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No. 57 Thursday 7 March 2002

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Scotch Whisky Industry: Miss Annabel Goldie moved S1M-2833—That the Parliament notes the publication of A Toast to the Future - working together for Scotch Whisky and the Scottish Executive’s pledge to “support Scottish manufacturers where EU and UK policies have an effect on the competitiveness of Scottish Industry” and “take steps to ensure that the regulatory burden is kept to a sensible minimum”; further notes that Her Majesty’s Government is considering applying tax stamps throughout the UK, a measure described by the Scotch Whisky Association as being “by far the greatest threat that the industry currently faces”, and calls upon the Executive to demonstrate its stated commitment to the industry, to implement its stated pledge and, accordingly, to make representations to Her Majesty's Government against the introduction of tax stamps.

The Deputy Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning (Lewis Macdonald) moved amendment S1M-2833.2 to motion S1M-2833—

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

“welcomes the Scottish Executive’s recognition of the importance of the Scotch whisky industry to the economy, the contribution that the industry makes to employment across Scotland and the Executive’s commitment to work with the industry as set out in A Toast to the Future – working together for Scotch Whisky.””

After debate, amendment S1M-2833.2 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 65, Against 47, Abstentions 1).

Fergus Ewing moved amendment S1M-2833.1 to motion S1M-2833—

Insert at end—

"welcomes the raising by the Scottish Conservatives of an issue that is reserved; believes that the taxation imposed on whisky by successive UK governments has disadvantaged Scotch in the home market, where whisky is taxed at higher levels than wine or beer, and has also allowed other countries to seek to justify their own discriminatory tax regimes by reference to those in the UK; further believes that a tax stamp system would constitute a barrier to trade, would be inefficient and ineffective as a means of combating fraud and illicit trade, will cause many practical and technical problems in respect of, for example, labelling and storage and will impose substantial costs on the industry, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to demand that all powers relating to the regulation and taxation of the whisky industry be transferred to the Scottish Parliament.”

After debate, amendment S1M-2833.1 was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 30, Against 83, Abstentions 0).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 65, Against 29, Abstentions 19).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive’s recognition of the importance of the Scotch whisky industry to the economy, the contribution that the industry makes to employment across Scotland and the Executive’s commitment to work with the industry as set out in A Toast to the Future – working together for Scotch Whisky.

2.      Community Care: Mary Scanlon moved S1M-2839—That the Parliament notes the unequal funding support between local authority and independently run care homes; regrets the exceptionally high levels of delayed discharge within Scotland’s hospitals; believes that the action plan to tackle delayed discharge will not solve the problem until health and social work budgets are unified, and urges the Scottish Executive to implement the recommendation of the Royal Commission chaired by Sir Stewart Sutherland to unify these budgets within a single organisation and put in place systems to ensure that funds allocated for community care are actually spent on such services.

The Minister for Health and Community Care (Malcolm Chisholm) moved amendment S1M-2839.1 to motion S1M-2839—

Leave out from “notes” to end and insert—

“acknowledges the progress that is being made towards joint resourcing and joint management of older people’s services; looks forward to further developments in the Joint Future agenda; welcomes the provisions of significant extra resources for dealing with the problems of delayed discharge and care home fees, and recognises that such resources are part of the biggest ever investment in care services for older people.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 19, Abstentions 30).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 65, Against 19, Abstentions 29).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament acknowledges the progress that is being made towards joint resourcing and joint management of older people’s services; looks forward to further developments in the Joint Future agenda; welcomes the provisions of significant extra resources for dealing with the problems of delayed discharge and care home fees, and recognises that such resources are part of the biggest ever investment in care services for older people.

3.      Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2850—That the Parliament agrees—

the following revision to the Business Programme agreed on 28 February 2002—

Thursday 7 March 2002

after “Executive Debate on the Homelessness Task Force”, insert—

followed by                   Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Motion”

the following programme of business—

 Wednesday 13 March 2002

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Procedures Committee Debate on its 2nd Report 2002: Substitution on Committees of the Scottish Parliament

followed by                      Standards Committee Debate on its 8th Report 2001: Report on the Investigation of Unauthorised Disclosures

followed by                      Justice 1 Committee Debate on its 8th Report 2001: Report on 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

followed by                      Business Motion

2.30 pm                          Question Time

3.10 pm                          First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm                          Stage 1 Debate on the Scottish Qualifications Authority Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Wednesday 20 March 2002

1.45 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Ministerial Statement

followed by                      Stage 1 Debate on the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Thursday 21 March 2002

9.30 am                          Ministerial Statement

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 3 Debate on the Scottish Public Services 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

and (c) that Stage 2 of the Education (Disability Strategies and Pupils’ Records) (Scotland) Bill be completed by 29 March 2002.

The motion was agreed to.

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

5.      Homelessness Task Force: The Minister for Social Justice (Iain Gray) moved S1M-2838—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive’s commitment to preventing and alleviating homelessness in Scotland and endorses the Executive’s pledge to implement the wide-ranging recommendations contained in the final report of the Homelessness Task Force, Helping Homeless People: An Action Plan for Prevention and Effective Response.

Mr Kenneth Gibson moved amendment S1M-2838.2 to motion S1M-2838—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“notes the final report of the Homelessness Task Force, Helping Homeless People: An Action Plan for Prevention and Effective Response; regrets that, five years after the election of New Labour, homelessness in Scotland is higher than when they took office; seeks a commitment from the Scottish Executive to produce an action plan for implementation of the 59 recommendations within six months; believes that, for homelessness to be eradicated, the recommendations in the report must be fully resourced, and acknowledges than an independent Scotland, with full control over the benefits system, would be much better placed to tackle homelessness than an Executive dependent on the decisions and goodwill of Westminster.”

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

Mr Keith Harding moved amendment S1M-2838.1 to motion S1M-2838—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“notes the publication of the final report of the Homelessness Task Force, Helping Homeless People: An Action Plan for Prevention and Effective Response, two and a half years after its inception; condemns the fact that homelessness applications to local authorities have reached record levels during that period, under the Scottish Executive, and remain close to that level; notes with concern the Executive’s decision to accept the task force’s recommendations in full without prior debate, particularly the proposals to phase out the category of priority need and to remove the local connection requirements, and calls on the Scottish Executive to take a less prescriptive approach and allow local authorities the flexibility they require in order to address the individual needs of homeless people in their areas.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 17, Against 92, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 65, Against 17, Abstentions 30).

6.      Scottish Commission for Public Audit: Robert Brown, on behalf of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, moved S1M-2845—That the Parliament agrees to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body’s proposal to appoint Tom McCabe to be a member of the Scottish Commission for Public Audit.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7.      Approval of SSIs: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2840—That the Parliament agrees that the following instruments be approved—

the draft Town and Country Planning (Fees and Applications and Deemed Applications) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002;
the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2001 (Amendment) Order 2002;
the draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2002;
the draft Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2002; and
the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (Scotland) Order 2002.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8.      Establishment of Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2847—That the Parliament agrees to establish a committee of the Parliament as follows—

Name of Committee: Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Bill Committee
Remit: To consider the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Bill at Stage 2
Duration: Until the Bill is passed, or falls or is otherwise no longer in progress
Convenership: The Convener will be a member of the Scottish National Party
Membership: Sarah Boyack, Bruce Crawford, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Donald Gorrie, Kenny MacAskill, Kenneth Macintosh, Maureen Macmillan.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

10.    Regeneration: The Parliament debated S1M-2818 in the name of Colin Campbell—That the Parliament recognises that a lack of appropriate jobs is a major problem in Scotland; notes that a main cause is the decline of heavy industry in the past three decades; considers that all local authorities, MSPs and key agencies should work together to implement a regeneration programme, and believes that the Scottish Executive should provide resources for its speedy completion.

The meeting closed at 5.58 pm.

No. 58 Wednesday 13 March 2002

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: The Reverend John G. Greenshields, President of The Baptist Union of Scotland, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Procedures Committee 2nd Report 2002, Report on Substitution on Committees of the Scottish Parliament: Mr Kenneth Macintosh, on behalf of the Procedures Committee, moved S1M-2866—That the Parliament (a) approves the recommendations of the Procedures Committee’s 2nd Report 2002, Substitution on Committees of the Scottish Parliament (SP Paper 530) and agrees to amend the Parliament’s Standing Orders in accordance with Annex A to the Report and (b) agrees that these amendments to the Standing Orders should come into force on 15 March 2002.

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

3.      Standards Committee 8th Report 2001, Report on the Investigation of Unauthorised Disclosures: Mike Rumbles, on behalf of the Standards Committee, moved S1M-2810—That the Parliament agrees to amend the Code of Conduct for Members of the Scottish Parliament by replacing Section 9.4 with Section 9.4 as set out in Annex D of the Standards Committee’s 8th Report 2001, Report on the Investigation of Unauthorised Disclosures.

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

4.      Justice 1 Committee 8th Report 2001, Report on Legal Aid Inquiry: Christine Grahame, on behalf of the Justice 1 Committee, moved S1M-2868—That the Parliament notes the 8th Report 2001 of the Justice 1 Committee, Report on Legal Aid Inquiry (SP Paper 437) and further notes that the Committee intends to publish a final report on legal aid in due course.

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

5.      Deputy Convenership of Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2862—That the Parliament agrees that the deputy Convener of the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Bill Committee be appointed from the Labour Party.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6.      Designation of Lead Committees: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2891—That the Parliament agrees the following designations of Lead Committees—

the Justice 1 Committee to consider the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/88);
the Transport and the Environment Committee to consider the Financial Assistance for Environmental Purposes (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/83);
the Justice 1 Committee to consider the Adults with Incapacity (Supervision of Welfare Guardians etc. by Local Authorities) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/95);
the Justice 1 Committee to consider the Adults with Incapacity (Reports in Relation to Guardianship and Intervention Orders) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/96);
the Justice 1 Committee to consider the Adults with Incapacity (Recall of Guardians’ Powers) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/97); and
the Justice 1 Committee to consider the Adults with Incapacity (Non-compliance with Decisions of Welfare Guardians) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/98).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7.      Approval of SSI: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S1M-2892—That the Parliament agrees that the following instrument be approved—

the draft Renewables Obligation (Scotland) Order 2002.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

9.      Commonwealth Day 2002: The Parliament debated S1M-2729 in the name of Lord James Douglas-Hamilton—That the Parliament recognises the valuable role of the Commonwealth in building relationships between nations across the world; welcomes the continued contribution of Scotland and its people to those relationships, and reaffirms its support for the work of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.

The meeting closed at 5.47 pm.

No. 59 Thursday 14 March 2002

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Nuclear Power Stations: Bruce Crawford moved S1M-2883—That the Parliament notes that consent for nuclear and other electricity power stations over 50 megawatts, under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989, is a responsibility devolved to Scottish Executive Ministers and believes that the final decision over consent for nuclear power stations, now and in the future, must remain with Scottish Executive Ministers accountable to the Parliament.

The Deputy Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning (Lewis Macdonald) moved amendment S1M-2883.2 to motion S1M-2883—

Leave out from “and believes” to “nuclear” and insert—

“under the Transfer of Functions Order 1999 (SI 1999/1750), and believes that the final decision over consent under the Electricity Act 1989 for such”.

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 91, Against 1, Abstentions 16)

John Scott moved amendment S1M-2883.1 to motion S1M-2833—

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

“planning consent for nuclear and other electricity power stations over 50 megawatts under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989, is a responsibility devolved to Scottish Executive Ministers, but further notes that responsibility for UK energy policy is a matter for Westminster to decide and calls on Her Majesty’s Government and the Scottish Executive to clarify unresolved issues in relation to the division of responsibilities in pursuit of a balanced sustainable energy policy.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 13, Against 93, Abstentions 0)

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

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament notes that consent for nuclear and other electricity power stations over 50 megawatts, under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989, is a responsibility devolved to Scottish Executive Ministers under the Transfer of Functions Order 1999 (SI 1999/1750), and believes that the final decision over consent under the Electricity Act 1989 for such nuclear power stations, now and in the future, must remain with Scottish Executive Ministers accountable to the Parliament.

2.      National Health Service: Nicola Sturgeon moved S1M-2882—That the Parliament notes that there are fewer nurses and fewer acute beds in the NHS now than in 1999, that the NHS is treating fewer out-patients, in-patients and day case patients now than in 1999, that fewer patients are being seen within the Scottish Executive’s target times than was the case in 1999, that there are 16,000 more people on NHS waiting lists now than in 1999 and that median waiting times are 10 days longer than in 1999; is concerned that the NHS is shrinking, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to pursue policies that will reverse this reduction in capacity and deliver an NHS of the standard that patients in Scotland are entitled to expect.

The Minister for Health and Community Care (Malcolm Chisholm) moved amendment S1M-2882.2 to motion S1M-2882—

Leave out from “notes” to end and insert—

“congratulates the staff of the NHS in Scotland on their commitment and dedication; welcomes their leadership role in redesigning services around the needs of patients; notes that this often leads to a different configuration of services and to some new activities that have not traditionally been counted; applauds the on-going and varied work to improve quality in health services, and acknowledges the substantial real-term increases in health resources since 1999, which are supporting the programme of patient-centred reform.

Mary Scanlon moved amendment S1M-2882.1 to motion S1M-2882—

Insert at end—

“by signing a “concordat” with the independent and voluntary sector in similar terms to that already established in England, and further calls upon the Executive to initiate a debate in Scotland about how to improve the delivery of health care to standards similar to the best European countries, whilst ensuring that access to high quality care is guaranteed for all.”

After debate, amendment S1M-2882.2 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 62, Against 44, Abstentions 1). As a result, amendment S1M-2882.1 was pre-empted.

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 44, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament congratulates the staff of the NHS in Scotland on their commitment and dedication; welcomes their leadership role in redesigning services around the needs of patients; notes that this often leads to a different configuration of services and to some new activities that have not traditionally been counted; applauds the on-going and varied work to improve quality in health services, and acknowledges the substantial real-term increases in health resources since 1999, which are supporting the programme of patient-centred reform.

3.      Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2890—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) as a revision to the Business Programme agreed on 7 March 2002—

Thursday 14 March 2002

after “Stage 1 Debate on the Scottish Qualifications Authority Bill”, insert—

followed by                     Financial Resolution in respect of the Scottish Qualifications Authority Bill”

(b) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 20 March 2002

1.45 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Ministerial Statement on the National Debate on Education

followed by                      Stage 1 Debate on the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill

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

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-2844 Robert Brown: Scottish Sub-Post Offices – “Your Guide”

Thursday 21 March 2002

9.30 am                          Ministerial Statement on the Transport Delivery Plan

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 3 Debate on the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Bill

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Ministerial Statement on the Prison Estates Review

2.30 pm                          Question Time

3.10 pm                          First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm                          Executive Debate on Civil Contingencies

followed by                      Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Motions

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-2637 Adam Ingram: Scottish Agricultural College, Auchincruive

Wednesday 27 March 2002

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Debate on Tourism

followed by                      Executive Business

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Thursday 28 March 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                          Executive Business

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

(c) that Stage 2 of the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Bill be completed by 14 May 2002;

(d) that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 25 March 2002 on the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/88), the Adults with Incapacity (Supervision of Welfare Guardians etc. by Local Authorities) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/95), the Adults with Incapacity (Reports in Relation to Guardianship and Intervention Orders) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/96), the Adults with Incapacity (Recall of Guardians’ Powers) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/97), and the Adults with Incapacity (Non-compliance with Decisions of Welfare Guardians) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/98); and

(e) that the Local Government Committee reports to the Transport and the Environment Committee by 16 April 2002 on the Financial Assistance for Environmental Purposes (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/83).

The motion was agreed to.

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

5.      Scottish Qualifications Authority Bill - Stage 1: The Minister for Education and Young People (Cathy Jamieson) moved S1M-2686—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Scottish Qualifications Authority Bill.

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

6.      Scottish Qualifications Authority Bill - Financial Resolution: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services (Peter Peacock) moved motion S1M-2884—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Scottish Qualifications Authority Bill, agrees to the following expenditure out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund—

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

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

8.      Continuing Presence of BSE and new variant CJD: The Parliament debated S1M-2592 in the name of Kenneth Macintosh—That the Parliament notes the continuing presence of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in Scotland and the growing numbers of cases of new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), including at least two cases in the parliamentary constituency of Eastwood; welcomes the setting up of a National Care Co-ordinator and CJD advice network, but acknowledges the devastating effects this disease can have on victims and their families and believes that the Scottish Executive should give its continuing support to those families affected by this terrible disease.

The meeting closed at 5.44 pm.

No. 60 Wednesday 20 March 2002

The meeting opened at 1.45 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: The Reverend David Cooper, Synod Secretary, The Methodist Church in Scotland, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Education and Young People (Cathy Jamieson) made a statement on the National Debate on Education.

3.      Land Reform (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Ross Finnie) moved S1M-2506—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 92, Against 16, Abstentions 0).

4.      Land Reform (Scotland) Bill – Financial Resolution: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services (Peter Peacock) moved S1M-2532—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any increase in expenditure payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund in consequence of the Act.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

5.      Designation of Lead Committees: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2922—That the Parliament agrees the following designations of Lead Committees—

the Justice 1 Committee to consider the Restriction of Liberty Order (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/119);
the Justice 1 Committee to consider the Adults with Incapacity (Public Guardian’s Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/131);
the Justice 2 Committee to consider the draft Police Act 1997 (Enhanced Criminal Record Certificates) (Protection of Vulnerable Adults) (Scotland) Regulations 2002;
the Justice 2 Committee to consider the Prisons and Young Offenders Institutions (Scotland) Amendment Rules 2002 (SSI 2002/107); and
the Justice 2 Committee to consider the Police Grant (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/116).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6.      Approval of SSIs: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2923—That the Parliament agrees that the following instruments be approved—

the draft Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 2002;
the draft Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation) Amendment Order 2002;
the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.2) (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/65);
the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.3) (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/80);
Special Grant Report No.1 Special Grant for Scotland Asylum Seeker Assistance, SE/2002/52;
the draft Water Undertakings (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Variation Order 2002; and
the draft Electricity Lands and Generators (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Variation Order 2002.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

8.      Scottish Sub-Post Offices – “Your Guide”: The Parliament debated S1M-2844 in the name of Robert Brown—That the Parliament acknowledges the importance of the role that sub-post offices play in Scottish communities, particularly in rural areas and deprived urban areas; recognises the potential financial consequences for sub-post offices in Scotland of the UK-wide Automated Credit Transfer system for the payment of benefits; notes that “Your Guide” is a comprehensive information service currently being evaluated for sub-post offices in England and Wales; further notes that such a service includes Government General Practitioner and Internet Learning Access Point initiatives, both of which provide members of the public with the ability to interact with departments of Her Majesty’s Government and gain government information in an accessible way; further recognises the potential benefits that such a service could provide in Scotland, in terms of improving openness and public participation with government, as well as potentially providing a timely boost to business levels for sub-post offices at a time when the network is having difficulty in sustaining such levels, and considers that the Scottish Executive should pilot such a scheme in Scotland, with a view to rolling out the service across the country as soon as possible.

9.      Motion without notice: Alex Neil 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 6.21 pm.

No. 61 Thursday 21 March 2002

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning (Ms Wendy Alexander) made a statement on the Transport Delivery Plan.

2.      Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Bill - Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2921—That the Parliament agrees that, at Stage 3 of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman 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)—

Groups 1 to 3 - no later than 1 hour
Motion to pass the Bill - no later than 1 hour 30 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

3.      Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

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

4.      Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Bill - Stage 3: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services (Peter Peacock) moved S1M-2853—That the Parliament agrees that the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Bill be passed.

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

5.      Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2920—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 27 March 2002

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Debate on Tourism

followed by                      Executive Debate on the Size of the Parliament

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Thursday 28 March 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

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

3.30 pm                          Stage 3 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 16 April 2002 on the Prisons and Young Offenders Institutions (Scotland) Amendment Rules 2002 (SSI 2002/107), the Police Grant (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/116) and the draft Police Act 1997 (Enhanced Criminal Record Certificates) (Protection of Vulnerable Adults) (Scotland) Regulations 2002; and

(c) that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 15 April 2002 on the Restriction of Liberty Order (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/119) and the Adults with Incapacity (Public Guardian’s Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/131).

The motion was agreed to.

6.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Justice (Mr Jim Wallace) made a statement on the Prison Estates Review.

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

8.      Civil Contingencies: The Deputy Minister for Justice (Dr Richard Simpson) moved S1M-2918—That the Parliament acknowledges the importance of civil contingency planning and, in the light of the atrocities in the United States of America on 11 September 2001, approves the ongoing work by the Scottish Executive, the police, fire and ambulance services, the National Health Service, the local authorities and others, in promoting measures to enhance the safety and protection of the people of Scotland.

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

9.      Scottish Parliament Salaries Scheme and the Scottish Parliamentary Party Leaders’ Allowances Scheme: John Young, on behalf of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, moved S1M-2919—That the Parliament—

a) (i) in exercise of the powers conferred by section 81(5) (b) of the Scotland Act 1998, confers functions as specified in the Scottish Parliament Salaries Scheme (SP Paper 554) on the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body;

(ii) approves the Scheme; and

b) approves the Scottish Parliament Party Leaders’ Allowances Scheme (SP Paper 555); and

c)directs the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to pay on and after 1 April 2002 the salaries and allowances stated in the Scottish Parliamentary Salaries Scheme and Scottish Parliament Party Leaders’ Allowances Scheme.

Shona Robison moved amendment S1M-2919.1 to motion S1M-2919—

After “the Scheme” insert—

"subject to the Scheme being amended as follows: in paragraph 2(1) leave out “£48,228” and insert “£42,918”, and in paragraph 5 leave out from “as specified” to end and insert “in accordance with an index determined by the Parliamentary corporation.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 20, Against 95, Abstentions 3).

Tommy Sheridan moved amendment S1M-2919.2 to motion S1M-2919—

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

“subject to the Scheme being amended as follows: in paragraph 1(1) leave out “any index of prices or earnings” and insert “Retail Price Index”, in paragraph 2(1) leave out “£48,228” and insert “£25,000”; in paragraph 3(1) (a) leave out “£36,240” and insert “£10,000”; in paragraph 3(1) (b) leave out “£22,699” and insert “£7,000”; in paragraph 5 leave out from “as specified” to end and insert “by applying the percentage increase in the index”; in paragraph 7(1) leave out from “determine” to end and insert “recommend to the Parliament the salaries payable, and it shall be for the Parliament to approve, amend or reject any or all of the salaries recommended”; leave out paragraphs 7(2) to 7(6), and in the Schedule leave out “£69,861” and insert  “£15,000”, leave out “£47,349” and insert “£15,000”, leave out “£34,237” and insert “£15,000”, leave out “£36,240” and insert “£10,000” and leave out “£22,699” and insert “£7,000”; and

(b) does not approve the Scottish Parliament Party Leaders’ Allowances Scheme (SP Paper 555);

     and

(c) directs the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to pay on and after 1 April 2002 the salaries stated in the Scottish Parliamentary Salaries Scheme.” 

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 1, Against 116, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 89, Against 15, Abstentions 15).

10.    Approval of SSIs: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2927—That the Parliament agrees that the following instruments be approved—

the Pig Industry Restructuring (Capital Grant) (Scotland) Scheme 2002 (SSI 2002/43); and
the draft Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2002.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

11. Committee Membership: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2928—That the Parliament agrees that the following Members be appointed to Committees—

Gordon Jackson to replace Elaine Thomson on the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee;
Angus MacKay to replace Gordon Jackson on the Justice 1 Committee;
Brian Fitzpatrick to replace Bristow Muldoon on the Subordinate Legislation Committee; and
Elaine Thomson to replace Michael McMahon on the Local Government Committee.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (by division: For 81, Against 3, Abstentions 35).

12.    Substitution on Committees: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2929—That the Parliament agrees that Cathy Peattie be the nominated committee substitute for the Labour Party on the Education, Culture and Sport Committee as permitted under Rule 6.3A.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

13.    Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 4, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 as noted above.

14.    Scottish Agricultural College, Auchincruive: The Parliament debated S1M-2637 in the name of Adam Ingram—That the Parliament recognises the important contribution that the Scottish Agricultural College, Auchincruive, formerly the West of Scotland Agricultural College, has made and continues to make to the rural economy of Scotland; deplores the plans by the Scottish Agricultural College to downgrade Auchincruive to a mere delivery vehicle for education courses in association with Paisley University; views with concern the prospective closure of Auchincruive as a research and teaching facility if and when it amalgamates with the University’s Ayr campus, and considers that such a closure would be detrimental to the economic development of Ayrshire and the south of Scotland.

15.       Motion without notice: Murray Tosh 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. 62 Wednesday 27 March 2002

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Dr Lloyd J. Ogilvie, Chaplain to the United States Senate, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Tourism: The Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport (Mike Watson) moved S1M-2941—That the Parliament welcomes the progress that has been made by the Scottish Executive in implementing A New Strategy for Scottish Tourism since its publication in 2000 and commends the Tourism Framework for Action 2002:05 as the way to build on this and achieve a tourism industry that is internationally competitive and creates jobs and wealth for the people of Scotland.

Mr Kenny MacAskill moved amendment S1M-2941.2 to motion S1M-2941—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“notes the damage caused to the tourism industry by the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease and the events of 11 September 2001; further notes that the underlying problems of the high pound and high fuel costs remain; notes with concern that the Scottish Executive’s Tourism Framework for Action 2002:05 contains no additional funding; calls on the Executive to promote marketing and accessibility for the sector, and further calls for action to open new air routes to Scotland and to make VisitScotland, not the British Tourist  Authority, responsible for marketing Scotland abroad.”
After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 31, Against 86, Abstentions 0).

Mr David Davidson moved amendment S1M-2941.1 to motion S1M-2941—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“recognises the distinct lack of performance by the Scottish Executive in assisting the tourism industry to be internationally competitive and create more jobs; considers that, after five months of consultation, the Tourism Framework for Action 2002:05 spells out the obvious and provides no real vision for focusing on the real challenges faced by the different regions in Scotland in order to promote tourism opportunities through a targeted marketing approach, and believes that it is entirely unacceptable that the only role the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport will play is to head a Steering Group while the Executive takes responsibility for a mere 10% of the actions outlined in the framework without allowing business input into the strategy behind the action plan.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 18, Against 75, Abstentions 25).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 71, Against 48, Abstentions 0).

3.      Size of the Scottish Parliament: The Minister for Parliamentary Business (Patricia Ferguson) moved S1M-2940—That the Parliament notes Her Majesty’s Government’s consultation paper on the size of the Scottish Parliament; acknowledges the positive progress made by the Parliament and its committees, and considers that the number of elected representatives should remain at 129.

David McLetchie moved amendment S1M-2940.1 to motion S1M-2940—

Leave out from “acknowledges” to end and insert—

“further notes public disillusionment with the performance of the Parliament to date; believes that reducing the number of MSPs to 108 in line with the provisions of the Scotland Act would be a welcome step towards establishing public confidence in the institution of the Parliament, and considers that a smaller, more focused Parliament would better fulfil the objective of “doing less, better.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 18, Against 101, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 100, Against 18, Abstentions 0).

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

5.      Hamish Henderson: The Parliament debated S1M-2885 in the name of Cathy Peattie—That the Parliament notes with regret the death of Hamish Henderson and wishes to place on record its appreciation of his lifetime devotion to international solidarity, peace and socialism, his many contributions to Scottish culture and politics, including his role in gathering traditional songs, his support for other artists and his authorship of the song that many believe should be Scotland’s (inter)national anthem, The Freedom Come All Ye.

The meeting closed at 5.46 pm.

No. 63 Thursday 28 March 2002

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Transport: David Mundell moved S1M-2945—That the Parliament notes the importance of transport to the economy in delivering growth and investment to Scotland; further notes that the Scottish Executive’s stewardship of transport issues has been characterised by chaos and muddle, evidenced by strikes, increased congestion, poor maintenance of local roads and unreliable public transport; regrets that the long-awaited transport delivery plan launched by the Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning on 21 March 2002 contains no concrete plans for funding and delivering desperately needed improvements to Scotland’s transport infrastructure and services and, in particular, gives no details of new trunk road improvements beyond 2004-05, and calls upon the Executive to make a clear commitment to investing in transport for the benefit of the economy and the travelling public.

The Deputy Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning (Lewis Macdonald) moved amendment S1M-2945.2 to motion S1M-2945—

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

“welcomes the publication of Scotland’s Transport: Delivering Improvements which sets out the Scottish Executive’s transport vision for Scotland; endorses this Executive-led vision of an efficient, safe transport system which meets the needs of all in society: individuals and businesses, car and public transport users, cyclists and pedestrians, whilst protecting our environment and promoting sustainable development; commends the integrated package of measures that the Executive is pursuing: tackling congestion, ensuring greater access to a modernised and improved public transport system, promoting alternative modes of transport to the private car, and targeted motorway and trunk roads improvements, and further commends the specific articulation in this transport delivery report of the Executive’s top priorities for delivery.”

Mr Kenny MacAskill moved amendment S1M-2945.1 to motion S1M-2945—

Leave out from “unreliable” to end and insert—

“trunk roads and unreliable public transport; recognises that this is a result of decades of under-investment and misguided privatisation; regrets that the Labour and Liberal Democrat Executive has failed to reverse these damaging Tory policies, and further regrets that the Scottish Executive’s latest transport strategy publication, Scotland’s Transport: Delivering Improvements, provides no programme, no costings and no timescale, and therefore offers little hope for, or commitment to, improvements in Scotland’s transport infrastructure.”

After debate, amendment S1M-2945.2 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 58, Against 33, Abstentions 0). As a result amendment S1M-2945.1 was pre-empted.

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 58, Against 38, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament notes the importance of transport to the economy in delivering growth and investment to Scotland; welcomes the publication of Scotland’s Transport: Delivering Improvements which sets out the Scottish Executive’s transport vision for Scotland; endorses this Executive-led vision of an efficient, safe transport system which meets the needs of all in society: individuals and businesses, car and public transport users, cyclists and pedestrians, whilst protecting our environment and promoting sustainable development; commends the integrated package of measures that the Executive is pursuing: tackling congestion, ensuring greater access to a modernised and improved public transport system, promoting alternative modes of transport to the private car, and targeted motorway and trunk roads improvements, and further commends the specific articulation in this transport delivery report of the Executive’s top priorities for delivery.

2.      Enterprise and Scotland: Miss Annabel Goldie moved S1M-2946—That the Parliament notes with concern the relatively poor performance of the Scottish economy compared to that of the UK economy as a whole; believes that public funding of enterprise programmes should be focused on infrastructure improvements which benefit all businesses; further notes the damaging effects of the higher business rate poundage in Scotland compared with the rest of the UK, and supports the reintroduction of a uniform business rate across the UK and calls for a fundamental review of the role and functions of the enterprise network, both with the objective of improving growth and competitiveness in the Scottish economy.

The Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning (Ms Wendy Alexander) moved amendment S1M-2946.2 to motion S1M-2946—

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

“welcomes the Scottish Executive’s initiatives to improve Scotland’s economic position and its new economic strategy for Scotland based on science and skills; believes that the Scottish Executive should build consensus behind this new strategy; notes the significant progress already made in establishing the conditions for sustained success in relation to our key objectives: global connections, growing businesses, and skills and learning, and welcomes the clear direction given to the enterprise network through Smart, Successful Scotland to work with the Scottish Executive to deliver this vision.”

Mr Adam Ingram moved amendment S1M-2946.1 to motion S1M-2946—

Leave out from “as a whole” to end and insert—

“and competitor European economies over the post war period; further notes that the efforts of enterprise development agencies and initiatives within the uniform UK economic policy regime have had no apparent effect on our relative economic decline throughout the period and that the gap in performance would appear to have widened more recently; believes that the policy and debate in Scotland has so far been focused on dealing with the symptoms of this relative economic decline rather than its root causes, and calls for a refocusing of the political debate in Scotland on the potential for the acquisition and use of the range of financial and economic powers available to competitor states such as Ireland and Finland and the optimal policy mix required to place the Scottish economy at the competitive advantage required to achieve faster growth, higher living standards and an improved revenue stream to resource sustained investment in public services.”

After debate, amendment S1M-2946.2 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 59, Against 47, Abstentions 0). As a result amendment S1M-2946.1 was pre-empted.

The motion as amended was then agreed to (DT) by division: For 60, Against 47, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive’s initiatives to improve Scotland’s economic position and its new economic strategy for Scotland based on science and skills; believes that the Scottish Executive should build consensus behind this new strategy; notes the significant progress already made in establishing the conditions for sustained success in relation to our key objectives: global connections, growing businesses, and skills and learning, and welcomes the clear direction given to the enterprise network through Smart, Successful Scotland to work with the Scottish Executive to deliver this vision.

3.      Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2954—That the Parliament agrees—

the following programme of business—

Wednesday 17 April 2002

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Debate on the Housing Improvement Taskforce

followed by                      Executive Debate on the Enterprise Bill - UK Legislation

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Thursday 18 April 2002

9.30 am                          Executive Debate on the Prisons Estates Review

followed by                      Business Motion

2.30 pm                          Question Time

3.10 pm                          First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm                          Executive Debate on the Social Care Workforce Development

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Wednesday 24 April 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 25 April 2002

9.30 am                          Executive Business

followed by                      Business Motion

2.30 pm                          Question Time

3.10 pm                          First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm                          Executive Business

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

and (b) that Stage 1 of the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion (Scotland) Bill be completed by 19 December 2002
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 - Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2949—That the Parliament agrees that at Stage 3 of the Education (Disability Strategies and Pupils’ Records) (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)—

Groups 1 to 5 - no later than 1 hour;
Motion to pass the Bill - no later than 1 hour 30 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

6.      Education (Disability Strategies and Pupils’ Records) (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

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

7.      Education (Disability Strategies and Pupils’ Educational Records) (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Minister for Education and Young People (Cathy Jamieson) moved S1M-2894—That the Parliament agrees that the Education (Disability Strategies and Pupils’ Educational Records) (Scotland) Bill be passed.

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

8.      Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2948—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee is designated as Lead Committee in consideration of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill and that the Justice 1 Committee be a secondary committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9.      Motion without Notice: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that S1M-2960 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-2960—That the Parliament agrees under Rule 11.2.4 of the Standing Orders that Decision Time on Thursday 28 March 2002 be taken at 4.31pm.

The motion was agreed to.

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

12.    Child Witness Reform: The Parliament debated S1M-2698 in the name of Mr Gil Paterson—That the Parliament welcomes the report Justice for Children – The Welfare of Children in the Justice System; commends Children 1st, Childline, NCH Scotland and the other participants for producing this report, and considers that the Scottish Executive should look closely at the findings and recommendations of the report and act accordingly.

The meeting closed at 5.23 pm.

No. 64 Wednesday 3 April 2002

The meeting opened at 12.00 pm.

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

2.      Motion of Condolence: The First Minister moved S1M-2962—That the Parliament expresses its deep regret and sadness at the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, conveys its sincere condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and other members of the Royal Family in their sad bereavement, affirms the great affection and esteem in which Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother was held, and expresses gratitude for her life of outstanding public service and her long and close association with Scotland and the Scottish people.

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 12.21 pm.

No. 65 Wednesday 17 April 2002

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Reverend Margaret R. Forrester, Minister of St. Michael's Parish Church, Edinburgh, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Housing Improvement Task Force—The Deputy Minister for Social Justice (Ms Margaret Curran) moved S1M-2982—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the first report of the Housing Improvement Task Force, Issues in Improving Quality in Private Housing, as an important step in meeting the Scottish Executive’s commitment, as set out in Working Together for Scotland: A Programme for Government, to address the significant problems of housing quality in the private sector stock.

Mr Kenneth Gibson moved amendment S1M-2982.1 to motion S1M-2982—

Leave out from “meeting” to end and insert—

“examining the wide range of issues facing the private housing sector in Scotland; looks forward to debating the Task Force’s recommendations for action and timescale for implementation following completion of its second stage report; seeks clarification as to when publication of the second stage report is anticipated, and calls on the Scottish Executive to propose that time is provided in the parliamentary process to ensure that any necessary legislation that may emerge will be progressed prior to the end of this session of the Parliament.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 48, Against 61, Abstentions 1).

Bill Aitken moved amendment S1M-2982.2 to motion S1M-2982—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“notes the publication of the first report of the Housing Improvement Task Force; regrets that this report contains many vague and often contradictory conclusions, and expresses the hope that future reports will provide more focussed conclusions and firmer recommendations aimed at addressing the significant problems of housing quality in the private sector stock.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 19, Against 93, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

3.      Enterprise Bill – UK Legislation: The Deputy Minister for Justice (Dr Richard Simpson) moved S1M-2983—That the Parliament agrees that provisions in the Enterprise Bill that relate to the devolved matter of receivership should be considered by the UK Parliament.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 82, Against 1 Abstentions 29).

4.      Designation of Lead Committees: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2992—That the Parliament agrees the following designation of Lead Committees—

the Justice 1 Committee to consider the Combined Police Area Amalgamation Schemes 1995 (Amendment) (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/140);
the Justice 1 Committee to consider the Combined Fire Services Area Administration Schemes (Variation) (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/141); and
the Justice 2 Committee to consider the Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/143).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

6.      10th Anniversary of Children's Hospice Association Scotland: The Parliament debated S1M-2852 in the name of Susan Deacon—That the Parliament congratulates the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) on its 10th anniversary; pays tribute to the excellent work carried out by staff at the children’s hospice, Rachel House, in providing care and support for terminally ill children and their families from across Scotland; notes that the development of a second children’s hospice is currently underway; recognises the efforts of the many individuals and organisations who have contributed to the development of this project, and considers that the Scottish Executive should work in partnership with CHAS, NHS boards, local authorities and the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care to ensure that these services are supported effectively.

The meeting closed at 5.52 pm.

No. 66 Thursday 18 April 2002

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Prison Estates Review: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice (Mr Jim Wallace) moved S1M-2993—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the consultation paper Proposals for the Future of the Scottish Prison Service Estate; believes that to help achieve a safer Scotland the prison estate should facilitate the secure holding of prisoners and the delivery of effective rehabilitation programmes, and that prisons should provide a reasonable standard of accommodation; recognises that these objectives can only be achieved by substantial modernisation of the present prison estate, and encourages all interested individuals and organisations to contribute to the current consultation.

Roseanna Cunningham moved amendment S1M-2993.2 to motion S1M-2993—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“notes the publication of the consultation paper Proposals for the Future of the Scottish Prison Service Estate; believes that to help achieve a safer Scotland the prison estate should facilitate the secure holding of prisoners and the delivery of effective rehabilitation programmes, and that prisons should provide a reasonable standard of accommodation; recognises that these objectives can only be achieved by substantial modernisation of the present prison estate; further notes that private prisons have serious deficiencies in their management of both inmates and staff, and asserts that, in the interest of public safety, such a key component of the criminal justice system should remain in the public sector.”

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

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton moved amendment S1M-2993.1 to motion
S1M-2993—

Insert at end—

“, however, calls on the Scottish Executive to instigate further investigation into the costings for a new prison at Peterhead, specifically for accommodation for 500 to 700 prisoners, in order to ensure that the best possible outcome is achieved to maintain the excellence that has been delivered to date by HM Prison Peterhead.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 39, Against 65, Abstentions 3).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 78, Against 3, Abstentions 26).

2.      Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2990—That the Parliament agrees—

the following programme of business—

Wednesday 24 April 2002

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 3 Debate on the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Thursday 25 April 2002

9.30 am                          Executive Debate on Modernising Primary Care in NHS Scotland to Improve Health

followed by                      Business Motion

2.30 pm                          Question Time

3.10 pm                          First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm                          Executive Debate on Scotland’s Freshwater Fish and Fisheries: Securing their Future

followed by                      Financial Resolution in respect of the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-2615 Cathy Peattie: International Workers’ Memorial Day

Wednesday 1 May 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 2 May 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 3 Debate on the Scottish Qualifications Authority 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 26 April 2002 on the Combined Police Area Amalgamation Schemes 1995 (Amendment) (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/140) and the Combined Fire Services Area Administration Schemes (Variation) (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/141) and that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 26 April 2002 on the Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/143)

and (c) that Stage 1 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill be completed by 13 September 2002.
The motion was agreed to.

3.      Ministerial Statement: The First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell) made a statement on the 2002 UK Budget.

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

5.      Motion without Notice: Mike Russell moved without notice that, under Rule 8.15.1, the debate on motion S1M-2994 be adjourned. 

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

6.      Social Care Workforce Development: The Minister for Education and Young People (Cathy Jamieson) moved S1M-2994—That the Parliament commends the work of the social services workforce in local authorities, in voluntary organisations and in the private sector in providing vital services for older people, for children and their families and for people with disabilities and others, and in contributing to better community safety through work with offenders and in youth justice; notes the work already undertaken by the Executive to support the development of this workforce, and endorses the Executive’s strategy and commitment to further work to secure a well trained workforce.

Irene McGugan moved amendment S1M-2994.1 to motion S1M-2994—

Leave out from second “the work” to end and insert—

“the steady decline over the last five years in applications to study social work; further notes that Edinburgh University is poised to scrap its social work degree; further notes that difficulties in recruiting social workers are expressed as a serious concern by the majority of local authorities in Scotland; regrets the absence of a recruitment campaign such as has been launched in other parts of the UK and deplores the lack of strategy which will address the poor public image of the profession, review the pay and conditions of social workers, increase flexibility in job opportunities to aid retention, develop positive initiatives to support front line staff or encourage secondment, and concludes that the Executive is merely posturing on this issue and neither acknowledging the crisis nor addressing the critical issues with real commitment."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 44, Against 63, Abstentions 0).

Ben Wallace moved amendment S1M-2994.2 to motion S1M-2994—

Leave out from second “the work” to end and insert—

“with concern the workforce’s increasing difficulty in carrying out these tasks owing to poor levels of staffing, increased bureaucracy and additional demands on what was already an over-stretched workforce, and therefore calls upon the Scottish Executive to redouble its efforts to secure an appropriately staffed and trained social care workforce which is capable of carrying out its necessary functions."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 42, Against 66, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 1, Abstentions 43).

7.      Approval of SSIs: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2991—That the Parliament agrees that the following instruments be approved—

the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Elections (Scotland) Order 2002;
the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Designation, Transitional and Consequential Provisions (Scotland) Order 2002; and
the Bus User Complaints Tribunal Regulations 2002.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

9.      Environmentally Designated Areas: The Parliament debated S1M-2790 in the name of Jamie McGrigor—That the Parliament notes with alarm concerns expressed by local communities highlighted by recent petitions to the Public Petitions Committee (PE462 to 464) about procedures and scientific data used by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) for environmentally designated areas, such as Special Protection Areas, Special Areas of Conservation and Sites of Special Scientific Interest and believes that a programme of comprehensive consultation will result in more effective participation and co-operation between SNH and local people within the proposed areas of designation, which will result in better relations between SNH and local communities.

10.    Motion without Notice: Sarah Boyack moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended until 6.05 pm.

The motion was agreed to.
 
The meeting closed at 6.03 pm.

No. 67 Wednesday 24 April 2002

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Reverend John M.F. Butler, Minister of the Congregational Federation in Scotland, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Freedom of Information (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3025—That the Parliament agrees that at Stage 3 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Bill, debate on each 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)—

Groups 1-6 – no later than 1 hour
Groups 7-11 – no later than 1 hour 45 minutes
Groups 12-15 – no later than 2 hours 15 minutes
Groups 16-19 – no later than 2 hours 45 minutes
Groups 20-26 – no later than 3 hours 45 minutes
Motion to pass the Bill – no later than 4 hours 15 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

3.      Meeting of the Parliament and Decision Time: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3027—That the Parliament agrees that on Wednesday 24 April 2002—

(a) the meeting of the Parliament shall continue to 7.00 pm as permitted under Rule 2.2.4; and

(b) that Decision Time shall be held at 6.50 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

4.      Freedom of Information (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 59, 60, 14, 18, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 49, 50, 51, 80, 52, 53

The following amendments were agreed to (by division)—

            12        (For 67, Against 42, Abstentions 0)
            15        (For 64, Against 46, Abstentions 0)
            16        (For 64, Against 47, Abstentions 0)
            17        (For 93, Against 17, Abstentions 1)
            19        (For 64, Against 46, Abstentions 0)
            22        (For 63, Against 45, Abstentions 0)
            24        (For 74, Against 34, Abstentions 0)
            28        (For 62, Against 47, Abstentions 0)
            37        (For 79, Against 29, Abstentions 0)
            48        (For 79, Against 3, Abstentions 28)

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

            63        (For 44, Against 64, Abstentions 0)
            1          (For 43, Against 61, Abstentions 1)
            56        (For 42, Against 64, Abstentions 0)
            57        (For 47, Against 63, Abstentions 0)
            66        (For 48, Against 64, Abstentions 0)
            58        (For 46, Against 65, Abstentions 0)
            5          (For 32, Against 78, Abstentions 0)
            71        (For 31, Against 77, Abstentions 0)
            7          (For 31, Against 78, Abstentions 0)
            8          (For 32, Against 78, Abstentions 0)
            74        (For 47, Against 64, Abstentions 0)
            10        (For 33, Against 78, Abstentions 0)
            11        (For 29, Against 78, Abstentions 0)
            79        (For 46, Against 65, Abstentions 0)

The following amendments were moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn: 54, 61, 64, 70, 72, 78

Other amendments were not moved or were pre-empted.

5.      Freedom of Information (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice (Mr Jim Wallace) moved S1M-2855—That the Parliament agrees that the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Bill be passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 88, Against 16, Abstentions 0).

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

7.      UN Children's Summit 8–10 May 2002: The Parliament debated S1M-2950 in the name of Fiona McLeod—That the Parliament welcomes the United Nation’s Special Session on Children 2002 which will take place in New York on 8-10 May 2002; commends the recognition accorded by the summit to the need for adults to listen to the views of young people; considers that the Scottish Executive should regularly monitor and report on the implementation of commitments by Her Majesty’s Government that arise from the Special Session and relate to Scotland’s children; congratulates Save the Children for organising its “world fit for children” event in Edinburgh to coincide with this summit, and believes that a “Children and Young People’s Summit” should be held annually by the Parliament.

The meeting closed at 7.33 pm.

No. 68 Thursday 25 April 2002

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Modernising Primary Care in NHS Scotland to Improve Health: The Minister for Health and Community Care (Malcolm Chisholm) moved S1M-3022—That the Parliament applauds the vital contribution to healthcare and health improvement made by primary care teams across Scotland and supports further investment and reform to improve access and redesign services round the needs of patients.

Nicola Sturgeon moved amendment S1M-3022.2 to motion S1M-3022—

Insert at end—

"including greater devolution of power and resources to local healthcare co-operatives to support and empower primary care teams.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 113, Against 0, Abstentions 0).

Mary Scanlon moved amendment S1M-3022.3 to motion S1M-3022—

Leave out from “applauds” to end and insert—

“notes that in order to improve primary care local healthcare co-operatives     should be free to purchase care from the most appropriate provider, be it public, private or voluntary, and the incentives gained by the purchasing of such services should be used to underpin patient choice; further urges the Scottish Executive to continue to use private providers where they can supplement the capacity of the NHS and provide value for money, and asks the Scottish Executive to make available to patients information on alternative providers and on waiting lists and times to allow patients to exercise real choice.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 18, Against 96, Abstentions 0).

Tommy Sheridan moved amendment S1M-3022.1 to motion S1M-3022—

Insert at end—

“, however, believes that the use of the private health care sector by the NHS in Scotland is divisive and counterproductive and should not be part of the Executive’s strategy.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 3, Against 82, Abstentions 31).

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

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament applauds the vital contribution to healthcare and health improvement made by primary care teams across Scotland and supports further investment and reform to improve access and redesign services round the needs of patients including greater devolution of power and resources to local healthcare co-operatives to support and empower primary care teams.

2.      Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3033—That the Parliament agrees—

the following programme of business—

Wednesday 1 May 2002

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Debate on Helping Scotland’s Youth Participate in Communities

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-2849 Sarah Boyack: Ageism

Thursday 2 May 2002

9.30 am                          Scottish National Party Debate on Powers of the Parliament

followed by                      Business Motion

2.30 pm                          Question Time

3.10 pm                          First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm                          Stage 3 Debate on the Scottish Qualifications Authority Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-3002 Alasdair Morgan: Current Situation in the Middle East 

Wednesday 8 May 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 9 May 2002

9.30 am                          Social Justice Committee Debate on the Voluntary Sector

followed by                      Business Motion

2.30 pm                          Question Time

3.10 pm                          First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm                          Executive Debate on Action to Recruit, Retain and Value Nurses

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

and (b) that Stage 1 of the School Meals (Scotland) Bill be completed by 21 June 2002.

The motion was agreed to.

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

4.      Scotland's Freshwater Fish and Fisheries: Securing their Future: The Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Allan Wilson) moved S1M-3021—That the Parliament endorses the Scottish Executive’s commitment to the future conservation and management of salmon and freshwater fish and fisheries in Scotland, as set out in its consultation paper Scotland’s Freshwater Fish and Fisheries: Securing their Future, and welcomes the firm intention of the Executive to work in partnership with the users and owners of these resources to ensure better management and sustainable fisheries.

Richard Lochhead moved amendment S1M-3021.2 to motion S1M-3021—

Leave out from “endorses” to end and insert—

“welcomes the development of a long-overdue national freshwater fisheries policy; recognises that such a policy must be ecologically sound, regionally appropriate and socially just; calls on the Scottish Executive to publish a legislative timetable for the achievement of such a policy and calls for the publication of an annual report on the health of the sector including its economic value to the rural economy, and recognises the need to address the number of agencies and the complex legislative framework involved in the management of freshwater fisheries.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 30, Against 83, Abstentions 0).

Jamie McGrigor moved amendment S1M-3021.1 to motion S1M-3021—

Leave out from “endorses” to end and insert—

“agrees that there should be a commitment to the future conservation and management of salmon and freshwater fish and fisheries in Scotland; further agrees with the general aim of the consultation paper Scotland’s Freshwater Fish and Fisheries: Securing their Future, but notes with concern the substantial harm that the Scottish Executive’s Land Reform (Scotland) Bill will do to the future of Scotland’s freshwater fish and fisheries.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 19, Against 97, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 83, Against 1, Abstentions 32).

5.      Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Bill – Financial Resolution: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice (Mr Jim Wallace) moved S1M-3020—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Bill, agrees to any expenditure payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund in respect of—

(a) the appointment of the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner and any staff appointed to assist the Commissioner;

(b) salaries for, and other staff costs of, the Commissioner and any such staff; and

(c) the administrative costs incurred in the discharge of the Commissioner’s functions

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6.      Approval of SSI: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3026—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Police Act 1997 (Enhanced Criminal Record Certificates) (Protection of Vulnerable Adults) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

8.      International Workers' Memorial Day: The Parliament debated S1M-2615 in the name of Cathy Peattie—That the Parliament notes that 28 April 2002 is International Workers’ Memorial Day, a commemoration of those who have died or suffered accidents or ill health as a result of work, and calls for this day to be widely observed in Scotland through action to improve safety and provide a healthier working environment.

9.      Motion without Notice: Mr Duncan McNeil moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended until 6.05 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 6.06 pm.

No. 69 Wednesday 1 May 2002

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: The Very Reverend Monsignor Henry Docherty, General Secretary of the Roman Catholic Bishop's Conference of Scotland, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Helping Scotland's Youth Participate in Communities: The Minister for Education and Young People (Cathy Jamieson) moved S1M-3048—That the Parliament notes the Scottish Executive’s commitment to valuing young people and reflecting their aspirations and needs; recognises the importance of the Scottish Youth Summit and the follow-up launch of the consultation toolkit “Re:action” in contributing to this agenda; agrees to support constructive work with young people as they engage in civic society and democratic processes whether at local level through local authority youth councils, or at national level through organisations such as the Scottish Youth Parliament, and welcomes work by the Executive alongside other devolved administrations and UK departments to develop the UK approach to the European Union white paper on youth and to ensure that young people from Scotland can contribute in the wider arena of international affairs.

Michael Russell moved amendment S1M-3048.1 to motion S1M-3048—

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

“encourages all of Scotland’s young people to have open and enquiring minds about the future of their country, their continent and their world, in order that they might take an active part in the widest range of national and international affairs, and therefore requests that the Executive consult widely with Scotland’s young people as well as with other devolved administrations and other European governments in order that there can be a positive and informed Scottish response to the European Union white paper on youth.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 30, Against 60, Abstentions 15).

Murdo Fraser moved amendment S1M-3048.2 to motion S1M-3048—

Leave out from "agrees" to "Youth Parliament" and insert—

"pays tribute to the important role of voluntary organisations in developing the awareness of, and involving, young people in civic society; emphasises the crucial role of Scotland's schools; agrees to support constructive work with young people as they engage in civic society and democratic processes whether at local level through local authority youth councils, or at national level through organisations such as the Scottish Youth Parliament; believes that, given the alarming decrease in young people voting in elections in recent years, schools and voluntary groups should take a lead in encouraging young people to re-engage in the mainstream political process."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 43, Against 62, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

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

4.      Ageism: The Parliament debated S1M-2849 in the name of Sarah Boyack—That the Parliament notes research findings by Help the Aged indicating that over 50% of Scots in the 65-74 age group feel that the country treated older people as if they were “on the scrap heap” and “a burden to society”; believes that such treatment is unacceptable and perpetuates ageism in society, which can be seen in both deliberate and inadvertent discrimination in the attitudes of both public and private sector organisations, allied to continued media stereotyping of older people, and therefore considers that the Scottish Executive should identify and address areas of age discrimination in Scottish public life so that older people feel valued and can make a full and positive contribution to society.

The meeting closed at 5.59 pm.

No. 70 Thursday 2 May 2002

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Powers of the Parliament: Mr John Swinney moved S1M-3052—That the Parliament notes that the Scottish Executive has not delivered the improvements in public services expected by the Scottish people; believes that the people of Scotland deserve better, and recognises that only with the full powers of independence will the Parliament have the ability to tackle and overcome Scotland’s core economic and social problems.

The Minister for Parliamentary Business (Patricia Ferguson) moved amendment S1M-3052.1 to motion S1M-3052—

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

“devolution settlement is right for Scotland, that wide powers have been devolved to the Scottish Executive and the Parliament and endorsed by Scottish voters in a referendum, that full use is being made of these powers to deliver the policies set out in the Programme for Government, and that these powers can deliver real improvements in the public services and help secure a strong and competitive economy.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 62, Against 41, Abstentions 0).

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 62, Against 43, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament notes that the devolution settlement is right for Scotland, that wide powers have been devolved to the Scottish Executive and the Parliament and endorsed by Scottish voters in a referendum, that full use is being made of these powers to deliver the policies set out in the Programme for Government, and that these powers can deliver real improvements in the public services and help secure a strong and competitive economy.

2.      Scottish Qualifications Authority Bill – Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3057—That the Parliament agrees that, at Stage 3 of the Scottish Qualifications Authority 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)—

Groups 1 and 2 – no later than 1 hour
Motion to pass the Bill – no later than 1 hour 30 minutes

The motion was agreed to.

3.      Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3055—That the Parliament agrees—

the following programme of business—

Wednesday 8 May 2002

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Debate on Sustainable Development – Meeting the Needs

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-2966 Margaret Smith: World Asthma Day, 7 May 2002

Thursday 9 May 2002

9.30 am                          Social Justice Committee Debate on the Voluntary Sector

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Ministerial Statement on New National Qualifications

2.30 pm                          Question Time

3.10 pm                          First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm                          Executive Debate on Action to Recruit, Retain and Value Nurses

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Wednesday 15 May 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 16 May 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                          Executive Business

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

and (b) that Stage 1 of the University of St. Andrews (Postgraduate Medical Degrees) Bill be completed by 27 June 2002

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

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

5.      Scottish Qualifications Authority Bill – Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11

Other amendments were not moved.

6.      Scottish Qualifications Authority Bill – Stage 3: The Minister for Education and Young People (Cathy Jamieson) moved S1M-2996—That the Parliament agrees that the Scottish Qualifications Authority Bill be passed.

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

7.      Motion without Notice: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that S1M-3066 be taken at this meeting of Parliament.

The motion was agreed to.

8.      Decision Time: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3066—That the Parliament agrees under Rule 11.2.4 of the Standing Orders that Decision Time on Thursday 2 May 2002 be taken at 4.21 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

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

10.    Current Situation in the Middle East: The Parliament debated S1M-3002 in the name of Alasdair Morgan—That the Parliament expresses its deep concern about the situation in the Middle East; recognises the key role of the United Nations and the rule of international law, and affirms that the immediate cessation of violence, the recognition and protection of human rights and the need for negotiation are essential in order to secure just and long lasting peace in the region.

11.    Motion without Notice: Alasdair Morgan moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended until 5.45 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 5.22 pm.

No. 71 Wednesday 8 May 2002

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Ms Eildon Dyer, Press Adviser for Christian Aid Scotland, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S1M-3077—That the Parliament agrees—

as a revision to the Business Programme agreed on 2 May 2002—

Wednesday 8 May 2002

after first Parliamentary Bureau Motions, delete

“followed by                     Executive Debate on Sustainable Development - Meeting the Needs”

and insert

“followed by                     First Minister's Motion to appoint a Minister

followed by, no                First Minister's Motion to appoint a junior Scottish Minister

later than 2.50 pm

followed by, no                Executive Debate on Sustainable Development - Meeting the Needs"

later than 3.05 pm

Thursday 9 May 2002

after “Social Justice Committee Debate on the Voluntary Sector”, delete

“followed by                     Business Motion

followed by                      Ministerial Statement on New National Qualifications"

and insert

“followed by                     Ministerial Statement on New National Qualifications

followed by                      Business Motion”

The motion was agreed to.

3.      Scottish Ministers: The First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell) moved S1M-3069—That the Parliament agrees that Margaret Curran be appointed as a Minister.

After debate, the motion was agreed to by division (For 66, Against 27, Abstentions 15).

4.      Junior Scottish Ministers: The First Minister moved S1M-3070—That the Parliament agrees that Frank McAveety be appointed as a junior Scottish Minister.

After debate, the motion was agreed to by division (For 66, Against 0, Abstentions 45).

5.      Sustainable Development – Meeting the Needs… Priorities, Actions and Targets for sustainable development in Scotland: The Minister for Rural Development (Ross Finnie) moved S1M-3067—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive statement on sustainable development, Meeting the Needs… Priorities, Actions and Targets for sustainable development in Scotland, and the vision that it sets out for a sustainable Scotland in which the Executive conserves, protects and harnesses Scotland’s natural resources and the talents of the people; believes that the statement marks an important step forward for sustainable development in Scotland; agrees that the indicator list provides a good basis on which to begin to measure progress, and believes that sustainable development must be a central principle in governing Scotland.

Bruce Crawford moved amendment S1M-3067.1 to motion S1M-3067—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“believes that sustainable development must be a central principle in governing Scotland; welcomes the Scottish Executive’s statement on sustainable development, Meeting the Needs… Priorities, Actions and Targets for sustainable development in Scotland, and further believes that, while the statement marks an important step forward for sustainable development in Scotland, further work is required to produce a list of indicators that is more comprehensive and meaningful for the purpose of measuring progress and that the targets’ lack of ambition does not recognise Scotland’s full potential and therefore will not contribute significantly to ensuring a sustainable future for Scotland.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 50, Against 62, Abstentions 1).

John Scott moved amendment S1M-3067.2 to motion S1M-3067—

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

“expresses its concern that the statement has not gone far enough, particularly in its indicator list given that, 27 months after first promised, 24 indicators have been selected but less than 50% have set targets; questions whether the indicator list therefore provides an adequate basis to measure progress; further believes that the inclusion of no less than 15 other consultations, strategies, forums and plans may hinder the long-term delivery of the new vision, and supports the development of a more focused action plan for the continuation of sustainable development in Scotland.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 19, Against 63, Abstentions 31).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 82, Against 30, Abstentions 2).

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

7.      World Asthma Day 7 May 2002: The Parliament debated S1M-2966 in the name of Mrs Margaret Smith—That the Parliament notes that World Asthma Day is on Tuesday 7 May 2002 when, in the United Kingdom, the National Asthma Campaign will highlight childhood asthma; is aware that over 113,000 (around 1 in 6) children in Scotland have been diagnosed with asthma and that the incidence is highest amongst children; commends the National Asthma Campaign Scotland for its work on childhood asthma, including its publication of the first childhood asthma audit and its programme of asthma information sessions for adults working in the early years sector; further notes the soon to be published Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network/British Thoracic Society guidelines for asthma and invites the Scottish Executive to devise a national asthma strategy to ensure that these guidelines are implemented across the country and matched by any necessary resources.

The meeting closed at 5.56 pm.

No. 72 Thursday 9 May 2002

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Social Justice Committee, Report on Inquiry into the Voluntary Sector: Johann Lamont, on behalf of the Social Justice Committee, moved S1M-3063—That the Parliament notes the Social Justice Committee’s 1st Report 2002, Report on Inquiry into the Voluntary Sector (SP Paper 531).

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

2.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Education and Young People (Cathy Jamieson) made a statement on New National Qualifications.

3.      Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3080—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 15 May 2002

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Debate on the Scottish Fire Service of the Future

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-3076 Michael Russell: Scottish Criminal Record Office

Thursday 16 May 2002

9.30 am                          Executive Debate on Investment and Reform in Health and Community Care

followed by                      Business Motion

2.30 pm                          Question Time

3.10 pm                          First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm                          Motion on the Golden Jubilee

4.00 pm                          Executive Debate on National Waste Strategy

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-2622 Marilyn Livingstone: Cross-Party Support for a Review of the Construction Industry in Scotland

Tuesday 28 May 2002

9.30 am                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Debate on The Modernising Government Fund

11.30 am                        HM the Queen’s Address

2.30 pm                          Executive Debate on Oil and Gas Industry

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Wednesday 29 May 2002

9.30 am                          Executive Debate on Alternatives to Custody

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.30 pm                          Scottish National Party Business

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Thursday 30 May 2002

9.30 am                          Ministerial Statement and Debate on the Executive’s Programme

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Business Motion

2.00 pm                          Question Time

3.00 pm                          First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm                          Executive Debate on Implementing the Cancer Strategy

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

The motion was agreed to.

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

5.      Action to Recruit, Retain and Value Nurses: The Minister for Health and Community Care (Malcolm Chisholm) moved S1M-3078—That the Parliament pays tribute to the vital contribution made by all members of health care teams across Scotland but, in this International Nurses’ Week, recognises the central role of nurses and midwives in delivering high quality patient care and supports the significant investment and action to recruit, retain and value nurses and midwives being delivered through Facing the Future and other initiatives.

Nicola Sturgeon moved amendment S1M-3078.1 to motion S1M-3078—

Insert at end—

“; notes that a newly registered nurse’s salary, at £16,005, is 9.7% less than that of a newly qualified police constable and 11% less than that of a qualified teacher; believes that addressing low pay levels is central to addressing the problem of recruiting and retaining nurses; further welcomes the work of the Scottish Integrated Workforce Planning Group, and notes that the development of an adequately resourced workforce planning strategy is essential if NHS employers are to offer nurses the flexible working patterns and meaningful career paths that they are entitled to expect from a 21st century employer and that will enable them to continue working in the NHS.

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 31, Against 64, Abstentions 15).

Mary Scanlon moved amendment S1M-3078.2 to motion S1M-3078—

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

“notes with concern, however, the recent decrease in nurse numbers; acknowledges that better staffing levels and conditions will lead to better morale and therefore higher levels of nurse retention, and therefore urges the Scottish Executive to promote a more flexible system that would recruit and retain appropriate numbers of nurses and midwives to serve Scotland’s needs.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 45, Against 64, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

6.      Substitution on Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3092—That the Parliament agrees that Karen Whitefield be the nominated committee substitute for the Labour Party on the Education, Culture and Sport Committee as permitted under Rule 6.3A.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7.      Membership of Committees: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3091—That the Parliament agrees that the following Members be appointed to Committees—

Cathy Peattie to replace Frank McAveety on the Education, Culture and Sport Committee;
Paul Martin to replace Frank McAveety on the Standards and the Procedures Committees;
Wendy Alexander to replace Angus MacKay on the Justice 1 Committee; and
Kenneth Gibson to replace Tricia Marwick on the Local Government Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8.      Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3089—That the Parliament agrees that the Social Justice Committee is designated as Lead Committee in consideration of the Debt Arrangement and Attachment (Scotland) Bill and that the Justice 1 and 2 Committees and the Local Government Committee be secondary committees.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

10.    Scotland and Europe Day: The Parliament debated S1M-3032 in the name of Irene Oldfather—That the Parliament is proud to mark Europe Day as a celebration of the founding of the European Union (EU); endorses the fundamental principles of the EU as set out in the Declaration by Robert Schuman on 9 May 1950; welcomes the contribution that the EU has made towards peace and solidarity across Europe; notes the relevance of the EU to the working of the Scottish Parliament and to the everyday lives of Scots, and encourages the people of Scotland, young and old, to join with citizens across Europe, in the celebration of our common values and to participate in the debate on the future of Europe.

11.    Motion without Notice: Irene Oldfather 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 5.56 pm.

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