20 February Vol 1, No 54 Session 3

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

The meeting opened at 2.30pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Rev Canon Isaac M Poobalan, from the Church of St John the Evangelist in Aberdeen, led Time for Reflection.

2. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Environment (Michael Russell) made a statement and answered questions on Snaring.

3. Malawi: The Parliament debated the subject of Malawi.

4. Education and Skills Bill - UK Legislation: The Minister for Schools and Skills (Maureen Watt) moved S3M-1224—That the Parliament agrees that the relevant provisions of the Education and Skills Bill, introduced in the House of Commons on 28 November 2007, to make provision within the legislative competence of the Parliament and to alter the executive competence of Scottish Ministers in respect of using and sharing information in relation to skills and training of people in Scotland, should be considered by the UK Parliament.

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

5. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-1378—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 21 February 2008—

after

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Health and Wellbeing

delete

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: Democracy in Local Health Care

and insert

2.55 pm Ministerial Statement: British-Irish Council Summit

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Democracy in Local Health Care

The motion was agreed to.

6. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, moved S3M-1389—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 27 February 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Accident and Emergency Reviews

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill

followed by Financial Resolution: Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 28 February 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Labour Party Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister's Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Rural Affairs and the Environment;
Justice and Law Officers

2.55 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Graduate Endowment Abolition (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Wednesday 5 March 2008

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 6 March 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

Finance and Sustainable Growth

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. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-1379—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 23 May 2008.

The motion was agreed to.

8. Approval of SSI: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-1381—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board Order 2007 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9. Approval of SSI: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-1380—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Quality Meat Scotland Order 2008 be approved.

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

10. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 4, 8 and 9 as noted above.

11. Supporters Direct in Scotland: The Parliament debated S3M-1295 in the name of Marilyn Livingstone—That the Parliament welcomes the work of Supporters Direct in Scotland; recognises its contribution to Scottish football and believes that supporters’ trusts provide the best mechanism for involving communities in their football clubs and that the Raith Trust in the Kirkcaldy parliamentary constituency is an excellent example of where supporters’ trusts promote community empowerment and strengthen local football teams, and believes that they should continue to be supported.

The meeting closed at 5.47 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
20 February 2008

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 12 February 2008 for approval by resolution

The Protected Trust Deeds (Scotland) Regulations 2008

laid under section 72(2) and (3)(b) of the Bankruptcy (Scotland) Act 1985

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 13 February 2008 for approval by resolution

The Companies Act 2006 (Scottish public sector companies to be audited by the Auditor General for Scotland) Order 2008

laid under section 483(5) of the Companies Act 2006

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 15 February 2008 for approval by resolution

The Official Statistics (Scotland) Order 2008

laid under section 65(6)(a) of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 19 February 2008 for approval by resolution

The Protected Trust Deeds (Scotland) Regulations 2008

laid under section 72(2) and (3)(b) of the Bankruptcy (Scotland) Act 1985

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 8 February 2008 and are subject to annulment—

The Justice of the Peace Courts (Sheriffdom of Lothian and Borders) etc. Order 2008 (SSI 2008/31)

laid under section 81(3) of the Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Act 2007

The Non-Domestic Rate (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/32)

laid under section 7B(5) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1975

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 11 February 2008 and is subject to annulment

The Housing Revenue Account General Fund Contribution Limits (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/34)

laid under section 204(3) of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 12 February 2008 and are subject to annulment—

The Discontinuance of Legalised Police Cells (Scotland) Revocation Rules 2008 (SSI 2008/35)

laid under section 42 of the Prisons (Scotland) Act 1989

The Home Detention Curfew Licence (Prescribed Standard Conditions) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/36)

laid under section 45(2) of the Prisoners and Criminal Proceedings (Scotland) Act 1993

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 15 February 2008 and is subject to annulment

The Home Energy Efficiency Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/38)

laid under section 15 of the Social Security Act 1990

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 19 February 2008 and is subject to annulment

Act of Sederunt (Fees of Solicitors in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment) 2008 (SSI 2008/40)

laid under section 40 of the Sheriff Courts (Scotland) Act 1907

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 20 February 2008 and are subject to annulment—

The Road Works (Inspection Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/43)

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

The Water and Sewerage Services Undertaking (Lending by the Scottish Ministers) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/44)

laid under section 34(3) of the Water Services etc. (Scotland) Act 2005

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 8 February 2008 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Scottish Local Government Financial Statistics 2006-07 (SG/2008/5)

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 15 February 2008 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scotland’s Children’s Panels Annual Report 2007 (SG/2008/18)

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 20 February 2008 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman: Compendium of Case Reports for February 2008 (SPSO/2008/02)—

Case 200600344: Stow College—

Case 200601521: University of Glasgow—

Case 200602837: Cardonald College—

Case 200603730: Langside College—

Case 200501233: Two GPs, Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS

Board—

Case 200501279: Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board—

Case 200501652: A Dentist, Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS

Board—

Case 200600197: Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board—

Case 200602824: Highland NHS Board—

Case 200503203: A Dental Practice, Lothian NHS Board—

Case 200601633: A Medical Practice, Lothian NHS Board—

Case 200601379: Fife NHS Board—

Case 200602963: Forth Valley NHS Board—

Case 200700845: Forth Valley NHS Board—

Case 200700972: A Medical Practice, Fife NHS Board—

Case 200501555: A Medical Practice, Grampian NHS Board—

Case 200502773: Grampian NHS Board—

Case 200503133: Tayside NHS Board—

Case 200600110: Grampian NHS Board—

Case 200601374: Tayside NHS Board—

Case 200601565: Tayside NHS Board—

Case 200602998: Tayside NHS Board—

Case 200501596: Ayrshire and Arran NHS Board—

Case 200502440: South Lanarkshire Council—

Case 200700122: North Lanarkshire Council—

Case 200500617: The Highland Council—

Case 200600408: The Moray Council—

Case 200400224: The City of Edinburgh Council—

Case 200502418: Midlothian Council—

Case 200502567: The City of Edinburgh Council—

Case 200602550: The City of Edinburgh Council—

Case 200603359: The City of Edinburgh Council—

Case 200604111: The City of Edinburgh Council—

Case 200600144: Stirling Council—

Case 200601798: Stirling Council—

Case 200401636: Dundee City Council—

Case 200601424: Aberdeenshire Council—

Case 200603214: Dundee City Council—

Case 200600648: Dumfries and Galloway Council—

Case 200603657: South Ayrshire Council—

Case 200502961: West Dunbartonshire Council—

Case 200700322: The Scottish Commission for the Regulation of

Care—

Case 200503511: Scottish Legal Aid Board—

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

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 15 February 2008

Local Government and Communities Committee, 2nd Report, 2008 (Session 3): Stage 1 Report on Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill (SP Paper 58)

The following report was published on 20 February 2008

Justice Committee, 5th Report, 2008 (Session 3): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 59)