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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 26 March 2008

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

The meeting opened at 2.30pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Rev Scott Guy, Northfield Parish Church, Aberdeen led Time for Reflection.

2. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-1632—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 26 March 2008—

after

Wednesday 26 March 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

insert

followed by Ministerial Statement: Scottish Prison Service Report on Robert Foye

The motion was agreed to.

3. Ministerial Statement: The Cabinet Secretary for Justice (Kenny MacAskill) made a statement and answered questions on the Scottish Prison Service Report on Robert Foye.

4. Healthcare Associated Infection Taskforce: The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing (Nicola Sturgeon) moved S3M-1621—That the Parliament notes the Scottish Government’s commitment to bring infection rates down by investing £54 million to support a far more intensive and targeted three-year programme of healthcare associated infection (HAI) work from 1 April 2008; believes that the Scottish Government is right to introduce a one-year pilot MRSA screening programme to shape a planned, structured and deliverable national screening programme from 2009-10; welcomes the links that will be established between the Patient Safety and Patient Experience programmes and the HAI agenda to bring about a coherency of approach in the way that NHSScotland delivers its service to patients; welcomes the Scottish Government’s continuation of the multi-agency HAI Task Force, and agrees with the challenging target that the Scottish Government has set for all staff of NHS boards to achieve at least 90% hand hygiene compliance by November 2008.

Margaret Curran moved amendment S3M-1621.1 to motion S3M-1621—

insert at end—

“commends the progress made by the previous Labour-led government in establishing the HAI Task Force and ensuring that Scotland was a model for tackling healthcare associated infections and should continue to be so; asks the Scottish Government to commit to tackling all healthcare associated infections, not just MRSA; notes the importance of combating infections in care homes, and calls for a specific plan of action to do so.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 96, Against 0, Abstentions 16).

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to ((DT).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament notes the Scottish Government’s commitment to bring infection rates down by investing £54 million to support a far more intensive and targeted three-year programme of healthcare associated infection (HAI) work from 1 April 2008; believes that the Scottish Government is right to introduce a one-year pilot MRSA screening programme to shape a planned, structured and deliverable national screening programme from 2009-10; welcomes the links that will be established between the Patient Safety and Patient Experience programmes and the HAI agenda to bring about a coherency of approach in the way that NHSScotland delivers its service to patients; welcomes the Scottish Government’s continuation of the multi-agency HAI Task Force; agrees with the challenging target that the Scottish Government has set for all staff of NHS boards to achieve at least 90% hand hygiene compliance by November 2008; commends the progress made by the previous Labour-led government in establishing the HAI Task Force and ensuring that Scotland was a model for tackling healthcare associated infections and should continue to be so; asks the Scottish Government to commit to tackling all healthcare associated infections, not just MRSA; notes the importance of combating infections in care homes, and calls for a specific plan of action to do so.

5. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-1633—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 16 April 2008

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Scotland Week

followed by Justice Committee Debate: 4th Report 2008 - Report on Inquiry into the Effective Use of Police Resources

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 17 April 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Labour Party Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister's Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time
Finance and Sustainable Growth

2.55 pm Stage 1 Debate: Public Health etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Wednesday 23 April 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 24 April 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister's Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Europe, External Affairs and Culture;
Education and Lifelong Learning

2.55 pm Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

The motion was agreed to.

6. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-1634—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Creative Scotland Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 20 June 2008.

The motion was agreed to.

7. Approval of SSIs Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S3M-1635—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 be approved.

S3M-1636—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 be approved.

S3M-1637—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Protected Trust Deeds (Scotland) Regulations 2008 be approved.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

8. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 4 and 7 as noted above.

9. Choices for People Coming to the End of Terminal Illness: The Parliament debated S3M-1452 in the name of Jeremy Purvis—That the Parliament recognises and commends the committed work of all health professionals and carers who support patients with terminal illness; welcomes the advances in the palliative care movement over recent years that have benefited patients who are coming towards the end of terminal illness, specifically in the Borders; further welcomes national campaigns to allow patients to be aware of choices that they can make about their treatment and facilitate more patients to make the choice of dying at home, but believes, however, that there remain patients who wish to have greater control of their treatment and that it is right to debate allowing greater legal support for the choices that some patients may make to ask for assistance to die as they come towards the end of their terminal illnesses.

10. Motion without Notice: Jeremy Purvis moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended until 5.55 pm. The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 5.55 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
26 March 2008

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

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 25 March 2008 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Sweet 16?: The age of leaving care in Scotland (CCYP/2008/3)

laid under section 12 of the Commissioner for Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2003

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 21 March 2008

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 13th Report, 2008 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 78)

The following reports were published on 26 March 2008—

Justice Committee, 9th Report, 2008 (Session 3): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 79)

Justice Committee, 10th Report, 2008 (Session 3): Report on the Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Statute Law Repeals Bill (LCM (S3) 11.1) (SP Paper 80)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 14th Report, 2008 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 81)