25 March Vol. 3, No 64 Session 3

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

The meeting opened at 9.00 am.

1. Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-6051—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion by the time limits indicated, each time limit being calculated from when the Stage begins and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when a meeting of the Parliament is suspended (other than a suspension following the first division in the Stage in the morning and afternoon being called) or otherwise not in progress:

Groups 1 and 2: 55 minutes
Groups 3 to 5: 1 hour 25 minutes
Groups 6 to 9: 2 hours
Groups 10 to 13: 2 hours 40 minutes
Groups 14 and 15: 3 hours 15 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

2. Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 56, 57, 58, 59, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 70, 72, 50, 47, 48, 49 and 12

The following amendments were agreed to (by division)—

60 (For 120, Against 2, Abstentions 0)
61 (For 122, Against 2, Abstentions 0)
68 (For 121, Against 2, Abstentions 0)
69 (For 122, Against 2, Abstentions 0)
51 (For 77, Against 46, Abstentions 0)

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

1 (For 63, Against 64, Abstentions 0)
24 (For 62, Against 63, Abstentions 0)
25 (For 61, Against 63, Abstentions 0)
27 (For 61, Against 63, Abstentions 0)
28 (For 60, Against 64, Abstentions 0)
29 (For 61, Against 63, Abstentions 0)
30 (For 61, Against 63, Abstentions 0)
32 (For 61, Against 63, Abstentions 0)
33 (For 61, Against 63, Abstentions 0)
34 (For 61, Against 63, Abstentions 0)
35 (For 61, Against 63, Abstentions 0)
36 (For 61, Against 63, Abstentions 0)
37 (For 61, Against 63, Abstentions 0)
38 (For 61, Against 63, Abstentions 0)
39 (For 61, Against 63, Abstentions 0)
40 (For 61, Against 63, Abstentions 0)
41 (For 61, Against 63, Abstentions 0)
43 (For 61, Against 63, Abstentions 0)
44 (For 16, Against 64, Abstentions 44)
73 (For 61, Against 62, Abstentions 0)
74 (For 60, Against 65, Abstentions 0)
77 (For 32, Against 47, Abstentions 45)

The following amendments were moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn: 45 and 76

The following amendments were not moved: 71, 46 and 75

The Deputy Presiding Officer extended the time-limits under Rule 9.8.4A(a).

3. General Question Time: Questions were answered by Cabinet Secretaries and Ministers.

4. First Minister’s Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister (Alex Salmond).

5. Themed Question Time: Questions on Justice and Law Officers, and Rural Affairs and the Environment were answered by Cabinet Secretaries, Ministers and Scottish Law Officers.

6. Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill: The Parliament resumed consideration of the Bill at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 79, 80, 81, 82, 87, 88, 90, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 53, 54, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 100

The following amendments were agreed to (by division)—

91 (For 77, Against 48, Abstentions 0)
97B (For 108, Against 17, Abstentions 0)
97 (For 123, Against 2, Abstentions 0)

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

78 (For 17, Against 63, Abstentions 45)
84 (For 30, Against 94, Abstentions 0)
85 (For 31, Against 94, Abstentions 0)
52 (For 62, Against 63, Abstentions 0)
26 (For 62, Against 62, Abstentions 0; amendment disagreed to on casting vote)
31 (For 62, Against 63, Abstentions 0)
42 (For 62, Against 63, Abstentions 0)
97A (For 16, Against 109, Abstentions 0)
98 (For 62, Against 62, Abstentions 0; amendment disagreed to on casting vote)
55 (For 61, Against 63, Abstentions 0)

The following amendment was moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn: 6.

The following amendments were not moved: 7, 8, 9, 10, 4, 5, 83, 86, 89, 2, 3, 11 and 99.

The Minister for Parliamentary Business moved a motion without notice under Rule 9.8.5A that the time-limits be extended by 15 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

7. Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill: The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth (John Swinney) moved S3M-6023—That the Parliament agrees that the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill be passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 109, Against 16, Abstentions 0).

8. Ministerial Statement: The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth (John Swinney) made a statement and answered questions on the Scottish Government’s Response to the UK Budget.

9. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on item 7 as noted above.

10. Gilmerton Core Store: The Parliament debated S3M-5770 in the name of Mike Pringle—That the Parliament notes with extreme concern the decision by the British Geological Survey (BGS) to close the national offshore oil and gas core storage facility at Gilmerton in Edinburgh as part of plans to centralise all hydrocarbon storage to Keyworth near Nottingham; further considers that, if the closure goes ahead, Scotland will lose a world-leading facility used by hundreds of students and oil industry experts a year and highly valued by universities, the oil industry and other stakeholders alike; further understands that the announcement of the decision was made in August 2009, a month before the consultant report into the proposed move was finalised or published; regrets the apparent lack of consultation with geoscientists and academic and oil industry stakeholders before the decision was taken; questions the business case on which the planned move to Keyworth is based, particularly in relation to the transport costs required to safely transport the fragile hydrocarbon cores, the estimated sale value of the Gilmerton site and the future annual cost of sending Scottish university students to Keyworth to study the hydrocarbon cores; rejects assertions that the Edinburgh facility is not fit-for-purpose and understands that it has an impeccable health and safety record and enough spare storage capacity for several decades, and welcomes the National Audit Office’s ongoing costs and value-for-money audit of these proposals.

The meeting closed at 5.46 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
25 March 2010

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

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 25 March 2010 and are subject to annulment—

The National Health Service (Pharmaceutical Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI2010/128)

laid under section 105(2) of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978

The Special Restrictions on Adoptions from Nepal (Scotland) Order 2010 (SSI2010/130)

laid under section 117 of the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 24 March 2010 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman: Compendium of Case Reports for March 2010 (SPSO/2010/03)—

Case 200802819: A Dental Practice, Forth Valley NHS Board
Case 200802662: Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board
Case 200901358: Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board
Case 200901408: Lothian NHS Board
Case 200802400: Tayside NHS Board
Cases 200801197 & 200801300: South Lanarkshire Council
Case 200801246: South Lanarkshire Council

laid under Section 15(1) of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act 2002

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 25 March 2010 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scottish Local Government Financial Statistics 2008-09 (SG/2010/20)