Note: (DT) signifies a decision taken at Decision Time.
The meeting opened at .
1.Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion:Tavish Scott,
on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-993—That the
Parliamentagrees that, during the Stage 3 proceedings
of the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill, debate on each
part of those proceedings shall be brought to a conclusion
by the time-limits indicated (each time-limit being calculated
from when Stage 3 begins and excluding any periods when other
business is under consideration or when the meeting of the Parliament
is suspended or otherwise not in progress)
1 and 2 - no later than 45 minutes
3 and 4 - no later than 1 hour 10 minutes
5 - no later than 1 hour 30 minutes
6 and 7 - no later than 1 hour 45 minutes
8 - no later than 2 hours
9 to 11 - no later than 2 hours 30 minutes
to pass the Bill – no later than 3 hours 20 minutes
motion was agreed to.
Witnesses (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.
The following amendments were agreed
to (without division): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12,
13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25.
Amendment 47 was agreed to (by division:
For 81, Against 10, Abstentions 0).
The following amendments were disagreed
to (by division)—
37(For 33, Against 64, Abstentions 0)
49(For 26, Against 69, Abstentions 0).
The following amendments were moved
and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn: 26, 28,
34 and 66.
6.Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community
Enterprise) Bill – UK Legislation: The Deputy Minister for
Communities (Mary Mulligan) moved S2M-973—That the Parliament
agrees to the principle that, in the contexts of provisions
in the Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise)
Bill enabling charities to convert to become community interest
companies, conversion should be regulated and agrees that the
provisions in the Bill that relate to the power to regulate
such conversion should be considered by the UK Parliament.
debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 73,
Against 3, Abstentions 32).
7.Civil Contingencies Bill – UK Legislation: The Deputy Minister for
Justice (Hugh Henry) moved S2M-974—That the Parliament agrees
the principle of a single statutory framework for civil protection
across the UK,
as set out in the Civil Contingencies Bill, and agrees that
the relevant provisions in the Bill should be considered by
the UK Parliament.
debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 69,
Against 14, Abstentions 23).
Time: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary
Bureau, moved, without notice, a motion under Rule 11.2.4 of
Standing Orders that Decision Time on 4
March 2004 be taken at .
debate, the motion was agreed to (by division: For 93, Against
13, Abstentions 1).