13 May Vol. 4, No 02 Session 3

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

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1. Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill: The Minister for Environment (Roseanna Cunningham) moved S3M-6266—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill.

Sarah Boyack moved amendment S3M-6266.1 to motion S3M-6266—

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“but, in so doing, notes the opposition of the Scottish Crofting Federation to the Bill’s proposed new crofting register to be kept by the Keeper of Registers; notes that no additional resources are being proposed to the Crofting Commission to administer its new duties; further notes that new charges proposed to be levied on crofters are not supported by crofters, and urges the Scottish Government to consider proposing changes to the Bill and to its policy proposals to address these issues and others raised by the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 55, Against 64, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 0, Abstentions 55).

2. Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution: The Minister for Environment (Roseanna Cunningham) moved S3M-5673—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Crofting Reform (Scotland)Bill, agrees to any increase in expenditure of a kind referred to in paragraph 3(b)(iii) of Rule 9.12 of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

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. Bluelight Initiative: The Parliament debated S3M-6233 in the name of Jim Tolson—That the Parliament congratulates the highly successful and well regarded youth engagement initiative, Bluelight, which aims to reduce crime and antisocial behaviour and build positive police, youth and community partnerships through a range of alcohol and drug-free youth events and programmes; notes that the Bluelight concept was first introduced into Scotland in Dunfermline in 2004, having been modelled on the successful youth programmes in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, and that projects have now been established in all Scottish police force areas; congratulates the partners involved in the delivery of Bluelight in Fife, including Fife Constabulary, Fife Council, NHS Fife, Community Volunteers, Fife Fire and Rescue Service, Carnegie College and many members from voluntary sector agencies, on the success of the initiative, and believes that Bluelight is a valuable and effective initiative that should be developed further in communities across Scotland.

6. Themed Question Time: Questions on Finance and Sustainable Growth were answered by the Cabinet Secretary and Ministers.

7. NHS Quality Strategy: The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing (Nicola Sturgeon) moved S3M-6295—That the Parliament commends The Healthcare Quality Strategy for NHSScotland as the right approach, at the right time, to delivering the highest quality healthcare to everybody in Scotland, responding to what they want, need and deserve and, through this, to ensuring that the quality of healthcare services across NHS Scotland becomes recognised as among the best in the world.

Jackie Baillie moved amendment S3M-6295.3 to motion S3M-6295—

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“; therefore notes with concern submissions by NHS boards to the Health and Sport Committee identifying cuts to frontline services, and believes that these risk undermining the NHS Quality Strategy.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 55, Against 62, Abstentions 2).

Mary Scanlon moved amendment S3M-6295.1 to motion S3M-6295—

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“and calls on the Scottish Government to report back to the Parliament by the end of summer recess on how it intends to respond to the needs highlighted in the report, The Healthcare Quality Strategy for NHSScotland, in order to protect NHS frontline services.”

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

Ross Finnie moved amendment S3M-6295.2 to motion S3M-6295—

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“but further notes that NHS boards, while accepting that there is scope for further efficiency savings, are concerned that the proposed efficiencies of 2%, 4% and 6% over the next three years will impact adversely on frontline services.”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 57, Against 62, Abstentions 0).

The motion, as amended, was then agreed to (DT).

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament commends The Healthcare Quality Strategy for NHSScotland as the right approach, at the right time, to delivering the highest quality healthcare to everybody in Scotland, responding to what they want, need and deserve and, through this, to ensuring that the quality of healthcare services across NHS Scotland becomes recognised as among the best in the world, and calls on the Scottish Government to report back to the Parliament by the end of summer recess on how it intends to respond to the needs highlighted in the report, The Healthcare Quality Strategy for NHSScotland, in order to protect NHS frontline services.

8. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2 and 7 as noted above.

9. Pushed off the EDGE: The Parliament debated S3M-5959 in the name of Jackie Baillie—That the Parliament expresses its concern that the Encouraging Dynamic Global Entrepreneurs (EDGE) programme has been cancelled; understands that EDGE is an innovative, international entrepreneurial programme that brings together students from leading Scottish universities, fifth-year school pupils in the Dumbarton constituency and in the rest of Scotland and students from international universities; further understands that the students form consultancy teams working on projects with Scottish businesses; considers that, in the four years that EDGE has been operating, it has equipped Scotland’s pupils and students with an understanding about business needs; notes that EDGE has also helped businesses to grow and develop, with projected outcomes of £24.6 million turnover, £3 million profits and 264 jobs created; further considers that the benefit to young Scottish students at both high school and university level is invaluable, and would welcome discussion by all those involved to secure the future of the programme.

The meeting closed at 5.41 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
13 May 2010


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

New Bills introduced or reprinted on 13 May 2010

Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill—The Bill was reprinted as amended (SP Bill 24A) (Executive Bill).

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 13 May 2010 and are subject to annulment—

The Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 (Vetting Information) Regulations 2010 (SSI2010/189)

laid under section 100(3) of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007

The Police Act 1997 (Alteration of the Meaning of Suitability Information relating to Children and Protected Adults) (Scotland) Order 2010 (SSI2010/190)

laid under section 113CC(2) of the Police Act 1997

The Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 (Health Professionals) (Health Service Lists) Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/191)—

The Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 (Prescribed Manner and Place for the Taking of Fingerprints and Prescribed Personal Data Holders) Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/192)—

The Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 (Administration of the Scheme) Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/193)

laid under section 100(3) of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007

The Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 (Unlawful Requests for Scheme Records) (Prescribed Circumstances) Regulations 2010 (SSI2010/194)

laid under section 100(4) of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 13 May 2010 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act Annual Report to Parliament 2009 (SG/2010/84)

laid under section 52 of the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 13 May 2010

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 30th Report, 2010 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SPPaper 435)