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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 4, No 61

Thursday 20 March 2003

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Bill – Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-4047—That the Parliament agrees that, during today’s proceedings at Stage 3 of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Bill, debate on each part of the proceedings shall be brought to a conclusion by the time-limits indicated (each time-limit being calculated from when today’s proceedings at Stage 3 begin and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when the meeting of the Parliament is suspended or otherwise not in progress)—

Groups 58 to 67 - no later than 1 hour and 30 minutes

Groups 68 and 69 - no later than 3 hours

Groups 70 to 81 - no later than 4 hours

Motion to pass the Bill – no later than 4 hours and 30 minutes

The motion was agreed to.

2. Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3 (Day 2).

The following amendments were agreed to without division: 655, 656, 657, 658, 659, 660, 661, 662, 663, 664, 665, 666, 667, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 14, 15, 16, 17, 756, 668, 669, 670, 671, 672, 673, 674, 675, 676, 677, 678, 679, 680, 681, 682, 683, 684, 685, 686, 687, 688, 689, 690, 691, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 218, 219, 56, 57, 58, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 10, 67, 692, 693, 694, 695, 696, 697, 698, 699, 700, 102, 701, 702, 703, 220, 704, 705, 706, 707, 708, 221, 222, 709, 710, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 236, 237, 238, 239, 240, 241, 711, 242, 757, 712, 243, 713, 714, 715, 716, 717, 718, 719, 244, 245, 720, 246, 247, 721, 722, 723, 248, 724, 725, 726, 727, 249, 728, 729, 730, 755, 731, 732, 733, 734, 735, 736, 103, 737, 738, 739, 250, 740, 11, 12, 741, 104, 68, 251, 252, 253, 254, 255, 256, 257, 258, 259, 260, 742, 261, 262, 743, 263, 744, 745, 746, 747, 748, 264, 749, 750, 105, 265, 751, 266, 267, 13, 268, 269, 270, 271, 752, 753 and 272.

Amendment 100 was disagreed to (by division: For 30, Against 56, Abstentions 0)

Other amendments were not moved.

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

4. Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Bill: The Minister for Health and Community Care moved S1M-4024—That the Parliament agrees that the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Shona Robison moved amendment S1M-4024.1 to motion S1M-4024—

insert at end—

"but, in doing so, supports the view expressed by many giving evidence on the Bill, and by three committees of the Parliament, that the aims of the Bill will not be met unless services and facilities are adequate to meet the demands placed on them."

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

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

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved— That the Parliament agrees that the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Bill be passed but, in doing so, supports the view expressed by many giving evidence on the Bill, and by three committees of the Parliament, that the aims of the Bill will not be met unless services and facilities are adequate to meet the demands placed on them.

5. Sexual Offences Bill – UK Legislation: The Deputy Minister for Justice moved S1M-4022—That the Parliament endorses the principle of protecting society from persons who pose a risk of causing sexual harm and agrees that the provisions within the Sexual Offences Bill that relate to devolved matters and which re-enact the Sex Offenders Act 1997, extend the categories of offenders required to register, increase restrictions on sex offenders and strengthen the notification requirements and operation of the Sex Offenders’ Register should be considered by the UK Parliament.

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

6. Railways and Transport Safety Bill – UK Legislation: The Deputy Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning moved S1M-4023—That the Parliament endorses the principle of introducing alcohol and drug testing for mariners as set out in the Railways and Transport Safety Bill and agrees that the relevant provisions in the bill on these issues that relate to devolved matters should be considered by the UK Parliament.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Approval of SSI: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-4032—That the Parliament agrees that the draft General and Specialist Medical Practice (Education, Training and Qualifications) Order 2003 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Approval of SSI: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-4033—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exclusion and Exceptions) (Scotland) Order 2003 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9. Decision Time: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that, under Rule 11.2.4 of Standing Orders, Decision Time on Thursday 20 March 2003 be taken at 4.58 pm.

The motion was agreed to.

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

11. Suicide Emergency Telephone Hotline: The Parliament debated S1M-3897 in the name of Mr Kenneth Gibson—That the Parliament notes with concern that in 2000 there were 880 reported suicides in Scotland, 676 males and 204 females, although the true figure could be higher; is conscious that many thousands of other people attempt to take their own lives each year; regrets that only a minority of the population know the telephone number of the Samaritans or any other organisation they could contact for help when feeling suicidal; believes that, to assist in achieving the goal of a 20% reduction in the incidence of suicide by 2013 set by the Scottish Executive in its National Strategy and Action Plan to Prevent Suicide in Scotland, everyone should be made aware of an all-Scotland telephone number to call for help; acknowledges that in the United States anyone can call a nationwide toll free number from anywhere in the country, 1-800-SUICIDE or 911, to ask for help which is provided swiftly if they say they are in ‘suicidal danger’; believes that the Scottish Executive should set up a suicide prevention crisis hotline, whereby calls from suicidal individuals are treated as an emergency, through using the existing 999 emergency number from which they can be referred directly to a dedicated suicide prevention 24 hour hotline, and further acknowledges that the purpose of this line would be to save lives through dissuading suicidal people from killing themselves and that the Executive should, once such a line was established, take steps to let the public know about it.

The meeting closed at 5.44 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

20 March 2003

Appendix

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

 

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 20 March 2003 and are subject to annulment—

The National Health Service (Optical Charges and Payments) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/200)—

The National Health Service (General Ophthalmic Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/201)—

laid under the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978

Not Subject to any Parliamentary Procedure

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 20 March 2003 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (No.3) (Scotland) Order 2002 Revocation Order 2003 (SSI 2003/197)

laid under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 20 March 2003—

Procedures Committee, 3rd Report 2003: The Founding Principles of the Scottish Parliament: the application of Access and Participation, Equal Opportunities, Accountability and Power Sharing in the work of the Parliament (SP Paper 818)

Justice 1 Committee, 4th Report 2003: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 825)

Justice 2 Committee, 8th Report 2003: Report on Sewel Motion on Sexual Offences Bill

 

 


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