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Minutes of Proceedings Vol. 4, No. 43 Session 3

Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 22 December 2010

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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Rev Ross Mitchell, Retired Church of Scotland Minister led Time for Reflection.

2. Report on Post-legislative Scrutiny of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003: Margaret Mitchell moved S3M-7534—That the Parliament notes the conclusions and recommendations contained in the Equal Opportunities Committee’s 4th Report 2010 (Session 3): Report on post-legislative scrutiny: the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 (SP Paper 468).

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

3. Protection of Workers (Scotland) Bill: Hugh Henry moved S3M-7592—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Protection of Workers (Scotland) Bill.

After debate, the motion was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 42, Against 75, Abstentions 0).

4. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-7641—That the Parliament agrees that “09:00” be substituted for “09:15” in Rule 2.2.3 for the purpose of allowing the meeting of the Parliament on Thursday 23 December 2010 to begin at 9.00 am.

The motion was agreed to.

5. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-7642—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 23 December 2010—

delete

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Violence against Women

and insert

9.00 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Skills Development Scotland

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Violence against Women

The motion was agreed to.

6. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-7643—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 12 January 2011

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Reform of the Police and Fire Rescue Services

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Autism (Scotland) Bill

followed by Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee Debate: Committee’s consideration of the Scottish Government’s Draft Report on Proposals and Policies on meeting its climate change targets

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.30 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 13 January 2011

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

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: Electricity Market Reform

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 19 January 2011

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 20 January 2011

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

Rural Affairs and the Environment;
Justice and Law Officers

2.55 pm Stage 3 Proceedings: Historic Environment (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

7. Committee Membership: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-7645—That the Parliament agrees that—

Alex Johnstone be appointed to replace David McLetchie as a member of the Local Government and Communities Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

8. Substitution on Committees: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-7647—That the Parliament agrees that—

David McLetchie be appointed to replace Alex Johnstone as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party substitute on the Local Government and Communities Committee.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

9. Committee Remit: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-7648—That the Parliament agrees that the remit of the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee be amended to—

To consider and report on agriculture, fisheries and rural development and other matters (other than climate change) falling within the remit of the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

10. Approval of SSI: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-7649—That the Parliament agrees that the Sale of Tobacco (Registration of Moveable Structures and Fixed Penalty Notices) (Scotland) Regulations 2010 be approved.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

11. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 3, 7, 8, 9 and 10 as noted above.

12. Fighting Visual Impairment and Age-related Macular Degeneration: The Parliament debated S3M-7433 in the name of Robert Brown—That the Parliament recognises the importance of eyesight to a full life; understands that age-related macular degeneration (AMD) accounts for over half of registered blindness; is concerned that the prevalence of AMD is set to grow markedly with the increasing age profile of the population in Glasgow and the rest of Scotland; notes that treatment for AMD requires repeat application of appropriate treatments, commonly a regime of eye injections, but that outcomes are good if diagnosed early, and believes that it is vital that NHS boards are able to meet demand for treatment effectively now and in the future.

The meeting closed at 5.37 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
22 December 2010