Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 1No 46 Session 2

Thursday 15 January 2004


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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. European and External Relations Committee Debate on the European Commission’s Work Programme for 2004: Richard Lochhead, on behalf of the European and External Relations Committee, moved S2M-771—That the Parliament notes the publication of the European Commission’s work programme for 2004, which is dominated by the enlargement of the European Union, and agrees that it contains a number of legislative and non-legislative plans of importance to Scotland.

Nicola Sturgeon moved amendment S2M-771.2 to motion S2M-771—

Insert at end—

"and calls on the Scottish Executive to publish its position on the Commission’s programme in order to inform the Parliament and Scotland about the aims and objectives that the Executive has in relation to it and to publish a strategy paper outlining how the Executive intends to achieve these, but considers that Scotland’s interests in relation to the Commission’s programme would be best represented if Scotland was an independent member state of the EU."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 28, Against 81, Abstentions 0).

Phil Gallie moved amendment S2M-771.1 to motion S2M-771—

Leave out "is" and insert—

"was compiled on the presumption that the European Constitution would have been accepted and is now".

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 17, Against 88, Abstentions 5).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

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. Protection of Emergency Workers: The Parliament debated the protection of emergency workers.

5. Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-781—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 30 January 2004 on the Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003 (Conservation Bodies) Amendment Order 2003 (SSI 2003/621); and

(b) that consideration of the Fire Sprinklers in Residential Premises (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 30 April 2004.

The motion was agreed to.

6. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on item 1 as noted above.

7. Medical Services in the West Highlands: The Parliament debated S2M-629 in the name of George Lyon—That the Parliament recognises the deep concern of the communities in Fort William and Oban regarding the threat to future provision of acute medical services in the west Highlands; notes that over 3,500 people, so far, have turned out at public meetings to express their opposition to Argyll and Clyde and Highland NHS boards’ plans to downgrade Oban and Fort William hospitals to community status; recognises that, if the proposals go ahead, patients from the West Highlands would be forced to travel hundreds of miles to Glasgow or Inverness to access treatment, and therefore believes that the Scottish Executive should reject these plans and give a commitment that the current service provision will continue to be delivered locally to communities in the West Highlands.

8. Motion Without Notice: Mrs Margaret Ewing moved without notice a motion under Rule 8.14.3 that the Parliament agrees that Members’ Business on 15 January 2004 be extended by up to 30 minutes.

The meeting closed at 6.10 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

15 January 2004


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

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 15 January 2004 and are subject to annulment—

The Infant Formula and Follow-on Formula Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/7)—

The Processed Cereal-based Foods and Baby Foods for Infants and Young Children (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/8)—

laid under section 48(3) of the Food Safety Act 1990