BUSINESS BULLETIN 126 / 2000
Tuesday 29 August 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-1131 Tommy Sheridan: Lewis Offshore-That the Parliament believes that the proposed public auction on 14 September 2000 of vital oil fabrication equipment belonging to Lewis Offshore at their Arnish yard in the Western Isles amounts to asset-stripping at the expense of the workers employed at the yard and represents a major blow to the economy of the Western Isles; further believes that the proposed sale of these assets makes a nonsense of grants previously awarded to the industry by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and of the £100,000 provided for the retraining of staff since the closure of the yard; calls upon the Receivers to cancel the auction, and, pending negotiation of a settlement by public funding, calls for Lewis Offshore to be retained as a public asset for such time in the future when the oil fabrication industry picks up again.
*S1M-1130 Tommy Sheridan: Higher Still 2000 Exams-That the Parliament notes the ongoing problems in providing correct and timely results for the Higher Still 2000 exams; further notes that warnings from teachers earlier this year with regard to the underfunding and under-resourcing of the Higher Still courses were ignored, culminating in the exams difficulties at the expense of thousands of students, and believes that the Minister for Children and Education, Mr Sam Galbraith MSP, should resign.
*S1M-1129# Mr Kenneth Gibson: Threat to World's Forests-That the Parliament deplores the industrial logging of the world's ancient forests; notes that most terrestrial bio-diversity resides in forests and that many species are being driven to extinction by the sheer scale of logging which now results in the destruction of 10 million hectares per year, threatening millions of forest dwelling people by this devastation and the climatic changes caused by the ensuing environmental destabilisation; calls upon the leading industrial nations to co-operate and ensure greater information sharing while developing countermeasures to illegal logging; further calls upon governments to assist the International Tropical Timber Organisation in securing market transparency and by implementing and enforcing laws against illegally logged timber and buying timber from certified forests such as those carrying the mark of the Forest Stewardship Council, and believes that governments should deny "aid" funding to projects that destroy ancient forests while providing funds, logistical support and training to help other nations battling to stop illegal logging and produce timber from sustainable forests and their communities.
Supported by: Fiona Hyslop*, Fiona McLeod*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Mr Gil Paterson*, Tricia Marwick*, Linda Fabiani*
S1M-1128 Motion of No Confidence (lodged on 24 August 2000) Bill Aitken*, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh*, Mr Jamie McGrigor*, John Scott*, Mr Murray Tosh*, Mr David Davidson*, Phil Gallie*, David Mundell*, Miss Annabel Goldie*, John Young*, Ben Wallace*, Mr Keith Harding*, Mary Scanlon*
S1M-1123# Abuse of Older and Disabled People (lodged on 21 August 2000) Bill Aitken*
S1M-1122# Screening for Prostate Cancer (lodged on 16 August 2000) Irene Oldfather*
S1M-1118 Childhood Sexual Abuse (lodged on 10 August 2000) Irene Oldfather*
S1M-1107# Community Gardens (lodged on 19 July 2000) Irene Oldfather*
S1M-1096# SBG and Transport Operatives Pension Schemes (lodged on 5 July 2000) Irene Oldfather*, Michael Matheson*
S1M-1005# Ailsa Troon Shipyard (lodged on 13 June 2000) Bill Aitken*
S1M-958# Palliative Care (lodged on 5 June 2000) Bill Aitken*
S1M-952# Dementia Awareness Week (lodged on 5 June 2000) Bill Aitken*
S1M-761# Sign Language in Primary Schools (lodged on 12 April 2000) Bill Aitken*