Contents page
 

 

BUSINESS BULLETIN 90 / 2000

Tuesday 30 May 2000

Section F - Motions and Amendments

 

 

The full text of all outstanding motions and amendments will appear in the Business Bulletin every Monday.

Items marked with an asterisk (*) are new or have been altered. Asterisks in the text show the extent of alterations made.

Motions which members wish to be considered for debate as members’ business in the Parliament are marked with a hash symbol (#)

 

*S1M-914 Pauline McNeill: Divorce etc. (Pensions) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/112)—That the Justice and Home Affairs Committee recommends that nothing further be done under The Divorce etc. (Pensions) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/112).

 

*S1M-913# David McLetchie: Milestone House Hospice—That the Parliament notes with concern the proposal to close Milestone House in Edinburgh, Scotland’s only hospice for AIDS sufferers, and urges the Scottish Executive to initiate discussions with Lothian Health Board, the City of Edinburgh Council and Waverley Care Trust with a view to devising a funding package which recognises that it is a national facility equipped to meet the needs of patients and their families

Supported by: Ms Margo MacDonald*, Mary Scanlon*

*S1M-912 Mr Gil Paterson: Towards a Just Conclusion—That the Parliament recognises the humiliation caused to rape victims and victims of other sexual crimes when alleged assailants are allowed to conduct their own defence during trials and therefore cross-examine victims; notes with dismay that, according to recent speculation, the Scottish Executive’s response to the report Towards a Just Conclusion will fail to address this issue, and urges the Executive to reconsider its decision and ensure that victims of such crimes in Scotland will be entitled to the same protection as those in England and Wales.

 

*S1M-911# Ms Margo MacDonald: Future Strategy for HIV and AIDs Management—That the Parliament requests the Scottish Executive to publicise, as a matter of some urgency, its strategy for the management of HIV and AIDS, given the rising numbers of heterosexual people contracting the HIV infection and the longer life expectancy of people living with HIV and AIDS due to advances in combination therapy treatment.

Supported by: Fiona Hyslop*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*

S1M-910 Donald Gorrie: Social Exclusion Research—That the Parliament notes research of the Social Exclusion Unit (PAT 14) and other bodies confirming that a lack of access to short-term credit and other financial services creates serious problems for many low income households, who face extortionate interest rates; urges the Scottish Executive to develop further its joined up approach to economic citizenship including better access to social fund grants, improved regulation of consumer credit lending, better resourcing of credit unions and pressing banks to provide a more socially responsible service, and calls for a public debate on the issue.

Supported by: Shona Robison*, Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-909 Donald Gorrie: Post Office Pension Fund—That the Parliament notes that the Post Office has responded to a surplus in its pension fund by giving itself a contributions holiday for the past 13 years instead of using the windfall to improve the position of its pensioners; regrets that the corporation should follow worst industry practice in this respect, and urges Post Office pension fund trustees to review their policy.

Supported by: Michael Russell*

S1M-908# Elaine Thomson: Women's Pay - 30 Years on from the Equal Pay Act—That the Parliament notes with concern that 30 years after the introduction of the Equal Pay Act women earn only 73.3% of average male earnings; notes further that Aberdeen has the widest discrepancy between men and women’s earnings in Scotland, with women in Aberdeen earning only 64.2% of men’s earnings; believes that these figures clearly show that legislation in itself has failed to deliver parity in the labour market; believes that the Scottish Executive and its economic development agencies should pursue policies that would assist in the equalisation of pay between the genders, and asks the Scottish Executive, whilst pursuing the creation of a knowledge economy, to put in place adequate monitoring and evaluation to ensure that women will become equal players in the labour market.

Supported by: Trish Godman, Maureen Macmillan, Paul Martin, Mr John McAllion, Marilyn Livingstone, Johann Lamont, Cathy Jamieson, Dr Richard Simpson, Bristow Muldoon, Mike Watson, Brian Adam*, Pauline McNeill*, Allan Wilson*, Ms Margaret Curran*, Cathie Craigie*, Gordon Jackson*, Rhoda Grant*, Helen Eadie*, Mrs Mary Mulligan*, Mr Michael McMahon*, Dr Sylvia Jackson*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Mr Andy Kerr*, Margaret Jamieson*, Michael Russell*, Shona Robison*, Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-907 Mr Jamie Stone: East Sutherland Economy—That the Parliament notes with concern the current and long-term problems faced in the local economy of Sutherland and asks the Scottish Executive to bring forward proposals for a multi-agency forum which could target resources, discuss possible solutions to these problems and prepare a report with recommendations at the earliest opportunity for consideration by the Parliament, the Scottish Executive and the Highlands and Islands Convention.

 

S1M-905 Bill Aitken: Announcements made by the Scottish Executive—That the Parliament agrees that considerable confusion has been caused by a number of recent Scottish Executive announcements, particularly funding announcements; believes that the way funding announcements are made by the Scottish Executive has done little to further open government; notes that the Executive has allowed the same resources to be announced as "new funding" on more than one occasion, thus damaging public scrutiny, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to institute a new protocol for all public and press announcements in order that these make clear whether funding announced is additional resources or whether it is part of a previous funding package and, if it is, when and through what statement the funding was previously announced.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-903# Irene Oldfather: Carrick - City of Adelaide—That the Parliament notes the proposed demolition of the Carrick – City of Adelaide, the world’s oldest clipper ship and the only vessel in Scotland to be an "A" listed structure; regrets that such an important part of Scotland, Sunderland and South Australia’s national and international maritime heritage should be in such a position, and believes that every effort should be made to secure a future for the vessel.

Supported by: Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Russell, Mr Jamie Stone, Allan Wilson*

S1M-902 Robin Harper: Accidental Release of GM Oil Seed Rape—That the Parliament invites the Scottish Executive, as a matter of urgency, to guarantee full compensation for farmers who have accidentally planted the genetically modified oil seed rape from Advanta Seeds, thus allowing them to immediately destroy these crops in order to limit the spread of GM pollen and seeds into the countryside. R

Supported by: Michael Russell*

S1M-901# Maureen Macmillan: Closure of Kinlochleven Aluminium Smelter—That the Parliament notes with concern the announcement that Kinlochleven Aluminium Smelter is to close on June 15, after almost 100 years of providing work in the area, with the loss of 51 jobs, and urges the Scottish Executive to work with relevant groups to ensure that all support is given to the workers and people of Kinlochleven.

 

S1M-900# Dorothy-Grace Elder: Lottery Funds for Glasgow Zoo and other Tourist Attractions—That the Parliament urges the Scottish Executive to make representations to the Millennium Commission to immediately provide funding to save Glasgow Zoo from closure; further invites it to assist other major Scottish tourist attractions, including the paddle steamer, Waverley; believes that such attractions are highly deserving of aid in comparison with the unsuccessful Millennium Dome in London, and expresses dissatisfaction at the additional £29 million of funding given by the Millennium Commission to the Millennium Dome, which has already received £509 million in lottery funding.

 

S1M-899 Fergus Ewing: Millennium Dome Bail Out—That the Parliament notes yesterday’s announcement that £29 million in lottery money is to be given to support the beleaguered Millennium Dome; expresses its grave disapproval that more money is to be spent on this misguided and ill-fated endeavour, and questions the priorities of Her Majesty’s Government for choosing to spend this money on a failed visitor attraction when this same bail-out money could be used either to build 580 new council houses, to increase the Highlands education capital budget by three and a half times, or fund all of the NHS accident and emergency modernisation projects which had to be turned down due to lack of funds.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Shona Robison*

S1M-898# Christine Grahame: Scottish Tomato Industry—That the Parliament notes the crisis in the Scottish tomato industry due to the failure of leading Scottish supermarkets to stock its produce; recognises that Scottish produce is renowned for its high quality; further recognises that the fresh produce industry supports thousands of Scottish jobs, and recommends to Scotland’s major food retailers that Scottish produce be promoted in their stores.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Mr Brian Monteith, Dr Elaine Murray, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Shona Robison*

S1M-897 Dorothy-Grace Elder: Baby Care Unit at Queen Mother Hospital, Glasgow—That the Parliament sends warm congratulations to Glasgow’s Lady Provost, Mrs Mosson, on the success of her first Lady Provost’s fundraiser on Sunday 21 May 2000 for the under-equipped Special Care Baby Unit at the Queen Mother’s Hospital, Glasgow; pays tribute to the innovative work of her predecessor, Mrs Lally, and acknowledges the debt Glasgow owes to the caring voluntary efforts of successive Ladies Provost and Lords Provost.

 

S1M-895# Christine Grahame: Expansion of Signum Circuits—That the Parliament commends the management and the workforce of the electronics firm of Signum Circuits of Selkirk in the Scottish Borders on its expansion; recognises the contribution that Signum Circuits is making to the Borders economy; notes that Signum Circuits has succeeded despite the strong pound and high interest rates; further notes that the firm has additionally employed over 100 people in the last 18 months, many of them former Viasystems workers, and recognises that the closure of Viasystems with the loss of 1,000 Borders’ jobs was not as a consequence of global pressures on its production there, but in the interests of complying with the conditions attached to their £25 million Regional Selective Assistance which was to create 1,000 jobs at the North Tyneside plant.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Michael Russell, Mr Kenneth Gibson

 

S1M-894# Mr Duncan McNeil: Greenock Morton Football Club—That the Parliament recognises that football plays an important part in our social culture and sporting life; recognises the important contribution made by local football clubs to the communities in which they are based; expresses concern over recent reports of developments at Greenock Morton Football Club; acknowledges that to lose a community asset such as Greenock Morton would be detrimental, not only to its supporters, but also to the community as a whole, and recognises that proposals such as community ownership and increased rights for supporters in the running of their teams offer the best opportunity for securing the long-term future of local clubs and promoting links between them and the communities they serve.

Supported by: Hugh Henry, Trish Godman, Mike Watson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Colin Campbell, George Lyon, David Mundell*, Kay Ullrich*, Allan Wilson*, Michael Russell*, Paul Martin*, Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-892 Pauline McNeill: Saltmarket Centenary—That the Parliament notes that the Saltmarket area in Glasgow Kelvin will celebrate its 100th birthday in 2002; further notes that the Glasgow Cross Tenants and Residents Association are planning activities for the centenary, and expresses its commitment to regenerating inner city areas such as Saltmarket to ensure a quality life for local people so that ordinary people continue to live in city centres and not just shop there.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Russell*

S1M-891# Dorothy-Grace Elder: Projected Costings for the Parliament Remaining in Glasgow until 2003—That the Parliament expresses its deep appreciation of the welcome it has received and the facilities it has been afforded in Glasgow invites the Presiding Officer to launch an immediate investigation into the cost of the Parliament remaining in Glasgow until the Holyrood building is finished in the year 2003, and further invites him to produce a comparison of these costings with the projected cost of remaining at the Mound and moving each May.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan

 

S1M-889 Angus MacKay: Insolvency Bill—That the Parliament endorses the principle of including in the Insolvency Bill a power for the Secretary of State, with the consent of the Scottish Ministers, to make regulations to implement the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law model law on cross-border insolvency and agrees that the relevant provisions to achieve this end in the Bill should be considered by the UK Parliament.

 

S1M-886 Irene Oldfather: Stevenston Millennium Festival—That the Parliament notes the Stevenston Millennium Festival and its varied and extensive programme of events; commends the Stevenston Millennium Committee for its work in organising the Festival and involving the whole community in the millennium celebrations, and wishes the Festival every success over the coming months.

Supported by: Michael Russell*

S1M-885# Tricia Marwick: Car Parking Charges in Fife Hospitals—That the Parliament deplores the proposals by Fife Acute Hospitals NHS Trust to introduce car parking charges at the Victoria, Queen Margaret and Forth Park hospitals; recognises the widespread public anger at this additional burden on sick people, their relatives and staff; congratulates the Dunfermline Press and the Fife Free Press group of newspapers which have to date collected 20,000 signatures on their petitions opposing the charges, and believes that the Trust should abandon these proposals and take positive action to restore the confidence of the Fife public.

Supported by: Shona Robison, Tommy Sheridan, Dr Elaine Murray, Mr Brian Monteith, Michael Russell*

S1M-884 Dorothy-Grace Elder: Mike Tyson Debate—That the Parliament calls upon the Parliamentary Bureau to propose that a debate be scheduled as a matter of urgency on the proposed visit of convicted rapist Mike Tyson to Glasgow and all its surrounding circumstances, including the cost of policing throughout the visit and the number of officers to be diverted from other duties, and affirms its belief in the policy of zero tolerance.

Supported by: Fiona McLeod, Shona Robison, Christine Grahame, Richard Lochhead, Fergus Ewing, Nora Radcliffe

S1M-883 Mr Gil Paterson: Use of National Stadium for Mike Tyson Fight—That the Parliament notes that the National Stadium, funded by public money, is to be used as the venue for the controversial Mike Tyson fight; further notes that as the Scottish Football Association has been gifted custodianship of Scotland’s national stadium it has a responsibility to the Scottish public to act as a good gatekeeper; believes that it has failed badly in this task by allowing the National Stadium to be used as a venue for this event, and calls for the Association urgently to reconsider this decision taking into account the opinions of the people of Scotland as reflected by the Parliament.

Supported by: Fiona McLeod, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Shona Robison, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Christine Grahame, Alex Neil, Colin Campbell, Fiona Hyslop, Fergus Ewing, Nora Radcliffe, Michael Russell*

S1M-882# Roseanna Cunningham: Edinburgh Folk Festival—That the Parliament notes with concern the demise of the Edinburgh Folk Festival as a result of lack of financial backing; further notes that during a meeting attended in April by musicians, former festival volunteers, members of the Adult Learning Project’s Scots Music Group, members of Edinburgh Folk Club, the Wee Folk Club, Scottish Traditions of Dance Trust and others, concern was expressed about a perceived lack of political support for the traditional arts, and asks the Executive to recognise and encourage the important role of the traditional arts in its forthcoming National Cultural Strategy.

Supported by: Fiona McLeod, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Shona Robison, Christine Grahame, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Fergus Ewing, Nora Radcliffe, Donald Gorrie, Michael Russell*

S1M-881 Karen Whitefield: Carers' Week 2000—That the Parliament recognises the contribution of Scotland’s carers; congratulates, during Carers’ Week, Carers National Association Scotland, Crossroads Scotland and Capability Scotland for their work, and welcomes the work of Carers National Association Scotland in campaigning for a fair deal for carers.

Supported by: Malcolm Chisholm, Fiona McLeod, Shona Robison, Christine Grahame, Cathie Craigie, Fiona Hyslop, Margaret Jamieson, Dr Elaine Murray, Mike Watson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Nora Radcliffe, Donald Gorrie, Robert Brown*, Mrs Mary Mulligan*, Alasdair Morgan*

S1M-880 Fiona McLeod: Hampden and the Mike Tyson Fight—That the Parliament strongly urges the Scottish Football Association to side with Scotland and to refuse to allow the Mike Tyson to be staged at Hampden Stadium on the grounds that this type of sporting event will not enhance Scotland’s reputation nor the reputation of Scotland’s national stadium.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Christine Grahame, Mr Gil Paterson, Bruce Crawford, Kay Ullrich, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Michael Matheson, Linda Fabiani, Mr Andrew Welsh, Michael Russell, Robin Harper, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Andrew Wilson, Shona Robison, Fiona Hyslop, Fergus Ewing, Nora Radcliffe

S1M-879 Mr Gil Paterson: Mike Tyson - Decision to Grant Entry for Proposed Fight in Glasgow—That the Parliament notes motions S1M-609, S1M-847 and S1M-854 which together carry the support of more than half of the Parliament; further notes the Home Secretary’s decision to allow Mike Tyson into the United Kingdom in order that he should fight for financial gain; notes that this decision has been taken despite the fact that Mike Tyson has been convicted and sentenced for rape, a situation which would normally prohibit entry to this country, and therefore believes that a judicial review of this decision should be undertaken.

Supported by: Fiona McLeod, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Andrew Wilson, Shona Robison, Christine Grahame, Colin Campbell, Fergus Ewing

S1M-878 Irene McGugan: Parliament Meetings in the North East—That the Parliament notes that there will be occasions when it will be necessary or expedient for it to meet outwith Edinburgh; acknowledges that this is a positive initiative, and invites the Parliamentary Bureau to consider locating the Parliament in the North East when the next opportunity arises.

Supported by: Mr Andrew Welsh, Shona Robison, Alex Neil, Colin Campbell, Brian Adam, Fergus Ewing, Nora Radcliffe

 

S1M-877 Mr Sam Galbraith: Standards in Scotland's Schools etc. Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Standards in Scotland’s Schools etc. Bill be passed.

 

S1M-875 Cathy Jamieson: Belmont Academy and Motorola Youth Parliament Competition—That the Parliament congratulates the pupils and staff of Belmont Academy in Ayr, who won the Scottish Section of the Motorola Youth Parliament Competition and went on to take third place in the UK competition.

Supported by: Irene Oldfather, Christine Grahame, Michael Russell*, Mrs Mary Mulligan*

S1M-874# Cathy Jamieson: Young People and Transport—That the Parliament welcomes the recent publication by the Save the Children Fund (SCF) of the report Going My Way: What Children and Young People Say About Transport; believes that the report highlights the problems which many young people face in accessing transport in rural areas such as Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, and asks the Scottish Executive to give consideration to adopting the recommendations of the report which include the creation of a national subsidised youth fare scheme for 16 and 17 year olds, the creation of further opportunities for the development of Home Zones and support for local authorities to designate 10mph speed limits in appropriate areas.

Supported by: Margaret Jamieson, Irene Oldfather, Fiona McLeod, Shona Robison, Nora Radcliffe, Donald Gorrie, Mrs Mary Mulligan*

S1M-873 Nick Johnston: AIDS and Hepatitis C Education—That the Parliament recognises that AIDS and Hepatitis C are a major threat to the wellbeing of the people of Scotland and calls upon the Scottish Executive to consider new public education measures against the dissemination of AIDS and Hepatitis C and to raise awareness throughout Scotland of the serious health implications of both AIDS and Hepatitis C.

Supported by: Mr Keith Harding, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Christine Grahame, Mr Kenneth Gibson

 

S1M-872 Nick Johnston: Strathclyde Joint Police Board—That the Parliament invites the Justice and Home Affairs Committee to examine the request of Strathclyde Joint Police Board that monies raised from items subject to forfeiture by a Sheriff be returned for local use to help communities improve their quality of life and fight to prevent crime.

Supported by: Mr Keith Harding

 

S1M-871# Michael Russell: Shirley McKie and the Scottish Criminal Records Office—That the Parliament notes the prosecution of Shirley McKie for perjury arising out of a Strathclyde Police investigation, the complete vindication of Shirley McKie following trial, and the body of evidence collated by BBC Frontline Scotland which proves, with the involvement of leading international fingerprint experts, that the fingerprint evidence led at her case was false; regrets that there has yet to be any attempt to apologise to, or secure financial restitution for, Shirley McKie despite her great personal suffering and the loss of her career in Strathclyde Police; expresses concern that the fingerprint officers from the Scottish Criminal Record Office (SCRO) involved in her case have not been suspended and that no full and independent investigation has been ordered by the Scottish Executive into the actions of either Strathclyde Police or SCRO, and considers that the Scottish Executive should accept the implications of the McKie case which must include such investigations as well as a complete re-examination of criminal prosecutions involving fingerprint identification from SCRO and those officers.

Supported by: Fiona McLeod, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Fergus Ewing, Donald Gorrie

 

S1M-870 Alex Johnstone: Expedition to the North Pole—That the Parliament congratulates Stonehaven man Charlie Paton, his colleague Alan Chambers and the other members of the expeditionary team on their achievement in becoming the first Britons to walk unsupported to the North Pole, an accomplishment which reflects highly on the individuals concerned and the Royal Marines Condor unit based in Arbroath.

Supported by: Phil Gallie, Shona Robison, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Andrew Wilson, Brian Adam, Donald Gorrie

 

S1M-863 Dorothy-Grace Elder: Glasgow the Caring City: International Relief Aid—That the Parliament congratulates "Glasgow the Caring City International Relief Aid" on raising the remarkable sum of £2 million worth of aid for Kosovo and conveys its admiration for the heartening manner in which three faiths have worked together in this humanitarian project, namely the Church of Scotland, centred on Cathcart Old Church, the congregation of the Mosque in Glasgow and the Glasgow Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Michael Russell, Shona Robison, Fiona McLeod, Andrew Wilson, Christine Grahame, Fergus Ewing, Donald Gorrie

 

S1M-862 Roseanna Cunningham: Ilisu Dam Project—That the Parliament notes with grave concern the implications of the proposed construction of the Ilisu Dam in Southeast Turkey, in particular, possible environmental damage to the area, the flooding of the ancient town of Hasankeyf and the forcible eviction of 25,000, mainly Kurdish, residents from their villages; questions the basis for the decision of the Export Credits Guarantee Department to underwrite the project with £200 million of tax payers’ money, and calls upon Her Majesty’s Government to review, as a matter of urgency, its involvement with the project.

Supported by: Linda Fabiani, Robin Harper, Michael Russell, Tommy Sheridan, Shona Robison, Fiona McLeod, Andrew Wilson, Brian Adam, Mr Kenneth Gibson

 

S1M-860 Scott Barrie: Translation of St Margaret—That the Parliament recognises the longstanding historical significance of Dunfermline, ancient capital of Scotland; notes that 19 June 2000 marks the 750th Anniversary of the Translation of Queen Margaret; congratulates the St Margaret’s Committee on its plans to mark this occasion by re-enacting the ceremony in Dunfermline Abbey, hosting a procession through the city centre and organising a medieval festival on Sunday 18 June, and wishes the organisers, participants and spectators a memorable day.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Marilyn Livingstone, Mr Brian Monteith, Irene Oldfather, Andrew Wilson, Donald Gorrie, Mrs Mary Mulligan*, Alasdair Morgan*

S1M-859 Fergus Ewing: Scottish Highlands Branch of the National Gulf Veterans and Families Association—That the Parliament notes the need for support and information for our country’s veterans; appreciates the considerable efforts of charitable organisations to meet the increasing needs of Gulf War veterans, and further commends the men and women who have banded together to form the Scottish Highlands Branch of the National Gulf Veterans and Families Association to provide support for veterans and families in the Highlands.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Michael Russell, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Andrew Wilson, Shona Robison, Mr Kenneth Gibson

 

S1M-857 Mr Duncan McNeil: Gourock/Dunoon Ferry Service—That the Parliament welcomes the commitment by the Minister for Transport and the Environment to make strong representations to the European Commission for the Gourock/Dunoon ferry service to be included in the wider CalMac tendering process; notes that vehicular transport on the service receives no public subsidy at present; further notes that nothing in the current proposals precludes CalMac from continuing to carry vehicles; and recognises that, to have the best chance of securing the long-term future of the service, all interested parties should support the Minister in her negotiations with the Commission to the fullest of their ability.

Supported by: George Lyon

 

S1M-856# Mr Andrew Welsh: Assisted Area Status of Arbroath—That the Parliament notes with concern the exclusion of Arbroath from the revised Assisted Area boundary proposals; recognises that while significant gains have been made in recent years to restructure the local economy, the case for re-inclusion is strong, given the consistently high levels of unemployment, the significant dependence on a declining manufacturing sector, and the opportunities which exist to benefit from Regional Selective Assistance; understands that without Assisted Area status recent gains in Arbroath will be reversed, and invites the Scottish Executive to make representations to the Department of Trade and Industry to reinstate the excluded areas.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Irene McGugan, Shona Robison, Fiona McLeod, Colin Campbell, Mr Kenneth Gibson

 

S1M-855# George Lyon: Dervish Landmine Clearance Project—That the Parliament applauds the work of the Edinburgh-based Dervish Landmine Clearance Project which is working to produce the cheapest and most effective method of landmine clearance in the world; wishes the charity every success in its bid to raise the £4 million it requires in order to produce and maintain the clearance equipment, and believes that the project could make Scotland a world leader in the fight to rid the planet of landmines.

Supported by: Linda Fabiani, Robin Harper, Brian Adam, Nick Johnston, Michael Russell, Karen Whitefield, Ian Jenkins, David McLetchie, Fiona McLeod, Andrew Wilson, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Donald Gorrie

 

S1M-854 Dorothy-Grace Elder: Mike Tyson—That the Parliament opposes the decision to grant Mike Tyson entry to Britain in order to fight in Glasgow; expresses its outrage at the prospect of the national stadium at Hampden being used as a showcase to make money for a convicted rapist; notes that Mike Tyson is presently the subject of police inquiries in Las Vegas over an alleged incident of a woman being assaulted and verbally abused, and shares the views of women’s groups in Scotland and throughout Britain, which were appalled at the previous decision by the Home Secretary to allow Mike Tyson to enter Britain, the resultant strain on police and the lack of contrition shown to women’s groups by Mike Tyson.

Supported by: Mrs Margaret Ewing, Linda Fabiani, Nick Johnston, Robin Harper, Mr Gil Paterson, Brian Adam, Kate Maclean, Bruce Crawford, Tommy Sheridan, Nora Radcliffe, Donald Gorrie, Mr John Munro, George Lyon, Robert Brown, Mr Jamie Stone, Dennis Canavan, Tricia Marwick, Fergus Ewing, Michael Matheson, Shona Robison, Irene McGugan, Colin Campbell, Mr Adam Ingram, Ms Sandra White, Richard Lochhead, Christine Grahame, Mrs Margaret Smith, Nicola Sturgeon, Mr Alex Salmond, Patricia Ferguson, Kay Ullrich, Fiona Hyslop, Pauline McNeill, Elaine Smith, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Margaret Jamieson, Maureen Macmillan, Trish Godman, Cathy Jamieson, Mr Andy Kerr, Malcolm Chisholm, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr George Reid, Tavish Scott, Mr John Swinney, Fiona McLeod, Andrew Wilson, Scott Barrie, Alasdair Morgan*

S1M-853 Irene Oldfather: Marymass Festival, Irvine—That the Parliament notes with regret the omission of Irvine’s Marymass festival from the Scottish Tourist Board’s "What’s On Scotland" list; commends the Irvine Carters’ Society and festival committee for its work in organising and promoting the festival; welcomes the proposed programme for this year’s festival, celebrating Irvine’s heritage and community spirit; and calls upon the Scottish Tourist Board to rectify this error by funding additional publicity for the festival.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Michael Russell, Shona Robison, Margaret Jamieson, Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenneth Gibson

 

S1M-851 Susan Deacon: The Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2000—That the Health and Community Care Committee recommends that the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc) Order 2000 be approved.

 

S1M-849# Dr Sylvia Jackson: Voluntary Moratorium on Siting of New Telecommunications Masts—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Report of the Transport and the Environment Committee, and the Stewart Report on telecommunications masts; congratulates the Scottish Executive for its initial positive response to these reports, including its commitment to implement new planning regulations and guidance in relation to telecommunications masts; recognises the deep concern felt in many communities around Scotland where masts are being erected, and invites the Scottish Executive to encourage telecommunication companies to implement a voluntary moratorium to halt developments in the period while these reports are considered.

Supported by: Cathy Jamieson, Elaine Smith, Janis Hughes, Margaret Jamieson, Hugh Henry, Mike Watson, Cathy Peattie, Dr Richard Simpson, Johann Lamont, Trish Godman, Mr Keith Raffan, Robert Brown, Robin Harper, Kate Maclean, Tommy Sheridan, Nora Radcliffe, Irene Oldfather, Fiona McLeod, Scott Barrie, Christine Grahame, Tavish Scott, Dr Elaine Murray, Donald Gorrie, Mrs Mary Mulligan*, Helen Eadie*

S1M-848# David Mundell: ICT in Scotland—That the Parliament believes that Information and Communications Technology (ICT) infrastructure will play a vital part in Scotland’s economic, social and cultural development; notes with concern that new and emerging technologies such as WAP and ADSL may not be available to everyone in Scotland if only commercial criteria are applied to roll-out, and believes that the Scottish Executive should work together with Her Majesty's Government and with service providers to find ways by license conditions, public funding or otherwise to ensure that Scotland and all its citizens benefit from ICT.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Dr Elaine Murray, David McLetchie, Alasdair Morgan, Brian Adam, Nora Radcliffe, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Tavish Scott

 

S1M-847 Hugh Henry: Mike Tyson—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Football Association and Celtic Football Club to guarantee that their facilities will not be made available to host a boxing match involving Mike Tyson; notes that substantial public funds have not been allocated to Hampden in order to allow the promotion of a man with an appalling criminal record, and calls upon the Home Secretary to exercise his powers to prevent Mike Tyson from being able to make financial gain in the UK in the light of his conviction in a US court which resulted in a custodial sentence of more than one year.

Supported by: Johann Lamont, Malcolm Chisholm, Cathy Jamieson, Irene Oldfather, Elaine Smith, Dr Elaine Murray, Trish Godman, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Linda Fabiani, Nick Johnston, Robin Harper, Mr Gil Paterson, Brian Adam, Kate Maclean, Cathy Peattie, Nora Radcliffe, Marilyn Livingstone, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Scott Barrie, Dr Richard Simpson, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Cathie Craigie, Ms Margaret Curran, Pauline McNeill, Mr Andy Kerr, Mr John McAllion, Elaine Thomson, Mr John Munro, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Mr Michael McMahon, Maureen Macmillan, Margaret Jamieson, Helen Eadie, Mrs Margaret Smith, Ian Jenkins, Paul Martin, Tavish Scott, Bristow Muldoon, Shona Robison, Michael Russell, Karen Whitefield, Mr John Swinney, Patricia Ferguson, Fiona McLeod, Andrew Wilson, Christine Grahame, Alasdair Morgan*

S1M-846# Richard Lochhead: Additional Resources for Grampian Police Force—That the Parliament notes that Grampian police in the north east of Scotland has one of the lowest per capita levels of resources among Scottish police forces; acknowledges that the Grampian force has additional responsibilities, including the policing of Balmoral and North Sea installations; also notes the alarming crime statistics in the Grampian Police force area that cannot be divorced from the low level of funding allocated to Grampian police, and believes that the Scottish Executive should allocate adequate resources to Grampian Police force for it to carry out its duties.

Supported by: Shona Robison, Mr Mike Rumbles, Michael Russell, Brian Adam, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Nora Radcliffe, Irene McGugan, Fiona McLeod, Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenneth Gibson

 

S1M-844 Richard Lochhead: ITC Report on Grampian Television—That the Parliament welcomes the Independent Television Commission’s (ITC) recommendations and findings following complaints relating to the Scottish Media Group’s (SMG) stewardship of Grampian Television; congratulates the staff on their campaign to safeguard the station’s future, especially the two members of staff who were subsequently made redundant, and calls upon the SMG to give a positive response to the ITC’s report to ensure Grampian Television and regional broadcasting are strengthened and prosper.

Supported by: Shona Robison, Michael Russell, Brian Adam, Cathy Peattie, Tommy Sheridan, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Irene McGugan, Mr John Swinney, Fiona McLeod, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Donald Gorrie

 

S1M-843# Donald Gorrie: Scottish Aid Agency—That the Parliament celebrates and calls for a continuation of the great work of many Scots over many years in working in and for developing countries, by exploring with relevant church, overseas aid and professional bodies the possibility of setting up a Scottish agency which would enable Scots of all ages to use their skills working in developing countries to benefit local communities, supplementing the work of existing agencies.

Supported by: Mr Mike Rumbles, Tavish Scott, Ian Jenkins, Robert Brown, Euan Robson, Shona Robison, Mr Keith Raffan, Linda Fabiani, Alasdair Morgan, Robin Harper, Michael Russell, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Cathy Peattie, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Margaret Jamieson, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Kenneth Gibson

 

S1M-842# Donald Gorrie: Funding of Voluntary Projects—That the Parliament considers that the Scottish Executive should set up a fund, financed from existing budgets and operated in co-operation with local authorities, to enable the continuation of local projects providing youth, sports or community activities which make a valuable contribution to the Executive’s programmes and face closure or major reduction because their funding is about to end.

Supported by: Robert Brown, Euan Robson, Ian Jenkins, Mr Mike Rumbles, Shona Robison, Robin Harper, Michael Russell, Tommy Sheridan, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Fiona McLeod, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, Mr Kenneth Gibson

 

S1M-840 Robin Harper: Building Standards—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to declare a firm commitment to environmental criteria, footprinting, the highest possible energy conservation standards, loose fit, longlife and sustainability in the construction of all government buildings.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Kate Maclean, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Nora Radcliffe, Andrew Wilson, Christine Grahame, Dr Richard Simpson, Tavish Scott, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Donald Gorrie

 

S1M-839 Pauline McNeill: Museums and Galleries Month 2000—That the Parliament welcomes the Museums and Galleries Month 2000 launched on Monday 1 May in Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art, the aim of the initiative being to raise the public profile of museums and galleries.

Supported by: Margaret Jamieson, Karen Gillon, Michael Russell, Kate Maclean, Cathy Peattie, Nora Radcliffe, Andrew Wilson, Dr Richard Simpson, Tavish Scott, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Donald Gorrie, Mrs Mary Mulligan*, Alasdair Morgan*

S1M-838 Pauline McNeill: Patenting of Breast Cancer Susceptibility Genes—That the Parliament condemns the application made in the UK by Myriad Genetics for patents on the breast cancer susceptibility genes BRCA1 and BRAC2 and believes that the patenting of genes can lead to a negative affect on the progress of medical research.

Supported by: Margaret Jamieson, Cathy Jamieson, Linda Fabiani, Marilyn Livingstone, Robin Harper, Brian Adam, Cathy Peattie, Nora Radcliffe, Michael Russell, Irene Oldfather, Andrew Wilson, Dr Richard Simpson, Donald Gorrie, Helen Eadie*

S1M-837 Pauline McNeill: Genetic Testing for Insurance Purposes—That the Parliament opposes the use of genetic testing for insurance purposes, and notes that the Genetic Advisory Insurance Committee review of the Association of British Insurers code of practice on genetic testing, which currently permits results for seven different conditions, including breast cancer, to be used when determining premiums, is looking into the matter.

Supported by: Margaret Jamieson, Cathy Jamieson, Elaine Smith, Karen Gillon, Linda Fabiani, Cathy Peattie, Nora Radcliffe, Irene Oldfather, Christine Grahame

 

S1M-836 Pauline McNeill: All-Party Parliamentary Group on Breast Cancer—That the Parliament thanks Judith Church MP for her work as Secretary to the Westminster All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Breast Cancer; welcomes Joan Ruddock MP as the new APPG Secretary from June 2000, and is committed to the formation of a Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Breast Cancer, and liaison with colleagues in Westminster.

Supported by: Margaret Jamieson, Cathy Jamieson, Elaine Smith, Karen Gillon, Marilyn Livingstone, Malcolm Chisholm, Irene Oldfather, Dr Richard Simpson, Donald Gorrie, Mrs Mary Mulligan*, Helen Eadie*

S1M-835# Michael Russell: Irvine Pensioners' Petition Against Sheltered Housing Cuts—That the Parliament commends the pensioners of Irvine for their vigorous campaign against cuts to the provision of warden services to sheltered housing complexes in North Ayrshire; supports the aims of their 700 signature petition, lodged with the Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee, which highlights the dangers which elderly people will face if the warden service is removed at weekends and which rejects the council’s argument that community alarms are a substitute, particularly given that the alarms, which were previously free for many pensioners, are now to cost over £100 a year and urges the Scottish Executive to undertake an enquiry into the provision of warden services nationally and, pending this, expects North Ayrshire Council to take heed of the strength of feeling in the local community and suspend plans to cut back the service.

Supported by: Kay Ullrich, Bruce Crawford, Brian Adam, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Fiona McLeod, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, Mr Kenneth Gibson

 

S1M-833# Mr Kenneth Gibson: First New Clyde Road Bridge for 30 Years—That the Parliament welcomes the application by Scottish Enterprise Glasgow to build a new four-lane bridge across the River Clyde with two lanes for exclusive use by public transport; recognises that the proposed £8 million link will provide essential road and pedestrian access to the Pacific Quay development; notes that the former Garden Festival site is of strategic importance to Glasgow and Scotland in terms of attracting and housing digital technology and cutting edge media businesses, leading to the economic regeneration of much of Glasgow’s former dockland, and calls upon Glasgow City Council to support this vital initiative.

Supported by: Mr Duncan Hamilton, Michael Russell, Fiona McLeod, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Colin Campbell

 

S1M-832 Robin Harper: Ethical Investment—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to investigate the possibility of adopting an ethical investment and procurement policy.

Supported by: Shona Robison, Cathy Jamieson, Linda Fabiani, Kate Maclean, Cathy Peattie, Hugh Henry, Tommy Sheridan, Nora Radcliffe, Irene McGugan, Michael Russell, Andrew Wilson, Tavish Scott, Donald Gorrie, Alasdair Morgan*

S1M-831# Robin Harper: Allotments—That the Parliament believes that the problems facing allotment holders throughout Scotland in relation to tenure should be investigated and that a policy to protect and preserve allotment holdings throughout Scotland, particularly in Edinburgh, should be developed and calls upon the Scottish Executive to report to the Parliament on this issue.

Supported by: Robert Brown, Nora Radcliffe, Donald Gorrie

 

S1M-830# David Mundell: Racing Pigeons—That the Parliament notes the report of the UK Raptor Working Group; notes the concerns of the Scottish Homing Union and other pigeon fanciers in Scotland on the impact that raptors are having on their sport, and believes that the Scottish Executive and all interested parties should work together to ensure the appropriate protection of both raptors and racing pigeons so as to enable the continuation of pigeon racing as a sport in Scotland.

Supported by: Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Allan Wilson, Mr Brian Monteith, Cathy Jamieson, Nick Johnston, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Margaret Jamieson, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie

 

S1M-829# Mr Lloyd Quinan: Kvaerner Energy, Clydebank—That the Parliament notes that the Kvaerner Energy employees at Clydebank face an uncertain future under the planned change of management; further notes the modest reassurances sought by the employees over their future employment, namely the maintenance by the new owners of all current Kvaerner employment conditions including the enhanced redundancy package for all employees and written guarantees from the new owners that the current Kvaerner pension plan arrangements and conditions will be honoured, that there will be no new redundancies after the takeover and the securing of a General Electric workload before the end of 2002, and that, in the event of redundancies after 2002, any redundancy payments will be on at least the same enhanced terms as Kvaerner offered during 1999-2000; and fully supports the workforce in its efforts to secure these conditions, and believes that government intervention through the already established Kvaerner Energy Working Party should be geared to secure these aims.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Shona Robison, Christine Grahame, Michael Matheson, Ms Sandra White, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Tommy Sheridan, Kay Ullrich, Colin Campbell, Brian Adam, Alex Neil, Ms Margo MacDonald, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Michael Russell, Fiona McLeod, Andrew Wilson, Fiona Hyslop

 

S1M-825 Nick Johnston: NHS Tayside—That the Parliament notes that the interim report of the task force into the alleged £12 million deficit in Tayside Acute Hospital Trust has revealed a lack of health leadership, poor communication between the Trust and its staff, inadequate interchange between Tayside Health Board and the Acute Hospital Trust and less than robust financial procedures, leading to inaccuracies in budgeting, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to ensure that any remedial action to recover the overspend will not impact on the healthcare offered to the people of Tayside nor unduly prejudice the outcome of the local acute services review.

Supported by: David McLetchie, David Mundell, Phil Gallie, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr Keith Harding, Mary Scanlon, Mr Brian Monteith, Kate Maclean

 

S1M-824 Ms Margo MacDonald: Breast Cancer Awareness—That the Parliament commends the work done by the Scottish Breast Cancer Campaign (SBCC) in raising the public profile of breast cancer in Scotland through its innovative health promotion and awareness programmes; notes that some 3,000 women each year are diagnosed with breast cancer in Scotland, half of whom will die of the disease, and therefore welcomes the latest initiative by the SBCC to survey women referred to breast cancer clinics in Scotland in order to establish a comprehensive picture of the service as experienced by them. R

Supported by: Dr Elaine Murray, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Shona Robison, Tommy Sheridan, Richard Lochhead, Margaret Jamieson, Cathy Jamieson, Elaine Smith, Karen Gillon, Linda Fabiani, Brian Adam, Nora Radcliffe, Irene McGugan, Malcolm Chisholm, Fiona McLeod, Irene Oldfather, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, Fiona Hyslop, Colin Campbell, Donald Gorrie

 

S1M-822# Mr Keith Harding: Bell Baxter High School in Cupar—That the Parliament notes that Bell Baxter High School in Cupar, Fife has operated on a split-site for the past 40 years, that pupils must walk along busy roads between both sites to attend classes with a loss of teaching time, and that Fife Council’s capital programme for the school will take four years to implement and will nevertheless omit the refurbishment of the swimming pool and gymnasium and the provision of community facilities, and believes that the Scottish Executive should review the situation as a matter of urgency in order to determine whether it is able to assist Fife Council to resolve this problem at the earliest opportunity.

Supported by: Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Nick Johnston, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Tricia Marwick, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh

 

S1M-821# Cathy Peattie: National Volunteer Week—That the Parliament notes that National Volunteer Week begins on Thursday 1 June 2000; believes that volunteers are an essential element of social wellbeing, and hopes that the week will encourage wider participation in volunteering.

Supported by: Shona Robison, Richard Lochhead, Margaret Jamieson, Mr Keith Raffan, Cathy Jamieson, Elaine Smith, Karen Gillon, David McLetchie, Linda Fabiani, Marilyn Livingstone, Robert Brown, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Brian Adam, Kate Maclean, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Irene McGugan, Malcolm Chisholm, Fiona McLeod, Irene Oldfather, Andrew Wilson, Christine Grahame, Cathie Craigie, Tavish Scott, Fiona Hyslop, David Mundell, Mike Watson, Karen Whitefield, Bristow Muldoon, Donald Gorrie, Mrs Mary Mulligan*, Helen Eadie*, Alasdair Morgan*

S1M-820# Mrs Mary Mulligan: "Working Together" Project—That the Parliament congratulates West Lothian Council on its "Working Together" project undertaken with the Benefits Agency; notes that in the first month of operation the project resulted in an extrapolated total of £162,000 extra income per annum for West Lothian pensioners, and agrees that other local authorities should emulate this innovative and effective approach to alleviating pensioner poverty.

Supported by: Bristow Muldoon, Maureen Macmillan, Tommy Sheridan, Margaret Jamieson, Cathy Jamieson, Elaine Smith, Marilyn Livingstone, Cathy Peattie, Nora Radcliffe, Hugh Henry, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Ian Jenkins, Karen Whitefield, Mr John McAllion, Donald Gorrie, Helen Eadie*

S1M-819 Michael Russell: Removal of Lesmahagow and Douglas from Assisted Areas Map—That the Parliament notes that many parts of the Lesmahagow and Douglas areas of Lanarkshire suffer from some of the most serious poverty and social exclusion in Scotland; further notes that these areas have unemployment rates well above the national average; regrets the recent decision to remove the areas of Douglas and Lesmahagow from the Assisted Areas map, and urges the Scottish Executive to make representations to Her Majesty’s Government to reverse its recent decision or mitigate its harmful effects.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Richard Lochhead, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil

 

S1M-817 Michael Russell: Edinburgh College of Art—That the Parliament congratulates Edinburgh College of Art where students in different artistic disciplines can meet and exchange ideas; notes that part of its success is due to its city centre location; notes the current proposals for the College to be subsumed into Heriot Watt University; expresses concern that no merger should be driven by the real estate value of the present college site or lead to the fragmentation of the art college campus; further notes that recent ballots shows that six out seven students and 70% of non-academic staff are against the merger, and urges the Scottish Executive to acknowledge these issues before agreeing to any merger or change of status for the College.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing, Donald Gorrie, Alex Neil, Richard Lochhead, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Fiona McLeod, Andrew Wilson, Fiona Hyslop

 

S1M-816 Dr Richard Simpson: Committee on Substance Abuse—That the Parliament agrees to establish a committee on substance abuse with members drawn from the Committees for Social Inclusion, Housing and Voluntary Sector, Justice and Home Affairs, Health and Community Care, Education, Culture and Sport, and any other relevant committee.

Supported by: Scott Barrie, Dr Elaine Murray, Brian Adam, David Mundell, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Donald Gorrie, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Marilyn Livingstone, Robert Brown, Kate Maclean, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Andrew Wilson, Fiona Hyslop, Tommy Sheridan*, Helen Eadie*

S1M-815 Dr Sylvia Jackson: Safer Routes to Schools—That the Parliament notes that in 1998 597 children were involved in accidents on their way to and from school; further notes the Scottish Executive document Guidance How to Run Safer Routes to School, recognises that the implementation of this document by local authorities in partnership with schools, parents, children, the police, health authorities and local communities could drastically reduce the number of accidents; congratulates Stirling Council for its commitment to "Safer Routes to School" and urges the Scottish Executive to do everything in its power to ensure that such schemes are implemented around Scotland.

Supported by: Scott Barrie, Dr Elaine Murray, Bristow Muldoon, Allan Wilson, Hugh Henry, Margaret Jamieson, Mr Duncan McNeil, Euan Robson, Shona Robison, Mr Keith Raffan, Cathy Jamieson, Elaine Smith, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Marilyn Livingstone, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Cathy Peattie, Nora Radcliffe, Rhoda Grant, Maureen Macmillan, Irene McGugan, Karen Whitefield, Ian Jenkins, Malcolm Chisholm, Fiona McLeod, Cathie Craigie, Helen Eadie*, Alasdair Morgan*

S1M-814 Mr John McAllion: Dispersal of Scottish Executive and Public Body Jobs throughout Scotland—That the Parliament notes the recent statements by Ministers that the Scottish Executive does not specifically aim to balance the number of Scottish Executive jobs located in different areas of Scotland; considers that it is desirable to locate civil service and public body jobs across the regions of Scotland as a matter of policy, and calls for a debate on how this might be achieved through a transparent and open mechanism that is accountable to the Parliament itself.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Brian Adam, Shona Robison, Dr Elaine Murray, Nora Radcliffe, Christine Grahame, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Donald Gorrie, Alex Neil, Richard Lochhead, Andrew Wilson, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Keith Raffan, Irene Oldfather, Mr Adam Ingram, Cathy Jamieson, Elaine Smith, Robert Brown, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Kate Maclean, Cathy Peattie, Mr Andrew Welsh, Fiona McLeod, Scott Barrie, Tavish Scott

 

S1M-813# Pauline McNeill: National Transplant Unit for Scotland—That the Parliament notes with concern the uncertainty over the future of the National Transplant Unit for Scotland at Glasgow Royal Infirmary; further notes that continuity of care for heart transplant patients is essential and that uncertainties caused over the future of the Unit can have a negative impact on an already vulnerable group of patients, and calls upon the Scottish Executive, Greater Glasgow Health Board and the North Glasgow University Hospitals NHS Trust to resolve this situation immediately.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Tommy Sheridan, Janis Hughes, Kay Ullrich, Dr Elaine Murray, Christine Grahame, Phil Gallie, Margaret Jamieson, Donald Gorrie, Alex Neil, Richard Lochhead, Mr John McAllion, Andrew Wilson, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mary Scanlon, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Irene Oldfather, Mr Adam Ingram, Cathy Jamieson, Elaine Smith, Karen Gillon, Linda Fabiani, Robert Brown, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Fiona McLeod, Cathie Craigie

 

S1M-812# Andrew Wilson: Army Uniform Contract—That the Parliament expresses concern over the decision by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to award a contract for the supply of army uniforms to foreign firms rather than the Cumbernauld based firm, Edward MacBean; notes the quality record of Edward MacBean, and invites the MoD to support Scottish jobs and the Scottish manufacturing industry by reversing its decision.

Supported by: Linda Fabiani, Nicola Sturgeon, Roseanna Cunningham, Colin Campbell, Alex Neil, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Kay Ullrich, Shona Robison, Tommy Sheridan, Donald Gorrie, Richard Lochhead, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Adam Ingram, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Fiona McLeod

 

S1M-812.1 Phil Gallie: Army Uniform Contract—As an amendment to motion (S1M-812) in the name of Andrew Wilson, leave out "expresses" and insert "recognises the public pride felt across the United Kingdom in the excellent and deserved worldwide reputation of the British Army and expresses its"

Supported by: Ben Wallace, Mr David Davidson, David McLetchie, John Scott

 

S1M-811# Phil Gallie: Excessive Punishment by the General Teaching Council—That the Parliament notes with concern the action of the General Teaching Council (GTC) in striking off the North Lanarkshire secondary teacher admonished in court for striking his daughter; considers this action, which will cost the teacher his livelihood, excessive; recognises that being struck off punishes not only him, but his wife and his children; believes that there should be an urgent review of the GTC’s role in this matter, and further believes that the Scottish Executive should investigate whether such treatment is acceptable under the European Convention on Human Rights.

Supported by: Mr Murray Tosh, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, John Young, Mary Scanlon, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr David Davidson, Miss Annabel Goldie, John Scott, Donald Gorrie

 

S1M-809# Elaine Smith: Right to Respite—That the Parliament notes National Carers Week 2000 between 12 and 18 June; recognises the outstanding contribution made by thousands of Scots, including a great many constituents in Coatbridge and Chryston, who provide care for sick or disabled family or friends; notes the on-going commitment by the Scottish Executive to assist those who find themselves in a caring role; notes the difficulties encountered with the provision of respite care to carers and the cared for, and believes that a "Right to Respite" should be enshrined for all.

Supported by: Rhoda Grant, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mr Jamie Stone, Michael Russell, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Shona Robison, Dr Elaine Murray, Nora Radcliffe, Christine Grahame, Tommy Sheridan, Margaret Jamieson, Donald Gorrie, Alex Neil, Mr John McAllion, Andrew Wilson, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Cathy Jamieson, Linda Fabiani, Marilyn Livingstone, Robert Brown, Kate Maclean, Cathy Peattie, Irene McGugan, Malcolm Chisholm, Irene Oldfather, Scott Barrie, Cathie Craigie, Fiona McLeod, Ian Jenkins*, Helen Eadie*

S1M-808# Fergus Ewing: Shinty—That the Parliament recognises the importance of shinty as Scotland’s indigenous sport; notes that, whilst it is especially popular in the Highlands, it is played throughout Scotland; acknowledges that it makes a significant contribution to Scotland in terms of social inclusion, citizenship, healthy living, community development, volunteering and economic development; welcomes the comprehensive presentation made by the Camanachd Association to MSPs on 3 May 2000, and supports the Association’s case for enhanced funding from sportscotland.

Supported by: Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Colin Campbell, Michael Russell, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Shona Robison, Nora Radcliffe, Donald Gorrie, Alex Neil, Richard Lochhead, Mr John McAllion, Andrew Wilson, Mary Scanlon, Mr Adam Ingram, Linda Fabiani, Cathy Peattie, Irene McGugan, Fiona McLeod

 

S1M-807 Mr Duncan Hamilton: Gourock-Dunoon Ferry Service—That the Parliament notes with concern the Scottish Executive’s proposal that the CalMac ferry route from Gourock-Dunoon become a "passenger only" service; recognises the massive additional subsidy that would be required to make good the shortfall in revenue created through the loss of vehicular business; acknowledges the profound concern of local businesses in Dunoon that such a measure would hinder the economic growth of the town; expresses concern about the capacity of the alternative private operator to maintain the current frequency of service offered through the availability of both public and private ferry operators, and reaffirms its belief that the Scottish Executive should make representations to the European Commission to guarantee no diminution of ferry services to Dunoon.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing, Linda Fabiani, Michael Russell, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Shona Robison, Alex Neil, Andrew Wilson, Mr Adam Ingram

 

S1M-806# Tricia Marwick: Malawi—That the Parliament welcomes the visit by the President of Malawi; recognises the historical and present day links between our two nations; acknowledges the commitment to democracy and human rights by the Government of Malawi; applauds its efforts to improve the social and economic wellbeing of the people of Malawi despite the debt burden accumulated by the previous regime, and urges the Scottish Executive to act on the plea by the President to encourage medical students and doctors to go to Malawi and to make urgent representations to Her Majesty's Government to encourage the write off the burden of debt on this nation, which is one of the poorest in the world.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Nicola Sturgeon, Richard Lochhead, Kay Ullrich, Dr Winnie Ewing, Nick Johnston, Robin Harper, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Brian Adam, Shona Robison, Donald Gorrie, Alex Neil, Mr John McAllion, Andrew Wilson, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Adam Ingram, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Linda Fabiani, Fiona McLeod, Fiona Hyslop, Ian Jenkins*

S1M-805 Alex Fergusson: Local Veterinary Inspector Fees: Competitive Tendering—That the Parliament notes the pilot exercise by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in the area covering Lancashire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside to subject routine TB testing, the collection of blood samples for brucellosis and brucellosis abortion enquiries to competitive tendering; recognises that the current local veterinary inspector system plays an invaluable role in animal welfare; notes that any alteration to that system may erode the relationship between client producer and the local veterinary inspector, and calls upon the Scottish Executive not to introduce such a system within Scotland without an exhaustive evaluation of the pilot exercise and full consultation with the industry. R

Supported by: Mr Murray Tosh, John Scott, Nick Johnston, David Mundell, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr David Davidson, Christine Grahame, Phil Gallie

 

S1M-802# Irene McGugan: Scottish National Dictionary Association—That the Parliament notes the excellent work of the Scottish National Dictionary Association (SNDA) over 70 years, work which includes the 10 volume Scottish National Dictionary and the Concise Scots Dictionary, copies of which are held in the library of the Scottish Parliament; commends the organisation’s plan to create a Scots Dictionary Database from these resources, despite an immediate funding crisis which will see money for current staff run out by July, and asks the Scottish Executive and the Scottish Arts Council to honour previously expressed commitments and take steps to secure the financial viability of the organisation in recognition of its role in advising the reporters to the Scottish Parliament on the recording of the language in proceedings and in promoting the language, and to allow the SNDA to continue to play a full part in Scotland’s literary and cultural heritage.

 

 

Scottish National Dictionary Association

 

At the Pairliament taks tent o the guid wark o the Scottish National Dictionary Association (SNDA) ower seiventie year, amang this, the 10-beuk Scottish National Dictionary an the Concise Scots Dictionary, wi the librarie o the Scottish Pairliament haein copies o baith; commens their plan tae mak a Scots Dictionary Database fae oot thir, for aw their sair want o siller the nou at will see siller for peyin staff rin oot bi July, an asks the Scottish Guivernment an the Scottish Airts Cooncil tae mak guid the promises thay hae gien afore, an ettle tae mak shuir o the bodie’s financial siccartie, takin tent o’ts wark in advisin the reporters tae Scottish pairliament on the recordin o the leid I proceedins an I forderin the leid, an lattin the SNDA haud tae the fore I Scotland’s leiterarie an cultural heritage.

 

Supported by: Michael Russell, Malcolm Chisholm, Shona Robison, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Bruce Crawford, Nora Radcliffe, Christine Grahame, Donald Gorrie, Fergus Ewing, Mr John McAllion, Andrew Wilson, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Adam Ingram, Brian Adam, Cathy Peattie, Mr Brian Monteith, Fiona McLeod, Alasdair Morgan*

S1M-801 Mr Brian Monteith: Birthplace of Modern Football in Callander—That the Parliament notes that a field in the grounds of the Roman Camp Hotel, Callander, is now believed to be the birthplace of modern soccer; further notes that this field would therefore be home to the oldest football pitch in the country and that competitive matches were played there over 150 years ago; recognises the special significance that this pitch will have in the history of Scottish and international soccer, and calls upon the Scottish Football Association to consider what action should be taken in partnership with the land owners to ensure that the significance of this site is celebrated.

Supported by: Nick Johnston, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mary Scanlon, Mr John McAllion

 

S1M-800 Mr Brian Monteith: Scotch Whisky Industry—That the Parliament notes with concern the possible impact of the European Water Framework Directive on the removal of water from rivers and watercourses in Scotland and its potentially damaging impact on the Scotch whisky industry; further notes that the unique characteristics of local water supplies provide a distinct and fundamental component of each whisky; recognises that the whisky industry is extremely important to both Scotland’s economy and many rural communities where distilleries are located, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to press Her Majesty's Government to ensure that countries such as Scotland where there is an abundance of water are exempted from these controls.

Supported by: Nick Johnston, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Phil Gallie, Mary Scanlon, Mr Murray Tosh, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Donald Gorrie, Mr John McAllion, Mr Keith Harding

 

S1M-799 Hugh Henry: St Mirren Football Club—That the Parliament congratulates St Mirren Football Club on their magnificent achievement in winning the First Division championship and wishes Tom Hendrie, the players and the Board every success in the Premier League.

Supported by: Mr Brian Monteith, Trish Godman, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Allan Wilson, Karen Gillon, David Mundell, Fiona McLeod

 

S1M-794# Michael Russell: North Ayrshire Unemployment—That the Parliament notes with deep concern that in March 2000 North Ayrshire has the worst total unemployment rate of any local authority area in Scotland, including the worst unemployment rate for women and the second worst unemployment rate for men, deplores the huge waste of human potential which this represents in an area where people want to work and urges the Scottish Executive to address the grave economic problems which face North Ayrshire which include the imminent closure of the Volvo factory.

Supported by: Kay Ullrich, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Ms Sandra White, Tommy Sheridan, Allan Wilson, Alex Neil, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Irene Oldfather, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Fiona McLeod

 

S1M-791 Mr Kenneth Gibson: Broadcasting of Parliament while in Glasgow—That the Parliament notes with concern the decision of the Parliamentary Bureau to downgrade broadcasting coverage of the Parliament during the period when the Parliament sits in Glasgow; recognises the value of broadcasting coverage in Glasgow as there are fewer spaces in the public gallery there; notes that the decision will create a significant disruption to the continuous picture archive of the Parliament; further notes that the Parliament’s own rules of broadcasting coverage cannot be observed with the reduced camera pattern; is concerned that the decision will cause a deterioration in coverage of the Parliament during its important and historic Glasgow sittings; concurs with the unanimous view of Glasgow City Council that this decision gives an unfortunate signal to Glasgow about the way it is considered by the Parliamentary authorities and the Executive, and agrees that the Parliamentary Bureau should reverse its decision.

Supported by: Nicola Sturgeon, Christine Grahame, Alex Neil, Richard Lochhead, Andrew Wilson, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan

 

S1M-788# Elaine Smith: National Breast-feeding Awareness Week (14-20 May)—That the Parliament notes the importance of National Breast-feeding Awareness week from 14 to 20 May; recognises that mother’s milk is the best form of nutrition for babies; notes with concern that the Guthrie statistics from 1998 indicate that the two main maternity hospitals serving constituents from Coatbridge and Chryston had the lowest percentage of breast-feeding mothers in Scotland, and believes that a national campaign is required to increase public acceptability of breast-feeding and attempt to change attitudes to mothers feeding in public places.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Russell, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mr Michael McMahon, Dr Elaine Murray, Alex Neil, Trish Godman, Johann Lamont, Nora Radcliffe, Cathy Jamieson, Malcolm Chisholm, Donald Gorrie, Robin Harper, Rhoda Grant, Hugh Henry, Mike Watson, Mr Jamie Stone, Ms Sandra White, Bristow Muldoon, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Shona Robison, Christine Grahame, Margaret Jamieson, Mr John McAllion, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr Gil Paterson, Irene Oldfather, Mr Adam Ingram, Karen Gillon, Kate Maclean, Cathy Peattie, Pauline McNeill, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Scott Barrie, Cathie Craigie, Fiona McLeod

 

S1M-787# Ms Margo MacDonald: Standard Life Mutuality—That the Parliament expresses its support for Standard Life, the largest Mutual Insurance Company in Europe and one of the most important financial institutions in Scotland; notes that mutuality allows Standard Life to focus its interests solely on the long term financial security of its members, and further expresses its dismay that this mutuality and success could be threatened by the actions of a few individuals or "carpet-baggers" seeking short-term, individual gain.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Fiona Hyslop, Brian Adam, Irene McGugan, Fiona McLeod, Alex Neil, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Colin Campbell, Linda Fabiani, Nora Radcliffe, Cathy Jamieson, Donald Gorrie, Robin Harper, Scott Barrie, Ms Sandra White, Mr John Swinney, Bristow Muldoon, Shona Robison, Christine Grahame, Margaret Jamieson, Mr John McAllion, Andrew Wilson, Mr Gil Paterson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Adam Ingram, Alasdair Morgan, Kate Maclean, Cathy Peattie, Mr Brian Monteith, Helen Eadie*

S1M-786 Ms Wendy Alexander: Ethical Standards in Public Life Etc (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Bill be passed.

 

S1M-784 Mr Duncan Hamilton: Councils for Voluntary Service Funding—That the Parliament notes the recent review of Councils of Voluntary Service (CVS); further notes the concerns expressed by rural CVS over proposals for a new national funding regime based on population and fixed shared funding ratio, and urges the Scottish Executive to adopt a funding model which will offer improvement in funding in all cases.

Supported by: Mr Andrew Welsh, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Fergus Ewing, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Russell, Shona Robison, Alex Neil, Linda Fabiani, Nora Radcliffe, Donald Gorrie, Robin Harper, Ms Sandra White, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Christine Grahame, Andrew Wilson, Mr Gil Paterson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Adam Ingram, Brian Adam, Irene McGugan, Fiona McLeod, Fiona Hyslop

 

S1M-783# Margaret Jamieson: Meares-Irlen Syndrome—That the Parliament notes that research shows that up to 30% of children may be suffering from Meares-Irelen syndrome, which often results in reading difficulties affecting their education but which can be alleviated for many by the simple and cost effective use of appropriate coloured overlays, and calls upon education authorities and health boards to work in partnership to provide a comprehensive screening programme in order to ensure that all children can take full advantage of the education provided and go on to achieve their full potential in society.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Fergus Ewing, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mr Michael McMahon, Dr Elaine Murray, Alex Neil, Nora Radcliffe, Cathy Jamieson, Malcolm Chisholm, Donald Gorrie, Robin Harper, Hugh Henry, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Christine Grahame, Allan Wilson, Mr John McAllion, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Gil Paterson, Irene Oldfather, Mr Adam Ingram, Elaine Smith, Karen Gillon, Kate Maclean, Cathy Peattie, Marilyn Livingstone, Pauline McNeill, Fiona McLeod

 

S1M-782# Nick Johnston: Plight of Blairingone Residents—That the Parliament notes with concern the plight of the residents of Blairingone in the constituency of Ochil who have for years been subjected to noise, dust, pollution and inconvenience from opencast coal workings and are now exposed to noxious smells and health hazards from the dumping of sewage and abattoir waste, and further notes with concern the failure of planning legislation to protect this community and the inadequacies of environmental protection legislation to safeguard the village of Blairingone.

Supported by: David McLetchie, Mary Scanlon, Alex Fergusson, Bill Aitken, Phil Gallie, John Scott, David Mundell, Bruce Crawford, Miss Annabel Goldie, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Keith Harding, Alex Johnstone, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Robin Harper, Tricia Marwick, Scott Barrie, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr Gil Paterson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Adam Ingram

 

S1M-781 Mr Michael McMahon: Hamilton Academical Football Club—That the Parliament notes with concern the decision by the Scottish Football League to deduct fifteen points from Hamilton Academical Football Club for failing to fulfil its fixture against Stenhousemuir on 1 April 2000; recognises the implications of such a severe reprimand for the club in terms of relegation to Division Three, for the fans and for the town of Hamilton, and calls upon the Scottish Football League to review its decision.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Brian Adam, Paul Martin, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Cathy Jamieson, Michael Russell, Alex Neil, Helen Eadie, Linda Fabiani, Lewis Macdonald, Trish Godman, Johann Lamont, Elaine Smith, Mike Watson, George Lyon, Scott Barrie, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Duncan McNeil, Hugh Henry, Bristow Muldoon, Tommy Sheridan, Mr John McAllion, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Gil Paterson, Irene Oldfather, Mr Adam Ingram, Karen Gillon, Pauline McNeill, Fiona McLeod

 

S1M-780# Tommy Sheridan: Law Commission Evidence—That the Parliament notes with concern the decision of the Law Commission to refuse access to the evidence submitted to its enquiry on poindings and warrant sales; believes that this is contrary to the spirit of the Freedom of Information Bill published by the Executive, and agrees that the evidence submitted should be made freely available to the Parliament immediately.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Shona Robison, Alex Neil, Robin Harper, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr John McAllion, Andrew Wilson, Mr Gil Paterson, Fiona Hyslop

 

S1M-779# Mr John McAllion: Lord Advocate and Freedom of Information—That the Parliament notes the importance of maintaining the independence of the Lord Advocate and the Crown Office in relation to criminal proceedings in Scotland; recognises that justice must be seen to be done, and agrees that free access should be allowed for the families of victims, such as Mr and Mrs Crossan of Dundee, to all relevant police files, forensic reports and other documents pertaining to the case involving their family member.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Nora Radcliffe, Donald Gorrie, Cathy Jamieson, Robin Harper, Tommy Sheridan, Scott Barrie, Elaine Smith, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Pauline McNeill

 

S1M-778 Fergus Ewing: Assisted Area Map—That the Parliament notes that the consultation period for representations to The Scotland Office in relation to the revised Assisted Area Status map ends on the 2 May; further notes that from the revised map substantial parts of the Highlands and Islands in Inverness, Nairn, Moray, Badenoch and Strathspey have been removed; agrees with the Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the Highland Council’s assessment that the removal of these areas from the Assisted Area Map will be damaging to the whole economy of the Highlands and Islands and to the job prospects of thousands of people living within the Highlands and Islands, including those who face impending redundancy, and urges the relevant authorities to reconsider the matter and to reinstate excluded areas.

Supported by: Mary Scanlon, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Maureen Macmillan, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr John Munro, Brian Adam, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Irene McGugan, Michael Russell, Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Shona Robison, Andrew Wilson, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Gil Paterson, Dorothy-Grace Elder

 

S1M-777 Mr John McAllion: Post-Code Prescribing—That the Parliament recognises the need for a national policy over availability and prescription of drugs and treatments in the NHS, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to ensure that all treatments deemed to be beneficial by the Health Technology Board are equally funded throughout Scotland thereby ending the practice known as "post-code prescribing".

Supported by: Mrs Mary Mulligan, Shona Robison, Mr Michael McMahon, Alex Neil, Linda Fabiani, Donald Gorrie, Cathy Jamieson, Mike Watson, Bristow Muldoon, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Trish Godman, Andrew Wilson, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Gil Paterson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Irene Oldfather, Mr Adam Ingram, Elaine Smith, Robert Brown, Brian Adam, Kate Maclean, Pauline McNeill, Fiona Hyslop, Helen Eadie*

S1M-774# Cathy Peattie: National Asthma Campaign Scotland—That the Parliament notes that asthma affects over 300,000 people in Scotland; recognises the valuable work of the National Asthma Campaign Scotland; and believes that measures to empower people with asthma to take control of asthma, in conjunction with their health professionals, should be a high priority in Scottish healthcare.

Supported by: Margaret Jamieson, Shona Robison, Paul Martin, David Mundell, Mike Watson, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Fergus Ewing, Irene McGugan, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Des McNulty, Michael Russell, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mr Keith Harding, Mr Michael McMahon, Robin Harper, Dr Elaine Murray, Alex Neil, Linda Fabiani, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Marilyn Livingstone, Nora Radcliffe, Malcolm Chisholm, Donald Gorrie, Cathy Jamieson, Maureen Macmillan, Kay Ullrich, Mr Murray Tosh, Ms Sandra White, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Mr David Davidson, Mr John McAllion, Trish Godman, Andrew Wilson, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Gil Paterson, Ian Jenkins, Irene Oldfather, Mr Adam Ingram, Elaine Smith, Karen Gillon, David McLetchie, Robert Brown, Kate Maclean, Cathie Craigie, Helen Eadie*, Alasdair Morgan*

S1M-773 Richard Lochhead: Allocation of Scottish Cup Final Tickets—That the Parliament regrets the failure of the Scottish Football Association (SFA) to adhere to a policy of equal allocation of tickets for the forthcoming Scottish Cup Final, and calls upon the SFA to recognise that Hampden Park, as the National Stadium, is a publicly-backed neutral venue and that it should therefore treat equitably all clubs who appear in the Scottish Cup Final.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Shona Robison, Irene McGugan, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Brian Monteith, Mike Watson, Mr John McAllion, Fiona McLeod

 

S1M-768# Richard Lochhead: Closure of Public Toilets in NE Scotland—That the Parliament notes that the regrettable and unpopular decision to close scores of public toilets throughout the region is one of the many draconian cuts being implemented by local government in the North East of Scotland; further notes the implications these closures have for public health and the area’s ability to market itself as a tourist destination and believes that the Scottish Executive should prevent cuts in such vital services by giving local councils an adequate financial settlement.

Supported by: Irene McGugan, Fergus Ewing, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Nora Radcliffe, Brian Adam, Andrew Wilson, Mr Mike Rumbles, Shona Robison, Donald Gorrie, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr David Davidson, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Fiona McLeod

 

S1M-767# Ms Sandra White: Glasgow Regeneration—That the Parliament notes with concern recent reports highlighting the levels of ill health and poverty in Glasgow and the widening wealth gap between Glasgow and more prosperous parts of the country; believes that a co-ordinated strategy should be developed to tackle these problems and recognises that the injection of public investment is required for the regeneration of the city.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Christine Grahame, Robert Brown, Donald Gorrie, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr John McAllion, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Linda Fabiani

 

S1M-766 Mr Kenny MacAskill: Pollution in Scotland from Sellafield—That the Parliament notes that the major source of radioactive pollution found on the Scottish coastline is not from Scottish nuclear installations, but from Sellafield in Cumbria; further notes that in testing for pollution in the sea off East Lothian, more man-made radioactivity can be attributed to Sellafield discharges than to the Torness nuclear generating station there; believes that it is unacceptable that the entire length of the Scottish coastline should be polluted in this way by the BNFL plant in Cumbria and therefore joins with the international community, including Iceland, Denmark and Ireland in calling for an end to reprocessing at Sellafield.

Supported by: Alasdair Morgan, Fergus Ewing, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Fiona Hyslop, Brian Adam, Andrew Wilson, Michael Russell, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Bruce Crawford, Christine Grahame, Shona Robison, Kay Ullrich, Linda Fabiani, Robin Harper, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Fiona McLeod

 

S1M-765 Robin Harper: Atlantic Frontier—That the Parliament supports a request from the major environment and conservation organisations, including Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the Wildlife Trusts and the World Wide Fund for Nature, to safeguard the most important area in Europe for whales, dolphins and coral reefs, and prevent extreme climate change, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to make representations to Her Majesty’s Government to stop new oil drilling activity in the Atlantic frontier west of Scotland, and to create a new industry in offshore wind and wave power. R

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr John McAllion

 

S1M-764 Ben Wallace: Korean War 50th Anniversary—That the Parliament notes the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War in which brave Scottish servicemen and women fought and lost their lives during the UN deployment to Korea in 1950-53 and urges that the tragedy of the war not be forgotten.

Supported by: Nick Johnston, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, David Mundell, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Brian Adam, Donald Gorrie, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Keith Harding, Shona Robison, Dr Elaine Murray, Phil Gallie, Andrew Wilson, David McLetchie

 

S1M-763 Mr Duncan Hamilton: Air Passenger Duty—That the Parliament notes with concern the continuation of Air Passenger Duty (APD) on flights to the Highlands and Islands; recognises APD as a tax on rural and island living and its detrimental effect on rural and island economies, and calls upon Her Majesty's Government to abolish APD on all flights both to and from airports within the Highlands and Islands.

Supported by: Colin Campbell, Ms Sandra White, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Linda Fabiani, Brian Adam, Shona Robison, Mr Adam Ingram, Irene McGugan, Fergus Ewing, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Andrew Wilson, Michael Russell, Kay Ullrich, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Lloyd Quinan

 

S1M-762 Ben Wallace: RUC Award—That the Parliament congratulates the Royal Ulster Constabulary on its award of the George Cross and recognises the bravery of its men and women and their contribution towards combating terrorism and crime in both Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Supported by: Alex Fergusson, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Keith Harding, Phil Gallie, David McLetchie

 

S1M-761# Ms Sandra White: Sign Language in Primary Schools —That the Parliament congratulates St Brendon’s primary school in Glasgow on its participation in the Millennium Schools project, which taught the basics of British Sign Language (BSL) and deaf awareness, and invites the Scottish Executive to investigate the introduction of BSL to the school curriculum.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Fergus Ewing, Bruce Crawford, Kay Ullrich, Fiona McLeod, Fiona Hyslop, Alex Neil, Alasdair Morgan, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Colin Campbell, Mr Adam Ingram, Irene McGugan, Nora Radcliffe, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Andrew Wilson, Donald Gorrie, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Christine Grahame, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr Keith Harding, Shona Robison, Robin Harper, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Andrew Welsh, Roseanna Cunningham, Ms Margo MacDonald, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Michael Russell, Mr John Swinney, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Tommy Sheridan, Mr John McAllion

 

S1M-760 Nora Radcliffe: Cup Final Ticket Allocation—That the Parliament congratulates Aberdeen Football Club on reaching their second cup final of the current season, and calls upon the Scottish Football Association to ensure that Aberdeen FC receive a 50% share of those tickets allocated to the two clubs involved in the Tennents Scottish Cup Final on 27 May 2000.

Supported by: Brian Adam R, Richard Lochhead, Mr Mike Rumbles, Shona Robison, Irene McGugan, Donald Gorrie, George Lyon, Fiona McLeod

 

S1M-759 Shona Robison: Sodexho Ltd—That the Parliament believes that the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body should investigate Sodexho, the company which runs the catering facility in the Scottish Parliament, and which has been awarded the contract to run the voucher scheme for asylum seekers and refugees, and condemns the fact that in a briefing to potential retailers Sodexho states that this scheme presents a "revenue making opportunity" for retailers by promoting the fact that refugees do not receive change from their voucher yet the retailer is able to profit from the full value of the voucher.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Russell, Linda Fabiani, Bruce Crawford, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mr Adam Ingram, Irene McGugan, Fergus Ewing, Nora Radcliffe, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Andrew Wilson, Donald Gorrie, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Christine Grahame, Kay Ullrich, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Mike Rumbles, Alex Neil, Robert Brown, Robin Harper, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr John McAllion, Elaine Smith, Fiona McLeod

 

S1M-758 Shona Robison: United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR)—That the Parliament agrees with the concerns raised by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) regarding the "inflammatory language" used by the Conservative Party to describe asylum seekers and refugees in their manifesto for the forthcoming English local elections, and believes that political parties should adhere to the 1999 all party agreement not to exploit prejudice on the grounds of race, nationality or religion in order to gain political advantage.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Brian Adam, Michael Russell, Linda Fabiani, Bruce Crawford, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mr Adam Ingram, Trish Godman, Fiona Hyslop, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Andrew Wilson, Johann Lamont, Donald Gorrie, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Christine Grahame, Kay Ullrich, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Mike Rumbles, Alex Neil, Robert Brown, Malcolm Chisholm, Cathy Jamieson, Mike Watson, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Dr Elaine Murray, Mr John McAllion, Elaine Smith, Kate Maclean, Pauline McNeill, Fiona McLeod

 

S1M-757 Mr Brian Monteith: Nine O'Clock News—That the Parliament believes that the BBC Nine O’clock News performs a valuable public service which should not be underestimated by the BBC Governors; expresses its concern at any possible change in the schedules, in particular at the implications for the nine o’clock watershed and repercussions for the future viability of Newsnight and Newsnight Scotland, and believes that the Governors should resist pressures to tamper with schedules merely for the sake of ratings.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Robin Harper, Irene McGugan, Fergus Ewing, Andrew Wilson, Donald Gorrie, Christine Grahame, Mr Keith Harding, Alex Neil, Robert Brown, Phil Gallie, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mary Scanlon, Nick Johnston, Mr John McAllion, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Jamie McGrigor

 

S1M-756# Allan Wilson: West Kilbride: Scotland's Craft Town—That the Parliament welcomes the consultant’s report confirming the feasibility of establishing West Kilbride as Scotland’s Craft Town; congratulates Councillor Elizabeth Maclardy and the West Kilbride Initiative on the vision and persistence with which they have pursued this objective; recognises the economic and social impact which the initiative can secure for West Kilbride; believes that it can provide a new and important focal point for the Scottish crafts industry as a whole, and looks forward to rapid progress towards a successful outcome.

Supported by: Cathy Jamieson, Margaret Jamieson, Irene Oldfather, Trish Godman, Kay Ullrich, Pauline McNeill, George Lyon, Mr John McAllion

 

S1M-755 Brian Adam: 1820 Society—That the Parliament congratulates the 1820 Society for highlighting the battle of Bonnymuir, a little known part of our history, and the key role played by the martyrs Baird, Hardie and Wilson in the struggle for trade union rights and independence.

Supported by: Kay Ullrich, Michael Russell, Linda Fabiani R, Shona Robison, Bruce Crawford, Mr Adam Ingram, Irene McGugan, Fergus Ewing, Fiona Hyslop, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Andrew Wilson, Donald Gorrie, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Christine Grahame, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Alex Neil, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr John McAllion, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Fiona McLeod

 

S1M-754# Des McNulty: Vale of Leven Hospital—That the Parliament notes that the future of the Vale of Leven Hospital is secure and that no services are under threat; regrets that comments were made which only created unnecessary anxiety among the staff and the local community, and further welcomes the additional capital investment of over £2 million to improve services at the hospital, based on the needs of the local area.

 

S1M-753 Fergus Ewing: A95—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement by the Scottish Executive of the inclusion in the roads improvement programme of a scheme to upgrade and improve the A95 and calls upon the Executive to consult the local community as to exactly what the scheme will involve, and to lodge full details of their proposals with regard to the A95 in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Mary Scanlon, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Alex Neil, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Linda Fabiani

 

S1M-751# Trish Godman: Houses in Multiple Occupation—That the Parliament deplores the damage inflicted on housing stock in communities such as Port Glasgow by the increase in the number of properties in multiple occupation; is aware of the exploitation of the tenants living in such circumstances by greedy and uncaring landlords, and believes that legislation should be initiated that will enable authorities to (a) restrict the conversion of properties into houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) in order to establish a better balance in the employment of housing stock and (b) regulate closely the management of existing HMOs in the interests of the tenants.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Fiona Hyslop, Andrew Wilson, Mr Jamie Stone, Johann Lamont, Donald Gorrie, Kay Ullrich, Alex Neil, Linda Fabiani, Robert Brown, Cathy Jamieson, Mike Watson, Bristow Muldoon, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Margaret Jamieson, Mr John McAllion, Mr Gil Paterson, Elaine Smith, Pauline McNeill

 

S1M-749# Mr Kenny MacAskill: CERT Edinburgh—That the Parliament recognises the ongoing delays and difficulties faced by the City of Edinburgh Rapid Transit (CERT) plan and also the significant public investment required for the scheme; notes the Network Management Statement by Railtrack Scotland and the call by the Cockburn Association for a further examination of the scheme, and calls for a suspension of the CERT project pending a re-examination of both it and the creation of a rail link to Edinburgh Airport, including a re-routing of the Edinburgh-Glasgow and Edinburgh-Fife lines for infrastructure improvements to the benefit of both the city of Edinburgh and Scotland as a whole.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Tricia Marwick, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Fiona Hyslop, Andrew Wilson, Bruce Crawford, Alex Neil, Robin Harper, Christine Grahame, Mr Gil Paterson, Linda Fabiani, Fiona McLeod

 

S1M-748# Helen Eadie: Rail Freight Development—That the Parliament applauds the efforts of the Minister for Transport and the Environment, Sarah Boyack MSP, in her activities promoting, encouraging and funding actions to move freight from road to rail; further applauds the efforts of everyone involved in the rail industry in the partnership efforts to maximise rail freight developments; notes that there are constraints in the rail network on the development of this work and invites Railtrack to submit to members of the Scottish Parliament a report detailing each "pinch" point, railway bridge or tunnel that prevents the usage of nine foot six inch rail container wagons on key strategic routes affecting freight trains from Scotland to Felixstowe and Southampton.

Supported by: Irene Oldfather, Nora Radcliffe, Donald Gorrie, Dr Elaine Murray, Robert Brown, Robin Harper, Mike Watson, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Mr John McAllion, Mr Keith Raffan, Elaine Smith, Kate Maclean, Cathy Peattie

 

S1M-747 Karen Whitefield: Scottish Youth Parliament—That the Parliament congratulates those young people involved in establishing the Scottish Youth Parliament, a representative forum for young people from all parts of Scotland and all social backgrounds, which aims to provide the youth of Scotland with a strong and united voice with which to promote the rights of young people.

Supported by: Scott Barrie, Donald Gorrie, Michael Russell, Shona Robison, Margaret Jamieson, Fergus Ewing, Brian Adam, Alex Neil, Irene Oldfather, Mr Adam Ingram, Irene McGugan, Trish Godman, Dr Elaine Murray, Nora Radcliffe, Tricia Marwick, Andrew Wilson, Mr Jamie Stone, Johann Lamont, Elaine Smith, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Pauline McNeill, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mr Michael McMahon, Robert Brown, George Lyon, Cathy Jamieson, Robin Harper, Mike Watson, Ms Sandra White, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Christine Grahame, Richard Lochhead, Mr John McAllion, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Karen Gillon, Kate Maclean, Cathy Peattie, Cathie Craigie, Fiona McLeod, Paul Martin*, Helen Eadie*

S1M-746# Mr Lloyd Quinan: Autistic Spectrum Disorder—That the Parliament notes that the incidence of the childhood condition autistic spectrum disorder has increased considerably in the last ten years; further notes that data relating to this condition is not routinely centrally collected, and believes that an independent research study requires to be undertaken in order to establish the mechanisms which cause autistic spectrum disorder and so allow preventative action to be taken.

Supported by: Scott Barrie, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Shona Robison, Margaret Jamieson, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Fergus Ewing, Brian Adam, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mr Brian Monteith, Michael Matheson R, Alex Neil, Dr Winnie Ewing, Hugh Henry, Mr Adam Ingram, Trish Godman, Dr Elaine Murray, Fiona Hyslop, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Andrew Wilson, Bruce Crawford, Christine Grahame, Mary Scanlon, Elaine Smith, Kay Ullrich, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Keith Harding, Mr Michael McMahon, Robin Harper, Linda Fabiani, Robert Brown, Cathy Jamieson, Mike Watson, Phil Gallie, Ms Sandra White, Tommy Sheridan, Mr John McAllion, David McLetchie, Alasdair Morgan, Kate Maclean, Cathy Peattie, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Cathie Craigie, Fiona McLeod

 

S1M-745# Karen Whitefield: Storysack Initiative—That the Parliament congratulates The Boots Company and its staff in Airdrie who, on a voluntary basis, are providing support for the Storysack Initiative, which is designed to stimulate and support children’s reading and which is benefiting the children of Airdrie; recognises the benefits such work can provide to volunteers through the development of new skills and participation in lifelong learning, and further congratulates The Boots Company on the support it also provides to the Greater Pilton Childcare Centre.

Supported by: Irene Oldfather, Mr Adam Ingram, Trish Godman, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Donald Gorrie, Mary Scanlon, Elaine Smith, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mr Michael McMahon, Alex Neil, Phil Gallie, Margaret Jamieson, Mr John McAllion, Andrew Wilson

 

S1M-744# Mr Kenny MacAskill: Craigmillar Independent Inquiry—That the Parliament notes with concern that, notwithstanding the PIEDA report, there is further suggestion of irregularities and financial maladministration in the Craigmillar area, and accordingly believes that a full and independent investigation should be undertaken into the organisation and workings of Craigmillar Opportunities Trust, Craigmillar Festival Society, Craigmillar Partnership and subsidiary projects in the Craigmillar area.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Russell, Fergus Ewing, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Tricia Marwick, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Gil Paterson, Andrew Wilson, Kay Ullrich, Mr Jamie Stone, Fiona McLeod

 

S1M-742# Cathy Jamieson: Doon Valley Heritage Centre, Dunaskin—That the Parliament notes the valuable work of the Doon Valley Heritage Centre at Dunaskin in preserving working class history; believes that this and other industrial museums are of national significance, and invites the Executive to develop a strategy to ensure the continuance of this facility and other industrial museums in Scotland.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Margaret Jamieson, Irene Oldfather, Mr Adam Ingram, Trish Godman, Mr Murray Tosh, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Andrew Wilson, Alex Fergusson, Mr Duncan McNeil, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Dennis Canavan, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mr Michael McMahon, Alex Neil, Robin Harper, Phil Gallie, Mr Jamie Stone, Ian Jenkins, Bristow Muldoon, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Dr Winnie Ewing, Scott Barrie, Mr John McAllion, Cathy Peattie, Fiona McLeod, Helen Eadie*

S1M-732 Donald Gorrie: Parliament Building—That the Parliament, in order to be fully informed when making its decision on the location, design, specification and cost of its permanent home, (a) directs the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to present to it in early June the scheme design for the Holyrood buildings prepared by the design team, along with the most detailed possible plans, with evaluation and costs, prepared by independent experts for (i) the St Andrew’s House/Royal High School site with new build parliament chamber and (ii) the Mound site based on the acquisition of the New College Campus and development of nearby buildings; (b) calls upon the Scottish Executive to co-operate fully with the study of these options and to publish a report on financing options for the parliament buildings; (c) approves the SPCB’s proposal for a progressing group to take on day to day responsibility for the project of creating the parliament’s new home and (d) agrees to make a final decision in June in the light of the information requested.

Supported by: Ms Margo MacDonald, Alex Fergusson, Robin Harper, Mr Keith Raffan, Alex Neil, Fergus Ewing, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson

 

S1M-731 Mr Brian Monteith: Scottish Rugby Union Team—That the Parliament congratulates Ian McGeechan, Andy Nicol and the rest of the Scotland players on their Calcutta Cup triumph, despite the predictions of media pundits to the contrary, and calls upon the Scottish Rugby Union to take the opportunity of this jubilant moment to reach out to all sections of the rugby union community to establish greater consensus on the way to achieve continued success for Scottish rugby in the future.

Supported by: David McLetchie, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Bill Aitken, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Dennis Canavan, Dr Winnie Ewing, Fergus Ewing, Michael Russell, Donald Gorrie

 

S1M-731.1 Mrs Margaret Ewing: Scottish Rugby Union Team—As an amendment to motion (S1M-731) in the name of Mr Brian Monteith, insert at end "and trusts that the SRU will make representations to sportscotland regarding the financial needs of the Scottish women’s rugby team."

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Bruce Crawford, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Andrew Wilson, Michael Russell, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Fiona McLeod

 

S1M-730# Mr Jamie McGrigor: Islay Creamery—That the Parliament expresses concern at the closure of the creamery on Islay and agrees that there should be a thorough investigation into the impact of the closure on the local economy and into what measures can be taken to assist in the creation of new job opportunities on the island. R

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Nick Johnston, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Fergus Ewing, David Mundell, Bill Aitken, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mr Adam Ingram, Mary Scanlon, Mr Brian Monteith, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Alex Neil, Phil Gallie, Mr Gil Paterson, Fiona McLeod

 

S1M-729# Karen Whitefield: Airdrie to Bathgate Rail Link—That the Parliament recognises the need for the rail line between Airdrie and Bathgate to be re-opened and that recent research commissioned by West Lothian Council demonstrates the financial viability of such a link, and agrees that this will have a significant and positive impact on transport links between central Scotland and the East Coast and that it will facilitate wider employment and residential and economic development.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Fiona Hyslop, Helen Eadie, Maureen Macmillan, Mike Watson, Trish Godman, Donald Gorrie, Robin Harper, Elaine Smith R, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Cathy Peattie, Marilyn Livingstone, Brian Adam, Mr Michael McMahon, Rhoda Grant, Alex Neil, Irene Oldfather, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Bristow Muldoon, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Alasdair Morgan, Cathie Craigie

 

S1M-728 Robin Harper: Sequoia National Forest—That the Parliament congratulates President Clinton on his historic initiative to declare a Sequoia National Monument of at least 400,000 acres, preserving the sequoia groves, their surrounding watersheds and forest eco-system and supports his commitment to give full protection to the biodiversity of the area, this being a great testament to the contribution of John Muir, the Scottish naturalist, to the development of National Parks in the USA and his particular love of the sequoia. R

Supported by: Mr John Munro, Euan Robson, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Keith Raffan, Dr Elaine Murray, Maureen Macmillan, Ian Jenkins, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Scott Barrie, Donald Gorrie, Cathy Jamieson, Michael Russell, Tavish Scott, Mike Watson, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Dennis Canavan, Brian Adam, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Linda Fabiani, Rhoda Grant, Dr Winnie Ewing, Hugh Henry, Trish Godman, Andrew Wilson, Mary Scanlon, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Keith Harding, Alex Neil, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Cathy Peattie, Helen Eadie*

S1M-727 Mr Adam Ingram: Opencast Mining and Public Safety—That the Parliament notes with alarm an incident, over 25–26 March, in which a massive landslide at an opencast mining site in New Cumnock moved more than half a mile after the collapse of an earth-mound; further notes that in the opinion of the mining company responsible, such landslips "happen day and daily because of wet weather"; believes that the current national planning policy guidelines which stipulate a minimum distance of 500 metres between opencast workings and housing settlements is completely unsatisfactory and does not protect the safety of the public, and therefore calls upon the Scottish Executive to review this guideline immediately and undertake an assessment of all other opencast mineworkings to determine if houses or settlements could be in danger from potential landslips.

Supported by: Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Gil Paterson, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, Michael Matheson, Linda Fabiani, Irene McGugan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Fiona Hyslop, Shona Robison, Tommy Sheridan, Kay Ullrich, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Andrew Wilson, Robin Harper, Brian Adam, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Tricia Marwick, Michael Russell, Bruce Crawford, Cathy Peattie, Fiona McLeod

 

S1M-726# Mr Brian Monteith: Maternity Services in Forth Valley—That the Parliament notes that a consultation exercise has been instigated by Forth Valley Acute Hospitals (FVAH) NHS Trust over the future of health service provision in the region; further notes that the provision of in-patient maternity services is to be removed from Stirling Royal Infirmary and centralised in Falkirk and District Royal Infirmary, and calls upon the (FVAH) NHS Trust and Forth Valley Health Board to take fully into account the views of those living in the most remote parts of rural Stirlingshire and West Perthshire who already face a long journey to Stirling for maternity care, and to take into consideration the considerable investment already made in these services at Stirling Royal Infirmary in comparison with the significant investment that will be required for a new central unit at Falkirk.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Nick Johnston, Mr Keith Harding, Mary Scanlon, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mr Jamie McGrigor

 

S1M-725# Johann Lamont: A Woman's Agenda—That the Parliament notes the decision of the Equalities Commission in Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions to go ahead with their launch of A Woman’s Agenda for the Northern Ireland Assembly on 11 March 2000, despite the suspension of the Assembly itself; congratulates those involved in displaying such huge faith in the peace process; welcomes the role of A Woman’s Agenda in highlighting the common experience of women across the UK of inequality, disadvantage and under-representation; expresses its support for all those on the island of Ireland who are committed to, and are working for, the eradication of inequality in whatever form it exists, and believes that the appropriate committee of the Parliament should explore ways of establishing and maintaining dialogue between the women of the Northern Ireland Assembly and the Scottish Parliament.

Supported by: Trish Godman, Shona Robison, Tommy Sheridan, Linda Fabiani, Fiona Hyslop, Malcolm Chisholm, Helen Eadie, Cathy Jamieson, Alex Neil, Maureen Macmillan, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Christine Grahame, Mike Watson, Irene McGugan, Donald Gorrie, Nora Radcliffe, Margaret Jamieson, Elaine Smith, Fiona McLeod, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Cathy Peattie, Marilyn Livingstone, Dennis Canavan, Mr Michael McMahon, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Dr Winnie Ewing, Rhoda Grant, Mr Adam Ingram, Dr Elaine Murray, Fergus Ewing, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Pauline McNeill, George Lyon, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Karen Gillon, Kate Maclean

 

S1M-723 Ben Wallace: NHS Provision of Equipment for Disabled People—That the Parliament notes the damming report by the Audit Commission in England on NHS provision of equipment to disabled people; considers that the adequate provision of aids, adaptations and equipment for disabled people is a priority; believes that the NHS in Scotland should ensure that services for the disabled are provided in an efficient and effective way to ensure that maximum benefit is gained from the available resources, and calls upon the Accounts Commission for Scotland to undertake a review of NHS and Social Work provision of aids, adaptations and equipment for disabled people to determine whether service provision is adequate and cost effective and, if necessary, to make recommendations to secure service improvements.

Supported by: Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, David Mundell, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Tommy Sheridan, Nick Johnston, Mr Murray Tosh, Alex Neil, Irene McGugan, Donald Gorrie, Robert Brown, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr Keith Harding, Phil Gallie, Ms Sandra White, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson

 

S1M-722 Fergus Ewing: "Business in the Chamber" Debate—That the Parliament commends the "Business in the Chamber" debate as a useful contribution to our democracy, with particular regard to the deliberations of the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee in its review of local economic development services, and believes that similar debates, on other issues such as education, health and housing, should be held in the Parliament Chamber in the future enabling those who are not Members of the Scottish Parliament but who have experience or expertise to bring to bear in relation to such subjects to contribute to a full debate.

Supported by: Linda Fabiani, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, Brian Adam, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Michael Russell, George Lyon, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson

 

S1M-721# Nick Johnston: Effects of Initial Recommendations of Forth Valley Acute Hospital Trust—That the Parliament notes the potential difficulties facing the people of Clackmannan in the light of the initial recommendations of Forth Valley Acute Hospital Trust to concentrate maternity services in Falkirk, and believes that proposals for the replacement Forth River crossing should be brought forward at the earliest possible opportunity.

Supported by: Mr Keith Harding, Mr David Davidson, Mary Scanlon, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Keith Raffan, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh

 

S1M-719# Dorothy-Grace Elder: Thalidomide: 40 Years On—That the Parliament expresses its deep concern about the increased suffering of, and lack of financial aid to, surviving thalidomide victims in Glasgow, Scotland and the UK; believes that Diageo, as the multi-national company which took over Distillers, which originally marketed the drug thalidomide which caused children to be born without arms or legs or with other severe disabilities, should aid these 456 victims urgently; notes that Diageo made a £2.8 billion profit in 1999, while the Thalidomide Trust had to pay £1 million in tax; believes that the Trust was set up inadequately and that it should not have to pay taxes from its income, and further believes that Diageo should intervene to alleviate this situation, especially given that it owns some of the most profitable companies and brand names in the world, including Guinness, Burger King, Häagen Dazs and various whisky firms.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Michael Russell, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, Mr Adam Ingram, Irene McGugan, Fiona Hyslop, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Linda Fabiani, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Fiona McLeod

 

S1M-717 David McLetchie: Holyrood—That the Parliament, in order to better inform its financial decision on the location, design, specification and cost of its permanent home, instructs the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to commission a study of alternative sites and designs incorporating cost estimates, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to co-operate fully with that study and to publish a report on financing options for the new Parliament building.

Supported by: Alex Fergusson, Mr Murray Tosh, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Phil Gallie, John Scott, Mr Keith Harding, Mary Scanlon, Miss Annabel Goldie, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Alex Johnstone, Nick Johnston, Ben Wallace, Bill Aitken, Mr David Davidson, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Tommy Sheridan

 

S1M-703 Mr Jamie Stone: Rural Shops—That the Parliament notes with concern the continuing decline of rural shops in Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross and other areas and believes that appropriate steps should be initiated to reverse this decline.

Supported by: Maureen Macmillan, Robin Harper, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Rhoda Grant, Irene McGugan, Mr Mike Rumbles, George Lyon, Mr Gil Paterson, Cathy Peattie

 

S1M-702 Christine Grahame: Public Register of Approved Carers—That the Parliament notes with concern that police checks for those working as carers of the elderly in either a paid or voluntary capacity are not mandatory and believes that this should be remedied as a matter of urgency and that, following adoption of such a policy, a public Register of Approved Carers should be established.

Supported by: Mr Adam Ingram, Kay Ullrich, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Bruce Crawford, Ms Sandra White, Shona Robison, Dr Elaine Murray, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Alex Neil, Michael Russell, Tommy Sheridan, Linda Fabiani, Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Ian Jenkins, Donald Gorrie, Elaine Smith, Fiona McLeod, Robert Brown, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Pauline McNeill, Mr Lloyd Quinan

 

S1M-701 Michael Russell: Ayrshire Central Maternity Unit—That the Parliament commends the Ayrshire Central Maternity Unit as an excellent and cost effective facility which provides a much appreciated service to its local community, and calls upon Ayrshire and Arran Health Board to retain the unit rather than closing it in favour of alternative facilities at Crosshouse Hospital.

Supported by: Irene Oldfather, Tommy Sheridan, Dr Elaine Murray, Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Christine Grahame, Robin Harper, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Tricia Marwick, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson

 

S1M-699# Marilyn Livingstone: Coastal Erosion Strategy—That the Parliament recognises the need for a comprehensive coastal erosion strategy that takes on board the concerns of local communities such as Dysart and the Wemyss villages and agrees that appropriate sustainable action should be taken as soon as possible by the Scottish Executive and local authorities.

Supported by: Scott Barrie, Helen Eadie, Dr Elaine Murray, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Mr Keith Raffan, Maureen Macmillan, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Rhoda Grant, Mr Adam Ingram, Trish Godman, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Dr Richard Simpson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Pauline McNeill, George Lyon, Mike Watson, Mr Lloyd Quinan

 

S1M-698# Michael Russell: Museums of Industrial Heritage—That the Parliament urges the Scottish Executive to heed the recent warnings by the Director of the Scottish Museums Council that nine Scottish industrial museums are in "imminent danger of closure" unless the Scottish Executive recognises the need for stable funding from central government, and further urges the Scottish Executive to secure the future of these museums, namely Almond Valley Heritage Centre, Dundee Industrial Heritage Trust, Doon Valley Heritage Centre, Wanlockhead Museum of Lead Mining, New Lanark Conservation Trust, Scottish Fisheries Museum, Scottish Mining Museum, Scottish Railway Preservation Society and the Scottish Maritime Museum (Irvine).

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Shona Robison, Mr Andrew Welsh, Irene McGugan, Alex Neil, Roseanna Cunningham, Brian Adam, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Kay Ullrich, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Andrew Wilson, Christine Grahame, Alasdair Morgan, Donald Gorrie, Fiona Hyslop, Nora Radcliffe, Fiona McLeod, Dr Winnie Ewing, Linda Fabiani, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Murray Tosh, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Alex Fergusson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Dennis Canavan, Ms Sandra White, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Cathy Peattie

 

S1M-697# Fiona Hyslop: Training Services for Disabled People in the Lothians—That the Parliament notes the Scottish Executive’s social justice target 15 of "increasing the employment rates of groups that are relatively disadvantaged in the labour market"; supports the vital and unique training service which Training Adults in the Community (TAIC) West Lothian provides for disabled people in the community; notes with concern that TAIC is having its funding withdrawn as a result of the recent local government settlement and budget allocations, and agrees that the Executive should conduct an audit to identify the effect of local government budget allocations on organisations in the Lothians who provide training, employment services and opportunities for disabled people.

Supported by: Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Margo MacDonald, Dennis Canavan, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Robin Harper, Shona Robison, Alex Neil, Kay Ullrich, Michael Matheson, Andrew Wilson, Irene McGugan, Donald Gorrie, Fiona McLeod, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan

 

S1M-696# Alasdair Morgan: The Loch Ryan Ports and Road Infrastructure in South West Scotland—That the Parliament notes the recent withdrawal by Sea Cat (Sea Containers Ltd.) of ferry services from Stranraer to Northern Ireland; further notes the benefit of ferry services to the Galloway economy; is concerned about the effect that the poor quality of the A75 and the Stranraer to Ayr section of the A77 has on the long term viability of ferry services from both Stranraer and Cairnryan and on the economies of Northern Ireland, the north of the Irish Republic and south west Scotland; believes that the Scottish Executive should make substantial improvements to both roads a priority; and supports the publication of a timetable for the implementation and completion of such work.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Tricia Marwick, Mr Andrew Welsh, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Shona Robison, Alex Neil, Alex Fergusson, Dr Elaine Murray, Andrew Wilson, Christine Grahame, Fiona McLeod, Fergus Ewing, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, George Lyon, Mr Gil Paterson

 

S1M-695 Mr Duncan Hamilton: Tiree—That the Parliament condemns the decision of the Scottish Executive to continue to service the island of Tiree with a Twin Otter plane; recognises the inappropriate and inadequate service this provides; joins with community representatives in appealing to the Executive to reconsider its decision and calls upon the Minister for Transport and the Environment to meet the community as a matter of urgency.

Supported by: Andrew Wilson, Linda Fabiani, Roseanna Cunningham, Michael Russell, Fiona Hyslop, Richard Lochhead, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan, Kay Ullrich, Robin Harper, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Gil Paterson

 

S1M-694# Mr Lloyd Quinan: Scottish Media Group Dispute—That the Parliament notes the current industrial dispute between the employees and management of the Scottish Media Group (SMG); considers that the current approach of the management at SMG has resulted in a loss of regional identity within the Grampian transmission area; believes that the management’s dogmatic drive for cost cutting undermines the morale of the workforce, and threatens not only the livelihood of those working at SMG but the standards, quality and quantity of television production throughout Scotland; supports SMG employees in their dispute, and agrees that the Parliament should withdraw co-operation from all arms of the SMG on those days which have been designated for industrial action.

Supported by: Roseanna Cunningham, Fiona Hyslop, Richard Lochhead, Fiona McLeod, Shona Robison, Kay Ullrich, Tommy Sheridan, Michael Matheson, Alex Neil, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mike Watson, Irene McGugan, Donald Gorrie, Robin Harper, Cathy Peattie, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Pauline McNeill, Linda Fabiani, Andrew Wilson

 

S1M-692# Mr Adam Ingram: Unemployment in East Ayrshire—That the Parliament notes that east Ayrshire is the worst unemployment blackspot in Scotland outside Glasgow; further notes that only 59 per cent of people of working age living in East Ayrshire are in employment, or on a government training scheme, in comparison with a Scottish average of 71 per cent, and believes that revision of current policies is necessary to reverse this situation and to promote significant levels of job creation and economic growth in this area.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Michael Russell, Andrew Wilson, Mr Gil Paterson, Christine Grahame, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Michael Matheson, Fergus Ewing, Fiona Hyslop, Fiona McLeod, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Shona Robison, Tommy Sheridan, Tricia Marwick, Mr Kenny MacAskill

 

S1M-691# Bristow Muldoon: DAKS-Simpson—That the Parliament notes with concern potential redundancies at DAKS-Simpson factories at Larkhall and Polbeth following the decision by Marks and Spencer to end their contract with the company; recognises DAKS-Simpson’s reputation for producing quality clothing; welcomes moves by the company to pursue alternative sources of orders; believes that Marks and Spencer should reconsider their decision to end their contract, and considers that the Scottish Executive should do all in its power to support DAKS-Simpson in its quest to secure new orders.

Supported by: Karen Gillon, Mr Adam Ingram, Hugh Henry, Michael Russell, David Mundell, Maureen Macmillan, Fiona Hyslop, Andrew Wilson, Mr Duncan McNeil, Dr Elaine Murray, Christine Grahame, Marilyn Livingstone, Donald Gorrie, Cathy Jamieson, Shona Robison, Linda Fabiani, Irene Oldfather, Margaret Jamieson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Cathie Craigie, Elaine Smith, Alex Neil, Mr Michael McMahon, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Karen Whitefield, Tommy Sheridan, Michael Matheson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mike Watson, Trish Godman, Scott Barrie, Fiona McLeod, Rhoda Grant, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Pauline McNeill, Mrs Mary Mulligan*

S1M-690# Tricia Marwick: Fast Ferry Across the Forth Estuary—That the Parliament notes that the rate of increase of traffic using the Forth Road Bridge is not sustainable; believes that alternative estuary crossings must be examined to alleviate congestion and to allow the free-flow of commuters and visitors between Edinburgh and Fife, and believes that consideration should be given to studies already undertaken for a fast ferry service between Fife and Edinburgh with a view to examining the feasibility of implementation.

Supported by: Fiona Hyslop, Andrew Wilson, Brian Adam, Roseanna Cunningham, Fiona McLeod, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Linda Fabiani, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Nick Johnston, Alex Neil, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Tommy Sheridan, Kay Ullrich, Robin Harper, Mr Adam Ingram, Irene McGugan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Keith Raffan, Bruce Crawford, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mrs Margaret Ewing, George Lyon, Ms Sandra White, Dr Winnie Ewing

 

S1M-689# Dr Elaine Murray: A75—That the Parliament notes that the A75 plays a vital economic role in Dumfries and Galloway, that it serves as the principal route for the region’s transport infrastructure, and that it also serves as the main Euroroute between Cork and the Irish Republic and the Benelux countries of the European Union; notes therefore the role that the A75 plays in the economies of the South West of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Eire and the North of England, and believes that the trunk road spending programme should be reviewed to include the upgrading of the A75.

Supported by: Alex Fergusson, David Mundell, Alasdair Morgan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Linda Fabiani, Andrew Wilson

 

S1M-688 Michael Russell: Chair of Celtic, Humboldt University, Berlin—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to follow the example of the Republic of Ireland by taking positive steps to support the retention of the Chair of Celtic Studies at Humboldt University, Berlin, a European centre of academic excellence in the Celtic languages, including Scottish Gaelic.

Supported by: Andrew Wilson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Roseanna Cunningham, Richard Lochhead, Christine Grahame, Fiona McLeod, Linda Fabiani, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Kay Ullrich, Alex Neil, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Irene McGugan, Mr Gil Paterson, Cathy Peattie

 

S1M-687# George Lyon: Islay Creamery—That the Parliament notes with grave concern the closure of Islay Creamery with the direct loss of eight jobs and possibly many more indirectly and invites the Scottish Executive, in partnership with Argyll and Islands Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Argyll and Bute Council and the dairy industry on Islay, to formulate a long term strategy to allow farmers to diversify and restructure their business.

Supported by: Mr Jamie Stone, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Alex Neil, Maureen Macmillan, Nora Radcliffe, Rhoda Grant, Fergus Ewing, Mr Adam Ingram, Pauline McNeill, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Alasdair Morgan*

S1M-686# Dr Elaine Murray: Bus Drivers' Strike—That the Parliament notes the disruption to public transport in Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway as a consequence of industrial action in Stagecoach (Western Scottish) Bus Company; notes that this dispute was caused by the company’s withdrawal of their latest pay offer, and requests that the management of Stagecoach immediately resume negotiations with trade union representatives with the aim of resolving this dispute.

Supported by: Hugh Henry, Karen Gillon, Cathy Jamieson, Mr Duncan McNeil, Irene Oldfather, Margaret Jamieson, Elaine Smith, Tommy Sheridan, Mike Watson, Trish Godman, Johann Lamont, Scott Barrie, Rhoda Grant, Dr Richard Simpson, Pauline McNeill, Mr Michael McMahon, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Cathie Craigie

 

S1M-685# Mrs Mary Mulligan: Take Your Daughters to Work Day—That the Parliament welcomes and supports "Take Your Daughters to Work Day" on 27 April and encourages Members to give young people, both male and female, the chance to experience working in the Parliament on that day.

Supported by: David Mundell, Mr Jamie Stone, Dr Elaine Murray, Fiona McLeod, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Margaret Jamieson, Elaine Smith, Mr Michael McMahon, Karen Whitefield, Cathy Jamieson, Alex Neil, Maureen Macmillan, Mike Watson, Trish Godman, Johann Lamont, Nora Radcliffe, Cathy Peattie, Rhoda Grant, Dr Richard Simpson, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh

 

S1M-683# Fergus Ewing: Edinburgh Marathon—That the Parliament believes that the 1999 Puma Edinburgh Marathon was a success generating over £600,000 in economic benefit for Fife and Edinburgh, regrets that Fife Council has, because of budget constraints, decided that it is unable to commit £100,000 towards the cost of running the event this year; believes that it is vital that the Edinburgh Marathon should continue as an international event and as such has a massive growth potential which would, with proper niche marketing, benefit the tourist economy to the tune of over £3 million pounds by the year 2002; invites the Scottish Executive to take urgent steps with a view to seeking to reverse the cancellation of the 2000 Puma Edinburgh Marathon and to provide this event with a secure future to benefit Scottish athletes including disabled athletes and also to benefit the tourist industry.

Supported by: Dennis Canavan, Mr Adam Ingram, Andrew Wilson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Christine Grahame, Fiona McLeod, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Tricia Marwick, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Lloyd Quinan

 

S1M-681 Mr Gil Paterson: Fuel Price Increases—That the Parliament believes that the fuel prices increase announced in the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s budget on 21 March 2000 are deplorable; acknowledges that this increase will have a detrimental effect on the Scottish economy due to its population disparity; further believes that these fuel price increases will jeopardise the future viability of rural communities, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to make representations to Her Majesty's Government demanding that the high fuel prices in Scotland be addressed as a matter of urgency.

Supported by: Mr Adam Ingram, Shona Robison, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Christine Grahame, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Andrew Welsh, Alex Neil, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Tommy Sheridan, Kay Ullrich, Alasdair Morgan, Brian Adam, Irene McGugan, Tricia Marwick, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Linda Fabiani, Andrew Wilson

 

S1M-679# Irene McGugan: Scottish Rural Deprivation Indicators—That the Parliament acknowledges that rural deprivation has increased in the North East of Scotland, impacting significantly on the quality of life of a substantial number of people who live and work in the area; notes that recent studies have shown that drug addiction, crime, unemployment, poverty and poor health are increasing in Aberdeenshire and that current mechanisms and initiatives to alleviate these problems are hampered by the lack of any system to accurately measure rural disadvantage to allow effective targeting of resources, which has resulted in pockets of extreme deprivation in rural areas being ignored, and believes that a long overdue Scottish Rural Deprivation Index, a means of collecting local rather than region-wide data and a system which ensures fair and equitable allocations of funding should be established and that, in the spirit of inclusive and holistic governance, this work should draw on the expertise of political representatives of rural areas, academics, voluntary organisations, health and social work professionals and representatives of the rural business community.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Jamie Stone, Shona Robison, Brian Adam, Roseanna Cunningham, Richard Lochhead, Christine Grahame, Fiona McLeod, Alasdair Morgan, Donald Gorrie, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Andrew Welsh, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Alex Neil, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Tommy Sheridan, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Mike Rumbles, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Cathy Peattie

 

S1M-673# Dorothy-Grace Elder: Future of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Yorkhill—That the Parliament notes public concern over proposals to move Scotland’s largest children’s hospital, the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow, from Yorkhill; recognises the crucial, life-saving link between the children’s hospital and the adjacent Queen Mother’s Maternity Hospital; agrees that any impact on the maternity hospital of a move by the children’s hospital must be considered; acknowledges the decades of magnificent service by both hospitals and the immense respect and affection in which they are held world-wide; notes achievements of the children’s hospital such as the invention of ultra sound scanning; appreciates the value of full consultation with parents’ groups, the general public, staff and the press on any decision made regarding the children’s hospital, and acknowledges the special stake which the public and press have in these hospitals through many years of fundraising which have raised millions of pounds for the hospitals. R

Supported by: Michael Russell, Andrew Wilson, Christine Grahame, Fiona McLeod, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Pauline McNeill

 

S1M-672 Dorothy-Grace Elder: Freedom of the Press—That the Parliament strongly upholds the freedom of the press and other media in Scotland and beyond; recognises the value of radical freedom of information legislation for the benefit of the public and a free press; strongly supports investigative journalism into wrongs in society; and is determined that the media has the right facilities in the new Scottish Parliament building to enable them to do a difficult job and that there is full consultation with experienced media workers in planning the facilities. R

Supported by: Michael Russell, Fiona Hyslop, Andrew Wilson, Christine Grahame, Fiona McLeod, Donald Gorrie, Linda Fabiani, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Alex Neil, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Tommy Sheridan, Michael Matheson, Irene McGugan, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Mike Rumbles

 

S1M-671 Brian Adam: Dyce to Ellon Rail Link—That the Parliament supports a feasibility study into the restoration of the Dyce to Ellon rail link.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Andrew Wilson, Richard Lochhead, Christine Grahame, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Irene McGugan, Alex Neil, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill

 

S1M-670 Mr Keith Raffan: St. Andrew's Day - National Public Holiday—That the Parliament recognises the significance of St. Andrew’s Day as Scotland’s national day, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to declare St. Andrew’s Day a national public holiday to enable all to celebrate the best of our past as well as look forward to the future.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Russell, Mr Jamie Stone, Andrew Wilson, Roseanna Cunningham, Richard Lochhead, Christine Grahame, Donald Gorrie, Linda Fabiani, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Andrew Welsh, Irene McGugan, Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan, Kay Ullrich, Michael Matheson, Nora Radcliffe, Brian Adam, Bruce Crawford, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Ian Jenkins, Dennis Canavan

 

S1M-665# David Mundell: Border Television—That the Parliament notes the unique position of Border Television serving the South of Scotland, North West England and the Isle of Man; notes its consistent ability to achieve the highest percentage of viewing figures for any local news programme in the United Kingdom; notes that there has been considerable speculation regarding a takeover of Border Television by other media organisations, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to make appropriate representations to Her Majesty’s Government to ensure that the quality and the volume of the news programming and other local production is maintained.

Supported by: Mr Murray Tosh, Alex Fergusson, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Nick Johnston, Euan Robson, Michael Russell R, Mr Brian Monteith, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Donald Gorrie, Christine Grahame, Colin Campbell, Alex Neil, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Alasdair Morgan, Ben Wallace, Phil Gallie, Ian Jenkins, Andrew Wilson, Richard Lochhead, Dr Elaine Murray, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Linda Fabiani, Mr Lloyd Quinan, David McLetchie

 

S1M-664 Trish Godman: Lung Cancer—That the Parliament notes with serious concern that lung cancer has overtaken breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer-related deaths and that women who smoke are twice as likely as male smokers to develop lung cancer; further notes with concern that smoking remains prevalent among young women; recognises that early detection of lung cancer is the key to long-term survival, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to support clinical trials of lung cancer screening techniques that could identify lung tumours while they are small enough to be surgically curable.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Andrew Wilson, Michael Russell, Shona Robison, Donald Gorrie, Kay Ullrich, Mr Keith Harding, Robert Brown, Marilyn Livingstone, Cathy Jamieson, Margaret Jamieson, Mr Michael McMahon, Maureen Macmillan, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Brian Adam, Irene Oldfather, Mr Andrew Welsh, Alex Neil, Karen Whitefield, Tommy Sheridan, Mike Watson, Johann Lamont, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Mary Scanlon, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Cathy Peattie, Helen Eadie*

S1M-659# Robert Brown: Housing Needs of Disabled People—That the Parliament notes with concern the chronic shortfall of provision to meet the housing needs of disabled people and the lack of adequate information on the extent both of need and of provision; welcomes the forthcoming establishment by the Centre for Independent Living of the Disabled Persons Housing Service (DPHS) in Glasgow and Renfrewshire following the pioneering work of the DPHS in Edinburgh; and believes that the Scottish Executive, local authorities and voluntary groups should make the concept of independent living a reality for all disabled people, in particular by including a disabled audit in the proposed single seller survey, setting needs-related targets for the achievement of more barrier free housing, reviewing the building regulations to move to the standard of "stayability", encouraging fuller use for disabled people of housing with major disabled adaptations; supporting user-led DPHSs as equal partners in delivering these improvements and supporting adequate facilities and support for homeless disabled people.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Andrew Wilson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Shona Robison, Donald Gorrie, Kay Ullrich, Colin Campbell, Linda Fabiani, Irene McGugan, Mr Keith Harding, Rhoda Grant, Alex Neil, Dennis Canavan, Nora Radcliffe, Nick Johnston, Maureen Macmillan, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Fiona Hyslop, Ian Jenkins, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr Michael McMahon, Fiona McLeod, Christine Grahame, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Elaine Smith, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Keith Raffan, Michael Matheson, Cathy Jamieson, Mike Watson, Robin Harper, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, George Lyon

 

S1M-658# Mr Lloyd Quinan: Trident Submarine Fleet at Faslane—That the Parliament agrees to initiate an investigation into the positive and negative economic and environmental effects of the stationing of the Trident submarine fleet at Faslane.

Supported by: Andrew Wilson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Michael Russell, Shona Robison, Kay Ullrich, Christine Grahame, Linda Fabiani R, Mr Adam Ingram, Colin Campbell, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Alex Neil, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Fiona Hyslop, Brian Adam, Roseanna Cunningham, Richard Lochhead, Fiona McLeod, Dennis Canavan R, Irene McGugan, Tommy Sheridan, Michael Matheson, Cathy Jamieson, Robin Harper, Bruce Crawford

 

S1M-657# Cathy Jamieson: Retention of the Agricultural Wages Board—That the Parliament recognises the unique position of workers in the agricultural and horticultural industries; notes that international agreements and conventions call for specific measures to set minimum terms and conditions for these workers; acknowledges the success of the Agricultural Wages Board (AWB) in Scotland in establishing a level playing field of minimum terms and conditions; is concerned that the abolition of the AWB or a reduction in its powers could lead to a reduction in wages and terms and conditions for some workers in these industries; supports the retention of the AWB, and believes that its remit should be extended to include consideration of pensions and to cover workers in agricultural and horticultural related work who are currently excluded from its remit.

Supported by: Dr Sylvia Jackson, Michael Russell, Shona Robison, Kay Ullrich, Hugh Henry, Rhoda Grant, Robert Brown, Marilyn Livingstone, Dr Elaine Murray, Margaret Jamieson, Karen Gillon, Maureen Macmillan, Mr Jamie Stone, Richard Lochhead, Fiona McLeod, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Elaine Smith, Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan, Christine Grahame, Alasdair Morgan, Mike Watson, Trish Godman, Irene McGugan, Johann Lamont, Scott Barrie, Robin Harper, Nora Radcliffe, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Tavish Scott, Fergus Ewing, Dr Richard Simpson, Dr Winnie Ewing, Andrew Wilson, Mr Gil Paterson, Kate Maclean, Cathy Peattie, Irene Oldfather, Helen Eadie*

S1M-652# Mrs Margaret Smith: Firework Sales—That the Parliament believes that, given the level of injuries and distress to people and animals and the public nuisance caused by the sale of fireworks to the public, pressure should be applied to the UK government to limit such sales, that local authorities should be encouraged to control availability of fireworks through the use of local by-laws, and that it should be made an offence to pass fireworks on to a minor.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Tommy Sheridan, Nora Radcliffe, Malcolm Chisholm, Shona Robison, Rhoda Grant, Cathy Jamieson, Margaret Jamieson, Maureen Macmillan, Cathie Craigie, Elaine Smith, Alex Neil, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Dr Elaine Murray, Christine Grahame, Johann Lamont, George Lyon, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Andrew Wilson

 

S1M-651 Pauline McNeill: Rohypnol Drug Properties—That the Parliament notes with concern the properties of the drug rohypnol manufactured by Hoffman La Roche and commonly known as the "date rape" drug or the "forget pill" given that the sedative effects are seven to ten times greater than valium; calls for an investigation into rohypnol, highlighting criminal cases where the drug has been used, and calls upon the manufacturer to modify the drug to assist detection given that the small white tablet is not easily detectable.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Donald Gorrie, Brian Adam, Tommy Sheridan, Nora Radcliffe, Michael Russell, Shona Robison, Trish Godman, Nick Johnston, Hugh Henry, Dr Richard Simpson, Alex Neil, Marilyn Livingstone, Cathy Jamieson, Dr Elaine Murray, Margaret Jamieson, Karen Gillon, Mr Michael McMahon, Johann Lamont, Phil Gallie, Mr Jamie Stone, Malcolm Chisholm, Roseanna Cunningham, Irene Oldfather, Cathie Craigie, Elaine Smith, Karen Whitefield, Maureen Macmillan, Christine Grahame, Andrew Wilson, Mr Gil Paterson, Kate Maclean, Helen Eadie*

S1M-641 Trish Godman: Telecommunication Masts—That the Parliament believes that telecommunication masts should be located away from homes, schools, workplaces and other locations where people congregate, and that mobile phone companies should share masts in order to avoid a proliferation of planning applications from different companies in the same area.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Dr Richard Simpson, Donald Gorrie, Nick Johnston, Rhoda Grant, Robert Brown, Marilyn Livingstone, Dennis Canavan, Maureen Macmillan, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Michael McMahon, Christine Grahame, Margaret Jamieson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Irene McGugan, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Elaine Smith, Dr Elaine Murray, Mike Watson, Johann Lamont, Bruce Crawford, Andrew Wilson, Mr Gil Paterson, Kate Maclean, Cathy Peattie

 

S1M-635 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: Mozambique and the International Rescue Corps—That the Parliament congratulates the International Rescue Corps personnel and their volunteers who have made themselves available for service in Mozambique with the resolute determination to save life.

Supported by: Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, David Mundell, Mr David Davidson, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Shona Robison, Linda Fabiani, Mr Keith Harding, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Dr Richard Simpson, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Marilyn Livingstone, Cathy Jamieson, Dennis Canavan, Karen Gillon, Mr Michael McMahon, Nick Johnston, Phil Gallie, Fiona McLeod, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Alex Neil, Karen Whitefield, Dr Elaine Murray, Maureen Macmillan, Christine Grahame, Elaine Smith, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Andrew Wilson

 

S1M-634 Phil Gallie: Carrick Street Halls—That the Parliament deplores the cuts in services to elderly and disabled people in South Ayrshire and in particular urges South Ayrshire Council to abandon its plans to close Carrick Street Halls, a well used and much loved day centre facility used by over 1700 pensioners.

Supported by: David McLetchie, Mary Scanlon, Bill Aitken, Miss Annabel Goldie, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Keith Harding, Alex Johnstone, John Young, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, David Mundell, Mr Murray Tosh, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Alex Fergusson, Nick Johnston, Michael Russell, Tommy Sheridan, Kay Ullrich, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, Mr David Davidson, Shona Robison, Mr Adam Ingram, Robert Brown, John Scott, Fiona Hyslop, Fiona McLeod, Robin Harper, Mr Lloyd Quinan

 

S1M-633 Mr Duncan Hamilton: Lip Reading—That the Parliament notes that one in five adults will experience hearing loss at some time in their lives; recognises the importance of support in coping with hearing loss successfully, and the role of lip-reading in that support; believes that greater encouragement should be given to lip-reading nationally, and calls for wider access to lip-reading tuition and courses for the training of lip-reading teachers.

Supported by: Colin Campbell, Mr Andrew Welsh, Ms Sandra White, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Bruce Crawford, Ms Margo MacDonald, Andrew Wilson, Shona Robison, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Robert Brown, Kay Ullrich, Tommy Sheridan, Fergus Ewing, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Nora Radcliffe, Mr David Davidson, Michael Russell, Christine Grahame, Mr Adam Ingram, Nick Johnston, Dr Winnie Ewing, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Cathy Jamieson, Johann Lamont, Richard Lochhead, Fiona McLeod, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Cathie Craigie, Irene McGugan, Elaine Smith, Dr Elaine Murray, Mike Watson, Robin Harper, Mary Scanlon, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Kate Maclean

 

S1M-631 Mr Brian Monteith: Competitive Football for Under 12s—That the Parliament believes that children of 12 years and under should be able to enjoy the same rights as older children to participate in competitive football tournaments through schools, boys’ and girls’ clubs; calls upon the Scottish Football Association (SFA) to institute a consultation exercise with young children to establish their views; urges the SFA to strike a better balance between skill, physical fitness, mental attitude and enjoyment by reversing its policy to introduce a ban on competitive tournaments for under 12s and further urges the SFA to lobby UEFA to ensure that their current recommendation against such competitive tournaments is not made mandatory through an enforceable directive.

Supported by: Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr Keith Harding, David McLetchie, Phil Gallie

 

S1M-631.1 Donald Gorrie: Competitive Football for Under 12s—As an amendment to motion (S1M-631) in the name of Mr Brian Monteith, leave out from "Parliament" to end and insert "recognises both the strong feelings among some parents and children in favour of competitive football and the desire of public authorities to increase greatly the amount of coaching given to young football players in order to start bringing the skill levels of Scottish players up to the higher levels prevalent in most European countries; welcomes the start made with a Scottish Football Association (SFA) Training Officer in North Lanarkshire; calls upon the Scottish Executive, sportscotland, the SFA and local authorities to create and resource an effective scheme which will train and give qualifications to coaches for football teams at all age groups and ensure that clubs devote enough time to coaching their players, and agrees that once such a scheme is established, it should be a requirement for teams entering competitions to take full part in the coaching scheme.

Supported by: Ian Jenkins

 

S1M-630 Dorothy-Grace Elder: American Navy Exercise at Cape Wrath—That the Parliament expresses its outrage to President Clinton and to the British Ministry of Defence over Cape Wrath being shelled by the American Navy, following the expulsion of their ships from a firing range on Puerto Rico because the death of a local person and widespread environmental damage; condemns the Ministry of Defence for not consulting with the Parliament before inviting the US Navy and others to bombard Cape Wrath, as other areas of the world refused them permission; calls upon President Clinton, and the leaders of other nations whose navies are queueing up to shell Scottish soil, to withdraw the ships involved immediately and ensure they do not return, thereby showing respect for human life in Scotland and for the Scottish environment, especially in view of President Clinton’s previous involvement in having Georgian uranium flown secretly to Dounreay in 1998 after the American public refused to have it processed in the United States; notes that while the US Navy claims it will not use depleted uranium cannon rounds at Cape Wrath it gave the same assurances to Puerto Rico and subsequently accidentally fired 267 depleted uranium rounds, flattened entire hills and polluted air, water and soil with toxic residues, and further asks that it be noted that this motion is supported by the proposed cross party CND group.

Supported by: Dennis Canavan, Christine Grahame, Robin Harper, Ms Sandra White, Tommy Sheridan, Linda Fabiani R, Andrew Wilson, Shona Robison, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Michael Russell, Mr Adam Ingram, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Richard Lochhead, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Michael Matheson, Irene McGugan, Mr Gil Paterson

 

S1M-629 Colin Campbell: Scottish Mozambique Relief—That the Parliament congratulates the Royal National Lifeboat Institute personnel and other volunteers who have made themselves available for service in Mozambique.

Supported by: Mr Murray Tosh, Christine Grahame, Helen Eadie, Linda Fabiani, Andrew Wilson, Phil Gallie, Rhoda Grant, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Shona Robison, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mary Scanlon, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr Brian Monteith, Cathy Peattie, Kay Ullrich, Michael Russell, Tavish Scott, Fergus Ewing, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, George Lyon, Mr Duncan McNeil, Mr David Davidson, David Mundell, Ian Jenkins, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Adam Ingram, Nick Johnston, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Cathy Jamieson, Dennis Canavan, Dr Elaine Murray, Maureen Macmillan, Richard Lochhead, Fiona McLeod, Margaret Jamieson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Elaine Smith, Michael Matheson, Mike Watson, Trish Godman

 

S1M-625# Dr Elaine Murray: Reduction in the TV Licence Fee for Deaf and Hearing Impaired People—That the Parliament note that visually impaired viewers are entitled to a 50% reduction in their television licenses; notes also that deaf and hearing impaired people cannot fully enjoy television broadcasts despite the welcome service of subtitling, and believes that deaf and hearing impaired people should also be entitled to a reduction in the cost of their television licenses.

Supported by: Rhoda Grant, Robin Harper, Trish Godman, Robert Brown, Cathy Peattie, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Donald Gorrie, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Russell, Christine Grahame, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Alex Neil, Marilyn Livingstone, Cathy Jamieson, Margaret Jamieson, Maureen Macmillan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Cathie Craigie, Irene McGugan, Elaine Smith, Michael Matheson, Johann Lamont, Dr Richard Simpson, Pauline McNeill, Andrew Wilson, Irene Oldfather, Helen Eadie*

S1M-624 Roseanna Cunningham: Pinochet Case—That the Parliament regrets the decision of the Home Secretary, Jack Straw, not to extradite General Augusto Pinochet to Spain in relation to torture and murder in Chile under his dictatorship and believes that this constitutes a serious setback for the enforcement of the rule of international law and human rights.

Supported by: Nicola Sturgeon, Michael Russell, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Shona Robison, Christine Grahame, Linda Fabiani, Andrew Wilson, Robin Harper R, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Kay Ullrich, Tommy Sheridan, Fergus Ewing, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Cathy Jamieson, Dennis Canavan, Fiona McLeod, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Michael Matheson

 

S1M-622 Hugh Henry: Bank Charges—That the Parliament notes with concern the decision of the Link Group to support Barclays Bank’s proposals to make a charge for withdrawals at cash machines; expresses concern that this will have a disproportionate adverse affect on lower income users, and supports the three Scottish banks who are committed to providing the service free of charge.

Supported by: Shona Robison, Christine Grahame, Linda Fabiani, Rhoda Grant, Fiona Hyslop, Trish Godman, Margaret Jamieson, Scott Barrie, Cathy Peattie, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Donald Gorrie, Brian Adam, Mr Duncan McNeil, Nora Radcliffe, Michael Russell, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Alex Neil, Marilyn Livingstone, Cathy Jamieson, Dr Elaine Murray, Karen Gillon, Maureen Macmillan, Irene Oldfather, Cathie Craigie, Elaine Smith, Karen Whitefield, Mr Keith Raffan, Mike Watson, Johann Lamont, Pauline McNeill, Mr Michael McMahon, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Andrew Wilson, Helen Eadie*

S1M-621 Pauline McNeill: Scottish Music Industry Forum—That the Parliament supports the formation of a Scottish Music Industry Forum; congratulates those in the music industry who have agreed to support this initiative; notes that young people who are particularly interested in a career in the music industry should be encouraged in this area, and believes that every endeavour should be made to support them.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Richard Lochhead, Linda Fabiani, Andrew Wilson, Rhoda Grant, Cathy Peattie, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Mr Duncan McNeil, David Mundell, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Cathy Jamieson, Dr Elaine Murray, Margaret Jamieson, Karen Gillon, Mr Michael McMahon, Maureen Macmillan, Mr Jamie Stone, Fiona McLeod, Irene McGugan, Karen Whitefield, Trish Godman, Mary Scanlon, Kate Maclean

 

S1M-619 Pauline McNeill: Highlanders' Institute—That the Parliament supports the venture of the Highlanders’ Institute to establish premises in Glasgow for the promotion of Highland and Islands culture and languages and notes that the aim of the Highlanders’ Institute is to include all Scots and non-Scots interested in Highland culture and languages.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Linda Fabiani, Rhoda Grant, Robert Brown, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Fergus Ewing, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, George Lyon, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Marilyn Livingstone, Nora Radcliffe, Maureen Macmillan, Mr Jamie Stone, Fiona McLeod, Irene McGugan, Johann Lamont, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Andrew Wilson

 

S1M-617 Linda Fabiani: Health Provision in Scotland—That the Parliament notes that the World Trade Organisation negotiations on liberalising government services, now ongoing, will be binding on the Scottish Parliament and will establish limits on future health policies set by the Parliament, and calls for an open discussion of the implications of these negotiations for the Scottish Executive’s health policies and current and future health service funding.

Supported by: Roseanna Cunningham, Michael Russell, Nicola Sturgeon, Mike Watson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Shona Robison, Christine Grahame, Andrew Wilson, Robin Harper, Margaret Jamieson, Pauline McNeill, Cathy Peattie, Kay Ullrich, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Tavish Scott, Fergus Ewing, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Brian Adam, Nora Radcliffe, Ian Jenkins, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Dr Richard Simpson, Mr Gil Paterson, Robert Brown, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Cathy Jamieson, Johann Lamont, Malcolm Chisholm, Mr John Swinney, Fiona McLeod, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Elaine Smith, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Dr Winnie Ewing, Irene McGugan, Dennis Canavan, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Ms Margo MacDonald

 

S1M-616 Trish Godman: Employment Among Older Workers—That the Parliament views with both regret and disquiet the lower incomes of workers over the age of 50 and the smaller numbers of such who are in employment; notes that the proportion of employees over 50 years is lowest among large public and private sector employers; acknowledges that many people in their middle years are keen to be usefully and fairly employed but are deprived of the opportunity; welcomes the New Deal for 50 plus and acknowledges that such measures have not had time to yield substantial results, and calls upon the Scottish Executive and other major employers to put more resources into the recruitment, selection, training and career development of older workers in order to combat chronic ageism and insidious discrimination.

Supported by: Rhoda Grant, Robin Harper, Cathy Peattie, Tommy Sheridan, Donald Gorrie, Fergus Ewing, Marilyn Livingstone, Cathy Jamieson, Nora Radcliffe, Dr Elaine Murray, Maureen Macmillan, Irene Oldfather, Margaret Jamieson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Elaine Smith, Johann Lamont, Pauline McNeill, Mr Michael McMahon, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Mr Gil Paterson, Helen Eadie*

S1M-615 Trish Godman: Moratorium on the Death Penalty—That the Parliament supports the Amnesty 2000 Project which calls upon all legislatures throughout the world to introduce a moratorium on the death penalty this year.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Shona Robison, Linda Fabiani, Andrew Wilson, Rhoda Grant, Irene McGugan, Margaret Jamieson, Robert Brown, Scott Barrie, Cathy Peattie, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Dr Richard Simpson, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Cathy Jamieson, Dr Elaine Murray, Maureen Macmillan, Michael Matheson, Mike Watson, Johann Lamont, Pauline McNeill, Mr Michael McMahon, Mr Lloyd Quinan

 

S1M-613# Mrs Margaret Smith: Grampian Country Foods Ltd—That the Parliament believes that the Scottish Executive should seek an urgent meeting with Grampian Country Foods, the local enterprise company and Trade Union representatives in order to stress its willingness to find constructive solutions to save the 540 threatened jobs at Newbridge; notes that the Newbridge community is still reeling from the recent closure of the Continental Tyre Factory, and believes that co-ordinated action is necessary to put in place support services for the employees of Grampian Country Foods and the wider Newbridge community and ensure the availability of maximum assistance in finding alternative employment opportunities.

Supported by: Mrs Mary Mulligan, Bristow Muldoon, Fiona Hyslop, Robin Harper, Tommy Sheridan, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, George Lyon, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Kenneth Gibson, David McLetchie, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Cathy Jamieson, Fiona McLeod, Margaret Jamieson, Mike Watson, Mr Lloyd Quinan

 

S1M-612 David McLetchie: Cost of the Parliament Building—That the Parliament expresses concern at the spiralling costs of the Holyrood Project and agrees to place a financial cap on the entire cost of a new Parliament building in line with previous estimates given to the Parliament by the First Minister in order to ensure plans are set within strict financial guidelines and practical designs.

Supported by: Alex Johnstone, David Mundell, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Murray Tosh, Ben Wallace, Alex Fergusson, Mary Scanlon, Phil Gallie, Mr Keith Harding, Bill Aitken, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Miss Annabel Goldie, Nick Johnston, Mr David Davidson

 

S1M-609 Mr Gil Paterson: Entry of Convicted Rapists into the UK—That the Parliament condemns the recent events involving Mike Tyson being allowed into Britain; acknowledges the speculation that he intends to fight again in the United Kingdom, possibly at Ibrox and calls upon the Home Secretary to firstly, treat all convicted rapists who are seeking entry into the United Kingdom equally by refusing them entry, secondly, to show respect to all victims of rape by banning Mike Tyson from ever entering the United Kingdom again in any capacity and thirdly, not to base his judgement in the future on financial concerns.

Supported by: Mr Kenny MacAskill, Linda Fabiani, Shona Robison, Andrew Wilson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Cathy Peattie, Nick Johnston, Alex Neil, Mr David Davidson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Fiona McLeod, Mr Lloyd Quinan

 

S1M-608 Mr Gil Paterson: Theory on Rape—That the Parliament condemns the claims of the book A Natural History of Rape, The Biological Bases of Sexual Coercion which excuses rape as a simple mating technique; finds the conclusions of this book deeply offensive to both women and men; strongly believes that the theory which forms the basis of this publication, that human males have evolved the desire to rape whenever their desire to mate is thwarted, is both dangerous and deeply flawed and calls upon the Scottish Executive to take action to ensure that the theory promoted through this publication is not adopted as a defence against the charge of rape.

Supported by: Mr Kenny MacAskill, Ms Sandra White, Shona Robison, Colin Campbell, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Andrew Wilson, Robin Harper, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Irene McGugan, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Dr Elaine Murray, Fiona McLeod, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Michael Matheson

 

S1M-605# Mr Duncan Hamilton: Campbeltown-Ballycastle Ferry—That the Parliament notes with dismay the decision by the Argyll and Antrim Steam Packet Company to withdraw from the Campbeltown-Ballycastle ferry route; recognises the grave economic consequences for the Kintyre economy if this route is not reopened, and calls upon the Scottish Executive, the Scotland Office and the Northern Ireland Office to work together to secure an alternative operator for the route for the coming season and beyond.

Supported by: Kay Ullrich, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Michael Matheson, Ms Sandra White, Fergus Ewing, Linda Fabiani, Michael Russell, Colin Campbell, Helen Eadie, Brian Adam, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Shona Robison, Andrew Wilson, Rhoda Grant, Robin Harper, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Irene McGugan, George Lyon, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Maureen Macmillan, Fiona McLeod, Mr Lloyd Quinan

 

S1M-604# Christine Grahame: Sutherland Report With Respect to Old Age—That the Parliament notes with concern that it is one year since the publication of the Sutherland Report With Respect to Old Age yet implementation of only one of its main recommendations, establishing a National Care Commission, has recently been initiated, and that not in full, and urges the Scottish Executive as a matter of urgency to produce a detailed programme for full implementation of its substantial and just recommendations to reflect the respect and value that the Parliament places on elderly people in society.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Bruce Crawford, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Kay Ullrich, Fergus Ewing, Ms Sandra White, Colin Campbell, Richard Lochhead, Brian Adam, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Dr Winnie Ewing, Linda Fabiani, Andrew Wilson, Robin Harper, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Irene McGugan, Robert Brown, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Donald Gorrie, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Nora Radcliffe, Fiona McLeod, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Michael Matheson

 

S1M-594 Ms Irene Oldfather: Volvo Plant, Irvine—That the Parliament notes with regret the recent announcement by the management of Volvo that attempts to find a buyer for the Irvine plant have been unsuccessful; considers that Volvo management should explain why jobs are being transferred to Sweden and Belgium when a high quality and profitable product is being manufactured at the Irvine plant; pays tribute to a loyal workforce who have continued to produce quality vehicles in the face of growing uncertainty about their future, and believes that efforts to secure a future for the site before the proposed closure in June should continue.

Supported by: Pauline McNeill, Michael Russell, Elaine Smith, Allan Wilson, Mr Duncan McNeil, Tommy Sheridan, Alex Neil, Phil Gallie, David Mundell, Mr Adam Ingram, Margaret Jamieson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Cathy Jamieson, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr Michael McMahon, Mr Gil Paterson

 

S1M-593# Maureen Macmillan: Kinlochleven Economic Development—That the Parliament notes the imminent closure of the Kinlochleven aluminium smelter, the dominant employer in the area over the last century; supports the excellent efforts and the vision of the Kinlochleven Development Trust in partnership with the Highland Council, the Local Enterprise Company and the range of other agencies engaged in planning and helping bring about the transition of the economy of Kinlochleven to secure new jobs for local people, and believes that the fullest possible support should be given to these local efforts.

Supported by: Pauline McNeill, Elaine Thomson, Elaine Smith, Rhoda Grant, Hugh Henry, Marilyn Livingstone, Dennis Canavan, Mr John McAllion, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Jamie Stone, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Cathy Peattie, Mr Michael McMahon, Bristow Muldoon, Des McNulty, Malcolm Chisholm, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Mike Watson, Trish Godman, Johann Lamont, Mr Gil Paterson

 

S1M-591# Ian Jenkins: Public Participation in Planning—That the Parliament notes that many individuals and communities feel frustrated and disenfranchised when they seem unable to have any influence on planning decisions which affect their lives, and expresses its wish to see amendments to the planning regulations which would address these concerns, for example in cases such as have recently arisen in the Scottish Borders and Midlothian.

Supported by: Nora Radcliffe, Euan Robson, Tavish Scott, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr Mike Rumbles, Donald Gorrie, Ms Margo MacDonald, Robin Harper, Robert Brown, Cathy Peattie, Karen Gillon, Mr John Munro, David Mundell, Fiona McLeod, Mrs Margaret Smith, Margaret Jamieson, Cathy Jamieson, Pauline McNeill

 

S1M-587# Mr John McAllion: Fuel Poverty and Housing Bill—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to include specific measures for the eradication of fuel poverty within a specific timescale in the forthcoming Housing Bill.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Trish Godman, Michael Russell, Shona Robison, Fiona Hyslop, Dr Elaine Murray, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Elaine Smith, Rhoda Grant, Margaret Jamieson, Robert Brown, Cathy Peattie, Kay Ullrich, Tommy Sheridan, Cathy Jamieson, Dennis Canavan, Nora Radcliffe, Fiona McLeod, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Irene McGugan, Mike Watson, Johann Lamont, Robin Harper, Brian Adam, Tricia Marwick, Pauline McNeill, Mr Michael McMahon, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Andrew Wilson, Mr Gil Paterson, Linda Fabiani, Tavish Scott, Helen Eadie*

S1M-582 Trish Godman: Introduction of Treatment Notes—That the Parliament welcomes the introduction of Treatment Notes, produced for patients by the Consumers’ Association, which provide comprehensive information about medicines and other forms of treatment; supports this commendable initiative which is independent of the pharmaceutical industry and the medical establishment, and acknowledges the need for readily accessible information such as this to ensure that patients are better equipped to make sensible choices and share decision making with their doctors about the treatment they receive.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Pauline McNeill, Michael Russell, Donald Gorrie, Elaine Thomson, Dr Elaine Murray, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mary Scanlon, Elaine Smith, Christine Grahame, Mr Duncan McNeil, Rhoda Grant, Margaret Jamieson, Cathy Peattie, Kay Ullrich, Tommy Sheridan, Alex Neil, Nora Radcliffe, Cathy Jamieson, Irene Oldfather, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Michael McMahon, Helen Eadie*

S1M-581 Trish Godman: British-Irish Inter-Parliamentary Body—That the Parliament congratulates the British-Irish Inter-Parliamentary Body on its tenth anniversary; welcomes the continuing working relationship between British and Irish Parliamentarians, and looks forward to the early re-instigation of the Northern Ireland Assembly and Executive, the North-South institutions and the British-Irish Council.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Russell, Elaine Smith, Cathy Peattie, Alex Neil, George Lyon, Cathy Jamieson, Margaret Jamieson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Johann Lamont, Mr Michael McMahon

 

S1M-579 Trish Godman: Pilkington Optronics—That the Parliament commends the management and workforce at Pilkington Optronics in Glasgow for their success in securing, against fierce competition, orders worth £20 million for equipment to be installed in astute-class submarines; notes with pleasure that this contract secures the employment of 600 employees for several years to come; acknowledges the respect for and trust in Scottish companies and employees demonstrated by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in awarding contracts to hi-tech Scottish companies; congratulates Pilkington Optronics on its innovative developments in this area, and keenly awaits the day when the MoD will award contracts of even greater size to shipyards on the upper Clyde for the construction of surface vessels for the Royal Navy.

Supported by: Gordon Jackson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Pauline McNeill, Donald Gorrie, Mike Watson

 

S1M-578 Trish Godman: Breast Screening for Women Aged 65 and Over—That the Parliament commends the campaign led by Age Concern and the UK Breast Cancer Coalition to raise the level of awareness of older women concerning the right to self-refer themselves for breast screening in order to guard against the risk of breast cancer and firmly believes that this issue must be kept on the parliamentary agenda in order that older women exercise their right of self-referral, especially in the light of the increased risk of breast cancer to older women.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Christine Grahame, Pauline McNeill, Michael Russell, Fiona McLeod, Elaine Thomson, Dr Elaine Murray, Fergus Ewing, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Elaine Smith, Linda Fabiani, Mr Duncan McNeil, Rhoda Grant, Fiona Hyslop, Margaret Jamieson, Cathy Peattie, Kay Ullrich, Tommy Sheridan, Alex Neil, Nora Radcliffe, Mr David Davidson, Cathy Jamieson, Mr Michael McMahon, Irene Oldfather, Karen Whitefield, Mike Watson, Johann Lamont, Irene McGugan, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Helen Eadie*

S1M-570# Mr Kenneth Gibson: Milk in Schools—That the Parliament notes with concern that almost one third of children go to school without breakfast; recognises the importance of milk at mid-morning break in providing hungry children with calories, protein, essential vitamins and minerals necessary for growth and bone density; acknowledges that hungry and nutritionally deprived children can lack energy, have low concentration, display lethargy and be difficult to teach and even disruptive; believes school based nutrition to be vital for the achievement of rising standards in education and commends local authorities such as Edinburgh, Glasgow and South Lanarkshire in this regard while encouraging all Councils to provide and promote a choice of whole and semi-skimmed milk, ideally with fruit, for all nursery, primary, secondary and special school children; recommends discontinuing the practice of exclusive contracts for fizzy drinks machines on school premises, and furthermore seeks the assistance of MEPs in securing the reinstatement of European Union subsidies for secondary school milk, catering milk and cheese and raising of the semi-skimmed milk subsidy to that of whole milk.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Alex Johnstone, Shona Robison, Fergus Ewing, Michael Russell, Christine Grahame, Pauline McNeill, Andrew Wilson, Mr Brian Monteith, Fiona McLeod, Donald Gorrie, Fiona Hyslop, Ms Sandra White, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mary Scanlon, Linda Fabiani, Elaine Smith, Robert Brown, Kay Ullrich, Tommy Sheridan, Nora Radcliffe, Mr David Davidson, David Mundell, Margaret Jamieson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Michael Matheson, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr Gil Paterson

 

S1M-566# Elaine Smith: Employment of Children—That the Parliament deplores the employment of children in potentially dangerous conditions in our towns and cities; seeks to ensure that the Parliament and the Scottish Executive work in partnership with all relevant authorities and organisations (such as the Low Pay Unit and the Federation of Small Businesses) so that children who wish to work are protected from taking unsuitable employment and in order to ensure that steps are being taken to promote and enforce the laws which prohibit this practice.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Scott Barrie, Nora Radcliffe, Pauline McNeill, Michael Russell, Donald Gorrie, Trish Godman, Elaine Thomson, Dr Elaine Murray, Irene McGugan, Linda Fabiani, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Maureen Macmillan, Rhoda Grant, Robin Harper, Dr Richard Simpson, Margaret Jamieson, Robert Brown, Cathy Peattie, Kay Ullrich, Cathy Jamieson, Irene Oldfather, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Cathie Craigie, Karen Whitefield, Johann Lamont, Mr Michael McMahon, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Andrew Wilson, Helen Eadie*

S1M-520# David Mundell: Racing Pigeons—That the Parliament notes the Report of the UK Raptor Working Group; notes the concerns of the Scottish Homing Union and other pigeon fanciers in Scotland on the impact that raptors are having on their sport; and believes that the Scottish Executive and all interested parties should work together to ensure the appropriate protection of both raptors and racing pigeons so as to enable the continuation of pigeon racing as a sport in Scotland.

Supported by: Alex Fergusson, Nick Johnston, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr John McAllion, Helen Eadie, Scott Barrie, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Ben Wallace, Cathy Jamieson, Mr David Davidson, Dennis Canavan, Phil Gallie, Ian Jenkins, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Mary Scanlon, Allan Wilson, Margaret Jamieson, Alasdair Morgan, David McLetchie, John Young, Bill Aitken, Mr Keith Harding, Karen Gillon

 

S1M-492 Hugh Henry: Warm Homes Initiative—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Executive on its efforts to tackle fuel poverty in Scotland through the Warm Deal and urges Scottish Power to abandon standing charges for domestic fuel as they are inflicting a burden on the lower income sections of society.

Supported by: Dr Elaine Murray, Cathy Jamieson, Pauline McNeill, Mr Duncan McNeil, Mike Watson, Rhoda Grant, Dr Richard Simpson, Bristow Muldoon, Trish Godman, Elaine Smith, Margaret Jamieson, Mr Michael McMahon, Irene Oldfather, Karen Whitefield

 

S1M-380# Johann Lamont: Cross Examination During Sexual Crimes Trials—That the Parliament recognises the huge distress that can be caused to the victims of rape and other sexual crimes if accused persons are allowed to conduct their own defence and can cross examine victims, and urges the Scottish Executive to bring forward legislation as a matter of urgency which will bring the rights of victims in such cases into line with the new rights of victims in England and Wales.

Supported by: Elaine Smith, Margaret Jamieson, Trish Godman, Janis Hughes, Malcolm Chisholm, Irene McGugan, Ms Margaret Curran, Scott Barrie, Tommy Sheridan, Cathy Jamieson, Fiona McLeod, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Shona Robison, Maureen Macmillan R, Robin Harper, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Rhoda Grant, Bristow Muldoon, Paul Martin, Mr Andy Kerr, Patricia Ferguson, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Michael McMahon, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Linda Fabiani, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Elaine Thomson, Phil Gallie, Alex Fergusson, Mr Murray Tosh, Nick Johnston, Dr Richard Simpson, Karen Gillon, Mr Keith Harding, Bill Aitken, Pauline McNeill, Donald Gorrie, Mike Watson, Mr David Davidson, Cathie Craigie, Mr Duncan McNeil, Hugh Henry, Christine Grahame, Dr Elaine Murray, Dennis Canavan, Irene Oldfather, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mrs Margaret Smith, Tricia Marwick, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mary Scanlon, Allan Wilson, Karen Whitefield, Michael Matheson, Kate Maclean, Helen Eadie*

S1M-282 Ms Margo MacDonald: Cannabis and the Scottish Criminal Justice System—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive, in consultation with the Parliament, to establish a Commission of experts and lay persons to examine and report on social and medical factors which might require changes to be made to Scots Law and the working of the Scottish criminal justice system in relation to the use of cannabis in Scotland.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Linda Fabiani, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Christine Grahame, Ms Sandra White, Dennis Canavan, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Adam Ingram, Irene McGugan, Mr Mike Rumbles, Robin Harper, Robert Brown, Mr John Munro, Donald Gorrie, Tommy Sheridan, Andrew Wilson, Mr Keith Raffan, Mr Brian Monteith, Nick Johnston, Cathy Peattie, Kate Maclean, Mr John McAllion, Scott Barrie, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Fiona Hyslop, David Mundell, Maureen Macmillan, Mrs Margaret Smith, Bruce Crawford, Nicola Sturgeon, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Alasdair Morgan, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Dr Richard Simpson, Mr Jamie Stone, Fiona McLeod, Dr Elaine Murray, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Elaine Smith, Euan Robson, Tricia Marwick, Michael Matheson

 
Contents page