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BUSINESS BULLETIN 22 / 2001

Monday 5 February 2001

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-1628 Angus MacKay: Budget (Scotland) (No.2) Bill-That the Parliament agrees that the Budget (Scotland) (No.2) Bill is passed.

Supported by: Peter Peacock*

*S1M-1627 Tommy Sheridan: Abolition of Council Tax-That the Parliament believes that the council tax is a fundamentally unfair and regressive tax; believes in social justice and the redistribution of wealth from the rich to the poor; therefore agrees to abolish the council tax and replace it with the Scottish Service Tax which is based on an individual's income and is inherently fairer, more efficient and redistributive; notes that the Scottish Service Tax would raise more revenue than the council tax and that it would remove the burden of paying for local government jobs and services from the shoulders of low paid workers and pensioners and place it firmly on the shoulders of the well paid and the wealthy, and believes that the introduction of the Scottish Service Tax should be complemented by the return of the right for local authorities to raise and retain their business rates and a thorough investigation of land value and speculation taxes to supplement local authority revenue.

*S1M-1626 Tommy Sheridan: Local Authority Housing Capital Debt-That the Parliament notes the introduction of capital receipt set aside rules by the previous Tory government in April 1996, diverting significant resources from council expenditure across Scotland; further notes the universal opposition of Labour MPs, councillors and CoSLA to these set aside rules when they were introduced; also notes that since financial year 1997-98 a total of 641 million has been diverted from investment in council housing stock and from 1999-2000 to 2000-01 a total of 315,536,000 has been lost from council housing budgets; finally notes that the sum lost from council housing budgets since 1999 could have delivered 126,214 households with whole-house central heating and insulation and/or double-glazed window units, and therefore agrees to rescind the capital receipt set aside rules with immediate effect, thus releasing in excess of 150 million in the current year and a similar amount in financial year 2001-02.

*S1M-1625 Michael Russell: Rights of the Palestinian People-That the Parliament deplores the injustices being visited on the Palestinian people, both collectively and individually; as an example notes the case of Su'ad Ghazal who was arrested at the age of 15, subjected to physical and psychological abuse while in detention, refused education, kept in prison with adults, illegally transferred from and detained outwith the occupied territories and has now, after two years in prison, been sentenced to a further six and a half years detention for an assault on an Israeli settler whilst an Israeli settler found guilty of pistol whipping and kicking to death an 11 year old Palestinian boy was recently punished with only six months community service and a fine, and urges everyone in Scotland to stand up for justice, freedom and self determination wherever they are denied.

*S1M-1624 Tommy Sheridan: National Health Service-That the Parliament notes the increasing concern expressed by parents and many in the medical profession across Scotland regarding the triple MMR vaccination for measles, mumps and rubella and agrees, in the interest of addressing this serious public concern and in order to maximise choice for worried parents in relation to these important vaccinations, to allow immediately single vaccinations across the National Health Service in Scotland for at least a five year period, during which a detailed study of autistic spectrum disorder should take place and its incidence throughout Scotland should be closely monitored.

*S1M-1623 Mr Brian Monteith: Stirling's Hogmanay Celebrations-That the Parliament notes with concern that the Labour controlled Stirling Council has overspent its 202,000 Christmas and Hogmanay entertainment programme by 56,000; recognises that this extra financial burden will be paid for by Stirling council taxpayers at a time when the council tax has risen 10% over the past year and frontline services are being starved of cash, and calls on the Council to think twice about bringing forward any future plans to celebrate Hogmanay on this scale using public money.

*S1M-1622 Mr Brian Monteith: Increased Water Charges-That the Parliament notes with concern the huge increases in charges for water and sewerage services announced by East of Scotland Water Authority which will particularly hit those on fixed incomes such as pensioners; further notes that Scots are already paying an extra 154 million each year for these services compared to 1997, and calls on the Scottish Executive to bring forward proposals to give water authorities greater commercial freedom as part of a strategy to alleviate the problem in future years.

*S1M-1621 Bruce Crawford: Motion of No Confidence-That the Parliament has no confidence in the Minister for Transport on account of her handling of the trunk road management and maintenance tendering process.

Supported by: Mr John Swinney*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Mr Alex Salmond*, Colin Campbell*, Fiona McLeod*, Mr Andrew Welsh*, Mr Duncan Hamilton*, Linda Fabiani*, Fiona Hyslop*, Christine Grahame*, Michael Russell*, Ms Margo MacDonald*, Alex Neil*, Ms Sandra White*, Tricia Marwick*, Dorothy-Grace Elder*, Andrew Wilson*, Michael Matheson*, Mr Lloyd Quinan*, Mr Gil Paterson*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Richard Lochhead*, Nicola Sturgeon*, Brian Adam*, Kay Ullrich*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*

S1M-1620 Irene McGugan: Robert Fergusson-That the Parliament recognises the significant contribution of the 18th century poet Robert Fergusson to Scotland's literary heritage; notes that he continued the revival of writing in the tongue of Lowland Scotland, which Allan Ramsay (1684-1758) began in the years following the Treaty of Union; notes that this in turn was taken up by Robert Burns, who had all but given up writing poetry until he read Fergusson's work and found it inspirational and that in 1768, after his visit to Edinburgh, Burns commissioned a headstone for Fergusson's hitherto unmarked grave in Canongate Kirkyard, a material symbol of his gratitude to the young makar; further notes that later Robert Louis Stevenson gave instructions that the stone should be repaired and re-inscribed because of the debt he also felt he owed to Fergusson, and commends the "Friends of Robert Fergusson" for their efforts to raise funds for the erection of a "people friendly" statue in Edinburgh's Royal Mile to commemorate this poet whose importance to Scottish literature and particularly to poetry in Scots, cannot be overstated.

Supported by: Alex Neil*

S1M-1619# Cathy Jamieson: Deprivation in Rural Areas-That the Parliament recognises the problems faced by Scotland's rural communities as highlighted by the Rural Development Committee in its report The Impact of Changing Employment Patterns in Rural Scotland; acknowledges that work is already under way to address these rural concerns; welcomes the recent measures by the Scottish Executive to combat poverty and deprivation in the Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley area by the increase in funding for the East Ayrshire Coalfield Area and Girvan Social Inclusion Partnerships; notes that further work requires to be done to create sustainable jobs in the area, and urges the Executive to continue working towards the elimination of poverty and deprivation in all of Scotland's rural communities.

Supported by: Alex Neil*

S1M-1618 Mr Jim Wallace: Criminal Justice and Police Bill-That the Parliament notes the provisions on information disclosure for criminal proceedings and powers of seizure contained in Parts II and III of the Criminal Justice and Police Bill currently before the UK Parliament; recognises the practical value of consistency across the United Kingdom for information disclosure for criminal investigation, and for powers of seizure as they relate to certain United Kingdom bodies and local authority officials, and agrees that the relevant provisions to achieve this end in this Bill should be considered by the UK Parliament; further notes that the Bill allows certain warrants issued in England and Wales to be executed in Scotland, recognises the importance of mutual execution of warrants for law enforcement, and agrees that the relevant provision to achieve this end in this Bill should be considered by the UK Parliament.

Supported by: Iain Gray

S1M-1617# Ms Sandra White: European Year of Languages 2001 and BSL-That the Parliament believes that in 2001, the European Year of Languages, the Scottish Executive should take forward the lessons of the Millennium Project 2000, which taught the basics of British Sign Language (BSL) and Deaf Awareness to schoolchildren; invites the Scottish Executive to investigate the introduction of BSL to the school curriculum; and further believes Her Majesty's Government should give official recognition to BSL under the terms of the European Charter on Minority Languages.

Supported by: Mrs Margaret Ewing, Nicola Sturgeon, Kay Ullrich, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Christine Grahame, Mr Alex Salmond*, Alex Neil*

S1M-1616 Alex Neil: Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) (No.2) Bill-That the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee considers the Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) (No.2) Bill at Stage 2 in the following order: section 3; section 4; section 1; section 2; section 5.

S1M-1615# Dr Sylvia Jackson: Recognition of Aphasia-That the Parliament notes with concern that nearly 30,000 people in Scotland suffer from aphasia, the loss of the use of language as a result of stroke or head injury; recognises that a better understanding of this condition is needed at all levels; calls for more research on aphasia, and urges the Scottish Executive to provide guidance to all health boards in order to ensure that treatment and support for aphasic people in Scotland is vastly improved.

Supported by: Alex Neil*

S1M-1614# Trish Godman: Hospices-That the Parliament praises the contribution of hospices across Scotland in providing loving care and support to both patients and their families; acknowledges the contribution of staff, volunteers and local fundraisers to the hospice service; believes that the health boards should meet 50% of the running costs of hospices set out in Management Executive Letter NHS MEL (1194) 104, and urges the Scottish Executive to address the funding shortfall for Scotland's only children's hospice, Rachel House in Kinross.

Supported by: Hugh Henry, Alex Neil*

S1M-1613 Mr George Reid: International Rescue Corps-That the Parliament congratulates the Grangemouth-based International Rescue Corps for its remarkable efforts, as part of the British search and rescue programme, in saving lives and searching buildings in Bhuj in the immediate aftermath of the Indian earthquake; expresses its solidarity with the victims of the disaster, and urges the Scottish people to contribute to further humanitarian projects as part of the promised British rehabilitation and reconstruction effort.

Supported by: Des McNulty, Robert Brown, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Alex Neil, Fergus Ewing, Mike Watson, Michael Matheson

S1M-1612 Margaret Jamieson: Ocean Youth Trust Scotland-That the Parliament congratulates the Ocean Youth Trust Scotland on its work with young people on the 70 ft sailing vessel ALBA VENTURER, which has taken over 500 young people to sea on adventurous voyages on 197 days over the past year; notes that Ocean Youth Trust Scotland has, over the past 26 years, taken some 14,000 young people from different backgrounds over 125,000 miles, as far afield as St Kilda and Taransay, and welcomes the continued partnership between the Trust and the Scottish Executive Education Department to ensure that this valuable resource remains available to young people from across Scotland.

Supported by: Alex Neil

S1M-1611# Michael Russell: John Prebble-That the Parliament notes the considerable contribution of John Prebble to the popular understanding of Scottish history through his infectious enthusiasm and humour and his passion for the country about which he wrote; encourages a wide and open debate about our past and its lessons for our present and future; is grateful for his role in that process, and urges the Scottish Executive not only to support Scottish historical study and research at all levels of education in Scotland but also to seek means of making the fruits of such study and research available as widely as possible.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Fergus Ewing, Michael Matheson

S1M-1608 Fergus Ewing: The Agricultural Business Development Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2000-That the Rural Development Committee recommends that nothing further be done under The Agricultural Business Development Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/448).

S1M-1607 Fiona Hyslop: Rough Sleeping in Edinburgh-That the Parliament notes with concern the continuing delay in providing a reception centre and hostel provision in Edinburgh under the Rough Sleepers Initiative and the findings of the report Rough Sleeping In Edinburgh - The Hard Evidence by the Edinburgh Streetwork Project, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to directly intervene to ensure that the need for accommodation and support services for homeless people in the city is met sooner rather than later, as the delay in provision is undermining any national effort to prevent rough sleeping.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Robin Harper, Michael Matheson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Ms Sandra White, Mr Andrew Welsh, Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan

S1M-1606# Christine Grahame: A Pill in the Sandwich-That the Parliament notes that the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine Volume 93, August 2000, found that in a study of residential care 71% of residential homes UK wide admitted administering drugs surreptitiously, although almost none had a formal policy on covert care medication; further notes that in his answer on 29 January 2001 to question S1W-12430, which asked whether the Scottish Executive would commission research into allegations of surreptitious use of drugs in residential and nursing homes, the Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care stated that there are no such plans at present, that the arrangements that are in place and those that are planned for the future are designed to ensure high quality care and protection for all care home residents and that the need for this specific research would be kept under review; believes that the this issue must be investigated now, and therefore urges the Scottish Executive to determine what research is available or ongoing both here and elsewhere in the UK and collate such information with a view to commissioning further research into the surreptitious use of drugs on elderly and infirm people.

Supported by: Fiona Hyslop, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Michael Matheson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Ms Sandra White, Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan, Christine Grahame

S1M-1604 Ian Jenkins: Centenary of the Border League-That the Parliament congratulates the Border League on its centenary; notes the contribution that Borders rugby clubs and players have made to the Scottish national game, and wishes Borders teams continued success in nurturing future rugby stars and in providing a valuable service to their communities and the sporting culture of the Borders.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Euan Robson

S1M-1603# Cathie Craigie: Acute Hospital Services: Kilsyth and Cumbernauld Area-That the Parliament notes the current review of acute hospital services in the north of Glasgow; recognises that residents of Kilsyth and Cumbernauld have historically received treatment from hospitals in the north of Glasgow; recognises that these hospitals are accessible for residents of Kilsyth, Cumbernauld and the surrounding area; notes that Lanarkshire Health Board has no desire to review this arrangement; and urges Greater Glasgow Health Board to recognise these factors during the review process.

Supported by: Paul Martin, Tommy Sheridan, Bill Butler

S1M-1602 Malcolm Chisholm: Special Grant Report No.2 - Special Grant for Scotland Kosovan Evacuees-That the Local Government Committee recommends that the Special Grant Report No.2 - Special Grant for Scotland Kosovan Evacuees: Report by the Scottish Ministers (SE/2001/61) be approved.

Supported by: Susan Deacon

S1M-1601 Malcolm Chisholm: Special Grant Report No.1 - Special Grant for Scotland Asylum Seeker Assistance-That the Local Government Committee recommends that the Special Grant Report No.1 - Special Grant for Scotland Asylum Seeker Assistance: Report by the Scottish Ministers (SE/2001/60) be approved.

Supported by: Susan Deacon

S1M-1600 Angus MacKay: Draft the Budget (Scotland) Act 2000 (Amendment) (No.2) Order 2001-That the Finance Committee recommends that the draft the Budget (Scotland) Act 2000 (Amendment) (No.2) Order 2001 be approved.

Supported by: Peter Peacock

S1M-1599 Ross Finnie: Draft Code for Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock: Sheep-That the Rural Development Committee recommends that the draft Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock: Sheep be approved.

Supported by: Rhona Brankin

S1M-1598 Angus MacKay: The Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2001-That the Parliament approves the Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2001.

Supported by: Peter Peacock

S1M-1597 Dorothy-Grace Elder: Stop the Closure of Govanhill Pool-That the Parliament urges the Scottish Executive to prevent the closure of local swimming baths and, in particular, the imminent closure of Govanhill swimming pool in Glasgow, which is extremely popular and whose closure would affect a multitude of regulars plus three swimming clubs (one containing 200 children), there being no other facilities for competitive swimming training for children and adults in the area; notes that the Asian community of Glasgow and schoolchildren with disabilities would be particularly disadvantaged by closure plans due to the special facilities the pool offers them; further notes that Govanhill is within Shettleston, identified as the most underprivileged constituency in Britain with the highest rates of ill health, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to intervene to aid Glasgow City Council keep Govanhill Baths open, as a sign of good faith in its stated policies of encouraging healthy exercise.

Supported by: Alex Neil

S1M-1595 Mr Gil Paterson: 0800 Number for the Scottish Rape Crisis Network-That the Parliament believes that the work carried out by the Scottish Rape Crisis Network provides an essential service to victims of rape, sexual assault and child sexual abuse, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to provide enough funding to enable the continuation of the Network including the funding of an 0800 number which would link victims directly to the Scottish Rape Crisis Network.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing, Ms Margo MacDonald, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Fiona McLeod, Shona Robison, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Michael Matheson, Nora Radcliffe, Michael Russell, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Ms Sandra White, Fiona Hyslop, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Alex Neil, Cathy Peattie, Tommy Sheridan

S1M-1594 Pauline McNeill: Centre for Political Song-That the Parliament congratulates Glasgow Caledonian University on launching the world's first ever Centre for Political Song; welcomes the generous donation of former MEP, Janey Buchan, and notes that Janey and her late husband, Norman, amassed a wonderful collection of labour movement and protest music and that their lifelong enthusiasm for political song has been inspirational to many of us.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Mr Michael McMahon, Karen Gillon, Alex Neil, Trish Godman, Cathy Peattie, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Jamie Stone, Irene Oldfather

S1M-1593 Karen Gillon: Helen Liddell-That the Parliament warmly welcomes the historic appointment of Helen Liddell MP, a true Scot, as the first woman Secretary of State for Scotland and wishes her a long and successful tenure in this post; recognises the significant contribution that Helen Liddell has made to Scottish public life in the past; looks forward to the positive contribution that she will make in her new role, and believes that this appointment will ensure that a constructive and productive partnership continues between Her Majesty's Government and the Scottish Parliament which will enrich the lives of all Scots and enhance the devolution settlement.

Supported by: Mr Duncan McNeil, Cathy Jamieson, Pauline McNeill, Helen Eadie, Karen Whitefield, Trish Godman, Cathy Peattie, Irene Oldfather, Hugh Henry

S1M-1591 Michael Russell: Mrs Helen Liddell-That the Parliament notes the appointment of Helen Liddell as what will presumably be the final Secretary of State for Scotland; regrets that the government continues to spend public money on an appointment that seems solely devoted to political campaigning for Labour; is relieved that Mrs Liddell will have no responsibility for education given that, during her previous tenure as Education Minister, she was considered by many to have alienated the entire Scottish teaching profession and added to the confusion surrounding the implementation of Higher Still, and calls upon the Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs to do what he can to ensure that Mrs Liddell takes no role in, and expresses no opinion on, this and other devolved matters.

Supported by: Kay Ullrich, Shona Robison, Mr Andrew Welsh, Bruce Crawford, Linda Fabiani, Fergus Ewing, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Fiona McLeod, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Irene McGugan, Michael Matheson, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Alex Salmond, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Ms Sandra White, Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan

S1M-1590# Paul Martin: Acute Services at Stobhill Hospital-That the Parliament notes the current review of acute hospital services in the North of Glasgow and the large number of petitions received by the Springburn Herald in opposition to reducing acute services at Stobhill Hospital, and is concerned that Greater Glasgow Health Board have failed to demonstrate that the proposed changes in acute services at Stobhill Hospital will result in significant improvements in health care.

Supported by: Pauline McNeill, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Michael McMahon, Ms Sandra White, Mr Andrew Welsh, Mike Watson, Tommy Sheridan, Bill Butler, Mr Jamie Stone, Irene Oldfather, Cathie Craigie

S1M-1588 Mrs Margaret Ewing: Arthritis and Osteoporosis Resource Centre, Woolmanhill, Aberdeen-That the Parliament commends the work of the Arthritis and Osteoporosis Resource Centre, Woolmanhill, Aberdeen and similar organisations across Scotland; recognises the need to ensure that the work of this centre continues to progress, and urges the Scottish Executive to consider extending its support to all arthritis and osteoporosis sufferers in Scotland.

Supported by: Mr Alex Salmond, Fergus Ewing, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Pauline McNeill, Fiona McLeod, Shona Robison, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Irene McGugan, Michael Matheson, Nora Radcliffe, Dr Winnie Ewing, Michael Russell, Fiona Hyslop, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Tricia Marwick, Ms Sandra White, Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan, Brian Adam

S1M-1587# Dorothy-Grace Elder: Scots and Chronic Pain-That the Parliament is deeply concerned about the lack of funding and facilities for chronic pain alleviation in Scotland; wishes to move up the health agenda the suffering of those who endure chronic pain, bearing in mind the 500,000 Scots who suffer pain regularly and the immense strain this places upon them and their families; requests that an audit be carried out of the current level of provision in this area and of the availability of specialist consultants, nurses and physiotherapists, given that scarcities in these areas result in people in agony having to wait seven months for pain clinic appointments in some areas; wishes to see suffering from conditions such as back pain and arthritic pain given proper prominence; is extremely anxious concerning cancer patients, around 50% of whom are estimated not to have adequate pain relief, and is also mindful of the stress caused to health professionals unable to help patients speedily due to the lack of resources and agrees that an entirely new outlook is needed.

Supported by: Andrew Wilson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Ms Sandra White, Alex Neil, Shona Robison, Christine Grahame, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Donald Gorrie, Mr Jamie Stone, Fergus Ewing, Margaret Smith, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Dennis Canavan, Tricia Marwick, Fiona McLeod, Michael Russell, Nora Radcliffe, Dr Winnie Ewing, Fiona Hyslop, Tommy Sheridan

S1M-1586 Mr Keith Raffan: Personal Care for the Elderly-That the Parliament, while welcoming the further package of proposals to improve care for the elderly announced by the Minister for Health and Community Care on 24 January 2001, notes that it is Liberal Democrat policy to introduce free personal care for the elderly as proposed in the Report of the Sutherland Commission and calls upon the Scottish Executive to make a similar clear, firm and unequivocal commitment together with a definite timetable for its implementation.

Supported by: Margaret Smith, Mr Mike Rumbles, George Lyon, Iain Smith, Mr Jamie Stone, Nora Radcliffe, Robert Brown, Ian Jenkins, Euan Robson, Donald Gorrie

S1M-1585 Fergus Ewing: Camanachd Association Funding-That the Parliament views with grave concern the decision by sportscotland to refuse the increase in core funding sought by the Camanachd Association for the sport of shinty; notes that although sportscotland have characterised the development plans submitted by the Camanachd Association as commendable, it has rejected any increase in funding on the grounds that the existing infrastructure of the Camanachd Association is inadequate to deliver the plan; believes that this judgement is flawed and constitutes an unjustified criticism of the Camanachd Association, and urges the Scottish Executive to use its power of direction to require sportscotland to rescind its decision to refuse the funding sought and to grant such increased funding without delay.

Supported by: Richard Lochhead, Andrew Wilson, Mr Adam Ingram, Roseanna Cunningham, Bruce Crawford, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Andrew Welsh, Linda Fabiani, Colin Campbell, Fiona McLeod, Mr John Munro, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Shona Robison, Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Irene McGugan, Nora Radcliffe, Michael Russell, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Brian Adam

S1M-1578 Pauline McNeill: 50th Anniversary of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama-That the Parliament congratulates the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama on achieving its 50th anniversary.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Jamie Stone, Shona Robison, David Mundell, Irene McGugan, Michael Russell, Donald Gorrie, Mr Michael McMahon, Karen Gillon, Ms Sandra White, Fiona Hyslop, Alex Neil, Trish Godman, Cathy Peattie, Irene Oldfather

S1M-1577# Shona Robison: Financial Deficit of Tayside University Hospitals NHS Trust-That the Parliament recognises the continuing financial problems within Tayside University Hospitals NHS Trust, which has an increased projected deficit of 10 million in the current financial year; is concerned that these problems put the whole acute services review in question, and believes that the Minister for Health and Community Care should urgently provide additional resources to the Trust in order to prevent cuts in local health services.

Supported by: Roseanna Cunningham, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Irene McGugan, Mr John Swinney, Mr Andrew Welsh, Dr Winnie Ewing, Tommy Sheridan, Richard Lochhead, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Bruce Crawford, Fergus Ewing, Fiona McLeod, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Michael Matheson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Alex Neil, Brian Adam

S1M-1576 Mr Lloyd Quinan: MMR Triple Vaccine-That the Parliament acknowledges the research carried out by Dr Andrew Wakefield and the subsequent report in the medical journal, Adverse Drug Reactions; believes that this report and the fall in the current level of vaccines being administered requires immediate attention, and further believes that, until a full study is carried out into Autistic Spectrum Disorders and any possible link with the MMR vaccine, single vaccines should be made available as an alternative for parents and carers.

Supported by: Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Shona Robison, Michael Matheson, Tommy Sheridan, Fergus Ewing, Bruce Crawford, Dr Winnie Ewing, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Irene McGugan, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Ms Sandra White, Alex Neil

S1M-1572 Donald Gorrie: Rights of the Parliament-That the Parliament congratulates the Presiding Officer on standing up for the Parliament's right to have ministers make announcements on policy matters to the Parliament, rather than leaking them in advance to the media.

Supported by: Mr Lloyd Quinan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Shona Robison, Mr John Munro, Michael Matheson, Linda Fabiani, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Fergus Ewing, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr David Davidson, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Phil Gallie, Tommy Sheridan, Robert Brown, Alasdair Morgan, Roseanna Cunningham, Bruce Crawford, Mr Murray Tosh, Nora Radcliffe, John Scott, Christine Grahame, Ms Margo MacDonald, David Mundell, Michael Russell, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Ms Sandra White, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Brian Monteith, Alex Neil

S1M-1572.1 Dennis Canavan: Rights of the Parliament-As an amendment to motion (S1M-1572) in the name of Donald Gorrie, insert at end "but demands that any sanction imposed by the Presiding Officer or his Deputies should not deprive the Parliament of the opportunity to question the Scottish Executive on policy statements."

Supported by: Mrs Margaret Ewing

S1M-1571 Michael Russell: Chair of the Scottish Arts Council-That the Parliament notes that applications have been invited for the post of Chair of the Scottish Arts Council and that the appointment will be undertaken under the Nolan rules; recognises the influence of the appointment on the arts in Scotland, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to publish the names of those who have applied to enable a public debate on the candidates and their likely contribution to the post and to the arts in Scotland so that the final appointment can be informed by that debate.

Supported by: Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Shona Robison, Fiona McLeod, Michael Matheson, Linda Fabiani, Fergus Ewing, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Irene McGugan, Tommy Sheridan, Richard Lochhead, Roseanna Cunningham, Mr Alex Salmond, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Ms Sandra White, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Duncan Hamilton

S1M-1570# Mr Duncan McNeil: Chester Street Insurance Limited-That the Parliament expresses its deep concern over reports that Chester Street Insurance Limited is going into provisional liquidation; notes that, as a result, thousands of victims of asbestos may be denied billions of pounds in compensation and believes that the Scottish Executive should make representations in the strongest possible terms to colleagues at Westminster to ensure that no victim of an industrial disease will be denied the compensation to which they are entitled.

Supported by: Cathie Craigie, Pauline McNeill, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Irene Oldfather, Fiona McLeod, Roseanna Cunningham, Shona Robison, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Linda Fabiani, Dr Elaine Murray, Alex Neil, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Dr Winnie Ewing, Fiona Hyslop, Margaret Jamieson, Fergus Ewing, Mr Duncan McNeil, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mr Jamie Stone, Cathy Jamieson, Tommy Sheridan, Karen Whitefield, Mr Brian Monteith, Hugh Henry, Helen Eadie, Scott Barrie, Des McNulty, Nora Radcliffe, Trish Godman, Christine Grahame, Mike Watson, Michael Russell, Donald Gorrie, Mr Michael McMahon, Karen Gillon, Tricia Marwick, Ms Sandra White, Johann Lamont, Brian Adam, Nick Johnston

S1M-1569# Fiona Hyslop: Debt Advice and Debt Awareness Day-That the Parliament notes with concern the alarmingly high levels of consumer debt in Lothian; notes that this is indicative of the situation across all of Scotland; recognises the invaluable work of Scotland's Citizens Advice Bureaux (CAB) in dealing with over 34,000 new cases of consumer debt in Scotland last year; gives backing to the CAB Services Debt Awareness Day on 14 February 2001 warning of the scale and danger of consumer debt; condemns the irresponsible marketing techniques that entice people to borrow beyond their means, especially those on low incomes, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to invest in independent advice agencies which are at the front-line in tackling debt and poverty issues in Scotland.

Supported by: Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Shona Robison, Linda Fabiani, Michael Russell, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Andrew Welsh, Colin Campbell, Nicola Sturgeon, Kay Ullrich, Ms Margo MacDonald, Alex Neil, Andrew Wilson, Michael Matheson, Fiona McLeod, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Jamie Stone, Tommy Sheridan, Robert Brown, Richard Lochhead, Roseanna Cunningham, Nora Radcliffe, Christine Grahame, Fergus Ewing, Irene McGugan, Mr John Swinney, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Ms Sandra White, Euan Robson, Mr Alex Salmond, Brian Adam

S1M-1568 Mr Alex Salmond: HMP Peterhead-That the Parliament recognises the outstanding success of Peterhead Prison in the field of rehabilitation and treatment of sex offenders; commends the prison's dedicated staff and first class, treatment-supportive environment; notes the evident community support for Peterhead Prison and its work; congratulates the approximately 50 staff who received commendations and qualifications at the prison's awards day last month, and further notes that Peterhead is now "the benchmark against which all other prisons will be measured" according to the Chairman of an external panel of academics who studied the prison as part of its "site accreditation" for the Scottish Prison Service.

Supported by: Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mr John McAllion, Donald Gorrie, Dennis Canavan, Phil Gallie, Richard Lochhead, Pauline McNeill, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Shona Robison, David McLetchie, Fiona McLeod, Andrew Wilson, Nicola Sturgeon, Michael Matheson, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Andrew Welsh, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Bruce Crawford, Fergus Ewing, Michael Russell, Irene McGugan, Kay Ullrich, Mr John Swinney, Tricia Marwick, Roseanna Cunningham, Alex Neil, John Scott, Mary Scanlon, Mr Murray Tosh, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr David Davidson, Ben Wallace, Alex Johnstone, Alex Fergusson, Alasdair Morgan, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Keith Harding, Brian Adam, Linda Fabiani, Christine Grahame, Ms Sandra White, Mr George Reid, Colin Campbell, Ms Margo MacDonald, Karen Whitefield, Nora Radcliffe, Maureen Macmillan, David Mundell, Mike Watson, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr Jamie Stone, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh

S1M-1567 Roseanna Cunningham: Tayside Acute Services Review Announcement-That the Parliament notes with concern the unveiling this morning by Tayside Health Board of the final report by the Acute Services Review ahead of a previously announced schedule which includes a meeting with local MSPs; expresses extreme concern at the tone of the press release which appears to endorse the recommendations of the report before discussion by the Board or consultation with the public; rejects the dismissal by the report of the concerns of the people of Perthshire as "emotional", and calls upon the Health Board to listen to those concerns and reject the centralisation of in-patient maternity and child health services on one site at Ninewells Hospital.

Supported by: Bruce Crawford, Mr Andrew Welsh, Mr John Swinney, Shona Robison, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Andrew Wilson, Michael Matheson, Fergus Ewing, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr David Davidson, Ben Wallace, Alex Johnstone, Irene McGugan, Tommy Sheridan, Michael Russell, Richard Lochhead, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Ms Sandra White, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Brian Adam

S1M-1566 Christine Grahame: Borders textile job losses-That the Parliament notes the loss of a further 40-45 textile jobs with the closure of the Borders textile firm of Murray Allan in Innerleithen, which has now suffered three major mill closures in the last ten years, devastating a close-knit rural community; further notes that the transfer of production to Hawick is to be accommodated in premises sold to Clan Douglas, the sister company, in October 1999 for a bargain price and on highly favourable repayment terms by Scottish Enterprise Borders (SEB), an arrangement which at the time was described by them as "allowing Clan Douglas to grow its export business and increase employment" and "good news for the Borders economy"; further notes that not a penny of the 10 million textile aid package announced by the Scottish Executive in June 2000 has been spent, and considers that the Scottish Executive should act now to stop further haemorrhaging of Borders textile jobs and to call to account the management of public funds by SEB.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Russell, Mr Adam Ingram, Alex Neil, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Fiona McLeod, Andrew Wilson, Michael Matheson, Dr Winnie Ewing, Fiona Hyslop, Fergus Ewing, Irene McGugan, Tommy Sheridan, Richard Lochhead, Ms Margo MacDonald, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Ms Sandra White, Mr Duncan Hamilton

S1M-1565 Roseanna Cunningham: Gaelic-medium Education in Perth and Kinross-That the Parliament recognises the value and importance of our Gaelic language and culture; pays tribute to the work that has been done by all those involved in Gaelic-medium education in passing on the language to the next generation; recognises that Gaelic-medium education in Perth has been growing with the move of the Gaelic-medium unit to Goodlyburn Primary and the extension of provision to secondary level; expresses its concern at the alarm that will have been caused to pupils and parents in Perth and Kinross by the willingness of the Labour/Tory/Liberal alliance who form the administration on Perth and Kinross Council to consider the cessation of Gaelic-medium education, and calls urgently on that administration to issue a clear statement that they will not pursue this option.

Note: The member who lodged this motion has provided the following translation:

Foghlam tro Mheadhain na Gàidhlig ann am Peairt is Ceann Rois

Gu bheil a' Phàrlamaid sa ag aithneachadh cho luachmhor agus cudtromach sa tha a' Ghàidhlig agus a cultar; a dèanamh luaidh air an obair a tha h-uile neach a tha sàs ann am foghlam tro mheadhain na Gàidhlig a' dèanamh ann a bhith sìneadh sìos na cànan chun an ath ghinealach; ag aithneachadh gu bheil foghlam tro mheadhain na Gàidhlig air a bhith a sìor fhàs ann am Peairt bhon a ghluais an t-aonad gu bun sgoil Goodlyburn agus bho chaidh an t-seirbhis a leudachadh gu ìre àrd sgoil; a leigeil fhaicinn gu bheil I draghail mun eagal a chaidh a dhusgadh an luib clann sgoile agus pàrantan ann am Peairt agus Ceann Rois le deònachd a' cho-bhanntachd Làbarach/Toraidheach/Lib Demach a tha stiùireadh Comhairle Pheairt agus Chinn Rois mu bhith beachdachadh air cur as do dh'fhoghlam tro mheadhain na Gàidhlig; agus gu bheil I ag iarraidh gun innis a' Chomhairle gu follaiseach agus gu cabhagach nach eil iad a' dol a leantail leithid a roghainn.

Supported by: Mr John Swinney, Michael Russell, Bruce Crawford, Mr George Reid, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr John Munro, Fiona McLeod, Andrew Wilson, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Dr Winnie Ewing, Fergus Ewing, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Tommy Sheridan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Irene McGugan, Ms Sandra White, Mr Duncan Hamilton

S1M-1564# Marilyn Livingstone: Strategy to Tackle Sexual Abuse-That the Parliament recognises the complex, devastating and long-term effects of childhood sexual abuse; acknowledges the requirement for adequately funded services and clear care pathways for survivors, and invites the Scottish Executive to set out its plans to develop and implement a national strategy to address the social, health and legal implications of sexual abuse and its impact on our society as a whole.

Supported by: Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Cathie Craigie, Pauline McNeill, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Irene Oldfather, Dr Elaine Murray, Alex Neil, Mr Gil Paterson, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Tommy Sheridan, Margaret Jamieson, Helen Eadie, Elaine Thomson, Hugh Henry, Scott Barrie, Karen Whitefield, Nora Radcliffe, Trish Godman, Dr Richard Simpson, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Fergus Ewing, Dr Winnie Ewing, Cathy Jamieson, Mr Michael McMahon, Karen Gillon, Tricia Marwick, Ms Sandra White, Johann Lamont, Cathy Peattie, Mike Watson, Alex Fergusson, Bill Butler, Mr Jamie Stone, Paul Martin

S1M-1562 Mr Duncan Hamilton: Less Favoured Area Scheme-That the Parliament notes with concern the detrimental impact that the Less Favoured Area Scheme will have on beef and sheep farming; acknowledges that by the end of the three year transition period the majority of farmers will see their incomes drastically cut; notes that in some areas the National Farmers' Union estimates that over 80% of farmers will be worse off under this scheme; recognises the unavoidable extra costs associated with farming in peripheral areas, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to implement a secure funding package which will ensure the sustainability of beef and sheep farming.

Supported by: Shona Robison, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Alex Neil, Fiona Hyslop, Fergus Ewing, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Russell, Richard Lochhead, Alasdair Morgan, Christine Grahame, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr John Munro*

S1M-1561 Mr Jim Wallace: The Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2001-That the Parliament Justice 1 Committee recommends that the draft the Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2001 be approved

Supported by: Iain Gray

S1M-1560 Mr Jim Wallace: The Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986 Amendment Regulations 2001-That the Parliament Justice 1 Committee recommends that the draft the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986 Amendment Regulations 2001 be approved.

Supported by: Iain Gray

S1M-1559 Mr Jim Wallace: The Number of Inner House Judges (Variation) Order 2001-That the Parliament Justice 2 Committee recommends that the draft the Number of Inner House Judges (Variation) Order 2001 be approved.

Supported by: Iain Gray

S1M-1558# Mr Adam Ingram: Restoring Prosperity in Cumnock - Doon Valley-That the Parliament notes with concern the lack of progress made by successive governments in creating access to jobs and prosperity for the people of Cumnock and Doon Valley; believes that the average household income in Cumnock and Doon Valley, reported at 16,500 compared to the UK average of 23,200, illustrates the failure of these governments' economic policies designed as they are to meet the needs of the South East of England; welcomes the recent announcements by the Scottish Executive to increase funding for the fight against poverty and deprivation in Cumnock and Doon Valley by the East Ayrshire Coalfield Area Social Inclusion Partnership and to establish a better Neighbourhood Services Fund for the area; recognises, however, that to transform rather than ameliorate living standards requires substantial public investment in infrastructure and increased support for expansion and development of new and existing businesses in the Ayrshire economy, and urges the Scottish Executive to seek the transfer of currently reserved powers with regard to economic policy so that jobs and prosperity can be restored to areas such as Cumnock and Doon Valley.

Supported by: Kay Ullrich, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Alex Neil, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Tommy Sheridan, Michael Russell, Christine Grahame, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Ms Sandra White

S1M-1557# Patricia Ferguson: Iain Hay Gordon's Acquittal-That the Parliament congratulates Mr Iain Hay Gordon on winning his long battle to clear his name of the "Guilty But Insane" verdict passed against him following the murder of Patricia Curran in 1952 and further congratulates all those who have assisted Mr Gordon in overturning what may be the longest miscarriage of justice in British history.

Supported by: Cathie Craigie, Pauline McNeill, Irene Oldfather, Donald Gorrie, Tommy Sheridan, Michael Russell, Nora Radcliffe, Scott Barrie, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Michael McMahon, Karen Gillon, Tricia Marwick

S1M-1549 Dr Winnie Ewing: Lead in Drinking Water-That the Parliament wholeheartedly agrees with the Scottish House Builders Association that lead solder is no longer needed in household plumbing and believes that legislation should be introduced to impose bans on the use and sale of lead solder, thereby limiting the health concerns over lead in drinking water supplies.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Colin Campbell, Shona Robison, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Linda Fabiani, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Irene McGugan, Michael Russell, Alasdair Morgan, Roseanna Cunningham, Hugh Henry, Dennis Canavan, Nora Radcliffe, Christine Grahame, Fergus Ewing, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Ms Sandra White, Brian Adam

S1M-1546 Ms Sandra White: Partick Healthy Living Centre-That the Parliament congratulates Partick Community Association and the West Glasgow Local Exchange Trading System on the award of almost 300,000 of lottery cash from the New Opportunities Fund, the first award from the Healthy Living Centre Programme to go to Glasgow; recognises that the facilities provided by the centre will be a tremendous asset for the community in Partick and the wider area and commends the work of the Partick Community Association volunteers who have made this possible.

Supported by: Ms Margo MacDonald, Alex Neil, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Nicola Sturgeon, Roseanna Cunningham, Michael Matheson, Colin Campbell, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Fiona McLeod, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Russell, Robert Brown, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick

S1M-1546.1 Pauline McNeill: Partick Healthy Living Centre-As an amendment to motion (S1M-1546) in the name of Ms Sandra White, insert at end "notes that the 'Annexe Sunflower' project, run by the Association, was awarded 289,479 to run a community centre and a cafe, the Sunflower LETS Café, which will offer a range of health-related activities for people who are at risk of social exclusion in a newly renovated building; commends the enthusiasm of individual members and volunteers and encourages all MSPs to visit the project and support their efforts."

Supported by: Paul Martin

S1M-1545# Johann Lamont: Celtic Football Club-That the Parliament congratulates the many organisations in Scotland which work to challenge religious bigotry; welcomes the initiative taken by the Celtic Football Club in its Social Charter and its Bhoys Against Bigotry Campaign in seeking to promote equality and challenge bigoted attitudes through a programme of work with young people and their schools; notes that, in recognising the power it has to influence the way young people see their world and in showing a willingness to use that power positively, Celtic Football Club provides an excellent model for those who wish to tackle bigotry and discrimination; acknowledges the immense potential of such an approach; urges Scotland's football and other sports clubs to consider pursuing similar initiatives, and believes that the Scottish Executive should consider how it might support the development of this work across Scotland.

Supported by: Scott Barrie, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Tommy Sheridan, Cathie Craigie, Pauline McNeill, Mr Gil Paterson, Donald Gorrie, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Michael Russell, Des McNulty, Nora Radcliffe, Trish Godman, Mr Michael McMahon, Cathy Peattie, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Mr Duncan McNeil

S1M-1544 Mr Duncan Hamilton: CalMac Tender Process-That the Parliament notes with concern the recent disclosure from the maritime industry's union NUMAST that, despite the assurances of the Scottish Executive to the contrary, the current tender process for Caledonian MacBrayne services was initiated by the Scottish Executive and not the European Commission; further notes the Commission's view that it was unlikely ever to have become involved had no contact been made by the Executive; condemns the inaction of previous administrations in not applying for a derogation to protect ferry services such as that negotiated by Greece; recognises the potential to reverse this neglect when current guidelines are revised in 2002, and urges the Scottish Executive to work towards a settlement which will secure West Coast ferry services in a single network under public ownership.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Michael Matheson, Colin Campbell, Shona Robison, Kay Ullrich, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Fiona McLeod, Andrew Wilson, Linda Fabiani, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Tommy Sheridan, Michael Russell, Alasdair Morgan, Christine Grahame, Fergus Ewing, Dr Winnie Ewing, Brian Adam, Mr John Munro*

S1M-1543# Ms Margo MacDonald: National Hepatitis C Awareness Day-That the Parliament congratulates Capital-C on organising the first Scottish user-led conference into the causes and effects of Hepatitis C to be held in Edinburgh on 28 March 2001; notes that upwards of 50,000 Scots may carry the disease, 40,000 of whom are unaware of this, and believes that the Scottish Executive should consider making 28 March, the day of the conference, a national Hepatitis C awareness day, in order to start the process of properly informing people in Scotland about hepatitis C.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Linda Fabiani, Ms Sandra White, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Andrew Wilson, Christine Grahame, Fiona Hyslop, Michael Matheson, Shona Robison, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Tommy Sheridan, Pauline McNeill, Mr Adam Ingram, Fiona McLeod, Mary Scanlon, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Richard Lochhead, Roseanna Cunningham, Nora Radcliffe, Fergus Ewing, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Michael McMahon, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Brian Adam

S1M-1542 Pauline McNeill: University of Glasgow Anniversary-That the Parliament congratulates the University of Glasgow on achieving its 550th anniversary.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Cathie Craigie, Irene Oldfather, Fiona McLeod, Andrew Wilson, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Robert Brown, Alasdair Morgan, Michael Russell, Des McNulty, Nora Radcliffe, Fergus Ewing, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Michael McMahon, Karen Gillon, Ms Sandra White, Trish Godman, Cathy Peattie

S1M-1541 Cathy Jamieson: Support for the Defend Asylum Seekers Appeal-That the Parliament supports the Speak Out Against Racism - Defend Asylum Seekers Appeal which will be launched at the House of Commons on 23 January by Diane Abbott MP; condemns any attempts by politicians to use hostility against asylum seekers as a means of attracting electoral support; expresses the need for the UK and its population to remain committed to fulfilling the UK's obligations under the Geneva Convention on Refugees; agrees that refugees are among the most vulnerable members of society, fleeing persecution, rape, torture and murder in their own countries, and further believes that they are entitled by common decency and international law to be welcomed to a new, safer, home.

Supported by: Helen Eadie, Shona Robison, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Hugh Henry, Margaret Jamieson, Mike Watson, Alex Neil, Janis Hughes, Michael Matheson, Scott Barrie, Dr Richard Simpson, Tommy Sheridan, Cathie Craigie, Pauline McNeill, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Andrew Wilson, Linda Fabiani, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Jamie Stone, Robert Brown, Roseanna Cunningham, Michael Russell, Nora Radcliffe, Fergus Ewing, Mr Michael McMahon, Tricia Marwick, Ms Sandra White, Trish Godman, Cathy Peattie

S1M-1540 Mr Gil Paterson: The Big Blockade-That the Parliament supports Trident Ploughshares in their "Big Blockade" protests against Trident at Faslane on Monday 12 February 2001; recognises that Trident is an indiscriminate weapon of mass destruction, poised to kill millions of civilians, polluting the Scottish environment with radiation and outlawed by international humanitarian law, and urges all MSPs to support this campaign.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Christine Grahame, Shona Robison, Colin Campbell, Kay Ullrich, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Fiona McLeod, Linda Fabiani, Richard Lochhead, Roseanna Cunningham, Michael Russell, Fergus Ewing, Ms Margo MacDonald, Dr Winnie Ewing, Ms Sandra White, Brian Adam

S1M-1539 Dorothy-Grace Elder: Testing of Depleted Uranium Shells in the Solway Firth-That the Parliament calls for a stop to a new series of testing by the Ministry of Defence of depleted uranium (DU) shells in the Solway Firth; urges an investigation by national and international experts into cancer levels in the population of the area and for tests on fish in the Firth following around 6,000 DU shells being fired there over 20 years, and shares the view of Dr John Large, a nuclear scientist and adviser to Her Majesty's Government, who is concerned about particles exploding from DU shells being blown over nearby populations.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Alex Neil, Shona Robison, Kay Ullrich, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Linda Fabiani, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Roseanna Cunningham, Michael Russell, Ms Margo MacDonald, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Ms Sandra White, Brian Adam

S1M-1538 Brian Adam: Traffic Chaos in Aberdeen-That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to assist urgently Aberdeen City Council in addressing the continued road chaos in the north of the city following the closure of the Grandholm Bridge and to make a commitment finally to financial support for the Western Peripheral route round Aberdeen.

Supported by: Richard Lochhead, Shona Robison, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Fiona McLeod, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr David Davidson, Irene McGugan, Nora Radcliffe, Fergus Ewing, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Ms Sandra White

S1M-1537# Dr Elaine Murray: Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary-That the Parliament offers its congratulations to the Ear, Nose and Throat Department and the Breast Clinic of Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary on being awarded the Charter Mark in recognition of their excellent services to the people of Dumfries and Galloway.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Pauline McNeill, David Mundell, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Alasdair Morgan, Michael Russell, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Michael McMahon, Karen Gillon

S1M-1536 Angus MacKay: Convention Rights (Compliance) (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution-That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Convention Rights (Compliance) (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any increase attributable to that Act in expenditure payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund by or under any other Act.

S1M-1535 Christine Grahame: C.H.A.T.-That the Parliament congratulates the Borders Autism Team on its multi-agency approach to the diagnosing and management of those suffering from autism; recognises the value of the Checklist for Autism in Toddlers Programme (CHAT) which, by incorporating a questionnaire into the standard paediatric surveillance of all Borders two year olds, has succeeded in identifying at an early stage those children at high risk of autism, which is crucial to successful management, and recommends these approaches to other local authorities which may not be aware of them.

Supported by: Ms Margo MacDonald, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Colin Campbell, Shona Robison, Fiona Hyslop, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Michael Matheson, Mary Scanlon, Brian Adam, Alex Neil, Michael Russell, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Dr Winnie Ewing, Ms Sandra White, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Fiona McLeod, Andrew Wilson, Pauline McNeill, Donald Gorrie, Tommy Sheridan, Fergus Ewing, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr Kenneth Macintosh

S1M-1533# Rhoda Grant: Future of Campbeltown, Rothesay and Arran Creameries-That the Parliament notes with concern uncertainty about the future of the creameries in Campbeltown, Rothesay and Arran; further notes the claims of Scottish Milk that the cost of compliance with the Urban Waste Water Directive may force them to pass on these costs, net of grant, to local dairy farmers in Campbeltown, Rothesay and Arran; welcomes the commitment by the Rural Development Minister to support these creameries, and urges Scottish Milk to spread the cost of compliance across its Scottish produce base and to match any funding given by the Executive to the creameries.

Supported by: Dr Elaine Murray, Cathy Jamieson, Cathy Peattie, Margaret Jamieson, Mr Gil Paterson, Irene Oldfather, Pauline McNeill, Mr Jamie Stone, Tommy Sheridan

S1M-1532# Donald Gorrie: The Scottish Government-That the Parliament, without prejudice to the legal terminology set out in the Scotland Act, welcomes the increasing use of the words "government" or "Scottish government" in ordinary discussion when describing the administration led by Henry McLeish and Jim Wallace, and notes the use of the words "the first Scottish Government" in Donald Dewar's original Programme for Government.

Supported by: Dennis Canavan, Euan Robson, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Michael Matheson, Fergus Ewing, Mr Andrew Welsh, Ms Sandra White, Richard Lochhead, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Alex Salmond, Bruce Crawford, Shona Robison, Colin Campbell, Robert Brown, Mr John Munro, Ms Margo MacDonald, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Christine Grahame, Alex Neil, Mr Jamie Stone, Nora Radcliffe, Ian Jenkins, Mr Mike Rumbles, George Lyon, Iain Smith, Fiona Hyslop, Brian Adam, Michael Russell, Alasdair Morgan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Roseanna Cunningham, Dr Winnie Ewing

S1M-1531 Andrew Wilson: Burns Memorial Hall, Kilsyth-That the Parliament notes with concern North Lanarkshire Council's decision to demolish the Burns Memorial Hall in Kilsyth; further notes the historic contribution of William Chalmers Burns in his missionary work, and calls upon the council to reconsider its decision and to use the Hall to mark this man's remarkable life in an appropriate manner.

Supported by: Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Christine Grahame, Colin Campbell, Mr Andrew Welsh, Fiona Hyslop, Michael Matheson, Linda Fabiani, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Brian Adam, Alex Neil, Michael Russell, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Fergus Ewing, Ms Sandra White, Mr Brian Monteith, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Fiona McLeod, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Tommy Sheridan, Roseanna Cunningham, David Mundell

S1M-1530 Tommy Sheridan: Rankin Maternity Unit, Inverclyde Royal Hospital-That the Parliament notes with great regret the possible closure of the Rankin Maternity Unit at Inverclyde Royal Hospital and notes that, as Inverclyde already has one of the worst health records in Britain, any closure can only exacerbate this situation; further notes that in particular the loss of specialised local knowledge which staff have built up over many years would be a devastating blow to the community, while the long and expensive journeys for women and families to the proposed unit in Paisley would put unbearable strain on them at an already stressful time, with potential consequences for their unborn children; further regards it as inconceivable that an area the size of Inverclyde would be left without any maternity service, and therefore fully supports the campaign to Save the Rankin in Inverclyde with the aim of keeping vital services and jobs in the community and supporting staff who provide the high standard of health provision to users of the Rankin Maternity Unit.

Supported by: Fiona McLeod, Colin Campbell, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Alex Neil, Kay Ullrich, Mr Gil Paterson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Miss Annabel Goldie, Dr Winnie Ewing, Ms Sandra White

S1M-1526 Mr Jim Wallace: Convention Rights (Compliance) (Scotland) Bill-That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Convention Rights (Compliance) (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Iain Gray

S1M-1524 Jackie Baillie: Housing (Scotland) Bill-That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Housing (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Ms Margaret Curran

S1M-1523 Susan Deacon: Regulation of Care (Scotland) Bill-That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Malcolm Chisholm

S1M-1522# Irene Oldfather: Modern Languages-That the Parliament welcomes the publication of Citizens of a Multilingual World by the Ministerial Action Group on Languages; notes the initiatives already being carried out across Scotland to promote teaching of modern languages, including the Virtual School of Modern Languages in North Ayrshire, East Ayrshire and Argyll and Bute, and calls for a greater recognition of the importance of modern languages in 2001, designated European Year of Languages.

Supported by: Cathy Jamieson, Michael Russell, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Adam Ingram, Margaret Jamieson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Andrew Wilson, Pauline McNeill, Dr Elaine Murray, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Jamie Stone, Irene McGugan, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Margo MacDonald, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Michael McMahon, Karen Gillon, Ms Sandra White, Cathy Peattie

S1M-1521# Margaret Jamieson: Ayrshire and Arran Acute Hospitals NHS Trust-That the Parliament offers its congratulations to all staff of Ayrshire and Arran Acute Hospitals NHS Trust in achieving the Charter Mark, the national award for excellence in public service, in recognition of the exceptionally high quality of service delivered to the people of Ayrshire and Arran. R

Supported by: Cathy Jamieson, Irene Oldfather, John Scott, Janis Hughes, Dr Richard Simpson, Alex Neil, Kay Ullrich, Phil Gallie, Scott Barrie, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Pauline McNeill, Mr Michael McMahon, Karen Gillon

S1M-1517# Robert Brown: Landmark-That the Parliament notes with concern the circumstances of the closure of the Landmark branches in Easterhouse, Clydebank and Uddingston and others across Scotland; expresses sympathy for the customers and staff affected and calls for an urgent investigation into the affairs of Landmark and a review of the necessary legislation to protect customers against any loss of deposits when companies go out of business.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Alex Neil, Shona Robison, Fiona McLeod, Fiona Hyslop, Richard Lochhead, Linda Fabiani, Michael Russell, Nora Radcliffe, Scott Barrie, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Andrew Wilson, Donald Gorrie, Tommy Sheridan, Karen Gillon, Mr John Home Robertson

S1M-1516# Mr Kenneth Gibson: The Scottish Government-That the Parliament gives its full support to the alleged desire of the First Minister, Henry McLeish MSP, to rename the "Scottish Executive" the "Scottish Government", believing this to be part of Scotland's independence process; calls upon Mr McLeish to stand firm and resist any opposition to this welcome reform by the Prime Minister Tony Blair, and unites in defence of Scotland's democracy.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Richard Lochhead, Tricia Marwick, Fergus Ewing, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Fiona McLeod, Irene McGugan, Dr Winnie Ewing, Michael Russell, Alex Neil, Shona Robison, Linda Fabiani, Fiona Hyslop, Christine Grahame, Andrew Wilson, Colin Campbell, Mr Andrew Welsh, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Brian Adam, Kay Ullrich, Ms Sandra White, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Roseanna Cunningham

S1M-1516.1 Robert Brown: The Scottish Government-As an amendment to motion (S1M-1516) in the name of Mr Kenneth Gibson, delete all after "Scottish Government" and insert "; notes that this is the normal title used for the political administration in devolved or Home Rule Parliaments and Assemblies throughout the world including, within the UK, the Home Rule Government of Northern Ireland from 1921-1973; further notes that the vast majority of such Governments exist within stable and pluralist Federal countries; views with incredulity the hysterical reaction of some Westminster politicians to this issue; regrets that the SNP are more concerned with the shadow of the name of the Scottish Executive than the substance of its programme, and believes that the Scottish Ministers and Scottish Parliament should use the title "Scottish Government" as the normal description of the Scottish Executive."

Supported by: George Lyon, Mr Mike Rumbles, Nora Radcliffe, Euan Robson, Mr Jamie Stone, Donald Gorrie

S1M-1511# Karen Whitefield: Airdrie to Bathgate Rail Line-That the Parliament recognises the continuing need for the rail line between Airdrie and Bathgate to be re-opened; agrees that such a project would provide a service to around 200,000 people and as a result would improve labour market access to businesses in the M8 corridor, and welcomes the joint work being undertaken by North Lanarkshire and West Lothian Councils to highlight the benefits and value for money that the re-opening of the rail line would offer.

Supported by: Mrs Mary Mulligan, Tommy Sheridan, Bristow Muldoon, Fiona Hyslop, Linda Fabiani, Scott Barrie, Mr Gil Paterson, Cathie Craigie, Donald Gorrie, Alasdair Morgan, Mr Michael McMahon, Karen Gillon, Mr Kenneth Macintosh

S1M-1510# Rhoda Grant: Crofting in the Highlands and Islands-That the Parliament recognises the contribution made by crofting to many communities throughout the Highlands and Islands by retaining people to live and work in these areas and helping to sustain a unique environment and biodiversity and urges the Scottish Executive to seek ways of supporting crofting areas to ensure that these communities grow and thrive.

Supported by: Maureen Macmillan, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Tommy Sheridan, Dr Elaine Murray, Cathy Jamieson, Tricia Marwick, Michael Russell, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Cathy Peattie, Scott Barrie, Mr John Munro, Donald Gorrie, Mr Jamie Stone, Karen Gillon, Mr Kenneth Macintosh

S1M-1509 Richard Lochhead: Cod Recovery Plan-That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to promote, as a matter of urgency, an alternative cod recovery plan for the North Sea to that currently tabled by the European Commission; recognises that the current proposals discriminate against Scotland, will devastate the Scots fishing fleet and completely fail to conserve fish stocks that are vital to Scotland, and urges the Scottish Executive and all relevant EU bodies to work closely with the industry to draw up a plan that will regenerate stocks while safeguarding the future of our fishing communities.

Supported by: Bruce Crawford, Tricia Marwick, Irene McGugan, Mr Adam Ingram, Nicola Sturgeon, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Christine Grahame, Colin Campbell, Fergus Ewing, Mr Alex Salmond, Mr Andrew Welsh, Alasdair Morgan, Brian Adam, Michael Matheson, Michael Russell, Shona Robison, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr John Munro, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, David Mundell, Mr Murray Tosh, Alex Fergusson, Phil Gallie, Kay Ullrich, Mr Keith Harding, Alex Johnstone, Dr Winnie Ewing, Tommy Sheridan, Alex Neil, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Fiona McLeod, Mr David Davidson, Andrew Wilson, Mr Brian Monteith, Fiona Hyslop, Mary Scanlon, Linda Fabiani, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Nora Radcliffe, Ms Sandra White, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Nick Johnston, Donald Gorrie

S1M-1508# Patricia Ferguson: 125th Anniversary of Partick Thistle Football Club-That the Parliament recognises that 2001 is the 125th anniversary of the founding of Partick Thistle Football Club and also the 30th anniversary of their Scottish League Cup win; notes the outstanding contribution the club has made to sport in the City of Glasgow and the importance of the club to the economy of Maryhill, and congratulates the club on these important milestones.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Frank McAveety, Janis Hughes, Fiona McLeod, Mike Watson, Andrew Wilson, Fiona Hyslop, Linda Fabiani, Irene McGugan, Bill Aitken, Michael Russell, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Cathy Peattie, Scott Barrie, Mr Gil Paterson, Ms Sandra White, Pauline McNeill, Donald Gorrie, Robert Brown, Trish Godman, Mr Michael McMahon, Karen Gillon, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick

S1M-1507 Ms Margo MacDonald: International Criminal Court-That the Parliament welcomes the treaty intended to set up the international criminal court as an instrument to punish those who commit crimes against humanity; congratulates Her Majesty's Government for its action in being an early signatory; looks forward to seeing the requisite number of state accessions to make the treaty effective and agrees to examine Scottish criminal law to see what changes, if any, are required in order to enable the treaty to be implemented if any person within Scotland, or subject to Scottish jurisdiction, is accused of crimes that should be dealt with by the new court.

Supported by: Mr Lloyd Quinan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Linda Fabiani, Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan, Dr Winnie Ewing, Hugh Henry, Fiona McLeod, Andrew Wilson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Nora Radcliffe, Margaret Jamieson, Ms Sandra White, Donald Gorrie, Robert Brown

S1M-1505 Dorothy-Grace Elder: Save Our Small Shops-That the Parliament supports the small shops and family businesses of Scotland and honours their contribution to the individuality of towns and villages; calls upon the Scottish Executive to have a strategy to protect locally owned shops against unrestricted development of out of town shopping centres, which have devastated existing trade in many areas and contributed to the closure of many small shops in Scotland, and to carry out an audit of remaining family-run shops and hold talks with owners and staff over their urgent concerns that Scotland does not have enough shoppers to justify unrestricted growth; recognises that the individuality of shops and the hard work of shopkeepers form a community service as well as contributing to tourism and does not want our high streets to be taken over completely by the same giant chains which operate everywhere.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Fiona McLeod, Christine Grahame, Donald Gorrie

S1M-1504 Dorothy-Grace Elder: Recognition of the Work in Clearing Snow-That the Parliament thanks profoundly the "true grit" workers of Scotland who battled against the blizzards to keep the country running; acknowledges that these workers, many of whom were from local authorities and were in dispute recently over poor pay and conditions, turned out in the public interest and performed a heroic task; moreover, believes that that the gritting crews and snow shovellers everywhere proved that the "the breakdown of civilisation as we know it" would not occur if the grand and titled or politicians ceased to exist, but that civilisation would breakdown in days without the dedicated work and public spirit of manual workers, whose recent labours showed the fallacy of over concentration on high technology; notes that it was not IT but the human hand and brain which beat the weather, and furthermore, not only formally thanks these workers for their contribution but believes that they should be financially rewarded as Scottish business would have lost millions more had people of courage and stamina not come to the country's rescue.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson

S1M-1503 Mr Brian Monteith: Sir James Shand-That the Parliament expresses its regret and sadness following the recent death of Sir Jimmy Shand at the age of 92; records its thanks for his outstanding and unique contribution to the promotion of Scottish dance music since his first recording in 1933; notes that he was recognised as an outstanding exponent of Scottish accordion music throughout the world; commends his sterling work in maintaining and reviving interest in this important aspect of Scottish culture against fierce competition from new forms of contemporary music from the 1950s throughout to the 1990s and offers its sympathy and condolences to his wife and family and his many friends.

Supported by: David McLetchie, Mary Scanlon, Donald Gorrie, Alex Johnstone, Phil Gallie, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Keith Harding, Michael Russell, Alex Fergusson, Tricia Marwick, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Dr Richard Simpson, Mr David Davidson, Fiona Hyslop, Linda Fabiani, Irene McGugan, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Bill Aitken, Cathy Peattie, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mr Jamie Stone, Christine Grahame, David Mundell, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh

S1M-1501 Mr Kenneth Gibson: Blindcraft-That the Parliament congratulates Blindcraft in Springburn on its remarkable achievement of clearing almost 2 million in debt, on its hopes for breaking even this year, on its increasing success in winning orders and on its plans to recruit 34 new employees; notes that Blindcraft currently has a workforce of 148 of whom 90 have disabilities such as blindness, deafness, learning difficulties or paralysis; commends the positive role Glasgow City Council has played in supporting Blindcraft and the hard work, dedication and commitment of the workforce; wishes Blindcraft every success in its plans to improve the training and numerical skills of its staff when its new training centre is completed, and believes that Blindcraft will continue to prosper and build on its already formidable accomplishments.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Michael Matheson, Irene McGugan, Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan, Kay Ullrich, Alasdair Morgan, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Fiona McLeod, Andrew Wilson, Fiona Hyslop, Mary Scanlon, Scott Barrie, Margaret Jamieson, Ms Sandra White, Robert Brown

S1M-1499 Mr Brian Monteith: Snowmen-That the Parliament agrees with Raymond Briggs, author of the book The Snowman, that it is absolute rubbish to suggest that snowmen are racist and sexist; believes that the paper produced by Dr Tricia Cusack claiming that the snow sculptures are phallic symbols which help oppress women and represent greed, nationalism and capitalism is so out of touch with the innocence and joy experienced by children of all ages who build snowmen; further believes that such a publication is not worthy of academic endorsement, and calls upon children throughout Scotland to build as many snowmen as possible as a message of solidarity to Raymond Briggs.

Supported by: Mr Jamie McGrigor

S1M-1498 Mr Brian Monteith: Tribute to Scottish Battlefield Pipers-That the Parliament recognises the supreme bravery displayed by the pipers of the Highland regiments during the First World War and that they inspired Scottish troops into battle on behalf of our country, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to consider what action can be taken to erect a suitable and lasting national memorial as a mark of respect to the many hundreds of pipers who gallantly led from the front and were often wounded or killed in battle.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Alex Johnstone, Mr Keith Harding, Michael Russell, Dr Winnie Ewing, Andrew Wilson, Mary Scanlon, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Phil Gallie, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Adam Ingram, Ben Wallace, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mr John Munro, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mr Jamie Stone

S1M-1497 Mr Brian Monteith: Glasgow's Townhead Church Spire-That the Parliament warmly congratulates local residents on the success of their campaign to save the spire at the Townhead Church in Royston, Glasgow following the award of a 329,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Alex Johnstone, Mr Keith Harding, Dr Winnie Ewing, Andrew Wilson, Bill Aitken, Ms Sandra White

S1M-1496 Mr Brian Monteith: School Examination Appeals-That the Parliament congratulates the Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs on setting up an independent review of the appeals process for the 2000 diet of school examinations, and calls upon the Minister to ensure the return of examination scripts to the schools of those candidates who still have concerns about their appeals in order to further restore confidence and credibility in the appeals system in particular and the Scottish examination process in general.

Supported by: David McLetchie, Phil Gallie, Mr Keith Harding, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Bill Aitken

S1M-1495 Christine Grahame: Water and Sewerage Charges-That the Parliament notes that water and sewerage charges have increased by 236% in the last four years whereas the increase in state benefits for the same period is less than 10%; believes that the proposed transitional scheme will not assist those on low incomes who are currently unable to meet these charges, and urges the Scottish Executive to pursue a Water Service Benefit Scheme aligned to the current Council Tax Benefit Scheme.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Linda Fabiani, Shona Robison, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Brian Adam, Michael Matheson, Ms Sandra White, Tommy Sheridan, Michael Russell, Alasdair Morgan, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Fiona McLeod, Andrew Wilson, Fiona Hyslop, Kay Ullrich, Roseanna Cunningham

S1M-1494# Mr Duncan Hamilton: Campbeltown, Arran and Rothesay Creameries-That the Parliament notes with extreme concern the predicament facing the creameries in Campbeltown, Arran and Rothesay; recognises that the 2.1 million cost of compliance with the Urban Waste Water Directive is placing an intolerable burden on the creameries; expresses profound concern at the attitude of the Scottish Executive in meeting only a fraction of the compliance costs; considers that Scottish Milk, the producers, the enterprise agencies and the Scottish Executive should all work together to put together proposals for saving these vital industries from closure, and asks the Minister for Rural Development to make a Ministerial Statement to the Parliament as a matter of urgency.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing, Colin Campbell, Mr Andrew Welsh, Linda Fabiani, Fiona McLeod, Andrew Wilson, Richard Lochhead, Kay Ullrich, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Bruce Crawford, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Shona Robison, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Matheson, Irene McGugan, Ms Sandra White, Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan, Michael Russell, Alex Johnstone, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Adam Ingram, Fiona Hyslop, Mary Scanlon

S1M-1493 Mr Brian Monteith: Greenock Morton Football Club-That the Parliament notes recent developments at Greenock Morton Football Club; expresses concern that the welfare of the club has deteriorated to such an extent that it has now been placed under administration; supports calls from supporters' organisations for Morton fans to "dig deep" into their own pockets for a fighting fund and to turn out in force at all home games in order to maximise income now that official owner Hugh Scott no longer has any impact in the day to day running of the club; welcomes the decision of Morton legend Allan McGraw to accept an "ambassadorial role" at the club, and calls upon an individual, or collection of individuals, with a genuine interest in the future of Greenock Morton to step forward, purchase the club, and, working in close conjunction with the fans and the people of Inverclyde, ensure that the future of Greenock Morton is secure for the long term once more.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Lloyd Quinan

S1M-1492 Mr Duncan Hamilton: Kenny Macintyre Sports Park Memorial Trust-That the Parliament supports the campaign of the Kenny Macintyre Sports Park Memorial Trust to create a lasting memorial to the late Kenny Macintyre; notes the ongoing fundraising efforts of the Trust including the sale of the Ali Abassi Joke Book in order to make the project a reality; urges Argyll and Bute Council to reaffirm its commitment to costing and part-funding the project, and calls upon all interested parties to work together to bring this project to a successful conclusion.

Supported by: David McLetchie, Shona Robison, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Roseanna Cunningham, Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan, Michael Russell, Kay Ullrich, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Dr Winnie Ewing, Fiona McLeod, Andrew Wilson, Fiona Hyslop, Phil Gallie, David Mundell, Fergus Ewing

S1M-1491 Mr Keith Raffan: Responsibility for Parliamentary Committees-That the Parliament, in order to safeguard both the independence and effectiveness of its Committees, believes that the structure, number and size of those Committees should become the responsibility of a Committee specially established for that purpose with the following provisos: that the non-voting Convenor of the Committee should be the Presiding Officer or his Deputy; that the Committee should comprise the four business managers, two Committee Convenors (one each from an Executive and Opposition party, nominated by the Committee of Convenors) and four MSPs (each nominated by members of no less than three parliamentary parties or groups and elected by all MSPs who are not members of the Scottish Executive); that each member of the Committee should have one vote, and that the Committee shall only bring proposals before the Chamber if they are supported by seven out of ten members of the Committee.

Supported by: Margaret Smith, Donald Gorrie, Nora Radcliffe, Iain Smith, Mr John Munro, Mr Jamie Stone, George Lyon, Robert Brown, Alex Neil, Mr Mike Rumbles, Euan Robson, Ms Margo MacDonald, Ian Jenkins, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr John McAllion, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Gil Paterson

S1M-1489# John Scott: Non-payment of Redundancy Packages to Ailsa Troon Workers-That the Parliament condemns the action of the Cathelco Group, owners of Ailsa Troon shipyard, which has failed to pay 16 shipyard workers redundancy payments totalling some 300,000 due to them under the terms of their contracts; further notes that these workers had demonstrated their loyalty to the yard by remaining to complete an order after the other workers had been laid off by Cathelco, and urges the suspension of the award of any further government contracts to Cathelco companies until such a time as Cathelco honours its commitment to all its staff.

Supported by: Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Andrew Wilson, Tommy Sheridan, Des McNulty, Alex Fergusson, Phil Gallie, Nick Johnston, Mr Murray Tosh, David McLetchie, Nicola Sturgeon, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Fergus Ewing, Christine Grahame, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mary Scanlon, Brian Adam, Mr Gil Paterson, Robert Brown, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Bill Aitken, Mr David Davidson, Ben Wallace, Pauline McNeill, Dennis Canavan, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Mr Brian Monteith, Kay Ullrich, Mr Keith Harding, Mr Adam Ingram, Linda Fabiani, Michael Russell, John Young, Mr John Home Robertson, Euan Robson, Ian Jenkins, Ms Margo MacDonald, Alex Johnstone, Miss Annabel Goldie, Dr Elaine Murray, Mr Duncan McNeil, Lewis Macdonald, Bill Butler, Robin Harper, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Colin Campbell, Shona Robison, Donald Gorrie, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Irene Oldfather, Nora Radcliffe, Michael Matheson, Scott Barrie, Alasdair Morgan, Tricia Marwick, Dr Richard Simpson, David Mundell, Fiona McLeod, Fiona Hyslop, Cathy Jamieson, Margaret Jamieson, Ms Sandra White, Mr John Munro, Roseanna Cunningham, Mr Michael McMahon, Mr Jamie Stone

S1M-1487# Pauline McNeill: Patient Care-That the Parliament believes that patients should have more say in their health care; notes that patients waiting for treatment can find it difficult to get information and often face intimidating attitudes from those in authority in the system and that this often results in patients giving up challenging the system, and believes that a new system should be introduced in which patients are allocated a specific professional member of staff to see them right through the system of care.

Supported by: Mr Jamie Stone, Donald Gorrie, Irene Oldfather, Ms Sandra White, Scott Barrie, Tommy Sheridan, Cathy Jamieson, Mary Scanlon, Johann Lamont, Cathy Peattie, Robert Brown, Trish Godman, Mr Michael McMahon

S1M-1486 Dorothy-Grace Elder: Prison Doctor Crisis-That the Parliament agrees that it and the Scottish Executive should make an immediate intervention before the recess to investigate and alleviate the crisis in the Scottish prison doctor service, whereby six doctors have resigned since the service was privatised in November and others are threatening to resign and where some prisons could face a possibly life-threatening situation over the holiday season if locums without experience of prisons or of the risk of suicide at this time of year are used to replace experienced prison doctors; further notes that prison doctors claim that some of them are being asked to service distant prisons more than half an hour away from their own prison which would make it impossible to arrive in time for emergencies and that the crisis has been caused by contractual conditions which many doctors believe are deplorable and which the private company Medacs, operating from Yorkshire, is proposing for Scottish prison doctors; believes that the shortage of recruits is worsening while experienced prison doctors leave in anger and that overall conditions for doctors, prisoners and staff, have worsened since the service was privatised, and accordingly considers that the Parliament and the Scottish Executive should act straight away.

Supported by: Nicola Sturgeon, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Christine Grahame, Linda Fabiani, Dr Winnie Ewing, Shona Robison, Andrew Wilson, Ms Sandra White, Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Fiona McLeod, Fiona Hyslop

S1M-1485 John Scott: Hannah Research Institute-That the Parliament notes with concern the funding cuts imposed on the Hannah Research Institute, Ayr, at a time when other Scottish Agricultural and Biological Research Institutes have had increased funding made available to them.

Supported by: Mr Jamie McGrigor, Alex Johnstone, Phil Gallie, Alex Neil, Michael Russell, Alex Fergusson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson

S1M-1484 Angus MacKay: Housing (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution-That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Housing (Scotland) Bill, agrees to-

(a) the expenditure out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund of the expenses of the Scottish Ministers in consequence of the Act; and

(b) any charge imposed on, and any payment required to be made by, any person by or under the Act.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie

S1M-1481# Mr David Davidson: Aid for the Scottish Fishing Sector-That the Parliament expresses its dismay at the outcome of the Fisheries Council; believes that the Scottish Executive, in conjunction with Her Majesty's Government, should formulate an aid package for both the catching and processing sectors of the fishing industry, and further believes that the Executive should work to reverse the movement of whiting processing to Denmark's industrial fishermen.

Supported by: Mr Jamie McGrigor, Bill Aitken, Nick Johnston, Alex Johnstone, Phil Gallie, Mr Keith Harding, Ben Wallace, David Mundell, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr Brian Monteith

S1M-1480# Dr Elaine Murray: Glencaple Dogs Home-That the Parliament deeply regrets the decision of the National Canine Defence League (NCDL) to close its dogs' home in Glencaple, Dumfries and Galloway; notes that this will result in there being only one NCDL home remaining in Scotland; notes the strong support within the region for retention of this facility within Dumfries and Galloway; notes the offers of land, finance and services to provide a replacement home from local individuals and businesses, and urges the NCDL to replace the facility in Dumfries and Galloway when the Glencaple home closes.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Bill Butler, Mr Jamie Stone, Nick Johnston, David Mundell, Phil Gallie, Mr Keith Harding, Ms Sandra White, Tommy Sheridan, Alasdair Morgan, Marilyn Livingstone, Fiona Hyslop, Cathy Jamieson, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr Brian Monteith

S1M-1479 Rhoda Grant: City of Inverness-That the Parliament congratulates Inverness on becoming Scotland's first Millennium city; pays tribute to local people who have fought a long running campaign to achieve city status for the town and, in particular, acknowledges the contribution of David Stewart, MP for Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber, who has campaigned for city status for ten years.

Supported by: Dr Elaine Murray, Maureen Macmillan, Scott Barrie, Mr John Home Robertson, Karen Whitefield, Cathy Peattie, Mr John Munro, Pauline McNeill, Karen Gillon

S1M-1478# Cathy Peattie: 2001: UN Year of Volunteering-That the Parliament notes that 2001 is the United Nations International Year of Volunteering; further notes that the year can facilitate the sharing of ideas, good practice and information about volunteering, community empowerment and the development of active citizenship within democratic systems; encourages all MSPs to take part in volunteering activity throughout the year through organisations such as the Falkirk Volunteer Network, and invites the Scottish Executive to mark the year appropriately.

Supported by: Shona Robison, Alex Neil, Dr Elaine Murray, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Robert Brown, Linda Fabiani, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Pauline McNeill, Rhoda Grant, Maureen Macmillan, Mr Jamie Stone, Donald Gorrie, Andrew Wilson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Irene Oldfather, Nora Radcliffe, Michael Matheson, Irene McGugan, Ms Sandra White, Scott Barrie, Tommy Sheridan, Michael Russell, Dr Richard Simpson, Tricia Marwick, Fiona McLeod, Karen Whitefield, Fiona Hyslop, Cathy Jamieson, Johann Lamont, Margaret Jamieson, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Trish Godman, David Mundell, Mr Michael McMahon, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh

S1M-1477 Ms Margo MacDonald: No Confidence in Parliamentary Bureau to Reorganise Committee Membership-That the Parliament has no confidence in the Parliamentary Bureau to reorganise membership of the Parliament's committees in a manner most conducive to the proper scrutiny of legislation and the Scottish Executive and to the highest possible standard of effectiveness in carrying out their responsibilities.

Supported by: Nora Radcliffe, Mr Gil Paterson, Alex Neil, Phil Gallie, Robin Harper, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Dennis Canavan, Tommy Sheridan, Mr John McAllion

S1M-1476 Nick Johnston: WH Smith-That the Parliament notes that WH Smith has announced its intention to reverse its decision to introduce pornography in its high street stores and, whilst welcoming this small step, encourages all high street retailers to review their policies on stocking offensive material.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Tommy Sheridan, Christine Grahame, Robin Harper, Linda Fabiani, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Pauline McNeill, Mr Gil Paterson, Mary Scanlon, Phil Gallie, Ms Sandra White, Cathy Peattie, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh

S1M-1475 Mr John McAllion: Victorian Dundee-That the Parliament welcomes the publication of Victorian Dundee: Image and Realities edited by Louise Miskell, Christopher A. Whatley and Bob Harris; recognises that this book makes a major contribution to our understanding of the history of Dundee, telling the story of the city at a time when contemporaries were struck by its energy, optimism and commitment to social provision, and notes the excellent work of the Department of History in the University of Dundee in the fields of Scottish, British and International History.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Alex Neil, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Scott Barrie, Pauline McNeill, Maureen Macmillan, Mr Jamie Stone, Mary Scanlon, Shona Robison, Donald Gorrie, Andrew Wilson, Michael Russell, Alasdair Morgan, Karen Whitefield, Fiona Hyslop, Kate MacLean, Cathy Peattie, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Brian Monteith

S1M-1473 Mr Keith Harding: Scottish Cricket-That the Parliament congratulates the English cricket team on its test series victory in Pakistan; welcomes the prospect that heightened interest in the sport will stimulate further participation in cricket in Scotland, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to take steps to promote youth and schools cricket in Scotland.

Supported by: Bill Aitken, Mr Murray Tosh, Nick Johnston, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr Brian Monteith, Phil Gallie, Mr Duncan Hamilton, David McLetchie, Donald Gorrie, Alex Fergusson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, David Mundell

S1M-1472 Nick Johnston: Longannet Deep Mine-That the Parliament welcomes the announcement that the Longannet Deep Mine in Fife is to receive aid which will safeguard the future of the mine and 650 local jobs and further welcomes the decision to consolidate the Scottish Coal Company Ltd. and Mining Scotland Ltd. and to move their headquarters to Clackmannanshire as a welcome boost to the local economy.

Supported by: Alex Johnstone, David McLetchie, Bill Aitken, Mr Murray Tosh, Mr Keith Harding, Scott Barrie, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Phil Gallie, Mr John Home Robertson, Dr Richard Simpson, Tricia Marwick, Fiona Hyslop, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh

S1M-1471# Lewis Macdonald: Donside Paper Company-That the Parliament notes the current difficulties experienced by the Scottish paper industry, in particular those facing Donside Paper Company in Aberdeen, and urges the Scottish Executive and Scottish Enterprise Grampian to work with all those involved to secure the future of the Donside paper mill and its workforce.

Supported by: Elaine Thomson, Des McNulty, Mr Frank McAveety, Mr John Home Robertson, Karen Whitefield, Janis Hughes, Bill Butler, Cathy Peattie, Mr John McAllion, Kate MacLean, Pauline McNeill, Dr Elaine Murray, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Bristow Muldoon, Marilyn Livingstone, Helen Eadie, Maureen Macmillan, Rhoda Grant, Margaret Jamieson, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Brian Adam, Irene McGugan, Shona Robison, Alex Neil, Mike Watson, Scott Barrie, Trish Godman, Richard Lochhead, Mr Jamie Stone, John Scott, Paul Martin, Ian Jenkins, Donald Gorrie, Irene Oldfather, Nora Radcliffe, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Tommy Sheridan, Hugh Henry, Mr David Davidson, Fiona Hyslop, Cathy Jamieson, Tricia Marwick, Ben Wallace

S1M-1470# Ms Sandra White: National Asylum Support Service-That the Parliament notes with concern the continuing problems faced by asylum seekers and refugees entering this country; further notes the failure of the National Asylum Support Service (NASS), which is based in Croydon, to service adequately asylum seekers and refugees in Scotland who are often compelled to travel to Croydon for interview at short notice, and urges the Scottish Executive to make urgent representations to Her Majesty's Government to upgrade NASS in Scotland from one staff member to a full service in order to help alleviate the plight of asylum seekers and refugees in Scotland.

Supported by: Shona Robison, Nicola Sturgeon, Christine Grahame, Irene McGugan, Fiona McLeod, Michael Russell, Ms Margo MacDonald, Alex Neil, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Roseanna Cunningham, Brian Adam, Tommy Sheridan, Kay Ullrich, Robin Harper, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Robert Brown, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Linda Fabiani, Pauline McNeill, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Gil Paterson, Donald Gorrie, Andrew Wilson, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Nora Radcliffe, Michael Matheson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Mike Watson, Fiona Hyslop

S1M-1469# Tommy Sheridan: Local Government Settlement for City of Glasgow-That the Parliament condemns the Scottish Executive's refusal to give appropriate weighting to deprivation over population in the recent local government finance settlement for 2001-02 to 2003-04 despite the fact that the service cutting Tory administration of 1996-97 provided more grant aid to the City of Glasgow than the current New Labour/Liberal Scottish Executive and agrees that this position is unacceptable and represents further evidence of the New Labour/Liberal neglect and abandonment of the City of Glasgow.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Matheson, Ms Sandra White

S1M-1468# Mr Kenneth Gibson: Raw Deal for Glasgow-That the Parliament notes the decision of the Minister for Finance and Local Government to present Glasgow with a percentage increase in Aggregate External Finance for 2001-02 to 2003-04 which is substantially below the Scottish average; is aware that Glasgow in financial year 2003-2004 will receive 72 per capita less in real terms than in 1996-97; notes that council tax in Glasgow has risen by 36% since 1996-97, compared to the Scottish average of 25.1% over that period, taking it from the third highest to the highest in Scotland and that, according to the City Council itself, council tax will have to rise by twice the rate of inflation to prevent service cuts in 2001-02, placing an unfair burden on Glasgow's already hard-pressed council tax payers; is aware that Glasgow has already had to implement service cuts of 242.7 million from 1996-97 to 2000-2001 and shed 2327 full-time equivalent posts, net, from December 1996 to September 1999; appreciates that Glasgow has, in common with other councils, had to fund new burdens, such as self-financing pay awards and new statutory responsibilities such as those imposed by the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 in recent years; accepts that Glasgow has more than half of Scotland's areas of deprivation with only 12% of its population and that it requires resourcing that reflects this; agrees with Glasgow City Council's leader that the Scottish Executive is "walking away from its own social inclusion agenda" in relation to its 2001-02 to 2003-04 local government settlement for Glasgow and urges the Scottish Executive to act immediately to ensure that Glasgow City Council's 2001-02 to 2003-04 local government funding settlement is increased to a level commensurate with Glasgow's economic and social needs.

Supported by: Nicola Sturgeon, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Ms Sandra White, Fergus Ewing, Linda Fabiani, Tommy Sheridan, Christine Grahame, Alex Neil, Fiona McLeod, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Bill Aitken, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Keith Harding, Andrew Wilson

S1M-1468.1 Iain Smith: Raw Deal for Glasgow-As an amendment to motion (S1M-1468) in the name of Mr Kenneth Gibson, leave out from "which is substantially" to end and insert "of 14.9%; further notes that this represents growth well above inflation and that the city receives more external finance per head than any other mainland council and that this advantage will continue, accepts that Glasgow requires resourcing to reflect its needs and waits, as ever, to learn from the Scottish National Party which councils it proposes should lose funding in order to add to Glasgow's settlement."

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Nora Radcliffe

S1M-1464# Des McNulty: Clydebank and the Blitz-That the Parliament recognises the sacrifices made by the people of Clydebank in the Blitz of 1941, the 60th anniversary of which will be commemorated this year, and the trail of death and devastation that was left in the town and commends the resilience of its people and that of people in other parts of Scotland affected by the bombing.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing, Tommy Sheridan, Christine Grahame, Alex Neil, Fiona McLeod, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Andrew Welsh, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Scott Barrie, Michael Russell, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Pauline McNeill, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Gil Paterson, Colin Campbell, Cathy Peattie, Mr Frank McAveety, Mike Watson, Dr Richard Simpson, Donald Gorrie, Andrew Wilson, Nora Radcliffe, Ms Sandra White, Mr John Home Robertson, Karen Whitefield, Cathy Jamieson, Tricia Marwick, Johann Lamont, Trish Godman, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Mr Keith Raffan, Robert Brown, Alex Fergusson, John Scott, Mr David Davidson, Janis Hughes, Helen Eadie, Rhoda Grant, Mr Michael McMahon, Elaine Thomson, Bill Butler, Gordon Jackson, Paul Martin, Marilyn Livingstone, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Bill Aitken, Mr John McAllion, Mr Murray Tosh, Mary Scanlon, Patricia Ferguson, Bristow Muldoon, Lewis Macdonald, Dr Elaine Murray, Mr Duncan McNeil, Hugh Henry, Margaret Jamieson, Maureen Macmillan, Nick Johnston, Mr Brian Monteith

S1M-1463# Mrs Margaret Ewing: McDermott UK Pension Plan - Former Ardersier Employees-That the Parliament notes that more than 1,500 former employees of the Ardersier fabrication yard were compulsory contributors to the McDermott UK pension plan which was first introduced in 1975; further notes that subscriptions continued to be collected until five years ago when McDermott joined with Brown and Root at Nigg to form the Barmac joint venture;expresses concern that the Louisiana-based McDermott International are now planning to take 65% of the 31 million left in the pension plan as part of the process of winding up the pension plan, expresses its support for the campaign to reverse this action by McDermott International, and calls on them to distribute the surplus fairly amongst those workers who paid into the fund.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Tommy Sheridan, Shona Robison, Christine Grahame, Alex Neil, Robin Harper, Fiona McLeod, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Michael Russell, Richard Lochhead, Brian Adam, Irene McGugan, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Gil Paterson, Dr Winnie Ewing, Donald Gorrie, Andrew Wilson, Bruce Crawford, Mr John Munro, Nora Radcliffe, Michael Matheson, Ms Sandra White, Maureen Macmillan, Rhoda Grant, Mr Jamie Stone, Alasdair Morgan, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Fiona Hyslop

S1M-1455 Roseanna Cunningham: Scrapping of Trident-That the Parliament notes the new position of Labour on the issue of Trident following the statement at a Falkirk West by-election hustings by Major Eric Joyce at which he stated that the present Labour Government was "committed to scrapping Trident"; welcomes this long overdue conversion by New Labour to the Scottish consensus against nuclear weapons; calls upon the Scottish Executive to urge Her Majesty's Government to start the process of scrapping Trident immediately and to seek from Her Majesty's Government the return of the approximately 300 million per annum that Trident costs the people of Scotland, and further calls upon the Executive to invest at least part of that sum in implementing in full the recommendations of the Sutherland Report, as supported by the Health and Community Care Committee.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr John Swinney, Colin Campbell, Mr Andrew Welsh, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Fergus Ewing, Fiona McLeod, Linda Fabiani, Irene McGugan, Tommy Sheridan, Shona Robison, Kay Ullrich, Christine Grahame, Alex Neil, Robin Harper, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Andrew Wilson, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Brian Adam, Michael Matheson, Ms Sandra White, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Ms Margo MacDonald

S1M-1452# Alex Fergusson: Less Favoured Areas-That the Parliament notes the concerns of farmers and crofters from all parts of Scotland regarding the Area Based Payments Scheme which will replace the Hill Livestock Compensatory Allowance Scheme; further notes that at least 65% of all recipients will be disadvantaged by this change to such a degree that many currently viable businesses will be rendered unviable, and believes that the Minister for Rural Development must review the situation as soon as is practical in order to redress the situation which will arise in 2003 when the transitional arrangements have their greatest financial impact.

Supported by: David Mundell, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Phil Gallie, Mr Murray Tosh, John Scott, Robin Harper, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mary Scanlon, Nick Johnston, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mr Keith Harding, Mr John Munro, Mr Brian Monteith

S1M-1451# Fiona McLeod: Glasgow Acute Services Review Inquiry-That the Parliament expresses concern over the acute services review being undertaken by Greater Glasgow Health Board and requires the Health and Community Care Committee to undertake an inquiry into the evidence base for the proposals and the effectiveness of the consultation process undertaken.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Ms Sandra White, Mr Alex Salmond, Bruce Crawford, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Fergus Ewing, Dr Winnie Ewing, Colin Campbell, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Kay Ullrich, Christine Grahame, Alex Neil, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Michael Russell, Mr Gil Paterson, Roseanna Cunningham, Andrew Wilson

S1M-1450 Dorothy-Grace Elder: Stone of Destiny: 50th Anniversary of Removal-That the Parliament recognises the 50th anniversary of the removal of the Stone of Destiny from Westminster Abbey; acknowledges that the four students who carried out that stirring and symbolic act at Christmas 1950, Ian Hamilton, Kay Matheson, Alan Stuart and Gavin Vernon, deserve their honoured place in Scottish history as those who lit a torch of hope for Scotland and a future Parliament in the darkness of the post war era; considers that their daring action sprang from the purest of motives and was one of great courage, as they risked their futures in those harsh times to alert the world to Scotland's needs; believes that the four helped to inspire the decision in 1996 that this symbol of nationhood should be returned to Scotland, and applauds the four for never losing the sparkle of their youthful idealism and continuing to serve Scotland and inspire others in the intervening 50 years.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Ms Margo MacDonald, Andrew Wilson, Kay Ullrich, Mr Adam Ingram, Christine Grahame, Linda Fabiani, Fergus Ewing, Mr Andrew Welsh, Tricia Marwick, Mr Alex Salmond, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Dr Winnie Ewing, Bruce Crawford, Colin Campbell, Ms Sandra White, Fiona McLeod, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Brian Adam, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Roseanna Cunningham, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Michael Russell, Mr Gil Paterson, Alasdair Morgan

S1M-1447 Brian Adam: NHS in Grampian-That the Parliament expresses its concern that almost half of all patients in Scotland on waiting lists beyond the guaranteed maximum time are from Grampian; regrets that the proportion of patients in Grampian awaiting referrals from GPs for more than nine weeks and 18 weeks is the highest in Scotland; notes that the workload per employee in Grampian is higher that the Scottish average, and calls for an urgent investigation into the failure of the Arbuthnott formula to address these measures of need and demand in the NHS in Grampian.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing, Shona Robison, Nora Radcliffe, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Christine Grahame, Mr Adam Ingram, Colin Campbell, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Irene McGugan, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Tommy Sheridan, Fiona McLeod, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Andrew Wilson, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Michael Matheson, Ms Sandra White, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Ben Wallace

S1M-1444# Cathy Jamieson: Homelessness and Access to Education-That the Parliament commends Ayr Housing Aid Centre and Barnardos Ayr Homelessness Service for their recently launched report Homelessness and Access to Education: Breaking Down the Barriers; recognises the adverse impact of homelessness on children and their education and the need to develop policies and services which address this; acknowledges that children are not normally in a position to represent their own interests in the same way as adults and that particular attention therefore needs to be paid to the effect of policy changes on their lives; endorses the conclusions of the report, and asks the Scottish Executive to consider these when developing housing, education and children's services policies.

Supported by: John Scott, Tricia Marwick, Nora Radcliffe, Pauline McNeill, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Phil Gallie, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Michael Russell, Mr John McAllion, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Tommy Sheridan, Kay Ullrich, Robin Harper, Des McNulty, Trish Godman, Maureen Macmillan, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr Gil Paterson, Donald Gorrie, Andrew Wilson, Irene Oldfather, Ms Sandra White, Scott Barrie, Karen Whitefield, Fiona Hyslop, Johann Lamont, Cathy Peattie, Margaret Jamieson, Cathie Craigie, David Mundell

S1M-1443 Fergus Ewing: Less Favoured Areas Subsidy-That the Parliament believes that the deal obtained for crofters regarding the Less Favoured Area Subsidy amounts to a betrayal of crofting communities and calls upon the Executive to bring forward urgent measures to tackle the financial crisis which will face many individual crofters.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Tricia Marwick, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Alex Neil, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Alex Salmond, Michael Russell, Colin Campbell, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Fiona McLeod, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Richard Lochhead, Mr Gil Paterson, Andrew Wilson, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Ms Sandra White, Alasdair Morgan, Mr John Munro, Roseanna Cunningham

S1M-1442 David Mundell: Dumfries and Galloway Standard's Millennium Jobs Crusade-That the Parliament congratulates the Dumfries and Galloway Standard on the success of its Millennium Jobs Crusade initiative in partnership with the Employment Service, the Careers Service and Dumfries and Galloway Enterprise, which has succeeded in getting more than its target of 104 unemployed people in Dumfries and Galloway into work in the year 2000.

Supported by: Alex Fergusson, Nick Johnston, Mr Murray Tosh, Phil Gallie, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Alasdair Morgan, Mr Adam Ingram, Michael Russell, Dr Elaine Murray, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Andrew Wilson, Mr Keith Harding, Mr Brian Monteith

S1M-1441 Ms Margo MacDonald: AGS and Audit Committee Reports on Holyrood Project-That the Parliament, having considered the Reports on the Holyrood Project by the Auditor General for Scotland and the Audit Committee, finds it necessary to censure Mr Muir Russell, the Permanent Secretary at the Scottish Executive, for his failure to properly advise the Scottish Executive and the Parliament on the true state of the progress and costs of the new Parliament building at Holyrood.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Adam Ingram, Tommy Sheridan

S1M-1440 Dr Sylvia Jackson: Equal Rights for Gartmore Forestry Development Objectors-That the Parliament believes that the overwhelming majority of the community of Gartmore is opposed to the plans for a commercial Christmas tree plantation at Borland Farm, Gartmore; supports the application of the Sandford principle to ensure that the limited economic value of the proposal is balanced against the social and environmental costs which would affect an area which will lie within the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park; notes that the Forestry Commission Environmental Assessment process has failed to take proper account of the representations of the local community, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to amend the Environmental Impact Assessment (Forestry) (Scotland) Regulations 1999 to establish equal rights for all concerned with proposals for commercial forestry developments, including community representatives.

Supported by: Mr John Home Robertson, Fergus Ewing, Trish Godman, Hugh Henry, Bruce Crawford, Pauline McNeill, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Linda Fabiani, Mr John McAllion, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mr Keith Raffan, Dr Elaine Murray, Robin Harper, Des McNulty, Rhoda Grant, Maureen Macmillan, Andrew Wilson, Michael Matheson, Dr Richard Simpson, Karen Whitefield, Roseanna Cunningham

S1M-1439 Mr John Munro: Less Favoured Areas-That the Parliament notes the concerns of crofters about the Less Favoured Area subsidy that has replaced the Hill Livestock Compensation Allowance and acknowledges the implementation of transitional arrangements but believes that the aid could be better targeted to help those in the most marginal areas and that work still needs to be done to achieve an optimum solution that will safeguard those producers on the poorest land.

Supported by: George Lyon, Mr Jamie Stone, Euan Robson, Michael Russell, Nora Radcliffe, Mary Scanlon, Robin Harper, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Dr Elaine Murray, Fergus Ewing, Donald Gorrie, Andrew Wilson, Dr Winnie Ewing

S1M-1437# Mr Jamie Stone: Economy of Highlands and Islands-That the Parliament notes the valuable role which Highlands and Islands Enterprise has placed in stimulating economic growth in vulnerable and remote communities in the Highlands and Islands and recognises that further investment is still required in the most economically fragile areas.

Supported by: Nora Radcliffe, Robin Harper, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Donald Gorrie

S1M-1435 Michael Russell: Act of Settlement-That the Parliament notes the unanimous resolution of the Parliament passed on Thursday 16 December 1999 giving Scotland's support for repeal of the Act of Settlement; regrets that Her Majesty's Government has not as yet acted to remove institutionalised discrimination from the constitution of the UK; reaffirms its desire to see the Act of Settlement repealed at the earliest opportunity, and commends the legal action contemplated by The Guardian newspaper in this regard.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Andrew Welsh, Shona Robison, Tricia Marwick, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Bruce Crawford, Irene McGugan, Brian Adam, Alex Neil, Kay Ullrich, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr George Reid, Linda Fabiani, Alasdair Morgan, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Alex Salmond, Andrew Wilson, Nicola Sturgeon, Colin Campbell, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Fiona McLeod, Dennis Canavan, Robin Harper, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Michael Matheson, Ms Sandra White, Roseanna Cunningham

S1M-1427 Phil Gallie: Public Inquiry into Chhokar Case-That the Parliament notes the apologies made by the Lord Advocate to the Chhokar family; welcomes the inquiries that are to follow; considers that, in line with both the principle of open government referred to by the Minister for Justice and the wider public concern over the way in which the prosecution process is currently being pursued, the inquiry undertaken by Sir Anthony Campbell should be held in full public view, and registers its concern that a person with known connections to the Labour Party has been appointed to conduct the second inquiry, as this undermines public confidence in the integrity of the inquiry.

Supported by: Nick Johnston, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr Keith Harding, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Jamie McGrigor, David McLetchie

S1M-1426 Mr Andrew Welsh: Arbroath Football Club-That the Parliament notes the recent confusion over reports that Arbroath Football Club's world record feat of a 36-0 victory had been surpassed; welcomes the fact that the Reid Litchies' 115-year-old record remains intact; further notes that John Petrie scored 13 goals in that game, a feat which also remains an individual record for the number of goals scored by a single player in one match; recognises the great achievement of these two records, and hopes that the chants of "36-0, 36-0" will live on at Gayfield for many years to come.

Supported by: Richard Lochhead, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Alex Johnstone, Michael Russell, Colin Campbell, Irene McGugan, Fiona McLeod, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Andrew Wilson, Mr Brian Monteith

S1M-1421 Mr Duncan Hamilton: Sea Eagle Project-That the Parliament congratulates the Sea Eagle Project Team for its work in encouraging the reintroduction of sea eagles to Scotland; notes the twenty-fifth anniversary of the birds' reintroduction to the country and recognises the progress made in re-establishing them in their natural habitat; acknowledges that while the project has reached the significant milestone of the hundredth fledging, there are still less than 20 breeding pairs of sea eagles in Scotland, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to support the efforts to increase the numbers of sea eagles in Scotland.

Supported by: Shona Robison, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Russell, Alex Neil, Mr Keith Harding, Tricia Marwick, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Nora Radcliffe, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Adam Ingram, Andrew Wilson, Mary Scanlon, Colin Campbell, Fiona McLeod, David Mundell, Kay Ullrich, Robin Harper, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Roseanna Cunningham, Mr Brian Monteith

S1M-1420# Irene McGugan: Scottish Berry Project-That the Parliament notes that the rate of coronary heart disease in Scotland is now the highest in western Europe, that Scotland has a long-established soft fruit industry that is suffering economic distress, that advances in medicine have conclusively demonstrated a link between increased consumption of fruit and vegetables and a reduction in risk from coronary heart disease, but that Scottish consumption falls far below even the World Health Organisation recommended minimum of 400g per day; further notes that a holistic approach to these factors which crosses traditional government departmental structures has enabled Finland in the last 25 years to reduce its rate of coronary heart disease by 50% and that a plan for such a cross-sectoral approach has been put forward as a "Berry Scotland Project", and recommends that the Scottish Executive takes forwards a cross-sectoral project that reflects the aims of the original "Berry Scotland Project" in order to raise consumption of soft fruit, especially the home produced product, which the Finnish experience has demonstrated could significantly benefit both the rural economy and public health.

Supported by: Shona Robison, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Russell, Alex Neil, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Andrew Welsh, Tricia Marwick, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Brian Adam, Nora Radcliffe, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Alasdair Morgan, Mr Adam Ingram, Andrew Wilson, Mary Scanlon, Colin Campbell, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Fiona McLeod, Robin Harper, Robert Brown, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, David Mundell, Donald Gorrie, Alex Johnstone, Mr Keith Harding, Ms Sandra White, Roseanna Cunningham, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Dr Winnie Ewing, Helen Eadie, Mr John Swinney, Mr Brian Monteith, Mrs Margaret Ewing, John Scott, Richard Lochhead, Ben Wallace, Christine Grahame, Ms Margo MacDonald

S1M-1419# Michael Matheson: Human Cloning-That the Parliament recognises the need for a far-reaching and thorough debate concerning human cloning; notes that the European Parliament has voted for a ban on human cloning; further notes that there are ethical alternatives to the use of stem cells from human embryos, and believes that Her Majesty's Government should withdraw any regulations which might implement the proposals of the Donaldson Report until the matter has been more fully debated.

Supported by: Mr Gil Paterson, Dr Winnie Ewing, Brian Adam, Mr Adam Ingram, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Alex Neil, Mr Andrew Welsh, Tricia Marwick, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Andrew Wilson, Colin Campbell, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Irene McGugan, Dennis Canavan, Ms Sandra White, Christine Grahame

S1M-1418 Elaine Smith: Scottish Women Against Pornography-That the Parliament notes that evidence exists to suggest that the propagation of pornography within our society helps to create unacceptable attitudes, behaviour and aggression towards women; believes that the vast and powerful pornography industry exploits women and their sexual and economic inequality for profit, and welcomes the launch of Scottish Women Against Pornography's recent postcard campaign designed to expose the severity with which women feel that their status within society is undermined by the pornography industry.

Supported by: Irene Oldfather, Tommy Sheridan, Tricia Marwick, Brian Adam, Pauline McNeill, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Fiona McLeod, Mr John McAllion, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Rhoda Grant, Maureen Macmillan, Mr Jamie Stone, Nick Johnston, Mr Gil Paterson, Mary Scanlon, Ms Sandra White, Cathy Jamieson, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Cathy Peattie, Margaret Jamieson, Christine Grahame, Karen Gillon

S1M-1417 Irene McGugan: European Day of Disabled Persons-That the Parliament welcomes the continuing recognition by the European Union of 3 December as European Day of Disabled Persons; notes that this day provides an opportunity to raise public awareness about issues which impact on disabled people and calls upon the Scottish Executive to work with disability organisations, public agencies, the private sector and, most importantly, disabled people themselves to ensure that the provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 are implemented in all spheres of life, enabling disabled people to access goods and services no matter where they live in Scotland.

Supported by: Shona Robison, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Russell, Alex Neil, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Andrew Welsh, Tricia Marwick, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Brian Adam, Nora Radcliffe, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Christine Grahame, Mr Adam Ingram, Andrew Wilson, Colin Campbell, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Fiona McLeod, David Mundell, Robin Harper, Robert Brown, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Donald Gorrie, Ms Sandra White

S1M-1416 Roseanna Cunningham: Centre for Scottish Music, Song and Dance-That the Parliament welcomes the opening, on 1 December 2000, of SAINTS - a Centre for Scottish Music, Song and Dance at St Andrew's in the Square, Glasgow; congratulates the organisers on their success in creating the centre, and looks forward to the important contribution this will make to Scotland's traditional acts and music.

Supported by: Nicola Sturgeon, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Linda Fabiani, Michael Russell, Irene McGugan, Fiona McLeod, Fergus Ewing, Tommy Sheridan, Donald Gorrie, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Nora Radcliffe, Ms Sandra White, Pauline McNeill, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Tricia Marwick, Andrew Wilson, Colin Campbell, Robin Harper, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Dr Richard Simpson, Cathy Peattie

S1M-1415 Fergus Ewing: Hill Livestock Compensatory Allowance-That the Parliament shares the concerns expressed by Calum MacDonald MP, as reported in the West Highland Free Press, that the Scottish Executive's proposals for the replacement of the Hill Livestock Compensatory Allowance will give crofting communities in the Highlands and Islands the worst compensation rates in Scotland, despite having to farm the worst land in the worst climate; believes that the policy amounts to a betrayal of the crofting community, and further believes that the compensation package should be amended to provide ordinary crofters with a fair compensation deal.

Supported by: Fiona McLeod, Tommy Sheridan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Irene McGugan, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Dr Winnie Ewing, Michael Russell, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Andrew Wilson, Colin Campbell, Robin Harper, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Ms Sandra White

S1M-1414 Mr Adam Ingram: Right to Fly Scotland's Flag-That the Parliament is concerned that the protocol governing the flying of flags from school buildings as recommended by Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport prevents the flying of Scotland's national flag except on St Andrew's Day; deplores the protocol's insistence that only the union flag can be flown throughout the festive season in December and January, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to scrap the protocol and to stop the practice of discrimination against the flying of Scotland's national flag.

Supported by: Mr Gil Paterson, Andrew Wilson, Michael Matheson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Alex Neil, Ms Margo MacDonald, Ms Sandra White, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Andrew Welsh, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Alex Salmond, Colin Campbell, Richard Lochhead, Michael Russell, Irene McGugan, Brian Adam, Tricia Marwick, Nicola Sturgeon, Mr John Swinney, Bruce Crawford, Fiona McLeod, Fergus Ewing, Donald Gorrie, Shona Robison, Kay Ullrich, Christine Grahame, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Linda Fabiani, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Alasdair Morgan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Roseanna Cunningham

S1M-1413 Iain Smith: St Andrew's Day National Holiday-That the Parliament recognises the importance of St Andrew's Day as Scotland's national day and calls upon the Scottish Executive to declare St Andrew's Day a national public holiday celebrating the diversity and history of Scotland.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Fiona McLeod, Donald Gorrie, Shona Robison, Ms Sandra White, Irene McGugan, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Dr Winnie Ewing, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Tommy Sheridan, Robin Harper, Mr Andrew Welsh, Tricia Marwick, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Brian Adam, Nora Radcliffe, Alasdair Morgan, Andrew Wilson, Mr Keith Raffan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Jamie Stone, Michael Matheson, Roseanna Cunningham

S1M-1412 Pauline McNeill: Surjit Singh Chhokar and the Scottish Justice System-That the Parliament expresses its deepest condolences to the Chhokar family following the outcome of the murder trial in the High Court in Glasgow on 28 November 2000; believes that the justice system has failed this family and has deeply undermined confidence in the justice system for black and ethnic minority communities throughout Scotland and calls upon the two inquiries into the decision making process in the murder case and the review of the prosecutor's liaison with the victim's family to be far reaching and to make strong recommendations that will ensure that the failings of the Scottish justice system, including institutional racism, are stamped out forever.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Nora Radcliffe, Irene Oldfather, Alex Neil, Mr John McAllion, Mr Adam Ingram, Scott Barrie, Trish Godman, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Tricia Marwick, Robin Harper, Des McNulty, Dr Elaine Murray, Rhoda Grant, Maureen Macmillan, Roseanna Cunningham, Karen Whitefield, Cathy Peattie, Mr Michael McMahon, Karen Gillon

S1M-1411 Scott Barrie: Nations in Bloom-That the Parliament notes that the village of Culross in the Dunfermline West constituency, is one of only two Scottish finalists in the Nations in Bloom 2000 competition; congratulates the villagers, the community council and Fife Council for their environmental work and wishes them well in their endeavour to secure the "Under 10,000 Population" category title at the world finals in Washington D.C.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Nora Radcliffe, Pauline McNeill, Mr Keith Harding, Tricia Marwick, Mr John McAllion, Mr Keith Raffan, Robin Harper, Mr Jamie Stone, Nick Johnston, Dr Richard Simpson, Karen Whitefield

S1M-1410 Mr Kenneth Gibson: Scottish Football Team-That the Parliament notes the views of the Home Secretary, Jack Straw, and his advocacy of a British football team to replace the English, Northern Irish, Scottish and Welsh teams and agrees that such a team should be formed with the following provisos: that the "all Britain" team be named "Scotland"; holds all home matches in Scotland; plays in dark blue; is managed by Craig Brown; ensures positive discrimination in terms of team selection for those currently eligible to play for Scotland; is administered by the Scottish Football Association and represented on UEFA and FIFA by that body and has "Flower of Scotland" as its anthem.

Supported by: Mr Kenny MacAskill, Richard Lochhead, Fergus Ewing, Andrew Wilson, Colin Campbell, Christine Grahame, Linda Fabiani, Michael Matheson, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Bruce Crawford, Mr Andrew Welsh, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Fiona McLeod, Mr John Munro, Michael Russell, Ms Sandra White, Roseanna Cunningham, Dr Winnie Ewing, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Alex Neil, Mr Mike Rumbles, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Brian Adam, Kay Ullrich

S1M-1409# Shona Robison: Surjit Singh Chhokar-That the Parliament is concerned that since Surjit Singh Chhokar was murdered in November 1998, no one has been convicted of his murder; believes that this case highlights the institutional racism within the legal system in Scotland, and supports the call from the Chhokar family for a full and independent public inquiry into all aspects of the case to begin the process of restoring public confidence in Scotland's justice system.

Supported by: Roseanna Cunningham, Christine Grahame, Michael Russell, Nicola Sturgeon, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Richard Lochhead, Michael Matheson, Fiona McLeod, Tommy Sheridan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Ms Sandra White, Irene McGugan, Mr Andrew Welsh, Dr Winnie Ewing, Alex Neil, Mr John McAllion, Mr Adam Ingram, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Linda Fabiani, Mr Gil Paterson, Fiona Hyslop, Tricia Marwick, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Brian Adam, Andrew Wilson, Colin Campbell, Kay Ullrich, Robin Harper, Mr Lloyd Quinan

S1M-1407 Fergus Ewing: Balnain House-That the Parliament is gravely concerned that the closure of Balnain House in Inverness would be a damaging blow to traditional music not only in the Highlands but in Scotland as a whole; notes that since 1993 Balnain House has hosted over 500 concerts, has provided an intensive education programme of 15 different classes which run throughout 36 weeks of the year, has been used as an education outreach centre for 12 local schools, has developed as a meeting point, and has generally come to be regarded as a unique centre of Highland and Scottish culture; notes that Balnain House has received little financial support from the Scottish Arts Council (SAC), and urges both the SAC and the Scottish Executive to give immediate consideration to finding a means to ensure that Balnain House can continue as a cultural centre of excellence.

Supported by: Roseanna Cunningham, Mr John Munro, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Nora Radcliffe, Ms Sandra White, Irene McGugan, Mr George Reid, Michael Russell, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Linda Fabiani, Mr Gil Paterson, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mary Scanlon, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Andrew Wilson, Robin Harper, Mr Lloyd Quinan

S1M-1397# Nick Johnston: Pornography in WH Smith Stores-That the Parliament notes with disapproval the decision of WH Smith to reintroduce pornography to its stores; urges the company to reconsider its decision to sell material which is not only offensive to many people but which reinforces practices of exploitation and discrimination; further asserts that such material does nothing to enhance society, has a corrosive effect on the morality of Scotland and debases not just those who are inadvertently forced into contact with it and are by the nature of their employment compelled to offer it for sale, and also asserts that such material demeans Scotland as a nation and that the Parliament would welcome any action which would encourage the removal of such filth from public display and sale.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Elaine Smith, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Phil Gallie, Mr Gil Paterson, David Mundell, Mary Scanlon, Tricia Marwick, Brian Adam, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh

S1M-1396 Fergus Ewing: Dispensing of Prescription Only Medicines by Veterinary Surgeons-That the Parliament believes that it is essential for animal welfare and for farmers and others who look after livestock and other animals that veterinary surgeons retain the privilege to dispense prescription only medicines; further believes that the abolition of the right of veterinary surgeons to dispense prescription only medicines would cause severe practical difficulties and create real risks that some animals will not be treated thus compromising their welfare, and further believes that the removal of this right would jeopardise the viability of provision of care for some animals, given low commercial animal values, and that the current system allows planned health visits by veterinary surgeons to farms involving routine preventative and treatment medicines recommended and sold by the veterinary practice so as to cross-subsidise emergency illness care to individual animals at rates which would otherwise not be independently viable.

Supported by: Ms Margo MacDonald, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Andrew Welsh, John Scott, Alex Fergusson, Dr Winnie Ewing, Fiona McLeod, Donald Gorrie, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Ms Sandra White, Michael Russell, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Tommy Sheridan, Mary Scanlon, Tricia Marwick, Andrew Wilson, David Mundell, Kay Ullrich, Mr Lloyd Quinan

S1M-1395# David Mundell: Abuse of Older and Disabled People-That the Parliament congratulates Dumfries and District Women's Aid on securing funding for a project worker to deal exclusively with women over 50 years of age and/or disabled women and notes that this is the first project of its kind in the United Kingdom; expresses its concern at the apparent increase in the abuse of older and disabled people, and believes that the Scottish Executive should support and encourage projects which seek to highlight and tackle this important issue.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Fiona McLeod, Donald Gorrie, Nora Radcliffe, Ms Sandra White, Phil Gallie, Christine Grahame, Michael Russell, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Alex Fergusson, Linda Fabiani, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Keith Harding, Fiona Hyslop, Mary Scanlon, Brian Adam, Andrew Wilson, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Dr Elaine Murray, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Nick Johnston, Tricia Marwick

S1M-1394 Dorothy-Grace Elder: Polish Links with Scotland-That the Parliament congratulates Stirling University on its superb initiative in establishing the Centre for Research in Polish History and expresses great pleasure that Dr Stanislaw Kornorowski, the Polish Ambassador, is delivering the inaugural annual lecture on 29 November 2000 which is being dedicated to the memory of the heroic General Stanislaw Maczek; pays tribute to the vibrant contribution to life in Scotland made by the Polish community, and hopes that, through the new centre, people will honour the massive wartime effort of Poles in the liberation of Europe, from the Polish mathematicians who were amongst those who cracked the Enigma code to the Polish forces who trained in Scotland for some of the most ferocious battles of the Second World War.

Supported by: Fiona McLeod, Donald Gorrie, Nora Radcliffe, Ms Sandra White, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Tommy Sheridan, Andrew Wilson, Robert Brown, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Roseanna Cunningham, Dr Richard Simpson

S1M-1393 Mr Duncan McNeil: Fullarton Computer Industries (Gourock) Ltd.-That the Parliament expresses concern over the recent announcement of redundancies at Fullarton Computer Industries (Gourock) Ltd. in Inverclyde; notes that the redundancies will not commence until February 2001, and encourages all parties and agencies involved to work together in the intervening period to minimise the impact of these redundancies.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Shona Robison, Tommy Sheridan, Alex Neil, Trish Godman, Fiona McLeod, Mr Adam Ingram, Donald Gorrie, Ms Sandra White, Michael Russell, David Mundell, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Pauline McNeill, Andrew Wilson, Kay Ullrich, Rhoda Grant, Maureen Macmillan

S1M-1391 Christine Grahame: Meals on Wheels Week-That the Parliament congratulates all those who contribute to the meals on wheels service in this Meals on Wheels Week, in particular the WRVS who deliver 1.3 million meals to 12,000 clients every year in 25 out of 32 local authorities and ensure that our most vulnerable older people not only have a hot meal but receive sometimes their only social contact during the day.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Bruce Crawford, David McLetchie, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Ms Margo MacDonald, Mr George Reid, Nick Johnston, Mary Scanlon, Mr Jamie McGrigor, John Young, Richard Lochhead, Mr Brian Monteith, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Shona Robison, Linda Fabiani, Tommy Sheridan, Ian Jenkins, Ms Sandra White, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Nora Radcliffe, Irene McGugan, Mr David Davidson, Ben Wallace, Michael Russell, Fiona McLeod, Mr Keith Harding, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Andrew Wilson, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Phil Gallie, Mr John Munro, David Mundell, Fiona Hyslop, Tricia Marwick, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Brian Adam, Pauline McNeill, Robert Brown, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Maureen Macmillan, Karen Whitefield, Roseanna Cunningham

S1M-1390# Mr Brian Monteith: Scotch Whisky Opt-out from EU Directive-That the Parliament notes with concern the possible impact of the EU's Water Framework Directive on the removal of water from rivers and water courses and its potentially damaging effect on the Scotch whisky industry; recognises that the industry is important to Scotland's economy and the many rural areas where distilleries are located; welcomes the efforts made by representatives of all parties to convince the EU to consider opt-outs for Scottish distilleries, and believes that the Scottish Executive should apply immediately the exemptions from the Directive in order to protect the jobs and livelihoods of those working in the industry.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Nora Radcliffe, Ben Wallace, Mr Keith Harding, Phil Gallie, Mary Scanlon, Mr Jamie McGrigor

S1M-1388# Mr John Home Robertson: A Balanced Energy Policy-That the Parliament welcomes Her Majesty's Government's action to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases; acknowledges that nuclear power has a role to play in a balanced energy policy; notes the excellent safety record of the nuclear power stations at Torness, Hunterston and Chapelcross; recognises that the Edinburgh-based British Energy injects 140 million into the Scottish economy per annum, generates 55% of Scotland's electricity, provides 1,400 highly skilled jobs and supports another 3,500 jobs in Scotland; acknowledges the expertise of a workforce with long experience in the Scottish nuclear industry; notes that the STUC has, for the last 20 years, supported an energy policy with a nuclear component, and, subject to the construction of a permanent storage facility for nuclear waste, considers that there will be a case for the replacement of nuclear generating plant as an environmentally friendly source of electricity for the future.

Supported by: Dr Elaine Murray, Mike Watson, Phil Gallie, Bill Butler, Mr Andy Kerr, Mr Jamie Stone, Karen Gillon

S1M-1388.1 Dorothy-Grace Elder: A Balanced Energy Policy-As an amendment to motion (S1M-1388) in the name of Mr John Home Robertson, leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert "acknowledges the necessity of decommissioning nuclear facilities such as Hunterston A and Dounreay; further acknowledges that nuclear power stations are a hideous blot on the landscape in areas such as the Torness Power Station, Dunbar; recognises public scepticism over the safety of nuclear energy when considering events such as the loss of four radiation sources at Hunterson A; further recognises the future environmental and economic benefits of developing our expertise in renewable energy which would provide jobs in a safe environment; is mindful of the Europe-wide impact of the Chernobyl catastrophe; notes that the German and other modern minded governments have signed a treaty not to build any nuclear power stations in future, and calls for more up to date thinking in Scotland with respect to the future power policy.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Alex Neil, Ms Margo MacDonald, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Richard Lochhead, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Ms Sandra White, Robin Harper, Irene McGugan

S1M-1388.2 Robin Harper: A Balanced Energy Policy-As an amendment to motion (S1M-1388) in the name of Mr John Home Robertson, leave out from first "acknowledges" to end and insert "recognises that although nuclear power has had a significant role to play in generating the electricity supply, there is no likelihood of the construction of a safe, permanent storage facility for nuclear waste in the foreseeable future; considers that there is no case for the replacement of existing nuclear generating plants, and believes that climate change must instead be tackled by a combination of energy efficiency and an increase in the generation of electricity from renewable sources.

Supported by: Dennis Canavan

S1M-1387# Nick Johnston: Congratulations to Lauder College-That the Parliament congratulates Lauder College on winning the Queen's Anniversary Prize for the year 2000 and notes the citation which acknowledges that the college demonstrated vision and great determination in introducing and delivering a complex and integrated range of educational and other services for unemployed people.

Supported by: Mr Brian Monteith, Scott Barrie, David Mundell, Donald Gorrie, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mr Keith Harding, Mr Gil Paterson, Phil Gallie, Alex Neil, Tricia Marwick, Andrew Wilson, Mr Keith Raffan, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

S1M-1385 Dorothy-Grace Elder: Influenza Vaccination-That the Parliament thanks the staff of Greater Glasgow Health Board and managers of hospital trusts for volunteering in greater numbers than before to be vaccinated against influenza; recognises that this public-spirited effort involving many nurses and staff from all health-related occupations which, in some areas of Glasgow, has resulted in double and treble previous numbers volunteering for vaccination in the hope of keeping hospitals, nursing homes and social work schemes running better this winter; pays tribute to the enormous organisational effort which the scheme involves, and urges that the number of those vaccinated continues to rise.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Shona Robison, Tommy Sheridan, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Fiona McLeod, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Ms Sandra White, Andrew Wilson, Mr Lloyd Quinan

S1M-1384 Dr Sylvia Jackson: Protection of Scotland's Peatlands-That the Parliament recognises the great importance of natural lowland peatlands to Scotland's biodiversity; notes the 3,500 signature petition being submitted to the Parliament by the Scottish Wildlife Trust, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to introduce measures to reduce peat consumption and ensure peatland sites receive strict protection.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Nora Radcliffe, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Robin Harper, Scott Barrie, Mr John McAllion, Robert Brown, Des McNulty, Mr Jamie Stone, Dr Richard Simpson

S1M-1375 Karen Whitefield: Airdrieonians FC-That the Parliament congratulates Airdrieonians Football Club on its recent success in winning the Bells Challenge Cup Final, recognises the important role that Airdrieonians FC and other community based clubs play in sustaining and developing community spirit and, in light of its recent financial difficulties, wishes Airdrieonians FC and its fans continued success.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Mr Michael McMahon, Mr Brian Monteith, Elaine Smith, Linda Fabiani, Donald Gorrie, Mr Gil Paterson, David Mundell, Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Cathie Craigie

S1M-1374# Irene McGugan: Children's Rights-That the Parliament notes the publication by the Scottish Alliance on Children's Rights of the report All Children, All Ages which highlights that, although Her Majesty's Government signed the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1991, many of the 54 separate international standards are not being complied with, that children's basic human rights are being consistently disregarded and that many of the problems highlighted in the report are caused by poverty and social deprivation, and asks the Scottish Executive to give serious consideration to the findings and recommendations within the report, principally that a Children's Commissioner for Scotland should be appointed to ensure that children's rights are a central consideration in any new legislation, that children themselves should have a voice in policy making, that serious consideration be given to a ban on physical punishment and that there be specific and immediate actions to alleviate poverty as well as long- term targets.

Supported by: Nicola Sturgeon, Tommy Sheridan, Brian Adam, Scott Barrie, Michael Russell, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Elaine Smith, Christine Grahame, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Shona Robison, Linda Fabiani, Fiona Hyslop, Ms Sandra White, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Nora Radcliffe, Fiona McLeod, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Andrew Wilson, Tricia Marwick, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Kay Ullrich, Robin Harper, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Cathy Peattie

S1M-1371 Dorothy-Grace Elder: Tribute to the Reverend Adrian Rennie-That the Parliament pays tribute to the outstanding, devoted and passionate work for Scottish causes carried out by the late Reverend Adrian Rennie of Drylaw Parish Church who has died at the age of 37, having lavished his time and energy upon work for the people of Scotland, ignoring courageously his lifelong heart condition; wishes his family to know how deeply he touched the lives of many, whether from his devoted service to the Iona Community, his church work in the East End of Glasgow, his burning concern for world peace, his chairmanship of the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament or his invaluable aid in setting up the Parliament's Cross Party Anti-Nuclear Group, and wishes to record that in his brief lifespan he achieved more in the fight for social justice than many spared for decades more and proved by his blithe spirit and sparkling humour that human goodness such as his does not equate with dullness.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Donald Gorrie, Michael Russell, Fiona McLeod, Mr Gil Paterson, Ms Sandra White, Alex Neil, Robin Harper, Andrew Wilson, Mr John McAllion, Mr Lloyd Quinan

S1M-1368# Pauline McNeill: Drug Assisted Sexual Assault-That the Parliament notes the findings of the Home Office/Police Research Awards study on Drug Assisted Sexual Assault undertaken by DCI Peter Sturman of the Metropolitan Police; believes that drug assisted rape and sexual assault is a serious cause for concern, and notes that DCI Sturman's research progresses the debate on this matter and should be fully considered by the Parliament.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Brian Adam, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Michael Russell, Cathy Jamieson, Scott Barrie, Dr Elaine Murray, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Maureen Macmillan, Rhoda Grant, Nora Radcliffe, Elaine Smith, Cathy Peattie, Christine Grahame, Shona Robison, Linda Fabiani, Fiona Hyslop, Ms Sandra White, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Fiona McLeod, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Andrew Wilson, Irene Oldfather, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Trish Godman, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Tommy Sheridan, Tricia Marwick, Mr John McAllion, Kay Ullrich, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Jamie Stone, Dr Richard Simpson, Karen Whitefield, Margaret Jamieson

S1M-1366# Dr Sylvia Jackson: "Couping" of Clydesdale Horses-That the Parliament notes with concern the process of "couping" Clydesdale horses for show purposes; recognises that this barbaric mutilation is to the great detriment of the horse and goes against all good practice taught to veterinary and farriery students, and believes that the Scottish Executive should ensure that the welfare of Clydesdale horses is upheld by ensuring that proper shoeing standards are maintained.

Supported by: Mr Murray Tosh, Dr Elaine Murray, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Cathy Jamieson, Scott Barrie, Maureen Macmillan, Rhoda Grant, Nora Radcliffe, Cathy Peattie, Christine Grahame, Shona Robison, Donald Gorrie, Irene McGugan, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mike Watson, Mr Keith Harding, Mr Gil Paterson, Irene Oldfather, Ms Sandra White, Robin Harper, Mr Adam Ingram, Trish Godman, David Mundell, Tricia Marwick, Pauline McNeill, John Young, Des McNulty, Karen Whitefield, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Ian Jenkins, Dennis Canavan, Mr Michael McMahon, Mr Kenneth Macintosh

S1M-1364# Dr Sylvia Jackson: Action for Biodiversity-That the Parliament notes with pleasure the recent publication of Action for Scotland's Biodiversity by the Scottish Biodiversity Group; believes that all departments and agencies of the Scottish Executive should use this as a basis to integrate biodiversity conservation into their plans and programmes; applauds the efforts of Scotland's local authorities in producing local biodiversity action plans and encourages all departments and agencies of the Scottish Executive to assist authorities in implementing these plans, and urges the Minister for Environment, Sport and Culture to report on these positive steps to the Parliament and, thereafter, report further progress on the implementation in Scotland of the Convention of Biological Diversity every two years.

Supported by: Mrs Mary Mulligan, Cathy Jamieson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Nora Radcliffe, Elaine Smith, Shona Robison, Euan Robson, Donald Gorrie, Mr John Munro, Ms Sandra White, Robin Harper, Scott Barrie, Mr Mike Rumbles, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr John McAllion, Ian Jenkins, Robert Brown, Des McNulty

S1M-1362# Cathie Craigie: Dangerous and Careless Driving-That the Parliament notes the completion of the Transport Research Laboratory's UK-wide study which examined the use and application of the law on dangerous and careless driving throughout the UK; looks forward to the publication of its findings; recognises that in Scotland there is a public perception of dangerous driving offences being downgraded to careless driving; expresses concern that there is a lack of specifically Scottish-based research, and believes that research into the application of the law on dangerous and careless driving in Scotland should be commissioned.

Supported by: Hugh Henry, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Alex Neil, Linda Fabiani, Cathy Jamieson, Dr Elaine Murray, Scott Barrie, Maureen Macmillan, Rhoda Grant, Nora Radcliffe, Elaine Smith, Cathy Peattie, Shona Robison, Ms Sandra White, Donald Gorrie, Fiona McLeod, Mr Adam Ingram, Andrew Wilson, Irene Oldfather, Phil Gallie, Trish Godman, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Tommy Sheridan, Bristow Muldoon, Mr John McAllion, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Karen Gillon, Mr Brian Monteith, Paul Martin, Robin Harper, Mr Duncan McNeil, Des McNulty, Bill Butler, Mr Jamie Stone, Marilyn Livingstone, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Karen Whitefield, Johann Lamont, Margaret Jamieson, Janis Hughes, Kate MacLean, Mr John Home Robertson, Mike Watson, Mr Michael McMahon, Mr Kenneth Macintosh

S1M-1360 Mr Keith Harding: Inverkeithing's Park-and-Ride Facility-That the Parliament welcomes the opening of a new park-and-ride facility at Ferrytoll, near Inverkeithing in Fife, which will give local motorists a better choice between driving and bussing into Edinburgh city centre.

Supported by: Mr Brian Monteith, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Scott Barrie, Nora Radcliffe, Nick Johnston, Donald Gorrie, David Mundell, Mary Scanlon, Tommy Sheridan, Robin Harper, Trish Godman

S1M-1359 Fergus Ewing: Distribution of Magazines to Supermarkets-That the Parliament recognises that WH Smith News' intention to offer a UK wide distribution system for magazines to supermarkets will have a negative impact on the sustainability of small and independent newsagents in Scotland; notes with concern the findings of the report by Paul Dobson of Loughborough University which estimates that 6,000 to 8,000 newsagents in the UK, many of them in Scotland, will be forced to close as a result of such a distribution system; urges Tesco and WH Smith News to announce that they have not only postponed, but abandoned, their proposed distribution contract, and requests that the Executive make urgent representations to Her Majesty's Government and to the Office of Fair Trading in London, urging that a full investigation of this matter be undertaken.

Supported by: Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Michael Russell, Christine Grahame, Shona Robison, Linda Fabiani, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Ms Sandra White, Donald Gorrie, Irene McGugan, Fiona McLeod, Andrew Wilson, Tricia Marwick, Mr Kenny MacAskill

S1M-1350 Dr Richard Simpson: Rail Link to Clackmannanshire-That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Executive and the Minister for Transport, Sarah Boyack, on the 6.5 million award from the Public Transport Fund towards the reopening of the railway link between Stirling and Alloa and recognises that the award remedies a great injustice to the people of Clackmannanshire and will be a great benefit in reducing traffic congestion and improving social inclusion in the area.

Supported by: Maureen Macmillan, Donald Gorrie, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Tommy Sheridan, Tricia Marwick, Mr John McAllion, Mr Keith Raffan, Robin Harper, Des McNulty, Scott Barrie, Mr Jamie Stone

S1M-1349# Alex Neil: Prisoners Of War - Too Little, Too Late-That the Parliament believes that the modest sum of 10,000 offered in compensation to former Prisoners of War (POWs) and their spouses comes too late; recognises that by ignoring POWs' claims for the past 50 years numerous UK Governments have saved millions of pounds; notes that, in the last three years, Government has saved 15 million because former POWs are dying at a rate of 10 a week, and remembers the suffering the 50,000 British POWs endured during World War II and the sacrifices they made.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Brian Adam, Fergus Ewing, Ms Margo MacDonald, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Nora Radcliffe, Richard Lochhead, Kay Ullrich, Christine Grahame, Shona Robison, Ms Sandra White, Donald Gorrie, Fiona McLeod, Andrew Wilson, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Tricia Marwick, Mr Kenny MacAskill

S1M-1348# Margaret Smith: Neurology Services-That the Parliament notes with concern the recently expressed views of consultant neurologists in Edinburgh on the long waiting times experienced by patients awaiting a first appointment; further notes the Scottish Executive's Programme for Government commitment to tackle waiting times for patients rather than length of waiting list, and invites the Scottish Executive to consider urgently the steps to be taken, in conjunction with the Scottish Advisory Committee on the Medical Workforce, to address the number of consultant neurologists working in Scotland and the waiting time for patients.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Tommy Sheridan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Maureen Macmillan, Nora Radcliffe, Shona Robison, Donald Gorrie, Ben Wallace, Phil Gallie, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mary Scanlon, Tricia Marwick, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Pauline McNeill, Mr Keith Raffan, David Mundell, Robin Harper, Robert Brown

S1M-1344 Mr Adam Ingram: Ayr United Planning Application-That the Parliament deplores the rejection by ministers of the planning inquiry recommendations with regard to the application of Heritage Scotland Ltd. to build a new stadium for Ayr United Football Club and associated retail developments at Heathfield in Ayr; notes the overwhelming public support for the proposed development; agrees with the reporter's judgement that there are substantial special circumstances which support the granting of planning permission for the development, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to revisit its decision with a view to responding more sensitively to the wishes of the people of Ayr and the surrounding district,

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Fiona McLeod, Kay Ullrich, Brian Adam, Alex Neil, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Michael Russell, Fergus Ewing, Fiona Hyslop, Ms Sandra White, Andrew Wilson, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Kenny MacAskill

S1M-1343# Linda Fabiani: Public Safety in Scottish Waters-That the Parliament believes, in the light of the recent discovery of a generic design fault which may affect 12 nuclear submarines and the decision that one of these submarines should return to sea, that the provisions of the Clyde Public Safety Scheme and other submarine nuclear safety schemes should be urgently reviewed to ensure that these emergency planning measures provide adequate safeguards for the public in the event of an accident on a nuclear submarine.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Shona Robison, Fiona McLeod, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Michael Russell, Richard Lochhead, Christine Grahame, Ms Sandra White, Andrew Wilson, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Tricia Marwick, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Robin Harper, Roseanna Cunningham, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr John Munro*

S1M-1342 Pauline McNeill: Reinstatement of the Number 83 First Bus-That the Parliament congratulates the communities of Broomhill and Thornwood in Glasgow in successfully campaigning for the reinstatement of the number 83 bus; believes that First Bus reversed its decision to axe this service and will now reinstate the bus on the route on 7 January 2001 as a result of the huge public outcry, and notes that the bus operator has also bowed to community pressure and agreed to cover the route from Monday 13 November 2000 until 7 January 2001 with a temporary bus numbered 6A.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Michael McMahon, Ms Sandra White

S1M-1341# Alex Neil: Energy Review-That the Parliament recognises the need for a far-reaching and thorough debate concerning energy in Scotland; notes with concern reports that government discussion papers may promote nuclear power as the answer to our environmental plight; asks for a clear commitment that nuclear power will be rejected as an option beyond the lifetime of existing plants, and believes that the Scottish Executive should initiate such a debate, which will look to both address energy consumption and realise Scotland's potential as a source of research into and production of renewable energy alternatives.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Nora Radcliffe, Donald Gorrie, Shona Robison, Christine Grahame, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Michael Russell, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Ms Margo MacDonald, Brian Adam, Richard Lochhead, Bruce Crawford, Linda Fabiani, Ms Sandra White, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Robin Harper

S1M-1340# Mr Keith Harding: Homelessness in Fife-That the Parliament notes that homelessness in Fife has risen 38% over the past three years, affecting 3,388 households and that the figures for Scotland show an increase of 12% over the same period; further notes that this has occurred at a time when Fife Council has failed to collect millions of pounds of rent arrears and lost income from unlet properties, and recognises that these resources could have been used to bring unlet homes back into use or for better computer systems to match people to homes as part of a programme to help alleviate homelessness in the Kingdom.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Mr Brian Monteith, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Alex Fergusson, John Scott, Bill Aitken, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Phil Gallie, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Nick Johnston

S1M-1336 Margaret Jamieson: Community Care Debate-That the Parliament notes that the Business Programme for the week beginning 13 November 2000 indicates that a Scottish National Party debate on community care will be held on 16 November 2000; notes that the Health and Community Care Committee will be bringing forward a report on community care for publication shortly, and therefore invites the Scottish National Party, as a courtesy to the Parliament and to the Committee, to withdraw this item and bring forward an alternative subject for debate.

Supported by: Irene Oldfather, Hugh Henry, Ben Wallace, Margaret Smith, Mary Scanlon, Elaine Thomson, Rhoda Grant, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Scott Barrie, Cathy Jamieson, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Dr Elaine Murray, Mr Duncan McNeil, Mr John Munro, Mr Jamie Stone, Donald Gorrie, Mr Michael McMahon, Iain Smith, Janis Hughes, Kate MacLean, Mr Frank McAveety, Trish Godman, Dr Richard Simpson, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Mike Rumbles, Johann Lamont, Cathy Peattie, Elaine Smith, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Marilyn Livingstone, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Euan Robson, Ian Jenkins, Maureen Macmillan, Mr John McAllion

S1M-1335 Dennis Canavan: Scottish Transport Group Pension Scheme-That the Parliament welcomes the statement made by the Minister for Transport and the Environment on 25 October 2000 about ex gratia payments for Scottish Transport Group pensioners and urges the Minister to make an early announcement of detailed proposals to ensure that the surplus in the pension funds is used for the benefit of the pensioners.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Brian Monteith, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Christine Grahame, Irene McGugan, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Michael Russell, Pauline McNeill, Mr John Munro, Linda Fabiani, Cathy Jamieson, Mr Michael McMahon, Scott Barrie, Ms Sandra White, Mr Gil Paterson, Andrew Wilson, Mr John McAllion, Roseanna Cunningham, Dr Winnie Ewing

S1M-1333 Trish Godman: Royal Ordnance, Bishopton-That the Parliament is keenly aware of the importance of Royal Ordnance, Bishopton to the economy of Renfrewshire and of the strategic defence role it performs and calls upon the Scottish Executive to do what it can to persuade BAe Systems to reconsider its decision to close the plant on the basis of both economic and strategic considerations.

Supported by: Fiona McLeod, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Mr Michael McMahon, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr John McAllion

S1M-1332 John Scott: Addressing Problems Caused by Climate Change-That the Parliament notes the Scottish Executive's climate change consultation programme; further notes Her Majesty's Government's commitment to reduce greenhouse gases in order to respond to global warming, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to consult urgently on measures to deal with the consequences of climate change, to strengthen flood defences, to address the question of planning developments in flood plains and to minimise environmental damage.

Supported by: Mr Brian Monteith, Alex Neil, Mr Keith Harding, Nora Radcliffe, Donald Gorrie, Alex Fergusson, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr Murray Tosh, Nick Johnston, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr David Davidson, David Mundell, Mary Scanlon, Mr John McAllion, Robert Brown, David McLetchie

S1M-1331 Ms Margo MacDonald: Library of Alexandria-That the Parliament congratulates the government and the people of Egypt on the completion of the new Library of Alexandria and, noting the rich history of Scotland's own literature, asks that an appropriate collection of works is gifted to the people of Egypt in recognition of their achievement.

Supported by: Fiona McLeod, Andrew Wilson, Mr Brian Monteith, Alex Neil, Mr Keith Harding, Nora Radcliffe, Donald Gorrie, Tricia Marwick, Michael Russell, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Linda Fabiani, Scott Barrie, Ms Sandra White, David Mundell

S1M-1330 Mr John Home Robertson: Support for Rome Declaration-That the Parliament endorses the declaration of the assembly of world parliamentarians which met in Rome on 4 November 2000 on the urgent need for debt relief for poor countries, for positive action to tackle the disadvantages of globalisation, and to promote human dignity and freedom; acknowledges the significant progress made by Her Majesty's Government towards these objectives, and welcomes the decision of Pope John Paul II to designate Sir Thomas More as the patron saint of statesmen and politicians.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Helen Eadie, Mr David Davidson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Elaine Smith, Tricia Marwick, Michael Russell, Pauline McNeill, Mr Murray Tosh, Cathy Peattie, Cathy Jamieson, Mr Michael McMahon, Maureen Macmillan, Rhoda Grant, Mr Gil Paterson, Scott Barrie, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Karen Whitefield, Roseanna Cunningham

S1M-1329 Tommy Sheridan: Compensation for Miners-That the Parliament believes that the Scottish Executive should launch an urgent and wide-ranging inquiry into the circumstances causing the severe and unacceptable delays in relation to the compensation for miners in Scotland who have contracted serious and debilitating illnesses and injuries as a result of their employment as miners and who are still awaiting compensation for the contraction of illnesses such as emphysema, bronchitis and vibration white finger among others, and further believes that such an inquiry should involve the National Union of Mineworkers in Scotland, retired Scottish miners' branches and the families of deceased Scots miners and should look into the objectivity of medical examinations with a view to streamlining the whole procedure.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Shona Robison, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Michael Russell, Kay Ullrich, Mr Adam Ingram, Pauline McNeill, Linda Fabiani, Fiona Hyslop, Ms Sandra White, Mr Gil Paterson, Robin Harper, Ben Wallace

S1M-1328# Mr Kenneth Gibson: Young Runaways-That the Parliament welcomes the report Missing Out - Young Runaways in Scotland; commends the University of York, Aberlour Child Care Trust, Extern, Children's Promise and The Children's Society for producing this report, the most extensive piece of research yet undertaken into young people under 16 who run away or are forced to leave home; notes that this is the first comprehensive research to provide both an overall picture of the scale and extent of the problem while suggesting workable strategies for responding to the needs of this very vulnerable group of young people, and asks the Executive to look closely at the findings and recommendations of the report and act accordingly.

Supported by: Scott Barrie, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Alex Neil, Nora Radcliffe, Donald Gorrie, Christine Grahame, Irene McGugan, Fiona McLeod, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Michael Russell, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Kay Ullrich, Pauline McNeill, Linda Fabiani, Fergus Ewing, Mr Michael McMahon, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Richard Lochhead, Ms Sandra White, Tommy Sheridan, Mary Scanlon, David Mundell, Dr Richard Simpson

S1M-1327 Phil Gallie: Resignation of Sam Galbraith-That the Parliament calls for the immediate resignation of Sam Galbraith from his role as Minister for Environment before he does further damage to Scotland's interests; notes two occasions in one week when he has overturned recommendations by the Planning Inquiry Reporter, and believes that rejecting the second recommendation, that regarding Ayr United's Stadium and adjacent retail complex, flies in the face of the unanimous opinion of South Ayrshire Council and shows contempt for the interests of Ayr and Prestwick as towns, for the aspirations of the local football club and for the spirit of devolution itself.

S1M-1319# Shona Robison: Mesothelioma-That the Parliament notes with concern the projection by the Cancer Research Campaign that 250,000 western Europeans could die of the asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma by the year 2035; believes that more research into this condition and possible treatments for it is urgently required, and recognises the plight of victims of mesothelioma who are trying to secure the award of Industrial Injuries Benefit.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Fiona McLeod, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Michael Russell, Kay Ullrich, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Brian Adam, Fergus Ewing, Richard Lochhead, Ms Sandra White, Mr Michael McMahon, Tommy Sheridan

S1M-1317 Brian Adam: Drugs Detoxification, Rehabilitation and Throughcare Centre for North East Scotland-That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to support the provision of a drugs detoxification, rehabilitation and throughcare centre for north east Scotland in conjunction with the health boards and other appropriate agencies.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Fiona McLeod, Fiona Hyslop, Fergus Ewing, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr David Davidson, Linda Fabiani, Christine Grahame, Ms Sandra White, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Shona Robison, Irene McGugan, Michael Russell, Kay Ullrich, Richard Lochhead, Robin Harper

S1M-1316 Mr Duncan Hamilton: Scottish Centre for Learning Disability-That the Parliament welcomes the establishment of a Scottish Centre for Learning Disability; notes the Scottish Executive's commitment to the dispersal of government institutions and services throughout Scotland, and urges it to support the siting of the Centre in Inverness.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Tommy Sheridan, Fiona McLeod, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Nora Radcliffe, Alex Neil, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Irene McGugan, Tricia Marwick, Christine Grahame, Ms Sandra White, Mary Scanlon, Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Jamie McGrigor

S1M-1315# Christine Grahame: Burton's Biscuits-That the Parliament notes with concern the purchase of Burton's Biscuits by Hicks Muse Tait & Furst for 130 million given the track record of this investment company in Scotland as the financial backer of Viasystems which purchased two profitable companies in the Scottish Borders after securing funding of 12 million from the Department for Trade and Industry on the basis of creating 1,000 jobs there, then closed the companies down one year later with the loss of 1,200 jobs, transferring work from there to North Tyneside; also notes that Hicks Muse Tait & Furst is the financial backer of Horizon Biscuits, a competitor of Burton's; further notes that there are 1,000 employees of Burton's in Edinburgh and, against that background, urges the Scottish Executive to seek assurances from Hicks Muse Tait & Furst that those Scottish jobs are secure and to confirm that no public funds are or will be available to that company which could facilitate any loss of Scottish jobs.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Fiona McLeod, Fiona Hyslop, Michael Russell, Donald Gorrie, Fergus Ewing, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Alex Neil, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Irene McGugan, Tricia Marwick, Linda Fabiani, Ms Sandra White, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Andrew Wilson, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Shona Robison, Mr Kenny MacAskill

S1M-1314 Colin Campbell: Congratulations to Scottish ENABLE India Charity Bike Riders-That the Parliament congratulates the two parliamentary researchers, John Mellon and Shirley-Anne Somerville, on their efforts to raise 5,000 for the learning disabilities charity ENABLE and wishes them the best of success in their forthcoming 350 km cycle ride through the Indian Himalayas.

Supported by: Kay Ullrich, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Fiona McLeod, Michael Russell, Donald Gorrie, Fergus Ewing, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Irene McGugan, Tricia Marwick, Linda Fabiani, Ms Sandra White, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Andrew Wilson, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Shona Robison, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Michael McMahon, Richard Lochhead, Phil Gallie, Tommy Sheridan, Karen Whitefield, Roseanna Cunningham

S1M-1307 Mr Andrew Welsh: Replacement of Montrose Bridge-That the Parliament recognises the vital lifeline provided by the A95 bridge over the South Esk at Montrose and its importance for the whole north-east economy; notes the recent comments by the First Minister pertaining to the Scottish Executive's commitment to areas outwith Scotland's central belt, and urges it to show that commitment by taking urgent action to provide funding for the essential replacement of Montrose Bridge.

Supported by: Richard Lochhead, Brian Adam, Irene McGugan, Bruce Crawford, Shona Robison, Alex Johnstone, Fiona McLeod, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Tricia Marwick, Mr David Davidson, Ms Sandra White, Andrew Wilson, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mary Scanlon, David Mundell

S1M-1306 Dorothy-Grace Elder: Baillieston Community Care Project-That the Parliament urges the Scottish Executive to intervene immediately to save the Baillieston Community Care Project and related services from closure in November as they are unable to pay their 11,000 wage bill due to insecurity of funding; believes that this is a classic case of care in the community running into funding problems and that closure would mean that, of the 71 clients, an estimated 20 to 30 frail clients will have to be admitted to institutional full-time care at a cost of 322,000 to 483,000; notes that only 51,900 is needed in immediate aid with 106,000 needed in total to keep the Project going and that the two superb projects they run, Bealach House Day Care, Oldwood Road, Baillieston and the Dementia Home Care Project, are the principle surviving services of their kind in Baillieston which has suffered the closure of Easterhill Day Care Centre recently and that the future for more than 70 frail clients, ranging from those with cerebral palsy to autism and dementia, is at stake; further notes that people, including an 87 year old caring for her sister of 100 years of age, are able to remain in their own homes only because of the existence of the threatened day care services and that local doctors, clergy and families all appeal for the service, which was founded in 1992, to be saved as a matter of the greatest urgency, and considers that emergency intervention is needed, as such a closure would have a devastating effect on the most vulnerable people in the East End of Glasgow.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Fiona McLeod, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Alex Neil, Ms Sandra White, Andrew Wilson, Shona Robison, Tommy Sheridan

S1M-1300# Margaret Smith: Beating Bowel Cancer-That the Parliament strongly supports and wishes every success to the Beating Bowel Cancer Campaign, which aims to raise the profile of this serious health issue; notes that each year 3,000 Scots are newly diagnosed and 2,000 die from the disease; believes that action is needed to improve awareness and understanding of this type of cancer, and believes that the Scottish Executive should include the tackling of bowel cancer as a priority in its health strategy and targets for the improvements of the nation's health.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Fiona McLeod, Christine Grahame, Hugh Henry, Helen Eadie, Margaret Jamieson, Nick Johnston, Mary Scanlon, Trish Godman, Fiona Hyslop, Brian Adam, Michael Russell, Donald Gorrie, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Alex Neil, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Tricia Marwick, Mr David Davidson, Linda Fabiani, Pauline McNeill, Mr Jamie Stone, Cathy Jamieson, Alasdair Morgan, Ms Sandra White, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Ian Jenkins, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Michael McMahon, Andrew Wilson, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Shona Robison, Euan Robson, Kay Ullrich, Cathy Peattie, David Mundell, Mr Keith Raffan, Robert Brown, Karen Whitefield

S1M-1296 Alasdair Morgan: The Brenda Jane Fund - portable ultra-sound scanner appeal-That the Parliament notes the tragic death of Brenda-Jane Armstrong of Twynholm, Kirkcudbrightshire, who was stillborn at Cresswell Maternity Hospital, Dumfries on 14 September 2000; further notes that in rural Scotland expectant mothers often have to travel considerable distances to get quality ultra-sound scans, and gives its full backing to the appeal fund, "The Brenda Jane Fund", set up in her memory by her parents Brendan Armstrong and Jane McSkirmming, to raise the 15,000 required to purchase a portable ultrasound scanner for use in rural Kirkcudbrightshire.

Supported by: Mr Alex Salmond, Alex Neil, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Shona Robison, David Mundell, Tommy Sheridan, Christine Grahame, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Fiona McLeod, Mr Murray Tosh, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Dr Elaine Murray, Alex Fergusson, Michael Russell, Donald Gorrie, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Irene McGugan, Tricia Marwick, Mr David Davidson, Ms Sandra White, Ian Jenkins, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Kay Ullrich, Fergus Ewing

S1M-1295 Brian Adam: British Summer Time-That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to oppose plans to use British Summer Time throughout the year.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Fiona McLeod, Mr Andrew Welsh, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Nora Radcliffe, Tricia Marwick, Christine Grahame, Ms Sandra White, Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Fergus Ewing, Richard Lochhead

S1M-1294 Brian Adam: Loud Tie Day-That the Parliament congratulates and supports the organisers of 'Loud Tie Day', which is to be held on Friday 3 November 2000, in their bid to raise awareness of bowel cancer.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Fiona McLeod, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Christine Grahame, Ms Sandra White, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Andrew Wilson

S1M-1293 Dorothy-Grace Elder: Recognition of Jimmy Logan-That the Parliament urges that Mr Jimmy Logan, citizen of Glasgow and of the world, be given a knighthood in recognition of his unique services to Scottish culture on stage and on screen; recognises that Mr Logan and the Short family have been outstanding for over 60 years in their utter dedication to Scotland; firmly recognises that Mr Logan personally encapsulates the expression "blessed be the laughter makers" and that he has brought joy into the lives of millions in his performances and is much loved by the people of Scotland whom he has served boundlessly as an entertainer for six decades and also as a hands-on hard worker for charity; notes that his courage in daunting circumstances many times in his life has been an inspiration to generations, and believes that Mr Logan and his family deserve proper recognition, albeit that the proposer of this motion and others do not uphold the way the present honours system is run.

Supported by: Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Nora Radcliffe, Robin Harper

S1M-1292 Richard Lochhead: Lack of Fisheries Minister in the Scottish Executive-That the Parliament notes that the new Scottish Executive has no dedicated Fisheries Minister and condemns the First Minister's insult to Scotland's fishing communities by deciding to downgrade the importance of one of Scotland's oldest and most vital industries; further notes that prior to devolution, even under the old Scottish Office regime, there was always a dedicated Fisheries Minister, and finally notes that Henry McLeish, in his former role as Scottish Office Minister for Devolution, steered through the Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries Order which enabled the transfer of thousands of square miles of our fishing waters from Scottish to English jurisdiction and is therefore no friend of Scotland's fishing communities.

Supported by: Mr Alex Salmond, Alex Neil, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Shona Robison, Fiona McLeod, Brian Adam, Michael Russell, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Irene McGugan, Tricia Marwick, Christine Grahame, Ms Sandra White, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Andrew Wilson, Kay Ullrich, Fergus Ewing, Bruce Crawford, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Roseanna Cunningham, Dr Winnie Ewing

S1M-1291 Richard Lochhead: Downgrading of Scottish News Bulletins-That the Parliament recognises the importance of regional broadcasting and the need for regional news bulletins that contain Scottish news to keep viewers informed of what is happening in their local area and elsewhere in Scotland; condemns the decision to keep the nightly ITV regional news bulletins at 11.20pm when the main news bulletin edited in London returns to its traditional 10pm slot, and calls upon the Independent Television Commission to insist that regional bulletins should follow directly after the main bulletin to allow Scottish viewers to keep abreast of events in their own country.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Shona Robison, Fiona McLeod, Michael Russell, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Irene McGugan, Tricia Marwick, Ms Sandra White, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Andrew Wilson, Kay Ullrich, Fergus Ewing, Roseanna Cunningham, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr John Munro*

S1M-1290 Shona Robison: Gas Safety Recommendations-That the Parliament welcomes the review of gas safety undertaken by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE); supports the recommendations that (a) it should be compulsory for carbon monoxide detectors to be fitted in all homes, (b) landlords be required to maintain gas appliances in a safe condition and (c) the rules on dealing with emergencies be tightened, including setting legally binding time limits for call outs by gas suppliers who should face prosecution if these are breached, and, in the light of the recent fatal tragedy in Dundee caused by a gas explosion, believes that Her Majesty's Government should implement the HSE recommendations as a matter of priority.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Fiona McLeod, Fiona Hyslop, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Brian Adam, Michael Russell, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Irene McGugan, Tricia Marwick, Christine Grahame, Ms Sandra White, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Kay Ullrich, Tommy Sheridan, Roseanna Cunningham

S1M-1289 Nora Radcliffe: Recognition of British Sign Language in European Year of Languages 2001-That the Parliament welcomes the designation of 2001 as European Year of Languages, which has the aim of celebrating Europe's linguistic heritage and promoting language learning; notes that individual Member States decide which languages should be included; recognises that British Sign Language (BSL) is one of the four most widely-used native languages in the UK, along with English, Welsh and Gaelic; also notes that BSL is the first or preferred language of 70,000 deaf people, and calls upon Her Majesty's Government to have British Sign Language designated as eligible for this important project.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Alex Neil, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Shona Robison, Robert Brown, Brian Adam, Tommy Sheridan, Fiona McLeod, Michael Matheson, Mary Scanlon, Donald Gorrie, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Mr David Davidson, Linda Fabiani, Mr Jamie Stone, Christine Grahame, Alasdair Morgan, Ms Sandra White, Mr Michael McMahon, Andrew Wilson, Euan Robson, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Mr John Munro, Mr Keith Raffan, Cathie Craigie*

S1M-1288 Mr Brian Monteith: Recognition of the Success of the British Paralympic Team-That the Parliament extends its warmest congratulations to Caroline Innes from Fife on her achievement of winning two athletics gold medals in the 200 and 400 metre events, and for establishing a new 200 metre world record, and to all 214 members of the British Paralympic team competing in the Sydney Games, who have so far won more than 70 medals and produced a number of personal best performances.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Alex Neil, David McLetchie, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Keith Harding, Christine Grahame, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Scott Barrie, Brian Adam, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Tommy Sheridan, Nora Radcliffe, Michael Matheson, Donald Gorrie, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr David Davidson, Linda Fabiani, Ms Sandra White, Mr Michael McMahon, Andrew Wilson, Cathy Peattie, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick

S1M-1287# Christine Grahame: Funding for Disabled People and their Carers-That the Parliament recognises that the current levels of social security benefits for disabled people and their carers do not meet the costs of either disability or care; further recognises that means testing for community care services penalises both disabled people and their carers, and believes that the Scottish Executive should investigate and report separately on (a) income levels of disabled people and their carers, (b) take-up of services by disabled people and their carers and (c) social inclusion and equality of opportunity for these groups.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Tommy Sheridan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Irene McGugan, Michael Russell, Alex Neil, Shona Robison, Linda Fabiani, Brian Adam, Fiona McLeod, Nora Radcliffe, Michael Matheson, Ms Sandra White, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Donald Gorrie, Fiona Hyslop, Fergus Ewing, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Kay Ullrich, Mr John Munro, Roseanna Cunningham, Dr Winnie Ewing

S1M-1285# Mr Kenneth Gibson: Establishment of a Children's Fund-That the Parliament applauds the decision of the Chancellor of the Exchequer to establish a Children's Fund south of the border as a way of providing funding to local organisations and communities to tackle child poverty; believes that such a fund will go a long way to help young people develop their own projects and solutions to everyday problems, fund existing initiatives, support voluntary and local community projects and help promote children's involvement in services; is concerned that the Scottish Executive appears hesitant about establishing a Children's Fund in Scotland, and calls for consultation with community children's organisations and young people on the establishment of an innovative and creative Children's Fund, without the complex system of partnerships and funding mazes that bedevil so many other of their strategies.

Supported by: Linda Fabiani, Irene McGugan, Alex Neil, Brian Adam, Tommy Sheridan, Fiona McLeod, Michael Matheson, Ms Sandra White, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Donald Gorrie, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Andrew Wilson, Fergus Ewing, Tricia Marwick

S1M-1284# Mr Kenneth Gibson: Voluntary Sector Access to Criminal Record Information-That the Parliament welcomes plans to introduce detailed criminal record checks on people working with children under 18 from July 2001; notes, however, that many voluntary organisations are deeply concerned at having to pay to obtain enhanced criminal record certificates; believes such costs place an extra burden on groups working with children; accepts the consensus position within the voluntary sector that it should not have to pay for access to vital child protection information; understands that financial barriers placed in the way of organisations working with children mean fewer safe environments for children and create a barrier to social inclusion, and asks the Scottish Executive to ensure that the voluntary sector free access across the board to criminal record information.

Supported by: Linda Fabiani, Tommy Sheridan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Irene McGugan, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, Shona Robison, Robert Brown, Brian Adam, Fiona McLeod, Andrew Wilson, Nora Radcliffe, Michael Matheson, Ms Sandra White, Donald Gorrie, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Fergus Ewing, Mr Kenny MacAskill

S1M-1283 Alasdair Morgan: High Fuel Prices-That the Parliament expresses its continued concern at the escalating price of fuel and calls upon the Chancellor of the Exchequer to take measures to lessen the impact of such high fuel costs on the economic well-being of Scotland and its people and to encourage other EU member states to discourage the illegal transportation of fuel across national boundaries.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Irene McGugan, Michael Russell, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, Shona Robison, Linda Fabiani, Brian Adam, Fiona McLeod, Michael Matheson, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Fergus Ewing, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Andrew Wilson, Kay Ullrich, Mr John Munro, Richard Lochhead

S1M-1281# Nick Johnston: Difficulties Faced by Paper Makers in Scotland-That the Parliament acknowledges the difficulties faced by paper makers in Scotland, and particularly in Mid Scotland and Fife; recognises the pressure on paper making caused by the current currency variations, and is mindful of the potential job josses in the industry and the subsequent effect on the economies of areas of Scotland where paper making is a key industry.

Supported by: Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Keith Harding, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Phil Gallie, Nora Radcliffe, Mary Scanlon, Donald Gorrie, Nick Johnston, Mr David Davidson, David Mundell, Brian Adam

S1M-1279 Brian Adam: East Coast Mainline Rail Services-That the Parliament condemns GNER for terminating trains at Edinburgh indefinitely in order to maintain services south of the border, thus ignoring the needs of rail passengers in the North and East of Scotland, and calls on the Shadow Strategic Rail Authority to review this situation before it awards the 20 year franchise for the East Coast mainline.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Shona Robison, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Irene McGugan, Michael Russell, Alex Neil, Fiona McLeod, Andrew Wilson, Nora Radcliffe, Ms Sandra White, Fergus Ewing, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Richard Lochhead, Tommy Sheridan

S1M-1276# Richard Lochhead: Condition of Medical Equipment-That the Parliament believes that an investigation should be initiated into the condition of medical equipment in Scotland's hospitals, following the revelation that 25% of general medical equipment owned by Grampian University Hospitals NHS Trust is beyond its standard life and given that, according to Tayside University Hospitals NHS Trust, one reason why cancer waiting times in Tayside were among the worst in Scotland was due to broken-down equipment.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing, Margaret Smith, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Tricia Marwick, Shona Robison, Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Irene McGugan, Michael Russell, Mr Andrew Welsh, Christine Grahame, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Brian Adam, Fiona McLeod, Andrew Wilson, Michael Matheson, Ms Sandra White, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Donald Gorrie, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr David Davidson, Bruce Crawford, Dr Winnie Ewing, Roseanna Cunningham

S1M-1263# George Lyon: Caledonian MacBrayne-That the Parliament recognises the high proportion of Caledonian MacBrayne employees who are drawn from the communities that the company serves; acknowledges the importance of these jobs to the economic well-being of these remote and island communities; notes with concern the fears that employees of Caledonian MacBrayne have regarding the potential consequences of the competitive tendering process required by the European Commission, and urges the Scottish Executive to do everything within its power to ensure that job security for staff at Caledonian MacBrayne is maintained throughout and after the conclusion of that process.

Supported by: Mr John Munro, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr Duncan McNeil, Linda Fabiani, Shona Robison, Margaret Smith, Nora Radcliffe, Michael Russell, Alex Neil, Robert Brown, Trish Godman, Donald Gorrie, Mr Gil Paterson, Fergus Ewing, Mr Murray Tosh, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Tommy Sheridan

S1M-1251# Mr Kenneth Gibson: Discrimination Against Teaching Centres of Artistic Excellence-That the Parliament notes the decision of the Department for Education and Employment to introduce Dance and Drama Awards for students to study at institutions in England and Wales; is aware that Scottish students compete on equal terms for places at such institutions with their counterparts from other parts of the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU); is concerned that tuition fees are only paid if students study in England and Wales and regrets that no parallel funding scheme exists for students who wish to study in Scotland; believes that this discrimination against Scottish institutions can only harm them and in the case of Ballet West may force it out of business or to relocate from Taynuilt to outwith Scotland, to the detriment of the local economy and employment; notes that Ballet West attracts students from across the United Kingdom, the EU and as far afield as Guatemala, Japan and Malaysia and outperforms competitor schools from south of the border in ballet competitions and quality of training; is puzzled by the Minister for Children and Education's view that "there is no evidence of significant demand for Dance and Drama training for young people aged 16 and over in Scotland" when 613 applications were received by Ballet West for 23 places; regrets that 34 students withdrew or rejected offers from Ballet West due to lack of funding, compared with only two students doing so at English institutions; notes that the Excellence Fund supports and encourages talent secondary school dancers in Scotland but that the only progression into tertiary training encouraged by the Scottish Executive is in England; is concerned that Scotland will become denuded of teaching centres of artistic excellence and be drained of artistic talent as a result of this discrimination; believes the current position of the Scottish Executive on this issue contradicts its own cultural strategy that has as its key themes "widening opportunities, promoting education, developing and celebrating excellence" and believes that the Scottish Executive should act in order that students from across the UK can choose where to study dance, drama or stage management based on the quality of course offered rather than on whether or not tuition fees will be paid.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing, Fiona McLeod, Colin Campbell, Tricia Marwick, Shona Robison, Andrew Wilson, Robin Harper, Nora Radcliffe, Donald Gorrie, Michael Russell, Brian Adam, Irene McGugan, Ms Sandra White, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Alex Neil, Roseanna Cunningham, Mary Scanlon, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Ian Jenkins, Christine Grahame, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Linda Fabiani, Mr Brian Monteith

S1M-1059 Mr John McAllion: Educational and Training Provision for Scots on the Autistic Spectrum Disorder-That the Parliament notes the emerging problems surrounding the funding of educational and training provision for young Scots on the autistic spectrum disorder, accepts that local authorities such as City of Dundee Council and other agencies find it increasingly difficult to meet the increased demand for this provision from existing resources, and calls for a national debate within and outside the Parliament on how these problems can be identified and overcome.

Supported by: Mr Lloyd Quinan, Fergus Ewing, Shona Robison, Donald Gorrie, Brian Adam, Cathie Craigie, Christine Grahame, Fiona McLeod, Alex Neil, Ms Sandra White, Elaine Smith, Mike Watson, Nora Radcliffe, Mr John Swinney, Robert Brown, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Adam Ingram, Robin Harper, Cathy Jamieson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Alasdair Morgan, Michael Matheson, Rhoda Grant, Tommy Sheridan, Mary Scanlon, Scott Barrie

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, Fergus Ewing, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Brian Adam, Nora Radcliffe, Ian Jenkins, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Dr Richard Simpson, Mr Gil Paterson, Robert Brown, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Cathy Jamieson, Johann Lamont, Malcolm Chisholm, Mr John Swinney, Fiona McLeod, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Elaine Smith, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Dr Winnie Ewing, Irene McGugan, Dennis Canavan, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Ms Margo MacDonald, Michael Matheson, Bruce Crawford, Colin Campbell, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Mr Andrew Welsh, Ms Sandra White, Alasdair Morgan, George Lyon, Richard Lochhead, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr Mike Rumbles, Mr John McAllion, Fiona Hyslop, Helen Eadie, Mr Keith Raffan

 

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