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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 3, No 38 Session 1

Wednesday 12 December 2001

 
 

 

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Neil Morrison, fifth year student, Govan High School, Glasgow, led Time for Reflection.

2. Our National Health - Delivering Change: The Minister for Health and Community Care moved S1M-2538—That the Parliament welcomes the progress made by the Executive and the contribution of NHS staff towards delivering the commitments in Our National Health: A plan for action, a plan for change published in December 2000 but recognises the long-term nature of the Plan and reaffirms its commitment to the various longer-term goals, including major reductions in waiting times and significant public health improvements.

Nicola Sturgeon moved amendment S1M-2538.1 to motion S1M-2538—

Leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert—

"regrets the lack of progress by the Executive in delivering improvements in patient care and public health despite the continued efforts of NHS staff, and calls upon the Executive to embark upon an accelerated programme of reform in the NHS that will reduce bureaucracy, enhance local control, remove institutional barriers to better patient care, strengthen the primary care system and ensure that the NHS has sufficient capacity to deliver major reductions in waiting times."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 45, Against 65, Abstentions 1).

Mary Scanlon moved amendment S1M-2538.3 to motion S1M-2538—

Leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert—

"notes the lack of progress made by the Scottish Executive in delivering on its promises for improved health care, in particular the reduction of waiting times, and further notes the rising crisis in staff morale and retention in the health service together with the delays in obtaining consultant assessment and the continuing inability of the Scottish Executive to effect meaningful devolution of funding and decision making to local level."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 14, Against 68, Abstentions 28).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 66, Against 43, Abstentions 2).

3. Sitting Days: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2544—That the Parliament agrees that the Office of the Clerk will be closed on 27, 28 and 31 December 2001.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

4. Suspension of Standing Orders: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2543—That the Parliament agrees that Rule 13.6.4 be suspended for the purpose of Question Time on Thursday 10 January 2002.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

5. Designations of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2542—That the Parliament agrees the following designations of Lead Committee—

Justice 2 Committee to consider Act of Sederunt (Fees of Solicitors in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment) 2001 (SSI 2001/438); and

Justice 2 Committee to consider Act of Sederunt (Fees of Sheriff Officers) 2001 (SSI 2001/439).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 3, 4 and 5 as noted above.

7. Closure of the Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department Offices in Stirling, Dundee and Forfar: The Parliament debated S1M-2289 in the name of Mr Brian Monteith—That the Parliament regrets the decision of the Scottish Executive to close its Environment and Rural Affairs Department offices in Stirling, Dundee and Forfar; notes that this decision has been taken for financial reasons to reduce annual running costs at a time when the department has admitted to a 66 million underspend in its budget and that it will mean the transfer of staff to a centralised regional office in Perth, and deplores the failure of ministers to consult with the local farming communities on the closure of these offices.

The meeting closed at 5.49 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

12 December 2001

Appendix

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

 

Subordinate Legislation

Not Subject to any Parliamentary Procedure

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 12 December 2001 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

The High Court of Justiciary (Proceedings in the Netherlands) (United Nations) (Variation) Order 2001 (SI 2001/3918)—

The United Nations (International Tribunal) (Rwanda) (Amendment) Order 2001 (SI 2001/3920)—

laid under the United Nations Act 1946

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 11 December 2001 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting for Scotland: Account 2000-01 (SE/2001/296)

laid under the Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors Act 1987

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 12 December 2001 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scottish Committee of the Council on Tribunals: 16th Annual Report 2000-01 (SE/2001/272)

Committee Reports

The following Report was published on 7 December 2001

Equal Opportunities Committee, 6th Report 2001: Consultation on the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 (SP Paper 465)

The following Report was published on 11 December 2001

European Committee, 9th Report 2001: Report on the Governance of the European Union and the Future of Europe: What Role for Scotland? (Volume 1) (SP Paper 466)

 


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