Murdo Fraser, the Conservatives health spokesman led a debate on early intervention in health and education on 10 February 2011.
Mr Fraser said: "A national health visiting strategy is the most important issue."
The Conservative MSP's motion highlighted thee importance of early childhood development and the impact of early intervention in determining future health, social wellbeing and educational achievement of individuals.
It also focused on the importance of the role of health visitors in supporting families and called for all families, regardless of income, area or need to have access to a health visitor service that will provide a guaranteed level of support to families until their child reaches the age of five.
Mr Fraser's amended motion was passed at decision time.