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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 4 No 13 Session 1

Thursday 5 September 2002

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Justice made a statement on Prison Estates.

2. Scottish Fuel Poverty Statement: The Minister for Social Justice moved S1M-3350—That the Parliament commends the Scottish Executive for its Fuel Poverty Statement and its pledge to work in partnership with Her Majesty’s Government at Westminster and a range of organisations; welcomes the milestones for achieving its overall objective to ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, that people are not living in fuel poverty by November 2016; recognises the substantial investment that is being made in the Central Heating Programme and the Warm Deal and in improving Scotland’s housing stock, and further recognises that the Statement affirms the Executive’s commitment to tackling fuel poverty and meeting its objective.

Kenneth Gibson moved amendment S1M-3350.2 to motion S1M-3350—

Leave out from "commends" to end and insert—

"welcomes the publication of the Fuel Poverty Statement and the positive developments contained within it; accepts the need for a single entry point to the plethora of grant schemes and initiatives available; believes that, to eliminate fuel poverty, resources both human and financial must be in place to meet this aim; urges the Scottish Executive to extend the Warm Deal and Central Heating Programme to disabled people, the long-term sick and all pensioners with partial or obsolete systems at the earliest possible opportunity; consider the establishment of a Decent Homes Standard as fundamental to reducing fuel poverty, not least through energy efficiency measures; has serious concerns regarding hard to heat homes, the inflexible application of criteria used in the Central Heating Programme, the delay in installing central heating in Glasgow’s socially rented sector and the Executive’s definition of fuel poverty, and seeks the commitment of the Executive to liaise with Her Majesty’s Government on issues such as debt blocking, pre-payment meters and benefit uptake".

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 44, Against 61,

Abstentions 0).

Bill Aitken moved amendment S1M-3350.1 to motion S1M-3350—

Leave out from the first "recognises" to end and insert—

"believes that the Scottish Executive’s self-congratulation is unfounded given that substantial inroads into eradicating fuel poverty were made by previous Conservative governments, and recognises that the policies of those Conservative governments have had a lasting effect and that many of them have been continued by the Scottish Executive under a different name."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 14, Against 94, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 63, Against 15, Abstentions 30).

3. Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3346—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 11 September 2002

2:30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate on Scotland’s Links with the United States of America

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-3325 Mary Scanlon: Ferry Services to the Northern Isles

Thursday 12 September 2002

9:30 am Scottish National Party Debate on Acute Services Review

followed by Scottish National Party Debate on Performance of the Scottish Economy

followed by Business Motion

followed by Ministerial Statement on Spending Review 2002

2:30 pm Question Time

3:10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3:30 pm Executive Debate on Spending Review 2002

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-3210 Cathie Craigie: Causing Death by Dangerous Driving

Wednesday 18 September 2002

2:00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate of Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 19 September 2002

9:30 am Stage 1 Debate on Debt Arrangement and Attachment (Scotland) Bill

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

(b) that Stage 1 of the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Bill be completed by 1 November 2002

and (c) that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 17 September 2002 on the Act of Sederunt (Fees of Solicitors in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment No.3) 2002.

The motion was agreed to.

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

5. Throughcare and Aftercare of Looked After Children: The Minister for Education and Young People moved S1M-3351—That the Parliament recognises that young people leaving care need effective support to make a successful transition to independent, adult living; welcomes publication of the report by the Throughcare and Aftercare Working Group and the Executive’s intention to consult on its recommendations, and believes that the policy initiatives led by the Executive will close the opportunity gap for these young people and lead to real improvements in their lives.

Irene McGugan moved amendment S1M-3351.2 to motion S1M-3351—

Leave out from "believes" to end and insert—

"urges the Executive to endorse the recommendations highlighted in the report and to ensure their adequate resourcing and effective implementation."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 42, Against 64, Abstentions 0).

Lyndsay McIntosh moved amendment S1M-3351.1 to motion S1M-3351—

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

"but believes that the difficulties for young people leaving care should be addressed at an earlier stage to give them the best chance of coping with the challenges of successful adult living."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 47, Against 64, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

6. Motion without Notice: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that S1M-3358 be taken at this meeting of Parliament.

The motion was agreed to.

7. Committee Membership: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3358—That the Parliament agrees the following committee membership change—

Duncan Hamilton to replace Kenneth Gibson on the Local Government Committee.

The motion was agreed to.

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

9. NHS Dental Services in Moray: The Parliament debated S1M-3309 in the name of Mrs Margaret Ewing—That the Parliament recognises that the provision of NHS dental services in Moray has reached crisis point; finds it unacceptable that residents of Moray now have to travel to Aberdeen to register with an NHS dentist, and believes that the Scottish Executive and Grampian NHS Board should increase their efforts to recruit and retain dentists to the area.

The meeting closed at 5.56 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

5 September 2002

Appendix

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

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 5 September 2002 for approval by resolution

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (No.3) (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/408)

laid under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

Not Subject to any Parliamentary Procedure

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 5 September 2002 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.5) (Scotland) Partial Revocation (No.2) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/409)

laid under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 5 September 2002 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2001-02 Audit of Tayside Health Board (SE/2002/227)

Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2001-02 Audit of Western Isles Health Board (SE/2002/228)

Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2001-02 Audit of Argyll and Clyde Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (SE/2002/229)

Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2001-02 Audit of Borders General Hospital NHS Trust (SE/2002/230)

Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2001-02 Audit of Grampian University Hospitals NHS Trust (SE/2002/231)

Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2001-02 Audit of Lancashire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (SE/2002/232)

Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2001-02 Audit of Ayrshire and Arran Health Board (SE/2002/233)

Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2001-02 Audit of Borders Health Board (SE/2002/234)

Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2001-02 Audit of Dumfries and Galloway Health Board (SE/2002/235)

Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2001-02 Audit of Forth Valley Health Board (SE/2002/236)

Food from Britain Annual Report and Accounts 2001-02 (SE/2002/260)

laid under the Agricultural Marketing Act 1983

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 5 September 2002—

Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee, 6th Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 641)

Health and Community Care Committee, 10th Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 642)


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