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Minutes of Proceedings Vol. 4, No. 6 Session 3

Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 27 May 2010

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

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1. Relationships between HM Government and the Scottish Parliament and Government: Annabel Goldie moved S3M-6409—That the Parliament welcomes the commitment of HM Government to establish a positive and constructive working relationship with the Scottish Government and Parliament to tackle the problems facing the country and, in particular, welcomes the commitment in the Queen’s Speech to introduce legislation to implement recommendations from the final report of the Commission on Scottish Devolution and the willingness to consider matters in relation to the Fossil Fuel Levy.

The Minister for Culture and External Affairs (Fiona Hyslop) moved amendment S3M-6409.1 to motion S3M-6409—

Insert at end—

“and fiscal responsibility issues.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 81, Against 45, Abstentions 0).

Pauline McNeill moved amendment S3M-6409.3 to motion S3M-6409—

Leave out from “, in particular,” to end and insert—

“calls on the UK Government to implement the recommendations of the Commission on Scottish Devolution in full and without delay.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 44, Against 80, Abstentions 2).

Mike Rumbles moved amendment S3M-6409.2 to motion S3M-6409—

insert at end “, and believes that the UK Government’s programme, including plans to raise the income tax threshold to £10,000, build a new, sustainable economy and reform the political system, will put fairness at the heart of government and deliver real benefits to the people of Scotland.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 32, Against 94, Abstentions 0).

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 79, Against 45, Abstentions 2).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament welcomes the commitment of HM Government to establish a positive and constructive working relationship with the Scottish Government and Parliament to tackle the problems facing the country and, in particular, welcomes the commitment in the Queen’s Speech to introduce legislation to implement recommendations from the final report of the Commission on Scottish Devolution and the willingness to consider matters in relation to the Fossil Fuel Levy and fiscal responsibility issues.

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 Health and Wellbeing were answered by the Cabinet Secretary and Ministers.

5. Approval of SSI: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-6416—That the Parliament agrees that the Climate Change (Annual Targets) (Scotland) Order 2010 be approved.

After debate, the motion was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 62, Against 64, Abstentions 0).

6. Progress Towards 18 Week Referral to Treatment: The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing (Nicola Sturgeon) moved S3M-6393—That the Parliament welcomes the progress that has been made in reducing waiting times for patients; applauds the commitment, dedication and hard work of all NHS staff who have contributed to delivering significant improvements for the people of Scotland, and acknowledges that NHSScotland is on track to deliver the Scottish Government’s challenging whole-journey waiting time target of 18 weeks by the end 2011.

Jackie Baillie moved amendment S3M-6393.3 to motion S3M-6393—

Insert at end—

“; welcomes the progress made by the previous Labour/ Liberal Democrat administration in setting a new approach in Fair to All Personal to Each whereby waiting is considered in terms of the overall patient journey and further welcomes the commitment to treat inpatients within 18 weeks being achieved a year ahead of schedule, paving the way for Labour and SNP 2007 manifesto commitments of an 18-week referral to treatment target, and notes that this compares with a waiting time target of 18 months set by the last Conservative administration.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 109, Against 16, Abstentions 1).

Murdo Fraser moved amendment S3M-6393.1 to motion S3M-6393—

Insert at end—

“, and urges the Scottish Government to ensure that such progress is not compromised by either reductions in its budget or by efficiency savings within NHS boards.”

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

Ross Finnie moved amendment S3M-6393.2 to motion S3M-6393—

Insert at end—

“, believes that the achievement of the 18-week Referral to Treatment standard must not be at the expense of patients waiting to access services not covered by the guarantee or patients waiting for follow-up appointments; recognises that clinical need and patient care should always take precedence over fulfilling political targets, and therefore considers that the achievement of maximum waiting times should ultimately be at the discretion of clinicians.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 34, Against 91, Abstentions 1).

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 109, Against 0, Abstentions 17).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament welcomes the progress that has been made in reducing waiting times for patients; applauds the commitment, dedication and hard work of all NHS staff who have contributed to delivering significant improvements for the people of Scotland, and acknowledges that NHSScotland is on track to deliver the Scottish Government’s challenging whole-journey waiting time target of 18 weeks by the end 2011; welcomes the progress made by the previous Labour/ Liberal Democrat administration in setting a new approach in Fair to All Personal to Each whereby waiting is considered in terms of the overall patient journey and further welcomes the commitment to treat inpatients within 18 weeks being achieved a year ahead of schedule, paving the way for Labour and SNP 2007 manifesto commitments of an 18-week referral to treatment target and notes that this compares with a waiting time target of 18 months set by the last Conservative administration, and urges the Scottish Government to ensure that such progress is not compromised by either reductions in its budget or by efficiency savings within NHS boards.

7. Approval of SSI: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-6417—That the Parliament agrees that the Climate Change (International Aviation and Shipping) (Scotland) Order 2010 be approved.

The motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 123, Against 2, Abstentions 1).

8. Approval of SSIs: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved—

S3M-6418—That the Parliament agrees that the Climate Change (Limit on Carbon Units) (Scotland) Order 2010 be approved.

S3M-6419—That the Parliament agrees that the Carbon Accounting Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2010 be approved.

S3M-6420—That the Parliament agrees that the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exclusions and Exceptions) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2010 be approved.

S3M-6421—That the Parliament agrees that the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 (Removal of Barred Individuals from Regulated Work) Regulations 2010 be approved.

The motions were agreed to (DT).

9. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 5, 6, 7 and 8 as noted above.

10. Employment and Support Allowance, Unfit for Purpose: The Parliament debated S3M-6299 in the name of Hugh O’Donnell—That the Parliament is concerned about the workings of the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA); notes evidence from the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) Service in Scotland that uncovers serious hardship experienced by ESA claimants across Scotland; considers that sickness benefits should support people in finding employment if they are able to work, but must also provide help for those who are not; considers that ESA is failing to find this balance and is putting pressure on sick and disabled people in Scotland; notes in particular claims that the work capability assessment of ESA is making unsuitable decisions on claimants’ fitness for work and that 70% of CAB appeals against these decisions are being upheld, and would welcome a review of ESA aimed at making it work in the interests of the genuinely sick and disabled people of Central Scotland and the rest of the country.

The meeting closed at 5.40 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
27 May 2010

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 27 May 2010

Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to amend the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 by making provision in relation to harassment amounting to domestic abuse; to amend the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986 by making provision in relation to eligibility for, and the making of contributions towards, civil legal aid in certain proceedings arising from domestic abuse; to make breach of an interdict relating to domestic abuse with a power of arrest attached an offence; and for connected purposes. (SP Bill 45) (Member's Bill)

Introduced by: Rhoda Grant

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 45-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 45-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

Commissioner for Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to provide for the establishment and functions of a Commissioner for Victims and Witnesses; and for connected purposes. (SP Bill 46) (Member's Bill)

Introduced by: David Stewart

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 46-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 46-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 27 May 2010 and is subject to annulment—

The Knives etc. (Disposal of Forfeited Property) (Scotland) Order 2010 (SSI 2010/214)

laid under section 27S of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 27 May 2010 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

SSI 2010 No. 188 - The Network Rail (Waverley Steps) Order 2010 (NR/2010/1) and accompanying documents

laid under Section 12(13)a of the Transport and Works (Scotland) Act 2007

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 27 May 2010—

Health and Sport Committee,5th Report, 2010 (Session 3): Stage 1 Report on the Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Bill (SPPaper441)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 32nd Report, 2010 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 442)