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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 1, No 11

Wednesday 18 June 2003

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Michael Burns, Parish Priest of St Ninian’s Catholic Church in Edinburgh, led Time for Reflection.

2. Patient Focus and Public Involvement in the NHS: The Minister for Health and Community Care (Malcolm Chisholm) moved S2M-154—That the Parliament welcomes the measures in Partnership For Care: Scotland’s Health White Paper and the Partnership Agreement to step up progress to ensure that greater patient engagement and wider public involvement are at the heart of a modernised NHS and supports the Scottish Executive’s commitment to placing the patient at the heart of the design of services, implementing a patient information initiative, ensuring public involvement in health service reorganisation plans by obliging NHS boards to consult stakeholders more effectively and setting up a Scottish health council as a national body with a local presence across Scotland.

Shona Robison moved amendment S2M-154.1 to motion S2M-154—

After "effectively" insert—

", requiring direct elections for the public to the majority of places on NHS boards,".

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 34, Against 80, Abstentions 0).

Mr David Davidson moved amendment S2M-154.2 to motion S2M-154—

Leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert—

"regrets that the Scottish Executive’s proposal in Partnership for Care: Scotland’s Health White Paper and A Partnership for a Better Scotland, in an attempt to increase patient focus and public involvement, will only increase bureaucracy in an over-centralised NHS and considers measures such as GP fundholding and foundation hospitals would offer patients real choice regarding their own care, would focus on clinical priorities over political priorities, and would, therefore, start to solve the real problems facing the health service."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 17, Against 97, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 85, Against 22, Abstentions 7).

3. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on item 2 as noted above.

4. Concorde and the Museum of Flight: The Parliament debated S2M-59 in the name of John Home Robertson—That the Parliament notes that British Airways will be withdrawing Concorde aircraft from service and welcomes the approach from the Chairman of the Trustees of the National Museums of Scotland to the Chief Executive of British Airways requesting that one of these aeroplanes is donated to the Museum of Flight at East Fortune; recognises the interests of education and tourism and the important role that museums play in both of these areas; takes into account the associations of Concorde with Scotland, namely that the design of the wings was undertaken by a Scot from Penicuik, Sir James Arnot Hamilton, that the early test flights were carried out at Prestwick in the early 1970s and that it was Concorde that flew over Edinburgh to celebrate the opening of the Scottish Parliament in July 1999; further recognises the wealth of experience of staff at the Museum of Flight in the preservation of aircraft and their years of experience in welcoming visitors to the museum; further notes that staff at the Museum of Flight are confident that the practicalities of landing a Concorde aircraft and of providing enclosed space for display have been investigated and that no difficulties are anticipated following a brief period of minor works; notes that the National Museums of Scotland has recently appointed a new General Manager at the Museum of Flight and that a major programme of development is planned to position the museum as a world class attraction, and recommends strongly that support be given to the National Museums of Scotland in its bid for Concorde for display at the Museum of Flight.

The meeting closed at 5.43 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

Wednesday 18 June 2003

Appendix

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

 

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instruments were laid in draft before the Parliament on 13 June 2003 for approval by resolution—

The Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation) Amendment Order 2003

laid under the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982

The Housing Grants (Assessment of Contributions) (Scotland) Regulations 2003—

The Housing Grants (Minimum Percentage Grant) (Scotland) Regulations 2003

laid under the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 18 June 2003 for approval by resolution

The Advice and Assistance (assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003

laid under the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 13 June 2003 and are subject to annulment—

The National Health Service (General Medical Services) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/310)

laid under the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978

The Condensed Milk and Dried Milk (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/311)

laid under the Food Safety Act 1990

The Feeding Stuffs (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/312)

laid under the Agriculture Act 1970 and the European Communities Act 1972

The Improvement and Repairs Grant (Prescribed Valuation Band) (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/314)

laid under the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987

 

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 13 June 2003 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Minute from the Scottish Executive Health Department: Contingent Liability (SE/2001/68) – Revised Table of Clinical Trials of Blood Products Produced by the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service Protein Fractionation Centre (SE/2003/161)

Pesticide Poisoning of Animals 2002 – A Report of Investigations in Scotland (SE/2003/164)

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 18 June 2003 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Ancient Monuments Board for Scotland Annual Report 2002-03 (SE/2003/157)

laid under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 18 June 2003

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 1st Report 2003: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 1)


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