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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 1, No 56 Session 2

Thursday 26th February 2004

 
 

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

The meeting opened at 9.30 am.

1. A Better Deal for Young People: The Minister for Education and Young People (Peter Peacock) moved S2M-943—That the Parliament values the very positive contribution made by Scotland’s young people and is committed to ensuring that they have the opportunities and support that they need to develop their skills and talents and participate fully and actively; supports the Scottish Executive’s commitment to working with young people, their families and communities, with the newly appointed Children’s Commissioner, and with those responsible for service delivery, to provide high quality universal services and targeted support for the most vulnerable; welcomes the Executive’s commitment to helping looked after children make the transition to successful, independent adulthood, to ensuring that all children are safe from abuse and neglect, to addressing offending behaviour and to reviewing the Children’s Hearings system to develop and improve the current service; recognises that young people are often predominantly the victims of anti-social behaviour, and welcomes the Executive’s commitment to tackling it more effectively.

Nicola Sturgeon moved amendment S2M-943.1 to motion S2M-943—

Insert at end—

"and calls on the Executive, as part of its overall strategy to address the offending behaviour of young people, to reconsider its decision to withdraw funding from the Airborne Initiative."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 61, Against 63, Abstentions 0).

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton moved amendment S2M-943.2 to motion S2M-943—

Leave out from "supports" to end and insert—

"acknowledges that having a strong economy with efficient and effective well-run public services benefits all in society, and specifically calls on the Executive to adopt the schools passport policy, which gives all schools the incentive to achieve and maintain high standards, thereby ensuring a better start in life for Scotland’s young people."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 19, Against 104, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 65, Against 14, Abstentions 45).

2. First Minister’s Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell).

3. Question Time: Questions were answered by Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

4. Building and Supporting the NHS Workforce: The Minister for Health and Community Care (Malcolm Chisholm) moved S2M-944—That the Parliament appreciates the vital contribution of a high quality healthcare system to the lives of everyone in Scotland and to our economy; acknowledges the fundamental importance of the 150,000 staff who help care for patients and pays tribute to their dedication and professionalism; welcomes the recent significant increases in staff numbers across the NHS in Scotland and the action taken to promote more flexible ways of working, create safer workplaces and protect frontline staff, support continuing professional development, and develop new roles and teamworking, but recognises the challenges facing the Scottish Executive in achieving a sustainable healthcare workforce in the long term through local, regional and national service and workforce planning and redesign, against the background of wider demographic and labour market challenges.

Shona Robison moved amendment S2M-944.2 to motion S2M-944—

Leave out from "recognises" to end and insert—

"is concerned that consultant, nurse and allied health professional vacancies are at an all-time high and that these healthcare workforce shortages are resulting in the ad-hoc and arbitrary centralisation of services across Scotland without adequate public consultation and often to the detriment of patient care, and therefore urges the Scottish Executive to carry out a national review of service planning and redesign in order to ensure equality of access to acute and primary care services in all parts of Scotland."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 43, Against 81, Abstentions 0).

Mr David Davidson moved amendment S2M-944.1 to motion S2M-944—

Leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert—

"notes the recent increases in staff numbers across the NHS in Scotland and the need to promote more flexible ways of working, create safer workplaces and give greater protection for all frontline staff; seeks improvement in support for continuing professional development and in developing new roles and teamworking, but recognises the challenges facing the Scottish Executive in achieving a sustainable healthcare workforce in the long-term through local, regional and national service and workforce planning and redesign, against the background of wider demographic and labour market challenges, while recognising that over-centralisation of services and critical GP and consultant shortages in some board areas is leading to reduced patient access to health care."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 18, Against 67, Abstentions 39).

Carolyn Leckie moved amendment S2M-944.3 to motion S2M-944—

Leave out from "recent" to end and insert—

"moderate increases in staff numbers in some staff and professional groups but regrets the lack of resources and effective planning devoted to the NHS workforce by successive governments, in particular the failure to plan effectively to ensure that enough NHS professionals were trained and employed to meet the needs and changing demography of the Scottish population, the requirements of the working time directive, the New Deal for Junior Doctors, the new consultant and GP contracts or the increasing demands for staff in specialisms; further regrets the continuance of the two tier workforce through PFI/PPP and the unacceptably wide gaps in pay and pay settlements between NHS workers; believes that our health service in Scotland will only be able to properly meet the needs and aspirations of the people of Scotland by stopping all PFI/PPP projects, making substantially greater investment in training, professional development, recruitment and retention, eradicating poverty pay and gender discrimination in pay, rewarding all NHS staff equally, proportionately and appropriately and by reducing the unacceptably high workload pressures on NHS staff."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 16, Against 82, Abstentions 26).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 75, Against 22, Abstentions 27).

5. Business Motion: Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-942—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 12 March 2004 on the draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2004; the draft Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2004; the Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/49); the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/50); and the Criminal Legal Aid (Fixed Payments) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/51); and

(b) that consideration of the Prohibition of Smoking in Regulated Areas (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 2 November 2004.

The motion was agreed to.

6. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1 and 4 as noted above.

7. Planning for a Co-operative Development Agency: The Parliament debated S2M-827 in the name of Johann Lamont—That the Parliament notes the crucial role of co-operative and mutual organisations within local communities and across Scotland; recognises the wide variety in size, capacity and in areas of activity of co-operative and mutual initiatives; congratulates those involved within the co-operative and mutual sector both on the key role they play in local and Scottish-wide economic activity and in delivering social justice; welcomes the commitment of the Scottish Executive to establish a Co-operative Development Agency (CDA), and believes that departments across the range of Executive responsibilities must work together to ensure that the CDA will effectively support and strengthen co-operative and mutual enterprises in all their diversity.

The meeting closed at 5.58 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

26 February 2004

Appendix

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

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 26 February 2004 and are subject to annulment—

The Domestic Water and Sewerage Charges (Reduction) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/68)

laid under section 68(4) of the Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002

The Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/70)

laid under section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 26 February 2004 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Statistical Bulletin: Criminal Proceedings in Scottish Courts 2002 (SE/2004/35)

 


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