Before a statement is made, it is expected that non-Government members will have an opportunity to study it. In this case, for whatever reason, it has been impossible to provide a lengthy opportunity for that, and I therefore propose to suspend business for 30 minutes. I suggest that we start business again at 25 to 3.
Before I move the motion, I should tell the chamber about certain changes to business that have transpired. Last week, the bureau scheduled for today an Equal Opportunities Committee debate on scrutiny of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 but, as the business motion records, it has been replaced by other business. The only other change is that decision time this afternoon will be at 5.30 pm to allow the Property Factors (Scotland) Bill to be properly debated.
That the Parliament agrees—
(a) the following revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 8 December 2010— delete followed by Ministerial Statement: Future Budget Planning Assumptions followed by Equal Opportunities Committee Debate: Scrutiny of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 followed by Stage 1 Debate: Property Factors (Scotland) Bill followed by Business Motion followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
6.00 pm Decision Time followed by Members' Business and insert
5.30 pm Decision Time followed by Members' Business
(b) the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 9 December 2010— delete
5.05 pm Decision Time and insert
5.00 pm Decision Time Motion agreed to.
The next item of business is consideration of business motion S3M-7559, in the name of Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, recommending that motion S3M-7550, on the Scotland Bill, be taken by Parliament tomorrow.
That the Parliament agrees under Rule 8.2.7 that motion S3M-7550 be taken by the Parliament on Thursday 9 December 2010.—[Bruce Crawford.]
Motion agreed to.