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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 4 No 39 Session 1

Thursday 19 December 2002

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30am.

1. Finance Committee, Stage 2 of the 2003/04 Budget Process: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Finance Committee, moved S1M-3708—That the Parliament notes the 7th Report 2002 of the Finance Committee, Stage 2 of the 2003/04 Budget Process (SP Paper 709).

Nicola Sturgeon moved amendment S1M-3708.1 to motion S1M-3708—

Insert at end—

"but calls on the Scottish Executive to transfer from the DEL capital budget to the health and community care budget £30 million, £30 million and £29 million for 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06 respectively to fund a discretionary trust that will make ex gratia payments to all people who can demonstrate, on the balance of probabilities, that they received blood, blood products or tissues from the NHS in Scotland and were subsequently found to be infected with the Hepatitis C virus."

Margaret Smith moved amendment S1M-3708.1.1 to amendment S1M-3708.1—

Leave out from "but calls" to end and insert—

"and, in so doing, commends the Health and Community Care Committee for its work in addressing the position of those who have contracted hepatitis C from blood products; endorses the importance of finding ways to help and support these people; further notes that discussions are in progress between Scottish Executive health ministers and colleagues in Her Majesty's Government on the potential implications arising from the advice of the Expert Group on Financial and Other Support, and stresses the need for the Minister for Health and Community Care to return to the Health and Community Care Committee in January 2003 to report on progress."

After debate, amendment S1M-3708.1.1 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 79, Against 25, Abstentions 0).

Amendment S1M-3708.1 as amended was then agreed to (DT).

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

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved— That the Parliament notes the 7th Report 2002 of the Finance Committee, Stage 2 of the 2003-04 Budget Process (SP Paper 709) and, in so doing, commends the Health and Community Care Committee for its work in addressing the position of those who have contracted hepatitis C from blood products; endorses the importance of finding ways to help and support these people; further notes that discussions are in progress between Scottish Executive health ministers and colleagues in Her Majesty's Government on the potential implications arising from the advice of the Expert Group on Financial and Other Support, and stresses the need for the Minister for Health and Community Care to return to the Health and Community Care Committee in January 2003 to report on progress.

2. Procedures Committee, Changes to Standing Orders: Mr Kenneth Macintosh, on behalf of the Procedures Committee, moved S1M-3716—That the Parliament approves the recommendations (a) for changes to the Standing Orders of the Scottish Parliament concerning Private Legislation, Temporary Conveners and the Journal of the Scottish Parliament contained in the Procedures Committee's 4th Report 2002, Changes to Standing Orders concerning the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner, European Committee remit, Private Legislation, Temporary Conveners and the Journal of the Scottish Parliament (SP Paper 665), (b) of the Procedures Committee's 5th Report 2002, Constituting the Conveners' Group (SP Paper 682), (c) of the Procedures Committee's 6th Report 2002, Changes to Standing Orders concerning Written Parliamentary Questions and the Languages of Public Petitions (SP Paper 693) and (d) of the Procedures Committee's 7th Report 2002, A Change to Standing Orders concerning the remit of the Audit Committee (SP Paper 692) and agrees that those amendments to the Standing Orders should come into force on 6 January 2003.

The motion was agreed to (DT)

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

4. Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development moved S1M-3396—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Bill.

Alex Fergusson moved amendment S1M-3396.1 to motion S1M-3396—

insert at end "but, in doing so, regrets that the provision in the bill of a right to buy for some tenants has already led to a significant reduction in the amount of land let under medium- and long-term arrangements, and believes that the enactment of such a provision will minimise land available for rent, including holdings under the new tenancies proposed in the bill, confining tenancies to those of a very short-term nature with a resultant negative impact on the management of the tenanted sector."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 15, Against 89, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 90, Against 15, Abstentions 0).

5. Approval of SSI: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3720—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Cash Searches: Constables in Scotland: Code of Practice) Order 2002 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT)

6. Approval of SSI: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3721—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Scottish Local Government Elections Regulations 2002 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3722—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the draft Extended Sentences for Violent Offenders (Scotland) Order 2003.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7 as noted above.

9. Firefighters and Fire Control Staff: The Parliament debated S1M-3393 in the name of Alex Neil—That the Parliament recognises the valuable and courageous work undertaken by the fire service and believes that a new pay formula together with a commensurate level of pay for firefighters and emergency fire control staff should be introduced to ensure that these accurately reflect the highly skilled and professional role which they undertake.

10. Motion without Notice: Alex Neil moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended until 6.00pm.

The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 6.02 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

19 December 2002

Appendix

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

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 19 December 2002 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Report of an Investigation into a Complaint Against a General Practitioner in the Lothian Area (SPSO/2002/6)

laid under the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act 2002

The 2001-02 Audit of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body: Report by the Auditor General for Scotland (SE/2002/90)—

Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Annual Accounts 2001-02 (SE/2002/121)—

Scottish Agricultural Science Agency Annual Report and Accounts 2001-02 (SE/2002/204)—

Scottish Hospital Endowment Research Trust Forty-Eighth Annual Report and Accounts 2001-02 (SE/2002/347)—

laid under the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

The Electoral Commission Annual Report 2001-02 (SE/2002/348)

Scottish Screen National Lottery Distribution Fund Account Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2002 (SE/2002/324)

laid under the National Lottery Act 1993

Committee Reports

The following Reports are being published on 19 December 2002—

Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm (Navigation and Fishing) (Scotland) Bill Committee, 1st Report 2002: Report on Preliminary Stage of the Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm (Navigation and Fishing)(Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 721)

Equal Opportunities Committee, 8th Report 2002: Sexual Orientation Reporter's Report (SP Paper 722 )

Rural Development Committee, 15th Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 728)

Local Government Committee, 20th Report 2002: Stage 1 Report on the Proportional Representation (Local Government Elections) (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 729)

Local Government Committee, 21st Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 730)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 46th Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 731)

 


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