Thursday, 14 February 2002
Scottish Parliament Thursday 14 February 2002 [THE DEPUTY PRESIDING OFFICER opened the meeting at 09:30]
Good morning. The first item of business is consideration of a Parliamentary Bureau motion. I ask Patricia Ferguson to move business motion S1M-2746, which is a timetabling motion on the Water...
We come to stage 3 proceedings on the Water Industry (Scotland) Bill. I do not intend to make the usual long preamble. I simply remind members that they should have with the bill, as amended at...
We come to the first group of amendments to the Water Industry (Scotland) Bill. Amendment 2, in the name of the Minister for Environment and Rural Development, is grouped with amendments 3 to 8.
Amendments 3 to 5 moved—[Ross Finnie].
Amendments 6 and 7 moved—[Ross Finnie].
Amendment 8 moved—[Ross Finnie]—and agreed to.
Amendment 85, in the name of Bruce Crawford, is grouped with amendment 96.
Amendment 9 is grouped with amendments 10, 11, 40 to 48, 51, 52, 54, 55, 56, 58, 59, 61 to 71, 74, 76 to 79, 83 and 84.
Amendments 10 and 11 moved—[Ross Finnie]—and agreed to.
We now progress to the fourth group of amendments, on Scottish Water customer standards and a consultation code. Amendment 12 is grouped with amendments 13 through 24.
Amendments 20 to 23 moved—[Ross Finnie]—and agreed to.
Amendment 24 moved—[Ross Finnie]—and agreed to.
We move to the fifth group of amendments, entitled "Charges schemes—general". We are about 10 minutes ahead of schedule. The next amendment for debate is amendment 97, in the name of Tommy...
Amendment 98 moved—[Tommy Sheridan].
Amendment 87 is grouped with amendments 88, 99, 89 and 100.
Amendment 89 not moved. Amendment 100 moved—[John Scott].
Amendment 101 not moved.
Amendment 26 moved—[Ross Finnie]—and agreed to.
Amendment 27 is grouped with amendments 1, 90 and 102. We have slipped slightly behind our timetable, so I ask speakers to be as brief as possible.
I probably should not do this, but since I have everybody here I advise members that they are requested to take their places by 1.45 at the latest this afternoon, for the address by the...
Amendment 103 is grouped with amendments 28, 30, 29, 31, 32 and 33. I will have to be tight on time with this group.
Amendments 28, 30 and 29 moved—[Ross Finnie]—and agreed to.
Amendments 31 and 32 moved—[Ross Finnie]—and agreed to.
Amendment 104 is grouped with amendment 111.
Amendment 33 moved—[Ross Finnie]—and agreed to.
Amendment 34, in the name of the Minister for Environment and Rural Development, is grouped with amendments 72, 73, 80 and 82.
Amendment 92 is grouped with amendments 106, 107, 36, 93, 108 and 95. If amendment 106 is agreed to, amendments 107, 36 and 93 are pre-empted. If amendment 107 is agreed to, amendments 36 and 93...
The next item is business motion S1M-2741, in the name of Patricia Ferguson, which sets out a business programme. Motion moved, That the Parliament agrees the following programme of...
To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to review the current measles, mumps and rubella vaccine programme. (S1O-4666)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to ensure that individual national health service boards adhere to the good practice guidance issued to them in March 2001 on digital...
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to address any under-representation of women in business following the report by the Industrial Society, "Unequal Entrepreneurs: Why Female...
To ask the Scottish Executive when the Scottish Ambulance Service will complete the introduction of a paramedic technician into every ambulance. (S1O-4709)
To ask the Scottish Executive what recent action it has taken to promote sport in schools. (S1O-4695)
To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to review the licensing and operation of landfill sites. (S1O-4678)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to promote female participation in engineering. (S1O-4657)
To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the impact of investment decisions by West of Scotland Water authority on development in Dumfries and Galloway. (S1O-4670)
To ask the Scottish Executive when it last contacted Scottish Borders Council and what issues were discussed. (S1O-4671)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to strengthen Scotland's academic links with the United States of America. (S1O-4702)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will now grant planning consent in line with the decision of South Ayrshire Council on 30 June 1999 for a new stadium for Ayr United Football Club with...
To ask the Scottish Executive what plans there are to provide for the electronic servicing of writs by claimants, similar to the scheme launched by the Lord Chancellor in December 2001 in England...
To ask the Scottish Executive whether the terms of the McCrone settlement, which guaranteed new teachers a probationary year's work in the classroom, will be implemented in full from summer 2002....
To ask the First Minister what issues he intends to raise at his next meeting with the Secretary of State for Scotland. (S1F-1678)
To ask the right honourable First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Scottish Executive's Cabinet. (S1F-1663)
To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Executive is taking to improve the conviction rate in rape cases. (S1F-1670)
To ask the First Minister what information is currently available on the level of surveillance operations in Scotland. (S1F-1681)
Amendment 94 is grouped with amendments 109, 37, 37A, 38 and 39. If amendment 94 is agreed to, amendment 109 is pre-empted. I remind members that they only have 19 minutes left for the debate.
Amendments 40 to 48 moved—[Ross Finnie]—and agreed to.
Amendment 59 moved—[Ross Finnie]—and agreed to.
Amendments 81 to 84 moved—[Ross Finnie]—and agreed to.
Amendment 96 moved—[Bruce Crawford].
The next item of business is the continuation of stage 3 proceedings on the Water Industry (Scotland) Bill. We will now consider motion S1M-2675, in the name of Ross Finnie.
The next item of business is stage 3 proceedings on the Budget (Scotland) (No 3) Bill. As there are no amendments to be considered, we move straight to the debate on motion S1M-2674, in the name...
The next item of business is consideration of Parliamentary Bureau motions. I ask Euan Robson to move motions S1M-2743 and S1M-2747, on membership of committees, and motion S1M-2748, on rule...
There are five questions to be put as a result of today's business. The first question is, that motion S1M-2675, in the name of Ross Finnie, which seeks agreement that the Water Industry...
The final item of business is a members' business debate on motion S1M-2669, in the name of Elaine Thomson, on world heritage site status for the Cairngorms. The debate will be concluded without...
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