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Wednesday 25 May 2005

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Canon Bill Anderson, St Francis of Assisi Church, Aberdeen, led Time for Reflection.

2. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Health and Community Care (Mr Andy Kerr) made a statement and answered questions on Building a Health Service Fit for the Future.

3. 3rd Meeting, World Youth Congress: The Deputy Minister for Education and Young People (Euan Robson) moved S2M-2857—That the Parliament welcomes the Peace Child International 3 rd World Youth Congress in Stirling from 30 July to 8 August 2005, facilitated by the Scottish Executive; recognises the contribution that the event will make to youth-led sustainable development across the world; looks forward to welcoming the 600 delegates to the Parliament on the last weekend of the congress and warmly commends their efforts as youth leaders in pursuit of the UN Millennium Development Goals; supports the active involvement of young Scots in the global development agenda, as highlighted by the congress and through the Change 05 initiative, and welcomes the opportunity that the congress brings to promote Scotland on an international stage.

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

4. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2864—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 1 June 2005

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement on Scotland and Africa

3.05 pm Local Government and Transport Committee Debate: 4th Report 2005, Inquiry into issues arising from the Transport (Scotland) Act 2001

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 2 June 2005

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Preliminary Stage Debate: Baird Trust Reorganisation Bill

followed by Executive Debate: Antisocial Behaviour

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport;
Finance and Public Services and Communities

2.55 pm Stage 3 Proceedings: Protection of Children and Prevention of Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 8 June 2005

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 9 June 2005

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Environment and Rural Development;
Health and Community Care

2.55 pm Stage 3 Proceedings: Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to (by division: For 65, Against 49, Abstentions 0).

5. Designation of Lead Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2862—That the Parliament agrees that the Enterprise and Culture Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the St Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-2863—That the Parliament agrees that the Farm Business Development (Scotland) Variation Scheme 2005 (SSI 2005/219) be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 3, 5 and 6 as noted above.

7. Action on Skin Disease: The Parliament debated S2M-2553 in the name of Mr Kenneth Macintosh—That the Parliament recognises the stigma, frustration and desperation felt by many people with skin disease, including residents in East Renfrewshire; points out that conditions such as psoriasis are lifelong and incurable but are eminently treatable; highlights the benefit of having skin disease classified as a chronic condition; raises concern that skin disease is not a priority under the new GP contract; welcomes the new provision of specialist retraining in skin disease for nurses but points to the need for similar training for other health professionals such as pharmacists and GPs, given that 20% of GP consultations include skin disease, including an emphasis on skin conditions in the undergraduate education and training of health professionals; approves the Skin Action Scotland service redesign programme as an opportunity for clinicians to test new ways of accessing and delivering dermatology out-patient services and to better demonstrate and define the current relationship between demand and capacity, and looks to see greater availability to patients of new treatments with strong evidence of effectiveness such as the new biological treatments for psoriasis and the complications of arthritis.

The meeting closed at 5.59 pm .

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament

25 May 2005

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 19 May 2005

St Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Bill —A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to establish a bank holiday for St Andrew’s Day. (SP Bill 41) (Member’s Bill)

Introduced by: Dennis Canavan

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 41-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 41-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 23 May 2005 for approval by resolution

The Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 (Consequential Modifications and Amendments) Order 2005

laid under section 88(4) of the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005

Note: The Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 (Consequential Modifications and Amendments) Order 2005, laid in draft before the Parliament on 19 May 2005, has been withdrawn

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 25 May 2005 for approval by resolution

The Dentists Act 1984 (Amendment) Order 2005

laid under section 62(9) of the Health Act 1999

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 24 May 2005 and is subject to annulment

The Right to Purchase (Prescribed Persons) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2005 (SSI 2005/275)

laid under section 61(11)(w) of the Housing ( Scotland) Act 1987

Not Subject to any Parliamentary Procedure

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 24 May 2005 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 3) (Scotland) Revocation Order 2005 (SSI 2005/272)—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 8) (Scotland) Order 2004 Revocation Order 2005 (SSI 2005/273)—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 9) (Scotland) Order 2004 Revocation Order 2005 (SSI 2005/274)—

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

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 23 May 2005 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Audit Committee, 2nd Report, 2005 (Session 2), Scottish Executive Health Department Response: Report on Community Care (SE/2005/91)

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 25 May 2005 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Mazars Report to the Scottish Commission for Public Audit – Examination under Section 25(4) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000 (SP Paper 362)

laid under section 25(6) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 24 May 2005

Baird Trust Reorganisation Bill Committee, 1st Report, 2005 (Session 2): Preliminary Stage Report on the Baird Trust Reorganisation Bill (SP Paper 345)