BUSINESS BULLETIN 26 / 2000
Friday 11 February 2000
The Parliament agreed yesterday that the draft Census (Scotland) Order 2000, which was laid before the Parliament on 10 January 2000, should be debated on Wednesday 16 February 2000 from 2.30 pm until Decision Time at 5.00 pm.
The Presiding Officer has decided that the following two motions should be taken in the debate: the motion for approval of the draft Order in the name of Mr Jim Wallace (S1M-459) and the motion in the name of Kate Maclean on behalf of the Equal Opportunities Committee (S1M-519). Members may lodge amendments to these motions through the Chamber Desk. To be selected, any such amendments must be received by 4.30 pm on Tuesday 15 February.
Members attention was drawn to the procedures to which the Order is subject in the announcement which appeared in the Business Bulletin of 26 January 2000. In summary, different parts of the draft Order are subject to affirmative procedure (where the instrument comes into force or remains in force only if approved by a resolution of the Parliament) or to negative procedure (where the instrument comes into force unless the Parliament resolves that it should be not made or annulled).
Those parts of the draft Order which are subject to affirmative procedure are set out in italics in Schedules 2 and 3 to the draft Order. These parts may be amended by the Parliament by means of an amendment to the motion lodged in the name of Mr Jim Wallace (S1M-459) on behalf of the Scottish Executive. Such amendments should be lodged with the clerks in the Chamber Desk who can advise on their wording. Members who wish to lodge a motion in relation to the negative parts of the draft Order are advised to proceed by means of lodging an amendment to the motion lodged by Kate Maclean. Clerks in the Chamber Desk can advise on the wording of such amendments. As with any motion, it is for the Presiding Officer to decide which amendments, if any, to select for debate.
Procedure for debate
In order to facilitate the debate on the draft Order and the hybrid procedures to which it is subject, the Parliamentary Bureau has agreed to move a motion immediately after Time for Reflection on Wednesday and before the debate on the draft Order to suspend the following Rules in the Standing Orders: Rule 10.7.1 (Instruments considered by the Parliament) and Rule 11.4.1 (Order in which questions are put). The suspension of Rule 10.7.1 (which sets a limit of 90 minutes for a debate on a draft instrument) will allow the Parliament to debate the draft Order for the 2½ hours allocated. The suspension of Rule 11.4.1 will allow the Presiding Officer to decide the order in which questions are put at Decision time .
The debate will be opened by the Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice, who will speak to and move the motion in his name. Any amendments to that motion which have been selected will then be taken. Thereafter, Kate Maclean, on behalf of the Equal Opportunities Committee, will be called to speak to and move the motion in her name. Any selected amendments to that motion will then be taken. The debate on the motions will then open up to all members.
At Decision Time, the order of questions will be: questions on any selected amendments to the motion in the name of Kate Maclean followed by the question on the motion itself, followed by questions on any selected amendments to the motion in the name of the Deputy First Minister and then finally a question on that motion itself.