|Back to the Scottish Parliament||Minutes of Proceedings Vol. 3, No. 44 Session 2|
Meeting of the Parliament
Thursday 22 December 2005
Note: (DT) signifies a decision taken at Decision Time.
The meeting opened at 9.15 am.
1. Blood Products: Carolyn Leckie moved S2M-3767—That the Parliament recognises the dogged efforts of patients, relatives, campaigners and all those who have highlighted the issues around the contamination of blood products, including those with viruses such as Hepatitis C and HIV, in the past and the serious consequences for the recipients of these products and their families; acknowledges the previous and continuing work of the Parliament’s Health Committee and MSPs; accepts that campaigners’ demands for a full, independent, public inquiry remain outstanding; believes that there is now more information in the public domain and that the debate has moved on, and agrees that there should now be a full, independent public inquiry.
The Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care (Lewis Macdonald) moved amendment S2M-3767.2 to motion S2M-3767—
Leave out from “recognises” to end and insert—
Mrs Nanette Milne moved amendment S2M-3767.1 to motion S2M-3767—
Leave out from “accepts” to end and insert—
After debate, amendment S2M-3767.2 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 76, Against 16, Abstentions 21). As a result, S2M-3767.1 was pre-empted.
The motion, as amended, was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 77, Against 14, Abstentions 22).
Accordingly, the Parliament—That the Parliament expresses its profound sympathy for those patients who have been infected with Hepatitis C through NHS treatment with blood or blood products; welcomes the payments which are being made by the Scottish Executive to help with the suffering and hardship involved; notes that there have been significant improvements in knowledge and in the safety of blood products since these events took place; believes that there is now more information in the public domain and that the debate has moved on, and believes that the focus should now be on practical action which would benefit the future delivery of services or patient care.
2. “Torture Flights” on Scottish Soil: Frances Curran moved S2M-3766—That the Parliament considers, in light of recent decisions by the governments of Sweden, Spain and Iceland, by the European Union and now by Michael Todd, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police in England, to undertake inquiries into rendition flights, that the Scottish Executive should follow these examples; believes that there are sufficient grounds to justify an independent inquiry into the possible use of Scottish airports by CIA rendition flights, and further believes that the Lord Advocate should instruct the police to investigate without delay whether there has been a breach of Scots Law.
Scott Barrie moved amendment S2M-3766.4 to motion S2M-3766—
Leave out from “considers” to end, and insert—
Phil Gallie moved amendment S2M-3766.1 to motion S2M-3766—
Leave out from “considers” to end and insert—
Mr Jim Wallace moved amendment S2M-3766.2 to motion S2M-3766—
Leave out from “considers” to end and insert—
After debate, amendment S2M-3766.4 was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 47, Against 53, Abstentions 12).
After debate, the amendment S2M-3766.1 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 59, Against 33, Abstentions 21). As a result, S2M-3766.2 was pre-empted.
The motion, as amended, was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 59, Against 26, Abstentions 28).
Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament supports the UN Convention Against Torture, of which the United Kingdom is a signatory; believes that there is never any justification for torture; welcomes the judgement by the Law Lords that evidence obtained under torture was inadmissible in court and was also inadmissible in a Special Immigration Appeals Commission case; notes the allegations in the press that CIA rendition flights have refuelled in Scotland; trusts that the Foreign Secretary’s assurances that such flights have not landed in Scotland are true, and calls for the Scottish Executive to detail what communications it has had with the Foreign Office over this matter.
3. General Question Time: Questions were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.
4. First Minister’s Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell).
5. Gas Work Notification Scheme: The Parliament debated S2M-3698 in the name of Mr Andrew Welsh—That the Parliament notes with concern the introduction by CORGI of a mandatory notification scheme for all new gas installations in April of this year; further notes that, whilst supporting all measures which genuinely improve gas safety standards, the Gas Work Notification Scheme does not serve to improve standards or to tackle cowboy traders, that it was conceived around the requirements of the Home Information Pack which will apply only in England and Wales and that it places a wholly unnecessary time and cost burden on Scottish registered gas installers, which in turn places an additional cost burden on their major customers, such as Scottish housing associations and local authorities, with no benefit to the Scottish customer; is concerned at the implications of the scheme for gas installers and consumers in Angus; is further concerned that the scheme was introduced by CORGI without due consultation with Scottish member organisations, and considers that the Scottish Executive should ensure that this scheme is withdrawn from Scotland.
6. Themed Question Time: Questions on Education, Tourism, Culture and Sport, and on Finance and Communities were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.
7. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-3759—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Health Committee by 13 January 2006 on the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2006.
The motion was agreed to.
8. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1 and 2 as noted above.
The meeting closed at 3.06 pm.
P E Grice
New Bills introduced or reprinted on 21 December 2005
Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill—The Bill was reprinted as amended at Consideration Stage. (SP Bill 18A) (Private Bill)
Joint Inspection of Children’s Services and Inspection of Social Work Services (Scotland) Bill—The Bill was reprinted as amended at Stage 2. (SP Bill 49A) (Executive Bill)
The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 22 December 2005 and are subject to annulment—
The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 22 December 2005 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—
The following report was published on 22 December 2005