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No. 40 Wednesday 15 December 1999

The meeting opened at 9.30 am .

1. Standards Committee, Regulation of Cross Party Groups : Mr Mike Rumbles, on behalf of the Standards Committee, moved S1M-338—That the Parliament agrees the arrangements for the regulation of Cross-Party Groups in the Scottish Parliament set out in the Annex to the 2nd Report 1999 of the Standards Committee and that these should apply with immediate effect.

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

2. Draft 2000-01 Budget – Level 2 Figures: The Minister for Finance moved S1M-378—That the Parliament commends the Executive's expenditure plans published in the consultation paper Spending Plans for Scotland on 17 November 1999 and endorses the spending priorities set out in the paper in line with the commitments of the Partnership Agreement and the Programme for Government .

Andrew Wilson moved amendment S1M-378.1 to motion S1M-378—

Leave out from “commends” to end and insert—

“notes the increased pressure being placed on the Scottish budget through the effects of the Barnett Squeeze”, which means that spending is increased two and a half times quicker in England than in Scotland despite the fact that there is no evidence of a reduction in relative need; calls upon the Scottish Executive to prepare a detailed assessment of the impact of the “Barnett Squeeze” in consultation with the Finance Committee; regrets the fact that the Parliament is not responsible for raising the revenue it allocates, and notes that normal fiscal autonomy would secure maximum fiscal responsibility and accountability and would allow the Scottish Parliament to allocate the required resources for Scottish public services.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 32, Against 78, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 50, Abstentions 0).

3. Ministerial Statement: The Deputy Minister for Rural Affairs made a statement on infectious salmon anaemia.

4. Time for Reflection: The Right Reverend John B Cairns, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, led Time for Reflection.

5. Abolition of Feudal Tenure etc. (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice moved S1M-214—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Abolition of Feudal Tenure etc. (Scotland) Bill.

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

6. Abolition of Feudal Tenure etc. (Scotland) Bill – Financial Resolution: The Minister for Finance moved S1M-236—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Abolition of Feudal Tenure etc. (Scotland) Bill, agrees to the following expenditure out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund—

(a) expenditure of the Scottish Administration in consequence of the Act; and

(b) increases attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of the Fund under any other enactment.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Sitting Days: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-382—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) that between 20 December 1999 and 28 April 2000 (inclusive) the office of the Clerk will be open on all days except: Saturdays and Sundays, the afternoon of 24 December, 27 December to 31 December 1999 inclusive, 3 January, 4 January, 21 April and 24 April 2000; and

(b) that the Spring recess should begin on 10 April and end on 24 April 2000 .

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

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

9. Fife Rail Service: The Parliament debated S1M-379 in the name of Tricia Marwick—That the Parliament notes with concern the appalling level of rail services being provided to the people of Fife and makes representations to ScotRail and Railtrack to improve this service; notes with concern the overcrowding on these trains and the health and safety issues this presents; calls upon ScotRail to announce and implement an immediate action plan to improve punctuality, reduce train cancellations and increase the number of carriages on peak-time trains, with such an action plan to have been successfully implemented within six months, and further calls for an explanation why the new rolling stock which was ordered from the train manufacturing companies by ScotRail for use on this line has still not been delivered more than four years later.

he meeting closed at 5.47 pm.

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