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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 1, No No. 51 Session 2

Wednesday 4th February 2004

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 2.30pm.

1. Time for Reflection: The Rt Rev Prof Iain Torrance, Moderator of the Church of Scotland led Time for Reflection.

2. Business Motion: Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S2M-852—That the Parliament agrees a revision to the following programme of business for Wednesday 4 February 2004, as follows—

after,

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – The Rt Rev Prof Iain Torrance, Moderator of the Church of Scotland

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

insert,

followed by Ministerial Statement on Fatal Fire at Rosepark Care Home

The motion was agreed to.

3. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Justice (Cathy Jamieson) made a statement and answered questions on the fatal fire at Rosepark Care Home.

4. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Communities (Ms Margaret Curran) made a statement and answered questions on A Housing Standard for the 21st Century.

5. Energy Bill – UK Legislation: The Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning (Lewis Macdonald) moved S2M-788—That the Parliament agrees that those provisions in the Energy Bill that relate to devolved matters and those that confer executive powers and functions on the Scottish Ministers should be considered by the UK Parliament.

Shiona Baird moved amendment S2M-788.1 to motion S2M-788—

leave out "agrees" and insert—

"believes that the Energy Bill as proposed will disadvantage the Scottish renewables industry, endanger the Scottish Executive’s targets for renewable energy development, establish a UK Nuclear Decommissioning Agency for the management and handling of radioactive waste with no environmental objectives and maintain the current lack of Executive powers over stored radioactive waste; considers that these issues of concern could be resolved through consultation with Her Majesty’s Government to the satisfaction of this Parliament, and therefore until those issues have been resolved does not agree".

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 12, Against 78, Abstentions 23).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 78, Against 37, Abstentions 0).

6. Business Motion: Tavish Scott, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S2M-851—That the Parliament agrees—

  1. the following programme of business—

Wednesday 11 February 2004

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish National Party Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 12 February 2004

9.30 am Procedures Committee Debate on its 2nd Report 2003 (Session 2): Oral Questions in the Chamber; on its 1st Report 2004: Oral Questions and Time in the Chamber; and on its 2nd Report 2004: Emergency Bills

followed by Motion on the Appointment of a Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm Stage 3 of the Budget (Scotland) Bill

followed by Motion on Asylum and Immigration Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Motion on Higher Education Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 25 February 2004

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate on the Criminal Procedure (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of the Criminal Procedure (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 26 February 2004

9.30 am Executive Business

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

and (b) that consideration of the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 to be completed by 10 March 2004.

The motion was agreed to.

7. Designation of Lead Committee: Tavish Scott moved S2M-853—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Tenements (Scotland) Bill.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

9. Photodynamic Therapy for the Treatment of Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration Treatment (AMD): The Parliament debated S2M-667 in the name of Kate Maclean—That the Parliament notes the recent decision by NHS Quality Improvement Scotland on the use of photodynamic therapy for the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and acknowledges that photodynamic therapy is the only effective treatment for wet AMD, the most aggressive form of the disease and the leading cause of blindness in the UK, with around 650 new patients diagnosed with wet AMD in Scotland every year; is deeply concerned that funding has not been made available for clinicians to treat on the NHS those patients who urgently require the therapy, and endorses the demand by the Royal National Institute of the Blind Scotland and the Macular Disease Society that the Scottish Executive ensures that funding is immediately provided by all NHS boards, thereby saving the sight of those who could benefit from the therapy.

The meeting closed at 5.48 pm.

 

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

4 February 2004

Appendix

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 29 January 2004

Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to authorise the construction and operation of a tram line in Edinburgh forming a loop from St Andrew Square, along Leith Walk to Leith, west to Granton, south to Haymarket and back to St Andrew Square via Princes Street; and for connected purposes. (SP Bill 17) (Private Bill)

Introduced by: The City of Edinburgh Council

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 17-EN) and a Promoter’s Memorandum (SP Bill 17-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to authorise the construction and operation of a tram line in Edinburgh following a western course from St Andrew Square, via Princes Street, Haymarket, Murrayfield and South Gyle to Edinburgh Airport and Newbridge; and for connected purposes. (SP Bill 18) (Private Bill)

Introduced by: The City of Edinburgh Council

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 18-EN) and a Promoter’s Memorandum (SP Bill 18-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 30 January 2004

Tenements (Scotland) Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to make provision about the boundaries and pertinents of properties comprised in tenements and for the regulation of the rights and duties of the owners of properties comprised in tenements; to make minor amendments of the Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003 (asp 9); and for connected purposes. (SP Bill 19) (Executive Bill)

Introduced by: Ms Margaret Curran

Supported by: Cathy Jamieson, Mrs Mary Mulligan

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 19-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 19-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 3 February 2004

Prohibition of Smoking in Regulated Areas (Scotland) Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to prohibit persons from smoking in regulated areas; and for connected purposes. (SP Bill 20) (Member's Bill)

Introduced by: Mr Stewart Maxwell

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 20-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 20-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 29 January 2004 for approval by resolution

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/21)

laid under section 1(8) of the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 4 February 2004 for approval by resolution

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 2) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/43)

laid under section 1(8) of the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 30 January 2004 and are subject to annulment—

The Registration of Establishments Keeping Laying Hens (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SSI/2004/27)

laid under section 29(4)(d) of the Agriculture Act 1970

The Local Government Capital Expenditure Limits (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI/2004/29)

laid under section 39(6) of the Local Government in Scotland Act 2003

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 2 February 2004 and are subject to annulment—

The Health Act 1999 (Savings) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/31)

laid under section 62(6) of the Health Act 1999

The Community Care and Health (Scotland) Act 2002 (Savings) Order (SSI 2004/34)

laid under section 23(1) of the Community Care and Health (Scotland) Act 2002

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 3 February 2004 and are subject to annulment—

The National Health Service (General Ophthalmic Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SSI/2004/36)

laid under section 105(2) of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978

The National Health Service (General Dental Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SSI/2004/37)

laid under section 105(2) of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978

The National Health Service (Tribunal) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI/2004/38)

laid under section 105(2) of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978 and section 39(4) of the National Health Service (Primary Care) Act 1997

The National Health Service (Pharmaceutical Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SSI/2004/39)

laid under section 105(2) of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978

The National Health Service (General Medical Services Supplementary Lists) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SSI/2004/40)

laid under section 105(2) of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978

The National Health Service (General Medical Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SSI/2004/41)

laid under section 105(2) of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 4 February 2004 and is subject to annulment

The Sea Fishing (Restriction on Days at Sea) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/44)

laid under section 30(4) of the Sea Fisheries Act 1981

Not Subject to any Parliamentary Procedure

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 29 January 2004 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 2) (Scotland) Order 2003 Revocation Order 2004 (SSI 2004/22)

laid under section 1(10) of the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 4 February 2004 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 4) (Scotland) Partial Revocation Order 2004

laid under section 1(10) of the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 3 February 2004 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman: Report of an investigation into a complaint against Grampian University Hospitals NHS Trust (SPSO/2004/02)

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

The Chief Social Work Inspector’s 3rd Annual Report - The 2003 National Overview Report (SE/2004/1)

The Chief Social Work Inspector’s 3rd Annual Report - The 2003 Local Reports - Short Reviews of Social Work Services in Scottish Local Authorities (SE/2004/2)

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 4 February 2004 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Statement: British Waterways Board: Pay of Chair and Board Members (SE/2004/14)

Committee Reports

The following Reports was published on 30 January 2004—

Procedures Committee, 1st Report 2004 (Session 2): Oral Questions and Time in the Chamber (SP Paper 85)

Procedures Committee, 2nd report 2004 (Session 2): Emergency Bills (SP Paper 86)

The following Report was published on 2 February 2004

Education Committee, 3rd Report 2004 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 87)

The following report was published on 3 February 2004

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 3rd Report 2004 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 88)

The following report was published on 4 February 2004

Justice 1 Committee, 1st Report 2004 (Session 2): Gender Recognition Bill – UK Legislation (SP Paper 89)

 


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