26 November Vol. 2, No 35 Session 3

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

The meeting opened at 2.00 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Rev David Whiteman, Coylton Parish Church linked with Drongan the Schaw Kirk led Time for Reflection.

2. Ministerial Statement: The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth (John Swinney) made a statement and answered questions on the Scottish Government’s Response to the Pre-budget Report.

3. Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Bill: Jackie Baillie moved S3M-2691—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Bill.

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

4. Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution: The Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change (Stewart Stevenson) moved S3M-2950—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any increase in expenditure of a kind referred to in paragraph 3(b)(iii) of Rule 9.12 of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

5. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-2960—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 3 December 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Scottish Government’s Response to the Pre-Budget Report

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 4 December 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party 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 Ministerial Statement: Report into Child Protection Services in Aberdeen

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Forced Marriages

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 10 December 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee Debate: 1st Report 2008: Elections to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

followed by Standards, Procedures and Public Appointment Committee Debate: 8th Report 2008: Audit Committee - Title and Remit

followed by Scottish Government Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 11 December 2008

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

Justice and Law Officers;
Rural Affairs and the Environment

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.

6. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-2959—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 19 December 2008.

The motion was agreed to.

7. Suspension of Standing Orders: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-2961—That the Parliament agrees that, for the purpose of allowing up to 30 minutes to debate motion S3M-2958 on Thursday 27 November 2008, the second and third sentences of Rule 10.6.5 of Standing Orders be suspended.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 3, 4 and 7 as noted above.

9. Sailing and Boating Continues to Expand and Contribute to the Scottish Economy: The Parliament debated S3M-2472 in the name of Stuart McMillan—That the Parliament acknowledges that sailing and boating continues to expand as an industry bringing substantial benefits to the economy and offering people jobs; notes that there are some 250,000 yachts in the United Kingdom, of which 15,000 are currently berthed in Scotland and that, of these, approximately 5,000 are based on the River Clyde, with 3,000 in marinas and 2,000 on moorings in the Clyde; further notes that the leisure marine industry turnover in Scotland is £98.9 million per annum, that the industry employs 1,816 full-time equivalents in Scotland and supports 7,900 jobs and that the economic benefit of recreational boating in Scotland is estimated to be in excess of £250 million; acknowledges that further marina development is scheduled throughout Scotland with proposals for marinas in Greenock that would further enhance the reputation of sailing on the west coast; congratulates everyone connected with recreational sailing and boating for this economic success, and looks forward to even more economic delivery in the future.

The meeting closed at 5.44 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
26 November 2008

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

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 25 November 2008 and is subject to annulment

The Book of Scottish Connections Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/386)

laid under 61(3) of the Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Act 2006

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 26 November 2008 and are subject to annulment—

The Police Pensions (Amendment) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/387)

laid under section 1 of the Police Pensions Act 1976

The Energy Performance of Buildings (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/389)

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

The National Health Service (Travelling Expenses and Remission of Charges) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 3) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/390)

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

The Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003 (Rural Housing Bodies) Amendment Order 2008 (SSI 2008/391)

laid under section 127 of the Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 25 November 2008 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Scottish Public Pensions Agency Annual Report and Accounts 2007-2008 (SG/2008/230)—

Accountant in Bankruptcy Annual Report and Accounts 2007-08 (SG/2008/235)—

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 26 November 2008 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Statistical Bulletin – Domestic Abuse Recorded by the Police in Scotland 2007-08 (SG/2008/244)