That the Parliament commends the Scottish Fishermen's Federation's (SFF) A Sea of Opportunity campaign; considers that full control over fishing in the offshore economic zone represents an opportunity to reinvigorate coastal communities; recognises that appropriate conservation measures must also be in place for all fishing activity; welcomes indications that arrangements for ownership and exploitation of existing quota will not be changed to adversely affect existing investments in them; believes that the ownership structures and economic benefits derived from new quota arising from full control of the offshore economic zone must be of value to adjacent communities, and notes calls on all political parties to consider whether they can agree with the SFF that UK fishing interests can best be protected in upcoming negotiations by the lead minister being from Scotland.
That the Parliament notes the publication on 20 December 2016 by the Scottish Government of Scotland’s Place in Europe, setting out options for the future of the UK and Scotland’s relationship with Europe; understands the detrimental social and economic impact on Scotland and the UK of losing their current place in the European single market; welcomes the options set out in the paper, including on free movement of workers; agrees that the UK as a whole should retain its place in the single market, ensuring rights not just for business but for citizens, and that, in the event that the UK opts to leave the single market, alternative approaches within the UK should be sought that would enable Scotland to retain its place within the single market and the devolution of necessary powers to the Scottish Parliament; agrees that further devolution to the Scottish Parliament is required to mitigate the impact of the UK's decision to leave the EU, and endorses the Scottish Government discussing these proposals with the UK Government in order to secure the protection of Scotland’s interests as part of the Article 50 process.
Time for Reflection - Dr Maureen Sier, Director, Interfaith Scotland
1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 6 in private.
2. Inquiry into the role and purpose of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service: The Committee will take evidence from—
Rt Hon James Wolffe QC, Lord Advocate, and David Harvie, Crown Agent and Chief Executive, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.
3. Public petitions: The Committee will consider the following current petitions—
PE1370 by Dr Jim Swire, Professor Robert Black QC, Robert Forrester, Father Patrick Keegans and Iain McKie on Justice for Megrahi; PE1501 by Stuart Graham on public inquiries into self-inflicted and accidental deaths following suspicious death investigations; PE1567 by Donna O'Halloran on investigating unascertained deaths, suicides and fatal accidents in Scotland; PE1510 by Jody Curtis on the closure of police, fire and non-emergency service centres north of Dundee; PE1511 by Laura Ross on the decision made by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to close Inverness control room.
4. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instruments—
Police Service of Scotland (Amendment) Regulations 2016 (SSI 2016/419); Firemen’s Pension Scheme (Amendment and Transitional Provisions) (Scotland) Order 2016 (SSI 2016/431).
5. Justice Sub-Committee on Policing: The Committee will consider a report back from the Sub-Committee meeting on 12 January 2017.
6. Criminal Finances Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will consider the written evidence received on the legislative consent memorandum lodged by Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Justice (LCM-S5-6).
1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 5 in private.
2. Instruments subject to affirmative procedure: The Committee will consider the following—
Stop and Search Code of Practice (Appointed Day) (Scotland) Regulations 2017 [draft].
3. Instruments subject to negative procedure: The Committee will consider the following—
Seed (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2016 (SSI 2016/434); Licensing of Relevant Permanent Sites (Scotland) Regulations 2016 (SSI 2016/433).
4. Railway Policing (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the delegated powers provisions in this Bill at Stage 1.
5. Limitation (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a draft report to the Justice Committee.
The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in the Robert Burns Room (CR1)
1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 4 in private.
2. Consideration of new petitions: The Committee will consider—
PE1592 by Shaheen McQuade on Group B Strep information and testing
and take evidence from—
and will then consider—
PE1593 by Paul Quigley, on behalf of Fans Against Criminalisation, on a full review of the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012
and take evidence from—
Paul Quigley and Jeanette Findlay, Fans Against Criminalisation;
and will then consider—
PE1594 by Richard Burton, on behalf of Accountability Scotland, on specification of ‘lying’ as an example of public maladministration.
3. Consideration of continued petitions: The Committee will consider—
PE1319 by William Smith and Scott Robertson on improving youth football in Scotland;
PE1477 by Jamie Rae, on behalf of the Throat Cancer Foundation, on a gender neutral Human Papillomavirus vaccination;
PE1545 by Ann Maxwell, on behalf of the Muir Maxwell Trust, on residential care provision for the severely learning disabled;
PE1555 by Siobhan Garrahy on electric shock and vibration collars for animals;
PE1561 by Karen Gray, on behalf of Rabbits Require Rights (Scotland), on pet rabbit welfare;
PE1572 by Parveen Haq on occupational disclosure in trials and sentencing;
PE1573 by Jordan Daly, on behalf of T.I.E. - Time for Inclusive Education, on statutory teaching of LGBTI+ issues;
PE1574 by Freda Birrell, on behalf of the UK Association of HPV Vaccine Injured Daughters (AHVID), on HPV vaccine safety;
PE1576 by Owain Martin on blue badges for children with autism and Down’s Syndrome;
PE1577 by Rachael Wallace on adult cerebral palsy services;
PE1580 by Sheila Duffy, on behalf of ASH Scotland, on guidance for Parliament staff on international health treaty standards.
4. Witness expenses: The Committee will consider claims under the witness expenses scheme.
Domestic Abuse Law
That the Parliament welcomes the announcement by the First Minister when delivering the 2016-17 Programme for Government that the Scottish Government will introduce legislation to create a specific criminal offence of domestic abuse; recognises that, in Scotland, there are approximately 60,000 incidents of domestic abuse reported each year, with the 2014-15 figures showing that 79% of such incidents having a male perpetrator and a female victim; recognises that, while physical abuse can be prosecuted under existing laws, it is challenging to prosecute psychological abuse and coercive and controlling behaviour under these; agrees that a new offence will both help the criminal justice system to deal more effectively with domestic abusers and, alongside access to appropriate advocacy services, allow better access to justice for victims, and notes that the Scottish Government is continuing to consider the exact terms of such an offence in the light of feedback to the recent consultation on a draft offence with the aim of ensuring that it appropriately and effectively criminalises the type of pernicious coercive and controlling behaviour that can constitute domestic abuse and that such an offence will have a significant impact on how society views domestic abuse by ensuring that there is clarity that psychological, as well as physical abuse, of a partner or ex-partner is a criminal offence.
That the Parliament considers local NHS boards to be key in delivering frontline services across Scotland’s distinct communities; believes that a one-size-fits-all approach rarely works, particularly in delivering health care in Orkney and Shetland where, more often than not, island communities require different solutions to the central belt; acknowledges that the nature of delivering health and care services in rural and remote island communities inevitably requires additional resources; recognises that decisions about how those services are most effectively delivered are best made locally; considers therefore that concerns that the Scottish Government’s intention to “examine the number, structure and regulation of health boards” could lead to the amalgamation of NHS boards to the detriment of providing the best possible health care in the islands, and notes calls for the Scottish Government to undertake to protect island health boards, including NHS Orkney and NHS Shetland, in its forthcoming review.
The morning of the Scottish Parliament’s first meeting on Thursday 12 May has been set aside to allow MSPs to take the oath or make a solemn affirmation. This will be the first business of the fifth session of the Scottish Parliament.
There will be three time slots during which the Members will take the oath/make the affirmation:
9.30am – 10.15am
10.30am – 11.15am
11.30am – 12.15pm
The outgoing Presiding Officer, Tricia Marwick will preside over the oath-taking procedure.
Members will enter the Chamber individually from the north and south entrances. As in previous sessions, the Party Leaders will be invited to take the oath or make a solemn affirmation first at 9.30am which will be followed by Members in alphabetical order.
Exact details of the order in which members are expected to arrive will be made available to the media on the day.
After being called by the Presiding Officer, they will proceed to the well of the Chamber where they will be asked whether they wish to take the oath or the affirmation. The choice is a personal one and the effect of both is the same.
Once all MSPs are sworn in, the Presiding Officer will suspend the meeting of the Parliament until 2.30pm.
While the Act allows Members two months from the date of their election to take the oath it is anticipated that Members will wish to do so as soon as possible.
The oath states: "I (Member's Name), do swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, Her Heirs and Successors, according to Law. So help me God."
The affirmation states: "I (Member's Name), do solemnly, sincerely and truly declare and affirm that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, Her Heirs and Successors, according to Law."
Members will be handed a card with either the oath or the affirmation, according to their choice, and asked to repeat the words after the officiating Clerk. They may then repeat the oath or affirmation in a language other than English.
Members will then be asked to sign the Parliamentary Register, before either taking a seat or exiting the Chamber.
The Register is a loose leaf volume of archival quality paper which has either the text of the oath or the affirmation inscribed at the top of each page.
Any Member who refuses to take the oath or the affirmation will be unable to take part in any other proceedings of the Parliament and will not be paid any salary and allowances until he or she has done so. If any Member has not taken the oath or affirmation within two months of the day of their election they shall cease to be a Member of the Parliament (unless the Parliament agrees to extend this period).
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12.00 pm First Minister’s Questions
1. Johann Lamont: To ask the First Minister what engagements he has planned for the rest of the day. (S4F-02316)
2. Ruth Davidson: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Secretary of State for Scotland. (S4F-02317)
3. Christine Grahame: To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s position is on Police Scotland’s National Child Abuse Investigation Unit. (S4F-02321)
4. John Mason: To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Government is taking to tackle the stigma surrounding mental health issues. (S4F-02319)
5. James Kelly: To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s response is to reports that ScotRail has recorded nearly £100 million in profit since 2008, with £95 million of that being paid to shareholders. (S4F-02326)
6. Murdo Fraser: To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government is doing to tackle overcrowding and understaffing in accident and emergency departments. (S4F-02325)