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Thursday 14 February 2007

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

The meeting opened at 2.15 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Imam Arif, Central Scotland Islamic Centre, Stirling, led Time for Reflection.

2. Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill – Stage 3: The Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform (Mr Tom McCabe) moved S2M-5551—That the Parliament agrees that the Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill be passed.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 108, Against 5, Abstentions 1).

3. Making the NHS Local: The Minister for Health and Community Care (Mr Andy Kerr) moved S2M-5572—That the Parliament supports the goal of further shifting the balance of care away from reactive, episodic care in the acute sector towards preventive, integrated and continuous care embedded in local communities; congratulates NHS Scotland on the significant progress in making its service more local, as required by “Delivering for Health”; welcomes for instance the 50% increase in funding for primary medical services over the period from 2002-03 to 2006-07 and unprecedented investment in primary and community care premises; supports the new community hospital strategy with its focus on providing local facilities and services appropriate to modern-day demands; welcomes the establishment of the Scottish Centre for Telehealth in Grampian and the approaches it will bring to widening access to specialist services, such as seen in the tele-neurology service in Orkney; commends the shift from hospital-based provision to local access for services such as chemotherapy and dialysis and expects community health partnerships to continue to accelerate such a shift; recognises the benefits to communities of more local access for the majority of their unscheduled care needs that will be brought about by the development of community casualty units; welcomes the continuing development of new staff roles and expertise as a means to carry services closer to patients; supports the community pharmacy minor ailments service as an excellent example of improved local access; supports the Scottish Executive’s intention to improve Scotland’s health, focussing especially on reducing inequalities between those with the best and worst health; acknowledges the contribution to improving health of services in local communities for people of all ages, from improving children’s dental health in Glasgow to promoting walking for health by older people; applauds the world-leading anticipatory care “Keep well” services which tackle coronary heart disease in the most deprived communities, and welcomes this package of service change and the continued development of local community health partnerships as a strong and coherent response to the changing pattern of demand that NHS Scotland will face.

Shona Robison moved amendment S2M-5572.2 to motion S2M-5572—

Leave out from “the goal of” to end and insert—

“the delivery of core acute services, such as accident and emergency and maternity services, as locally as possible while also recognising that some specialist services may need to be delivered in larger centres; recognises that "Delivering for Health" provides an opportunity to reverse the trend of further centralisation and keep services local; welcomes the additional investment in primary medical services; supports the new community hospital strategy with its focus on providing local facilities and services appropriate to modern-day demands; welcomes the establishment of the Scottish Centre for Telehealth in Grampian and the approaches it will bring to widening access to specialist services, such as seen in the tele-neurology service in Orkney; commends the shift from hospital-based provision to local access for services such as chemotherapy and dialysis and expects community health partnerships to continue to accelerate such a shift; recognises the benefits of community casualty units which can help to relieve pressure from busy accident and emergency departments; welcomes the continuing development of new staff roles and expertise as a means to carry services closer to patients; supports the community pharmacy minor ailments service as an excellent example of improved local access; supports the increasing focus of NHS Scotland on reducing inequalities between those with the best and worst health; acknowledges the contribution to improving health of services in local communities for people of all ages, from improving children’s dental health in Glasgow to promoting walking for health by older people; applauds the world-leading anticipatory care "Keep well" services which tackle coronary heart disease in the most deprived communities, and welcomes the continued development of local community health partnerships as a strong and coherent response to the changing pattern of demand that NHS Scotland will face.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 30, Against 67, Abstentions 15).

Mrs Nanette Milne moved amendment S2M-5572.3 to motion S2M-5572—

Leave out from “congratulates” to end and insert—

“however recognises the importance of retaining a sustainable number of acute sector beds and services and recognises continuing public concern over the extent of proposed centralisation of hospital services; congratulates the NHS where it has established innovative approaches to meeting modern day demands such as the use of tele-medicine in Grampian and Orkney and the shift of chemotherapy and dialysis to the local community; recognises the increase in funding for the NHS however notes that despite this substantial increase there are still many issues to address; supports the Scottish Executive’s focus on health promotion and reducing inequalities between those with the best and worst health however believes that patient need would be best met with more purchasing power being placed in the hands of patients and GPs so that their choices determine the development of the service, and also seeks to develop a health service driven by clinical need rather than responding to centrally imposed targets.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 16, Against 98, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 73, Against 5, Abstentions 36).

4. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5577—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 21 February 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate: Antisocial Behaviour

followed by Scottish National Party Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 22 February 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Environment and Rural Development;
Health and Community Care

2.55 pm Executive Debate: Affordable Housing

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 28 February 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 1 March 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

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

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.55 pm Stage 3 Proceedings: Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

5. Approval of SSI: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5574—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Amendment of Specified Authorities) Order 2007 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 3 and 5 as noted above.

7. Awareness of Coeliac Disease: The Parliament debated S2M-5385 in the name of Margo MacDonald—That the Parliament is concerned that the average general practitioner has little or no experience of coeliac disease, an extremely debilitating illness that affects one in 100 of the population, of which seven out of eight are undiagnosed; regrets that the lack of knowledge of this condition prevents many people with coeliac disease from receiving early diagnosis, leading to serious complications such as osteoporosis and bowel cancer if left undetected; welcomes the work done by Coeliac UK in providing literature, advice, a helpline and dietary information to address this need, and believes that the Scottish Executive should promote such measures as it sees fit to ensure that GPs in the Lothians and throughout Scotland receive more appropriate training and support to enable them to recognise and to diagnose the disease more accurately.

The meeting closed at 5.58 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
14 February 2007

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 8 February 2007

Transport and Works (Scotland) Bill—The Bill was reprinted as passed (SP Bill 66B) (Executive Bill).

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 13 February 2007

Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill—The Bill was reprinted as amended at Stage 2. (SP Bill 68A) (Executive Bill)

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments
The following instruments were laid in draft before the Parliament on 9 February 2007 for approval by resolution—

The Advice and Assistance (Financial Limit) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007—

The Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2007—

The Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2007—

laid under section 37(2) of the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986

The Debt Arrangement Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007

laid under section 62(2) of the Debt Arrangement and Attachment (Scotland) Act 2002           

The Local Governance (Scotland) Act (Allowances and Expenses) Regulations 2007

laid under sections 11 and 16 of the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004

The National Waste Management Plan for Scotland Regulations 2007

laid under paragraph 2(2) of Schedule 2 to the European Communities Act 1972

The Number of Inner House Judges (Variation) Order 2007

laid under section 2(2D) of the Court of Session Act 1988

The Renewables Obligation (Scotland) Order 2007

laid under section 32(9) of the Electricity Act 1989

The Town and Country Planning (Marine Fish Farming) (Scotland) Order 2007

laid under section 275(5A) of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 and section 58(5) of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 12 February 2007 for approval by resolution

The Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Notification Requirements) (Scotland) Regulations 2007

laid under section 138(2) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 14 February 2006 for approval by resolution

The Representation of the People (Post-Local Government Elections Supply and Inspection of Documents) (Scotland) Regulations 2007

laid under section 61(4) of the Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Act 2006

The draft Town and Country Planning (Marine Fish Farming) (Scotland) Order 2007, which was laid on 8 February 2007, has been withdrawn

The Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Notification Requirements) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, which were laid on 2 February 2007, have been withdrawn
 
The Representation of the People (Post-Local Government Elections Supply and Inspection of Documents) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, which was laid on 8 February 2007, has been withdrawn

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 9 February 2007 and are subject to annulment—

The Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003 (Rural Housing Bodies) Amendment Order 2007 (SSI 2007/58)

laid under section 127(1) of the Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003

The Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/59)—

The Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/60)—

laid under section 37(1) of the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986

The Sea Fish (Prohibited Methods of Fishing) (Firth of Clyde) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/63)

section 20(5) of the Sea Fish (Conservation) Act 1967

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 12 February 2007 and is subject to annulment

The Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001 (Commencement No. 7 and Transitional Provisions) Amendment Order 2007 (SSI 2007/67)

laid under section 78(2) of the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 13 February 2007 and are subject to annulment—

The Police (Injury Benefit) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/68)

laid under section 1 of the Police Pensions Act 1976

The Avian Influenza (Preventive Measures) (Scotland) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/69)

laid under section 91(5) of the Animal Health Act 1981

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 9 February 2007 and is subject to draft affirmative procedure

The Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005: Draft Guidance for Licensing Boards and Local Authorities (SE/2007/9)

laid under section 142(5) of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005

The draft Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005: Draft Guidance for Licensing Boards and Local Authorities (SE/2007/9), which was laid on 25 January 2007, has been withdrawn

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 9 February 2007

Communities Committee, 3rd Report, 2007 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 742)

The following reports were published on 13 February 2007—

SP735 - Consideration Stage Report on the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill

SP736 - Appropriate Assessment Report on the Firth of Forth Special Protection Area

SP737 - Report on the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill and European Protected Species

The following report was published on 14 February 2007

            Local Provision of Mental Health Care in Scotland (SP Paper 744)