Parliamentary Bureau Motion

– in the Scottish Parliament at 2:31 pm on 13th November 2002.

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Photo of Murray Tosh Murray Tosh Conservative 2:31 pm, 13th November 2002

The next item of business is consideration of a business motion, S1M-3572, in the name of Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, setting out a timetable for stage 3 consideration of the Debt Arrangement and Attachment (Scotland) Bill. I ask any member who wants to speak against the motion to press their request-to-speak button now. I ask Euan Robson to move the motion.

Photo of Euan Robson Euan Robson Liberal Democrat 2:34 pm, 13th November 2002

Before I move the timetabling motion, I advise the chamber that the Presiding Officer has agreed to a request from the Executive for the Deputy First Minister to make a statement on the fire dispute. The statement will take place immediately after decision time. If it proves necessary to continue business beyond 7 pm to enable the statement to be made tonight, the Scottish Executive will move the necessary motion.

I move,

That the Parliament agrees that, at Stage 3 of the Debt Arrangement and Attachment (Scotland) Bill, debate on each part of the proceedings shall be brought to a conclusion by the time-limits indicated (each time-limit being calculated from when Stage 3 begins and excluding any periods when the meeting is suspended)— Groups 1 to 7 - no later than 1 hour 10 minutes Groups 8 to 11 - no later than 1 hour 40 minutes Groups 12 to 18 - no later than 2 hours 25 minutes Groups 19 to 23 - no later than 3 hours Groups 24 to 30 - no later than 3 hours 40 minutes Groups 31 to 34 - no later than 3 hours 55 minutes Motion to pass the Bill - no later than 4 hours 25 minutes.

Photo of Murray Tosh Murray Tosh Conservative

No. I have a request from Lloyd Quinan to speak—I assume that he wishes to speak against the motion.

Photo of Lloyd Quinan Lloyd Quinan Scottish National Party

Given the seriousness of the situation with the firefighters and the accident at the nuclear power station at Dounreay yesterday, to wait until 7 o'clock or later to hear the Executive's position on the firefighters' strike is to fail the electorate. We should have the statement now.

Photo of Murray Tosh Murray Tosh Conservative

As the motion does not refer to the statement, your suggestion would not be a competent amendment to the motion.

Photo of Murray Tosh Murray Tosh Conservative

No other member has asked in a competent fashion to speak against the motion.

The question is, that motion S1M-3572, in the name of Patricia Ferguson, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Photo of Murray Tosh Murray Tosh Conservative

The result of the division is: For 77, Against 6, Abstentions 0.

Motion agreed to.