27 January Vol. 4, No 50 Session 3

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

The meeting opened at 9.15 am.

1. Reservoirs (Scotland) Bill: The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment (Richard Lochhead) moved S3M-7769—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Reservoirs (Scotland) Bill.

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

2. Reservoirs (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution: The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment (Richard Lochhead) moved S3M-7704—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Reservoirs (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any 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. Dementia Strategy: The Minister for Public Health and Sport (Shona Robison) moved S3M-7793—That the Parliament welcomes the progress being made by the NHS, local government, scrutiny bodies and partners in the voluntary and private sectors, including Alzheimer Scotland and the Scottish Dementia Working Group, in delivering the commitments set out in Scotland’s first dementia strategy, building on the Scottish Government’s establishment of dementia as a national priority and on the Parliament’s Cross-Party Group on Alzheimer’s Charter of Rights for People with Dementia and their Carers in Scotland, and further welcomes the Big Lottery Fund’s investment in support for people with dementia and their carers after their diagnosis.

Dr Richard Simpson moved amendment S3M-7793.1 to motion S3M-7793—

After “Carers in Scotland” insert—

“; recognises the crucial role played by carers both paid and unpaid; notes also the challenge of ensuring good quality palliative care for people with dementia”.

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

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

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament welcomes the progress being made by the NHS, local government, scrutiny bodies and partners in the voluntary and private sectors, including Alzheimer Scotland and the Scottish Dementia Working Group, in delivering the commitments set out in Scotland’s first dementia strategy, building on the Scottish Government’s establishment of dementia as a national priority and on the Parliament’s Cross-Party Group on Alzheimer’s Charter of Rights for People with Dementia and their Carers in Scotland; recognises the crucial role played by carers both paid and unpaid; notes also the challenge of ensuring good quality palliative care for people with dementia, and further welcomes the Big Lottery Fund’s investment in support for people with dementia and their carers after their diagnosis.

4.General Question Time: Questions were answered by Cabinet Secretaries and Ministers.

5. First Minister’s Question Time: Questions were answered by the First Minister (Alex Salmond).

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

7. Private Rented Housing (Scotland) Bill: The Minister for Housing and Communities (Alex Neil) (moved S3M-7770—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Private Rented Housing (Scotland) Bill.

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

8. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 1, 2, 3 and 7 as noted above.

9. Coastguard Centre Cuts: The Parliament debated S3M-7619 in the name of Alasdair Allan —That the Parliament notes with concern the public consultation document launched by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency that envisages what are believed to be drastic reductions in the number of maritime operations centres in the United Kingdom; notes that the proposed reductions would leave only two 24-hour centres operating, based in Aberdeen and in Southampton/Portsmouth; further notes that these would be supported by seven sub-centres and only one would be in Scotland at either Shetland or Stornoway; notes that this would result in the five operations centres in Scotland being reduced to two; believes that this raises serious questions about the future operation of the coastguard given that centres will now be covering what it considers to be such huge areas and that this has clear implications for many members of staff, and believes that these proposals require to be rethought.

10. Motion without Notice: Alasdair Allan moved without notice that, under Rule 8.14.3, the debate be extended by up to 30 minutes. The motion was agreed to.

The meeting closed at 6.10 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
27 January 2011

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

Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 27 January 2011 for approval by resolution––

The Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2011 (SSI 2011/made)

laid under paragraph 2(3) of Schedule 12 to the Local Government Finance Act 1992

The Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Remedial) (Scotland) Order 2011 (SSI 2011/45)

laid under section 14(5)(b) of the Convention Rights (Compliance) (Scotland) Act 2001

The following instruments were laid in draft before the Parliament on 27 January 2011 and are subject to approval––

The Radioactive Substances Act 1993 Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2011 (SSI 2011/draft)

laid under paragraph 2 of Schedule 2 to the European Communities Act 1972

The Antisocial Behaviour Notices (Houses Used for Holiday Purposes) (Scotland) Order 2011 (SSI 2011/draft)

laid under section 141(4)(a) of the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 27 January 2011 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2011: Report by the Scottish Ministers (SG/2011/8)

laid under paragraph 2(3) of schedule 12 to the Local Government Finance Act 1992

Legislative Consent Memorandums

The following memorandum was lodged on 27 January 2011

Michael Russell: Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Education Bill (UK Parliament Legislation) (LCM(S3)34.1)

Committee Reports

The following reports were published on 27 January 2011­­­­––

Local Government and Communities Committee, 4th Report, 2011 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SP paper 576)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 7th Report, 2011 (Session 3): Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 577)