees to the proposal for a Committee Bill under Rule 9.15 contained in the Justice and Home Affairs Committee’s 9th Report, 2000 (SP Paper 221).

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

4.      Designation of Lead Committees: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1582—That the Parliament agrees the following designations of Lead Committee—

the Justice 1 Committee to consider the draft Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986 Amendment Regulations 2001;
the Justice 1 Committee to consider the draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2001 and
the Justice 2 Committee to consider the draft Number of Inner House Judges (Variation) Order 2001.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

6.      Funding of Glasgow’s Museums and Galleries: The Parliament debated S1M-1334 in the name of Pauline McNeill—That the Parliament is disappointed that Glasgow’s museums and galleries were left out of the new funding for the arts announced on 2 November 2000; considers that the omission of support for Glasgow in arts funding disregards Glasgow museums’ “special circumstances” as outlined in the Scottish Executive’s National Cultural Strategy; believes that Glasgow City Council’s cultural, social inclusion and educational strategy is second to none in Scotland; notes that the city’s museums are the most visited in the UK outside London and that Glasgow holds the greatest civic collection in Europe, all of this being funded by the council tax payers of Glasgow, and calls for the inequity in funding of museums in Scotland to be redressed and the east-west divide in arts funding to be ended.

The meeting closed at 5.52 pm.

No. 49 Thursday 25 January 2001

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Roads of Scotland: Bruce Crawford moved S1M-1584—That the Parliament expresses its grave concern over the tendering process for the award of the contracts for the management and maintenance of the trunk road network; in particular notes that there are wide concerns about the contract assessment process, the future operation of the trunk road service and the potential knock-on implications for local authorities and others, and also expresses its deep regret that the Scottish Executive has failed to respond fully to the substantial and detailed submissions by the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, individual councils and others.

The Minister for Transport moved amendment S1M-1584.1 to motion S1M-1584—

Leave out from “expresses” to end and insert—

“recognises the strong concerns expressed by the local government consortia and trade unions about the award of the contracts for the management and maintenance of the trunk road network; in particular notes their concerns about the contract assessment process, the future operation of the trunk road services and the potential knock-on implications for local authorities, and calls upon the Executive to continue further exploration of all outstanding issues.”

Mr Murray Tosh moved amendment S1M-1584.1.1 to amendment S1M-1584.1—

At end insert—

“and further expresses concern that the separation of trunk from non-trunk roads for management and maintenance work hitherto carried out on a combined basis may diminish overall operational efficiency and value for money, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to conduct an urgent analysis of the impact of disaggregation of combined operations and to report back to the Parliament on proposals necessary to achieve optimum operational efficiency and value for money across the network as a whole.”

After debate, amendment S1M-1584.1.1 was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 53, Against 69, Abstentions 0).

Amendment S1M-1584.1 was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 86, Against 35, Abstentions 1).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 88, Against 34, Abstentions 1).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament recognises the strong concerns expressed by the local government consortia and trade unions about the award of the contracts for the management and maintenance of the trunk road network; in particular notes their concerns about the contract assessment process, the future operation of the trunk road services and the potential knock-on implications for local authorities, and calls upon the Executive to continue further exploration of all outstanding issues.

2.      Personal Care for the Elderly: Nicola Sturgeon moved S1M-1589—That the Parliament, while welcoming the further package of proposals to improve care for the elderly announced by the Minister for Health and Community Care on 24 January 2001, notes that it is the policy of the Liberal Democrats, SNP, Conservatives and others to introduce free personal care for the elderly as proposed in the Sutherland Commission Report and calls upon the Scottish Executive to make a similar clear, firm and unequivocal commitment together with a definite timetable for its implementation.

Dr Richard Simpson moved amendment S1M-1589.2 to motion S1M-1589—

leave out from “while” to end and insert—

“recognises that there are benefits in providing free personal care for the elderly; welcomes as a major step in this direction the further package of proposals announced by the Executive on 24 January 2001 which set out a process that will lead to a substantial extension of free personal care; notes that there are significant issues of cost and practicality in moving further and calls upon the Executive to broaden the terms of reference of the Development Group to require it to consider the practicalities, costs and implications of providing free personal care for all and to report by August 2001 with proposals that will inform the Executive’s expenditure decisions for 2002-3 and beyond.”

Tommy Sheridan moved amendment S1M-1589.1 to motion S1M-1589—

Leave out “and others” and insert—

“the Scottish Socialist Party and the Scottish Green Party”.

After debate, amendment S1M-1589.2 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 65, Against 55, Abstentions 1). As a result, amendment S1M-1589.1 was pre-empted.

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 65, Against 20, Abstentions 36).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament, recognises that there are benefits in providing free personal care for the elderly; welcomes as a major step in this direction the further package of proposals announced by the Executive on 24 January 2001 which set out a process that will lead to a substantial extension of free personal care; notes that there are significant issues of cost and practicality in moving further and calls upon the Executive to broaden the terms of reference of the Development Group to require it to consider the practicalities, costs and implications of providing free personal care for all and to report by August 2001 with proposals that will inform the Executive’s expenditure decisions for 2002-03 and beyond.

3       Business Motion: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1581—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 31 January 2001

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection – The Reverend Ernest Levy, Member of the Jewish Clergy

followed by                    Stage 1 Debate on the Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) (No. 2) Bill

followed by                    Executive Debate on the Outworking Bill – UK Legislation

followed by                    Financial Resolution on the Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) (No. 2) Bill

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1579 Ian Jenkins: Borders Textile Industry

Thursday 1 February 2001

9.30 am                        Executive Debate on Working Together for Scotland – a Programme for Government

followed by                    Business Motion

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm                        Executive Debate on the Strategy for Enterprise

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1575 Roseanna Cunningham: Tayside Acute Services Review Consultation

Wednesday 7 February 2001

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Executive Debate on Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2001

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business

Thursday 8 February 2001

9.30 am                        Scottish Socialist Party and Green Party Business

followed by                    Business Motion

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm                        Stage 3 Debate on the Budget (Scotland) (No.2) Bill

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business

(b) that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 2 February 2001 on the draft Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986 Amendment Regulations 2001 and on the draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2001 and that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 2 February 2001 on the draft Number of Inner House Judges (Variation) Order 2001; and

(c) that Stage 1 of the Convention Rights (Compliance) (Scotland) Bill be completed by 21 March 2001

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

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

5.      Budget (Scotland) (No.2) Bill – Stage 1: The Minister for Finance and Local Government moved S1M-1574—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Budget (Scotland) (No.2) Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 67, Against 0, Abstentions 52).

6.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Parliament, under Rule 13.2.2, made a statement on personal care for the elderly.

7.      Suspension of meeting: The meeting was suspended from 5.09 pm until 5.10 pm.

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

9.      Robert Burns: The Parliament debated S1M-1506 in the name of David Mundell—That the Parliament recognises the immeasurable contribution which the life and works of Robert Burns have made to the history and culture of Scotland; commends the activities of the Robert Burns World Federation, individual Burns’ Clubs and the many other organisations and individuals who are dedicated to preserving and promoting Burns’ memory and work in Scotland and abroad, and believes that the Scottish Executive should do all it can to ensure that the maximum educational, cultural and economic, particularly from tourism, benefits are gained by the people of Scotland from Robert Burns’ global legacy.

The meeting closed at 6.19 pm.

No. 50 Wednesday 31 January 2001

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: The Reverend Ernest Levy, Member of the Jewish Clergy, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) (No.2) Bill – Stage 1: The Deputy Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs moved S1M-1525—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) (No.2) Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 62, Against 15, Abstentions 27).

3.      Outworking Bill – UK Legislation: The Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning and Gaelic moved S1M-1596—That the Parliament endorses the principle of tackling bogus outworking schemes by controlling the seeking or receipt of advance payments for the provision of work or of information about work opportunities as set out in the Outworking Bill and agrees that the relevant provisions to achieve this end in the Bill should be considered by the UK Parliament.

Tricia Marwick moved amendment S1M-1596.1 to motion S1M-1596—

Leave out from “as set out” to end and insert—

“and therefore calls upon the Scottish Executive to bring forward legislation in Scotland to achieve these aims of the UK Outworking Bill.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 26, Against 79, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 81, Against 0, Abstentions 27).

4.      Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) (No.2) Bill – Financial Resolution: The Minister for Finance and Local Government moved S1M-1580—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) (No.2) 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 the Fund under or by virtue of any other enactment; and
(b) any payments made to the Scottish Ministers under the Act.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

6.      Borders Textile Industry: The Parliament debated S1M-1579 in the name of Ian Jenkins—That the Parliament notes with regret the loss of jobs in the textiles industry at the Murray Allan mill in Innerleithen; supports the efforts of local agencies working together to assist employees who have lost their jobs, and urges the Scottish Executive to report on progress to deliver aid to the sector and to resolve the threat posed to the industry by the ongoing trade dispute between Europe and the USA so that textiles manufacturing can look forward to a permanent place in the Borders economy.

The meeting closed at 5.43 pm.

No. 51 Thursday 1 February 2001

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Working Together for Scotland: A Programme for Government: The First Minister moved S1M-1609—That the Parliament endorses the contents of Working together for Scotland: A Programme for Government.

Mr John Swinney moved amendment S1M-1609.1 to motion S1M-1609—

Leave out from “endorses” to end and insert—

“condemns the use of valuable Parliamentary time and public resources for an exercise in spin and calls for the Parliament to take on the powers of a normal Parliament which would enable it to use all of the resources of Scotland to address the social and economic priorities determined by the people of Scotland.”

Mr David McLetchie moved amendment S1M-1609.1.1 to amendment S1M-1609.1—

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

“represented by and contained within the Working together for Scotland: A Programme for Government document.”

After debate, amendment S1M-1609.1.1 was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 17, Against 94, Abstentions 0).

After debate, amendment S1M-1609.1 was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 33, Against 77, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 62, Against 49, Abstentions 0).

2.      Business Motion: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1605—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following revisions to the Business Motion agreed on 25 January 2001—

Thursday 1 February 2001

after “Business Motion” insert—

“followed by                   Ministerial Statement on the Lockerbie Trial”

and (b) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 7 February 2001

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Executive Debate on the Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2001

followed by                    Executive Debate on the Criminal Justice and Police Bill – UK Legislation

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1478 Cathy Peattie: 2001: UN Year of Volunteering

Thursday 8 February 2001

9.30 am                        Green Party debate on Renewable Energy

followed by                    Scottish Socialist Party debate on the National Health Service

followed by                    Scottish Socialist Party debate on Local Authority Housing Capital Debt

followed by                    Scottish Socialist Party debate on the Abolition of Council Tax

followed by                    Business Motion

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm                        Stage 3 Debate on the Budget (Scotland) (No. 2) Bill

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1489 John Scott: Non-payment of Redundancy Packages to Ailsa Troon Workers

Wednesday 14 February 2001

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Ministerial Statement

followed by                    Health and Community Care Committee Debate on its Report on the Delivery of Community Care in Scotland

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1569 Fiona Hyslop: Debt Advice and Debt Awareness Day

Thursday 15 February 2001

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

followed by                    Ministerial Statement on the Lockerbie Trial

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

3.      Ministerial Statement: The Lord Advocate made a statement on the Lockerbie trial.

4.      Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister, the Solicitor General for Scotland and other Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

5.      Strategy for Enterprise: The Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning moved S1M-1610—That the Parliament notes the publication of A Smart Successful Scotland: Ambitions for the Enterprise Networks, the first ever comprehensive policy statement of what government expects from the networks, which sets out the foundation for long-term and sustained improvement in economic performance for all of Scotland; welcomes the determination of the Scottish Executive to work with the networks on the challenges of raising productivity, encouraging entrepreneurship, raising skill levels and connecting Scotland globally, and notes the Executive’s commitment in setting the vision and direction for the networks to improve their focus and effectiveness.

Mr Kenny MacAskill moved amendment S1M-1610.1 to motion S1M-1610—

Leave out from “the first” to end and insert—

“calls upon the Scottish Executive to bring forward detailed proposals both for funding and implementing its plans regarding raising productivity, encouraging entrepreneurship and raising skill levels, and calls for a commitment, with regard to connecting Scotland globally, to roll out broadband communication services to all of Scotland within a defined timescale and to promote, in conjunction with the private sector, a dedicated Scottish Internet connector.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 32, Against 77, Abstentions 1).

Miss Annabel Goldie moved amendment S1M-1610.2 to motion S1M-1610—

Leave out from “the first” to end and insert—

“calls upon the Scottish Executive to play its part in stimulating enterprise in Scotland by reducing the bureaucracy which is currently stifling entrepreneurship and discouraging employment, and further calls upon the Executive to take a lead in facilitating the provision of a communications and roads infrastructure which will assist Scotland’s business to develop.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 47, Against 63, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 62, Against 18, Abstentions 31).

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

7.      Tayside Acute Services Review Consultation: The Parliament debated S1M-1575 in the name of Roseanna Cunningham—That the Parliament expresses its lack of faith in the consultation process associated with the Tayside Acute Services Review and the way in which public opinion is being ignored; is concerned that Tayside Health Board are intent on imposing a centralising agenda which will remove services from Angus and Perthshire and overload the service in Dundee, and believes that the Health and Community Care Committee should undertake an inquiry into the evidence base for the proposals and the effectiveness of the consultation process undertaken.

8.      Motion without Notice: Mrs Margaret Ewing moved without notice that under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended by 10 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 6.02 pm.

No. 52 Wednesday 7 February 2001

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Sister Patricia O’Brien, Roman Catholic Pastoral Worker in Glenrothes, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2001: The Minister for Finance and Local Government moved S1M-1598—That the Parliament approves the Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2001.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 61, Against 16, Abstentions 30).

3.      Criminal Justice and Police Bill – UK Legislation: The Deputy Minister for Justice moved S1M-1618—That the Parliament notes the provisions on information disclosure for criminal proceedings and powers of seizure contained in Parts II and III of the Criminal Justice and Police Bill currently before the UK Parliament; recognises the practical value of consistency across the United Kingdom for information disclosure for criminal investigation, and for powers of seizure as they relate to certain United Kingdom bodies and local authority officials, and agrees that the relevant provisions to achieve this end in this Bill should be considered by the UK Parliament; further notes that the Bill allows certain warrants issued in England and Wales to be executed in Scotland, recognises the importance of mutual execution of warrants for law enforcement, and agrees that the relevant provision to achieve this end in this Bill should be considered by the UK Parliament.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 76, Against 0, Abstentions 32).

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

5.      2001: UN Year of Volunteering: The Parliament debated S1M-1478 in the name of Cathie Peattie—That the Parliament notes that 2001 is the United Nations International Year of Volunteering; further notes that the year can facilitate the sharing of ideas, good practice and information about volunteering, community empowerment and the development of active citizenship within democratic systems; encourages all MSPs to take part in volunteering activity throughout the year through organisations such as the Falkirk Volunteer Network, and invites the Scottish Executive to mark the year appropriately.

The meeting closed at 5.47 pm.

No. 53 Thursday 8 February 2001

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Renewable Energy: Robin Harper moved S1M-1634—That the Parliament recognises that (a) Scotland’s renewable energy resources have been recorded as being the best in Europe; (b) there is significant potential for creating employment, both through generating renewable energy and from the manufacture of renewable energy generating plant; (c) community based renewable energy projects would benefit rural development in particular; (d) renewable energy can replace fossil fuels and nuclear energy, therefore contributing to a reduction in climate change impacts from greenhouse gas emissions and a reduction in the accumulation of highly radioactive nuclear waste, and (e) there are certain barriers to the development of Scotland’s renewable energy potential and these barriers must be rapidly surmounted if Scotland is to capitalise on the potential for job creation and environmental protection and therefore calls on the Scottish Executive to (i) set an aspirational target for supply of electricity from renewable sources of at least 22% in line with the recently announced European Union target; (ii) set a further aspirational target for renewable heat generating  technologies and fuels such as biomass and solar thermal energy; (iii) establish a Scottish Wave Energy Test Site; (iv) ensure that, under the forthcoming Renewables Obligation Scotland (ROS) scheme, the generation of energy from the incineration of municipal waste does not qualify for support; (v) ensure under ROS that small scale hydroelectricity generation and refurbishment does qualify for support; (vi) ensure under ROS that there is a market for wave energy; (vii) ensure under ROS that Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs) may be issued in multiples of as low as one kilowatt hour in order to facilitate the granting of ROCs for domestic scale renewables and auto-generation and that ROCs are fully tradable across the border with England, and (viii) urgently establish a new cross-cutting team within the Scottish Executive drawing on the resources of the Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning and the Minister for Environment, Sport and Culture whose first goal will be to set up a Renewable Energy Working Group headed by a new Commissioner for Renewable Energy and whose remit will be to pursue actively the development of renewable energy in Scotland. 

The Deputy Minister for Sport and Culture moved amendment S1M-1634.1 to motion S1M-1634—

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

“the vital importance of renewable energy as a means of tackling climate change and promoting sustainable development; acknowledges the potential benefit for the Scottish economy from promoting and encouraging renewable energy projects; endorses the commitment shown by the Scottish Executive to the promotion of renewable energy contained in the document Working Together for Scotland, and supports the Executive’s proposals for future policy on renewables as outlined in the current consultation paper on renewable energy policy.”

Fiona McLeod moved amendment S1M-1634.2 to motion S1M-1634—

Leave out from “urgently” to end and insert—

“commission an environmental audit as a forerunner to producing a national environment plan which will encompass a renewable energy capacity audit.”

After debate, amendment S1M-1634.1 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 78, Against 34, Abstentions 0). As a result, amendment S1M-1634.2 was pre-empted.

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 78, Against 34, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament recognises the vital importance of renewable energy as a means of tackling climate change and promoting sustainable development; acknowledges the potential benefit for the Scottish economy from promoting and encouraging renewable energy projects; endorses the commitment shown by the Scottish Executive to the promotion of renewable energy contained in the document Working Together for Scotland, and supports the Executive’s proposals for future policy on renewables as outlined in the current consultation paper on renewable energy policy.

2.      National Health Service: Tommy Sheridan moved S1M-1624—That the Parliament notes the increasing concern expressed by parents and many in the medical profession across Scotland regarding the triple MMR vaccination for measles, mumps and rubella and agrees, in the interest of addressing this serious public concern and in order to maximise choice for worried parents in relation to these important vaccinations, to allow immediately single vaccinations across the National Health Service in Scotland for at least a five year period, during which a detailed study of autistic spectrum disorder should take place and its incidence throughout Scotland should be closely monitored.

The Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care moved amendment S1M-1624.1 to motion S1M-1624—

Leave out from “the increasing” to end and insert—

“that the MMR vaccine commands the support of all the major health organisations in the UK, that it is recommended by the World Health Organisation, that it is used in over 30 European countries, as well as in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand and that the two UK independent expert committees, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation and the Committee on Safety of Medicines, remain unequivocal that, on the scientific evidence available, there is no causal link between MMR vaccine and autism; further notes that there is in progress a major study funded by the Medical Research Council into the causes of autism, and agrees that, in the best interests of all Scottish children, there is a need to present to concerned parents the facts about MMR and single antigen vaccines in an objective, accurate and responsible way.”

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

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 63, Against 49, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament notes that the MMR vaccine commands the support of all the major health organisations in the UK, that it is recommended by the World Health Organisation, that it is used in over 30 European countries, as well as in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand and that the two UK independent expert committees, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation and the Committee on Safety of Medicines, remain unequivocal that, on the scientific evidence available, there is no causal link between MMR vaccine and autism; further notes that there is in progress a major study funded by the Medical Research Council into the causes of autism, and agrees that, in the best interests of all Scottish children, there is a need to present to concerned parents the facts about MMR and single antigen vaccines in an objective, accurate and responsible way.

3.      Local Authority Housing Capital Debt: Tommy Sheridan moved S1M-1626—That the Parliament notes the introduction of capital receipt set aside rules by the previous Tory government in April 1996, diverting significant resources from council expenditure across Scotland; further notes the universal opposition of Labour MPs, councillors and CoSLA to these set aside rules when they were introduced; also notes that since financial year 1997-98 a total of £641 million has been diverted from investment in council housing stock and from 1999-2000 to 2000-01 a total of £315,536,000 has been lost from council housing budgets; finally notes that the sum lost from council housing budgets since 1999 could have delivered 126,214 households with whole-house central heating and insulation and/or double-glazed window units, and therefore agrees to rescind the capital receipt set aside rules with immediate effect, thus releasing in excess of £150 million in the current year and a similar amount in financial year 2001-02.

The Deputy Minister for Social Justice moved amendment S1M-1626.2 to motion S1M-1626—

Leave out from first “notes” to end and insert—

“recognises the need to provide innovative solutions to tackling the high levels of local authority housing debt; notes that the use of capital receipts contributes to the management of that debt burden; welcomes the Executive’s community ownership initiative as a means of lifting the debt burden from tenants, securing a step change in investment and putting tenants at the heart of rebuilding communities, and also welcomes the Executive’s commitment to provide all council and housing association tenants, and all pensioners in both public and private housing, with warm and dry homes through the installation of central heating and insulation by 2006.”

Linda Fabiani moved amendment S1M-1626.1 to motion S1M-1626—

Leave out from “also” to end and insert—

“notes that the imposition of the capital receipt set aside rules is only one example of the attack on public investment in housing that began under the Conservatives and has been continued by the present UK Government and Scottish Executive; regrets that the Labour Government and this Labour/Liberal administration have continued this Conservative policy, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to rescind the capital receipt set aside rules with immediate effect and so inject much needed funding into Scotland’s public sector housing.”

After debate, amendment S1M-1626.2 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 77, Against 35, Abstentions 0). As a result, amendment S1M-1626.1 was pre-empted.

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

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament recognises the need to provide innovative solutions to tackling the high levels of local authority housing debt; notes that the use of capital receipts contributes to the management of that debt burden; welcomes the Executive’s community ownership initiative as a means of lifting the debt burden from tenants, securing a step change in investment and putting tenants at the heart of rebuilding communities, and also welcomes the Executive’s commitment to provide all council and housing association tenants, and all pensioners in both public and private housing, with warm and dry homes through the installation of central heating and insulation by 2006.

4.      Abolition of Council Tax: Tommy Sheridan moved S1M-1627—That the Parliament believes that the council tax is a fundamentally unfair and regressive tax; believes in social justice and the redistribution of wealth from the rich to the poor; therefore agrees to abolish the council tax and replace it with the Scottish Service Tax which is based on an individual’s income and is inherently fairer, more efficient and redistributive; notes that the Scottish Service Tax would raise more revenue than the council tax and that it would remove the burden of paying for local government jobs and services from the shoulders of low paid workers and pensioners and place it firmly on the shoulders of the well paid and the wealthy, and believes that the introduction of the Scottish Service Tax should be complemented by the return of the right for local authorities to raise and retain their business rates and a thorough investigation of land value and speculation taxes to supplement local authority revenue.

The Deputy Minister for Finance and Local Government moved amendment S1M-1627.2 to motion S1M-1627—

Leave out from first “believes” to end and insert—

“welcomes the substantial reforms that the Executive has brought to the operation of local government finance by the delivery of three-year budget figures for grant, by the removal of expenditure guidelines and by increasing the funding of councils; further welcomes the indications from the Executive that it will pursue further reforms in the future, and notes that the Local Government Committee of the Parliament is to conduct an investigation into the financing of local government.”

Fergus Ewing moved amendment S1M-1627.1 to motion S1M-1627—

Leave out from first “believes” to end and insert—

“endorses the unanimous decision of the Local Government Committee to carry out an independent inquiry into local government finance, and believes the outcome of that inquiry should be awaited before any fundamental changes are made to the current system.”

After debate, amendment S1M-1627.2 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 62, Against 48, Abstentions 1). As a result, amendment S1M-1627.1 was pre-empted.

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 62, Against 21, Abstentions 29).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament welcomes the substantial reforms that the Executive has brought to the operation of local government finance by the delivery of three-year budget figures for grant, by the removal of expenditure guidelines and by increasing the funding of councils; further welcomes the indications from the Executive that it will pursue further reforms in the future, and notes that the Local Government Committee of the Parliament is to conduct an investigation into the financing of local government.

5.      Business Motion: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1635—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 14 February 2001

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Ministerial Statement

followed by                    Health and Community Care Committee Debate on its Report on the Delivery of Community Care in Scotland

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1569 Fiona Hyslop: Debt Advice and Debt Awareness Day

Thursday 15 February 2001

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 Children’s Issues

followed by                    Executive Motion on the Culture and Recreation Bill – UK Legislation

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1614 Trish Godman: Hospices
After debate, the motion was agreed to.

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

7.      Budget (Scotland) (No.2) Bill – Stage 3: The Minister for Finance and Local Government moved S1M-1628—That the Parliament agrees that the Budget (Scotland) (No.2) Bill be passed.

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

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

9.      Non-payment of Redundancy Packages to Ailsa Troon: The Parliament debated S1M-1489 in the name of John Scott—That the Parliament condemns the action of the Cathelco Group, owners of Ailsa Troon shipyard, which has failed to pay 16 shipyard workers redundancy payments totalling some £300,000 due to them under the terms of their contracts; further notes that these workers had demonstrated their loyalty to the yard by remaining to complete an order after the other workers had been laid off by Cathelco, and urges the suspension of the award of any further government contracts to Cathelco companies until such a time as Cathelco honours its commitment to all its staff.

The meeting closed at 5.40 pm.

No. 54 Wednesday 14 February 2001

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Councillor Reverend Elizabeth J Wardlaw, Minister of Hermitage United Free Church, Leith, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs made a statement on a teaching profession for the 21st century.

3.      Inquiry into the Delivery of Community Care in Scotland: Margaret Smith, on behalf of the Health and Community Care Committee, moved S1M-1639—That the Parliament notes, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to act upon, the recommendations contained within the 16th Report 2000 by the Health and Community Care Committee, Inquiry into the Delivery of Community Care in Scotland (SP Paper 219).

The Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care moved amendment S1M-1639.1 to motion S1M-1639—

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

“and welcomes the recommendations contained within the 16th Report 2000 by the Health and Community Care Committee, Inquiry into the Delivery of Community Care in Scotland (SP Paper 219) and further notes the announcement made by the Executive on 25 January 2001 and the establishment of the Care Development Group regarding the care for older people.” 

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 60, Against 49, Abstentions 0).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 62, Against 17, Abstentions 31).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament notes and welcomes the recommendations contained within the 16th Report 2000 by the Health and Community Care Committee, Inquiry into the Delivery of Community Care in Scotland (SP Paper 219) and further notes the announcement made by the Executive on 25 January 2001 and the establishment of the Care Development Group regarding the care for older people.

4.      Business Motion: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1659—That the Parliament agrees the following revisions to the Business Motion agreed on 8 February 2001—

Thursday 15 February 2001

(a) delete—

“9.30 am                       Scottish National Party Debate on Education”

and insert—

“9.30 am                       Debate on Motion of No Confidence

followed by                    Scottish National Party Debate on Education”

and (b) after—

“3.30 pm                       Executive Debate on Children’s Services”

delete—

followed by                   Executive Motion on the Culture and Recreation – UK Legislation”

The motion was agreed to.

5.      Designation of Lead Committee: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1660—That the Parliament agrees the following designation of Lead Committee—

the Justice 2 Committee to consider the European Communities (Matrimonial Jurisdiction and Judgments) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/36) and the draft Civil Defence (Scotland) Order 2001.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

7.      Debt Advice and Debt Awareness Day: The Parliament debated S1M-1569 in the name of Fiona Hyslop—That the Parliament notes with concern the alarmingly high levels of consumer debt in Lothian; notes that this is indicative of the situation across all of Scotland; recognises the invaluable work of Scotland’s Citizens Advice Bureaux (CAB) in dealing with over 34,000 new cases of consumer debt in Scotland last year; gives backing to the CAB Services Debt Awareness Day on 14 February 2001 warning of the scale and danger of consumer debt; condemns the irresponsible marketing techniques that entice people to borrow beyond their means, especially those on low incomes, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to invest in independent advice agencies which are at the front-line in tackling debt and poverty issues in Scotland.

8.      Motion without Notice: Dr Winnie 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 6.02 pm.

No. 55 Thursday 15 February 2001

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Motion of No Confidence: Bruce Crawford moved S1M-1621—That the Parliament has no confidence in the Minister for Transport on account of her handling of the trunk road management and maintenance tendering process.

Mr Murray Tosh moved amendment S1M-1621.1 to motion S1M-1621—

Leave out from “has no confidence” to end and insert—

“supports the principle of competitive tendering in relation to public works contracts such as the contract for trunk roads management and maintenance, in view of the paramount importance of securing best value for the taxpayer at both local and national level; notes the concerns raised in relation to the award of the trunk roads contracts and the intention of the Transport and the Environment Committee to investigate relevant aspects of the process; endorses the Minister for Transport’s invitation to the Auditor General for Scotland to review the tendering process and the evaluation in this case, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to clarify how the client and monitoring functions will be exercised under the new contracts and to review and report further to the Parliament on the implications of disaggregation of trunk and local services for local authorities.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 16, Against 102, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 33, Against 70, Abstentions 16).

2.      Future of Scottish Education: Michael Russell moved S1M-1656—That the Parliament welcomes the acceptance of the McCrone settlement by Scottish teachers and looks forward to a new era of co-operation and consultation between government, teachers, parents and education authorities which could result in much beneficial development of our educational system; rejects the moves towards selection and privatisation of education outlined by the Prime Minister in recent speeches; expects the Scottish Executive to make no attempt to imitate such policies which are not only directly contrary to the Scottish educational ethos but would re-create resentment and division in our schools; calls upon the Scottish Executive to emphasise its desire to improve Scotland’s distinctive education system by following the example of the Northern Ireland Executive in abandoning league tables, and further encourages the Scottish Executive to re-examine critically target setting for schools and the burden of externally imposed assessment on Scotland’s young people.

The Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs moved amendment S1M-1656.1 to motion S1M-1656—

Leave out from “which could result in” to end and insert—

“; believes that world class education is essential to give every child the best possible start in life and is critical to the future prosperity of Scotland; welcomes the clear vision that puts the interests of the child at the centre of the improvement of Scottish education embodied in the Standards in Scotland’s Schools etc. Act 2000; and recognises the clear priority which the Executive has given to raising standards and promoting ambition for all.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 69, Against 48, Abstentions 0).

Mr Brian Monteith moved amendment S1M-1656.2 to motion S1M-1656—

Leave out from “looks” to end and insert—

“the acknowledgement by the Prime Minister that a “one size fits all” comprehensive system of education is failing Britain’s children; believes that choice through diversity and competition, together with the involvement of parents and the professional commitment of headteachers and teachers are the crucial factors in raising educational standards for all children; recognises that specialisation in subjects, selection and streaming are a necessary requirement for such diversity, and reaffirms that league tables provide a valuable source of information to parents to assess their local schools.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 16, Against 102, Abstentions 0).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 70, Against 16, Abstentions 33).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament welcomes the acceptance of the McCrone settlement by Scottish teachers and looks forward to a new era of co-operation and consultation between government, teachers, parents and education authorities; believes that world class education is essential to give every child the best possible start in life and is critical to the future prosperity of Scotland; welcomes the clear vision that puts the interests of the child at the centre of the improvement of Scottish education embodied in the Standards in Scotland’s Schools etc. Act 2000 and recognises the clear priority which the Executive has given to raising standards and promoting ambition for all.

3.      Business Motion: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1664—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 28 February 2001

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                    Executive Debate on Sustainable Development

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1251 Mr Kenneth Gibson: Discrimination Against Teaching Centres of Artistic Excellence

Thursday 1 March 2001

9.30 am                        Executive Debate on Primary Care

followed by                    Business Motion

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm                        Executive Business

followed by                    Executive Motion on the Culture and Recreation Bill – UK Legislation

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1263 George Lyon: Caledonian MacBrayne

Wednesday 7 March 2001

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Stage 1 Debate on the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Bill

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

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business

Thursday 8 March 2001

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 Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 9 March 2001 on the draft Civil Defence (Scotland) Regulations 2001 and the European Communities (Matrimonial Jurisdiction and Judgments) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/36)

After debate, the motion was agreed to (by division: For 27, Against 1, Abstentions 1).

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

5.      Children’s Services: The Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs moved S1M-1663—That the Parliament agrees that every child should get the best possible start in life and support through difficult periods as they grow older; welcomes a consideration of a remit and role for a Children’s Commissioner; approves the measures being taken to support parents and improve the life chances of children and young people through early intervention, and endorses the action being taken to strengthen partnership working between local councils, the health service and the voluntary sector.

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

6.      Approval of SSIs: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1665—That the Parliament agrees that the following instruments be approved—

the draft Code of Representations for the Welfare of Livestock: Sheep (SE/ 2001/58);
the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2000 (Amendment) (No.2) Order 2001;
the draft Number of Inner House Judges (Variation) Order 2001; and
the draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2001.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7.      Approval of SSI: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1666—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986 Amendment Regulations 2001 be approved.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 100, Against 15, Abstentions 0).

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

9.      Hospices: The Parliament debated S1M-1614 in the name of Trish Godman—That the Parliament praises the contribution of hospices across Scotland in providing loving care and support to both patients and their families; acknowledges the contribution of staff, volunteers and local fundraisers to the hospice service; believes that the health boards should meet 50% of the running costs of hospices set out in Management Executive Letter NHS MEL (1994) 104, and urges the Scottish Executive to address the funding shortfall for Scotland’s only children’s hospice, Rachel House in Kinross.

The meeting closed at 5.57 pm.

No. 56 Wednesday 28 February 2001

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Reverend Archie McPhail, Minister of Campbell Street Associated Presbyterian Church, Oban, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Designation of Lead Committees: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1697—That the Parliament agrees the following designations of Lead Committee—

the Justice 1 Committee to consider the draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2001;
the Justice 1 Committee to consider the draft Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2001; and
the Justice 2 Committee to consider the draft Limited Liability Partnerships (Scotland) Regulations 2001.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

3.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Rural Development made a statement on the foot and mouth disease outbreak.

4.      Sustainable Development: The Minister for Environment, Sport and Culture moved S1M-1694—That the Parliament affirms its commitment to sustainable development; recognises the importance of sustainable development to achieving social justice for all peoples, and commends the Scottish Executive for continuing to place the issue central to its policies and programmes, as evidenced in its Programme for Government: Working together for Scotland.

Bruce Crawford moved amendment S1M-1694.2 to motion S1M-1694—

Insert at end—

"however, also recognises that a great deal of work still requires to be undertaken regarding sustainable development in the fields of social inclusion, rural affairs, fishing, education, health, transport and economic development as well as in relation to the wider environmental aspects, and believes in particular that meaningful sustainability monitoring indicators should be produced by the end of May 2001.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 27, Against 76, Abstentions 0).

Mr Murray Tosh moved amendment S1M-1694.3 to motion S1M-1694—

Leave out from “, and commends” to end and insert—

“and to passing on a decent inheritance to future generations of Scots; notes the progress reported to date in Working together for Scotland, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to consult urgently to produce a transparent and effective implementation strategy for sustainability.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 17, Against 86, Abstentions 0).

Robin Harper moved amendment S1M-1694.1 to motion S1M-1694—

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

“recognises that conserving and protecting environmental resources is the key to ensuring that the welfare of future generations is not compromised by present day activities and, in order to ensure that sustainable development is placed at the centre of all Scottish Executive policies and programmes, calls upon the Executive (a) to adopt urgently comprehensive indicators of sustainable development and to measure progress against these indicators annually, (b) to set specific targets for a 10% reduction in road traffic by 2010, for 22% of electricity sold to be from wind, hydro and wave renewable energy sources by 2010, for conversion of 20% of agricultural land to organic production by 2010 and for recycling of 30% of municipal waste by 2010, (c) to adopt the recommendations of the Transport and the Environment Committee on telecommunication mast developments, (d) to set up an independent inquiry into sea cage fish farming within two months, (e) to exclude waste-to-energy incineration schemes under the Renewables Obligation (Scotland), (f) to institute bi-monthly meetings of the Ministerial Group on Sustainable Scotland, with publication of its minutes and (g) to carry out an annual environmental audit of its Programme for Government.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 3, Against 73, Abstentions 26).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 61, Against 41, Abstentions 2).

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

6.      Discrimination Against Centres of Artistic Excellence: The Parliament debated S1M-1251 in the name of Mr Kenneth Gibson—That the Parliament notes the decision of the Department for Education and Employment to introduce Dance and Drama Awards for students to study at institutions in England and Wales; is aware that Scottish students compete on equal terms for places at such institutions with their counterparts from other parts of the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU); is concerned that tuition fees are only paid if students study in England and Wales and regrets that no parallel funding scheme exists for students who wish to study in Scotland; believes that this discrimination against Scottish institutions can only harm them and in the case of Ballet West may force it out of business or to relocate from Taynuilt to outwith Scotland, to the detriment of the local economy and employment; notes that Ballet West attracts students from across the United Kingdom, the EU and as far afield as Guatemala, Japan and Malaysia and outperforms competitor schools from south of the border in ballet competitions and quality of training; is puzzled by the Minister for Children and Education’s view that “there is no evidence of significant demand for Dance and Drama training for young people aged 16 and over in Scotland” when 613 applications were received by Ballet West for 23 places; regrets that 34 students withdrew or rejected offers from Ballet West due to lack of funding, compared with only two students doing so at English institutions; notes that the Excellence Fund supports and encourages talented secondary school dancers in Scotland but that the only progression into tertiary training encouraged by the Scottish Executive is in England; is concerned that Scotland will become denuded of teaching centres of artistic excellence and be drained of artistic talent as a result of this discrimination; believes the current position of the Scottish Executive on this issue contradicts its own cultural strategy that has as its key themes “widening opportunities, promoting education, developing and celebrating excellence” and believes that the Scottish Executive should act in order that students from across the UK can choose where to study dance, drama or stage management based on the quality of course offered rather than on whether or not tuition fees will be paid.

The meeting closed at 5.42 pm.

No. 57 Thursday 1 March 2001

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Primary Care: The Minister for Health and Community Care moved S1M-1699—That the Parliament applauds the vital contribution which community-based health professionals make to the health and health care of the people of Scotland and affirms the commitment in the Executive’s health plan Our National Health: a plan for action, a plan for change to developing these services.

Nicola Sturgeon moved amendment S1M-1699.1 to motion S1M-1699—

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

“, notes the recent survey conducted by the Scottish General Practitioners Committee which found that primary care in Scotland is facing a crisis, with low morale and increasing levels of stress amongst general practitioners, and concludes that the Scottish Executive has a great deal still to do to develop primary care services in Scotland.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 33, Against 78, Abstentions 1).

Mary Scanlon moved amendment S1M-1699.2 to motion S1M-1699—

Leave out from “affirms” to end and insert—

“, further calls upon the Scottish Executive to address urgently the serious problem of low morale among GPs, the associated issues of workload, bureaucracy and lack of resources, and to look to greater recognition of and partnership with community-based health professionals in order to ensure greater utilisation of local services and to put the patient at the heart of the NHS.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 49, Against 61, Abstentions 2).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 62, Against 17, Abstentions 34).

2.      Business Motion: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1709—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 7 March 2001

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Stage 1 Debate on the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Bill

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

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1564 Marilyn Livingstone:
                                    Strategy to Tackle Sexual Abuse

Thursday 8 March 2001

9.30 am                        Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business
           
followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                    Business Motion

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm                        Executive Debate on the International Development Bill – UK Legislation

followed by                    Stage 3 Debate on the Leasehold Casualties (Scotland) Bill

followed by                    Executive Motion on the Culture and Recreation Bill – UK Legislation

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1452 Alex Fergusson: Less Favoured Areas

Wednesday 14 March 2001

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

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

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

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business

Thursday 15 March 2001

9.30 am                        Executive Debate on Freedom of Information

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 – debate on the subject of S1M-1670 Mr George Reid: National Tartan Day

and (b) that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 12 March 2001 on the draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 and the draft Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2001; and that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 13 March 2001 on the draft Limited Liability Partnerships (Scotland) Regulations 2001.

The motion was agreed to.

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

4.      Fuel Poverty: The Minister for Social Justice moved S1M-1700—That the Parliament commends the Scottish Executive for its commitment to tackling fuel poverty, as set out in the UK Fuel Poverty Strategy which will form part of the Housing (Scotland) Bill, through the central heating programme, which will provide all council and housing association tenants and all pensioners, irrespective of their tenure, with warm and dry homes by 2006, through the Warm Deal, New Housing Partnerships and investment in social rented housing and through its proposals for a new Index of Housing Quality and its plans to extend the scope of the improvement and repairs grant system to include energy efficiency measures.

Fiona Hyslop moved amendment S1M-1700.2 to motion S1M-1700—

Leave out from “commends” to ends and insert—

“recognises the consistent calls from a number of parties for fuel poverty to be tackled as an early priority by the Executive, particularly in a country which has so much fuel wealth but also so much fuel poverty, is disappointed that the Housing (Scotland) Bill as currently drafted contains no targets for the eradication of fuel poverty or other measures previously indicated in earlier consultation documents, is further disappointed in the lack of detail, funding and timetabling of the Central Heating Initiative particularly for pensioners in areas where councils are considering wholesale stock transfer of council homes; recognises that Scotland should have its own Fuel Poverty Strategy, and calls on the Executive to address all these issues as a matter of urgency.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 33, Against 78, Abstentions 1).

Mr Keith Harding moved amendment S1M-1700.3 to motion S1M-1700—

Leave out from “commends” to end and insert—

“notes the Scottish Executive’s commitment to tackling fuel poverty and that a major part of the action being taken is the continuation and expansion of the Housing Energy Efficiency Scheme introduced by the last Conservative Government in 1991; urges the Scottish Executive to expedite further transfers of Council housing stock to community ownership to facilitate the necessary investment to ensure the eradication of the poor housing conditions that contribute to fuel poverty, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to assist the Social Justice Committee in consideration of the detailed implementation of the Central Heating Programme in order to ensure that the Executive targets the available resources at those most in need.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 15, Against 95, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 63, Against 18, Abstentions 31).

5.      Culture and Recreation Bill – UK Legislation: This item was not taken.

6.      Approval of SSIs: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1696—That the Parliament agrees that the following instruments be approved—

Special Grant Report No.1 - Special Grant for Scotland Asylum Seeker Assistance: Report by the Scottish Ministers (SE/2001/60);

Special Grant Report No.2 - Special Grant for Scotland Kosovan Evacuees: Report by the Scottish Ministers (SE/2001/61); and

the draft Highlands and Islands Enterprise Area of Operation (Scotland) Order 2001.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7.      Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 4, and 6 as noted above.

8.      Caledonian MacBrayne: The Parliament debated S1M-1263 in the name of George Lyon—That the Parliament recognises the high proportion of Caledonian MacBrayne employees who are drawn from the communities that the company serves; acknowledges the importance of these jobs to the economic well-being of these remote and island communities; notes with concern the fears that employees of Caledonian MacBrayne have regarding the potential consequences of the competitive tendering process required by the European Commission, and urges the Scottish Executive to do everything within its power to ensure that job security for staff at Caledonian MacBrayne is maintained throughout and after the conclusion of that process.

9.      Motion without Notice: Murray Tosh 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. 58 Wednesday 7 March 2001

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Mrs Ann Allen, Convener of the Church of Scotland’s Board of Social Responsibility, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Regulation of Care (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Minister for Health and Community Care moved S1M-1523—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Bill.

Mary Scanlon moved amendment S1M-1523.1 to motion S1M-1523—

Insert at end—

“but, in so doing, expresses its reservations about the level of charges and consequential supply of services.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 17, Against 64, Abstentions 30).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

3.      Regulation of Care (Scotland) Bill – Financial Resolution: The Minister for Finance and Local Government moved S1M-1638—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Bill, agrees to the following expenditure out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund—

(a) expenditure of the Scottish Administration in consequence of the Act; and
(b) increases attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of that Fund under any other enactment.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

5.      Strategy to Tackle Sexual Abuse: The Parliament debated S1M-1564 in the name of Marilyn Livingstone—That the Parliament recognises the complex, devastating and long-term effects of childhood sexual abuse; acknowledges the requirement for adequately funded services and clear care pathways for survivors, and invites the Scottish Executive to set out its plans to develop and implement a national strategy to address the social, health and legal implications of sexual abuse and its impact on our society as a whole.

The meeting closed at 5.50 pm.

No. 59 Thursday 8 March 2001

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.         Scotland’s Fishing Industry: Mr Jamie McGrigor moved S1M-1725—That the Parliament supports the aims of the cod recovery plan; acknowledges the financial sacrifices made by the Scottish fishing fleet towards that end, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to utilise Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance funding to provide financial support to our fishermen during the twelve week closure period and to outline its plans for the protection of other stocks such as haddock and programme for vessel decommissioning at the earliest opportunity.

The Deputy Minister for Rural Development moved amendment S1M-1725.2 to motion S1M-1725—

Leave out from “utilise” to end and insert—

“continue to develop a range of measures aimed at returning whitefish stocks to sustainable levels.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 52, Against 55, Abstentions 0).

Richard Lochhead moved amendment S1M-1725.1 to motion S1M-1725—

Leave out from “Financial Instrument” to “period” and insert—

“funding from the Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance or other appropriate financial resources to provide financial support to our fishermen during the twelve week closure period in the form of an immediate compensated tie-up scheme and other suitable measures.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 55, Against 51, Abstentions 0).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division (on a casting vote): For 56, Against 55, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved— That the Parliament supports the aims of the cod recovery plan; acknowledges the financial sacrifices made by the Scottish fishing fleet towards that end, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to utilise funding from the Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance or other appropriate financial resources to provide financial support to our fishermen during the twelve week closure period in the form of an immediate compensated tie-up scheme and other suitable measures and to outline its plans for the protection of other stocks such as haddock and programme for vessel decommissioning at the earliest opportunity.

2.      Crisis in Rural Scotland: Alex Johnstone moved S1M-1726—That the Parliament expresses its profound concern about the recent outbreak of foot and mouth disease, its sympathy for farmers and others in the meat supply chain facing the loss of their livelihoods, its concern about the general impact on the economy of the areas affected and its appreciation of the work of those fighting to contain the spread of the disease; affirms its support for the measures taken to date to control the spread of the disease; welcomes the introduction of the licensed movement of livestock to abattoirs, and calls upon the Scottish Executive, acting in concert with Her Majesty’s Government and the European Union, to ensure that all meat imports are subject to the same rigorous public health and animal welfare standards as our domestic produce.

The Minister for Rural Development moved amendment S1M-1726.2 to motion S1M-1726—

Insert at end—

“and approves the action being taken by the Food Standards Agency to control the quality of meat imports.”

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

Fergus Ewing moved amendment S1M-1726.1 to motion S1M-1726—

Insert at end—

"; further resolves that the urgent priority in this crisis is to contain and eradicate foot and mouth disease by means of a policy of slaughter of infected animals, disinfection and movement control; notes that the nature and extent of restrictions upon life in rural communities should be based upon advice from the Chief Veterinary Officer; recognises that the restrictions are creating real financial hardship for those working in tourism, haulage and many other related industries in rural Scotland, and calls upon the Scottish Executive and Her Majesty’s Government, once the outbreak is brought under control, to consider as a matter of urgency the plight of all of those whose livelihood has been materially affected as a result of this crisis.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to (DT).
 
The motion as amended was then disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 54, Against 55, Abstentions 1).

3.      Leasehold Casualties (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1728—That the Parliament agrees that the time for consideration of Stage 3 of the Leasehold Casualties (Scotland) Bill be allocated as follows, so that debate on 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)—

          Motion to pass the Bill - no later than 30 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

4.      Decision Time: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1727—That the Parliament agrees under Rule 11.2.4 of the standing orders that Decision Time on Wednesday 14 March 2001 shall begin at 5.30 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

5.      Business Motion: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1719—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 14 March 2001

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

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

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

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.30 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1464 Des McNulty: Clydebank and the Blitz

Thursday 15 March 2001

9.30 am                        Executive Debate on Freedom of Information

followed by                    Business Motion

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm                        Executive Debate on Credit Unions

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1670 Mr George Reid: National Tartan Day

Wednesday 21 March 2001

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Stage 1 Debate on the Convention Rights (Compliance) (Scotland) Bill

followed by                    Financial Resolution in respect of the Convention Rights (Compliance) (Scotland) Bill

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1650 Kay Ullrich: School
                                    Swimming Lessons

Thursday 22 March 2001

9.30 am                        Social Justice Committee Debate on Drug Misuse and Deprived Communities

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.

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

7.      International Development Bill – UK Legislation: The Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care moved S1M-1713—That the Parliament endorses the principles included in the International Development Bill that Scottish Ministers’ consent be required before Scottish statutory bodies undertake international development activity, that Scottish Ministers can add or delete Scottish bodies from the list of those which can undertake such activity and that Scottish police officers who undertake international development activity abroad continue to enjoy the same conditions of service as in the UK, and agrees that the relevant provisions to achieve these ends in the Bill should be considered by the UK Parliament.

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

8.      Leasehold Casualties (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: Adam Ingram moved S1M-1721—That the Parliament agrees that the Leasehold Casualties (Scotland) Bill be passed.

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

9.      Culture and Recreation Bill – UK Legislation: The Deputy Minister for Environment, Sport and Culture moved S1M-1645—That the Parliament endorses the principle of gaining efficiency and effectiveness in relation to public bodies by means of structural change to the Film Council and to Resource: The Council for Museums, Archives and Libraries, as set out in the Culture and Recreation Bill; also endorses the provision of a simplified procedure for the making of parks regulations for application in Scotland, and agrees that the relevant provisions to achieve these ends in the Bill should be considered by the UK Parliament.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10.    Approval of SSIs: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1720—That the Parliament agrees that the following instruments be approved—

the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2001; and
the draft Civil Defence (Scotland) Regulations 2001.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

11.    Motion without Notice: Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that, under Rule 11.3.3, Decision Time be taken at 4.30 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

12.    Suspension of meeting: The meeting was suspended from 4.15 pm until 4.29 pm.

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

14.    Less Favoured Areas: The Parliament debated S1M-1452 in the name of Alex Fergusson—That the Parliament notes the concerns of farmers and crofters from all parts of Scotland regarding the Area Based Payments Scheme which will replace the Hill Livestock Compensatory Allowance Scheme; further notes that at least 65% of all recipients will be disadvantaged by this change to such a degree that many currently viable businesses will be rendered unviable, and believes that the Minister for Rural Development must review the situation as soon as is practical in order to redress the situation which will arise in 2003 when the transitional arrangements have their greatest financial impact.

The meeting closed at 5.25 pm.

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