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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 3 No 59 Session 1

Thursday 14 March 2002

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Nuclear Power Stations: Bruce Crawford moved S1M-2883—That the Parliament notes that consent for nuclear and other electricity power stations over 50 megawatts, under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989, is a responsibility devolved to Scottish Executive Ministers and believes that the final decision over consent for nuclear power stations, now and in the future, must remain with Scottish Executive Ministers accountable to the Parliament.

The Deputy Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning moved amendment S1M-2883.2 to motion S1M-2883—

Leave out from "and believes" to "nuclear" and insert—

"under the Transfer of Functions Order 1999 (SI 1999/1750), and believes that the final decision over consent under the Electricity Act 1989 for such".

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 91, Against 1, Abstentions 16)

John Scott moved amendment S1M-2883.1 to motion S1M-2833—

Leave out from first "consent" to end and insert —

"planning consent for nuclear and other electricity power stations over 50 megawatts under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989, is a responsibility devolved to Scottish Executive Ministers, but further notes that responsibility for UK energy policy is a matter for Westminster to decide and calls on Her Majesty’s Government and the Scottish Executive to clarify unresolved issues in relation to the division of responsibilities in pursuit of a balanced sustainable energy policy."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 13, Against 93, Abstentions 0)

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

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament notes that consent for nuclear and other electricity power stations over 50 megawatts, under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989, is a responsibility devolved to Scottish Executive Ministers under the Transfer of Functions Order 1999 (SI 1999/1750), and believes that the final decision over consent under the Electricity Act 1989 for such nuclear power stations, now and in the future, must remain with Scottish Executive Ministers accountable to the Parliament.

2. National Health Service: Nicola Sturgeon moved S1M-2882—That the Parliament notes that there are fewer nurses and fewer acute beds in the NHS now than in 1999, that the NHS is treating fewer out-patients, in-patients and day case patients now than in 1999, that fewer patients are being seen within the Scottish Executive’s target times than was the case in 1999, that there are 16,000 more people on NHS waiting lists now than in 1999 and that median waiting times are 10 days longer than in 1999; is concerned that the NHS is shrinking, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to pursue policies that will reverse this reduction in capacity and deliver an NHS of the standard that patients in Scotland are entitled to expect.

The Minister for Health and Community Care moved amendment S1M-2882.2 to motion S1M-2882—

Leave out from "notes" to end and insert—

"congratulates the staff of the NHS in Scotland on their commitment and dedication; welcomes their leadership role in redesigning services around the needs of patients; notes that this often leads to a different configuration of services and to some new activities that have not traditionally been counted; applauds the on-going and varied work to improve quality in health services, and acknowledges the substantial real-term increases in health resources since 1999, which are supporting the programme of patient-centred reform.

Mary Scanlon moved amendment S1M-2882.1 to motion S1M-2882—

Insert at end—

"by signing a "concordat" with the independent and voluntary sector 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 the delivery of health care to standards similar to the best European countries, whilst ensuring that access to high quality care is guaranteed for all."

After debate, amendment S1M-2882.2 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 62, Against 44, Abstentions 1). As a result, amendment S1M-2882.1 was pre-empted.

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 44, Abstentions 0).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament congratulates the staff of the NHS in Scotland on their commitment and dedication; welcomes their leadership role in redesigning services around the needs of patients; notes that this often leads to a different configuration of services and to some new activities that have not traditionally been counted; applauds the on-going and varied work to improve quality in health services, and acknowledges the substantial real-term increases in health resources since 1999, which are supporting the programme of patient-centred reform.

3. Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-2890—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) as a revision to the Business Programme agreed on 7 March 2002—

Thursday 14 March 2002

after "Stage 1 Debate on the Scottish Qualifications Authority Bill", insert—

"followed by Financial Resolution in respect of the Scottish Qualifications Authority Bill"

(b) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 20 March 2002

1.45 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement on the National Debate on Education

followed by Stage 1 Debate on the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-2844 Robert Brown: Scottish Sub-Post Offices – "Your Guide"

Thursday 21 March 2002

9.30 am Ministerial Statement on the Transport Delivery Plan

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Debate on the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Ministerial Statement on the Prison Estates Review

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Debate on Civil Contingencies

followed by Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Motions

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-2637 Adam Ingram: Scottish Agricultural College, Auchincruive

Wednesday 27 March 2002

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate on Tourism

followed by Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 28 March 2002

9.30 am Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party 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

(c) that Stage 2 of the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Bill be completed by 14 May 2002;

(d) that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 25 March 2002 on the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/88), the Adults with Incapacity (Supervision of Welfare Guardians etc. by Local Authorities) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/95), the Adults with Incapacity (Reports in Relation to Guardianship and Intervention Orders) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/96), the Adults with Incapacity (Recall of Guardians’ Powers) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/97), and the Adults with Incapacity (Non-compliance with Decisions of Welfare Guardians) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/98); and

(e) that the Local Government Committee reports to the Transport and the Environment Committee by 16 April 2002 on the Financial Assistance for Environmental Purposes (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/83).

The motion was agreed to.

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

5. Scottish Qualifications Authority Bill - Stage 1: The Minister for Education and Young People moved S1M-2686—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Scottish Qualifications Authority Bill.

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

6. Scottish Qualifications Authority Bill - Financial Resolution: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services moved motion S1M-2884—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Scottish Qualifications Authority Bill, agrees to the following expenditure out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund—

(a) expenditure of the Scottish Ministers in consequence of the Act; and

(b) increases attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of that Fund under any other enactment.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

8. Continuing Presence of BSE and new variant CJD: The Parliament debated S1M-2592 in the name of Kenneth Macintosh—That the Parliament notes the continuing presence of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in Scotland and the growing numbers of cases of new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), including at least two cases in the parliamentary constituency of Eastwood; welcomes the setting up of a National Care Co-ordinator and CJD advice network, but acknowledges the devastating effects this disease can have on victims and their families and believes that the Scottish Executive should give its continuing support to those families affected by this terrible disease.

The meeting closed at 5.44 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

14 March 2002

Appendix

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

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 14 March 2002 and is subject to annulment

The Adults with Incapacity (Public Guardian’s Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/131)

laid under the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 14 March 2002—

Equal Opportunities Committee, 1st Report 2002: Disability Reporter's Report (SP Paper 536)

Education, Culture and Sport Committee, 7th Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 540)

Transport and the Environment Committee, 5th Report 2002: Report on Phase 1 of the Inquiry into Aquaculture (SP Paper 542)

Local Government Committee, 5th Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 543)

Social Justice Committee, 2nd Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 544)

Health and Community Care Committee, 3rd Report 2002: Report of Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 545)

Subordinate Legislation Committee 15th Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 548)


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