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Meeting of the Parliament
Thursday 17 November 2005
Note: (DT) signifies a decision taken at Decision Time.
The meeting opened at 9.15 am.
1. Dentistry: The Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care (Lewis Macdonald) moved S2M-3584—That the Parliament notes the widespread concern about loss of access to NHS dentists; endorses the view that public resources should be focussed on the provision of NHS dentistry available to all and measures proven to improve oral health; welcomes the progress that has been made to date in implementing Improving Oral Health and Modernising NHS Dental Services in Scotland; recognises the positive developments in improving oral health, supporting dental education and training, increasing the workforce and supporting primary care dental services, and acknowledges the vital contribution which NHS dental services make to health improvement and patient care.
Shona Robison moved amendment S2M-3584.2 to motion S2M-3584—
Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—
After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 33, Against 85, Abstentions 0).
Mrs Nanette Milne moved amendment S2M-3584.1 to motion S2M-3584—
Leave out from “endorses” to end and insert—
After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 16, Against 72, Abstentions 29).
Carolyn Leckie moved amendment S2M-3584.3 to motion S2M-3584—
Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—
After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 8, Against 80, Abstentions 30).
The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 74, Against 15, Abstentions 29).
2. General Question Time: 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 Environment and Rural Development, and on Health and Community Care were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.
5. Waste Strategy: The Minister for Environment and Rural Development (Ross Finnie) moved S2M-3585—That the Parliament welcomes the progress made in implementing the National Waste Plan; commends the response of the Scottish public to the efforts of local authorities, the community sector, the waste management industry and others which has led to major improvements in Scotland’s recycling and composting rate for municipal waste; acknowledges the increased use of recycled material and the economic opportunities which this creates, and welcomes the Executive’s consultation on the Sustainable Management of Waste from Business and Public Sector Organisations in Scotland and its forthcoming consultation on preventing household waste.
Richard Lochhead moved amendment S2M-3585.1 to motion S2M-3585—
After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 38, Against 78, Abstentions 0).
John Scott moved amendment S2M-3585.2 to motion S2M-3585—
Leave out from first “welcomes” to end and insert—
After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 15, Against 74, Abstentions 29).
Shiona Baird moved amendment S2M-3585.3 to motion S2M-3585—
Leave out from “implementing” to end and insert—
After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 15, Against 80, Abstentions 23).
The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 90, Against 20, Abstentions 8).
6. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1 and 5 as noted above.
7. Aboyne Maternity Unit: The Parliament debated S2M-3400 in the name of Mike Rumbles—That the Parliament welcomes the excellent work carried out by staff at Aboyne Hospital’s maternity unit; notes that the number of mothers giving birth at Aboyne is increasing, with the number of deliveries rising from 34 in 2003 to 60 in 2004, and notes that the number of bookings has increased by 71 per cent for the coming year; agrees that the unit is an excellent example of health services being delivered locally as advocated by Professor David Kerr in his report, Building a Health Service Fit for the Future; further agrees that expectant mothers should have the option of giving birth locally, at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary or in the home; notes with concern the possibility of the unit being closed, and considers that NHS Grampian should work with local people to ensure that the unit remains open.
The meeting closed at 6.01 pm.
P E Grice
New Bills introduced or reprinted on 16 November 2005
Licensing (Scotland) Bill—The Bill was reprinted as passed (SP Bill 37B) (Executive Bill).
The following proposed draft order was laid before the Parliament on 17 November 2005
The following document was laid before the Parliament on 17 November 2005 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure
The following reports were published on 17 November 2005—