Vol. 3, No. 3 Session 1

Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 23 May 2001


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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: The Reverend Alan G M Paterson, United Reformed Church, East Kilbride, led Time for Reflection.

2. Designation of Lead Committees: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1955—That the Parliament agrees the following designations of Lead Committee—

the Justice 1 Committee to consider the European Communities (Service of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/172); and

the Justice 2 Committee to consider the Sex Offenders (Notification Requirements) (Prescribed Police Stations) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/173).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

3. Proposal for a Committee Bill to Establish a Standards Commissioner:

Mr Mike Rumbles, on behalf of the Standards Committee, moved S1M-1901—That the Parliament agrees to the proposal for a Committee Bill under Rule 9.15 contained in the Standards Committee’s 2nd Report 2001, Proposals for a Standards Commissioner Committee Bill (SP Paper 312).

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

4. Motion without notice: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that, under Rule 11.2.4, Decision Time be taken at 2.59 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

5. Maternity Services in Gordon: The Parliament debated S1M-1935 in the name of Nora Radcliffe—That the Parliament notes that under-use has been cited as the reason for a proposal to close the midwife-led maternity unit at Insch and District War Memorial Hospital and further notes that a recent local campaign making mothers-to-be aware of the option of local delivery increased the number of women choosing to be delivered there; recognises that there are legitimate local concerns that the midwife-led maternity unit which is to be retained at the Jubilee Hospital in Huntly, the next town, will also find itself under threat of closure in the future unless women are encouraged to use it, and therefore urges local GPs, Grampian Primary Care NHS Health Trust, and Grampian Health Board in consultation with the Scottish Executive to do much more to raise the status of midwives and make better use of their skills, to reverse the trend to ‘over-medicalise’ childbirth and to promote the attitude that birth is a natural process and should be treated as such.

6. Local Newspaper Week, 14 – 20 May 2001: The Parliament debated S1M-1926 in the name of Mr Duncan McNeil—That the Parliament welcomes Local Newspaper Week; recognises that local newspapers play a crucial role in their communities and can act as a focal point of community life; acknowledges that they provide valuable services such as scrutiny of local elected representatives and the championing of local causes; further acknowledges that they are a window on our communities and give us a unique opportunity to present all that is positive within our areas to a wider audience, and notes that the Greenock Telegraph is a fine example of these roles.

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

The meeting closed at 4.16 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
23 May 2001



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

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 18 May 2001 for approval by resolution

The Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) (No.2) Order 2001

laid under the Scotland Act 1998

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 22 May 2001 and is subject to annulment

The Import and Export Restrictions (Foot-and-Mouth Disease) (Scotland) (No.2) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/186)

laid under the European Communities Act 1972

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 21 May 2001 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

The Report on the Proposal for a Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park: An Account of the Consultation Programme and Analysis of Responses (Report 2) (SE/2001/116)—

The Report on the Proposal for a Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park: Key Findings from the Consultation Programme’s Public Events (Report 3) (SE/2001/117)—

The Report on the Proposal for a Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park: Evaluation of the Consultation Programme (Report 4) (SE/2001/118)—

laid under the National Parks (Scotland) Act 2000

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 22 May 2001 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Home Energy Conservation Act 1995: First Progress Report to the Scottish Parliament (SE/2001/121)


Committee Reports

The following Report is being published on 21 May 2001

Justice 1 Committee, 5th Report 2001: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 336)