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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Vol. 2, No. 57 Session 1

Meeting of the Parliament

Tuesday 1 March 2001

 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Primary Care: The Minister for Health and Community Care moved S1M-1699—That the Parliament applauds the vital contribution which community-based health professionals make to the health and health care of the people of Scotland and affirms the commitment in the Executive’s health plan Our National Health: a plan for action, a plan for change to developing these services.

Nicola Sturgeon moved amendment S1M-1699.1 to motion S1M-1699—

Leave out from "and affirms" to end and insert—

", notes the recent survey conducted by the Scottish General Practitioners Committee which found that primary care in Scotland is facing a crisis, with low morale and increasing levels of stress amongst general practitioners, and concludes that the Scottish Executive has a great deal still to do to develop primary care services in Scotland."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 33, Against 78, Abstentions 1).

Mary Scanlon moved amendment S1M-1699.2 to motion S1M-1699—

Leave out from "affirms" to end and insert—

", further calls upon the Scottish Executive to address urgently the serious problem of low morale among GPs, the associated issues of workload, bureaucracy and lack of resources, and to look to greater recognition of and partnership with community-based health professionals in order to ensure greater utilisation of local services and to put the patient at the heart of the NHS."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 49, Against 61, Abstentions 2).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 62, Against 17, Abstentions 34).

2. Business Motion: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1709—That the Parliament agrees:

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 7 March 2001

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Stage 1 Debate on the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1564 Marilyn Livingstone:

Strategy to Tackle Sexual Abuse

Thursday 8 March 2001

9.30 am Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Debate on the International Development Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Stage 3 Debate on the Leasehold Casualties (Scotland) Bill

followed by Executive Motion on the Culture and Recreation Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1452 Alex Fergusson: Less Favoured Areas

Wednesday 14 March 2001

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Stage 1 Debate on the Housing (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of the Housing (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 15 March 2001

9.30 am Executive Debate on Freedom of Information

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-1670 Mr George Reid: National Tartan Day

and, (b) that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 12 March 2001 on the draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 and the draft Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2001; and that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 13 March 2001 on the draft Limited Liability Partnerships (Scotland) Regulations 2001.

The motion was agreed to.

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

4. Fuel Poverty: The Minister for Social Justice moved S1M-1700—That the Parliament commends the Scottish Executive for its commitment to tackling fuel poverty, as set out in the UK Fuel Poverty Strategy which will form part of the Housing (Scotland) Bill, through the central heating programme, which will provide all council and housing association tenants and all pensioners, irrespective of their tenure, with warm and dry homes by 2006, through the Warm Deal, New Housing Partnerships and investment in social rented housing and through its proposals for a new Index of Housing Quality and its plans to extend the scope of the improvement and repairs grant system to include energy efficiency measures.

Fiona Hyslop moved amendment S1M-1700.2 to motion S1M-1700—

Leave out from "commends" to ends and insert—

"recognises the consistent calls from a number of parties for fuel poverty to be tackled as an early priority by the Executive, particularly in a country which has so much fuel wealth but also so much fuel poverty, is disappointed that the Housing (Scotland) Bill as currently drafted contains no targets for the eradication of fuel poverty or other measures previously indicated in earlier consultation documents, is further disappointed in the lack of detail, funding and timetabling of the Central Heating Initiative particularly for pensioners in areas where councils are considering wholesale stock transfer of council homes; recognises that Scotland should have its own Fuel Poverty Strategy, and calls on the Executive to address all these issues as a matter of urgency."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 33, Against 78, Abstentions 1).

Mr Keith Harding moved amendment S1M-1700.3 to motion S1M-1700—

Leave out from "commends" to end and insert—

"notes the Scottish Executive’s commitment to tackling fuel poverty and that a major part of the action being taken is the continuation and expansion of the Housing Energy Efficiency Scheme introduced by the last Conservative Government in 1991; urges the Scottish Executive to expedite further transfers of Council housing stock to community ownership to facilitate the necessary investment to ensure the eradication of the poor housing conditions that contribute to fuel poverty, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to assist the Social Justice Committee in consideration of the detailed implementation of the Central Heating Programme in order to ensure that the Executive targets the available resources at those most in need."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 15, Against 95, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 63, Against 18, Abstentions 31).

5. Culture and Recreation Bill – UK Legislation: This item was not taken.

6. Approval of SSIs: Mr Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-1696—That the Parliament agrees that the following instruments be approved—

Special Grant Report No.1 - Special Grant for Scotland Asylum Seeker Assistance: Report by the Scottish Ministers (SE 2001/60);

Special Grant Report No.2 - Special Grant for Scotland Kosovan Evacuees: Report by the Scottish Ministers (SE 2001/61); and

The draft Highlands and Islands Area of Operation (Scotland) Order 2001.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 4, and 6 as noted above.

8. Caledonian MacBrayne: The Parliament debated S1M-1263 in the name of George Lyon—That the Parliament recognises the high proportion of Caledonian MacBrayne employees who are drawn from the communities that the company serves; acknowledges the importance of these jobs to the economic well-being of these remote and island communities; notes with concern the fears that employees of Caledonian MacBrayne have regarding the potential consequences of the competitive tendering process required by the European Commission, and urges the Scottish Executive to do everything within its power to ensure that job security for staff at Caledonian MacBrayne is maintained throughout and after the conclusion of that process.

9. Motion without notice: Murray Tosh moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended by up to 30 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 5.53 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

1 March 2001

 

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 1 March 2001 for approval by resolution

The Scotland Act 1998 (Modification of Schedule 5) Order 2001

laid under the Scotland Act 1998

Not Subject to any Parliamentary Procedure

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 1 March 2001 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (Scotland) Revocation Order 2001 (SSI 2001/53)

laid under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 1 March 2001—

Local Government Committee, 3rd Report 2001: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 279)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 10th Report 2001: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 281)


 
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