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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 16 April 2008

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

The meeting opened at 2.00 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Rev Muriel Pearson, Cranhill Parish Church, Glasgow led Time for Reflection.

2. Ministerial Statement: The First Minister (Alex Salmond) made a statement and answered questions on Scotland Week.

3. Report on Inquiry into the Effective Use of Police Resources: Bill Aitken moved S3M-1629—That the Parliament notes the conclusions and recommendations contained in the Justice Committee’s 4th Report, 2008 (Session 3): Report on Inquiry into the Effective Use of Police Resources (SP Paper 50).

After debate, the motion was agreed to (DT).

4. business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-1718—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 17 April 2008—

after

12 noon First Minister's Question Time

delete

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Finance and Sustainable Growth

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

and insert

2.00 pm Themed Question Time

Finance and Sustainable Growth

2.40 pm Ministerial Statement: Extension of the First ScotRail Franchise

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Public Health etc. (Scotland) Bill

The motion was agreed to.

5. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-1714—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 23 April 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Hepatitis C

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Historic Scotland and Local Authorities

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Statute Law (Repeals) Bill – UK Legislation

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 Ministerial Statement

followed by Scottish Government Debate: International Education

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 Local Government and Communities Committee Debate: 5th Report 2008: Planning Application Processes
(Menie Estate)

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Wednesday 30 April 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 1 May 2008

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

Health and Wellbeing

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. Designation of Lead Committee: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-1713—That the Parliament agrees that the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee be appointed as the lead committee in consideration of the Scottish Register of Tartans Bill at Stage 1.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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

8. A Call for Better Epilepsy Care: The Parliament debated S3M-1567 in the name of Hugh O’Donnell—That the Parliament welcomes the forthcoming More specialist nurses, better epilepsy care campaign being run by Epilepsy Scotland for National Epilepsy Week 2008; commends the outstanding support that Epilepsy Scotland gives to the estimated 40,000 people in Scotland with this condition; acknowledges the valuable contribution specialist epilepsy nurses make to patient-centred treatment and epilepsy management; recognises the cost savings that these nurse posts make by reducing hospital stays, decreasing consultants’ workload and uncovering misdiagnosis and overtreatment; encourages NHS Scotland to address the shortfall in posts which means access to an epilepsy specialist nurse is a postcode lottery; notes that five NHS boards are without either paediatric, adult or learning disability nurses; believes that funding should be provided for additional epilepsy specialist nurses; advises that the recommendation of the Joint Epilepsy Council of the UK and Ireland for one specialist nurse for adult, paediatric and learning disability, per 100,000 of the population be followed in Scotland; acknowledges that resources for medical and administrative support must be available for specialist nurses to allow them to work effectively; suggests that increased specialist nurse provision will contribute towards related HEAT targets for an improved healthcare experience and rates of attendance at accident and emergency departments, and believes that the requests in this motion relate directly to plans contained in the Scottish Government's Better Health, Better Care strategy for a healthier Scotland, launched on 12 December 2007.

The meeting closed at 17.41 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
16 April 2008

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

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 28 March 2008 and is subject to annulment

The Forestry Challenge Funds (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/135)

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

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 15 April 2008 and are subject to annulment—

The Sea Fishing (Enforcement of Community Quota and Third Country Fishing Measures and Restriction on Days at Sea) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/151)

laid under section 30(4) of the Fisheries Act 1981 and section 43(2) of the Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Act 2007

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 16 April 2008 and is subject to annulment

The Scotland Act 1998 (Agency Arrangements) (Specification) Order 2008 (SI 2008/1035)

laid under section 115 of, the paragraphs 1 and 2 of schedule 7 to, the Scotland Act 1998

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 31 March 2008 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scottish Government Rural Directorate, 2007 Return of Expenditure incurred, Prosecutions taken and Incidences of Notifiable Disease in Imported Animals (SG/2008/15)

laid under section 80 of the Animal Health Act 1981

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 2 April 2008 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

CITB – Construction Skills Annual Report and Accounts 2007 (SG/2008/25)

laid under section 88(3) of the Scotland Act 1998 and section 22(5) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 10 April 2008 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Aberdeen College Financial Statements for the year to 31 July 2007 (SG/2008/28)—

The Adam Smith College, Fife – Annual Accounts for the 12 months ended 31 July 2007 (SG/2008/29)—

Angus College Report and Financial Statements 2006-07 (SG/2008/30)—

Anniesland College Report and Accounts 31 July 2007 (SG/2008/31)—

Ayr College Report of the Board of Management and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2007 (SG/2008/32)—

Banff and Buchan College of Further Education Accounts for the year ended 31 July 2007 (SG/2008/33)—

Barony College Board of Management Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2007 (SG/2008/34)—

Borders College Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2007 (SG/2008/35)—

Cardonald College Report of the Board of Management and Financial Statements 2007 (SG/2008/36)—

Carnegie College Annual Accounts 2006-07 (SG/2008/37)—

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 11 April 2008 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—

Central College of Commerce Board of Management Report and Financial Statements 2006-07 (SG/2008/38)—

Clydebank College Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2007 (SG/2008/39)—

Coatbridge College Report of the Board of Management and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2007 (SG/2008/40)—

Cumbernauld College Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2007 (SG/2008/41)—

Dumfries and Galloway College Report and Financial Statements for the period 1 August 2006 to 31 July 2007 (SG/2008/42)—

Dundee College Report of the Board of Management and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2007 (SG/2008/43)—

Edinburgh’s Telford College Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2007 (SG/2008/44)—

Elmwood College Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2007 (SG/2008/45)—

Forth Valley College Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2007 (SG/2008/46)—

Glasgow College of Nautical Studies Report of the Board of Management for the year ended 31 July 2007 (SG/2008/47)—

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 15 April 2008 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Oatridge College Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2007 (SG/2008/53)—

North Highland College Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2007 (SG/2008/54)—

North Glasgow College Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 July 2007 (SG/2008/55)—

Motherwell College Report of the Board of Management and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2007 (SG/2008/56)—

Moray College Report of the Board of Management and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2007 (SG/2008/57)—

Lews Castle College Report of the Board of Management and Annual Accounts for the year ended 31 July 2007 (SG/2008/58)—

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 16 April 2008 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

West Lothian College Annual Accounts 2006-2007 (SG/2008/59)—

Stow College Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2007 (SG/2008/60)—

Stevenson College Edinburgh Reports and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2007 (SG/2008/61)

South Lanarkshire College Financial Statements for the 12 months ended 31 July 2007 (SG/2008/62)—

Reid Kerr College Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2007 (SG/2008/63)—

Perth College Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2007 (SG/2008/64)

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