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Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 8 December 2005

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

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

  1. First Anniversary of the Criminal Justice Plan: The Parliament debated the First Anniversary of the Criminal Justice Plan.

  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 Health and Community Care and on Environment and Rural Development were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

  5. Future Arrangements for Health Services in the Argyll and Clyde Area: The Minister for Health and Community Care (Mr Andy Kerr) moved S2M-3684—That the Parliament supports the decisive action announced by the Scottish Executive on 19 May 2005 to dissolve Argyll and Clyde NHS Board and to redraw the boundaries of the neighbouring boards to take over its responsibilities from April 2006; believes that these steps will address the board’s structural and financial problems; applauds the continued successful efforts of staff in NHS Argyll and Clyde to maintain comprehensive healthcare services for the people of the area; notes that a full public consultation has been held on the boundary option to be adopted, and supports NHS Highland and NHS Greater Glasgow in their task of returning services to financial balance while maintaining high standards of quality and access.

Shona Robison moved amendment S2M-3684.2 to motion S2M-3684—

Leave out from first “supports” to end and insert—

“regrets the failure of the Scottish Executive to direct effectively the management of Argyll and Clyde NHS Board prior to its reorganisation of December 2002 and the continuing lack of direction and support that resulted in the Executive’s decision to dissolve the board two years and five months later in May 2005 and to redraw the boundaries of the neighbouring boards to take over its responsibilities from April 2006; applauds the continued successful efforts of staff in NHS Argyll and Clyde during these difficult times to maintain comprehensive healthcare services for the people of the area; demands clear evidence that input from the public consultation on the boundary option to be adopted has been fully and objectively considered; supports NHS Highland and NHS Greater Glasgow in their task of returning services to financial balance while maintaining high standards of quality and access, and demands that the Executive provides these boards with adequate support and more effective leadership and direction that will assist them to address credibly the structural and financial problems in NHS Argyll and Clyde.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 30, Against 67, Abstentions 19).

Miss Annabel Goldie moved amendment S2M-3684.4 to motion S2M-3684—

Leave out from first “supports” to end and insert—

“applauds the efforts of all clinicians and staff in NHS Argyll and Clyde, at this unsettling time, to maintain the delivery of services; expresses profound concern about the inadequate nature of the consultation process concerning the future of NHS Argyll and Clyde; believes that the consultation paper lacked both a clear analysis of the structural and financial problems facing the existing NHS Board and any robust information about the implications of revised NHS board areas for acute hospital services, which the public needs to make informed choices about the options presented, and therefore calls for the necessary analysis and information to be provided for the public as a matter of urgency and for the consultation to be reopened, in order that informed decisions can be made.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 22, Against 73, Abstentions 21).

Frances Curran moved amendment S2M-3684.3 to motion S2M-3684—

Leave out from first “supports” to end and insert—

“believes that the Scottish Executive’s decision to dissolve Argyll and Clyde NHS Board was hasty and the subsequent consultation document issued concerning the new boundary options for the services provided by NHS Argyll and Clyde was completely inadequate, lacking both financial information and possible impact assessment on service provision from a reallocation of resources to NHS Highland and NHS Greater Glasgow; further believes that no-one responding to the consultation could reach an informed view on these issues; therefore calls for this information to be placed in the public domain before any decision, which could have a major impact on jobs and services within the existing Argyll and Clyde NHS Board area, is taken by the Executive, and applauds the work of the existing staff to continue to provide healthcare services within NHS Argyll and Clyde despite the enormous uncertainty that they feel about their own employment.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 6, Against 73, Abstentions 37).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 74, Against 19, Abstentions 23).

  1. Rule 9.5.3A: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3677—That the Parliament agrees, for the purposes of consideration of the Joint Inspection of Children’s Services and Inspection of Social Work Services (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2, that Rule 9.5.3A be suspended.

    The motion was agreed to (DT).

  2. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3678—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Joint Inspection of Children’s Services and Inspection of Social Work Services (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 22 December 2005.

    The motion was agreed to.

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

  4. Supporters Hope that SFA will Admit John Thomson to Hall of Fame: The Parliament debated S2M-3243 in the name of Helen Eadie—That the Parliament notes that football supporters across Scotland continue to honour the memory of John Thomson, the young Celtic football player who so tragically lost his life in 1931; further notes that the people of Cardenden, in particular, and Scotland, generally, have continued annually since his death to honour and pay tribute to this legendary international football player who continues to serve as a role model for Scotland’s children as a person who was so decent, so upstanding and so honoured for setting standards for behaviour in football of all that is best, and hopes that the Scottish Football Association will admit John Thomson to Scotland’s Hall of Fame.

The meeting closed at 5.42 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
8 December 2005

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

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 8 December 2005 and is subject to annulment

The Avian Influenza (Preventive Measures) (Date for Identification of Poultry Premises) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/625)

laid under paragraph 2(2) of Schedule 2 to the European Communities Act 1972

Not Subject to any Parliamentary Procedure

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 8 December 2005 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 9) (Scotland) Revocation Order 2005 (SSI 2005/627)—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 10) (Scotland) Revocation Order 2005 (SSI 2005/628)—

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

Legislative Consent Memorandums

The following memorandum was lodged on 8 December 2005

Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Health Bill (LCM2-1)

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 8 December 2005—

Communities Committee, 11th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 467)

Environment and Rural Development Committee, 14th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 468)

Environment and Rural Development Committee, 15th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Animal Welfare Bill - UK Legislation (SP Paper 469)