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Meeting of the Parliament
Wednesday 1 October 2008
Note: (DT) signifies a decision taken at Decision Time.
The meeting opened at 2.15 pm.
1. Time for Reflection: Rev Robert Pickles, Orwell and Portmoak Parish Church led Time for Reflection.
2. SPCB Question Time: Questions were answered by members of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body.
3. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Environment (Michael Russell) made a statement and answered questions on Scottish Government Response to the Report of the Committee of Inquiry on Crofting.
4. Public Petitions Committee - 3rd Report 2008: Availability on the NHS of Cancer Treatment Drugs: Frank McAveety moved S3M-2598—That the Parliament notes the conclusions contained in the Public Petitions Committee’s 3rd Report, 2008 (Session 3): Availability on the NHS of cancer treatment drugs (SP Paper 133).
After debate, the motion was agreed to (DT).
5. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-2626—That the Parliament agrees—
(a) the following programme of business—
Wednesday 8 October 2008
Thursday 9 October 2008
Wednesday 29 October 2008
Thursday 30 October 2008
and (b) that the period for members to submit their names for selection for General and Themed Question Times on 30 October 2008 should end at 12.00 noon on Wednesday 8 October.
The motion was agreed to.
6. Approval of SSI: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-2627—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Amendment of Specified Authorities) Order 2008 be approved.
The motion was agreed to (DT).
7. Approval of SSI: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-2628—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Housing Grants (Assessment of Contributions) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 be approved.
The motion was agreed to (DT).
8. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 4, 6 and 7 as noted above.
9. Action on Thrombosis: The Parliament debated S3M-2482 in the name of Trish Godman—That the Parliament notes with concern that, according to provisional figures from the Scottish Government, the total number of deaths from thrombosis in 2007 was 12,275, which represents 21% of all deaths in Scotland; further notes that in 2006 thrombosis killed more than fifty times the number of people who died from MRSA and Clostridium difficile combined, and therefore considers that action should be taken to increase awareness of thrombosis among the public and health professionals and establish an effective prevention strategy for thrombosis in Scottish hospitals, such as some sort of screening regime, to help save valuable NHS resources from treating a disease that can often be prevented if a patient knows they are at risk in the first place and to help avoid tragedies like that of Katie McPherson from Langbank, who died as a result of deep vein thrombosis.
The meeting closed at 5.35 pm.
P E Grice
The following instruments were laid in draft before the Parliament on 1 October 2008 for approval by resolution—
The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 1 October 2008 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure—
The following report is being published on 2 October 2008