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No. 12 Wednesday 4 September 2002

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: The Right Reverend Monsignor Michael J. Conway of St. Ignatius Parish, Wishaw, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3344—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) as a revision to the Business Programme agreed on Wednesday 26 June 2002—

Wednesday 4 September 2002

after first Parliamentary Bureau Motions, delete all and insert—

“followed by                     Executive Debate on Scottish Water Supplies and Public Health

followed by                      Ministerial Statement on the World Summit on Sustainable Development

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-3327 Karen Gillon: Attacks on Emergency Service Staff”

(b) the following programme of business—

Thursday 5 September 2002

9.30 am                          Ministerial Statement on Prison Estates

followed by                      Executive Debate on The Scottish Fuel Poverty Statement

followed by                      Business Motion

2.30 pm                          Question Time

3.10 pm                          First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm                          Executive Debate on Throughcare and Aftercare of Looked After Children

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-3309 Mrs Margaret Ewing: NHS Dental Services in Moray

and (c) that Stage 1 of the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Bill be completed by 1 November 2002.

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

3.      Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau,  moved S1M-3332—That the Parliament agrees that the date for completion of Stage 1 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill be extended to 18 September 2002.

The motion was agreed to.

4.      Scottish Water Supplies and Public Health: The Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Ross Finnie) moved S1M-3338—That the Parliament recognises the progress made over recent years in improving Scotland’s drinking water quality; acknowledges that substantial investment in the water industry infrastructure and its operation is needed to increase further water quality standards and enhance the protection of public health, as identified in Investment Priorities for Scotland’s Water Authorities 2002-06, and supports the continued implementation by the Scottish Executive, Scottish Water, regulators and NHS boards of the most rigorous regime possible in terms of monitoring, reporting and assessment of water quality.

Bruce Crawford moved amendment S1M-3338.1 to motion S1M-3338—

Leave out from “recognises” to end and insert—

“believes that it is a fundamental right of Scotland’s citizens to have access to a clean and safe water supply to ensure that public health is not compromised; requests the Transport and the Environment Committee to initiate an inquiry into the extent of contamination of water supplies from cryptosporidium, trihalomethanes and lead, or other sources of contamination, and into whether the investment programme currently planned by Scottish Water is adequate to ensure these clean and safe supplies and to restore public confidence in the water that people drink and use; further requests the Transport and the Environment Committee to consider whether the current regulatory regime with separate offices for the Water Commissioner and the Water Regulator acts in the best interests of the consumer; believes that legislation concerning the supply of water contaminated by cryptosporidium should be introduced bringing the level of protection afforded to consumers in Scotland to at least the level in England, and has serious reservations about the inept handling of the recent cryptosporidium outbreak in Glasgow by the Minister for Environment and Rural Development and Scottish Water, in particular the failure to fully implement the findings of the report produced by the Outbreak Control Team in November 2001 and to adequately and accurately inform the public about the safety of their water supply.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 35, Against 78, Abstentions 0).

John Scott moved amendment S1M-3338.2 to motion S1M-3338—

Leave out from “recognises” to end and insert—

“notes the need to improve drinking water quality across Scotland; further notes the need for significant investment to achieve this; supports the implementation by the Scottish Executive, Scottish Water, regulators and NHS boards of an even more robust regime in terms of monitoring, reporting and assessment of water quality, and regrets the Executive’s handling, through Scottish Water, of Scotland’s drinking water supplies, which has lead to inconvenience, worry and real danger for the citizens of Glasgow and other affected consumers across Scotland.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 50, Against 66, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 51, Abstentions 1).

5.      Ministerial Statement: The First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell) made a statement on the World Summit on Sustainable Development.

6.      Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3345—That the Parliament agrees the following designation of Lead Committee—

the Justice 2 Committee to consider the Act of Sederunt (Fees of Solicitors in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment No.3) 2002 (SSI 2002/328)

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7.      Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on item 4 and 6 as noted above.

8.      Attacks on Emergency Service Staff: The Parliament debated S1M-3327 in the name of Karen Gillon—That the Parliament condemns the mindless attacks against emergency services workers; recognises the vital role that fire-fighters, ambulance staff and police officers provide in supporting the local community and ensuring public safety, and considers that the Scottish Executive should take all necessary steps to ensure that the safety of all staff who work within the emergency services is safeguarded.

The meeting closed at 6.02 pm.

No. 13 Thursday 5 September 2002

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

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

2.      Scottish Fuel Poverty Statement: The Minister for Social Justice (Ms Margaret Curran) moved S1M-3350—That the Parliament commends the Scottish Executive for its Fuel Poverty Statement and its pledge to work in partnership with Her Majesty’s Government at Westminster and a range of organisations; welcomes the milestones for achieving its overall objective to ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, that people are not living in fuel poverty by November 2016; recognises the substantial investment that is being made in the Central Heating Programme and the Warm Deal and in improving Scotland’s housing stock, and further recognises that the Statement affirms the Executive’s commitment to tackling fuel poverty and meeting its objective.

Kenneth Gibson moved amendment S1M-3350.2 to motion S1M-3350—

Leave out from “commends” to end and insert—

“welcomes the publication of the Fuel Poverty Statement and the positive developments contained within it; accepts the need for a single entry point to the plethora of grant schemes and initiatives available; believes that, to eliminate fuel poverty, resources both human and financial must be in place to meet this aim; urges the Scottish Executive to extend the Warm Deal and Central Heating Programme to disabled people, the long-term sick and all pensioners with partial or obsolete systems at the earliest possible opportunity; consider the establishment of a Decent Homes Standard as fundamental to reducing fuel poverty, not least through energy efficiency measures; has serious concerns regarding hard to heat homes, the inflexible application of criteria used in the Central Heating Programme, the delay in installing central heating in Glasgow’s socially rented sector and the Executive’s definition of fuel poverty, and seeks the commitment of the Executive to liaise with Her Majesty’s Government on issues such as debt blocking, pre-payment meters and benefit uptake”.

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 44, Against 61, Abstentions 0).

Bill Aitken moved amendment S1M-3350.1 to motion S1M-3350—

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

“believes that the Scottish Executive’s self-congratulation is unfounded given that substantial inroads into eradicating fuel poverty were made by previous Conservative governments, and recognises that the policies of those Conservative governments have had a lasting effect and that many of them have been continued by the Scottish Executive under a different name.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 14, Against 94, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 63, Against 15, Abstentions 30).

3.      Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3346—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 11 September 2002

2:30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Debate on Scotland’s Links with the United States of America

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-3325 Mary Scanlon: Ferry Services to the Northern Isles

Thursday 12 September 2002

9:30 am                          Scottish National Party Debate on Acute Services Review

followed by                      Scottish National Party Debate on Performance of the Scottish Economy

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Ministerial Statement on Spending Review 2002

2:30 pm                          Question Time

3:10 pm                          First Minister's Question Time

3:30 pm                          Executive Debate on Spending Review 2002

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-3210 Cathie Craigie: Causing Death by Dangerous Driving

Wednesday 18 September 2002

2:00 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 1 Debate of Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Thursday 19 September 2002

9:30 am                          Stage 1 Debate on Debt Arrangement and Attachment (Scotland) 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

(b) that Stage 1 of the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Bill be completed by 1 November 2002;

and (c) that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 17 September 2002 on the Act of Sederunt (Fees of Solicitors in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment No.3) 2002.

The motion was agreed to.

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

5.      Throughcare and Aftercare of Looked After Children: The Minister for Education and Young People (Cathy Jamieson) moved S1M-3351—That the Parliament recognises that young people leaving care need effective support to make a successful transition to independent, adult living; welcomes publication of the report by the Throughcare and Aftercare Working Group and the Executive’s intention to consult on its recommendations, and believes that the policy initiatives led by the Executive will close the opportunity gap for these young people and lead to real improvements in their lives.

Irene McGugan moved amendment S1M-3351.2 to motion S1M-3351—

Leave out from “believes” to end and insert—

“urges the Executive to endorse the recommendations highlighted in the report and to ensure their adequate resourcing and effective implementation.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 42, Against 64, Abstentions 0).

Lyndsay McIntosh moved amendment S1M-3351.1 to motion S1M-3351—

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

“but believes that the difficulties for young people leaving care should be addressed at an earlier stage to give them the best chance of coping with the challenges of successful adult living.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 47, Against 64, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

6.      Motion without Notice: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that S1M-3358 be taken at this meeting of Parliament.

The motion was agreed to.

7.      Membership of Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3358—That the Parliament agrees the following committee membership change—

Duncan Hamilton to replace Kenneth Gibson on the Local Government Committee.

The motion was agreed to.

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

9.      NHS Dental Services in Moray: The Parliament debated S1M-3309 in the name of Mrs Margaret Ewing—That the Parliament recognises that the provision of NHS dental services in Moray has reached crisis point; finds it unacceptable that residents of Moray now have to travel to Aberdeen to register with an NHS dentist, and believes that the Scottish Executive and Grampian NHS Board should increase their efforts to recruit and retain dentists to the area.

The meeting closed at 5.56 pm.

No. 14 Wednesday 11 September 2002

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Reverend Johnston McKay, Editorial Consultant, Religious Broadcasting, BBC Scotland, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Scotland’s Links with the United States of America: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice (Mr Jim Wallace) moved S1M-3368—That the Parliament notes the educational, historical, cultural and economic links between Scotland and the USA and wishes to see these developed and enhanced to the mutual benefit of both countries.

Mr John Swinney moved amendment S1M-3368.1 to motion S1M-3368—

Leave out from “notes” to end and insert—

“recognises the dignity and courage shown by the people of the United States of America in the aftermath of 11 September 2001; notes the educational, historical, cultural and economic links between Scotland and the USA and wishes to see these developed and enhanced to the mutual benefit of both countries, and, in the spirit of those links, urges the US administration to publish incontrovertible evidence to justify any offensive military action against Iraq and obtain a fresh United Nations mandate before embarking on any such initiative.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 30, Against 60, Abstentions 18).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

3.      Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3378—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as Lead Committee in consideration of—

the Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages (Fees) (Scotland) Order 2002  (SSI 2002/389); and
the Births, Deaths, Marriages and Divorces (Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/390).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

5.      Ferry Services to the Northern Isles: The Parliament debated S1M-3325 in the name of Mary Scanlon—That the Parliament notes with concern the on-going situation surrounding the transfer of the contract for ferry links to the northern isles; recognises that these services provide a crucial lifeline for island communities and businesses, particularly the agriculture and fishing industries, through a substantial volume of passenger and freight transport, and considers that the Scottish Executive should ensure that ferry links between the mainland, Orkney and Shetland are maintained into the future.

The meeting closed at 5.47 pm.

No. 15 Thursday 12 September 2002

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Performance of the Scottish Economy: Andrew Wilson moved S1M-3376—That the Parliament notes with great concern the latest government figures on economic growth showing Scotland has entered official recession for the first time in twenty years; recognises that this recession is the latest symptom of economic under-performance in Scotland over a protracted period and that Scotland has the potential to perform much better than it has; resolves that the performance of the Scottish economy should be of prime importance to the agenda of the Executive, the Parliament and all concerned with the well-being of the people of Scotland and the sustainable financing of public service investments, and therefore calls upon the Scottish Executive to set an ambitious target for improving Scotland’s trend rate of growth and contribute to a mature, serious and open-minded debate about the best policy measures to achieve that target, keeping an open mind about both the limits of existing powers and the potential competitive benefits of properly focussed policies with the full powers of independence.

The Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning (Iain Gray) moved amendment S1M-3376.2 to motion S1M-3376—

Leave out from “notes” to end and insert—

“endorses the Scottish Executive’s aim to increase the sustainable growth of the Scottish economy over the long term, using the powers available to the Parliament, thus providing resources for first-class public services and a more socially just and sustainable Scotland; supports the work undertaken to improve the long-term performance of the Scottish economy as set out in the Framework for Economic Development and Smart, Successful Scotland, and notes the progress in implementing measures to help businesses grow, build Scotland’s global connections and improve Scotland’s skills base.”

Miss Annabel Goldie moved amendment S1M-3376.1 to motion S1M-3376—

Leave out from “this recession” to end and insert—

“economic growth is the key to raising personal living standards, providing opportunity and security for all and the means by which we improve our public services and quality of life; further recognises that this prosperity can only be created on a sound entrepreneurial base, and therefore calls on the Scottish Executive to increase investment in our transport infrastructure and to return Scotland to a uniform business rate poundage throughout the United Kingdom, these being two essential factors in providing the right framework for the creation of wealth and jobs.”

After debate, amendment S1M-3376.2 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 67, Against 32, Abstentions 18).  As a result amendment S1M-3376.1 was pre-empted.

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 67, Against  33, Abstentions 18).
Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament endorses the Scottish Executive’s aim to increase the sustainable growth of the Scottish economy over the long term, using the powers available to the Parliament, thus providing resources for first-class public services and a more socially just and sustainable Scotland; supports the work undertaken to improve the long-term performance of the Scottish economy as set out in the Framework for Economic Development and Smart, Successful Scotland, and notes the progress in implementing measures to help businesses grow, build Scotland’s global connections and improve Scotland’s skills base.

2.      Acute Services Review: Nicola Sturgeon moved S1M-3375—That the Parliament welcomes the proposed £700 million investment in the modernisation of Glasgow’s hospitals; considers, however, that the plan by Greater Glasgow NHS Board for the re-structuring of acute services in Glasgow is unacceptable in its current form; is particularly concerned about the proposed number and location of in-patient hospitals and the reduction of accident and emergency departments from five to two, and calls upon the Minister for Health and Community Care to suspend his approval of the board’s plan and to establish an independent expert group to conduct, within six months, an impartial review of the plan, with a view to identifying proposals which command greater public acceptance and which can be implemented within a rapid timeframe.
         
The Minister for Health and Community Care (Malcolm Chisholm) moved amendment S1M-3375.1 to motion S1M-3375—

Leave out from “considers” to end and insert—

“accepts that the status quo is not an option and that improvements and modernisation must be progressed as soon as possible in order to enhance the quality of care; recognises that this is a long-term plan which must be flexible enough to take account of changing service demands and developing medical practice; supports an on-going monitoring and review process that includes external independent audit by Audit Scotland on an annual basis; endorses a commitment to keep named services at Stobhill and Victoria over the next five years and to have this locally monitored; gives high priority to the acceleration of ambulatory care and diagnostics developments in consultation with local communities; recognises the particular concern over the number of accident and emergency departments and supports a review of this in two years time that involves staff, patient and community groups, Glasgow Health Council and the Scottish Royal Colleges, and welcomes current developments in the Scottish Ambulance Service which will include the near doubling of paramedics in Glasgow by 2005 and one paramedic in the crew of each front-line ambulance.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 62, Against 52, Abstentions 5).

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 65, Against 52, Abstentions 2).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament welcomes the proposed £700 million investment in the modernisation of Glasgow’s hospitals; accepts that the status quo is not an option and that improvements and modernisation must be progressed as soon as possible in order to enhance the quality of care; recognises that this is a long-term plan which must be flexible enough to take account of changing service demands and developing medical practice; supports an on-going monitoring and review process that includes external independent audit by Audit Scotland on an annual basis; endorses a commitment to keep named services at Stobhill and Victoria over the next five years and to have this locally monitored; gives high priority to the acceleration of ambulatory care and diagnostics developments in consultation with local communities; recognises the particular concern over the number of accident and emergency departments and supports a review of this in two years time that involves staff, patient and community groups, Glasgow Health Council and the Scottish Royal Colleges, and welcomes current developments in the Scottish Ambulance Service which will include the near doubling of paramedics in Glasgow by 2005 and one paramedic in the crew of each front-line ambulance.

3.      Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S1M-3381—That the Parliament agrees—

the following programme of business—

Wednesday 18 September 2002

2.00 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 1 Debate on Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Financial Resolution in respect of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Thursday 19 September 2002

9.30 am                          Stage 1 Debate on Debt Arrangement and Attachment (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Financial Resolution in respect of the Debt Arrangement and Attachment (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Business Motion

2.30 pm                          Question Time

3.10 pm                          First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm                          Executive Debate on the Role of Culture in the Educational Development of Young People

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Wednesday 25 September 2002

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Education, Culture and Sport Committee Debate on the Committee’s Report on proposed Commissioner for Children and Young People Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Thursday 26 September 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 the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 20 September 2002 on the Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages (Fees) (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/389) and the Births, Deaths, Marriages and Divorces (Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/390).

The motion was agreed to.

4.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Finance and Public Services (Mr Andy Kerr) made a statement on the Spending Review 2002.

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

6.      Spending Review 2002: The Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Ross Finnie) moved S1M-3382—That the Parliament commends the Executive’s spending plans for 2003-04 to 2005-06.

Bruce Crawford moved amendment S1M-3382.1 to motion S1M-3382—

Leave out “commends” and insert—

“notes”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 35, Against 82, Abstentions 0).

David McLetchie moved amendment S1M-3382.2 to motion S1M-3382—

Leave out from “commends” to end and insert—

“notes the Scottish Executive’s spending plans for 2003-04 to 2005-06, which are funded as a result of the swingeing increases in taxation which were a feature of the 2002 UK Budget; expresses concern about the sustainability of such levels of expenditure; believes that without major reform of public services the proposed spending increases will not produce the value for money improvements expected by the Scottish people, and calls on the Scottish Executive to provide a boost to the economy by reducing the burden of business rates.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 17, Against 69, Abstentions 31).

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

7.      Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S1M-3379—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Council of the Law Society of Scotland Bill and that the Justice 2 Committee be a secondary committee.

The motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 108, Against 3, Abstentions 7).

8.      Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S1M-3380—That the Parliament agrees that the Education, Culture and Sport Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Protection of Children (Scotland) Bill and that the Justice 1 and 2 Committees be secondary committees.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

10.    Causing Death by Dangerous Driving: The Parliament debated S1M-3210 in the name of Cathie Craigie—That the Parliament notes the publication of the report by the Transport Research Laboratory, Road Safety Research Report No.26, Dangerous Driving and the Law, which examines the use and application of the law on careless and dangerous driving throughout the UK; supports the report where it states that in Scotland a "clearer message regarding the seriousness of these offences would be sent to both defendant and society if all causing death by dangerous driving cases were tried in the High Court" rather than sheriff courts, and considers that the Scottish Executive should (a) commission specific Scottish research in this area to take on board the report’s conclusions and recommendations and (b) take the necessary steps to ensure that dangerous driving offences are heard in the appropriate court and not downgraded.

11.    Motion without Notice: Mr Michael Matheson 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 6.16 pm.

No. 16 Wednesday 18 September 2002

The meeting opened at 2.00 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: The Reverend Father Paul Fletcher, Minister at The Sacred Heart Church, Edinburgh, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Minister for Justice (Mr Jim Wallace) moved S1M-2952—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 89, Against 19, Abstentions 3).

3.      Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill – Financial Resolution: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services (Peter Peacock) moved S1M-3203—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill, agrees to the following expenditure out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund–

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

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

5.      Dundee Heritage Trust: The Parliament debated S1M-3191 in the name of Irene McGugan—That the Parliament recognises that our industrial heritage is of interest to many people from other countries as well as Scots; notes with concern, however, that despite strenuous efforts and exploration of all possible funding opportunities, Dundee Heritage Trust, the charity which owns Dundee's leading tourist attractions, RRS Discovery and the Verdant Works, has been forced by a continuing and critical shortfall in revenue support into a series of cost-cutting exercises and staff redundancies, the latest being the loss of their very experienced and committed chief executive; recognises that the seriousness of this move cannot be underestimated and is a worrying indication that the closure of both Discovery Point and the Verdant Works may now be imminent; considers that the Scottish Executive should put in place a financial package with immediate effect and extend central revenue support as part of a longer term strategy to secure the future of these significant visitor attractions, both of which achieved five star grading by VisitScotland, with Dundee Heritage Trust being the only independent operator in Scotland to achieve this accolade, and notes that the loss of RRS Discovery, which gives the city of Dundee its "identity" and the Verdant Works, the last working jute mill in Scotland and European Industrial Museum of the Year in 1999, to the cultural heritage of the nation would be both significant and irreplaceable.

The meeting closed at 5.58 pm.

No. 17 Thursday 19 September 2002

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Debt Arrangement and Attachment (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Minister for Social Justice (Mrs Margaret Curran) moved S1M-3085—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Debt Arrangement and Attachment (Scotland) Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 80, Against 4, Abstentions 28).

2.      Debt Arrangement and Attachment (Scotland) Bill – Financial Resolution: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services (Peter Peacock) moved S1M-3102—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Debt Arrangement and Attachment (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).

3.      Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3405—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 25 September 2002

2:30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Education, Culture and Sport Committee Debate on the Committee's Report on proposed Commissioner for Children and Young People Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-3357 Mary Scanlon: Importance of Primary Care

Thursday 26 September 2002

9:30 am                          Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business

followed by                      Business Motion

2:30 pm                          First Minister's Question Time

3:10 pm                          Question Time

3:30 pm                          Executive Debate on Race Equality

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-3387 Brian Fitzpatrick: New CancerBACUP Scotland Centre Opened in Glasgow

Wednesday 2 October 2002

2:30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 1 Debate on Local Government in Scotland Bill

followed by                      Financial Resolution in respect of the Local Government in Scotland Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Thursday 3 October 2002

9:30 am                          Standards Committee Debate on the Code of Conduct for Members of the Scottish Parliament: Disclosure of Complaints

followed by                      Standards Committee Debate on its 7th Report 2002 on Replacing the Members' Interests Order: Proposal for a Committee Bill

followed by                      Standards Committee Debate on its 1st Report 2002 on Lobbying 

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 Protection of Children (Scotland) Bill be completed by 22 November 2002 and that Stage 1 of the Council of the Law Society of Scotland Bill be completed by 17 January 2003.

The motion was agreed to.

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

5.      Role of Culture in the Educational Development of Young People: The Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport (Mike Watson) moved S1M-3401—That the Parliament recognises the value of participation in cultural activities by Scotland’s young people; believes that the development of creativity and the expressive arts is essential to Scotland’s success in the 21st century, and welcomes the commitment of the Scottish Executive to increase the opportunities for all young people to take action to engage with Scotland’s rich and vibrant culture.

Brian Monteith moved amendment S1M-3401.1 to motion S1M-3401—

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

“more can be done to open up opportunity for learning about and participating in expressive arts, and recognises the importance of schools in this process.”

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

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

6.      Motion without Notice: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that motion S1M-3411 be taken at this meeting of the Parliament.

The motion was agreed to.

7.      Approval of SSIs: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3411—That the Parliament agrees that the following Orders be approved—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (No.3) (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/408);

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.6) (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/307); and

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.10) (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/357)

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8.      Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3403—That the Parliament agrees that the Social Justice Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Homelessness etc. (Scotland) Bill and that the Local Government Committee be a secondary committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9.      Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3404—That the Parliament agrees that the Health and Community Care Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Mental Health (Scotland) Bill and that the Justice 1 Committee, the Justice 2 Committee and the Local Government Committee be secondary committees.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10.    Membership of Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3409—That the Parliament agrees the following—

          Rhona Brankin to replace Scott Barrie on the Audit Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

11.    Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10 as noted above.

12.    Support for Crofting in the Highlands and Islands: The Parliament debated S1M-3352 in the name of Tavish Scott—That the Parliament notes the importance of crofting to the Highlands and Islands; welcomes the publication of the White Paper on crofting reform and encourages crofters to participate in the consultation now underway; further notes the level of agricultural returns to crofting businesses and supports the agri-environmental focus that the Environmentally Sensitive Area scheme has brought to many crofting counties, and encourages continuing support to crofting through such measures as the Crofting Counties Agricultural Grants scheme.

The meeting closed at 5.54 pm.

No. 18 Wednesday 25 September 2002

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Alison Twaddle, General Secretary, Church of Scotland Guild, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Education, Culture and Sport Committee, Report on Proposed Commissioner for Children and Young People Bill: Karen Gillon, on behalf of the Education, Culture and Sport Committee, moved S1M-3322—That the Parliament agrees to the proposal for a Committee Bill under Rule 9.15 contained in the 11th Report 2002 of the Education, Culture and Sport Committee, Report on Proposed Commissioner for Children and Young People Bill (SP Paper 617).

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 67, Against 0, Abstentions 11).

3.      Motion without Notice: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that S1M-3431 be taken at this meeting of Parliament.

The motion was agreed to.

4.      Decision Time: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3431—That the Parliament agrees under Rule 11.2.4 of the Standing Orders that Decision Time on Wednesday 25 September 2002 be taken at 4.59pm.

The motion was agreed to.

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

6.      Importance of Primary Care: The Parliament debated S1M-3357 in the name of Mary Scanlon—That the Parliament recognises the importance of primary care in managing 90% of patient contact with the NHS in Scotland; appreciates the vital role GPs play in providing primary care services as part of the wider primary care team; supports the statement that “if it can be done in primary care, it should be done in primary care”, and acknowledges the urgent need for reform and support to invigorate staffing levels, facilities, IT provision and morale for this to become a reality.

The meeting closed at 5.54 pm.

No. 19 Thursday 26 September 2002

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Business Sustainability in Rural Scotland: Alex Fergusson moved S1M-3418—That the Parliament deplores the failure of the Scottish Executive to arrest the decline of our rural industries; notes that rural business start-ups remain at an unacceptably low level; regrets and deplores the Executive’s continued lack of investment in rural transport and information technology infrastructure and the over-regulation which has resulted in barriers to the regeneration of the rural economy, and calls on the Executive to devolve decision-making powers to a local level while reversing policies which are damaging to rural communities in Scotland.

The Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Allan Wilson) moved amendment S1M-3418.2 to motion S1M-3418—

Leave out from “deplores” to end and insert—

“endorses the Scottish Executive’s significant plans for investing in Scotland over the next three years to support economic growth, including sustainable rural development; notes that a strong economy provides the foundation for meeting social justice objectives in respect of increasing opportunities for all, first-class public services and infrastructure, and further endorses the key priorities and long-term actions set out in A Smart, Successful Scotland, the enterprise strategy for urban and rural areas, of helping businesses and communities grow, building global connections, and improving Scotland’s skills base.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 53, Against 31, Abstentions 1).

Richard Lochhead moved amendment S1M-3418.1 to motion S1M-3418—

Insert at end—

“and recognises that Her Majesty’s Government has ignored the plight of our rural communities and calls for the many powers that it currently has to be transferred to the Parliament in order to boost the rural economy.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 15, Against 70, Abstentions 1).

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 53, Against 30, Abstentions 2).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament endorses the Scottish Executive’s significant plans for investing in Scotland over the next three years to support economic growth, including sustainable rural development; notes that a strong economy provides the foundation for meeting social justice objectives in respect of increasing opportunities for all, first-class public services and infrastructure, and further endorses the key priorities and long-term actions set out in A Smart, Successful Scotland, the enterprise strategy for urban and rural areas, of helping businesses and communities grow, building global connections, and improving Scotland’s skills base.

2.      Impact on Transport of the Comprehensive Spending Review: David Mundell moved S1M-3422—That the Parliament recognises that increased investment in transport infrastructure is essential to providing the best business environment to generate growth and investment in Scotland; regrets that since Labour came to power in Scotland in 1997 there has been a failure to deliver any meaningful infrastructure or public transport improvements; further regrets that the Scottish Executive continues to prefer spin and wish-lists to costed plans and timescales for delivery, and calls on the Executive to provide full details, including the cost and timetable, for completion of each commitment outlined in the recent Spending Review which included the Scottish Passenger Rail Franchise, rail links to Glasgow and Edinburgh airports, public transport improvements across Central Scotland, A8 and A80 motorway upgrades, improvements to the existing trunk road network and tackling the congestion problems in Aberdeen.

The Deputy Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning (Lewis Macdonald) moved amendment S1M-3422.2 to motion S1M-3422—

Leave out from “recognises” to end and insert—

“welcomes the increase in spending that the Scottish budget settlement for 2003-06 provides for transport as one of the Scottish Executive’s five key priority areas and recognises that these resources lay the foundation for priority projects set out in the Transport Delivery Report that will transform Scotland’s transport infrastructure over the next decade, delivering a sustainable transport system fit for the 21st century, which supports business and economic growth and meets the needs of all in society.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 53, Against 29, Abstentions 2).

Kenny MacAskill moved amendment S1M-3422.1 to motion S1M-3422—

Insert at end—

“and calls for the Parliament to be given all powers necessary to allow these and other required transport and infrastructure improvements to be properly implemented."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 13, Against 70, Abstentions 1).

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 53, Against 18, Abstentions 12).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament welcomes the increase in spending that the Scottish budget settlement for 2003-06 provides for transport as one of the Scottish Executive’s five key priority areas and recognises that these resources lay the foundation for priority projects set out in the Transport Delivery Report that will transform Scotland’s transport infrastructure over the next decade, delivering a sustainable transport system fit for the 21st century, which supports business and economic growth and meets the needs of all in society.

3.      Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3420—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 2 October 2002

2:30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 1 Debate on Local Government in Scotland Bill

followed by                      Financial Resolution in respect of the Local Government in Scotland Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-3263 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: Development of RAF Turnhouse Site

Thursday 3 October 2002

9:30 am                          Standards Committee Debate on the Code of Conduct for Members of the Scottish Parliament: Disclosure of Complaints

followed by                      Standards Committee Debate on its 7th Report 2002 on Replacing the Members' Interests Order: Proposal for a Committee Bill

followed by                      Standards Committee Debate on its 1st Report 2002 on Lobbying

followed by                      Business Motion

2:30 pm                          Question Time

3:10 pm                          First Minister's Question Time

3:30 pm                          Executive Debate on Action Against Coronary Heart Disease and Stroke

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business  - debate on the subject of S1M-3276 George Lyon: Gourock to Dunoon Ferry Service

Wednesday 9 October 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 10 October 2002

9:30 am                          Justice 1 Committee Debate on its 6th Report on the Prison Estates Review

followed by                      Transport and Environment Committee’s Debate on its 4th Report on Petition PE327 by the Blairingone and Saline Action Group on Organic Waste Spread on Land

followed by                      Business Motion

2:30 pm                          Question Time

3:10 pm                          First Minister's Question Time

3:30 pm                          Executive Debate on Closing the Opportunity Gap

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business  - debate on the subject of S1M-3407 Rhoda Grant: European Capital of Culture Bid – Inverness Highland 2008

and (b) that Stage 1 of the Mental Health (Scotland) Bill be completed by 13 December 2002, that Stage 1 of the Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Bill be completed by 20 December 2002, that Stage 1 of the Homelessness etc. (Scotland) Bill be completed by 20 December 2002 and that Stage 1 of the Proportional Representation (Local Government Elections) (Scotland) Bill be completed by 31 January 2003.

The motion was agreed to.

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

5.      Race Equality: The Minister for Social Justice (Ms Margaret Curran) moved S1M-3423—That the Parliament recognises the importance of tackling racism, prejudice and inequality as integral to promoting an inclusive, confident and prosperous Scotland that retains and attracts talent from different cultures and backgrounds and welcomes the anti-racism and race equality work being done by the Executive and other national and local bodies.

Michael Matheson moved amendment S1M-3423.2 to motion S1M-3423—

Insert at end—

“and recognises the importance of fully resourcing these bodies in order to sustain their efforts over the long term.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 16, Against 51, Abstentions 19).

Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh did not move amendment S1M-3423.1 to motion S1M-3423.

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

6.      Approval of SSIs: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3421—That the Parliament agrees that the following Orders be approved —

the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act 2002 (Amendment) Order 2002;

the Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Adaptation of Functions etc.) (Amendment) Order 2002; and

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.11) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/388).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7.      Substitution on Committees: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3425—That the Parliament agrees the following nominated committee substitutes for the Labour Party as permitted under Rule 6.3A—

          Karen Whitefield                      Equal Opportunities Committee
          Wendy Alexander                    Finance Committee
          Trish Godman                          Procedures Committee
          Scott Barrie                              Public Petitions Committee
          Jackie Baillie                           Subordinate Legislation Committee
          Janis Hughes                           Audit Committee
          Marilyn Livingstone                  Education, Culture and Sport Committee
          Kate Maclean                           Justice 1 Committee
          Angus MacKay                        Local Government Committee
          John McAllion                           Rural Development Committee
          Elaine Thomson                       Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee
          Tom McCabe                           Health and Community Care Committee
          Sylvia Jackson                         Justice 2 Committee
          Sarah Boyack                          Social Justice Committee
          Karen Gillon                             Standards Committee
          Helen Eadie                             Transport and the Environment Committee

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

9.      New CancerBACUP Scotland Centre Opened: The Parliament debated S1M-3387 in the name of Brian Fitzpatrick—That the Parliament congratulates CancerBACUP Scotland on opening its new centre in Glasgow to provide information and support to anyone affected by cancer; recognises that cancer is one of Scotland's biggest public health problems; notes that CancerBACUP's specialist nurses answer more than 50,000 questions a year on all types of cancer and that the new centre will enable the charity to answer an extra 18,000 enquiries every year, and applauds the efforts of the Sunday Mail and people all over Scotland in raising funds for this initiative to support cancer patients and their families and friends.

The meeting closed at 5.40 pm.

No. 20 Wednesday 2 October 2002

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: The Right Reverend John Crook, Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness, Scottish Episcopal Church, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Local Government in Scotland Bill – Stage 1: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services (Peter Peacock) moved S1M-3128—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Local Government in Scotland Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 88, Against 0, Abstentions 18).

3.      Local Government in Scotland Bill – Financial Resolution: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services (Peter Peacock) moved S1M-3227—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Local Government in Scotland Bill, agrees to any increase in expenditure payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund in consequence of the Act.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

5.      Development of RAF Turnhouse Site: The Parliament debated S1M-3263 in the name of Lord James Douglas-Hamilton—That the Parliament notes that BAA Lynton has earmarked the former RAF Turnhouse site or “Airwest” for medium- to long-term commercial development in support of the expanding cargo operations at Edinburgh Airport following the grant of outline planning consent in June 2000; further notes that the entire site is currently being marketed to potential commercial occupiers for a variety of airport-related uses; expresses its concern that Home Office plans for a possible accommodation centre for asylum seekers on that site are creating uncertainty and thus the site is in danger of becoming blighted, and therefore believes that the Scottish Executive and the City of Edinburgh Council should ask the Home Office to state clearly that it has no interest in the site and thereby permit BAA Lynton to proceed with its plans which are in the best interest of jobs and economic development in Edinburgh and the east of Scotland.

The meeting closed at 5.44 pm.

No. 21 Thursday 3 October 2002

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Standards Committee, Code of Conduct for Members of the Scottish Parliament: Mike Rumbles, on behalf of the Standards Committee, moved S1M-3386—That the Parliament agrees to amend paragraph 10.2.1 of the Code of Conduct for Members of the Scottish Parliament as follows: leave out “MSPs should not communicate any complaint to the press or other media until a decision has been made as to how the complaint is to be dealt with” and insert:

“Disclosure of Complaints

10.2.1A Members should not disclose, communicate or discuss any complaint or intention to make a complaint with members of the press or media prior to the lodging of the complaint or while the Standards Committee is receiving assistance from an adviser appointed under paragraph 10.2.8 in relation to the complaint. The Standards Committee is to be regarded as receiving the assistance of an adviser appointed under paragraph 10.2.8 in relation to a complaint until it has confirmed that no assistance or further assistance from any such adviser will be sought. Where, during the period when the restriction applies, any complaint or intention to make a complaint has been publicised in the press or media without the involvement of the Member who is the subject of the complaint, that Member may issue a brief statement. In doing so, a Member should, as far as possible, avoid discussing details of the complaint or intention to make a complaint.”

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 95, Against 5, Abstentions 6).

2.      Standards Committee, Report on Replacing the Members’ Interest Order: Proposal for a Committee Bill: Mike Rumbles, of behalf of the Standards Committee, moved S1M-3429—That the Parliament agrees to the proposal for a Committee Bill under Rule 9.15 contained in the Standards Committee’s 7th Report 2002, Report on Replacing the Members’ Interests Order: Proposal for a Committee Bill (SP Paper 621).

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 97, Against 4, Abstentions 4).

3.      Standards Committee, Report on Lobbying: Mike Rumbles, of behalf of the Standards Committee, moved S1M-3428—That the Parliament notes the recommendations of the Standards Committee’s 1st Report 2002, Report on Lobbying (SP Paper 507) and agrees to amend section 7 of the Code of Conduct for Members of the Scottish Parliament as set out in Annex E of the report.

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

4.      Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3451—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 9 October 2002

2:30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Ministerial Statement on National Debate on Education

followed by                      Executive Debate on the Future of Air Transport in Scotland

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-3419 Michael Matheson: Closure of Prison Officers’ Social Club at HM Prison Polmont

Thursday 10 October 2002

9:30 am                          Justice 1 Committee Debate on its 6th Report 2002 on the Prison Estates Review

followed by                      Transport and the Environment Committee Debate on its 4th Report 2002 on Petition PE327 by the Blairingone and Saline Action Group on Organic Waste Spread on Land

followed by                      Procedures Committee Motion on its 4th Report 2002 on Changes to the Standing Orders of the Scottish Parliament

followed by                      Business Motion

2:30 pm                          Question Time

3:10 pm                          First Minister's Question Time

3:30 pm                          Executive Debate on Closing the Opportunity Gap

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-3407 Rhoda Grant: European Capital of Culture Bid – Inverness Highland 2008

Wednesday 30 October 2002

2:30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 1 Debate on Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Financial Resolution in respect of the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-3388 Kenny MacAskill: 50th Anniversary of the Nordic Council

Thursday 31 October 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 Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Financial Resolution in Respect of the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

and (b) that Stage 1 of the Building (Scotland) Bill be completed by 6 December 2002 and that the date for completion of Stage 2 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill be extended to 6 November 2002.

The motion was agreed to.

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

6.      Action Against Coronary Heart Disease and Stroke: The Minister for Health and Community Care (Malcolm Chisholm) moved S1M-3450—That the Parliament recognises the unacceptable toll which coronary heart disease and stroke continue to take on Scottish families and communities; acknowledges the role of front-line staff in delivering and developing services for the thousands of people affected each year; supports health improvement initiatives to reduce the incidence of the diseases and the disproportionate burden suffered by the most disadvantaged communities, and looks forward to the development of more integrated services that are backed up by significant and dedicated resources.

Nicola Sturgeon moved amendment S1M-3450.1 to motion S1M-3450—

Insert at end—

 “and result in shorter waiting times for patients.”

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

Ben Wallace moved amendment S1M-3450.2 to motion S1M-3450—
Insert at end—

 ”in the context of a reformed health service that empowers patients and expands the number of providers.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 15, Against 88, Abstentions 0).

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

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament recognises the unacceptable toll which coronary heart disease and stroke continue to take on Scottish families and communities; acknowledges the role of front-line staff in delivering and developing services for the thousands of people affected each year; supports health improvement initiatives to reduce the incidence of the diseases and the disproportionate burden suffered by the most disadvantaged communities, and looks forward to the development of more integrated services that are backed up by significant and dedicated resources and result in shorter waiting times for patients.

7.      Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3452—That the Parliament agrees that the Rural Development Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Organic Farming Targets (Scotland) Bill and that the Transport and the Environment Committee be a secondary committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8.         Establishment of Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S1M-3455—That the Parliament agrees to establish a committee of the Parliament as follows:
 
Name of Committee: Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm (Navigation and Fishing) (Scotland) Bill Committee
Remit: To consider the Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm (Navigation and Fishing) (Scotland) Bill
Duration: Until the Bill is passed, or falls or is otherwise no longer in progress
Convenership: The Convener will be a member of the Labour Party and the Deputy Convener a member of the Scottish National Party
Membership: Colin Campbell, John Home Robertson, Tom McCabe, Jamie McGrigor and Mike Rumbles.

The motion was agreed to (DT).
 
9.      Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8 as noted above.

10.    Gourock to Dunoon Ferry Service: The Parliament debated S1M-3276 in the name of George Lyon—That the Parliament notes with concern the Executive proposal to restrict Gourock to Dunoon ferry services to passenger-only in the draft Invitation to Tender for Clyde and Hebrides ferry services currently operated by Caledonian MacBrayne; further notes that this proposal undermines action to upgrade Dunoon pier and transport links at Gourock pier; further notes the total opposition of the local community to this proposal, and considers that the Executive should find an alternative proposal that includes a vehicle-carrying ferry and satisfies European competition rules.

The meeting closed at 5.53 pm.

No. 22 Wednesday 9 October 2002

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: The Very Reverend Dr. James L. Weatherhead, Former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, led Time for Reflection.

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

3.      Future of Air Transport in Scotland: The Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning (Iain Gray) moved S1M-3469—That the Parliament notes the consultation process currently being undertaken jointly by the Department for Transport and the Scottish Executive on the future development of air transport in the United Kingdom.

Mr Kenny MacAskill moved amendment S1M-3469.1 to motion S1M-3469—

Leave out from “consultation” to end and insert—

“urgent need, in relation to tourism and the economy in Scotland, to increase the limited number of direct international connections and to expand the number of routes operated by low-cost carriers; further notes that Inverness Airport is operated by Highlands and Islands Airport Limited, which is wholly owned by Scottish Ministers; is concerned at studies indicating that Inverness Airport has the highest landing charges in Europe, and therefore calls on the Scottish Executive to set up a route development fund to promote direct international connections from Scotland and to take immediate action to reduce the landing charges imposed at Inverness Airport.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 28, Against 75, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 75, Against 1, Abstentions 27).

4.      Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3475—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the following regulations—

the Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) (Fees) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/440);
the Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/441); and
the Criminal Legal Aid (Fixed Payments) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/442).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

7.      Closure of Prison Officers’ Club at HM Prison Polmont: The Parliament debated S1M-3419 in the name of Michael Matheson—That the Parliament notes the decision by the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) to close the officers’ social club at HM Prison Polmont and considers that SPS should withdraw this decision and honour its commitment to allow the club to purchase the property, recognising the important role of the club to both staff and the local community.

The meeting closed at 5.49 pm.

No. 23 Thursday 10 October 2002

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Justice 1 Committee, Report on Prison Estates Review: Christine Grahame, on behalf of the Justice 1 Committee, moved S1M-3438—That the Parliament notes the 6th Report, 2002 of the Justice 1 Committee, Report on the Prison Estates Review (SP Paper 612).

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

2.      Transport and Environment Committee, Report on Petition PE327 by the Blairingone and Saline Action Group on Organic Waste Spread on Land: Bristow Muldoon, on behalf of the Transport and Environment Committee, moved S1M-3465—That the Parliament notes the 4th Report 2002 of the Transport and the Environment Committee, Report on Petition PE327 by the Blairingone and Saline Action Group on Organic Waste Spread on Land (SP Paper 528).

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

3.      Procedures Committee, Changes to Standing Orders concerning the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner, European Committee remit, Private Legislation, Temporary Conveners and the Journal of the Scottish Parliament: Murray Tosh, of behalf of the Procedures Committee, moved S1M-3460—That the Parliament agrees the recommendations for changes to the Standing Orders of the Scottish Parliament concerning the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner contained in the Procedures Committee’s 4th Report 2002, Changes to Standing Orders concerning the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner, European Committee remit, Private Legislation, Temporary Conveners and the Journal of the Scottish Parliament (SP Paper 665), and agrees that these changes shall come into effect on 14 October 2002.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

4.      Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3476—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 30 October 2002

2:30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 1 Debate on Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Financial Resolution in respect of the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-3388 Kenny MacAskill: 50th Anniversary of the Nordic Council

Thursday 31 October 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 Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Financial Resolution in respect of the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Bill

5:00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Wednesday 6 November 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 7 November 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

(b) that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 28 October 2002 on the Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) (Fees) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2002, the Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002 and on the Criminal Legal Aid (Fixed Payments) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2002;

and (c) that Stage 1 of the Organic Farming Targets (Scotland) Bill be completed by 7 February 2003 and that Stage 2 of the Local Government in Scotland Bill be completed by 28 November 2002.

The motion was agreed to.

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

6.      Closing the Opportunity Gap: The Minister for Social Justice (Ms Margaret Curran) moved S1M-3477—That the Parliament welcomes the document Closing the Opportunity Gap: Scottish Budget for 2003-2006, which shows how the Executive’s spending plans, as set out in Building a Better Scotland – Spending Proposals 2003-2006: What the money buys, will deliver a better life for the most disadvantaged people and communities in Scotland and agrees that the Executive’s social justice spending plans for the next three years will improve outcomes for those people and communities, through investing in their homes and neighbourhoods.

Linda Fabiani moved amendment S1M-3477.2 to motion S1M-3477—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“notes the failure of the Scottish Executive to make any improvement in the field of social justice; further notes its inability to close the opportunity gap; agrees that the lack of adequate powers of the Executive and the Parliament perpetuates inequalities, and calls for the return of full parliamentary powers to Scotland.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 27, Against 71, Abstentions 0).

Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh moved amendment S1M-3477.1 to motion S1M-3477—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“notes the document Closing the Opportunity Gap: Scottish Budget for 2003-2006; believes that the Scottish Executive’s centralised, target-based approach will prevent the most vulnerable from realising their full potential, and further notes that the best way to close the opportunity gap is to offer vulnerable people real choice and diversity through reform of public services and to promote a low-tax market economy which creates jobs and allows our vulnerable people to lift themselves out of the poverty trap, thereby delivering a better life for all.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 13, Against 61, Abstentions 26).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 59, Against 14, Abstentions 27).

7.      Approval of SSI: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3480—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.12) (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/430) be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

10.    European Capital of Culture Bid – Inverness Highland 2008: The Parliament debated S1M-3407 in the name of Rhoda Grant—That the Parliament notes the on-going competition to decide the United Kingdom’s nominee for the European Capital of Culture in 2008; further notes that Inverness Highland 2008 is the sole Scottish bid; recognises the imaginative plans that the bid team have proposed including capitalising on the Highlands’ unique culture and the development of a cultural plan; further recognises the immense economic, social  and cultural benefits that a successful bid would bring to Inverness and the Highlands, and considers that, as this is the sole Scottish bid, the Scottish Executive, MSPs, government agencies and the wider Scottish society should do all in their power to support the bid and promote a successful outcome.

The meeting closed at 5.53 pm.

No. 24  Wednesday 30 October 2002

The meeting opened at 2.31 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: The Chief Rabbi, Dr. Jonathan Sacks, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3514—That the Parliament agrees—

as a revision to the Business Programme agreed on 10 October 2002—

Wednesday 30 October 2002

after first Parliamentary Bureau Motions, insert—

followed  by      Ministerial Statement on Fishing”

Thursday 31 October 2002

after “Scottish National Party Debate on Fishing”, delete—

followed by       Business Motion”

and (b) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 6 November 2002

2:30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Ministerial Statement

followed by                      Executive Debate on Flexibility and Innovation in Schools

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-3454 Dr Sylvia Jackson: Science and the Parliament – Wednesday 6 November 2002

Thursday 7 November 2002

9:30 am                          Executive Debate on the Scottish Executive Response to Foot and Mouth Disease Inquiries

followed by                      Business Motion

2:30 pm                          Question Time

3:10 pm                          First Minister's Question Time

3:30 pm                          Executive Debate on Quality of Life

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-3499 David Mundell: Nuisance to Communities Caused by Seagulls

Wednesday 13 November 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 14 November 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                          Executive Business

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

The motion was agreed to.

3.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Ross Finnie) made a statement on fishing.

4.      Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Bill − Stage 1: The Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Ross Finnie) moved S1M-3236—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Bill.

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

5.      Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Bill − Financial Resolution: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services (Peter Peacock) moved S1M-3270—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Bill, agrees to–

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

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

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

7.      50th Anniversary of the Nordic Council: The Parliament debated S1M-3388 in the name of Kenny MacAskill—That the Parliament congratulates the Nordic Council on its 50th anniversary; notes the benefits that the council has brought to the peoples, regions and nations of the Nordic area in terms of social, political and economic co-operation; sees the organisation as a potential model for the peoples, regions and nations of the islands of Britain and Ireland, and believes that closer political ties and links with the Nordic Council and between the Scottish Executive and the Nordic Council of Ministers should be developed.

The meeting closed at 5.44 pm.

No. 25 Thursday 31 October 2002

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Broadcasting and the Media: Michael Russell moved S1M-3507—That the Parliament recognises the vital importance of broadcasting and the print media to the cultural, social and economic life of Scotland and expresses its concern that the present devolution settlement prevents it from legislating in order to secure diversity of ownership and appropriate modern broadcasting regulation in Scotland.

The Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport (Mike Watson) moved amendment S1M-3507.1 to motion S1M-3507—

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

"; recognises the importance to Scotland of UK, Scottish and regional television programming and production; believes that these interests are enhanced by diversity in media ownership, and believes that it is vital that the relevant regulatory bodies reflect those Scottish interests in respect of UK broadcasting regulations and other media matters.”

Brian Monteith moved amendment S1M-3507.2 to motion S1M-3507—

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

"; believes that the public interest is best protected by maximising competition and liberalising the current strict laws that apply to the media; supports the principle that such matters are dealt with at a UK level but considers that the current regulatory structure is detrimental to the growth and prosperity of the sector, and supports the right of broadcasters and publishers to make their own commercial decisions with the minimum possible interference from the state."

After debate, amendment S1M-3507.1 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 65, Against 49, Abstentions 1).  As a result, amendment S1M-3507.2 was pre-empted.

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 67, Against 46, Abstentions 1).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament recognises the vital importance of broadcasting and the print media to the cultural, social and economic life of Scotland; recognises the importance to Scotland of UK, Scottish and regional television programming and production; believes that these interests are enhanced by diversity in media ownership, and believes that it is vital that the relevant regulatory bodies reflect those Scottish interests in respect of UK broadcasting regulations and other media matters. 

2.  Fishing: Richard Lochhead moved S1M-3511—That the Parliament recognises that sustainable fisheries are essential for the well-being of our fishing communities but rejects any advice to close Scotland’s mixed fishery as part of a cod recovery plan given the devastating and unjustifiable impact that such a measure would have on our fishing communities and associated sectors; calls on the Scottish Executive to work in partnership with the fishing industry with a view to drawing up proposals for the future management of all fish stocks; notes that technical conservation measures and the recent decommissioning scheme have not been fully taken into account; further notes that other states that fish Scottish waters, or impact on local stocks, have a duty to adopt similar measures including a reduction in the industrial fishery, and believes that any further measures, for which the necessary funding should be made available, should be delayed given that they would be most effectively generated through the new mechanisms proposed as part of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy that will be adopted in a matter of weeks and that Scotland should seek to officially lead the UK delegation during forthcoming European negotiations on which the future of the fishing industry depends.

The Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Ross Finnie) moved amendment S1M-3511.2 to motion S1M-3511—

Leave out from “recognises” to end and insert—

 “rejects the wholesale closure of Scottish fishing grounds as politically unacceptable and economically ruinous for Scotland’s fishing communities; welcomes the fact that the Scottish Executive is working in close collaboration with the Scottish fishing industry to identify alternative approaches, and urges all concerned to pursue a longer-term strategy that will reverse the historic decline in key fish stocks and secure a sustainable basis for our fisheries-dependent communities.”

Jamie McGrigor moved amendment S1M-3511.1 to motion S1M-3511—

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

“regrets that this latest crisis comes on the back of the announcement that Scotland is to receive only 2% of the total allowable catch for deep water species on the west coast of Scotland, and believes that we need to restore national and local control and management of our waters to ensure sensible conservation measures and to protect the interests of Scotland’s fishermen.”

After debate, amendment S1M-3511.2 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 80, Against 34, Abstentions 1). As a result, amendment S1M-3511.1 was pre-empted.

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

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament rejects the wholesale closure of Scottish fishing grounds as politically unacceptable and economically ruinous for Scotland's fishing communities; welcomes the fact that the Scottish Executive is working in close collaboration with the Scottish fishing industry to identify alternative approaches, and urges all concerned to pursue a longer-term strategy that will reverse the historic decline in key fish stocks and secure a sustainable basis for our fisheries-dependent communities.

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

4.      Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Bill − Stage 1: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services (Peter Peacock) moved S1M-3224—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Bill.

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

5.      Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Bill − Financial Resolution: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services (Peter Peacock) moved S1M-3349—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any increase in the sums payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund in consequence of the Act.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6.      Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3515—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the draft Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986 Amendment Regulations 2002.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7.      Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3516—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Combined Police Area Amalgamation Schemes 1995 Amendment (No.2) (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/458).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8.      Membership of Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S1M-3517—That the Parliament agrees that Sarah Boyack be appointed to replace Paul Martin on the Audit Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

10.    Edinburgh Waverley Station: The Parliament debated S1M-3406 in the name of Sarah Boyack—That the Parliament notes the importance of Edinburgh Waverley Station to the national rail network; welcomes plans for the development of regional and local services across central Scotland; further notes that current projections state that the station will reach its capacity in 2003; recognises the station’s significance as part of the historic core of Scotland's capital city and its potential as a modern, accessible transport interchange; further welcomes proposals to upgrade the station to enable the significant expansion of rail provision on the east coast, and encourages the Scottish Executive to continue to work in partnership with Her Majesty's Government, City of Edinburgh Council, the Strategic Rail Authority and the railway industry to accelerate the delivery of this vital project.

11.    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.

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