18 November Vol. 3, No. 33 Session 3

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Rev Stephen Brown, Fraserburgh United Reformed Church led Time for Reflection.

2. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-5219—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Arbitration (Scotland) Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion by the time limit indicated, that 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 being called) or otherwise not in progress:

Groups 1 and 2: 20 minutes
Groups 3 to 5: 35 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

3. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Community Safety (Fergus Ewing) made a statement and answered questions on Sectarianism Strategy.

4. Arbitration (Scotland) 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, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30.

5. Arbitration (Scotland) Bill: The Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism (Jim Mather) moved S3M-5176—That the Parliament agrees that the Arbitration (Scotland) Bill be passed.

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

6. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-5223—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 25 November 2009

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Renewable Heat Action Plan

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Learning About Scotland and its History

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Child Poverty Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 26 November 2009

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Local Government Finance Settlement

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Europe, External Affairs and Culture;
Education and Lifelong Learning

2.55 pm Continuation of Stage 1 Debate: Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution: Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 2 December 2009

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 3 December 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

Health and Wellbeing

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.

7. Approval of SSI: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-5216—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Water Environment (Groundwater and Priority Substances) (Scotland) Regulations 2009 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

9. Increasing Opportunities for Rural Athletes: The Parliament debated S3M-4762 in the name of Jamie Stone—That the Parliament notes that, as part of the Reaching Higher revised national sports strategy, launched on 8 March 2007, the Scottish Government committed itself to achieving increasing participation and to improving performance in sporting activities; commends the Scottish Government’s continuing commitment to delivering equal opportunities for all regardless of personal circumstances; is concerned, however, that such equality has not been achieved in the field of sport, in that the careers of promising young athletes from remote areas, such as Caithness, are being held back by the high financial costs incurred in travelling to and participating in national sporting events, and would welcome the availability of funding for athletes from remote areas and their families to offset the considerable costs of pursuing their sporting goals.

The meeting closed at 5.37 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
18 November 2009

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

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 13 November 2009 and are subject to annulment—

The Diligence against Earnings (Variation) (No. 2) (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/395)

laid under section 104 of the Debtors (Scotland) Act 1987

The Diligence (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/396)

laid under sections 155(4), 159 and 159B(2) of the Titles to Land Consolidation (Scotland) Act 1868 and sections 148(3)(b) and 224(3) of the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Act 2007

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 17 November 2009 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland Centenary Annual Review 2008-2009 (SG/2009/186)

Scottish Police Service Authority Annual Report and Accounts 2008-09 (SG/2009/252)

laid under sections 7(5) and 15(3) of the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2006

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 18 November 2009 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure—

Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Annual Accounts 2008-09 (SG/2009/249)—

Scottish Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund Annual Accounts 2008-09 (SG/2009/250)—

laid under section 22(5) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

The General Teaching Council for Scotland Annual Report and Accounts Year to 31 March 2009 (SG/2009/253)—

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman: Compendium of Case Reports for November 2009 (SPSO/2009/12)—

Case 200800569: Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board

Case 200702307: Western Isles NHS Board

Case 200802376: Highland NHS Board

Case 200800148: Lothian NHS Board

Cases 200802262 and 200900284: A Medical Practice, Fife NHS Board and Fife NHS Board

Case 200802345: Tayside NHS Board

Case 200801379: Ayrshire and Arran NHS Board

Case 200801457: Ayrshire and Arran NHS Board

Case 200801344: The City of Edinburgh Council

Case 200800352: Perth and Kinross Council

Case 200800711: Perth and Kinross Council

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

Commonwealth Games 2014 – progress report on planning for the delivery of the XXth Games. A main report and key messages summary prepared for the Auditor General for Scotland (AGS/2009/10)

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

Legislative Consent Memorandum

The following memorandum was lodged on 16 November 2009

John Swinney MSP: Legislative Consent Memorandum on the UK Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill (UK Parliament legislation) (LCM(S3) 23.1)

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 12 November 2009

Justice Committee, 18th Report, 2009 (Session 3): Stage 1 Report on the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 334)

The following report were published on 16th November 2009—

Local Government and Communities Committee, 15th Report, 2009 (Session 3): Report on the Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Child Poverty Bill - LCM (S3) 22.1 (SP Paper 338)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 45th Report, 2009 (Session 3): Arbitration (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2 (SP Paper 339)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 46th Report, 2009 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 340)

The following report was published on 17 November 2009

Scottish Commission for Public Audit, 1st Report, 2009 (Session 3): Audit Scotland’s Budget Proposal for 2010-11 (SP Paper 335)

Published pursuant to section 11(9) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

The following report was published on 18 November 2009

Justice Committee, 19th Report, 2009 (Session 3): Report on the Justice of the Peace Courts (Sheriffdom of South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway) etc. Order 2009 (SSI 2009/332) (SP Paper 341).