Note: (DT) signifies a decision taken at Decision Time.
The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.
1. Time for Reflection: The Very Reverend Monsignor
Henry Docherty, General Secretary of the Roman Catholic Bishop's
Conference of Scotland, led Time for Reflection.
2. Helping Scotland's Youth Participate in Communities:
The Minister for Education and Young People moved S1M-3048That
the Parliament notes the Scottish Executives commitment
to valuing young people and reflecting their aspirations and
needs; recognises the importance of the Scottish Youth Summit
and the follow-up launch of the consultation toolkit "Re:action"
in contributing to this agenda; agrees to support constructive
work with young people as they engage in civic society and democratic
processes whether at local level through local authority youth
councils, or at national level through organisations such as
the Scottish Youth Parliament, and welcomes work by the Executive
alongside other devolved administrations and UK departments
to develop the UK approach to the European Union white paper
on youth and to ensure that young people from Scotland can contribute
in the wider arena of international affairs.
Michael Russell moved amendment S1M-3048.1
to motion S1M-3048
Leave out from "and welcomes" to end and insert
"encourages all of Scotlands young people
to have open and enquiring minds about the future of their
country, their continent and their world, in order that they
might take an active part in the widest range of national
and international affairs, and therefore requests that the
Executive consult widely with Scotlands young people
as well as with other devolved administrations and other European
governments in order that there can be a positive and informed
Scottish response to the European Union white paper on youth."
After debate, the amendment was disagreed
to ((DT) by division: For 30, Against 60, Abstentions 15).
Murdo Fraser moved amendment S1M-3048.2 to motion S1M-3048
Leave out from "agrees" to "Youth Parliament" and insert
"pays tribute to the important role of voluntary organisations
in developing the awareness of, and involving, young people
in civic society; emphasises the crucial role of Scotland's
schools; agrees to support constructive work with young people
as they engage in civic society and democratic processes whether
at local level through local authority youth councils, or
at national level through organisations such as the Scottish
Youth Parliament; believes that, given the alarming decrease
in young people voting in elections in recent years, schools
and voluntary groups should take a lead in encouraging young
people to re-engage in the mainstream political process."
After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division:
For 43, Against 62, Abstentions 1).
The motion was then agreed to (DT).
3. Decision Time: The Parliament
took decisions on item 2 as noted above.
4. Ageism: The Parliament debated SIM-2849 in the
name of Sarah BoyackThat the Parliament notes research
findings by Help the Aged indicating that over 50% of Scots
in the 65-74 age group feel that the country treated older people
as if they were "on the scrap heap" and "a burden
to society"; believes that such treatment is unacceptable
and perpetuates ageism in society, which can be seen in both
deliberate and inadvertent discrimination in the attitudes of
both public and private sector organisations, allied to continued
media stereotyping of older people, and therefore considers
that the Scottish Executive should identify and address areas
of age discrimination in Scottish public life so that older
people feel valued and can make a full and positive contribution
The meeting closed at 5.59 pm.
P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
1 May 2002
(Note: this Appendix does not form part of
The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament
on 29 April 2002 for approval by resolution
The Marriage (Approval of Places) (Scotland) Regulations
laid under the Marriage (Scotland) Act 1977
The following instruments were laid before the Parliament
on 29 April 2002 and are subject to annulment
The Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Source Records) (Scotland)
Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/205)
The Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Juveniles) (Scotland)
Order 2002 (SSI 2002/206)
The Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Cancellation of Authorisations)
(Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/207)
laid under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland)
The following Report was published on 30 April 2002
Justice 2 Committee, 4th Report 2002: Report
on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 574)
The following Report was published on 1 May 2002
Standards Committee, 5th Report 2002: Submission
to the Committee on Standards in Public Life (SP Paper 575)