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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 3, No 39

Thursday 13 December 2001

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. West of Scotland Cancer Services: Nicola Sturgeon moved S1M-2541—That the Parliament notes with concern recent developments at the Beatson Oncology Centre and the inevitable impact on cancer services in the West of Scotland; welcomes the removal of the Beatson Oncology Centre from the management of North Glasgow University Hospitals NHS Trust, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to now set out in detail what action will be taken to prevent further staff resignations, attract suitably qualified consultants to fill new and vacant posts, ensure temporary staff cover to avoid a rationalisation of cancer services such as the cancellation of clinics, and significantly shorten the timescale for the construction of the new Beatson Oncology Centre at Gartnavel Hospital.

The Minister for Health and Community Care moved amendment S1M-2541.1 to motion S1M-2541—

Leave out from "; welcomes" to end and insert—

"if further urgent action is not taken; supports the appointment of Dr Adam Bryson as Medical Director and welcomes the additional impetus and focus this gives to implementation of the agreed action plan, including as a top priority measures to secure appointments both in the short term and on a more permanent basis; supports the Executive’s Cancer Strategy, Cancer in Scotland: Action for change, and the additional 40 million investment to support implementation; and calls on the Executive to drive forward the necessary changes, including the construction of the new West of Scotland Cancer Centre, as quickly as possible."

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 65, Against 46, Abstentions 1).

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 66, Against 17, Abstentions 29).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament notes with concern recent developments at the Beatson Oncology Centre and the inevitable impact on cancer services in the West of Scotland; if further urgent action is not taken; supports the appointment of Dr Adam Bryson as Medical Director and welcomes the additional impetus and focus this gives to implementation of the agreed action plan, including as a top priority measures to secure appointments both in the short term and on a more permanent basis; supports the Executive’s Cancer Strategy, Cancer in Scotland: Action for change, and the additional 40 million investment to support implementation; and calls on the Executive to drive forward the necessary changes, including the construction of the new West of Scotland Cancer Centre, as quickly as possible.

2. Scottish Prison Service: Roseanna Cunningham moved S1M-2545—That the Parliament notes the Executive’s failure to bring forward a strategy to address the increasing overcrowding within Scottish prisons and further notes that morale amongst Scottish Prison Service staff is at rock bottom as the result of (a) the deterioration of industrial relations, (b) the continued threat of further privatisation within the Scottish Prison Service, (c) the culture of secrecy within the service and (d) the continued and unacceptable delay in the publication of the Estates Review.

The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice moved amendment S1M-2545.2 to motion S1M-2545—

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"congratulates the staff and management of the Scottish Prison Service on their good work in maintaining secure custody and good order in Scotland’s penal establishments; welcomes the partnership between management and staff to improve industrial relations through the voluntary industrial relations agreement; welcomes the prison service’s commitment to collaborating on an increasingly transparent basis with statutory and voluntary agencies to provide effective rehabilitation and through care, aimed at reducing re-offending; notes that investment has been made in upgrading the prison estate, but that more must be done; to that end, welcomes the Executive’s open approach in planning to consult on the Prison Estates Review early in the new year, and agrees that work to upgrade the estate must deliver prisons capable of providing sufficient humane and secure accommodation while delivering value for money."

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton moved amendment S1M-2545.1 to motion S1M-2545—

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"and calls upon the Executive to publish the Estates Review, to end slopping out in Scottish prisons and to provide sufficient places in prison to accommodate the decisions of the courts."

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 48, Abstentions 0). As a result, amendment S1M-2545.1 was pre-empted.

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 47, Abstentions 1).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved— That the Parliament congratulates the staff and management of the Scottish Prison Service on their good work in maintaining secure custody and good order in Scotland’s penal establishments; welcomes the partnership between management and staff to improve industrial relations through the voluntary industrial relations agreement; welcomes the prison service’s commitment to collaborating on an increasingly transparent basis with statutory and voluntary agencies to provide effective rehabilitation and through care, aimed at reducing re-offending; notes that investment has been made in upgrading the prison estate, but that more must be done; to that end, welcomes the Executive’s open approach in planning to consult on the Prison Estates Review early in the new year, and agrees that work to upgrade the estate must deliver prisons capable of providing sufficient humane and secure accommodation while delivering value for money.

3. Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2548—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 19 December 2001

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Debate on the Finance Committee's Report on Stage 2 of the Budget Process

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-2345 Fiona McLeod: Scottish Science Library and Scottish Business Information Service

Thursday 20 December 2001

9.30 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Debate on the Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill

followed by Stage 3 Debate on the School Education (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Continuation of Stage 3 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-2529 Karen Gillon: New Lanark

(b) that Stage 2 of the Water Industry (Scotland) Bill be completed by 1 February 2002 and that Stage 1 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill be completed by 15 March 2002, and

(c) that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee on the Act of Sederunt (Fees of Solicitors in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment) 2001 (SSI 2001/438) and on the Act of Sederunt (Fees of Sheriff Officers) 2001 (SSI 2001/439) by 8 January 2002.

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. Sea Fisheries: The Minister for Environment and Rural Development moved S1M-2546—That the Parliament calls on the Scottish Executive to seek to negotiate an outcome from the Fisheries Council meeting in December 2001 that reflects the need to preserve stocks for the long term and represents the best achievable deal for the Scottish fishing industry.

Richard Lochhead moved amendment S1M-2546.1 to motion S1M-2546—

Insert at end—

"; further calls on the Executive to seek an increase in nephrops quotas in line with scientific advice and ensure that the outcome of all the negotiations recognises the mixed character of Scotland’s fisheries and takes into account the many conservation measures already agreed by the industry; further calls upon Ministers to retain an open mind with regard to fisheries management measures proposed by the industry and financially supported by the EU, and urges the Minister for Environment and Rural Development to seek designation as lead UK Minister on the EU Fisheries Council for the forthcoming negotiations on quotas and the Common Fisheries Policy in order to secure the best possible deal for the catching and processing sectors.

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 47, Against 63, Abstentions 1).

Mr Jamie McGrigor moved amendment S1M-2546.2 to motion S1M-2546—

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"; in particular calls on the Scottish Executive to seek to overturn the proposed cuts in nephrops quotas in favour of figures based on scientific advice; calls for a significant cut in industrial fishing; notes that the change in net mesh sizes will put an unfair burden on Scottish fishermen who fish both EU and Norwegian waters, and further calls on the Executive to press for retention of the internationally accepted 20-microgramme testing system for scallops to promote the survival of the Scottish scallop industry.

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 48, Against 63, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

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

7. Proposed Closure of Binny House, Sue Ryder Care: The Parliament debated S1M-2400 in the name of Mr Bristow Muldoon—That the Parliament condemns the unilateral and disgraceful decision by Sue Ryder Care to close the Binny House care centre in Ecclesmachan, West Lothian; considers that this shows a complete disregard for the interests of the residents and staff of the centre; believes that by walking away from very substantial offers of additional finance from health boards and local authorities Sue Ryder Care has demonstrated bad faith, and further believes that, unless this decision is reversed, local authorities and the NHS should regard Sue Ryder Care as an unsuitable partner for any future care projects.

The meeting closed at 6.02 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

13 December 2001

Appendix

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

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 13 December 2001 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scottish Local Government Financial Statistics 1999-2000 (SE/2001/276)

laid under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 13 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 2) (SP Paper 466)

Education, Culture and Sport Committee, 13th Report 2001: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 469)

Social Justice Committee, 7th Report 2001: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 471)


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