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No. 55 Thursday 27 February 2003

The meeting opened at 9.30am.

1.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Health and Community Care (Malcolm Chisholm) made a statement on Partnership for Care Scotland’s Health White Paper.

2.      National Gallery of Scotland Bill – Preliminary Stage: Rhona Brankin, on behalf of the National Gallery of Scotland Bill Committee, moved S1M-3935—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the National Galleries of Scotland Bill and that the Bill should proceed as a private Bill.

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

3.      Prostitution Tolerance Zones (Scotland) Bill Stage 1: Ms Margo MacDonald moved S1M-3939—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Prostitution Tolerance Zones (Scotland) Bill.

After debate, the motion was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 11, Against 86, Abstentions 0).

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

5.      European Year of Disabled People: The Minister for Social Justice (Ms Margaret Curran) moved S1M-3956—That the Parliament welcomes the European Year of Disabled People and reaffirms our commitment to ensuring equality of opportunity for disabled people; recognises and celebrates the European Year of Disabled People and the contributions that disabled people make to Scottish society at all levels; recognises the role of the arts, culture and sport in promoting social inclusion and equality of opportunity, and calls upon other organisations to recognise and celebrate the European Year of Disabled People.

Mr Kenneth Gibson moved amendment S1M-3956.1 to motion S1M-3956—

Insert at end—

“, accepting that much more needs to be done to ensure that Scotland is fully compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 28, Against 70, Abstentions 0).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6.    Approval of SSI: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3947—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 2003 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7.     Approval of SSI: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3948—That the Parliament agrees that the Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (Grants) (Scotland) Scheme 2003 (SSI 2003/52) be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8.     Approval of SSI: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3949—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Members of the Parole Board (Removal Tribunal) Regulations 2003 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9.     Approval of SSI: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3950—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Covert Human Intelligence Sources – Code of Practice) (Scotland) Order 2003 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10.    Approval of SSI: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3951—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Covert Surveillance – Code of Practice) (Scotland) Order 2003 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

11.    Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 as noted above.

12.    Wick Ambulance Service: The Parliament debated S1M-3647 in the name of Mr Jamie Stone—That the Parliament recognises the vital work of the Wick ambulance service; is concerned at the lack of additional funding that was made available to the Highlands from the £22 million the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) received for modernisation; notes the long on-call working regime that means ambulance crews are often on duty for as much as 20 hours at a time and are routinely required to make long journeys of over 200 miles; is further concerned that crews suffer from sleep deprivation, possibly endangering themselves, their passengers and other road users, and asks the Scottish Executive and the SAS to urgently review the on-call working arrangements at Wick Ambulance Station, where staff are paid less than 90p per hour for being on-call, with a view to upgrading it from part-time on-call to full-time.

The meeting closed at 5.36 pm.

No. 56 (Revised) Wednesday 5 March 2003

The meeting opened at 10.51 am.

1.      Time for Reflection: This item was not taken.

2.      Fishing Vessels (Decommissioning) (Scotland) Scheme 2003: The Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Ross Finnie) moved S1M-3958—That the Parliament agrees that the Fishing Vessels (Decommissioning) (Scotland) Scheme 2003 (SSI 2003/87) be approved.

Richard Lochhead moved amendment S1M-3958.1 to motion S1M-3958—

Insert at end—

"but, in doing so, calls on ministers to bring forward where necessary measures that ensure that, in the event of any decommissioning scheme, onshore businesses receive their due payments, the needs of the crews are taken into account and fishing entitlement is secured for the benefit of our fishing communities, and that vessels taken out of the industry are available for other uses in order to provide opportunities for onshore businesses to undertake conversions."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 44, Against 62, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 44, Abstentions 1).

3.      The Sea Fishing (Transitional Support) (Scotland) (No.2) Scheme 2003: The Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Ross Finnie) moved S1M-3959—That the Parliament agrees that the Sea Fishing (Transitional Support) (Scotland) (No.2) Scheme 2003 (SSI 2003/116) be approved.

Richard Lochhead moved amendment S1M-3959.1 to motion S1M-3959—

Insert at end—

"but, in doing so, supports the views of the fishing industry, fishing communities and the Rural Development Committee that the overwhelming emphasis of any Scottish Executive aid package should be on transitional aid for the fleet and onshore sectors rather than the decommissioning of vessels, and urges ministers to respond positively to the proposals by industry representatives on how this can be best achieved."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 45, Against 62, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to (DT)

4.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning (Iain Gray) made a statement on Building Better Transport.

5.      Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3983—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the draft Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exclusions and Exceptions) (Scotland) Order 2003.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6.      Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3984—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Sheriff Court Fees Amendment Order 2003 (SSI 2003/97).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7.         Homelessness etc. (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3985—That the Parliament agrees that, during the Stage 3 proceedings on the Homelessness etc (Scotland) Bill, debate on each part of those 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 of the Parliament is suspended)—

Groups 1 to 4 – no later than 1 hour

Groups 5 to 9 – no later than 2 hours

Motion to pass the Bill – no later than 2 hours 30 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

8.         Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3991—That the Parliament agrees as a revision to the programme of business agreed on 26 February 2003—

Wednesday 5 March 2003

after—

followed by                     Stage 3 of Homelessness etc. (Scotland) Bill”

insert—

“followed by                     Procedures Committee motion on its 1st Report 2003: Report on Changes to Standing Orders Concerning Legislative Matters, Motions and Lodging Written Questions, on its 2nd Report 2003: Report on Changes to Standing Orders Concerning Elections to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body and on Changes to Standing Orders Concerning the remit of the European Committee contained in its 4th Report 2002.”

The motion was agreed to.

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

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 2 and 4.

The following amendments were agreed to by division—

            1          (For  71, Against 22, Abstentions  0)

            3          (For  67, Against 25, Abstentions  0)

            6          (For  76, Against 25, Abstentions  0)

            16        (For  77, Against 25, Abstentions  0)           

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

            7          (For 19, Against 62,  Abstentions  0)

            8          (For  23, Against 68, Abstentions  0)

            9          (For  32, Against 59, Abstentions  0)

            5          (For  33, Against 61, Abstentions  0)

            10        (For  29, Against 59, Abstentions  0)

            12        (For  31, Against 59, Abstentions  0)                       

The following amendments were moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn: 15 and 17.

Other amendments were not moved.

10.    Homelessness etc. (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Minister for Social Justice (Mrs Margaret Curran) moved S1M-3778—That the Parliament agrees that the Homelessness etc. (Scotland) Bill be passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 98, Against 0, Abstentions 10).

11.     Procedures Committee, Report on Changes to Standing Orders concerning the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner, European Committee remit, Private Legislation, Temporary Conveners and the Journal of the Scottish Parliament, Report on Changes to Standing Orders concerning Legislative Matters, Motions and Lodging Written Questions, Report on Changes to Standing Orders Concerning Elections to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body: Murray Tosh, on behalf of the Procedures Committee, moved S1M-3971—That the Parliament approves the recommendations for amendments to the Standing Orders of the Parliament (a) concerning the remit of the European Committee 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), (b) contained in the Procedures Committee’s 1st Report 2003, Changes to Standing Orders concerning Legislative Matters, Motions and Lodging Written Questions (SP Paper 783) and (c) contained in the Procedures Committee’s 2nd Report 2003, Changes to Standing Orders Concerning Elections to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SP Paper 787) and agrees that these amendments to the Standing Orders should come into force on Thursday 6 March 2003. 

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

12.    Decision Time: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that, under Rule 11.2.4 of Standing Orders, Decision Time on Wednesday 5 March 2003 be taken at 4.43 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

13.    Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2, 4, 5, 9 and 10 as noted above.

14.    European Commission Directive on Food Supplements: The Parliament debated S1M-3830 in the name of Ms Margo MacDonald—That the Parliament notes that millions of people use food supplements and herbal remedies in the UK each year; regrets that the European Commission has published a directive on food supplements that will firstly reduce the numbers of supplements offered and secondly reduce the potency of those which remain, and, whilst noting Her Majesty’s Government’s assurances that such supplements will be treated as favourably as possible under UK law, considers that the Scottish Executive should do everything within its power to protect the right of consumers to continue to access the full range of supplements currently available.

The meeting was suspended from 5.01 pm to 5.29 pm

15.       Motion without Notice: Alex Johnstone, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that the Parliament agrees under Rule 2.7.2 of Standing Orders, that for the purposes of completing Members’ Business on Wednesday 5 March 2003, the Meeting of the Parliament shall be held in Committee Room 1, Committee Chambers.

The motion was agreed to.

16.       Motion without Notice: Ms Margo MacDonald moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3 of Standing Orders, the debate be extended for up to 15 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 6.26 pm.

No. 57 Thursday 6 March 2003

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Scottish Executive’s Record: David McLetchie moved S1M-3986—That the Parliament notes that four years of government by Labour and the Liberal Democrats in Scotland have not achieved the better public services and stronger economy that people in both our urban and rural communities were led to expect and believes that Scotland needs an Executive that will undertake a coherent programme of reform designed to boost Scotland's economic performance and improve our public services by reducing the burden of tax and red tape, empowering parents, professionals and local communities and increasing choice and accountability.

The Minister for Parliament (Patricia Ferguson) moved amendment S1M-3986.2 to motion S1M-3986—

leave out from “not achieved” to end and insert—

“delivered a clear record of achievement which includes, amongst many other accomplishments, a full legislative programme and Executive action in urban and rural areas that has led to record investment in the health service, the abolition of tuition fees, the introduction of free personal care for older people, nursery places for all three- and four-year-olds whose parents want them, record numbers of police, an increase in the seizure of class “A” drugs by 173%, freezing business rates, rates relief for small businesses and a substantial programme for long-term investment in transport; notes that Scotland has achieved the lowest level of unemployment for 25 years, and further believes that the next Parliament will have every opportunity to build upon the foundations laid in this first session for a prosperous, confident Scotland.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 68, Against 46, Abstentions 4).

Roseanna Cunningham moved amendment S1M-3986.1 to motion S1M-3986—

leave out from “notes” to end and insert—

“regrets that four years of government by Labour and the Liberal Democrats in Scotland have failed to improve on the disastrous record of 18 years of Conservative rule; notes that since the Labour/Liberal Executive came to power, hospital waiting lists have grown longer, violent crime has risen, one in three children live in poverty and the economy has recorded the lowest level of growth anywhere in the European Union; recognises that a change of government is essential to reverse the decline in public services, and believes that only with the normal powers of an independent Parliament will Scotland be able to release its full potential.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 31, Against 86, Abstentions   2).

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 68, Against 48, Abstentions 3)

Accordingly, Parliament agreed— That the Parliament notes that four years of government by Labour and the Liberal Democrats in Scotland have delivered a clear record of achievement which includes, amongst many other accomplishments, a full legislative programme and Executive action in urban and rural areas that has led to record investment in the health service, the abolition of tuition fees, the introduction of free personal care for older people, nursery places for all three- and four-year-olds whose parents want them, record numbers of police, an increase in the seizure of class “A” drugs by 173%, freezing business rates, rates relief for small businesses and a substantial programme for long-term investment in transport; notes that Scotland has achieved the lowest level of unemployment for 25 years, and further believes that the next Parliament will have every opportunity to build upon the foundations laid in this first session for a prosperous, confident Scotland.

2.      Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3976— That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 12 March 2003

9:30 am                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 3 of Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Bill

2:30 pm                          Continuation of Stage 3 of Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-3953 Dr Richard Simpson: New Forth Road Bridge Crossing Near Kincardine

Thursday 13 March 2003

9:30 am                          Scottish National 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 of Dog Fouling (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-3932 David Mundell: Post Office Card Accounts

Wednesday 19 March 2003

9:30 am                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 3 of Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Bill

2:30 pm                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Continuation of Stage 3 Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Thursday 20 March 2003

9:30 am                          Continuation of Stage 3 of Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Business Motion

2:30 pm                          Question Time

3:10 pm                          First Minister's Question Time

3:30 pm                          Continuation of Stage 3 of Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Motion on Sexual Offences Bill – UK Legislation

Motion on Railways and Transport Safety Bill – UK Legislation

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-3897 Kenneth Gibson: Suicide Emergency Telephone Hotline.

and (b) that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 17 March 2003 on the Sheriff Court Fees Amendment Order 2003 (SSI 2003/97) and that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 17 March 2003 on the draft Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exclusions and Exceptions) (Scotland) Order 2003.

The motion was agreed to.

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

4.      Gaelic Language (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: Michael Russell moved S1M-3618—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Bill.

The member has provided the following translation—

Gu bheil a’ Phàrlamaid a' toirt taic do phrionnsabalan coitcheann Bile Cànan na Gàidhlig (Alba).

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

5.      Approval of SSI: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3977—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Act 2000 (Modification of Enactments) Order 2003 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6.      Approval of SSI: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3978—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Water Undertakings (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7.      Approval of SSI: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3979—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Non-Domestic Rating (Petrol Filling Stations, Public Houses and Hotels) (Scotland) Order 2003 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8.         Approval of SSI: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3980—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2003 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9.         Approval of SSI: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3981—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Regulations 2003 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10.       Approval of SSI: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3982—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2003 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

11.       Approval of SSI: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau,  moved S1M-3998—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2002 Amendment Order 2003 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

12.       Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 as noted above.

13.       Scotland’s Fair Trade Towns: The Parliament debated S1M-3691 in the name of Linda Fabiani—That the Parliament congratulates the towns of Strathaven and Aberfeldy on becoming Scotland’s first fair trade towns; recognises the vision of both South Lanarkshire and Perth and Kinross councils in this regard; commends the commitment of the respective fair trade groups in achieving this status, and notes that fair trade can be beneficial to both national and international suppliers and consumers.

The meeting closed at 5.47 pm.

No. 58 Wednesday 12 March 2003

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Time for Reflection: The Reverend Donald Reid of the Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway in the Scottish Episcopal Church; and Director of the Scottish Civic Forum, led Time for Reflection.

2.       Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-4014—That the Parliament agrees that, during the Stage 3 proceedings on the Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Bill, debate on each part of those 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 of the Parliament is suspended)—

Groups 1 to 9 - no later than 1 hour 10 minutes
Groups 10 to 17 - no later than 2 hours and 40 minutes
Groups 18 to 20 - no later than 3 hours and 30 minutes
Groups 21 and 22 - no later than 4 hours
Groups 23 to 28 - no later than 5 hours
Motion to pass the Bill - no later than 5 hours and 30 minutes

The motion was agreed to.

3.      Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 98, 99, 101, 102, 104, 105, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 113, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136.

The following amendments were agreed to (by division)—

            44        (For 75, Against 11, Abstentions 0)
            64        (For 80, Against 12, Abstentions 0)
            71        (For 74, Against 21, Abstentions 0)
            77        (For 84, Against 13, Abstentions 0)
            78        (For 84, Against 13, Abstentions 0)
            96        (For 82, Against 13, Abstentions 0)
            97        (For 83, Against 15, Abstentions 0)
            100      (For 85, Against 16, Abstentions 0)
            103     (For 75, Against 25, Abstentions 0)
            36        (For 89, Against 16, Abstentions 0)
            106     (For 80, Against 2, Abstentions 23)
            114     (For 68, Against 37, Abstentions 0)
            130     (For 66, Against 37, Abstentions 0)

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

            4          (For 11, Against 77, Abstentions 0)   
            6          (For 30, Against 59, Abstentions 0)
            7          (For 12, Against 73, Abstentions 0)
            9          (For 20, Against 72, Abstentions 0)
            11        (For 11, Against 81, Abstentions 0)
            54        (For 11, Against 77, Abstentions 0)
            14        (For 12, Against 81, Abstentions 0)
            64A     (For 22, Against 72, Abstentions 0)
            17        (For 8, Against 81, Abstentions 0)
            18        (For 12, Against 78, Abstentions 0)
            19        (For 11, Against 82, Abstentions 0)
            20        (For 11, Against 84, Abstentions 0)
            22        (For 13, Against 81, Abstentions 0)
            79A     (For 23, Against 75, Abstentions 0)
            24        (For 12, Against 84, Abstentions 0)
            26        (For 10, Against 82, Abstentions 0)
            28        (For 20, Against 75, Abstentions 0)
            100A   (For 22, Against 75, Abstentions 0)
            29        (For 22, Against 79, Abstentions 0)
            31        (For 23, Against 77, Abstentions 0)
            139     (For 25, Against 79, Abstentions 0)
            111A   (For 22, Against 82, Abstentions 0)
            42        (For 23, Against 77, Abstentions 1)

The following amendments were moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn: 43, 25.

Other amendments were not moved or were pre-empted.

4.      Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Ross Finnie) moved S1M-3867—That the Parliament agrees that the Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Alex Fergusson moved amendment S1M-3867.1 to motion S1M-3867—

Insert at end—

“but, in doing so, regrets that, despite the worthwhile provisions in the Bill, the pre-emptive right to buy has undermined them; notes that there are indications that land to let is already becoming unavailable; believes that the present arrangement of allowing greater flexibility in the detail of leases between landlord and tenant is imperative for the tenanted sector, and considers certain provisions within the Bill are contrary to the interests of that sector and fail to provide opportunities for the next generation of farming tenants, thus failing to reinvigorate the tenanted sector of agriculture in accordance with the Bill’s stated intention.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 17, Against 93, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 93, Against 15, Abstentions 0).

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

6.      New Forth Road Bridge Crossing Near Kincardine: The Parliament debated S1M-3953 in the name of Richard Simpson—That the Parliament welcomes the completion of the A907; notes the current intention of the Scottish Executive to reopen the Stirling to Alloa and Kincardine rail link by 2005 and construct a new Forth road bridge crossing by 2007; further notes the benefits to the economy of Clackmannanshire that will result from these infrastructure improvements; notes, however, that the recent decision for the favoured site of a new acute hospital for Forth Valley to be at the Royal Scottish National Hospital, Larbert, will have significant implications for the road networks to the south of the Forth road crossing, and considers that the Executive should ensure that the design of this network and its date of completion are expedited in order to ensure the safety of patients in Ochil and Stirling constituencies as well as those from the west of Fife.

The meeting closed at 5.56 pm.

No. 59 Thursday 13 March 2003

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      The Current International Situation: Mr John Swinney moved S1M-4012—That the Parliament believes that no case for military action against Iraq has been proven; believes that no United Kingdom forces should take part in any military action without a United Nations mandate that specifically authorises such action and is based on clear, compelling and published evidence, and believes that any pre-emptive action by the United States of America and the United Kingdom without such a mandate would be contrary to international law.

Mr Jack McConnell moved amendment S1M-4012.6 to motion S1M-4012—

Leave out from the first “no” to end and insert—

“the authority of the United Nations is crucial to resolving conflicts in the Middle East, that Saddam Hussein is a danger to the international community, the region and his own people and that Saddam Hussein should co-operate fully with the implementation of UN resolution 1441 and notes the objective of Her Majesty’s Government to secure a further resolution in the UN Security Council before any military intervention.”

David McLetchie moved amendment S1M-4012.6.1 to amendment S1M-4012.6—

Insert at end—

“registers its concern that the report published by the International Development Committee of the House of Commons concludes that insufficient emphasis has been placed on the humanitarian implications of military action in Iraq and urges Her Majesty’s Government, in co-operation with the United Nations, aid agencies and other governments, to address this as a matter of priority.”

After debate, amendment S1M-4012.6.1 was agreed to (DT).

John McAllion moved amendment S1M-4012.6.2 to motion S1M-4012.6—

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

“no case for military action against Iraq has been proven.”

After debate, amendment S1M-4012.6.2 was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 57, Against 62, Abstentions 3).

Amendment S1M-4012.6 as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 69, Against 52, Abstentions 4).

Mr Jim Wallace moved amendment S1M-4012.5 to motion S1M-4012—

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

“condemns the failure of the Iraqi regime to respect international law and human rights; supports the United Nations’ (UN) efforts to disarm Iraq of weapons of mass destruction under UN Security Council Resolution 1441; calls for the inspectors to be given sufficient time and resources to continue their work as long as the Security Council assesses that progress can be made; believes that only as a last resort, once all other options have been exhausted, should military action in Iraq be undertaken, and opposes any military action not sanctioned by a further resolution from the Security Council and an affirmative vote on a substantive motion in the House of Commons.”

After debate, amendment S1M-4012.5 was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 56, Against 67, Abstentions 2).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 68, Against 53, Abstentions 4).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament believes that the authority of the United Nations is crucial to resolving conflicts in the Middle East, that Saddam Hussein is a danger to the international community, the region and his own people and that Saddam Hussein should co-operate fully with the implementation of UN resolution 1441 and notes the objective of Her Majesty’s Government to secure a further resolution in the UN Security Council before any military intervention; registers its concern that the report published by the International Development Committee of the House of Commons concludes that insufficient emphasis has been placed on the humanitarian implications of military action in Iraq and urges Her Majesty’s Government, in co-operation with the United Nations, aid agencies and other governments, to address this as a matter of priority.
 
2.      Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-4011— That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 19 March 2003

9:30 am                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 3 of Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Ministerial Statement

2:30 pm                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Continuation of Stage 3 Mental Health (Care and Treatment)  (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-3961 Jackie Baillie: Reform of Charity Law.

Thursday 20 March 2003

9:30 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Continuation of Stage 3 of Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Business Motion

2:30 pm                          Question Time

3:10 pm                          First Minister's Question Time

3:30 pm                          Continuation of Stage 3 of Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Motion on Sexual Offences Bill – UK Legislation

                                         Motion on Railways and Transport Safety Bill – UK Legislation

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-3897 Kenneth Gibson: Suicide Emergency Telephone Hotline

Wednesday 26 March 2003

9:30 am                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Business

2:30 pm                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 3 of Council of Law Society of Scotland Bill

followed by                      Stage 3 of Commissioner for Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Final Stage of National Galleries of Scotland Bill

followed by                      Stage 3 of Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                    Members' Business

Thursday 27 March 2003

9:30 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Business

followed by                      Members’ Business

2:30 pm                          Question Time

3:10 pm                          First Minister's Question Time

3:30 pm                          Executive Business

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

4:00 pm                          Decision Time

The motion was agreed to.

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

4.      Dog Fouling (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S1M-4019—That the Parliament agrees that, during the Stage 3 proceedings on the Dog Fouling (Scotland) Bill, debate on each part of those 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 of the Parliament is suspended)—

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

The motion was agreed to.

5.      Dog Fouling (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

Amendment 1 was agreed to without division.

6.      Dog Fouling (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: Mr Keith Harding moved S1M-3866—That the Parliament agrees that the Dog Fouling (Scotland) Bill be passed.

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

7.      Approval of SSI: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-4007—That the Parliament agrees that the draft General Commissioners of Income Tax (Expenses) (Scotland) Regulations 2003 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8.      Approval of SSI: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-4008—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Landfill (Scotland) Regulations 2003 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9.      Approval of SSI: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-4009—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Road Traffic (Vehicles Emissions) (Fixed Penalty) (Scotland) Regulations 2003 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10.    Approval of SSI: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-4010—That the Parliament agrees that the draft SFGS Farmland Premium Scheme 2003 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

11.    Decision Time: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that, under Rule 11.2.4 of Standing Orders, Decision Time on Thursday 13 March 2003 be taken at 4.31 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

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

13.    Post Office Card Accounts: The Parliament debated S1M-3932 in the name of David Mundell—That the Parliament believes that those post office customers in Scotland who wish to continue receiving their benefits, pensions payments and tax credits through the Post Office, following the introduction of automated credit transfer in April 2003, should be allowed to do so through a post office card account opened at the counter of a post office or sub-post office; further believes that customers should be offered a genuine choice between the options available, including a post office card account; supports the National Federation of SubPostmasters’ call that there should be no administrative obstacles to customers opening a post office card account; notes the importance of post office card accounts to the future financial viability of sub-post offices, and considers that Scottish ministers should work with Her Majesty’s Government to ensure that there is a level playing field in the marketing, promotion and advertising of the banking options from all departments of Her Majesty’s Government, including the Department for Work and Pensions, the Inland Revenue and the Veterans Agency, the Scottish Executive and its agencies and local authorities.

The meeting closed at 5.31 pm.

No. 60 Wednesday 19 March 2003

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Time for Reflection: The Reverend William McFadden, Vice-Rector of Scotus College, Glasgow, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-4039—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) as a revision to the programme of business agreed  on 13 March 2003—

Wednesday 19 March 2003

delete—

followed by                     Ministerial Statement”

delete—

“5:00 pm                         Decision Time”

and insert—

“6:00 pm                         Decision Time”

(b) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 26 March 2003

9:30 am                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Debate on the Scottish Economy

followed by                      Members’ Business – debate on the subject of S1M-3999 Dennis Canavan: Promotion for First Division Champions

2:30 pm                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 3 of Council of the Law Society of Scotland Bill

followed by                      Stage 3 of Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Final Stage of National Galleries of Scotland Bill

followed by                      Stage 3 of Commissioner for Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Executive's Nominations to the European Economic and Social Committee

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Thursday 27 March 2003

9:30 am                          Executive Debate on Closing the Opportunity Gap for Older People

followed by                      Members’ Business

2:30 pm                          Question Time

3:10 pm                          First Minister's Question Time

3:30 pm                          Motion of Thanks to the Presiding Officer

4:00 pm                          Decision Time

and (c) that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 21 March 2003 on the Act of Sederunt (Fees of Solicitors in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment) 2003 (SSI 2003/162), the Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/163), the Police Grant (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/172), the Zoo Licensing Act 1981 Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/174), and the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) (Fees) Amendment Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/178).

After debate, the motion was agreed to (by division: For 70, Against 34, Abstentions 1).

3.      Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-4043—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (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 the Stage begins and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when the meeting of the Parliament is suspended or otherwise not in progress)—

Groups 1 to 4 - no later than 1 hour
Groups 5 to 11 -  no later than 2 hours
Groups 12 to 18 - no later than 3 hours
Groups 19 to 24 -  no later than 4 hours
Groups 25 to 33 - no later than 5 hours
Groups 34 to 45 - no later than 6 hours
Groups 46 to 57 - no later than 7 hours
Groups 58 to 67 - no later than 8 hours
Groups 68 and 69 - no later than 9 hours
Groups 70 to 81 - no later than 10 hours
Motion to pass the Bill - 10 hours and 30 minutes

After debate, the motion was agreed to (by division: For 94, Against 5, Abstentions 0).

4.      Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 31, 32, 33, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 273, 274, 8, 275, 276, 34, 106, 107, 109, 110, 111, 112, 277, 278, 279, 280, 281, 282, 283, 284, 285, 286, 287, 288, 289, 290, 291, 292, 293, 294, 295, 296, 297, 298, 299, 300, 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308, 309, 310, 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328, 329, 330, 331, 332, 333, 334, 335, 336, 337, 338, 339, 340, 341, 342, 344, 345, 346 and 754.

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

            69        (For 38, Against  59, Abstentions 0)
            74        (For 31, Against  61, Abstentions 1)
            343     (For 32, Against  61, Abstentions  1)
            114     (For 34, Against  58, Abstentions 0)

Other amendments were not moved.

5.      Ministerial Statement: The First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell) made a statement on contingency planning for the current international situation.

6.      Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Parliament resumed consideration of the Bill at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 115, 347, 348, 349, 350, 351, 352, 353, 354, 355, 356, 357, 358, 359, 360, 361, 362, 363, 364, 365, 366, 367, 368, 369, 370, 371, 372, 373, 374, 375, 376, 377, 378, 379, 380, 381, 382, 383, 384, 385, 386, 387, 388, 389, 390, 391, 392, 393, 394, 395, 396, 397, 398, 399, 400, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, 407, 408, 409, 410, 411, 412, 413, 414, 415, 416, 417, 418, 419, 420, 421, 422, 423, 424, 425, 426, 427, 428, 429, 430, 431, 432, 433, 434, 435, 436, 437, 438, 439, 440, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 35, 36, 441, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 442, 443, 444, 445, 446, 143, 144, 145, 447, 146, 448, 449, 450, 451, 452, 453, 147, 454, 148, 455, 456, 457, 149, 458, 459, 460, 461, 462, 150, 151, 152, 463, 464, 465, 466, 467, 468, 153, 469, 470, 154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 471, 159, 160, 161, 162, 472, 163, 473, 164, 76, 474, 475, 165, 166, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 476, 175, 176, 177, 178, 179, 180, 181, 182, 183, 477, 184, 185, 478, 186, 187, 188, 189, 190, 191, 192, 193, 194, 195, 196, 479, 480, 481, 482, 483, 484, 485, 486, 487, 488, 489, 490, 491, 492, 493, 494, 495, 496, 497, 498, 499, 500, 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, 506, 507, 508, 509, 510, 511, 512, 513, 514, 515, 516, 517, 518, 519, 520, 521, 522, 523, 524, 525, 526, 527, 528, 529, 530, 531, 532, 533, 534, 535, 536, 537, 538, 539, 540, 541, 542, 543, 544, 545, 546, 547, 548, 549, 550, 551, 552, 553, 554, 555, 556, 557, 558, 559, 560, 561, 562, 563, 564, 565, 566, 567, 568, 569, 570, 571, 572, 573, 574, 575, 576, 577, 578, 579, 580, 581, 582, 583, 584, 585, 586, 587, 588, 589, 590, 591, 592, 593, 594, 595, 596, 597, 598, 599, 600, 601, 602, 603, 604, 605, 606, 607, 608, 609, 610, 611, 612, 613, 614, 615, 616, 617, 618, 619, 620, 621, 622, 623, 624, 625, 626, 627, 628, 629, 630, 631, 632, 633, 634, 635, 636, 637, 638, 639, 640, 641, 642, 643, 644, 645, 646, 197, 198, 199, 200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 647, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 648, 214, 215, 649, 113, 650, 651, 652, 653 and 654.

The Parliament ended consideration of the Bill for the day amendment 654 having been disposed of.

7.      Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-4034—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Act of Sederunt (Fees of Solicitors in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment) 2003 (SSI 2003/162).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8.      Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-4035—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/163).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9.      Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-4036—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Police Grant (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/172).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10.    Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-4037—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) (Fees) Amendment Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/178).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

11.    Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-4038—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Zoo Licensing Act 1981 Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/174).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

12.    Address to the Parliament: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-4042—That the Parliament agrees that Her Majesty The Queen should be invited to address a meeting during the next session of the Parliament in 2003.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

14.    Decision Time: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that, under Rule 11.2.4 of Standing Orders, Decision Time on Wednesday 19 March 2003 be taken at 4.52 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

13.    Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 as noted above.

14.    Reform of Charity Law: The Parliament debated S1M-3961 in the name of Jackie Baillie—That the Parliament shares the Scottish Executive's commitment to progressing the reform of charity law; recognises that this will assist in developing the contribution of charities to their communities; notes the voluntary sector's call for a charities bill, and welcomes the Executive's commitment to keep the need for such legislation under review.

The meeting closed at 5.46 pm.

No. 61 Thursday 20 March 2003

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-4047—That the Parliament agrees that, during today’s proceedings at Stage 3 of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (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 today’s proceedings at Stage 3 begin and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when the meeting of the Parliament is suspended or otherwise not in progress)—

Groups 58 to 67 - no later than 1 hour and 30 minutes
Groups 68 and 69 - no later than 3 hours
Groups 70 to 81 - no later than 4 hours
Motion to pass the Bill – no later than 4 hours and 30 minutes

The motion was agreed to.

2.      Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3 (Day 2).

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 655, 656, 657, 658, 659, 660, 661, 662, 663, 664, 665, 666, 667, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 14, 15, 16, 17, 756, 668, 669, 670, 671, 672, 673, 674, 675, 676, 677, 678, 679, 680, 681, 682, 683, 684, 685, 686, 687, 688, 689, 690, 691, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 218, 219, 56, 57, 58, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 10, 67, 692, 693, 694, 695, 696, 697, 698, 699, 700, 102, 701, 702, 703, 220, 704, 705, 706, 707, 708, 221, 222, 709, 710, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 236, 237, 238, 239, 240, 241, 711, 242, 757, 712, 243, 713, 714, 715, 716, 717, 718, 719, 244, 245, 720, 246, 247, 721, 722, 723, 248, 724, 725, 726, 727, 249, 728, 729, 730, 755, 731, 732, 733, 734, 735, 736, 103, 737, 738, 739, 250, 740, 11, 12, 741, 104, 68, 251, 252, 253, 254, 255, 256, 257, 258, 259, 260, 742, 261, 262, 743, 263, 744, 745, 746, 747, 748, 264, 749, 750, 105, 265, 751, 266, 267, 13, 268, 269, 270, 271, 752, 753 and 272.

Amendment 100 was disagreed to (by division: For 30, Against 56, Abstentions 0)

Other amendments were not moved.

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

4.      Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Minister for Health and Community Care (Malcolm Chisholm) moved S1M-4024—That the Parliament agrees that the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Shona Robison moved amendment S1M-4024.1 to motion S1M-4024—

insert at end—

“but, in doing so, supports the view expressed by many giving evidence on the Bill, and by three committees of the Parliament, that the aims of the Bill will not be met unless services and facilities are adequate to meet the demands placed on them.”

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

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

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved— That the Parliament agrees that the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Bill be passed but, in doing so, supports the view expressed by many giving evidence on the Bill, and by three committees of the Parliament, that the aims of the Bill will not be met unless services and facilities are adequate to meet the demands placed on them.

5.      Sexual Offences Bill – UK Legislation: The Deputy Minister for Justice (Hugh Henry) moved S1M-4022—That the Parliament endorses the principle of protecting society from persons who pose a risk of causing sexual harm and agrees that the provisions within the Sexual Offences Bill that relate to devolved matters and which re-enact the Sex Offenders Act 1997, extend the categories of offenders required to register, increase restrictions on sex offenders and strengthen the notification requirements and operation of the Sex Offenders’ Register should be considered by the UK Parliament.

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

6.      Railways and Transport Safety Bill – UK Legislation: The Deputy Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning (Lewis Macdonald) moved S1M-4023—That the Parliament endorses the principle of introducing alcohol and drug testing for mariners as set out in the Railways and Transport Safety Bill and agrees that the relevant provisions in the bill on these issues that relate to devolved matters should be considered by the UK Parliament.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7.      Approval of SSI: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-4032—That the Parliament agrees that the draft General and Specialist Medical Practice (Education, Training and Qualifications) Order 2003 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8.      Approval of SSI: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-4033—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exclusion and Exceptions) (Scotland) Order 2003 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9.      Decision Time: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that, under Rule 11.2.4 of Standing Orders, Decision Time on Thursday 20 March 2003 be taken at 4.58 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

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

11.    Suicide Emergency Telephone Hotline: The Parliament debated S1M-3897 in the name of Mr Kenneth Gibson—That the Parliament notes with concern that in 2000 there were 880 reported suicides in Scotland, 676 males and 204 females, although the true figure could be higher; is conscious that many thousands of other people attempt to take their own lives each year; regrets that only a minority of the population know the telephone number of the Samaritans or any other organisation they could contact for help when feeling suicidal; believes that, to assist in achieving the goal of a 20% reduction in the incidence of suicide by 2013 set by the Scottish Executive in its National Strategy and Action Plan to Prevent Suicide in Scotland, everyone should be made aware of an all-Scotland telephone number to call for help; acknowledges that in the United States anyone can call a nationwide toll free number from anywhere in the country, 1-800-SUICIDE or 911, to ask for help which is provided swiftly if they say they are in ‘suicidal danger’; believes that the Scottish Executive should set up a suicide prevention crisis hotline, whereby calls from suicidal individuals are treated as an emergency, through using the existing 999 emergency number from which they can be referred directly to a dedicated suicide prevention 24 hour hotline, and further acknowledges that the purpose of this line would be to save lives through dissuading suicidal people from killing themselves and that the Executive should, once such a line was established, take steps to let the public know about it.

The meeting closed at 5.44 pm.

No. 62 Wednesday 26 March 2003

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Time for Reflection: The Reverend Samuel Siroky, Minister of Ettrick and Yarrow Parish, led Time for Reflection.

2.      The Scottish Economy: The Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning (Iain Gray) moved S1M-4057—That the Parliament endorses the Scottish Executive’s policy to increase the sustainable growth of Scotland’s economy over the long term as set out in A Smart, Successful Scotland and believes that this, along with the investment in Scottish transport infrastructure outlined in Building Better Transport and the introduction of education for work and enterprise for every pupil at every stage of school to create a culture of aspiration and entrepreneurship, will deliver increased prosperity, thus providing resources for first-class public services and a more socially just and sustainable Scotland.

Andrew Wilson moved amendment S1M-4057.1 to motion S1M-4057—

Leave out from “endorses” to end and insert

“believes that a dramatic improvement on the underperformance of the Scottish economy should be the top priority of Scotland’s leaders and calls for all parties to work together to place growth and competitiveness at the top of our national agenda; supports initiatives such as set out in A Smart, Successful Scotland and effective investment in infrastructure and skills improvement but believes more must be done to deliver maximum growth and a competitive advantage for the Scottish economy; calls on all parties to support positive reform of the Scottish Enterprise network and a reduction in Scottish business rates to below the United Kingdom rate in the course of the next session of the Parliament, and believes that the optimal policy to release Scotland’s full economic potential requires the Scottish government to be equipped with the same competitive policy tools as Scotland’s independent competitors focussed on delivering the maximum possible competitive advantage for the Scottish economy.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 27, Against 74, Abstentions 1).

Miss Annabel Goldie moved amendment S1M-4057.2 to motion S1M-4057—

leave out from first “Scottish” to end and insert

“objectives of A Smart, Successful Scotland and, while welcoming the introduction of education for work and enterprise within Scottish schools, expresses concern that, at the end of the first devolved parliamentary session, business start-ups have declined, business regulation has intensified, strategic transport investment has been neglected and business rates have increased, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to recreate a competitive business environment by increasing the annual transport budget by £100 million, cutting the business rate poundage to the level of England and taking pro-active steps to reduce the burden of red tape on Scottish business.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 14, Against 86, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 60, Against 43, Abstentions 2).

3.      Promotion of First Division Champions: The Parliament debated S1M-3999 in the name of Dennis Canavan—That the Parliament believes that promotion to the Scottish Premier League should be based on footballing merit rather than arbitrarily set criteria that discriminate against clubs of modest means and therefore believes that the Scottish Premier League should ensure that the champions of the First Division of the Scottish Football League are given the opportunity of promotion to the Scottish Premier League provided they have guaranteed use of a suitable stadium, whether through ownership or lease or a ground-sharing arrangement.

4.      Council of the Law Society of Scotland Bill, Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Bill, National Galleries of Scotland Bill and Commissioner for Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-4062—That the Parliament agrees that, during the Stage 3 and Final Stage proceedings on the Council of the Law Society of Scotland Bill, Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Bill, National Galleries of Scotland Bill and Commissioner for Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill, debate on each part of those proceedings shall be brought to a conclusion by the time-limits indicated (each time-limit being calculated from when the Stage 3 proceedings on the Council of the Law Society of Scotland Bill begin and excluding any periods when the meeting of the Parliament is suspended)—

Council of the Law Society of Scotland Bill

Motion to pass the Bill – no later than 30 minutes

Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Bill

Amendment 1 and motion to pass the Bill – no later than 40 minutes

National Galleries of Scotland Bill

Amendments 1 to 4 and motion to pass the Bill – no later than 1 hour and 20 minutes

Commissioner for Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill

Groups 1 to 3 and motion to pass the Bill – no later than 2 hours and 25 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

5.      Council of the Law Society of Scotland Bill – Stage 3: David McLetchie moved S1M-4055—That the Parliament agrees that the Council of the Law Society of Scotland Bill be passed.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6.      Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

Amendment 1 was agreed to without division.

7.      Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Lord Advocate (Colin Boyd) moved S1M-4004—That the Parliament agrees that the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Bill be passed.

The motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 96, Against 2, Abstentions 1).

8.      National Galleries of Scotland Bill – Final Stage: The Bill was considered at Final Stage.

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

9.      National Galleries of Scotland Bill – Final Stage: Rhona Brankin, on behalf of the National Galleries of Scotland Bill Committee, moved S1M-4018—That the Parliament agrees that the National Galleries of Scotland Bill be passed.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10.    Commissioner for Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

Amendment 3 was agreed to without division.

The following amendments were moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn: 2 and 1.

11.    Commissioner for Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: Karen Gillon, on behalf of the Education, Culture and Sport Committee, moved S1M-3862—That the Parliament agrees that the Commissioner for Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill be passed.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

12.    Scottish Executive’s Nominations to the European Economic and Social Committee: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services (Peter Peacock) moved S1M-4058—That the Parliament notes with regret the resignation of Professor Robert Grant Baird from the United Kingdom delegation to the European Union’s Economic and Social Committee and endorses the Scottish Executive proposal to nominate Mr Brendan Burns, Dr Grahame Wright and Mr Anthony Tucker to the delegation to the committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

13.    Decision Time: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that, under Rule 11.2.4 of Standing Orders, Decision Time on Wednesday 26 March 2003 be taken at 4.40 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

14.    Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 5, 7, 9, 11 and 12 as noted above.

15.    Island Transport: The Parliament debated S1M-4003 in the name of Tavish Scott—That the Parliament recognises that reliable, regular and affordable air and sea transport links are vital to the social and economic well-being of the Scottish islands; welcomes the proposal from the Highlands and Islands Strategic Transport Partnership for improved air services in the Highlands and Islands backed by public service obligations; believes that the introduction of public service obligations provides an opportunity to ensure that the specified air services’ timetables link in with those for ferry and bus services, and considers that the Scottish Executive should take this opportunity to provide the islands with a properly integrated transport service.

The meeting closed at 5.37 pm.

No. 63 Thursday 27 March 2003

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Closing the Opportunity Gap for Older People: The Minister for Social Justice (Ms Margaret Curran) moved S1M-4064—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive’s commitment to close the opportunity gap for Scotland’s older people by building first-class public services and developing initiatives in health, transport and other priority areas, which will support older people in living healthy, active and independent lives.

Mr Kenneth Gibson moved amendment S1M-4064.2 to motion S1M-4064—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

"notes that life expectancy in Scotland is among the lowest in the developed world; further notes that Scottish Executive health targets entrench age inequalities; accepts that ageism is a reality in modern Scotland and must be countered; is aware that 25% of Scottish pensioners live in poverty; acknowledges that more coherence to the concessionary fare scheme is required; seeks more flexibility in delivering the central heating programme; desires that the postcode lottery of free personal care places be ended; recognises that older people have a vital part to play in our democracy; is concerned at continuing reductions in the value of the state pension in real and relative terms; demands that the closure of final salary scheme pensions be addressed to prevent future generations of older people being left with low incomes, financial insecurity and dependent on means-tested benefits, and believes that to address the needs of older people in Scotland the Parliament needs the full powers of an independent sovereign state."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 28, Against 85, Abstentions 3).

Mr Keith Harding moved amendment S1M-4064.1 to motion S1M-4064—

Leave out from “by” to end and insert—

“but notes that its policies are not working, care homes are having to close due to a funding crisis, waiting lists and times are rising, more older people feel insecure in their homes and there is an insufficient level of provision of appropriate housing for older people and considers that, if the Chancellor was to abolish his punitive stealth tax on pension funds in the forthcoming budget, the opportunity gap for older people would be greatly reduced.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 46, Against 69, Abstentions 3).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 86, Against 0, Abstentions 32).

2.      Great North Partnership and Social Inclusion Partnerships: The Parliament debated S1M-4020 in the name of Elaine Thomson—That the Parliament commends the work done by the Great Northern Partnership (GNP) in Aberdeen; notes that the GNP plays an important role in improving quality of life and extending opportunities for those living there, especially the community of Middlefield, and further commends social inclusion partnerships across Scotland for empowering local communities.

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

4.      Motion of Thanks to the Presiding Officer: The First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell) moved S1M-4063—That the Parliament expresses its gratitude to Sir David Steel for his service to the Parliament and recognises the important and historic role he has carried out as its first Presiding Officer.

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

5.      Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on item 1 as noted above.

The meeting closed at 4.08 pm.

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