Business Bulletin No. 147/2004
Friday 8 October 2004
Section F : Motions and Amendments
A full list of current motions is available to view each Monday in paper copy at the Chamber Desk or alternatively on the Scottish Parliament web site as Current Motions. Each Monday the full text of all motions lodged the previous week will appear in the Business Bulletin together with motions previously lodged that are due to be debated that week.
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 (#)
*S2M-1840# Dr Elaine Murray: Science and the Parliament Event, 10 November 2004—That the Parliament welcomes the Science and the Parliament 2004 event being held on 10 November 2004, organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry in association with Scotland’s leading science organisations; notes the contribution of Scotland’s 40,000 scientists to our economic, environmental and social development; notes that Scotland is a world leader in many scientific disciplines; further notes the Scottish Executive’s efforts to foster an environment that enhances pupil and student participation in science, to invest in the science infrastructure and equipment of our educational establishments, to increase investment in research along with supporting greater industrial research and assist in the practical application of our world-beating research, and welcomes the review of the Executive’s review, A Science Strategy for Scotland.
*S2M-1839 Rosie Kane: Opposition to Scottish Executive Funding of Talisman Energy Inc. Windfarm—That the Parliament condemns the decision of the Scottish Executive to allocate £3 million for an offshore wind farm to Talisman Energy Inc., a company that has been associated with human rights abuses in Sudan, including killing, bombing and looting, in order to open up oilfields; applauds the actions of the Presbyterian Church of Sudan and 15 other tribesmen and women, who claim they were forced from their homes in and around Talisman oil fields, in bringing a human rights case against Talisman; calls on the Executive to review its funding procedures and criteria as a matter of urgency, and further calls on the Executive to initiate the development of ethical criteria as a priority for all future planning and funding decisions.
*S2M-1838 Iain Smith: Flying of Flags from the Scottish Parliament Building—That the Parliament believes that the flying of flags from public buildings, as is custom and practice throughout the world, helps to promote national and international identity and should be encouraged, not just on certain days but at all times, and therefore resolves to set an example by flying the Saltire, the Union flag and the European Union flag from the Scottish Parliament building.
Supported by: John Farquhar Munro*, George Lyon*, Mike Rumbles*, Jeremy Purvis*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Donald Gorrie*, Nora Radcliffe*, Margaret Smith*, Mr Keith Raffan*, Mike Pringle*
*S2M-1837# Karen Whitefield: Diabetes in Scotland—That the Parliament notes the rising numbers of people with diabetes in Scotland as evidenced in the recent report from Diabetes UK Scotland, Diabetes in Scotland and the UK 2004, which shows that there are 148,000 people in Scotland diagnosed with diabetes, a rise of 28,000 since 1996; is concerned that at least 65,000 people in Scotland are undiagnosed, as highlighted in the report, and that this number is rising year-on-year; recognises that diabetes is associated with chronic ill-health, disability and premature mortality and that long-term complications, including heart disease, strokes, blindness, kidney disease and amputations, make the greatest contribution to the costs of diabetes care, and believes that many of these long-term effects could be avoided with earlier identification and more effective treatment.
*S2M-1836 John Farquhar Munro: National Celebration of Gaelic—That the Parliament congratulates the city of Perth on being the venue for this year’s Royal National Mod and hopes that this year’s event will be as successful as last year’s Centenary Mod in Oban; notes that this year’s Mod, the most important cultural event for Gaeldom and a significant national icon, takes place against the welcome background of a debate about the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Bill which the Scottish Executive has recently introduced, and expresses the hope that the nation will now take the opportunity to recognise the immense and enduring contribution to Gaelic and Scotland’s literary reputation throughout Europe of the work of the late Gaelic bard Sorley Maclean of Raasay through the establishment of a fitting permanent memorial, of which a scholarship to assist young Gaelic speakers could be a key part.
The member has provided the following Gaelic translation:
Gu bheil Pàrlamaid na h-Alba a’ cur meal-a-naidheachd air Baile Pheairt far an tèid am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail a chumail am bliadhna; gu bheil i an dòchas gun soirbhich am Mòd seo mar a shoirbhich an Ceudamh Mòd anns an Oban an-uiridh; gu bheil i a’ toirt fa-near gum bi Mòd na bliadhna seo, a’ chuirm as cudthromaiche do shaoghal na Gàidhlig agus mar ìomhaigh nàiseanta cliùiteach a’ tachairt aig an aon àm agus a tha deasbad a’ dol air adhart air Bile na Gàidhlig (Alba), a chaidh fhoillseachadh leis an Riaghaltas bho chionn ghoirid; agus gu bheil i an dòchas gun gabh an nàisean an cothrom a-nis a chuimhneachadh na dìleib mòir maireannaich a chuir obair a’ bhàird Somhairle MacGillEain nach maireann ris a’ Ghàidhlig agus ri seasamh litreachas na h-Alba anns an roinn Eòrpa, tro bhith a’ stèidheachadh cuimhneachan freagarrach agus maireannach, agus gum faodadh sgoilearachd do dh’ òigridh le Gàidhlig a bhith mar phàirt dheatamach dheth.
S2M-1832# Supporting People Fund (lodged on 6 October 2004) Alex Fergusson*, Trish Godman*, Rosie Kane*, Sarah Boyack*, Margaret Smith*, Alasdair Morgan*, Shiona Baird*, Christine Grahame*, Brian Adam*, David Mundell*, Alex Neil*, Mike Pringle*, Donald Gorrie*, Chris Ballance*
S2M-1821 Plight of the Saharawi People (lodged on 1 October 2004) Marlyn Glen*, Trish Godman*
S2M-1815 New Kerbside Recycling Service (lodged on 30 September 2004) Mr David Davidson*
S2M-1807# National Construction Week, 6 to 13 October 2004 (lodged on 30 September 2004) David Mundell*, Trish Godman*
S2M-1802 Smoking to be Banned at SRU Rugby Matches at Murrayfield (lodged on 29 September 2004) Trish Godman*, Shiona Baird*
S2M-1787 New Highland Horticultural Industry - Bog Myrtle (lodged on 29 September 2004) Mrs Nanette Milne*
S2M-1778 Highland Food and Drink Festival (lodged on 28 September 2004) Trish Godman*
S2M-1777# Zero Waste (lodged on 28 September 2004) Mr Adam Ingram*
S2M-1753# Railway Masts (lodged on 23 September 2004) Mr Adam Ingram*
S2M-1751 16th Spencer Dayman Meningitis UK Walk (lodged on 22 September 2004) Mr Adam Ingram*
S2M-1750# International Credit Union Day (lodged on 22 September 2004) Mr Adam Ingram*
S2M-1728# Jubilee Scotland (lodged on 21 September 2004) Mr Adam Ingram*
S2M-1726 Delay in Tenant Farmers’ Right to Buy (lodged on 20 September 2004) Mr Adam Ingram*
S2M-1721# Rural Abattoirs (lodged on 17 September 2004) Mr Adam Ingram*
S2M-1707# Equal Pay is an Obligation not an Aspiration (lodged on 16 September 2004) Mr Adam Ingram*
S2M-1705 The United States of America (lodged on 16 September 2004) Mr Adam Ingram*
S2M-1703# Current Account Access at Post Offices (lodged on 15 September 2004) Mr Adam Ingram*
S2M-1676# Student Loans Payment Date (lodged on 13 September 2004) Mike Rumbles*, Mr Adam Ingram*
S2M-1674# Development and Manufacture of Renewable Energy (lodged on 9 September 2004) Bristow Muldoon*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Dr Sylvia Jackson*
S2M-1673# Dying with Dignity (lodged on 9 September 2004) Mr Adam Ingram*
S2M-1655# Young Carers in Scotland (lodged on 7 September 2004) Murdo Fraser*
S2M-1653 Inverclyde Juvenile Pipe Band (lodged on 7 September 2004) Tommy Sheridan*
S2M-1609 Dumping of Human and Industrial Sludge at Ben Bain, Dalmellington (lodged on 13 August 2004) Tommy Sheridan*