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Meeting of the Parliament
Thursday 28 September 2006
Note: (DT) signifies a decision taken at Decision Time.
The meeting opened at 9.15 am.
1. Trident: Roseanna Cunningham moved S2M-4864—That the Parliament believes that there is no justification for the renewal or replacement of the Trident nuclear weapons system.
Jackie Baillie moved amendment S2M-4864.5 to motion S2M-4864—
Leave out from “believes” to end and insert—
After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 56, Against 57, Abstentions 4).
Euan Robson moved amendment S2M-4864.3 to motion S2M-4864—
Leave out from “believes” to end and insert—
After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 17, Against 86, Abstentions 15).
Chris Ballance moved amendment S2M-4864.4 to motion S2M-4864—
Insert at end—
After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 43, Against 74, Abstentions 1).
The motion was then disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 44, Against 72, Abstentions 2).
2. Small Businesses: Jim Mather moved S2M-4863—That the Parliament recognises the critically important role that small businesses play in delivering economic growth and local services and confirms the need to deliver specific tangible measures to bolster the competitiveness of Scottish small businesses, such as the SNP’s recent Small Business Bonus Scheme which would result in 120,000 small businesses being freed from the burden of business rates, and also recognises that, in implementing such schemes, it will help to increase the viability of individual small businesses and contribute to creating the growth that would allow Scotland’s living standards to converge on the higher living standards enjoyed elsewhere, thereby encouraging yet more small business start-ups, creating many more jobs, widening the tax base, increasing local economic vibrancy and improving local services and confidence across Scotland.
The Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning (Allan Wilson) moved amendment S2M-4863.2 to motion S2M-4863—
Leave out from “critically important” to end and insert—
Murdo Fraser moved amendment S2M-4863.1 to motion S2M-4863—
Leave out from “confirms” to end and insert—
After debate, amendment S2M-4863.2 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 65, Against 44, Abstentions 9). As a result, amendment S2M-4863.1 was pre-empted.
The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 23, Abstentions 31).
Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament recognises the central role that small businesses play in delivering both economic growth and local services and welcomes the success that the Scottish Executive has had in supporting the growth in the total employment and overall number of small businesses and new business start-ups in Scotland since 1999; welcomes the benefit that small firms gain from a range of grant schemes that encourage the development of new products and processes, the creation or safeguarding of jobs and becoming more energy efficient, and also welcomes the Executive’s Small Business Rates Relief Scheme that results in around 70% of non-domestic rate subjects in Scotland receiving rates relief of up to 50% and the decision to equalise the poundage with England from 1 April 2007, which demonstrates our determination to deliver the right conditions for all businesses to grow by encouraging yet more small business start-ups, creating more jobs, widening the tax base, increasing local economic activity and improving local services across Scotland.
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 Justice and Law Officers and on Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning, were answered by Scottish Ministers and junior Scottish Ministers and by the Scottish Law Officers.
6. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Communities (Malcolm Chisholm) made a statement and answered questions on Right to Buy.
7. St Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: Dennis Canavan moved S2M-4827—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the St Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Bill.
After debate, the motion was agreed to (DT).
8. Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill – Financial Resolution: The Deputy Minister for Justice (Hugh Henry) moved S2M-4872—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any expenditure of a kind referred to in Rule 9.12.3(b)(ii) of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.
The motion was agreed to (DT).
9. Breach of the Code of Conduct for MSPs: Brian Adam, on behalf of the Standards and Public Appointments Committee, moved S2M-4846—That the Parliament notes the 2nd Report, 2006 (Session 2) of the Standards and Public Appointments Committee, Complaint against Mike Pringle MSP (SP Paper 636) and agrees to impose the sanction recommended in the report that Mike Pringle MSP be excluded from all meetings of the Parliament and all meetings of its committees for the first five sitting days immediately after this motion is agreed.
After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 91, Against 6, Abstentions 18).
10. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9 as noted above.
11. Withdrawal of Alimta for Mesothelioma Patients: The Parliament debated S2M-4742 in the name of Shona Robison—That the Parliament regrets that the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence’s (NICE) final appraisal determination on Alimta does not recommend Alimta for the treatment of mesothelioma except as part of ongoing or new clinical trials; is concerned that the drug could potentially be withdrawn if NICE repeats that opinion in its final report due to be published in October 2006; realises that, in practice, NICE’s decisions ordinarily supersede Scottish advice which could lead to the withdrawal of this drug for Scottish sufferers; recognises that such a move would have a devastating effect on mesothelioma sufferers here in Scotland given that Alimta has been shown to be effective in increasing life expectancy and improving the quality of life of patients; is aware that NHS Quality Improvement Scotland (QIS) will be reviewing its decision to offer the drug in Scotland in light of the NICE recommendation; therefore urges NHS QIS to recognise the contextual differences in Scotland, such as in epidemiology, with a large concentration of mesothelioma cases in Dundee and other post-industrial areas of Scotland; furthermore recognises the existing advice from the Scottish Medicines Consortium that Alimta should be freely available in Scotland, and therefore believes that the Scottish Executive should guarantee the availability of Alimta to existing and future sufferers of mesothelioma in Scotland.
The meeting closed at 5.47 pm.
P E Grice
New Bills introduced or reprinted on 27 September 2006
Education (School Meals etc.) (Scotland) Bill —A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to make provision for free school meals, water and milk in education authority primary schools; to confer further powers on the Scottish Ministers to extend such provision; to require the Scottish Ministers to set nutritional standards for certain school meals and to establish a complaints procedure in relation to the standards; and to confer powers on the Scottish Ministers to regulate the sale and advertisement of food and drink at certain schools. (SP Bill 74) (Member’s Bill)
Introduced by: Frances Curran
Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 74-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 74-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.
Rights of Relatives to Damages (Mesothelioma) (Scotland) Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to amend the law concerning the right of certain relatives of a deceased person to claim damages in respect of the death of the deceased from mesothelioma. (SP Bill 75) (Executive Bill)
Introduced by: Cathy Jamieson
Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 75-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 75-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.
Scottish Register of Tartans Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to establish a Scottish Register of Tartans and to provide for the appointment and functions of the Keeper of that Register. (SP Bill 76) (Member’s Bill)
Introduced by: Mr Jamie McGrigor
Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 76-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 76-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.
The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 28 September 2006 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—
The following reports were published on 28 September 2006—