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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

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by First Minister’s Statement: Scottish Broadcasting Commission

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Scottish Broadcasting Commission

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 9 October 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Local Government and Communities Committee Debate: 8th Report 2008: Elections 2007

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 Ministerial Statement: Strengthening Scotland’s Secure Accommodation

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Scottish Register of Tartans Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 29 October 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 30 October 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

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
Clerk of the Parliament
1 October 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 1 October 2008 for approval by resolution—

The Pre-release Access to Official Statistics (Scotland) Order 2008

laid under section 65(6)(a) of the Statistics and Registration Service (Scotland) Act 2007

The Provision of School Lunches (Disapplication of the Requirement to Charge) (Scotland) Order 2008

laid under section 56(6) of the Local Government in Scotland Act 2003

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 1 October 2008 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure—

Annual Report, Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner (SPSC/2008/1)

laid under section 18 of the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Act 2002

David MacBrayne Limited Group Annual Report & Consolidated Financial Statements 2007-08 (SG/2008/140)—

CalMac Ferries Limited Directors’ Report & Financial Statements 2007-2008 (SG/2008/141)—

David MacBrayne HR (UK) Limited Directors’ Report & Financial Statements 31 March 2008 (SG/2008/142)—

Cowal Ferries Limited Directors’ Report and Financial Statements 31 March 2008 (SG/2008/143)—

Rathlin Ferries Limited Directors’ Report and Financial Statements 31 March 2008 (SG/2008/144)—

NorthLink Ferries Limited Directors’ Report and Financial Statements 31 March 2008 (SG/2008/145)—

Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd Annual Report & Accounts to 31 March (SG/2008/147)—

laid under section 8(1) of the Transport (Scotland) Act 1984

The Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland Administration Annual Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2008 (SG/2008/182)

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

Statistical Bulletin Recorded Crime in Scotland 2007/08 (SG/2008/202)

laid under section 47(2) of the Police (Scotland) Act 1967

Committee Reports

The following report is being published on 2 October 2008

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 35th Report 2008 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 156)

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