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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Vol. 2, No. 2 Session 1

Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 18 May 2000

 

  

Note: (DT) signifies a decision taken at Decision Time.

 

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

 

1. Community Care: The Deputy Minister for Community Care moved S1M-868—That the Parliament commends the Scottish Executive’s approach to community care, which aims to put the people using services and their carers at the centre, building on Modernising Community Care: an Action Plan; welcomes progress on the Strategy for Carers in Scotland, published in November; welcomes the work of the National Care Standards Committee to ensure the quality of care provision through national standards; welcomes the consultation on proposals for the independent regulation of care services and staff; welcomes the setting up of the Joint Future Group in December; welcomes the publication of the Learning Disability Review report The same as you? on 11 May 2000, and calls upon the NHS, local authorities and the voluntary and private sectors to make joint working a reality in every aspect of community care, in a Scotland where everyone matters.

 

Kay Ullrich moved amendment S1M-868.1 to motion S1M-868—

 

Leave out from "commends" to end and insert—

"supports the concept of care in the community; recognises the excellent work done in the Sutherland Report on long term care With Respect to Old Age; condemns the continued failure of the Executive to implement fully the recommendations of that Royal Commission; demands adequate funding for those providing services within local government and the voluntary sector; urges the Executive to accept responsibility for community care, and invites it to provide real leadership, and the necessary funding, to enable successful joint working in this field."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 28, Against 79, Abstentions 1).

 

Mary Scanlon moved amendment S1M-868.2 to motion S1M-868—

 

Leave out from "commends" to end and insert—

"notes that the Scottish Executive’s approach to community care has resulted in a 40% increase in blocked beds in acute hospitals since 1997, to a total of 2,400 in the latest delayed discharge census, and that this costs the NHS in Scotland up to 96 million per year compared with the cost of nursing home places; further notes that many local authorities across Scotland have been forced to reduce services and increase costs for community care clients as a direct result of the Executive’s latest local government financial settlement; further notes that many nursing and residential homes are facing severe financial pressure, due to decisions by councils to freeze fees for social work funded places despite cost increases; calls upon the Scottish Executive to unify health and social work budgets within Community Health Trusts involving NHS community services, social work services, the voluntary sector and the private sector; and believes that NHS resources wasted on blocked beds should be transferred to Health Trusts in order to provide more community care places and to deliver seamless and more effective community care services for clients."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 16, Against 89, Abstentions 0).

 

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 63, Against 16, Abstentions 28).

 

2. Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-864—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) as an addition to the Business Motion agreed on 11 May 2000—

 

Thursday 18 May 2000

after Stage 1 Debate on the Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) Amendment (Scotland) Bill, insert—

followed by Executive Motion on Learning & Skills Bill – UK Legislation

and, b) the following programme of business—

 

Wednesday 24 May 2000

9.30 am Time for Reflection

followed by Non Executive Business – Scottish National Party

2.30 pm Ministerial Statement

3.00 pm Stage 1 Debate – National Parks (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution on the National Parks (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business – debate on the subject of S1M-724 Johann Lamont: Jobs and Training in the Construction Industry

 

Thursday 25 May 2000

9.30 am Executive Debate on Race Relations – UK Legislation

10.15 am Executive Debate on Rural Scotland – A New Approach

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Stage 1 Debate on the Education and Training (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution on the Education and Training (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-653 Mr Duncan Hamilton: Dyspraxia

 

Thursday 1 June 2000

9.30 am Ministerial Statement

10.00 am Committee Business

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-822 Mr Keith Harding: Bell Baxter High School in Cupar

 

and (c) that Stage 1 of the Education and Training (Scotland) Bill be completed by 25 May 2000.

The motion was agreed to.

 

3. Question Time: Questions were answered by the Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice and other Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

 

4. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Children and Education made a statement on the Regulation of Early Education and Childcare.

 

5. Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) Amendment (Scotland) Bill: Tavish Scott moved S1M-852—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) Amendment (Scotland) Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (DT).

 

6. Learning and Skills Bill: The Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning moved S1M-810—That the Parliament agrees that the regulation-making powers relating to Scotland in respect of learning accounts in the Learning and Skills Bill should be devolved to the Scottish Ministers.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (DT).

 

7. Suspension of Standing Orders: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-865—That the Parliament agrees that Rule 5.6.1(c) of the Standing Orders be suspended for the duration of the Meeting of the Parliament on Thursday 1 June 2000.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

 

8. Designation of Committee: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-866—That the Parliament agrees that the Finance Committee considers the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill and reports on the provisions referred to in Rule 9.12.2 and 9.12.3 and that Rule 9.12.5 and Rule 9.12.6 of the Standing Orders be suspended for the purpose of the Parliament’s consideration of the Bill.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

 

9. Approval of SSI: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-867—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications and Deemed Applications) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

 

10. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 as noted above.

 

11. Slopping Out in Scottish Prisons: The Parliament debated S1M-704 in the name of Dorothy Grace-Elder—That the Parliament agrees that urgent action must be taken in the 21st century to end "slopping out" at affected Scottish prisons, particularly Barlinnie Prison, Glasgow which is 90% without basic sanitation; acknowledges that Barlinnie cannot start its third century with this stomach churning and degrading practice continuing and that the practice of emptying chamber pots around five times a day is not only inhumane for prisoners but for also for staff who supervise and who deplore the practice; notes that Barlinnie’s high international status as an innovative prison and its excellent rehabilitation work is impaired seriously by the time consumed by slopping out, with around 400 staff hours a day wasted away from essential rehabilitation work with prisoners due to the security need to be on duty at sluice rooms, and urges that the money removed from the Scottish Prison Service budget for the Drugs Enforcement Agency must not result in any delay to plans to end slopping out as

 

The meeting closed at 5.41 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

18 May 2000

  
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