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No. 19 Wednesday 14 September 2005

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Sir Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth led Time for Reflection.

2.      Clyde and Hebrides Lifeline Ferry Services: The Minister for Transport and Telecommunications (Tavish Scott) moved S2M-3253—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive’s further detailed consideration of the EU requirements relating to the Clyde and Hebrides lifeline ferry services; notes the serious consequences of these services not being compatible with the regulations; recognises the Executive’s commitment to secure the continued employment of the Caledonian MacBrayne workforce and the protection of their terms, conditions and pension rights, and acknowledges that the tendering of the Clyde and Hebrides lifeline ferry services is required to protect these vital services.

Fergus Ewing moved amendment S2M-3253.3 to motion S2M-3253—

Leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert—

"notes that the Minister for Transport and Telecommunications has stated that the tender process which he supports will result in extra cost to the taxpayer and believes that the Scottish Executive’s tender proposals may put employment and pension rights at risk, whilst not resulting in any improvement to ferry services for the Clyde and Hebrides; believes that documents published by the Executive on 12 September 2005 should be considered further but that as they stand the tender proposals are flawed, and calls on the Executive to remit the matter to the Local Government and Transport Committee with a view to the appointment of a task force to give final consideration to the question as to whether tendering is the sole method of satisfying the legal requirements and, insofar as possible, to devise solutions to the flaws contained in the Executive’s current proposals."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 37, Against 64, Abstentions 16).

Mr David Davidson moved amendment S2M-3253.2 to motion S2M-3253—

Leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert—

"believes that the proposed tendering of the entire Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) network as a single bundle will be a costly, disruptive and bureaucratic exercise which shall do nothing whatsoever to improve ferry services; further believes that there is scope for significant efficiency savings and improvements to the network and that tendering of any routes must be genuinely open to any operator who can ensure the best possible value for the taxpayer and ferry users; rejects the Scottish Executive’s implied assumption that no routes currently operated by CalMac could be run on a commercial basis, and, in light of this, calls on the Executive to issue proposals for smaller route bundles to attract commercial interest which could lead to efficiency savings and improvements to services."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 16, Against 98, Abstentions 3).

Tommy Sheridan moved amendment S2M-3253.1 to motion S2M-3253—

Leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert—

"opposes the proposals of the Scottish Executive to put the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry services out to tender as it views these proposals as unnecessary, unacceptable and in conflict with the need to defend lifeline services and the jobs of those who work in these services."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 37, Against 78, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 63, Against 53, Abstentions 1).

3.      Budget Process (Written Agreements):  Des McNulty, on behalf of the Finance Committee, moved S2M-3234—That the Parliament notes the two written agreements on the budgeting process between the Finance Committee and (a) the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body and (b) the Scottish Commission for Public Audit (SP Papers 399 and 400 respectively) and agrees their terms.

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

4.      Budget Process (Written Agreements):  Des McNulty, on behalf of the Finance Committee, moved S2M-3235—That the Parliament notes the three written agreements on the budgeting process between the Finance Committee and the Scottish Executive on the budgeting process (SP Paper 398) and agrees their terms.

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

5.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3275—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 21 September 2005

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Environment and Rural Development Committee Debate: 5th Report, 2005, Inquiry into Climate Change

followed by                      Standards and Public Appointments Committee Debate: 6th Report, 2005, Draft Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies in Scotland

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pmDecision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 22 September 2005

9.15 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Scottish Green Party Business

11.40 am                        General Question Time

12 noon                          First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm                          Themed Question Time—

                                      Environment and Rural Development;

                                      Health and Community Care

2.55 pm                          Executive Debate: Report of the Cultural Commission

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Wednesday 28 September 2005

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 29 September 2005

9.15 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Justice 2 Committee Debate: 9th Report, 2005, Inquiry into Youth            Justice

11.40 am                        General Question Time

12 noon                          First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm                          Themed Question Time—

                                      Justice and Law Officers;

                                      Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning

2.55 pm                          Executive Business

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

6.      Approval of SSIs: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-3255—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.5) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/379) be approved;

S2M-3256—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.6) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/384) be approved;

S2M-3257—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.7) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/391) be approved;

S2M-3258—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.8) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/410) be approved; and

S2M-3259—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/415) be approved.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

7.      Substitution on Committees: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-3260—That the Parliament agrees that Mr David Davidson be appointed to replace Mr Ted Brocklebank as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party substitute on the Audit Committee;

S2M-3261—That the Parliament agrees that Alex Johnstone be appointed to replace John Scott as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party substitute on the Communities Committee;

S2M-3262—That the Parliament agrees that Bill Aitken be appointed as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party substitute on the Equal Opportunities Committee;

S2M-3263—That the Parliament agrees that Derek Brownlee be appointed to replace Murdo Fraser as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party substitute on the European and External Relations Committee;

S2M-3264—That the Parliament agrees that John Scott be appointed as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party substitute on the Finance Committee;

S2M-3265—That the Parliament agrees that Murray Tosh be appointed as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party substitute on the Local Government and Transport Committee;

S2M-3266—That the Parliament agrees that Murdo Fraser be appointed to replace Murray Tosh as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party substitute on the Procedures Committee; and

S2M-3267—That the Parliament agrees that Mr Ted Brocklebank be appointed to replace Alex Johnstone as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party substitute on the Subordinate Legislation Committee.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

8.      Designation of Lead Committees: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-3268—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government and Transport Committee be designated as lead committee and that the Standards and Public Appointments Committee be designated as secondary committee in consideration of the draft Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Amendment of Specified Authorities) Order 2005; and

S2M-3269—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government and Transport Committee be designated as lead committee and that the Standards and Public Appointments Committee be designated as secondary committee in consideration of the draft Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Treatment of Office or Body as Specified Authority) Order 2005.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

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

10.    Future of Crofting: The Parliament debated S2M-3219 in the name of John Farquhar Munro—That the Parliament recognises the importance of crofting to the social and economic life of the Highlands and Islands and wishes to see the continuation of sustainable crofting communities; shares the concerns of crofting communities, such as those in Skye and Lochalsh and throughout the crofting counties, regarding the threat to crofting communities from the lack of action by the Crofters Commission over the decrofting of land and sale of crofts, and from absentee crofters and dereliction; believes that crofting tenancies should not be sold on the open market which is currently allowing local people to be outbid by those with no understanding of, or long-term commitment to, crofting and the crofting community, and further believes that if this continues it will, in a generation, lead to the end of crofting in everything but name.

The meeting closed at 6.02 pm.

No. 20 Thursday 15 September 2005

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1.      Family Law (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Deputy Minister for Justice (Hugh Henry) moved S2M-3233—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Family Law (Scotland) Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 86, Against 4, Abstentions 23).

2.      Family Law (Scotland) Bill – Financial Resolution:  The Minister for Justice (Cathy Jamieson) moved S2M-2737—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Family Law (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any increase, in consequence of the Act, in expenditure charged on, or payable out of, the Scottish Consolidated Fund.

The motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 94, Against 2, Abstentions 17).

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

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

5.      Themed Question Time: Questions on Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport, and on Finance and Public Services and Communities were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

6.      Quality Teachers for the 21st Century:  The Minister for Education and Young People (Peter Peacock) moved S2M-3278—That the Parliament recognises the significant investments made by the Scottish Executive in developing the capabilities and professionalism of teachers in Scotland; notes the increase in teacher recruitment and the delivery of improved initial teacher education; welcomes the implementation of radically improved teacher induction arrangements; acknowledges the widening of opportunities and improved quality of Continuing Professional Development for teachers and the development of chartered teacher programmes; recognises the importance of teaching standards in delivering higher educational attainment, and welcomes the Executive's commitment to secure quality teachers for the 21st century.

Mr Adam Ingram moved amendment S2M-3278.2 to motion S2M-3278—

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

“that Scottish teachers are the key drivers for excellence in our education system; further recognises that there will be a continuing need for significant investment in teacher recruitment and induction, initial teacher education and continuous professional development; notes the challenging nature of the Scottish Executive’s pledge to increase teacher numbers to 53,000 by 2007, given that 40% of Scottish teachers are due to retire in the next 10 years; is concerned that the recruitment of mathematics teachers is falling behind targets, threatening promised class-size reductions; commends the work of the General Teaching Council for Scotland in developing quality teaching, and calls on the Executive to fully fund the initial part of the chartered teacher programme for all Scottish teachers”.

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 35, Against 77, Abstentions 0).

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton moved amendment S2M-3278.1 to motion S2M-3278—

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

“, while recognising with concern the increasing number of teaching posts vacant for more than three months, welcomes the implementation of radically improved teacher induction arrangements; acknowledges the widening of opportunities and improved quality of Continuing Professional Development for teachers and the development of chartered teacher programmes, but notes the low uptake of these programmes among teachers; recognises the importance of teaching standards in delivering higher educational attainment, and welcomes the Executive’s commitment to secure quality teachers for the 21st century but notes that, with 40% of teachers due to retire within 10 years, the issue of teacher retention must be addressed with some urgency.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 48, Against 63, Abstentions 2).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 93, Against 18, Abstentions 2).

7.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3273—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) that the Standards and Public Appointments Committee reports to the Local Government and Transport Committee by 14 October 2005 on the draft Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Amendment of Specified Authorities) Order 2005; and

(b) that the Standards and Public Appointments Committee reports to the Local Government and Transport Committee by 14 October 2005 on the draft Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Treatment of Office or Body as Specified Authority) Order 2005.

The motion was agreed to.

8.      Membership of Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-3270—That the Parliament agrees that Tricia Marwick be appointed to replace Linda Fabiani on the Communities Committee;

S2M-3271—That the Parliament agrees that Linda Fabiani be appointed to replace Mr John Swinney on the European and External Relations Committee; and

S2M-3272—That the Parliament agrees that Mr John Swinney be appointed to replace Alasdair Morgan on the Finance Committee.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

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

10.   Victims’ Rights: The Parliament debated S2M-3171 in the name of Margaret Jamieson—That the Parliament notes recent court decisions which put the human rights of prisoners before those of their victims by ignoring the rights of victims to pursue their assailant for damages when compensation is awarded and believes that the Scottish Executive should pursue all avenues to ensure that no convicted criminal has the opportunity to gain financially from their crimes or imprisonment and that victims should be advised of awards of compensation, inheritance or other financial gain.

The meeting closed at 5.39 pm.

No. 21 Wednesday 21 September 2005

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Monsignor John Tormey, Parish Priest of St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Greenock led Time for Reflection.

2.      Environment and Rural Development Committee, Inquiry into Climate Change: Sarah Boyack, on behalf of the Environment and Rural Development Committee, moved S2M-3293—That the Parliament notes the recommendations contained in the Environment and Rural Development Committee's 5th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on Inquiry into Climate Change (SP Paper 342).

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

3.      Standards and Public Appointments Committee, Draft Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies in Scotland: Brian Adam, on behalf of the Standards and Public Appointments Committee, moved S2M-3286—That the Parliament agrees that the Standards and Public Appointments Committee’s 6th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Draft Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies in Scotland (SP Paper 410), together with the Official Report of the Parliament’s debate on the report, should form the Parliament’s response to the consultation by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland.

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

4.      Business Motion:  Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3316—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 28 September 2005

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Preliminary Stage Debate: Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Financial Resolution in respect of the Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Executive Debate: Membership of the Committee of the Regions

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 29 September 2005

9.15 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Justice 2 Committee Debate: 9th Report, 2005, Inquiry into Youth Justice

11.40 am                        General Question Time

12 noon                          First Minister’s Question Time

12.30 pm                        Themed Question Time—

                                      Justice and Law Officers;

                                      Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

1.10 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Wednesday 5 October 2005

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 October 2005

9.15 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Scottish National Party Business

11.40 am                        General Question Time

12 noon                          First Minister's Question Time

2.15 pm                          Themed Question Time—

                                      Finance and Public Services and Communities;

                                      Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport

2.55 pm                          Executive Business

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

5.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3309—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Family Law (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 30 November 2005.

The motion was agreed to.

6.      Approval of SSIs: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-3301—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Mental Health (Definition of Specified Person: Correspondence) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 be approved;

S2M-3302—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Mental Health (Absconding by mentally disordered offenders) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 be approved;

S2M-3303—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Mental Health (Use of Telephones) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 be approved;

S2M-3304—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 (Modification of Enactments) Order 2005 be approved;

S2M-3305—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Mental Health (Safety and Security) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 be approved;

S2M-3306—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Mental Health (Cross-border transfer: patients subject to detention requirement or otherwise in hospital) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 be approved;

S2M-3307—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations be approved; and

S2M-3308—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Criminal Justice Act 1988 (Offensive Weapons) (Scotland) Order 2005 be approved.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

The meeting was suspended from 16.57 pm until 17.00 pm.

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

8.      Accident Record on the A9: The Parliament debated S2M-3155 in the name of Mr John Swinney—That the Parliament notes with concern the statistics recently published by the Scottish Executive that show that 82 fatalities occurred on the A9 in the last five years; recognises that this is the highest number of fatalities for any trunk road in Scotland; notes the local concern at the delays that have occurred in undertaking promised junction improvements at Ballinluig and Bankfoot in Perthshire, and recognises that, even when these improvements are made, the road will remain fundamentally unsafe until it is reconstructed as a dual carriageway from Perth to Inverness.

The meeting closed at 5.50 pm.

No. 22 Thursday 22 September 2005

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1.      Economic Policy: Mr Mark Ruskell moved S2M-3321—That the Parliament notes that the top priority of the Scottish Executive, as stated in the current Partnership Agreement, is “growing the economy” but reminds the Executive that GDP, its preferred measure of economic growth, makes no distinction between beneficial and harmful economic activity, ignores many socially beneficial and highly desirable practices and treats the depletion of natural capital as income and is therefore a very poor indicator of economic development; agrees with the Labour Party Policy Commission on the Environment that “For too long, economic and political success has been measured solely in terms of the rate of growth of economic activity”; considers, therefore, that if Scotland is to enjoy economic development that does not compromise social justice and environmental sustainability it needs a more meaningful yardstick than simply measuring the monetary value of goods and services produced in Scotland; remains committed to assisting the positive economic development of a healthy Scottish economy and considers that placing sustainability and national well-being at the heart of Executive policy will ultimately lead to a stronger, healthier and more innovative economic future for the people of Scotland, and urges the Executive to consider alternatives to GDP with a view to adopting a more suitable measure of national progress as its top priority.

The Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning (Allan Wilson) moved amendment S2M-3321.4 to motion S2M-3321—

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

“supports growing the economy as the top priority of the Scottish Executive; believes that economic growth must be sustainable; agrees with the Partnership Agreement commitment to assess economic development policies against their impact on sustainable development indicators; notes that the Framework for Economic Development in Scotland has made sustainable development the principal objective; welcomes the stronger emphasis on sustainability in the refresh of A Smart Successful Scotland; endorses the Executive’s determination to drive forward its green jobs strategy, and endorses the Executive’s commitment to sustainable development.”

Jim Mather moved amendment S2M-3321.1 to motion S2M-3321—

Insert at end—

“as a pre-requisite for a new era in which, no matter how national wealth is measured, the Scottish Parliament should have legislative responsibility for the management of all our natural resources.”

Murdo Fraser moved amendment S2M-3321.2 to motion S2M-3321—

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

“the Scottish economy actually experienced zero growth in the first quarter of this year; believes that GDP growth is an extremely important measurement of quality of life because a strong economy is crucial to providing individual financial security and the necessary investment for quality public services; further believes that the Executive’s stewardship of the economy has been detrimental to the quality of life of many Scots; notes that Scotland fell four places in the UK Regional Competitiveness Index between 1997 and 2005, and therefore calls on the Executive to take concrete action to reverse our economic under-performance by cutting red tape, privatising Scottish Water, increasing investment in roads and public transport and specifying a date for the proposed cut in business rates.”

After debate, amendment S2M-3321.4 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 59, Against 27, Abstentions 13).  As a result amendment S2M-3321.2 was pre-empted. 

After debate, amendment S2M-3321.1 was not agreed to ((DT) by division: For 25, Against 74, Abstentions 0).

The motion, as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 60, Against 25, Abstentions 14).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament supports growing the economy as the top priority of the Scottish Executive; believes that economic growth must be sustainable; agrees with the Partnership Agreement commitment to assess economic development policies against their impact on sustainable development indicators; notes that the Framework for Economic Development in Scotland has made sustainable development the principal objective; welcomes the stronger emphasis on sustainability in the refresh of A Smart Successful Scotland; endorses the Executive’s determination to drive forward its green jobs strategy, and endorses the Executive’s commitment to sustainable development.

2.      Children of Asylum Seekers: Robin Harper moved S2M-3323—That the Parliament acknowledges the trauma experienced by the children of asylum seekers when families are removed for deportation and the impact this has on school communities; believes that practices such as those reportedly used against the Vucaj family in Glasgow, including dawn raids, handcuffing of children and the removal of children by large groups of officers in uniform and body armour, are unnecessary and cause fear and distress to the children concerned; affirms its support for the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) which states that governments should protect children from all forms of physical or mental violence; recognises that, while the Scottish Executive has no direct responsibility for the operation of the asylum and immigration system, it is responsible for the welfare of children, for schools and for working with the UK Government to report on compliance with the UNCRC; commends the First Minister for his aspiration “to ensure that no child is left behind or held back”, and calls on him to give the greatest possible urgency to realising that aspiration for the most vulnerable children in Scotland who include those facing detention and removal.

The Deputy Minister for Education and Young People (Robert Brown) moved amendment S2M-3323.2 to motion S2M-3323—

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

“affirms its support for the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) which states that governments should protect children from all forms of physical or mental violence; recognises that, while the Scottish Executive has no direct responsibility for the operation of the immigration and asylum system, it is responsible for the welfare of children, for schools, and for working with the UK Government to report on compliance with the UNCRC; commends the substantial work done in Scotland to ensure the effective education and inclusion of the children of asylum seekers; believes that, in the vast majority of cases, failed asylum seeker families do not pose either a security threat or a serious risk of flight; calls on Scottish ministers to give the greatest possible urgency to realising their aspirations for the most vulnerable children in Scotland, including those facing detention and removal, and urges them to continue discussions with the Home Office with a view to agreement that the Home Office will work closely with services for children and young people before the removal of any family and to convey to the Home Office the widespread concerns about practices such as so-called “dawn raids”, handcuffing of children, and the removal of children by large groups of officers in uniform and body armour.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 74, Against 4, Abstentions 21).

Christine Grahame moved amendment S2M-3323.1 to motion S2M-3323—

Insert at end—

“and, separately, calls on the UK Government to give due regard to the different child protection measures in Scotland, in particular the remit of the Commissioner for Children and Young People and the jurisdiction of the Reporter to the Children’s Panel.”

After debate, amendment S2M-3323.1 was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 40, Against 59, Abstentions 0).

The motion, as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 80, Against 0, Abstentions 18). 

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament acknowledges the trauma experienced by the children of asylum seekers when families are removed for deportation and the impact this has on school communities; affirms its support for the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) which states that governments should protect children from all forms of physical or mental violence; recognises that, while the Scottish Executive has no direct responsibility for the operation of the immigration and asylum system, it is responsible for the welfare of children, for schools, and for working with the UK Government to report on compliance with the UNCRC; commends the substantial work done in Scotland to ensure the effective education and inclusion of the children of asylum seekers; believes that, in the vast majority of cases, failed asylum seeker families do not pose either a security threat or a serious risk of flight; calls on Scottish ministers to give the greatest possible urgency to realising their aspirations for the most vulnerable children in Scotland, including those facing detention and removal, and urges them to continue discussions with the Home Office with a view to agreement that the Home Office will work closely with services for children and young people before the removal of any family and to convey to the Home Office the widespread concerns about practices such as so-called “dawn raids”, handcuffing of children, and the removal of children by large groups of officers in uniform and body armour.

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

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

5.      Themed Question Time: Questions on Environment and Rural Development and on Health and Community Care were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

6.      Report on the Cultural Commission: The Parliament debated the report on the Cultural Commission.

7.      Membership of Committees: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3310—That the Parliament agrees that Euan Robson be appointed to replace Donald Gorrie on the Communities Committee.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 95, Against 2, Abstentions 2). 

8.      Membership of Committees: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3311—That the Parliament agrees that Mr Andrew Arbuckle be appointed to replace Euan Robson on the Local Government and Transport Committee

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

9.      Membership of Committees: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3312—That the Parliament agrees that Donald Gorrie be appointed to replace Iain Smith on the Procedures Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10.   Substitution on Committees: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-3313—That the Parliament agrees that Mr Jim Wallace be appointed as the Liberal Democrat substitute on the Justice 1 Committee; and

S2M-3314—That the Parliament agrees that Mr Jamie McGrigor be appointed to replace Bill Aitken as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party substitute on the Education Committee.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

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

12.   Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse: The Parliament debated S2M-3074 in the name of Marilyn Livingstone—That the Parliament notes the invaluable work done by local groups, such as Kingdom Abuse Survivors Project (KASP) in Kirkcaldy, in providing services for survivors of childhood sexual abuse and welcomes the Scottish Executive’s announcement to the Cross Party Group on Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse on future strategic action; further welcomes the creation of a reference group which would include adult survivors and cross party group representation; welcomes the appointment of a lead professional to assist implementation of this strategy following the report of the Short Life Working Group and the establishment of a survivors’ fund of £2 million to pump-prime activity; welcomes the intention of the Executive to publish a document which will highlight mainstream Executive initiatives that already benefit survivors; welcomes the proposed scoping of what community health partnerships and managed clinical networks could offer, given that survivors are not yet aware of the potential benefits these could bring; further welcomes the creation of a network of professionals and adult survivors, which could be virtual, and the commissioning of NHS Education for Scotland to undertake self-help training and public awareness-raising, and welcomes the call for bids for demonstration projects to be met from the survivors’ fund.

The meeting closed at 5.45 pm.

No. 23 Wednesday 28 September 2005

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Rev Bobby Anderson, Chair of the Network of International Development Organisations in Scotland, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill - Preliminary Stage: Tricia Marwick, on behalf of the Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill Committee, moved S2M-3329—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill and that the Bill should proceed as a Private Bill.

Fergus Ewing moved amendment S2M-3329.1 to motion S2M-3329—

Insert at end—

“but in doing so expresses concern over the management of the project and therefore considers that the Scottish Executive should discuss with the promoter of the Bill whether it is able to continue to be the promoter.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 28, Against 72, Abstentions 3).

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 103, Against 0, Abstentions 1).

3.      Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution: The Minister for Transport and Telecommunications (Tavish Scott) moved S2M-3342—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any expenditure of a kind referred to in Rule 9A.14.3(b)(ii) of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

4.      Membership of Committee of the Regions: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Parliamentary Business (George Lyon) moved S2M-3344—That the Parliament endorses the Scottish Executive’s proposal to nominate as representatives of the Parliament Jack McConnell MSP and Irene Oldfather MSP as full members and George Lyon MSP and Richard Lochhead MSP as alternate members on the UK delegation to the Committee of the Regions for the forthcoming session from 2006 to 2010 and notes that the representation from local government will be Councillor Corrie McChord and Councillor Andrew Campbell as full members and Councillor Graham Garvie and Councillor Jim McCabe as alternate members.

Alasdair Morgan moved amendment S2M-3344.1 to motion S2M-3344—

Leave out from “endorses” to end and insert—

“supports the Committee of the Regions as an institution of European co-operation based on the role of regional government and, in promoting the regions of Scotland in that role, proposes that the full and alternate members representing Scotland are elected members of Scotland’s local authorities, including Councillor Keith Brown, Councillor Corrie McChord and Councillor Andrew Campbell as full members and Councillor Graham Garvie and Councillor Jim McCabe as alternate members and instructs the Executive to return to the Parliament with three additional names of councillors as nominees.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 21, Against 72, Abstentions 10).

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 70, Against 21, Abstentions 11).

5.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S2M-3352—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 5 October 2005

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Member’s Oath/Affirmation

followed by                      Executive Debate: Planning Reform

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 6 October 2005

9.15 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Scottish National Party Business

11.40 am                        General Question Time

12 noon                          First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm                          Themed Question Time—

                                      Finance and Public Services and Communities;

                                      Education and Young people, Tourism, Culture and Sport

2.55 pm                          Ministerial Statement: Business Rates

followed by                      Stage 1 Debate: St Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Wednesday 26 October 2005

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 27 October 2005

9.15 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Business

11.40 am                        General Question Time

12 noon                          First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm                          Themed Question Time—

                                      Health and Community Care;

                                      Environment and Rural Development

2.55 pm                          Executive Business

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

(b) that the period for members to submit their names for selection for Question Times on 27 October 2005 should end at 12 noon on Wednesday 5 October.

The motion was agreed to.

6.   Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-3346—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 9) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/421) be approved;

S2M-3347—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 10) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/431) be approved; and

S2M-3348—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Housing Grants (Assessment of Contributions) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005 be approved.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

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

8.      Affordable Rented Housing: The Parliament debated S2M-2911 in the name of John Home Robertson—That the Parliament is concerned about the shortage of affordable rented housing in East Lothian and many communities and the fact that some applicants in overcrowded or unsuitable accommodation can be stuck on waiting lists for years, while others may be compelled to buy or rent housing that they cannot afford; suggests that there is a need for a clearer definition of affordability for the purposes of housing policy; welcomes initiatives by the Scottish Executive to help councils and registered social landlords to increase the supply of affordable housing, including prudential borrowing to fund new building; recognises that the high cost of development land is hindering that policy, and believes that there is a case for further measures to help local authorities to acquire and secure land for affordable housing in the Executive’s proposed Planning Bill.

9.      Motion without Notice: Murray Tosh moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended until 6.06 pm. 

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 6.06 pm.

No. 24 Thursday 29 September 2005

The meeting opened at 9.15 pm.

1.      Justice 2 Committee, Inquiry into Youth Justice: Bill Butler, on behalf of the Justice 2 Committee, moved S2M-3317—That the Parliament notes the recommendations contained in the Justice 2 Committee’s 9th Report 2005 (Session 2): Report on Inquiry into Youth Justice (SP Paper 370).

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

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

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

4.      Themed Question Time: Questions on Justice and Law Officers, and on Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning, were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers and by the Scottish Law Officers.

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

6.      Role of Firefighters in Remote and Rural Areas: The Parliament debated S2M-3162 in the name of Mr David Davidson—That the Parliament applauds the excellent work and invaluable role carried out by those firefighters in remote and rural parts of north east Scotland on the retained duty system but acknowledges the chronic shortage of such firefighters in some Scottish towns; notes that figures published by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Fire Services in Scotland in 2003-04 show levels of retained staff in Scotland running at some 30% below the authorised establishment; considers that these staffing shortages place considerable strain on existing retained staff to support their local communities, and believes that the Scottish Executive should consider innovative ways in which businesses could support recruitment into the retained sector and undertake to examine new mechanisms to encourage businesses and the self-employed to understand the benefits of releasing staff to perform the role of retained firefighters in their communities.

The meeting closed at 2.01 pm.

No. 25 Wednesday 5 October 2005

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Rev Dr Norman Maciver, Minister of Newhills Parish Church, Bucksburn, Aberdeen led Time for Reflection.

2.      Oaths and Affirmations: Mr Charlie Gordon took the affirmation of allegiance before the Clerk.

3.      Planning Reform: The Parliament debated the subject of Planning Reform.

4.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3392—That the Parliament agrees a revision to the programme of business for Thursday 6 October, as agreed on 28 September 2005—

after,

followed by                    Stage 1 Debate: St Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Bill

insert,

followed byMotion on Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill – UK Legislation

followed by                    Motion on Civil Aviation Bill – UK Legislation

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

The motion was agreed to.

5.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3380—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 26 October 2005

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      SPCB Debate: Report on Prioritisation of the Non-Executive Bills Unit’s Workload

followed by                      Motion on Equalities Bill – UK Legislation

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 27 October 2005

9.15 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Debate: Delivering for Health

11.40 am                        General Question Time

12 noon                          First Minister's Question Time

2.15 pm                          Themed Question Time—

                                      Health and Community Care;

                                      Environment and Rural Development

2.55 pm                          Executive Debate: Homelessness

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Wednesday 2 November 2005

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 3 November 2005

9.15 pm                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Business

11.40 am                        General Question Time

12 noon                          First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm                          Themed Question Time—

                                      Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning;

                                      Justice and Law Officers

2.55 pm                          Stage 3 Proceedings: Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

6.      Designation of Lead Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3372—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

8.      Met Office Aberdeen: The Parliament debated S2M-3073 in the name of Brian Adam—That the Parliament expresses grave concern at proposals by the Met Office to close its office in Aberdeen and transfer the work to Exeter; notes that the Aberdeen office is commercially profitable and that its integrated approach to forecasting and commercial activities is key to that success; further notes its important role in adding value to raw data by providing significant interpretation through local knowledge and by successfully engaging face to face with many of its customers, and considers that the Scottish Executive should engage in the consultation recently announced by the Met Office with the intention of retaining all its activities in Aberdeen and seeking consideration of the devolution of the civil and commercial activities.

The meeting closed at 5.54 pm.

No. 26 Thursday 6 October 2005

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1.      The Scottish Economy: Jim Mather moved S2M-3377—That the Parliament accepts that it is the duty of government to create conditions that foster meaningful levels of economic growth and result in rising living standards, increased life expectancy and a growing demographically balanced population; regrets the fact that the policies of the last 30 years have failed to meet this test, and believes that the time is now right for the Scottish Parliament to exercise full competitive control of the Scottish economy in order to achieve these objectives.

The Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning (Allan Wilson) moved amendment S2M-3377.2 to motion S2M-3377—

Leave out from “create conditions” to end and insert—

“help create the conditions that foster a sustainable economy, rising living standards and an improving quality of life and welcomes the commitment of the Scottish Executive to sustainable economic growth, record levels of investment in public infrastructure and transport connections, its support for competitive business, skills development, training and education, and its promotion of Scotland as a vibrant place to live, work and do business.”

Murdo Fraser moved amendment S2M-3377.1 to motion S2M-3377—

Leave out from “regrets” to end and insert—

“notes, however, that under the stewardship of the Scottish Executive economic growth has consistently trailed that of the United Kingdom; believes that independence would be a costly and unwelcome distraction from the concrete action that can be taken within the devolved framework to boost economic growth, and therefore urges the Executive to cut red tape, privatise Scottish Water, increase investment in transport and cut business rates at the earliest possible opportunity.”

After debate, amendment S2M-3377.2 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 67, Against 47, Abstentions 10).  As a result amendment S2M-3377.1 was pre-empted. 

The motion, as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 69, Against 22, Abstentions 33).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament accepts that it is the duty of government to help create the conditions that foster a sustainable economy, rising living standards and an improving quality of life and welcomes the commitment of the Scottish Executive to sustainable economic growth, record levels of investment in public infrastructure and transport connections, its support for competitive business, skills development, training and education, and its promotion of Scotland as a vibrant place to live, work and do business.


2.      Scottish Olympic Team: Michael Matheson moved S2M-3381—That the Parliament congratulates London on securing the 2012 Olympic Games, which will encourage many young Scots to become involved in sport; welcomes the recent launch of a campaign to establish a Scottish Olympic team; notes that 78 percent of Scots support the establishment of such a team; recognises that the creation of a Scottish Olympic team will inspire many young Scots to achieve sporting excellence in order to represent their nation in the Olympic arena, and calls on politicians from across the political spectrum to rise up to the challenge set by the people of Scotland and work to establish a Scottish Olympic team.

The Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport (Patricia Ferguson) moved amendment S2M-3381.2 to motion S2M-3381—

Leave out from “recent launch” to end, and insert—

“Scottish bid to secure the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014; recognises that these two events would provide an unparalleled opportunity within the United Kingdom for Scots to perform at the highest level, and notes that both events would provide a major impetus to participation and performance in sport at all levels, with all the health and other benefits that brings.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 84, Against 33, Abstentions 7).

Mr Jamie McGrigor moved amendment S2M-3381.1 to motion S2M-3381—

Leave out from “London” to end and insert—

“the Great British effort, led by Sebastian Coe, which secured the 2012 Olympic Games for London; recognises that this will greatly encourage young people from Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and England to participate in sport and in the quest for Olympic glory for individuals and Team GB; acknowledges the pride of the many Scots who have competed successfully for Team GB; notes that different loyalties do not have to be divided loyalties and that many sports have traditionally been played at GB level, a structure which has served the United Kingdom, athletes and Scottish sport well since the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896; welcomes the news that Hampden Park will host the Olympic football and urges the Scottish Executive to promote other venues in Scotland, such as mountain biking at Fort William, rowing at Strathclyde Park and equestrianism at Gleneagles; further notes that Scottish athletes who compete for Great Britain under the Union Jack do not cease to be Scottish, and believes that, by pooling resources and expertise, Great Britain can compete successfully against much larger nations, providing invaluable experience for the athletes and a source of great national pride for sports fans.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 17, Against 107, Abstentions 0).

The motion, as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 92, Against 7, Abstentions 25).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament congratulates London on securing the 2012 Olympic Games, which will encourage many young Scots to become involved in sport; welcomes the Scottish bid to secure the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014; recognises that these two events would provide an unparalleled opportunity within the United Kingdom for Scots to perform at the highest level, and notes that both events would provide a major impetus to participation and performance in sport at all levels, with all the health and other benefits that brings.

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

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

5.      Themed Question Time: Questions on Finance and Communities and on Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

6.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform (Mr Tom McCabe) made a statement and answered questions on Business Rates.

7.      St Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: Dennis Canavan moved S2M-3356—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the St Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Bill.

The Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform (Mr Tom McCabe) moved amendment S2M-3356.2 to motion S2M-3356—

Leave out from “agrees” to end, and insert—

“notes that the Enterprise and Culture Committee supports the principles of the Bill; believes that St Andrew’s Day should be a day of national celebration and strongly supports the Executive’s commitment to achieving this objective; notes that the Enterprise and Culture Committee’s Stage 1 report concludes that the Bill does not fulfil this purpose and would not place a statutory obligation on employers to grant St Andrew’s Day as part of employee holiday entitlement; seeks to uphold the consensus across the Parliament that we should only legislate where necessary and when we can give effect to that legislation; believes that there is further work to be done to develop proposals to celebrate St Andrew’s Day; agrees to refer the St Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Bill back to the Enterprise and Culture Committee for a further report on the general principles, and considers that further proposals should be developed for the celebration of St Andrew’s Day.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 66, Against 58, Abstentions 0).

Murdo Fraser moved amendment S2M-3356.1 to motion S2M-3356—

Insert at end—

“but, in so doing, believes that a new bank holiday established as a result of the Bill should not be so established unless an existing bank holiday is no longer specified as a bank holiday.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 17, Against 106, Abstentions 1).

The motion, as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 79, Against 31, Abstentions 14).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament notes that the Enterprise and Culture Committee supports the principles of the Bill; believes that St Andrew’s Day should be a day of national celebration and strongly supports the Executive’s commitment to achieving this objective; notes that the Enterprise and Culture Committee’s Stage 1 report concludes that the Bill does not fulfil this purpose and would not place a statutory obligation on employers to grant St Andrew’s Day as part of employee holiday entitlement; seeks to uphold the consensus across the Parliament that we should only legislate where necessary and when we can give effect to that legislation; believes that there is further work to be done to develop proposals to celebrate St Andrew’s Day; agrees to refer the St Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Bill back to the Enterprise and Culture Committee for a further report on the general principles, and considers that further proposals should be developed for the celebration of St Andrew’s Day.

8.      Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill - UK Legislation: The Minister for Parliamentary Business (Ms Margaret Curran) moved S2M-3327—That the Parliament agrees that the provisions in the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill relating to devolved matters and those that confer executive functions on the Scottish Ministers should be considered by the UK Parliament.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 89, Against 35, Abstentions 0).

9.      Civil Aviation Bill - UK Legislation: The Minister for Parliamentary Business (Ms Margaret Curran) moved S2M-3328—That the Parliament agrees that the provisions in the Civil Aviation Bill, so far as they confer functions on the Scottish Ministers, should be considered by the UK Parliament.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10.      Scottish Commission for Public Audit: Nora Radcliffe, on behalf of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, moved S2M-3389—That the Parliament agrees to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body’s proposal to appoint Margaret Smith to be a member of the Scottish Commission for Public Audit.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

11.      Approval of SSIs: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-3373—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Amendment of Specified Authorities) Order 2005 be approved; and

S2M-3374—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Treatment of Office or Body as Specified Authority) Order 2005 be approved.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

12.      Membership of Committees: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-3395—That the Parliament agrees that Karen Gillon be appointed to the Enterprise and Culture Committee;

S2M-3396—That the Parliament agrees that Mr Charlie Gordon be appointed to the Public Petitions Committee; and

S2M-3397—That the Parliament agrees that Mr Charlie Gordon be appointed to replace Karen Gillon on the European and External Relations Committee.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

13.      Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 as noted above.

14.      South of Scotland Structural Funds: The Parliament debated S2M-3339 in the name of Euan Robson—That the Parliament welcomes the investment in Roxburgh and Berwickshire, the Borders and the South of Scotland from European Union structural funding, such as at Springwood Park in Kelso and at Ettrick Riverside in Selkirk; notes that the current round of such funding ends in March 2006, and believes that the south of Scotland has a clear case for continuing investment to support its economy and communities.

The meeting closed at 5.55 pm.

No. 27 Wednesday 26 October 2005

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Reverend Brian Lamb, St Patrick’s Church, Shotts, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Report on Prioritisation of the Non-Executive Bills Unit’s Workload: Mr Duncan McNeil, on behalf of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, moved S2M-3411—That the Parliament endorses the prioritisation criteria set out in paragraphs 7 to 9 of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body’s 2nd Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on the Prioritisation of the Non-Executive Bills Unit’s Workload (SP Paper 434) and therefore agrees the recommendations in paragraph 19 of the report.

Mr Brian Monteith moved amendment S2M-3411.2 to motion S2M-3411—

Insert at end—

“with the addition, subject to committee approval of the statement of reasons that further consultation is not necessary and once a successful proposal is lodged, of the Local Government Elections (Scotland) Bill, given that it received 26 signatures of support when previously lodged, is time-sensitive and would be a small piece of legislation requiring only three sections and one member of staff to assist with its progress.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 11, Against 80, Abstentions 21).

Chris Ballance moved amendment S2M-3411.1 to motion S2M-3411—

Leave out from “endorses” to end and insert—

“notes the prioritisation criteria set out in paragraphs 7 to 9 of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body’s (SPCB) 2nd Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on the Prioritisation of the Non-Executive Bills Unit’s Workload (SP Paper 434); notes with concern that one of these criteria proposes to refuse drafting support based on “the potential size, scope and complexity of a Bill”; further notes with concern the implication that Members’ Bills must therefore be small, narrow in scope and simple in order to receive drafting support from the Parliament; believes that this is the wrong approach to the question of resources within the Non-Executive Bills Unit and that it undermines the founding principles of the Scottish Parliament, in particular that of power sharing, and calls on the SPCB to review its recommendations in order to ensure that all Bill proposals receive fair access to drafting support.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 21, Against 90, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 94, Against 14, Abstentions 4).

3.      Equality Bill - UK Legislation: The Minister for Communities (Malcolm Chisholm) moved S2M-3440—That the Parliament agrees the principles contained in the provisions of the Equality Bill, including the power to impose duties on public authorities, so far as those provisions relate to matters within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament or confer functions on the Scottish Ministers, and agrees that those provisions should be considered by the UK Parliament.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 85, Against 7, Abstentions 20).

4.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3462—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 2 November 2005

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Debate: Freedom of Information

followed by                      Ministerial Statement: Influenza Contingency Plan

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 3 November 2005

9.15 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business

11.40 am                        General Question Time

12 noon                          First Minister's Question Time
                                     
2.15 pm                          Themed Question Time—
                                      Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning;
                                      Justice and Law Officers

2.55 pm                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 3 Proceedings: Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Wednesday 9 November 2005

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 3 Proceedings: Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 10 November 2005

9.15 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Business

11.40 am                        General Question Time

12 noon                          First Minister’s Question Time
                                     
2.15 pm                          Themed Question Time—
                                      Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport;
                                      Finance and Public Services and Communities
                                     
2.55 pm                          Executive Business

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

5.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3456—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 3 February 2006.

The motion was agreed to.

6.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3457—That the Parliament agrees that the timetable for consideration of the Abolition of NHS Prescription Charges (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be extended to 26 January 2006.

The motion was agreed to.

7.      Substitution on Committees: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-3451—That the Parliament agrees that Donald Gorrie be appointed to replace George Lyon as the Scottish Liberal Democrat substitute on the Enterprise and Culture Committee;

S2M-3452—That the Parliament agrees that Euan Robson be appointed to replace Robert Brown as the Scottish Liberal Democrat substitute on the Health Committee; and

S2M-3453—That the Parliament agrees that Mike Pringle be appointed to replace Margaret Smith as the Scottish Liberal Democrat substitute on the Justice 2 Committee.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

8.      Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3454—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 11) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/455) be approved.

The motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 108, Against 5, Abstentions 0).

9.      Designation of Lead Committee:  Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3455—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill at Stage 1.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

11.   Summer Academy @ Strathclyde: The Parliament debated S2M-3226 in the name of Bill Butler—That the Parliament congratulates Strathclyde University on its innovative Summer Academy, now in its seventh year; recognises the role which it plays in the promotion of the benefits available to young people who wish to continue their studies into further and higher education; notes that the academy now attracts up to 900 school students annually from upwards of 130 secondary schools in west central Scotland, as well as welcoming students from Spain and Sweden; celebrates the scheme as a significant way both to widen access to further and higher education and to promote social inclusion; hopes that it may provide a model for other academic institutions both in Scotland and Europe, and commends the university staff and student mentors for the part they have played in the creation of a Scottish success story as over 6,000 young people have to date graduated from the Summer Academy @ Strathclyde.

The meeting closed at 5.48 pm.

No. 28 Thursday 27 October 2005

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1.      Delivering for Health: The Minister for Health and Community Care (Mr Andy Kerr) moved S2M-3468—That the Parliament commends the action plan for NHS Scotland, “Delivering for Health”, and its acceptance of Professor David Kerr’s report, Building a Health Service Fit for the Future, as the basis of NHS boards’ future service change proposals; welcomes the report’s emphasis on shifting the balance of care to provide more safe and sustainable local services, including intensive case management in the community for the most vulnerable; applauds the commitment to tackle health inequalities by developing anticipatory care in our most deprived communities and applying the approach to benefit people wherever they live; supports the steps to consolidate improvements in waiting times and to put highly specialist services on a sustainable basis, and commends the Scottish Executive’s policy of pursuing greater quality and productivity.

Shona Robison moved amendment S2M-3468.3 to motion S2M-3468—

Leave out from “supports” to end and insert—

“, and considers that more needs to be done to bring down waiting times for patients, including the introduction of individual patient waiting time guarantees based on their particular needs, the expansion of diagnostic and treatment centres within the NHS and the introduction of an element of activity-based payment for hospitals to encourage greater efficiency and utilisation of spare capacity in the NHS.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 23, Against 87, Abstentions 2).

Mrs Nanette Milne moved amendment S2M-3468.1 to motion S2M-3468—

Leave out from “of NHS boards” to end and insert—

“to discuss the future structure of the NHS in Scotland; welcomes the report’s emphasis on shifting the balance of care to provide more safe and sustainable local services, including intensive case management in the community for the most vulnerable; welcomes the commitment to tackle health inequalities by developing anticipatory care in our most deprived communities and applying the approach to benefit people wherever they live; however notes that, despite higher funding for the NHS in Scotland, too many patients are still having to wait too long for treatment; believes that a truly patient-centred NHS will only be possible if professionals are given the freedom to prioritise treatment by clinical need rather than by government targets and if purchasing power is put in the hands of patients so that their choices determine the development of the service, and, to that end, calls for the establishment of foundation hospitals within NHS Scotland and for continuing increase in the capacity available to treat NHS patients by extending the use of the independent sector.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 15, Against 97, Abstentions 0).

Carolyn Leckie moved amendment S2M-3468.2 to motion S2M-3468—

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

“notes the action plan for NHS Scotland, “Delivering for Health”, and its acceptance of  Professor David Kerr’s report, Building a Health Service Fit for the Future, as the basis of NHS boards’ future service change proposals; is concerned that the over-centralisation of services, which is against the wishes of communities up and down Scotland, may not be prevented by all of the above; is concerned to ensure that any change is democratic in that it actively involves communities and staff in making the key decisions that affect service provision; is extremely concerned about the opportunities for encroachment by the private sector into the NHS which the report represents; notes the Minister for Health and Community Care’s and the Executive’s increased communication and collaboration with the private health care sector; notes the alarming developments in England where the Government is attempting to transfer NHS clinical staff to the private sector; opposes the idea that incentivisation can improve health care and believes that the NHS is fundamentally under threat as a public health care system and requires urgent action to protect and improve it including increased investment in training to provide more NHS doctors, dentists, clinicians, other professionals and valuable support staff to increase the NHS’s own capacity, and believes that Scotland’s stark health inequalities will be intensified by increased involvement of the private sector and that the current funding mechanisms of the NHS are inadequate to address inequalities and require wide-ranging reform.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 15, Against 96, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 70, Against 20, Abstentions 22).

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

3.      First Minister’s Question Time: Questions were answered by the Deputy First Minister (Nicol Stephen).

4.      Themed Question Time: Questions on Health and Community Care and on Environment and Rural Development were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

5.      Homelessness: The Parliament debated the subject of Homelessness.

6.      Substitution on Committees: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-3465—That the Parliament agrees that Ms Rosemary Byrne be appointed to replace Carolyn Leckie as the Scottish Socialist Party substitute on the Equal Opportunities Committee; and

S2M-3466—That the Parliament agrees that Carolyn Leckie be appointed to replace Ms Rosemary Byrne as the Scottish Socialist Party substitute on the Justice 2 Committee.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

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

8.      Looked-after Young People: The Parliament debated S2M-3240 in the name of Mrs Mary Mulligan—That the Parliament congratulates the looked-after young people of West Lothian who presented “Having Your Say” to MSPs; recognises the work of the young people in producing such a thought-provoking presentation and acknowledges the challenges they face, particularly in relation to education, and believes that MSPs should communicate further with the West Lothian young people, and other looked-after young people, to address the educational needs which they identified.

The meeting closed at 5.54 pm.

No. 29 Wednesday 2 November 2005

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Reverend Rosemary Frew, Minister of Abbotshall Parish Church, Kirkcaldy, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Freedom of Information: The Parliament debated the subject of Freedom of Information.

3.      Ministerial Statements: The Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Ross Finnie) and the Minister for Health and Community Care (Mr Andy Kerr) made statements and answered questions on Influenza Contingency Plans.

4.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3502—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 9 November 2005

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 3 Proceedings: Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 10 November 2005

9.15 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Scottish National Party Business

11.40 am                        General Question Time

12 noon                          First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm                          Themed Question Time—
                                      Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport;
                                      Finance and Public Services and Communities

2.55 pm                          Executive Debate: Rail

followed by                      Motion on the Olympics Bill – UK Legislation

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Wednesday 16 November 2005

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 17 November 2005

9.15 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Business

11.40 am                        General Question Time

12 noon                          First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm                          Themed Question Time—
                                      Environment and Rural Development;
                                      Health and Community Care

2.55 pm                          Executive Business

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

5.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3501—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 3 March 2006.

The motion was agreed to.

6.      A 21st Century Bridge for 21st Century Fife: The Parliament debated S2M-2758 in the name of Scott Barrie—That the Parliament welcomes the decision by the Forth Estuary Transport Authority to support the construction of a further bridge across the Forth at Queensferry; accepts that, even with improvements in public transport, the existing Forth Road Bridge is incapable of coping with the current level of traffic; believes that the limitations on the existing bridges into, and out of, Fife are seriously affecting the economic regeneration of the Kingdom; notes that improvements to rail services to Edinburgh are essential but that these alone will not resolve the transport difficulties across the Forth, and hopes that the new bridge will be multi-modal, allowing for future light rail developments from Fife.

7.      Motion without Notice: Tricia Marwick moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended until 5.59 pm. 

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 5.59 pm

No. 30 Thursday 3 November 2005

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1.   Children with Special Needs: Lord James Douglas-Hamilton moved S2M-3490—That the Parliament recognises that many children with additional support needs draw educational and social benefit from being educated in a mainstream setting; acknowledges, however, that in order for such children to flourish, appropriate resources and support must be available; further believes that the educational and social development of some children with multiple and complex needs can best be promoted through the concentrated support provided in special schools; notes with concern that 33 special schools have been closed since 1997; believes that there should be no presumption, statutory or otherwise, in favour of or against mainstreaming and that parents should be able to make a genuine informed choice between mainstream schools and special school provision, so that they can decide on the educational provision that is best suited to the needs of their child, and calls on the Scottish Executive to put in place a moratorium on the closure of special schools until the series of assumptions behind the mainstreaming policy is reviewed.

The Deputy Minister for Education and Young People (Robert Brown) moved amendment S2M-3490.3 to motion S2M-3490—

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

“and that, prior to the enactment of the Standards in Scotland’s Schools etc. Act 2000, many children were denied access to such benefits; acknowledges that meeting the needs of the individual child is of paramount importance and that a range of mainstream, specialist and mixed provision will always be necessary; notes that there has been a net increase of 28 special schools and units since 1997, which demonstrates the continuing commitment of local authorities and the Scottish Executive to specialist provision where appropriate, and believes that, following the Parliament’s recent approval, the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 will, when it comes into force on 14 November 2005, strengthen the rights of children and their parents to ensure that their additional support needs are met fully, whatever the school setting.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 73, Against 22, Abstentions 22).

Mr Adam Ingram moved amendment S2M-3490.2 to motion S2M-3490—

Leave out from “recognises” to end and insert—

“supports the fundamental principle of inclusion that was introduced into our education system with the presumption of mainstreaming; recognises the widespread concerns that the resources made available to implement the policy have been inadequate, and calls, therefore, for a review of the operation of the policy to establish what additional means are required to ensure that every pupil with additional support needs has the opportunity to fulfil his or her potential, either within the mainstream setting or in a special school depending on their individual circumstances.”
After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 29, Against 80, Abstentions 8).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 73, Against 17, Abstentions 27).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament recognises that many children with additional support needs draw educational and social benefit from being educated in a mainstream setting; and that, prior to the enactment of the Standards in Scotland’s Schools etc. Act 2000, many children were denied access to such benefits; acknowledges that meeting the needs of the individual child is of paramount importance and that a range of mainstream, specialist and mixed provision will always be necessary; notes that there has been a net increase of 28 special schools and units since 1997, which demonstrates the continuing commitment of local authorities and the Scottish Executive to specialist provision where appropriate, and believes that, following the Parliament’s recent approval, the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 will, when it comes into force on 14 November 2005, strengthen the rights of children and their parents to ensure that their additional support needs are met fully, whatever the school setting.

2.      The Decline of Scottish Manufacturing:  Murdo Fraser moved S2M-3497—That the Parliament notes with concern that the value of the manufacturing sector fell every year between 1997 and 2002, having previously risen year-on-year between 1992 and 1997, and that nearly 100,000 manufacturing jobs have been lost since 1997; further notes with concern the recent findings of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry that exports have fallen below £15 billion in value for the first time in a decade; believes that Scotland can benefit from a solid manufacturing base as part of a diverse and modern economy, and therefore calls on the Scottish Executive to take the action required to increase the competitiveness of the sector by taking measures such as reducing red tape and the size of the public sector, privatising Scottish Water, encouraging greater participation in vocational training at further education colleges and bringing forward the promised business rates cut to April 2006.

The Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning (Allan Wilson) moved amendment S2M-3497.3 to motion S2M-3497—

Leave out from first “with concern” to end and insert—

"the important role that manufacturing plays in creating a diverse and growing Scottish economy and supports Scottish manufacturers adopting innovative and modern approaches to face the challenge of global competition; supports the move to higher value and quality products, and further notes the range of measures brought forward by the Scottish Executive to support manufacturing: investing in transport infrastructure and the skills of our people, creating the right environment by reducing business poundage rates and establishing a Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service to support and encourage Scottish manufacturing industry to adapt to the global competitive environment.”

Jim Mather moved amendment S2M-3497.1 to motion S2M-3497—

Leave out from “having previously” to end and insert—

“considers that this was partly the result of the failure of earlier policies which attracted many foreign direct inward investors who did very little research and development in Scotland and which on their own were neither sufficient nor a substitute for real economic power and the full ability to compete, and therefore calls on the Scottish Executive to recognise this fact and the evidence that makes the status quo untenable and damaging to Scotland.”

After debate, amendment 3497.3 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 67, Against 21, Abstentions 29).  As a result amendment 3497.1 was pre-empted.

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 66, Against 21, Abstentions 30).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament notes the important role that manufacturing plays in creating a diverse and growing Scottish economy and supports Scottish manufacturers adopting innovative and modern approaches to face the challenge of global competition; supports the move to higher value and quality products, and further notes the range of measures brought forward by the Scottish Executive to support manufacturing: investing in transport infrastructure and the skills of our people, creating the right environment by reducing business poundage rates and establishing a Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service to support and encourage Scottish manufacturing industry to adapt to the global competitive environment.

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

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

5.      Themed Question Time: Questions on Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport, and on Justice and Law Officers were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers and by the Scottish Law Officers.

6.      Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3504—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion by the time limits indicated (each time limit being calculated from when the Stage begins and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when the meeting of the Parliament is suspended (other than a suspension following the first division in the Stage being called) or otherwise not in progress):

Groups 1 to 3 - 30 minutes
Groups 5 to 7 - 55 minutes
Groups 8 to 11 - 1 hour and 20 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

7.      Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24

Amendment 1 was disagreed to (by division: For 14, Against 96, Abstentions 0)

The following amendments were moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn: 25 and 6

Amendments 26, 27 and 2 were not moved.

8.      Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Minister for Justice (Cathy Jamieson) moved S2M-3436—That the Parliament agrees that the Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill be passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 96, Against 20, Abstentions 0).

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

10.    Air Pollution in Glasgow: The Parliament debated S2M-3461 in the name of Patrick Harvie—That the Parliament recognises that Glasgow city centre, now designated as an Air Quality Management Area, has the most serious air pollution problems in Scotland, with a 70% reduction of nitrogen dioxide levels required in some areas if the objectives set by the Scottish Executive are to be met; is concerned at the health implications for those who live and work in the city, such as breathing problems, chronic bronchitis and many premature deaths; accepts that this problem is overwhelmingly caused by increasing road traffic levels; is further concerned that Glasgow City Council's Air Quality Action Plan does not propose measures which will reverse increases in road traffic levels or prevent further increases, and believes that the Executive should work with Glasgow City Council to ensure that Glasgow’s citizens and workers can breath air which meets the minimum standards which are the norm in other European cities.

The meeting closed at 5.51 pm.

No. 31 Wednesday 9 November 2005

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Father James Doherty, St Joachim’s Church, Carmyle, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3536—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion by the time limits indicated (each time limit being calculated from when the Stage begins and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when the meeting of the parliament is suspended (other than a suspension following the first division in the Stage being called) or otherwise not in progress):

Groups 1 and 2 – 20 minutes
Groups 3 and 4 – 50 minutes
Groups 5 to 7 – 1 hour and 15 minutes
Groups 8 to 10 – 1 hour and 40 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

3.      Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 7 and 8

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

            3          (For 30, Against 73, Abstentions 0)
            4          (For 30, Against 72, Abstentions 0)
            12        (For 28, Against 72, Abstentions 6)
            9          (For 34, Against 72, Abstentions 0)
            5          (For 34, Against 70, Abstentions 0)
            6          (For 34, Against 71, Abstentions 0)
            13        (For 33, Against 73, Abstentions 1)
            14        (For 34, Against 70, Abstentions 1)
            15        (For 32, Against 71, Abstentions 2)
            8A        (For 31, Against 73, Abstentions 0)
            2          (For 32, Against 69, Abstentions 1)
            11        (For 5,   Against 94, Abstentions 8)

The following amendments were not moved: 1 and 10.

4.      Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Ross Finnie) moved S2M-3435—That the Parliament agrees that the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill be passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 98, Against 12, Abstentions 0).

5.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3545—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 16 November 2005

2.00 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 3 Proceedings: Licensing (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 17 November 2005

9.15 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Debate: Dentistry

11.40 am                        General Question Time

12 noon                          First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm                          Themed Question Time—
                                      Environment and Rural Development;
                                      Health and Community Care

2.55 pm                          Executive Debate: Waste Strategy

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Wednesday 23 November 2005

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Procedures Committee Debate: 7th Report 2005, The Sewel Convention

followed by                      Procedures Committee Debate: 6th Report 2005, Admissibility and Closure of Public Petitions

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 24 November 2005

9.15 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 3 Proceedings: Housing (Scotland) Bill

11.40 am                        General Question Time

12 noon                          First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm                          Themed Question Time—
                                      Justice and Law Officers;
                                      Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning

2.55 pm                          Conclusion of Stage 3 Proceedings: Housing (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

and (b) that the period for members to submit their names for selection for Question Times on 12 January 2006 should end at 12 noon on Wednesday 21 December 2005.

The motion was agreed to.

6.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3540—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 16 December 2005.

The motion was agreed to.

7.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3541—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 24 February 2006.

The motion was agreed to.
 
8.      Office of the Clerk: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3532—That the Parliament agrees that the Office of the Clerk will be closed on 28, 29 and 30 December 2005.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9.      Approval of SSIs: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S2M-3533—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.12) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/497) be approved;

S2M-3534—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/506) be approved; and

S2M-3535—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/498) be approved.

The motions were agreed to ((DT) by division: For 108, Against 4, Abstentions 0).

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

11.    HMV/Waterstones Takeover of Ottakar’s Book Stores: The Parliament debated S2M-3325 in the name of Kenny MacAskill—That the Parliament voices its grave concern over, and opposition to, the proposed takeover of Ottakar’s book stores by HMV/Waterstones; notes that, if the takeover goes ahead, there will be effectively a monopoly on bookselling in many towns and cities in Scotland; regrets that, despite Edinburgh being the World City of Literature, in recent times it has witnessed the demise of independent Scottish-owned book stores such as Bauermeister and James Thin, meaning that there is now no Scottish-owned book chain in Edinburgh or indeed Scotland; recognises that the internal structure of Ottakar’s genuinely reflects the distinctive Scottish book market, with a Scottish range and marketing manager and two Scottish operating managers; contrasts this with the highly centralised structure and purchasing policy of HMV/Waterstones, which has led to a decrease in in-store diversity and availability of Scottish books through Waterstones; thus recognises that this takeover is potentially very damaging for the Scottish publishing industry, the Scottish printing industry and Scottish writers and will have the effect of limiting choice for the Scottish book-buying public and harming our national culture and identity, and considers that the Competition Commission should investigate this takeover on the grounds of market dominance in Scotland.

The meeting closed at 5.50 pm.

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