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No.14 Wednesday 5 September 2001

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection:  Mrs Elizabeth Templeton, Author and Theologian, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2165—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 5 September 2001

After the first Parliamentary Bureau Motions, insert

followed by                   Oath Taking”

and replace Executive Business by

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

The motion was agreed to.

3.      Oaths and Affirmations: Mr Murdo Mackenzie Fraser took the oath of allegiance before the Clerk.

4.      Ministerial Statement: The First Minister (Mr Henry McLeish) made a statement on the Scottish Executive’s Programme.

5.      Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2172—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) as a revision to the Business Programme agreed on 28 June 2001—

Thursday 6 September 2001

delete all for that day and insert—

“9.30 am                       Debate on an Executive Motion to treat the Erskine Bridge Tolls Bill as an Emergency Bill

followed by, no
later than 10.30 am        Stage 1 Debate on the Erskine Bridge Tolls Bill

followed by, no
later than 11.30 am        Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee Debate on its report on the New Economy

followed by                    Financial Resolution in respect of the Protection from Abuse (Scotland) Bill

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm                        Committee of the Whole Parliament: Stage 2 Debate on the Erskine Bridge Tolls Bill

followed by, no
later than 4.30 pm          Stage 3 Debate on the Erskine Bridge Tolls Bill

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1964 Helen Eadie: Centenary of Donibristle Pit Disaster “

(b) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 12 September 2001

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                    Stage 3 Debate on the International Criminal Court (Scotland) Bill

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-2066 Mary Scanlon: Men's Health Week, Scotland: 7-14 September 2001

Thursday 13 September 2001

9.30 am                        Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business

followed by                    Ministerial Statement

followed by                    Business Motion

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm                        Executive Debate on Physical Chastisement of Children

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-2119 Paul Martin: Asylum Seekers

Wednesday 19 September 2001

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                    Stage 1 Debate on the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members' Business

Thursday 20 September 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 Investment in Education

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members' Business

(c) that Stage 1 of the Sexual Offences (Procedure and Evidence) (Scotland) Bill be completed by 16 November 2001; and

(d) that the Rural Development Committee reports to the Health and Community Care Committee by 21 September 2001 on the Specified Risk Material Amendment (No.3) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/288) and the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 21 September 2001 on the draft Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) (Prescribed Proceedings) Amendment Regulations 2001 and the draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment (No.3) Regulations 2001.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (by division: For 78, Against 30, Abstentions 0).

6.      Erskine Bridge Tolls Bill – Electronic voting: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2171—That the Parliament directs that under Rule 11.8.3 any division at Stage 2 of the Erskine Bridge Tolls Bill shall be conducted using the electronic voting system. 

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7.      Designation of Lead Committees: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2138—That the Parliament agrees the following designations of Lead Committees—

the Justice 1 Committee to consider the draft Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) (Prescribed Proceedings) Amendment Regulations 2001; 

the Justice 1 Committee to consider the draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment (No.3) Regulations 2001; and

the Health and Community Care Committee to consider the Specified Risk Material Amendment (No.3) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/288).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8.      Erskine Bridge Tolls Bill – Suspension of Standing Orders: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2170—That the Parliament agrees that Rules 9.6.2, 9.7.8, 9.7.9, 9.8.3, 9.10.2, 9.10.4 and 9.10.6 of the Standing Orders be suspended on Thursday 6 September 2001.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

10.    James Wilson, John Baird and Andrew Hardie: The Parliament debated S1M-2101 in the name of Mr Gil Paterson—That the Parliament recognises the sacrifice of the three 1820 martyrs, James Wilson from Strathaven and John Baird and Andrew Hardie from Glasgow, who were hanged and beheaded in the 1820 rising which fought for social and economic justice, workers’ rights and an independent Scottish parliament and believes that the history of their struggle should be included in the education curriculum in order to mark the anniversaries, on 30 August and 3 September, of their sacrifice for Scottish rights 181 years ago.

The meeting closed at 5.46 pm.

No.15 Thursday 6 September 2001

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Erskine Bridge Tolls Bill Emergency Bill: The Minister for Transport and Planning (Sarah Boyack) moved S1M-2162—That the Parliament agrees that the Erskine Bridge Tolls Bill be treated as an Emergency Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (by division: For 73, Against 25, Abstentions 0).

2.      Erskine Bridge Tolls Bill Stage 1: The Minister for Transport and Planning (Sarah Boyack) moved S1M-2163—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Erskine Bridge Tolls Bill.

Mr Adam Ingram moved amendment S1M-2163.1 to motion S1M-2163—

Leave out from “agrees” to end and insert—

“does not agree to the general principles of the Erskine Bridge Tolls Bill because it wishes first to examine the whole issue of bridge tolling and requests that the Transport and the Environment Committee stages an inquiry into the economic and legal impact of bridge tolls in Scotland and makes recommendations on what legislation, if any, is required.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to (by division: For 25, Against 78, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to (by division: For 79, Against 25, Abstentions 0).

3.      Inquiry into the Impact of the New Economy: Alex Neil, on behalf of the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee, moved S1M-2133—That the Parliament notes the 6th Report, 2001 of the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee, Inquiry into the Impact of the New Economy (SP Paper 355).

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

4.      Protection from Abuse (Scotland) Bill - Financial Resolution: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Local Government (Peter Peacock) moved S1M-2156—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Protection from Abuse (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any increase in expenditure payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund in consequence of the Act.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

The meeting closed at 3.33 pm.

A second meeting opened at 3.56 pm.

6.      Erskine Bridge Tolls Bill Stage 3: The Deputy Minister for Transport and Planning (Lewis Macdonald) moved S1M-2164—That the Parliament agrees that the Erskine Bridge Tolls Bill be passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 78, Against 26, Abstentions 0).

7.      Membership of Committees: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2149—That the Parliament agrees that the following Members be appointed to Committees with effect from 6 September 2001—

Christine Grahame to replace Alasdair Morgan on the Justice 1 Committee;
Margaret Ewing to replace Christine Grahame on the Justice 2 Committee;
Stewart Stevenson to replace Margo MacDonald on the Justice 2 Committee and to replace Margaret Ewing on the Rural Development Committee;
Adam Ingram to replace Bruce Crawford on the Transport and the Environment Committee;
Gil Paterson to replace Linda Fabiani on the Equal Opportunities Committee;
Tricia Marwick and Sandra White to replace Kenneth Gibson and Gil Paterson on the Local Government Committee;
Kenneth Gibson and Linda Fabiani to replace Sandra White and Brian Adam on the Social Justice Committee;
Fiona Hyslop to replace Brian Adam on the Procedures Committee;
Alasdair Morgan and Brian Adam to replace Andrew Wilson and Adam Ingram on the Finance Committee; and
Colin Campbell to replace Kenny MacAskill on the Subordinate Legislation Committee. 

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8.      Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2137—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee is designated as Lead Committee in consideration of the Sexual Offences (Procedure and Evidence) (Scotland) Bill and that the Bill should also be considered by the Justice 1 Committee. 

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9.      Rule 2.3.1: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2166—That the Parliament agrees the following dates under Rule 2.3.1—

18 – 22 February 2002 inclusive; 29 March – 12 April 2002 inclusive; 1 July – 30 August 2002 inclusive; 7 – 18 October 2002 inclusive and 23 December 2002 – 3 January 2003 inclusive. 

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10.    Sitting Days: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2167—That the Parliament agrees that between 7 January 2002 and 3 January 2003 (inclusive) the Office of the Clerk will be open on all days except: Saturdays and Sundays, 29 March, 1 April, 6 May, 31 May, 3 June, 4 June, 29 November, 24 December (PM), 25 December, 26 December 2002, 1 January 2003 and 2 January 2003. 

The motion was agreed to (DT).

11.    Motion without notice: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that S1M-2180 be taken at this meeting of the Parliament.

The motion was agreed to.

12.    Decision Time: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2180—That the Parliament agrees under Rule 11.2.4 of the Standing Orders that Decision Time on Thursday 6 September 2001 shall begin at 4.20 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

13.    Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 as noted above.

14.    Centenary of Donibristle Pit Disaster: The Parliament debated S1M-1964 in the name of Helen Eadie—That the Parliament congratulates the schools in Dunfermline East for their contribution to marking the centenary of the Donibristle pit disaster on 26 August 1901; notes that their efforts will help celebrate and keep alive the memory of the brave men, some of whom heroically gave their lives to save fellow miners in the tragedy; further congratulates all of those in our towns and villages in the constituency of Dunfermline East for the act of remembrance that binds miners and their families through the ages and across all our communities and, in doing so, sends its thoughts and prayers to the community of Caerphilly, Wales who remembered on 24 May the miners who lost their lives in the Caerphilly disaster on that date 100 years ago, and calls on the Scottish Executive to send appropriate messages to both communities.

The meeting closed at 5.07 pm.

Committee of the Whole Parliament

No.15A Thursday 6 September 2001

The meeting opened at 3.33 pm.

1. Erskine Bridge Tolls Bill – Stage 2: The Bill was considered at Stage 2.

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

1 (For 23, Against 71, Abstentions 0)
2 (For 26, Against 74, Abstentions 0)

Sections 1 and 2 and the long title were agreed to without amendment.

The meeting closed at 3.56 pm.

No.16 Wednesday 12 September 2001

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      One Minute’s Silence: The Parliament observed one minute’s silence.

2.      Motion without notice: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that S1M-2209 be taken at this meeting of the Parliament.

The motion was agreed to.

3.      Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2209—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

as a revision to the Business Motion agreed on 5 September 2001—

Wednesday 12 September 2001

delete all, and insert

“2.30 pm                       Motion of Condolence”

Thursday 13 September 2001

delete all, and insert

“9.30 am                       Business Motion”

The motion was agreed to.

4.      Motion of Condolence: The First Minister moved S1M-2208—That the Parliament condemns the senseless and abhorrent acts of terrorism carried out in the United States yesterday and extends our deepest sympathies to those whose loved ones have been killed or injured.

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 2.46 pm.

No.17 Thursday 13 September 2001

The meeting opened at 9.34 am.

1.      Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2213—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Thursday 13 September 2001

9.30 am                        Business Motion

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                    Stage 3 Debate on the International Criminal Court (Scotland) Bill

followed by                    Ministerial Statement on the Future of the SQA and National Qualifications

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm                        Executive Debate on Physical Chastisement of Children

followed by                    Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Motion on Scottish Commission for Public Audit

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-2066 Mary Scanlon: Men's Health Week, Scotland 7-14 September 2001

Wednesday 19 September 2001

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                    Stage 1 Debate on the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members' Business - debate on the subject of  S1M-2087 Fiona McLeod: UN Children’s Summit: 19-21 September 2001

Thursday 20 September 2001

9.30 am                        Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Debate on Juvenile Justice

followed by                    Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Debate on Improving                                           Patient Care

followed by                    Business Motion

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm                        Executive Debate on Effective Assessment in Scotland's Schools

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members' Business  - debate on the subject of  S1M-2119 Paul Martin: Community Issues in Sighthill, Glasgow

Wednesday 26 September 2001

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Executive Debate on its Support for the Voluntary Sector

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                    Motion on the Publication of the Ombudsman for Scotland Annual Report 2000-01

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members' Business

Thursday 27 September 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                        Stage 1 Debate on the Police and Fire Services (Finance) (Scotland) Bill

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-2054 Margaret Smith: RCN Scotland's "Value Nurses" Campaign

The motion was agreed to.

2.      International Criminal Court (Scotland) Bill Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2201—That the Parliament agrees that, at Stage 3 of the International Criminal Court (Scotland) Bill, debate on each part of the proceedings shall be brought to a conclusion by the time-limits indicated (each time-limit being calculated from when Stage 3 begins and excluding any periods when the meeting is suspended)—

          Group 1 and Group 2 – no later than 55 minutes
          Group 3 – no later than 1 hour 25 minutes
          Groups 4, 5, 6 and 7 – no later than 1 hour 55 minutes
          Motion to pass the Bill – no later than 2 hours 25 minutes

The motion was agreed to.

3.      International Criminal Court (Scotland) Bill Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 43, 42, 44, 45

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

          40          (For 26, Against 76, Abstentions 0)
          41          (For 26, Against 75, Abstentions 1)
          1            (For 43, Against 58, Abstentions 2)
          3            (For 41, Against 60, Abstentions 0)

Other amendments were not moved.

4.      International Criminal Court (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice (Mr Jim Wallace) moved S1M-2044—That the Parliament agrees that the International Criminal Court (Scotland) Bill be passed.

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

5.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs (Mr Jack McConnell) made a statement on the future of the SQA and National Qualifications.

6.      Meetings of the Parliament – May 2002: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2202—That the Parliament agrees to meet in the King’s College Conference Centre in Aberdeen in May 2002 on dates to be confirmed in the Business Bulletin.

The motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 84, Against 19, Abstentions 0).

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

8.      Physical Chastisement of Children: The Deputy Minister for Justice (Iain Gray) moved S1M-2206—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive’s proposals, following on from an extensive consultation process, to clarify the law on physical punishment of children.

Michael Russell moved amendment S1M-2206.1 to motion S1M-2206—

Insert at end—

"but calls upon the Scottish Executive to publish full details of its proposed legislation without delay and to explain in detail to the people of Scotland why such legislation is necessary in terms of the European Convention on Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and to ensure that the emphasis in any such legislation is on helping parents by means of educative change rather than applying punitive sanctions.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 24, Against 80, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 68, Against 20, Abstentions 17).

9.      Scottish Commission for Public Audit: Robert Brown, on behalf of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, moved S1M-2191—That the Parliament agrees to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body’s proposal to appoint Margaret Jamieson to be a member of the Scottish Commission for Public Audit.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10.    Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2204—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government Committee is designated as Lead Committee in consideration of the Public Appointments (Parliamentary Approval) (Scotland) Bill and that the Bill should also be considered by the Audit Committee.

The motion was withdrawn.

11.       Membership of Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2203—That the Parliament agrees that David Davidson be appointed to the Audit Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT)

12.       Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 4, 6, 8, 9, and 11 as noted above.

13.       Men’s Health Week, Scotland: 7 – 14 September 2001: The Parliament debated S1M-2066 in the name of Mary Scanlon—That the Parliament pledges its support for Men’s Health Week, Scotland, from 7 to 14 September 2001; acknowledges the collaboration between Men’s Health Forum Scotland, health boards, the business sector, community health initiatives and the voluntary sector to publicise Men’s Health Week, Scotland; recognises that the majority of factors which impact negatively on men’s health are preventable; notes that 75% of suicides are male and almost 60% of premature male deaths are from coronary heart disease and cancer, yet men attend their GPs less than half as often as women; further notes that co-ordinated efforts are necessary to ensure that men take responsibility for their health and that services commit themselves to the challenge of working with men, and believes that MSPs should support the collaboration by promoting positive messages about men’s health and Men’s Health Week, Scotland, thereby encouraging more men to take responsibility for their own health and well-being.

The meeting closed at 6.01 pm.

No.18 Wednesday 19 September 2001

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Reverend Alison Simpson, Episcopalian Minister of St Mary on the Rock, Ellon and St James’s, Cruden Bay, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2229—That the Parliament agrees as a revision to the Business Programme agreed on 13 September 2001—

Wednesday 19 September 2001

after Decision Time, delete all and insert

“followed by                   Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-2088 - Irene McGugan: Waste Incinerators”

The motion was agreed to.

3.      Remit of Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2230—That the Parliament agrees that with effect from 20 September 2001 the remit for the Local Government Committee should be—

To consider and report on matters relating to (a) local government (including local government finance) and (b) other matters (excluding finance other than local government finance) which fall within the responsibility of the Minister for Finance and Local Government.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

4.      Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: Mike Watson moved S1M-2078—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill.

Alex Fergusson, on behalf of the Rural Development Committee, moved amendment S1M-2078.2 to motion S1M-2078—

Leave out from “agrees” to end and insert—

“does not agree to the general principles of the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill for the reasons set out in the Stage 1 Report of the Rural Development Committee; and because it considers that, as an alternative, the Executive should examine the issues identified in the Report, in particular paragraph 72 thereof, in order to address whether the existing law against fox baiting provides adequate protection against cruelty to wild mammals.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 27, Against 92, Abstentions 1).
Dr Elaine Murray moved amendment S1M-2078.1 to motion S1M-2078—

Leave out from "agrees" to end and insert—

"does not agree to the general principles of the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill because, while accepting the desire of the sponsors to end cruelty to wild mammals, it does not believe that this Bill adequately addresses the issues presented in evidence to the Rural Development Committee and considers that the Scottish Executive, as an alternative, should examine the existing law in relation to wild mammals, in particular the Wild Mammals (Protection) Act 1996, in order to take action against any unnecessary suffering caused through the provisions of this Act and to bring the legislation covering wild mammals into line with that which applies to domestic animals.” 

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 36, Against 82, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 84, Against 34, Abstentions 1).

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

6.      Waste Incinerators: The Parliament debated S1M-2088 in the name of Irene McGugan—That the Parliament notes with concern that at least five large new incinerators are being planned for siting around Scotland, despite the growing evidence that they may frequently emit a cocktail of toxic chemicals which breach legal pollution limits and raise health concerns; further notes that the defect ridden Baldovie incinerator in Dundee reported 18 separate breaches of safety limits within a five week period earlier this year, which more than justifies the concerns of communities in Aberdeen about the planned Altens incinerator; is concerned that although 60% of the waste produced in Scotland is biodegradable, only 6.6% of it was recycled last year, thereby placing Scotland at the bottom of the European recycling league; commends the first area waste plan in Scotland which opts for the recycling of waste rather than the burning of it, and believes that the Scottish Executive should implement policies which promote a resource efficient, recycling society.

The meeting closed at 5.52 pm.

No.19 Thursday 20 September 2001

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Juvenile Justice: Bill Aitken moved S1M-2205—That the Parliament recognises that the Children’s Hearings system as at present constituted is manifestly failing to deal with criminal and offending behaviour and calls upon the Executive to carry out a full review of Scotland’s system of juvenile justice, such a review to include consideration of giving Children’s Hearings an increased range of disposals.

The Deputy Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs (Nicol Stephen) moved amendment S1M-2205.2 to motion S1M-2205—

Leave out from “recognises” to end and insert—

“confirms its support for the principles of the hearings system in dealing with children who are at risk whether through offending or anti-social behaviour or are in need of care and protection; considers that the children’s hearings system provides the best framework within which to identify the needs of vulnerable children and young people and to determine the most appropriate response; praises the commitment and skill of the volunteers who are appointed as members of Children’s Panels and Children’s Panel Advisory Committees; welcomes the consensus achieved by the Advisory Group on Youth Crime and confirms its support for the Group’s recommendations for reducing and stopping youth crime; further welcomes the increased expenditure by the Executive on children’s services and Youth Crime Review to support targeted services in local authorities; supports the Executive in its drive to reduce re-offending rates among children and young people, as set out in Working Together for Scotland, as this will benefit communities, victims and young people, and encourages local authorities, service providers and other partners to develop programmes and services which seek to address the offending behaviour and underlying contributory factors in the lives of young people who offend.”

Irene McGugan moved amendment S1M-2205.1 to motion S1M-2205—

Leave out from “as” to end and insert—

“has served society and Scotland’s children and families very well and that it will continue to do so in the future, provided that adequate and effective resources are applied to the system to help young people who offend, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to bring forward without further delay the national strategy and framework arising from the youth crime review in order to set out national programmes for effectively working with young people to prevent crime, ensure that measures are in place to support those at risk of offending and recommend proven intervention strategies for offenders.”

After debate, amendment S1M-2205.2 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 74, Against 16, Abstentions 0). As a result, amendment S1M-2205.1 was pre-empted.]

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 74, Against 16, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament confirms its support for the principles of the hearings system in dealing with children who are at risk whether through offending or anti-social behaviour or are in need of care and protection; considers that the children’s hearings system provides the best framework within which to identify the needs of vulnerable children and young people and to determine the most appropriate response; praises the commitment and skill of the volunteers who are appointed as members of Children’s Panels and Children’s Panel Advisory Committees; welcomes the consensus achieved by the Advisory Group on Youth Crime and confirms its support for the Group’s recommendations for reducing and stopping youth crime; further welcomes the increased expenditure by the Executive on children’s services and Youth Crime Review to support targeted services in local authorities; supports the Executive in its drive to reduce re-offending rates among children and young people, as set out in Working Together for Scotland, as this will benefit communities, victims and young people, and encourages local authorities, service providers and other partners to develop programmes and services which seek to address the offending behaviour and underlying contributory factors in the lives of young people who offend.

2.      Improving Patient Care: David McLetchie moved S1M-2207—That the Parliament welcomes the opening of the new hospitals built thanks to the PFI programme initiated by the last Conservative governments but notes with grave concern that the delivery of health care in Scotland has fallen far short of the standards people expect, with local hospital services under threat and patients waiting longer for treatment and facing the prospect of being forced to go abroad to get the treatment they need in a reasonable time; calls upon the Scottish Executive to extend the principle of partnership with the independent sector to the delivery of health care and begin discussions with the independent sector with a view to signing a “concordat” in similar terms to that already established in England, and further calls upon the Executive to initiate a debate in Scotland about how to improve standards of health care to the levels of the best European countries without raising taxes to unacceptable levels and whilst ensuring that access to high quality care is guaranteed for all.

The Minister for Health and Community Care (Susan Deacon) moved amendment S1M-2207.2 to motion S1M-2207—

Leave out from “built” to end and insert—

“; notes the progress that has already been made across Scotland in improving services for patients and believes that continued implementation of Our National Health: a plan for action, a plan for change will deliver increasing benefits for patients, with the objective of high quality care for all.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 60, Against 16, Abstentions 14).

Shona Robison moved amendment S1M-2207.1 to motion S1M-2207—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“notes that, as a result of successive government policies, Scotland has become the PFI capital of Europe and that PFI is the most expensive method of financing hospital building; further notes that the privatisation of domestic services in hospitals presided over by the last Conservative government has resulted in a deterioration of standards of cleanliness in hospitals and record levels of hospital-acquired infections; believes that further private involvement in the delivery of health services is not in the interests of patients, and is committed to rebuilding a public health service in Scotland that is capable of delivering the highest quality of care for all our citizens.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 15, Against 74, Abstentions 1).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 60, Against 16, Abstentions 14).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament welcomes the opening of the new hospitals; notes the progress that has already been made across Scotland in improving services for patients and believes that continued implementation of Our National Health: a plan for action, a plan for change will deliver increasing benefits for patients, with the objective of high quality care for all.

3.      Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2235—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 26 September 2001

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Executive Debate on its Support for the Voluntary Sector

followed by                    Motion on the Publication of the Ombudsman for Scotland Annual Report 2000-01

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-2221 Irene Oldfather: European Languages Day

Thursday 27 September 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                        Stage 1 Debate on the Police and Fire Services (Finance) (Scotland) Bill

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-2054 Margaret Smith: RCN Scotland's "Value Nurses" Campaign

Wednesday 3 October 2001

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Executive Debate on a Forward Strategy for Agriculture

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-2118 Mrs Mary Mulligan: Oxfam

Thursday 4 October 2001

9.30 am                        Committee 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 – debate on the subject of S1M-2098 Christine Grahame: Borders Children with Special Education Needs

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.      Effective Assessment in Scotland’s Schools: The Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs (Mr Jack McConnell) moved S1M-2236—That the Parliament recognises the importance of effective assessment in schools as a means of improving learning and achievement and supports the Executive’s plans to create a coherent system of assessment for Scotland; further recognises that the best way to achieve this is by (a) ensuring that the monitoring and reporting of pupils’ progress is done in a consistent way throughout the school years; (b) supporting teachers to make sound judgements about pupils’ learning and parents to be involved with their children’s development; (c) improving national monitoring of achievement in key areas, and (d) bringing together diverse approaches to record-keeping and reporting in a single, integrated framework, and supports the Executive’s plans to involve stakeholders in carrying forward these proposals and to introduce a simpler, more streamlined approach which is effective and easier for teachers, parents and pupils to understand.

Michael Russell moved amendment S1M-2236.1 to motion S1M-2236—

Insert at end—

", whilst ensuring that the core activities of teaching and learning remain the priorities for our education system.”

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

Mr Brian Monteith moved amendment S1M-2236,2 to motion S1M-2236—

Insert at end—

“and considers that the Executive should strongly encourage all publicly funded schools to participate in the new assessment system.”

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

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

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament recognises the importance of effective assessment in schools as a means of improving learning and achievement and supports the Executive’s plans to create a coherent system of assessment for Scotland; further recognises that the best way to achieve this is by (a) ensuring that the monitoring and reporting of pupils’ progress is done in a consistent way throughout the school years; (b) supporting teachers to make sound judgements about pupils’ learning and parents to be involved with their children’s development; (c) improving national monitoring of achievement in key areas, and (d) bringing together diverse approaches to record-keeping and reporting in a single, integrated framework, and supports the Executive’s plans to involve stakeholders in carrying forward these proposals and to introduce a simpler, more streamlined approach which is effective and easier for teachers, parents and pupils to understand, whilst ensuring that the core activities of teaching and learning remain the priorities for our education system and considers that the Executive should strongly encourage all publicly funded schools to participate in the new assessment system.

6.      Membership of Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2233—That the Parliament agrees that the following Members be appointed to Committees—

          Donald Gorrie to replace Nora Radcliffe on the Justice 1 Committee;
          John Farquhar Munro to replace George Lyon on the Rural Development Committee;
          George Lyon to replace Tavish Scott on the Justice 2 Committee; and
          Nora Radcliffe to replace John Farquhar Munro on the Transport and the Environment Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7.      Approval of SSIs: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2232—That the Parliament agrees that the following instruments be approved—

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (No.3) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/255);
the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/256);
the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/273);
the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.2) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/281);
the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic, Paralytic and Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/282);
the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.3) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/284);
the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.4) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/289); and
the draft International Criminal Court (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2001.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8.      Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2231—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government Committee is designated as Lead Committee in consideration of the Public Appointments (Parliamentary Approval) (Scotland) Bill.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

10.    Community Issues in Sighthill, Glasgow: The Parliament debated S1M-2119 in the name of Paul Martin—That the Parliament deplores the recent racist attacks in Sighthill that have been carried out by a minority; recognises that the community in Sighthill welcomes asylum seekers and that they require support and resources to ensure successful community relations; welcomes Glasgow City Council’s introduction of an emergency action plan which will take a corporate approach to tackling many of the estate management issues that face residents in Sighthill, and considers that the Executive should ensure that Scottish local authorities share examples of best practice and expertise in implementing the dispersal programme, take steps to ensure that local police levels are kept to the maximum level possible, consider what additional resources can be allocated to assist communities with integration and the delivery of local services and develop an action plan that would work towards ensuring that councils and communities are assisted and informed during the dispersal programme.
 
11.    Motion without notice: Paul Martin moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended by up to 10 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 6.06 pm.

No. 20 Wednesday 26 September 2001

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Mr Ephraim Borowski, Honorary Secretary of the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Motion without notice: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that S1M-2251 be taken at this meeting of the Parliament.

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

3.      Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2251— That the Parliament agrees as a revision to the Business Motion agreed on 20 September 2001—

Wednesday 26 September 2001

after “Time for Reflection” insert

followed by                    Ministerial Statement on the Scottish Executive’s Response to the Report of the Care Development Group

The motion was agreed to.

4.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Health and Community Care (Susan Deacon) made a statement on the Scottish Executive’s response to the Report of the Care Development Group.

5.      Scottish Executive Support for the Voluntary Sector: The Minister for Social Justice (Jackie Baillie) moved S1M-2245—That the Parliament welcomes the Executive’s recognition of the important role of the voluntary sector in Scottish society through the contribution it increasingly makes to promoting social justice, encouraging active citizenship and widening economic prosperity; endorses the progress made by the Executive in its commitment to working in partnership with the sector through the framework of the Scottish Compact, and welcomes the commitment demonstrated by the Executive through its increased resourcing of the sector.

Mr Kenneth Gibson moved amendment S1M-2245.1 to motion S1M-2245—

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

“additional direct funding, while acknowledging that many issues such as transaction costs, consistency, sustainability, leadership, core and statutory funding and the adverse impact of planned phased removal of water reliefs from charitable organisations remain to be addressed.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 47, Against 57, Abstentions 0).

Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh moved amendment S1M-2245.2 to motion S1M-2245—

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

“regrets the Executive’s use of funding mechanisms to direct the work of the voluntary sector and urges the Executive to allow a more independent role for the voluntary sector in future.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 16, Against 61, Abstentions 28).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 75, Against 1, Abstentions 29).

6.      Publication of Scottish Parliamentary Ombudsman and Health Service Ombudsman for Scotland Annual Report 2000-01: Mrs Margaret Smith moved S1M-2238—That the Parliament notes that the Scottish Parliamentary Ombudsman and Health Service Ombudsman for Scotland intends to lay his Annual Report for 2000-01 before the Parliament and orders the Clerk to publish the report.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7.      Designation of Lead Committees: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2255—That the Parliament agrees the following designations of Lead Committees—

the Justice 1 Committee to consider the Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/306);
the Justice 1 Committee to consider the Criminal Legal Aid (Fixed Payments) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/307);
the Justice 1 Committee to consider the Parole Board (Scotland) Rules 2001 (SSI 2001/315); and
the Local Government Committee to consider the Firemen’s Pension Scheme (Pension Sharing on Divorce) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/310).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

9.      European Day of Languages: The Parliament debated S1M-2221 in the name of Irene Oldfather—That the Parliament welcomes European Day of Languages and the publication of Citizens of a Multilingual World by the Action Group on Languages, which makes recommendations on the future provision of language education in schools; recognises the vital role of language education in promoting cultural awareness; notes the positive response to the report, and looks forward to innovation in language teaching and an expansion of opportunities in primary schools.

The meeting closed at 5.58 pm.

No.21 Thursday 27 September 2001

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Implications of the Care Development Group Report: Nicola Sturgeon moved S1M-2248—That the Parliament notes the publication of the report of the Care Development Group and welcomes the opportunity for a full parliamentary debate on the detail of the recommendations contained in the report; further welcomes the Scottish Executive’s pledge to make personal care free for all elderly people from April 2002 whilst noting that aspects of the detail of this commitment require further clarification; notes in particular that the £125 million set aside by the Scottish Executive will not be sufficient to fund the recommendations of the Care Development Group unless Her Majesty's Government agrees to allow those currently eligible for Attendance Allowance to retain this benefit, notwithstanding their entitlement to free personal care; believes that, as a matter of principle, any such shortfall should not be met from within existing Scottish Executive resources, and calls on Her Majesty's Government to make the necessary amendments to the social security regulations or, alternatively, to transfer the resources that will be saved as a result of the withdrawal of Attendance Allowance to the Scottish Executive.

The Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care (Malcolm Chisholm) moved amendment S1M-2248.1 to motion S1M-2248—

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

“welcomes the report of the Care Development Group and the Scottish Executive’s commitment to implement its recommendations and further welcomes the statement made by the Minister for Health and Community Care on 26 September 2001.”

Ben Wallace moved amendment S1M-2248.1.1 to amendment S1M-2248.1—

Insert at end—

“but urges the Scottish Executive to implement the recommendation of the Royal Commission chaired by Sir Stewart Sutherland for the “pooling” of budgets and put in place systems to ensure that funds allocated for community care are actually spent on such services.”

After debate, amendment S1M-2248.1.1 was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 16, Against 64, Abstentions 30).

After debate, amendment S1M-2248.1 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 79, Against 28, Abstentions 3).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 79, Against 1, Abstentions 31).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament welcomes the report of the Care Development Group and the Scottish Executive’s commitment to implement its recommendations and further welcomes the statement made by the Minister for Health and Community Care on 26 September 2001.

2.      Government Stewardship of the Public’s Resources: Alasdair Morgan moved S1M-2249—That the Parliament notes the Scottish Executive’s news release of 19 September 2001 on end-year flexibility. 

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

3.      Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2256—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 3 October 2001

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                    Executive Debate on a Forward Strategy for Agriculture

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-2118 Mrs Mary Mulligan: Oxfam

Thursday 4 October 2001

9.30 am                        Stage 3 Debate on the Protection from Abuse (Scotland) Bill

followed by                    Business Motion

2.30 pm                        Question Time

3.10 pm                        First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm                        Executive Debate on Sports Promotion in Scotland’s Schools

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-2098 Christine Grahame: Borders Children with Special Education Needs

(b) that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Local Government Committee by 7 October 2001 on the Firemen’s Pension Scheme (Pension Sharing on Divorce) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/310), and to the Justice 1 Committee by 22 October 2001 on the Parole Board (Scotland) Rules 2001 (SSI 2001/315), the Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/306) and the Criminal Legal Aid (Fixed Payments) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/307); and

(c) that Stage 1 of the Public Appointments (Parliamentary Approval) (Scotland) Bill be completed by 8 February 2002.

The motion was agreed to.

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

5.      Emergency Question: An emergency question on the Common Fisheries Policy was answered by the Deputy Minister for Rural Development (Rhona Brankin).

6.      Police and Fire Services (Finance) (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Deputy Minister for Justice (Iain Gray) moved S1M-1992—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Police and Fire Services (Finance) (Scotland) Bill.

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

7.      Designation of Lead Committees: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2252—That the Parliament agrees that the Health and Community Care Committee is designated as Lead Committee in consideration of the Community Care and Health (Scotland) Bill and that the Bill should also be considered by the Local Government Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8.      Membership of Committees: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2253—That the Parliament agrees that Murdo Fraser be appointed to replace David Mundell on the Subordinate Legislation Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9.      Approval of SSIs: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2254—That the Parliament agrees that the following instruments be approved—

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.5) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/295); and
the Fishing Vessels (Decommissioning) (Scotland) Scheme 2001.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

The meeting was suspended from 4.56 pm until 5.00 pm.

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

11.    RCN Scotland's “Value Nurses” Campaign: The Parliament debated S1M-2054 in the name of Mrs Margaret Smith—That the Parliament supports the Royal College of Nursing Scotland’s “Value Nurses” campaign, which highlights the crucial role that nurses play in delivering high quality patient care; welcomes the nursing summit announced by the Minister for Health and Community Care, and believes that the Executive should take action to recruit and retain more nurses and to reward them in a way which demonstrates the value the Parliament attaches to their work.

12.    Motion without notice: Mrs Margaret Ewing moved without notice under Rule 8.14.3 that the debate be extended until 6.00 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 5.55 pm.

No.22 Wednesday 3 October 2001

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Mr Muhammad Farogh Ahmad, High Priest, World Islamic Mission, Glasgow, led Time for Reflection.

2.      A Forward Strategy for Scottish Agriculture: The Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Ross Finnie) moved S1M-2278—That the Parliament welcomes the Executive’s commitment, as set out in A Forward Strategy for Scottish Agriculture, to secure a more profitable and sustainable future for Scottish agriculture, to integrate farming into the economic and social development of rural communities, including the development of Land Management Contracts, and to protect and enhance the environment in partnership with farmers, and approves the actions set out in the strategy for achieving these objectives in partnership with other agencies.

Fergus Ewing moved amendment S1M-2278.1 to motion S1M-2278—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“believes that the Scottish Executive’s A Forward Strategy for Scottish Agriculture does not contain an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the sector, does not consider the policies implemented in other European countries, does not provide or suggest any mechanism by which the aims described in the document can be achieved, nor does it provide any assurance to the small farmer or crofter that they have a sustainable long term future in agriculture.”

After debate the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 27, Against 77, Abstentions 1).

Alex Fergusson moved amendment S1M-2278.2 to motion S1M-2278

Insert at end—

"while recognising that a profitable farming industry is fundamental to a successful rural economy.”

After debate the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 69, Against 9, Abstentions 27).

The motion as amended was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 77, Against 26, Abstentions 2).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved— That the Parliament welcomes the Executive’s commitment, as set out in A Forward Strategy for Scottish Agriculture, to secure a more profitable and sustainable future for Scottish agriculture, to integrate farming into the economic and social development of rural communities, including the development of Land Management Contracts, and to protect and enhance the environment in partnership with farmers, and approves the actions set out in the strategy for achieving these objectives in partnership with other agencies while recognising that a profitable farming industry is fundamental to a successful rural economy.

3.      Protection from Abuse (Scotland) Bill - Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2282—That the Parliament agrees that, at Stage 3 of the Protection from Abuse (Scotland) Bill, debate on each part of the proceedings shall be brought to a conclusion by the time-limits indicated (each time-limit being calculated from when Stage 3 begins and excluding any periods when the meeting is suspended)—

Group 1 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.

4.      Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on item 2 above.

5.      Oxfam: The Parliament debated S1M-2118 in the name of Mrs Mary Mulligan—That the Parliament congratulates Linlithgow Oxfam Group on 26 years of fundraising and campaigning for poverty eradication and social justice throughout the world; recognises the contribution made by all Oxfam groups and individual supporters in Scotland in raising awareness of our role and responsibility in the world, and supports their efforts to increase action to meet the UN 2015 poverty action targets.

6.         Motion without notice: Fiona Hyslop moved without notice under Rule 8.14.3 that the debate on S1M-2118 be extended until 6.00 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 6.00 pm.

No.23 Thursday 4 October 2001

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Protection from Abuse (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14.

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

          1                        (For 14, Against 69, Abstentions 0)
          3                        (For 14, Against 70, Abstentions 0)
          4                        (For 15, Against 71, Abstentions 0)
          5                        (For 17, Against 70, Abstentions 0)
           
Amendment 6 was moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn.

Another amendment was not moved.

2.      Protection from Abuse (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: Christine Grahame, on behalf of the Justice 1 Committee, moved S1M-2250—That the Parliament agrees that the Protection from Abuse (Scotland) Bill be passed.

After debate the motion was agreed to (DT).

3.      Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2283—That the Parliament agrees—
 
(a) as a revision to the Business Motion agreed on 27 September 2001

Thursday 4 October 2001

after the “Executive Debate on Sports Promotion in Scotland’s Schools”, insert

followed by                    Financial Resolution in respect of the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill

(b) the following programme of business

Wednesday 24 October 2001

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                    Ministerial Statement

followed by                    Executive Motion in respect of UK Legislation

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-2113 David Mundell: Disabled Access to Railway Station Platforms

Thursday 25 October 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 National Cultural Strategy – One Year On

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-2279 Tavish Scott: Edinburgh Declaration for Ocean Recovery

Wednesday 31 October 2001

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                 Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                 Executive Business

followed by                 Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                      Decision Time

followed by                 Members' Business

Thursday 1 November 2001

9.30 am                      Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee Debate on the Review of Higher Education Teaching and Funding

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 Stage 1 of the Community Care and Health (Scotland) Bill be completed by 30 November 2001.

The motion was agreed to.

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

5.      Sports Promotion in Scotland’s Schools: The Deputy Minister for Sport, the Arts and Culture (Allan Wilson) moved S1M-2285—That the Parliament recognises the contribution sport makes to both the physical and mental health of young people as well as providing a positive and attractive alternative to anti-social and offending behaviour; endorses the various initiatives, such as the School Sports Co-ordinator and Active Primary School Programmes put in place by the Scottish Executive through sportscotland and the increasing opportunities for young people to participate in sports in schools; and calls on local authorities, and others, to engage fully with these initiatives.

Irene McGugan moved amendment S1M-2285.1 to motion S1M-2285—

Insert at end—

“; notes that other European countries prioritise sport in the curriculum but that Scottish schools do not even offer the recommended minimum of two hours of physical education per week and that children at one in seven secondary schools no longer have access to a grass playing field; further notes that almost 40% of schools do not have a football pitch and that the already unacceptably high obesity rates among young Scots are still rising, and therefore calls upon the Scottish Executive to cease lodging self-congratulatory motions, to take meaningful action to prioritise sport for children and young people and to ensure that locally available and appropriate facilities are accessible to all.”

After debate the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 29, Against 75, Abstentions 0).

Murdo Fraser moved amendment S1M-2285.2 to motion S1M-2285—

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

“head teachers, teachers, school boards and other sports and educational bodies to embrace and participate fully in these healthy initiatives.”

After debate the amendment was agreed to (DT).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 72, Against 0, Abstentions 28).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament recognises the contribution sport makes to both the physical and mental health of young people as well as providing a positive and attractive alternative to anti-social and offending behaviour; endorses the various initiatives, such as the School Sports Co-ordinator and Active Primary School Programmes put in place by the Scottish Executive through sportscotland and the increasing opportunities for young people to participate in sports in schools; and calls on local authorities, head teachers, teachers, school boards and other sports and educational bodies to embrace and participate fully in these healthy initiatives.

6.      Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill - Financial Resolution: The Minister for Finance and Local Government (Angus MacKay) moved S1M-2280—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill, agrees to—

(a) the expenditure payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund of the expenses of the Scottish Ministers in consequence of the Act; and          
(b) any payments made to the Scottish Ministers under the Act.

After debate the motion was agreed to (DT).

7.      Approval of SSIs: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2281—That the Parliament agrees that the following instruments be approved—

Special Grant Report (No.4) and Guidance for Local Authorities: The Domestic Water and Sewerage Charges (Reduction) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SE/2001/132);
the draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment (No.3) Regulations 2001; and
the draft Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) (Prescribed Proceedings) Amendment Regulations 2001.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8.      Membership of Committees: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2297—That the Parliament agrees that Brian Fitzpatrick be appointed to replace Des McNulty on the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

10.    Borders Children with Special Education Needs: The Parliament debated S1M-2098 in the name of Christine Grahame—That the Parliament notes with concern that despite parental opposition Scottish Borders Council at its meeting on 1 August 2001 authorised, by a majority vote, further cuts of £1,579,255 to its education budget; notes that £200,000 was previously cut from the budget for the provision of special education auxiliaries; is concerned that part of these further cuts will impact on the provision of transport for children with special needs and that the intention to vire £525,000 from the Excellence Fund budget to the National Grid for Learning budget will impact directly on special education needs provision by raiding the budget for classroom assistants, early intervention and learning support; believes that this matter is causing undue distress and uncertainty to parents of children with special educational needs; further notes the recommendations in the 3rd Report 2001 by the Education, Culture and Sport Committee, Report on Inquiry into Special Educational Needs, in particular, recommendation 1 on “Maximising the participation of all children in mainstream schools”, and therefore believes that the Scottish Executive should ensure that the provision of education for Borders children with special needs is not sacrificed to rescue the Borders administration from financial mismanagement and, if necessary, should provide additional, ring-fenced funding on appropriate terms in order to secure a fair and inclusive education for these vulnerable children.

11.    Motion without notice: Michael Russell moved without notice under Rule 8.14.3 that the debate be extended by up to 10 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 5.56 pm.

No.24 Wednesday 24 October 2001

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Reverend Fiona Mathieson, Minister of Carrick Knowe Parish Church, Edinburgh, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2352—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) as a revision to the Business Motion agreed on 4 October 2001

Wednesday 24 October 2001

after the first Parliamentary Bureau Motion, delete all and insert

followed by                      Motion on the publication of the reports into the investigation, legal proceedings and family liaison arrangements in the         case of the murder of Surjit Singh Chhokar

followed by                      Ministerial Statement on the publication of the reports into the investigation, legal proceedings and family liaison arrangements in the case of the murder of Surjit Singh Chhokar

followed by, no
later than 3.30 pm            Executive Debate on the Proceeds of Crime Bill - UK Legislation

followed by, no
later than 4.10 pm            Executive Debate on the Adoption and Children Bill - UK Legislation

followed by, no
later than 4.30 pm            Executive Debate on Membership of the Committee of the Regions

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-2113 David    Mundell: Disabled Access to Railway Station Platforms

(b) the following programme of business:

Wednesday 31 October 2001

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Debate on Asylum Seekers and Refugee Integration

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-2187 Cathie Craigie: World Alzheimer’s Day
Thursday 1 November 2001

9.30 am                          Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee Debate on the Review of Higher Education Teaching and Funding

followed by                      Business Motion

2.30 pm                          Question Time

3.10 pm                          First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm                          Committee of the Whole Parliament: Stage 2 Debate on the Police and Fire Services (Finance) (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Stage 3 Debate on the Police and Fire Services (Finance) (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-2142 Mrs Margaret Ewing: Inverness Airport and Links with Hub Airports

Wednesday 7 November 2001

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Business

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Thursday 8 November 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                          Stage 1 of the School Education (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

(c) that the Rural Development Committee reports to the Health and Community Care Committee by 9 November 2001 on the Feeding Stuffs and the Feeding Stuffs (Enforcement) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/334);

and

(d) that Stage 1 of the School Education (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill be completed by 9 November 2001; that Stage 1 of the Sexual Offences (Procedure and Evidence) (Scotland) Bill and Stage 1 of the Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill be completed by 23 November 2001 and that Stage 1 of the Water Industry (Scotland) Bill be completed by 7 December 2001.

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

3.      Publication of the Reports into the Investigation, Legal Proceedings and Family Liaison Arrangements in the Case of the Murder of Surjit Singh Chhokar: The Deputy First Minister and the Minister for Justice (Mr Jim Wallace) moved S1M-2343—That the Parliament notes that the Scottish Ministers intend to lay in English and other languages the Report of the Inquiry into the Liaison Arrangements Between the Police, the Procurator Fiscal Service and the Crown Office and the Family of the Deceased Surjit Singh Chhokar in Connection with the Murder of Surjit Singh Chhokar and the Related Prosecutions by Dr Raj Jandoo and the Report of the Inquiry into Crown Decision-Making in the Case of the Murder of Surjit Singh Chhokar by the Rt. Hon. Sir Anthony Campbell before the Parliament and orders the Clerk to publish the Reports and their translations.

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

4.      Ministerial Statement: The Lord Advocate (Colin Boyd) made a statement on the publication of the reports into the investigation, legal proceedings and family liaison arrangements in the case of the murder of Surjit Singh Chhokar.

5.      Proceeds of Crime Bill - UK Legislation: The Deputy First Minister and the Minister for Justice (Mr Jim Wallace) moved S1M-2341—That the Parliament endorses the principles of the Proceeds of Crime Bill and agrees that the provisions in the Bill that relate to devolved matters should be considered by the UK Parliament.

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

6.      Adoption and Children Bill - UK Legislation—The Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs (Mr Jack McConnell) moved S1M-2342—That the Parliament accepts the need to provide for continued mutual cross-border recognition of orders properly made by the separate GB jurisdictions in respect of adoption procedures; supports proposals for reform of recognition of overseas adoption orders, and agrees that the relevant provisions to achieve these ends in the Adoption and Children Bill should be considered by the UK Parliament. 

After debate, the motion was agreed to (DT).
7.      Membership of the Committee of the Regions: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2340—That the Parliament endorses the Executive’s proposal to nominate as representatives of the Parliament Nicol Stephen MSP and Hugh Henry MSP as full members and Jack McConnell MSP and Irene McGugan MSP as alternate members on the UK delegation to the Committee of the Regions for the forthcoming session from 2002 to 2006 and notes that the representation from local government will be Councillor Christine May and Councillor Keith Brown as full members and Councillor Corrie McChord and Councillor Hugh Halcro-Johnston as alternate members.

Fiona Hyslop moved amendment S1M-2340.1 to motion S1M-2340—

Leave out from “endorses” to end and insert—

“supports the Committee of the Regions as an institution of European co-operation based on the role of regional government and in promoting the regions of Scotland in that role proposes that the full and alternate members representing Scotland are elected members of Scotland’s local authorities including Councillor Christine May and Councillor Keith Brown as full members and Councillor Corrie McChord and Councillor Hugh Halcro-Johnston as alternate members and instructs the Executive to return to the Parliament with four additional names of councillors as nominees.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 31, Against 73, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 90, Against 0, Abstentions 18).

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

9.      Disabled Access to Railway Station Platforms: The Parliament debated  S1M-2113 in the name of David Mundell— That the Parliament notes with concern the continuing difficulties disabled citizens experience in accessing railway station platforms and the adverse impact this has on their freedom to travel; notes in particular the difficulties with access to and from the southbound platform of Lockerbie station, the only mainline station in south-west Scotland, which means disabled passengers have to travel south to Carlisle and return north on another train in order to be able to leave the station premises, and believes that the Scottish Executive should do all it can to work with Railtrack, train operating companies and any other relevant bodies to ensure that the necessary funding is available and priority given to providing appropriate disabled access to railway station platforms in Scotland and Lockerbie in particular.

The meeting closed at 5.44 pm.

No.25 Thursday 25 October 2001

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Railway Investment: Andrew Wilson moved S1M-2344—That the Parliament welcomes the desire of the Minister for Transport and Planning to increase investment in Scottish railways; notes that with the collapse of Railtrack plc there is an opportunity to introduce an innovative system of ownership and management for Scotland’s railway network that takes advantage of the good partnership that exists across the railway sector in Scotland, and calls upon the Scottish Executive and all interested parties in Scotland to work together in the Scottish national interest to (a) re-examine the financial and policy powers at the disposal of the Scottish Ministers with respect to railways investment and (b) develop an ownership and investment vehicle for Railtrack assets in Scotland that maximises both public accountability and investment in Scotland’s railways in the public interest and on a not for profit basis.

The Minister for Transport and Planning (Sarah Boyack) moved amendment S1M-2344.1 to motion S1M-2344—

Leave out from “with the collapse” to end and insert—

“it has been a difficult time for the railway industry since the tragedy at Hatfield a year ago and welcomes the steps that the Executive is taking to meet the needs of Scotland’s rail users; calls upon the Executive to continue its programme of record investment in the railways and its work to make sure that projects for enhancements to the rail network go ahead, building on the good partnership that exists across the railway industry in Scotland; also notes the recent placing into administration of Railtrack plc and the opportunity that this presents to re-examine the organisation of rail services across the UK; welcomes the Executive’s commitment to work closely with Her Majesty's Government to ensure that Scotland has a full and proper input into the restructuring of the UK rail industry, and calls upon all concerned to develop an ownership and investment framework for Railtrack assets that maximises both public and national interest.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 63, Against 32, Abstentions 18).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 66, Against 2, Abstentions 46).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament welcomes the desire of the Minister for Transport and Planning to increase investment in Scottish railways; notes that it has been a difficult time for the railway industry since the tragedy at Hatfield a year ago and welcomes the steps that the Executive is taking to meet the needs of Scotland’s rail users; calls upon the Executive to continue its programme of record investment in the railways and its work to make sure that projects for enhancements to the rail network go ahead, building on the good partnership that exists across the railway industry in Scotland; also notes the recent placing into administration of Railtrack plc and the opportunity that this presents to re-examine the organisation of rail services across the UK; welcomes the Executive’s commitment to work closely with Her Majesty's Government to ensure that Scotland has a full and proper input into the restructuring of the UK rail industry, and calls upon all concerned to develop an ownership and investment framework for Railtrack assets that maximises both public and national interest.

2.     Scotland and the Current International Situation: Mr John Swinney moved S1M-2347—That the Parliament recognises the significant impact of the current international crisis on our domestic security, on our economic prospects and on our Muslim community in Scotland and calls upon the Scottish Executive to continue to bring forward proposals to deal with these matters; supports the international community’s desire to bring to justice the perpetrators of the acts of terrorism in the United States of America on 11 September 2001, and agrees that any military action in Afghanistan must, as the Prime Minister has asserted, be compatible with an effective humanitarian operation which meets the desperate needs of the innocent Afghan population.

The First Minister (Henry McLeish) moved amendment S1M-2347.3 to motion S1M-2347—

Leave out "compatible with" and insert—

"accompanied by".

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 78, Against 33, Abstentions 3).

David McLetchie moved amendment S1M-2347.2 to motion S1M-2347—

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

“Her Majesty’s Government in its aim of building the widest possible international coalition, with maximum United Nations support; welcomes NATO’s decision to invoke Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty and its role in the international effort; agrees that the immediate objectives of the campaign should be to prevent Osama Bin Laden and the Al Qa’ida network from posing a continuing terrorist threat and, to this end, to ensure that the Taliban regime in Afghanistan ceases to harbour and sustain international terrorism and is replaced by a broadly-based government which is representative of all groups in the country; acknowledges that the attainment of these objectives requires the deployment of all available means, including taking steps to deal with the humanitarian crisis confronting Afghanistan and believes that halting the military action in Afghanistan at this time would hinder the achievement of these objectives and would simply prolong the suffering of people in Afghanistan.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 18, Against 96, Abstentions 1).

Dennis Canavan moved amendment S1M-2347.1 to motion S1M-2347—

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

“but agrees that any measure to that effect must be based on the rule of international law and respect for human rights, particularly innocent people’s right to life, and therefore calls for an end to the current military action in Afghanistan and for an effective humanitarian operation to meet the desperate needs of the innocent Afghan population.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 11, Against 77, Abstentions 26).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 106, Against 6, Abstentions 3).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament recognises the significant impact of the current international crisis on our domestic security, on our economic prospects and on our Muslim community in Scotland and calls upon the Scottish Executive to continue to bring forward proposals to deal with these matters; supports the international community’s desire to bring to justice the perpetrators of the acts of terrorism in the United States of America on 11 September 2001, and agrees that any military action in Afghanistan must, as the Prime Minister has asserted, be accompanied by an effective humanitarian operation which meets the desperate needs of the innocent Afghan population.

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

4.      National Cultural Strategy - One Year On: The Deputy Minister for Sport, the Arts and Culture (Allan Wilson) moved S1M-2354—That the Parliament welcomes the first report on the implementation of the National Cultural Strategy; notes the progress that has been made in the key priorities of the strategy and the actions that are proposed for further implementation; recognises the vital contribution of many agencies, individuals and bodies to ensuring that Scotland’s cultural life matches the aspirations of all Scotland’s people; believes in particular that culture has a vital role to play in delivering social justice throughout Scotland, in our schools, in lifelong learning and in the further development of our tourism industry, and therefore urges all relevant agencies, individuals and bodies to work effectively together in partnership to ensure that the potential of Scotland’s cultural life is fully realised at home and proudly promoted abroad, further encouraging the continuing pursuit and celebration of excellence and the widening of opportunities to participate in the development of Scotland’s cultural life.

Michael Russell moved amendment S1M-2354.1 to motion S1M-2354—

Leave out from “notes” to end and insert—

“regrets that the report is not available to MSPs or the public until 25 October 2001; notes that of the 64 strategic objectives, key priorities and supporting actions in the National Cultural Strategy document Creating our Future: Minding our Past, very few appear to have been progressed significantly; continues to express concern that the Scottish Executive’s present cultural policy, as expressed in its National Cultural Strategy, lacks coherence and vision, has failed to engage the support and enthusiasm of the Scottish community in general, and the arts communities in particular, and is unlikely to help fulfil the potential of Scotland at home and abroad or to widen opportunities or assist in delivering social justice; observes that funding crises and other operational difficulties continue to be the daily norm for most publicly subsidised arts bodies, museums and others within the arts and heritage sector, despite the Scottish Executive’s relentless self-congratulation about its own actions, and therefore calls upon the Scottish Executive to reconsider its policy and to begin to deliver on some of its promises, including a properly funded National Theatre within a clear and reasonable time-frame based upon a better supported theatre sector in Scotland.”  

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

Mr Brian Monteith moved amendment S1M-2354.2 to motion S1M-2354—

Leave out from “notes” to end and insert—

“but regrets that the Strategy has failed to evoke any substantial response from the people of Scotland who are the ultimate and only source of Scottish culture; notes that the most recent achievements of Scottish culture such as the dramas “Gagarin Way” and “Wiping My Mother’s Arse” owed nothing whatsoever to the Cultural Strategy, and expresses confidence that Scots culture will continue to flourish without the intervention of the state as it has since 1707.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 14, Against 95, Abstentions 2).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 65, Against 48, Abstentions 0).

5.      Designation of Lead Committees: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2351—That the Parliament agrees that the Rural Development Committee is designated as Lead Committee in consideration of the Fur Farming (Prohibition) (Scotland) Bill and that the Bill should also be considered by the Justice 1 Committee and the Justice 2 Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6.      Designation of Lead Committees: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2350—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee is designated as Lead Committee in consideration of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Bill and that the Bill should also be considered by the Justice 2 Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7.      Designation of Lead Committees: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2349—That the Parliament agrees the following designation of Lead Committee—

the Health and Community Care Committee to consider the Feeding Stuffs and the Feeding Stuffs (Enforcement) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/334).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8.      Approval of SSIs: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2348—That the Parliament agrees that the following instruments be approved:

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.6) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/316);
the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/317); and
the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.7) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/322).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

10.    Edinburgh Declaration for Ocean Recovery: The Parliament debated S1M-2279 in the name of Tavish Scott—That the Parliament notes the Edinburgh Declaration for Ocean Recovery to be put to WWF’s Oceans Recovery Campaign conference on 23 October 2001; agrees that our seas are in urgent need of sensible and sensitive management if they are to support abundant fish stocks, viable populations of marine wildlife and thriving coastal communities, and calls on the Scottish Executive to work with Her Majesty's Government, devolved bodies and all stakeholders to develop a co-ordinated stewardship strategy for our seas.

The meeting closed at 6.03 pm.

No.26 Wednesday 31 October 2001

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Mrs Ravinder Kaur Nijjar, Member of the Executive Committee of the Scottish Inter-faith Council, Primary School Teacher and Voluntary Community Worker in Glasgow, led Time for Reflection

2.      Asylum Seekers and Refugee Integration: The Minister for Social Justice (Jackie Baillie) moved S1M-2377—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive’s commitment to work in partnership with the public, private and voluntary sectors to welcome and integrate asylum seekers and refugees to Scotland and further welcomes the Executive’s commitment to build improved dialogue with asylum seekers and refugees and host communities and, through partnership working, enable the provision of more accessible, co-ordinated and good quality services, protection from the threat of racist attacks and harassment, and the sharing of good practice to assist the integration of refugees.

Linda Fabiani moved amendment S1M-2377.2 to motion S1M-2377—

Leave out from “and further welcomes” to end and insert—

“; congratulates the host communities and Scotland’s civic society on the steps taken so far to enable integration; welcomes the appointment of a Scottish Minister with responsibilities in this area; notes that the statement by the Home Secretary in the Westminster Parliament on 29 October 2001 indicates a move by Her Majesty's Government contrary to the current direction of the Scottish Executive, particularly in the establishment of “accommodation centres” as opposed to sensitive dispersal and the imposition of “Smart Cards” as a form of electronic voucher for asylum seekers, and calls for the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Executive to welcome asylum seekers and refugees into our communities and to have the power to provide appropriate services to promote true integration.” 

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 31, Against 79, Abstentions 1).

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton moved amendment S1M-2377.1 to motion S1M-2377—

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

“reaffirms the historic commitment of both Scotland and the United Kingdom as a whole to provide a safe haven for those who have been persecuted or are under threat of persecution by oppressive regimes overseas; notes, however, with concern that our ability to provide refuge for the genuinely oppressed is severely hampered by the problems associated with our asylum system, and welcomes the movement of Her Majesty’s Government towards the policy of the Conservative Party, which will speed up the process of establishing which claims are well-founded and subsequently enable every possible step to be taken to welcome and integrate asylum seekers and refugees to Scotland and grant them the same rights of citizenship as enjoyed by the rest of the community.” 

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 18, Against 93, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

3.      Police and Fire Services (Finance) (Scotland) Bill - Electronic Voting: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2383—That the Parliament directs that under Rule 11.8.3 any decision at Stage 2 of the Police and Fire Services (Finance) (Scotland) Bill shall be conducted using the electronic voting system.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

4.      Police and Fire Services (Finance) (Scotland) Bill - Suspension of Standing Orders: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2384—That the Parliament agrees that Rules 9.5.3B and 9.7.9 of the Standing Orders be suspended for the purposes of the Police and Fire Services (Finance) (Scotland) Bill.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

6.      World Alzheimer's Day: The Parliament debated S1M-2187 in the name of Cathie Craigie—That the Parliament expresses its support for World Alzheimer’s Day, held on 21 September every year; recognises its aim of raising global awareness of dementia and its impact on families; notes that around 58,000 people suffer from dementia in Scotland, and further recognises the importance of the work of organisations such as Alzheimer Scotland - Action on Dementia in supporting sufferers and their families.

The meeting closed at 5.59 pm.

No.27 Thursday 1 November 2001

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Inquiry into the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council Reviews of Teaching and Research Funding: Alex Neil, on behalf of the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee, moved S1M-2380—That the Parliament welcomes the 12th Report 2001 of the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee on the inquiry into the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council reviews of teaching and research funding (SP Paper 423).

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

2.      Police and Fire Services (Finance) (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2390— That the Parliament agrees that time for consideration of Stages 2 and 3 of the Police and Fire Services (Finance) (Scotland) Bill be allocated as follows, so that debate on proceedings at each Stage, if not previously brought to a conclusion, shall be brought to a conclusion at the time specified—

          Stage 2 – no later than 4.30 pm
          Stage 3 – no later than 5.00 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

3.      Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2382—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 7 November 2001

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Debate on Reports into the Investigation, Legal Proceedings and Family Liaison Arrangements in the Case of the Murder of Surjit Singh Chhokar

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business  - debate on the subject of S1M-2300 Bruce Crawford: Rosyth-Zeebrugge Ferry Service

Thursday 8 November 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                          Stage 1 Debate on the School Education (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-2081 Mr John Home Robertson: Regulation of Opencast Mining in the Lothians

Wednesday 14 November 2001

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Business

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Thursday 15 November 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

The motion was agreed to.

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

The meeting closed at 3.32 pm.

A second meeting opened at 3.45 pm.

5.      Police and Fire Services (Finance) (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Deputy Minister for Justice (Iain Gray) moved S1M-2379—That the Parliament agrees that the Police and Fire Services (Finance) (Scotland) Bill be passed.

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

6.      Motion without notice: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that S1M-2394 be taken at this meeting of the Parliament.

The motion was agreed to.

7.      Decision Time: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2394— That the Parliament agrees under rule 11.2.4 of Standing Orders that Decision Time on Thursday 1 November shall begin at 3.54 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

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

9.      Inverness Airport and Links with Hub Airports: The Parliament debated S1M-2142 in the name of Mrs Margaret Ewing—That the Parliament recognises the huge significance of direct links between Inverness Airport and London hub airports to the economic and social well-being of the Highlands and Islands, particularly in relation to tourism, exports, the business economy and employment; expresses its grave concern at the possible loss of landing slots at Gatwick; seeks not only to have such links preserved but also to have similar slots at Heathrow restored, and believes that the Scottish Executive should pursue these matters vigorously with the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions and the European Commission.

10.    Motion without notice: Mrs Margaret Ewing moved that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended up to 5.00 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 4.58 pm.

No.27A Thursday 1 November 2001

The meeting opened at 3.32 pm.

1.      Police and Fire Services (Finance) (Scotland) Bill - Stage 2: The Bill was considered at Stage 2.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13

Sections 1 and 2 were agreed to as amended

Section 3 and the long title were agreed to without amendment

The meeting closed at 3.45 pm.

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