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Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 12 May 2005

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

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1. Schools/Colleges Review: The Minister for Education and Young People (Peter Peacock) moved S2M-2793—That the Parliament welcomes Lifelong Partners, the Scottish Executive’s strategy for school and college partnership to increase and enhance further vocational and other specialist opportunities for S3 pupils and above to access high quality educational experiences and gain full recognition for their learning with colleges; acknowledges that further education colleges, as principally centres of voluntary learning for adults, play an important role in helping schools realise the potential of young people; supports the growth in college learning opportunities for pupils outlined in the Executive’s strategy, and recognises that colleges’ partnership work with schools is a priority for the further education sector.

Fiona Hyslop moved amendment S2M-2793.1 to motion S2M-2793—

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“but, in doing so, recognises that the success of the strategy will depend in particular on the effectiveness of measures that address college capacity, pupil accreditation and training of lecturers.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 35, Against 78, Abstentions 0).

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton moved amendment S2M-2793.2 to motion S2M-2793—

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“but notes, however, the need for the Executive to monitor issues of funding, college capacity and delivery of the strategy, particularly in rural areas.”

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

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

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament welcomes Lifelong Partners, the Scottish Executive’s strategy for school and college partnership to increase and enhance further vocational and other specialist opportunities for S3 pupils and above to access high quality educational experiences and gain full recognition for their learning with colleges; acknowledges that further education colleges, as principally centres of voluntary learning for adults, play an important role in helping schools realise the potential of young people; supports the growth in college learning opportunities for pupils outlined in the Executive’s strategy, and recognises that colleges’ partnership work with schools is a priority for the further education sector but notes, however, the need for the Executive to monitor issues of funding, college capacity and delivery of the strategy, particularly in rural areas.

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

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

4. Themed Question Time: Questions on Finance and Public Services and Communities, and on Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport, were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

Commemorating Scotland’s Veterans: The Minister for Communities (Malcolm Chisholm) moved S2M-2794—That the Parliament acknowledges a debt of gratitude to all Scottish veterans who served their country in World War II; recognises the ultimate sacrifice made by 57,000 Scots during that period of conflict, and encourages everyone in Scotland to support the commemorative events this summer.

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

6. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1 and 5 as noted above.

7. Support for Inclusion Scotland Manifesto: The Parliament debated S2M-2707 in the name of Ms Sandra White—That the Parliament congratulates Inclusion Scotland on the recent launch of its “Manifesto for Inclusion” document which seeks to promote, amongst other things, independent living for disabled people, allowing them to have the same choices, controls and freedoms as any other citizen; notes that the document calls for a significant transformation with regard to expenditure between institutional and non-institutional care, and considers that all of Scotland’s politicians should read and support the calls made in the document, such as the right to live in the community with appropriate support and not in an institution, a greater emphasis on self-assessment in the existing community care assessment process, that the “duty of care” retained by social work should be redefined, that all planning partners should develop advocacy services for all people with a mental health disorder to meet the requirements of the Mental Health Care and Treatment (Scotland) Act 2003, and that there should be varied and flexible housing across all tenures for disabled people, the inclusion of key disabled stakeholders in the formulation of transport strategies and associated legislation at all levels, increased resources to support mainstream educational opportunities for all disabled children and adults, a coherent strategy to meet the needs of disabled job seekers and employees, improved portrayal and inclusion of disabled people in the mainstream media, inclusive access for all to all public spaces, the enactment of a single equality bill as an urgent priority, a complete review of wheelchair/power chair services in Scotland, acknowledgement that disabled people are also sexual beings with attendant health and emotional needs and, finally, increased awareness and funding of disabled patients’ independent advocacy services.

The meeting closed at 5.45 pm .

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
12 May 2005

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

Other Documents

The following draft code of practice was laid before the Parliament on 12 May 2005 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Supporting Children’s Learning: Draft Code of Practice (SE/2005/90)

laid under section 27(4) of the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 12 May 2005—

Audit Committee, 3rd Report, 2005 (Session 2): The National Galleries of Scotland (SP Paper 336)

Justice 2 Committee, 7th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 337)

Enterprise and Culture Committee, 4th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 338)

Health Committee, 8th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 339)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 19th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 340)