26 February Vol. 2, No 56 Session 3

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

The meeting opened at 9.00 am.

1. Ministerial Statement: The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth (John Swinney) made a statement and answered questions on the Financial Services Advisory Board (FiSAB).

2. Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Bill: Karen Gillon moved S3M-3128—That the Parliament agrees that the Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Bill be passed.

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

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. Ministerial Statement: The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning (Fiona Hyslop) made a statement and answered questions on Update on Skills Strategy.

7. Marine Bill Consultation: The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment (Richard Lochhead) moved S3M-3528—That the Parliament notes the Scottish Government's commitment to deliver a Scottish Marine Bill to drive sustainable economic growth and improve the stewardship of the seas around Scotland; acknowledges the positive response to the consultation, Sustainable Seas for All, and the widespread support for the proposals, and further notes the recent agreement with the UK Government to secure executive responsibility for marine nature conservation and planning in the offshore zone.

Sarah Boyack moved amendment S3M-3528.3 to motion S3M-3528—

leave out from "to drive" to end and insert—

"; acknowledges the positive response to the consultation, Sustainable Seas for All, but expresses its disappointment that the Scottish Government acted in advance of the Marine Bill to establish Marine Scotland; notes the concerns that have been expressed regarding its lack of independence and the lack of clarity regarding its status among stakeholders and other agencies; notes the importance of healthy marine ecosystems and the need for a coherent sustainable development marine policy framework to support economic development, nature conservation and decision making; further notes the recent agreement with the UK Government to secure executive responsibility for marine nature conservation and planning in the offshore zone, and calls on the Scottish Government to work with other legislatures to ensure a joined-up approach to marine management of our shared seas."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 40, Against 61, Abstentions 16).

John Scott moved amendment S3M-3528.1 to motion S3M-3528—

insert at end—

"and considers that the forthcoming marine legislation must fully take into account the interests of commercial fisheries and recreational sea anglers and could provide an appropriate vehicle for tackling the severe decline in breeding sea bird populations."

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

Liam McArthur moved amendment S3M-3528.4 to motion S3M-3528—

insert at end—

"and calls on the Scottish Government to publish its conclusions on the consultation and bring forward a dedicated Scottish Marine Bill as soon as possible to ensure that Scotland does not fall behind the rest of the United Kingdom in the sustainable management of its seas and coast."

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

Robin Harper moved amendment S3M-3528.2 to motion S3M-3528—

leave out from "to drive" to "proposals" and insert—

"to accommodate environmentally sustainable economic development and improve the stewardship of the marine environment; acknowledges the positive response to the consultation, Sustainable Seas for All, the widespread support for the proposals and the concerns that remain".

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

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

Accordingly the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament notes the Scottish Government's commitment to deliver a Scottish Marine Bill to accommodate environmentally sustainable economic development and improve the stewardship of the marine environment; acknowledges the positive response to the consultation, Sustainable Seas for All, the widespread support for the proposals and the concerns that remain; considers that the forthcoming marine legislation must fully take into account the interests of commercial fisheries and recreational sea anglers and could provide an appropriate vehicle for tackling the severe decline in breeding sea bird populations, and calls on the Scottish Government to publish its conclusions on the consultation and bring forward a dedicated Scottish Marine Bill as soon as possible to ensure that Scotland does not fall behind the rest of the United Kingdom in the sustainable management of its seas and coast.

8. Committee Membership: Michael McMahon, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-3534—That the Parliament agrees that—

Stuart McMillan be appointed to replace Dave Thompson on the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee;

Willie Coffey be appointed to replace Sandra White on the Equal Opportunities Committee;

Michael Matheson be appointed to replace Alex Neil on the European and External Relations Committee;

Sandra White be appointed to replace Keith Brown on the European and External Relations Committee;

Stewart Maxwell be appointed to replace Stuart McMillan on the Justice Committee;

Anne McLaughlin be appointed to replace Stuart McMillan on the Public Audit Committee;

Anne McLaughlin be appointed to the Public Petitions Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9. Substitution on Committees: Michael McMahon, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-3535—That the Parliament agrees that—

Shirley-Anne Somerville be appointed to replace Willie Coffey as the Scottish National Party substitute on the Equal Opportunities Committee;

Kenneth Gibson be appointed to replace Roseanna Cunningham as the Scottish National Party substitute on the Finance Committee;

Linda Fabiani be appointed to replace Sandra White as the Scottish National Party substitute on the Public Audit Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 7, 8 and 9 as noted above.

11. Action Mesothelioma Day: The Parliament debated S3M-3432 in the name of Bill Kidd—That the Parliament supports national Action Mesothelioma Day, which takes place on 27 February 2009, in recognition of people who have died and those who continue to suffer from mesothelioma; commends the work of Clydeside Action on Asbestos in providing an invaluable service to sufferers of mesothelioma, providing support for more than 80% of people affected in Scotland with representation in health, legal and financial matters, while contributing to public policy; notes the need to increase awareness and understanding of the illness and to identify the needs of people diagnosed and of their families and friends; recognises that many people who have developed mesothelioma have done so from going to work and contributing to the growth of the Scottish economy in a range of professions, including not only people employed in heavy industry and construction but also people employed in hospitals, teachers and lab technicians, and therefore recognises the continued need for research into the management and treatment of this condition.

The meeting closed at 5.42 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
26 February 2009

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

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 26 February 2009 and are subject to annulment—

The Road Works (Inspection Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/74)

laid under 163(2) of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991

The Financial Assistance for Environmental Purposes (Scotland) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/75)

laid under section 161(3) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 26 February 2009—

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 13th Report, 2009 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 220)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 14th Report, 2009 (Session 3): Legislative Consent Memorandum for the Welfare Reform Bill (SP Paper 221)