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Business Bulletin No. 64/2003

Wednesday 7th May 2003



Election of the Presiding Officer and Deputy Presiding Officers

Members will be able to submit nominations for the election of the Presiding Officer to the Clerk in the Chamber Desk on the ground floor of Parliament Headquarters between 12.30pm and 2.15pm only on Wednesday 7 May. Nomination forms will be available from the Chamber Desk during this period. Nominees must be proposed and seconded by members who have taken the oath or have affirmed. The nominee should sign the nomination form and must have taken the oath or affirmed prior to the election commencing.

Nominations for Deputy Presiding Officers may only be submitted following the election of the Presiding Officer. The period during which nominations may be submitted will be announced by the Presiding Officer and the sitting will be adjourned for this purpose. Members should note that in this case, nomination forms may be obtained from, and require to be submitted to, the Clerk in the Presiding Officer’s room in the Assembly Hall. This office is accessed via the black and white corridor in the Assembly Hall Building and will be clearly signposted. Nominations for the Deputy Presiding Officers must be seconded. Both the proposer and seconder must have taken the oath or affirmed prior to the nomination being made. The nominee must have taken the oath or affirmed by the time of the election. The nominee should sign the nomination form.

Members should note that all elections for Presiding Officer and Deputy Presiding Officers are held by secret ballot.

Official Photograph

Following the close of the meeting, an official photograph of all members who have taken the oath or have affirmed by that time will be taken in the Chamber. It is envisaged that this will take approximately 30 minutes.

Parliamentary Questions and Motions

Members can lodge parliamentary questions and motions once they have taken the oath or made the solemn affirmation. Questions should be lodged with the clerks of the Chamber Desk, Room G.10, Parliamentary Headquarters Building.

Members should note, however, that if the Scottish Executive considers that it is not appropriate for an answer to a parliamentary question to be provided until a new Minister has been appointed, then an answer to the question will not be due until seven counting days from the appointment of the new Minister (counting days exclude days when the office of the Clerk is not open).

Royal Assent

The Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003 (asp 9) received Royal Assent on 3 April 2003.

The Homelessness etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (asp 10) received Royal Assent on 10 April 2003.

The Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Act 2003 (asp 11) and the Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act 2003 (asp 12) received Royal Assent on 22 April 2003.

The Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 (asp 13) received Royal Assent on 25 April 2003.

The Council of the Law Society of Scotland Act 2003 (asp 14), the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 2003 (asp 15), the National Galleries of Scotland Act 2003 (asp 16) and the Commissioner for Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2003 (asp 17) received Royal Assent on 1 May 2003