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Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 6 November 2008

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

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1. Ministerial Statement: The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth (John Swinney) made a statement and answered questions on Scrutiny Improvement: Changes to Structures.

2. Patients’ Rights: The Parliament debated Patients’ Rights.

3. General Question Time: Questions were answered by Cabinet Secretaries and Ministers.

4. First Minister’s Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister (Alex Salmond).

5. Themed Question Time: Questions on Health and Wellbeing were answered by the Cabinet Secretary and Ministers.

6. United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: The Parliament debated the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

7. Decision Time: The Parliament took no decisions on any of the items above.

8. Community Service Volunteers (CSV): The Parliament debated S3M-2693 in the name of Nanette Milne—That the Parliament commends Community Service Volunteers (CSV) for its strong track record in supporting retired people to engage with their local communities as volunteers; congratulates the Energy Challenge project in Aberdeen, which trains older volunteers to bring fuel efficiency and energy savings advice to people in their own homes to ensure that they stay warm and have energy-efficient homes; notes that, in view of government funding ending in March 2009, CSV’s support to 1,600 older volunteers working in their local areas will come to an end, which will have a huge impact on communities and individuals across Scotland, and believes that consideration should be given to how continued support can be provided for volunteer-involving organisations.

The meeting closed at 5.38 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
6 November 2008


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

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 6 November 2008 and are subject to annulment—

The Business Improvement Districts (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/359)

laid under section 47 of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006

The Valuation for Rating (Plant and Machinery) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/360)

laid under section 43 of the Lands Valuation (Scotland) Act 1854

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 6 November 2008 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Scottish Screen National Lottery Distribution Fund Account and Report 2007-08 (SG/2008/198)

laid under section 26(3), (3A) and (4) of the National Lottery etc. Act 1993

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 6 November 2008

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee, 7th Report 2008 (Session 3): Energy Bill Legislative Consent Memorandum (S3) 12.2 (SP Paper 166)