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Thursday 10 September 2009

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

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1. Fire and Rescue Framework: The Minister for Community Safety (Fergus Ewing) moved S3M-4810—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Government’s commitment to a fire and rescue service that is modern and effective, with the principal aim of reducing risk, effectively responding to incidents and improving the safety of local communities; notes that the consultation document, Draft Fire and Rescue Framework for Scotland 2009, has been developed in a spirit of partnership with COSLA and all key stakeholders, and notes that the Scottish Government is committed to working with local government to protect the public from fire and to reduce Scotland's poor record of fire fatalities.

Paul Martin moved amendment S3M-4810.1 to motion S3M-4810—

Insert at end—

"and recognises the tremendous contribution and crucial role played by firefighters in Scotland and the need for consistent and rigorous enforcement of health and safety standards in fire and rescue services right across Scotland."

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

Robert Brown moved amendment S3M-4810.2 to motion S3M-4810—

Insert at end—

"; recognises the vital work of fire and rescue services across Scotland, including the contribution of those firefighters on the retained duty system who provide a flexible and cost effective community service, particularly in rural, remote and island parts of Scotland; welcomes local flexibility in service delivery but notes the concerns of the Fire Brigades Union Scotland at the lack of strategic direction for the fire and rescue services, supported by clear and enforceable standards and responsibilities, and calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that the Fire and Rescue Advisory Unit and the Ministerial Advisory Group work effectively with fire and rescue authorities to deliver effective compliance with agreed and consistent objectives under the national framework."

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

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to (DT).

Accordingly the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Government’s commitment to a fire and rescue service that is modern and effective, with the principal aim of reducing risk, effectively responding to incidents and improving the safety of local communities; notes that the consultation document, Draft Fire and Rescue Framework for Scotland 2009, has been developed in a spirit of partnership with COSLA and all key stakeholders, and notes that the Scottish Government is committed to working with local government to protect the public from fire and to reduce Scotland's poor record of fire fatalities and recognises the tremendous contribution and crucial role played by firefighters in Scotland and the need for consistent and rigorous enforcement of health and safety standards in fire and rescue services right across Scotland; recognises the vital work of fire and rescue services across Scotland, including the contribution of those firefighters on the retained duty system who provide a flexible and cost effective community service, particularly in rural, remote and island parts of Scotland; welcomes local flexibility in service delivery but notes the concerns of the Fire Brigades Union Scotland at the lack of strategic direction for the fire and rescue services, supported by clear and enforceable standards and responsibilities, and calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that the Fire and Rescue Advisory Unit and the Ministerial Advisory Group work effectively with fire and rescue authorities to deliver effective compliance with agreed and consistent objectives under the national framework.

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

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

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

5. Strategic Budget Scrutiny: Andrew Welsh moved S3M-4526—That the Parliament notes the conclusions and recommendations contained in the Finance Committee’s 2nd Report 2009 (Session 3): Strategic Budget Scrutiny (SP Paper 283).

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

6. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1 and 5 as noted above.

7. Girlguiding Scotland 100th Anniversary: The Parliament debated S3M-4478 in the name of Jeremy Purvis—That the Parliament notes the 100th anniversary of Girlguiding Scotland (GGS) in 2009-10; recognises GGS, with 58,000 members, as the leading organisation for girls and young women in Scotland, with the first company in Scotland formed in Peebles in 1910; applauds the life-changing opportunities that GGS gives and has given to over a third of women all over Scotland, enabling them to unleash their potential and so serve their communities; acknowledges GGS as an inclusive, relevant organisation being open to any girls, regardless of creed, colour or class; notes that GGS embeds youth participation in planning and delivery and is committed to giving girls a voice, particularly through research reports such as Girls Shout Out; praises GGS on its recent commitment, Change the World, by influencing its members to work with 18 charity partners and the £750,000 raised; looks forward in anticipation to the centenary celebrations in 2009-10, and wishes Girlguiding Scotland every success in the future.

The meeting closed at 5.41 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
10 September 2009

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

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 10 September 2009 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure—

Management Statement / Financial Memorandum for Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited – August 2009 (SG/2009/169)

Transport and Works (Scotland) Act 2007 – Annual Report on Transport and Works Orders (SG/2009/179)

laid under section 21 of the Transport and Works (Scotland) Act 2007

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 10 September 2009

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 38th Report, 2009 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 318)