Back
 

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 1, No 41 (Session 2)

Wednesday 17th December 2003

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: The Right Reverend Michael Henley, Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane led Time for Reflection.

2. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Finance and Public Services (Mr Andy Kerr) made a statement on the local government finance settlement, and answered questions on the statement.

3. 2004-05 Budget Process: Des McNulty, on behalf of the Finance Committee, moved S2M-716—That the Parliament notes the 4th Report 2003 (Session 2) of the Finance Committee, Stage 2 of the 2004-05 Budget Process (SP Paper 62).

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

4. Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine Railway and Linked Improvements Bill – Financial Resolution: The Minister for Transport (Nicol Stephen) moved S2M-733—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine Railway and Linked Improvements Bill, agrees to any increase in expenditure payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund in consequence of the Act.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

 

5. Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-738—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 7 January 2004

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate on the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 8 January 2004

9.30 am Executive Debate on Delivering a Quick, Effective Youth Justice System

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm Executive Debate on Improving Scotland’s Homes

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

6. Approval of SSI: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-734—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2003 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Approval of SSI: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-735—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003 (Designation of Scotland River Basin District) Order 2003 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 3, 4, 6 and 7 as noted above.

9. Access to Children’s Therapy Services in North East Scotland: The Parliament debated S2M-647 in the name of Richard Lochhead—That the Parliament notes with great concern the problems facing children with special needs in Aberdeenshire and elsewhere with regard to accessing vital physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and orthotics; further notes the difficulties of recruiting speech and language therapists in the north east of Scotland and that the speech and language therapy training courses are located in the central belt and are oversubscribed; further notes that those staff currently in place do a tremendous job given the strain that they are being placed under, and considers that the Scottish Executive should (a) make greater funding available for these courses, (b) promote the location of a speech and language therapy training course in the north east, (c) provide funding for training and employment of additional orthotic staff and technicians in the north east and (d) provide additional funding to NHS Grampian and Aberdeenshire Council to allow short-term solutions to be quickly implemented to improve the immediate situation.

The meeting closed at 5.49 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

17 December 2003

Appendix

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 16 December 2003

Breastfeeding etc. (Scotland) Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to make it an offence to prevent or stop a child who is permitted to be in a public place or licensed premises from being fed milk in that place or on those premises; to make provision in relation to the promotion of breastfeeding; and for connected purposes. (SP Bill 15) (Member's Bill)

Introduced by: Elaine Smith

A Financial Memorandum (and Presiding Officer's statement on legislative competence) (SP Bill 15-FM) was printed to accompany the Bill. A Policy Memorandum was printed separately as SP Bill 15-PM.

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instruments were laid in draft before the Parliament on 15 December 2003 for approval by resolution—

The draft National Health Service (Distribution of Endowment Income Scheme) (Scotland) Regulations 2004

The draft Scottish Hospital Trust (Transfer of Property) Regulations 2004

laid under section 18(4) of the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 12 December 2003 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman: Report of an investigation into a complaint against GPs and staff at a medical practice in the Lothian area (SPSO/2003/14)

laid under section 15(1) of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act 2002

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 15 December 2003 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Caledonian MacBrayne Limited Annual Report and Accounts 2002-03 (SE/2003/197)

David MacBrayne Limited Annual Report and Accounts 2002-03 (SE/2003/198)

Caledonian MacBrayne Holdings Limited Annual Report and Accounts 2002-03 (SE/2003/199)

The Law Commission and The Scottish Law Commission Statute Law Revision: Seventeenth Report Draft Statute Law (Repeals) Bill (SE/2003/313)

laid under section 3(1)(d) of the Law Commissions Act 1965

NHS Pension Scheme (Scotland) 2002-03 (SE/2003/330)—

Scottish Teachers’ Pension Scheme 2002-03 (SE/2003/340)—

Scottish Teachers’ Pension Scheme: Actuarial Accounts 2002-03 (SE/2003/341)—

laid under section 22(5) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 16 December 2003 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

The Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care – First Annual Report and Financial Statement of the Care Commission 1 April 2002 to 31 March 2003 (SE/2003/304)

laid under schedule 1 section 10(1) of the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001

SCRA Accounts 2002-03 (SE/2003/315)

laid under section 135(1)(2)(a) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1994

Accountant in Bankruptcy – Annual Report and Accounts 2002-03 (SE/2003/319)

laid under section 1a(1)(c) of the Bankruptcy (Scotland) Act 1985 and section 159 of the Bankruptcy (Scotland) Act 1913

Overview of the National Health Service in Scotland 2002-03 – A report to the Scottish Parliament by the Auditor General for Scotland (AGS/2003/12)

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 17 December 2003 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

HECA Report – Second HECA Progress Report for the Scottish Parliament (SE/2003/327)

laid under section 8(4) of the Home Energy Conservation Act 1995

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park – Accounts for the Period Ended 31st March 2003 (SE/2003/339)

laid under section 22(5) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

Committee Reports

The following Reports were published on 12 December 2003—

Subordinate Legislation Committee 15th Report 2003 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 64)

Subordinate Legislation Committee 16th Report 2003: Delegated Powers Scrutiny: Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2 (SP Paper 65)

 

The following Report was published on 16 December 2003

Environment and Rural Development Committee, 7th Report 2003 (Session 2): Stage 1 Report on the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 66)

 


Back