Business Motions

– in the Scottish Parliament on 20th November 2013.

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Photo of Tricia Marwick Tricia Marwick None

The next item of business is consideration of business motion S4M-08355, in the name of Joe FitzPatrick, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, which sets out a stage 2 timetable for the Landfill Tax (Scotland) Bill.

Motion moved,

That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Landfill Tax (Scotland) Bill at stage 2 be completed by 28 November 2013.—[Joe FitzPatrick.]

Motion agreed to.

The Presiding Officer:

The next item of business is consideration of business motion S4M-08356, in the name of Joe FitzPatrick, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, which sets out a stage 2 timetable for the Tribunals (Scotland) Bill.

Motion moved,

That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Tribunals (Scotland) Bill at stage 2 be completed by 21 February 2014.—[Joe FitzPatrick.]

Motion agreed to.

The next item of business is consideration of business motion S4M-08364, in the name of Joe FitzPatrick, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, which sets out a business programme.

Motion moved,

That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Tuesday 26 November 2013

2.00 pm Time for Reflection followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions followed by Topical Questions (if selected) followed by Ministerial Statement: Independence White Paper followed by Stage 1 Debate: Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Bill followed by Business Motions followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 27 November 2013

2.00 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions followed by Portfolio Questions

Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth followed by Scottish Government Debate: Independence White Paper followed by Business Motions followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 28 November 2013

11.40 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

11.40 am General Questions

12.00 pm First Minister’s Questions

12.30 pm Members’ Business

2.30 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.30 pm Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Questions followed by Scottish Government Debate: The Independent Expert Review of Opioid Replacement Therapies in Scotland followed by Business Motions followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

Tuesday 3 December 2013

2.00 pm Time for Reflection followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions followed by Topical Questions (if selected) followed by Scottish Government Business followed by Business Motions followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 4 December 2013

2.00 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.00 pm Portfolio Questions

Rural Affairs and the Environment;

Justice and the Law Officers followed by Scottish Government Business followed by Business Motions followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 5 December 2013

11.40 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

11.40 am General Questions

12.00 pm First Minister’s Questions

12.30 pm Members’ Business

2.30 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.30 pm Scottish Government Business followed by Business Motions followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time—[Joe FitzPatrick.]

Paul Martin has asked to speak against the business motion. Mr Martin, you have up to five minutes.

Photo of Paul Martin Paul Martin Labour

I rise on behalf of the Scottish Labour Party to oppose the business motion in the name of Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau.

Members will note that, next Tuesday, after great debate, there will be a statement on the independence white paper. However, the sting in the tale is that the Scottish Government will arrange for an inspired parliamentary question next Tuesday morning so that it can launch the white paper at an event in the Glasgow science centre, clearly sidelining the role of the Scottish Parliament.

The arrogance and contempt that the Scottish Government displays for the Parliament is beyond belief. It makes no sense to anyone other than the Scottish Government that, on the very day that it will apparently set out its vision for the future of Scotland, it will sideline the role of the Parliament.

I will make clear our position, which I understand is the position of the other main parties that are represented on the Parliamentary Bureau. Next Tuesday, there should be a statement to the Parliament first—[Interruption.]

The Presiding Officer:

Order. Can we hear the member speak, please?

Photo of Paul Martin Paul Martin Labour

There should be a statement to the Parliament first, with the white paper being launched and released to the Parliament at the same time. It is the Government’s business if the First Minister wants to massage his already inflated ego by then presenting the white paper to a very carefully selected audience in the Glasgow science centre.

The Presiding Officer:

Order. Could members please settle down? We have just had the most fantastic debate, which was conducted in a great spirit of respect across the chamber, so could we now have the same kind of respect for members who are speaking?

Photo of Paul Martin Paul Martin Labour

The chamber is not the Government’s selected audience; it is elected democratically by the Scottish people. The principles that we stand for are written on the parliamentary mace before you, Presiding Officer: wisdom, justice, compassion and integrity. What we see before us in the business programme ensures that the Government has no respect for those words. We oppose the business motion in the name of Joe FitzPatrick.

The Presiding Officer:

I call Joe FitzPatrick to respond. You have up to five minutes.

Photo of Joe FitzPatrick Joe FitzPatrick Scottish National Party

Thank you very much. That makes 10 minutes that we could have spent continuing the debate that we just had. It was a fantastic debate and a great advert for this Parliament. [Interruption.]

Photo of Joe FitzPatrick Joe FitzPatrick Scottish National Party

The language that has been used by some Opposition members about next week’s business has been nothing short of ridiculous—although I could use other words—especially when we consider that, just last week, during the landmark passing of the Scottish Independence Referendum Bill at stage 3, they showed little interest in the referendum. Of the last nine speakers in last week’s debate, none came from the no parties. They could have pressed their buttons, but they all sat on their hands. [Interruption.]

Photo of Joe FitzPatrick Joe FitzPatrick Scottish National Party

The rank hypocrisy of the Opposition on this issue today is further exposed when we look at their behaviour in the chamber just four years ago.

The Presiding Officer:

Mr FitzPatrick, could you address the motion?

Photo of Joe FitzPatrick Joe FitzPatrick Scottish National Party

Absolutely. I am addressing the motion and Mr Martin’s speech.

The Government, which was then a minority, was delayed in holding a debate on a similar publication on Scotland’s future because the Opposition voted to block it. That hypocrisy is there on the record for all to see.

To be clear, the Scottish Government is proposing that an inspired parliamentary question will be answered on Tuesday morning prior to the launch, which will be a press conference. The answer to the IPQ will include access for members to the full contents of the white paper and hard copies will be lodged in the Scottish Parliament information centre. The Deputy First Minister will then make a ministerial statement on Tuesday afternoon and on Wednesday there will be a full parliamentary debate, allowing the better together members to bring their combined wisdom to bear in the chamber. To any reasonable person, that would seem to be a comprehensive and balanced proposal.

On the opening day of this Parliament in 1999, Donald Dewar said many things that are often quoted. I will quote just one:

“A Scottish Parliament. Not an end: a means to greater ends.”

Perhaps the feigned outrage of the MSPs from the no camp is because they know that next Tuesday marks a significant milestone in Scotland’s journey to those greater ends: an independent Parliament with the powers to build a better—[Interruption.]

The Presiding Officer:

Order. We will hear the member.

Photo of Joe FitzPatrick Joe FitzPatrick Scottish National Party

—fairer and more prosperous Scotland.

The Presiding Officer:

The question is, that motion S4M-08364, in the name of Joe FitzPatrick, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members: No.

There will be a division.

Division number 1

For: Adam, George, Adamson, Clare, Allan, Dr Alasdair, Allard, Christian, Beattie, Colin, Biagi, Marco, Brodie, Chic, Brown, Keith, Burgess, Margaret, Campbell, Aileen, Campbell, Roderick, Coffey, Willie, Constance, Angela, Crawford, Bruce, Cunningham, Roseanna, Dey, Graeme, Don, Nigel, Doris, Bob, Dornan, James, Eadie, Jim, Ewing, Annabelle, Ewing, Fergus, Fabiani, Linda, Finnie, John, FitzPatrick, Joe, Gibson, Kenneth, Gibson, Rob, Grahame, Christine, Harvie, Patrick, Hepburn, Jamie, Ingram, Adam, Johnstone, Alison, Keir, Colin, Kidd, Bill, Lochhead, Richard, Lyle, Richard, MacAskill, Kenny, MacDonald, Angus, Mackay, Derek, MacKenzie, Mike, Mason, John, Matheson, Michael, McAlpine, Joan, McDonald, Mark, McKelvie, Christina, McLeod, Aileen, McLeod, Fiona, McMillan, Stuart, Neil, Alex, Paterson, Gil, Robertson, Dennis, Robison, Shona, Russell, Michael, Salmond, Alex, Stevenson, Stewart, Stewart, Kevin, Sturgeon, Nicola, Swinney, John, Torrance, David, Urquhart, Jean, Watt, Maureen, White, Sandra, Wilson, John, Yousaf, Humza
Against: Baillie, Jackie, Baker, Claire, Baker, Richard, Baxter, Jayne, Beamish, Claudia, Bibby, Neil, Boyack, Sarah, Brown, Gavin, Buchanan, Cameron, Carlaw, Jackson, Chisholm, Malcolm, Davidson, Ruth, Dugdale, Kezia, Fee, Mary, Fergusson, Alex, Findlay, Neil, Fraser, Murdo, Goldie, Annabel, Grant, Rhoda, Gray, Iain, Griffin, Mark, Henry, Hugh, Hilton, Cara, Hume, Jim, Johnstone, Alex, Kelly, James, Lamont, Johann, Lamont, John, Macdonald, Lewis, Macintosh, Ken, Malik, Hanzala, Marra, Jenny, Martin, Paul, McArthur, Liam, McCulloch, Margaret, McDougall, Margaret, McGrigor, Jamie, McInnes, Alison, McMahon, Michael, McMahon, Siobhan, McNeil, Duncan, McTaggart, Anne, Milne, Nanette, Mitchell, Margaret, Murray, Elaine, Pearson, Graeme, Pentland, John, Rennie, Willie, Scanlon, Mary, Scott, John, Smith, Drew, Smith, Elaine, Smith, Liz, Stewart, David

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 64, Against 54, Abstentions 0.

Motion agreed to.