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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 3 No 30 Session 1

Wednesday 14 November 2001

 
 

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Father Michael Bagan, Parish Priest of St Margaret of Scotland Roman Catholic Church, Stirling, led Time for Reflection.

2. Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S1M-2441—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) as a revision to the Business Programme agreed on 8 November 2001:

Wednesday 14 November 2001

after the first Parliamentary Bureau Motions, delete

"followed by Executive Debate on the Scottish Youth Parliament"

and, insert

"followed by Executive Debate on Renewing Mental Health Law"

Thursday 15 November 2001

delete all and insert

"9.30 am Executive Debate on Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Executive Debate on its Vision for the Protection and Promotion of Scotland’s Natural Heritage

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 School Education (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-2260 Miss Annabel Goldie: Rural Economy"

and (b) that Stage 1 of the School Education (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill be completed by 16 November 2001.

The motion was agreed to.

3. Renewing Mental Health Law: The Minister for Health and Community Care moved S1M-2438 —That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Executive’s policy statement Renewing Mental Health Law; agrees that the statement provides a sound framework for new legislation which responds to the needs, rights and aspirations of people who use mental health services, while having regard to the public interest, and looks forward to the introduction of a Mental Health Bill, thus fulfilling the Programme for Government commitment to modernise mental health legislation in the light of the Millan Committee’s review of existing law.

Nicola Sturgeon moved amendment S1M-2438.1 to motion S1M-2438—

insert at end—

"and also supports the view expressed in the Millan Committee’s report that the aspirations underlying its recommendations for new mental health law will not be met unless services and facilities are adequate to meet the demands placed on them."

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

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

Accordingly the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Executive’s policy statement Renewing Mental Health Law; agrees that the statement provides a sound framework for new legislation which responds to the needs, rights and aspirations of people who use mental health services, while having regard to the public interest, and looks forward to the introduction of a Mental Health Bill, thus fulfilling the Programme for Government commitment to modernise mental health legislation in the light of the Millan Committee’s review of existing law and also supports the view expressed in the Millan Committee’s report that the aspirations underlying its recommendations for new mental health law will not be met unless services and facilities are adequate to meet the demands placed on them.

4. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on item 3 as noted above.

5. Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: The Parliament debated S1M-2243 in the name of Johann Lamont—That the Parliament notes the prevalence of the mainly inherited heart disease hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) which affects one in 500 of the population and is the number one cause of sudden death among under 25-year-olds; congratulates the Cardiomyopathy Association on its role in highlighting the condition and acknowledges the work of those involved in the association who have often suffered the loss of a family member because of HCM; further notes the Cardiomyopathy Association's campaign to secure screening by electrocardiogram and echo ultrasound of all first degree relatives of those who die as a result of this condition, and believes that the Scottish Executive, in partnership with the Health and Community Care Committee, the National Health Service and relevant groups working in this field, should consider how best those suffering from this condition might be identified and given access to the appropriate treatment.

The meeting closed at 5.42 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

14 November 2001

Appendix

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

New Bill introduced on 13 November 2001

Marriage (Scotland) Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to amend the Marriage (Scotland) Act 1977 to enable civil marriages to be solemnised in certain places approved by local authorities; and for connected purposes. (SP Bill 41) (Executive Bill)

Introduced by: Mr Jim Wallace

Supported by: Euan Robson

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 41-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 41-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 12 November 2001 for approval by resolution

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.11) |(Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/420)

laid under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 9 November 2001 and are subject to annulment—

The Protection of Wrecks (Designation) (No.2) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/384)

laid under the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973

The Pensions Appeal Tribunals (Scotland) (Amendment) Rules 2001 (SSI 2001/410)

laid under the Pensions Appeal Tribunals Act 1943

The Import and Export Restrictions (Foot-and-Mouth Disease) (Scotland) (No.2) Amendment (No.5) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/415)

laid under the European Communities Act 1972.

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 12 November 2001 and are subject to annulment—

The Mortgage Rights (Scotland) Act 2001 (Prescribed Notice) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/419)

laid under the Mortgage Rights (Scotland) Act 2001

The Potatoes Originating in Egypt (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/421)

laid under the European Communities Act 1972

Not Subject to any Parliamentary Procedure

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 9 November 2001 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (No.2) (Scotland) Revocation Order 2001 (SSI 2001/411)—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (Scotland) Revocation Order 2001 (SSI 2001/412)—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (Scotland) Partial Revocation (No.2) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/413)—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.3) (Scotland) Partial Revocation Order 2001 (SSI 2001/414)—

laid under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

Committee Reports

The following Report was published on 9 November 2001

Subordinate Legislation Committee 40th Report 2001: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 444)

The following Reports were published on 12 November 2001—

European Committee, 8th Report 2001: Report on the preparation for, and policy implications of, the single currency: a contribution to the euro debate in Scotland (SP Paper 440)

Justice 1 Committee, 9th Report 2001: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 445)

The following Reports were published on 14 November 2001—

Procedures Committee, 5th Report 2001: Report on Changes to the Standing Orders of the Scottish Parliament (SP Paper 441)

Justice 2 Committee, 13th Report 2001: Stage 1 Report on the Sexual Offences (Procedure and Evidence) (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 446)

Subordinate Legislation Committee 41st Report 2001: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 449)


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