22 November Vol 1, No 35 Session 3

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

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1. Annual Sea Fisheries Negotiations: The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment (Richard Lochhead) moved S3M-893—That the Parliament supports the Scottish Government in negotiating a deal which is fair and just for Scotland’s fishing communities and which reflects in full the leadership which Scotland’s fishermen are showing the rest of Europe on sustainable fisheries.

Sarah Boyack moved amendment S3M-893.2 to motion S3M-893—

Insert at end—

“agrees that the precautionary principle should prevail in setting levels of permissible fishing activity; acknowledges that much more work needs to be done to create a truly sustainable fishery in the North Sea, including measures to reduce dramatically if not eliminate discards, recognising that one good year class does not of itself create a sustainable fishery stock, and further agrees that there needs to be dialogue between the fishing industry, scientists and conservation interests to ensure continuous improvement in stocks and a long-term sustainable future for the industry.”

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

John Scott moved amendment S3M-893.1 to motion S3M-893—

After “Government” insert—

“, working with the UK Government,”.

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

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to (DT).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament supports the Scottish Government, working with the UK Government, in negotiating a deal which is fair and just for Scotland’s fishing communities and which reflects in full the leadership which Scotland’s fishermen are showing the rest of Europe on sustainable fisheries; agrees that the precautionary principle should prevail in setting levels of permissible fishing activity; acknowledges that much more work needs to be done to create a truly sustainable fishery in the North Sea, including measures to reduce dramatically if not eliminate discards, recognising that one good year class does not of itself create a sustainable fishery stock, and further agrees that there needs to be dialogue between the fishing industry, scientists and conservation interests to ensure continuous improvement in stocks and a long-term sustainable future for the industry.

2. General Question Time: Questions were answered by Cabinet Secretaries and Ministers.

3. First Minister’s Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister (Alex Salmond).

4. Themed Question Time: Questions on Finance and Sustainable Growth, and on Justice and Law Officers were answered by Cabinet Secretaries and Ministers and by the Scottish Law Officers.

5. Ministerial Statement: The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing (Nicola Sturgeon) made a statement and answered questions on Pandemic Flu.

6. A Better Future for Scotland’s Children: Ending Domestic Abuse Against Women: The Minister for Children and Early Years (Adam Ingram) moved S3M-894—That the Parliament believes that it is unacceptable that thousands of children in Scotland are affected by domestic abuse, seriously impacting on their wellbeing, safety, health, schooling and life experience; pays tribute to those working in the field to help women and children affected by domestic abuse and those taking on the challenge of wider issues of violence against women; reaffirms its commitment to ending violence against women and recognises as part of its support for the UN 16 days of activism against gender violence, the importance of tackling not only domestic abuse, rape and sexual assault but also emerging issues such as human trafficking, and welcomes the establishment of the National Delivery Group on Children Affected by Domestic Abuse, the cross-cutting approach being taken and the involvement of children and young people.

Johann Lamont moved amendment S3M-894.1 to motion S3M-894—

After first “violence against women” insert—

“acknowledges the need to review the effect of current enforcement measures to tackle violence against women, in order to ensure that women and children receive the protection and security that they require”.

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

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to (DT).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament believes that it is unacceptable that thousands of children in Scotland are affected by domestic abuse, seriously impacting on their wellbeing, safety, health, schooling and life experience; pays tribute to those working in the field to help women and children affected by domestic abuse and those taking on the challenge of wider issues of violence against women; acknowledges the need to review the effect of current enforcement measures to tackle violence against women, in order to ensure that women and children receive the protection and security that they require; reaffirms its commitment to ending violence against women and recognises as part of its support for the UN 16 days of activism against gender violence, the importance of tackling not only domestic abuse, rape and sexual assault but also emerging issues such as human trafficking, and welcomes the establishment of the National Delivery Group on Children Affected by Domestic Abuse, the cross-cutting approach being taken and the involvement of children and young people.

7. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1 and 6 as noted above.

8. Bog Myrtle (Sweet Gale) Industry: The Parliament debated S3M-425 in the name of Mary Scanlon—That the Parliament recognises the potential for the bog myrtle (sweet gale) industry in the Highlands and Scotland; considers that support should be accelerated for the industry, which sees bog myrtle grow wild and be cultivated on plantations across the Highlands, and is soon to be expanded to other regions including Moray, Aberdeenshire and the Borders; notes that immediate support is necessary to establish development, planting and research study which will ensure that the industry develops quickly and that crofters, farmers and landowners involved in the production of bog myrtle see an immediate effect, and believes that support should be given to the commercial planting programme to help mitigate the risk undertaken by initial growers to establish crops in order to see the production of bog myrtle increase in the Highlands and establish the crop in other parts of Scotland in an effort to meet the anticipated global demand for this plant from the healthcare industry and drinks manufacturers and ensure that the subsequent planting by growers continues on a sustained basis.

The meeting closed at 5.43 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
22 November 2007

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

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 22 November 2007 and are subject to annulment—

The Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Export and Movement Restrictions) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/518)—

The Zootechnical Standards Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/521)—

The Official Feed and Food Controls (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/522)—

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

The Seed Potatoes (Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/520)

laid under section 16(6) of the Plant Varieties and Seeds Act 1964

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 22 November 2007 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland Annual Report 2006-07 (SE/2007/183)

Scottish Screen National Lottery Distribution Fund Account and Report 2006-07 (SE/2007/240)

laid under section 26(3), (3A) and (4) of the National Lottery Act 1993

VisitScotland Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2007 (SE/2007/244)

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

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 22 November 2007

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 11th Report, 2007 (Session 3): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 27)