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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 21 May 2008

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Rev Tony Stephen, Banchory Church of Scotland Youth Ministry led Time for Reflection.

2. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Public Health (Shona Robison) made a statement and answered questions on the Smoking Prevention Action Plan.

3. Hepatitis C: The Minister for Public Health (Shona Robison) moved S3M-1943—That the Parliament recognises the leading role that Scotland is taking in tackling hepatitis C as a significant public health issue; acknowledges the launch of the Scottish Government Hepatitis C Phase II Action Plan, backed by funding of £43 million, on 19 May 2008 as a significant step forward in seeking to prevent hepatitis C and in delivering testing, treatment, support and care services to those affected by the disease, and considers that this will enable NHS boards and others identified in the plan to deliver on the actions set out to improve hepatitis C services for patients and others in Scotland.

Dr Richard Simpson moved amendment S3M-1943.1 to motion S3M-1943—

leave out “acknowledges” and insert—

“commends the hard work undertaken by those staff involved in delivering 40 out of 41 action points in Phase I of the Scottish Government’s Hepatitis C Action Plan and welcomes”.

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

Ross Finnie moved amendment S3M-1943.2 to motion S3M-1943—

after “prevent hepatitis C”, insert—

“and working to raise awareness among professionals, the public and those at risk of infection”.

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

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

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament recognises the leading role that Scotland is taking in tackling hepatitis C as a significant public health issue; commends the hard work undertaken by those staff involved in delivering 40 out of 41 action points in Phase I of the Scottish Government’s Hepatitis C Action Plan and welcomes the launch of the Scottish Government Hepatitis C Phase II Action Plan, backed by funding of £43 million on 19 May 2008 as a significant step forward in seeking to prevent hepatitis C and working to raise awareness among professionals, the public and those at risk of infection and in delivering testing, treatment, support and care services to those affected by the disease, and considers that this will enable NHS boards and others identified in the plan to deliver on the actions set out to improve hepatitis C services for patients and others in Scotland.

4. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-1956—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 28 May 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Scottish Futures Trust

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Climate Change

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 29 May 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Drugs Strategy

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Common Agricultural Policy Health Check

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 Debate: Moving Scotland Forward

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Wednesday 4 June 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 5 June 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

Justice and Law Officers;
Rural Affairs and the Environment

2.55 pm Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Robert Brown moved amendment S3M-1956.1 to motion S3M-1956—

leave out—

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Common Agricultural Policy Health Check”

and insert—

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Scottish Futures Trust”.

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to (by division: For 15, Against 62, Abstentions 44).

The motion was then agreed to (by division: For 62, Against 14, Abstentions 45).

5. Decision Time: The Parliament took a decision on item 3 as noted above.

6. Increasing Access to Insulin Pumps: The Parliament debated S3M-1888 in the name of David Stewart—That the Parliament notes the considerable benefits that insulin pumps have for diabetics to help them to manage their condition; notes with concern the current restrictive criteria for eligibility for the use of insulin pumps which have contributed to insulin pump usage in Scotland being among the lowest in western Europe, with only around 0.75% of people with Type 1 diabetes using pumps in Scotland, compared with 15% to 20% in the United States of America and Germany; is concerned at the extreme regional disparity in uptake of insulin pumps across NHS boards, with only two patients receiving insulin pump therapy in NHS Ayrshire and Arran, compared with 42 in NHS Tayside in the most recent figures, despite all NHS boards having received funding for access to insulin pumps; supports the campaign of Diabetes UK to increase access to insulin pumps and welcomes the review being undertaken currently by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) of the eligibility for use of pumps in the NHS, and believes that further steps should be taken to ensure that new NICE guidance that seeks to relax access criteria is adopted swiftly in Scotland, to support all NHS boards to increase access to insulin pumps for patients with diabetes and to enable more training for health practitioners to support patients in moving to the use of pumps where it is clearly of benefit in the management of their diabetes.

The meeting closed at 5.42 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
21 May 2008

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

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instruments were laid in draft before the Parliament on 16 May 2008 for approval by resolution—

The Human Tissue (Scotland) Act 2006 (Consequential Amendment) Order 2008

laid under section 59(3) of the Human Tissue (Scotland) Act 2006

The Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003 (Designation of Participating Countries) (Scotland) Order 2008

laid under section 50(5)(b) of the Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003

Note: The draft Nutritional Requirements for Food and Drink in Schools (Scotland) Regulations 2008, laid before the Parliament on 14 May 2008, has been withdrawn.

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 20 May 2008 for approval by resolution

The Nutritional Requirements for Food and Drink in Schools (Scotland) Regulations 2008

laid under section 133(2ZA) of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 21 May 2008 for approval by resolution

The Charity Test (Specified Bodies) (Scotland) Order 2008

laid under section 103(5) of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 19 May 2008 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Serious Organised Crime Agency Annual Report 2007-08 (SG/2008/85)

laid under section 7(7) of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 20 May 2008 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure

National Audit Office: Making grants efficiently in the culture, media and sport sector (SG/2008/83)

laid under section 9 of the National Audit Act 1983 and section 88 of the Scotland Act 1998

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 21 May 2008 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman: Compendium of Case Reports for May 2008 (SPSO/2008/05) —

Case 200700635: Lanarkshire NHS Board—

Cases 200503162, 200602726 & 200700502: A Medical Practice, Lanarkshire NHS Board; Lanarkshire NHS Board; and Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board—

Cases 200600457 & 200502301: Lanarkshire NHS Board and NHS24—

Case 200600345: Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board—

Case 200601594: Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board—

Case 200700709: Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board—

Case 200600377: Highland NHS Board—

Case 200701928: Highland NHS Board—

Case 200600902: A Medical Practice, Lothian NHS Board—

Case 200701335: Lothian NHS Board—

Cases 200701012 & 200701348: Scottish Ambulance Service and Western Isles NHS Board—

Case 200501879: A Medical Practice, Fife NHS Board—

Case 200601583: Forth Valley NHS Board—

Case 200602374: Forth Valley NHS Board

Case 200700345: A Medical Practice, Fife NHS Board—

Case 200602298: Tayside NHS Board—

Case 200600373: Ayrshire and Arran NHS Board—

Case 200501028: South Lanarkshire Council—

Case 200701770: North Lanarkshire Council—

Case 200600141: The Highland Council—

Case 200600586: Midlothian Council—

Case 200600755: The City of Edinburgh Council—

Case 200601848: Angus Council—

Case 200502524: Aberdeen City Council—

Case 200402038: Dumfries and Galloway Council—

Case 200600312: Scottish Environment Protection Agency—

Cases 200601037, 200602206 and 200602601: Scottish Borders Council and Forestry Commission (Scotland)—

laid under Section 15(1) of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act 2002

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 16 May 2008—

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee, 2nd Report, 2008 (Session 3): Report on Flooding and Flood Management (SP Paper 96)

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee, 3rd Report, 2008 (Session 3): Complaint against Campbell Martin, former MSP (SP Paper 97)