9 October Vol. 2, No 26 Session 3

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

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1. Local Government and Communities Committee: 8th Report 2008: Elections 2007: Duncan McNeil moved S3M-2667—That the Parliament notes the conclusions and recommendations contained in the Local Government and Communities Committee’s 8th Report, 2008 (Session 3): Elections 2007 (SP Paper 120).

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

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 Finance and Sustainable Growth were answered by the Cabinet Secretary and Ministers.

5. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Community Safety (Fergus Ewing) made a statement and answered questions on Strengthening Scotland’s Secure Accommodation.

6. Business Motion: Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S3M-2683—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Scottish Register of Tartans Bill, debate on amendment 1 shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a close no later than 20 minutes after the Stage begins (excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when a meeting of the Parliament is suspended or otherwise not in progress).

The motion was agreed to.

7. Scottish Register of Tartans Bill - Stage 3: The Bill was considered at Stage 3.

Amendment 1 was agreed to (without division).

8. Scottish Register of Tartans Bill: Jamie McGrigor moved S3M-2656—That the Parliament agrees that the Scottish Register of Tartans Bill be passed.

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

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

10. Living and Dying with Advanced Heart Failure: The Parliament debated S3M-2137 in the name of Michael McMahon—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of Living and dying with advanced heart failure: a palliative care approach, by the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care with the support of British Heart Foundation Scotland and the Scottish Government; notes that people with heart failure have a worse prognosis and poorer quality of life than many cancer patients and that 50% of advanced heart failure patients die within a year of diagnosis, many of them suddenly and unexpectedly, particularly in the west of Scotland; believes that uncertainty around prognosis should not be a barrier to people with advanced heart failure, or those with any other condition, receiving appropriate palliative care; is concerned that, despite the recommendations of the CHD and Stroke Task Force in 2001 that provision needed to be made for palliative care for advanced heart failure, too many of these vulnerable patients are still not getting the care they need at the time that they need it most, and believes that account should be taken of the report’s recommendations and that the needs of patients with conditions other than cancer, like advanced heart failure, should be explicitly addressed in the forthcoming palliative care strategy and the refreshed CHD and Stroke Strategy.

The meeting closed at 5.33 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
9 October 2008

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

Other documents

The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 9 October 2008 and are not subject to any parliamentary procedure

Administrative Justice & Tribunals Council Annual Report 2007-08 (SG/2008/132)

laid under paragraph 21(4) of schedule 7 to the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007

Scottish Committee of the Administrative Justice & Tribunals Council Annual Report 2007-08 (SG/2008/133)

laid under paragraph 21(5) of schedule 7 to the Tribunals Courts and Enforcement Act 2007

UK Film Council Group and Lottery Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2008 (SG/2008/149)

laid under section 34(3) and 43D(4) of the National Lottery Act 1993

Note: The UK Film Council Annual Group and Lottery Annual Report and Financial Statements 2007/08 (SG/2008/114), which was laid before the Parliament on 7 July 2008, has been withdrawn

Scottish Commission for Public Audit

The following report is being published on Friday 10 October 2008
           
Scottish Commission for Public Audit, 1st Report 2008, (Session 3): Review of the corporate governance of Audit Scotland (SP Paper 160)

Committee Reports

The following report is being published on 10 October 2008

Health and Sport Committee, 6th Report, 2008 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 157)