14 January Vol. 2, No 45 Session 3

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Sister Patricia McKenna, St John’s, Barrhead, led Time for Reflection.

2. Budget (Scotland) (No.2) Bill: The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth (John Swinney) moved S3M-3161—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Budget (Scotland) (No.2) Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 107, Against 16, Abstentions 1).

Accordingly the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Budget (Scotland) (No.2) Bill.

3. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-3212—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 21 January 2009

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Mortgage to Shared Equity – Mortgage to Rent

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Common Agricultural Policy Health Check

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 22 January 2009

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Scottish Government’s Response to the Scottish Council of Economic Advisers’ Annual Report

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Rural Affairs and the Environment;
Justice and Law Officers

2.55 pm Stage 1 Debate: Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution: Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 28 January 2009

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Budget (Scotland) (No.2) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 29 January 2009

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Finance and Sustainable Growth

2.55 pm Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

4. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-3210—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Climate Change (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 8 May 2009.

The motion was agreed to.

5. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on item 2 as noted above.

Post Office Closures: The Parliament debated S3M-2753 in the name of Jim Hume—That the Parliament deplores the decision taken by Post Office Ltd to remain committed to its original post office branch closure programme across the South of Scotland despite the numerous strong objections made by individuals, businesses and community groups; further deplores the loss in particular of Greenlaw Post Office, which was shown to be a thriving and profitable business; notes with deep concern the detrimental impact that this loss of service provision in Greenlaw will have on the economy of the immediate local community and surrounding area, individuals and small to medium-sized businesses reliant upon a service that is very localised and customised to their specific needs and that provides face-to-face personal support and advice to elderly, disabled and vulnerable people, and considers that urgent action should be taken to retain effective and comprehensive postal services in Greenlaw and the rest of the South of Scotland.

The meeting closed at 5.36 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
14 January 2009

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

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 9 January 2009 for approval by resolution

The Non-Domestic Rating (Petrol Filling Stations, Public Houses and Hotels) (Scotland) Order 2009

laid under section 8(2) of the Local Government and Rating Act 1997

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 9 January 2009 and are subject to annulment—

The Rural Development Contracts (Rural Priorities) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/1)

laid under paragraph 2(2) of Schedule 2 to the European Communities Act 1972

The Non-Domestic Rate (Scotland) Order 2009 (SSI 2008/3)

laid under section 7B(1) and 37(1) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1975

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 14 January 2009 and are subject to annulment—

The Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 (Transitory Provisions in Consequence of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/4)

laid under section 100(4) of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007

The Scottish Register of Tartans Fees Order 2009 (SSI 2009/6)

laid under section 14(2) of the Scottish Register of Tartans Act 2008

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 12 January 2009 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Scotland’s Budget Documents 2009-10: Budget (Scotland) Bill Supporting Document for the year ending 31 March 2010 (SG/2009/1)

Instrument of Appointment of Lord Penrose as Chair to the Public Inquiry into Hepatitis C/HIV infection from NHS treatment with blood and blood products (SG/2009/3)—

Letter to Lord Penrose including Terms of Reference for the Public Inquiry into Hepatitis C/HIV infection from NHS treatment with blood and blood products (SG/2009/4)—

laid under section 6 of the Inquiries Act 2005

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 14 January 2009 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Central Government’s use of Consultancy Services: A report and key messages summary prepared for the Auditor General for Scotland (AGS/2009/1)

laid under the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 9 January 2009

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 1st Report 2009 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 190)

The following reports were published on 14 January—

Public Audit Committee, 1st Report 2009 (Session 3): Review of palliative care services in Scotland (SP Paper 189)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 2nd Report 2009 (Session 3): Budget (Scotland) (No.2) Bill (SP Paper 192)