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Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 16 November 2006

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

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1. Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Parliament resumed consideration of the Bill at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to (without division): 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 13, 32, 33, 87, 14 and 15.

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

121 (For 35, Against 74, Abstentions 1)
79 (For 36, Against 76, Abstentions 1)
80 (For 35, Against 77, Abstentions 1)
83 (For 35, Against 75, Abstentions 1)
84 (For 35, Against 77, Abstentions 1)
123 (For 45, Against 74, Abstentions 1)
124 (For 29, Against 78, Abstentions 7)
125 (For 35, Against 77, Abstentions 2)
127 (For 29, Against 76, Abstentions 7)
126 (For 34, Against 78, Abstentions 2)
85 (For 14, Against 95, Abstentions 1)
129 (For 35, Against 77, Abstentions 1)
130 (For 33, Against 76, Abstentions 1)
131 (For 36, Against 77, Abstentions 1)
132 (For 37, Against 77, Abstentions 1)
133 (For 36, Against 75, Abstentions 1)
142 (For 37, Against 70, Abstentions 1)
144 (For 37, Against 72, Abstentions 1)
146 (For 17, Against 94, Abstentions 3)
147 (For 38, Against 73, Abstentions 2)

Amendment 136 was moved and, with the agreement of the Parliament, withdrawn.

The following amendments were not moved: 128, 134, 135, 137, 138, 139, 141, 140, 143 and 145.

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

5. Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3: The Parliament resumed consideration of the Bill at Stage 3.

The following amendments were agreed to (without division): 16, 17, 18, 35, 36, 90, 159, 92, 91, 160 and 161.

The following amendments were agreed to (by division)—

34 (For 112, Against 1, Abstentions 5)
89A (For 110, Against 1, Abstentions 5)
89 (For 112, Against 0, Abstentions 6)

The following amendments were disagreed to (by division)—

149 (For 37, Against 78, Abstentions 1)
150 (For 20, Against 71, Abstentions 27)
151 (For 37, Against 78, Abstentions 2)
152 (For 19, Against 68, Abstentions 25)
153 (For 38, Against 74, Abstentions 1)
155 (For 37, Against 72, Abstentions 2)
156 (For 53, Against 60, Abstentions 1)

The following amendments were not moved: 148, 154, 157 and 158.

6. Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill – Stage 3: The Minister for Communities (Malcolm Chisholm) moved S2M-4921—That the Parliament agrees that the Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Insert at end—

“but, in so doing, expresses regret at the inclusion of Part 9 on business improvement districts as it represents an additional onerous burden both financially and bureaucratically on already overburdened small businesses.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 42, Against 76, Abstentions 1).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 104, Against 13, Abstentions 1).

7. Appointment of Minister: The First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell) moved S2M-5158—That the Parliament agrees that Hugh Henry be appointed as a Minister.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Appointment of Junior Scottish Minister: The First Minister (Mr Jack McConnell) moved S2M-5159—That the Parliament agrees that Des McNulty be appointed as a junior Scottish Minister.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on item 6, 7 and 8 as noted above.

10. National Bed Assessment: The Parliament debated S2M-4525 in the name of Jean Turner—That the Parliament notes that NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde now has responsibility for a population of approximately one million; considers, therefore, that an urgent assessment is required of all numbers of beds, including high dependency and intensive care beds and those set aside for barrier nursing, since availability of every type of bed is crucial to the best clinical decisions and nursing care, as well as to the smooth and easy flow of the patient journey from one area of a hospital to another as their medical condition changes for better or worse; recognises that not having appropriate beds of any kind, in any speciality at any one time, can mean that a patient may have to stay in intensive care longer than necessary and thus block a bed for a patient who should be transferred from a high-dependency bed or theatre to an intensive care unit bed; acknowledges that delays to admission from casualty, accident and emergency or trauma departments may also be due to a lack of all types of beds being available, thus resulting in the discharge of patients in the evening in order to free a bed for an emergency admission; recognises that important elective procedures and operations may have to be cancelled at short notice as a result of no appropriate bed being available because of a general bed shortage, and therefore, in light of an increasingly ageing population with more complex conditions and in anticipation of a further rise of medical admissions including all types of infections, in particular MRSA, winter and summer vomiting viruses which often close wards, considers that work should be done to address our present problems within such a large NHS board and as a result decrease waiting times and lists.

The meeting closed at 5.51 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
16 November 2006

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 16 November 2006 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration Annual Report 2005-06 (SE/2006/217)

laid under section 135(1)(2)(a) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1994

Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration Accounts 2005-06 (SE/2006/218)

laid under section 22(5) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland Annual Report 2005-06 (CPA/2006/2)

laid under schedule 1, paragraph 13(4) of the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 16 November 2006—

Enterprise and Culture Committee, 17th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 672)

Audit Committee, 6th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Implementing the NHS Consultant Contract in Scotland (SP Paper 673)

Health Committee, 17th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 674)