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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 7 June 2006

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

The meeting opened at 2.30pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Ms Emma Campbell, Former pupil of Currie High School, led Time for Reflection.

2. Finance Committee Debate, Cross-cutting Expenditure Review of Deprivation: Des McNulty, on behalf of the Finance Committee, moved S2M-4482—That the Parliament notes the recommendations contained in the Finance Committee’s 5th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Cross-cutting Expenditure Review of Deprivation (SP paper 536).

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

3. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau moved S2M-4505—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 14 June 2006

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service Review of Rape and Sexual Offences

followed by Final Stage Proceedings: Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 15 June 2006

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Debate on an Executive Motion to treat the proposed Senior Judiciary (Vacancies and Incapacity) (Scotland) Bill as an Emergency Bill

followed by Stage 1 Debate: proposed Senior Judiciary (Vacancies and Incapacity) (Scotland) Bill

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Justice and Law Officers;
Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning

2.55 pm Ministerial Statement: Public Service Reform

followed by Committee of the Whole Parliament: Stage 2 Debate on the proposed Senior Judiciary (Vacancies and Incapacity) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: proposed Senior Judiciary (Vacancies and Incapacity) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 21 June 2006

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 22 June 2006

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

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

2.55 pm Continuation of Stage 3 Proceedings: Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

4. Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-4503—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006 be approved.

The motion was agreed to.

5. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2 and 4 as noted above.

6. Mental Health and Deaf and Deafblind People: The Parliament debated S2M-3971 in the name of Mr Adam Ingram—That the Parliament acknowledges and supports the campaign by the Scottish Council on Deafness (SCoD) for equal access to mainstream and specialist mental health services for deaf and deafblind people in Scotland; notes the widespread lack of provision for deaf and deafblind people who have specific language and communication needs and that presently their rights under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) Scotland Act 2003 and Disability Discrimination Act 2005 are not being met, leading to misdiagnosis and unsuitable treatments being applied; further notes with concern the complete lack of consultant psychiatrists in Scotland who are trained and experienced to work with deaf and deafblind people who have mental health problems and that the nearest available specialist mental health service for deaf and deafblind inpatients is Manchester whose outreach service, which is currently used by Scots deaf and deafblind people, is now under threat of closure; endorses the campaign for a specialist mental health service for deaf and deafblind people in Scotland, funded through the NHS, and SCoD’s aim of providing support for training and recruiting of deaf and deafblind people to enable them to work with deaf and deafblind patients; backs SCoD’s call for additional resourcing for mainstream psychiatric services in both hospital and community settings which would lead to greater accessibility for deaf and deafblind people with mental health problems, and recommends the establishment of a specialist Scottish centre for deaf and deafblind people with mental health problems in the south of Scotland or other suitable region.

The meeting closed at 5.44 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
7 June 2006

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 1 June 2006

Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill—A corrected version of the Bill as amended at Stage 2 has been printed. (SP Bill 52A [Revised] (Executive Bill)

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 7 June 2006 for approval by resolution

The Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2006

laid under section 44(5) of the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006

The Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2006, laid in draft on 19 May 2006, has been withdrawn

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 6 June 2006 and are subject to annulment—

The Robert Gordon University (Scotland) Order of Council 2006 (SSI 2006/298)

laid under section 60 of the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 1992

The General Dental Council (Professions Complementary to Dentistry) Regulations Order of Council 2006 (SI 2006/1440)

laid under section 36A(4) of the Dentists Act 1984

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 7 June 2006 and are subject to annulment—

The Contaminants in Food (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/306)—

The Plastic Materials and Articles in Contact with Food (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/314)—

laid under section 48(3) of the Food Safety Act 1990

The National Health Service (Superannuation Scheme and Additional Voluntary Contributions) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/307)—

The Teachers’ Superannuation (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/308)—

laid under section 12(6) of the Superannuation Act 1972

The Human Tissue (Specification of Posts) (Scotland) Order 2006 (SSI 2006/309)—

The Approval of Research on Organs No Longer Required for Procurator Fiscal Purposes (Specified Persons) (Scotland) Order 2006 (SSI 2006/310)—

laid under section 59(2) of the Human Tissue (Scotland) Act 2006

The Education (Student Loans) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006 316)

laid under section 1(7) of the Education (Student Loans) Act 1990

The National Health Service (Pharmaceutical Services) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 3) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/320)

laid under section 105(2) of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 6 June 2006 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

9th Report of the Financial Reporting Advisory Board Report for the period April 2005 to March 2006 (SE/2006/76)

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 6 June 2006

Procedures Committee, 4th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Motions and Decisions (SP Paper 589)

The following report was published on 7 June 2006

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 27th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 591)