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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Vol. 2, No. 21 Session 1

Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 21 September 2000

 

 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Health and Community Care made a statement on the Arbuthnott Resource Allocation.

2. Public Health: The Minister for Health and Community Care moved S1M-1196—That the Parliament notes the challenges and progress described in the Chief Medical Officer’s report 1999 Health in Scotland; welcomes the fact that the Scottish Executive is now leading and supporting the biggest ever drive to improve health and tackle health inequalities, and values the contribution of local authorities, voluntary and community organisations and others working in partnership with health professionals and the NHS to improve the health of the people of Scotland.

Kay Ullrich moved amendment S1M-1196.1 to motion S1M-1196—

Leave out from "fact" to end and insert—

"efforts that are being made at all levels of Government and throughout voluntary and community groups and others, and urges the Executive to ensure further advances in tackling the substantial problems which remain in improving Scotland’s public health record. "

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 15, Against 51, Abstentions 15).

Mary Scanlon moved amendment S1M-1196.2 to motion S1M-1196—

Insert at end—

"further notes that progress towards a healthier Scotland is dependent on many factors and that progress will only be achieved through a partnership that matches the work of health professionals with public health education and an increased appreciation by individual Scots of the responsibility they have for their own health."

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

The motion as amended was then agreed to (DT).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament notes the challenges and progress described in the Chief Medical Officer’s report 1999 Health in Scotland; welcomes the fact that the Scottish Executive is now leading and supporting the biggest ever drive to improve health and tackle health inequalities, and values the contribution of local authorities, voluntary and community organisations and others working in partnership with health professionals and the NHS to improve the health of the people of Scotland and further notes that progress towards a healthier Scotland is dependent on many factors and that progress will only be achieved through a partnership that matches the work of health professionals with public health education and an increased appreciation by individual Scots of the responsibility they have for their own health.

3. Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1197—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 27 September 2000

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Ministerial Statement

followed by Executive Debate on the Creative Economy

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Motion on the Publication of the Scottish Parliamentary Commissioner for

Administration's Annual Report 1999-2000

followed by Motion on the Publication of the Health Service Commissioner for Scotland's Annual Report 1999-2000

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1004 Mr Jamie Stone: Highland Clearances


Thursday 28 September 2000

9.30 am Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Ministerial Statement

followed by Stage 3 Debate on the Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) Amendment (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-994 Dr Sylvia Jackson: Body Piercing


Wednesday 4 October 2000

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Committee Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business


Thursday 5 October 2000

9.30 am Scottish National Party Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Ministerial Statement

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-1132 Tricia Marwick: Multiple Sclerosis in Scotland

The motion was agreed to.

4. Consideration of 3rd Report by the Social Inclusion, Housing and Voluntary Sector Committee on the Housing Stock Transfer: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Social Inclusion, Housing and Voluntary Sector Committee, moved S1M-1185—That the Parliament notes the content and recommendations of the 3rd Report of the Social Inclusion, Housing and the Voluntary Sector Committee on Housing Stock Transfer.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (by division: For 76, Against 2, Abstentions 1).

5. Approval of SSIs: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1195—That the Parliament agrees that the following Orders be approved—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (No.3) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/266)

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/267)

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.2) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/291)

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (No.4) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/295)

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.3) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/303)

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 4 and 5 as noted above.

7. Palliative Care: The Parliament debated S1M-958 in the name of Mr Michael McMahon—That the Parliament welcomes the establishment of the Cross Party Group on Palliative Care; welcomes the current priority status in the NHS in Scotland for cancer services; recognises that, despite improvements in the treatment of some cancers, the overall figures for cancer survival remain poor by international standards; believes that this demonstrates the need for more attention and resources to be focussed on palliative care; further notes that palliative care aims to control pain and other distressing symptoms in order to achieve the best possible quality of life for patients and their families; notes that people with chronic and progressive conditions other than cancer also have palliative care needs, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to confirm that palliative care is adequately included in the developing strategies for cancer care and for care of those with chronic and progressive illness in Scotland.

The meeting closed at 5.38 pm.

 

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
21 September 2000

Appendix

(Note: this Appendix does not form part of the Minutes)

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 21 September 2000 for approval by resolution

The draft Train Operating Companies (Rateable Values) (Scotland) (No.2) Order 2000

laid under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1975

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 21 September 2000

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 33rd Report 2000: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 182)

Education, Culture and Sport Committee, 8th Report 2000: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 183)

 
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