Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 3, No 28 Session 1

Wednesday 7 November 2001


The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: The Very Reverend Dr Hugh R Wyllie, lately Minister at The Old Parish Church of Hamilton, led Time for Reflection.

2. Reports into the Investigation, Legal Proceedings and Family Liaison Arrangements in the Case of the Murder of Surjit Singh Chhokar: The Lord Advocate moved S1M-2406—That the Parliament welcomes the commitment of the Scottish Executive to take forward the recommendations of Sir Anthony Campbell and Dr Raj Jandoo in connection with the murder of Surjit Singh Chhokar; recognises the significance of these issues to Scottish society as a whole, and the Scottish criminal justice system in particular, and notes the progress that has already been made on race, family liaison and victims issues by the Scottish Police Service and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

Roseanna Cunningham moved amendment S1M-2406.2 to motion S1M-2406—

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"; but further notes the serious concerns raised by both reports about the lack of resourcing of both the Crown Office and the Procurator Fiscal Service and the effect that has had on their ability to operate effectively; is concerned at the apparent confusion regarding the definition and existence of institutional racism emerging from the different conclusions of the two reports; deplores the personal attacks on named individuals contained within the Jandoo Report which seriously detracted from the important issues being investigated, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to establish a full public inquiry into the handling of the case, in order to restore public confidence in our prosecution services."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to (DT) by division: For 30, Against 80, Abstentions 1.

Bill Aitken moved amendment S1M-2406.1 to motion S1M-2406—

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"but recognises also that a full review of the running of the prosecution service in Scotland is necessary."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to (DT) by division: For 42, Against 65, Abstentions 1.

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

3. Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S1M-2411—That the Parliament agrees the following designations of Lead Committee—

Justice 1 Committee to consider the Legal Aid (Employment of Solicitors) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/392);

Justice 2 Committee to consider the draft Sheriff Courts (Scotland) Act 1971 (Private Jurisdiction and Summary Cause) Order 2001; and

Justice 2 Committee to consider the draft Small Claims (Scotland) Amendment Order 2001.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

5. Rosyth - Zeebrugge Ferry Service: The Parliament debated S1M-2300 in the name of Bruce Crawford— That the Parliament notes that the process to secure appropriate funding, including a freight facilities grant, to support a direct ferry service between Rosyth and Zeebrugge is at a crucial and sensitive stage; believes that the introduction of this service is even more vital because of the expected downturn in the Scottish economy in terms of both trade and travel impacts, and therefore considers that the Scottish Executive as a matter of urgency should use all the resources and persuasive powers at its disposal to see this project through to a positive conclusion.

The meeting closed at 5.52 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

7 November 2001



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

New Bills introduced on 5 November 2001

Tobacco Advertising and Promotion (Scotland) Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to control the advertising and promotion of tobacco products; and for connected purposes. (SP Bill 40) (Member's Bill)

Introduced by: Nicola Sturgeon

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 40-EN) were printed to accompany the Bill.

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 7 November 2001 and is subject to annulment

The Northern College of Education (Closure) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/407)

laid under the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 1992

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 2 November 2001 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scotland’s Budget Documents 2001-02: Budget (Scotland) (No.2) Act 2001 for the year ended 31 March 2002 (SE/2001/253)

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 5 November 2001 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland Annual Report 2000-01 (SE/2001/247)

laid under the Mental Welfare (Scotland) Act 1984

Committee Reports

The following Report was published on 2 November 2001

Subordinate Legislation Committee 39th Report 2001: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 438)

The following Reports were published on 5 November 2001—

Equal Opportunities Committee, 3rd Report 2001: Civic Participation Event on the Race Relations Acts (SP Paper 427)

Transport and the Environment Committee, 13th Report 2001: Report On Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 439)

The following Report was published on 6 November 2001

Education, Culture and Sport Committee, 11th Report 2001: Stage 1 Report on the School Education (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 436)

The following Report was published on 7 November 2001

Justice 1 Committee, 8th Report 2001: Report on Legal Aid Inquiry (SP Paper 437)