06 May Vol. 2, No 71 Session 3

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

The meeting opened at 2.15 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Haroon Ahmed, Scottish Inter Faith Council, led Time for Reflection.

2. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-4060—That the Parliament agrees (a) the following revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 6 May 2009—

after

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Haroon Ahmed, Scottish Inter Faith Council

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

insert

followed by Ministerial Statement: Influenza A (H1N1)

and (b) the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 7 May 2009—

after

2.55 pm Continuation of Stage 1 Debate: Climate Change (Scotland) Bill

insert

followed by Financial Resolution: Climate Change (Scotland) Bill

The motion was agreed to.

3. Ministerial Statement: The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing (Nicola Sturgeon) made a statement and answered questions on Influenza A (H1N1).

4. Climate Change (Scotland) Bill: The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth moved S3M-3963—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Climate Change (Scotland) Bill.

Sarah Boyack moved amendment S3M-3963.2 to motion S3M-3963—

insert at end—

“and, in so doing, further agrees that unambiguous quantified targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions for the period between 2010 and 2019 are needed so that the current government and governments elected in 2011 and 2015 can be held to account for delivering early action on tackling climate change”.

Alison McInnes moved amendment S3M-3963.1 to motion S3M-3963—

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“and, in so doing, calls on the Scottish Government to publish an energy efficiency action plan within six months and to bring forward amendments at Stage 2 that set out substantive transparent measures to put Scotland on a steady path to achieving the Bill’s emissions reduction ambitions, including early action to meet a scientifically credible 2020 interim target, the measurement and reporting of cumulative emissions, broad sectoral targets, a duty on public bodies to take account of climate change in their activities, the inclusion of Scotland’s share of international aviation and shipping emissions in its emission targets, a limit on the use of international carbon credits and a robust reporting mechanism that allows for detailed parliamentary scrutiny of progress”.

The Presiding Officer used his discretion under Rule 11.3.3 to put the question on the motion and amendments at Decision Time on Thursday 7 May 2009.

5. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-4062—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill at Stage 1 be extended to 15 May 2009.

The motion was agreed to.

6. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-4061—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 13 May 2009

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 14 May 2009

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution: Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill

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 Debate: Scotland’s Engagement in the United States of America and Canada

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 20 May 2009

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 21 May 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

Europe, External Affairs and Culture;
Education and Lifelong Learning

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. Decision Time: The Parliament took no decisions on any of the items above.

8. International Midwives’ Day, 5 May 2009: The Parliament debated S3M-3692 in the name of Mary Scanlon—That the Parliament notes that 5 May is International Midwives’ Day 2009; welcomes the contribution that midwives make to the health and wellbeing of women and their babies in Scotland and around the world; recognises that levels of maternal and infant mortality, especially in the developing world, are unacceptable; believes that achieving UN Millennium Development Goal 4 (Reduce child mortality) and Goal 5 (Improve maternal health) would amount to a giant leap for better maternal and infant health globally; acknowledges that more can always be done in Scotland to reduce our own levels of maternal and infant mortality, especially in remote and rural areas; supports greater international action to reduce maternal and infant deaths globally, and strives to provide ever-safer care for Scotland’s own women and children.

9. Motion without Notice: Mary Scanlon moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended by up to 30 minutes. The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 5.54 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
6 May 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 6 May 2009 for approval by resolution

The Waste Batteries (Scotland) Regulations 2009

laid under section 2(8) of the Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 1 May 2009 and is subject to annulment

The Swine Vesicular Disease (Scotland) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/173)

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

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 5 May 2009

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee, 5th Report, 2009 (Session 3): Accuracy of contributions in parliamentary proceedings (SP Paper 254)

The following report was published on 6 May 2009

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 25th Report, 2009 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 255)