9 September Vol. 3, No. 17 Session 3

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

The meeting opened at 2.00pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Elaine Duncan, Chief Executive, Scottish Bible Society, led Time for Reflection.

2. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-4805—That the Parliament agrees that, for the purposes of allowing up to 60 minutes to debate motion S3M-4811 on Wednesday 9 September 2009, the second and third sentences of Rule 10.4.4 of Standing Orders be suspended.

The motion was agreed to.

3. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-4803—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 9 September 2009—

delete

followed by Public Petitions Committee Debate: Inquiry into Public Petitions Process

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Dementia Strategy

and insert

followed by Debate on the Children’s Hearings (Legal Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Rules 2009 (SSI 2009/211)

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Dementia Strategy

The motion was agreed to.

4. The Children’s Hearings (Legal Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Rules 2009: Michael McMahon, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-4811—That the Parliament agrees that nothing further be done under the Children’s Hearings (Legal Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Rules 2009 (SSI 2009/211).

After debate, the motion was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 60, Against 65, Abstentions 1).

5. Dementia Strategy: The Minister for Public Health and Sport (Shona Robison) moved S3M-4797—That the Parliament recognises the work that is being taken forward by the Scottish Government to establish dementia as a national priority, working in partnership with the NHS, local government, voluntary sector organisations such as Alzheimer’s Scotland, the Scottish Dementia Working Group, regulatory and scrutiny bodies including the Mental Welfare Commission, the Social Work Inspection Agency and the Care Commission and experts from the Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Royal College of Nursing to improve the care, treatment and support available to those with dementia and their carers and welcomes the commitment to publish a dementia strategy for Scotland in spring 2010.

Cathy Jamieson moved amendment S3M-4797.2 to motion S3M-4797—

Insert at end—

“; notes the consultation undertaken by Alzheimer's Scotland in the form of road shows, focus groups and an online questionnaire to inform a charter of rights for people with dementia; calls on the Scottish Government to recognise the priorities identified by stakeholders for early and easy access to diagnosis, support to enable people to live at home for as long as possible and higher quality of care provided in all care settings by specialist dementia staff so that people with dementia can reach their full potential; further notes the publication of the National Dementia Strategy for England in February 2009, supported by £150 million, and the importance placed in it on the role of dementia advisers and specialist dementia care staff to support people with dementia from diagnosis to end of life, and calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that sufficient resources are made available to support the Scottish strategy.”

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

Ross Finnie moved amendment S3M-4797.1 to motion S3M-4797—

Leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert—

“calls on the Scottish Government to work with these stakeholders to ensure that the highest standards of care are achieved for those with dementia in care homes, in the community and in hospital and to publish a dementia strategy for Scotland no later than April 2010.”

After debate, the amendment was agreed to.

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

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament recognises the work that is being taken forward by the Scottish Government to establish dementia as a national priority, working in partnership with the NHS, local government, voluntary sector organisations such as Alzheimer’s Scotland, the Scottish Dementia Working Group, regulatory and scrutiny bodies including the Mental Welfare Commission, the Social Work Inspection Agency and the Care Commission and experts from the Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Royal College of Nursing to improve the care, treatment and support available to those with dementia and their carers and calls on the Scottish Government to work with these stakeholders to ensure that the highest standards of care are achieved for those with dementia in care homes, in the community and in hospital and to publish a dementia strategy for Scotland no later than April 2010.

6. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-4804—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 16 September 2009

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Health and Sport Committee Debate: Pathways into Sport and Physical Activity

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 17 September 2009

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Diageo

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Europe, External Affairs and Culture;
Education and Lifelong Learning

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: Scottish Road Safety Framework

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 23 September 2009

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 24 September 2009

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Health and Wellbeing

2.55 pm Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

7. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-4806—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 30 October 2009.

The motion was agreed to.

8. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 4 and 5 as noted above.

9. Songbird Survival: The Parliament debated S3M-3411 in the name of Jamie McGrigor—That the Parliament is aware of the concerns of many bird lovers throughout the United Kingdom about the decline of the songbird population; notes research that suggests that over the last 40 years many species of songbird have seen a reduction in numbers of 50% or more with some species declining by over 90%; recognises that a number of factors have led to these declines and that these should be considered by policymakers, and commends individual birdwatchers and bird groupsin the Highlandsand Islandsand elsewhere in Scotlandfortheir role in recording species’ numbers andthe work of organisations such as Songbird Survival that campaign to raise awareness of the threat to our songbird species and ensure the creation of a balanced biodiversity.

The meeting closed at 5.41 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
9 September 2009

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

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 4 September 2009 for approval by resolution

The Health Board Elections (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/draft)––

laid under section 105(2A) of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978

The Health Board Elections (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/draft) which was laid on 31 August 2009 has been withdrawn.

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 9 September 2009 for approval by resolution

The Teaching Council (Scotland) Act 1965 Modification Order 2009 (SSI 2009/draft)

laid under section 103(5) of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 31 August 2009 and is subject to annulment

The Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Amendment Rules 2009 (SSI 2009/307)

laid under section 103(2) of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 7 September 2009 and is subject to annulment

The National Health Service (Discipline Committees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009

laid under section 105(2) of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 8 September 2009 and are subject to annulment—

The Education (Fees, Awards and Student Support) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/309)

laid under section 133(2) of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980 and section 2(4) of the Education (Fees and Awards) Act 1983

The Limited Liability Partnerships (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/310)

laid under section 17(6) of the Limited Liability Partnerships Act 2000

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 9 September 2009 and are subject to annulment—

The Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Act 2008 (Transitional Provision) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/311)

laid under section 71(3) of the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Act 2008

The Legal Aid (Supreme Court) (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/312)

laid under section 37(1) of the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986

Other Documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 4 September 2009 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure—

Vale of Leven Hospital Inquiry – Inquiry Terms of Reference (SG/2009/123)

laid under section 6 of the Inquiries Act 2005

Public Inquiry into the Outbreak of C Difficile at the Vale of Leven Hospital – Instrument of Appointment under the Inquiries Act 2005 (SG/2009/124)

laid under section 4 of the Inquiries Act 2005

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 7 September 2009 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator Annual Report and Accounts 2008-09 (SG/2009/172)

laid under section 22(5) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

Passengers’ View Scotland Annual Report 2007-08 (SG/2009/173)

laid under section 12 of the Public Transport Users’ Committee for Scotland Order 2006

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 8 September 2009 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Annual Report and Consolidated Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2009 (SG/2009/174)—

A Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 2008/2009 Audit of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (SG/2009/175)—

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Report on the 2008-09 Audit (SG/2009/176)—

laid under section 22(5) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000