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No. 31            Wednesday 8 November 2006

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm

1.      Time for Reflection: Reverend Malcolm Rooney, Glens and Kirriemuir Old Parish Church, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Supporting Positive Transitions from School Towards Work: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning (Nicol Stephen) moved S2M-5098—That the Parliament acknowledges that the transition to adulthood is an important stage in people’s lives; welcomes the fact that the vast majority of young people successfully engage in education, volunteering, training and employment opportunities; agrees that supporting all young people to utilise these opportunities in the transition from school towards work is a national priority, and endorses the leadership of the Scottish Executive, working with schools, colleges, voluntary organisations and employers in Scotland through the NEET strategy, in seeking a successful and positive outcome for all young people.

Alex Neil moved amendment S2M-5098.3 to motion S2M-5098—

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

“regrets the poor performance of the current Scottish Executive which has led to far more of our young people, compared with their European peers, not in education, employment or training; calls for a fresh approach to engage schools, colleges, voluntary organisations and employers in Scotland to recognise the importance of early intervention for children, particularly those from socially disadvantaged backgrounds, to realise their potential in later life and so secure the opportunities that other young Scots enjoy, and recognises that, for Scotland to achieve a situation where every 16 to 19-year-old can have the opportunity to secure a place in education, employment, training or volunteering, it will require a concerted national effort and support from all sectors in Scotland.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 34, Against 64, Abstentions 13).

Murdo Fraser moved amendment S2M-5098.1 to motion S2M-5098—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“is therefore deeply concerned that so many young people in Scotland remain disengaged from education, employment or training; is further concerned by recent remarks from CBI Scotland that companies are having “to invest an unacceptably high proportion of the £2 billion they commit to training annually on what is effectively remedial education”; acknowledges, however, that voluntary agencies across Scotland are working hard to engage young people who are NEET; congratulates the Smith Group, which is dedicated to empowering such agencies already involved in this work; welcomes the Scottish Executive’s financial support provided to many of these agencies but, in light of the extreme difficulties voluntary organisations routinely face in terms of accessing secure funding, calls on it to reduce the bureaucracy involved in applying for funds and to ensure that long-term funding is available for successful and proven projects.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 38, Against 74, Abstentions 0).

Rosemary Byrne moved amendment S2M-5098.2 to motion S2M-5098—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“is concerned about the numbers of young people not in education, employment or training; recognises that there is a need to address the reasons why schools are failing these young people and to take immediate action to address these problems by reducing class sizes, offering a broader curriculum and engaging more with young people, their parents and their communities, and calls on the Scottish Executive to offer fully supported and resourced modern apprenticeships based on the needs of young people and communities.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 37, Against 77, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 65, Against 19, Abstentions 30).

3.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5106—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 15 November 2006

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 3 Proceedings: Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 16 November 2006

9.15 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Continuation of Stage 3 Proceedings: Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill

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                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Conclusion of Stage 3 Proceedings: Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Wednesday 22 November 2006

2.15 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Question Time

followed by                      Executive Business

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 23 November 2006

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—
                                      Justice and Law Officers;
                                      Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning

2.55 pm                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Business

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 11 January 2007 ends at 12.00 noon on Wednesday 20 December 2006.

The motion was agreed to.

4.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5102—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Rights of Relatives to Damages (Mesothelioma) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 2 February 2007.

The motion was agreed to.

5.      Office of the Clerk: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5103—That the Parliament agrees that the Office of the Clerk will be closed on 27, 28 and 29 December 2006.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

7.      Community Health: The Parliament debated S2M-5045 in the name of Mark Ballard—That the Parliament recognises the great importance of community health projects in tackling the health problems that our nation faces; believes that community, independent and voluntary sector organisations addressing health inequalities play a crucial role in meeting the Scottish Executive’s targets on health improvement; in particular, congratulates the Edinburgh Community Food Initiative on 10 years of working to remove barriers to a healthy diet by consistently developing innovative and effective programmes such as the Snack Attack project; notes that the future of this project, like many others, depends on its ability to continue to identify, secure and manage a wide variety of short-term funding sources; notes with concern the sense of fragility across the sector due to the uncertainty inherent in the funding system, and considers that the Executive should show much greater support to community health projects and act to reduce the financial insecurity that they are forced to face.

The meeting closed at 5.59 pm.

No. 32            Thursday 9 November 2006

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1.      Housing Stock Transfer: Frances Curran moved S2M-5104—That the Parliament calls on the Scottish Executive to embark on a programme of council house building; believes that the chronic shortage of affordable new homes has led to a huge increase in house prices in Scotland; notes that the average cost of a new home is now £130,000 and thus excludes more than one third of Scots from owning their own homes; demands that the UK Treasury releases the funds already identified to provide the necessary social housing that local circumstances demand; believes that tenants across Scotland have repeatedly rejected housing stock transfer, seeing it as plain and simple privatisation; believes in the fullest democratic control and management of council homes by tenants; welcomes the decision of Midlothian Council to build 1,000 new houses; calls on the tenants of both Highland and Inverclyde councils to follow the example of council tenants in Edinburgh, Stirling and Renfrewshire and reject privatisation of their housing stock; believes that the promises made to Glasgow tenants by Glasgow Housing Association have not been kept, and believes that stock transfer, the Executive’s flagship housing policy, is now in tatters.

The Deputy Minister for Communities (Johann Lamont) moved amendment S2M-5104.4 to motion S2M-5104—

Leave out from first “calls on” to end and insert—

“commends the initiatives by the Scottish Executive to increase the quantity of affordable housing in Scotland through its increased investment programme, which will deliver over 16,500 new affordable homes for rent and nearly 5,000 for low-cost home ownership by 2008, and through its Homestake low-cost home ownership scheme and its use of the planning system to increase supply; supports the principle of housing transfer to community ownership to improve the quality of existing housing where this has the support of the tenants; agrees that transfer has the potential to deliver a substantial package of benefits for tenants, including increased investment in their homes, rent guarantees and a much greater say in how their homes are managed, and recognises that transfer is indeed now delivering substantial new investment for tenants, as confirmed by Audit Scotland.”

Tricia Marwick moved amendment S2M-5104.2 to motion S2M-5104—

Leave out from first “calls on” to end and insert—

“recognises the failure of the Scottish Executive to adequately fund Scottish housing and its refusal to consider any other funding options than large-scale voluntary transfer; deplores the lack of real choice offered to Scottish tenants; condemns the Executive’s failure to deliver the promise of second-stage transfer to the tenants of Glasgow Housing Association, and calls on the Minister for Communities to make immediate representations to the UK Treasury for the write-off of local authorities’ capital housing debt without preconditions.”

Bill Aitken moved amendment S2M-5104.1 to motion S2M-5104—
Leave out from first “calls on” to end and insert—

“supports the transfer of local government housing to communities run by locally accountable housing associations, co-operatives and companies and notes the recent Audit Scotland report which concluded that the handover of more than 100,000 council homes to new landlords since 1998 has brought more investment in properties and promoted tenant control as well as facilitating increased repairs and maintenance and the building of new homes and keeping rent increases down; therefore urges all tenants to seriously consider voting for the stock transfer of their homes, but notes, however, that the Scottish Executive now needs to address urgently the issues preventing the second stage transfer in Glasgow and to publish what it and the City of Edinburgh Council now plan to do for the future of Edinburgh’s housing stock, with a view to assisting in future investment for vital affordable housing.”

After debate, amendment S2M-5104.4 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 44, Abstentions 7).  As a result, amendments S2M-5104.2 and S2M-5104.1 were pre-empted.

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 63, Against 45, Abstentions 8).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament commends the initiatives by the Scottish Executive to increase the quantity of affordable housing in Scotland through its increased investment programme, which will deliver over 16,500 new affordable homes for rent and nearly 5,000 for low-cost home ownership by 2008, and through its Homestake low-cost home ownership scheme and its use of the planning system to increase supply; supports the principle of housing transfer to community ownership to improve the quality of existing housing where this has the support of the tenants; agrees that transfer has the potential to deliver a substantial package of benefits for tenants, including increased investment in their homes, rent guarantees and a much greater say in how their homes are managed, and recognises that transfer is indeed now delivering substantial new investment for tenants, as confirmed by Audit Scotland.

2.      Funding Equal Pay: Carolyn Leckie moved S2M-5105—That the Parliament believes that the Scottish Executive has a responsibility, which includes the allocation of appropriate funding to assist local authorities, in agreement with the trade unions, to achieve equal pay and maintain public services.

The Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform and Parliamentary Business (George Lyon) moved amendment S2M-5105.4 to motion S2M-5105—

Leave out from “believes” to end and insert—

“recognises that closing the equal pay gap will benefit all Scots, Scotland’s workplaces and Scotland’s economy; agrees that it is the responsibility of local authorities as independent bodies to implement the single status pay agreement which they themselves negotiated, and encourages employers and unions to make every effort to reach an agreement that is fair and equitable and protects the staff concerned, council taxpayers and the services that local authorities deliver.”
Mr John Swinney moved amendment S2M-5105.1 to motion S2M-5105—

Leave out from “believes” to end and insert—

“calls on the Scottish Executive to facilitate discussions between COSLA, local authorities and trade unions to deliver a fair and speedy resolution to the equal pay and single status issue and to ensure that the implications of such agreement are reflected in the 2007-08 local authority financial settlement.”

Derek Brownlee moved amendment S2M-5105.2 to motion S2M-5105—

Leave out from “believes” to end and insert—

“supports the principles of the Equal Pay Act 1970; condemns the failure of local authorities and trades unions to reach agreement on the implementation of single status; recognises the importance of protecting taxpayers at all levels from the consequences of this failure, and calls on the Scottish Executive to exert pressure on local authorities and trades unions to reach an agreement fair to employees and taxpayers.”

After debate, amendment S2M-5105.4 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 65, Against 36, Abstentions 15).

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 81, Against 35, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament recognises that closing the equal pay gap will benefit all Scots, Scotland’s workplaces and Scotland’s economy; agrees that it is the responsibility of local authorities as independent bodies to implement the single status pay agreement which they themselves negotiated, and encourages employers and unions to make every effort to reach an agreement that is fair and equitable and protects the staff concerned, council taxpayers and the services that local authorities deliver.

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 Communities were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

6.      Violence Against Women: The Minister for Communities (Malcolm Chisholm) moved S2M-5109—That the Parliament is pleased to reaffirm its commitment to the cause of ending violence against women; supports the 16th year of the United Nations’ 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign and its focus this year on activists; pays tribute to the many paid and unpaid women across Scotland, for example at the Scottish Domestic Abuse Helpline, local women’s aid groups, rape crisis centres and other voluntary sector projects, who have given their time, energy and commitment over the years to raising the profile of domestic abuse, rape and sexual assault and other forms of male violence against women, as well as offering support to those who experience it; congratulates both Scottish Women’s Aid and Glasgow Rape Crisis Centre on reaching their 30th anniversaries; welcomes the progress made over the last 30 years including recent developments which recognise the impacts that domestic abuse has on children, and supports the Scottish Executive in its efforts to tackle violence against women in all its forms.

Christine Grahame moved amendment S2M-5109.2 to motion S2M-5109—

Insert at end—

“notes that in 2004-05 there were only 234 refuge places in Scotland and calls on the Executive to provide increased funding to support additional places which will also take into account rurality and remoteness, and further calls on the Executive to review the operation of the Protection from Abuse (Scotland) Act 2001.”

After debate, the amendment was, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn.

Carolyn Leckie moved amendment S2M-5109.1 to motion S2M-5109—

Insert at end—

“and, in so doing, expresses continuing concern at the despairingly low conviction rates for rape and sexual offences and the continuing humiliation that the majority of women complainants face through the courts allowing examination of victims’ sexual history and character, and believes that the efforts of the Executive to address male violence against women must be supported by effective change in the criminal justice system.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 15, Against 78, Abstentions 23).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

7.      Education Committee, Draft National Plan for Gaelic: Iain Smith, on behalf of the Education Committee, moved S2M-5093—That the Parliament notes the contents of the Education Committee’s 11th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Draft National Plan for Gaelic (SP Paper 657).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8.      Local Government and Transport Committee, Provision of Rail Passenger Services (Scotland) Bill: Bristow Muldoon, on behalf of the Local Government and Transport Committee, moved S2M-5018—That the Parliament does not agree to the general principles of the Provision of Rail Passenger Services (Scotland) Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 99, Against 16, Abstentions 0).

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

10.  Scotland’s Historical Places and Artefacts: The Parliament debated S2M-5027 in the name of Christine May—That the Parliament recognises the support given by the Scottish Executive to conserve Scotland’s heritage; believes that a knowledge of the buildings, monuments, historic sites and ancient artefacts in Scotland contributes to our knowledge of ourselves as a nation; welcomes the recent announcements on funding to protect ancient battlefields and historic buildings and to support local projects; further welcomes the statutory protection given to listed buildings and ancient monuments; considers that the voluntary register of historic sites maintained by most local authorities is a welcome source of information on Scotland’s history and peoples; congratulates the Council for Scottish Archaeology and national, local authority and community historical, archaeological and museum groups which work tirelessly to research, identify and conserve places such as the Henge at Balfarg in Glenrothes and the Bronze Age burial cist at Sillerhole in Leven and display artefacts in both national and local museums such as Lower Methil Heritage Centre; believes that opportunities exist to give further protection through legislative measures; welcomes the offer by the Deputy Minister for Communities to discuss such opportunities in the context of the current planning Bill, and believes that all MSPs and ministers should consider what further support can be given to protect Scotland’s historical places and artefacts.

The meeting closed at 5.51 pm.

No.33             Wednesday 15 November 2006

The meeting opened at 2.15 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Dr Conrad Harvey, Buddhist Faith Representative, NHS Scotland Spiritual Care Committee, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5154—That the Parliament agrees under Rule 11.2.4 of the Standing Orders that Decision Time on Wednesday 15 November 2006 shall begin at 6.00 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

3.      Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5156—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion by the time limit indicated, each time limit being calculated from when the Stage begins and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when a meeting of the Parliament is suspended (other than a suspension following the first division in any morning or afternoon during which the Stage is taking place being called) or otherwise not in progress:

Groups 1 and 2:           45 minutes
Groups 3 to 7:               1 hour 50 minutes
Groups 8 and 9:           2 hours 25 minutes
Groups 10 to 15:          3 hours 25 minutes (this will conclude Wednesday’s session)
Groups 16 and 17:       3 hours 55 minutes
Group 18:                      4 hours 55 minutes
Groups 19 to 23:          5 hours 50 minutes
Groups 24 to 26:          6 hours 30 minutes
Groups 27 to 30:          6 hours 55 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

4.      Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to (without division): 1, 38, 39, 40, 20, 2, 21, 3, 4, 5, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 70, 6, 7, 8, 23, 9, 10, 71, 72, 12, 24, 25 and 26.

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

            93        (For 39, Against 80, Abstentions 4)
            43        (For 41, Against 80, Abstentions 2)
            44        (For 18, Against 104, Abstentions 1)
            96        (For 56, Against 65, Abstentions 2)
            97        (For 40, Against 81, Abstentions 2)
            98        (For 33, Against 82, Abstentions 1)
            47        (For 31, Against 85, Abstentions 2)
            108     (For 40, Against 79, Abstentions 1)
            50        (For 8, Against 74, Abstentions 1)
            51        (For 16, Against 100, Abstentions 1)
            52        (For 17, Against 102, Abstentions 1)
            22        (For 35, Against 73, Abstentions 8)
            69        (For 16, Against 99, Abstentions 1)
            118     (For 33, Against 58, Abstentions 1)
            74        (For 18, Against 78, Abstentions 24)
            75        (For 17, Against 78, Abstentions 25)
            77        (For 15, Against 100, Abstentions 2)

The following amendments were moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn: 109 and 114.

The following amendments were not moved: 94, 95, 46, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 113, 112, 115, 119, 120 and 76.

The Presiding Officer extended the time-limits under Rule 9.8.4C.

The Parliament ended consideration of the Bill for the day amendment 77 having been disposed of.

5.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5155—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 22 November 2006
2.15 pm                          Time for Reflection
followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions
followed by                      Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Question Time
followed by                      Stage 1 Debate: Transport and Works (Scotland) Bill
followed by                      Financial Resolution: Transport and Works (Scotland) Bill
followed by                      Stage 1 Debate: Christmas Day and New Year’s Day Trading (Scotland) Bill
followed by                      Business Motion
followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions
5.00 pm                          Decision Time
followed by                      Members’ Business
Thursday 23 November 2006
9.15 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions
followed by                      Preliminary Stage Debate: Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill
followed by                      Financial Resolution: Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements 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 pmStage 1 Debate: Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill
followed by                      Financial Resolution: Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill
followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions
5.00 pm                          Decision Time
followed by                      Members’ Business
Wednesday 29 November 2006
2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection
followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions
followed by                      Final Stage: Glasgow Airport Rail Link Bill
followed by                      Stage 3 Proceedings: St Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Bill
followed by                      Business Motion
followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions
5.00 pm                          Decision Time
followed by                      Members’ Business
Thursday 30 November 2006
9.15 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions
followed by                      Stage 3 Proceedings: Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill
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                          Conclusion of Stage 3 Proceedings: Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill
followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions
5.00 pm                          Decision Time
followed by                      Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

6.      Membership of Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5151—That the Parliament agrees that Margaret Smith be appointed to replace Nora Radcliffe on the Equal Opportunities Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

  1. Substitution on Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5150—That the Parliament agrees that Stewart Stevenson be appointed to replace Mr Stewart Maxwell as the Scottish National Party substitute on the Health Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8.      Motion without notice: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved, without notice, a motion under Rule 11.2.4 of Standing Orders that Decision Time on Wednesday 15 November 2006 shall begin at 5.52 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

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

10.   World Diabetes Day 2006: The Parliament debated S2M-5099 in the name of Mr David Davidson—That the Parliament expresses its support for World Diabetes Day 2006 on 14 November and the launch of the year-long campaign to raise awareness of the impact of diabetes among disadvantaged and vulnerable groups; notes the campaign’s message that every person with diabetes, or at risk of diabetes, deserves the best quality of education, prevention and care that is possible; is concerned that people on the lowest incomes are around twice as likely as those on the highest incomes to develop type 2 diabetes and that the prevalence of diabetes in the most deprived areas is over two-thirds higher than in the most affluent; further notes that black and minority ethnic groups are at least five times more likely to develop diabetes than their Caucasian counterparts and are more likely to live in more deprived areas; recognises the developing epidemic of diabetes in young people in Scotland, and believes that the Scottish Executive should ensure that the needs of disadvantaged and vulnerable groups are fully addressed in the roll-out of the Scottish Diabetes Framework: Action Plan and that resources for diabetes awareness, screening and early intervention treatment to reduce long-term costs to the NHS are made available to all of Scotland’s NHS boards.

The meeting closed at 6.30 pm.

No. 34            Thursday 16 November 2006

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1.      Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Parliament resumed consideration of the Bill at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to (without division): 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 13, 32, 33, 87, 14 and 15.

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

            121     (For 35, Against 74, Abstentions 1)
            79        (For 36, Against 76, Abstentions 1)
            80        (For 35, Against 77, Abstentions 1)
            83        (For 35, Against 75, Abstentions 1)
            84        (For 35, Against 77, Abstentions 1)
            123     (For 45, Against 74, Abstentions 1)
            124     (For 29, Against 78, Abstentions 7)
            125     (For 35, Against 77, Abstentions 2)
            127     (For 29, Against 76, Abstentions 7)
            126     (For 34, Against 78, Abstentions 2)
            85        (For 14, Against 95, Abstentions 1)
            129     (For 35, Against 77, Abstentions 1)
            130     (For 33, Against 76, Abstentions 1)
            131     (For 36, Against 77, Abstentions 1)
            132     (For 37, Against 77, Abstentions 1)
            133     (For 36, Against 75, Abstentions 1)
            142     (For 37, Against 70, Abstentions 1)
            144     (For 37, Against 72, Abstentions 1)
            146     (For 17, Against 94, Abstentions 3)
            147     (For 38, Against 73, Abstentions 2)

Amendment 136 was moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn.

The following amendments were not moved: 128, 134, 135, 137, 138, 139, 141, 140, 143 and 145.

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 Environment and Rural Development, and on Health and Community Care were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

5.      Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Parliament resumed consideration of the Bill at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to (without division): 16, 17, 18, 35, 36, 90, 159, 92, 91, 160 and 161.

The following amendments were agreed to (by division)—

            34        (For 112, Against 1, Abstentions 5)
            89A     (For 110, Against 1, Abstentions 5)
            89        (For 112, Against 0, Abstentions 6)

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

            149     (For 37, Against 78, Abstentions 1)
            150     (For 20, Against 71, Abstentions 27)
            151     (For 37, Against 78, Abstentions 2)
            152     (For 19, Against 68, Abstentions 25)
            153     (For 38, Against 74, Abstentions 1)
            155     (For 37, Against 72, Abstentions 2)
            156     (For 53, Against 60, Abstentions 1)

The following amendments were not moved: 148, 154, 157 and 158.

6.      Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Minister for Communities (Malcolm Chisholm) moved S2M-4921—That the Parliament agrees that the Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Christine Grahame moved amendment S2M-4921.1 to motion S2M-4921—

Insert at end—

“but, in so doing, expresses regret at the inclusion of Part 9 on business improvement districts as it represents an additional onerous burden both financially and bureaucratically on already overburdened small businesses.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 42, Against 76, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 104, Against 13, Abstentions 1).

7.      Appointment of Minister: The First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell) moved S2M-5158—That the Parliament agrees that Hugh Henry be appointed as a Minister.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8.      Appointment of Junior Scottish Minister: The First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell) moved S2M-5159—That the Parliament agrees that Des McNulty be appointed as a junior Scottish Minister.
The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

10.   National Bed Assessment: The Parliament debated S2M-4525 in the name of Jean Turner—That the Parliament notes that NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde now has responsibility for a population of approximately one million; considers, therefore, that an urgent assessment is required of all numbers of beds, including high dependency and intensive care beds and those set aside for barrier nursing, since availability of every type of bed is crucial to the best clinical decisions and nursing care, as well as to the smooth and easy flow of the patient journey from one area of a hospital to another as their medical condition changes for better or worse; recognises that not having appropriate beds of any kind, in any speciality at any one time, can mean that a patient may have to stay in intensive care longer than necessary and thus block a bed for a patient who should be transferred from a high-dependency bed or theatre to an intensive care unit bed; acknowledges that delays to admission from casualty, accident and emergency or trauma departments may also be due to a lack of all types of beds being available, thus resulting in the discharge of patients in the evening in order to free a bed for an emergency admission; recognises that important elective procedures and operations may have to be cancelled at short notice as a result of no appropriate bed being available because of a general bed shortage, and therefore, in light of an increasingly ageing population with more complex conditions and in anticipation of a further rise of medical admissions including all types of infections, in particular MRSA, winter and summer vomiting viruses which often close wards, considers that work should be done to address our present problems within such a large NHS board and as a result decrease waiting times and lists.

The meeting closed at 5.51 pm.

No. 35                        Wednesday 22 November 2006

The meeting opened at 2.15 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Father Ed Hone, St Patrick’s, Edinburgh, led Time for Reflection.

2.      SPCB Question Time: Questions were answered by members of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body.

3.      Transport and Works (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Minister for Transport (Tavish Scott) moved S2M-5043—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Transport and Works (Scotland) Bill.

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

4.      Transport and Works (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution: The Minister for Transport (Tavish Scott) moved S2M-5176—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Transport and Works (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any expenditure or increase in expenditure of a kind referred to in Rule 9.12.3(b)(iii) of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

5.      Christmas Day and New Year’s Day Trading (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: Karen Whitefield moved S2M-5169—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Christmas Day and New Year’s Day Trading (Scotland) Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 99, Against 4, Abstentions 18).

6.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5203—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 29 November 2006

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Final Stage: Glasgow Airport Rail Link Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 3 Proceedings: St Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 30 November 2006

9.15 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 3 Proceedings: Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill

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                          Conclusion of Stage 3 Proceedings: Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Wednesday 6 December 2006

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 7 December 2006

9.15 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 3 Proceedings: Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill

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                          Conclusion of Stage 3 Proceedings: Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

7.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5202—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be extended to 26 January 2007.

The motion was agreed to.

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

S2M-5200—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) (No. 3) Order 2006 be approved; and

S2M-5201—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Personal Injuries (NHS Charges) (Amounts) (Scotland) Regulations 2006 be approved.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

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

10.   Fund for Farepak Victims: The Parliament debated S2M-5107 in the name of Dr Elaine Murray—That the Parliament welcomes the setting up of a fund by the Department of Trade and Industry to recompense Farepak victims, such as those in Dumfries; notes that retailers are being asked to make contributions; notes also that MPs are being asked to contribute a day’s salary to the fund, and considers that MSPs should do likewise.

11.    Motion without Notice: Dr Elaine Murray moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended until 6.11 pm. 

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 6.11 pm.

 No. 36           Thursday 23 November 2006

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1.      Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill - Preliminary Stage: Phil Gallie, on behalf of the Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill Committee, moved S2M-5168—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill and that the Bill should proceed as a Private Bill.

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.      Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care (Lewis Macdonald) moved S2M-5042—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6.      Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill – Financial Resolution: The Minister for Health and Community Care (Lewis Macdonald) moved S2M-4377—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any expenditure of a kind referred to in paragraph 3(b)(iii) of Rule 9.12 of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7.      Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill: Financial Resolution: The Minister for Transport (Tavish Scott) moved S2M-5174—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements 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).

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

S2M-5213—That the Parliament agrees that Marilyn Livingstone be appointed to replace Ms Wendy Alexander on the Education Committee;

S2M-5214—That the Parliament agrees that Gordon Jackson be appointed to replace Des McNulty on the Finance Committee; and

S2M-5215—That the Parliament agrees that Janis Hughes be appointed to replace Gordon Jackson on the Subordinate Legislation Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

10.    School Bus Safety: The Parliament debated S2M-4833 in the name of Alex Neil—That the Parliament notes that in certain local authority areas in Ayrshire and elsewhere there is a concern about the need to tighten up the rules and guidelines regarding the safety of buses carrying children to school and, in particular, believes that the regulations should be changed so that it is mandatory for a supervising adult to accompany primary school children travelling on a school bus whether the bus is a single or double decker.

The meeting closed at 5.47 pm.

 No. 37           Wednesday 29 November

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Pastor Patricia Sawo, East African Co-ordinator of the African Network of Religious Leaders Living with HIV and AIDS, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Glasgow Airport Rail Link Bill – Final Stage: Margaret Jamieson, on behalf of the Glasgow Airport Rail Link Bill Committee, moved S2M-5161—That the Parliament agrees that the Glasgow Airport Rail Link Bill be passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 118, Against 3, Abstentions 0).

3.      St Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: Dennis Canavan moved S2M-5113—That the Parliament agrees that the St Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Bill be passed.

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

4.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5237—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 30 November 2006—

after,

2.55 pm                        Conclusion of Stage 3 Proceedings: Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill

insert,

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

The motion was agreed to.

5.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5238—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 6 December 2006

2.30 pm                        Time for Reflection

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                    Executive Debate: Civic Participation – Trade Union Engagement with Scotland’s Civic Society

followed by                    Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business

followed by                    Business Motion

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business

Thursday 7 December 2006

9.15 am                        Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                    Stage 3 Proceedings: Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill

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 pmConclusion of Stage 3 Proceedings: Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill

followed by                    Executive Debate: Fisheries

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business

Wednesday 13 December 2006

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 14 December 2006

9.15 am                        Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                    Stage 3 Proceedings: Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill

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                        Conclusion of Stage 3 Proceedings: Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill

followed by                    Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                        Decision Time

followed by                    Members’ Business

After debate, the motion was agreed to (by division: For 104, Against 13, Abstentions 4).

6.      Business Motions: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

          S2M-5239—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Transport and Works (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 19 January 2007; and

          S2M-5240—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 19 January 2007.

The motions were agreed to.

7.      Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5233—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2006 Amendment Order 2006 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

9.      Ending Child Poverty in Scotland: The Parliament debated S2M-5172 in the name of Jackie Baillie—That the Parliament agrees that it is unacceptable that children living in severe poverty in Scotland are missing out on basic necessities such as fresh, nutritious food, new clothes and shoes and having a warm home in the winter; welcomes Save the Children’s campaign to end child poverty, which highlights the effects for children and their families of living in severe and persistent poverty; acknowledges the progress made by the Scottish Executive in lifting 100,000 children in Scotland out of poverty and helping children in the Dumbarton constituency and across Scotland to improve their life chances, and believes that more needs to be done and that the Executive should prioritise the needs of the very poorest children and continue to work with the UK Government in implementing solutions, such as child seasonal grants, proposed as part of the Save the Children campaign.

10.   Motion without Notice: Christine Grahame moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended until 6.10 pm. 

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 6.10 pm.

No. 38            Thursday 30 November 2006

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1.      Bankruptcy and Diligence (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5251—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Bankruptcy and Diligence (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 9: 40 minutes

Groups 10 to 13: 1 hour 20 minutes

Groups 14 to 16: 2 hours

Groups 17 to 19: 2 hours 50 minutes

Groups 20 to 31: 3 hours 20 minutes

The motion was agreed to.

2.      Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to (without division): 90, 91, 13, 14, 15, 16, 64, 17, 18, 29, 30, 31, 65, 19, 20, 21, 22, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 95, 97, 49, 50, 1, 66, 2, 3, 117, 121, 130, 51, 67, 68, 69, 4 and 5.

Amendment 12 was agreed to (by division) (For 77, Against 12, Abstentions 0).

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

            93        (For 39, Against 65, Abstentions 1)

            206     (For 20, Against 84, Abstentions 0)

            52        (For 20, Against 84, Abstentions 0)

            148     (For 28, Against 74, Abstentions 1)

            149     (For 29, Against 74, Abstentions 1).

The following amendments were not moved: 94, 96, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 118, 119, 120, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146 and 147.

The Presiding Officer extended the time-limits under Rules 9.8.4A(a) and 9.8.4A(c).

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 Public Services and Communities and on Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

6.      Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Parliament resumed consideration of the Bill at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to (without division): 155, 156, 55, 157, 159, 6, 7, 56, 57, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167, 168, 169, 170, 172, 173, 71, 58, 174, 8, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 26, 27, 28, 81, 82, 175, 83, 9, 10, 59, 60, 84, 85, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 23, 24, 86, 11, 25, 178, 179, 181, 87, 88, 182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 187, 188, 89, 37, 194, 195, 196, 197, 198, 199, 200, 201 and 202.

The following amendments were agreed to (by division)—

            208     (For 73, Against 31, Abstentions 3)

            209     (For 78, Against 36, Abstentions 0)

            53        (For 103, Against 8, Abstentions 1)

            210     (For 80, Against 35, Abstentions 0)

            211     (For 79, Against 36, Abstentions 0)

            54        (For 108, Against 4, Abstentions 2)

            212     (For 73, Against 32, Abstentions 0)

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

            150     (For 40, Against 74, Abstentions 0)

            151     (For 34, Against 70, Abstentions 2)

            152     (For 37, Against 74, Abstentions 2)

            153     (For 39, Against 76, Abstentions 0)

            154     (For 52, Against 58, Abstentions 0)

            70        (For 44, Against 67, Abstentions 2)

            171     (For 35, Against 74, Abstentions 0)

The following amendments were not moved: 158, 176, 61, 177, 207, 62, 63, 180, 189, 190, 191, 192, 193, 203, 204 and 205.

The Presiding Officer extended the time-limits under Rules 9.8.4A(a) and 9.8.4A(c).

7.      Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning (Allan Wilson) moved S2M-5044—That the Parliament agrees that the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill be passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 50, Abstentions 0).

8.      Membership of Committee of the Regions: The Deputy Minister for Finance, Public Service Reform and Parliamentary Business (George Lyon) moved S2M-5236—That the Parliament endorses the Scottish Executive’s proposal to nominate as a representative of the Parliament Maureen Watt MSP as alternate member on the UK delegation to the Committee of the Regions for the session from 2006 to 2010.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

10.    Pioneering Co-location of Borders College and Heriot Watt University Borders Campus: The Parliament debated S2M-5146 in the name of Jeremy Purvis—That the Parliament welcomes the signing of the ground-breaking co-location agreement, on Friday 17 November 2006, between Borders College and Heriot Watt University to bring about a combined further and higher education campus in the Borders at Netherdale in Galashiels; recalls the concerns about the proposed relocation of the School of Textiles and Design by the university from the Borders campus to Edinburgh in 2004 but congratulates the group established to work with the university in successfully retaining the internationally renowned school at the Borders campus, and welcomes the extensive funding package from the Scottish Executive and EU structural funds, totalling £27.7 million for the redevelopment of the campus and a further £3.7 million being granted to fund a new community college in Hawick, to provide state-of-the-art learning facilities for the Borders and establish a “university college” model and creative, world-class learning facilities.

The meeting closed at 5.41 pm.

 No. 39           Wednesday 6 December 2006

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Reverend John MM Lafferty, Stevenston, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Civic Participation - Trade Union Engagement with Scotland’s Civic Society: The Minister for Parliamentary Business (Ms Margaret Curran) moved S2M-5269—That the Parliament recognises the strength and constructive nature of its partnership with civic Scotland; recalls that this began in the Constitutional Convention when a wide range of civic organisations, including trade unions, came together with the Labour and Liberal Democrat parties to develop the blueprint for devolution; notes that this partnership is evolving as the Parliament and civic society work together to achieve social justice, and acknowledges the importance of the Executive working in partnership with organisations such as the Scottish Trades Union Congress, other non-governmental organisations and civic partners in Scotland.

Bill Aitken moved amendment S2M-5269.1 to motion S2M-5269—

Leave out from “its” to end and insert—

“a partnership with civic Scotland, but stresses that such a partnership should be on as wide a basis as possible including the private sector and business and enterprise groups in order that a more balanced approach be taken towards the governance of Scotland and the achievement of social justice.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 14, Against 77, Abstentions 22).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 98, Against 0, Abstentions 15).

3.      Council Tax: Derek Brownlee moved S2M-5258—That the Parliament notes the recommendations of the Independent Local Government Finance Review Committee report but opposes its central recommendation of a “local property tax”; agrees that the 60% increase in council tax levels since Labour came to power has left those on low incomes struggling to pay their council tax bills, especially our pensioner households, and therefore calls for a 50% discount on council tax for all pensioner households aged 65 and over in Scotland, as proposed by the Scottish Conservatives.

The Deputy Minister for Finance, Public Service Reform and Parliamentary Business (George Lyon) moved amendment S2M-5258.3 to motion S2M-5258—

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

“that the Scottish Executive established the independent inquiry into local government finance consistent with the Partnership Agreement of May 2003; notes that individuals and political parties made representations to this inquiry which published its findings in November 2006, and notes that the Executive will consider the report in its entirety and will respond to the committee’s findings in due course.”

Mr John Swinney moved amendment S2M-5258.1 to motion S2M-5258—

Leave out from—

“a 50% discount” to end and insert “the council tax to be abolished and replaced by a local income tax based on the ability to pay.”

After debate, amendment S2M-5258.3 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 72, Against 40, Abstentions 0).  As a result, amendment S2M-5258.1 was pre-empted.

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 73, Against 40, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament notes that the Scottish Executive established the independent inquiry into local government finance consistent with the Partnership Agreement of May 2003; notes that individuals and political parties made representations to this inquiry which published its findings in November 2006, and notes that the Executive will consider the report in its entirety and will respond to the committee’s findings in due course.

4.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5281—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 7 December 2006—

after,

2.55 pm                          Conclusion of Stage 3 Proceedings: Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill

delete,

followed by                      Executive Debate: Fisheries

The motion was agreed to.

5.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5282—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 13 December 2006

2.00 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Ministerial Statement: Local Government Finance Settlement 2007-08

followed by                      Executive Debate: Fisheries

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 14 December 2006

9.15 am                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Stage 3 Proceedings: Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill

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                          Conclusion of Stage 3 Proceedings: Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Wednesday 20 December 2006

10.00 am                        Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Equal Opportunities Committee Debate: 2nd Report 2006, Removing Barriers and Creating Opportunities

2.00 pm                          Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Finance Committee Debate: 7th Report 2006, Inquiry into Accountability and Governance

followed by                      Stage 1 Debate: Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Financial Resolution: Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Justice 2 Committee Motion – Civil Appeals (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.30 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 21 December 2006

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 Service and Communities

2.55 pm                          Finance Committee Debate: Stage 2 of the 2007-08 Budget Process

followed by                      Procedures Committee Debate: 6th Report 2006, Public Bills and Substitution; 7th Report 2006, Members’ Interests (Parliamentary Determinations and Resolutions); 8th Report 2006, Consolidation Bill Procedure; 9th Report 2006, Rule 10.3.2 (the “20-day rule”)

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

6.      Business Motions: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved—

S2M-5274—That the Parliament agrees that the timetable for completion of consideration of the Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be extended to 19 January 2007; and

S2M-5275—That the Parliament agrees that the timetable for completion of consideration of the Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be extended to 22 December 2006.

The motions were agreed to.

7.      Decision Time: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5283—That the Parliament agrees under Rule 11.2.4 of Standing Orders that Decision Time on Wednesday 20 December 2006 shall begin at 5.30 pm.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

S2M-5276—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Skin Piercing and Tattooing) Amendment Order 2006 be approved; and

S2M-5277—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Registration Services (Consequential Provisions) (Scotland) Order 2006 be approved.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

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

S2M-5278—That the Parliament agrees that Mr Alasdair Morrison be appointed to replace Janis Hughes as the Labour Party substitute on the Finance Committee; and

S2M-5279—That the Parliament agrees that Marilyn Livingstone be appointed to replace Ms Wendy Alexander as the Labour Party substitute on the European and External Relations Committee.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

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

11.    Threat to the Rural Post Office Network in Scotland: The Parliament debated S2M-4876 in the name of Mr John Swinney—That the Parliament notes the public concern over the future of the rural post office network in Perthshire, Angus and other parts of rural Scotland; notes that the UK Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) provides a subsidy to the rural post office network in Scotland that is scheduled to be removed in 18 months’ time; notes that, while the DTI provides this subsidy, other UK government departments such as the Department for Work and Pensions, the Department for Transport and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport are taking decisions that reduce the volume and value of transactions that can be undertaken at post offices, thereby damaging the profitability of these post offices; recognises that if the rural post office network is not supported there will be severe economic loss and loss of amenity in countless communities in Perthshire, Angus and rural Scotland, and considers that the Scottish Executive should make representations to the UK Government to provide a stable level of support that guarantees the viability of the rural post office network.

12.    Motion without Notice: Mr John Swinney moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended until 6.04 pm. 

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 6.04 pm.

No. 40            Thursday 7 December 2006

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1.      Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5285—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion by the time limit indicated, that 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 in the morning and afternoon being called, or otherwise not in progress:

Groups 1 to 5: 1 hour 5 minutes

Group 6: 1 hour 50 minutes

Groups 7 to 10: 2 hours 20 minutes

Groups 11 to 17: 3 hours 5 minutes

Groups 18 to 20: 3 hours 25 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

2.      Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 80, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 81, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 82, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 83, 85, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 100 and 103.

Amendment 84 was agreed to (by division) (For 59, Against 51, Abstentions 1).

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

            4A       (For 36, Against 71, Abstentions 0)

            4B       (For 37, Against 71, Abstentions 0)

            86        (For 55, Against 58, Abstentions 1)

            94        (For 8, Against 101, Abstentions 1)

            95        (For 11, Against 98, Abstentions 1)

            96        (For 12, Against 95, Abstentions 1).

Amendments 97 and 98 were not moved.

The Presiding Officer extended the time-limits under Rule 9.8.4A(c).

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 Health and Community Care and on Environment and Rural Development were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

6.      Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Parliament resumed consideration of the Bill at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 104, 105, 106, 107, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 34, 35, 36, 115, 37, 120, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 122, 123, 47, 124, 48, 125, 49, 126, 50, 52, 153, 53, 55, 128, 129, 131, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 134, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 61, 62, 141, 142, 63, 143, 144, 64, 65, 145, 146, 147, 66, 148, 149, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 154, 73, 74, 151, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79 and 152.

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

            51        (For 35, Against 65, Abstentions 7)

            54        (For 34, Against 64, Abstentions 9)

            133     (For 38, Against 69, Abstentions 0)

            135     (For 44, Against 63, Abstentions 0).

Amendment 108 was moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn.

The following amendments were not moved: 116, 117, 119, 121 and 150.

7.      Motion without notice: Ms Margaret Curran moved, without notice, a motion under Rule 9.8.5A to extend the time-limits for groups 8 to 10 by 30 minutes. 

The motion was agreed to.

The Presiding Officer consequently used his discretion under Rule 9.8.5B to move Decision Time on Thursday 7 December 2006 to 5.30 pm.

8.      Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Minister for Education and Young People (Hugh Henry) moved S2M-5041—That the Parliament agrees that the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill be passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 101, Against 6, Abstentions 6).

9.      Decision Time: The Parliament took a decision on item 8 as noted above.

10.   A Century of Change: The Parliament debated S2M-5188 in the name of Sarah Boyack—That the Parliament recognises the launch of “Edinburgh’s Volunteers: A Century of Change”, an exhibition which celebrates the history of volunteers in Edinburgh and the Lothians and outlines the development of volunteering in this area over the centuries; considers that all MSPs should visit the exhibition, which is located at the Museum of Edinburgh on the Royal Mile until 3 March 2007 and includes photographs, objects and oral histories about volunteers; recognises the collaboration of the Living Memory Association and the Volunteer Centre Edinburgh to provide tremendous assistance in the creation of this exhibition, and further notes the importance of volunteer contributions to enriching the lives of the people of Edinburgh and the Lothians over the last century.

The meeting closed at 6.16 pm.

 No. 41           Wednesday 13 December 2006

The meeting opened at 2.00 pm.

1.      Time for Reflection: Father Daniel Fitzpatrick, St Charles, Paisley, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform (Mr Tom McCabe) made a statement and answered questions on the Local Government Finance Settlement 2007-08.

3.      Fisheries: The Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Ross Finnie) moved S2M-5303—That the Parliament supports the Scottish Executive in its efforts to negotiate the best possible outcome from the EU Fisheries Council in December 2006, an outcome that delivers sustainable fisheries and a fair deal for Scotland’s fishermen and fishing communities.

Richard Lochhead moved amendment S2M-5303.2 to motion S2M-5303—

Insert at end—

“calls for a deal that provides Scotland’s fishing communities with a sustainable share of fishing opportunities and adequate time at sea to allow the industry’s quota to be caught and demands that any deal to the contrary is rejected; notes with regret that the failed Common Fisheries Policy continues to deliver remote, inflexible and draconian fisheries management that results in ongoing instability and uncertainty for our catching and fish processing sectors, and believes that, since over two-thirds of UK fish landings are in Scotland, Scotland’s fisheries minister should be designated as the official lead minister for the United Kingdom in EU negotiations.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 27, Against 86, Abstentions 2).

Mr Ted Brocklebank moved amendment S2M-5303.1 to motion S2M-5303—

Leave out from “an outcome” to end and insert—

“urges the Minister for Environment and Rural Development to resist all attempts to reduce nephrops and cod quotas and to press for increased haddock and monkfish quotas to secure a sustainable future for our remaining fishermen and particularly for the beleaguered processing sector and for the coastal communities dependent on fish, but ultimately believes that the only solution for Scottish fishing is to bring back control and management of the industry to Scotland.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 40, Against 71, Abstentions 5).

Mr Mark Ruskell moved amendment S2M-5303.3 to motion S2M-5303—

Insert at end—

“and affirms that this outcome can best be achieved by shifting to long-term ecosystem-based management plans aimed towards achieving maximum sustainable yield, by making use of bycatch quotas and more technical measures in order to reduce discards and mortality in fisheries with high bycatch levels, by making innovative use of the European Fisheries Fund to support fishermen and associated communities and by supporting bottom-up approaches including the use of regional advisory councils, and urges the Executive to ensure that Scottish fishermen’s adaptability and sacrifices are not undermined by short-term pressures.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 13, Against 102, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

4.      Business Motion:  Ms Margaret Curran moved S2M-5312—That the Parliament agrees that—

(a) for the purposes of allowing the meeting of the Parliament on 14 December 2006 to continue beyond 5.30 pm, that the word “Wednesday” in Rules 2.2.4 and 2.2.5(c) be suspended and that the word “Thursday” be substituted for it in each place, and that Rule 2.2.5(a) be suspended; that under Rule 2.2.4 thus varied, the meeting of the Parliament on Thursday 14 December 2006 may continue to 7.00 pm, and that Decision Time on Thursday 14 December 2006 shall begin at 6.00 pm; and

(b) that Rule 5.6.1(c) of Standing Orders be suspended for the purposes of Members’ Business on Thursday 21 December 2006.

The motion was agreed to.

5.      Business Motion:  Ms Margaret Curran moved S2M-5313—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 20 December 2006

10.00 am                           Time for Reflection

followed by                        Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                        Equal Opportunities Committee Debate: 2nd Report 2006, Removing Barriers and Creating Opportunities

2.00 pm                             Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                        Finance Committee Debate: 7th Report 2006, Inquiry into Accountability and Governance

followed by                        Stage 1 Debate: Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill

followed by                        Financial Resolution: Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill

followed by                        Justice 2 Committee Motion – Civil Appeals (Scotland) Bill

followed by                        Business Motion

followed by                        Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.30 pm                             Decision Time

followed by                        Members’ Business

Thursday 21 December 2006

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

followed by                        Members’ Business

2.15 pm                             Themed Question Time

Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport;
Finance and Public Services and Communities

2.55 pm                             Procedures Committee Debate: 6th Report 2006, Public Bills and Substitution; 7th Report 2006, Members’ Interests (Parliamentary Determinations and Resolutions); 8th Report 2006, Consolidation Bill Procedure; 9th Report 2006, Rule 10.3.2 (the "20-day rule")

followed by                        Finance Committee Debate: Stage 2 of the 2007-08 Budget Process

followed by                        Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                             Decision Time

Wednesday 10 January 2007

10.00 am                           Time for Reflection

followed by                        Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                        Executive Business

2.30 pm                             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 11 January 2007

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 (DT).

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

S2M-5308—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Treatment of Office or Body as Specified Authority) (Scottish Legal Complaints Commission) Order 2006 be approved;

S2M-5309—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) (Prescribed Proceedings) Amendment Regulations 2006 be approved; and

S2M-5310—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Bus User Complaints Tribunal Regulations Revocation Regulations 2006 be approved.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

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

8.      Stone of Destiny’s Return to Scone Palace: The Parliament debated S2M-5229 in the name of Murdo Fraser—That the Parliament celebrates the 700th anniversary of the inauguration of King Robert the Bruce to the Scottish throne, which took place at Scone Palace in 1306; congratulates Scone Palace for holding a series of events throughout 2006 to commemorate the 700th anniversary; notes that 30 November 2006, St Andrew’s Day, is the 10th anniversary of the Stone of Destiny being returned to Scotland, and believes that it is now time for the Stone of Destiny to be brought back to Scone Palace, its rightful home.

The meeting closed at 5.37 pm.

 No. 42           Thursday 14 December 2006

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1.      Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S2M-5318—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion by the time limit indicated, each time limit being calculated from when the Stage begins and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when a meeting of the Parliament is suspended (other than a suspension following the first division in each of the morning and the afternoon being called) or otherwise not in progress:

Groups 1 to 5:               45 minutes

Groups 6 to 9:               1 hour and 15 minutes

Group 10:                      2 hours

Groups 11 and 12:       2 hours and 25 minutes

Groups 13 to 17:          3 hours

Groups 18 to 20:          3 hours and 35 minutes

Groups 21 to 23:          3 hours and 55 minutes

Groups 24 to 29:          4 hours and 20 minutes

Groups 30 to 34:          4 hours and 45 minutes

The motion was agreed to.

2.      Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to (without division): 18, 20, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 30, 33, 35, 2, 3D, 3E, 3F, 3, 4A, 4, 41, 43, 45, 49, 50, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 58, 60, 61, 63 and 65.

The following amendments were agreed to (by division)—

            29        (For 88, Against 15, Abstentions 0)

            47        (For 81, Against 20, Abstentions 0)

            48        (For 79, Against 22, Abstentions 0)

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

            8          (For 32, Against 61, Abstentions 0)

            19        (For 31, Against 64, Abstentions 0)

            1          (For 41, Against 64, Abstentions 0)

            28        (For 37, Against 66, Abstentions 0)

            34        (For 37, Against 64, Abstentions 0)

            36        (For 36, Against 63, Abstentions 0)

            39        (For 34, Against 71, Abstentions 0)

            40        (For 34, Against 69, Abstentions 0)

            46        (For 16, Against 85, Abstentions 0)

            64        (For 34, Against 73, Abstentions 0)

The following amendments were moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn: 9, 10, 17, 25 and 38.

The following amendments were not moved: 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 21, 37, 3A, 3B, 3C, 237, 42, 44, 57, 59 and 62.

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, Transport and Lifelong Learning, and on Justice and Law Officers were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers and by the Scottish Law Officers.

6.      Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Parliament resumed consideration of the Bill at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to (without division): 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 73, 75, 76, 77, 79, 81, 82, 83, 85, 86, 88, 89, 91, 92, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 103, 106, 110, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 125, 128, 133, 135, 136, 137, 138, 140, 142, 143, 144, 145, 147, 148, 149, 150, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 226, 227, 174, 176, 180, 182, 185, 186, 188, 190, 191, 192, 193, 194, 195, 196, 197, 198, 199, 200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 208, 209, 210, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222 and 223.

Amendment 72 was agreed to (by division: For 86, Against 14, Abstentions 0).

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

            5          (For 33, Against 71, Abstentions 1)

            71        (For 37, Against 68, Abstentions 0)

            6          (For 30, Against 71, Abstentions 0)

            80        (For 36, Against 67, Abstentions 0)

130     (For 35, Against 65, Abstentions 0)

175     (For 13, Against 74, Abstentions 0)

181     (For 11, Against 86, Abstentions 0)

184     (For 14, Against 84, Abstentions 0)

The following amendments were not moved: 7, 74, 84, 90, 93, 99, 100, 101, 102, 104, 105, 107, 108, 109, 111, 117, 124, 126, 127, 129, 131, 132, 134, 139, 141, 146, 238, 177, 178, 179, 183, 187 and 211.

7.      Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill: The Deputy Minister for Justice (Johann Lamont) moved S2M-5223—That the Parliament agrees that the Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill be passed.

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

8.      Motion without notice: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved, without notice, a motion under 11.2.4 of Standing Orders that Decision Time on Thursday 14 December be taken at 5.30 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

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

10.    The Carbon Trust: The Parliament debated S2M-5207 in the name of Nora Radcliffe—That the Parliament notes the recent successful parliamentary reception held by the Carbon Trust; values the role the trust plays in Scotland in helping organisations to reduce carbon emissions, develop low-carbon technologies and respond to climate change; notes the positive views about the Carbon Trust in Scotland expressed by representatives of RHI Refractories in Clydebank and Ocean Power Delivery, two of the many Scottish companies that have received support from the Carbon Trust; notes that Aberdeen City Council pioneered the Local Authority Carbon Management Programme which Aberdeenshire Council is also using; notes with interest that organisations that take steps to reduce carbon emissions not only help the environment but can also benefit financially from more efficient use of energy, and believes that everyone concerned with reducing carbon emissions and improving business efficiency should be encouraged to spread the good word about what the Carbon Trust can do to help organisations, both large and small, across all sectors in Scotland to ensure that our nation’s carbon footprint on the world is as small as possible.

The meeting closed at 6.06 pm.

No. 43            Wednesday 20 December 2006

The meeting opened at 10.00 am.

1.      Time for Reflection: The Most Reverend Dr Idris Jones, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, led Time for Reflection.

2.      Equal Opportunities Committee, Removing Barriers and Creating Opportunities: Margaret Smith, on behalf of the Equal Opportunities Committee, moved S2M-5293—That the Parliament notes the conclusions and recommendations contained in the Equal Opportunities Committee’s 2nd Report, 2006 (Session 2): Removing Barriers and Creating Opportunities (SP Paper 677).

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

3.      Finance Committee, Report on Inquiry into Accountability and Governance: Mr John Swinney, on behalf of the Finance Committee, moved S2M-5320—That the Parliament notes the conclusions and recommendations of the 7th Report, 2006 (Session 2) of the Finance Committee, Inquiry into Accountability and Governance (SP Paper 631).

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 102, Against 2, Abstentions 7).

4.      Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Rhona Brankin) moved S2M-5224—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill.

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

5.      Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill – Financial Resolution: The Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Rhona Brankin) moved S2M-5264—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any expenditure or increase in expenditure of a kind referred to in Rule 9.12.3(b)(ii) or (iii) of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

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

6.      Civil Appeals (Scotland) Bill: Mr David Davidson, on behalf of the Justice 2 Committee, moved S2M-5246—That the Parliament does not agree to the general principles of the Civil Appeals (Scotland) Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 75, Against 36, Abstentions 0).

7.      Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5352—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 10 January 2007

2.30 pm                          Time for Reflection

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by                      Executive Debate: Finance

followed by                      Business Motion

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

Thursday 11 January 2007

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—

                                      Environment and Rural Development;

                                      Health and Community Care

2.55 pm                          Stage 1 Debate: Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Financial Resolution: Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill

followed by                      Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm                          Decision Time

followed by                      Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

8     Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5353—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Christmas Day and New Year’s Day Trading (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 19 January 2007.

The motion was agreed to.

9.      Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5348—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2006 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10.    Office of the Clerk: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5354—That the Parliament agrees that from 3 January to 2 April 2007 the Office of the Clerk will be open on all days except on Saturdays and Sundays.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

11.    Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9 and 10 as noted above.

12.    Rise in Alcohol-Related Crime Figures in the Highlands and Islands: The Parliament debated S2M-5280 in the name of Maureen Macmillan—That the Parliament notes with concern the serious rise in alcohol-related crime figures, released by Northern Constabulary, which show a year-on-year increase in drunkenness, drink-driving, serious assaults and alcohol-related deaths; notes in particular the increase in the number of people being arrested for drunkenness, including the charge of being drunk and incapable; commends the work of CrossReach in Inverness, which provides a purpose-built residential service designed to care for people who have difficulty in managing their alcohol and/or drug abuse and which also provides a “designated place”, thereby offering an alternative to custody for those who have been arrested for public drunkenness offences; welcomes the campaign being launched by Northern Constabulary alongside the Highland Drug and Alcohol Action Team’s festive drinking campaign which it is hoped will prevent drinkers ending up in police cells and hospital wards over Christmas and New Year, and endorses the “Don’t push it” campaign being run by the Scottish Executive asking Scots to take responsibility for themselves and to think first before they encourage others to have “just another drink”.

The meeting closed at 6.11 pm.

No. 44            Thursday 21 December 2006

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1.      Trident: Nicola Sturgeon moved S2M-5355—That the Parliament notes the publication by the UK Government of its White Paper on the future of the Trident nuclear missile system on Monday 4 December 2006; recognises the need for a full debate to explore the military, economic and political consequences of Trident renewal and believes that a convincing case can be made, in military, economic and political terms, for the non-replacement of Trident, and calls on the UK Government not to go ahead at this time with the proposal in the White Paper.

Maureen Macmillan moved amendment S2M-5355.5 to motion S2M-5355—

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

“that the UK Government has initiated a debate on the future of the independent nuclear deterrent force and urges everyone in Scotland to take part in it; recognises that the decisions on national defence are rightly reserved to Westminster; considers that any government has a primary duty to protect the security of its people and that this includes a credible policy on national defence and international security; believes in a shared objective of a world without nuclear weapons and supports further reductions in the global nuclear arsenal; further believes that, in seeking a world free from nuclear weapons, we should utilise and develop our international engagement at every level including at the EU, the United Nations including the UK’s seat on the Security Council, NATO and the G8; notes with concern the plans of the SNP to take Scotland out of the collective security arrangements of the UK and NATO and to establish separate armed forces for Scotland with greatly diminished capabilities either to contribute to international peacekeeping operations or even to defend Scottish interests, and rejects those policies on the grounds that they would threaten the security of Scotland, diminish our armed forces and destroy jobs.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 43, Against 56, Abstentions 20).

Phil Gallie moved amendment S2M-5355.2 to motion S2M-5355—

Leave out from “and believes” to end.

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

Mr Jim Wallace moved amendment S2M-5355.3 to motion S2M-5355—

Leave out from “notes” to end and insert—

“rejects the case made by the UK Government in its White Paper on the future of the Trident nuclear missile system published on 4 December 2006 that the decision on a replacement for Trident needs to be made in early 2007 and calls on the UK Government not to go ahead with the proposals in the White Paper at this time.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 57, Against 62, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 45, Against 72, Abstentions 2).

2.      Post Offices: Mr John Swinney moved S2M-5349—That the Parliament expresses its concern at the reductions in the post office network proposed by the UK Government and calls on the Scottish Executive to make representations to the UK Government to ensure that Scotland retains a comprehensive and accessible post office network.

Sylvia Jackson moved amendment S2M-5349.4 to motion S2M-5349—

Leave out from “expresses” to end and insert—

“believes that it is necessary to look carefully at the UK Government’s proposals for the future of the post office network in full and the consultation paper itself to ensure that the special needs of Scotland’s remoter communities are properly taken into account; welcomes the Scottish Executive’s proposal to apply four criteria to this assessment, namely whether there will be an acceptable level of future services, especially in remote rural and disadvantaged communities, whether there is a recognition that post offices do not occupy a purely commercial role in our communities, but have an important social role to play, whether there is proper consultation with affected local communities and whether there will be a continuation of Post Office efforts to promote innovative means of service delivery; believes that it is important that the vital social and economic role of post offices has been acknowledged; is pleased to see the commitment of £1.7 billion to support the network and to pay for restructuring and that the annual social network payment will remain in place meantime, and is encouraged by the push for outreach locations for remote communities.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 49, Against 60, Abstentions 10).

Murdo Fraser moved amendment S2M-5349.1 to motion S2M-5349—

After first “Government” insert—

“notes that decisions taken by the UK Government have themselves contributed to the losses being made by the post office network and that it is therefore disingenuous for ministers to justify the extensive scaling down of the network on the basis that it is losing money; believes that the UK Government should seek to bring new business opportunities to the network rather than merely manage its decline”.

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 50, Against 63, Abstentions 6).

Euan Robson moved amendment S2M-5349.3 to motion S2M-5349—

Leave out from “expresses” to end and insert—

“believes that the post office network plays a crucial role in Scotland; notes that this is a reserved issue and supports the Liberal Democrats’ rejection of the recommendation of the UK Government’s post office network consultation paper that a further 2,500 post office branches be closed across the United Kingdom.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 19, Against 90, Abstentions 10).

Carolyn Leckie moved amendment S2M-5349.2 to motion S2M-5349—

after second “Government” insert “to begin paying post offices adequately for the government services they provide, to return services that it has withdrawn, such as issuing  television licenses, to post offices, to begin the development of post office accounts as a banking facility for those living in deprived and rural communities and to consider providing assistance to communities in deprived urban and rural areas to open community post offices to prevent the loss of vital local services, and thus”.

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 41, Against 78, Abstentions 0).

The motion was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 56, Against 63, Abstentions 0).

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.      Respect Your Life, Not a Knife: The Parliament debated S2M-5117 in the name of Andrew Welsh—That the Parliament notes that 27 November 2006 is the sixth anniversary of the tragic death of 10-year-old Damilola Taylor, a young immigrant from Nigeria who moved to the United Kingdom with his sister and his mother, while his father stayed behind, in order to make better lives for themselves, and who three months later was murdered in London, England, on his way home from his local library; conveys its deepest sympathies to his surviving family and congratulates them on ensuring that this young man’s legacy lives on in the Damilola Taylor Trust, a not-for-profit organisation that has launched a campaign to reduce knife violence by getting secondary schools to encourage students to sign a pledge wall stating that they will not carry weapons; agrees that the goals of the campaign, namely to commit young people not to carry weapons and to demonstrate to those who do that the majority of young people do not want to carry weapons, are both laudable and practical; congratulates local organisations in Scotland, such as the Community Alcohol Free Environment (CAFE Project) initiative in Angus and other local organisations that are trying to bring the campaign to Scotland, and considers that the Scottish Executive should offer its full assistance and support to encouraging the spread of this community-led initiative to schools throughout Scotland to spread the “Respect your Life, Not a Knife” message.

6.      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.

7.      Procedures Committee Reports: Donald Gorrie, on behalf of the Procedures Committee, moved S2M-5311—That the Parliament notes the Procedures Committee’s 6th Report, 2006 (Session 2), Public Bills and Substitution (SP Paper 652), 7th Report, 2006 (Session 2), Members’ Interests (Parliamentary Determinations and Resolutions) (SP Paper 659), 8th Report, 2006 (Session 2), Consolidation Bill Procedure (SP Paper 676) and 9th Report, 2006 (Session 2), Rule 10.3.2 (the “20-day rule”) (SP Paper 685) and agrees that the changes to Standing Orders set out in Annexe A to each of these reports be made with effect from 22 December 2006.

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

8.      Finance Committee – Report on Stage 2 of the 2007-08 Budget Process: Ms Wendy Alexander moved S2M-5319—That the Parliament notes the 9th Report, 2006 (Session 2) of the Finance Committee, Stage 2 of the 2007-08 Budget Process (SP Paper 695) and refers the report and its recommendations to the Scottish Executive for consideration.

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

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

The meeting closed at 5.10 pm.

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