20 May Vol. 3, No 03 Session 3

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Liam Beattie, S6 pupil at Hawick High School and Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament for Roxburgh & Berwickshire and Rachel Connelly, S6 pupil at Hawick High School, led Time for Reflection.

2. Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-4184—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion by the time limits 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 to 3: 45 minutes
Groups 4 to 7: 1 hour 25 minutes
Groups 8 to 10: 1 hour 55 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

3. Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 1, 3A, 3B, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 21, 13, 22 and 23.

The following amendments were agreed to (by division)—

15 (For 69, Against 48, Abstentions 0)

16 (For 70, Against 47, Abstentions 1)

2 (For 79, Against 42, Abstentions 0)

18 (For 71, Against 48, Abstentions 0)

19 (For 73, Against 47, Abstentions 0)

20 (For 72, Against 47, Abstentions 0)

24 (For 73, Against 46, Abstentions 0)

25 (For 74, Against 46, Abstentions 0)

14 (For 77, Against 41, Abstentions 0).

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

4 (For 49, Against 72, Abstentions 0)

8 (For 46, Against 73, Abstentions 2)

11 (For 47, Against 71, Abstentions 1)

12 (For 46, Against 69, Abstentions 1).

Amendment 17 was not moved.

4. Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill: The Minister for Children and Early Years (Adam Ingram) moved S3M-4059—That the Parliament agrees that the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill be passed.

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

5. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-4178—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 27 May 2009

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Influenza A (H1N1)

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 28 May 2009

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Liberal Democrats 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 Debate: CashBack for Communities: Investing the proceeds of crime back into our communities

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 3 June 2009

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.05 pm General Question Time

2.25 pm First Minister’s Question Time

2.55 pm Themed Question Time

Rural Affairs and the Environment;
Justice and Law Officers

3.35 pm Stage 3 Proceedings: Offences (Aggravation by Prejudice) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

6. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-4179—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 5 June 2009.

The motion was agreed to.

7. Decision Time: The Parliament took a decision on item 4 as noted above.

8. Declining Bee Numbers: The Parliament debated S3M-4080 in the name of Peter Peacock—That the Parliament notes with concern reports of the continuing decline in bee numbers and in the number of other key pollinators; notes the importance of bees for the production of honey and, along with other species, their vital importance in food production and in support of biodiversity; supports measures to research and understand better what may be causing the reported declines as a basis for appropriate further actions; further notes that in some areas, such as Colonsay, the varroa mite, which is known to be responsible for some of the decline in bee numbers, is not present, and considers that every effort should be made to maintain that position and sustain bee and other key pollinator numbers.

The meeting closed at 5.44 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
20 May 2009

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

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instruments were laid in draft before the Parliament on 15 May 2009 for approval by resolution—

The Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006 (Consequential Amendments) Order 2009

laid under section 58(5) of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006

The Town and Country Planning (Charges for Publication of Notices) (Scotland) Regulations 2009

laid under section 252(6) of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997

The following instruments were laid in draft before the Parliament on 18 May 2009 for approval by resolution—

The Adoption (Disclosure of Information and Medical Information about Natural Parents) (Scotland) Regulations 2009

laid under section 117(5) of the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007

The Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 (Consequential Provisions) Order 2009

laid under 146(5) of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exclusions and Exceptions) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2009

laid under section 10(2) of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 19 May 2009 for approval by resolution

The Renewables Obligation (Scotland) Amendment Order 2009

laid under section 32L(3) of the Electricity Act 1989

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 20 May 2009 for approval by resolution

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exclusions and Exceptions) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2009

laid under section 10(2) of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

The draft Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exclusions and Exceptions) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2009, laid before the Parliament on 18 May 2009, has been withdrawn.

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 15 May 2009 and are subject to annulment—

The St Mary’s Music School (Aided Places) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/181)

laid under section 133(2) of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980

The Adoptions with a Foreign Element (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/182)

laid under section 117(4) of the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007 and section 1 of the Adoption (Intercountry Aspects) Act 1999

The Firefighters’ Pension Scheme Amendment (Increased Pension Entitlement) (Scotland) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/184)

laid under section 35 of the Fire Services Act 1947

The Police Pensions Amendment (Increased Pension Entitlement) (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/185)

laid under section 1(6) of the Police Pensions Act 1976

The Local Government Pension Scheme Amendment (Increased Pension Entitlement) (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/186)

laid under section 12 of the Superannuation Act 1972

The Local Government (Discretionary Payments and Injury Benefits) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/187)

laid under section 12(6) of the Superannuation Act 1972

The Education (Fees and Awards for EC Nationals and UK Returners) (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/188)

laid under section 133(2) of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980 and section 2(4) of the Education (Fees and Awards) Act 1983

The Education (Interest on Student Loans) (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/189)

laid under section 133(2) of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 18 May 2009 and is subject to annulment

The National Health Service (Pharmaceutical Services) (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/183)

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

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 19 May 2009 and is subject to annulment

The Parental Responsibilities and Parental Rights Agreement (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/191)

laid under section 103(2) of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 20 May 2009 and is subject to annulment

The Personal Injuries (NHS Charges) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/193)

laid under section 195(8) of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 19 May 2009 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure—

Historic Environment Advisory Council for Scotland Sixth and Final Annual Report 1 September 2008 to 31 May 2009 (SG/2009/90)

Government Chemist Review 2008 (SG/2009/91)

laid under section 88(3) of the Scotland Act 1998

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 20 May 2009 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman: Compendium of Case Reports for May 2009 (SPSO/2009/05) —

Case 200801545: Grampian NHS Board

Case 200802067: Grampian NHS Board

Case 200602445: Ark Housing Association Ltd

Case 200801890: South Lanarkshire Council

Case 200601182: Dumfries and Galloway Council

Case 200702097: North Ayrshire Council

Case 200600993: East Dunbartonshire Council

Case 200702891: Renfrewshire Council

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

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 15 May 2009

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee, 6th Report, 2009 (Session 3): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 265)