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No. 42 Wednesday 9 January 2002

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Reverend Ian G Scott, Church of Scotland Minister for Greenbank Parish Church, Edinburgh, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Scottish Executive’s Priorities: The First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell) moved S1M-2578—That the Parliament agrees that the Executive’s priorities across Scotland must be to deliver first class public services that help create a Scotland full of opportunity, where children can reach their full potential, and that in 2002 this will mean working in partnership to improve the health service and the health of all, to achieve high employment and promote educational opportunities, to reduce crime and the fear of crime, to build an integrated transport system which meets the needs of all users and to promote sustainable development across Scotland.

Mr John Swinney moved amendment S1M-2578.2 to motion S1M-2578—

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“notes the failure of the Executive since its inception to deliver both those first class public services and to create a country in which all children can reach their full potential; recognises that the Parliament has undertaken impressive work but regrets the loss of trust in government caused by the actions of the Executive; calls on the Executive to dramatically improve its performance in delivering public services on health, education, transport and jobs, crime and on the environment, and agrees that  only by equipping this Parliament with the powers of a normal independent Parliament will Scotland be able to reach its full potential.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 30, Against 83, Abstentions 2).

David McLetchie moved amendment S1M-2578.1 to motion S1M-2578—

Insert at end—

"but, whilst accepting that these are worthy objectives, does not believe that the approach adopted by the Executive will fulfil them.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 16, Against 69, Abstentions 31).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 68, Against 15, Abstentions 33).

3.      Designation of Lead Committees: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2583—That the Parliament agrees the following designations of Lead Committee—

the Health and Community Care Committee to consider the National Health Service (Scotland) (Superannuation Scheme and Additional Voluntary Contributions) (Pension Sharing on Divorce) Amendment Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/465);
the Justice 1 Committee to consider the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986 (Availability of Solicitors) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/464);
the Local Government Committee to consider the Police Pensions (Pension Sharing on Divorce) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/459); and
the Local Government Committee to consider the Police Pensions (Additional Voluntary Contributions and Increased Benefits) (Pension Sharing) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/461).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

5.      Congestion and Pollution Caused by Edinburgh “Bus Wars”: The Parliament debated S1M-2447 in the name of Mr Kenny MacAskill—That the Parliament notes with concern the escalation of the “bus wars” in the city of Edinburgh, a situation which is detrimental to routes, services and passengers and which results in congestion and pollution in some areas, at the same time as routes and services are lost in others, and urges all responsible parties to take appropriate action to address this situation and to allow Scotland’s capital city to develop an integrated transport network in the 21st Century.

6.      Motion without notice: Mrs Margaret Smith moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended by up to 20 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 6.09 pm.

No. 43 Thursday 10 January 2002

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.         Health and Community Care Committee, Report on Hepatitis C: Mrs Margaret Smith, on behalf of the Health and Community Care Committee, moved S1M-2565—That the Parliament notes, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to act upon, the recommendations contained within the 17th Report 2001 of the Health and Community Care Committee, Report on Hepatitis C (SP Paper 398).

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

2.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Education and Young People (Cathy Jamieson) made a statement on the education of looked after children.

3.      Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2589—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) as a revision to the Business Programme agreed on 19 December 2001—

Thursday 10 January 2002

after “Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Debate on Scotland’s Economy”, insert—

followed by                      Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Motion on the subject of S1M-2577 Alex Fergusson: Foot-and-Mouth Disease - Public Inquiry

(b) the following programme of business

Wednesday 16 January 2002

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Scottish National Party Debate on Scotland's Railways

followed by                      Standards Committee Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-2588 Mr Alasdair Morrison: Renewable Energy in the Western Isles

Thursday 17 January 2002

9.30 am                          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                      Business Motion

followed by                      Adoption and Children Bill - UK Legislation

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 – debate on the subject of S1M-2472 Richard Lochhead: Promoting Aberdeen as Europe’s Energy Capital

Wednesday 23 January 2002

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

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

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-2402 by Alex Fergusson: Research into Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Thursday 24 January 2002

9.30 am                          Green Party / Scottish Socialist 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

(c) that Stage 1 of the Education (Disability Strategies and Pupils’ Records) (Scotland) Bill be completed by 8 March 2002;

and (d) that the Justice 1 Committee and Justice 2 Committee report to the Local Government Committee by 21 January 2002 on the Police Pensions (Pension Sharing on Divorce) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/459) and the Police Pensions (Additional Voluntary Contributions and Increased Benefits) (Pension Sharing) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/461); that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 21 January 2002 on the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986 (Availability of Solicitors) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/464); and that the Justice 1 Committee and the Justice 2 Committee report to the Health and Community Care Committee by 22 January 2002 on the National Health Service (Scotland) (Superannuation Scheme and Additional Voluntary Contributions) (Pension Sharing on Divorce) Amendment Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/465).

The motion was agreed to (by division: For 33, Against 2, Abstentions 0).

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

5.      Scotland’s Economy: Miss Annabel Goldie moved S1M-2582—That the Parliament notes with grave concern that in excess of 20,000 jobs were lost throughout the Scottish economy in 2001 and that the Scottish economy has failed to perform as well as the UK economy; further notes that the higher business rate poundage in Scotland relative to England is having a damaging effect on the competitiveness of Scotland’s economy, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to restore as a matter of urgency a business rate poundage uniform with the rest of the UK as part of a sustained effort to reduce burdens of tax and regulation, which are hindering the creation of jobs and prosperity in Scotland, and demonstrate to the business community a commitment to restoring growth and competitiveness to the Scottish economy.

The Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning (Ms Wendy Alexander) moved amendment S1M-2582.2 to motion S1M-2582—

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 “endorses the work undertaken by the Executive in its handling of the Scottish economy within the context of a continuing stable UK economic performance; commends the work undertaken by the Executive to help improve performance of the Scottish economy as set out in The Way Forward: Framework for Economic Development in Scotland and A Smart, Successful Scotland: Ambitions for Enterprise Networks commends the work undertaken by the Executive to assist Scottish business to prepare for the introduction of the euro, and supports the Executive in its aim to increase the sustainable growth of the Scottish economy over the long term.”

Andrew Wilson moved amendment S1M-2582.1 to motion S1M-2582—

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“target a doubling of Scotland’s trend rate of growth as a key policy objective and bring forward proposals to deliver this including a business taxation regime and a policy environment that place Scotland at a competitive advantage in Europe, beginning with the removal of Scotland’s business rate disadvantage compared to the rest of the United Kingdom.”

After debate, amendment S1M-2582.2 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 65, Against 49, Abstentions 2). As a result, amendment S1M-2582.1 was pre-empted.

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 65, Against 50, Abstentions 1).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament endorses the work undertaken by the Executive in its handling of the Scottish economy within the context of a continuing stable UK economic performance; commends the work undertaken by the Executive to help improve performance of the Scottish economy as set out in The Way Forward: Framework for Economic Development in Scotland and A Smart, Successful Scotland: Ambitions for Enterprise Networks commends the work undertaken by the Executive to assist Scottish business to prepare for the introduction of the euro, and supports the Executive in its aim to increase the sustainable growth of the Scottish economy over the long term.

6.      Foot-and-Mouth Disease - Public Inquiry: Alex Fergusson moved S1M-2577—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-2577.1 to motion S1M-2577—

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“, 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-2577.2 to motion S1M-2577—

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.”

After debate, amendment S1M-2577.1 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 65, Against 51, Abstentions 0). As a result, amendment S1M-2577.2 was pre-empted.

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 51, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament, 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.

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

8.      Strategic Planning in Fife: The Parliament debated S1M-2404 in the name of Iain Smith—That the Parliament notes the strong opposition from Fife Council, residents and community councils in Fife to the proposals contained in the Scottish Executive’s consultation document Review of Strategic Planning which would split Fife for strategic planning purposes between the cities of Dundee and Edinburgh; further notes that Fife Council is the only local authority area proposed to be split for strategic planning purposes; recognises that Fife Council shares boundaries with other major public sector agencies such as Scottish Enterprise Fife, Fife NHS Board and Kingdom of Fife Tourist Board which, together with its unique geography, make Fife ideally suited for strategic planning as a single unit, and therefore considers that the Scottish Executive should review its proposals in the light of the consultation and retain Fife as a single strategic planning area.

The meeting closed at 5.56 pm.

No. 44 Wednesday 16 January 2002

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Mr Chris Docherty, Convener of Action of Churches Together in Scotland Youth Forum, Glasgow, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Scotland’s Railways: Mr Kenny MacAskill moved S1M-2606—That the Parliament notes that the Executive’s neglect and lamentable lack of vision and strategy for Scotland’s railways has contributed to a deterioration of rail services in Scotland to the point at which they have become amongst the worst in Europe; further notes that the Strategic Rail Authority’s new strategic plan offers nothing new for Scotland; believes that Scottish railways must be fully controlled by, and accountable to, the Scottish Parliament, and therefore calls upon the Executive to take responsibility for delivering a strategy for the running and operation of Scotland’s rail network.

The Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning (Ms Wendy Alexander) moved amendment S1M-2606.2 to motion S1M-2606—

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“welcomes the publication of the Strategic Rail Authority’s Strategic Plan and the vision it contains as a first, significant step towards a bigger, better and safer railway for Scotland.”

David Mundell moved amendment S1M-2606.1 to motion S1M-2606—

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“with regret the acquiescence of the Scottish Executive in Her Majesty's Government’s woeful handling of our railways which has led to the uncertainty and chaos that now exists throughout the UK rail industry and, in particular, the undermining of the confidence that is needed to secure the necessary private investment in our railways in order to meet the needs of the travelling public and business users, and calls upon the Executive to set out its strategic objectives for the rail network and services in Scotland, how and when these are to be achieved and how they will be funded.”

After debate, amendment S1M-2606.2 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 49, Abstentions 0). After debate, amendment S1M-2606.1 was pre-empted.

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

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Strategic Rail Authority’s Strategic Plan and the vision it contains as a first, significant step towards a bigger, better and safer railway for Scotland.

3.      Code of Conduct: Rules on Cross Party Groups: Tricia Marwick, on behalf of the Standards Committee, moved S1M-2572—That the Parliament amends Rule 12 of Section 8.3 of the Code of Conduct of Members of the Scottish Parliament, as follows—

leave out the first two bullet points and insert—

  •  MSPs, but not other members of Cross-Party Groups, may make reasonable use of the Parliament’s telephone, fax, photocopying, IT facilities and Parliamentary stationery in pursuit of Cross-Party business or where expressly permitted by these rules e.g. use of the Cross-Party Group Bulletin. Groups may not otherwise use the Parliament’s telephone, fax, photocopying, IT facilities and Parliamentary stationery other than where these are available for public use.
  • Groups may not make use of free postage facilities provided by the Parliament.

(b) leave out the sixth bullet point.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

4.      Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S1M-2607—That the Parliament agrees as a revision to the Business Programme agreed on the 10 January 2002—

Thursday 17 January 2002

after “Business Motion”, delete

followed by                          Adoption and Children Bill – UK Legislation”

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

6.      Renewable Energy in the Western Isles: The Parliament debated S1M-2588 in the name of Mr Alasdair Morrison—That the Parliament notes the development of the proposed renewable energy projects on the Isle of Lewis; recognises the substantial potential socio-economic and environmental benefits that they offer; congratulates the Stornoway Trust Estate for its professional handling of developments to date, and believes that ministers and officials of the Scottish Executive and Her Majesty’s Government should continue their excellent partnership working with all relevant agencies.

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

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 6.00 pm.

No. 45 Thursday 17 January 2002

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Freedom of Information (Scotland) Bill - Stage 1: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice (Mr Jim Wallace) moved S1M-2274—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 90, Against 17, Abstentions 1).

2.         Freedom of Information (Scotland) Bill - Financial Resolution: The Minister for Finance and Public Services (Peter Peacock) moved S1M-2602—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Freedom of Information (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).

3.      Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S1M-2609—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 23 January 2002

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

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

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-2402 by Alex Fergusson: Research into Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Thursday 24 January 2002

9.30 am                          Scottish Socialist Party Debate on the Abolition of Council Tax

followed by                      Scottish Socialist Party Debate on the Introduction of Progressive Water Tax

followed by                      Scottish Socialist Party Business

11.00 am                        Green Party Debate on Employment Opportunities in Scotland, with special reference to the Environment and Recycling

followed by                      Business Motion

2.30 pm                          Question Time

3.10 pm                          First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm                          Executive Debate on European Structural Funds

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-2585 by Angus MacKay: The Colin O’Riordan Trust

Wednesday 30 January 2002

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 31 January 2002

9.30 am                          Stage 1 Debate on the Scottish Public Sector Ombudsman Bill

followed by                      Financial Resolution in respect of the Scottish Public Sector Ombudsman Bill

followed by                      Business Motion

2.30 pm                          Question Time

3.10 pm                          First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm                          Executive Business

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-2528 by Mr Kenneth Gibson: Young Runaways

The motion was agreed to.

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

5.      Marriage (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Deputy Minister for Parliamentary Business (Euan Robson) moved S1M-2463—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Marriage (Scotland) Bill.

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

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

7.      Promoting Aberdeen as Europe’s Energy Capital: The Parliament debated S1M-2472 in the name of Richard Lochhead—That the Parliament recognises the City of Aberdeen’s role as Europe’s oil and gas capital and the long-term contribution that the offshore sector will continue to make to the Scottish economy; believes that every effort should be made to ensure that the city evolves into Europe’s “Energy Capital” thereby benefiting from the industry’s enormous economic and environmental potential that can place Scotland in the vanguard of renewable energy business internationally; considers that the Scottish Executive should produce specific strategies aimed at supporting Scotland’s oil and gas sector and renewable energy sector that also promote Aberdeen as Europe’s energy capital, and further considers that the Executive should promote measures to ensure that, as far as possible, the new energy revolution is driven by indigenous interests.

8.      Motion without notice: Richard Lochhead moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended until 6.10 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 6.12 pm.

No. 46 Wednesday 23 January 2002

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: The Right Reverend Brian A Smith, Bishop of Edinburgh, Scottish Episcopal Church, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Budget (Scotland) (No.3) Bill – Stage 1: The Minister for Finance and Public Services (Mr Andy Kerr) moved S1M-2626—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Budget (Scotland) (No.3) Bill.

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

3.      Ministerial Statement: The First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell) made a statement on the European Football Championship in 2008.

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

5.      Research into Myalgic Encephalomyelitis: The Parliament debated S1M-2402 in the name of Alex Fergusson—That the Parliament notes the privately funded research to be carried out by Dr Derek Pheby in Bristol, and that being carried out by Dr Vance Spence in Dundee, into the factors which may be involved in the development of severe myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME); recognises that ME is a condition growing in incidence among both adults and children in Scotland, and considers that the Scottish Executive should take the lead within the UK by commissioning further research under the remit of the NHS into the causes of, and cures for, this debilitating condition.

6.      Motion without notice: Alex Fergusson moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended until 6.00 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 6.01 pm.

No. 47 Thursday 24 January 2002

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Abolition of Council Tax: Tommy Sheridan moved S1M-2631—That the Parliament believes that the council tax is a fundamentally unfair and regressive tax; believes in social justice and the redistribution of wealth from the rich to the poor; therefore agrees to abolish the council tax and replace it with the Scottish Service Tax which is based on an individual’s income and is inherently fairer, more efficient and redistributive; notes that the Scottish Service Tax would raise more revenue than the council tax and that it would remove the burden of paying for local government jobs and services from the shoulders of low paid workers and pensioners and place it firmly on the shoulders of the well paid and the wealthy, and believes that the introduction of the Scottish Service Tax should be complemented by the return of the right for local authorities to raise and retain their business rates and a thorough investigation of land value and speculation taxes to supplement local authority revenue.

The Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services (Peter Peacock) moved amendment S1M-2631.2 to motion S1M-2631—

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“welcomes the substantial reforms that the Scottish Executive has brought to the operation of local government finance, including the stability for three year council tax figures and welcomes the Executive’s commitment to pursue further reforms, further welcomes the fact that councils are now collecting a higher proportion of council tax than ever before and the continuing work by the Executive and local authorities to better target and further improve collection arrangements, and notes that the Local Government Committee of the Parliament will shortly conclude its inquiry into local government finance and local taxation.”

Tricia Marwick moved amendment S1M-2631.1 to motion S1M-2631—

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“notes that it is part of an unsustainable system of local government finance which, under Labour’s stewardship, has resulted in an increase of £103 to the average householder’s yearly tax bill while local services have deteriorated and calls for a full review of local government finance which includes the replacement of unfair property based taxation with a system of local income tax, which takes account of ability to pay.”

After debate, amendment S1M-2631.2 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 60, Against 21, Abstentions 30). As a result, amendment S1M-2631.1 was pre-empted.

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 62, Against 19, Abstentions 31).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament welcomes the substantial reforms that the Scottish Executive has brought to the operation of local government finance, including the stability for three year council tax figures and welcomes the Executive’s commitment to pursue further reforms, further welcomes the fact that councils are now collecting a higher proportion of council tax than ever before and the continuing work by the Executive and local authorities to better target and further improve collection arrangements, and notes that the Local Government Committee of the Parliament will shortly conclude its inquiry into local government finance and local taxation.

2.      Introduction of Progressive Water Tax: Tommy Sheridan moved S1M-2632—That the Parliament believes that water and sewerage services are essential services which should be publicly owned and democratically controlled for the benefit of all Scotland’s citizens; further believes that water and sewerage service charges to domestic customers should be paid for by using an income-based personal tax which would be progressive, efficient and easily understood; therefore endorses the replacement of the current unfair water rate system for domestic customers with a new individual income-based water tax that would be fair and redistributive, while raising more revenue for Scotland’s water and sewerage services, and notes that this new Water Tax would be collected by the Inland Revenue in Scotland on behalf of the Scottish water industry.

The Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Ross Finnie) moved amendment S1M-2632.1 to motion S1M-2632 —

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“commends the efforts of the Scottish Executive in ensuring that the public water industry in Scotland is strong and efficient, bringing considerable benefits to all customers; recognises the Executive’s continuing commitment to a public water industry; recognises that the best way to fund the Scottish water industry is through charges on domestic and non-domestic customers utilising the services provided; recognises that the current system for charging domestic customers already provides a degree of protection for lower income households and the most vulnerable through the link to council tax banding, and finally recognises that the reduction scheme provides help to those low income households facing the biggest charge increases.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 61, Against 3, Abstentions 47).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 61, Against 3, Abstentions 47).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament commends the efforts of the Scottish Executive in ensuring that the public water industry in Scotland is strong and efficient, bringing considerable benefits to all customers; recognises the Executive’s continuing commitment to a public water industry; recognises that the best way to fund the Scottish water industry is through charges on domestic and non-domestic customers utilising the services provided; recognises that the current system for charging domestic customers already provides a degree of protection for lower income households and the most vulnerable through the link to council tax banding, and finally recognises that the reduction scheme provides help to those low income households facing the biggest charge increases.

3.      Faslane and the Anti-Nuclear Campaign: Tommy Sheridan moved S1M-2633—That the Parliament believes that nuclear weapons pose a very real threat to humanity and accordingly should be opposed on moral, social, political and economic grounds; opposes the possession of nuclear weapons; supports unilateral disarmament in Scotland and across the UK in pursuit of a non-nuclear world, free of the threat of destruction by nuclear weapons; further supports the Scottish CND and Trident Ploughshares blockade of Faslane nuclear submarine base on 11-13 February, and upholds the right of demonstrators to protest peacefully in support of world peace.

The Deputy Minister for Justice (Dr Richard Simpson) moved amendment S1M-2633.1 to motion S1M-2633—

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“supports the right of demonstrators to protest peacefully in support of world peace, but condemns those in a democratic society who abuse this right and act in contravention of the criminal law.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 77, Against 32, Abstentions 3).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 77, Against 26, Abstentions 8).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament supports the right of demonstrators to protest peacefully in support of world peace, but condemns those in a democratic society who abuse this right and act in contravention of the criminal law.

4.      Environmentally Sustainable Employment and Recycling: Robin Harper moved S1M-2635—That the Parliament recognises the significant potential to create sustainable employment that will benefit both the economy and local and global environments; further recognises the potential of such employment to reduce the impact of climate change and toxic pollution of air, land, rivers and seas, protect and enhance biodiversity, reduce social exclusion and make better use of natural resources; in particular recognises the potential for new jobs in the sectors of renewable energy, energy efficiency, public transport, organic food and farming, nature conservation, eco-tourism, education and outdoor pursuits and materials re-use and recycling, and calls on the Scottish Executive to stimulate environmentally sustainable employment as a matter of priority, including by (a) ensuring that at least 30% of electricity comes from renewable energy sources by 2010 with further increases to 2050, (b) achieving between a 40% and 60% increase in energy efficiency across domestic and industrial sectors, including the introduction of enhanced building standards regulations for insulation, heat recovery and passive heating and ventilation, (c) developing a strategic plan for organic agriculture that would support conversion of up to 20% of land to organic production within 10 years, (d) setting targets for traffic reduction to further encourage a modal shift from private to public transport and to redress the present imbalance between road and rail funding, (e) setting a mandatory national target for recycling of 30% of household waste by 2010 and further, independent targets for recycling of fridges, re-use of white goods and recycling or safe disposal of batteries and other hazardous household waste and (f) producing, in order to achieve the mandatory national target for recycling, a National Re-use and Recycling Action Plan to include (i) additional support for community recycling, (ii) clarification of objectives for the waste industry including a presumption against incineration and waste-to-energy plants in new guidelines, (iii) a commitment to set an example in all areas of sourcing, consumption, reduction, re-use and recycling, (iv) new guidance to developers of composting operations including on methane reduction and recovery, (v) finance for and establishment of Environment and Waste Resource Advice units in all large business parks and (vi) steps to ensure that community recycling operators play a full part in all planning and development of area waste strategies.

The Deputy Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning (Lewis Macdonald) moved amendment S1M-2635.3 to motion S1M-2635—

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

“congratulates the Executive on the progress made in integrating sustainable development at the heart of its policy-making and supports the Executive in stimulating environmentally sustainable employment.”

Fiona McLeod moved amendment S1M-2635.2 to motion S1M-2635—

Insert at end—

“, and agrees that these objectives, amongst others, should be considered for inclusion in a national environment plan for Scotland.”

John Scott moved amendment S1M-2635.1 to motion S1M-2635—

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

“to note that the creation of employment opportunities in renewable energy products and recycling industries will require the creation of a broader skills base, and finally notes the need to develop in Scotland and the UK the technology to meet the growing demand for renewable energy, recycling and recycled products.”

After debate, amendment S1M-2635.3 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 59, Against 51, Abstentions 1). As a result, amendments S1M-2635.2 and S1M-2635.1 were pre-empted.

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 60, Against 51, Abstentions 1).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament congratulates the Executive on the progress made in integrating sustainable development at the heart of its policy-making and supports the Executive in stimulating environmentally sustainable employment.

5.      Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S1M-2634—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 30 January 2002

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 1 Debate on the Fur Farming (Prohibition) (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Debate on Adoption and Children Bill - UK Legislation

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-2302 Dr Sylvia Jackson: Introduction of a Pollution Inventory

Thursday 31 January 2002

9.30 am                          Stage 1 Debate on the Scottish Public Sector Ombudsman Bill

followed by                      Financial Resolution in respect of the Scottish Public Sector Ombudsman Bill

followed by                      Procedures Committee Debate on its 5th Report 2001 (Changes to the Standing Orders of the Scottish Parliament) and 1st Report 2002 (Changes to the Standing Orders of the Scottish Parliament)

followed by                      Business Motion

2.30 pm                          Question Time

3.10 pm                          First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm                          Debate on the Local Government Finance Order

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-2528 by Mr Kenneth Gibson: Young Runaways

Wednesday 6 February 2002

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 3 Debate on the Community Care and Health (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Thursday 7 February 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 Public Appointments (Parliamentary Approval) (Scotland) Bill

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 First Minister and other Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

7.      European Structural Funds: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services (Peter Peacock) moved S1M-2630—That the Parliament recognises the success of the Executive’s strategic approach and decentralised administration in managing European Structural Funds and underpinning its commitment to key policy priorities, in particular education, jobs and transport, and endorses the continuation of this approach to ensure a sustainable impact from this funding.

Tricia Marwick moved amendment S1M-2630.1 to motion S1M-2630—

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

“that £6 billion has been made available to Scotland since 1975 through European Union (EU) structural funding; further recognises that, because of EU enlargement, the level of support offered to Scotland in future years is likely to diminish, and urges the Scottish Executive to ensure that the full benefits of EU structural funds still available are used for sustainable, strategic and infrastructure improvements and to involve itself fully in the ongoing debate about the future of EU enlargement and the consequences for EU structural funding."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 50, Against 62, Abstentions 0).

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

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

9.      The Colin O’Riordan Trust: The Parliament debated S1M-2585 in the name of Angus MacKay—That the Parliament recognises the outstanding contribution made by the late Dr Colin O'Riordan to the provision of access to music for all children in Edinburgh, and particularly Sciennes Primary School, and throughout Scotland, in founding the City of Edinburgh Music School and in the many youth orchestra activities with which he was associated, and congratulates his family on the foundation of the Colin O'Riordan Trust, which aims to assist aspiring young musicians by promoting musical excellence and improving access to musical instruments for those children who might otherwise not have the opportunity to pursue music.

The meeting closed at 5.58 pm.

No. 48 Wednesday 30 January 2002

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Reverend Tilly Wilson, Church of Scotland Minister in Dysart, Working with Travelling People, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Fur Farming (Prohibition) (Scotland) Bill - Stage 1: The Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Ross Finnie) moved S1M-2353—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Fur Farming (Prohibition) (Scotland) Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 96, Against 2, Abstentions 16).

3.      Adoption and Children Bill - UK Legislation: The Minister for Education and Young People (Cathy Jamieson) moved S1M-2649—That the Parliament accepts the need for Scotland, along with England and Wales, to participate in the Adoption and Children Act Register to be established by the Adoption and Children Bill and 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) by division: For 85, Against 0, Abstentions 29).

4.      Police Reform Bill - UK Legislation: The Deputy Minister for Justice moved (Dr Richard Simpson) S1M-2650—That the Parliament agrees that the provisions within the Police Reform Bill which relate to devolved matters, including provisions relating to the terms and conditions of service of constables seconded to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, the inspection of the Ministry of Defence Police in Scotland, the removal of the nationality bar for police officers, extending (pursuant to certain international agreements) the liabilities of chief constables in relation to foreign officials from other member states carrying out investigations in Scotland and extending offence provisions in relation to such foreign officials, should be considered by the UK Parliament.

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

5.      Suspension of Standing Orders: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2659—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 Wednesday 13 February 2002.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6.      Decision Time: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2660—That the Parliament agrees under Rule 11.2.4 of the Standing Orders that Decision Time on Wednesday 13 February 2002 shall begin at 7.00 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

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

8.      Introduction of a Pollution Inventory: The Parliament debated S1M-2302 in the name of Dr Sylvia Jackson—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Executive on its proposals to cut particle air pollution by more than 50% by 2010; notes the detrimental effects on health that air pollution can have; recognises the need for the introduction of a pollution inventory system in order to make information on releases of pollutants from industrial processes available to the public in a clear, easily understandable and accessible format, and believes that the Scottish Executive should support the progressive introduction of a pollution release and transfer register as required under the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s Aarhus convention.

The meeting closed at 5.48 pm.

No. 49 Thursday 31 January 2002

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Scottish Public Sector Ombudsman Bill - Stage 1: The Minister for Finance and Public Services (Mr Andy Kerr) moved S1M-2625—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Scottish Public Sector Ombudsman Bill.

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

2.      Scottish Public Sector Ombudsman Bill - Financial Resolution: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services (Peter Peacock) moved S1M-2503—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Scottish Public Sector Ombudsman 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.      Changes to the Standing Orders of the Scottish Parliament: Mr Kenneth Macintosh moved S1M-2656—That the Parliament (a) approves the recommendations of the Procedures Committee’s 5th Report 2001, Changes to the Standing Orders of the Scottish Parliament (SP Paper 441) and agrees to amend the Standing Orders in accordance with Annex A to the Report; (b) approves the recommendations of the Procedures Committee’s 1st Report 2002, Changes to the Standing Orders of the Scottish Parliament (SP Paper 495) and agrees to amend the Standing Orders in accordance with Annex A to the Report, and (c) agrees that these amendments to the Standing Orders should come into force on 4 February 2002.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 107, Against 2, Abstentions 0).

4.      Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2658—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 6 February 2002

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 3 Debate on 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-2363 Stewart Stevenson:  HM Prison Peterhead and Beacon Site Status

Thursday 7 February 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 Public Appointments (Parliamentary Approval) (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-2533 Mr Donald Gorrie: Musical Instrument Instructors

Wednesday 13 February 2002

1.00 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 3 Debate on the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

7.00 pm                          Decision Time

Thursday 14 February 2002

9.30 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 3 Debate on the Water Industry (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 Water Industry (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Stage 3 Debate on the Budget (Scotland) (No.3) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

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

6.      Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2002: The Minister for Finance and Public Services (Mr Andy Kerr) moved S1M-2654—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2002 be approved.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 62, Against 0, Abstentions 48).

7.      Approval of SSI: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2661—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002 be approved.

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.      Young Runaways: The Parliament debated S1M-2528 in the name of Mr Kenneth Gibson—That the Parliament welcomes the report Missing Out – Young Runaways in Scotland; commends the University of York, Aberlour Child Care Trust, Extern, Children’s Promise and The Children’s Society for producing this report, the most extensive piece of research yet undertaken into young people under 16 who run away or are forced to leave home; notes that this is the first comprehensive research to provide both an overall picture of the scale and extent of the problem while suggesting workable strategies for responding to the needs of this very vulnerable group of young people, and asks the Executive to look closely at the findings and recommendations of the report and act accordingly.

The meeting closed at 5.52 pm.

No. 50 Wednesday 6 February 2002

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: The Right Reverend John Miller, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Community Care and Health (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2706—That the Parliament agrees that, at Stage 3 of the Community Care and Health (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 2 – no later than 1 hour
Group 3 – no later than 1 hour and 55 minutes
Motion to pass the Bill – no later than 2 hours 25 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

3.      Community Care and Health (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 1, 2, 19B, 19C, 19D, 19E, 19F, 19G, 19 (as amended), 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17

Amendment 19A was agreed to (by division: For 88, Against 19, Abstentions 1)

Amendment 18 was disagreed to (by division: For 39, Against 64, Abstentions 0).

4.      Community Care and Health (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Minister for Health and Community Care moved S1M-2678 (Malcolm Chisholm)—That the Parliament agrees that the Community Care and Health (Scotland) Bill be passed.

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

5.      Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2705—That the Parliament agrees the following designation of Lead Committees—

the Justice 1 Committee to consider the draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2002;
the Justice 1 Committee to consider the draft Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2002;
the Justice 1 Committee to consider the Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) (Registration) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/23); and
the Justice 1 Committee to consider the Scottish Legal Services Ombudsman (Compensation) (Prescribed Amount) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/32).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

7.      HM Prison Peterhead and Beacon Site Status: The Parliament debated S1M-2363 in the name of Stewart Stevenson—That the Parliament congratulates HM Prison Peterhead on becoming the first prison in Scotland to be awarded Beacon Site Status as part of the Modernising Government initiative and looks forward to the prison fulfilling its role under the scheme whereby it will share the secrets of its success with groups of visitors from across the United Kingdom and Scottish governments.

The meeting closed at 5.41 pm.

No. 51 Thursday 7 February 2002

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Scotland’s Road Network: Mr Kenny MacAskill moved S1M-2703—That the Parliament notes with concern recent dangers and problems affecting travellers and the economy and caused by a deteriorating winter roads maintenance service; believes that the privatisation of trunk road maintenance is a false economy, resulting in loss of efficiencies of scale, knock-on increased costs to local authorities for clearing non-trunk roads and an overall cost in the form of reduced standards of service; further notes that BEAR Scotland Ltd and Amey Highways Ltd have failed to deliver a quality of service necessary for the safety of road users and the movement of goods, and condemns the Scottish Executive for its actions in ignoring warnings regarding privatisation and in failing to address the current problems.

The Deputy Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning (Lewis Macdonald) moved amendment S1M-2703.1 to motion S1M-2703—

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

“the actions taken by the Scottish Executive to ensure that the trunk road maintenance contracts deliver the prescribed level of service; calls upon the Executive to continue monitoring the performance of the operating companies to ensure compliance with their contractual obligations, and further invites the Executive to enter into dialogue with local authorities to assess the effects of the contracts on local roads maintenance.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 79, Against 33, Abstentions 1).

David Mundell moved amendment S1M-2703.2 to motion S1M-2703—

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

“supports the principle of competitive tendering in relation to public works contracts, such as the contract for trunk roads management and maintenance, in view of the paramount importance of securing best value for the taxpayer at both local and national levels; notes concerns raised in respect of the operation of the trunk road maintenance contracts by BEAR Scotland Ltd and Amey Highways Ltd; calls upon the Scottish Executive to produce a report on the performance of each company, as recommended by the Auditor General for Scotland; further notes concern about the level of non-trunk road maintenance being carried out by local authorities, and further calls upon the Scottish Executive to (a) review and report to the Parliament on the implications of disaggregation of trunk and local services for local authorities and (b) set up a system for (i) monitoring and reporting the level of maintenance required on non-trunk roads and (ii) measuring the actual level of maintenance achieved on such roads.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 16, Against 96, Abstentions 1).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 80, Against 32, Abstentions 1).
Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament notes the actions taken by the Scottish Executive to ensure that the trunk road maintenance contracts deliver the prescribed level of service; calls upon the Executive to continue monitoring the performance of the operating companies to ensure compliance with their contractual obligations, and further invites the Executive to enter into dialogue with local authorities to assess the effects of the contracts on local roads maintenance.

2.      Class Sizes and Pupil Attainment: Michael Russell moved S1M-2697—That the Parliament notes increasing research that indicates considerable short-, medium- and long-term benefits from reducing early primary class sizes, preferably to 18 or below, and the particular impact that such reductions have on children living in poverty; further notes the performance indicators 2000-01 report by the Accounts Commission published on 24 January 2002, which shows that the Scottish Executive has not yet achieved its own class size targets, and therefore calls on all parties in the Parliament to support the SNP’s radical initiatives on this matter as an important step in not only assisting individual educational attainment and individual lifetime achievement, but also bringing collective economic benefit for Scotland as a whole.

The Minister for Education and Young People (Cathy Jamieson) moved amendment S1M-2697.2 to motion S1M-2697—

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

“believes that class size is an important aspect of educational provision; notes that the performance indicators recently published by the Accounts Commission relate to the financial year 2000-01 whilst the targets in the Programme for Government relate to the financial year 2001-02; welcomes the progress that the Scottish Executive and local authorities have made in reducing the size of Primary 1 to Primary 3 classes; recognises that education is about developing individuals to their full potential, and considers that the Scottish Executive should continue to promote the raising of standards in education through the implementation of the National Priorities for Education at national, local authority and school level.”

Mr Brian Monteith moved amendment S1M-2697.1 to motion S1M-2697—

Leave out from “increasing” to end and insert—

“that the reduction in class sizes in Primary 1 to Primary 3 to 18 would involve a substantial revenue cost and an unquantifiable capital cost together with a removal of parental choice; acknowledges that class size is only one aspect of educational provision which may help to improve standards in Scotland’s schools, and considers that greater devolution of decision making to teachers and parents should be the goal of the Scottish Executive.”

After debate, amendment S1M-2697.2 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 63, Against 50, Abstentions 0). As a result, amendment S1M-2697.1 was pre-empted.

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 48, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament believes that class size is an important aspect of educational provision; notes that the performance indicators recently published by the Accounts Commission relate to the financial year 2000-01 whilst the targets in the Programme for Government relate to the financial year 2001-02; welcomes the progress that the Scottish Executive and local authorities have made in reducing the size of Primary 1 to Primary 3 classes; recognises that education is about developing individuals to their full potential, and considers that the Scottish Executive should continue to promote the raising of standards in education through the implementation of the National Priorities for Education at national, local authority and school level.

3.      Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2707—That the Parliament agrees—

the following programme of business

Wednesday 13 February 2002

1.00 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 3 Debate on the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

7.00 pm                          Decision Time

Thursday 14 February 2002

9.30 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 3 Debate on the Water Industry (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Business Motion

2.30 pm                          Question Time

3.10 pm                          First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm                          Continuation of the Stage 3 Debate on the Water Industry (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Stage 3 Debate on the Budget (Scotland) (No.3) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-2669 Elaine Thomson: World Heritage Site Status for the Cairngorms

Wednesday 27 February 2002

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 1 Debate on the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Bill

followed by                      European Committee Debate on its 9th Report 2001: Report on the Governance of the European Union and the Future of Europe: What Role for Scotland?

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Thursday 28 February 2002

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 Education (Disability Strategies and Pupils' Records) (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

(b) that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 25 February 2002 on the draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2002, on the draft Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2002, on the Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) (Registration) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/23) and on the Scottish Legal Services Ombudsman (Compensation) (Prescribed Amount) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/32); and

and (c) that Stage 1 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill be completed by Friday 22 March 2002.

The motion was agreed to.

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

5.      Public Appointments (Parliamentary Approval) (Scotland) Bill - Stage 1: Alex Neil moved S1M-2619—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Public Appointments (Parliamentary Approval) (Scotland) Bill.

After debate, the motion was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 50, Against 63, Abstentions 0).

6.      Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2708—That the Parliament agrees that the Education, Culture and Sport Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Scottish Qualifications Authority Bill.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

8.      Musical Instrument Instructors: The Parliament debated S1M-2533 in the name of Mr Donald Gorrie—That the Parliament notes with concern reports of impending changes in the contracts, status and conditions of musical instrument instructors in schools, designed to make them casual, lower grade employees; believes that giving pupils the chance to learn to play a musical instrument and to take part in orchestras and groups is an essential part of educational and cultural life, and considers that the Executive should ensure that musical instrument instructors retain the contracts and status of full teaching members of the school community.

9.      Motion without notice: Donald Gorrie moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended until 6.15 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 6.17 pm.

No. 52 Wednesday 13 February 2002

The meeting opened at 12.00 pm.

1.      Motion of Condolence: The First Minister moved S1M-2728—That the Parliament wishes to express its deep regret and sadness at the death of HRH The Princess Margaret and to convey its sincere condolences to Her Majesty The Queen, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother and other members of the Royal Family in their sad bereavement.

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

2.      Time for Reflection: Ms Kathryn Hendry, Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University Representative, Scottish Inter-Faith Council, led Time for Reflection.

3.      Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2742—That the Parliament agrees that, at Stage 3 of the Protection of Wild Mammals (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 3 - no later than 45 minutes
          Group 4 to Group 6 - no later than 1 hour 45 minutes
          Group 7 to Group 10 - no later than 2 hours 15 minutes
          Group 11 - no later than 2 hours 45 minutes
          Group 12 to Group 18 - no later than 3 hours 30 minutes
          Group 19 - no later than 4 hours 15 minutes
          Group 20 to Group 22 - no later than 4 hours 45 minutes
          Group 23 - no later than 5 hours
          Motion to pass the Bill - no later than 6 hours

Alex Johnstone moved amendment S1M-2742.1 to motion S1M-2742—

Leave out “no later than 6 hours” and insert—

“to be taken on another day”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to (by division: For 20, Against 97, Abstentions 2).

The motion was then agreed to (by division: For 100, Against 19, Abstentions 1).

4.      Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 34, 35, 37 (as amended), 38, 44, 45, 48, 52, 53, 54, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 65, 67, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 83, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 92.

The following amendments were agreed to (by division)—

          37A       (For 97, Against 22, Abstentions 3)
          41          (For 72, Against 49, Abstentions 2)
          42          (For 72, Against 49, Abstentions 3)
          50          (For 84, Against 33, Abstentions 2)
          51          (For 74, Against 44, Abstentions 3)
          56          (For 71, Against 52, Abstentions 1)
          27          (For 113, Against 9, Abstentions 1)
          64          (For 69, Against 47, Abstentions 3)                                   
          66          (For 83, Against 37, Abstentions 2)
          99          (For 86, Against 30, Abstentions 2)
          78          (For 85, Against 36, Abstentions 1)
          82          (For 84, Against 34, Abstentions 2)

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

          2            (For 17, Against 106, Abstentions 2)
          3            (For 17, Against 106, Abstentions 1)
          4            (For 32, Against 88, Abstentions 4)
          36          (For 37, Against 80, Abstentions 4)
          7            (For 42, Against 77, Abstentions 1)
          8            (For 51, Against 70, Abstentions 0)
          9            (For 19, Against 101, Abstentions 1)
          10          (For 19, Against 102, Abstentions 0)
          55          (For 21, Against 98, Abstentions 3)
          11          (For 46, Against 75, Abstentions 2)
          63          (For 27, Against 90, Abstentions 1)
          28          (For 39, Against 75, Abstentions 1)
          29          (For 42, Against 73, Abstentions 1)
          30          (For 36, Against 83, Abstentions 1)
          31          (For 19, Against 98, Abstentions 1)
          68          (For 46, Against 72, Abstentions 1)
          100        (For 28, Against 91, Abstentions 1)
          13          (For 23, Against 98, Abstentions 1)
          15          (For 19, Against 99, Abstentions 1)
          32          (For 24, Against 94, Abstentions 1)
          18          (For 22, Against 95, Abstentions 1)
          19          (For 40, Against 80, Abstentions 0)
          20          (For 23, Against 97, Abstentions 0)
          21          (For 23, Against 98, Abstentions 0)
          22          (For 20, Against 102, Abstentions 0)
          23          (For 17, Against 103, Abstentions 1)
          1            (For 28, Against 90, Abstentions 7)
          33          (For 33, Against 87, Abstentions 2)
          84A        (For 37, Against 77, Abstentions 6)
          84B        (For 31, Against 88, Abstentions 4)
          84C        (For 29, Against 87, Abstentions 6)
          84D        (For 28, Against 87, Abstentions 6)
          84E        (For 25, Against 88, Abstentions 6)
          84K        (For 54, Against 63, Abstentions 5)
          84          (For 47, Against 67, Abstentions 10)
          24          (For 36, Against 62, Abstentions 1)
          25          (For 39, Against 81, Abstentions 1)
          91          (For 27, Against 95, Abstentions 1)

Amendment 5 was moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn.

Other amendments were not moved or were pre-empted.

5.      Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: Bristow Muldoon moved S1M-2726—That the Parliament agrees that the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Alex Fergusson moved amendment S1M-2726.1 to motion S1M-2726—

Leave out from “agrees” to end and insert—

“does not agree that the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill be passed because the compensation provisions are inadequate.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 32, Against 90, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 83, Against 36, Abstentions 5).

6.      Motion without notice: Bristow Muldoon moved without notice that, under Rule 2.2.6 (d), the debate be extended until 7.15 pm.

The motion was agreed to (by division: For 86, Against 11, Abstentions 4).

7.      Motion without notice: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that, under Rule 11.2.4, Decision Time be taken at 7.15 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

8.      Motion without notice: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that, under Rule 11.2.4, Decision Time be taken at 7.12 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

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

The meeting closed at 7.15 pm.

No. 53 Thursday 14 February 2002

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Water Industry (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2746—That the Parliament agrees that, at Stage 3 of the Water Industry (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 for Question Time, First Minister’s Question Time and when the meeting is suspended)—

Group 1 to Group 4 - no later than 55 minutes
Group 5 to Group 6 - no later than 1 hour 25 minutes
Group 7 to Group 8 - no later than 2 hours 20 minutes
Group 9 to Group 11 - no later than 3 hours
Group 12 to Group 15 - no later than 3 hours 30 minutes
Motion to pass the Bill - no later than 4 hours

The motion was agreed to.

2.      Water Industry (Scotland) Bill ­– Stage 3:  The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, 30, 29, 31, 32, 33, 35, 36.

The following amendments were agreed to (by division)—

          2            (For 72, Against 26, Abstentions 0)
          3            (For 69, Against 26, Abstentions 0)
          4            (For 73, Against 25, Abstentions 0)
          5            (For 76, Against 27, Abstentions 0)
          6            (For 75, Against 28, Abstentions 0)
          7            (For 74, Against 26, Abstentions 0)
          27          (For 114, Against 0, Abstentions 2)
          34          (For 80, Against 31, Abstentions 0)

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

          85          (For 30, Against 82, Abstentions 0)
          97          (For 2, Against 80, Abstentions 33)
          98          (For 3, Against 82, Abstentions 30)
          87          (For 50, Against 66, Abstentions 0)
          88          (For 48, Against 65, Abstentions 0)
          99          (For 33, Against 82, Abstentions 0)
          100        (For 50, Against 64, Abstentions 0)
          1            (For 33, Against 79, Abstentions 0)
          90          (For 49, Against 65, Abstentions 0)
          102        (For 2, Against 109, Abstentions 1)
          103        (For 47, Against 64, Abstentions 1)
          104        (For 49, Against 64, Abstentions 1)
          92          (For 47, Against 62, Abstentions 1)
          107        (For 48, Against 62, Abstentions 0)
          93          (For 45, Against 63, Abstentions 0)

Other amendments were not moved.

3.      Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2741—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 27 February 2002

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 1 Debate on the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Bill

followed by                      European Committee Debate on its 9th Report 2001: Report on the Governance of the European Union and the Future of Europe: What Role for Scotland?

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-2597 Dorothy Grace- Elder: Plight of Chronic Pain Patients    

Thursday 28 February 2002

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 Education (Disability Strategies and Pupils' Records) (Scotland) Bill

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

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-2647 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: Rail Link to Edinburgh Airport     

Wednesday 6 March 2002

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 3 Debate on the Sexual Offences (Procedure and Evidence) (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business 

Thursday 7 March 2002

9.30 am                          Committee of the Whole Parliament: Stage 2 Debate on the Fur Farming (Prohibition) (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Stage 3 Debate on the Fur Farming (Prohibition) (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Executive Business

followed by                      Business Motion

2.30 pm                          Question Time

3.10 pm                          First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm                          Executive Business

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business 

and (b) that Stage 1 of the Scottish Qualifications Authority Bill be completed by 21 March 2002.

The motion was agreed to.

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

5.      Water Industry (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Bill was further considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84.

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

          94          (For 27, Against 81, Abstentions 1)
          109        (For 15, Against 91, Abstentions 0)
          95          (For 45, Against 62, Abstentions 0)
          60          (For 7, Against 78, Abstentions 24)
          96          (For 30, Against 77, Abstentions 1)
           
Other amendments were not moved.

6.      Water Industry (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Ross Finnie) moved S1M-2675—That the Parliament agrees that the Water Industry (Scotland) Bill be passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 82, Against 31, Abstentions 0).

7.      Budget (Scotland) (No.3) Bill – Stage 3: The Minister for Finance and Public Services (Mr Andy Kerr) moved S1M-2674—That the Parliament agrees that the Budget (Scotland) (No.3) Bill be passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 99, Against 0, Abstentions 14).

8.      Membership of Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2743—That the Parliament agrees the following change to Committee membership—

Adam Ingram to replace Kenny MacAskill on the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9.      Membership of Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2747—That the Parliament agrees the following change to Committee membership—

          Jamie Stone to replace Donald Gorrie on the Finance Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10.       Rule 2.3.1: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2748—That the Parliament agrees that the dates 7-18 October 2002 as agreed by the Parliament under Rule 2.3.1 on 6 September 2001 be replaced with 14-25 October 2002.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

12.    World Heritage Site Status for the Cairngorms: The Parliament debated S1M-2669 in the name of Elaine Thomson—That the Parliament congratulates the United Nations on its co-ordination of the International Year of Mountains; believes that an appropriate way to celebrate the year would be to ensure that the Cairngorm Mountain Range, the largest continuous area of high ground above 1,000 metres in Britain, is designated a World Heritage Site, and therefore considers that the Scottish Executive should speedily propose discussions with Her Majesty's Government to achieve the ultimate international acclaim of World Heritage Status for this beautiful and environmentally unique part of our heritage.

The meeting closed at 5.40 pm.

No. 54 Wednesday 27 February 2002

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Father Brian Gowans, Chaplaincy Adviser to the Scottish Prison Service, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2793—That the Parliament agrees—

as a revision to the Business Programme agreed on 14 February 2002—

Wednesday 27 February 2002

after the first “Parliamentary Bureau Motions”, delete all and insert—

followed by                      Debate on an Executive Motion to treat the Criminal Procedure (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill as an Emergency Bill

followed by, no

later than 3.05 pm            Parliamentary Bureau Motions

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

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-2597 Dorothy-Grace Elder: Plight of Chronic Pain Patients

Thursday 28 February 2002

delete all and insert—

9.30 am                          Stage 1 Debate on the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Bill

followed by                      European Committee Debate on its 9th Report 2001: Report on the Governance of the European Union and the Future of Europe: What Role for Scotland?

12.30 pm                        Business Motion

2.30 pm                          Question Time

3.10 pm                          First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm                          Stage 1 Debate on the Education (Disability Strategies and Pupils' Records) (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Financial Resolution in respect of the Education (Disability Strategies and Pupils' Records) (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-2647 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: Rail Link to Edinburgh Airport

The motion was agreed to.

3.      Criminal Procedure (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill – Emergency Bill: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice (Mr Jim Wallace) moved S1M-2779—That the Parliament agrees that the Criminal Procedure (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill be treated as an Emergency Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

4.      Criminal Procedure (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill – Suspension of Standing Orders: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2795—That the Parliament agrees that Rules 9.7.9, 9.8.3 and 9.10.2 of the Standing Orders be suspended for the purposes of the Criminal Procedure (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

The motion was agreed to.

5.      Criminal Procedure (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill – Electronic Voting: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2796—That the Parliament directs that under Rule 11.8.3 of the Standing Orders any division at Stage 2 of the Criminal Procedure (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill shall be conducted using the electronic voting system.

The motion was agreed to.

6.      Criminal Procedure (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2797—That the Parliament agrees that Stage 1 of the Criminal Procedure (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill begins immediately and lasts for no more than 30 minutes; that (if the general principles of the Bill are agreed to at Stage 1) Stage 2 begins one hour thereafter and debate on any amendments lasts for no more than 15 minutes and Stage 3 begins immediately Stage 2 is concluded and ends by 5.00 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

7.      Criminal Procedure (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice (Mr Jim Wallace) moved S1M-2781—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Criminal Procedure (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

8.      Marriage (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2801—That the Parliament agrees that, at Stage 3 of the Marriage (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 immediately after the conclusion of Stage 1 of the Criminal Procedure (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill).

Group 1 - no later than 30 minutes
Motion to pass the Bill - no later than 1 hour

The motion was agreed to.

9.      Marriage (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

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

10.    Marriage (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Deputy Minister for Parliamentary Business (Euan Robson) moved S1M-2780—That the Parliament agrees that the Marriage (Scotland) Bill be passed.

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

The meeting closed at 3.56 pm.

A second meeting opened at 4.26 pm.

11.    Criminal Procedure (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill ­– Stage 3: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice (Mr Jim Wallace) moved S1M-2782—That the Parliament agrees that the Criminal Procedure (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill be passed.

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

12.    Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S1M-2798—That the Parliament agrees the following designation of Lead Committee—

the Justice 2 Committee to consider the Damages (Personal Injury) (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/46).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

13.    Approval of SSI: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S1M-2794—That the Parliament agrees that the following instrument be approved—

          the draft Forth Estuary Transport Authority Order 2002.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

14.    Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 10, 11, 12 and 13 and as noted above.

15.    Plight of Chronic Pain Patients: The Parliament debated S1M-2597 in the name of Dorothy-Grace Elder—That the Parliament considers that the Scottish Executive and health boards should move the plight of chronic pain patients up the health agenda, chronic pain being regarded as the most neglected health issue in Scotland and possibly the biggest in terms of numbers as, according to the Pain Association Scotland, some 500,000 people suffer long-term pain through problems such as back pain and arthritic conditions, and agrees with health professionals who have appealed to the Parliament that the wreckage of many lives through lost jobs, and the loss of millions of pounds to the economy, could be relieved by ending the dire shortage of specialised pain clinics and staff in Scotland.

16.    Motion without notice: Alex Neil moved without notice that, under Rule 2.2.6(d), the debate be extended until 6.00 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 6.00 pm.

Committee of the Whole Parliament

No. 54A Wednesday 27 February 2002

The meeting opened at 4.24 pm.

1.      Criminal Procedure (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill – Stage 2: The Bill was considered at Stage 2.

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

The meeting closed at 4.26 pm.

No. 55 Thursday 28 February 2002

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Bill - Stage 1: Mr Mike Rumbles, on behalf of the Standards Committee, moved S1M-2702—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Bill.

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

2.      European Committee Debate on its 9th Report 2001: Report on the Governance of the European Union and the Future of Europe: What Role for Scotland?: Irene Oldfather, on behalf of the European Committee, moved S1M-2752—That the Parliament notes the 9th Report, 2001 of the European Committee, Report on the Governance of the European Union and the Future of Europe: What Role for Scotland? (SP Paper 466) and commends the recommendations to the Scottish Executive.

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

3.      Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2802—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 6 March 2002

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection – the Reverend Jack Holt, Minister of Birse and Feughside Church and Moderator of the Presbytery of Kincardine and Deeside

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 3 Debate on the Sexual Offences (Procedure and Evidence) (Scotland) (Bill)

followed by                      Committee of the Whole Parliament: Stage 2 Debate on the Fur Farming (Prohibition) (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Stage 3 Debate on the Fur Farming (Prohibition) (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Thursday 7 March 2002

9.30 am                          Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Debate on the Scotch Whisky Industry

followed by                      Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Debate on Community Care

12.30 pm                        Business Motion

2.30 pm                          Question Time

3.10 pm                          First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm                          Executive Debate on the Homelessness Task Force

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Wednesday 13 March 2002

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Ministerial Statement

followed by                      Justice 1 Committee Debate on the Legal Aid Inquiry

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Thursday 14 March 2002

9.30 am                          Scottish National Party Business

12.30 pm                        Business Motion

2.30 pm                          Question Time

3.10 pm                          First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm                          Executive Business

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

and (b) that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 5 March 2002 on the Damages (Personal Injury) (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/46).

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.      Education (Disability Strategies and Pupils’ Records) (Scotland) Bill - Stage 1: The Minister for Education and Young People (Cathy Jamieson) moved S1M-2563—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Education (Disability Strategies and Pupils' Records) (Scotland) Bill.

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

6.      Education (Disability Strategies and Pupils’ Records) (Scotland) Bill - Financial Resolution: The Minister for Finance and Public Services (Mr Andy Kerr) moved S1M-2580—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Education (Disability Strategies and Pupils’ Records) (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).

7.      Fur Farming (Prohibition) (Scotland) Bill - Suspension of Standing Orders: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2800—That the Parliament agrees that Rules 9.5.3B, 9.7.9 and 9.8.3 of the Standing Orders be suspended for the purposes of the Fur Farming (Prohibition) (Scotland) Bill.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8.      Fur Farming (Prohibition) (Scotland) Bill - Electronic Voting: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2799—That the Parliament directs that under Rule 11.8.3 of the Standing Orders any division at Stage 2 of the Fur Farming (Prohibition) (Scotland) Bill shall be conducted using the electronic voting system.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9.      Motion without notice: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that S1M-2816 be taken at this meeting of Parliament.

The motion was agreed to.

10.    Decision Time: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2816—That the Parliament agrees under Rule 11.2.4 of the Standing Orders that Decision Time on Thursday 28 February 2002 be taken at 4.44 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

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

12.    Rail Link to Edinburgh Airport: The Parliament debated S1M-2647 in the name of Lord James Douglas-Hamilton—That the Parliament notes that the Strategic Rail Authority’s 10-year plan includes a study into potential improvements in rail access to Scottish airports and that in Edinburgh options range from a new airport station on the nearby main rail route, with a shuttle into the airport, to a new tunnelled main line and station under the heart of the airport; further notes that either station could provide for further integration and stimulate economic activity, and, in the light of the recent decision by Her Majesty’s Government to place Railtrack into administration which has cast considerable doubt and uncertainty on the willingness of the private sector to fund such investment, calls upon the Scottish Executive to outline how such a link could be financed in the best interests of Edinburgh and Scotland.

The meeting closed at 5.33 pm.

No. 56 Wednesday 6 March 2002

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: the Reverend Jack Holt, Minister of Birse and Feughside Parish Church and Moderator of the Presbytery of Kincardine and Deeside, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Sexual Offences (Procedure and Evidence) (Scotland) Bill and Fur Farming (Prohibition) (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion: Euan Robson moved S1M-2841—That the Parliament agrees that the time for consideration of Stage 3 of the Sexual Offences (Procedure and Evidence) (Scotland) Bill and Stages 2 and 3 of the Fur Farming (Prohibition) (Scotland) Bill be allocated as follows, so that debate on each part of the proceedings, if not previously brought to a conclusion, shall be brought to a conclusion at the time specified below–

Sexual Offences (Procedure and Evidence) (Scotland) Bill
Group 1 to Group 4 – no later than 3.45 pm
Group 5 and Group 6 – no later than 4.15 pm
Motion to pass the Bill – no later than 4.45 pm

Fur Farming (Prohibition) (Scotland) Bill
Stage 2 – no later than 4.50 pm
Stage 3 – no later than 5.00 pm

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

3.      Sexual Offences (Procedure and Evidence) (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

            7          (For 8, Against 75, Abstentions 0)
            9          (For 35, Against 62, Abstentions 1)
            10        (For 10, Against 80, Abstentions 2)
            16        (For 33, Against 61, Abstentions 0)

Amendment 14 was moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn.

Another amendment was not moved.

4.      Sexual Offences (Procedure and Evidence) (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Minister for Justice (Mr Jim Wallace) moved S1M-2829—That the Parliament agrees that the Sexual Offences (Procedure and Evidence) (Scotland) Bill be passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 4.39 pm.

A second meeting opened at 4.40 pm.

5.      Fur Farming (Prohibition) (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Ross Finnie) moved S1M-2830—That the Parliament agrees that the Fur Farming (Prohibition) (Scotland) Bill be passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 77, Against 8, Abstentions 6).

The meeting was suspended from 4.52 pm until 5.00 pm.

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

7.      International Women’s Day – 8 March 2002: The Parliament debated S1M-2784 in the name of Johann Lamont—That the Parliament notes that 8 March 2002 is International Women's Day; congratulates the Women Together group in the Pollok constituency and women across Scotland and around the world who are organising events to celebrate the work of women past, present and future; recognises the central role of women in our communities in meeting needs today and creating change for tomorrow and beyond, and urges the Scottish Executive and the Parliament's committees, in partnership with women's organisations, to examine how women's needs and rights might more effectively be addressed across the range of services, departments and organisations that impact on women's lives.

8.      Motion without notice: Johann Lamont moved without notice that, under Rule 2.2.6(d), the debate be extended until 6.15 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 6.17 pm.

No. 56A Wednesday 6 March 2002

The meeting opened at 4.39 pm.

1.      Fur Farming (Prohibition) (Scotland) Bill - Stage 2: The Bill was considered at Stage 2.

Sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 and the long title were agreed to without amendment.

The meeting closed at 4.40 pm.

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