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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 3, No 72 Session 1

Thursday 9 May 2002

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Social Justice Committee, Report on Inquiry into the Voluntary Sector: Johann Lamont, on behalf of the Social Justice Committee, moved S1M-3063—That the Parliament notes the Social Justice Committee’s 1st Report 2002, Report on Inquiry into the Voluntary Sector (SP Paper 531).

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

2. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Education and Young People made a statement on New National Qualifications.

3. Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3080—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 15 May 2002

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate on the Scottish Fire Service of the Future

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-3076 Michael Russell: Scottish Criminal Record Office

Thursday 16 May 2002

9.30 am Executive Debate on Investment and Reform in Health and Community Care

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Motion on the Golden Jubilee

4.00 pm Executive Debate on National Waste Strategy

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-2622 Marilyn Livingstone: Cross-Party Support for a Review of the Construction Industry in Scotland

Tuesday 28 May 2002

9.30 am Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate on The Modernising Government Fund

11.30 am HM the Queen’s Address

2.30 pm Executive Debate on Oil and Gas Industry

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Wednesday 29 May 2002

9.30 am Executive Debate on Alternatives to Custody

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.30 pm Scottish National Party Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 30 May 2002

9.30 am Ministerial Statement and Debate on the Executive’s Programme

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Business Motion

2.00 pm Question Time

3.00 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Debate on Implementing the Cancer Strategy

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

The motion was agreed to.

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

5. Action to Recruit, Retain and Value Nurses: The Minister for Health and Community Care moved S1M-3078—That the Parliament pays tribute to the vital contribution made by all members of health care teams across Scotland but, in this International Nurses’ Week, recognises the central role of nurses and midwives in delivering high quality patient care and supports the significant investment and action to recruit, retain and value nurses and midwives being delivered through Facing the Future and other initiatives.

Nicola Sturgeon moved amendment S1M-3078.1 to motion S1M-3078—

Insert at end—

"; notes that a newly registered nurse’s salary, at £16,005, is 9.7% less than that of a newly qualified police constable and 11% less than that of a qualified teacher; believes that addressing low pay levels is central to addressing the problem of recruiting and retaining nurses; further welcomes the work of the Scottish Integrated Workforce Planning Group, and notes that the development of an adequately resourced workforce planning strategy is essential if NHS employers are to offer nurses the flexible working patterns and meaningful career paths that they are entitled to expect from a 21st century employer and that will enable them to continue working in the NHS.

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 31, Against 64, Abstentions 15).

Mary Scanlon moved amendment S1M-3078.2 to motion S1M-3078—

Leave out from "and supports" to end and insert—

"notes with concern, however, the recent decrease in nurse numbers; acknowledges that better staffing levels and conditions will lead to better morale and therefore higher levels of nurse retention, and therefore urges the Scottish Executive to promote a more flexible system that would recruit and retain appropriate numbers of nurses and midwives to serve Scotland’s needs."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 45, Against 64, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT).

6. Substitution on Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3092—That the Parliament agrees that Karen Whitefield be the nominated committee substitute for the Labour Party on the Education, Culture and Sport Committee as permitted under Rule 6.3A.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Membership of Committees: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3091—That the Parliament agrees that the following Members be appointed to Committees—

Cathy Peattie to replace Frank McAveety on the Education, Culture and Sport Committee;

Paul Martin to replace Frank McAveety on the Standards and the Procedures Committees;

Wendy Alexander to replace Angus MacKay on the Justice 1 Committee; and

Kenneth Gibson to replace Tricia Marwick on the Local Government Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3089—That the Parliament agrees that the Social Justice Committee is designated as Lead Committee in consideration of the Debt Arrangement and Attachment (Scotland) Bill and that the Justice 1 and 2 Committees and the Local Government Committee be secondary committees.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 5, 6, 7 and 8 as noted above.

10. Scotland and Europe Day: The Parliament debated S1M-3032 in the name of Irene Oldfather—That the Parliament is proud to mark Europe Day as a celebration of the founding of the European Union (EU); endorses the fundamental principles of the EU as set out in the Declaration by Robert Schuman on 9 May 1950; welcomes the contribution that the EU has made towards peace and solidarity across Europe; notes the relevance of the EU to the working of the Scottish Parliament and to the everyday lives of Scots, and encourages the people of Scotland, young and old, to join with citizens across Europe, in the celebration of our common values and to participate in the debate on the future of Europe.

11. Motion without Notice: Irene Oldfather moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended until 6.00 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 5.56 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

9 May 2002

Appendix

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

 

Committee Reports

The following Report is being published on 9 May 2002

European Committee, 2nd Report 2002: Report into the EC Water Framework Directive: The Scope for Differential Implementation in Scotland (SP Paper 580)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 23rd Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 581)

Local Government Committee, 8th Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 582)

 


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