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Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 14 May 2009

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

The meeting opened at 9.00 am.

1. Ministerial Statement: The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing (Nicola Sturgeon) made a statement and answered questions on Influenza A (H1N1).

2. Ministerial Statement: The Cabinet Secretary for Justice (Kenny MacAskill) made a statement and answered questions on Community Courts.

3. Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill: The Minister for Parliamentary Business (Bruce Crawford) moved S3M-3964—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill.

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

4. Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill: Financial Resolution: The Minister for Parliamentary Business (Bruce Crawford) moved S3M-3629—That the Parliament , for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill, agrees to any increase in expenditure of a kind referred to in paragraph 3(b)(iii) of Rule 9.12 of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

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

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

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

7. Themed Question Time: Questions on Finance and Sustainable Growth were answered by the Cabinet Secretary and Ministers.

8. Scotland’s Engagement in the United States of America and Canada: The Minister for Culture, External Affairs and the Constitution (Michael Russell) moved S3M-4131—That the Parliament recognises the importance of Scotland’s relationship with the United States of America and Canada; notes the contribution of the Scottish Government, the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body and all those who were involved in the development of Scotland Week over the last eight years in North America; expresses its gratitude for the significant contribution of the Scottish diaspora in helping to promote Scotland’s rich cultural heritage, and encourages the Scottish Government to continue to develop a more joined-up approach to the promotion of Scotland in Canada and the United States of America by working in partnership with all relevant organisations in the public and private sector in order to ensure that Scotland derives real social and economic benefits from such activities.

Pauline McNeill moved amendment S3M-4131.1 to motion S3M-4131—

after second “Scottish Government” insert—

“to promote Scotland’s cultural diversity in a modern Scotland and”.

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

After debate, the motion as amended was agreed to (DT).

Accordingly the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament recognises the importance of Scotland’s relationship with the United States of America and Canada; notes the contribution of the Scottish Government, the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body and all those who were involved in the development of Scotland Week over the last eight years in North America; expresses its gratitude for the significant contribution of the Scottish diaspora in helping to promote Scotland’s rich cultural heritage, and encourages the Scottish Government to promote Scotland’s cultural diversity in a modern Scotland and to continue to develop a more joined-up approach to the promotion of Scotland in Canada and the United States of America by working in partnership with all relevant organisations in the public and private sector in order to ensure that Scotland derives real social and economic benefits from such activities.

9. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 3, 4 and 8 as noted above.

10. RNID Hearing Matters Campaign: The Parliament debated S3M-3894 in the name of Cathy Jamieson—That the Parliament welcomes RNID Scotland’s campaign, Hearing Matters; notes that there are 758,000 deaf and hard of hearing people in Scotland, the majority of whom are aged over 55; further notes that it takes people on average 10 to 15 years to address hearing loss and that there are around 350,000 people in Scotland who could benefit from a hearing aid but are not currently using one; considers that some GPs in the NHS Ayrshire and Arran area are screening adults for their hearing in the community rather than making a straight referral to audiology or ENT, and believes that hearing loss should be identified and treated at the earliest opportunity and the introduction of hearing screening on the NHS for those aged 55 and over considered.

The meeting closed at 5.39 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
14 May 2009

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

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 14 May 2009 for approval by resolution

The Environmental Liability (Scotland) Regulations 2009

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

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 14 May 2009—

Health and Sport Committee, 5th Report, 2009 (Session 3): Pathways into sport and physical activity (SP Paper 260)

Public Audit Committee, 4th Report, 2009 (Session 3): The 2007/2008 Audit of VisitScotland (SP Paper 261)

Local Government and Communities Committee, 9th Report, 2009 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 263)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 27th Report, 2009 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 264)