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Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 18 May 2006

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

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1. The Implications of the Kerr Report: Future Needs of the NHS: The Parliament debated the implications of the Kerr Report: Future Needs of the NHS.

2. Procedures Committee, Procedures relating to Crown appointments: Donald Gorrie moved S2M-4380—That the Parliament notes the Procedures Committee’s 2nd Report 2006 (Session 2), Procedures relating to Crown appointments (SP Paper 515) and agrees that the changes to Standing Orders set out in Annexe A to the report be made with effect from 19 May 2006.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 79, Against 1, Abstentions 19).

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. Themed Question Time: Questions on Health and Community Care and on Environment and Rural Development were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers.

6. Enterprise and Culture Committee, Report on Inquiry into Business Growth: Alex Neil, on behalf of the Enterprise and Culture Committee, moved S2M-4405—That the Parliament notes the recommendations contained in the Enterprise and Culture Committee’s 5th Report 2006 (Session 2): Business Growth - the next 10 years (SP Paper 520).

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

7. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2 and 6 as noted above.

8. RIP Cigarettes: The Parliament debated S2M-4091 in the name of Mr Stewart Maxwell—That the Parliament acknowledges that deaths resulting from fires, of which there were 99 in 2004, are a major concern in Scotland; recognises that they are significantly higher in Scotland than the rest of the United Kingdom and that the majority of fire deaths in Scotland occur in the West of Scotland; notes with concern that smoking materials are one of the leading causes of fires in Scotland and that 50% of all smoking-related fire deaths occur in the West of Scotland; believes that the Scottish Parliament should commit to actively pursuing policies aimed at reducing the number of fire deaths in the West of Scotland and within Scotland as a whole; recognises the role that Reduced Ignition Potential (RIP) cigarettes, commonly referred to as fire-safe cigarettes, could play in reducing damage to property as well as the overall number of fires, fire injuries and fire deaths; supports the implementation of a new fire safety law that would require all cigarettes sold in Scotland to be RIP cigarettes; welcomes the decision of the Chief Fire Officers’ Association in Scotland to support the call for the introduction of fire-safe cigarettes; congratulates Canada and New York for introducing such laws and recognises that the introduction of fire-safe cigarettes would have a significant and positive impact on the number of fire fatalities in Scotland, and believes that the Scottish government should bring forward legislation to introduce this fire safety measure as soon as possible in the hope that Scotland can truly say RIP to fires caused by cigarettes.

The meeting closed at 5.34 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
18 May 2006

Appendix

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

New Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 18 May 2006 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

ECITB Annual Report and Accounts 2005 (SE/2006/74)

laid under section 88(3) of the Scotland Act 1998

Committee Reports

The following Report was published on 18 May 2006

Environment and Rural Development Committee, 6th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 561)