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No. 7 Wednesday 4 June 2003

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: The Reverend Fergus Macdonald, of The National Prayer Breakfast for Scotland, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Education (School Meals) (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Deputy Minister for Education and Young People (Euan Robson) moved S2M-84—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Education (School Meals) (Scotland) Bill.

Fiona Hyslop moved amendment S2M-84.1 to motion S2M-84—

insert at end—
         
          “and, in so doing, notes that the power conferred by the bill will allow ministers to extend the scope of eligibility for free school meal provision, and calls for ministers to lay before the Parliament proposals to extend further the eligibility for free school meals as part of an anti-poverty and nutritious health campaign and to do so in advance of Stage 2 proceedings on the bill.”

Tommy Sheridan moved amendment S2M-84.1.1 to amendment S2M-84.1—

Insert after “meals”—

           “to all children in state schools of parents in receipt of child benefit.”

After debate, amendment S2M-84.1.1 was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 16, Against 79, Abstentions 24).

After debate, amendment S2M-84.1 was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 39, Against 80, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

3.      Education (School Meals) (Scotland) Bill – Financial Resolution: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services (Tavish Scott) moved S2M-97—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Education (School Meals) (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any increase attributable to that Act in expenditure payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund by or under any other Act.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

4.      Establishment and Membership of Committees: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-107—That the Parliament shall establish committees of the Parliament as follows—

Name of Committee:  Audit
Remit: Set out in Rule 6.7
Number of members: 7
Convenership: The Convener will be a member of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party and the Deputy Convener will be a member of the Scottish National Party.
Membership: Rhona Brankin, Susan Deacon, Robin Harper, Margaret Jamieson, George Lyon, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Brian Monteith

Name of Committee:  Equal Opportunities
Remit: Set out in Rule 6.9
Number of members: 9
Convenership:  The Convener will be a member of the Labour Party and the Deputy Convener will be a member of the Scottish Liberal Democrat Party.
Membership: Shiona Baird, Frances Curran, Marlyn Glen, Marilyn Livingstone, Campbell Martin, Mrs Nanette Milne, Cathy Peattie, Mr Keith Raffan, Elaine Smith

Name of Committee:  European and External Relations
Remit:  Set out in Rule 6.8
Number of members: 9
Convenership: The Convener will be a member of the Scottish National Party and the Deputy Convener will be a member of the Labour Party.
Membership: Dennis Canavan, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Phil Gallie, Mr John Home Robertson, Gordon Jackson, Richard Lochhead, Mr Alasdair Morrison, Irene Oldfather, Mr Keith Raffan

Name of Committee:  Finance
Remit:  Set out in Rule 6.6
Number of members: 9
Convenership:  The Convener will be a member of the Labour Party and the Deputy Convener will be a member of the Scottish National Party.
Membership: Ms Wendy Alexander, Mr Ted Brocklebank, Fergus Ewing, Kate Maclean, Des McNulty, Mr Jim Mather, Dr Elaine Murray, Mr Jeremy Purvis, John Swinburne

Name of Committee:  Public Petitions
Remit:  Set out in Rule 6.10
Number of members: 9
Convenership:  The Convener will be a member of the Labour Party and the Deputy Convener will be a member of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.
Membership:  Jackie Baillie, Helen Eadie, Linda Fabiani, Carolyn Leckie, Michael McMahon, John Farquhar Munro, John Scott, Mike Watson, Ms Sandra White

Name of Committee:  Procedures
Remit:  Set out in Rule 6.4
Number of members: 7
Convenership: The Convener will be a member of the Scottish Liberal Democrat
Party and the Deputy Convener will be a member of the Labour Party.
Membership:  Mr Richard Baker, Mark Ballard, Bruce Crawford, Cathie Craigie, Karen Gillon, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Iain Smith

Name of Committee:  Standards
Remit:  Set out in Rule 6.5
Number of members: 7
Convenership:  The Convener will be a member of the Scottish National Party and the Deputy Convener will be a member of the Labour Party.
Membership: Bill Butler, Alex Fergusson, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Tricia Marwick, Alex Neil, Karen Whitefield

Name of Committee:  Subordinate Legislation
Remit: Set out in Rule 6.11
Number of members: 7
Convenership:  The Convener will be a member of the Labour Party and the Deputy Convener will be a member of the Scottish Socialist Party.
Membership:  Gordon Jackson, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Mr Stewart Maxwell,
Christine May, Mike Pringle, Murray Tosh

Name of Committee:  Communities
Remit:  To consider and report on matters relating to anti-social behaviour, housing and area regeneration, poverty, voluntary sector issues, charity law and religious and faith organisations and matters relating to the land use planning system and building standards and such other matters as fall within the responsibility of the Minister for Communities.
Number of members: 9
Convenership:  The Convener will be a member of the Labour Party and the Deputy Convener will be a member of the Scottish Liberal Democrat Party.
Membership:  Cathie Craigie, Donald Gorrie, Patrick Harvie, Johann Lamont, Maureen Macmillan, Campbell Martin, Mary Scanlon, Elaine Smith, Stewart Stevenson

Name of Committee:  Education
Remit:  To consider and report on matters relating to school and pre-school education and social work and such other matters relating to young people as fall within the responsibility of the Minister for Education and Young People.
Number of members: 9
Convenership:  The Convener will be a member of the Scottish Liberal Democrat Party and the Deputy Convener will be a member of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.
Membership:  Ms Wendy Alexander, Rhona Brankin, Robert Brown, Ms
Rosemary Byrne, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Dr Elaine Murray

Name of Committee:  Enterprise and Culture
Remit:  To consider and report on matters relating to the Scottish economy, business and industry, energy, training, further and higher education, lifelong learning and such other matters as fall within the responsibility of the Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning; and matters relating to tourism, culture and sport and such other matters as fall within the responsibility of the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport.
Number of members: 9
Convenership: The Convener will be a member of the Scottish National Party and the Deputy Convener will be a member of the Labour Party.
Membership: Brian Adam, Mr Richard Baker, Chris Ballance, Susan Deacon, Murdo Fraser, Christine May, Alasdair Morgan, Mr Jamie Stone, Mike Watson

Name of Committee: Environment and Rural Development
Remit:  To consider and report on matters relating to rural development, environment and natural heritage, agriculture and fisheries and such other matters as fall within the responsibility of the Minister for Environment and Rural Development.
Number of members: 9
Convenership:  The Convener will be a member of the Labour Party and 
the Deputy Convener will be a member of the Scottish Green Party.
Membership:  Sarah Boyack, Roseanna Cunningham, Mr Rob Gibson, Karen Gillon, Alex Johnstone, Maureen Macmillan, Mr Alasdair Morrison, Nora Radcliffe, Eleanor Scott

Name of Committee:  Health
Remit:  To consider and report on matters relating to health policy and the National Health Service in Scotland and such other matters as fall within the responsibility of the Minister for Health and Community Care.
Number of members: 9
Convenership:  The Convener will be a member of the Scottish National Party and the Deputy Convener will be a member of the Labour Party.
Membership: Mr David Davidson, Helen Eadie, Christine Grahame, Janis Hughes, Kate Maclean, Mr Duncan McNeil, Shona Robison, Mike Rumbles, Dr Jean Turner

Name of Committee:  Justice 1
Remit:  To consider and report on matters relating to the administration of civil and criminal justice, the reform of the civil and criminal law and such other matters as fall within the responsibility of the Minister for Justice, and the functions of the Lord Advocate other than as head of the systems of criminal prosecution and investigations of deaths in Scotland.
Number of members: 7
Convenership: The Convener will be a member of the Labour Party and the Deputy Convener will be a member of the Scottish National Party.
Membership: Bill Butler, Marlyn Glen, Pauline McNeill, Michael Matheson, Margaret Mitchell, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Mrs Margaret Smith

Name of Committee:  Justice 2
Remit:  To consider and report on matters relating to the administration of civil and criminal justice, the reform of the civil and criminal law and such other matters as fall within the responsibility of the Minister for Justice, and the functions of the Lord Advocate other than as head of the systems of criminal prosecution and investigations of deaths in Scotland. 
Number of members: 7
Convenership: The Convener will be a member of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party and the Deputy Convener will be a member of the Labour Party.
Membership: Jackie Baillie, Scott Barrie, Colin Fox, Miss Annabel Goldie, Mike Pringle, Nicola Sturgeon, Karen Whitefield, 

Name of Committee:  Local Government and Transport
Remit:  To consider and report on matters relating to local government (including local government finance), cities and community planning and such other matters (excluding finance other than local government finance) which fall within the responsibility of the Minister for Finance and Public Services; and matters relating to transport which fall within the responsibility of the Minister for Transport.
Number of members: 9
Convenership:  The Convener will be a member of the Labour Party and the Deputy Convener will be a member of the Scottish National Party.
Membership:  Dr Sylvia Jackson, Rosie Kane, Michael McMahon, Mr Bruce McFee, Paul Martin, Bristow Muldoon, David Mundell, Iain Smith, Mr Andrew Welsh

The Communities, Education, Enterprise and Culture, Environment and Rural Development, Justice 1, Justice 2, Health and Local Government and Transport Committees shall be established for the whole session of the Parliament.

Tommy Sheridan moved amendment S2M-107.1 to motion S2M-107—

Under “Name of Committee: Health”, leave out from “9” to “Turner” and insert—

“11
Convenership:  The Convener will be a member of the Scottish National Party and the Deputy Convener will be a member of the Labour Party.
Membership: Mr David Davidson, Helen Eadie, Christine Grahame, Janis Hughes, Kate Maclean, Mr Duncan McNeil, Shona Robison, Mike Rumbles, Dr Jean Turner, Carolyn Leckie”.

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 9, Against 104, Abstentions 7).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

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

6.      The Need for a New Secondary School in North East Fife and the Tay Bridgehead: The Parliament debated S2M-47 in the name of Mr Ted Brocklebank—That the Parliament notes the longstanding need for a new secondary school at the Tay Bridgehead in north-east Fife; is aware of widespread local community support in the area for such a school; believes that the school is vital to relieve pressure on Madras College, St Andrews, which is the second largest secondary school in Scotland with a pupil roll of 1,850 and on Bell Baxter High School, Cupar, and further notes that the relocation of an additional squadron to RAF Leuchars will increase the pressure on the existing secondary schools and exacerbate the current situation.

The meeting closed at 5.58 pm.

No. 8 Thursday 5 June 2003

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Young People: The Minister for Education and Young People (Peter Peacock) moved S2M-103—That the Parliament celebrates the contribution made to society by the young people of Scotland, both at home and abroad; applauds their dynamism, intellect, enthusiasm, enterprise, creativity and individuality; will work in partnership with young people to help meet their aspirations; believes that the establishment of the new Children’s Commissioner, measures to reform education by ensuring that the curriculum is built around the needs of the child and that education takes place in the most modern facilities, extending access to high quality sport and leisure facilities and support for youth work and volunteering will help young people to reach their full potential and participate in society; recognises that some young people require additional support and measures to do so, and commits itself whenever possible to making sure that appropriate support is provided.

Fiona Hyslop moved amendment S2M-103.3 to motion S2M-103—

Leave out from first “will” to end and insert—
         
          “recognises, however, that it is essential for Scotland that we have the powers to ensure that young people do not have to leave Scotland in their 20s to find a future; further recognises that tackling the low birth rate and developing an effective inward migration policy for Scotland are vital elements towards ensuring that there are enough young Scots to maintain our country’s vitality, and, in the meantime, notes that it is right for there to be a Children’s Commissioner and for the Scottish Executive to develop measures in the field of education and youth work, and to provide additional support for learning, volunteering, culture, sport and leisure facilities for young people in Scotland.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 33, Against 76, Abstentions 1).

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton moved amendment S2M-103.1 to motion S2M-103—

Insert at end—

          “whilst recognising the central role played by parents and families in enabling young people to become responsible adults and therefore fulfil their potential.”

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

Eleanor Scott moved amendment S2M-103.4 to motion S2M-103—

Insert at end—

          “and calls upon the Scottish Executive to ensure that educational programmes dealing with sustainable development and environmental and social justice issues are included in the curriculum in order to foster responsible attitudes, that opportunities for outdoor education are emphasised, that particular attention is paid to those one in seven young people who are reported to have “disappeared” from the system and are not in a job, training, education or on the unemployment register despite government measures such as the New Deal, and that the minimum age for voting and standing in elections is lowered to 16 years.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 34, Against 78, Abstentions 0).

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

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament celebrates the contribution made to society by the young people of Scotland, both at home and abroad; applauds their dynamism, intellect, enthusiasm, enterprise, creativity and individuality; will work in partnership with young people to help meet their aspirations; believes that the establishment of the new Children’s Commissioner, measures to reform education by ensuring that the curriculum is built around the needs of the child and that education takes place in the most modern facilities, extending access to high quality sport and leisure facilities and support for youth work and volunteering will help young people to reach their full potential and participate in society; recognises that some young people require additional support and measures to do so, and commits itself whenever possible to making sure that appropriate support is provided whilst recognising the central role played by parents and families in enabling young people to become responsible adults and therefore fulfil their potential.

2.      Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-102—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 11 June

2:30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stages 2 and 3 of the Education (School Meals) (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Final Stage of the Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm (Navigation and Fishing) (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 12 June           

9:30 am                          Scottish National Party Business

followed by                      Business Motion

2:30 pm                          Question Time

3:10 pm                          First Minister’s Question Time

3:30 pm                          Executive Debate on Investing in Public Transport

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Wednesday 18 June

2:30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Debate on Patient Focus and Public Involvement

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 19 June           

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

The motion was agreed to.

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

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

5.      Rural Rail Services: The Parliament debated S2M-89 in the name of Mr Jamie Stone—That the Parliament notes that the contract to operate Scotland’s internal rail services over the next seven years is shortly to be awarded; recognises that the provision of affordable, reliable and regular rail services across all of the Scottish network is important to the social and economic well-being of communities, and believes that, in considering the tender proposals offered by the competing train operators, the vital needs of communities served by rural lines should not be forgotten.

6.      Motion without Notice: Mike Rumbles moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended by 10 minutes.
The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 6.01 pm.

No. 9 Wednesday 11 June 2003

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Maggie Lunan, Member of Wellington Parish, Glasgow, led Time for Reflection.

2. Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson moved, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, S2M-126—That the Parliament agrees—
(a) as a revision to the programme of business agreed on 5 June 2003—

Wednesday 11 June 2003          

after—

followed by Stage 3 of the Education (School Meals) (Scotland) Bill”

delete—

followed by Final Stage of the Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm (Navigation and Fishing)      (Scotland) Bill”

(b) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 18 June 2003

2:30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate on Patient Focus and Public Involvement in the NHS

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 19 June 2003

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 Debate on the Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002 (Consequential Provisions) Order 2003

followed by Motion on Health and Community Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill – UK  Legislation

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Wednesday 25 June 2003

2:30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Landfill (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003

followed by Urban Waste Water Treatment (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003

followed by Motion on Fireworks Bill – UK  Legislation

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 26 June 2003

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 Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Final Stage of Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm (Navigation and Fishing) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Bill Aitken moved amendment S2M-126.1 to motion S2M-126—

after—

“followed byFinal Stage of the Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm (Navigation and Fishing)      (Scotland) Bill”

insert—

“Thursday 12 June 2003

delete—

“3:30 pm Executive Debate on Investing in Public Transport”

and insert—

“3:30 pm Statement by the Presiding Officer on Increased Costs of the Holyrood Building Project

4:00 pm Statement by the First Minister on Inquiry into the Holyrood Building Project.””

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to (by division: For 44, Against 70, Abstentions 2).

The motion was then agreed to (by division: For 69, Against 46, Abstentions 2).

3. Education (School Meals) (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-129—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stages 2 and 3 of the Education (School Meals) (Scotland) Bill, debate on each part of the proceedings shall be brought to a conclusion by the time-limits indicated (each time-limit being calculated from when Stage 2 begins)—

Stage 2
Group 1 - no later than 45 minutes
Group 2 - no later than 1 hour 20 minutes
Groups 3 and 4 - no later than 1 hour 55 minutes

Stage 3
Motion to pass the Bill - no later than 2 hours 25 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 2.50 pm.

A second meeting opened at 4.36 pm.

4. Education (School Meals) (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Deputy Minister for Education and Young People (Euan Robson) moved S2M-119—That the Parliament agrees that the Education (School Meals) (Scotland) Bill be passed.

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

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

6. Fair Credit Scheme: The Parliament debated S2M-69 in the name of Sarah Boyack—That the Parliament welcomes the recently published in-depth report into personal debt in the UK, In Too Deep, produced by the citizens advice bureau (CAB) service in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland; acknowledges the Scottish context of the report; notes with concern the report's findings that more people in Scotland blamed low incomes than elsewhere in the UK and more people coped with their debt problem by taking out further borrowing than elsewhere in the UK; further notes that personal debt is nearly always connected to other problems in people’s lives such as loss of job or ill-health; notes that the number of debt cases brought to citizens advice bureaux in Scotland is at an all-time high with nearly 60,000 new debt enquiries last year; recognises the link between CAB clients and MSPs’ constituents and therefore supports the invaluable work of Scotland’s CAB service as a vital provider of free, independent, impartial and comprehensive advice and as the leading voice on the issue of personal debt in Scotland today; welcomes the commitments in A Partnership for a Better Scotland to support the extension of the money advice service, building on the work of the CAB and other bodies to assist those burdened by multiple debt, and considers that the Scottish Executive should increase access to affordable credit for people on very low incomes and, as a matter of urgency, take action on the commitment from A Partnership for a Better Scotland to work with the Department of Trade and Industry to introduce fairer credit schemes and protection from exorbitant interest rates.

The meeting closed at 5.54 pm.

No. 9a Wednesday 11 June 2003

The meeting opened at 2.51 pm.

1.      Education (School Meals) (Scotland) Bill - Stage 2: The Bill was considered at Stage 2.

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

            1          (For 30, Against 70, Abstentions 0)
            2          (For 30, Against 69, Abstentions 0)
            3          (For 30, Against 70, Abstentions 0)
            6          (For 7, Against 93, Abstentions 0)
            5          (For 30, Against 70, Abstentions 0)
            7          (For 8, Against 92, Abstentions 1)
            9          (For 25, Against 70, Abstentions 1)
            10        (For 23, Against 66, Abstentions 2)

Amendment 8 was moved and, with the agreement of the Committee, withdrawn.

Amendment 4 was not moved.

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

The meeting closed at 4.36 pm.

No. 10 Thursday 12 June 2003

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Europe: Nicola Sturgeon moved S2M-124—That the Parliament supports the European Union as a confederation that collectively exercises certain sovereign rights pooled by states but in which each state retains its own sovereignty in respect of constitutional, fiscal and other matters of national importance; believes that decisions about pooled and retained sovereignty should always be taken in Scotland’s national interest; therefore welcomes the development of a European constitution but opposes the conferral of exclusive European Union competence over the conservation of marine biological resources under the common fisheries policy; considers that the terms of the final draft constitution should be subject to the approval of the Scottish people in a referendum prior to ratification; regrets that the decision by Her Majesty’s Government to delay entry to the single currency does not take account of Scotland’s economic interests, and believes that Scotland’s interests would best be represented in the European Union as an independent member state.

The Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services (Tavish Scott) moved amendment S2M-124.4 to motion S2M-124—

Leave out from “supports” to end and insert—

“welcomes the many benefits that the European Union (EU) has delivered for Europe and for Scotland; continues to believe that the EU should seek to become more effective, efficient, democratic, transparent, accountable and easier to understand; notes the work of the Convention on the Future of Europe towards these objectives; further welcomes the submission to the convention of the proposals on Europe and the regions drawn up by the Scottish Executive in conjunction with Her Majesty’s Government and the Welsh Assembly Government; further notes with approval the references in the draft Constitutional Treaty under consideration in the convention to the role of the regions, and to mechanisms for consulting them; welcomes the intention of Her Majesty’s Government to involve the devolved administrations in the operation of the subsidiarity mechanism proposed by the convention, and calls on the Scottish Executive to continue to work with other sub-member state administrations and Her Majesty’s Government to ensure that Scottish interests are fully taken into account during the forthcoming Inter-Governmental Conference.”

Phil Gallie moved amendment S2M-124.2 to motion S2M-124—

Leave out from “confederation” to end and insert—

"partnership of nation states working together for the common interest; expresses concern at the clearly federalist objectives of the current proposals of the Convention on the Future of Europe; pledges to analyse the detail of these proposals as they affect devolved responsibilities and report back our objections to Her Majesty's Government along with our view that, given the conclusions drawn up by HM Treasury over the last six years on the United Kingdom entering the European single currency, there is no basis for the United Kingdom surrendering the pound for the euro and that further uncertainty on monetary union will be bad for Scottish interests, and urges Her Majesty's Government to hold an early referendum on both the Convention proposals and European monetary union.”

Frances Curran moved amendment S2M-124.3 to motion S2M-124—

Leave out from “supports” to end and insert—

“believes in a socially just, democratic and accountable Europe for citizens and not big business; further believes that the structure of the current European Union undermines democracy within Scotland and that any further attempt to centralise political power in Brussels, or financial decisions at the European Central Bank in Stuttgart, would not be in the interest of ordinary Scots; is concerned that the economic agenda of European monetary union has the intention of furthering the aims of capitalist globalisation and the interests of trans global corporations, resulting in lower wages, cuts in public services and a wholesale onslaught against workers’ pensions; demands the right of the Scottish people to make their views known through a referendum; opposes entry to the euro, and calls on the Scottish Executive to offer to host the 2004 annual anti-globalisation event, the European Social Forum, involving up to 100,000 people, that has already taken place in Florence and will meet in Paris in November 2003.”

After debate, amendment S2M-124.4 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 61, Against 36, Abstentions 15).  As a result amendments S2M-124.2 and S2M-124.3 were pre-empted.

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 36, Abstentions 16).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament welcomes the many benefits that the European Union (EU) has delivered for Europe and for Scotland; continues to believe that the EU should seek to become more effective, efficient, democratic, transparent, accountable and easier to understand; notes the work of the Convention on the Future of Europe towards these objectives; further welcomes the submission to the convention of the proposals on Europe and the regions drawn up by the Scottish Executive in conjunction with Her Majesty’s Government and the Welsh Assembly Government; further notes with approval the references in the draft Constitutional Treaty under consideration in the convention to the role of the regions, and to mechanisms for consulting them; welcomes the intention of Her Majesty’s Government to involve the devolved administrations in the operation of the subsidiarity mechanism proposed by the convention, and calls on the Scottish Executive to continue to work with other sub-member state administrations and Her Majesty’s Government to ensure that Scottish interests are fully taken into account during the forthcoming Inter-Governmental Conference.

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

3.      Investing in Public Transport: The Minister for Transport (Nicol Stephen) moved S2M-130—That the Parliament welcomes the proposals set out in A Partnership for a Better Scotland for a reliable, safe, efficient and sustainable transport system to connect Scotland and encourage economic growth; recognises the importance that the Scottish Executive attaches to delivering improved public transport services by increasing investment and establishing a strategic authority, and recognises that the public transport system must serve the environmental, health and educational needs of people of Scotland.

Mr Kenny MacAskill moved amendment S2M-130.3 to motion S2M-130—

Insert at end—           

“notes that the delivery of tangible improvements within defined timescales is essential; recognises, furthermore, that in order to achieve these an integrated and inter-modal public transport network is required, and therefore calls for the transfer of the legislative and financial powers to the Parliament that are necessary to address fully rail and aviation services in addition to bus and ferry services in order to ensure the delivery of the network sought.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 33, Against 82, Abstentions 1).

David Mundell moved amendment S2M-130.1 to motion S2M-130—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

"believes that only a fully costed programme of investment in transport infrastructure with detailed start and completion dates, rather than platitudes, will deliver the improvements to public transport that the travelling public and Scottish business so desperately need and calls on the Scottish Executive to present such a programme to the Parliament forthwith."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 22, Against 66, Abstentions 26).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 89, Against 26, Abstentions 1).

4. Deputy Convener of Subordinate Legislation Committee: Patricia Ferguson moved, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, S2M-127—That the Parliament agrees that the Deputy Convener of the Subordinate Legislation Committee be appointed from the Labour Party.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

6 Closure of Animal Welfare Centres: The Parliament debated S2M-34 in the name of Shona Robison—That the Parliament is concerned about the possible closure of at least seven of the 13 animal welfare centres across Scotland owing to financial difficulties being experienced by the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA); believes that this would be detrimental to animal welfare; notes with relief that the SSPCA board of management has postponed making a final decision on the closures of the centres for a further six months, and considers that the Scottish Executive should hold urgent discussions with the SSPCA to try to find a way of keeping the animal welfare centres open.

The meeting closed at 6.01 pm.

No. 11 Wednesday 18 June 2003

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Michael Burns, Parish Priest of St Ninian’s Catholic Church in Edinburgh, led Time for Reflection.

2.  Patient Focus and Public Involvement in the NHS: The Minister for Health and Community Care (Malcolm Chisholm) moved S2M-154—That the Parliament welcomes the measures in Partnership For Care: Scotland’s Health White Paper and the Partnership Agreement to step up progress to ensure that greater patient engagement and wider public involvement are at the heart of a modernised NHS and supports the Scottish Executive’s commitment to placing the patient at the heart of the design of services, implementing a patient information initiative, ensuring public involvement in health service reorganisation plans by obliging NHS boards to consult stakeholders more effectively and setting up a Scottish health council as a national body with a local presence across Scotland.

Shona Robison moved amendment S2M-154.1 to motion S2M-154—

After “effectively” insert—

      “, requiring direct elections for the public to the majority of places on NHS boards,”.

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 34, Against 80, Abstentions 0).

Mr David Davidson moved amendment S2M-154.2 to motion S2M-154—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“regrets that the Scottish Executive’s proposal in Partnership for Care: Scotland’s Health White Paper and A Partnership for a Better Scotland, in an attempt to increase patient focus and public involvement, will only increase bureaucracy in an over-centralised NHS and considers measures such as GP fundholding and foundation hospitals would offer patients real choice regarding their own care, would focus on clinical priorities over political priorities, and would, therefore, start to solve the real problems facing the health service.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 17, Against 97, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 85, Against 22, Abstentions 7).

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

4.      Concorde and the Museum of Flight: The Parliament debated S2M-59 in the name of John Home Robertson—That the Parliament notes that British Airways will be withdrawing Concorde aircraft from service and welcomes the approach from the Chairman of the Trustees of the National Museums of Scotland to the Chief Executive of British Airways requesting that one of these aeroplanes is donated to the Museum of Flight at East Fortune; recognises the interests of education and tourism and the important role that museums play in both of these areas; takes into account the associations of Concorde with Scotland, namely that the design of the wings was undertaken by a Scot from Penicuik, Sir James Arnot Hamilton, that the early test flights were carried out at Prestwick in the early 1970s and that it was Concorde that flew over Edinburgh to celebrate the opening of the Scottish Parliament in July 1999; further recognises the wealth of experience of staff at the Museum of Flight in the preservation of aircraft and their years of experience in welcoming visitors to the museum; further notes that staff at the Museum of Flight are confident that the practicalities of landing a Concorde aircraft and of providing enclosed space for display have been investigated and that no difficulties are anticipated following a brief period of minor works; notes that the National Museums of Scotland has recently appointed a new General Manager at the Museum of Flight and that a major programme of development is planned to position the museum as a world class attraction, and recommends strongly that support be given to the National Museums of Scotland in its bid for Concorde for display at the Museum of Flight.

The meeting closed at 5.43 pm.

No. 12 Thursday 19 June 2003

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Water Industry: Murdo Fraser moved S2M-162—That the Parliament notes with concern the dramatic increases in charges by Scottish Water to businesses in 2003-04 which, in some cases, amount to nearly 500% more than the amount charged in 2002-03; believes that these increased charges bear no relation to the service provided by Scottish Water to these customers; is concerned that these rising costs have increased the competitive disadvantage faced by Scottish firms, particularly in relation to England; further notes that household bills have gone up by 94% in real terms over the past decade, while English domestic bills have only risen by 22% since 1989; acknowledges that privatisation in England has brought substantial capital investment which has led to lower bills for businesses and households alongside improved water quality; calls on the Scottish Executive to address urgently the concerns of domestic and business customers in relation to these higher charges and to look at widening competition with a view to reducing costs, and further believes that, as public ownership has failed customers in Scotland, the Executive should investigate models of private ownership.

The Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Allan Wilson) moved amendment S2M-162.3 to motion S2M-162—

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“believes that, having established Scottish Water in 2002, this is the right means of delivering cost-effective and improved services in accordance with the requirements of the Parliament and that, in the short time since Scottish Water’s establishment, it has started the process of delivering cost effective and improved services, and further believes that a review of its ownership and funding now would undermine that progress to the detriment of all customers."

Roseanna Cunningham moved amendment S2M-162.4 to motion S2M-162—

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"believes that the offices of the Water Industry Commissioner for Scotland and the Water Quality Regulator should be amalgamated to create a tough new champion on behalf of customers; further believes that a full and detailed review of the financial control arrangements for Scottish Water requires to be undertaken as a matter of urgency with a view to affording Scottish Water greater financial flexibility, and calls on the Scottish Executive to consider a not-for-profit trust to provide an appropriate vehicle for investment which would allow Scottish Water to be free of artificial constraints and keep charges under control."

After debate, amendment S2M-162.3 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 69, Against 41, Abstentions 0). As a result amendment S2M-162.4 was pre-empted.

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to to ((DT) by division: For 67, Against 43, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament believes that, having established Scottish Water in 2002, this is the right means of delivering cost-effective and improved services in accordance with the requirements of the Parliament and that, in the short time since Scottish Water’s establishment, it has started the process of delivering cost effective and improved services, and further believes that a review of its ownership and funding now would undermine that progress to the detriment of all customers.

2. Care Homes for the Elderly: David Davidson moved S2M-161—That the Parliament notes with concern the threat of closure to the majority of the Church of Scotland’s care homes; further notes that this crisis has occurred against a background of the Scottish Executive’s assurance in the last session of the Parliament that funding issues had been resolved; believes, therefore, that this matter needs to be re-examined as a matter of urgency with a view to achieving a sustainable funding agreement and ending inequality in funding between local authority-run homes and independent homes; recognises that there is a longer term issue to be addressed by government, and calls on the Executive to consult with Her Majesty’s Government on how people might be encouraged to make greater provision for their own long-term care.

The Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care (Mr Tom McCabe) moved amendment S2M-161.4 to motion S2M-161—

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“acknowledges the problems faced by some Church of Scotland care homes but recognises that the Scottish Executive has met in full the recommendations of the National Review Group on care home fees which resulted in an extra investment of over £130 million in the care home sector since July 2001; welcomes the work currently being undertaken by COSLA and the care home sector in establishing a framework for assessing the cost of providing care for older people from 2005-06, and notes the continuing commitment of the Executive to shift the balance of care from institutional settings to providing care at home and its setting up of the national care standards which provide a quality framework.”

Stewart Stevenson moved amendment S2M-161.1 to motion S2M-161—

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"regrets that the present funding levels to the voluntary and private sectors leave vulnerable older people exposed to disruption and distress at a point in their lives when they deserve support and stability; believes that the Executive should undertake an urgent review of funding for the care home sector based on an analysis of the true cost of care, and calls on the Executive to carry out an urgent review of bed provision in care homes in order to establish and commit to a long-term plan for the sector.”

John Swinburne moved amendment S2M-161.3 to motion S2M-161—

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“means testing discriminates against residents who have made provision for their long-term care and calls on the Executive to provide long-term care for the elderly without such discrimination.”
After debate, amendment S2M-161.4 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 63, Against 48, Abstentions 0).  As a result amendments S2M-161.1 and S2M-161.3 were pre-empted.

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 63, Against 47, Abstentions 1).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament acknowledges the problems faced by some Church of Scotland care homes but recognises that the Scottish Executive has met in full the recommendations of the National Review Group on care home fees which resulted in an extra investment of over £130 million in the care home sector since July 2001; welcomes the work currently being undertaken by COSLA and the care home sector in establishing a framework for assessing the cost of providing care for older people from 2005-06, and notes the continuing commitment of the Executive to shift the balance of care from institutional settings to providing care at home and its setting up of the national care standards which provide a quality framework.

3. Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-158—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—
Wednesday 25 June 2003

2:30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Debate on Modernising Justice

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business – debate on the subject of S2M-140 Phil Gallie: Red Brae School

Thursday 26 June 2003

9:30 am                          Landfill (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Final Stage of Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm (Navigation and Fishing) (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Business Motion

2:30 pm                          Question Time

3:10 pm                          First Minister's Question Time

followed by                      Motion on Fireworks Bill - UK Legislation

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business – debate on the subject of S2M-110 Irene Oldfather: Valuing Carers.

The motion was agreed to.

4. Ministerial Statement: The First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell) made a statement on the Inquiry into the Holyrood project.

5. Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell), the Lord Advocate and other Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

6. Approval of SSI: The Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Allan Wilson) moved S2M-144—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002 (Consequential Provisions) Order 2003 be approved.

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

7. Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill – UK Legislation: The Minister for Health and Community Care (Malcolm Chisholm) moved S2M-137—That the Parliament endorses the principle of ensuring consistency in recovery of NHS charges where compensation is paid following injury as set out in Part 3 of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill and agrees that the relevant provisions to achieve this end including extending ministers’ powers to make regulations under a scheme for recovery should be considered by the UK Parliament.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 76, Against 35, Abstentions 0).
8. Approval of SSI: Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-168—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2003 Amendment Order 2003 be approved.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 80, Against 28, Abstentions 3).

9. Approval of SSI: Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-169—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/260) be approved.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 86, Against 19, Abstentions  6).

10. Membership of Committee: Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-170—That the Parliament agrees that Mrs Margaret Smith be appointed a member of the Equal Opportunities Committee

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

11. Decision Time: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, move without notice that, under Rule 11.2.4 of Standing Orders, Decision Time on Thursday 19 June be taken at 4.58 pm.

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

13. Glasgow and Edinburgh Airport Investment: The Parliament debated S2M-31 in the name of Ms Sandra White—That the Parliament notes the response by BAA plc to Her Majesty’s Government’s consultation document, The Future Development of Air Transport in the United Kingdom: A National Consultation – Scotland, which states that the upgrading of Glasgow Airport to international hub status would cost £1.1 billion, £200 million less than government estimates, and that the cost of upgrading Edinburgh Airport would be £1.3 billion, £400 million more than previous estimates; further notes the massive investment planned for airport expansion in the south east of England; expresses its support for Scottish Airports Ltd’s call on Her Majesty’s Government not to put Scotland’s long-term economical prospects at risk by opting to develop only one of the country’s main airports, and believes that the Scottish Executive should make representations to Her Majesty’s Government to ensure that the necessary investment is made available to ensure that both airports grow to their full potential.

The meeting closed at 5.52 pm.

No. 13 Wednesday 25 June 2003

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Reverend Professor Frank Whaling,
Co-Convener of Edinburgh Interfaith Association, Chair of Edinburgh International Centre for World Spiritualities and Emeritus Professor of the Study of Religion, Edinburgh University led Time for Reflection.

2. Modernising Justice: The Minister for Justice (Cathy Jamieson) moved S2M-191—That the Parliament notes the commitment made in A Partnership for a Better Scotland to working for a safer Scotland, supporting safe communities and improving public services and supports the Scottish Executive in working to modernise the courts and criminal justice system for those who have to use them, including victims and witnesses,  and in delivering modern laws to deal with the complexities of modern Scottish life.

Nicola Sturgeon moved amendment S2M-191.1 to motion S2M-191—

Insert at end—

“, and further recognises that the efficient administration of criminal justice depends on all parts of the system, not least on the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service having adequate resources to meet the increasing demands placed on it.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 45, Against 62, Abstentions 0).

Miss Annabel Goldie moved amendment S2M-191.2 to motion S2M-191—

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"and, while welcoming proposals to make more efficient the processing and disposal of criminal cases, expresses concern at the proposed extension to the 110 day rule, the resources implication for sheriff courts of handling an increased workload and the continuing inadequacy of resources available to the police and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 47, Against 67, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 95, Against 3, Abstentions 15).

3. Business Motion: Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-200—That the Parliament agrees—

(a)  as a revision to the programme of business agreed on 19 June—

Wednesday 25 June 2003

after,

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

insert,

followed by                      SPCB Motion on Membership of the Scottish Commission for Public Audit

Thursday 26 June 2003

9:30 am                          Landfill (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003

followed by                      Motion on Fireworks Bill - UK Legislation

2:30 pm                          Question Time

3:10 pm                          First Minister's Question Time

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Final Stage of Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm (Navigation and Fishing) (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business - debate on the subject of S2M-110 Irene Oldfather: Valuing Carers

and (b) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 3 September 2003

2:30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Business

followed by                      Debate on Procedures Committee’s Report on First Minister’s Question Time

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Thursday 4 September 2003

9:30 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Business

2:30 pm                          Question Time

3:10 pm                          First Minister's Question Time

followed by                      Executive Business

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Business Motion

5:00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

After debate, the motion was then agreed to (by division: For 65, Against 50, Abstentions 0).

4. Scottish Commission for Public Audit: Robert Brown, on behalf of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, moved S2M-198—That the Parliament agrees to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body’s proposal to appoint Margaret Jamieson, Cathy Peattie, Mr Keith Raffan and Mr Andrew Welsh to be members of the Scottish Commission for Public Audit.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

6. Red Brae School: The Parliament debated S2M-140 in the name of Phil Gallie—That the Parliament commends the experienced staff at Red Brae School, Maybole, who provide an alternative education path for pupils excluded from mainstream education for disruptive and undisciplined behaviour; acknowledges the benefits of this education which the pupils themselves appreciate, and believes that the Scottish Executive must ensure that such facilities are available across the country thereby ensuring that those children whose behaviour patterns are not suited to mainstream education are catered for in a way that steers them into becoming useful and respected members of society.

The meeting closed at 5.39 pm.

No. 14 Thursday 26 June 2003

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Approval of SSI: The Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Allan Wilson) moved S2M-143—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Landfill (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003 be approved.

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

2. Fireworks Bill – UK Legislation: The Minister for Finance and Public Services (Mr Andy Kerr) moved S2M-136—That the Parliament endorses the principle of making enabling regulations for the supply and use of fireworks as set out in the Fireworks Bill and agrees that those provisions in the Bill that relate to devolved matters should be considered by the UK Parliament.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 83, Against 2, Abstentions 26).

3. Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell) and other Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

4. Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm (Navigation and Fishing) (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-202—That the Parliament agrees that, during the Final Stage proceedings on the Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm (Navigation and Fishing) (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 Final Stage begins and excluding any periods when the meeting of the Parliament is suspended)—

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

The motion was agreed to.

5. Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm (Navigation and Fishing) (Scotland) Bill – Final Stage: The Bill was considered at Final Stage.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 1, 4, 5, 2, 6, 7

Amendment 3 was agreed to (by division: For 65, Against 30, Abstentions 0)

6. Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm (Navigation and Fishing) (Scotland) Bill – Final Stage: Mr John Home Robertson, moved S2M-121—That the Parliament agrees that the Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm (Navigation and Fishing) (Scotland) Bill be passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 100, Against 13, Abstentions 1).

7. Designation of Lead Committee: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-195—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Designation of Lead Committee: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-196—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003 (Saving and Transitional Provisions) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/287).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9. Designation of Lead Committee: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-197—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated lead committee in consideration of the Drugs Courts (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/290).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10. Decision Time: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that, under Rule 11.2.4 of Standing Orders, Decision Time on Thursday 26 June be taken at 4.43 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

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

12. Valuing Carers: The Parliament debated S2M-110 in the name of Irene Oldfather—That the Parliament recognises the hard work and dedication of Scotland's 115,675 unpaid carers, a workforce comparable to the total NHS workforce in Scotland; acknowledges the role of Scotland's carer population as partners in the provision of care; recognises the measures outlined in Partnership for Care: Scotland’s Health White Paper and in the Community Care and Health (Scotland) Act 2002 to increase partnership working across the health and social care services; notes that the health and well-being of many carers are affected as a direct consequence of the physical and emotional strains of caring; welcomes the dedication of care assistants across Scotland in providing vital respite services to carers and their families; congratulates the UK-wide network of 30,000 Princess Royal Trust for Carers centres on the level of support that they provide to carers and their families; recognises that there are many more unidentified carers in Scotland and that, for appropriate support to be administered, these carers must be identified; further welcomes the publication of Focus on Carers and the NHS - identifying and supporting hidden carers - Good Practice Guide by the Princess Royal Trust for Carers and the strategies for identifying carers contained therein, and considers that the Scottish Executive should target resources specifically on identifying and supporting carers in order that the vision underpinning recent legislation can be realised.

The meeting closed at 5.25 pm.

No. 15 Wednesday 3 September 2003

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1 Time for Reflection: The Reverend Ian Dickie, Granton Baptist Church, Edinburgh, led Time for Reflection.

2. Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-284—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) as a revision to the programme of business agreed on 25 June 2003—

Wednesday 3 September

after—

“2:30 pm                         Time for Reflection – Rev Ian Dickie, Granton Baptist Church”

delete all and insert—

followed by                     Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Debate on the Scottish Economy

followed by                      Procedures Committee motion on its 1st Report, 2003 (Session 2), First Minister’s Question Time and minor standing order changes

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business – debate on the subject of S2M-177 Mr Jeremy Purvis: European Structural Funds and South of Scotland

Thursday 4 September 2003

9:30 am                          Executive Debate on Closing the Opportunity Gap

followed by                      Business Motion

2:30 pm                          Question Time

3:10 pm                          First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm                          Executive Debate on Investment and Change in Cancer Services

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business – debate on the subject of S2M-264 Roseanna Cunningham: Defence Aviation Repair Agency, Almondbank

and (b) that Stage 1 of the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill be completed by 21 November 2003 and that Stage 1 of the Primary Medical Services (Scotland)  Bill be completed by 31 October 2003.

The motion was agreed to.

3. The Scottish Economy: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning (Mr Jim Wallace) moved S2M-287—That the Parliament   supports the objective of achieving long term, sustainable growth in the Scottish economy; endorses the Scottish Executive's strategy, set out in A Smart, Successful Scotland and A Partnership for A Better Scotland, as the best means of helping to achieve this growth; welcomes the support of Scottish business and academia for this strategy; recognises the need to create a spirit of entrepreneurship, promote innovations and encourage sensible risk taking; believes this can be achieved by building on the strength of our education system and research and development capability and through development of specific initiatives such as Enterprise in Education and the Green Jobs Strategy; reaffirms the Scottish Executive's commitment to remain focused on the delivery of this strategy while being responsive to ways in which it can be enhanced and refined, and looks forward to delivering increased prosperity as the basis for first-class service and a socially just Scotland.

Mr John Swinney moved amendment S2M-287.2 to motion S2M-287—

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“recognises the enormous potential of the Scottish people; accepts that Westminster control of Scotland’s economic policy has been disastrous for Scottish living standards, population and national self-esteem; notes that, to reverse that trend, the Scottish government must create the maximum competitive advantage for the Scottish economy, and therefore calls on all parties to work together to win for the Parliament the full powers that all independent countries enjoy, in order to create a competitive advantage and the conditions for a prosperous and just Scotland.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 25, Against 92, Abstentions 1).

Murdo Fraser moved amendment S2M-287.1 to motion S2M-287—

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“notes, however, the poor performance of the economy with levels of growth lower than the rest of the United Kingdom, falling levels of business start-ups, rising levels of business failure and job losses in the private sector; recognises that the objective of long-term, sustainable growth is currently being hindered by high non-domestic rates, increased business water charges and a heavy burden of corporate regulation, and calls on the Scottish Executive to use its existing powers to reduce the business rate poundage to levels at least equal to those in England, to ease the burden of increased water charges that are stifling business growth and to work proactively to free businesses from undue regulation, thereby eliminating the competitive disadvantage at which many Scottish businesses find themselves relative to their English counterparts and allowing the Scottish economy to grow to its full potential.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 16, Against 103, Abstentions 0).

Shiona Baird moved amendment S2M-287.3 to motion S2M-287—

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“sustainability as distinct from growth in the Scottish economy; supports the use of the terms “sustainable” and “sustainability” in accordance with the generally-accepted definition of “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”; endorses the Scottish Executive’s establishment of a Sustainable  Development Forum and Sustainable Development Indicators as initial steps in the direction of sustainability; recognises the need to create a spirit of entrepreneurship, promote innovations and encourage sensible risk taking; believes that this can be achieved by building on the strength of our education system and research and development capability and through development of specific initiatives such as a green jobs strategy; welcomes the Scottish Executive’s commitment to be responsive to ways in which its current strategy can be enhanced and refined, and affirms that long-term prosperity, first-class services and social justice are only achievable through sustainable development.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 10, Against 108, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 63, Against 54, Abstentions 0).

4 Procedures Committee Report, First Minister’s Question Time and Minor Standing Order Changes:Iain Smith, on behalf of the Procedures Committee, moved S2M-286—That the Parliament agrees to make the changes to the standing orders set out in Annex A to the Procedures Committee's 1st Report, 2003 (Session 2), First Minister's Question Time and minor standing order changes (SP Paper 9) and that those changes to the standing orders should come into force on 4 September 2003.

Mr Jamie McGrigor moved amendment S2M-286.1 to motion S2M-286—

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"but disagrees with the recommendation in paragraph 46 of the report that First Minister's Question Time should start at 12 noon and instead recommends that First Minister's Question Time starts around 2 pm."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 52, Against 68, Abstentions 1).

Tommy Sheridan moved amendment S2M-286.2 to motion S2M-286—

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“except that, in place of paragraph 1 of Annex A of the report, the Parliament agrees that in Rule 13.6.3 “40 minutes each week immediately following Question Time” be substituted for “20 minutes each week immediately following Question Time” and calls on the Procedures Committee to bring forward proposals so that Decision Time on Thursday normally begins at 5.30 pm.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 8, Against 111, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 98, Against 20, Abstentions 1).

5. Designation of Lead Committee: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-281—That the Parliament agrees that the Communities Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Environmental Impact Assessment (Water Management) (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/341).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6. Designation of Lead Committee: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-282—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Designation of Lead Committee: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-283—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) (No 2) Order 2003.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Substitution on Committees: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-294—That the Parliament agrees the following nominated committee substitutes, as permitted under Rule 6.3A

Scottish National Party
Audit Committee                                                                   Mr Andrew Welsh
Communities Committee                                                     Shona Robison
Education Committee                                                          Brian Adam
Enterprise and Culture Committee                                     Fiona Hyslop
Environment and Rural Development Committee             Mr Jim Mather
Equal Opportunities Committee                                          Tricia Marwick
European and External Relations Committee                   Nicola Sturgeon
Finance Committee                                                              Mr Adam Ingram
Health Committee                                                                 Ms Sandra White
Justice 2 Committee                                                            Michael Matheson
Local Government and Transport Committee                   Mr Kenny MacAskill
Procedures Committee                                                        Linda Fabiani
Public Petitions Committee                                                 Mr Rob Gibson
Standards Committee                                                          Alasdair Morgan
Subordinate Legislation Committee                                   Bruce Crawford
Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Audit Committee                                                                   Mr Ted Brocklebank
Communities Committee                                                     John Scott
Education Committee                                                          David Mundell
Enterprise and Culture Committee                                     Mr Brian Monteith
Environment and Rural Development Committee             Alex Fergusson
Equal Opportunities Committee                                          Mr Jamie McGrigor
European and External Relations Committee                   Murdo Fraser
Finance Committee                                                              Mary Scanlon
Health Committee                                                                 Mrs Nanette Milne
Justice 1 Committee                                                            Miss Annabel Goldie
Justice 2 Committee                                                            Margaret Mitchell
Local Government and Transport Committee                   Mr David Davidson
Procedures Committee                                                        Murray Tosh
Public Petitions Committee                                                 Phil Gallie
Standards Committee                                                          Lord James Douglas- Hamilton
Subordinate Legislation Committee                                   Alex Johnstone

Scottish Green Party
Audit Committee                                                                   Chris Ballance
Communities Committee                                                     Shiona Baird
Enterprise Committee                                                          Mark Ballard
Environment and Rural Development Committee             Mr Mark Ruskell
Equal Opportunities Committee                                          Patrick Harvie
Procedures Committee                                                        Robin Harper

Scottish Socialist Party
Equal Opportunities Committee                                          Carolyn Leckie
Public Petitions Committee                                                 Frances Curran

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

10. European Structural Funds and South of Scotland: The Parliament debated S2M-177 in the name of Mr Jeremy Purvis—That the Parliament recognises the importance to the south of Scotland of European structural funds; welcomes the investment of £44 million in projects such as the Ettrick Riverside Centre, Selkirk, the Eastgate Arts Centre, Peebles, the Border Union Showground, Kelso and harbour investment in Eyemouth; appreciates the efforts of agencies working in partnership to deliver a full spend of the allocated funding, and stresses the importance of the continuation of such funding after 2006, whether delivered from Brussels or repatriated.

The meeting closed at 5.58 pm.

No. 16 Thursday 4 September 2003

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Closing the Opportunity Gap: The Minister for Communities (Ms Margaret Curran) moved S2M-293—That the Parliament welcomes the Executive's continuing commitment to breaking down the social, educational and economic barriers that create inequality and the commitment to working to end poverty by tackling deprivation and social needs, and notes that to close the opportunity gap the Executive will deliver community regeneration to build strong, safe and attractive communities; measures to increase financial inclusion to reduce debt, measures to improve standards of housing and to tackle homelessness and measures to overcome barriers to training and employment to increase participation in the labour market.

Shona Robison moved amendment S2M-293.3 to motion S2M-293—

Insert at end—

"but recognises that none of this action will be enough to reduce poverty levels in Scotland, which will only be achieved once the Executive has power and control over tax and social security policy."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 29, Against 79, Abstentions 1).

Mary Scanlon moved amendment S2M-293.1 to motion S2M-293—

Leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert—

"notes with concern that waiting lists are getting longer, children are failing to meet education attainment levels, violent crime is increasing, anti-social behaviour is rising and our economy is lagging behind that of the rest of the United Kingdom; recognises that it is the poorest and most vulnerable in society that suffer most as they are trapped in failing schools, most likely to suffer from ill health and most likely to be victims of crime, and believes ultimately that only by reforming key public services through offering choice and decentralisation, whilst encouraging economic growth by cutting business rates, removing red tape and mutualising Scottish Water, can we close any opportunity gap and give the people of Scotland a better future.

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 18, Against 91, Abstentions 0).

Tommy Sheridan moved amendment S2M-293.2 to motion S2M-293—

Leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert—

"condemns the failure of the Scottish Executive's policy over the last four years to deal with the problem of poverty in Scotland; notes the findings of the recent Rowntree report on poverty and social inclusion which shows that the proportion of the population living in poverty in Scotland has risen to 23% and the proportion of children in poverty to 30%; believes that the problem of poverty will never be solved until there is a fundamental redistribution of income and wealth which requires an independent Scotland, but considers, however, that even with its limited power the Parliament could begin this process by abolishing regressive council tax and introducing a Scottish service tax based on people's ability to pay and, in addition, introduce a minimum wage in the public sector of £7.50 an hour and free, nutritious school meals for all state school children in Scotland."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 6, Against 102, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 67, Against 41, Abstentions 1).

2. Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell) and other Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

3. Investment and Change in Cancer Services: The Minister for Health and Community Care (Malcolm Chisholm) moved S2M-292—That the Parliament acknowledges the progress made and the remaining challenges in implementing the cancer strategy; recognises that the £60 million investment is leading to many improvements to patient care; welcomes the development of managed clinical networks and the redesign of cancer services under way across the three regional cancer networks; supports an increased focus on patient experience and patient involvement, and looks forward to continuing change and innovation in order to reduce waiting times and improve the quality of care.

Shona Robison moved amendment S2M-292.2 to motion S2M-292—

Insert at end—

“but recognises that further action is required to tackle staffing shortages in the oncology field in Scotland, including consideration of enhanced terms and conditions.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 29, Against 63, Abstentions 17).

Mr David Davidson moved amendment S2M-292.1 to motion S2M-292—

Leave out from "acknowledges" to end and insert—

"welcomes the improvement in survival rates for the majority of cancers, thanks to scientific advances, and praises those in the health service who work to combat this disease, but notes with grave concern that the delivery of health care in Scotland has fallen short of the standards that people expect and deserve, with patients' chances of survival under threat due to unacceptably long waiting times, staff shortages, postcode prescribing and the inequalities in accessing clinical assessment throughout Scotland."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 18, Against 66, Abstentions 25).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 93, Against 0, Abstentions 16).

4. Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-298—That the Parliament agrees
(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 10 September 2003

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Debate on Strategic Framework for Aquaculture

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business - debate on the subject of S2M-106 Dr Sylvia Jackson: Scotland's European Pollutant Emission Register

Thursday 11 September 2003

9.30 am                          Scottish National Party Business

12 noon                          First Minister’s Question Time

2.30 pm                          Question Time

3.10 pm                          Ministerial Statement on Delivering for Scotland – Funding the Partnership Agreement

followed by                      Executive Debate on Ministerial Statement

followed by                      Motion on Legal Deposit Libraries Bill 2003 -  UK Legislation

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business - debate on the subject of S2M-145 Elaine Smith: Obesity Amongst the Scottish Population

Wednesday 17 September 2003

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Debate on Review of Licensing Laws

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Thursday 18 September 2003

9.30 am                          Executive Debate on Health

12 noon                          First Minister’s Question Time

2.30 pm                          Question Time

followed by                      Continuation of Executive Debate on Health

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

and, (b) that the Environment and Rural Development Committee reports to the Communities Committee by 26 September 2003 on the Environmental Impact Assessment (Water Management) (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/341) and that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 16 September 2003 on the draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003 and on the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) (No.2) Order 2003.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (by division: For 88, Against 15, Abstentions 2).

5. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1 and 3 as noted above.

6. Defence Aviation Repair Agency, Almondbank: The Parliament debated S2M-264 in the name of Roseanna Cunningham—That the Parliament notes the continued speculation about the impact of the Ministry of Defence’s ‘End to End Review’ on the future of the Defence Aviation Repair Agency (DARA) in Almondbank; is concerned about the threat to the 325 jobs at the facility; recognises the important and specialised skills of the workforce there which are significant to both Perthshire locally and Scotland as a whole; acknowledges the massive local economic impact of DARA in Almondbank as evidenced by the Mackay Consultants’ report of August 2003; further notes the cross party and multi-agency Welsh campaign to defend DARA jobs in Wales, and believes that the Scottish Executive should ensure that a similar campaign is organised in Scotland in order to protect and defend the continued existence of defence jobs at DARA in Almondbank.

The meeting closed at 5.52 pm.

No. 17 Wednesday 10 September 2003

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Father Chris Boles, Edinburgh Jesuit Community, led Time for Reflection.

2. Strategic Framework for Aquaculture: The Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Allan Wilson) moved S2M-310—That the Parliament   welcomes the Scottish Executive's commitment, as set out in A Partnership for a Better Scotland, to support an aquaculture industry that is sustainable, diverse and competitive; endorses A Strategic Framework for Scottish Aquaculture, prepared in collaboration with, and supported by, a wide range of stakeholders and launched in March 2003 and notes the progress already achieved in addressing the priorities for action listed therein, and further welcomes the Executive's continuing commitment to work in partnership with industry and all the other key stakeholders in regularly reviewing and reporting to the Parliament progress with the monitoring and implementation of the full programme of work contained in the strategic framework.

Richard Lochhead moved amendment S2M-310.2 to motion S2M-310—

Leave out from first "welcomes" to end and insert—

"expresses support for sustainable aquaculture and recognises the sector’s vital economic contribution to Scotland; urges the industry to strive continually to achieve the highest environmental standards and welcomes progress already made; believes that the regulatory framework must be guided by well-resourced science; further believes that lessons must be learnt from other countries on the streamlining and simplification of the regulatory framework and is disappointed that this is one of many issues that the strategy fails to address adequately; calls for the powers currently exercised by the Crown Estate to be transferred to the Parliament, and further calls for the early introduction of legislation transferring planning control to local authorities in order to enhance openness and accountability to ensure that local communities have a say over the siting of fish farms."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 22, Against 80, Abstentions 11).

Ted Brocklebank moved amendment S2M-310.1 to motion S2M-310—

Leave out from “endorses” to end and insert—

“but regrets that the strategic framework for Scottish aquaculture increasingly looks more like a straightjacket, with no fewer than eight bodies currently overseeing it, and further regrets that the Executive has failed to make meaningful financial provision to the industry in terms of research and development, especially of new species and has failed to protect the quality “Scottish” brand for farmed salmon and failed to safeguard the 6,500 Scottish jobs in salmon farming by its inadequate approach to dumping of inferior foreign product on the European market with the subsequent collapse in Scottish prices."
After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 37, Against 76, Abstentions 0).

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

3. Establishment of Committee: Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-330—That the Parliament agrees to establish a committee of the Parliament as follows—
 
Name of Committee: Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine Railway and Linked Improvements Bill Committee

Remit: To consider and report to the Parliament on the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine Railway and Linked Improvements Bill
 
Duration: Until the Bill has received Royal Assent, falls or is withdrawn

Convenership: The Convener will be a member of the Labour Party and the Deputy Convener a member of the Scottish National Party

Membership: Bill Butler (Labour), Mr Richard Baker (Labour), Mr Rob Gibson (SNP), David Mundell (Conservative), Nora Radcliffe (Lib Dem).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

4. Substitution on Committees: Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-331—That the Parliament agrees the following nominated committee substitutes, as permitted under Rule 6.3A—

Labour Party
Audit Committee                                                                   Marlyn Glen
Communities Committee                                                     Christine May
Education Committee                                                          Mr Richard Baker
Enterprise and Culture Committee                                     Rhona Brankin
Environment and Rural Development Committee             Janis Hughes
Equal Opportunities Committee                                          Jackie Baillie
European and External Relations Committee                   Ms Wendy Alexander
Finance Committee                                                              Gordon Jackson
Health Committee                                                                 Paul Martin
Justice 1 Committee                                                            Helen Eadie
Justice 2 Committee                                                            Cathie Craigie
Local Government and Transport Committee                   Bill Butler
Procedures Committee                                                        Irene Oldfather
Public Petitions Committee                                                 Susan Deacon
Standards Committee                                                          Marilyn Livingstone
Subordinate Legislation Committee                                   Maureen Macmillan 

Scottish National Party
Justice 1 Committee                                                            Roseanna Cunningham

Scottish Socialist Party
Education Committee                                                          Rosie Kane
Justice 2 Committee                                                            Ms Rosemary Byrne
Local Government and Transport Committee                   Colin Fox

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

6. Scotland’s European Pollutant Emission Register: The Parliament debated S2M-106 in the name of Dr Sylvia Jackson—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Scottish European Pollutant Emission Register by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency; recognises that this is an important component of a strategy to deliver environmental justice in Scotland; notes that all communities have a right to know about chemical emissions in their environment; further notes that, in the United States, the introduction of the Toxic Release Inventory resulted in emission reductions of over 40%, and looks forward to the rapid development and publication of a comprehensive and easily accessible system that includes contextual health and environmental impact information.

The meeting closed at 5.38 pm.

No. 18 Thursday 11 September 2003

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Treatment of Asylum Seekers in Scotland: John Swinney moved S2M-329—That the Parliament calls for an end to the detention of children at the Dungavel House Immigration Removal Centre.

Miss Annabel Goldie moved amendment S2M-329.1 to motion S2M-329—

Leave out from "calls for" to end and insert—

"deplores the operation by Her Majesty's Government of an inadequate and ineffectual policy on asylum and profoundly regrets the policy implications of such deficiencies for asylum seekers in Scotland."

After debate, amendment S2M-329.1 was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 17, Against 108, Abstentions 0).

Robert Brown moved amendment S2M-329.2 to motion S2M-329—

Leave out from "calls for" to end and insert—

"reiterates its strong support for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child; believes that decisions affecting children whose parents are to be detained should be made in the best interests of the child; notes that the issue of asylum and immigration policy is reserved to Westminster but welcomes the significant progress made by Scottish Ministers to improve services and support for asylum seekers and refugees in the community; notes that Dungavel is one of eight UK removal centres operated by the Home Office throughout the United Kingdom; notes the reports by HM Inspectorate of Prisons and HM Inspectorate of Education on the educational provision made for the children detained at Dungavel; calls on Her Majesty's Government to take immediate action to implement the recommendations in the two reports and to end a system of detention of children at Dungavel which denies them access to social contact and to educational and other services in the local community, and calls on the Scottish Executive to convey the Parliament's concerns to Her Majesty's Government."

Elaine Smith moved amendment S2M-329.3 to motion S2M-329—

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

“recognises that there are widespread concerns regarding the care and education of children detained in Dungavel House Immigration Removal Centre and calls on the Scottish Executive to engage in communications with Her Majesty’s Government to seek to end the detention of children and their families at the centre and to develop a more humane alternative to this practice.”

After debate, amendment S2M-329.2 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 65, Against 41, Abstentions 19).  As a result amendment S2M-329.3 was pre-empted.

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 71, Against 33, Abstentions 21).

Accordingly, the Scottish Parliament resolved—That the Parliament reiterates its strong support for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child; believes that decisions affecting children whose parents are to be detained should be made in the best interests of the child; notes that the issue of asylum and immigration policy is reserved to Westminster but welcomes the significant progress made by Scottish Ministers to improve services and support for asylum seekers and refugees in the community; notes that Dungavel is one of eight UK removal centres operated by the Home Office throughout the United Kingdom; notes the reports by HM Inspectorate of Prisons and HM Inspectorate of Education on the educational provision made for the children detained at Dungavel; calls on Her Majesty's Government to take immediate action to implement the recommendations in the two reports and to end a system of detention of children at Dungavel which denies them access to social contact and to educational and other services in the local community, and calls on the Scottish Executive to convey the Parliament's concerns to Her Majesty's Government.

2. First Minister’s Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell).

3. Question Time: Questions were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

4. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Finance and Public Services (Mr Andy Kerr) made a statement on Delivering for Scotland – Funding the Partnership Agreement and answered questions on the statement.  The Parliament then debated the statement.

5. Legal Deposit Libraries Bill – UK Legislation: The Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport (Mr Frank McAveety) moved S2M-240—That the Parliament   supports the principles of the Legal Deposit Libraries Bill and agrees that the provisions in the Bill that relate to devolved matters should be considered by the UK Parliament.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6. Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-317—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business— 
Wednesday 17 September 2003

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Debate on Review of Licensing Laws

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Thursday 18 September 2003

9.30 am                          Executive Debate on Rising to the Challenge of Improving Scotland’s Health

12 noon                          First Minister’s Question Time

2.30 pm                          Question Time

3.10 pm                          Continuation of Executive Debate on Rising to the Challenge of Improving Scotland’s Health

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Wednesday 24 September 2003

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Debate on Better Behaviour – Better Learning

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Thursday 25 September 2003

9.30 am                          Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business

12 noon                          First Minister's Question Time

2.30 pm                          Question Time

3.10 pm                          Executive Business

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

The motion was agreed to.

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

8. Obesity and obesity-related illnesses: The Parliament debated S2M-145 in the name of Elaine Smith—That the Parliament notes with concern the findings of the recent study carried out by Dr Andrew Walker of the University of Glasgow, The Cost of Doing Nothing – the economics of obesity in Scotland; recognises that an estimated 21% of adults are now obese and that the annual cost to the NHS of obesity and obesity-related illnesses has been estimated at £171 million; acknowledges the efforts of the Scottish Executive and health care providers in attempting to address this problem, in particular those of Coatbridge Local Healthcare Co-operative whose “Weigh-In Without Women” programme recently received the National Obesity Forum award for excellence in weight management, and considers that such examples of best practice could be rolled out across the country as part of a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to tackling this problem.

9. Motion without Notice: David Davidson moved without notice a motion that the Parliament agrees that Members’ Business on 11 September 2003 be extended until 6.10 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 6.10 pm.

No. 19 Wednesday 17 September 2003

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Morag Mylne, Vice Convener of the Church and Nation Committee of the Church of Scotland, led Time for Reflection.

2. Review of Licensing Laws: The Minister for Justice, (Cathy Jamieson) moved S2M-339—That the Parliament welcomes the opportunity to debate the Nicholson Committee's recommendations following the review of Scotland's liquor licensing laws and endorses the proposed legislative principles for a new licensing system, of the prevention of crime or disorder, the promotion of public safety, the prevention of public nuisance, the promotion of health and the protection of children from harm.

Nicola Sturgeon moved amendment S2M-339.2 to motion S2M-339—

Insert at end—

“and notes further that the misuse of alcohol has a disproportionate effect on those living in Scotland’s most deprived areas and calls on the Scottish Executive to complement any legislative change resulting from the Nicholson Committee’s proposals with initiatives to tackle the poverty in Scotland that often results in alcohol misuse.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 35, Against 79, Abstentions 1).

Mr Brian Monteith moved amendment S2M-339.3 to motion S2M-339—

Insert at end—

“and believes that bringing about a change in cultural attitudes to alcohol consumption through individuals taking responsibility for their actions must therefore be a key aim of any legislative change.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 42, Against 73, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

3. Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-357—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 24 September 2003

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Debate on Better Behaviour – Better Learning

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Thursday 25 September 2003

9.30 am                          Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business

12 noon                          First Minister's Question Time

2.30 pm                          Question Time

3.10 pm                          Executive Debate on the Scottish National Theatre

followed by                      Motion on Executive’s Nominations to the Committee of the Regions

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Wednesday 1 October 2003

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Equal Opportunities Committee 1st Report 2003 – Mainstreaming Equality in the Work of the Committees of the Scottish Parliament

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Thursday 2 October 2003

9.30 am                          Executive Debate on Anti-Social Behaviour

12 noon                          First Minister's Question Time

2.30 pm                          Question Time

3.10 pm                          Continuation of Executive Debate on Anti-Social Behaviour

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

The motion was agreed to.

4. Approval of SSI: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-350—That the Parliament agrees that the Draft Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock: Pigs (SE/2003/173) be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

5. Approval of SSI: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-351—That the Parliament agrees that the Draft Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock: Cattle (SE/2003/175) be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6. Approval of SSI: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-352—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Welfare of Farmed Animals (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Approval of SSI: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-353—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Housing Grants (Assessment of Contributions) (Scotland) Regulations 2003 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Approval of SSI: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-354—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Housing Grants (Minimum Percentage Grant) (Scotland) Regulations 2003 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9. Approval of SSI: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-355—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation) Amendment Order 2003 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10 Substitution on Committees: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-356—That the Parliament   agrees the following nominated committee substitutes, as permitted under Rule 6.3A—

Liberal Democrat Party
Communities Committee                                                     Mike Rumbles
Education Committee                                                          Jamie Stone
Enterprise and Culture Committee                         George Lyon
European and External Relations Committee                   Nora Radcliffe
Environment and Rural Development Committee Jeremy Purvis
Finance Committee                                                              Iain Smith
Health Committee                                                                 Robert Brown
Justice 1 Committee                                                            Mike Pringle
Justice 2 Committee                                                            Mrs Margaret Smith
Local Government and Transport Committee                   John Farquhar Munro
Procedures Committee                                                        Mr Keith Raffan

The motion was agreed to (DT).

11. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 as noted above.

12. Elgin Bypass: The Parliament debated S2M-255 in the name of Mrs Margaret Ewing—That the Parliament considers that Moray Council should make full representations to the Scottish Executive regarding proposals for an Elgin bypass; notes the economic benefits to Elgin and the north-east of Scotland as a whole that a bypass would bring, and further notes the overwhelming public support for such a project.

The meeting closed at 5.46 pm.

No. 20 Thursday 18 September 2003

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Rising to the Challenge of Improving Scotland’s Health:  The Parliament debated the subject of Rising to the Challenge of Improving Scotland’s Health.

2.      First Minister’s Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell).

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

4.      Rising to the Challenge of Improving Scotland’s Health:  The Parliament continued its debate on the subject of Rising to the Challenge of Improving Scotland’s Health.

5.      TETRA Masts: The Parliament debated S2M-74 in the name of Mr Mark Ruskell—That the Parliament considers that there should be a halt to the introduction of terrestrial trunked radio (TETRA) masts throughout Scotland until such time as (a) safety standards specifically relating to TETRA technology are drawn up and (b) TETRA masts and equipment are fully tested against such standards and any adverse health effects identified and made public.

The meeting closed at 5.46 pm.

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