Minutes of Proceedings Vol. 3, No. 44 Session 3
Meeting of the Parliament
Thursday 7 January 2010
Note: (DT) signifies a decision taken at Decision Time.
The meeting opened at 9.00 am.
1. Ministerial Statement: The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth (John Swinney) made a statement and answered questions on the Impact of Severe Weather in Scotland.
2. Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill: The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth (John Swinney) moved S3M-5429—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill.
Ross Finnie moved amendment S3M-5429.1 to motion S3M-5429—
Insert at end—
“but, in so doing, calls on the Scottish Government to remove Part 2 of the Bill at Stage 2.”
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 Education and Lifelong Learning, and on Europe, External Affairs and Culture were answered by Cabinet Secretaries and Ministers.
6. Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill: The Parliament continued debating the general principles of the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill.
After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 58, Against 62, Abstentions 0).
The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 104, Against 16, Abstentions 0).
Accordingly the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill.
7. Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution: The Minister for Culture and External Affairs (Fiona Hyslop) moved S3M-5150—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any increase in expenditure of a kind referred to in paragraph 3(b)(ii) or (iii) of Rule 9.12 of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.
The motion was agreed to (DT).
8. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 6 and 7 as noted above.
9. Scotland’s Role in National Research into Asbestos-related Diseases: The Parliament debated S3M-5391 in the name of John Park—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the National Centre for Asbestos-Related Diseases (NCARD): A Strategy Document on 30 November 2009 by the NCARD Development Group; considers that this important document is significant for the future of research into asbestos-related illnesses and the treatment of such conditions; believes that Scottish involvement in the development of asbestos research in the United Kingdom would be beneficial; notes with deep concern that, according to the Health and Safety Executive, exposure to asbestos is the biggest single cause of work-related deaths and that the number of people dying of an asbestos-related disease is rising and is yet to peak; further notes that NHS Fife has reported that 239 people from Fife have been diagnosed with asbestos-related illnesses in the last five years; is reminded that asbestos-related disease is by no means a problem of the past; recognises the important work of support organisations across Scotland, and sends a message to victims and their families in Scotland that MSPs will continue to work to improve awareness, research and treatment of asbestos-related diseases.
The meeting closed at 5.41 pm.
P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
7 January 2010
(Note: this Appendix does not form part of the Minutes)
The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 7 January 2010 and is subject to annulment
The Homeless Persons (Provision of Non-permanent Accommodation) (Scotland) Regulations 2010 (SSI2010/2)
laid under section 331 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987
The following document was laid before the Parliament on 7 January 2010 and is not subject to any parliamentary procedure
Stakeholder Appointments to Health Boards (CPA/2010/01)
laid under section 2(8)a of the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003