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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 19 November 2008

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Pete Chirnside, Tearfund, Scotland led Time for Reflection.

2. Ministerial Statement: The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing (Nicola Sturgeon) made a statement and answered questions on Fuel Poverty.

3. ID Cards: The Minister for Community Safety (Fergus Ewing) moved S3M-2906—That the Parliament notes that the UK Government’s proposals for an ID card scheme are presently estimated by it to cost the public purse around £5 billion and considers that the scheme as proposed will not increase security, nor deter crime, and will have serious implications for the civil liberties of ordinary citizens.

Robert Brown moved amendment S3M-2906.2 to motion S3M-2906—

insert at end—

"; recognises that the UK Government has repeatedly shown itself to be incapable of keeping personal data securely and therefore cannot be trusted with what would be the most powerful, most expensive and most intrusive database in the world; further recognises the large-scale public and political opposition to the imposition of the ID card scheme; believes that the money for ID cards could more usefully be spent elsewhere, and therefore calls on the UK Government to heed public opinion and cancel this wasteful government folly."

Bill Aitken moved amendment S3M-2906.2.1 to amendment S3M-2906.2—

after "elsewhere" insert—

", such as on improving border security or policing"

After debate, amendment S3M-2906.2.1 was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 68, Against 1, Abstentions 38).

After debate, amendment S3M-2906.2 as amended was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 68, Against 0, Abstentions 38).

After debate, the motion as amended was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 69, Against 0, Abstentions 38).

Accordingly the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament notes that the UK Government’s proposals for an ID card scheme are presently estimated by it to cost the public purse around £5 billion and considers that the scheme as proposed will not increase security, nor deter crime, and will have serious implications for the civil liberties of ordinary citizens; recognises that the UK Government has repeatedly shown itself to be incapable of keeping personal data securely and therefore cannot be trusted with what would be the most powerful, most expensive and most intrusive database in the world; further recognises the large-scale public and political opposition to the imposition of the ID card scheme; believes that the money for ID cards could more usefully be spent elsewhere, such as on improving border security or policing, and therefore calls on the UK Government to heed public opinion and cancel this wasteful government folly.

4. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-2914—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 20 November 2008—

after

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: A Fresh Start for Scottish Aquaculture

insert

followed by Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Motion: Expenses Scheme

The motion was agreed to.

5. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-2928—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 26 November 2008

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Scottish Government’s Response to the Pre-budget Report

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution: Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 27 November 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: A Framework for Science in Scotland

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Sea Fisheries

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Education and Lifelong Learning;
Europe, External Affairs and Culture

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: St Andrew’s Day

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 3 December 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 4 December 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

Health and Wellbeing

2.55 pm Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

(b) that the period for members to submit their names for selection for Question Times on 8 January 2009 ends at 12 noon on Tuesday 16 December 2008;

(c) that the deadline for lodging questions for Question Times on 8 January 2009 shall be 12 noon on Tuesday 23 December 2008;

(d) that the period for members to submit their names for selection for Question Times on 15 January 2009 ends at 12 noon on Thursday 18 December 2008.

The motion was agreed to.

Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-2916—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 5 December 2008.

The motion was agreed to.

6. Office of the Clerk: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-2917—That the Parliament agrees that the Office of the Clerk be closed on 29, 30 and 31 December 2008.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Approval of SSI: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-2918—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 (Scheme of Assistance) Regulations 2008 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Approval of SSI: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-2919—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Pre-release Access to Official Statistics (Scotland) Order 2008 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 3, 7, 8 and 9 as noted above.

10. Parkinson’s Disease Society - Get it on Time Campaign: The Parliament debated S3M-2529 in the name of James Kelly—That the Parliament congratulates the Parkinson’s Disease Society on its award-winning Get it on Time campaign highlighting the problems faced by people with Parkinson’s in hospital, with materials aimed at patients, health professionals and NHS managers; notes that there are about 10,000 people with Parkinson’s in Scotland, including in Rutherglen and Cambuslang, and that more than a quarter of them will be admitted to hospital at least once each year; is concerned that many people with Parkinson’s are unable to follow their medication regime in hospital; recognises that if people with Parkinson’s do not get their medication on time they can suffer serious and distressing problems, including being unable to move, speak or swallow and that extended hospital stays are needed to restore effective symptom control; believes that many of the barriers to receiving medication on time can be addressed through straightforward measures, including policies enabling people who wish to self-medicate to do so, involvement from a Parkinson’s disease nurse specialist or pharmacist on admission, education for hospital staff, listening to people with Parkinson’s, their carers and families and wider availability of anti-Parkinsonian drugs in hospital pharmacies, and believes that measures should be taken to ensure that people with Parkinson’s get their medication on time, every time.

The meeting closed at 5.38 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
19 November 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 14 November 2008 and is subject to annulment

The Justice of the Peace Court (Sheriffdom of Glasgow and Strathkelvin) Amendment Order 2008 (SSI 2008/374)

laid under section 81(3) of the Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Act 2007

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 18 November 2008 and is subject to annulment

The Public Contracts and Utilities Contracts (Postal Services and Common Procurement Vocabulary Codes) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/376)

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

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 14 November 2008 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure

The Care Commission Annual Report and Accounts 2007-08 (SG/2008/159)

laid under paragraph 10(1) of schedule 1 to the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001

The General Teaching Council for Scotland Annual Report and Accounts Year to 31 March 2008 (SG/2008/233)

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 13 November 2008

Local Government and Communities Committee, 11th Report, 2008 (Session 3): Stage 1 Report on Disabled Persons' Parking Places (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 167)

The following reports were published on 14 November 2008

Local Government and Communities Committee, 12th Report 2008 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 169)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 40th Report 2008 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 170)

The following report was published on 19 November 2008

Justice Committee, 21st Report, 2008 (Session 3): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 172)