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No. 60 Wednesday 14 March 2001

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Reverend Jothini Seenithamby, Methodist Minister from Sri Lanka and Masters student at New College, Edinburgh, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Housing (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Minister for Social Justice moved S1M-1524—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Housing (Scotland) Bill.

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

3.      Housing (Scotland) Bill – Financial Resolution: The Minister for Finance and Local Government moved S1M-1484—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Housing (Scotland) Bill, agrees to—

(a) the expenditure out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund of the expenses of the Scottish Ministers in consequence of the Act; and
(b) any charge imposed on, and any payment required to be made by, any person by or under the Act.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

4.      Motion without Notice: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that motion S1M-1758 be taken at this meeting of the Parliament.

The motion was agreed to (by division: For 82, Against 32, Abstentions 0).

5.      Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1758—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following revision to the Business Motion agreed on 8 March 2001—

Thursday 15 March 2001

After “Executive Debate on Freedom of Information”, delete—

followed by                   Business Motion”

and insert—

“11.30 am                     Executive Debate on Fisheries

12.30 pm                       First Minister’s Motion to appoint a junior Scottish Minister”

(b) the following programme of business—

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-1420 Irene McGugan: Scottish Berry Project

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 Debate on Rural Scotland

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1684 Iain Smith: Recycling in Fife

Wednesday 28 March 2001

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Scottish National Party Business

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business

Thursday 29 March 2001

9.30 am                        Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                    Stage 3 Debate on Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) (No 2) Bill

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-1340 Mr Keith Harding:
                                    Homelessness in Fife

and (c) that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 26 March 2001 on the Police Grant (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/74) and on the Gaming Act (Variation of Fees) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/83) and by 27 March 2001 on the Discontinuance of Legalised Police Cells (Portree) Rules 2001 (SSI 2001/64);

the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 26 March 2001 on the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/82) and by 3 April 2001 on the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Prescription of Offices, Ranks and Positions) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2001 (SSI 2001/87);

the Rural Development Committee reports to the Health and Community Care Committee by 2 April 2001 on the Restriction on Pithing (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/73) and by 3 April 2001 on the Specified Risk Material Amendment (No.2) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/86); and

the Health and Community Care Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 2 April 2001 on the Adults with Incapacity (Public Guardian’s Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/75), on the Adults with Incapacity (Certificates from Medical Practitioners) (Accounts and Funds) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/76), on the Adults with Incapacity (Supervision of Welfare Attorneys by Local Authorities) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/77), on the Adults with Incapacity (Countersignatories of Applications for Authority to Intromit) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/78), on the Adults with Incapacity (Evidence in Relation to Dispensing with Intimation or Notification) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/79) and on the Adults with Incapacity (Certificates in Relation to Powers of Attorney) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/80).

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton moved amendment S1M-1758.1 to motion S1M-1758—

Under “Thursday 15 March 2001”, delete “11.30 am” and insert “11.00 am”.

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to (by division: For 50, Against 68, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to (by division: For 86, Against 30, Abstentions 1).

6.      Designation of Lead Committees: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1749—That the Parliament agrees the following designations of Lead Committees—

the Justice 2 Committee to consider the Discontinuance of Legalised Police Cells (Portree) Rules 2001 (SSI 2001/64);

the Health and Community Care Committee to consider the Restriction on Pithing (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/73);

the Health and Community Care Committee to consider the Specified Risk Material Amendment (No.2) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/86);

the Justice 1 Committee to consider the Adults with Incapacity (Public Guardian’s Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/75);

the Justice 1 Committee to consider the Adults with Incapacity (Certificates from Medical Practitioners) (Accounts and Funds) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/76);

the Justice 1 Committee to consider the Adults with Incapacity (Supervision of Welfare Attorneys by Local Authorities) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/77);

the Justice 1 Committee to consider the Adults with Incapacity (Countersignatories of Applications for Authority to Intromit) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/78);

the Justice 1 Committee to consider the Adults with Incapacity (Evidence in Relation to Dispensing with Intimation or Notification) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/79);

the Justice 1 Committee to consider the Adults with Incapacity (Certificates in Relation to Powers of Attorney) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/80);

the Justice 1 Committee to consider the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/82);

the Justice 1 Committee to consider the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Prescription of Offices, Ranks and Positions) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2001 (SSI 2001/87);

the Justice 2 Committee to consider the Police Grant (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/74); and

the Justice 2 Committee to consider the Gaming Act (Variation of Fees) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/83).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

8.      Clydebank and the Blitz: The Parliament debated S1M-1464 in the name of Des McNulty—That the Parliament recognises the sacrifices made by the people of Clydebank in the Blitz of 1941, the 60th anniversary of which will be commemorated this year, and the trail of death and devastation that was left in the town and commends the resilience of its people and that of people in other parts of Scotland affected by the bombing.

The meeting closed at 6.13 pm.

No. 61 Thursday 15 March 2001

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Freedom of Information: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice moved S1M-1750—That the Parliament welcomes the publication by the Executive of a draft Freedom of Information Bill for consultation, in particular: (a) the fully independent Scottish Information Commissioner, to be appointed by the Parliament, with a duty to promote and enforce the legislation and with powers to order the disclosure of information; (b) the demanding harm test of “substantial prejudice”; (c) the requirement to consider the public interest in disclosing exempt information, and (d) the requirement on public authorities to make clear in a publication scheme the information to be made available as a matter of routine.

Roseanna Cunningham moved amendment S1M-1750.1 to motion S1M-1750—

Insert at end—

“but nevertheless regrets: (i) the proposed high and potentially prohibitive cost of applications; (ii) the extent and nature of the exemptions, in particular the exemptions afforded to the Crown Office, and (iii) that independent decisions by the Information Commissioner may be vetoed by the First Minister, and further expresses its concern that the passing of a Freedom of Information Bill in the terms proposed by the Executive would make little difference to the culture of secrecy which continues to pervade the governance of Scotland.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 36, Against 88, Abstentions 0).

David McLetchie moved amendment S1M-1750.2 to motion S1M-1750—

Insert at end—

“but, however, notes with concern the inconsistency of the Scottish Executive in relation to the disclosure of information and calls on it to demonstrate its commitment to open government by henceforth publishing the minutes of its Cabinet meetings.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 20, Against 69, Abstentions 35).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

2.      Fisheries: The Deputy Minister for Rural Development moved S1M-1760—That the Parliament welcomes the record £27 million package for the fishing industry announced by the Deputy Minister for Rural Development on 8 March 2001; notes that the joint objective of the Executive and the industry is the conservation of fish stocks and a sustainable long-term future for the fishing industry; further notes that best scientific advice is that these objectives are most effectively achieved through a targeted decommissioning scheme and immediate technical conservation measures; welcomes further research into these practical measures intended to reduce the number of discards and protect stocks of fish, and welcomes the fact that the Executive, taking into account the view expressed by the Parliament on 8 March 2001, is engaged in continuing discussion with the fishing industry to explore a degree of re-balancing of the £27 million package of measures to address the short term needs of the industry by extending that research programme.

Mr John Swinney moved amendment S1M-1760.3 to motion S1M-1760—

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

“and calls upon the Executive to implement the will of the Parliament as expressed on 8 March 2001 in resolution S1M-1725.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 56, Against 67, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 68, Against 36, Abstentions 20).

3.      Junior Scottish Minister: The First Minister moved S1M-1746—That the Parliament agrees that Euan Robson be appointed as a junior Scottish Minister.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (by division: For 86, Against 35, Abstentions 0).

4.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Rural Development made a statement on providing an update on the current foot-and-mouth disease outbreak.

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

6.      Credit Unions: The Minister for Social Justice moved S1M-1751—That the Parliament recognises that credit unions are a valuable provider of low cost financial services and an important way of tackling financial exclusion; welcomes the Action Plan for the credit union movement in Scotland, and supports its implementation and the objective of building a vibrant self-sustaining credit union movement in Scotland, accessible to all, with credit unions as broad based, community owned financial institutions operating in a sound commercial manner but based on the principles of mutuality and economic justice.

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

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

8.      National Tartan Day: The Parliament debated S1M-1670 in the name of Mr George Reid—That the Parliament notes the importance of National Tartan Day, held annually in the United States on 6 April, which celebrates the contribution of Scots and Scots-Americans to the creation and prosperity of America and welcomes the opportunities National Tartan Day offers as a vehicle for strengthening economic, social and cultural links between our two countries.

9.      Motion without Notice: Mr George Reid 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 6.17 pm.

No. 62 Wednesday 21 March 2001

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Gelongma Lhamo, Buddhist nun of the Karma Kagyu order, from Samye Ling, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Convention Rights (Compliance) (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice moved S1M-1526—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Convention Rights (Compliance) (Scotland) Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 94, Against 0, Abstentions 13).

3.      Convention Rights (Compliance) (Scotland) Bill – Financial Resolution: The Minister for Finance and Local Government moved S1M-1536—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Convention Rights (Compliance) (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any increase attributable to that Act in expenditure payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund by or under any other Act.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

5.      Scottish Berry Project: The Parliament debated S1M-1420 in the name of Irene McGugan—That the Parliament notes that the rate of coronary heart disease in Scotland is now the highest in western Europe, that Scotland has a long-established soft fruit industry that is suffering economic distress, that advances in medicine have conclusively demonstrated a link between increased consumption of fruit and vegetables and a reduction in risk from coronary heart disease, but that Scottish consumption falls far below even the World Health Organisation recommended minimum of 400g per day; further notes that a holistic approach to these factors which crosses traditional government departmental structures has enabled Finland in the last 25 years to reduce its rate of coronary heart disease by 50% and that a plan for such a cross-sectoral approach has been put forward as a “Berry Scotland Project”, and recommends that the Scottish Executive takes forwards a cross-sectoral project that reflects the aims of the original “Berry Scotland Project” in order to raise consumption of soft fruit, especially the home produced product, which the Finnish experience has demonstrated could significantly benefit both the rural economy and  public health.

The meeting closed at 5.34 pm.

No. 63 Thursday 22 March 2001

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Drug Misuse and Deprived Communities: Karen Whitefield, on behalf of the Social Justice Committee, moved S1M-1766—That the Parliament notes the content and recommendations of the 6th Report 2000 of the Social Inclusion, Housing and Voluntary Sector Committee, Inquiry into Drug Misuse and Deprived Communities.

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

2.      Motion without Notice: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that, under Rule 11.2.4, Decision Time be taken at 5.15 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

3.      Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1777—That the Parliament agrees:

(a) as a revision to the Business Motion agreed on 14 March 2001:

after “First Minister’s Question Time”, insert—

“3.30 pm                       First Minister’s Motion to appoint a junior Scottish Minister”

and replace—

“3.30 pm                       Executive Debate on Rural Scotland”

with—

“followed by                   Executive Debate on Rural Scotland”

(b) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 28 March 2001

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Scottish National Party Business

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1368 Pauline McNeill: Drug Assisted Sexual Assault

Thursday 29 March 2001

9.30 am                        Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                    Stage 3 Debate on Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) (No. 2) Bill

followed by                    Business Motion

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm                        Executive Debate on Justice

followed by                    Executive Motion on the Armed Forces Bill – UK Legislation

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1340 Mr Keith Harding:
                                    Homelessness in Fife

Wednesday 4 April 2001

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Executive Business

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business

Thursday 5 April 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 Business

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business

and (c) that the Social Justice Committee’s consideration of Stage 2 of the Housing (Scotland) Bill commences during the week beginning 2 April 2001 and is completed by the week beginning 14 May 2001 and that its consideration of Stage 2 of the Mortgage Rights (Scotland) Bill commences on 21 March 2001 and is completed by the week beginning 26 March 2001; and that the Health and Community Care Committee’s consideration of Stage 2 of the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Bill commences on 28 March 2001 and is completed by 16 May 2001.

The motion was agreed to.

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

5.      Junior Scottish Minister: The First Minister moved S1M-1775—That the Parliament agrees that Lewis Macdonald be appointed as a junior Scottish Minister.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (by division: For 84, Against 32, Abstentions 1).

6.      Rural Scotland: The Minister for Rural Development moved S1M-1771—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive’s commitment to rural areas, especially during and after the foot-and-mouth crisis; endorses the Executive’s commitment to the eradication of the disease as essential for the long-term future of the rural economy, including tourism; endorses the provision of clear guidance on public access; welcomes the steps being taken to provide hardship relief, and supports the Executive’s commitment to assist Scotland’s vital rural communities and industries.

Fergus Ewing moved amendment S1M-1771.2 to motion S1M-1771—

Leave out from “the Scottish Executive’s” to end and insert—

“the united approach taken by the Executive and opposition parties in recognising the need to eradicate the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease; believes that the rural economy is facing unprecedented difficulties; urges the Executive to launch a public information campaign in relation to the disease with clearer and more precise guidelines governing access to the countryside, and believes that the extent of the financial difficulties now being suffered is so grave that a comprehensive package of measures must be introduced to assist all aspects of economic life in our rural communities.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 32, Against 87, Abstentions 1).

Alex Johnstone moved S1M-1771.1 to motion S1M-1771—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“endorses the Executive’s commitment to the eradication of the foot-and-mouth disease as essential for the long term future of the rural economy, including tourism; calls upon the Executive to take further steps to speed up the process of dealing with the disease on the ground, including the further use of the army; expresses the need for clear guidance on public access; urges the consideration of such further steps as are necessary to provide hardship relief to assist Scotland’s vital rural communities and industries, and calls upon the 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.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 21, Against 69, Abstentions 30).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 69, Against 20, Abstentions 31).

7.      Approval of SSIs: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1769—That the Parliament agrees that the following instruments be approved—

the draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2001;

the draft Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2001;

the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) Order 2001;

the draft Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 2001; and

the draft Limited Liability Partnerships (Scotland) Regulations 2001.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

9.      Recycling in Fife: The Parliament debated S1M-1684 in the name of Iain Smith—That the Parliament notes with disappointment that, according to the Accounts Commission Performance Indicators for 1999-2000 for the percentage of domestic waste recycled, Fife Council has fallen from 4th in 1996-97, when it inherited the award-winning record of the former North East Fife District Council, to bottom of the league in 1999-2000 at 1.6% and urges Fife Council to develop a strategy to increase recycling and meet its obligations under the European Landfill Directive.

The meeting closed at 6.02 pm.

No. 64 Wednesday 28 March 2001

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Katie Gallagher, Sixth Year Student at Holy Rood Roman Catholic High School, Edinburgh, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Tourism and the Economy: Mr Kenny MacAskill moved S1M-1797—That the Parliament notes the grave impact which the foot-and-mouth crisis is having on the tourism industry; believes that conflicting information about the disease both at home and abroad, further jeopardises Scottish tourism; believes that more must be done to secure the future of the tourism industry and therefore calls upon the Scottish Executive to implement the following recovery plan—

(i) immediate action to enable and ensure efficient crisis management, including a public information campaign through the press and broadcast media to make people aware of what can and cannot be done in the crisis;
(ii) interim support measures to prevent bankruptcy throughout the duration of the crisis including a rates relief package for the months of April, May and June; interest free loans for affected industries and an exemption to be sought by the Scottish Executive from Her Majesty’s Treasury for VAT and National Insurance contributions over a similar period for crisis-affected industries; and
(iii) a recovery strategy to ensure the success of the summer tourist season, beginning immediately and including an emergency Scottish advertising campaign in all key markets. 

The Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning moved amendment S1M-1797.2 to motion S1M-1797—

Leave out from “notes” to end and insert—

“recognises the impact of the Foot and Mouth outbreak on the tourism industry; welcomes the Executive’s measures to minimise the effect on tourism through public information; endorses the support to businesses in the form of hardship relief, and supports the commitment to appropriate and effective marketing by visitscotland.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 68, Against 49, Abstentions 0).

Miss Annabel Goldie moved amendment S1M-1797.1 to motion S1M-1797—

Leave out from “on the tourism industry” to end and insert—

“in Scotland on the tourism industry and businesses within the affected areas; believes that conflicting information about the disease, both at home and abroad, further jeopardises Scottish tourism; further believes that more must be done to secure the future of the tourism industry, and therefore calls upon the Scottish Executive to implement the following recovery plan for tourism and businesses within the affected areas: (i) immediate action to enable and ensure efficient crisis management, including a public information campaign through the press and broadcast media to make people aware of what can and cannot be done during the crisis, (ii) a moratorium on liability for business rates and council tax, (iii) a moratorium to be sought by the Scottish Executive from HM Treasury on liability for payment of national taxes, (iv) the establishment of a designated crisis area within the local authority area of Dumfries and Galloway to which the foregoing moratoria would apply, (v) the establishment of a hardship loan scheme to address the problem of cash flow facing many essentially sound businesses in the designated crisis area and (vi) a robust recovery strategy to be implemented by the Scottish Executive and relative agencies to market Scotland as a world class tourist destination.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 48, Against 68, Abstentions 0).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 67, Against 1, Abstentions 48).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament recognises the impact of the Foot and Mouth outbreak on the tourism industry; welcomes the Executive’s measures to minimise the effect on tourism through public information; endorses the support to businesses in the form of hardship relief, and supports the commitment to appropriate and effective marketing by visitscotland.

3.      Financial Powers of the Parliament: Andrew Wilson moved S1M-1794—That the Parliament notes that the current devolution settlement gives the Scottish Parliament fewer financial powers than any other Parliament in the world; further notes, that while devolution is a recognition of the need and desirability for policy divergences within the United Kingdom, the financial settlement underpinning it is designed explicitly to produce convergence in public expenditure; recognises that two thirds of Scots already support the devolution of full financial powers to the Scottish Parliament and calls for the Scottish Executive to respond to this growing consensus and bring forward proposals to deliver full financial powers to the Parliament.

The Minister for Finance and Local Government moved amendment S1M-1794.1 to motion S1M-1794—

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

“supports the financial framework for devolution as set out by the Scottish Constitutional Convention and supported by the Scottish Labour Party and the Scottish Liberal Democrats; notes that the Barnett formula has provided a stable fiscal framework for government expenditure in Scotland; and welcomes the current record level of public expenditure in Scotland.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 67, Against 50, Abstentions 0).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 67, Against 50, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament supports the financial framework for devolution as set out by the Scottish Constitutional Convention and supported by the Scottish Labour Party and the Scottish Liberal Democrats; notes that the Barnett formula has provided a stable fiscal framework for government expenditure in Scotland; and welcomes the current record level of public expenditure in Scotland.

4.      Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1800—That the Parliament agrees the following designation of Lead Committee—

the Health and Community Care Committee to consider the Feeding Stuffs (Sampling Analysis) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/104).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

6.      Drug Assisted Sexual Assault: The Parliament debated S1M-1368 in the name of Pauline McNeill—That the Parliament notes the findings of the Home Office/Police Research Awards study on Drug Assisted Sexual Assault undertaken by DCI Peter Sturman of the Metropolitan Police; believes that drug assisted rape and sexual assault is a serious cause for concern, and notes that DCI Sturman’s research progresses the debate on this matter and should be fully considered by the Parliament.

The meeting closed at 5.43 pm.

No. 65 Thursday 29 March 2001

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) (No.2) Bill – Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1810—That the Parliament agrees that the time for consideration of Stage 3 of the Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) (No.2) Bill be allocated as follows, so that debate on each part of the proceedings, if not previously brought to a conclusion, shall be brought to a conclusion on the expiry of the specified period (calculated from the time when Stage 3 begins)—

          Group 1 to Group 3 – no later than 1 hour 30 minutes
          Group 4 – no later than 2 hours 30 minutes
          Motion to pass the Bill – no later than 3 hours.

The motion was agreed to.

2.      Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) (No.2) Bill – Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

          4            (For 43, Against 61, Abstentions 0)
          5            (For 45, Against 59, Abstentions 0)
          8            (For 46, Against 60, Abstentions 0)
          9            (For 46, Against 61, Abstentions 0)
          11          (For 31, Against 77, Abstentions 0)
          12          (For 46, Against 63, Abstentions 0)
          1            (For 46, Against 62, Abstentions 1)
          2            (For 32, Against 74, Abstentions 0)

Other amendments were not moved.

3.      Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) (No.2) Bill – Stage 3: The Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning moved S1M-1780—That the Parliament agrees that the Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) (No.2) Bill be passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 66, Against 16, Abstentions 33).

4.      Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1804—That the Parliament agrees:

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 4 April 2001

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Executive Debate on Looked After Children and Adoption Services

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1683 Richard Lochhead: Removal of Reliefs for Water and Sewerage Charges for Charitable Organisations

Thursday 5 April 2001

9.30 am                        Executive Debate on Structural Funds

followed by                    Ministerial Statement

followed by                    Business Motion

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm                        Ministerial Statement

followed by                    Ministerial Statement

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business – debate on the subject of S1M-1511 Karen Whitefield: Airdrie to Bathgate Rail Link

Wednesday 25 April 2001

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                    Executive Business

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business

Thursday 26 April 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 Business

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business

and (b) that the Rural Development Committee reports to the Health and Community Care Committee by 24 April 2001 on the Feeding Stuffs (Sampling and Analysis) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/104).

The motion was agreed to.

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

6.      Justice: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice moved S1M-1807—That the Parliament notes the record levels of funding provided by the Scottish Executive to enable police numbers to reach an all-time high and all the other steps being taken in line with the Programme for Government to deliver further reductions in reported crime and a Scotland in which people are safer and feel safer.

Roseanna Cunningham moved amendment S1M-1807.1 to motion S1M-1807—

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

“, in considering the reduction in the overall numbers of police officers in Scotland since Labour came to power in the UK, (a) the overall increase in both the levels of crime and the fear of crime in that same period, (b) the serious public concerns about the levels of youth offending and (c) the low morale in both the Scottish Prison Service and in the Procurator Fiscals’ Service; further notes that the commitment to be tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime has been a singular failure, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to bring forward a coherent programme which will both tackle the major problems currently being experienced across the Scottish criminal justice system and deliver a safer Scotland.” 

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 33, Against 82, Abstentions 0).

Phil Gallie moved amendment S1M-1807.2 to motion S1M-1807—

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

“that the Executive has presided over a period of police under-manning, a loss of morale within the prison service, chaos in our courts, a rise in crime, particularly in crimes of violence, and the recycling of criminals through prisoner early release.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 16, Against 68, Abstentions 31).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 66, Against 16, Abstentions 33).

7.      Armed Forces Bill – UK Legislation: The Deputy Minister for Justice moved S1M-1795—That the Parliament agrees the principles contained in the provisions of the Armed Forces Bill as they relate to the Ministry of Defence Police in Scotland and that the Scottish Ministers should consent to the measures on jurisdiction being commenced in Scotland, 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) by division: For 82, Against 33, Abstentions 0).

8.      Membership of Committees: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1811—That the Parliament agrees that the following Members be appointed to Committees—

Tavish Scott to replace George Lyon on the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee and to replace Euan Robson on the Justice 2 Committee;
Jamie Stone to replace Euan Robson on the Justice 1 Committee;
George Lyon to replace Jamie Stone on the Rural Development Committee;
John Farquhar Munro to replace George Lyon on the Public Petitions Committee;
Mary Mulligan to replace Karen Whitefield on the Justice 2 Committee; and
Elaine Smith to replace Mary Mulligan on the Rural Development Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9.      Approval of Special Grant Report: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1801—That the Parliament agrees that the following Special Grant Report be approved—

Special Grant Report No.3: Special Grant Report on Grant in Aid of Expenditure on Rail Services in the Strathclyde Passenger Transport Area (SE/2001/74).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10.    Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 3, 6, 7, 8 and 9 as noted above.

11.    Homelessness in Fife: The Parliament debated S1M-1340 in the name of Mr Keith Harding—That the Parliament notes that homelessness in Fife has risen 38% over the past three years, affecting 3,388 households and that the figures for Scotland show an increase of 12% over the same period; further notes that this has occurred at a time when Fife Council has failed to collect millions of pounds of rent arrears and lost income from unlet properties, and recognises that these resources could have been used to bring unlet homes back into use or for better computer systems to match people to homes as part of a programme to help alleviate homelessness in the Kingdom.

The meeting closed at 5.43 pm.

No. 66 Wednesday 4 April 2001

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: The Reverend Andrew Hill, Minister of St Mark’s Unitarian Church, Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Looked After Children and Adoption Services: The Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs, moved S1M-1818—That the Parliament endorses the principles contained in the Adoption and Children Bill concerning restrictions on bringing children into the UK for the purpose of adoption and on advertising children for adoption; agrees that the relevant provisions to achieve these principles in the Bill should be considered by the UK Parliament; recognises the importance of the place of adoption services within the spectrum of care for children and young people looked after by local authorities; agrees that a review of adoption policy and practice is desirable; supports the drive towards more integrated services for the benefits they bring to all children and young people within the care system, and agrees that the Executive should seek to promote the interests of such children with quality educational and other opportunities.

Irene McGugan moved amendment S1M-1818.1 to motion S1M-1818—

Insert at end—

“and calls upon the Scottish Executive to undertake a comprehensive review of adoption and fostering legislation for Scotland, with a view to bringing forward a clear legal framework.”

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

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

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament endorses the principles contained in the Adoption and Children Bill concerning restrictions on bringing children into the UK for the purpose of adoption and on advertising children for adoption; agrees that the relevant provisions to achieve these principles in the Bill should be considered by the UK Parliament; recognises the importance of the place of adoption services within the spectrum of care for children and young people looked after by local authorities; agrees that a review of adoption policy and practice is desirable; supports the drive towards more integrated services for the benefits they bring to all children and young people within the care system, and agrees that the Executive should seek to promote the interests of such children with quality educational and other opportunities and calls upon the Scottish Executive to undertake a comprehensive review of adoption and fostering legislation for Scotland, with a view to bringing forward a clear legal framework.

3.      Suspension of meeting: The meeting was suspended from 4.12 pm until   4.23 pm.
 
4.      Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on item 2 as noted above.

5.      Removal of Reliefs for Water and Sewerage Charges for Charitable Organisations: The Parliament debated S1M-1683 in the name of Richard Lochhhead—That the Parliament expresses concern over the decision to phase out reliefs for water and sewerage charges for charitable bodies starting from 1 April 2001; recognises that if implemented this decision will mean an estimated additional bill of £27 million for Scotland’s voluntary sector in 2001-02 and more than double that for the following year; notes that the additional costs that will result will threaten the ability of many voluntary organisations engaged in helping the more vulnerable members of our society and tackling social exclusion; questions the level of consultation that has taken place with the sector over these proposals, and believes that this decision should be revisited as a matter of priority.

The meeting closed at 5.50 pm.

No. 67 Thursday 5 April 2001

Note: (DT) signifies a decision taken at Decision Time.

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Structural Funds: The Minister for Finance and Local Government moved S1M-1825—That the Parliament welcomes the progress made to develop Structural Funds Programmes in Scotland which will have a lasting effect and supports the steps being taken by the Scottish Executive to develop a broader strategy in relation to European funding issues in preparation for the enlargement of the European Union.

Mr Kenneth Gibson moved amendment S1M-1825.1 to motion S1M-1825—

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

“steps being taken by the Scottish Executive to develop a broader strategy in relation to European funding issues in preparation for enlargement of the European Union, but notes the failure of the Scottish Office to secure the retention of Objective One status for any area of Scotland by re-drawing the regional map as was successfully done for their own regions by the Welsh Office, Ireland, Sweden and Finland, thus depriving the Executive of vital resources needed to develop its Structural Funds Programmes and reducing the scope, impact and likely success of the outcomes sought by both it and the Parliament.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 25, Against 70, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 72, Against 0, Abstentions 25).

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

3.      Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1823—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 25 April 2001

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                    Executive Debate on Scotland’s Skills for Tomorrow

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business

Thursday 26 April 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 Rural Transport

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

4.      Question Time: Questions were answered by Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

5.      Suspension of meeting: The meeting was suspended from 3.10 pm until   3.23 pm.

6.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs made a statement on progress towards the 2001 examination diet.

7.      Ministerial Statement: The Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning and Gaelic made a statement on tourism support measures.

8.      Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on item 1 as noted above.

9.      Airdrie to Bathgate Rail Line: The Parliament debated S1M-1511 in the name of Karen Whitefield—That the Parliament recognises the continuing need for the rail line between Airdrie and Bathgate to be re-opened; agrees that such a project would provide a service to around 200,000 people and as a result would improve labour market access to businesses in the M8 corridor, and welcomes the joint work being undertaken by North Lanarkshire and West Lothian Councils to highlight the benefits and value for money that the re-opening of the rail line would offer.

The meeting closed at 5.59 pm.

No. 68 Wednesday 25 April 2001

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Mr Haq Ghani, President of the UK Islamic Mission, Scotland Zone, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Designation of Lead Committees: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1864—That the Parliament agrees to the following designations of Lead Committees—

the Justice 2 Committee to be the lead committee in the consideration of the International Criminal Court (Scotland) Bill and the Bill also to be considered by the Justice 1 Committee;
the Local Government Committee to be the lead committee in the consideration of the Scottish Local Authorities (Tendering) Bill;
the Justice 1 Committee to consider the draft Part-Time Sheriffs (Removal Tribunal) Regulations 2001;
the Justice 1 Committee to consider the draft Justices of the Peace (Tribunal) (Scotland) Regulations 2001; and
the Justice 2 Committee to consider Act of Sederunt (Fees of Shorthand Writers in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment) 2001, (SSI 2001/136).

The motion was agreed to.

3.      Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1863—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

(a) the following revisions to the Business Motion agreed on 5 April 2001

Wednesday 25 April 2001

after “Parliamentary Bureau Motions”, insert—

followed by                   Ministerial Statement on Motorola”

Thursday 26 April 2001

after “Scottish National Party Debate on the Fuel Crisis”, insert—

followed by                   Ministerial Statement on Update on Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreak”

(b) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 2 May 2001

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Executive Debate on Crime

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1390 Mr Brian Monteith: Scotch Whisky Opt-out from EU Directive

Thursday 3 May 2001

9.30 am                        Procedures Committee Debate on Proposed Changes to Bill Procedure

followed by                    Transport and the Environment Committee Debate on its Report on Genetically Modified Organisms

followed by                    Rural Development Committee Debate on its Report on the Changing Employment Patterns in Rural Scotland

followed by                    Business Motion

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm                        Executive Debate on Action on Child Health

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1463 Mrs Margaret Ewing: McDermott UK Pension Plan – Former Ardersier Employees

Wednesday 9 May 2001

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Executive Business

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business

Thursday 10 May 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 (c) that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 7 May 2001 on the draft Part-Time Sheriffs (Removal Tribunal) Regulations 2001 and the draft Justices of the Peace (Tribunal) (Scotland) Regulations 2001; and that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 11 May 2001 on the Act of Sederunt (Fees of Shorthand Writers in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment) 2001, (SSI 2001/136).

The motion was agreed to.

4.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning made a statement on Motorola.

5.      Scotland’s Skills for Tomorrow: The Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning moved S1M-1857—That the Parliament endorses the Scottish Executive’s commitment to investment in skills as the key to Scotland’s business success.

Mr Kenny MacAskill moved amendment S1M-1857.1 to motion S1M-1875—

Leave out from “endorses” to end and insert—

“notes that, under changing global economic circumstances, a sustainable future for Scotland is dependent on a high skills, high value knowledge economy; recognises that significant skills shortages have been allowed to develop in key sectors in the Scottish economy; regrets that, to date, government has neither quantified nor predicted these shortages, far less been able to take action to fill the skills shortfall, and therefore calls upon the Executive to take immediate action to identify and quantify Scotland’s current skills shortages and likely future shortages, tailor investment in skills to meet current and future demands and shortfalls and work closely with industry to assure a demand-led integrated approach to training, further and higher education.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 31, Against 83, Abstentions 2).

Miss Annabel Goldie moved amendment S1M-1857.2 to motion S1M-1875—

Leave out from “endorses” to end and insert—

“recognises that investment in skills is the key to Scotland’s future business success and calls upon the Scottish Executive to ensure that the skills being provided are relevant to the needs of Scottish business and that the delivery of skills provision is monitored to ensure maximum effectiveness in skills enhancement.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 19, Against 65, Abstentions 32).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 66, Against 18, Abstentions 32).

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

7.      Lord Abernethy Ruling on Rape: The Parliament debated S1M-1789 in the name of Johann Lamont—That the Parliament notes with grave concern the recent ruling by Lord Abernethy that sex without a woman’s consent is not rape unless the attacker uses force or the threat of force; believes that women have the right to be protected in law from those who seek to have sex with them without their consent; believes there are serious ramifications in such a ruling for the willingness of rape victims to report the crime and on the attitudes of men who abuse or seek to abuse women; considers that this ruling raises significant issues about the current training for judges dealing with such cases, and given the Scottish Executive’s commitment to the zero tolerance of violence to women and its commitment to the support of the victims of crime, urges the Minister for Justice and the Minister for Social Justice, in conjunction with the Executive’s equality Units, the appropriate committees of the Parliament and in consultation in particular with women’s organisations and victim support groups, to review the legislation on sexual assault and rape, to ensure that the law offers real protection and support to anyone who suffers sexual assault or rape.

8.      Motion without Notice: Johann Lamont moved with notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended to 6.00 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 6.01 pm.

No. 69 Thursday 26 April 2001

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Hepatitis C: Nicola Sturgeon moved S1M-1865—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to review its decision to refuse compensation or financial assistance to patients who contracted hepatitis C through NHS treatment with contaminated blood products.

The Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care moved amendment S1M-1865.1 to motion S1M-1865—

Leave out from “calls” to end and insert—

“notes the Report produced by the Scottish Executive in October 2000 on Hepatitis C and Heat Treatment of Blood Products for Haemophiliacs in the mid 1980s; further notes the continuing deliberations of the Health and Community Care Committee on this issue and the recent ruling of the English High Court in the case of a number of NHS patients who have been infected with hepatitis C through blood transfusions, and encourages the Executive to examine constructively the implications of this ruling.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 78, Against 32, Abstentions 0).

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

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament notes the Report produced by the Scottish Executive in October 2000 on Hepatitis C and Heat Treatment of Blood Products for Haemophiliacs in the mid 1980s; further notes the continuing deliberations of the Health and Community Care Committee on this issue and the recent ruling of the English High Court in the case of a number of NHS patients who have been infected with hepatitis C through blood transfusions, and encourages the Executive to examine constructively the implications of this ruling.

2.      Fuel Crisis: Mr Kenny MacAskill moved S1M-1866—That the Parliament notes the serious problem caused to industries and individuals in Scotland through high fuel costs; further notes the additional burden that the foot-and-mouth disease crisis has placed on industries and areas vulnerable to high fuel prices; recognises that notwithstanding the changes in the Budget announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, fuel costs in Scotland remain the highest in the developed world and are set to rise further towards £4.00 a gallon; therefore calls on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to reduce immediately fuel taxation by 10 pence per gallon and thereafter to move to a fairer system of taxation and ensure a harmonisation of fuel prices with our European competitors, and calls upon the Scottish Executive and Her Majesty’s Government to take action to end the disparity of fuel prices in rural Scotland.

Miss Annabel Goldie moved amendment S1M-1866.1 to motion S1M-1866—

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

“calls upon the Scottish Executive to make representations to the Chancellor of the Exchequer to reduce fuel tax by at least three pence per litre (13.6 pence per gallon) and to investigate a derogation of Vehicle Excise Duty for island registered private cars and the extension of such a derogation to designated remote communities in Scotland, identified on a postcode basis.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 15, Against 64, Abstentions 30).

The motion was then disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 32, Against 77, Abstentions 1).

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

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

5.      Rural Transport: The Minister for Transport and Planning moved S1M-1868—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive’s commitment to improving transport in rural Scotland, notes the progress that has been made by investing in lifeline air and ferry services, rail and bus services, community transport, petrol stations and roads that serve remote and rural communities, and recognises the vital role that these record levels of investment play in improving people’s lives in rural Scotland.
 
Bruce Crawford moved amendment S1M-1868.1 to motion S1M-1868—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“recognises the crucial role an integrated and modern transport infrastructure can play in improving economic performance and quality of life in rural areas; expresses deep concern that increases in expenditure on Scotland’s transport infrastructure will rise at only half the level planned for England; calls upon the Scottish Executive to improve the strategic overview and infrastructure/funding delivery mechanisms, and regrets the complacency demonstrated by the Executive in failing to deliver the solutions needed to meet the very real problems being faced in rural Scotland as a result of inadequate transport provision.”

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

Mr Murray Tosh moved amendment S1M-1868.2 to motion S1M-1868—

Insert at end—

"also recognises the significance of car transport in rural areas, and urges the Scottish Executive to pursue the options outlined in the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee’s 4th Report 2001, Report on the Inquiry into Fuel Prices in Remoter Rural Areas, to acknowledge the reduction in expenditure on trunk roads construction since the mid-1990s and to ensure that greater resources are made available in coming years for spending on route action plan schemes in rural areas and local authority roads.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 15, Against 92, Abstentions 2).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 45, Abstentions 1).

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

7.      Health Visitor and Community Nurse Car Travel: The Parliament debated S1M-1736 in the name of Robert Brown—That the Parliament notes the problems faced by health visitors and community nurses when using their cars on NHS business and believes that there should be national arrangements on this matter and that there should be provision of free car parking badges to such key workers together with an urgent review of their car leasing and mileage arrangements.

The meeting closed at 5.58 pm.

No. 70 Wednesday 2 May 2001

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: President Stephen Kerr of the Edinburgh Scotland Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Crime: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice moved S1M-1890—That the Parliament welcomes the reduction in recorded crime and notes the further steps being taken by the Executive to combat crime.

Roseanna Cunningham moved amendment S1M-1890.1 to motion S1M-1890—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“asserts that since 1997 the UK Government and the Scottish Executive have failed the Scottish criminal justice system and the Scottish people in (a) presiding over an increase in both the levels of crime and the fear of crime, (b) providing insufficient numbers of police officers at the front line, (c) failing to alleviate the serious public concern over the levels of youth offending and (d) overseeing a collapse in morale in the Scottish prison system and calls upon the Scottish Executive to bring forward a coherent programme which will both tackle the major problems currently being experienced across the Scottish criminal justice system and deliver a safer Scotland for everyone.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 50, Against 63, Abstentions 1).

Phil Gallie moved amendment S1M-1890.2 to motion S1M-1890—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“regrets the rise in crime that followed the change of UK government in 1997, welcomes the reversal of this trend recently recorded and notes the further steps, albeit inadequate, taken by the Scottish Executive to combat crime.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 17, Against 65, Abstentions 31).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 62, Against 18, Abstentions 32).

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

4.      Scotch Whisky Opt-out from EU Directive: The Parliament debated S1M-1390 in the name of Mr Brian Monteith—That the Parliament notes with concern the possible impact of the EU’s Water Framework Directive on the removal of water from rivers and water courses and its potentially damaging effect on the Scotch whisky industry; recognises that the industry is important to Scotland’s economy and the many rural areas where distilleries are located; welcomes the efforts made by representatives of all parties to convince the EU to consider opt-outs for Scottish distilleries, and believes that the Scottish Executive should apply immediately the exemptions from the Directive in order to protect the jobs and livelihoods of those working in the industry.

The meeting closed at 5.45 pm.

No. 71 Thursday 3 May 2001

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Changes to Standing Orders: Mr Murray Tosh, on behalf of the Procedures Committee, moved S1M-1884—That the Parliament (a) approves the recommendations of the Procedures Committee’s 1st Report, 2001, Changes to Chapters 9 and 9A of the Standing Orders of the Scottish Parliament (SP Paper 316) and agrees to amend the Parliament’s Standing Orders in accordance with Annexe A and Annexe B (Appendix B) to the Report and (b) agrees that these amendments to the Standing Orders come into force on 4 May 2001 and that the amendments set out in paragraphs 1 and 3 of Annexe B (Appendix B) to the Report shall apply only in relation to Bills introduced on or after that date.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 108, Against 3, Abstentions 3).

2.      Genetically Modified Organisms: Mr Andy Kerr, on behalf of the Transport and the Environment Committee, moved S1M-1875—That the Parliament notes the 1st Report, 2001 of the Transport and the Environment Committee, Report on petition PE51 from Friends of the Earth Scotland on genetically modified organisms (SP Paper 253).

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

3.      Changing Employment Patterns in Rural Scotland: Alex Johnstone, on behalf of the Rural Development Committee, moved S1M-1892—That the Parliament notes the 1st Report, 2001 of the Rural Development Committee, The Impact of Changing Employment Patterns in Rural Scotland (SP Paper 254); recognises the problems faced by Scotland’s rural communities as highlighted by the research findings in the report; further recognises that work is already underway to address some of these concerns, and urges the Scottish Executive to continue to address the Committee’s concerns.

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

4.      Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1893—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 9 May 2001

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Executive Debate on Impact of European Union on Scotland

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1829 Mr Kenny MacAskill: 70th Anniversary of Scottish Youth Hostels

Thursday 10 May 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 Debate on Urban Regeneration

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1742 Dr Elaine Murray: Foot-and-Mouth Disease in Dumfries and Galloway

Wednesday 16 May 2001

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Executive Business

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business

Thursday 17 May 2001

9.30 am                        Education, Culture and Sport Committee Debate on its Report on Special Educational Needs

followed by                    Business Motion

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm                        Stage 1 Debate on Scottish Local Authorities (Tendering) Bill

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business

and (b) that Stage 1 of the Scottish Local Authorities (Tendering) Bill be completed by 17 May 2001 and Stage 1 of the International Criminal Court (Scotland) Bill be completed by 14 June 2001.

The motion was agreed to.

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

6.      Action on Child Health: The Minister for Health and Community Care moved S1M-1896—That the Parliament recognises that action on child health is essential for the future health of the nation and for addressing health inequalities and supports the clear priority given by the Scottish Executive to improving children’s health as set out in Our National Health: A plan for action, a plan for change and across the Executive’s wider agenda for social justice.

Nicola Sturgeon moved amendment S1M-1896.1 to motion S1M-1896—

Insert at end—

“and calls on the Executive, in addition to ongoing initiatives to improve child health, to provide a free daily portion of fruit to every primary school pupil in Scotland.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 31, Against 82, Abstentions 1).

Mary Scanlon moved amendment S1M-1896.3 to motion S1M-1896—

Leave out from “supports” to end and insert—

“calls upon the Scottish Executive to set out clear targets and timetabled objectives to ensure that child health is given priority status across its departments.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 45, Against 67, Abstentions 2).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

7.      Membership of Committees: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1894—That the Parliament agrees that—

David Mundell be appointed to the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee following the resignation of Nick Johnston; and
Nora Radcliffe be appointed to the Justice 1 Committee following the resignation of Jamie Stone; and
Jamie Stone be appointed to the Equal Opportunities Committee following the resignation of Margaret Smith.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

9.      McDermott UK Pension Plan – Former Ardersier Employees: The Parliament debated S1M-1463 in the name of Mrs Margaret Ewing—That the Parliament notes that more than 1,500 former employees of the Ardersier fabrication yard were compulsory contributors to the McDermott UK pension plan which was first introduced in 1975; further notes that subscriptions continued to be collected until five years ago when McDermott joined with Brown and Root at Nigg to form the Barmac joint venture; expresses concern that the Louisiana-based McDermott International are now planning to take 65% of the £31 million left in the pension plan as part of the process of winding up the pension plan, expresses its support for the campaign to reverse this action by McDermott International, and calls on them to distribute the surplus fairly amongst those workers who paid into the fund.

The meeting closed at 5.42 pm.

No. 72 Wednesday 9 May 2001

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: The Reverend Shelley Marsh, Priest in charge, St John’s Church, Johnstone and St Margaret’s Church, Renfrew, Scottish Episcopal Churches, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Impact of European Union on Scotland: The Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs moved S1M-1912—That the Parliament welcomes the events being organised to celebrate Europe Day and the emphasis given in those celebrations to working with the future partners in Central and Eastern Europe; acknowledges the crucial importance of the European Union to investment and jobs in Scotland, as a driving force for rising environmental standards and as a source of support for economic development; welcomes enlargement and the benefits of peace, stability and enhanced prosperity it will bring; recognises, in supporting enlargement, the need for preparatory reforms of the EU institutions and calls for a debate on governance, and welcomes the Executive’s joint paper with CoSLA and the forthcoming inquiry by the European Committee as two important contributions to that debate.

Roseanna Cunningham moved amendment S1M-1912.1 to motion S1M-1912—

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“but regrets the lack of imagination and ambition shown by the Scottish Executive and Convention of Scottish Local Authorities in their joint paper on the subject; deplores the Executive’s attendance record at EU Council meetings and poor representation at working groups, and recognises that, after the Treaty of Nice, Scotland would have significantly greater influence in the EU as an independent nation than as part of the UK.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 28, Against 76, Abstentions 0).

David Mundell moved amendment S1M-1912.2 to motion S1M-1912—

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“whilst welcoming this enlargement, opposes a single currency, which will undermine our national sovereignty and lead us closer to a federal integrated Europe, and calls on the Scottish Executive to urge Her Majesty’s Government to support the development of an enlarged European Union which is based on flexibility, fairness and understanding of a member state’s right to determine its own direction on social, economic and foreign policy.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 14, Against 90, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 63, Against 0, Abstentions 36).

3.      Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1920—That the Parliament agrees the following designation of Lead Committee—

the Justice 2 Committee to consider the draft Sex Offenders (Notice Requirements) (Foreign Travel) (Scotland) Regulations 2001.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

5.      70th Anniversary of Scottish Youth Hostels Association: The Parliament debated S1M-1829 in the name of Mr Kenny MacAskill—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Youth Hostels Association (SYHA) on its 70th anniversary; notes the contribution made by the Association to attracting visitors both to Scotland from abroad and to the Scottish countryside from within; notes also the opportunity provided by the Association to visit many of the more remote but beautiful parts of our land; welcomes the development by the Association of educational tours which facilitate and enhance the opportunity for youngsters in Scotland to partake in the benefits and pleasures of the countryside; recognises the current difficulties being experienced by the SYHA as a result of the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease, and urges organisations and individuals in Scotland to show their support in this time of difficulty.

The meeting closed at 5.36 pm.

No. 73 Thursday 10 May 2001

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Tourism: Mr David Davidson moved S1M-1914—That the Parliament notes the failure of the Scottish Executive to complete the restructuring of the Scottish Tourist Board/visitscotland which has undermined efforts to regenerate Scottish tourism following two years of decline; calls upon the Scottish Executive to implement a survival and recovery plan for Scottish businesses affected by the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak which includes a hardship fund to provide interest-free loans to supplement the limited measures announced to date, and further calls upon the Scottish Executive to expedite the opening up of the countryside via the risk assessment procedure.

The Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning moved amendment S1M-1914.2 to motion S1M-1914—

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“welcomes the actions being taken by the Executive to assist the tourism industry to recover from the effects of foot-and-mouth disease and supports its commitment to work with the relevant agencies including visitscotland and the industry to prepare and implement an appropriate and effective strategy to ensure the future growth of the industry.” 

Mr Kenny MacAskill moved amendment S1M-1914.1 to motion S1M-1914—

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“believes that policies being pursued by successive Westminster Governments, in particular a high pound, high fuel costs and high VAT, have been damaging to the tourist industry; further believes that the aims of visitscotland/the Scottish Tourist Board should be sharply refocused so that it is a marketing rather than a regulatory body; notes the relief package as proposed by the Scottish Tourism Forum and calls for its full implementation, and believes that direct transport links between Scotland and Europe and Scotland and America are essential.”

After debate, amendment S1M-1914.2 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 63, Against 45, Abstentions 2). As a result, amendment S1M-1914.1 was pre-empted.

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 65, Against 18, Abstentions 27).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament welcomes the actions being taken by the Executive to assist the tourism industry to recover from the effects of foot-and-mouth disease and supports its commitment to work with the relevant agencies including visitscotland and the industry to prepare and implement an appropriate and effective strategy to ensure the future growth of the industry.

2.      Holyrood: David McLetchie moved S1M-1918—That the Parliament notes its resolution of 5 April 2000 which approved expenditure of up to £195 million on the Holyrood Project and now calls on the Scottish Executive to advise the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body that this figure is a cash limit within which the building is to be completed and that no further sums of public money will be allocated towards the project.

Michael Russell moved amendment S1M-1918.2 to motion S1M-1918—

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“; expresses considerable concern that this figure is likely to be exceeded and therefore calls upon the Corporate Body to ensure that any revised costs above that figure, as well as any changes to quality standards and completion dates that affect that figure, are laid before the Parliament for debate and approval; further calls upon the Conservatives to cease their boycott of the Holyrood Progress Group so that all the principal parties in the Parliament supervise this Parliamentary project together; asks the Scottish Executive to nominate a Minister to the Group, and expresses the wish that the Progress Group should become a sub-committee of the Corporate Body and that, following such a change, the Progress Group itself should report regularly and directly to formal meetings of the Parliament, rather than to informal meetings of members as at present, thus strengthening direct Parliamentary accountability for the project.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 31, Against 76, Abstentions 3).

Mr John Home Robertson moved amendment S1M-1918.1 to motion S1M-1918—

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“and notes the good progress of the construction of the Holyrood Parliament Building; welcomes the fact that most of the tender packages have come in at prices in line with the cost estimates but recognises the effect of an above-average inflation rate in the construction industry in the Edinburgh area; further notes the identification of possible savings by the Holyrood Progress Group, which has led to unanimous decisions by both the Progress Group and the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to authorise savings of £2.5 million, but endorses their firm commitment not to compromise the quality of Scotland’s new Parliament Building; acknowledges the rigorous work of the Project Team and the Holyrood Progress Group to achieve good value for money, and directs them to continue to work towards the completion of the construction of the building in December 2002 as an international recognised home for our new democracy which will be a source of pride for people throughout Scotland.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 61, Against 19, Abstentions 30).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 61, Against 19, Abstentions 30).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament notes its resolution of 5 April 2000 which approved expenditure of up to £195 million on the Holyrood Project and notes the good progress of the construction of the Holyrood Parliament Building; welcomes the fact that most of the tender packages have come in at prices in line with the cost estimates but recognises the effect of an above-average inflation rate in the construction industry in the Edinburgh area; further notes the identification of possible savings by the Holyrood Progress Group, which has led to unanimous decisions by both the Progress Group and the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to authorise savings of £2.5 million, but endorses their firm commitment not to compromise the quality of Scotland’s new Parliament Building; acknowledges the rigorous work of the Project Team and the Holyrood Progress Group to achieve good value for money, and directs them to continue to work towards the completion of the construction of the building in December 2002 as an international recognised home for our new democracy which will be a source of pride for people throughout Scotland.

3.      Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1919—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 16 May 2001

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Executive Debate on Architecture and the Built Environment

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1897 Tavish Scott: Rural and Islands GPs

Thursday 17 May 2001

9.30 am                        Education, Culture and Sport Committee Debate on its Report on Special Educational Needs

followed by                    Business Motion

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm                        Stage 1 Debate on Scottish Local Authorities (Tendering) Bill

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1859 Elaine Smith: National Breastfeeding Awareness Week

Wednesday 23 May 2001

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Committee Business

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business

Thursday 24 May 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 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 14 May 2001 on the draft Sex Offenders (Notice Requirements) (Foreign Travel) (Scotland) Regulations 2001.

The motion was agreed to.

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

5.      Urban Regeneration: The Minister for Social Justice moved S1M-1922—That the Parliament endorses the Executive’s approach to urban regeneration and the steps it has taken to enable the people in some of our most disadvantaged communities to become involved in regenerating their areas and welcomes the Executive’s intention to engage in discussions to formulate the Neighbourhood Renewal statement for Scotland.

Mr Kenneth Gibson moved amendment S1M-1922.3 to motion S1M-1922—

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“notes the activities being undertaken by the Executive with regard to urban regeneration; congratulates the key agencies, organisations and citizens involved in regenerating urban Scotland; recognises that despite these efforts, levels of poverty, sickness and unemployment remain stubbornly high across much of urban Scotland, and undertakes to carry out a comprehensive review of regeneration policy in our towns and cities with specific regard to infrastructure and employment, examining the successes and failures of the past and including an analysis of thriving models of urban renewal across the United Kingdom and beyond.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 30, Against 80, Abstentions 0).

Bill Aitken moved amendment S1M-1922.2 to motion S1M-1922—

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“notes the Scottish Executive’s approach to urban regeneration but considers this to be inadequate to achieve the desired result of regenerating both inner city areas and peripheral estates.” 

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 45, Against 63, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 63, Against 2, Abstentions 45).

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

7.      Foot-and-Mouth Disease in Dumfries and Galloway: The Parliament debated S1M-1742 in the name of Dr Elaine Murray—That the Parliament recognises the severe problems being faced in parts of Dumfries and Galloway as a result of the current outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease; notes that the effects are not confined to the farming industry but also affect slaughterhouses, hauliers, food producers, tourism and retailing businesses; notes with concern that workers have already been laid off by several firms and that many more workers may imminently be laid off, and urges the Scottish Executive to work in partnership with other agencies to seek ways of ameliorating the situation as a matter of urgency.

The meeting closed at 6.01 pm.

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