Vol. 2, No. 72 Session 1

Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 9 May 2001




Note: (DT) signifies a decision taken at Decision Time.

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: The Reverend Shelley Marsh, Priest in charge, St John’s Church, Johnstone and St Margaret’s Church, Renfrew, Scottish Episcopal Churches, led Time for Reflection.

2. Impact of European Union on Scotland: The Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs moved S1M-1912—That the Parliament welcomes the events being organised to celebrate Europe Day and the emphasis given in those celebrations to working with the future partners in Central and Eastern Europe; acknowledges the crucial importance of the European Union to investment and jobs in Scotland, as a driving force for rising environmental standards and as a source of support for economic development; welcomes enlargement and the benefits of peace, stability and enhanced prosperity it will bring; recognises, in supporting enlargement, the need for preparatory reforms of the EU institutions and calls for a debate on governance, and welcomes the Executive’s joint paper with CoSLA and the forthcoming inquiry by the European Committee as two important contributions to that debate.

Roseanna Cunningham moved amendment S1M-1912.1 to motion S1M-1912—

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

"but regrets the lack of imagination and ambition shown by the Scottish Executive and Convention of Scottish Local Authorities in their joint paper on the subject; deplores the Executive’s attendance record at EU Council meetings and poor representation at working groups, and recognises that, after the Treaty of Nice, Scotland would have significantly greater influence in the EU as an independent nation than as part of the UK."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 28, Against 76, Abstentions 0).

David Mundell moved amendment S1M-1912.2 to motion S1M-1912—

Leave out from "recognises" to end and insert—

"whilst welcoming this enlargement, opposes a single currency, which will undermine our national sovereignty and lead us closer to a federal integrated Europe, and calls on the Scottish Executive to urge Her Majesty’s Government to support the development of an enlarged European Union which is based on flexibility, fairness and understanding of a member state’s right to determine its own direction on social, economic and foreign policy."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 14, Against 90, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 63, Against 0, Abstentions 36).

3. Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1920—That the Parliament agrees the following designation of Lead Committee—

the Justice 2 Committee to consider the draft Sex Offenders (Notice Requirements) (Foreign Travel) (Scotland) Regulations 2001.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

5. 70th Anniversary of Scottish Youth Hostels Association: The Parliament debated S1M-1829 in the name of Mr Kenny MacAskill—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Youth Hostels Association (SYHA) on its 70th anniversary; notes the contribution made by the Association to attracting visitors both to Scotland from abroad and to the Scottish countryside from within; notes also the opportunity provided by the Association to visit many of the more remote but beautiful parts of our land; welcomes the development by the Association of educational tours which facilitate and enhance the opportunity for youngsters in Scotland to partake in the benefits and pleasures of the countryside; recognises the current difficulties being experienced by the SYHA as a result of the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease, and urges organisations and individuals in Scotland to show their support in this time of difficulty.




The meeting closed at 5.36 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

9 May 2001



(Note: this Appendix does not form part of the Minutes)


Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 9 May 2001 and are subject to annulment—

The European Communities (Service of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/172)

laid under the European Communities Act 1972

The Sex Offenders (Notification Requirements) (Prescribed Police Stations) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/173)

laid under the Sex Offenders Act 1997 as amended by the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000

The Inshore Fishing (Prohibition of Fishing and Fishing Methods) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2001 (SSI 2001/174)

laid under the Inshore Fishing (Scotland) Act 1984

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 8 May 2001 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

National Archives of Scotland Resource Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2000 (SE/2001/103)

General Register Office for Scotland Resource Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2000 (SE/2001/104)