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Minutes of Proceedings Vol. 4, No. 19 Session 3

Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 15 September 2010

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

The meeting opened at 2.30pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Rev Robert Allan, Falkirk Old and St Modan’s Parish Church led Time for Reflection.

2. Ministerial Statement: The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing (Nicola Sturgeon) made a statement and answered questions on Scottish Ambulance Service Call Handling.

3. Drugs Strategy: The Minister for Community Safety (Fergus Ewing) moved S3M-6978—That the Parliament notes the progress made in delivering Scotland’s national drugs strategy, The Road to Recovery; welcomes the fact that Scotland is leading the way in ensuring that recovery and the needs of the individual are at the heart of drug services; notes the progress made in significantly bringing down waiting times for access to services, and calls on the Scottish Government and all relevant national and local agencies to continue to drive forward the delivery of the strategy.

James Kelly moved amendment S3M-6978.2 to motion S3M-6978—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“acknowledges the serious problems with drug misuse still blighting too many communities; recognises that,despite the small reduction in drug-related deathsin the last year, significant challenges remain in achieving a further reduction; is concerned about recent funding cuts to voluntary sector organisations and the impact that this could have on services; notes the high number of prison inmates abusing drugs, and urges the Scottish Government and Scottish Prison Service to do more to stop illegal drugs entering prisons.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 92, Against 0, Abstentions 18).

John Lamont moved amendment S3M-6978.1 to motion S3M-6978—

Leave out from first “notes” to end and insert—

“recognises the progress that has been made in Scotland with the publishing of Scotland’s national drugs strategy, The Road to Recovery; notes that, with the change in emphasis to recovery, Scotland has slowly started the journey toward battling the damaging effects that substance abuse has on society; believes that more needs to be done in identifying models that work, including those delivered by voluntary and faith groups, removing discrimination and territorial barriers and rolling out best practice to ensure that the ethos of the drugs strategy is felt in every aspect of rehabilitation; notes the significant role that substance abuse plays in criminal activity and the complex needs of those in custody with substance addictions, and believes that more needs to be done to ensure that prisons are drug free and every support is made available to those prisoners who want to become free of drugs.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 70, Against 40, Abstentions 0).

Robert Brown moved amendment S3M-6978.4 to motion S3M-6978—

Insert at end—

“; recognises the effectiveness of drug treatment and testing orders (DTTO) in providing intensive, specialist support to individuals involved in drug-related offending, and calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that DTTOs are available to all Scottish courts as required.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to.

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 102, Against 2, Abstentions 6).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament recognises the progress that has been made in Scotland with the publishing of Scotland’s national drugs strategy, The Road to Recovery; notes that, with the change in emphasis to recovery, Scotland has slowly started the journey toward battling the damaging effects that substance abuse has on society; believes that more needs to be done in identifying models that work, including those delivered by voluntary and faith groups, removing discrimination and territorial barriers and rolling out best practice to ensure that the ethos of the drugs strategy is felt in every aspect of rehabilitation; notes the significant role that substance abuse plays in criminal activity and the complex needs of those in custody with substance addictions; believes that more needs to be done to ensure that prisons are drug free and every support is made available to those prisoners who want to become free of drugs; recognises the effectiveness of drug treatment and testing orders (DTTO) in providing intensive, specialist support to individuals involved in drug-related offending, and calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that DTTOs are available to all Scottish courts as required.

4. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-6982—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 22 September 2010

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Health and Sport Committee Debate: Inquiry into Clinical Portal and telehealth Development in NHS Scotland

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 23 September 2010

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Labour Party Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12.00 pm First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Health and Wellbeing

followed by Scottish Government Debate: A Low Carbon Economy for Scotland

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 29 September 2010

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 30 September 2010

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12.00 pm First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Justice and the Law Officers;
Rural Affairs and the Environment

followed by Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

5. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-6983—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Alcohol etc (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 1 October 2010.

The motion was agreed to.

6. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-6984—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 29 October 2010.

The motion was agreed to.

7. Substitution on Committee: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-6985—That the Parliament agrees that—

Claire Baker be appointed to replace Dr Richard Simpson as the Scottish Labour Party substitute on the Justice Committee;

Dr Richard Simpson be appointed to replace Claire Baker as the Scottish Labour Party substitute on the Public Petitions Committee.

The motion was agreed to.

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

9. Hunterston Not the Way Forward for Carbon Capture: The Parliament debated S3M-6923 in the name of Ross Finnie—That the Parliament notes the lodging of the application by Peel Energy Ltd to build a 1,600 megawatt coal-fired power station at Hunterston, North Ayrshire; understands that, initially, the power station is to have 400 megawatt of its gross output (300 megawatt net) processed through carbon capture and storage technology, which would leave 75% to 80% of the plant’s CO2 emissions unabated for an indeterminate length of time; considers that these unabated emissions, which could amount to up to some four million tonnes of CO2 emissions per annum, are incompatible with the climate change targets set out in the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009, and accordingly believes that the development of carbon capture and storage technology should be restricted to existing coal-fired stations.

The meeting closed at 5.51 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
15 September 2010

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

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 15 September 2010 and is subject to annulment—

The Education (Fees and Awards) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/325)

laid under section 1(5) and 2(4) of the Education (Fees and Awards) Act 1983

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 15 September 2010 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010: Duties on Public Bodies to Provide Information (SG/2010/181)

laid under sections 31(8) and 32(3) of the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010

UK Statistics Authority Annual Report 2009/10 (UKSA/2010/02)

laid under section 27(2) of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007