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No. 28 Wednesday 7 November 2001

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: The Very Reverend Dr Hugh R Wyllie, lately Minister at the Old Parish Church of Hamilton, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Reports into the Investigation, Legal Proceedings and Family Liaison Arrangements in the Case of the Murder of Surjit Singh Chhokar: The Lord Advocate (Colin Boyd) moved S1M-2406—That the Parliament welcomes the commitment of the Scottish Executive to take forward the recommendations of Sir Anthony Campbell and Dr Raj Jandoo in connection with the murder of Surjit Singh Chhokar; recognises the significance of these issues to Scottish society as a whole, and the Scottish criminal justice system in particular, and notes the progress that has already been made on race, family liaison and victims issues by the Scottish Police Service and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

Roseanna Cunningham moved amendment S1M-2406.2 to motion S1M-2406—

Insert at end—

“; but further notes the serious concerns raised by both reports about the lack of resourcing of both the Crown Office and the Procurator Fiscal Service and the effect that has had on their ability to operate effectively; is concerned at the apparent confusion regarding the definition and existence of institutional racism emerging from the different conclusions of the two reports; deplores the personal attacks on named individuals contained within the Jandoo Report which seriously detracted from the important issues being investigated, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to establish a full public inquiry into the handling of the case, in order to restore public confidence in our prosecution services.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to (DT) by division: For 30, Against 80, Abstentions 1.

Bill Aitken moved amendment S1M-2406.1 to motion S1M-2406—

Insert at end—

"but recognises also that a full review of the running of the prosecution service in Scotland is necessary.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to (DT) by division: For 42, Against 65, Abstentions 1.

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

3.      Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S1M-2411—That the Parliament agrees the following designations of Lead Committee—

Justice 1 Committee to consider the Legal Aid (Employment of Solicitors) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/392);
Justice 2 Committee to consider the draft Sheriff Courts (Scotland) Act 1971 (Private Jurisdiction and Summary Cause) Order 2001; and
Justice 2 Committee to consider the draft Small Claims (Scotland) Amendment Order 2001.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

5.      Rosyth - Zeebrugge Ferry Service: The Parliament debated S1M-2300 in the name of Bruce Crawford— That the Parliament notes that the process to secure appropriate funding, including a freight facilities grant, to support a direct ferry service between Rosyth and Zeebrugge is at a crucial and sensitive stage; believes that the introduction of this service is even more vital because of the expected downturn in the Scottish economy in terms of both trade and travel impacts, and therefore considers that the Scottish Executive as a matter of urgency should use all the resources and persuasive powers at its disposal to see this project through to a positive conclusion.

The meeting closed at 5.52 pm.

No. 29 Thursday 8 November 2001

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Foot-and-Mouth Disease - Public Inquiry: Alex Fergusson moved S1M-2409—That the Parliament calls on the Scottish Executive to instigate a full open public inquiry, either under its aegis or preferably as a distinct part of a full UK inquiry, into the impact of, preparations for and handling of the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in Scotland, and the economic recovery measures put in place by the Executive and Her Majesty’s Government, in order to ensure that lessons are learnt about the appropriate response to any future outbreak.

The Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Ross Finnie) moved amendment S1M-2409.2 to motion S1M-2409—

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

“, recognising the need for independent scrutiny of the handling of the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak, supports the participation of the Scottish Executive in the Royal Society inquiry, the Anderson 'Lessons Learnt' inquiry and the Royal Society of Edinburgh inquiry and believes that these inquiries provide ample opportunities for all interested parties to contribute to the process."

Fergus Ewing moved amendment S1M-2409.1 to motion S1M-2409—

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

“welcomes the cross-party approach towards the policy adopted in Scotland to eradicate the foot-and-mouth disease epidemic, but believes that it is essential that all lessons are learned by means of a full, open and independently convened public inquiry in Scotland and that it is important to monitor closely the impact of the crisis upon the whole Scottish economy and, in particular, upon those regions of Scotland most affected by the outbreak.”

2.      Conduct of the First Minister: David McLetchie did not move S1M-2412.

3.      Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2417— That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business

Wednesday 14 November 2001

2.30 pm                                    Time for Reflection

followed by                                Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                                Executive Debate on the Scottish Youth Parliament

followed by                                Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                                    Decision Time

followed by                                Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-2243 Johann Lamont: Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Thursday 15 November 2001

9.30 am                                    Executive Debate on Renewing Mental Health Law

followed by                                Business Motion

2.30 pm                                    Question Time

3.10 pm                                    First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm                                    Executive Debate on its Vision for the Protection and Promotion of Scotland’s Natural Heritage

followed by                                Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                                    Decision Time

followed by                                Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-2260 Miss Annabel Goldie: Rural Economy

Wednesday 21 November 2001

2.30 pm                                    Time for Reflection

followed by                                Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                                Stage 1 Debate on the Sexual Offences (Procedure and Evidence) (Scotland) Bill

followed by                                Financial Resolution in respect of the Sexual Offences (Procedure and Evidence) (Scotland) Bill

followed by                                Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                                    Decision Time

followed by                                Members' Business

Thursday 22 November 2001

9.30 am                                    Equal Opportunities Committee Debate on its Report on its Inquiry into Gypsy Travellers and Public Sector Policies

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 Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill

followed by                                Financial Resolution in respect of the Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill

followed by                                Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                                    Decision Time

followed by                                Members' Business

(b) that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 13 November 2001 on the draft Sheriff Courts (Scotland) Act 1971 (Privative Jurisdiction and Summary Cause) Order 2001 and the draft Small Claims (Scotland) (Amendment) Order 2001 and that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 12 November 2001 on the Legal Aid (Employment of Solicitors) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/392) and

(c) that Stage 1 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Bill be completed by 18 January 2002 and Stage 1 of the Fur Farming (Prohibition) (Scotland) Bill be completed by 31 January 2002.

The motion was agreed to.

4.      Personal Statement: The First Minister made a personal statement. This was taken under Rule 5.5.4 as the only other item of business.

The meeting closed at 2.38 pm.

No. 30 Wednesday 14 November 2001

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Father Michael Bagan, Parish Priest of St Margaret of Scotland Roman Catholic Church, Stirling, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S1M-2441—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) as a revision to the Business Programme agreed on 8 November 2001:

Wednesday 14 November 2001

after the first Parliamentary Bureau Motions, delete

followed by                     Executive Debate on the Scottish Youth Parliament”

and, insert

followed by                     Executive Debate on Renewing Mental Health Law”

Thursday 15 November 2001

delete all and insert

“9.30 am                         Executive Debate on Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Bill – UK Legislation

followed by                      Executive Debate on its Vision for the Protection and Promotion of Scotland’s Natural Heritage

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-2260 Miss Annabel Goldie: Rural Economy”

and (b) that Stage 1 of the School Education (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill be completed by 16 November 2001.

The motion was agreed to.

3.      Renewing Mental Health Law: The Minister for Health and Community Care (Susan Deacon) moved S1M-2438 —That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Executive’s policy statement Renewing Mental Health Law; agrees that the statement provides a sound framework for new legislation which responds to the needs, rights and aspirations of people who use mental health services, while having regard to the public interest, and looks forward to the introduction of a Mental Health Bill, thus fulfilling the Programme for Government commitment to modernise mental health legislation in the light of the Millan Committee’s review of existing law.

Nicola Sturgeon moved amendment S1M-2438.1 to motion S1M-2438—

Insert at end—

“and also supports the view expressed in the Millan Committee’s report that the aspirations underlying its recommendations for new mental health law will not be met unless services and facilities are adequate to meet the demands placed on them.”

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

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

Accordingly the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Executive’s policy statement Renewing Mental Health Law; agrees that the statement provides a sound framework for new legislation which responds to the needs, rights and aspirations of people who use mental health services, while having regard to the public interest, and looks forward to the introduction of a Mental Health Bill, thus fulfilling the Programme for Government commitment to modernise mental health legislation in the light of the Millan Committee’s review of existing law and also supports the view expressed in the Millan Committee’s report that the aspirations underlying its recommendations for new mental health law will not be met unless services and facilities are adequate to meet the demands placed on them.

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

5.      Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: The Parliament debated S1M-2243 in the name of Johann Lamont—That the Parliament notes the prevalence of the mainly inherited heart disease hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) which affects one in 500 of the population and is the number one cause of sudden death among under 25-year-olds; congratulates the Cardiomyopathy Association on its role in highlighting the condition and acknowledges the work of those involved in the association who have often suffered the loss of a family member because of HCM; further notes the Cardiomyopathy Association's campaign to secure screening by electrocardiogram and echo ultrasound of all first degree relatives of those who die as a result of this condition, and believes that the Scottish Executive, in partnership with the Health and Community Care Committee, the National Health Service and relevant groups working in this field, should consider how best those suffering from this condition might be identified and given access to the appropriate treatment.

The meeting closed at 5.42 pm.

No. 31 Thursday 15 November 2001

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Bill - UK Legislation: The Deputy Minister for Justice (Iain Gray) moved S1M-2445—That the Parliament recognises the urgency of enhancing anti-terrorist capability and security in the current international situation and agrees that the provisions of the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Bill specified in the Scottish Executive’s memorandum that relate to devolved matters should be considered by the UK Parliament.

Roseanna Cunningham moved amendment S1M-2445.1 to motion S1M-2445—

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

“; calls on the Scottish Executive to bring forward legislation dealing with the relevant devolved matters, if necessary under the Parliament’s emergency bill procedures, in order that there can be proper consultation with the relevant authorities, companies, agencies and organisations in Scotland, and furthermore notes with concern the new proposals in regard to detention without trial in clauses 21 to 32 of the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Bill which are a suspension of the normal Scottish criminal justice procedures and which would breach the European Convention on Human Rights."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 26, Against 75, Abstentions 0.)

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 75, Against 30, Abstentions 1.)

2.      The Executive's Vision for the Protection and Promotion of Scotland's Natural Heritage: The Deputy Minister for Rural Development (Rhona Brankin) moved S1M-2444— That the Parliament supports the Scottish Ministers’ intention to come forward with legislative proposals to protect and promote Scotland’s natural heritage; notes the widespread support for this proposed reform, and agrees that improved protection of nature requires a combination of new legislation and integrated land use policies and incentives currently being developed by the Executive.

Bruce Crawford moved amendment S1M-2444.2 to motion S1M-2444—

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

“and the many open ended commitments in the policy statement The Nature of Scotland; calls on the Executive to publish a timetable for the introduction of a Wildlife Crime Bill and a modernised system for the protection and management of Sites of Special Scientific Interest; records its concerns over the portfolios of rural development and environment continuing to be the responsibility of the same Minister, and further calls on the Executive to adopt an integrated “stewardship” approach to the development and implementation of its policies in regard to the natural heritage and resources of Scotland.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 31, Against 75, Abstentions 0.)

John Scott moved amendment S1M-2444.3 to motion S1M-2444—

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

“Scotland’s wildlife and welcomes their proposals to promote and continue to protect Scotland’s natural heritage; recognises the conservation practices of previous generations; supports the need for an overall balance to be struck which recognises the needs of local communities, land owners, occupiers, managers and conservationists alike, and urges Scottish Natural Heritage to take more account of local interests and knowledge and to consult more widely before designating further Sites of Special Scientific Interest.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to (DT) by division: For 15, Against 62, Abstentions 29.)

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 60, Against 15, Abstentions 31.)

3.      Decision Time: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S1M-2453—That the Parliament agrees under Rule 11.2.4 of the Standing Orders that Decision Time on Thursday 22 November 2001 shall begin at 12.30 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

4.      Suspension of Standing Orders: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S1M-2452—That the Parliament agrees that Rule 5.6.1(c) of the Standing Orders be suspended for the duration of the Meeting of the Parliament on Thursday 22 November 2001.

The motion was agreed to.

5.      Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S1M-2451—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 21 November 2001

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 1 Debate on the Sexual Offences (Procedure and Evidence) (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Financial Resolution in respect of the Sexual Offences (Procedure and Evidence) (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

Thursday 22 November 2001

9.30 am                          Stage 1 Debate on the Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill

followed by                      Financial Resolution in respect of the Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill

followed by                      Executive Debate on the NHS Reform Health Care Professions Bill – UK Legislation

followed by                      Question Time

followed by                      First Minister's Question Time

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

12.30 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-2184 Alex Neil: Contract Research Staff

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

Wednesday 28 November 2001

12.00 noon                      Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      First Minister’s Motion to appoint Scottish Ministers

followed by                      First Minister’s Motion to appoint junior Scottish Ministers

2.30 pm                          Stage 1 Debate on the Community Care and Health (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Financial Resolution in respect of the Community Care and Health (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Thursday 29 November 2001

9.30 am                          Scottish National Party Business

followed by                      Business Motion

2.30 pm                          Question Time

3.10 pm                          First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm                          Executive Business

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

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

7.      School Education (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Deputy Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs (Nicol Stephen) moved S1M-2275—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the School Education (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill.

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

8.      Approval of SSIs: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S1M-2443—That the Parliament agrees that the following instruments be approved—

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.8) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/374);
the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (No.2) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/387);
the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.9) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/388); and
the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/391).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9.      Motion without notice: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that S1M-2455 be taken at this meeting of the Parliament.

The motion was agreed to.

10.    Decision Time: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2455—That the Parliament agrees under Rule 11.2.4 of the Standing Orders that Decision Time on Thursday 15 November 2001 shall begin at 4.26 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

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

12.    Rural Economy: The Parliament debated S1M-2260 in the name of Miss Annabel Goldie—That the Parliament notes the economic challenges confronting the rural and more remote parts of Scotland and recognises the specific implications of the Aggregates Tax for the quarrying industry in those areas.

The meeting closed at 5.13 pm.

No. 32 Wednesday 21 November 2001

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.         Time for Reflection: Mrs Eileen Baxendale, a Baptist lay Member working with asylum seekers in Glasgow, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Sexual Offences (Procedure and Evidence) (Scotland) Bill - Stage 1: The Deputy Minister for Justice (Iain Gray) moved S1M-2459—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Sexual Offences (Procedure and Evidence) (Scotland) Bill.

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

3.      Sexual Offences (Procedure and Evidence) (Scotland) Bill - Financial Resolution: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Local Government (Peter Peacock) moved S1M-2143—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Sexual Offences (Procedure and Evidence) (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).

4.      Designation of Lead Committees: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2410—That the Parliament agrees that the Health and Community Care Committee is designated as lead committee in consideration of the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion (Scotland) Bill and that the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee be secondary committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

5.      Designations of Lead Committees: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2467—That the Parliament agrees the following designations of Lead Committee—

Justice 1 Committee to consider the Diligence against Earnings (Variation) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/408); and
Justice 1 Committee to consider the Pensions Appeal Tribunals (Scotland) (Amendment) Rules 2001 (SSI 2001/410)

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6.      Emergency Question: An emergency question on the impact on Scottish businesses of the receivership of the telecommunications company, Atlantic Telecom was answered by the Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning (Ms Wendy Alexander).

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

8.      Regulation of Opencast Mining in the Lothians: The Parliament debated S1M-2081 in the name of Mr John Home Robertson—That the Parliament endorses the terms of the Lothian Structure Plan in relation to opencast mining, as agreed by East Lothian, Midlothian and West Lothian Councils following local consultation and a public inquiry; notes the overwhelming public opposition to opencasting in inappropriate areas which would have detrimental environmental and social effects and where opencast proposals would blight valuable prospects for long-term economic development, and expresses extreme concern at the decision of the Scottish Executive to impose amendments to the structure plan which would designate substantial parts of the three counties as areas of search for opencast coal.

The meeting closed at 5.52 pm.

No. 33 Thursday 22 November 2001

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill – Stage 1: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Local Government (Peter Peacock) moved S1M-2307—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill.

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

2.      Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill – Financial Resolution: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Local Government (Peter Peacock) moved S1M-2440—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Scottish Local Government (Elections) 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).

3.      NHS Reform and Health Care Professions Bill - UK Legislation: The Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care (Malcolm Chisholm) moved S1M-2458—That the Parliament endorses the principle that the Council for the Regulation of Healthcare Professionals, which is to be created to oversee the regulatory bodies for healthcare professionals under the NHS Reform and Health Care Professions Bill, should also have power to oversee any regulatory bodies which might be established in future and which fall within the devolved competence of the Scottish Parliament; agrees that the Council be made accountable to the Scottish Parliament in respect of such of its functions as fall within devolved competence; agrees that the function should be conferred upon Scottish ministers of appointing one of the members of the Council, agrees that power should be conferred on Scottish ministers to make payments and loans to the Council, and finally agrees that the relevant provisions to achieve this end in the Bill should be considered by the UK Parliament.

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

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

5.      Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S1M-2477—That the Parliament agrees—

the following programme of business—

Wednesday 28 November 2001

12.00 noon                      Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      First Minister's Motion to appoint Scottish Ministers

followed by                      First Minister's Motion to appoint junior Scottish Ministers

2.30 pm                          Stage 1 Debate on the Community Care and Health (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Financial Resolution in respect of the Community Care and Health (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business  - debate on the subject of S1M-2222 Maureen Macmillan: Gaelic-Medium Education

Thursday 29 November 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 Social Justice

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business – debate on the subject S1M-2436 Mr Mike Rumbles: Digital Hearing Aids and Review of Audiology Services

Wednesday 5 December 2001

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Equal Opportunities Committee Inquiry into Gypsy Travellers and Public Services

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-2175 Ms Sandra White: European Year of Languages 2001 & BSL

Thursday 6 December 2001

9.30 am                          Stage 1 Debate on the Water Industry (Scotland) Bill

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

12.00 noon                      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 Improving Scotland’s Youth Justice System to Build Safer Communities

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business  - debate on the subject of S1M-2428 Mr Kenneth Macintosh: 2002, Autism Awareness Year

(b) that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 26 November 2001 on the Diligence against Earnings (Variation) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/408) and by 4 December 2001 on the Pensions Appeal Tribunals (Scotland) (Amendment) Rules 2001 (SSI 2001/410)

(c) that Stage 1 of the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion (Scotland) Bill be completed by 26 April 2002;

and

(d) that Stage 2 of the School Education (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill be completed by 29 November 2001.

The motion was agreed to.

6.      Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S1M-2466—That the Parliament agrees that the Education, Culture and Sport Committee is designated as lead committee in consideration of the School Meals (Scotland) Bill and that the Local Government Committee, the Health and Community Care Committee and the Social Justice Committee be secondary committees.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7.      Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S1M-2465—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government Committee is designated as lead committee in consideration of the Marriage (Scotland) Bill and that the Justice 1 Committee and the Justice 2 Committees be secondary committees.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

9.      Contract Research Staff: The Parliament debated S1M-2184 in the name of Alex Neil—That the Parliament recognises that contract research staff in Scotland’s universities and research institutes are one of the most significant assets in Scotland’s knowledge economy; notes that more than 90% of such staff are employed on insecure fixed term contracts, resulting in a systematic failure to properly exploit our science and social science base to the benefit of the Scottish economy and society; further notes that this highly educated human resource, comprising graduate, postgraduate and postdoctoral level workers, is subject to constant wastage, to the detriment of Scotland’s universities and economic potential, and believes that the Scottish Executive should act with clarity, urgency and determination to secure a complete overhaul of the management of the contract research workforce with a view to eliminating the current insecurity and wastage and establishing a radical new approach in partnership with higher education employers and representatives of the research staff.

10.    Motion without notice: Alex Neil moved that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended by up to 15 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

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

          Dennis Canavan                                             
          Mr Jack McConnell                                         
          David McLetchie                                                        
          Mr John Swinney                                            

The result of the first round of voting was—

          Dennis Canavan                                                3
          Mr Jack McConnell                                          70
          David McLetchie                                             19
          Mr John Swinney                                             34

Mr Jack McConnell was duly selected as nominee for appointment as First Minister.

The meeting closed at 3.24 pm.

No. 34 Wednesday 28 November 2001

The meeting opened at 12.00 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: The Reverend David G Hamilton, Church of Scotland Parish Minister in Rannoch, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Scottish Ministers: The First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell) moved S1M-2488—That the Parliament agrees that—

Malcolm Chisholm;
Patricia Ferguson;
Iain Gray;
Cathy Jamieson;
Mr Andy Kerr; and
Mike Watson, be appointed as Ministers.

Nicola Sturgeon moved amendment S1M-2488.5 to motion S1M-2488—

          Leave out “Malcolm Chisholm”.

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to (by division: For 32, Against 68, Abstentions 18).

Fiona Hyslop moved amendment S1M-2488.6 to motion S1M-2488—

          Leave out “Patricia Ferguson”.

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to (by division: For 31, Against 67, Abstentions 19).

Kenneth Gibson moved amendment S1M-2488.2 to motion S1M-2488—

          Leave out “Iain Gray”.

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to (by division: For 33, Against 66, Abstentions 18).

Michael Russell moved amendment S1M-2488.3 to motion S1M-2488—

          Leave out “Cathy Jamieson”.

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to (by division: For 32, Against 68, Abstentions 18).

David McLetchie moved amendment S1M-2488.1 to motion S1M-2488—

          Leave out “Mr Andy Kerr”.

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to (by division: For 50, Against 67, Abstentions 1).

Kenneth MacAskill moved amendment S1M-2488.4 to motion S1M-2488—

          Leave out “and Mike Watson”.

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to (by division: For 30, Against 68, Abstentions 18).

The motion was then agreed to (by division: For 67, Against 50, Abstentions 1).

3.      Junior Scottish Ministers: The First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell) moved S1M-2491—That the Parliament agrees that—

          Richard Simpson;
          Elaine Murray;
          Mary Mulligan; and
          Hugh Henry, be appointed as junior Scottish Ministers.

Colin Campbell moved amendment S1M-2491.1 to motion S1M-2491—

          Leave out “and Hugh Henry”.

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to (by division: For 31, Against 67, Abstentions 19).

The motion was then agreed to (by division: For 67, Against 50, Abstentions 1.)

4.      Law Officers: The First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell) moved S1M-2493—That the Parliament agrees that it be recommended to Her Majesty that Elish Angiolini be appointed as Solicitor General for Scotland.

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

5.      Community Care and Health (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Minister for Health and Community Care (Malcolm Chisholm) moved S1M-2247—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Community Care and Health (Scotland) Bill.

Nicola Sturgeon moved amendment S1M-2247.1 to motion S1M-2247—

Insert at end—

“but in doing so expresses its concern at the lack of a definition of personal care in the Bill similar to that suggested by the Care Development Group and at the fact that negotiations with Her Majesty's Government over the payment of Attendance Allowances have not yet been successfully concluded.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 30, Against  81, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

6.      Community Care and Health (Scotland) Bill – Financial Resolution: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services (Peter Peacock) moved S1M-2484—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Community Care and Health (Scotland) Bill, agrees to the following expenditure out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund—

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

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7.      Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S1M-2489—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) as a revision to the Business Programme agreed on 22 November 2001

Thursday 29 November 2001

after “Business Motion” insert

12.30 pm                        Election of deputy Presiding Officer

(b) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 5 December 2001

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Equal Opportunities Committee Inquiry into Gypsy Travellers and Public Services

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-2175 Ms Sandra White: European Year of Languages 2001 & BSL

Thursday 6 December 2001

9.30 am                          Stage 1 Debate on the Water Industry (Scotland) Bill

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

12.00 noon                      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 Improving Scotland's Youth Justice System to Build Safer Communities

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-2428 Mr Kenneth Macintosh: 2002, Autism Awareness Year

Wednesday 12 December 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 13 December 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 Fisheries

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

and (c) that Stage 2 of the Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill be completed by 4 December 2001 and that Stage 2 of the Sexual Offences (Procedure and Evidence) (Scotland) Bill be completed by 19 December 2001.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (by division: For 90, Against 22, Abstentions 0.)

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

9.      Gaelic-Medium Education: The Parliament debated S1M-2222 in the name of Maureen Macmillan—That the Parliament notes the critical situation facing Gaelic-medium education as a consequence of the current shortage of Gaelic teachers; further notes the continuing shortage of university graduates intending to enter Gaelic-medium teaching, and urges the Scottish Executive to put into place without further delay (a) a review, update and implementation of the recommendations contained in Comunn na Gaidhlig’s proposed national policy for Gaelic Education, Framework for Growth, which was submitted to the Scottish Office in 1997 and (b) the recommendations contained in the report by the General Teaching Council for Scotland Teaching in Gaelic-medium Education - recommendations for change which was submitted to the Scottish Executive in 1999.

The meeting closed at 5.50 pm.

No. 35 Thursday 29 November 2001

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Proportional Representation: Tricia Marwick moved S1M-2487—That the Parliament approves the principle of proportional representation for local government elections, as recommended in the Kerley Report.

The Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services (Peter Peacock) moved amendment S1M-2487.1 to motion S1M-2487—

Leave out from “approves” to end and insert—

“notes the Scottish Executive’s continuing commitment to the pledge made in its Programme for Government to make progress on electoral reform, to the principles of renewing local democracy as set out in the Kerley report, including the importance of the member/ward link in local government, to the need to secure general consent and wide support for the system of electing local councils and to producing a timetable for further progress with urgency.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 66, Against 34, Abstentions 15 ).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 66, Against 3, Abstentions 46).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament notes the Scottish Executive’s continuing commitment to the pledge made in its Programme for Government to make progress on electoral reform, to the principles of renewing local democracy as set out in the Kerley report, including the importance of the member/ward link in local government, to the need to secure general consent and wide support for the system of electing local councils and to producing a timetable for further progress with urgency.

2.      Scottish Transport Group Pensions Scheme: Fergus Ewing moved S1M-2486—That the Parliament notes that both the Scottish Transport Group Staff Pension Fund and the Scottish Transport Group Transport Operatives Pension Scheme have still to be wound up some eight years after privatisation; further notes that the Scottish Executive promised in December 2000 that a total sum of £100 million would be distributed to the pension scheme members and that this would result in a payment of an average of about £7,000 for each member; recognises that the actual total surplus of the pension funds is considerably in excess of £100 million; believes that the level of payment proposed last December by the Scottish Executive is inadequate and should be increased, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to meet representatives of the Scottish Bus Group Pensioners’ Action Committee and to make available to them all relevant information to enable them to assist the pensioners in achieving a just settlement.

The Deputy Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning (Lewis Macdonald) moved amendment S1M-2486.1 to motion S1M-2486—

Leave out from “both” to end and insert—

“Scottish Ministers have secured from HM Treasury a substantial pay out for Scottish Transport Group Pension Scheme former members despite the absence of any legal entitlement; further notes that any change to the amount to be distributed to former members is a matter for HM Treasury, and finally notes that the key remaining step is the winding up of the pension scheme, which is a matter for the scheme’s trustees."

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 81, Against 33, Abstentions 1).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 81, Against 34, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament notes that Scottish Ministers have secured from HM Treasury a substantial pay out for Scottish Transport Group Pension Scheme former members despite the absence of any legal entitlement; further notes that any change to the amount to be distributed to former members is a matter for HM Treasury, and finally notes that the key remaining step is the winding up of the pension scheme, which is a matter for the schemes’ trustees.

3.      Election of Deputy Presiding Officer: The following members were nominated as candidates for appointment as deputy Presiding Officer: Cathy Peattie and Mr Murray Tosh. The result of the first round of voting was—

          Cathy Peattie               45                   
          Mr Murray Tosh            68

Mr Murray Tosh was duly elected as a Deputy Presiding Officer.

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

5.      Social Justice: The Minister for Social Justice (Iain Gray) moved S1M-2492—That the Parliament welcomes the Executive’s publication of the Social Justice Annual Report 2001; notes the progress which is being made, and supports the work of the Executive, local government and other public agencies and the voluntary, community and private sectors in working together to deliver social justice in Scotland.

Kenneth Gibson moved amendment S1M-2492.3 to motion S1M-2492—

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

“the slow progress in addressing social inequality and believes that the Parliament could best succeed in driving forward the social justice agenda if it had the powers of an independent sovereign state.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 33, Against 81, Abstentions 1).

Lyndsay McIntosh moved amendment S1M-2492.1 to motion S1M-2492—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“notes the information to date which shows that the Scottish Executive still has a long way to go to meet its own objectives against the targets and milestones it set itself on social justice; affirms its commitment to building a civic society based on opportunity and responsibility for all, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to address the problems of crime in Scotland’s communities and devolve power to individuals, families and communities as an essential step on the road to achieving social justice.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 16, Against 67, Abstentions 31).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 67, Against 47, Abstentions 1).

6.      Suspension of Standing Orders: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2481—That the Parliament agrees that Rule 9.5.3A of the Standing Orders be suspended for the purposes of the Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7.      Approval of SSIs: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2490—That the Parliament agrees that the following instruments be approved—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.10) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/406);
The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.11) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/420);
The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.12) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/423); and
The draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2001 (Amendment) Order 2001.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8.      Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S1M-2494—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Scottish Public Sector Ombudsman Bill and that the Health and Community Care Committee and the Social Justice Committee be secondary committees.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9.      Motion without Notice: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that S1M-2499 be taken at this meeting of Parliament.

The motion was agreed to.

10.    Membership of Committees: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2499—That the Parliament agrees that the following Members be appointed to Committees—

Tom McCabe and Des McNulty to replace Dr Richard Simpson and Mike Watson on the Finance Committee;
Sarah Boyack to replace Hugh Henry on the European Committee;
Susan Deacon to replace Patricia Ferguson on the Procedures Committee and on the Standards Committee;
Jackie Baillie to replace Cathy Peattie on the Education Committee;
Angus MacKay to replace Mr Andy Kerr on the Transport and the Environment Committee;
Alasdair Morrison to replace Mary Mulligan on the Justice 2 Committee;
Alasdair Morrison and Irene Oldfather to replace Cathy Jamieson and Dr Elaine Murray on the Rural Development Committee; and
Tommy Sheridan to be appointed to the Equal Opportunities Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

12.    Digital Hearing Aids and Review of Audiology Services: The Parliament debated S1M-2436 in the name of Mr Mike Rumbles—That the Parliament notes that the Scottish Executive is conducting an audiology services review; recognises that many hard of hearing and profoundly deaf people are still provided with out-dated analogue hearing aids; is aware that new digital hearing aids can improve the quality of life for those who need them; realises that digital hearing aids are not widely available on the NHS in Scotland and are expensive to purchase privately; understands that the cost can be dramatically reduced by a system of bulk-buying; further notes that such a scheme has been introduced into 20 NHS hospitals in England, and considers that the Scottish Executive should make a commitment to provide digital hearing aids on the NHS in Scotland.

The meeting closed at 6.00 pm.

No. 36 Wednesday 5 December 2001

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Mr John Scott, Special Assistant Christian Science Committee on Publication Scotland, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Inquiry into Gypsy Travellers and Public Sector Policies: Kate MacLean, on behalf of the Equal Opportunities Committee, moved S1M-2439—That the Parliament notes the 1st Report 2001 of the Equal Opportunities Committee on the Inquiry into Gypsy Travellers and Public Sector Policies (SP Paper 356).

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

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

4.      European Year of Languages and British Sign Language: The Parliament debated S1M-2175 in the name of Ms Sandra White—That the Parliament believes that in 2001, the European Year of Languages, the Scottish Executive should take forward the lessons of the Millennium Project 2000 which taught the basics of British Sign Language (BSL) and Deaf Awareness to schoolchildren; invites the Scottish Executive to investigate the introduction of BSL to the school curriculum, and further believes that Her Majesty’s Government should give official recognition to BSL under the terms of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.

The meeting closed at 5.46 pm.

No. 37 Thursday 6 December 2001

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Water Industry (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Ross Finnie) moved S1M-2276—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Water Industry (Scotland) Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 112, Against 2, Abstentions 0).

2.      Water Industry (Scotland) Bill – Financial Resolution: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services (Peter Peacock) moved S1M-2522—That the Parliament for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Water Industry (Scotland) Bill, agrees to—

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

The motion was agreed to (DT).

3.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Finance and Public Services (Mr Andy Kerr) made a statement on the local government settlement 2002-03 and 2003-04.

4.      Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2521— That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 12 December 2001

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Debate on ‘Our National Health’ – Delivering Change

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-2289 Mr Brian Monteith: Closure of Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department Offices in Stirling, Dundee and Forfar

Thursday 13 December 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 Sea Fisheries

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-2400 Mr Bristow Muldoon: Proposed Closure of Binny House, Sue Ryder Care

Wednesday 19 December 2001

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Debate on the Finance Committee’s Report on Stage 2 of the Budget Process

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Thursday 20 December 2001

9.30 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 3 Debate on the Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill

followed by                      Business Motion

2.30 pm                          Question Time

3.10 pm                          First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm                          Stage 3 Debate on the School Education (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business 

and (b) that Stage 1 of the Marriage (Scotland) Bill be completed by 18 January 2002, that Stage 2 of the Community Care and Health (Scotland) Bill be completed by 23 January 2002, that Stage 1 of the Scottish Public Sector Ombudsman Bill be completed by 1 February 2002 and that Stage 1 of the School Meals (Scotland) Bill be completed by 10 May 2002.

The motion was agreed to.

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

6.      Improving Scotland's Youth Justice System to Build Safer Communities: The Minister for Education and Young People (Cathy Jamieson) moved S1M-2520—That the Parliament confirms its support for the Executive’s objective of decreasing offending and disorder among young people, particularly persistent offending by a very small minority of young people; recognises the importance of early intervention measures, of youth work and of increased sports, leisure and educational opportunities in enabling all young people to fulfil their potential and to steering many young people at risk of offending away from a life of crime; welcomes the proposals to achieve these objectives including (a) mapping the coverage and effectiveness of community-based programmes to tackle persistent offending, (b) using the partnership opportunities provided by the multi-agency youth justice teams to develop more systematic early intervention measures and to improve the quality of information provided to the children’s hearing about the offending behaviour and how re-offending could be prevented and (c) identifying how restorative justice approaches can prevent the offender re-offending and build the confidence of victims in our youth justice system and increase the safety of communities.

Irene McGugan moved amendment S1M-2520.2 to motion S1M-2520—

Insert at end—

“; calls upon the Scottish Executive to implement in full the recommendations of the Advisory Group Report on Youth Crime Review, focussing particularly on the proposed national strategy and the review of the age of criminal responsibility; notes the crisis in the recruitment of social workers for children and family services, and, given that the problem of youth crime needs to be seen in the wider context of social justice and in order to measure progress, further calls on the Scottish Executive to bring forward an annual report to the Parliament on the status of all of Scotland’s vulnerable children.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 31, Against 83, Abstentions 0).

Bill Aitken moved amendment S1M-2520.1 to motion S1M-2520—

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

“that the children’s hearing system with the limited disposals currently available is impotent to deal with persistent and serious offenders; recognises the importance of early intervention measures, of youth work and of increased sports, leisure and educational opportunities in enabling all young people to fulfil their potential and to steering many young people at risk of offending away from a life of crime; welcomes the proposals to achieve these objectives including (a) mapping the coverage and effectiveness of community-based programmes to tackle persistent offending, (b) using the partnership opportunities provided by the multi-agency youth justice teams to develop more systematic early intervention measures and to improve the quality of information provided to the children’s hearing about the offending behaviour and how re-offending could be prevented and (c) identifying how restorative justice approaches can prevent the offender re-offending and build the confidence of victims in our youth justice system and increase the safety of communities, and further calls upon the Scottish Executive to review the powers of the children’s hearing system.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 15, Against 98, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

7.      Membership of Committees: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2523—That the Parliament agrees that the following members be appointed to committees—

Bill Butler to replace Dr Richard Simpson on the Health and Community Care Committee; and
Rhona Brankin to replace Bill Butler on the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8.      Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2518—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee is designated as lead committee in consideration of the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill and that the Justice 1 Committee, the Rural Development Committee and the Local Government Committee be secondary committees.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9.      Approval of SSIs: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2517—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.13) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/425) be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

11.    2002, Autism Awareness Year: The Parliament debated S1M-2428 in the name of Mr Kenneth Macintosh—That the Parliament joins with the Scottish Society for Autism, the National Autistic Society, Autism Alliance Scotland, the Learning Disabilities Trust, the British Institute for Brain Injured Children and all other autism organisations across Scotland in declaring 2002 as Autism Awareness Year; recognises the everyday challenges faced by children and adults on the autistic spectrum, and their families, in gaining appropriate support from the statutory services, and further recognises and congratulates those voluntary organisations, including the East Renfrewshire Autism Support Group, which work tirelessly to support all of those affected by autistic spectrum disorders.

The meeting closed at 5.59 pm.

No. 38 Wednesday 12 December 2001

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Neil Morrison, fifth year student, Govan High School, Glasgow, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Our National Health - Delivering Change: The Minister for Health and Community Care (Malcolm Chisholm) moved S1M-2538—That the Parliament welcomes the progress made by the Executive and the contribution of NHS staff towards delivering the commitments in Our National Health: A plan for action, a plan for change published in December 2000 but recognises the long-term nature of the Plan and reaffirms its commitment to the various longer-term goals, including major reductions in waiting times and significant public health improvements.

Nicola Sturgeon moved amendment S1M-2538.1 to motion S1M-2538—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“regrets the lack of progress by the Executive in delivering improvements in patient care and public health despite the continued efforts of NHS staff, and calls upon the Executive to embark upon an accelerated programme of reform in the NHS that will reduce bureaucracy, enhance local control, remove institutional barriers to better patient care, strengthen the primary care system and ensure that the NHS has sufficient capacity to deliver major reductions in waiting times.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 45, Against 65, Abstentions 1).

Mary Scanlon moved amendment S1M-2538.3 to motion S1M-2538—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“notes the lack of progress made by the Scottish Executive in delivering on its promises for improved health care, in particular the reduction of waiting times, and further notes the rising crisis in staff morale and retention in the health service together with the delays in obtaining consultant assessment and the continuing inability of the Scottish Executive to effect meaningful devolution of funding and decision making to local level.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 14, Against 68, Abstentions 28).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 66, Against 43, Abstentions 2).

3.      Sitting Days: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2544—That the Parliament agrees that the Office of the Clerk will be closed on 27, 28 and 31 December 2001.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

4.      Suspension of Standing Orders: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2543—That the Parliament agrees that Rule 13.6.4 be suspended for the purpose of Question Time on Thursday 10 January 2002.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

5.      Designation of Lead Committees: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2542—That the Parliament agrees the following designations of Lead Committee—

Justice 2 Committee to consider Act of Sederunt (Fees of Solicitors in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment) 2001 (SSI 2001/438); and
Justice 2 Committee to consider Act of Sederunt (Fees of Sheriff Officers) 2001 (SSI 2001/439).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

7.      Closure of the Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department Offices in Stirling, Dundee and Forfar: The Parliament debated S1M-2289 in the name of Mr Brian Monteith—That the Parliament regrets the decision of the Scottish Executive to close its Environment and Rural Affairs Department offices in Stirling, Dundee and Forfar; notes that this decision has been taken for financial reasons to reduce annual running costs at a time when the department has admitted to a £66 million underspend in its budget and that it will mean the transfer of staff to a centralised regional office in Perth, and deplores the failure of ministers to consult with the local farming communities on the closure of these offices.

The meeting closed at 5.49 pm.

No. 39 Thursday 13 December 2001

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      West of Scotland Cancer Services: Nicola Sturgeon moved S1M-2541—That the Parliament notes with concern recent developments at the Beatson Oncology Centre and the inevitable impact on cancer services in the West of Scotland; welcomes the removal of the Beatson Oncology Centre from the management of North Glasgow University Hospitals NHS Trust, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to now set out in detail what action will be taken to prevent further staff resignations, attract suitably qualified consultants to fill new and vacant posts, ensure temporary staff cover to avoid a rationalisation of cancer services such as the cancellation of clinics, and significantly shorten the timescale for the construction of the new Beatson Oncology Centre at Gartnavel Hospital.

The Minister for Health and Community Care (Malcolm Chisholm) moved amendment S1M-2541.1 to motion S1M-2541—

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

“if further urgent action is not taken; supports the appointment of Dr Adam Bryson as Medical Director and welcomes the additional impetus and focus this gives to implementation of the agreed action plan, including as a top priority measures to secure appointments both in the short term and on a more permanent basis; supports the Executive’s Cancer Strategy, Cancer in Scotland: Action for change, and the additional £40 million investment to support implementation; and calls on the Executive to drive forward the necessary changes, including the construction of the new West of Scotland Cancer Centre, as quickly as possible.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 65, Against 46, Abstentions 1).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 66, Against 17, Abstentions 29).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament notes with concern recent developments at the Beatson Oncology Centre and the inevitable impact on cancer services in the West of Scotland if further urgent action is not taken; supports the appointment of Dr Adam Bryson as Medical Director and welcomes the additional impetus and focus this gives to implementation of the agreed action plan, including as a top priority measures to secure appointments both in the short term and on a more permanent basis; supports the Executive’s Cancer Strategy, Cancer in Scotland: Action for change, and the additional £40 million investment to support implementation; and calls on the Executive to drive forward the necessary changes, including the construction of the new West of Scotland Cancer Centre, as quickly as possible.

2.      Scottish Prison Service: Roseanna Cunningham moved S1M-2545—That the Parliament notes the Executive’s failure to bring forward a strategy to address the increasing overcrowding within Scottish prisons and further notes that morale amongst Scottish Prison Service staff is at rock bottom as the result of (a) the deterioration of industrial relations, (b) the continued threat of further privatisation within the Scottish Prison Service, (c) the culture of secrecy within the service and (d) the continued and unacceptable delay in the publication of the Estates Review.

The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice (Mr Jim Wallace) moved amendment S1M-2545.2 to motion S1M-2545—

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

“congratulates the staff and management of the Scottish Prison Service on their good work in maintaining secure custody and good order in Scotland’s penal establishments; welcomes the partnership between management and staff to improve industrial relations through the voluntary industrial relations agreement; welcomes the prison service’s commitment to collaborating on an increasingly transparent basis with statutory and voluntary agencies to provide effective rehabilitation and through care, aimed at reducing re-offending; notes that investment has been made in upgrading the prison estate, but that more must be done; to that end, welcomes the Executive’s open approach in planning to consult on the Prison Estates Review early in the new year, and agrees that work to upgrade the estate must deliver prisons capable of providing sufficient humane and secure accommodation while delivering value for money.”

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton moved amendment S1M-2545.1 to motion S1M-2545—

Leave out from “as the result of” to end and insert—

“and calls upon the Executive to publish the Estates Review, to end slopping out in Scottish prisons and to provide sufficient places in prison to accommodate the decisions of the courts.”

After debate, amendment S1M-2545.2 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 48, Abstentions 0). As a result, amendment S1M-2545.1 was pre-empted.

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 47, Abstentions 1).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved— That the Parliament congratulates the staff and management of the Scottish Prison Service on their good work in maintaining secure custody and good order in Scotland’s penal establishments; welcomes the partnership between management and staff to improve industrial relations through the voluntary industrial relations agreement; welcomes the prison service’s commitment to collaborating on an increasingly transparent basis with statutory and voluntary agencies to provide effective rehabilitation and through care, aimed at reducing re-offending; notes that investment has been made in upgrading the prison estate, but that more must be done; to that end, welcomes the Executive’s open approach in planning to consult on the Prison Estates Review early in the new year, and agrees that work to upgrade the estate must deliver prisons capable of providing sufficient humane and secure accommodation while delivering value for money.

3.      Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2548—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 19 December 2001

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Debate on the Finance Committee's Report on Stage 2 of the Budget Process

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-2345 Fiona McLeod: Scottish Science Library and Scottish Business Information Service

Thursday 20 December 2001

9.30 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 3 Debate on the Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill

followed by                      Stage 3 Debate on the School Education (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Business Motion

2.30 pm                          Question Time

3.10 pm                          First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm                          Continuation of Stage 3 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-2529 Karen Gillon: New Lanark

(b) that Stage 2 of the Water Industry (Scotland) Bill be completed by 1 February 2002 and that Stage 1 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill be completed by 15 March 2002, and

(c) that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee on the Act of Sederunt (Fees of Solicitors in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment) 2001 (SSI 2001/438) and on the Act of Sederunt (Fees of Sheriff Officers) 2001 (SSI 2001/439) by 8 January 2002.

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.      Sea Fisheries: The Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Ross Finnie) moved S1M-2546—That the Parliament calls on the Scottish Executive to seek to negotiate an outcome from the Fisheries Council meeting in December 2001 that reflects the need to preserve stocks for the long term and represents the best achievable deal for the Scottish fishing industry.

Richard Lochhead moved amendment S1M-2546.1 to motion S1M-2546—

Insert at end—

“; further calls on the Executive to seek an increase in nephrops quotas in line with scientific advice and ensure that the outcome of all the negotiations recognises the mixed character of Scotland’s fisheries and takes into account the many conservation measures already agreed by the industry; further calls upon Ministers to retain an open mind with regard to fisheries management measures proposed by the industry and financially supported by the EU, and urges the Minister for Environment and Rural Development to seek designation as lead UK Minister on the EU Fisheries Council for the forthcoming negotiations on quotas and the Common Fisheries Policy in order to secure the best possible deal for the catching and processing sectors.

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

Mr Jamie McGrigor moved amendment S1M-2546.2 to motion S1M-2546—

Insert at end—

"; in particular calls on the Scottish Executive to seek to overturn the proposed cuts in nephrops quotas in favour of figures based on scientific advice; calls for a significant cut in industrial fishing; notes that the change in net mesh sizes will put an unfair burden on Scottish fishermen who fish both EU and Norwegian waters, and further calls on the Executive to press for retention of the internationally accepted 20-microgramme testing system for scallops to promote the survival of the Scottish scallop industry.

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 48, Against 63, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

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

7.      Proposed Closure of Binny House, Sue Ryder Care: The Parliament debated S1M-2400 in the name of Mr Bristow Muldoon—That the Parliament condemns the unilateral and disgraceful decision by Sue Ryder Care to close the Binny House care centre in Ecclesmachan, West Lothian; considers that this shows a complete disregard for the interests of the residents and staff of the centre; believes that by walking away from very substantial offers of additional finance from health boards and local authorities Sue Ryder Care has demonstrated bad faith, and further believes that, unless this decision is reversed, local authorities and the NHS should regard Sue Ryder Care as an unsuitable partner for any future care projects.

The meeting closed at 6.02 pm.

No. 40 Wednesday 19 December 2001

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Father Tom Mullen, Priest of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Dunfermline, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2562—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) as a revision to the Business Programme agreed on 13 December 2001

Wednesday 19 December 2001

after “Debate on the Finance Committee’s Report on Stage 2 of the Budget Process” insert

followed by                      Motion on Membership of the Committee of the Regions

Thursday 20 December 2001

after “First Minister’s Question Time” delete all and insert

3.30 pm                          Election of a Member of the Parliamentary Corporation

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                                Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-2529 Karen Gillon: New Lanark

(b) the following programme of business

Wednesday 9 January 2002

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Debate on its Priorities

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-2447 Mr Kenny MacAskill: Congestion and Pollution caused by Edinburgh “Bus Wars”

Thursday 10 January 2002

9.30 am                          Debate on the Health and Community Care Committee’s Report into
                                      Hepatitis ‘C’

followed by                      Ministerial Statement

followed by                      Business Motion

2.30 pm                          Question Time

3.10 pm                          First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm                          Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                    Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-2404 Iain Smith: Strategic Planning in Fife

Wednesday 16 January 2002

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 1 Debate on the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Bill

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

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Thursday 17 January 2002

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 Marriage (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

and (c) that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 21 January 2002 on the draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002.

The motion was agreed to.

3.      Finance Committee’s Report on Stage 2 of the Budget Process: Des McNulty, on behalf of the Finance Committee, moved S1M-2554—That the Parliament notes the 13th Report, 2001 of the Finance Committee on Stage 2 of the 2002-03 Budget Process (SP Paper 468) and notes the recommendations made by the Committee.

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

4.      Membership of the Committee of the Regions: Euan Robson moved S1M-2555—That the Parliament endorses the Executive’s proposal to nominate Irene Oldfather MSP as a representative of the Parliament to replace Hugh Henry MSP as a full member on the UK delegation to the Committee of the Regions for the forthcoming session from 2002 to 2006.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 75, Against 28, Abstentions 1).

5.      Address to the Parliament: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2561—That the Parliament agrees that Her Majesty The Queen should be invited to address a meeting of the Parliament in the year 2002, on the occasion of her Golden Jubilee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6.      Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2559—That the Parliament agrees the following designation of Lead Committee—

Justice 1 Committee to consider the draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7.      Approval of SSIs and Codes of Conduct: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2258—That the Parliament agrees that the following instruments and codes of conduct be approved—

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 14) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/451);
Standards in Public Life Code of Conduct; Councillor’s Code (SE 2001/50); and
Standards in Public Life Code of Conduct; Member’s Model Code (SE 2001/51).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

9.      Scottish Science Library and Scottish Business Information Service: The Parliament debated S1M-2345 in the name of Fiona McLeod—That the Parliament deplores the recent decision by the National Library of Scotland to close the Scottish Science Library and the Scottish Business Information Service because of funding problems. 

10.    Motion without notice: Fiona McLeod moved without notice that the debate be extended up to 6.00 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 6.00 pm.

No. 41 Thursday 20 December 2001

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill and School Education (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2566—That the Parliament agrees that for Stage 3 of the Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill and Stage 3 of the School Education (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill, debate on each part of the proceedings, if not previously brought to a conclusion, shall be brought to a conclusion at the following times (calculated from the time when Stage 3 of the Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill begins)—

Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill
Consideration of Amendments - no later than 1 hour
Motion to pass the Bill - no later than 1 hour 30 minutes

School Education (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill
Consideration of Amendments - no later than 2 hours 30 minutes
Motion to pass the Bill - no later than 3 hours

The motion was agreed to.

2.      Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill – Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 1, 2.

3.      Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill – Stage 3: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services (Peter Peacock) moved S1M-2524—That the Parliament agrees that the Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill be passed.

Tommy Sheridan moved amendment S1M-2524.1 to motion S1M-2524—

Leave out from “agrees” to end and insert—

“does not agree that the Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill be passed because it believes that it is important for the health of local government that local elections be held separately from those for the Parliament and further believes that local government elections should next be held in 2002 since currently elected councillors have no democratic mandate after then.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 21, Against 64, Abstentions 30).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 50, Abstentions 1).

4.      School Education (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 1, 2.

5.      School Education (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3:  The Deputy Minister for Education and Young People (Nicol Stephen) moved S1M-2507—That the Parliament agrees that the School Education (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill be passed.

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

6.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning (Ms Wendy Alexander) made a statement on NEC Semiconductors.

7.      Emergency Question: An emergency question on strike action by Caledonian MacBrayne staff was answered by the Deputy Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning (Lewis Macdonald).

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

9.      Election of Member of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body: The following member was nominated as candidates for appointment to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body: Duncan McNeil.

The result of the election was—

          For                              91
          Against                        0
          Abstentions                  7
          Spoiled Votes               1
         
Duncan McNeil was duly elected as a member of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body.

10.    Motion without notice: Alex Neil moved without notice that a motion on Individual Learning Accounts be taken at this meeting of the Parliament.

The motion was disagreed to (For 52, Against 54, Abstentions 1).

11.    Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2560—That the Parliament agrees that the Education, Culture and Sport Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Education (Disability Strategies and Pupils’ Records) (Scotland) Bill and that the Equal Opportunities Committee and the Local Government Committee be secondary committees.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

12.    Membership of Committees: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2569—That the Parliament agrees that the following Members be appointed to Committees—

Duncan Hamilton to replace Margaret Ewing on the Justice 2 Committee; and
Andrew Wilson to replace Duncan Hamilton on the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

13.    Motion without notice: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that S1M-2573 be taken at this meeting of the Parliament.

The motion was agreed to (For 74, Against 35, Abstentions 2)

14.    Decision Time: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2573—That the Parliament agrees under Rule 11.2.4 of the Standing Orders that Decision Time on Thursday 20 December 2001 be taken at 3.48 pm.

The motion was agreed to (For 79, Against 33, Abstentions 1).

15.    Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 3, 5, 11 and 12 as noted above.

16.    New Lanark: The Parliament debated S1M-2529 in the name of Karen Gillon—That the Parliament recognises the significant contribution that New Lanark has made to the social, cultural and educational fabric of Scotland; congratulates the New Lanark Conservation Trust on the excellent work that it has done in restoring the village to its natural beauty, and congratulates UNESCO on granting the village full World Heritage Status.

The meeting closed at 4.31 pm.
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