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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Vol. 2, No. 23 Session 1

Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 28 September 2000

 

 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Scottish Tourism: Mr David Davidson moved S1M-1216—That the Parliament recognises the tremendous difficulties faced by Scottish tourism and calls upon the Scottish Executive to make an urgent statement, clearly stating its plans to deal with these difficulties and to improve efficiency in tourism support.

The Deputy Minister for Highlands & Islands and Gaelic moved amendment S1M-1216.2 to motion S1M-1216—

Leave out from "recognises" to end and insert—

"acknowledges that tourism has had a difficult year, but recognises and supports the Executive’s on-going implementation of the New Strategy for Scottish Tourism, published in February this year."

Fergus Ewing moved amendment S1M-1216.1 to motion S1M-1216—

Leave out from "recognises" to end and insert—

"notes that tourism in Scotland faces considerable competitive disadvantages in comparison with countries such as Ireland in respect of the high pound, high levels of tax on fuel, high business rates and lower resourcing for generic and other promotion; believes that those involved in the tourism industry are to be congratulated for their work and the measure of success achieved despite these disadvantages; further believes that the tourism strategy launched by the Scottish Executive, whilst it has certain good elements, cannot in itself meet the needs of the sector, and calls for (a) an immediate assessment of the efficacy of the Ossian on-line booking system, (b) targeting of resources to permit locally based marketing, (c) a review of the level of landing charges in our airports and (d) a commitment that the area tourist board structure will be amended in the light of the conclusions of the local economic forums with the aim of finding the best solution for each area."

After debate, amendment S1M-1216.2 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 50, Abstentions 2). As a result, amendment S1M-1216.1 was pre-empted.

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 69, Against 52, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament acknowledges that tourism has had a difficult year, but recognises and supports the Executive’s on-going implementation of the New Strategy for Scottish Tourism, published in February this year.

2. Report by the Royal Commission on Long Term Care: Mary Scanlon moved S1M-1215—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to implement the key recommendations of the report With Respect to Old Age: Long Term Care – Rights and Responsibilities of the Royal Commission chaired by Sir Stewart Sutherland, including the funding of personal care on the basis of assessed need in order to alleviate the problems facing those who require long term care.

The Deputy Minister for Community Care moved amendment S1M-1215.1 to motion S1M-1215—

Leave out from "calls" to end and insert—

"notes the report and recommendations of the Royal Commission on the Long Term Care of the Elderly; welcomes the Commission’s emphasis on the importance of older people in our society; welcomes their concentration on issues related to the quality of care, the balance between residential care and care provided in the home, and the value of joint management and resourcing of services for older people; welcomes the additional resources announced in the spending review for the care of older people, and calls upon the Executive to ensure that these additional resources are used to deliver significant improvements in care for the largest possible number of older people, particularly those in greatest need and to continue, over time, to work towards fulfilling the Royal Commission’s objectives of fairness and equity in the care of the elderly."

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 65, Against 55, Abstentions 1).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 66, Against 53, Abstentions 2).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament notes the report and recommendations of the Royal Commission on the Long Term Care of the Elderly; welcomes the Commission’s emphasis on the importance of older people in our society; welcomes their concentration on issues related to the quality of care, the balance between residential care and care provided in the home, and the value of joint management and resourcing of services for older people; welcomes the additional resources announced in the spending review for the care of older people, and calls upon the Executive to ensure that these additional resources are used to deliver significant improvements in care for the largest possible number of older people, particularly those in greatest need and to continue, over time, to work towards fulfilling the Royal Commission’s objectives of fairness and equity in the care of the elderly.

3. Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1220—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 4 October 2000

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Ministerial Statement

followed by Justice and Home Affairs Committee Debate on the Carbeth Hutters

followed by Standards Committee Debate on Register of Members’ Staff Interests

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1140 Patricia Ferguson: 25th Anniversary of Establishment of Local Health Councils


Thursday 5 October 2000

9.30 am Scottish National 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 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. Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister and other Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

5. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Transport and the Environment made a statement on Transport Expenditure.

6. Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) Amendment (Scotland) Bill: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

Amendment 1 was disagreed to (by division: For 17, Against 66, Abstentions 0).

7. Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) Amendment (Scotland) Bill: Tavish Scott moved S1M-1222—That the Parliament agrees that the Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) Amendment (Scotland) Bill be passed.

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

8. Membership of Committees: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1225—That the Parliament agrees that the following members be appointed to Committees—

Alex Neil to the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee

Alasdair Morgan to the Justice and Home Affairs Committee

Donald Gorrie to the Transport and the Environment Committee

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2, 7 and 8 as noted above.

10. Body Piercing: The Parliament debated S1M-994 in the name of Dr Sylvia Jackson—That the Parliament notes that body piercing carries a risk of hepatitis, HIV, cellulitis and wound infections; further notes that local authorities have introduced very different ways of regulating the industry; recognises the potential dangers of this situation; believes that an enforceable national regulatory framework to govern body piercing should be introduced, and urges the Scottish Executive to bring forward legislation to cover this industry.

The meeting closed at 5.38 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
28 September 2000

 

Appendix

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

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 28 September 2000 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Scottish Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration Annual Report 1999-2000 (SP Paper 184)

laid under the Scotland Act 1998 (Transitory and Transitional Provisions) (Complaints of Maladministration) Order 1999

Health Service Commissioner for Scotland Annual Report 1999-2000 (SP Paper 185)

laid under the Health Service Commissioners Act 1993

Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions Consultation Paper: Control of Noise From Civil Aircraft (SE/2000/184)

 
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