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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Vol. 2, No. 34 Session 1

Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 16 November 2000

 

 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Community Care: Nicola Sturgeon moved S1M-1356—That the Parliament is concerned about the current waiting lists held by local authorities of people in hospital and at home who have been assessed as needing residential and nursing home care but for whom no funding is available; recognises that home care services are inadequate to enable them to safely stay within their own home; notes that most of the additional funding announced by the Minister for Health and Community Care on 5 October 2000 will not be introduced until April 2001 and therefore calls upon the Scottish Executive to bring forward proposals as a matter of urgency to address these issues before the onset of winter.

The Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care moved amendment S1M-1356.1 to motion S1M-1356—

Leave out from "is concerned" to end and insert—

"notes that the Health and Community Care Committee is conducting an inquiry into Community Care and believes it is appropriate that the Parliament awaits the outcome of the Committee’s conclusions."

After debate, amendment S1M-1356.1 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 56, Against 26, Abstentions 18).

Mary Scanlon moved amendment S1M-1356.2 to motion S1M-1356—

Leave out from "notes" to end and insert—

"agrees that the best way forward is the eventual implementation of the Sutherland Commission’s recommendation of free personal care, and urges the Scottish Executive to monitor the use of new monies allocated to local authorities for community care in light of winter pressure to ensure that the elderly receive the appropriate care and support.

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 43, Against 56, Abstentions 2).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 74, Against 27, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament notes that the Health and Community Care Committee is conducting an inquiry into Community Care and believes it is appropriate that the Parliament awaits the outcome of the Committee’s conclusions.

2. Housing Stock Transfer: Fiona Hyslop moved S1M-1355—That the Parliament notes that the ballot for the proposed Glasgow housing stock transfer may now be delayed until late 2001; calls upon the Scottish Executive to abandon its wholesale stock transfer policy in its current review of problem policies and further calls upon the Executive to release budgets allocated for stock transfer now in order to improve housing stock in Glasgow and throughout Scotland.

The Deputy Minister for Social Justice moved amendment S1M-1355.3 to motion S1M-1355—

Leave out from "notes" to end and insert—

"supports the community ownership policies that the Scottish Executive is taking forward to attract significant new investment into housing and supports putting tenants at the heart of the decision making process relating to their homes, in line with its commitments in Partnership for Scotland and Programme for Government."

Bill Aitken moved amendment S1M-1355.1 to motion S1M-1355—

Leave out from "notes" to end and insert—

"calls upon the Scottish Executive to recognise the rapidly worsening condition of Glasgow City Council’s housing stock; agrees that improved standards of social housing can only be achieved through the genuine devolution of control of housing from councils to local housing providers with tenant involvement as initiated by the last Conservative Government and continued by the current Scottish Executive; recognises that tenant priorities will only be achieved if the size of community housing providers is limited to reflect genuine communities and maintain local control, and urges the Scottish Executive to expedite its stock transfer policy to appropriately sized community housing providers.

After debate, amendment S1M-1355.3 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 55, Against 28, Abstentions 18). As a result, amendment S1M-1355.1 was pre-empted.

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 73, Against 28, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament supports the community ownership policies that the Scottish Executive is taking forward to attract significant new investment into housing and supports putting tenants at the heart of the decision making process relating to their homes, in line with its commitments in Partnership for Scotland and Programme for Government.

3. Business Motion: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1358—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 22 November 2000

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate on Renewing Local Government Finance

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1243 John Scott: SSSI, SPA and SAC Designations

Thursday 23 November 2000

9.30 am Standards Committee Debate on its Report on Investigation of Complaints and the Appointment of a Standards Commissioner

followed by Procedures Committee Debate on its Report on Parliamentary Questions

followed by Procedures Committee Debate on its Report on Changes to Standing Orders

followed by Stage 1 Debate on the Salmon Conservation (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Continuation of Stage 1 Debate on the Salmon Conservation (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1218 Margaret Jamieson: Tinnitus

Wednesday 29 November 2000

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Ministerial Statement

followed by Executive Debate on Domestic Abuse

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 30 November 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 Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

and (b) that the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee reports to the Transport and the Environment Committee by 28 November 2000 on the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) Order 2000.

The motion was agreed to.

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

5. Implications of the Chancellor’s Pre-budget Statement for the Scottish Executive: The First Minister moved S1M-1357—That the Parliament notes the implications of the Chancellor’s pre-Budget statement for the Scottish Executive.

Mr John Swinney moved amendment S1M-1357.1 to motion S1M-1357—

Insert at end—

"but regrets that at the end of the budget period the Chancellor will be investing less of the nation’s wealth in public services than when the Conservative Party left office."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 46, Against 55, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 82, Against 19, Abstentions 0).

6. Designation of Lead Committee: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1351—That the Parliament agrees the following designation of Lead Committee—

The Transport and the Environment Committee to consider the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) Order 2000.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Approval of SSIs: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1352—That the Parliament agrees that the following Orders be approved—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.4) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/359);

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (Scotland) Order (SSI 2000/360);

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (No.2) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/370) and

The Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Notification of Authorisations etc.) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/340).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Sitting Days: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1353—That the Parliament agrees that the Office of the Clerk will be closed on 27, 28 and 29 December 2000.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9. Rule 2.3.1: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1354—That the Parliament agrees the following dates under Rule 2.3.1: 19–23 February 2001 inclusive, 9–20 April 2001 inclusive, 2 July–31 August 2001 inclusive, 8–19 October 2001 inclusive and 24 December 2001–4 January 2002 inclusive.

The motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 94, Against 4, Abstentions 2).

10. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 as noted above.

11. Compensation for Mesothelioma Sufferers: The Parliament debated S1M-1273 in the name of Mr Duncan McNeil—That the Parliament notes the plight of shipyard workers and their families who were exposed to asbestos, became ill and have now contracted mesothelioma; expresses concern over the length of time their compensation cases are taking to reach conclusion and the use of so-called "blanket denials" by the defenders, and notes that this practice victimises and denies justice to these cancer sufferers.

The meeting closed at 5.47 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
16 November 2000

 

Appendix

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

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 16 November 2000—

European Committee, 7th Report, 2000: Report on a review of the impact of European List 1 designated disease Infectious Salmon Anaemia and list 2 disease Viral Haemorrhagic Septicaemia on the Scottish aquaculture industry (SP Number 215)

Justice and Home Affairs Committee, 8th Report 2000: Stage 1 Report on the Leasehold Casualties (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 216)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 40th Report 2000: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 217)

 
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