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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 3, No 68 Session 1

Thursday 25 April 2002

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Modernising Primary Care in NHS Scotland to Improve Health: The Minister for Health and Community Care moved S1M-3022—That the Parliamentapplauds the vital contribution to healthcare and health improvement made by primary care teams across Scotland and supports further investment and reform to improve access and redesign services round the needs of patients.

Nicola Sturgeon moved amendment S1M-3022.2 to motion S1M-3022—

Insert at end—

"including greater devolution of power and resources to local healthcare co-operatives to support and empower primary care teams."

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 113, Against 0, Abstentions 0).

Mary Scanlon moved amendment S1M-3022.3 to motion S1M-3022—

Leave out from "applauds" to end and insert—

"notes that in order to improve primary care local healthcare co-operatives should be free to purchase care from the most appropriate provider, be it public, private or voluntary, and the incentives gained by the purchasing of such services should be used to underpin patient choice; further urges the Scottish Executive to continue to use private providers where they can supplement the capacity of the NHS and provide value for money, and asks the Scottish Executive to make available to patients information on alternative providers and on waiting lists and times to allow patients to exercise real choice."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 18, Against 96, Abstentions 0).

Tommy Sheridan moved amendment S1M-3022.1 to motion S1M-3022—

Insert at end—

", however, believes that the use of the private health care sector by the NHS in Scotland is divisive and counterproductive and should not be part of the Executive’s strategy."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 3, Against 82, Abstentions 31).

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

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament applauds the vital contribution to healthcare and health improvement made by primary care teams across Scotland and supports further investment and reform to improve access and redesign services round the needs of patients including greater devolution of power and resources to local healthcare co-operatives to support and empower primary care teams.

2. Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3033—That the Parliament agrees—

  1. the following programme of business—

Wednesday 1 May 2002

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate on Helping Scotland’s Youth Participate in Communities

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-2849 Sarah Boyack: Ageism

Thursday 2 May 2002

9.30 am Scottish National Party Debate on Powers of the Parliament

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Stage 3 Debate on the Scottish Qualifications Authority Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-3002 Alasdair Morgan: Current Situation in the Middle East

Wednesday 8 May 2002

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 9 May 2002

9.30 am Social Justice Committee Debate on the Voluntary Sector

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Debate on Action to Recruit, Retain and Value Nurses

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

and (b) that Stage 1 of the School Meals (Scotland) Bill be completed by 21 June 2002.

The motion was agreed to.

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

4. Scotland's Freshwater Fish and Fisheries: Securing their Future: The Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development moved S1M-3021—That the Parliament endorses the Scottish Executive’s commitment to the future conservation and management of salmon and freshwater fish and fisheries in Scotland, as set out in its consultation paper Scotland’s Freshwater Fish and Fisheries: Securing their Future, and welcomes the firm intention of the Executive to work in partnership with the users and owners of these resources to ensure better management and sustainable fisheries.

Richard Lochhead moved amendment S1M-3021.2 to motion S1M-3021—

Leave out from "endorses" to end and insert—

"welcomes the development of a long-overdue national freshwater fisheries policy; recognises that such a policy must be ecologically sound, regionally appropriate and socially just; calls on the Scottish Executive to publish a legislative timetable for the achievement of such a policy and calls for the publication of an annual report on the health of the sector including its economic value to the rural economy, and recognises the need to address the number of agencies and the complex legislative framework involved in the management of freshwater fisheries."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 30, Against 83, Abstentions 0).

Jamie McGrigor moved amendment S1M-3021.1 to motion S1M-3021—

Leave out from "endorses" to end and insert—

"agrees that there should be a commitment to the future conservation and management of salmon and freshwater fish and fisheries in Scotland; further agrees with the general aim of the consultation paper Scotland’s Freshwater Fish and Fisheries: Securing their Future, but notes with concern the substantial harm that the Scottish Executive’s Land Reform (Scotland) Bill will do to the future of Scotland’s freshwater fish and fisheries."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 19, Against 97, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 83, Against 1, Abstentions 32).

5. Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Bill – Financial Resolution: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice moved S1M-3020—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Bill, agrees to any expenditure payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund in respect of—

(a) the appointment of the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner and any staff appointed to assist the Commissioner;

(b) salaries for, and other staff costs of, the Commissioner and any such staff; and

(c) the administrative costs incurred in the discharge of the Commissioner’s functions

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6. Approval of SSI: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3026—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Police Act 1997 (Enhanced Criminal Record Certificates) (Protection of Vulnerable Adults) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 4, 5 and 6 as noted above.

8. International Workers' Memorial Day: The Parliament debated S1M-2615 in the name of Cathy Peattie—That the Parliament notes that 28 April 2002 is International Workers’ Memorial Day, a commemoration of those who have died or suffered accidents or ill health as a result of work, and calls for this day to be widely observed in Scotland through action to improve safety and provide a healthier working environment.

9. Motion without Notice: Duncan McNeil moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended until 6.05 pm.

The meeting closed at 6.06 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

25 April 2002

Appendix

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

Committee Reports

The following Report was published on 25 April 2002

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 21st Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 573)


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