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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 3, No 19 Session 1

Thursday 20 September 2001

 
 

1. Juvenile Justice: Bill Aitken moved S1M-2205—That the Parliament recognises that the Children’s Hearings system as at present constituted is manifestly failing to deal with criminal and offending behaviour and calls upon the Executive to carry out a full review of Scotland’s system of juvenile justice, such a review to include consideration of giving Children’s Hearings an increased range of disposals.

The Deputy Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs moved amendment S1M-2205.2 to motion S1M-2205—

Leave out from "recognises" to end and insert—

"confirms its support for the principles of the hearings system in dealing with children who are at risk whether through offending or anti-social behaviour or are in need of care and protection; considers that the children’s hearings system provides the best framework within which to identify the needs of vulnerable children and young people and to determine the most appropriate response; praises the commitment and skill of the volunteers who are appointed as members of Children’s Panels and Children’s Panel Advisory Committees; welcomes the consensus achieved by the Advisory Group on Youth Crime and confirms its support for the Group’s recommendations for reducing and stopping youth crime; further welcomes the increased expenditure by the Executive on children’s services and Youth Crime Review to support targeted services in local authorities; supports the Executive in its drive to reduce re-offending rates among children and young people, as set out in Working Together for Scotland, as this will benefit communities, victims and young people, and encourages local authorities, service providers and other partners to develop programmes and services which seek to address the offending behaviour and underlying contributory factors in the lives of young people who offend."

Irene McGugan moved amendment S1M-2205.1 to motion S1M-2205—

Leave out from "as" to end and insert—

"has served society and Scotland’s children and families very well and that it will continue to do so in the future, provided that adequate and effective resources are applied to the system to help young people who offend, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to bring forward without further delay the national strategy and framework arising from the youth crime review in order to set out national programmes for effectively working with young people to prevent crime, ensure that measures are in place to support those at risk of offending and recommend proven intervention strategies for offenders."

After debate, amendment S1M-2205.2 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 74, Against 16, Abstentions 0). As a result, amendment S1M-2205.1 was pre-empted.]

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 74, Against 16, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament confirms its support for the principles of the hearings system in dealing with children who are at risk whether through offending or anti-social behaviour or are in need of care and protection; considers that the children’s hearings system provides the best framework within which to identify the needs of vulnerable children and young people and to determine the most appropriate response; praises the commitment and skill of the volunteers who are appointed as members of Children’s Panels and Children’s Panel Advisory Committees; welcomes the consensus achieved by the Advisory Group on Youth Crime and confirms its support for the Group’s recommendations for reducing and stopping youth crime; further welcomes the increased expenditure by the Executive on children’s services and Youth Crime Review to support targeted services in local authorities; supports the Executive in its drive to reduce re-offending rates among children and young people, as set out in Working Together for Scotland, as this will benefit communities, victims and young people, and encourages local authorities, service providers and other partners to develop programmes and services which seek to address the offending behaviour and underlying contributory factors in the lives of young people who offend.

2. Improving Patient Care: David McLetchie moved S1M-2207—That the Parliament welcomes the opening of the new hospitals built thanks to the PFI programme initiated by the last Conservative governments but notes with grave concern that the delivery of health care in Scotland has fallen far short of the standards people expect, with local hospital services under threat and patients waiting longer for treatment and facing the prospect of being forced to go abroad to get the treatment they need in a reasonable time; calls upon the Scottish Executive to extend the principle of partnership with the independent sector to the delivery of health care and begin discussions with the independent sector with a view to signing a "concordat" in similar terms to that already established in England, and further calls upon the Executive to initiate a debate in Scotland about how to improve standards of health care to the levels of the best European countries without raising taxes to unacceptable levels and whilst ensuring that access to high quality care is guaranteed for all.

The Minister for Health and Community Care moved amendment S1M-2207.2 to motion S1M-2207—

Leave out from "built" to end and insert—

"; notes the progress that has already been made across Scotland in improving services for patients and believes that continued implementation of Our National Health: a plan for action, a plan for change will deliver increasing benefits for patients, with the objective of high quality care for all."

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 60, Against 16, Abstentions 14).

Shona Robison moved amendment S1M-2207.1 to motion S1M-2207—

Leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert—

"notes that, as a result of successive government policies, Scotland has become the PFI capital of Europe and that PFI is the most expensive method of financing hospital building; further notes that the privatisation of domestic services in hospitals presided over by the last Conservative government has resulted in a deterioration of standards of cleanliness in hospitals and record levels of hospital-acquired infections; believes that further private involvement in the delivery of health services is not in the interests of patients, and is committed to rebuilding a public health service in Scotland that is capable of delivering the highest quality of care for all our citizens."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 15, Against 74, Abstentions 1).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 60, Against 16, Abstentions 14).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament welcomes the opening of the new hospitals; notes the progress that has already been made across Scotland in improving services for patients and believes that continued implementation of Our National Health: a plan for action, a plan for change will deliver increasing benefits for patients, with the objective of high quality care for all.

3. Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2235—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 26 September 2001

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Executive Debate on its Support for the Voluntary Sector

followed by Motion on the Publication of the Ombudsman for Scotland Annual Report 2000-01

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-2221 Irene Oldfather: European Languages Day

Thursday 27 September 2001

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 Stage 1 Debate on the Police and Fire Services (Finance) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-2054 Margaret Smith:

RCN Scotland's "Value Nurses" Campaign

Wednesday 3 October 2001

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Executive Debate on a Forward Strategy for Agriculture

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-2118 Mrs Mary Mulligan: Oxfam

Thursday 4 October 2001

9.30 am Committee 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 – debate on the subject of S1M-2098 Christine Grahame: Borders Children with Special Education Needs

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

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

5. Effective Assessment in Scotland’s Schools: The Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs moved S1M-2236—That the Parliament recognises the importance of effective assessment in schools as a means of improving learning and achievement and supports the Executive’s plans to create a coherent system of assessment for Scotland; further recognises that the best way to achieve this is by (a) ensuring that the monitoring and reporting of pupils’ progress is done in a consistent way throughout the school years; (b) supporting teachers to make sound judgements about pupils’ learning and parents to be involved with their children’s development; (c) improving national monitoring of achievement in key areas, and (d) bringing together diverse approaches to record-keeping and reporting in a single, integrated framework, and supports the Executive’s plans to involve stakeholders in carrying forward these proposals and to introduce a simpler, more streamlined approach which is effective and easier for teachers, parents and pupils to understand.

Michael Russell moved amendment S1M-2236.1 to motion S1M-2236—

Insert at end—

", whilst ensuring that the core activities of teaching and learning remain the priorities for our education system."

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

Mr Brian Monteith moved amendment S1M-2236,2 to motion S1M-2236—

Insert at end—

"and considers that the Executive should strongly encourage all publicly funded schools to participate in the new assessment system."

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

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

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament recognises the importance of effective assessment in schools as a means of improving learning and achievement and supports the Executive’s plans to create a coherent system of assessment for Scotland; further recognises that the best way to achieve this is by (a) ensuring that the monitoring and reporting of pupils’ progress is done in a consistent way throughout the school years; (b) supporting teachers to make sound judgements about pupils’ learning and parents to be involved with their children’s development; (c) improving national monitoring of achievement in key areas, and (d) bringing together diverse approaches to record-keeping and reporting in a single, integrated framework, and supports the Executive’s plans to involve stakeholders in carrying forward these proposals and to introduce a simpler, more streamlined approach which is effective and easier for teachers, parents and pupils to understand, whilst ensuring that the core activities of teaching and learning remain the priorities for our education system and considers that the Executive should strongly encourage all publicly funded schools to participate in the new assessment system.

6. Committee Membership: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2233—That the Parliament agrees that the following Members be appointed to Committees—

Donald Gorrie to replace Nora Radcliffe on the Justice 1 Committee;

John Farquhar Munro to replace George Lyon on the Rural Development Committee;

George Lyon to replace Tavish Scott on the Justice 2 Committee; and

Nora Radcliffe to replace John Farquhar Munro on the Transport and the Environment Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Approval of SSIs: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2232—That the Parliament agrees that the following instruments be approved—

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (No.3) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/255);

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/256);

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/273);

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.2) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/281);

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic, Paralytic and Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/282);

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.3) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/284);

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.4) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/289); and

the draft International Criminal Court (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2001.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2231—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government Committee is designated as Lead Committee in consideration of the Public Appointments (Parliamentary Approval) (Scotland) Bill.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

10. Community Issues in Sighthill, Glasgow: The Parliament debated S1M-2119 in the name of Paul Martin—That the Parliament deplores the recent racist attacks in Sighthill that have been carried out by a minority; recognises that the community in Sighthill welcomes asylum seekers and that they require support and resources to ensure successful community relations; welcomes Glasgow City Council’s introduction of an emergency action plan which will take a corporate approach to tackling many of the estate management issues that face residents in Sighthill, and considers that the Executive should ensure that Scottish local authorities share examples of best practice and expertise in implementing the dispersal programme, take steps to ensure that local police levels are kept to the maximum level possible, consider what additional resources can be allocated to assist communities with integration and the delivery of local services and develop an action plan that would work towards ensuring that councils and communities are assisted and informed during the dispersal programme.

11. Motion without notice: Paul Martin moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended by up to 10 minutes.

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 6.06 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

20 September 2001

 

Appendix

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

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 20 September 2001 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

‘Mind the gap’ - Management information for outpatient services: A baseline Report by the Auditor General for Scotland (AGS/2001/6)

laid under the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

Registers of Scotland Executive Agency Annual Report and Accounts 2000-01 (SE/2001/216)

laid under the Government Trading Funds Act 1973

National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting for Scotland Annual Report 2000-01 (SE/2001/218)

laid under the Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors Act 1997

Committee Reports

The following Report was published on 20 September 2001

Rural Development Committee, 11th Report 2001: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 390)


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