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Devolution

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:30 pm on 3rd June 1999.

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Photo of George Reid George Reid Scottish National Party 2:30 pm, 3rd June 1999

The first item of business is a debate on the draft orders as detailed in motions S1M-28 and S1M-29 in the name of Mr Henry McLeish:

That the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Adaptation of Functions etc.) Order 1999, which was laid before the Parliament on 26 May, be approved.

That the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Border Rivers) Order 1999, which was laid before the Parliament on 26 May, be approved.

The debate is scheduled to end at 4 pm and will be followed by a debate on motion S1M-19 in the name of Mr Ross Finnie on the Scottish adjacent waters boundaries, and the amendments thereto. That in turn will be followed at 5 pm by decision time, when questions on all three motions and the amendments will be put.

As in yesterday's debate, Mr McLeish will formally move only the first of the motions at this stage but will speak on both. I also invite other members to speak on either motion, or both. I will ask Mr McLeish formally to move his second motion before questions are put at decision time. At this stage I do not propose to set any time limit for members' speeches during the first debate. I may, however, review that position towards the end of the time allocated if a large number of members are still waiting to speak.