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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Vol. 2, No. 69 Session 1

Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 26 April 2001

 


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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Hepatitis C: Nicola Sturgeon moved S1M-1865—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to review its decision to refuse compensation or financial assistance to patients who contracted hepatitis C through NHS treatment with contaminated blood products.

The Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care moved amendment S1M-1865.1 to motion S1M-1865—

Leave out from "calls" to end and insert—

"notes the Report produced by the Scottish Executive in October 2000 on Hepatitis C and Heat Treatment of Blood Products for Haemophiliacs in the mid 1980s; further notes the continuing deliberations of the Health and Community Care Committee on this issue and the recent ruling of the English High Court in the case of a number of NHS patients who have been infected with hepatitis C through blood transfusions, and encourages the Executive to examine constructively the implications of this ruling."

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 78, Against 32, Abstentions 0).

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

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament notes the Report produced by the Scottish Executive in October 2000 on Hepatitis C and Heat Treatment of Blood Products for Haemophiliacs in the mid 1980s; further notes the continuing deliberations of the Health and Community Care Committee on this issue and the recent ruling of the English High Court in the case of a number of NHS patients who have been infected with hepatitis C through blood transfusions, and encourages the Executive to examine constructively the implications of this ruling.

2. Fuel Crisis: Mr Kenny MacAskill moved S1M-1866—That the Parliament notes the serious problem caused to industries and individuals in Scotland through high fuel costs; further notes the additional burden that the foot-and-mouth disease crisis has placed on industries and areas vulnerable to high fuel prices; recognises that notwithstanding the changes in the Budget announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, fuel costs in Scotland remain the highest in the developed world and are set to rise further towards £4.00 a gallon; therefore calls on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to reduce immediately fuel taxation by 10 pence per gallon and thereafter to move to a fairer system of taxation and ensure a harmonisation of fuel prices with our European competitors, and calls upon the Scottish Executive and Her Majesty's Government to take action to end the disparity of fuel prices in rural Scotland.

Miss Annabel Goldie moved amendment S1M-1866.1 to motion S1M-1866—

Leave out from "calls on" to end and insert—

"calls upon the Scottish Executive to make representations to the Chancellor of the Exchequer to reduce fuel tax by at least three pence per litre (13.6 pence per gallon) and to investigate a derogation of Vehicle Excise Duty for island registered private cars and the extension of such a derogation to designated remote communities in Scotland, identified on a postcode basis."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 15, Against 64, Abstentions 30).

The motion was then disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 32, Against 77, Abstentions 1).

3. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Rural Development made a statement on the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak.

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

5. Rural Transport: The Minister for Transport and Planning moved S1M-1868—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive’s commitment to improving transport in rural Scotland, notes the progress that has been made by investing in lifeline air and ferry services, rail and bus services, community transport, petrol stations and roads that serve remote and rural communities, and recognises the vital role that these record levels of investment play in improving people’s lives in rural Scotland.

Bruce Crawford moved amendment S1M-1868.1 to motion S1M-1868—

Leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert—

"recognises the crucial role an integrated and modern transport infrastructure can play in improving economic performance and quality of life in rural areas; expresses deep concern that increases in expenditure on Scotland’s transport infrastructure will rise at only half the level planned for England; calls upon the Scottish Executive to improve the strategic overview and infrastructure/funding delivery mechanisms, and regrets the complacency demonstrated by the Executive in failing to deliver the solutions needed to meet the very real problems being faced in rural Scotland as a result of inadequate transport provision."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 32, Against 77, Abstentions 1).

Mr Murray Tosh moved amendment S1M-1868.2 to motion S1M-1868—

Insert at end—

"also recognises the significance of car transport in rural areas, and urges the Scottish Executive to pursue the options outlined in the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee’s 4th Report 2001, Report on the Inquiry into Fuel Prices in Remoter Rural Areas, to acknowledge the reduction in expenditure on trunk roads construction since the mid-1990s and to ensure that greater resources are made available in coming years for spending on route action plan schemes in rural areas and local authority roads."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 15, Against 92, Abstentions 2).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 45, Abstentions 1).

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

7. Health Visitor and Community Nurse Car Travel: The Parliament debated S1M-1736 in the name of Robert Brown—That the Parliament notes the problems faced by health visitors and community nurses when using their cars on NHS business and believes that there should be national arrangements on this matter and that there should be provision of free car parking badges to such key workers together with an urgent review of their car leasing and mileage arrangements.

The meeting closed at 5.58 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
26 April 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 26 April 2001 for approval by resolution

The Sex Offenders (Notice Requirements) (Foreign Travel) (Scotland) Regulations 2001

laid under the Sex Offenders Act 1997

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 26 April 2001 and is subject to annulment

The Town and Country Planning (Limit of Annual Value) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/164)

laid under the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 26 April 2001 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Scottish Executive Development Department: Non-Domestic Rating Account 1999-2000 (SE/2001/109)—

Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration Accounts 1999-2000 (SE/2001/110)—

laid under the Local Government Finance Act 1992

Committee Reports

The following Report was published on 26 April 2001

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 16th Report 2001: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 318)

 

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