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Decision Time

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 5:01 pm on 6th March 2003.

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Photo of Lord David Steel Lord David Steel Presiding Officer, Scottish Parliament 5:01 pm, 6th March 2003

I ask for a bit of hush as I have an announcement to make. As required by the new standing orders that were agreed to yesterday, I wish to inform members that this session of the Parliament will end at midnight on 31 March 2003. Dissolution will therefore begin immediately thereafter, on 1 April. By virtue of rule 13.3.4A, which the Parliament also agreed to yesterday, it follows that the last day on which written questions may be lodged in this session of the Parliament is 17 March.

Following consultation with the party leaders, I intend that the first meeting of the new parliamentary session should be Wednesday 7 May. Newly elected members will be advised of that date after the election. Further details will be published in tomorrow's business bulletin, which I recommend that all members read.

There are 11 questions to be put to the chamber as a result of today's business. The first question is, that amendment S1M-3986.2, in the name of Patricia Ferguson, which seeks to amend the motion in the name of David McLetchie, on the record of the Scottish Executive, be agreed to. Are we agreed?