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Minutes of Proceedings Vol. 4, No. 32 Session 3

Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 11 November 2010

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

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1. Curriculum for Excellence: The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning (Michael Russell) moved S3M-7379—That the Parliament congratulates the teaching profession and all who work in or are part of school communities for their unprecedented efforts in successfully continuing the roll-out of the Curriculum for Excellence across all primary, special and secondary schools from August 2010; recognises the need for a long-term commitment to the Curriculum for Excellence, and confirms that commitment from this parliament.

Des McNulty moved amendment S3M-7379.1 to motion S3M-7379—

Leave out from “for their” to “2010” and insert—

“on their efforts to take forward the Curriculum for Excellence; notes the ongoing concerns among teachers about the lack of clarity over assessment arrangements and, in particular, the concern among secondary teachers over the timetable for the new qualifications that have not yet been resolved; believes that further work is required on benchmarking and moderation; is gravely concerned at the impact of current and anticipated cuts in schools budgets on the resources available for implementation of the Curriculum for Excellence; recognises the need to work with, and fully support, the teaching profession and to involve parents to a greater extent;”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 70, Against 42, Abstentions 2).

Margaret Smith moved amendment S3M-7379.2 to motion S3M-7379—

Insert at end—

“; further recognises the need for ongoing support for, and dialogue with, teachers as they continue to develop the curriculum, and calls on the Scottish Government, local authorities and education stakeholders to work constructively together to make available the best possible support for the teaching profession as the curriculum and new qualifications are implemented.”

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

The motion as amended was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 70, Against 42, Abstentions 2).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—

That the Parliament congratulates the teaching profession and all who work in or are part of school communities on their efforts to take forward the Curriculum for Excellence; notes the ongoing concerns among teachers about the lack of clarity over assessment arrangements and, in particular, the concern among secondary teachers over the timetable for the new qualifications that have not yet been resolved; believes that further work is required on benchmarking and moderation; is gravely concerned at the impact of current and anticipated cuts in schools budgets on the resources available for implementation of the Curriculum for Excellence; recognises the need to work with, and fully support, the teaching profession and to involve parents to a greater extent, recognises the need for a long-term commitment to the Curriculum for Excellence, and confirms that commitment from this parliament, and further recognises the need for ongoing support for, and dialogue with, teachers as they continue to develop the curriculum, and calls on the Scottish Government, local authorities and education stakeholders to work constructively together to make available the best possible support for the teaching profession as the curriculum and new qualifications are implemented.

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 Rural Affairs and the Environment, and Justice and Law Officers were answered by Cabinet Secretaries, Ministers and Scottish Law Officers.

5. Ministerial Statement: The Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change (Stewart Stevenson) made a statement and answered questions on the Scottish Water Bill.

6. Out-of-hours Healthcare Provision in Rural Areas: Christine Grahame moved S3M-7190—That the Parliament notes the conclusions and recommendations contained in the Health and Sport Committee’s 4th Report, 2010 (Session 3): Report on out-of-hours healthcare provision in rural areas (SP Paper 421).

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

7. Approval of SSI: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-7384—That the Parliament agrees that the Protected Trust Deeds (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 be approved.

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

8. Approval of SSI: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-7385—That the Parliament agrees that the Bankruptcy (Certificate for Sequestration) (Scotland) Regulations 2010 be approved.

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

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

10. World Arthritis Day, 12 October 2010: The Parliament debated S3M-7169 in the name of Helen Eadie—That the Parliament notes that World Arthritis Day took place on 12 October 2010; understands that arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions are a major cause of pain and disability, accounting for 48% of all work-related illness in Scotland; considers that this places a significant burden on both the NHS and society; acknowledges that it is estimated that over one million people consulted a GP or practice nurse in 2008-09 in relation to a musculoskeletal condition and that there were over one hundred thousand NHS hospital stays in Scotland in 2009 for which a musculoskeletal condition is recorded; pays tribute to organisations working to raise awareness of arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions, such as the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance, Arthritis Care Scotland, the National Osteoporosis Society in Scotland, the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), Scottish Inflammatory Diseases and Rheumatology Industry Group (SIDRIG), the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) and Psoriasis Scotland Arthritis Link Volunteers; looks forward to the publication of the national musculoskeletal programme and considers that it has the potential to develop a national framework for improving the standards of care for people who live with all forms of arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions; understands that a national lead has been appointed to support this work and a national programme board to ensure implementation; believes that people living with musculoskeletal conditions can usefully input to the national programme board, and would welcome publication of research into the prevalence of musculoskeletal conditions and on improving treatments and their impact on local NHS services.

The meeting closed at 5.42pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
11 November 2010

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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 10 November 2010

Long Leases (Scotland) Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to convert the right of lease in relation to certain long leases into ownership; to create, on such conversion, separate tenements in relation to certain rights of game and fishing; to provide for the conversion into real burdens of certain rights and obligations under such leases; to provide for payment to former owners of land of compensation for loss of it on conversion; to provide for tenants of qualifying long leases to opt out of conversion; and for connected purposes. (SP Bill 61) (Executive Bill)

Introduced by: Kenny MacAskill

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 61-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 61-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Bill—The Bill was reprinted as passed (SP Bill 34B) (Executive Bill).

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 11 November 2010 and are subject to annulment—

The Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Act 2000 (Register of Interests) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/392)

laid under section 7(5) of the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Act 2000

The National Health Service (General Medical Services Contracts) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/394)—

The National Health Service (Primary Medical Services Section 17C Agreements) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/395)—

laid under section 105 of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 11 November 2010 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Civil Service Code (SG/2010/247)

laid under section 5(6) of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010

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