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Scottish Parliament: Chamber Minutes Vol 4, no 12

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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting of the Parliament

Vol 4 No 12

Wednesday 4 September 2002


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

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm.


1. Time for Reflection: The Right Reverend Monsignor Michael J. Conway of St. Ignatius Parish, Wishaw, led Time for Reflection.

2. Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3344—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) as a revision to the Business Programme agreed on Wednesday 26 June 2002—

Wednesday 4 September 2002

after first Parliamentary Bureau Motions, delete all and insert—

"followed by Executive Debate on Scottish Water Supplies and Public Health

followed by Ministerial Statement on the World Summit on Sustainable Development

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-3327 Karen Gillon: Attacks on Emergency Service Staff"

(b) the following programme of business—

Thursday 5 September 2002

9.30 am Ministerial Statement on Prison Estates

followed by Executive Debate on The Scottish Fuel Poverty Statement

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Debate on Throughcare and Aftercare of Looked After Children

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-3309 Mrs Margaret Ewing: NHS Dental Services in Moray

and (c) that Stage 1 of the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Bill be completed by 1 November 2002.

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

3. Business Motion: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3332—That the Parliament agrees that the date for completion of Stage 1 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill be extended to 18 September 2002.

The motion was agreed to.

4. Scottish Water Supplies and Public Health: The Minister for Environment and Rural Development moved S1M-3338—That the Parliament recognises the progress made over recent years in improving Scotland’s drinking water quality; acknowledges that substantial investment in the water industry infrastructure and its operation is needed to increase further water quality standards and enhance the protection of public health, as identified in Investment Priorities for Scotland’s Water Authorities 2002-06, and supports the continued implementation by the Scottish Executive, Scottish Water, regulators and NHS boards of the most rigorous regime possible in terms of monitoring, reporting and assessment of water quality.

Bruce Crawford moved amendment S1M-3338.1 to motion S1M-3338—

Leave out from "recognises" to end and insert—

"believes that it is a fundamental right of Scotland’s citizens to have access to a clean and safe water supply to ensure that public health is not compromised; requests the Transport and the Environment Committee to initiate an inquiry into the extent of contamination of water supplies from cryptosporidium, trihalomethanes and lead, or other sources of contamination, and into whether the investment programme currently planned by Scottish Water is adequate to ensure these clean and safe supplies and to restore public confidence in the water that people drink and use; further requests the Transport and the Environment Committee to consider whether the current regulatory regime with separate offices for the Water Commissioner and the Water Regulator acts in the best interests of the consumer; believes that legislation concerning the supply of water contaminated by cryptosporidium should be introduced bringing the level of protection afforded to consumers in Scotland to at least the level in England, and has serious reservations about the inept handling of the recent cryptosporidium outbreak in Glasgow by the Minister for Environment and Rural Development and Scottish Water, in particular the failure to fully implement the findings of the report produced by the Outbreak Control Team in November 2001 and to adequately and accurately inform the public about the safety of their water supply."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 35, Against 78, Abstentions 0).

John Scott moved amendment S1M-3338.2 to motion S1M-3338—

Leave out from "recognises" to end and insert—

"notes the need to improve drinking water quality across Scotland; further notes the need for significant investment to achieve this; supports the implementation by the Scottish Executive, Scottish Water, regulators and NHS boards of an even more robust regime in terms of monitoring, reporting and assessment of water quality, and regrets the Executive’s handling, through Scottish Water, of Scotland’s drinking water supplies, which has lead to inconvenience, worry and real danger for the citizens of Glasgow and other affected consumers across Scotland."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 50, Against 66, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 64, Against 51, Abstentions 1).

5. Ministerial Statement: The First Minister made a statement on the World Summit on Sustainable Development.

6. Designation of Lead Committee: Euan Robson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-3345—That the Parliament agrees the following designation of Lead Committee—

the Justice 2 Committee to consider the Act of Sederunt (Fees of Solicitors in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment No.3) 2002 (SSI 2002/328)

The motion was agreed to (DT).

7. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on item 4 and 6 as noted above.

8. Attacks on Emergency Service Staff: The Parliament debated S1M-3327 in the name of Karen Gillon—That the Parliament condemns the mindless attacks against emergency services workers; recognises the vital role that fire-fighters, ambulance staff and police officers provide in supporting the local community and ensuring public safety, and considers that the Scottish Executive should take all necessary steps to ensure that the safety of all staff who work within the emergency services is safeguarded.

The meeting closed at 6.02 pm.


P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

4 September 2002

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