Business Bulletin No. 16/2001
Monday 28 January 2002
Section F : Motions and Amendments
A full list of outstanding motions is available to view each Monday in paper copy at the Chamber Desk or alternatively on the Scottish Parliament web site as Outstanding Motions. The full text of all motions lodged the previous week will appear in the Business Bulletin the following 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-2648 Mr Keith Harding: Jobs Announcements for Fife Economy-That the Parliament welcomes the jobs boost to Fife's economy following the announcements that RAF Leuchars is set to expand with a new squadron stationed at the base and that the Child Support Agency is to create over 200 jobs in Kirkcaldy at a site that will handle claims from both Scotland and England.
*S1M-2647 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: Rail Link to Edinburgh Airport-That the Parliament notes that the Strategic Rail Authority's 10-year plan includes a study into potential improvements in rail access to Scottish airports and that in Edinburgh options range from a new airport station on the nearby main rail route, with a shuttle into the airport, to a new tunnelled main line and station under the heart of the airport; further notes that either station could provide for further integration and stimulate economic activity, and, in the light of the recent decision by Her Majesty's Government to place Railtrack into administration which has cast considerable doubt and uncertainty on the willingness of the private sector to fund such investment, calls upon the Scottish Executive to outline how such a link could be financed in the best interests of Edinburgh and Scotland.
Supported by: David McLetchie*
S1M-2646# Ms Sandra White: Glasgow Secondary Schools Staffing Levels-That the Parliament notes with concern the decision of Glasgow City Council to introduce a new method of calculating staffing levels at secondary schools in Glasgow involving staffing schools on an average pupil roll across the year whereby, for example, if there are 800 pupils in August and a projected 750 in January following the departure of January school leavers the school will be staffed for 775 pupils from August; notes that no other local authority uses this practice; further notes that potentially 38 secondary teaching posts could be lost as a result, and therefore considers that the Scottish Executive should make urgent representations to Glasgow City Council against introducing this method of calculating staffing levels.
S1M-2645 Murdo Fraser: Fergusson Art Gallery-That the Parliament congratulates Perth and Kinross Council on its allocation of £75,000 towards the preservation of a well-known local landmark, the cast iron dome of the Fergusson Art Gallery in Perth, and calls upon Historic Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund to show a favourable response to grant applications seeking to raise the additional funds required to preserve this important building for future generations to enjoy.
S1M-2644 Mr Frank McAveety: The Children's Hearings (Legal Representation) (Scotland) Rules 2001-That the Education, Culture and Sport Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the Children's Hearings (Legal Representation) (Scotland) Rules 2001 (SSI 2001/478).
Supported by: Jackie Baillie
S1M-2643 Mr Frank McAveety: The Curators ad Litem and Reporting Officers (Panels) (Scotland) Regulations-That the Education, Culture and Sport Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the Curators ad Litem and Reporting Officers (Panels) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/477).
Supported by: Jackie Baillie
S1M-2642 Mr Frank McAveety: The Panels of Persons to Safeguard the Interests of Children (Scotland) Regulations 2001-That the Education, Culture and Sport Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the Panels of Persons to Safeguard the Interests of Children (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/476).
Supported by: Jackie Baillie
S1M-2641 Tommy Sheridan: Death of John McGrath-That the Parliament notes with regret and sadness the death of John McGrath; believes that he made an enormous contribution to Scottish cultural and political life, particularly through his work with the 7:84 Theatre Company, and conveys its condolences to his family.
Supported by: Robin Harper*
S1M-2640 Robin Harper: Recycling Target for Scotland-That the Parliament calls on the Executive to set a mandatory target for recycling or composting of 30% of household waste by 2010.
S1M-2639 Richard Lochhead: Social Firms Scotland-That the Parliament recognises the growing success of Social Firms Scotland and the valuable role played by initiatives throughout the country such as Square One, which is a Scottish Association for Mental Health project, and Printability in Aberdeen which provide people who have a history of health problems with training and employment opportunities that may not otherwise be available; commends the many service users and officials who dedicate their time to making these charitable projects a success; believes that the provision of such services greatly assists people in gaining the confidence and stability that is required to lead normal lives, and urges local authorities and the Scottish Executive to provide continued support for such initiatives
Supported by: Robin Harper*
S1M-2638 Brian Adam: Grandholm Bridge Closure, Aberdeen-That the Parliament notes the continuing traffic congestion in the north of Aberdeen; further notes the proposals from Aberdeen City Council to address this congestion and the plan to close Grandholm Bridge from July 2002, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to make representations to Aberdeen City Council to keep the Grandholm Bridge open at least until the Western Peripheral Route is in operation.
S1M-2637# Mr Adam Ingram: Scottish Agricultural College, Auchincruive-That the Parliament recognises the important contribution that the Scottish Agricultural College, Auchincruive, formerly the West of Scotland Agricultural College, has made and continues to make to the rural economy of Scotland; deplores the plans by the Scottish Agricultural College to downgrade Auchincruive to a mere delivery vehicle for education courses in association with Paisley University; views with concern the prospective closure of Auchincruive as a research and teaching facility if and when it amalgamates with the University's Ayr campus, and considers that such a closure would be detrimental to the economic development of Ayrshire and the south of Scotland.
Supported by: Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Richard Lochhead, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Ms Sandra White, Michael Matheson, Fiona Hyslop, John Scott, Phil Gallie, Alex Fergusson, Fiona McLeod, Tommy Sheridan*, Fergus Ewing*
S1M-2636 Michael Russell: Roman Remains-That the Parliament notes the need to conserve, protect and exhibit the Roman heritage of Scotland; expresses concern that the Scottish Executive has given permission for part of Dere Street to be used by four-wheel drive vehicles, which is likely to lead to irreparable damage and loss of valuable artefacts, and congratulates the Antonine Guard Organisation on its continuing campaign on this and other matters such as the threat to the Cramond remains.
Note: The member who lodged this motion has provided the following Latin translation:
Parliamento Scotorum, cum patrimonium illud a Romanis traditum conservandum, custodiendum, repraesentandum censeat, summa gravitate contra Scotorum proceres Executivos, ut vocantur, eloqui placet, quod eorum permissu partem eius viae, quae Dere Street nominatur, vehiculis per quattuor rotas impulsis conteri licet, id quod et damna irreparabilia et rerum pretiosissimarum ibi reperturarum iacturam consequi necesse est; item eidem Parliamento Antoninianae cohorti gratulari placet, quae et hoc periculum propulsare perseveraret et multa alia huiusmodi, velut illud detrimentum quod ruinis Cramondianis imminet.
Supported by: Mr Murray Tosh, Alex Neil, Linda Fabiani, Michael Matheson, Fiona McLeod, Mr Andrew Welsh, Robin Harper*
S1M-2629 Michael Russell: Burns Cottage-That the Parliament notes the difficulties faced by the Joint Board of Management of Burns National Heritage Park which includes Burns Cottage in Alloway in continuing to secure and protect the building and its contents and in ensuring continued public access; agrees that the Joint Board are responsible for a uniquely important site and for artefacts of huge significance which provide the most important commemoration and celebration of the poet to be found anywhere in the world, and calls on all of Scotland, including the Scottish Executive, to take every necessary step to assist the Joint Board in their vital task and also to ensure that Robert Burns and his vision and values are promoted vigorously.
Supported by: Mr Murray Tosh, Fiona Hyslop, Alex Neil, Fiona McLeod, Mr Andrew Welsh, Stewart Stevenson, John Scott, Tommy Sheridan*, Andrew Wilson*, Kay Ullrich*, Tricia Marwick*, Fergus Ewing*, Bruce Crawford*, Robin Harper*
S1M-2628 Christine Grahame: Scottish Borders Education Meltdown-That the Parliament notes with great concern that Scottish Borders Council has announced a further £7 million of cuts which would result in (a) eliminating continuing education in the Borders leading to the closure of community wings and centres, including the Abbey Row Centre in Kelso which has 44 dependent organisations, such as mother and toddler and pensioner groups, and the loss of 100 or more jobs; (b) the cessation of funding for 15 voluntary organisations including Borders Womens Aid which will lose £50,000 of core funding and Gala Youth Project which will lose £60,000; (c) the threatened closure of the swimming pools at Jedburgh, Selkirk and Eyemouth, and therefore calls upon the Scottish Executive to enter into immediate discussions with the Council administration with a view to providing special borrowing in order that these swingeing cuts are reversed.
Supported by: Robin Harper, Michael Russell, Alex Neil, Michael Matheson, Tommy Sheridan*
S1M-2627 Mr Mike Rumbles: BSc Course in Audiology-That the Parliament notes that Queen Margaret University College in Edinburgh has expressed an interest in developing a BSc course in Audiology; recognises that at present there is no school of audiology for Scotland; further recognises that there is a serious lack of trained audiologists to implement the use of digital hearing aid technology across Scotland, and considers that the Scottish Executive should give its support to Queen Margaret University College to develop and implement this course.
Supported by: Robin Harper, Shona Robison, Fiona Hyslop, Alex Neil, Robert Brown, John Farquhar Munro, Michael Matheson, Cathie Craigie, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Richard Lochhead, Brian Adam, Margaret Jamieson, Fiona McLeod, Linda Fabiani, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Mary Scanlon, Mr Adam Ingram, Irene McGugan, Nora Radcliffe*, Irene Oldfather*
S1M-2625 Mr Andy Kerr: Scottish Public Sector Ombudsman (Scotland) Bill-That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Scottish Public Sector Ombudsman (Scotland) Bill.
Supported by: Iain Gray, Malcolm Chisholm, Peter Peacock
S1M-2623# Lifeline Air Links to the Islands (lodged on 17 January 2002) Tommy Sheridan*
S1M-2621# Fair Trade Fortnight (lodged on 17 January 2002) Tommy Sheridan*
S1M-2620 Miners' Pension Scheme (lodged on 17 January 2002) Tommy Sheridan*, Dennis Canavan*
S1M-2618 Remove the Shackles (lodged on 17 January 2002) Tommy Sheridan*
S1M-2592# Continuing Presence of BSE and new variant CJD (lodged on 10 January 2002) Ian Jenkins*
S1M-2536 European Notes and Coins (lodged on 10 December 2001) Iain Smith*
S1M-2528# Young Runaways (lodged on 6 December 2001) Dennis Canavan*, Ian Jenkins*