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BUSINESS BULLETIN 51 / 2000

Monday 20 March 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-669 Sarah Boyack: Special Grant Report No.3 - Special Grant Report on Grant in Aid of Expenditure on Rail Services in the Strathclyde Passenger Transport Area—That the Transport and the Environment Committee in consideration of Special Grant Report No.3 - Special Grant Report on Grant in Aid of Expenditure on Rail Services in the Strathclyde Passenger Transport Area recommends that the Report be approved.

 

S1M-668 Angus MacKay: The Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2000—That the Justice and Home Affairs Committee in consideration of The Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 recommends that the Regulations be approved.

 

S1M-667 Angus MacKay: The Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2000—That the Justice and Home Affairs Committee in consideration of The Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 recommends that the Regulations be approved.

 

S1M-666 Angus MacKay: The Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2000—That the Justice and Home Affairs Committee in consideration of The Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of representation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2000 recommends that the Regulations be approved

 

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*

 

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

 

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*

 

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.

 

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

 

S1M-653# Mr Duncan Hamilton: Dyspraxia—That the Parliament notes the establishment of the first paid development worker within the field of dyspraxia in the UK, to be based in the Highlands and Islands; notes that the condition is estimated to affect up to ten per cent of the population; recognises that dyspraxia is often overlooked by GPs and is unknown to many in the teaching profession, and believes that greater recognition should be given to the condition by education and health professionals and that dyspraxia should be included in the current regime of pre-school screening.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Ms Sandra White, Colin Campbell, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Andrew Wilson, Michael Matheson, Mr Andrew Welsh, Bruce Crawford, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Irene McGugan, Fiona McLeod, Mr Gil Paterson, Ms Margo MacDonald, Fiona Hyslop, Alex Neil, Kay Ullrich, Nicola Sturgeon, David Mundell, Mr Murray Tosh, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Brian Adam, Tommy Sheridan, Nora Radcliffe, Linda Fabiani, Mr David Davidson, Alex Fergusson, Nick Johnston, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Michael Russell

 

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

 

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 colour code the drug to assist forensic detection given that the small white tablet is not easily detectable.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Donald Gorrie, Brian Adam, Tommy Sheridan, Nora Radcliffe

 

S1M-650# George Lyon: National Park Status for Argyll Forest Park—That the Parliament supports the inclusion of Argyll Forest Park within the boundaries of the first new National Park in Scotland (Loch Lomond and Trossachs); notes the real benefits that will flow to the Cowal economy from increased tourism and leisure and, most importantly, recognises the huge impact the National Park would have in rebranding the Cowal peninsula for the 21st century.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Ian Jenkins, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Jamie McGrigor*

 

S1M-643# Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: A701—That the Parliament notes the more than 400 objections to the upgrading of the A701 to dual carriageway and the case for a public enquiry so that the views of the objectors can be properly considered.

Supported by: Robin Harper R, Mr Murray Tosh, Bill Aitken, Alex Johnstone, Mary Scanlon, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Alex Fergusson, Miss Annabel Goldie, David Mundell, David McLetchie, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Keith Harding, Ben Wallace, Nick Johnston, Ms Margo MacDonald, Ian Jenkins, Mr David Davidson

 

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

 

S1M-637 Ms Wendy Alexander: Ethical Standards in Public Life etc (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Bill.

 

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*

 

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

 

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

 

S1M-632# Tavish Scott: Environmentally Sensitive Areas Scheme—That the Parliament notes that crofters and farmers in Shetland have heavily subscribed to the Environmentally Sensitive Areas scheme; notes that those producers who entered the scheme before July 1998 were subject to a different set of scheme regulations in relation to stock disposal than those who entered after that date; further notes that the Scottish Executive have already stated that they are not minded to recover double payments under agri-environmental measures, and therefore believes that crofters and farmers should not suffer financial disadvantage through no fault of their own. R

Supported by: Rhoda Grant, Alex Fergusson R, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Donald Gorrie, George Lyon, Nora Radcliffe, Mr David Davidson

 

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

 

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

 

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*

 

S1M-627 Mr Sam Galbraith: The Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Adaptation of Functions etc.) Order 2000—That the Education, Culture and Sport Committee, in consideration of the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Adaptation of Functions etc.) Order 2000 recommends that the Order be approved.

 

S1M-626# Mrs Margaret Ewing: Glenrinnes School Closure—That the Parliament recognises the importance of primary schools to our rural communities; asks for clarification of the Scottish Executive’s policy on the retention of such schools; is concerned that Glenrinnes school is threatened by closure despite being the only focal point in the village and despite the sound educational arguments proposed by parents and prospective local residents; and considers that the proposals by Moray Council to close this educational facility, which would accrue only £3,500 to Moray Council, should be rejected.

Supported by: Nora Radcliffe, Dr Winnie Ewing, Shona Robison, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Fergus Ewing, Brian Adam

 

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

 

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

 

S1M-623 Mr Jack McConnell: Ethical Standards in Public Life Bill etc. (Scotland) Bill - Finance- —That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Bill, agrees to the expenditure payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund of sums required to meet expenses of the Scottish Ministers in consequence of the Act.

 

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

 

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

 

S1M-620 Pauline McNeill: Excell Multi-Media—That the Parliament notes with concern the situation at Excell Multi-Media whereby access to ex-directory telephone numbers are readily accessible to newly recruited staff not properly vetted by the company and congratulates journalist Vivien Aitken for drawing attention to this alarming situation.

Supported by: Rhoda Grant, Cathy Peattie, Tommy Sheridan

 

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

 

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*

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

S1M-602 Tommy Sheridan: Scottish Parliament, Holyrood—That the Parliament agrees to abandon the Holyrood project and properly reappraise all alternative options for our new Parliament complex, including Glasgow, and that the budget for the new complex should not exceed £100 million.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder

 

S1M-601# Bill Aitken: Bus Corridors in Glasgow—That the Parliament notes the concerns of businesses in Glasgow about the effects of bus corridors on the main arterial routes in and out of the city on local businesses, and believes that the local authority should give the fullest possible consideration to the views of small businesses prior to the imposition of these schemes, in view of the potential adverse consequences on employment.

Supported by: Mr Keith Harding, Ms Sandra White, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Robert Brown, Tommy Sheridan, David Mundell, Mr David Davidson

 

S1M-600 Christine Grahame: Scottish Borders Economy—That the Parliament notes with regret that the lowest level of wages in Scotland is in the Scottish Borders, an area hit by a series of mass redundancies; recognises that action is needed at a Scottish and UK level to bring more investment into the area; further notes the fragile nature of the textiles and farming industries and, recognising that low wages lead to low morale, invites the Scottish Executive to redouble its efforts to bring new, sustainable and quality jobs to the Scottish Borders.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Fergus Ewing, Ms Sandra White, Colin Campbell, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Dr Winnie Ewing, Andrew Wilson, Tommy Sheridan, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie

 

S1M-599# Mike Watson: Epilepsy—That the Parliament recognises the valuable work of the Glasgow based Epilepsy Association of Scotland, notes that approximately one in 130 of the population has epilepsy and agrees that an appropriate level of health care throughout Scotland for people with epilepsy is a matter of priority.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Fergus Ewing, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Nicola Sturgeon, Christine Grahame, Andrew Wilson, Rhoda Grant, Robin Harper, Margaret Jamieson, Robert Brown, Kay Ullrich, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Mr Brian Monteith, Gordon Jackson, Mr Murray Tosh, Irene McGugan, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Linda Fabiani, Elaine Thomson, Mr David Davidson, Alex Fergusson, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh*

S1M-598 Mr Frank McAveety: The Draft Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 2000—That the Social Inclusion, Housing and Voluntary Sector Committee in consideration of the draft Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 2000 recommends that the Order be approved.

 

S1M-597 Mrs Margaret Ewing: Crooked Charities—That the Parliament recognises that the existing law does not prevent the registration of crooked charities; notes that official advice on how to prevent fraudulent collections at supermarkets, stations and pubs is ineffective; endorses the rights of owners of such premises to insist that validation is acquired from a reputable source on charity collection and hopes that fraudulent collections can be stopped, enabling owners of commercial premises to allow legitimate charitable collections to continue.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Michael Russell, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Fiona McLeod, Donald Gorrie, Trish Godman, Fergus Ewing, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Linda Fabiani, Colin Campbell, Brian Adam, Mr Andrew Welsh, Rhoda Grant, Robin Harper, Kay Ullrich, Tommy Sheridan, Nora Radcliffe

 

S1M-596 Mr Adam Ingram: Change in Benefit Payments- Effects on Post Offices—That the Parliament notes that large sections of Scottish society do not have access to bank accounts, and cannot obtain bank accounts; further notes that, in rural Scotland, many people do not live near a bank; believes therefore that current government proposals to switch payments of benefits directly to bank accounts will be detrimental to the Executive’s aim of minimising social exclusion; believes that the resulting shift of business from post offices will result in the closure of many post offices, especially in areas already suffering from a lack of public services, including rural areas and areas of urban deprivation, and therefore calls for recognition of the fact that for many, collection of benefits at the post office is the most convenient, or indeed the only option and demands that post offices be fully compensated for the loss of this work in order to secure the long term economic viability of the existing post office network.

Supported by: Mr Gil Paterson, Tricia Marwick, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Christine Grahame, Michael Russell, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Fiona McLeod, Donald Gorrie, Shona Robison, Fiona Hyslop, Irene McGugan, Fergus Ewing, Ms Sandra White, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Linda Fabiani, Colin Campbell, Richard Lochhead, Brian Adam, Mr Andrew Welsh, Robin Harper, Tommy Sheridan

 

S1M-596.1 Cathy Jamieson: Change in Benefit Payments-Effects on Post Offices—As an amendment to motion (S1M-596) in the name of Mr Adam Ingram, Delete all after "do not live near a bank" and insert "welcomes the recent announcement that people will be able to continue to receive benefits in cash at post offices before, and after, the introduction of the ACT facilities; recognises the valuable role played by sub-post offices, particularly in rural areas and in areas of urban deprivation, and believes that the Scottish Executive should continue to make representations to the relevant agencies to ensure the continuance and future development of post offices in Scotland."

Supported by: Helen Eadie, Rhoda Grant, Trish Godman, Margaret Jamieson, Cathy Peattie

 

S1M-595# Mr Kenny MacAskill: Fuel Duty Rebate and Rural Services—That the Parliament notes the difficulties faced by rural communities due to their geographic isolation and the high cost of fuel, and the vital role which mobile shops, mobile libraries, school buses and community and voluntary bus services have in such communities; further notes the threat to the viability of these services posed by increasing fuel prices; believes that assistance should be offered to sustain mobile shops, libraries, school buses and community and voluntary bus services and thus the communities they serve, and therefore believes that an inquiry should be set up to investigate the extension of fuel duty rebate to these services.

Supported by: Mr Gil Paterson, Tricia Marwick, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Christine Grahame, Michael Russell, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Fiona McLeod, Donald Gorrie, Shona Robison, Fiona Hyslop, Irene McGugan, Fergus Ewing, Ms Sandra White, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Linda Fabiani, Colin Campbell, Richard Lochhead, Brian Adam, Mr Andrew Welsh, Kay Ullrich

 

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

 

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

 

S1M-592# Mr John Munro: Council Tax Reduction for Second Homes in Ross, Skye and Inverness West—That the Parliament expresses concern that non-residents of Ross, Skye and Inverness West are entitled to a reduction in council tax on their second homes; notes that this places an additional burden on local residents and supports the view that Highland Council should have discretionary powers to waive this reduction.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Fergus Ewing, Linda Fabiani, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Robin Harper, Robert Brown, Alex Neil, George Lyon

 

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

 

S1M-590 Dr Elaine Murray: Turner Diaries—That the Parliament expresses its grave concern that Waterstone’s bookshops are stocking The Turner Diaries and requests that it be removed from sale.

Supported by: Shona Robison, Helen Eadie, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Trish Godman, Dr Winnie Ewing

 

S1M-588 Mr Brian Monteith: Openness Over Section 2A Consultation—That the Parliament notes that the consultation period over the repeal of section 2A of the Local Government Act 1986 has ended and calls upon the Scottish Executive to immediately publish the responses which have consented to the publication in the spirit of open government upon which the Scottish Parliament was founded.

Supported by: Alex Johnstone, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Nick Johnston, Mr Keith Harding, Fergus Ewing, Mary Scanlon, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr David Davidson

 

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

 

S1M-583 Roseanna Cunningham: Iranian Elections—That the Parliament welcomes recent political developments in the Islamic Republic of Iran; notes with approval the success of candidates with a stated belief in freedom of expression and the rule of law in the elections to the 6th Majlis; draws attention to the increased involvement of women and youth in the political process in Iran, and looks forward to all political groupings in that country affirming their commitment to securing democracy and human rights.

Supported by: Linda Fabiani, Alex Neil, Tricia Marwick, Michael Russell, Ms Margo MacDonald, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Shona Robison, Andrew Wilson, Fiona McLeod, Donald Gorrie, Robin Harper, Cathy Peattie, Tommy Sheridan

 

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

 

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

 

S1M-580 Trish Godman: Conservation of Marine Wildlife—That the Parliament commends the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society on its recently published document Chasing Dolphins; notes with serious concern the references in this publication to the harassment of marine mammals by pleasure craft; strongly believes that there is an urgent need for rigorous measures to promote conservation in the marine environment, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to give serious consideration to the early introduction of legislation which would allow local authorities to create exclusion zones in order to protect our marine wildlife.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Pauline McNeill, Michael Russell, Elaine Thomson, Robin Harper R, Cathy Peattie, Tommy Sheridan, Alex Neil, George Lyon

 

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

 

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

 

S1M-577 Trish Godman: Pen Needles for Diabetics—That the Parliament welcomes the availability of pen needles and the continued availability of disposable pens on prescription for insulin-dependant diabetics; warmly acknowledges the campaign fought by the British Diabetic Association, and commends the Scottish Executive for introducing this policy which will assist thousands of diabetics throughout Scotland in the management of their condition.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Russell, Donald Gorrie, Elaine Thomson, Dr Elaine Murray, Mary Scanlon, Elaine Smith, Rhoda Grant, Margaret Jamieson, Robert Brown, Cathy Peattie, Tommy Sheridan, Alex Neil, Nora Radcliffe, Mr David Davidson, Fergus Ewing

 

S1M-576 Fiona McLeod: St Ninians High School's Attendance at European Youth Parliament—That the Parliament congratulates the team of pupils from St Ninian’s High School, Kirkintilloch who will be representing the UK at the European Youth Parliament in Athens on 7 to 16 April 2000 and their teachers and supports their quest for funds to enable them to attend.

Supported by: Mr Lloyd Quinan, Colin Campbell, Kay Ullrich, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Michael Russell, Donald Gorrie, Irene McGugan, Fergus Ewing, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Linda Fabiani, Cathy Peattie, Tommy Sheridan

 

S1M-574# Mr Adam Ingram: Carers of the Mentally Ill—That the Parliament congratulates Trust a Carers Connection for its work in highlighting the problems of carers of the mentally ill in Ayrshire; recognises the invaluable contribution made by carers of the mentally ill generally; acknowledges the specific needs of these carers, which differ significantly from other carers, and believes that explicit and comprehensive attention must be paid to their needs and the needs of those in their care.

Supported by: Fiona McLeod, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, Tommy Sheridan, Nora Radcliffe, David Mundell

 

S1M-573 Dennis Canavan: Investigation into European Union Funding Arrangements—That the European Committee considers undertaking an investigation, possibly in conjunction with the Finance Committee, into EU funding arrangements, particularly regarding structural funding and additionality.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Christine Grahame, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Shona Robison, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Linda Fabiani, Elaine Smith, Ms Margo MacDonald, Robin Harper, Kay Ullrich, Tommy Sheridan

 

S1M-572 Dennis Canavan: European Union documentation on Lifting of Indonesian Arms Embargo—That the European Committee requests the Clerk to the Committee to investigate why the Committee did not receive any EU documentation on the lifting of the EU arms embargo on Indonesia and to report back to the Committee.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Christine Grahame, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Shona Robison, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Linda Fabiani, Robin Harper R, Kay Ullrich, Tommy Sheridan

 

S1M-571 Karen Whitefield: Airdrieonians Football Club—That the Parliament recognises the important role played by local football teams in engendering and enhancing community spirit and offers its support to the fans of Airdrieonians Football Club, which is currently under the threat of liquidation.

Supported by: Pauline McNeill, Fiona McLeod, Donald Gorrie, Elaine Smith

 

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

 

S1M-568 Shona Robison: Heart Disease—That the Parliament expresses concern at the recently published report of the British Heart Foundation detailing the United Kingdom’s poor record in cardiovascular disease; notes the fact that the United Kingdom has one of the highest death rates from coronary heart disease in the European Union; further notes that Tayside is near the bottom of the Scottish league table in waiting times for cardiac surgery and, in light of this, supports the demands for a fifth Scottish cardiac unit to be based at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee to serve the East of Scotland.

Supported by: Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Fergus Ewing, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Michael Russell, Fiona McLeod, Donald Gorrie, Brian Adam, Mr Andrew Welsh

 

S1M-567 Mr Brian Monteith: Hosting the Football World Cup in Scotland—That the Parliament notes that the next football World Cup organised by FIFA is being hosted jointly by Japan and the Republic of Korea in 2002 and calls upon the Scottish Football Association to hold exploratory discussions with their counterparts in Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to examine the feasibility of the four national football associations combining to bid to hold the World Cup in 2010.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Paul Martin, Mary Scanlon, Elaine Smith, Dr Winnie Ewing, Ian Jenkins, Andrew Wilson, Michael Russell, Fiona McLeod, Linda Fabiani

 

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

 

S1M-565# Elaine Smith: Hospital Infections—That the Parliament notes with concern the recent alleged cases of necrotising fasciitis in Monklands Hospital and the wider issues across Scotland of hospital contracted infection and wishes to ensure that all clinical staff within the NHS in Scotland are effectively trained and informed in the implementation of and adherence to infection control programme standards.

Supported by: Mr Jamie Stone, Tommy Sheridan, Mary Scanlon, Nora Radcliffe, Pauline McNeill, Mr Duncan McNeil, Rhoda Grant, Robert Brown

 

S1M-564 Alasdair Morgan: Recovery of Crew of Fishing Vessels Lost at Sea—That the Parliament recognises the change in attitude of Scotland’s fishing communities towards recovery of crews who are lost at sea and therefore urges the Scottish Executive to seek to persuade Her Majesty's Government to give a firm undertaking that policy in this matter will be changed and that a public agency be charged with the responsibility of examining the feasibility of recovering bodies from vessels lost at sea and reaching a considered judgement based on safety and technical considerations.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Tricia Marwick, Mr John Swinney, Richard Lochhead, Fergus Ewing, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Michael Russell, Mr Andrew Welsh, Ms Sandra White, Colin Campbell, Nicola Sturgeon, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Kay Ullrich, Shona Robison, David Mundell, Alex Fergusson, Andrew Wilson, Mr Murray Tosh, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Adam Ingram, Fiona McLeod, Donald Gorrie, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Dr Elaine Murray, Irene McGugan, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Brian Adam, Nick Johnston

 

S1M-562 Michael Russell: Volvo Factory, Irvine—That the Parliament supports the workforce of the Volvo factory in Irvine at this present time of uncertainty and calls upon the Scottish Executive to make every possible representation to ensure the plant’s future.

Supported by: Mr Adam Ingram, Kay Ullrich, David Mundell, Alex Fergusson, Andrew Wilson, Mr Murray Tosh, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Alex Neil, Fergus Ewing, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Phil Gallie, Mr Duncan Hamilton

 

S1M-556 George Lyon: Scottish Cheese Business—That the Parliament notes with concern the possible impact of the European Waste Water Directive on small Scottish cheese-makers; recognises that these businesses are extremely important to the local economies of areas like Bute, Kintyre and Arran, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to do all it can to ensure that there is flexibility in implementing the Directive through derogations or by other means and that, if necessary, money will be made available through Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Scottish Enterprise to help companies adapt to the Directive.

Supported by: Mr Jamie Stone R, Nora Radcliffe, Michael Russell, Donald Gorrie, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Christine Grahame, Maureen Macmillan, Dr Richard Simpson

 

S1M-555# Mr Lloyd Quinan: Maternity Services at Vale of Leven Hospital (Alexandria)—That the Parliament notes with grave concern the possible closure of the maternity unit at Vale of Leven Hospital (Alexandria); believes that it is not acceptable for expectant mothers to be forced to travel from Dumbarton to Paisley for maternity services, and further believes that the Argyll and Clyde NHS Trust should reverse this closure decision.

Supported by: Mr Kenny MacAskill, Fiona Hyslop, Alex Neil, Ms Margo MacDonald, Fiona McLeod, Tricia Marwick, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Andrew Wilson, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Robin Harper, Kay Ullrich

 

S1M-549 Mr Mike Rumbles: Agrimoney Compensation—That the Parliament notes that the strength of sterling in comparison to the Euro is disadvantaging Scotland’s farmers and that agrimoney compensation is available from the European Union to address the effects of such currency fluctuations; believes that this aid is urgently needed to address the serious financial difficulties being experienced across all sectors of Scottish agriculture; notes that action is needed at a UK level to secure a total of £92 million in additional payments to Scottish farmers; acknowledges that the Scottish Executive has made representations to Westminster outlining the need for this aid, and therefore calls upon Her Majesty’s Treasury to put in place the necessary financial arrangements and match funding to secure the additional European money at the earliest opportunity.

Supported by: Euan Robson, Mr Jamie Stone, Tavish Scott R, Mr John Munro, Ian Jenkins, Nora Radcliffe, Donald Gorrie, Dr Elaine Murray, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Robin Harper, Alex Neil, George Lyon

 

S1M-548 Tommy Sheridan: Tax Relief on Ministerial Vehicles—That the Parliament notes with surprise that the tax relief for ministerial cars and chauffeurs has been extended to Scottish Executive Ministers; believes that this represents a fundamental inequality in tax treatment, and calls upon Scottish Executive Ministers to make a £5,000 donation to the NHS in lieu of their tax bill.

 

S1M-547# Mr Kenneth Gibson: Children in Glasgow Selling Newspapers Late at Night—That the Parliament notes with concern the illegal employment of children under sixteen years to sell newspapers in the streets of Glasgow, at city road junctions, outside pubs and clubs late at night and in the early hours of the morning in all weathers, to the detriment of their health and education and leaving them exposed to the possible attention of individuals with evil intent, and believes that the newspaper publishers concerned should ensure that their distributors do not employ vendors who recruit children, that the public should not buy these newspapers and that Strathclyde Police should vigorously enforce the law in this regard.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Andrew Wilson, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Ms Sandra White, Alex Neil, Mr Brian Monteith, Michael Russell, Fiona McLeod, Donald Gorrie, Irene McGugan, Richard Lochhead, Christine Grahame, Robert Brown, Cathy Peattie, Kay Ullrich, David Mundell

 

S1M-546 Mr Kenny MacAskill: Chinook—That the Parliament notes with concern that the National Audit Office found that the FADEC computer system fitted to Chinook helicopters was flawed and that this posed an "unquantifiable risk" for these craft; further notes the reported out of court settlement with the family of one of the pilots, and therefore calls for a judicial inquiry firstly into the crash, and secondly into the subsequent investigations, including the failure of the "unquantifiable risk" associated with FADEC to be advised to the fatal accident inquiry.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Fergus Ewing, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Christine Grahame, Michael Russell, Donald Gorrie, Robin Harper, Dennis Canavan, Kay Ullrich, George Lyon

 

S1M-545 Dr Richard Simpson: Royal Bank of Scotland Takeover—That the Parliament congratulates the Royal Bank of Scotland on its takeover of the National Westminster Bank; welcomes its commitment to keep the headquarters of the new company in Scotland and, whilst noting the need to ensure efficiency in the best interests of both customers and employees, urges sensitivity in working with the banking union in achieving any necessary changes.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Elaine Thomson, Mr Keith Raffan, Ben Wallace, Brian Adam, Mr David Davidson, Mary Scanlon, Phil Gallie, Mr Brian Monteith, Donald Gorrie, Nick Johnston, Maureen Macmillan

 

S1M-544 Tommy Sheridan: Poll Tax Debts—That the Parliament believes that, in the light of the recent Accounts Commission report Benefits, Finance and Housing, the need to write off local authority poll tax debts is now urgent.

Supported by: Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Gil Paterson, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Christine Grahame

 

S1M-543 Bill Aitken: Right to Buy Rules—That the Parliament, recognising the disappointment and frustration caused to council tenants by the precipitate haste in amending the terms of the Right to Buy rules in March 1999, calls upon the Scottish Executive to review the situation in order that those who can demonstrate the intention to purchase their homes prior to the change in the legislation on 1 April 1999 can avail themselves of the rights which existed prior to this change.

Supported by: Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Murray Tosh, Mr Keith Harding, Ben Wallace, Nick Johnston, David Mundell, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr David Davidson, Mary Scanlon, Phil Gallie

 

S1M-541 Tommy Sheridan: NatWest Takeover—That the Parliament notes with concern that the takeover by the Royal Bank of Scotland of the National Westminster Bank will lead to 18,000 job losses in Scotland and England and calls upon the Scottish Executive to make urgent representations to the Competition Commission and Her Majesty’s Government to examine whether this take-over is of benefit to consumers and employers as well as shareholders.

 

S1M-540 Johann Lamont: Arms Sales—That the Parliament welcomes Her Majesty’s Government’s commitment not to sell arms to countries that will use them to commit internal repression or external aggression; further welcomes the publication of an annual report on strategic exports as a first step towards improved transparency; notes that 15 February 2000 is the fourth anniversary of the publication of the Scott Report; notes with concern that without new legislation to address the problems identified in the Scott Report and other loopholes, Her Majesty’s Government cannot ensure that UK arms exports do not contribute to human rights violations being committed, fuel conflict or undermine development; and calls upon Her Majesty’s Government to introduce comprehensive and effective legislation to strengthen the control on strategic exports in the next Parliamentary session, given that 91% of the Scottish public believe that the UK Government should introduce systems to ensure that arms exported by the UK are not misused.

Supported by: Trish Godman, Cathy Jamieson, Tommy Sheridan, Elaine Smith, Nora Radcliffe, Pauline McNeill, Donald Gorrie, Dr Elaine Murray, Linda Fabiani, Maureen Macmillan, Robin Harper, Dr Richard Simpson, Cathy Peattie

 

S1M-532 Mr Sam Galbraith: Standards in Scotland's Schools etc. Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Standards in Scotland’s Schools etc. Bill.

 

S1M-530 Mr John McAllion: Dispersal of Civil Service Jobs to Tayside—That the Parliament notes the repeated rhetorical commitment by Ministers that they will ensure that the Scottish Parliament works for all and not just part of Scotland, and in that context calls for serious consideration to be given to the dispersal of civil service and quango jobs to Tayside and for an annual review by the Parliament of progress achieved in dispersing such jobs across Scotland.

Supported by: Kate Maclean, Mr John Swinney, Roseanna Cunningham, Mr Andrew Welsh, Shona Robison, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Keith Raffan, Brian Adam, Mr David Davidson, Tommy Sheridan, Elaine Smith, Nora Radcliffe, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Irene McGugan, Richard Lochhead, Nick Johnston, Rhoda Grant

 

S1M-528 Mr Duncan Hamilton: Lorn and Islands Hospital—That the Parliament expresses its concern at the threatened closure of the Nelson Ward at Lorn and Islands District General Hospital; commends the local petition initiated by Councillor McIntosh; reaffirms its commitment to local provision of health care services for the elderly, and calls upon Lorn and Islands Hospital to carry out full public consultation on the provision of local services.

Supported by: Nicola Sturgeon, Linda Fabiani, Mr Andrew Welsh, Kay Ullrich, Tricia Marwick, Mr John Swinney, Alasdair Morgan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Andrew Wilson, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Gil Paterson, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Adam Ingram, Alex Neil, Michael Russell, Mary Scanlon, George Lyon

 

S1M-528.1 George Lyon: Lorn and Islands Hospital—As an amendment to motion (S1M-528) in the name of Mr Duncan Hamilton, insert at end "and welcomes the creation of a health forum consisting of Acute Hospital Trust and Primary Care Trust representatives and members of the local community as an important first step in this process."

Supported by: Maureen Macmillan, Rhoda Grant

 

S1M-527 Trish Godman: Elderly People and the NHS—That the Parliament commends Age Concern on its recently published report Turning Your Back on Us: Older People and the NHS which deals with the serious problem of age discrimination in the National Health Service; believes that medical treatment and care should not be denied or delayed simply on the basis of age; and urges the Scottish Executive to commission an independent investigation to assess whether age discrimination is practised in the National Health Service and to produce an agenda for action if such discrimination exists.

Supported by: Mr John McAllion, Bristow Muldoon, Cathy Jamieson, Mr Jamie Stone, Tommy Sheridan, Elaine Smith, Nora Radcliffe, Donald Gorrie, Dr Elaine Murray, Christine Grahame, Mr Duncan McNeil, Rhoda Grant, Cathy Peattie

 

S1M-526 Trish Godman: Equal Access for People with Disabilities—That the Parliament warmly commends the action taken by the journalist Kirsty Wark and her friends in leaving a Glasgow city nightclub when the staff refused access to a disabled patron; hopes that the management of said club will now adopt a welcoming attitude to patrons with disabilities, and urges others to follow Kirsty Wark’s admirable lead when confronted by such discrimination and intolerance.

Supported by: Mr John McAllion, Scott Barrie, Mr Duncan McNeil, Shona Robison, Elaine Thomson, Cathy Jamieson, Mr Jamie Stone, Tommy Sheridan, Elaine Smith, Nora Radcliffe, Pauline McNeill, Donald Gorrie, Dr Elaine Murray, Rhoda Grant, Margaret Jamieson, Cathy Peattie

 

S1M-525 Trish Godman: West of Scotland Water Authority—That the Parliament deplores the high-handed and insensitive conduct of senior officials at West of Scotland Water Authority in relation to the unsupportable decision to allow raw sewage and waste water to enter the Kilbarchan Burn; affirms the view that such authorities must always be cognisant of local community concerns when taking decisions that impinge upon local communities; and that genuine consultation and concern for public health must always be the order the day when making such decisions.

Supported by: Hugh Henry, Mr Duncan McNeil, Dr Elaine Murray, Tommy Sheridan, David Mundell, Colin Campbell, Robin Harper, Cathy Peattie

 

S1M-524# Mr John McAllion: Ninewells Hospital Neurosurgical Unit—That the Parliament notes the concern across Tayside over the possible threat of closure of the Neurosurgical Unit at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee arising from the ongoing review of acute services by Tayside Health Board; recognises the continuing importance of the Unit for neurosurgery services across Tayside and Scotland; and invites the Scottish Executive to re-affirm its support for this unit.

Supported by: Roseanna Cunningham, Paul Martin, Tommy Sheridan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr John Swinney, Shona Robison, Mr Andrew Welsh, Ben Wallace, Irene McGugan, Brian Adam, Trish Godman, Dennis Canavan, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Gil Paterson, Andrew Wilson, Mr David Davidson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mary Scanlon, Elaine Smith, Alex Neil, Cathy Peattie, Kay Ullrich

 

S1M-523 Tommy Sheridan: Parliament Subscription to BNP Magazine—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to cancel its subscription to the British National Party magazine Spearhead and does not believe that the Parliament through its subscription should be helping to spread the Neo-Nazi and racist views contained in this publication.

Supported by: Dr Elaine Murray, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr John McAllion, Fiona Hyslop, Bristow Muldoon, Shona Robison, Brian Adam, Trish Godman, Cathy Jamieson, Elaine Smith, Pauline McNeill, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Linda Fabiani, Rhoda Grant, Scott Barrie

 

S1M-522 Fergus Ewing: City Status for Inverness—That the Parliament hopes that the historic victory of Inverness Caledonian Thistle over Celtic on 8 February 2000 will be followed by success for Inverness in being awarded City status, which as a premier football location in Scotland it surely deserves.

Supported by: Mr Jamie McGrigor, Brian Adam, Mr Duncan Hamilton

 

S1M-521 Pauline McNeill: Excell Call Centre, Glasgow—That the Parliament expresses deep concern over health and safety and employment practice at Excell Call Centre in Glasgow; deplores the sacking and intimidation of staff who have exposed Excell’s record; awaits with interest the report of the Health and Safety Executive inquiry into Call Centres, and calls for an inquiry into the operations of Excell in relation to 999 emergency services.

Supported by: Mr John McAllion, Mr Duncan McNeil, Trish Godman, Cathy Jamieson, Tommy Sheridan, Elaine Smith, Donald Gorrie, Rhoda Grant, Cathy Peattie

 

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

 

S1M-518 Mary Scanlon: Inverness Caledonian Thistle Result—That the Parliament congratulates the players and backroom staff of Inverness Caledonian Thistle on their historic 3-1 victory against Celtic in the Scottish Cup, an outstanding result achieved against considerable odds which will be recorded in the annals of Scottish football as one of the most memorable cup upsets, and wishes the team every success in subsequent rounds of the tournament.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing, Mr Brian Monteith

 

S1M-516 Maureen Macmillan: Success of Inverness Caledonian Thistle—That the Parliament congratulates Inverness Caledonian Thistle on their win in the Scottish Cup, notes the growth of the club over the last six years and wishes them every success in the next round.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing, Mary Scanlon, Mr John McAllion, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mrs Mary Mulligan

 

S1M-515 Mr Jamie Stone: Inverness Caledonian Thistle—That the Parliament congratulates Inverness Caledonian Thistle on their historic 3-1 victory over Celtic on 8 February 2000.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing, Mary Scanlon, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Nora Radcliffe

 

S1M-507# Mrs Margaret Smith: Corstorphine Hill Water Tanks—That the Parliament expresses concern over East of Scotland Water’s plans to site two water tanks on Corstorphine Hill, which is a local nature reserve and an area of great environmental value, and recommends that East of Scotland Water considers other more suitable options and locations.

Supported by: Mr Kenny MacAskill, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Fiona Hyslop, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Ms Margo MacDonald, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Brian Monteith, Donald Gorrie, Robin Harper R

S1M-506 Tommy Sheridan: Austria—That the Parliament expresses its great concern at the establishment of a new Austrian Government involving Jörg Haider’s far right Freedom Party; believes that this presents a potential threat to the values of freedom, democracy and individual rights that should be at the heart of the European Union, and calls upon Her Majesty’s Government to make representations to the Austrian Government and the European Union expressing these concerns.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Linda Fabiani, Mr Gil Paterson, Tricia Marwick, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Shona Robison, Scott Barrie, Allan Wilson, Andrew Wilson, Bristow Muldoon, Cathy Jamieson, Alex Neil, Elaine Smith, Fiona McLeod, Trish Godman

 

S1M-505# Alex Fergusson: Closure of Castle Douglas Abattoir—That the Parliament notes the award by the intervention board of the over thirty month contract to Holbeck Holdings Ltd of Kilmarnock; regrets that this decision has led to the loss of over 80 jobs in South West Scotland, the loss of a significant sheep slaughtering facility in the South of Scotland and the closure of the Castle Douglas abattoir, causing a further 18 redundancies, and questions whether any criteria other than cost were taken into account when considering applications for this contract. R

Supported by: Mary Scanlon, John Young, David Mundell, Bill Aitken, Mr David Davidson, Mr Murray Tosh, Mr Jamie Stone, Fergus Ewing, Nick Johnston, Mr Brian Monteith, Dr Elaine Murray, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Alasdair Morgan, Phil Gallie, Christine Grahame

 

S1M-504 Tommy Sheridan: Compensation to Miners—That the Parliament notes the very serious problem of "vibration white finger" which affects thousands throughout Scotland; calls upon the Scottish Executive to make urgent representations to Her Majesty's Government to pressurise British Coal into paying proper compensation due to former miners who suffer from vibration white finger; notes with disgust that many miners have now been waiting over six years for compensation and that many are actually dying before receiving any compensation, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to act on this issue immediately.

Supported by: Mr Gil Paterson, Tricia Marwick, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Alex Neil, Shona Robison, Fiona Hyslop, Andrew Wilson, Alasdair Morgan, Christine Grahame, Fiona McLeod, Kay Ullrich

 

S1M-503 Tommy Sheridan: Drug Addiction in Glasgow—That the Parliament notes that drug addiction in Glasgow is five times higher than anywhere in Britain; recognises that such high levels of drug addiction have pushed drugs services in the City to breaking point; notes that social workers in Glasgow are having to work under unbearable pressure, given that the number of problem drug users in the City has almost doubled in nine years; notes the result of a recent survey, which suggests that one in thirty of Glasgow’s adults are now drug addicts and that there are between 12,419 and 15,368 problem drug users in the city and also reveals that more than 4,000 adults who have been treated by 13 social work projects have dependent children amounting to almost 1,000 youngsters, and believes that, given the serious and grave problem drug using situation within the City of Glasgow, special extra resources must be diverted from the Scottish Executive’s drug enforcement project to allow the City of Glasgow to spend more on drug prevention and treatment.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mike Watson, Robert Brown, Mr Gil Paterson, Tricia Marwick, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Pauline McNeill, Fiona McLeod, Donald Gorrie, Robin Harper

 

S1M-502# Irene McGugan: Skye Bridge—That the Parliament believes that a public enquiry should be initiated into all aspects of the finance, construction and operation of the Skye Bridge, including the relevant Toll Order and Assignation Statement.

Supported by: Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Brian Adam, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr John Munro, Mr Jamie Stone, Andrew Wilson, Linda Fabiani, Tricia Marwick, Mr Adam Ingram, Fergus Ewing, Richard Lochhead, Alex Neil, Shona Robison, Donald Gorrie, Fiona Hyslop, Nora Radcliffe, Fiona McLeod, Kay Ullrich

 

S1M-501# Patricia Ferguson: Urban Tourism—That the Parliament recognises the economic benefits tourism brings to Glasgow and other urban towns and cities, and the important role played by bodies such as the Greater Glasgow & Clyde Valley Tourist Board.

Supported by: Pauline McNeill, Rhoda Grant, Robert Brown, Johann Lamont, Paul Martin, Mr John McAllion, Donald Gorrie, Trish Godman

 

S1M-500# Brian Adam: Attacks on Elderly People in Aberdeen—That the Parliament expresses its concern at the number of senseless attacks on elderly residents in Aberdeen in recent months; condemns the perpetrators of these crimes for their callousness, and welcomes the campaign being run by the Aberdeen Evening Express which highlights the issue by informing pensioners how they can protect themselves and call for help.

Supported by: Mr David Davidson, Nora Radcliffe, Irene McGugan, Richard Lochhead, Elaine Thomson, Lewis Macdonald, Rhoda Grant, Mr Gil Paterson, Tricia Marwick, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Fergus Ewing, Christine Grahame, Shona Robison, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil

 

S1M-499 Donald Gorrie: Report on Holyrood Building—That the Parliament requests that the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body prepare a report for consideration and debate by the Parliament detailing progress on the building at Holyrood, covering in particular the design, progress on site, cost so far, projected final costs and the overall timetable.

Supported by: Ms Margo MacDonald, Mr John Swinney, Mr Murray Tosh, Linda Fabiani, Mr Gil Paterson, Tricia Marwick, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Fergus Ewing, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, Irene McGugan, Nora Radcliffe, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Keith Raffan, Mr David Davidson, Dennis Canavan, Phil Gallie, Dr Winnie Ewing, Nick Johnston

 

S1M-497# Cathy Peattie: Scottish Media Group—That the Parliament notes with concern the growing evidence of the diminution and marginalisation of regional cultural content by Scottish Media Group; the reduction in regional production staff levels, and the consequences of these changes for the cultural identity and economic well-being of Scotland and its regions.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Lewis Macdonald, Tavish Scott, Elaine Thomson, Dr Elaine Murray, Tommy Sheridan, Pauline McNeill, Mr Duncan McNeil, Mike Watson, Rhoda Grant, Richard Lochhead, Cathy Jamieson, Mr John McAllion, Nora Radcliffe, Donald Gorrie, Mr Keith Raffan, Trish Godman, Elaine Smith, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Brian Monteith, Fiona McLeod, Maureen Macmillan

 

S1M-496# Mr Adam Ingram: Agrimoney Compensation for Dairy Farmers—That the Parliament notes that many dairy farmers have seen their incomes plummet as a consequence of falling milk prices compounded by the strong pound; recognises that milk production in Scotland is heavily concentrated in Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway and Lanarkshire; acknowledges that the farming community in these areas bears the brunt of these market conditions; further notes that the dairy sector is eligible for agrimoney payments to compensate for the crippling effects of the strength of sterling; regrets that dairy farmers are the only eligible sector of agriculture for which no such payments have been made and believes that agrimoney payments should be made available to dairy farmers to secure the industry’s future.

Supported by: Nicola Sturgeon, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Fergus Ewing, Richard Lochhead, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, David Mundell, Alex Fergusson, Michael Matheson, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Andrew Welsh, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Shona Robison, Michael Russell, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr John Swinney, Alasdair Morgan, Mr Murray Tosh, Fiona Hyslop, Andrew Wilson, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Alex Johnstone R, Irene McGugan, Brian Adam, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr David Davidson, Phil Gallie, Nora Radcliffe, Fiona McLeod, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Robin Harper

 

S1M-495 Hugh Henry: National Minimum Wage—That the Parliament congratulates Her Majesty’s Government for introducing a National Minimum Wage and recognises its contribution in helping to tackle poverty in Scotland; notes the role played by trade unions in campaigning for its introduction, and supports the introduction of an annual review of the level of the National Minimum Wage as it applies to both age groups.

Supported by: Dr Elaine Murray, Cathy Jamieson, Pauline McNeill, Mr Duncan McNeil, Mike Watson, Rhoda Grant, Johann Lamont, Dr Richard Simpson, Mr John McAllion, Scott Barrie, Allan Wilson, Bristow Muldoon, Trish Godman, Elaine Smith, Maureen Macmillan, Cathy Peattie

 

S1M-495.1 Tommy Sheridan: National Minimum Wage—As an amendment to motion (S1M-495) in the name of Hugh Henry, leave out from first "and" to end and insert: "but believes that the minimum wage was set at a woefully inadequate level that merely legitimises poverty instead of tackling it, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to make urgent representations to Her Majesty’s Government to immediately upgrade the minimum wage to £5 per hour as a first stage in matching the European decency threshold of £7 per hour.

Supported by: Ms Margo MacDonald

 

S1M-494 Hugh Henry: National Lottery—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to make representations to Her Majesty’s Government regarding the operation of the National Lottery and asks that, when the current contract with Camelot expires, the contract should be awarded to a not-for-profit organisation so that money raised from the lottery as private profit can be diverted into supporting more good causes.

Supported by: Dr Elaine Murray, Cathy Peattie, Cathy Jamieson, Mr Duncan McNeil, Mike Watson, Rhoda Grant, Johann Lamont, Mr John McAllion, Trish Godman, Elaine Smith, Nora Radcliffe

 

S1M-493 Hugh Henry: World Cup in 2006—That the Parliament sends good wishes to the English FA for its bid to host the World Cup in 2006; recognises the benefits which the Scottish economy may enjoy from the arrival of many visitors from around the world and urges that, should the English bid be successful, the Scottish Tourist Board will encourage visiting fans to come to Scotland.

Supported by: Cathy Jamieson, Pauline McNeill, Mr Duncan McNeil, Mr Brian Monteith, Rhoda Grant, David Mundell, Alex Fergusson, Scott Barrie, Allan Wilson, Bristow Muldoon, Trish Godman, Mary Scanlon, Maureen Macmillan

 

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

 

S1M-491# Alex Neil: Kilmarnock and Loudoun—That the Parliament expresses concern at the spate of recent factory closures in Kilmarnock and Loudoun and notes the need for urgent action to be taken to deal with the deep seated problems of deprivation in Kilmarnock and Loudoun.

Supported by: Alasdair Morgan, Andrew Wilson, Linda Fabiani, Mr Gil Paterson, Tricia Marwick, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Fergus Ewing, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Donald Gorrie, Fiona McLeod

 

S1M-488# Cathy Jamieson: Standing Commission on Health and Safety at Work in Scotland—That the Parliament is concerned that a recent report by Glasgow University claims that, relative to Britain as a whole, there is a greater risk of workplace fatalities and injuries in Scotland, fewer prosecutions in Scotland arising from fatalities at work, a lower rate of successful prosecutions where such cases are raised and a lower average level of fines in successful prosecution arising from fatalities and injuries at work, and believes that a Standing Commission should be convened by the Parliament, as provided for in the Report of the Consultative Steering Group, to investigate standards of health and safety at work in Scotland, to consider how these can be improved and to review the effectiveness of the regulatory and judicial authorities in relation to occupational health and safety.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Pauline McNeill, Mike Watson, Rhoda Grant, Johann Lamont, Dr Elaine Murray, Mr John McAllion, Scott Barrie, Donald Gorrie, Trish Godman, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Elaine Smith, Fiona McLeod, Linda Fabiani

 

S1M-485 Nora Radcliffe: Aberdeenshire Council —That the Parliament recognises the unique problems facing Aberdeenshire Council in meeting its spending requirements; recognises that the Council has a sparsely distributed and rising population, and below average grant aided expenditure, aggregate external finance and financial guidelines; calls upon the Scottish Executive to address the immediate financial pressures facing the local authority in order to allow the continued provision of high quality public services which it currently provides, and acknowledges the need for a longer term solution to local government funding and that an independent review of the way local government is funded is the best way of achieving this.

Supported by: Mr Mike Rumbles, Brian Adam, Robert Brown, Richard Lochhead, Shona Robison, Donald Gorrie, Mr Keith Raffan, Irene McGugan, Robin Harper

 

S1M-484# Dr Elaine Murray: Council Tax Collection: Summary Warrant Procedures—That the Parliament recognises that the current system of council tax collection by means of summary warrant procedure denies individual council tax payers the opportunity to state their case before an independent tribunal prior to enforcement proceedings being taken against them and that as a result some council tax payers are wrongly being pursued and threatened with diligence for debts that have already been paid or are not due; recommends the introduction of new methods of council tax collection and a requirement upon local authorities to prove the existence of any debt, and calls for consideration to be given to whether or not the current procedures contravene Article 6 of the European Convention of Human Rights.

Supported by: Cathy Jamieson, Tommy Sheridan, Pauline McNeill, Linda Fabiani, Rhoda Grant, Robert Brown, Johann Lamont, Trish Godman, Elaine Smith, Alex Neil

 

S1M-460 Mr Jack McConnell: Standards in Scotland's Schools etc. Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Standards in Scotland’s Schools etc. Bill, agrees to the following expenditure out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund—

 

  1. expenditure of the Scottish Administration in consequence of the Act; and

  2. increases attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of the Fund under any

other enactment.

 

S1M-451# Mr Kenny MacAskill: Lothian and Borders Police—That the Parliament, recognising the additional burden placed on Lothian and Borders Police by the arrival of the Parliament and the security and public safety implications thereof, notes that in London additional resources are made available to the Metropolitan Police; seeks that due cognisance be given of this situation; and recognises the importance of ensuring that sufficient and adequate resources are made available to the Lothian and Borders Police to meet the additional requirements facing them.

Supported by: Andrew Wilson, Fiona Hyslop, Alasdair Morgan, Mr Murray Tosh, Christine Grahame, Mrs Margaret Smith, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr David Davidson, Ms Sandra White, Donald Gorrie, Robin Harper, Alex Neil, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr John Swinney

 

S1M-418 Mr Kenneth Gibson: Suicide—That the Parliament notes with deep concern the death of 874 Scots by their own hand in 1998; is aware that since 1984 the proportion of male Scots aged 35 or under whose deaths can be attributed to suicide has increased from one in nine to one in four, and for females from one in twenty to one in seven in the same age category, making suicide the most common cause of death in young Scots; recognises that in Scotland the suicide rate for males and females of all age groups is 32 and 10 respectively per 100,000 and increasing, whereas in England it is 18 and 6 per 100,000 and decreasing; believes the reasons for suicide to be complex, multi-functional and poorly understood, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to commission, at the earliest date possible, wide ranging, comprehensive research into the issue of suicide, analysing what makes people take their own lives, why the suicide rate in Scotland is increasing, why particular groups in society are more vulnerable than others, how other countries prevent suicide, and introducing an early warning system of diagnosis and intervention.

Supported by: Alasdair Morgan, Shona Robison, Michael Russell, Mr Brian Monteith, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Mary Scanlon, Andrew Wilson, Fiona McLeod, Christine Grahame, Tommy Sheridan, Mrs Margaret Smith, Rhoda Grant, Tricia Marwick, Brian Adam, Mr David Davidson, Fiona Hyslop, Robert Brown, Fergus Ewing, Dr Richard Simpson, Ben Wallace, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Mr Jamie McGrigor, David Mundell, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Murray Tosh, Linda Fabiani, Alex Fergusson

 

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

 
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