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Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 9 February 2006

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

The meeting opened at 9.19 am.

  1. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3934—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Budget (Scotland) (No.3) Bill, debate on amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion no later than 15 minutes after the Stage begins (excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when the meeting of the Parliament is suspended, other than a suspension following the first division in the Stage being called, or otherwise not in progress).

    The motion was agreed to.

  2. Budget (Scotland) (No.3) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

    The following amendments were agreed to without division: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13.

  3. Budget (Scotland) (No.3) Bill - Stage 3: The Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform (Mr Tom McCabe) moved S2M-3909—That the Parliament agrees that the Budget (Scotland) (No.3) Bill be passed.

    After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 43, Against 2, Abstentions 32).

  4. Volunteering: The Parliament debated the subject of Volunteering.

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

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

  7. Themed Question Time: Questions on Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning, and on Justice and Law Officers were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers and by the Scottish Law Officers.

  8. Social Work for the 21st Century:  The Parliament debated the subject of Social Work for the 21st Century.

  9. Decision Time: The Parliament took a decision on item 3 as noted above.

  10. Cumbernauld Town Centre: The Parliament debated S2M-3848 in the name of Margaret Mitchell—That the Parliament notes that, in the Channel 4 programme, “Demolition”, broadcast in December 2005, the public nominated and voted for Cumbernauld Town Shopping Centre as the most hated building in Britain; acknowledges that Cumbernauld is in a great location; commends the residents of Cumbernauld for maintaining a sense of pride in their town despite the problems, which have existed for many years, associated with design and the lack of an identifiable town centre; congratulates Channel 4 for having produced this excellent piece of broadcast journalism which, firstly, ensured that these problems have been the subject of a national awareness-raising exercise and, secondly, which provided practical solutions to these problems; recognises that quality of life is the core issue; expresses concern that North Lanarkshire Council intends to proceed with design plans for the town shopping centre which will, in the view of those who took part in the programme, merely compound the problems which already exist; believes that the Scottish Executive should encourage North Lanarkshire Council to take on board the suggestions made in the programme to regenerate Cumbernauld by creating an identifiable town centre starting at St Mungo’s Church and continuing to tree-lined boulevards with shop fronts facing widened pavements where bistro and alfresco activities could be provided, and considers that North Lanarkshire Council should initiate a consultation with the residents of Cumbernauld on these proposals.

The meeting closed at 5.45 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
9 February 2006

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

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 9 February 2006 and is subject to annulment

The Sea Fish (Prohibited Methods of Fishing) (Firth of Clyde) Order 2006 (SSI 2006/51)

laid under section 20(5) of the Sea Fish (Conservation) Act 1967

Not Subject to any Parliamentary Procedure

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 9 February 2006 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Radioactivity in Sheep) Partial Revocation (Scotland) Order 2006 (SSI 2006/52)

laid under section 1(10) of the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

Committee Reports

For further information on accessing committee reports, please contact either the relevant clerk or webpage (see end of Bulletin for contact details or access general committee webpage)

The following reports were published on 9 February 2006—

Environment and Rural Development Committee, 2nd Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 503)

Local Government and Transport Committee, 2nd Report, 2006 (Session 2):  Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 504)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 8th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Budget (Scotland) (No.3) Bill as introduced (SP Paper 505)