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No. 21 Wednesday 24 September 2003

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: The Reverend Duncan Macleod, of the Free Church Perth, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Communities (Ms Margaret Curran) made a statement on charity law, and answered questions on the statement.

3.      Better Behaviour – Better Learning: The Minister for Education and Young People (Peter Peacock) moved S2M-379—That the Parliament supports the need to continue a long-term comprehensive programme of action to promote better behaviour for better learning in our schools.

Fiona Hyslop moved amendment S2M-379.2 to motion S2M-379—

Insert at end—

“and notes the importance that teacher recruitment will have for this process”.

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

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton moved amendment S2M-379.1 to motion S2M-379—

Leave out from “supports” to end and insert—

“believes that headteachers and schools should have greater freedom to deal with bullying and disruptive pupils to maintain good order in schools.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 18, Against 75, Abstentions 8).

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

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament supports the need to continue a long-term comprehensive programme of action to promote better behaviour for better learning in our schools and notes the importance that teacher recruitment will have for this process.

4.      Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-404—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) as a revision to the programme of business agreed on 17 September 2003—

after—

Thursday 25 September 2003

delete all and insert—

9.30 am                          Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business Debate on Europe - with Specific Reference to the Single Currency and the Constitution

followed by                      Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business Debate on Public Confidence in the Criminal Justice System

12.00 noon                      First Minister's Question Time

2.30 pm                          Question Time

followed by                      Executive Debate on the Scottish National Theatre

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business - debate on the subject of S2M-210 Mr Kenneth Macintosh: Respect for Shopworkers Day, 17 September 2003

 (b) the following programme of 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                      Motion on the 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

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                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Wednesday 8 October 2003

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Business

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Thursday 9 October 2003

9.30 am                          Executive Debate on Creating an Enterprise Culture in Scotland’s Schools

12.00 noon                      First Minister's Question Time

2.30 pm                          Question Time

3.10 pm                          Executive Debate on Scotland’s Contribution to Education in the Commonwealth – Past, Present and Future

followed by                      Motion on the Criminal Justice Bill – UK Legislation

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

and (c) that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 22 October 2003 on the draft Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003 (Consequential Provisions) Order 2003 and on the Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/421); and that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 13 October 2003 on the Gaming Act (Variation of Fees) (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/403) and by 22 October 2003 on the Children’s Hearings (Provision of Information by Principal Reporter) (Prescribed Persons) (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/424).

The motion was agreed to.

5.      Parliamentary Bureau Motions: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-383—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government and Transport Committee be designated lead committee for the Prostitution Tolerance Zones (Scotland) Bill and that either the Justice 1 or Justice 2 Committee (to be decided between the committees) be designated secondary committee;

S2M-384—That the Parliament agrees that the seventh member of the Subordinate Legislation Committee be a member of the Scottish National Party and that Alasdair Morgan be appointed to that committee;

S2M-385—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 (Consequential Modification) Order 2003 be approved;

S2M-386—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003 be approved;

S2M-387—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) (No.2) Order 2003 be approved;

S2M-388—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.3) (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/365) be approved;

S2M-389—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/366) be approved;

S2M-390—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (No.2) (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/369) be approved;

S2M-391—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.5) (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/381) be approved;

S2M-392—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (No.3) (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/380) be approved;

S2M-393—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (No.2) (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/321) be approved;

S2M-394—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.4) (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/374) be approved;

S2M-395—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (No.5) (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/394) be approved;

S2M-396—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.6) (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/392) be approved;

S2M-397—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.7) (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/397) be approved;

S2M-398—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.8) (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/402) be approved;

S2M-399—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (No.4) (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI /2003/393) be approved;

S2M-400—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Gaming Act (Variation of Fees) (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/403);

S2M-401—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Children's Hearings (Provision of Information by Principal Reporter) (Prescribed Persons) (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/424);

S2M-402—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the draft Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003 (Consequential Provisions) Order 2003; and

S2M-403—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee on the Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/421).

Motion S2M-383 was agreed to (DT).

Motion S2M-384 was agreed to (DT).

Motion S2M-385 was agreed to (DT).

Motion S2M-386 was agreed to (DT).

After debate, motion S2M-387 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 90, Against 5, Abstentions 6).

After debate, motions S2M-388 to S2M-399 were agreed to ((DT) by division: For 71, Against 4, Abstentions 12).

Motions S2M-400 to S2M-403 were agreed to (DT).

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

7.      Nursery Nurses: The Parliament debated S2M-334 in the name of Ms Carolyn Leckie—That the Parliament sends solidarity greetings and best wishes to all Scotland's nursery nurses and UNISON in advance of their gala day on Saturday 13 September 2003; supports their grading claim in full, and considers that COSLA should make an offer that meets the modest and legitimate demands of the nursery nurses.

The meeting closed at 6.08 pm.

No. 22 Thursday 25 September 2003

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      European Constitution: Phil Gallie moved S2M-381—That the Parliament believes that any proposed major constitutional change affecting the governance of our country should be subject to a national referendum; believes that the proposed constitutional treaty for the European Union represents such a major change and accordingly should be the subject of such a referendum, and calls on the Scottish Executive to convey the Parliament’s concerns on this issue to Her Majesty’s Government.

The Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services (Tavish Scott) moved amendment S2M-381.3 to motion S2M-381—

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

“recognises the many benefits that the European Union has delivered for Europe and Scotland; welcomes the draft constitutional treaty presented to the European Council by the Convention on the Future of Europe as an important step towards making the EU more effective, efficient, easier to understand, democratic, transparent and accountable; welcomes the reference in the draft treaty to subsidiarity and to the role of devolved parliaments in nations and regions, and welcomes the role that the Scottish Executive, in conjunction with Her Majesty's Government, has had in securing these references.”

Mrs Margaret Ewing moved amendment S2M-381.1 to motion S2M-381—

Leave out from “affecting” to end and insert—

“of the constitution of the EU which seeks to reserve power over fishing to the sole competence of the EU is incompatible with Scotland’s interests.”

After debate, amendment S2M-381.3 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 59, Against 27, Abstentions 8).  As a result amendment S2M-381.3 was pre-empted.

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 60, Against 26, Abstentions 9).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament recognises the many benefits that the European Union has delivered for Europe and Scotland; welcomes the draft constitutional treaty presented to the European Council by the Convention on the Future of Europe as an important step towards making the EU more effective, efficient, easier to understand, democratic, transparent and accountable; welcomes the reference in the draft treaty to subsidiarity and to the role of devolved parliaments in nations and regions, and welcomes the role that the Scottish Executive, in conjunction with Her Majesty's Government, has had in securing these references.

2.      Public Confidence in the Criminal Justice System: Miss Annabel Goldie moved S2M-380—That the Parliament welcomes the recognition by the First Minister of the need to “regain trust and confidence” in our criminal justice system; believes that a step towards restoring such confidence would be to introduce honesty in sentencing by re-enacting sections 33 to 41 of the Crime and Punishment (Scotland) Act 1997, which were repealed by section 108 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998; notes that public confidence has been further undermined by the lack of visible policing in too many communities, and calls on the Scottish Executive to consider how accountability to the public in the delivery of police services might be enhanced.

The Deputy Minister for Justice (Hugh Henry) moved amendment S2M-380.3 to motion S2M-380—

Leave out from “believes” to end and insert—

“welcomes the Scottish Executive’s decision to establish a judicially-led Sentencing Commission and the commitment to introduce legislation to modernise the operation of the High Court; recognises that the Scottish Executive will act on the McInnes Review and will bring forward further proposals for court reform; notes the measures being introduced that will give more support to victims and witnesses in the criminal justice system, and believes that the record number of police officers in Scotland, the substantial increase in civilian staff and the moves to release police officers for front-line duties will enhance delivery of police services in local communities.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 61, Against 23, Abstentions 12).

Michael Matheson moved amendment S2M-380.1 to motion S2M-380—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“notes the First Minister’s recent recognition of the problems within the justice system; notes that public confidence in our justice system is undermined by insufficient resourcing of our police and prosecution service, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to ensure that future funding of the justice system reflects the demands being placed upon it.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 32, Against 64, Abstentions 0).

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 62, Against 13, Abstentions 21).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament welcomes the recognition by the First Minister of the need to “regain trust and confidence” in our criminal justice system; welcomes the Scottish Executive’s decision to establish a judicially-led Sentencing Commission and the commitment to introduce legislation to modernise the operation of the High Court; recognises that the Scottish Executive will act on the McInnes Review and will bring forward further proposals for court reform; notes the measures being introduced that will give more support to victims and witnesses in the criminal justice system, and believes that the record number of police officers in Scotland, the substantial increase in civilian staff and the moves to release police officers for front-line duties will enhance delivery of police services in local communities.

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

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

5.      Scottish National Theatre: The Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport (Mr Frank McAveety) moved S2M-406—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement of Scottish Executive funding to realise the National Theatre of Scotland; commends the Executive on its vision in supporting the radical concept of a commissioning theatre of national and international status to present theatrical and writing excellence to all the people of Scotland and take Scotland's creative talent to the world stage, and endorses the Executive's commitment to the infrastructure of Scottish regional theatre from which new work will come.

Mr Jamie McGrigor moved amendment S2M-406.2 to motion S2M-406—

Leave out from “commends” to end and insert—

“and recognises that this is the culmination of a sixty-year campaign for a National Theatre Company; regrets the Executive’s past failure to deliver on its promises despite repeated underspends in its budget, and hopes that this commissioning body will produce theatre of such excellence and quality that theatre-going audiences will be captivated and enlarged in Scotland and that it will bring greater understanding of theatre to all corners of Scotland, provide inspiration and opportunity for actors, writers, designers and production staff to showcase their talents and provide greater cultural entertainment and enjoyment for present and future generations of local inhabitants and visitors.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 21, Against 74, Abstentions 1).

Colin Fox moved amendment S2M-406.1 to motion S2M-406—

Leave out from “commends” to end and insert—

“believes that the success of this radical concept of a commissioning theatre presenting theatrical and writing excellence to all the people of Scotland and the world will in part be measured by greater involvement in the theatre and access to productions by the people of Scotland both regionally and locally.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 36, Against 60, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).
6.      Membership of Committee: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-410—That the Parliament agrees that the following members be appointed to committees—

Scott Barrie to replace Maureen Macmillan on the Communities Committee, and Maureen Macmillan to replace Scott Barrie on the Justice 2 Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

8.      Respect for Shop Workers Day: The Parliament debated S2M-210 in the name of Mr Kenneth Macintosh—That the Parliament notes with concern the level of violence and abuse that shopworkers deal with on a daily basis; further notes the recent survey by the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (USDAW) that found that 47% of those responding to the survey reported physical attacks or assaults on staff in the last 12 months, that 72% reported staff being threatened with violence, that in one in four stores threats are being made every week,  that in one-third of stores verbal abuse is a daily event, that almost 50% of staff have taken time off work as a result of violence and that stress-related problems are common and include sickness, insomnia, headaches and clinical depression; commends the USDAW campaign, “Freedom from Fear”’ and recognises its main objectives as raising awareness of the level of violence and abuse, making the workplace safer and protecting both shoppers and staff, and supports “Respect for Shopworkers Day” on 17 September 2003 aimed at preventing abusive behaviour, highlighting the support that retail companies can, and do, give their staff and encouraging the public to show respect for shopworkers.

The meeting closed at 5.46 pm.

No. 23 Wednesday 1 October 2003

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: The Reverend Erik Cramb, Co-ordinator of the Scottish Churches Industrial Mission, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Equal Opportunities Committee Report, Mainstreaming Equal Opportunities in the Work of the Committees of the Scottish Parliament: Cathy Peattie, on behalf of the Equal Opportunities Committee, moved S2M-411—That the Parliament notes the recommendations contained in the Equal Opportunities Committee’s 1st Report 2003: Mainstreaming Equal Opportunities in the Work of Committees of the Scottish Parliament (SP Paper 817).

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

3.      Nominations to the Committee of the Regions: The Minister for Parliamentary Business (Patricia Ferguson) moved S2M-438—That the Parliament notes the loss of electoral mandate to serve on the Committee of the Regions of Irene McGugan, Christine May and Hugh Halcro-Johnston; thanks these individuals for the contribution they have made to representing Scotland in the European Union, and endorses the proposal to nominate Mr Jack McConnell MSP, Nicol Stephen MSP, Councillor Corrie McChord and Councillor Keith Brown as full members and Irene Oldfather MSP, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Councillor Jim McCabe and Councillor Andrew Campbell as alternate members on the UK delegation to the Committee of the Regions for the remainder of the current session to 2006.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

4.      Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-436—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 8 October 2003

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Ministerial Statement

followed by                      Executive Debate on the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service – Proposals for Legislation

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Thursday 9 October 2003

9.30 am                          Executive Debate on Creating an Enterprise Culture in Scotland’s Schools

12 noon                          First Minister's Question Time

2.30 pm                          Question Time

3.10 pm                          Executive Debate on Scotland’s Contribution to Education in the Commonwealth – Past, Present and Future

followed by                      Motion on the Criminal Justice Bill – UK Legislation

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Wednesday 29 October 2003

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 1 Debate on the Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Financial Resolution in respect of the Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Thursday 30 October 2003

9.30 am                          Committee Business

12 noon                          First Minister's Question Time

2.30 pm                          Question Time

3.10 pm                          Executive Business

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

The motion was agreed to.

5.      Designation of Lead Committees: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-428—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the draft Victim Statements (Prescribed Courts) (Scotland) Order 2003;

S2M-429—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003 (Transitional Provisions) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/438);

S2M-430—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Victims’ Rights (Prescribed Bodies) (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/440); and

S2M-431—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Victim Statements (Prescribed Offences) (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/441).

The motions were agreed to (DT).

6.      Approval of SSIs: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-432—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.9) (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/409) be approved;

S2M-433—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.10) (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/410) be approved; and

S2M-434—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (No.3) (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/429) be approved.

Motion S2M-432 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 69, Against 19, Abstentions 23).

Motion S2M-433 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 69, Against 18, Abstentions 25).

Motion S2M-434 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 69, Against 18, Abstentions 25).

7.      Decision Time: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved a motion without notice, that the Parliament agrees under rule 11.2.4 of Standing Orders that Decision Time on Wednesday 1 October 2003 be taken at 4.58 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

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

9.      Transport in Southern Edinburgh: The Parliament debated S2M-348 in the name of Mr Mike Pringle—That the Parliament notes with concern the continued traffic congestion on main routes into Edinburgh from the south, including the problem of parking by city centre commuters in residential streets in southern Edinburgh; further notes with concern the proposal for an out-of-town football stadium at Straiton that can only exacerbate existing traffic problems; considers that improved transport infrastructure, such as the proposed park-and-ride site at Burdiehouse, is essential to help tackle the problem, and considers that the City of Edinburgh and Midlothian councils and the Scottish Executive should ensure that these transport problems in southern Edinburgh can be resolved with added benefit to the wider Lothian and Borders region.

The meeting closed at 5.57 pm.

No. 24 Thursday 2 October 2003

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Anti-Social Behaviour: The Parliament debated anti-social behaviour.

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.      Anti-Social Behaviour: The Parliament continued its debate on anti-social behaviour.

5.      Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-435—That the Parliament agrees—  

(a) that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 7 October 2003 on the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003 (Transitional Provisions) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/438), the Victims’ Rights (Prescribed Bodies) (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/440), the Victim Statements (Prescribed Offences) (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/441) and the draft Victim Statements (Prescribed Courts) (Scotland) Order 2003;
(b) that Stage 1 of the Prostitution Tolerance Zones (Scotland) Bill be completed by 30 April 2004; and
(c)that the Preliminary Stage of the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine Railway and Linked Improvements Bill be completed by 12 December 2003.

The motion was agreed to.

6.      Private Escorting of Abnormal Loads: The Parliament debated S2M-326 in the name of Mrs Margaret Mitchell—That the Parliament recognises the importance to the Scottish economy of the ability of the haulage industry to safely and efficiently transport abnormal loads on Scotland's road network; notes the present difficulties being experienced by the industry in relation to the operation of police escorts for HGVs carrying abnormal loads; believes that the use of private escorting services which operate in parts of England would improve the efficiency of the haulage industry and reduce the burden on our police force, and considers that the Scottish Executive should facilitate this in consultation with chief constables, police boards and Her Majesty's Government.

The meeting closed at 5.23 pm.

No. 25 Wednesday 8 October 2003

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Ryan Singh Kohli, Glasgow, Sikh Mata Sahib Kaur student at Oxford University, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-459—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the business programme agreed on 1 October 2003—

Wednesday 8 October 2003

delete,

followed by                    Ministerial Statement

The motion was agreed to.

3.      Scottish Fire and Rescue Service – Proposals for Legislation:  The Minister for Justice (Cathy Jamieson) moved S2M-456—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive’s commitment to working with stakeholders to develop a fire and rescue service that is modern and effective with the principal aim of reducing risk; notes that the consultation paper The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service: Proposals for Legislation builds on the responses received to the first policy paper, and notes that the Executive will engage with stakeholders to modernise the service and work together to provide greater impetus to protect the public from fire to reduce Scotland’s poor record of fire fatalities.

Nicola Sturgeon moved amendment S2M-456.2 to motion S2M-456—

Insert at end—

“and, however, expresses concern about certain detailed proposals contained in the consultation paper including, for example, the move from existing minimum standards of fire cover to an as yet untested risk management system and the removal of the safeguard of ministerial involvement in decisions about staffing and the location of fire stations and equipment.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 34, Against 74, Abstentions 0).

Miss Annabel Goldie moved amendment S2M-456.1 to motion S2M-456—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“notes that the consultation paper The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service: Proposals for Legislation builds on the responses received to the Scottish Executive’s first policy paper; is concerned, while commending the engagement of the Executive with stakeholders to modernise the service and work together to provide greater impetus to protect the public from fire to reduce Scotland’s poor record of fire fatalities, that the new National Framework, which includes centrally-driven top down targets, performance indicators, monitoring and guidance, will prejudice local operational flexibility, and calls on the Executive to confirm that it will not cut the number of fire brigades.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 14, Against 94, Abstentions 0).

Frances Curran moved amendment S2M-456.3 to motion S2M-456—

Insert at end—

“and considers that safety is paramount and that during the transitional period moving from the traditional approach to standards of fire cover to Integrated Risk Management Plans (IRMPs), the IRMPs must be tested, validated and piloted to prove that they are leading to an improvement in public and firefighter safety prior to implementation.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 34, Against 74, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 70, Against 3, Abstentions 35).

4.      Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-465—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 29 October 2003

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 1 Debate on the Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Financial Resolution in respect of the Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Thursday 30 October 2003

9.30 am                          Committee Business

12 noon                          First Minister's Question Time

2.30 pm                          Question Time

3.10 pm                          Executive Debate on Building Better Cities

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Wednesday 5 November 2003

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Business

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

Thursday 6 November 2003

9.30 am                          Scottish Green Party Business

12 noon                          First Minister's Question Time

2.30 pm                          Question Time

followed by                      Executive Business

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members' Business

The motion was agreed to.

5.      Approval of SSI: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-460—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003 (Consequential Provisions) Order 2003 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6.      Substitution on Committees: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-461—That the Parliament agrees the following changes to Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party committee substitutes—

Bill Aitken to replace David Mundell as substitute on the Education Committee;

Mr David Davidson to replace Mr Brian Monteith as substitute on the Enterprise and Culture Committee;

David Mundell to replace Mary Scanlon as substitute on the Finance Committee; and

Mr Brian Monteith to replace Mr David Davidson as substitute on the Local Government and Transport Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7.      Designation of Lead Committees: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-462—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Lands Tribunal for Scotland Rules 2003 (SSI 2003/452);

S2M-463—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003 (Conservation Bodies) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/453); and

S2M-464—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Land Tribunal for Scotland (Relevant Certificate) (Fees) Rules 2003 (SSI 2003/451).

The motions were agreed to (DT).

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

9.      Auxiliary Fire Units in the Highlands: The Parliament debated S2M-291 in the name of Mr Fergus Ewing—That the Parliament notes that auxiliary fire units play a vital role in many rural communities in fighting fires and do so in conjunction with the retained fire brigades; notes with concern that, following a report from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Fire Services (HMI), 32 auxiliary units face possible closure; further notes that the new approach of integrated risk assessment should permit the preservation of as many as possible of these auxiliary units; considers that the Scottish Executive should explicitly endorse the need for such units and acknowledge the essential role that they play in protecting human life and property; believes that, if the recommendations of the HMI report are not carefully considered and auxiliary units are forced to close because of the proposed introduction of compulsory access to breathing apparatus within a short timescale, then human life and property may be placed at risk; believes that all involved, including Highland Council, the Firemaster, HMI and the Health and Safety Executive, should continue to discuss the implications of the HMI report in the context of integrated risk assessment and find an outcome that prevents the closure of so many of the auxiliary units.

The meeting closed at 5.55 pm.

No. 26 Thursday 9 October 2003

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Creating an Enterprise Culture in Scotland’s Schools: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning (Mr Jim Wallace) moved S2M-467—That the Parliament welcomes the “can do, will do” attitude the Scottish Executive’s strategy for enterprise in education aims to engender among young people; notes that it is a priority of the Partnership Agreement to deliver the strategy in partnership with local authorities and businesses, and looks forward to the Determined to Succeed strategy giving young people the skills they need to take an entrepreneurial spirit from the classroom into a confident and prosperous Scotland.

Jim Mather moved amendment S2M-467.1 to motion S2M-467—

Leave out from “take” to end and insert—

“have full rewarding lives and the entrepreneurial spirit required to take up and create rewarding options in a new and increasingly competitive Scotland, which has full control of its own economy.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 22, Against 80, Abstentions 1).

Murdo Fraser moved amendment S2M-467.3 to motion S2M-467—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“recognises the necessity of creating an enterprise culture in Scotland in order to help reverse our economic decline; welcomes any moves to encourage young people to become more entrepreneurial but understands that what the business sector primarily looks for from school leavers are skills in literacy, numeracy, communication and timekeeping, and accordingly calls upon the Scottish Executive to take steps to reduce the unacceptable number of school pupils failing to meet basic standards in reading and writing, widen access to vocational courses at further education colleges for 14 and 15-year-olds, and increase opportunities for school pupils to experience work placements”.

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 14, Against 61, Abstentions 27).

Shona Baird moved amendment S2M-467.4 to motion S2M-467—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“considers that the Determined to Succeed strategy should strive to deliver the development of self-confident, skilled young people with a “can do, will do” attitude who can create environmentally and socially sustainable businesses and shape successful communities; requires that enterprise be fully integrated with teaching on citizenship, social obligation and sustainability, and calls on the Scottish Executive to ensure that locally-based voluntary and social enterprises play a full and equal part alongside other businesses in helping young people to develop ideas and skills.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 6, Against 75, Abstentions 21).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 84, Against 13, Abstentions 6).

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.      Scotland’s Contribution to Education in the Commonwealth – Past, Present and Future: The Minister for Education and Young People (Peter Peacock) moved S2M-468—That the Parliament welcomes the 15th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers to Edinburgh later this month; recognises the contribution Scots have made, and continue to make, to education in the Commonwealth and more widely, and encourages the Scottish Executive to continue to work internationally to support educational development.

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

5.      Criminal Justice Bill – UK Legislation: The Deputy Minister for Justice (Hugh Henry) moved S2M-407—That the Parliament agrees that, in addition to the provisions referred to in motion S1M-3671, those further matters which have been brought forward in the Criminal Justice Bill and that relate to devolved matters should be considered by the UK Parliament.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 75, Against 1, Abstentions 27).

6.      Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S2M-458—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 31 October 2003 on the Lands Tribunal for Scotland (Relevant Certificate) (Fees) Rules 2003 (SSI 2003/451), the Lands Tribunal for Scotland Rules 2003 (SSI 2003/452), and the Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003 (Conservation Bodies) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/453); and
(b) that Stage 1 of the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Bill be completed by 8 January 2004.

The motion was agreed to.

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

8.      Macmillan/CAB Cancer Patient Services: The Parliament debated S2M-166 in the name of Karen Whitefield—That the Parliament congratulates Macmillan Cancer Relief and the citizens advice bureaux of Lanarkshire on the innovative service that they have developed for cancer patients, providing debt assistance, employment, housing and other benefits to cancer patients and their carers; recognises that this is an excellent example of effective partnership working between voluntary organisations; commends Macmillan Cancer Relief and Airdrie Citizens Advice Bureau on the success of the pilot project in Airdrie; wishes them well as the project is rolled out across Lanarkshire, and recognises the benefits that such a service could provide across Scotland.

The meeting closed at 5.52 pm.

No. 27 Wednesday 29 October 2003

The meeting opened at 2.31 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: The Right Reverend Monsignor Philip J Kerr, Parish Priest of St Francis Xavier’s, Falkirk, and Vicar General of the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh led Time for Reflection.

2.      Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill - Stage 1: The Minister for Health and Community Care (Malcolm Chisholm) moved S2M-192—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill.

Carolyn Leckie moved amendment S2M-192.1 to motion S2M-192—

Leave out from “agrees” to end and insert—

 “does not agree to the general principles of the Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill because it would allow the contracting out of primary medical services to private healthcare providers and fails to guarantee the continuing provision of out-of-hours services to patients and believes that the Executive’s overall goal should be to bring primary medical services under NHS control through moving towards GPs becoming salaried employees of the NHS.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 7, Against 102, Abstentions 9).

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 113, Against 6, Abstentions 0).

3.      Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill - Financial Resolution: The Minister for Health and Community Care (Malcolm Chisholm) moved S2M-213—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any increase in expenditure of the Scottish Ministers payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund in consequence of the Act.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

4.      Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S2M-523—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 5 November 2003

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Debate on Scotland’s Transport

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 6 November 2003

9.30 am                          Scottish Green Party Business

12 noon                          First Minister’s Question Time

2.30 pm                          Question Time

followed by                      Executive Debate on Common Agricultural Policy Reform

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Wednesday 12 November 2003

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Justice 1 Committee’s 3rd Report 2003, Inquiry into Alternatives to Custody

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 13 November 2003

9.30 am                          Executive Business

12 noon                          First Minister’s Question Time

2.30 pm                          Question Time

followed by                      Executive Debate on Celebrating 150 years of Public Libraries in Scotland

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

5.      Designation of Lead Committee: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-520—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Criminal Procedure (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill at stage 1.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6.      Designation of Lead Committee: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-521—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/486).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

8.      Children’s Panel Membership: The Parliament debated S2M-364 in the name of Scott Barrie—That the Parliament recognises the huge contribution made to public life by volunteers; notes that the children’s hearing system has now been in operation in Scotland for over 30 years; applauds the dedication and commitment of children’s panel members in undertaking a difficult and demanding task; recognises the Scottish Executive’s current recruitment campaign for additional panel members, and encourages people from all sections of the community, but in particular men, to consider applying for membership of the children’s panel in their local area.

The meeting closed at 5.55 pm.

No. 28 Thursday 30 October 2003

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Rural Development Committee, Inquiry into Integrated Rural Development: Sarah Boyack on behalf of the Environment and Rural Development Committee moved S2M-477—That the Parliament notes the recommendations contained in the Rural Development Committee’s 1st Report 2003 (Session 1): Inquiry into Integrated Rural Development (SP Paper 735).

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

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.      Building Better Cities – Delivering Growth and Opportunities: The Minister for Finance and Public Services (Mr Andy Kerr) moved S2M-526—That the Parliament notes the significant progress made by local authorities and their community planning partners in taking forward the recommendations set out in Building Better Cities: Delivering Growth and Opportunities since its publication in January 2003 and the collaborative process led by the community planning partnerships in each city region to develop a 10-year City-Vision; welcomes the strategic plans set out in the six City-Visions, including the projects to be funded by the Cities Growth Fund, and endorses the Scottish Executive’s long-term commitment to the regeneration of Scotland’s cities.

Fergus Ewing moved amendment S2M-526.2 to motion S2M-526—

Leave out from “endorses” to end and insert—

“notes the concerns of many that the publication of the Review of Scotland’s Cities was a modest response to the challenges facing Scottish cities and that the review neglects the opportunity to address properly important issues of transport infrastructure and finance.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 26, Against 84, Abstentions 7).

Mr Brian Monteith moved amendment S2M-526.4 to motion S2M-526—

Leave out from “notes” to end and insert—

 “believes that the cities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Stirling are vital drivers of economic growth in Scotland and that they, together with Scotland’s urban and rural economies, would benefit from a reduction in non-domestic rates, an improvement in transport infrastructure and better public services and further believes these three policies would achieve far more than centrally-directed government-inspired initiatives, strategic plans and visions.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 14, Against 77, Abstentions 25).

Mark Ballard moved amendment S2M-526.3 to motion S2M-526—

Leave out from “since” to end and insert—

 “welcomes the bringing together of a wider range of policy strands; believes, however, that sustainability must lie at the heart of urban policy rather then being an afterthought to economic growth, and urges the Scottish Executive to take forward a policy of urban regeneration that is led primarily by the needs of local communities, rather than by big business.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 13, Against 79, Abstentions 24).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 65, Against 26, Abstentions 26).

5.      Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S2M-518—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 14 November 2003 on the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/486).

The motion was agreed to.

6.      Approval of SSI: Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S2M-519—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Victim Statements (Prescribed Courts) (Scotland) Order 2003 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7.      Approval of SSI: Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S2M-522—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Local Government in Scotland Act 2003 (Ancillary Provisions) Order 2003 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

9.      European Week for Safety and Health: The Parliament debated S2M-442 in the name of Karen Gillon—That the Parliament notes that the European Week for Safety and Health will take place between 13 and 19 October 2003; welcomes the week’s acknowledgement of the need to promote safety and health in the workplace; congratulates trade unions for the role that they have played in improving health and safety in the workplace, and commends the commitment of the European Agency for Safety and Health and the Health and Safety Executive to promote safe and healthy working.

The meeting closed at 6.01 pm.

No. 29 Wednesday 5 November 2003

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: The Rev Dr David Sinclair, the Convener of the Scottish Network for Civilian Peace Service led Time for Reflection.

2.      Scotland’s Transport: Nicol Stephen moved S2M-541—That the Parliament   recognises the importance of the Scottish Executive’s proposals for improving transport in Scotland as set out in A Partnership for a Better Scotland, in particular its intention to set up a transport agency to secure delivery of the Executive’s major investment programme to expand transport infrastructure and services across Scotland and to improve the integration of these services, the proposals to enhance the schemes of concessionary fares to benefit elderly and disabled people and the proposals to enhance the ability of local government to serve the travelling public through stronger regional transport partnerships, which should contribute to an effective transport system, central to a thriving economy and strong communities.

Mr Kenny MacAskill moved amendment S2M-541.4 to motion S2M-541—

leave out from “and the proposals” to end and insert

“; notes with concern the underperformance of the Executive on major transport schemes to date; notes that for the new agency to be successful there must be transparency, accountability and direction for Scotland on all aspects of transport policy whether road, rail, marine or air, and recognises that the new agency should be strategic and should not undermine the role and function of Strathclyde Passenger Transport nor any future statutory regional transport authority elsewhere in Scotland and that the performance of the agency should be monitored to ensure that it delivers improvements to allow Scotland's transport system to match those of its European competitors.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 38, Against 77, Abstentions 2).

David Mundell moved amendment S2M-541.1 to motion S2M-541—

leave out from “recognises” to end and insert

“regrets that the Scottish Executive’s transport policies continue to be driven by spin, the need for press releases and photo opportunities and a determination to introduce road tolls; notes the Executive’s continuing failure to make any firm financial commitments to significant infrastructure projects, such as the Borders rail link and addressing missing strategic links in the road network; believes that there is no evidence that the introduction of further bureaucracy and delays to decision-making, as represented by the proposed transport agency, will improve infrastructure or services, and calls upon the Executive to produce detailed and costed measures with start and completion dates for the major transport infrastructure programmes that the Scottish economy and local communities need in the 21st century.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 15, Against 78, Abstentions 25).

Chris Ballance moved amendment S2M-541.2 to motion S2M-541—

leave out from “recognises” to end and insert

“notes with concern the Scottish Executive’s proposals for improving transport in Scotland, as set out in A Partnership for a Better Scotland, in particular its failure to give sufficient support for healthy transport initiatives such as walking and cycling; further notes that the finance put aside so far overwhelmingly relates to encouraging road and air transport, the most polluting forms of transport, and, while welcoming any extension of concessionary fares, regrets the failure to promote an effective public transport system in Scotland.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 18, Against 98, Abstentions 2).

The motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 67, Against 28, Abstentions 23).

3.      Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-554—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 12 November 2003

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Ministerial Statement

followed by                      Debate on Justice 1 Committee’s 3rd Report 2003 - Inquiry into Alternatives to Custody

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 13 November 2003

9.30 am                          Executive Debate on Reforming Child Protection in Scotland

12 noon                          First Minister’s Question Time

2.30 pm                          Question Time

3.10 pm                          Executive Debate on Celebrating 150 Years of Public Libraries in Scotland

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Wednesday 19 November 2003

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 1 Debate on the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Financial Resolution in respect of the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 20 November 2003

9.30 am                          Scottish Socialist Party Business

12 noon                          First Minister’s Question Time

2.30 pm                          Question Time

3.10 pm                          Executive Business

followed by                      Motion on Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill – UK Legislation

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

4.      Designation of Lead Committee: Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-545—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the draft Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 Amendment (Scotland) Order 2003.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

5.      Designation of Lead Committee: Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-546—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Scottish Legal Aid Board (Employment of Solicitors to Provide Criminal Legal Assistance) Amendment Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/511).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6.      Designation of Lead Committee: Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-547—That the Parliament agrees that the Education Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill and that the Equal Opportunities Committee be designated as secondary committee at Stage 1.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7.      Designation of Lead Committee: Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-548—That the Parliament agrees that the Communities Committee be designated as lead committee and that the Justice 2 Committee and Local Government and Transport Committee be designated as secondary committees in consideration of the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

9.      No Dumping of Nuclear Submarines in Scotland: The Parliament debated S2M-313 in the name of Bruce Crawford—That the Parliament rejects any proposal by Her Majesty’s Government to dispose of nuclear waste from nuclear submarines in Scotland and opposes, in particular, any plans to cut up and store in Scotland any of the redundant nuclear submarines currently held at Rosyth or those that will become redundant in future.

10.    Motion without Notice: Mr Jamie Stone moved without notice a motion under Rule 8.14.3 that the Parliament agrees that Members’ Business on 5 November 2003 be extended until 6.15 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 6.15 pm.

No. 30 Thursday 6 November 2003

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1.      Sustainable Scotland: Robin Harper moved S2M-559—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive’s intention of placing the environment and sustainable development at the heart of all of its policy making; notes, however, the policy contradictions, including those in A Partnership for a Better Scotland, which indicate that this goal is not likely to be achieved, and therefore calls on the Executive to integrate sustainable development within all of its policy making and organise government to achieve this end.

The Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Ross Finnie) moved amendment S2M-559.3 to motion S2M-559—

Leave out from “intention” to end and insert—

“commitment to a Scotland that delivers sustainable development, puts environmental concerns at the heart of public policy and secures environmental justice for all of Scotland’s communities; welcomes the Executive’s commitment to introduce Strategic Environmental Assessment for public sector strategies, programmes and plans, and welcomes the demonstration of the commitment to sustainable development in every section of A Partnership for a Better Scotland.”

Richard Lochhead moved amendment S2M-559.1 to motion S2M-559—

Insert at end—

“and recognises that, by gaining the powers enjoyed by other independent member states of the EU, the Parliament’s efforts to achieve sustainable development will be greatly enhanced as this will provide legislative powers over matters currently reserved to Her Majesty's Government that influence sustainable development, the ability to use fiscal measures and direct representation on international bodies dedicated to protecting the environment”.

Mr Ted Brocklebank moved amendment S2M-559.2 to motion S2M-559—

Leave out from “notes” to end and insert—

“but notes that this should be aimed at the individual, increasing choice and environmentally-friendly incentives while reducing the power of the bureaucracies, and further pledges its support for renewable policies as well as supporting rural businesses and industries, including fishing communities and aquaculture.”

After debate, amendment S2M-559.3 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 74, Against 36, Abstentions 0).

Amendment S2M-559.1 was then disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 36, Against 72, Abstentions 2).

As a result of amendment S2M-559.3 being agreed to, amendment S2M-559.2 was pre-empted.

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 73, Against 13, Abstentions 24).

Accordingly the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive’s commitment to a Scotland that delivers sustainable development, puts environmental concerns at the heart of public policy and secures environmental justice for all of Scotland’s communities; welcomes the Executive’s commitment to introduce Strategic Environmental Assessment for public sector strategies, programmes and plans, and welcomes the demonstration of the commitment to sustainable development in every section of A Partnership for a Better Scotland.

2.      Future of Scottish Agriculture: Mr Mark Ruskell moved S2M-560—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to apply the precautionary principle and adopt the most legally restrictive policy, regardless of Her Majesty’s Government’s position, in relation to GM crops in recognition of the significant danger that they pose to GM-free conventional and organic farming and the potential risks to human health, animal health and the environment.

The Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Allan Wilson) moved amendment S2M-560.2 to motion S2M-560—

Leave out from “calls” to end and insert—

“notes that in accordance with A Partnership for a Better Scotland the Scottish Executive will apply the precautionary principle in relation to the planting of GM crops; notes that no decision has been taken on the possible commercialisation of GM crops; recognises that it would be premature to do so before the results of the farm scale trials and the GM dialogue have been fully evaluated, and notes the Executive’s continuing commitment to protecting human health, animal health and the environment.”

Roseanna Cunningham moved amendment S2M-560.3 to motion S2M-560—

Leave out from “calls” to end and insert—

“recognises the massive public opposition to GM crops; believes that the precautionary principle should be applied to any further development of GM crops, whether on a trial basis or for commercial planting, and considers that the future of Scottish agriculture lies in maintaining the integrity of GM-free crop production.”

Alex Johnstone moved amendment S2M-560.1 to motion S2M-560—

Leave out from “apply” to end and insert—

“give an assurance that any decisions relating to future development and exploitation of GM technology shall be made on the basis of best scientific advice.”

After debate, amendment S2M-560.2 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 74, Against 36, Abstentions 0).  As a result amendments S2M-560.3 and S2M-560.1 were pre-empted.

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 76, Against 34, Abstentions 1).

Accordingly the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament notes that in accordance with A Partnership for a Better Scotland the Scottish Executive will apply the precautionary principle in relation to the planting of GM crops; notes that no decision has been taken on the possible commercialisation of GM crops; recognises that it would be premature to do so before the results of the farm scale trials and the GM dialogue have been fully evaluated, and notes the Executive’s continuing commitment to protecting human health, animal health and the environment.

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

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

5.      Common Agricultural Policy Reform: The Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Ross Finnie) moved S2M-556—That the Parliament welcomes the CAP Reform Agreement of June 2003 as a good deal for Scotland; endorses the objectives of the strategy document A Forward Strategy for Scottish Agriculture, widely agreed by stakeholders, as providing the strategic focus for decision-making on the various flexibilities available to Scotland within the agreement; endorses the wide and open consultation which the Scottish Executive has now launched to canvass views across the whole range of stakeholders before final decisions are taken, and further welcomes the Executive’s initiative in setting up a stakeholder group comprising representatives of a wide range of stakeholders, farming, industry, consumer and environmental, to advise on the consultation process.

Roseanna Cunningham moved amendment S2M-556.1 to motion S2M-556—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“notes the CAP Reform Agreement of June 2003; recognises that it has the potential to deliver a better deal for Scottish agriculture and for rural Scotland as a whole than the current arrangements; believes that the range of agri-environmental measures should be expanded to promote a sustainable rural economy that will be of benefit to all those involved in Scottish agriculture as well as all those who live and work in rural Scotland, but urges the Scottish Executive to ensure that decisions about the various flexibilities are made in Scotland, on the basis of what is best for Scotland, and are not subject to external pressures dictating UK-wide uniformity.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 37, Against 72, Abstentions 1).

Alex Fergusson moved amendment S2M-556.3 to motion S2M-556—

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

“encourages representatives of the farming and crofting industries to use the consultation process to lobby for full de-coupling of support payments based on historical entitlements.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 11, Against 68, Abstentions 32).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 80, Against 6, Abstentions 24).

6.      Business Motion: Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S2M-549—That the Parliament agrees— 

(a) that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 22 November 2003 on the draft Proceeds of Crime 2002 Amendment (Scotland) Order 2003;

(b) that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 22 November 2003 on the Scottish Legal Aid Board (Employment of Solicitors to Provide Criminal Legal Assistance) Amendment Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/511);

(c) that Stage 1 of the Criminal Procedure (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill be completed by 13 February 2004; and

(d) that Stage 2 of the Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill be completed by 3 December 2003. 

The motion was agreed to.

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

8.      Wind Farms: The Parliament debated S2M-424 in the name of Murdo Fraser—That the Parliament notes with concern the proliferation of planning applications for onshore wind farms throughout Scotland; is further concerned, whilst supporting renewable energy, about the environmental and landscape impact of wind farms and understands that these frequently face vigorous local opposition; believes that the current planning regime provides inadequate guidance to local authorities, communities and developers in relation to the siting of wind farms; considers that the Scottish Executive should bring forward as a matter of urgency new planning guidance on the siting of wind farms taking proper account of these factors, and further considers that the Executive should declare a moratorium on the determination of locally-opposed wind farm planning applications until such guidance has taken effect.

9.      Motion without Notice: Rob Gibson moved without notice a motion under Rule 8.14.3 that the Parliament agrees that Members’ Business on 6 November 2003 be extended by 20 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 6.16 pm.

No. 31 Wednesday 12 November 2003

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: The Very Reverend Dr James Harkness, Dean of the Chapel Royal in Scotland and President of the Royal British Legion led Time for Reflection.

2.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Health and Community Care (Malcolm Chisholm) made a statement on Enhancing Sexual Wellbeing in Scotland: A Sexual Health and Relationships Strategy, and answered questions on the statement.

3.      Justice 1 Committee – Inquiry into Alternatives to Custody: Pauline McNeill, on behalf of the Justice 1 Committee, moved S2M-562—That the Parliament notes the 3rd Report 2003 (Session 1) of the former Justice 1 Committee, Inquiry into Alternatives to Custody (SP Paper 826).

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

4.      Designation of Lead Committee: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-589—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Victim Statements (Prescribed Offences) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2003 (SSI 2003/519).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

5.      Membership of Committee: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-591—That the Parliament agrees that Brian Adam be appointed to replace Tricia Marwick on the Standards Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6.      Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-590—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 19 November 2003

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 1 Debate on the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Financial Resolution in respect of the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 20 November 2003

9.30 am                          Scottish Socialist Party Business

12 noon                          First Minister’s Question Time

12.30 pm                        Ministerial Statement

2.30 pm                          Question Time

3.10 pm                          Executive Debate on Progress in Respect of Fuel Poverty in Scotland

followed by                      Motion on Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill - UK Legislation

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Wednesday 26 November 2003

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Debate on Previous Procedures Committee’s 3rd Report 2003 (Session 1): The Founding Principles of the Scottish Parliament

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 27 November 2003

9.30 am                          Executive Debate on Violence Against Women

12 noon                          First Minister’s Question Time

2.30 pm                          Question Time

3.10 pm                          Executive Business

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 3, 4 and 5 as noted above.

8.      Access to Terrestrial TV Channels in Rural Areas: The Parliament debated S2M-544 in the name of John Farquhar Munro—That the Parliament notes that residents in parts of the Highlands and Islands do not receive independent terrestrial TV channels unless they purchase an encryption card from BSkyB on a regular basis; further notes with concern that access to terrestrial channels in those communities with analogue relay systems will be removed when the analogue signal is switched off in 2010; believes that TV licence payers should not have to pay more because of their geographical location, and considers that Her Majesty’s Government should take action to ensure that all UK TV licence payers have unrestricted access to terrestrial TV channels.

The meeting closed at 5.50 pm.

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