Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 1No 26 Session 2

Thursday 9 October 2003


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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Creating an Enterprise Culture in Scotland’s Schools: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning (Mr Jim Wallace) moved S2M-467—That the Parliament welcomes the "can do, will do" attitude the Scottish Executive’s strategy for enterprise in education aims to engender among young people; notes that it is a priority of the Partnership Agreement to deliver the strategy in partnership with local authorities and businesses, and looks forward to the Determined to Succeed strategy giving young people the skills they need to take an entrepreneurial spirit from the classroom into a confident and prosperous Scotland.

Jim Mather moved amendment S2M-467.1 to motion S2M-467—

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"have full rewarding lives and the entrepreneurial spirit required to take up and create rewarding options in a new and increasingly competitive Scotland, which has full control of its own economy."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 22, Against 80, Abstentions 1).

Murdo Fraser moved amendment S2M-467.3 to motion S2M-467—

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"recognises the necessity of creating an enterprise culture in Scotland in order to help reverse our economic decline; welcomes any moves to encourage young people to become more entrepreneurial but understands that what the business sector primarily looks for from school leavers are skills in literacy, numeracy, communication and timekeeping, and accordingly calls upon the Scottish Executive to take steps to reduce the unacceptable number of school pupils failing to meet basic standards in reading and writing, widen access to vocational courses at further education colleges for 14 and 15-year-olds, and increase opportunities for school pupils to experience work placements".

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 14, Against 61, Abstentions 27).

Shona Baird moved amendment S2M-467.4 to motion S2M-467—

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"considers that the Determined to Succeed strategy should strive to deliver the development of self-confident, skilled young people with a "can do, will do" attitude who can create environmentally and socially sustainable businesses and shape successful communities; requires that enterprise be fully integrated with teaching on citizenship, social obligation and sustainability, and calls on the Scottish Executive to ensure that locally-based voluntary and social enterprises play a full and equal part alongside other businesses in helping young people to develop ideas and skills."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 6, Against 75, Abstentions 21).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 84, Against 13, Abstentions 6).

2. First Minister’s Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell).

3. Question Time: Questions were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

4. Scotland’s Contribution to Education in the Commonwealth – Past, Present and Future: The Minister for Education and Young People (Peter Peacock) moved S2M-468—That the Parliament welcomes the 15th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers to Edinburgh later this month; recognises the contribution Scots have made, and continue to make, to education in the Commonwealth and more widely, and encourages the Scottish Executive to continue to work internationally to support educational development.

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

5. Criminal Justice Bill – UK Legislation: The Deputy Minister for Justice (Hugh Henry) moved S2M-407—That the Parliament agrees that, in addition to the provisions referred to in motion S1M-3671, those further matters which have been brought forward in the Criminal Justice Bill and that relate to devolved matters should be considered by the UK Parliament.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 75, Against 1, Abstentions 27).

6. Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S2M-458—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 31 October 2003 on the Lands Tribunal for Scotland (Relevant Certificate) (Fees) Rules 2003 (SSI 2003/451), the Lands Tribunal for Scotland Rules 2003 (SSI 2003/452), and the Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003 (Conservation Bodies) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/453); and

(b) that Stage 1 of the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Bill be completed by 8 January 2004.

The motion was agreed to.

7. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 4 and 5 as noted above.

8. Macmillan/CAB Cancer Patient Services: The Parliament debated S2M-166 in the name of Karen Whitefield—That the Parliament congratulates Macmillan Cancer Relief and the citizens advice bureaux of Lanarkshire on the innovative service that they have developed for cancer patients, providing debt assistance, employment, housing and other benefits to cancer patients and their carers; recognises that this is an excellent example of effective partnership working between voluntary organisations; commends Macmillan Cancer Relief and Airdrie Citizens Advice Bureau on the success of the pilot project in Airdrie; wishes them well as the project is rolled out across Lanarkshire, and recognises the benefits that such a service could provide across Scotland.

The meeting closed at 5.52 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

9 October 2003



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

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 9 October 2003—

Health Committee, 7th Report 2003 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 30)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 8th Report 2003 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 31)