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BUSINESS BULLETIN 57 / 2001

Monday 02 April 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-1817 Mr Duncan Hamilton: Gaelic Cultural Centre for Oban and Lorn—That the Parliament notes with interest the conference to be held in Oban entitled Dr Iain Crichton Smith – A Tribute; recognises that this is the first in a series of cultural events held to promote the establishment of a Gaelic Cultural Centre for Oban and Lorn; believes that such a centre would provide a facility for local Gaelic organisations and act as a tourism resource promoting Gaelic language and culture, and welcomes any progress made in driving forward this innovative project.

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

Ionad Culturail Gàidhlig airson an Obain agus Lathurna

Gu bheil a’ Phàrlamaid a toirt fainear le ùidh an co-labhairt a tha gu bhith san Oban fon ainm An t-Oll. Iain Mac a’Ghobhainn – Moladh, gu bheil I ag aithneachadh gur e seo a’ chiad ann an sreath de thachartsan culturail ann a bhith cur air adhart Ionad Culturail Gàidhlig airson an Obain; a creidsinn gum biodh leithid a dh’ionad feumail do bhuidheannan Gàidhlig ionadail agus gun obraicheadh e mar ghoireas turasachd ann a bhith brosnachadh cànan is dualchas na Gàidhlig, agus a’ cur fàilte air adhartas sam bith ann a bhith toirt a’ phroiseict ùr-ghnàthach sa gu buil.

S1M-1816 Irene McGugan: Decline in Sports Facilities—That the Parliament notes that, according to a report by the Strathclyde University Scottish School of Sports Studies, children at one in seven secondary schools no longer have access to a grass playing field and that, despite government promises to promote sport, there is evidence of a serious long-term decline in the facilities available, almost 40% of schools do not have a football pitch and there is real concern also about community facilities which are closing down because of a lack of resources to maintain them; considers that this situation means that the already high obesity rate among young Scots will continue to rise in the future and that the nation’s performance in the world sporting arena will go into irreversible decline, and therefore calls upon the Scottish Executive to take positive steps to prioritise sport for children and young people and ensure that locally available and appropriate facilities are available.

Supported by: Mr Alex Salmond*, Shona Robison*, Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-1815 Robin Harper: United States and Kyoto Protocol—That the Parliament notes with grave concern the indication by President George W Bush that the United States of America may not ratify the 1997 Kyoto protocol on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and urges the United States to reconsider this position in the light of the harm that worsening climate change will inflict on all the peoples of the world.

Supported by: Hugh Henry*, Tavish Scott*, Shona Robison*, Dorothy-Grace Elder*, Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-1814# Dr Richard Simpson: The Provision and Support for Augmentative and Alternative Communication—That the Parliament notes the CRAG report of 1997 The provision of and support for augmentative communication (AAC) in Scotland: equipment and services; welcomes the implementation of the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act with its emphasis on communication, applauds the development of an AAC service in Forth Valley NHS Rehabilitation Service, but calls upon the Scottish Executive to fund research into the needs for AAC and to end the fragmentation and underfunding of AAC.

Supported by: Margaret Smith, Mr Keith Raffan, Brian Adam, Donald Gorrie, Mr John Farquhar Munro, Cathy Peattie, Trish Godman, Scott Barrie, Margaret Jamieson, Mr Michael McMahon, Irene Oldfather, Paul Martin, Mr Duncan McNeil, Bristow Muldoon, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Karen Whitefield

S1M-1813 Fiona McLeod: Offshore Wind Farms—That the Parliament notes the Swedish environment ministry’s announcement of a 72 megawatt (MW) offshore wind farm, more than twice the current world record for such an installation; awaits the 160 MW Danish offshore wind farm planned for next year that will supply the power needs of 180,000 homes; expects the Scottish Executive to ask the Crown Estates to establish similar installations in Scotland’s coastal water, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to update the national grid’s capacity to enable renewable electricity sources to be used.

Supported by: Bruce Crawford, Roseanna Cunningham, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Fiona Hyslop, Linda Fabiani, Mr Andrew Welsh*, Mr Alex Salmond*, Shona Robison*, Tommy Sheridan*, Brian Adam*

S1M-1812 Bruce Crawford: US Disregard for Kyoto Protocol—That the Parliament condemns the United States Government over its recent announcement that it will ignore its commitment to reducing carbon dioxide and other emissions agreed to with 38 other industrialised nations under the Kyoto Protocol and calls upon the Scottish Executive to write to President Bush as a matter of urgency to express Scotland’s deep concern at the US Government’s lack of leadership and blatant disregard for its international environmental commitments, particularly since the USA accounts for 25% of the world’s emissions, yet only 5% of the world’s population.

Supported by: Fiona McLeod, Roseanna Cunningham, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Nicola Sturgeon, Alex Neil, Richard Lochhead*, Shona Robison*, Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-1809 Richard Lochhead: Relocation of Offshore Industry Related Civil Service Jobs to Aberdeen—That the Parliament notes Aberdeen’s status as Europe’s oil capital; welcomes the continued investment in the area by oil and oil-related companies; notes with regret the fact that little over a third of the Health and Safety Executive’s Offshore Division are based in Aberdeen, and calls upon all offshore-related government departments and agencies to base the maximum possible number of their staff in Aberdeen.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan*, Brian Adam*

S1M-1808 Phil Gallie: Chhokar Inquiry—That the Parliament expresses grave concern about the impartiality of Dr Raj Jandoo, who is conducting the review set up by the Scottish Executive following the acquittal of those charged with the murder of Surjit Singh Chhokar to investigate the liaison arrangements between the police, the procurator fiscal service and the family of Surjit Singh Chhokar, in particular in the light of Dr Jandoo’s reported action in contacting the employers of Aamer Anwar regarding his involvement in the case; sees this as an attempt to silence Mr Anwar, the leading voice for the Chhokar family, and believes that the Executive should examine Dr Jandoo’s actions and take appropriate action.

S1M-1806 Dorothy-Grace Elder: Humane Slaughter—That the Parliament believes that in the present slaughter of sheep and cattle any lapses in humane methods of killing should be investigated immediately, that veterinarians should be present throughout every killing and that any instances of inhumane slaughter and animals being left to die be cracked down on hard; accepts the distress not only of farming community but of Scottish children, some of whom have told parliamentarians of nightmares over fears that not all animals may be being killed humanely, and realises that we have a duty not only to animal welfare but to truthful reassurance to a generation of children exposed through necessary publicity to an uniquely appalling scale of national catastrophe.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-1805 Dorothy-Grace Elder: Investigation of Handling of Foot-and-Mouth Disease Crisis by MAFF—That the Parliament demands to know the precise date when the Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF) was informed of the first cases of foot-and-mouth disease in the recent outbreak, the time and day MAFF then passed this knowledge to the Scottish Executive and precisely when MAFF informed the European Commission or other member states of its knowledge of the foot-and-mouth outbreak; wishes all actions by MAFF over this epidemic to be revealed immediately and later subjected to an inquiry; bears in mind the past history of MAFF regarding BSE, when it delayed informing farmers of the exact contents of animal feed on grounds of so-called "commercial confidentiality", and regarding genetically modified (GM) crops, when it delayed informing Scottish ministers that an accidental GM planting had taken place in Scotland in spring 2000 and that an accidental GM harvest had been gathered and had entered the human and animal food chain in 1999, and notes that these cases of shocking delay were condemned outspokenly by Ministers and all parties in the Scottish Parliament.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-1803 Dorothy-Grace Elder: Reconsideration of Slaughter of Healthy Animals—That the Parliament calls for the reconsideration of the mass slaughter of healthy animals purely because they live within a certain radius of a farm where animals are infected with foot-and-mouth disease; is alarmed at the additional heartbreak and financial disaster caused to farmers by this practice; questions whether more funeral pyres of healthy animals is the answer to the problem; upholds respect for animal life in demanding that other methods of disease control be investigated immediately; recognises that it has a duty to ensure that famous Scottish breeds of cattle and sheep are not endangered permanently through mass slaughter, and asks the Scottish Executive to consider carefully how and from where farmers will replace livestock lost.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan

S1M-1802 Dorothy-Grace Elder: Aftermath of the Foot-and-Mouth Disease Outbreak—That the Parliament demands that planning starts now to ensure better disease control and better treatment of animals after the present foot-and-mouth outbreak is over; agrees to investigate along with other bodies, including the National Union of Farmers and the Cross Party Animal Welfare group, the ending of transportation of live animals over great distances to slaughter, a dominant factor in what led to the current national tragedy; calls for the re-opening of local slaughter houses and for transportation of carcasses only, and heeds the pleas of animal welfare groups and farmers horrified at instances of the appalling conditions under which carefully reared animals have been transported beyond the UK over thousands of miles through the continent with many suffocating en route or being butchered in certain continental abattoirs where barbaric cruelty is commonplace.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-1799 Mr Lloyd Quinan: Anti-social Behaviour—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to commit itself to an information campaign on zero tolerance of anti-social behaviour; believes that local authorities should recognise the extreme distress caused through the physical, mental and financial damage inflicted by anti-social behaviour, and further believes that, in consequence of this recognition, local authorities should provide dedicated officials to co-ordinate action along with other social housing landlords and local police forces to promote safe neighbourhoods.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-1798 Mr Keith Harding: Award to Kelty Medical Practice—That the Parliament welcomes the decision by the Royal College of General Practitioners to award its prestigious Quality Practice Award to Kelty Medical Practice in Fife in recognition of the first-class service and high quality of care the practice provides to local patients.

Supported by: Mr Brian Monteith, Nick Johnston*

S1M-1796 Brian Adam: Hepatitis C Compensation—That the Parliament welcomes the decision of the High Court in England to award compensation to patients across England who were infected with Hepatitis C due to contaminated blood products and calls upon the Scottish Executive to review their decision to refuse compensation to patients with haemophilia who contracted Hepatitis C through contaminated blood products.

Supported by: Shona Robison, Alex Neil, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Tommy Sheridan

S1M-1793 Brian Adam: Disposal of Animal Remains from Foot and Mouth Culling Programme—That the Parliament expresses concern that waste disposal companies operating in the North East of Scotland have been approached to bury potentially contaminated waste from foot and mouth suspected animals in landfill sites and calls upon the Scottish Executive to ensure that such waste is not disposed of in areas currently unaffected by the disease and that transportation of this waste is kept to the minimum.

Supported by: Shona Robison, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-1792 Pauline McNeill: Use of Webcams at Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Yorkhill—That the Parliament congratulates Glasgow City Council's hospital learning service in introducing webcams to link children in the Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill in Glasgow, to their teachers and classmates and commends this hi-tech pilot project as an innovative development in using modern technology to allow sick children to continue their learning with as little interruption as possible and assist children who are long-term patients in feeling less isolated.

Supported by: Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Donald Gorrie, Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-1791# John Scott: The Work of the Hannah Research Institute—That the Parliament recognises the important contribution made by the Hannah Research Institute, Ayr, to the study of biology and lactation, the inter-relationships between mother and offspring, and the physical and biological properties of milk and dairy-based products that are related to food quality and safety; further recognises the key work undertaken by the Institute’s Food Innovation Centre, particularly in the light of its work to assist food producers and processors during the current crisis they are facing; further recognises the Institute’s vital contribution to the Ayrshire economy, and urges the Scottish Executive to maintain its support for the Institute and encourage its expansion with a view to the creation of a large-scale science park in the West of Scotland.

Supported by: Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Adam Ingram

S1M-1790 Mr Gil Paterson: Definition of Rape—That the Parliament believes that the ruling given by Lord Abernethy that to have sexual intercourse with a women without her consent does not in itself constitute rape is wholly unacceptable; finds it perverse that it has been suggested that physical injury has to have taken place before an attack can be defined as a rape; believes that when a person says no to sex and these wishes are ignored that this constitutes rape in the eyes of the victim and should also constitute rape in the eyes of the law, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to re-examine the legal definition of rape and to change the law accordingly.

Supported by: Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr John Swinney, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Adam Ingram, Alex Neil, Ms Margo MacDonald, Bruce Crawford, Mr Andrew Welsh, Nicola Sturgeon, Tricia Marwick, Andrew Wilson, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Margaret Smith, Colin Campbell, Fergus Ewing, Rhoda Grant, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr Michael McMahon, Irene McGugan, Shona Robison, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Johann Lamont, Margaret Jamieson, Donald Gorrie, Robert Brown, Dr Winnie Ewing, Cathy Peattie, Ms Sandra White, Brian Adam*

S1M-1789# Johann Lamont: Lord Abernethy ruling on rape—That the Parliament notes with grave concern the recent ruling by Lord Abernethy that sex without a women’s consent is not rape unless the attacker uses force or the threat of force; believes that women have the right to be protected in law from those who seek to have sex with them without their consent; believes there are serious ramifications in such a ruling for the willingness of rape victims to report the crime and on the attitudes of men who abuse or seek to abuse women; considers that this ruling raises significant issues about the current training for judges dealing with such cases, and given the Scottish Executive’s commitment to the zero tolerance of violence to women and its commitment to the support of the victims of crime, urges the Minister for Justice and the Minister for Social Justice, in conjunction with the Executive’s equality Units, the appropriate committees of the Parliament and in consultation in particular with women’s organisations and victim support groups, to review the legislation on sexual assault and rape, to ensure that the law offers real protection and support to anyone who suffers sexual assault or rape.

Supported by: Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mr Gil Paterson, Cathy Jamieson, Helen Eadie, Kate MacLean, Tricia Marwick, Mike Watson, Shona Robison, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Elaine Smith, Paul Martin, Elaine Thomson, Pauline McNeill, Margaret Jamieson, Donald Gorrie, Mr Adam Ingram, Dr Elaine Murray, Tommy Sheridan, Rhoda Grant, Scott Barrie, Cathy Peattie, Trish Godman, Hugh Henry, Ian Jenkins, Ms Sandra White, Maureen Macmillan, Janis Hughes, Margaret Smith*, Brian Adam*

S1M-1788# Elaine Thomson: 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 to work with all those involved to secure the future of the paper industry across Scotland.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Rhoda Grant, Irene Oldfather, Irene McGugan, Mike Watson, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Richard Lochhead, Dr Elaine Murray, Nora Radcliffe, Tommy Sheridan, Hugh Henry, Ian Jenkins, Maureen Macmillan, Mr Gil Paterson

S1M-1787 Elaine Thomson: Community Nurses and Health Visitors—That the Parliament notes the key role of community nurses and health visitors in community care, and that use of a car is essential in carrying out that role; believes that the practices of requiring these health workers to pay parking charges in the course of their work, and of providing car leasing arrangements on different terms in different Trusts, should be reviewed in the interests of efficiency and equity, and further believes that a uniform approach to these issues should be established throughout the National Health Service in Scotland.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Rhoda Grant, Mike Watson, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Dr Elaine Murray, Nora Radcliffe, Tommy Sheridan, Trish Godman, Hugh Henry, Maureen Macmillan

S1M-1786 Elaine Thomson: Burning of Effigies and Fishing Vessel Log Books—That the Parliament notes the burning of fishing vessel log books at demonstrations in Peterhead and Hopeman on 12 March 2001; notes that the press release advertising these demonstrations was issued by the SNP; condemns the destruction of log books and in particular, the burning of effigies of the Deputy Minister for Rural Development, Rhona Brankin, at those demonstrations, and calls upon Alex Salmond and Margaret Ewing as local MSPs to condemn those actions and to apologise for their party’s role in promoting those demonstrations.

Supported by: Rhoda Grant, Kate MacLean, Irene Oldfather, Mike Watson, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Dr Elaine Murray, Mr John Home Robertson, Scott Barrie, Trish Godman, Maureen Macmillan

S1M-1785 John Young: War Memorial—That the Parliament acknowledges the bravery and sacrifice of the 35,000 British and Commonwealth personnel who died during the North African Campaign of World War II and supports the establishment of a war memorial in Libya.

Supported by: Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Donald Gorrie, Mr Adam Ingram, David Mundell, Bill Aitken, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Ben Wallace, Colin Campbell, Dennis Canavan, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mr Murray Tosh, Phil Gallie, Mr Gil Paterson, Maureen Macmillan, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Robert Brown, John Scott*

S1M-1784 Shona Robison: Morgan Academy—That the Parliament expresses its regret following the recent devastating fire leading to the virtual destruction of Morgan Academy in Dundee; notes the great loss to Dundee’s heritage of this magnificent Victorian Gothic style building, and extends its sympathy to the staff and pupils at the school, particularly those affected by the loss of vital course work for use in their forthcoming examinations.

Supported by: Phil Gallie, Fiona McLeod, Mr Andrew Welsh, Brian Adam, Tommy Sheridan, Irene McGugan, Andrew Wilson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Brian Monteith, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Richard Lochhead, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Dr Winnie Ewing, Ms Sandra White

S1M-1783# Brian Adam: Prescription Charge Exemption for Severe and Enduring Mental Illness—That the Parliament welcomes Mental Health Week in the second week in April; notes the omission of severe and enduring mental illness from the scope of the National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) (Scotland) Regulations 1974; expresses concern at the incidence of suicide amongst high-risk groups identified in the Mental Welfare Commission Annual Report 1999-2000, and agrees with the conclusion of the Millan report that essential medication for chronic mental conditions is fundamental to successful care in the community.

Supported by: Fiona McLeod, Mr Andrew Welsh, Tommy Sheridan, Shona Robison, Irene McGugan, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Richard Lochhead, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Nora Radcliffe, Ms Sandra White, Mr Duncan Hamilton*

S1M-1782 Fiona McLeod: Italian Telecommunications Framework—That the Parliament notes the significant measures taken by the Italian Environment Minister, William Borden, and the Italian Government in approving a framework law containing strict provisions to curb electromagnetic radiation; further notes the proposed provisions which include limits for emissions, thresholds for radiation in public places such as schools, hospitals and workplaces, guidelines on the location of transmitters and a recommendation that a map of all electricity and telecommunication plants emitting radiation be produced within four months; commends the Italian Government for implementing stricter fines payable where television transmitter or mobile telecommunication mast owners breach these new rules; recognises the support given to the Environment Minister by Italian environmental groups, and calls upon the relevant Scottish Minister or Ministers to show a similar commitment to protecting the health and environment of Scotland.

Supported by: Bruce Crawford, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Tricia Marwick, Roseanna Cunningham, Andrew Wilson, Mr Andrew Welsh, Tommy Sheridan, Shona Robison, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Linda Fabiani, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Ms Sandra White

S1M-1781# Elaine Smith: Mental Health and Young People—That the Parliament welcomes the £8.6 million allocated from the Mental Health and Well Being Development Fund since its inception in September 1997, in particular the £2 million funding for the nine new mental health projects throughout Scotland announced by the Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care on 20 March 2001; notes the publication by the National Schizophrenia Fellowship of the report Tomorrow’s Minds, which shows that the majority of teenagers and young adults believe that they would face discrimination if they developed a mental health problem, and, in the light of this report, believes that the Scottish Executive should give consideration to running an education campaign, aimed at young people, to combat negative attitudes towards mental illness.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Rhoda Grant, Irene Oldfather, Fiona Hyslop, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Johann Lamont, Donald Gorrie, Mr Adam Ingram, Dr Elaine Murray, Scott Barrie, Trish Godman, Maureen Macmillan

S1M-1778# Ms Sandra White: River Clyde Improvement—That the Parliament commends the work of the Glasgow Humane Society’s river rescue service, in particular the society’s George Parsonage who has worked with dedication on the Clyde for many years; notes however with concern that despite recent improvements in water quality the Clyde still suffers from pollution caused by sewage and rubbish, hindering the work of the society; notes that much of the riverside is neglected, decaying and overgrown, and therefore believes that consideration should be given to the introduction of greater sanctions on individuals and companies dumping rubbish and sewage in the river and to the setting up of a national river authority consisting of representatives from the relevant local authorities to ensure that the Clyde and its banks are properly managed and maintained.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Fiona McLeod, Tommy Sheridan, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Linda Fabiani, Richard Lochhead, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Mr Duncan Hamilton*

S1M-1774 Tommy Sheridan: Committees Meeting in Private—That the Parliament is concerned at the increasing tendency of Parliamentary committees to go into private session; notes with particular concern the Health and Community Care Committee’s decision to go into private session on 21 March to discuss the MMR report; believes that this is an issue of huge public interest and should not be heard in private, and calls upon all committees only to go into private session in exceptional circumstances, such as for reasons of protecting an individual’s identity.

Supported by: Mr Lloyd Quinan

S1M-1773 Robin Harper: Post of Minister for the Environment—That the Parliament notes with concern the decision not to reappoint the senior post of Minister for the Environment and to pass overall responsibility for the environment to the Minister with the existing portfolio for Rural Development, and asks the Executive to review this decision and reinstate the post of Minister for the Environment, or an equivalent post, as a separate and discrete responsibility at the earliest opportunity.

Supported by: Bruce Crawford, Tommy Sheridan, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Linda Fabiani, Alasdair Morgan, Mr Gil Paterson, Ms Sandra White, Mr Duncan Hamilton*

S1M-1772 Michael Russell: Scottish Opera—That the Parliament notes the answer to question S1W-14238 which was provided on Friday 16th March, the day that the question was lodged; further notes that the reply to this question as provided to the Education, Culture and Sport Committee by the former Minister for Environment, Sport and Culture indicates that the question was not due for public answer until 30 March, and was not due to be considered by the Minister until 23 March; expresses concern that such a controversial matter as the provision of an extra £1.9 million in grant aid for Scottish Opera in the current financial year which has less than two weeks to run, and an additional £1 million each year for the next three years to the company, has been handled in what appears to be a rushed and irregular manner in the final days of the Minister’s career in government, and calls upon the First Minister to suspend payment of any additional money to Scottish Opera pending an inquiry into the circumstances of the grant and its announcement and, in his new capacity as the Cabinet Minister with responsibility for the arts and culture, to appear before the Education, Culture and Sport committee to answer questions on the decision and on the funding and operation of Scottish Opera which has now received £4 million in emergency aid in less than 16 months and which appears to be in blatant contempt of the key unanimous cross party recommendation of the Education, Culture and Sport committee’s report into the National Companies published in February 2000 which stated "Any solution to Scottish Opera’s financial difficulties must be accompanied by a recognition by the new board that the pursuit of excellence must be balanced against appropriate financial control".

Supported by: David McLetchie, Bill Aitken, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Phil Gallie, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Ben Wallace, Alex Johnstone, Miss Annabel Goldie, Mary Scanlon, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr Keith Harding, Mr Brian Monteith, John Young, Irene McGugan, Alex Fergusson, David Mundell, Nick Johnston, Mr David Davidson, Fiona McLeod, Brian Adam, Shona Robison, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Fiona Hyslop, Linda Fabiani, Richard Lochhead, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Ms Sandra White, Mr Duncan Hamilton*

S1M-1768 Michael Russell: The Scottish Daily Express—That the Parliament notes with concern current speculation regarding a threat to the continued operation and identity of the Scottish Daily Express as a result of the recent change of ownership of Express newspapers; notes that the Scottish Daily Express has a distinguished history and has made a consistent contribution to the breadth of Scottish political debate; recognises that Scotland requires a diverse and healthy press, not a reduction of choice of titles available, and expresses the hope that the current ownership of the Express group will strengthen the identity and independence of its Scottish title and compete vigorously for readers, rather than abandoning an important and growing market.

Supported by: Mr Alex Salmond, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Fiona McLeod, Mr Keith Raffan, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Fiona Hyslop, Tricia Marwick, Ms Sandra White, Mr Duncan Hamilton*

S1M-1767# Nora Radcliffe: Threatened Loss of Scotland's International Sportsmen and Women—That the Parliament notes with concern that Peter Nicol, the world number one squash player, is reported to be considering transferring to play for England instead of Scotland; considers that Mr Nicol, born in Inverurie, has an exemplary record as a professional and international player, and as an ambassador for Scotland, having won, among other top level successes, a Commonwealth Gold Medal for Scotland in 1998; notes that the decision to transfer to England is being considered with regret, and would result from Scotland’s lack of financial support for top players, and urges sportscotland and the Scottish Executive to do everything within their power to make available the resources necessary to ensure that Scotland’s top sportsmen and women do not have to transfer allegiance to ensure that their careers can be sustained.

Supported by: Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Ian Jenkins, Irene McGugan, Fiona McLeod, Shona Robison, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Richard Lochhead, Donald Gorrie, Ms Sandra White

S1M-1764# Dr Elaine Murray: Flood Prevention—That the Parliament notes the responsibility which local authorities have for flood prevention measures and also the need for them to give consideration to possible flood risks when considering planning applications; further notes that local authorities have access to estimated 100 year flood maps provided by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency for this purpose but is concerned that the scale of these maps, produced by the Institute of Hydrology, is 1:50,000 and that they only provide information in 50 square metre blocks; urges the Scottish Executive to give consideration to the effectiveness of these maps; believes that the Executive should work with all local authorities to identify areas of flood risk which are susceptible to flooding and to develop a national scheme to restrict or prohibit development on "at risk" areas, and further urges the Executive to produce a long term strategy for areas of development currently prone to flooding.

Supported by: Irene Oldfather, Michael Russell, Tommy Sheridan, Nora Radcliffe, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mr John Home Robertson, Alasdair Morgan, Trish Godman, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Cathy Peattie, Ms Margo MacDonald, Mr Keith Raffan, Shona Robison, Rhoda Grant, Pauline McNeill, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Adam Ingram, David Mundell, Mr Gil Paterson, Maureen Macmillan

S1M-1763# Mr John McAllion: Specialist Clinic for ME—That the Parliament, in view of 2001 being the Year of the Severely Affected with ME and in view of ME Awareness Week in May 2001, acknowledges the suffering of an estimated fifteen thousand patients with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and/or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) including an estimated two and a half thousand children, and asks the Scottish Executive to commission urgently a strategic needs review assessment into ME and CFS and to set up a specialist ME and CFS clinic for diagnosis and treatment of sufferers.

Supported by: Alex Fergusson, Linda Fabiani, Irene Oldfather, Michael Russell, Tommy Sheridan, Donald Gorrie, Elaine Smith, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Johann Lamont, Alasdair Morgan, Cathy Peattie, Ms Margo MacDonald, Brian Adam, Mr Keith Raffan, Shona Robison, Rhoda Grant, Pauline McNeill, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Fiona Hyslop, Mr David Davidson, Mr Adam Ingram, David Mundell, Tricia Marwick, Dr Elaine Murray, Nora Radcliffe, Trish Godman, Mr Gil Paterson, Ms Sandra White, Maureen Macmillan

S1M-1761 Mr Alex Salmond: Peterhead Football Club—That the Parliament congratulates Peterhead Football Club on its successful run in the Scottish Cup, which culminated in the club reaching the quarter final for the first time in its history; notes that this achievement took place during the Blue Toon’s first season in senior football; believes that the team and its travelling fans are a credit to the local community, and wishes the team all the best for the remainder of this season and those to come.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Andrew Wilson, Irene McGugan, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Fiona McLeod, Brian Adam, Shona Robison, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Richard Lochhead, Mr David Davidson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick

S1M-1759# John Scott: National Association of Rape Crisis Centres—That the Parliament recognises the good work done by rape crisis centres throughout Scotland, supports the creation of a National Association of Rape Crisis Centres and believes that adequate funding should be put in place to support such a national association and its work.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Alex Neil, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Linda Fabiani, Michael Russell, Tommy Sheridan, Donald Gorrie, Andrew Wilson, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Alasdair Morgan, Fiona McLeod, Ms Margo MacDonald, Brian Adam, Mr Keith Raffan, Shona Robison, Fiona Hyslop, Richard Lochhead, Mr David Davidson, David Mundell, Tricia Marwick, Nora Radcliffe, Ms Sandra White

S1M-1757 Mr Brian Monteith: Hosting Football's 2005 World Club Championship—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Football Association (SFA) on holding exploratory talks with FIFA’s President Sepp Blatter on a possible bid to host the 2005 World Club Championship; urges the SFA to follow this up with a formal bid to host the tournament as well as the 2008 European Nations Championship, and believes that hosting these tournaments would be of great benefit to domestic football, to tourism, to other sectors of the economy and to Scotland’s international reputation.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Murray Tosh, Michael Russell, Tommy Sheridan, Andrew Wilson, Irene McGugan, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Ms Margo MacDonald, Shona Robison, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Phil Gallie, Richard Lochhead, Mr Adam Ingram, David Mundell, Tricia Marwick, David McLetchie, Brian Adam

S1M-1756 Dorothy-Grace Elder: Scottish Working People's History Trust and Working Class History Museums—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Working People's History Trust on the publication of the 2nd volume of oral recollections entitled Bondagers (female bonded farm workers); notes that the Trust is committed to preserving for future generations, through deposit in public libraries and museums in Scotland, all surviving documentary and oral sources of working people's history north of the Border; further notes that the Trust receives no National Lottery funding as it is revenue based, depends entirely on voluntary donations and operates with only one part-time researcher and volunteers, yet continues to produce invaluable work on the history of Scotland, and is concerned at the threat for the future faced by other outlets dedicated to working class history such as Springburn Railway Museum.

Supported by: Dennis Canavan, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Alex Neil, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Linda Fabiani, Michael Russell, Tommy Sheridan, Donald Gorrie, Andrew Wilson, Nora Radcliffe, Fiona McLeod, Ms Margo MacDonald, Mr Keith Raffan, Shona Robison, Dr Winnie Ewing, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Ms Sandra White

S1M-1755 Mr Kenneth Gibson: War Crime of Mass Rape—That the Parliament acknowledges the recent landmark ruling from the Yugoslav War Crimes trial in the Hague that recognises mass rape as a war crime; notes that for the first time such acts and sexual enslavement in times of war will be regarded in international law as crimes against humanity, second in gravity only to genocide, and believes that speaking about the reality of rape as a war crime and challenging its existence is the only way towards ending it.

Supported by: Linda Fabiani, Alex Neil, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Michael Russell, Tommy Sheridan, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Andrew Wilson, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Fiona McLeod, Ms Margo MacDonald, Shona Robison, Fiona Hyslop, Richard Lochhead, Donald Gorrie, Ms Sandra White

S1M-1752 Scott Barrie: Keep Scotland Beautiful Awards - Fife Beaches—That the Parliament notes that eleven beaches in Fife were winners in the Keep Scotland Beautiful Awards; congratulates Fife Council, East of Scotland Water and local community groups for their efforts to continually improve the quality of Fife’s beaches; recognises the importance of clean beaches in promoting Fife as a premier tourist destination, and hopes that their efforts will continue to be rewarded in the years ahead.

Supported by: Helen Eadie, Marilyn Livingstone, Ms Margo MacDonald, Mr Keith Raffan, Tricia Marwick, Brian Adam, Maureen Macmillan

S1M-1748 Mr Adam Ingram: Scottish Executive Expenditure on Publication, Print and Design—That the Parliament believes that £6.2 million is an unjustifiable sum of money to spend in a fifteen month period in the design and production of Scottish Executive documents; sees no reason why documents cannot be published in basic form which is clear and easy to decipher, and urges the Scottish Executive to cut its design and print budget and re-direct this wasteful expenditure to frontline services for the Scottish public.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Michael Matheson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Tommy Sheridan, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Andrew Wilson, Ms Margo MacDonald, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Richard Lochhead, Ms Sandra White

S1M-1747 Mr Duncan Hamilton: Greenock Emigration Museum—That the Parliament recognises the positive impact made throughout the world by the more than two million Scots who have emigrated from this country; notes with interest the proposals for a Scottish Emigration Museum based in Greenock to celebrate those who have left to begin new lives in the rest of the world; acknowledges the potential financial benefits such a visitor attraction would have for Greenock and the surrounding area, and calls on Greater Glasgow and Clyde Valley Tourist Board to work with all interested parties to consider this proposal.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Michael Matheson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Kay Ullrich, Linda Fabiani, Mr Alex Salmond, Michael Russell, Tommy Sheridan, Andrew Wilson, Fiona McLeod, Brian Adam, Richard Lochhead, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Ms Sandra White

S1M-1745 Dennis Canavan: Adherence to Resolutions of the Parliament—That the Parliament agrees that it is the national representative body of the Scottish people, with responsibility to make decisions on behalf of the people on devolved matters, and therefore, in keeping with Scotland’s democratic tradition, demands that the Scottish Executive implement all such decisions of the Parliament, including the resolution of Thursday 8 March 2001 resulting from motion S1M-1725 as amended which calls upon the Scottish Executive, among other things, to provide financial support to our fishermen during the twelve week closure period of the cod recovery plan in the form of an immediate compensated tie-up scheme and other suitable measures.

Supported by: Mr John Swinney, David McLetchie, Tommy Sheridan, Robin Harper, Mr Alex Salmond, Roseanna Cunningham, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Alex Johnstone, Tricia Marwick, John Young, Ben Wallace, Michael Russell, Mr Kenny MacAskill, John Scott, Richard Lochhead, Linda Fabiani, Bruce Crawford, Nicola Sturgeon, Kay Ullrich, Fergus Ewing, Alex Fergusson, Mr Murray Tosh, Phil Gallie, Fiona Hyslop, Dr Winnie Ewing, Colin Campbell, Alex Neil, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Ms Sandra White, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Shona Robison, Fiona McLeod, David Mundell, Irene McGugan, Mr Keith Harding, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Christine Grahame, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Brian Adam, Mr Andrew Welsh, Michael Matheson, Mr Brian Monteith, Miss Annabel Goldie, Nick Johnston, Bill Aitken, Mr David Davidson, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Alasdair Morgan, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mary Scanlon, Ms Margo MacDonald, Andrew Wilson

S1M-1744 Tommy Sheridan: Strip Searching of Four Women Arrested at Faslane—That the Parliament expresses its deep concern that four of the 200 women arrested during the peaceful anti-nuclear weapons protest at Faslane on 12 February 2001 were subjected to strip searches; agrees with the Irish MP John McGuiness that the treatment of these women was "scandalous"; demands a full inquiry into this situation; further expresses its sincere apologies to the four women who were subjected to these searches and resolves to communicate an apology to each of them with a promise of appropriate action in relation to those who ordered these humiliating and degrading strip searches.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Fiona Hyslop, Kay Ullrich, Linda Fabiani, Michael Russell, Andrew Wilson, Fiona McLeod, Ms Margo MacDonald, Shona Robison, Tricia Marwick, Ms Sandra White

S1M-1743 Mr Gil Paterson: Planning Permission for Telecommunications Masts—That the Parliament is concerned about the number of telecommunications masts being erected across the country; recognises the public concern regarding the possible health implications of these masts and urges the Scottish Executive to give powers to local authorities to enforce planning regulations on all applications for telecommunications masts and to issue new planning guidelines to ensure that no masts are built within 100 metres of the nearest house or public building.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Fergus Ewing, Colin Campbell, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Fiona Hyslop, Kay Ullrich, Linda Fabiani, Tommy Sheridan, Donald Gorrie, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Andrew Wilson, Fiona McLeod, Mr Keith Raffan, Ms Sandra White

S1M-1742# Dr Elaine Murray: Foot and Mouth Disease in Dumfries and Galloway—That the Parliament recognises the severe problems being faced in parts of Dumfries and Galloway as a result of the current outbreak of foot and mouth disease; notes that the effects are not confined to the farming industry but also affect slaughterhouses, hauliers, food producers, tourism and retailing businesses; notes with concern that workers have already been laid off by several firms and that many more workers may imminently be laid off, and urges the Scottish Executive to work in partnership with other agencies to seek ways of ameliorating the situation as a matter of urgency.

Supported by: David Mundell, Alex Fergusson, Mr Murray Tosh, Alex Johnstone, Paul Martin, Phil Gallie, David McLetchie, Ben Wallace, Nick Johnston, Bill Butler, Mrs Mary Mulligan, John Scott, Mike Watson, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Cathy Jamieson, Marilyn Livingstone, Hugh Henry, Irene Oldfather, Michael Russell, Tommy Sheridan, Donald Gorrie, Elaine Smith, Nora Radcliffe, Johann Lamont, Dennis Canavan, Mr John Home Robertson, Alasdair Morgan, Trish Godman, Cathy Peattie, Ms Margo MacDonald, Brian Adam, Mr Keith Raffan, Shona Robison, Rhoda Grant, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Richard Lochhead, Mr David Davidson, Tricia Marwick, Maureen Macmillan

S1M-1740# Michael Matheson: Lung Disease in Scotland—That the Parliament notes the increased incidence of lung disease, in particular the rising number of women suffering from lung cancer; further notes the inconsistent way in which services are provided within the NHSiS for those who suffer from lung disease; recognises the need for greater research into lung disease in Scotland, much of which is presently funded by the British Lung Foundation; congratulates the British Lung Foundation on the work of its Breatheasy groups in providing support to those in local communities who suffer from lung disease, and acknowledges the need to give consideration to the formation of a national strategy to tackle lung disease in Scotland.

Supported by: Andrew Wilson, Michael Russell, Christine Grahame, Brian Adam, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Shona Robison, Tommy Sheridan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Fergus Ewing, Kay Ullrich, Nick Johnston, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Fiona McLeod, Dennis Canavan, Bruce Crawford, Linda Fabiani, Dr Winnie Ewing, Colin Campbell, Alex Neil, Fiona Hyslop, Ms Sandra White, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Ben Wallace, Mary Scanlon, Irene McGugan, Cathy Peattie, Mr Alex Salmond, Donald Gorrie, Mr Andrew Welsh, Nicola Sturgeon, Mr David Davidson, David Mundell

S1M-1739# Mr Gil Paterson: Chidren and the Internet—That the Parliament is gravely concerned at the high incidence of paedophiles contacting children through Internet chat rooms; believes that, in light of the increased use of the Internet by school children, it is imperative that adequate screening and filtering software be provided to protect children from the dangers of the Internet, and encourages the provision, along with any protective measures, of adequate resources dedicated to policing the Internet and prosecuting those who use it to approach, entice and damage children.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Andrew Wilson, Christine Grahame, Mr David Davidson, Richard Lochhead, Tricia Marwick, Brian Adam, Michael Russell, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Shona Robison, Tommy Sheridan, Fergus Ewing, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Alex Neil, Fiona Hyslop, Ms Sandra White, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Ben Wallace, Irene McGugan, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Kay Ullrich, Linda Fabiani, Donald Gorrie, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh

S1M-1738# Mr Adam Ingram: The Stigma of Mental Illness—That the Parliament notes that a quarter of all Scots will suffer from mental illness at some point in their lives; believes that recovery, treatment and acceptability of mental illness are severely hindered by its negative and taboo image and by public ignorance, and considers that the best way to combat the stigma surrounding mental illness is to introduce a high profile anti-stigma and public education campaign such as the People Too campaign launched this month by the Scottish Association for Mental Health, Penumbra, National Schizophrenia Fellowship and The Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Supported by: Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Shona Robison, Tommy Sheridan, Fergus Ewing, Tricia Marwick, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Fiona McLeod, Colin Campbell, Alex Neil, Fiona Hyslop, Ms Sandra White, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Ben Wallace, Mary Scanlon, Robert Brown, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Kay Ullrich, Linda Fabiani, Michael Russell, Donald Gorrie, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Andrew Wilson, Irene McGugan, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Nick Johnston, Ms Margo MacDonald, Brian Adam, Mr Keith Raffan, Richard Lochhead, Mr David Davidson, David Mundell

S1M-1737 Shona Robison: Rector of Dundee University—That the Parliament congratulates comedian Fred McAulay on being elected as the Rector of Dundee University and wishes him every success in pursuing the interests and promoting the welfare of the students of the university.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing, Tricia Marwick, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Fiona McLeod, Colin Campbell, Ms Sandra White, Ben Wallace, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Kay Ullrich, Andrew Wilson, Nick Johnston, Richard Lochhead

S1M-1736# Robert Brown: Health Visitor and Community Nurse Car Travel—That the Parliament notes the problems faced by health visitors and community nurses when using their cars on NHS business and believes that there should be national arrangements on this matter and that there should be provision of free car parking badges to such key workers together with an urgent review of their car leasing and mileage arrangements

Supported by: Shona Robison, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Brian Adam, Nora Radcliffe, Michael Russell, Donald Gorrie, Andrew Wilson, Cathy Peattie, Mr Keith Raffan, Maureen Macmillan

S1M-1734 Linda Fabiani: International Women's Day—That the Parliament on International Women’s Day congratulates the European Commission on bringing forward wide-ranging proposals to combat the trafficking of women into the current European Union member countries from candidate countries and beyond, and looks forward to the consideration of these proposals by the European Parliament.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Shona Robison, Tommy Sheridan, Fergus Ewing, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Fiona McLeod, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Colin Campbell, Alex Neil, Fiona Hyslop, Ms Sandra White, Michael Matheson, Irene McGugan, Nora Radcliffe, Cathy Peattie, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Michael Russell, Donald Gorrie, Andrew Wilson, Elaine Smith, Richard Lochhead

S1M-1733 Tommy Sheridan: Inquiry into Collapse of Chester Street Holdings and the Role of the Financial Services Agency—That the Parliament agrees to make urgent representations to Her Majesty’s Government in support of the call made by Tony Worthington MP for a full and public inquiry into the collapse of the insurance firm Chester Street Holdings and, in particular, the shameful role of the Financial Services Agency and believes that Her Majesty’s Government must guarantee 100% compensation for all citizens suffering from asbestos related illnesses.

Supported by: Tricia Marwick, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Linda Fabiani, Michael Russell, Donald Gorrie, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Ms Margo MacDonald, Brian Adam, Mr Lloyd Quinan

S1M-1731 Trish Godman: Ferguson's Shipyard—That the Parliament offers its warm congratulations to the management and workforce of Ferguson’s shipyard in Port Glasgow for winning against intense competition the contract, worth £23.5 million, to build a fisheries research vessel for the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; notes that an earlier fisheries research vessel built at this Port Glasgow yard is judged by naval architects to be amongst the top three such vessels in the world, and believes that this order shows very clearly that this is an excellent shipyard.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Sandra White, Mr Duncan McNeil, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mike Watson, Mr Gil Paterson, Cathy Peattie, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Michael Russell, Johann Lamont, Pauline McNeill, Mr David Davidson, Maureen Macmillan

S1M-1730 Trish Godman: Commonwealth Day—That the Parliament, as a new member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and along with all other parliaments and assemblies of the Commonwealth, pays tribute to the Commonwealth on Commonwealth Day, Monday 12 March, and seeks to encourage people of all ages to join together to both increase international understanding and protect democratic institutions where they are under threat so that we can all live in tolerable societies.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Russell, Shona Robison, Ms Sandra White, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Irene Oldfather, Robert Brown, Mike Watson, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Cathy Peattie, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Donald Gorrie, Andrew Wilson, Mr John Home Robertson, Brian Adam, Mr Keith Raffan, Rhoda Grant, Pauline McNeill

S1M-1729 Johann Lamont: Glasgow Women's Library - 10th Anniversary—That the Parliament joins, on International Women's Day on 8 March 2001, with women across Scotland in celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Glasgow Women's Library; commends the Glasgow Women's Library for its volunteer training programme which supports and encourages women to develop their confidence and skills, and encourages support for the Glasgow Women's Library in its plans for expansion into a recognised national resource as the Women's Library for Scotland.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Paul Martin, Mike Watson, Michael Russell, Margaret Jamieson, Tommy Sheridan, Fiona McLeod, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Fiona Hyslop, Ms Sandra White, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Nora Radcliffe, Janis Hughes, Trish Godman, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Marilyn Livingstone, Cathy Peattie, Donald Gorrie, Elaine Smith, Rhoda Grant, Pauline McNeill, Dr Elaine Murray, Maureen Macmillan

S1M-1724 Mr Gil Paterson: Schools Repairs Fund—That the Parliament notes the considerable outstanding repair bill faced by Scottish schools which in some cases have been allowed to fall into an unacceptable state of disrepair simply because local authorities cannot afford the necessary investment for improvement; draws attention to Airdrie Academy as an example of a school whose major repair requirements have provoked a crisis; and calls on the Scottish Executive to allocate funding for a schools repair contingency fund to ensure that local authorities can afford to educate our children in decent and safe surroundings.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Shona Robison, Tommy Sheridan, Fergus Ewing, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Fiona McLeod, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Colin Campbell, Alex Neil, Ms Sandra White, Linda Fabiani, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenny MacAskill

S1M-1723# Cathy Jamieson: Fairtrade Fortnight—That the Parliament notes the occurrence of Fairtrade Fortnight between 5 March and 18 March 2001; supports this important series of events in raising awareness of the need to provide workers and producers in Third World countries with a better deal in return for their produce, and encourages all MSPs and consumers to participate in these events, which will help protect the livelihood of small farmers and producers who too often face exploitation.

Supported by: Mr Andrew Welsh, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Matheson, Alex Neil, Johann Lamont, Tommy Sheridan, Shona Robison, Linda Fabiani, Tricia Marwick, Fiona McLeod, Robin Harper, Fiona Hyslop, Ms Sandra White, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Dr Richard Simpson, Irene McGugan, Nora Radcliffe, Irene Oldfather, Robert Brown, Janis Hughes, Dr Elaine Murray, Mike Watson, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Cathy Peattie, Donald Gorrie, Andrew Wilson, Mr John Home Robertson, Trish Godman, Ms Margo MacDonald, Rhoda Grant, Pauline McNeill, Richard Lochhead, Mr David Davidson

S1M-1722 Mr Brian Monteith: Effect of Pensions Tax on Stirling Council—That the Parliament acknowledges that the decision in July 1997 by Her Majesty's Government to abolish advance corporation tax relief on pension funds has cost Stirling Council £2,300,000 over the past four years, equivalent to £74 for every Band D council taxpayer; and notes that the cost to the council in the current financial year is £260,000, at a time when the council’s administration has announced spending cuts to frontline services, including voluntary bodies and a cut of £250,000 from the budgets of local schools, together with a 17% rise in council tax over the next three years.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Mr Keith Harding, Phil Gallie, Ben Wallace, Mr Gil Paterson, Donald Gorrie, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mr David Davidson

S1M-1718 Robin Harper: Generic Drugs for Developing Countries—That the Parliament notes with concern the legal challenge which GlaxoSmithKline and other pharmaceutical companies have brought against the South African 1997 Medicines and Related Substances Control Amendment Act which was introduced by the South African Government, under the leadership of Nelson Mandela, to improve access to affordable medicines for the people of South Africa, and calls upon these companies to withdraw immediately from the legal action and undertake not to prevent governments of developing countries from adopting measures to make vital medicines more affordable.

Supported by: Linda Fabiani, Tommy Sheridan, Shona Robison, Ms Sandra White, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Cathy Peattie, Kay Ullrich, Donald Gorrie, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Andrew Wilson, Elaine Smith, Ms Margo MacDonald, Mr Keith Raffan, Tricia Marwick

S1M-1717# Irene Oldfather: Carrick-City of Adelaide—That the Parliament welcomes North Ayrshire Council’s refusal of permission to demolish the Carrick-City of Adelaide, the world’s oldest composite ship and the only vessel in Scotland to be an "A" listed structure; supports the efforts being made to secure funding for repairs and renovation, and calls upon all relevant agencies to ensure that this historically important vessel is retained and restored for future generations.

Supported by: Mr Murray Tosh, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Russell, Kay Ullrich, Tricia Marwick, Robin Harper, Ms Sandra White, Mr Gil Paterson, Donald Gorrie, Andrew Wilson, Rhoda Grant, Mr David Davidson

S1M-1716# Christine Grahame: Edinburgh Zoo—That the Parliament notes that the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, founded in 1909, is the custodian of the Scottish National Zoological Collection which is managed and exhibited at Edinburgh Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park; further notes that both sites closed to the public on 26 February 2001 as a precautionary measure against foot and mouth disease, and that, as a consequence of this responsible action, the society now faces a substantial revenue loss; recognises the international status of Edinburgh Zoo, which contains 36.2% of endangered species, forming part of a major involvement with the survival and recovery programmes of international endangered species, and which has active conservation and research programmes for behaviour and nutrition and also provides benign research to many universities and other higher learning institutes in Scotland and beyond; believes that the Zoo is a major educational resource for primary and secondary schools throughout Scotland, notes that it is in the top three paying visitor attractions in Scotland yet receives no core funding from the public sector, is currently not eligible for national lottery funding and is virtually self-supporting, principally from charitable sources and trading activities such as gate income, catering and retail at the Zoo, and therefore invites the Scottish Executive, as a matter of urgency, to consider financial support for this most valuable national asset until it may re-open to the public. R

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Dr Winnie Ewing, Alex Neil, Michael Russell, Shona Robison, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Fiona McLeod, Colin Campbell, Fiona Hyslop, Ms Sandra White, Ben Wallace, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Donald Gorrie, Andrew Wilson, Ms Margo MacDonald, Mr David Davidson

S1M-1712 Linda Fabiani: World Council of Churches "Decade to Overcome Violence" Initiative—That the Parliament welcomes the initiative of the World Council of Churches, "Decade to Overcome Violence", which was officially launched in Berlin on 4 February 2001; congratulates Action of Churches Together in Scotland on its commitment to take part in the initiative and looks forward to its official launch in Scotland later in the year.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing, Richard Lochhead, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Alex Neil, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Christine Grahame, Andrew Wilson, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Tommy Sheridan, Donald Gorrie, Michael Russell, Shona Robison, Tricia Marwick, Fiona McLeod, Robin Harper, Ms Sandra White, Irene McGugan, Cathy Peattie, Kay Ullrich, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Maureen Macmillan

S1M-1711# Dennis Canavan: Delegations from The Scottish Parliament —That the Parliament agrees that any proposed delegation from the Parliament should be subject to approval by the Parliament, that all members of the Parliament be invited to apply for membership of any proposed delegation and that the membership of any proposed delegation should be subject to approval by the Parliament by means of an appropriate motion.

Supported by: Dr Winnie Ewing, Ben Wallace

S1M-1710 Pauline McNeill: Glasgow University Rector—That the Parliament congratulates Greg Hemphill on becoming the 118th rector at the University of Glasgow, and welcomes his stated assurance to the students whom he represents that he will work hard on their behalf.

Supported by: Mary Scanlon, Linda Fabiani, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Andrew Wilson, Mr Michael McMahon, Tricia Marwick, Fiona McLeod, Robin Harper, Ms Sandra White, Dr Elaine Murray, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr John Home Robertson, Alasdair Morgan, Trish Godman

S1M-1708 Tommy Sheridan: Consumption and Abuse of Tobacco and Alcohol—That the Parliament notes the large number of premature deaths in Scotland directly linked to the consumption and abuse of legal drugs, namely tobacco and alcohol; regrets the hypocrisy displayed by many in the media and the political establishment who oppose legalising under strict licence currently illegal drugs, but who ignore the corrosive damage caused by the abuse of legal drugs in our society; challenges newspapers in Scotland to show their sincere commitment to prolonging the lives of Scottish citizens by refusing to accept any advertisements from society’s biggest drug dealers, namely the tobacco and alcohol industries, and supports a comprehensive ban on advertising or promoting tobacco and alcohol.

Supported by: Christine Grahame

S1M-1707 Tommy Sheridan: Closure of Lews Castle School—That the Parliament regrets the decision of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to close Lews Castle School and to absorb the affected pupils into the Nicholson Institute in Stornoway; notes the opposition of the school board and local people, expressed in a 3,000 signature petition presented to the Council and the largest demonstration ever seen in Stornoway including 300 marchers and a cavalcade of 90 cars, lorries and tractors; deplores the fact that councillors voted to close the school despite the documented opposition of their constituents and calls on the Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs to intervene and order Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to reconsider its decision in the light of these events.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Mr Lloyd Quinan

S1M-1705# Mrs Mary Mulligan: Anti-Smoking Campaigns—That the Parliament congratulates the Health Education Board for Scotland (HEBS) on its successful recent anti-smoking advertising campaign aimed at young women; recognises the excellent examples which exist in this field of joint working between local authorities and Health Trusts such as that in West Lothian, and gives its support to HEBS in its promotion of national no smoking day on March 14 2001.

Supported by: Helen Eadie, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Andrew Wilson, Donald Gorrie, Mr Michael McMahon, Irene Oldfather, Fiona McLeod, Robin Harper, Fiona Hyslop, Ms Sandra White, Dr Richard Simpson, Robert Brown, Janis Hughes, Dr Elaine Murray, Mike Watson, Cathy Peattie, Elaine Smith, Mr John Home Robertson, Trish Godman, Mr Keith Raffan, Pauline McNeill

S1M-1695 Mr Keith Harding: St Andrews University Museums Award—That the Parliament congratulates the University of St Andrews on being awarded Registered Museum status in recognition of its high standard of care for its collections, service to the public and management of its various museum collections.

Supported by: Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Phil Gallie, Mr Brian Monteith, Mary Scanlon, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Tricia Marwick, Nick Johnston, Donald Gorrie, Michael Russell, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Robin Harper, Ms Sandra White, Mr Keith Raffan, Mr David Davidson

S1M-1693# Mr Alex Salmond: Future of Fishing Industry—That the Parliament notes the decision by Scottish fishing boats to tie-up in port as an attempt to stop the slaughter of juvenile haddock and whiting; recognises that the Cod Recovery Plan in closed fishing areas has forced the fleet into fishing grounds which are teeming with juvenile fish which when caught must be discarded dead back into the sea; further notes that the future of the fishing industry depends on the survival of these juvenile fish; deplores the fact that working fishermen, with mortgages and financial commitments to meet, now apparently care more for the conservation of fish stocks than the Scottish Executive or Her Majesty's Government, and seeks the immediate introduction by the Scottish Executive of a compensation lay-up scheme to allow the industry to move through this difficult period and secure a future for the white fish fisheries

Supported by: Alex Neil, Michael Matheson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Christine Grahame, Fergus Ewing, Richard Lochhead, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Andrew Welsh, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Shona Robison, Alasdair Morgan, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Irene McGugan, Andrew Wilson, Brian Adam, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Michael Russell, Linda Fabiani, Fiona McLeod, Ms Sandra White, Kay Ullrich, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Ms Margo MacDonald

S1M-1692 Dennis Canavan: Show Racism the Red Card—That the Parliament congratulates the "Show Racism the Red Card" campaign on its successes so far and its continued efforts to fight racism in football; agrees to take a more active role in co-operating with football organisations and clubs at all levels and people of all ages to reduce racism and sectarianism in Scottish football, and calls on the Scottish Executive to do likewise.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Shona Robison, Alex Neil, Michael Matheson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Ms Sandra White, Scott Barrie, Michael Russell, Tommy Sheridan, Fiona McLeod, Christine Grahame, Brian Adam, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Michael McMahon, Mr Brian Monteith, Fergus Ewing, Richard Lochhead, Linda Fabiani, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Irene McGugan, Andrew Wilson, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Robin Harper, Alex Fergusson, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Kay Ullrich, Elaine Smith, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr Keith Raffan, Dr Elaine Murray, Maureen Macmillan

S1M-1691 Robin Harper: Discharges of Technetium-99 (Tc-99) from Sellafield—That the Parliament with regard to the UK Environment Agency’s public consultation on proposals for the future regulation of Technetium-99 discharges from Sellafield, objects to the Environment Agency’s proposal to allow Sellafield’s high discharges of Tc-99 to continue until at least 2006; notes that Tc-99 remains dangerous for hundreds of thousands of years and builds up in the food chain, particularly in lobsters; notes with concern that lobsters are still being found in south-west Scotland with levels of Tc-99 close to the European Community Intervention Level (1,250 Bq/kg) after a nuclear accident, that levels in seaweed range from 2,800 Bq/kg in south-west Scotland to 910 Bq/kg in Cape Wrath and therefore that the whole of the west coast of Scotland and beyond is contaminated with Tc-99; is concerned that British Nuclear Fuels Limited (BNFL) is planning to increase discharges of Tc-99 and many radioactive substances as a result of its plan to increase the throughput of its MAGNOX reprocessing plant, contrary to the UK Government’s stated intent to substantially reduce or eliminate these discharges; believes that radioactive waste should be concentrated and contained in monitorable and retrievable form rather than being diluted and dispersed in the seas around Scotland, and therefore requests that Government and the nuclear industry’s regulators should stop BNFL producing any more liquid Tc-99 and other radioactive wastes by ending MAGNOX reprocessing at Sellafield and closing BNFL’s MAGNOX reactors and furthermore should stop BNFL discharging its existing liquid Tc-99 wastes into the sea by converting them into a solid form that can be contained and shielded on the Sellafield site.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Ms Sandra White, Michael Russell, Tommy Sheridan, Alasdair Morgan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Richard Lochhead, Bruce Crawford, Shona Robison, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Linda Fabiani, Irene McGugan, Andrew Wilson, Donald Gorrie, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Fiona McLeod, Kay Ullrich, Ms Margo MacDonald, Brian Adam

S1M-1690 Pauline McNeill: Partick Music and Community Arts Initiative—That the Parliament notes the work of the Partick Community Association in developing the Partick Music and Community Arts Initiative in order to create community-based cultural industries in music and the arts which embrace both artistic endeavour and therapeutic benefits and the generation of economic development; believes that grassroots arts projects such as this can enhance and enrich the quality of life for local communities and allow access and participation to groups of people who are normally socially excluded from the mainstream cultural industries, and welcomes the development of a play about the Partick Rent Strike of 1915 and the workshops and performances coming from traditional and Gaelic and from West African and Caribbean cultural roots.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Ms Sandra White, Michael Russell, Tommy Sheridan, Robert Brown, Irene McGugan, Andrew Wilson, Mr Gil Paterson, Linda Fabiani, Fiona McLeod, Cathy Peattie, Trish Godman, Rhoda Grant, Maureen Macmillan

S1M-1689 Pauline McNeill: Scottish Carnival Arts Consortium—That the Parliament notes that the carnival is established as a celebratory artform in a large number of cities throughout the world and that it is amongst the most vibrant of participatory art forms, involving the visual arts, design, costume making, construction, music, dance and choreography and can involve local communities in preparation for and participation in celebratory events; congratulates the Scottish Carnival Arts Consortium, Partick, on its role in promoting this dynamic artform in Scotland and Glasgow in particular and believes that community-based carnival organisations such as this should be encouraged and developed throughout Scotland.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Ms Sandra White, Michael Russell, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Irene McGugan, Andrew Wilson, Mr Gil Paterson, Linda Fabiani, Fiona McLeod, Cathy Peattie, Trish Godman, Rhoda Grant

S1M-1687# Nicola Sturgeon: Govan Law Centre—That the Parliament congratulates the Govan Law Centre as it celebrates its 6th anniversary this month; notes the value of its national policy work in the field of poindings and warrant sales, homelessness and the law on debt; recognises that community based law centres have a key role to play as part of local and national social inclusion strategies, particularly in the provision of free expert legal representation, advice and legal support to those in poverty; encourages Glasgow City Council and the Glasgow Alliance to support the vital resource that law centres provide in their communities in Glasgow, and encourages the Scottish Executive to consider extending the community based law centre model to other parts of Scotland.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Donald Gorrie, Christine Grahame, Shona Robison, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Ms Sandra White, Michael Russell, Fiona McLeod, Robert Brown, Mr Alex Salmond, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Fergus Ewing, Linda Fabiani, Fiona Hyslop, Michael Matheson, Tricia Marwick, Irene McGugan, Mr John McAllion, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Andrew Wilson, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Dennis Canavan, Robin Harper, Kay Ullrich, Ms Margo MacDonald

S1M-1686# Tommy Sheridan: Compensation for Miners—That the Parliament notes the cross party support for motion S1M-1329 lodged in November 2000 which (a) considered that the Scottish Executive should launch an urgent and wide-ranging inquiry into the circumstances causing severe and unacceptable delays in relation to the compensation for miners in Scotland who have contracted serious and debilitating illness 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 (b) supported the involvement of the National Union of Mineworkers in Scotland, retired Scottish miners branches and the families of deceased Scots miners in this wide-ranging inquiry which should also investigate the objectivity of medical examinations with a view to streamlining the whole procedure and, given the support for this motion from every party represented in the Parliament, believes that the Scottish Executive should launch the aforementioned investigation as soon as possible.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Christine Grahame, Shona Robison, Alex Neil, Robin Harper, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Linda Fabiani, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Andrew Wilson, Fiona McLeod, Ms Sandra White, Alasdair Morgan, Kay Ullrich, Dennis Canavan, Ms Margo MacDonald

S1M-1685 Brian Adam: Concessionary Fare Cards—That the Parliament calls upon local authorities to abolish any administration charges that they make for concessionary fare cards.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Robin Harper, Ms Sandra White, Michael Russell, Irene McGugan, Fiona McLeod, Tommy Sheridan, Alasdair Morgan, Mr Alex Salmond, Fergus Ewing, Richard Lochhead, Linda Fabiani, Kay Ullrich, Ms Margo MacDonald

S1M-1683# Richard Lochhead: Removal of Reliefs for Water and Sewerage Charges for Charitable Organisations—That the Parliament expresses concern over the decision to phase out reliefs for water and sewerage charges for charitable bodies starting from 1 April 2001; recognises that if implemented this decision will mean an estimated additional bill of £27 million for Scotland’s voluntary sector in 2001-02 and more than double that for the following year; notes that the additional costs that will result will threaten the ability of many voluntary organisations engaged in helping the more vulnerable members of our society and tackling social exclusion; questions the level of consultation that has taken place with the sector over these proposals, and believes that this decision should be revisited as a matter of priority.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Linda Fabiani, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Christine Grahame, Roseanna Cunningham, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Adam Ingram, Fergus Ewing, Irene McGugan, Bruce Crawford, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Fiona McLeod, Colin Campbell, Michael Matheson, Mr Andrew Welsh, Donald Gorrie, Shona Robison, Mr Keith Raffan, Alex Neil, Dr Winnie Ewing, Brian Adam, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Robin Harper, Ms Sandra White, Michael Russell, Robert Brown, Tommy Sheridan, Alasdair Morgan, Mr Alex Salmond, Tricia Marwick, Andrew Wilson, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Nora Radcliffe, Cathy Peattie, Kay Ullrich, Dennis Canavan, Ms Margo MacDonald, Nicola Sturgeon, Mr Jamie Stone

S1M-1682 Ben Wallace: Councillors' Code of Conduct—That the Parliament notes with concern the recent admission by the Housing Convener of Angus Council, Councillor Frank Ellis, that he broke the Councillors’ Code of Conduct when he failed to declare an interest at a committee meeting during which a contract worth £183,000 was awarded to a building firm of which he knew his nephew was a director; notes his subsequent apology but calls upon the Scottish Executive to initiate an independent inquiry into the circumstances of the award of the contract, and further calls for Councillor Ellis to be suspended pending the results of the inquiry and in order to restore public confidence in the impartiality of Angus Council.

Supported by: Mr Brian Monteith

S1M-1682.1 Mr Andrew Welsh: Councillors' Code of Conduct—As an amendment to motion (S1M-1682) in the name of Ben Wallace, leave out from first "notes" to end and insert "that Councillor Frank Ellis has declared an interest in three contracts awarded to J & G Construction, in reports 1271/99, 1272/99 and 1280/99 and, in fact, did not participate in three other contracts awarded to that company on a lowest tender basis; is aware that, of 16 tenders submitted to the council’s Housing Committee by this firm, only seven were successful; understands that the only occasion a contract was awarded to J & G Construction without Councillor Ellis declaring an interest was on 6 April 1999; is aware that the contract was awarded to that company as the next lowest tenderer after the original contractors went into liquidation and following an amended tendering procedure ensuring best value for the council; accepts that Councillor Ellis has no pecuniary interests in J & G Construction; recognises that his non-declaration was an oversight for which he has apologised to Angus Council, and deplores any attempts to waste Scottish Executive time and money on unnecessary inquiries and to slur the good name of an excellent local Councillor.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Richard Lochhead, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Shona Robison, Andrew Wilson, Fiona McLeod, Ms Sandra White, Kay Ullrich

S1M-1681 Dennis Canavan: Bombing Raids on Baghdad—That the Parliament condemns the recent bombing raids on Baghdad by US and British aircraft, believing that such irresponsible action is an unjustified threat to the lives of innocent people and will do nothing to weaken the power of Saddam Hussein and his brutal, oppressive regime.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Alex Neil, Robin Harper, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Linda Fabiani, Ms Sandra White, Ms Margo MacDonald

S1M-1680 Richard Lochhead: Closure of Aberdeen Tourist Information Centre—That the Parliament notes with regret the proposal by Aberdeen and Grampian Tourist Board to close Aberdeen Tourist Information Centre by 31 March unless additional funding is made available by Aberdeen City Council; believes closure would be a backward step which would damage the economy of Aberdeen and the North East of Scotland, and calls upon Aberdeen City Council, the Scottish Executive and the local tourist board to work together to avoid closure and ensure that the local tourist board can benefit from a long term and stable financial footing as a matter of priority.

Supported by: Ben Wallace, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Alex Johnstone, Nicola Sturgeon, Ms Sandra White, Christine Grahame, Mr David Davidson, Roseanna Cunningham, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Andrew Wilson, Colin Campbell, Fiona McLeod, Irene McGugan, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Robin Harper, Michael Matheson, Shona Robison, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Dr Winnie Ewing, Brian Adam, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Michael Russell, Tommy Sheridan, Fergus Ewing, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Nora Radcliffe, Mrs Margaret Ewing

S1M-1679 Michael Russell: Additional Funding to Scottish Opera—That the Parliament notes that the Minister for the Environment, Sport and Culture has yet to give the Parliament and the people of Scotland any reason for allocating an additional £1 million to Scottish Opera from the budget of the Scottish Arts Council despite being given an opportunity to do so in response to question S1O-2955 at Question Time on Thursday 15 February 2001; reminds the Minister that having a power of direction is not sufficient justification for using it as he himself indicated during the Scottish Qualifications Authority crisis, and calls upon the Minister to make a full Ministerial statement to the Parliament giving his reasons for the decision and considers that, until he does so, he is failing to meet the founding principles of openness and accessibility which are meant to underpin the work of the new Scottish democracy.

Supported by: Shona Robison, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Robin Harper, Ms Sandra White, Irene McGugan, Fiona McLeod, Tommy Sheridan, Fergus Ewing, Richard Lochhead, Linda Fabiani, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Andrew Wilson, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Kay Ullrich

S1M-1678 Michael Russell: Broken Cross Muir—That the Parliament notes with concern the decision by South Lanarkshire Council to approve a planning application by Scottish Coal to mine Broken Cross Muir near Douglas Water over the next decade; deplores the absence of conditions requiring the establishment of a rail head at the site to transport the extracted coal contrary to best practice and the Scottish Executive’s road to rail strategy; questions the legitimacy of the public consultation undertaken by the Council and Scottish Coal; regrets the absence of a third party right of appeal against decisions of planning authorities, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to call in this planning application which appears to have been approved on the grounds of short term expediency rather than for the long term benefit of residents of South Lanarkshire.

Supported by: Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Alex Neil, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Robin Harper, Ms Sandra White, Fiona McLeod, Tommy Sheridan, Linda Fabiani, Fiona Hyslop, Andrew Wilson, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Kay Ullrich

S1M-1677# Bruce Crawford: Securing Jobs at Rosyth Dockyard—That the Parliament expresses its deep concern for workers at Rosyth Dockyard in Fife, and requests the Scottish Executive to give assurances that it will act to secure existing jobs at Rosyth Dockyard.

Supported by: Tricia Marwick, Fergus Ewing, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Christine Grahame, Shona Robison, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Ms Sandra White, Michael Russell, Fiona McLeod, Fiona Hyslop, Andrew Wilson, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Colin Campbell, Kay Ullrich, Tommy Sheridan

S1M-1676# Richard Lochhead: Treatment for Alzheimer's Sufferers—That the Parliament notes that around 23,000 people in Scotland suffer from mild to moderate Alzheimer’s Disease; further notes the advice given by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence that the Alzheimer’s treatments Aricept, Exelon, and Riminyl be made available to sufferers of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s Disease by health authorities in England and Wales, and believes that the Scottish Executive should recommend immediately to health boards in Scotland that these treatments be made available to appropriate patients.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Christine Grahame, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Donald Gorrie, Shona Robison, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Michael Matheson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Robin Harper, Ms Sandra White, Fiona McLeod, Mr Alex Salmond, Fergus Ewing, Linda Fabiani, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Andrew Wilson, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Colin Campbell, Kay Ullrich, Tommy Sheridan

S1M-1675# Irene Oldfather: Smoking amongst Young People—That the Parliament recognises the conclusions of the recent project on the control of adolescent smoking co-ordinated by the University of Edinburgh; is concerned that the project classifies Scotland as a country with "lenient national policies" relating to the sale and supply of tobacco; notes the increase in smoking among young people, in particular among girls where the prevalence of smoking has nearly doubled in the last ten years, and believes that the Scottish Executive should consider publishing a specific, government funded strategy to reduce smoking among young people.

Supported by: Cathy Jamieson, Margaret Jamieson, Bristow Muldoon, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Donald Gorrie, Pauline McNeill, Shona Robison, Mr Keith Raffan, Alex Neil, Mr Michael McMahon, Robin Harper, Scott Barrie, Irene McGugan, Fiona McLeod, Robert Brown R, Tommy Sheridan, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Rhoda Grant, Karen Whitefield, Andrew Wilson, Nora Radcliffe, Colin Campbell, Ms Sandra White, Dr Richard Simpson, Janis Hughes, Dr Elaine Murray, Cathy Peattie, Mr John Home Robertson, Trish Godman

S1M-1674# Cathy Jamieson: Who Cares? Scotland—That the Parliament acknowledges the continuing role played by Who Cares? Scotland in advocacy on behalf of ‘looked after’ young people in Scotland; welcomes the constructive work undertaken by the organisation in linking with the new Scottish Institute for Residential Care; congratulates the organisation on production of its excellent Speak Out magazine, and urges the Scottish Executive and local authorities to continue to support Who Cares? Scotland in its work to ensure that ‘looked after’ young people have a voice in all matters concerning their care and welfare.

Supported by: Linda Fabiani, Mr Gil Paterson, Nicola Sturgeon, Shona Robison, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Michael Russell, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Donald Gorrie, Christine Grahame, Pauline McNeill, Alex Neil, Mr Michael McMahon, Ms Sandra White, Scott Barrie, Irene McGugan, Fiona McLeod, Robert Brown, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Rhoda Grant, Karen Whitefield, Irene Oldfather, Fiona Hyslop, Tricia Marwick, Andrew Wilson, Nora Radcliffe, Dr Richard Simpson, Janis Hughes, Dr Elaine Murray, Cathy Peattie, Kay Ullrich, Elaine Smith, Trish Godman

S1M-1673 Linda Fabiani: Faslane Protest—That the Parliament welcomes the principled stand taken by the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and others representing churches of many denominations in Scotland and beyond who took part in the peaceful protest at Faslane on Monday 12 February 2001 against the siting of weapons of mass destruction on Scottish soil

Supported by: Mr Gil Paterson, Nicola Sturgeon, Shona Robison, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Michael Russell, Christine Grahame, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Donald Gorrie, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Michael Matheson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Ms Sandra White, Irene McGugan, Fiona McLeod, Tommy Sheridan, Richard Lochhead, Fiona Hyslop, Tricia Marwick, Kay Ullrich

S1M-1672# Mr Jamie Stone: Dispersal of Civil Service Jobs to the Highlands—That the Parliament welcomes the commitment made by the Scottish Executive to the dispersal of suitable civil service jobs to remoter parts of Scotland and believes that the Scottish Executive should honour this commitment with respect to the Highlands.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Mr John Farquhar Munro, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Gil Paterson, Rhoda Grant

S1M-1669 Richard Lochhead: Oil and Gas Report—That the Parliament welcomes the Economic Report 2000 published by the Offshore Operators Association; notes that the report indicates increasing confidence in Scotland’s oil and gas industry, and states that capital expenditure from 2001-04 is expected to be around £12 billion with £4 billion earmarked for this year alone and that remaining reserves off Scotland’s shores may be up to 30% more than the 28 billion barrels of oil already produced; further notes that Her Majesty’s Treasury has already benefited from £170 billion in taxes since the 1970s and that a further £7.3 billion in tax is expected to be paid for 2001-02; encourages the Scottish Executive to work closely with the industry, particularly the smaller independent and often indigenous companies that are set to further develop the Scottish sector, in order to ensure that the industry continues to play a central role in the Scottish economy, and recognises that, if Scotland were independent, this would open up further opportunities to develop world leading offshore technology and related activity as well as allowing growing oil and gas revenues to assist the Scottish Parliament’s efforts to improve the quality of life for Scotland’s people.

Supported by: Shona Robison, Alex Neil, Mr Alex Salmond, Michael Matheson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Brian Adam, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Ms Sandra White, Irene McGugan, Fiona McLeod, Fergus Ewing, Alasdair Morgan, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Andrew Wilson, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Kay Ullrich, Ms Margo MacDonald

S1M-1668 Linda Fabiani: Malcolm Rennie—That the Parliament congratulates the United Nations Administration in East Timor on its action in pursuing the murderers of the Scottish journalist Malcolm Rennie and his colleagues, killed by the Indonesians on 16 October 1975 during the Indonesian invasion of East Timor; commends the UN for the speed with which they have taken action on this issue, and condemns successive UK and Australian Governments for their failure to pursue this issue, placing commercial and military contracts with the Indonesians above the investigation of war crimes.

Supported by: Fiona Hyslop, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Roseanna Cunningham, Fiona McLeod, Ms Margo MacDonald, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Shona Robison, Alex Neil, Michael Matheson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Brian Adam, Donald Gorrie, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Ms Sandra White, Alasdair Morgan, Tricia Marwick, Andrew Wilson, Kay Ullrich

S1M-1667 Mr Adam Ingram: Funding Cuts at the Scottish Agricultural College—That the Parliament notes with concern that the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) will suffer absolute cuts in funding from the Scottish Executive of some £1.5 million over the next three years; notes that these cuts will fall on the education and research functions of the college, taking out productive capacity and therefore limiting the SAC’s ability to replace core funding cuts by income generation; recognises that SAC has a key role to play in rural development particularly at a time when the agriculture and fishing industries are in crisis, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to review its perverse decision on SAC funding which will hinder both rural development and lifelong learning objectives in rural Scotland.

Supported by: Mr Gil Paterson, Michael Matheson, Alex Neil, Ms Margo MacDonald, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Shona Robison, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Robin Harper, Ms Sandra White, Alasdair Morgan, Fergus Ewing, Richard Lochhead, Kay Ullrich

S1M-1662 Shona Robison: Tayside Trunk Road Contracts—That the Parliament congratulates Dundee Labour councillor John Letford on his stance on the issue of the trunk road contracts covering Tayside; notes with interest his support for the SNP's vote of no confidence in Sarah Boyack at a recent full meeting of Dundee City Council, and calls upon his Labour colleagues in the Scottish Parliament to follow his example.

Supported by: Ms Sandra White, Michael Matheson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Fiona Hyslop, Brian Adam, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Fiona McLeod, Tommy Sheridan, Richard Lochhead, Andrew Wilson

S1M-1658 Nicola Sturgeon: Prescription Charges —That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to freeze prescription charges at their current level and thereafter to establish an independent working group to review the system of prescription charges and bring forward proposals for reform within 12 months.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Ms Sandra White, Roseanna Cunningham, Kay Ullrich, Linda Fabiani, Fiona Hyslop, Michael Russell, Fiona McLeod, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Mr Andrew Welsh, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Christine Grahame, Shona Robison, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Brian Adam, Bruce Crawford, Mr Alex Salmond, Donald Gorrie, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Irene McGugan, Robert Brown, Alasdair Morgan, Fergus Ewing, Richard Lochhead, Andrew Wilson, Nora Radcliffe, Colin Campbell

S1M-1657 Mr Duncan Hamilton: Closure of Veterinary Investigation Centre, Thurso—That the Parliament notes with regret the decision of the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) to close the Veterinary Investigation Centre at Thurso; acknowledges that one third of the Highlands and Islands beef cattle are kept within the Thurso laboratory’s area; recognises the invaluable service provided by the Centre to vets and farmers in one of the most remote yet most densely stocked areas, and calls upon the SAC to work with all interested parties to secure the future of the Centre.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Christine Grahame, Michael Matheson, Shona Robison, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Robin Harper, Ms Sandra White, Fiona McLeod, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr John Farquhar Munro, Mary Scanlon, Fergus Ewing, Richard Lochhead, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Andrew Wilson, Nora Radcliffe, Kay Ullrich, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Alasdair Morgan

S1M-1655# Johann Lamont: Tackling Religious Discrimination—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; believes that the Scottish Executive should consider how it might support the development of this work across Scotland; congratulates Glasgow City Council, in partnership with Rangers FC, Celtic FC, the Catholic Church, the Church of Scotland and the 'Nil by Mouth' campaign, in securing funding from the Millennium Award Partnership Scheme to pursue initiatives which tackle religious bigotry and discrimination, and urges the Scottish Executive and the appropriate committees of the Scottish Parliament, in co-operation with this project, to examine how such aims might be progressed and to explore the possibility of legislation to make discrimination on the grounds of religion an offence.

Supported by: Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Donald Gorrie, Trish Godman, Scott Barrie, Michael Russell, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Michael McMahon, Janis Hughes, Brian Adam, Mr John McAllion R, Mr Alex Salmond, Ian Jenkins, Tommy Sheridan, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Keith Raffan, Irene McGugan, Alasdair Morgan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Karen Whitefield, Irene Oldfather, Tricia Marwick, Andrew Wilson, Nora Radcliffe, Dr Elaine Murray, Cathy Peattie, Kay Ullrich

S1M-1654 Christine Grahame: Broomhill Day Centre, Penicuik—That the Parliament congratulates Broomhill Day Centre on winning an "Impact Award for Excellence" sponsored by Glaxo Wellcome and SmithKline Beecham; notes that out of 10 awards in the UK this year, Broomhill is the only day centre to win such an award; offers Tilly Suttle and her team at the centre its warmest congratulations in not only winning the award but also £25,000 which will in part be used towards improving facilities at Broomhill, including a befriending scheme, music therapies and gentle exercises machines and affirms its recognition of the valuable work of day centres such as Broomhill and the personnel who work so hard within them, particularly the volunteers, by making a commitment that their funding will not be jeopardised.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Fergus Ewing, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Ms Sandra White, Mr Alex Salmond, Donald Gorrie, Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Fiona McLeod, Andrew Wilson, Ms Margo MacDonald

S1M-1653# Fiona McLeod: Young People—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive’s commitment to a National Youth Strategy; recommends that this is formulated in consultation with young people themselves; believes that strong emphasis should be given to the provision of social facilities for young people, and welcomes the new youth room to be opened in Westerton Hall by East Dunbartonshire Council.

Supported by: Colin Campbell, Mr Andrew Welsh, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Kay Ullrich, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Ms Sandra White, Mr Alex Salmond, Donald Gorrie, Irene McGugan, Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Robert Brown, Richard Lochhead, Andrew Wilson

S1M-1652# Christine Grahame: Water Safety and Swimming Lessons—That the Parliament notes that, while Scotland represents 10% of the UK population, it has 15% of the drownings and that although the incidence of drownings is falling elsewhere in the UK it is on the increase in Scotland; further notes that according to data for 1999, there was a 50% increase on the previous year in the number of children aged 14 and under who drowned and that, while the majority occurred in rivers and streams, there was an increase in drownings in garden ponds, water features and containers holding water; is aware that England has a Water Safety Officer whose function is to increase awareness of the dangers of waterways, while Scotland has no such post and that while in England every child is expected to be taught to swim 25 metres by the age of 11, in Scotland 14 out of the 32 local authorities do not provide swimming lessons for all pupils; further notes that in answer to question S1W-10389 by Mr Sam Galbraith on 30 October 2000, the former Minister for Children and Education refused to make it a duty of his office to collect centrally information regarding swimming instruction for primary schools and therefore urges the Scottish Executive, with the assistance of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and in particular their Water and Leisure Department, to (a) determine what the current level of provision of swimming instruction for primary school children is in each local authority area, with a view to providing adequate funding for a national programme, (b) undertake to collate data on the incidence of drownings with a view to establishing appropriate educational, information and preventative measures and (c) appoint a Water Safety Officer for Scotland to co-ordinate all of the above.

Supported by: Shona Robison, Michael Matheson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Fergus Ewing, Kay Ullrich, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Ms Sandra White, Mr Alex Salmond, Donald Gorrie, Alex Neil, Fiona Hyslop, Brian Adam, Bruce Crawford, Tommy Sheridan, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Fiona McLeod, Alasdair Morgan, Andrew Wilson, Ms Margo MacDonald

S1M-1651 Fergus Ewing: Dentistry Services in Rural Scotland—That the Parliament believes that the setting of the threshold for NHS commitment payments to dentists at a gross earnings level of £25,000 a year penalises those dentists who practice in remote parts of Scotland who are unable to achieve the threshold earnings and therefore access the payment; notes that local access to the services of a dentist in such parts of Scotland is crucial but severely threatened by the current flat rate threshold; urges the Scottish Executive to press for a reduced threshold rate for those dentists operating in rural areas where it cannot be expected, given their patient base, that the threshold will ever be achieved and calls upon the Executive to ensure that people living in rural Scotland and the islands of Scotland are able to access NHS dental services locally.

Supported by: Shona Robison, Michael Matheson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Alex Neil, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Brian Adam, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Robin Harper, Ms Sandra White, Fiona McLeod, Mary Scanlon, Richard Lochhead, Alasdair Morgan, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Andrew Wilson, Nora Radcliffe

S1M-1650# Kay Ullrich: School Swimming Lessons—That the Parliament notes the report compiled by Scottish Swimming, which highlights that almost 50% of local authorities in Scotland no longer provide school swimming lessons; acknowledges that this coincides with a report from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents which records an increase in the number of children in Scotland who die as a result of drowning; recognises that the withdrawal of local authority-provided school swimming lessons has a greater impact on children from less well off backgrounds, and encourages Scottish local authorities to ensure that every pupil in Scotland has access to at least one publicly funded course of swimming lessons prior to leaving primary school.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing, Shona Robison, Michael Matheson, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Andrew Welsh, Ms Sandra White, Tricia Marwick, Donald Gorrie, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Fiona Hyslop, Brian Adam, Irene McGugan, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Fiona McLeod, Mr Gil Paterson, Robin Harper, Robert Brown, Alasdair Morgan, Mr Murray Tosh, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Andrew Wilson, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Elaine Smith, Ms Margo MacDonald, Pauline McNeill, David Mundell

S1M-1649# Donald Gorrie: Commission on Sectarianism—That the Parliament believes that a commission composed of MSPs and well-informed people from outwith the parliament should be set up with a remit to examine and report on the extent of sectarian bigotry, discrimination and violence, on what useful action is already being taken to counter sectarianism and on what further measures the Parliament or the Scottish Executive should take, or persuade other bodies to take, to reduce this blot on Scottish society.

Supported by: Dennis Canavan, Mr John McAllion, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Nora Radcliffe

S1M-1648 Christine Grahame: Winter Fuel Payment for the Severely Disabled—That the Parliament notes that while all those over 60 years of age are entitled to an annual winter fuel payment of £200, the severely disabled in Scotland are not eligible; further notes that because of their disablement, severely disabled people have enhanced heating requirements, and therefore calls upon the Scottish Executive to make representations to Her Majesty’s Government to extend the winter fuel payment to disabled people who are entitled to the middle and higher rates of the Disabled Living Allowance care component, or the higher rate of the mobility component.

Supported by: Linda Fabiani, Fergus Ewing, Shona Robison, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Alex Salmond, Donald Gorrie, Michael Matheson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Kay Ullrich, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Ms Sandra White, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Tricia Marwick, Robin Harper, Alex Neil, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Robert Brown, Bruce Crawford, Michael Russell, Irene McGugan, Tommy Sheridan, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Keith Raffan, Fiona McLeod, Andrew Wilson, Ian Jenkins, Mr Duncan Hamilton

S1M-1647# Richard Lochhead: Scottish Ambulance Service Control Rooms—That the Parliament notes with concern the proposals by the Scottish Ambulance Service to reduce the number of their control rooms from eight to three; notes that the Aberdeen control room, which is among those earmarked for closure, also manages as Scotland’s Patient Air Transport Service, a service it has successfully provided since 1993, and urges the Scottish Executive to arrange a further appraisal of the proposals and to consult the Scottish Parliament Health and Community Care Committee before taking any decision on this matter, given the expressed opposition to the proposals from staff, unions, health professionals and the general public.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Fergus Ewing, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Alex Salmond, Michael Matheson, Kay Ullrich, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Ms Sandra White, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Tricia Marwick, Irene McGugan, Alex Neil, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr David Davidson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, John Scott, Fiona Hyslop, Bruce Crawford, Michael Russell, Tommy Sheridan, Dr Winnie Ewing, Fiona McLeod, Shona Robison, Andrew Wilson, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Nora Radcliffe, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Dennis Canavan, Mr John Swinney

S1M-1644# Margaret Jamieson: Consultation with Young People—That the Parliament notes the success of the recent consultation event involving young people from East and South Ayrshire organised by Children in Scotland and the Cross Party Children’s Group; welcomes the constructive views and ideas put forward by the young people on a wide range of issues including health, crime and justice, drug and alcohol abuse, and education and training; recognises the value of hearing directly from young people in shaping policy; believes that the Scottish Executive should ensure young people have a voice in matters concerning them and further urges the Executive to take account of the views put forward in the report Taking the Initiative, published by Children In Scotland and the Carnegie Young People Initiative.

Supported by: Irene Oldfather, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Robin Harper, Irene McGugan, Alex Neil, Scott Barrie, Johann Lamont, Fiona Hyslop, Michael Russell, Nora Radcliffe, Tommy Sheridan, Rhoda Grant, Fiona McLeod, Elaine Smith, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Murray Tosh, Cathy Jamieson, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Dr Richard Simpson, Dr Elaine Murray, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Trish Godman

S1M-1643 Hugh Henry: Media Coverage of European Affairs—That the Parliament notes with regret the decision of The Herald to dispense with the services of its journalist in Brussels which follows similar decisions by other media organisations; notes that with the exception of Business AM’s proposed appointment of a Brussels correspondent, Scotland’s media will be unrepresented in Brussels, and believes that it is in Scotland’s interests that political, economic and judicial decision making in the European Union is fully covered by the Scottish media.

Supported by: Shona Robison, Donald Gorrie, Cathy Jamieson, Alex Neil, Trish Godman, Dennis Canavan, Robert Brown, Mr John McAllion, Michael Russell, Roseanna Cunningham, Nora Radcliffe, Karen Whitefield, Ian Jenkins, Rhoda Grant, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mr Keith Raffan, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Fiona McLeod, Alasdair Morgan, Elaine Smith, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mike Watson, Michael Matheson, Helen Eadie, Ms Margo MacDonald, Mr Murray Tosh, Tricia Marwick, Andrew Wilson, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Dr Richard Simpson, Ms Sandra White, Bill Butler, Dr Elaine Murray, David Mundell

S1M-1642 Mr Duncan Hamilton: Two Lochs Radio—That the Parliament welcomes the decision by the Radio Authority to identify Two Lochs Radio as the only viable group to provide broadcasting for the Gairloch area; congratulates those involved in the project for their hard work and enthusiasm in bringing about a local radio station for the area; believes that the Radio Authority should add Two Lochs Radio to its planned list of independent local radio developments, and urges the Radio Authority to grant a local license to the station as soon as is practically possible.

Supported by: Fiona McLeod, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Michael Matheson, Ms Sandra White, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Michael Russell, Mary Scanlon, Andrew Wilson

S1M-1641# Mr Duncan Hamilton: Road Equivalent Tariff—That the Parliament notes the unanimous support of Highland Council’s transport planning select committee for a pilot scheme into Road Equivalent Tariff (RET); welcomes the decision of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to examine all aspects of RET on Western Isles ferry routes; acknowledges the success of similar schemes on Scandinavian ferry routes; recognises that the introduction of RET would dramatically reduce fares and therefore the cost of living on island communities and urges the Scottish Executive and Highlands and Islands Enterprise to work with both councils to investigate the implications of the introduction of RET.

Supported by: Mr Kenny MacAskill, Fergus Ewing, Mr Andrew Welsh, Colin Campbell, Bruce Crawford, Fiona McLeod, Shona Robison, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Donald Gorrie, Michael Matheson, Kay Ullrich, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Ms Sandra White, Tricia Marwick, Alasdair Morgan, Brian Adam, Michael Russell, Roseanna Cunningham, Fiona Hyslop, Andrew Wilson

S1M-1640# Dennis Canavan: Taoiseach's Visit to Scotland—That the Parliament deplores the intervention which led to the cancellation of the visit to Scotland by the Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern; regrets the sectarian image of Scotland which this portrays and the potential damage to Scottish-Irish relations, and looks forward to an early re-scheduling of this visit so that the Taoiseach can experience genuine Scottish hospitality and suitably commemorate the thousands of Irish immigrants, both Protestant and Catholic, who came to Scotland as a result of the Irish potato famine.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Mr Murray Tosh, Donald Gorrie, Mr John McAllion, Mr Mike Rumbles, Ms Margo MacDonald, Tommy Sheridan, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Michael Matheson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, Shona Robison, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Linda Fabiani, Dr Winnie Ewing, David Mundell, Kay Ullrich, Ms Sandra White, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Fiona Hyslop, Robert Brown, Brian Adam, Michael Russell, Fiona McLeod, Mr David Davidson, Mary Scanlon, Andrew Wilson, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Colin Campbell, Nick Johnston

S1M-1637# Michael Russell: Dere Street—That the Parliament notes the need to conserve, protect and exhibit the Roman heritage of Scotland; expresses concern that the Scottish Executive has given permission for part of the Roman road, Dere Street, to be used by four wheel drive vehicles, which is likely to lead to irreparable damage and loss of valuable artefacts, and congratulates the Antonine Guard Organisation on their continuing campaign on this and other matters such as the threat to the Cramond remains.

Supported by: Fiona McLeod, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Donald Gorrie, Kay Ullrich, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Ms Sandra White, Tricia Marwick, Robin Harper, Irene McGugan, Alex Neil, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Brian Adam, Roseanna Cunningham, Mr David Davidson, Mr Murray Tosh, Andrew Wilson

S1M-1633 Brian Adam: Booking Fees for Arts and Leisure Activities—That the Parliament condemns the widespread introduction of booking fees for arts and leisure activities.

Supported by: Fiona McLeod, Shona Robison, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Ms Sandra White, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Robin Harper, Andrew Wilson

S1M-1631 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 and further notes that Scots are already paying an extra £154 million each year for these services compared to 1997.

S1M-1631.1 Tommy Sheridan: Increased Water Charges—As an amendment to motion (S1M-1631) in the name of Mr Brian Monteith, insert at end "and calls on the Scottish Executive to bring forward proposals for a wide-ranging and comprehensive scheme that goes beyond the inadequate proposals already announced and returns the water industry to full democratic control and management via joint boards involving workers and elected councillors with the ability to borrow sufficient amounts of money over longer periods of time to deliver significant improvements in our infrastructure without penalising Scotland’s citizens."

S1M-1630# Irene McGugan: Regeneration of Rural Communities—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; further recognises that the main conclusion of this detailed piece of work is that the combination of poverty and the decline in traditional industries is threatening the sustainability of rural life in Scotland; notes that rural areas are under-represented in all key growth areas in the Scottish economy; further notes that transport was the single issue about which concern was most frequently expressed; endorses the 21 recommendations for action to eliminate poverty and encourage regeneration in all of Scotland’s communities, and commends these to the Scottish Executive for urgent consideration and implementation.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Alasdair Morgan, Alex Neil, Brian Adam, Shona Robison, Fiona McLeod, Christine Grahame, Richard Lochhead, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Donald Gorrie, Linda Fabiani, Ms Sandra White, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Tricia Marwick, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Michael Russell, Roseanna Cunningham, Fiona Hyslop, Fergus Ewing, Mr Mike Rumbles, Andrew Wilson, Mr Duncan Hamilton

S1M-1629 Ms Margo MacDonald: Scottish Executive Bonds—That the Parliament calls on the Scottish Executive, given the heavy and extended future financial burden already placed on its resources by Public/Private Partnership and PFI schemes, to investigate urgently the feasibility and possible advantages for future public spending programmes of the issue of Scottish Executive Bonds, fully guaranteed by Her Majesty's Government.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Michael Matheson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Brian Adam, Shona Robison, Christine Grahame, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Donald Gorrie, Ms Sandra White, Robin Harper, Mr Duncan Hamilton

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.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Pauline McNeill, Alex Neil, Michael Matheson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Linda Fabiani, Mike Watson, Ms Sandra White, Nora Radcliffe, Tommy Sheridan, Fiona McLeod, Kay Ullrich, Cathy Jamieson, Scott Barrie, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan

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.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Keith Harding

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, Donald Gorrie, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Robin Harper, Christine Grahame, Mr Adam Ingram, Fergus Ewing, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Michael Russell, Mr Alex Salmond, Linda Fabiani, David Mundell, Dr Elaine Murray, Ms Sandra White, Nora Radcliffe, Fiona Hyslop, Fiona McLeod, Richard Lochhead, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Tricia Marwick, Mr Keith Raffan

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, Donald Gorrie, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Pauline McNeill, Karen Whitefield, Mr Gil Paterson, Michael Russell, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Margaret Jamieson, Dr Elaine Murray, Nora Radcliffe, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Michael McMahon, Scott Barrie, Mr John McAllion, Rhoda Grant, Elaine Smith, Mr Murray Tosh, Dr Richard Simpson

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, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Shona Robison, Robin Harper, Mr Adam Ingram, Fergus Ewing, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Michael Russell, Linda Fabiani, Nora Radcliffe, Tommy Sheridan, Fiona McLeod, Roseanna Cunningham, Fiona Hyslop, Irene McGugan, Dennis Canavan, Dr Winnie Ewing, Ms Margo MacDonald

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, Donald Gorrie, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Shona Robison, Robin Harper, Fergus Ewing, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Michael McMahon, Tricia Marwick, Karen Whitefield, Mr Gil Paterson, Michael Russell, Irene Oldfather, Linda Fabiani, Mr Adam Ingram, Margaret Jamieson, Dr Elaine Murray, Ms Sandra White, Nora Radcliffe, Tommy Sheridan, Dr Winnie Ewing, Cathy Jamieson, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Trish Godman, Scott Barrie, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Alasdair Morgan, Ian Jenkins, Dennis Canavan, Mr John McAllion, Fiona Hyslop, Maureen Macmillan, Cathie Craigie, Rhoda Grant, Michael Matheson, Mr Keith Raffan, Mr Keith Harding, Dr Richard Simpson, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Elaine Smith, Mike Watson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mary Scanlon, Mr Murray Tosh, Cathy Peattie

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, Donald Gorrie, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Shona Robison, Robin Harper, Christine Grahame, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Pauline McNeill, Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Irene McGugan, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Karen Whitefield, Michael Russell, Linda Fabiani, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Margaret Jamieson, David Mundell, Ms Sandra White, Nora Radcliffe, Brian Adam, Mr Alex Salmond, Tommy Sheridan, Mr David Davidson, Mary Scanlon, Fiona McLeod, Richard Lochhead, Cathy Jamieson, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Trish Godman, Scott Barrie, Mr John McAllion, Roseanna Cunningham, Fiona Hyslop, Rhoda Grant, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Elaine Smith, Mr Murray Tosh, Mr Mike Rumbles, Cathy Peattie, Nick Johnston

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, Donald Gorrie, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Robin Harper, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Pauline McNeill, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Tricia Marwick, Karen Whitefield, Mr Gil Paterson, Michael Russell, Irene Oldfather, Ms Sandra White, Nora Radcliffe, Mr David Davidson, Mary Scanlon, Cathy Jamieson, Trish Godman, Scott Barrie, Maureen Macmillan, Rhoda Grant, Elaine Smith

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, Donald Gorrie, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Christine Grahame, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Andrew Wilson, Irene McGugan, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Linda Fabiani, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Ms Sandra White, Nora Radcliffe, Tommy Sheridan, Fiona McLeod, Shona Robison, Richard Lochhead, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Alasdair Morgan, Mr John McAllion, Roseanna Cunningham, Mr Keith Raffan, Mr Murray Tosh, Nick Johnston

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, Donald Gorrie, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Shona Robison, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Andrew Wilson, Irene McGugan, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Michael Russell, Linda Fabiani, Brian Adam, Fiona McLeod, Roseanna Cunningham

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, Shona Robison, Robin Harper, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Andrew Wilson, Michael Russell, Dr Winnie Ewing

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, Donald Gorrie, Christine Grahame, Andrew Wilson, Mr Gil Paterson, Michael Russell, David Mundell, Dr Elaine Murray, Nora Radcliffe, Fiona McLeod, Mr Murray Tosh

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, Donald Gorrie, Andrew Wilson, Dr Elaine Murray, Rhoda Grant, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Elaine Smith

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, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Andrew Wilson, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Sandra White, Nicola Sturgeon, Mr Kenneth Gibson

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, Robin Harper, Christine Grahame, Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Linda Fabiani, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Brian Adam, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Elaine Smith

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, Robin Harper, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Andrew Wilson, Mr Gil Paterson, Linda Fabiani, Margaret Jamieson, Dr Elaine Murray, Cathy Jamieson, Mr John McAllion, Maureen Macmillan, Rhoda Grant, Karen Whitefield

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, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Margaret Jamieson, Marilyn Livingstone, Dr Elaine Murray, Maureen Macmillan, Rhoda Grant

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, Christine Grahame, Andrew Wilson, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Richard Lochhead, Mr Mike Rumbles

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, Mr Duncan McNeil, Dr Elaine Murray, Rhoda Grant, Elaine Smith, Fiona McLeod

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, Robin Harper, Christine Grahame, Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Richard Lochhead

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, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr John McAllion

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, Robin Harper

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 Farquhar 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, Robin Harper, Dennis Canavan, Mr Duncan Hamilton

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, Andrew Wilson, Linda Fabiani, Margaret Jamieson, Cathy Jamieson, Maureen Macmillan, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr Lloyd Quinan

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, Andrew Wilson, Mr Lloyd Quinan

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, Robin Harper, Christine Grahame, Andrew Wilson

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 Farquhar 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, Robin Harper, Andrew Wilson, Mr Keith Raffan, Nick Johnston

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, Tommy Sheridan

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, Robin Harper, Andrew Wilson

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, Andrew Wilson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Bill Butler, Ian Jenkins, Maureen Macmillan, Rhoda Grant

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, Robin Harper, Nick Johnston, Bill Aitken, Mr John Farquhar Munro, Euan Robson, Miss Annabel Goldie, Rhoda Grant, Mr Keith Raffan

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, Nick Johnston

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, Linda Fabiani

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 Farquhar 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, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Linda Fabiani

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 Farquhar Munro

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, Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenny MacAskill

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, Andrew Wilson, Linda Fabiani, Bill Butler, Rhoda Grant, Mr Lloyd Quinan

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, Robin Harper, Andrew Wilson, Fiona Hyslop, Elaine Smith

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, Robin Harper, Andrew Wilson, Cathy Jamieson

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, Karen Gillon, Mrs Mary Mulligan

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 Farquhar Munro, Mr Kenny MacAskill

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, Robin Harper, Mr John McAllion, Mr Keith Raffan, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Elaine Smith

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, Shona Robison, Mr John McAllion, Maureen Macmillan, Elaine Smith, Mr Murray Tosh, Mrs Margaret Ewing

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, Robin Harper, Bill Butler, Mr John McAllion, Fiona Hyslop, Maureen Macmillan, Rhoda Grant, Elaine Smith, Dr Elaine Murray, Johann Lamont, Bristow Muldoon

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, Robin Harper, Mr John McAllion R

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, Robin Harper

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, Mr Andrew Welsh, Mr Mike Rumbles

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, Cathy Jamieson, Rhoda Grant, Mr Murray Tosh

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, Elaine Smith, Mr Murray Tosh

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, Robin Harper, Maureen Macmillan, Elaine Smith

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 Farquhar 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, Mr Keith Raffan

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, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh

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-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, Rhoda Grant, Mr Keith Raffan, Mr Lloyd Quinan

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, David Mundell, Rhoda Grant, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr Murray Tosh

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, Rhoda Grant

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, Robin Harper, Marilyn Livingstone, Elaine Smith, Mr Andy Kerr, Mr John McAllion, Dr Elaine Murray, Bill Butler, Trish Godman, Pauline McNeill, Margaret Jamieson, Dr Richard Simpson, Kate MacLean, Johann Lamont, Janis Hughes, Cathy Jamieson, Paul Martin, Mr Frank McAveety, Rhoda Grant, Brian Adam

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 Farquhar Munro, Donald Gorrie, Mr Jamie Stone, Karen Gillon, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Robin Harper, Elaine Smith

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 Farquhar 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, Bill Butler, Cathy Jamieson, Rhoda Grant, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Murray Tosh

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, Robin Harper, Fergus Ewing, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Gordon Jackson, Dr Richard Simpson, Ian Jenkins, Dennis Canavan

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, Robin Harper

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, Mr Keith Raffan

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, Rhoda Grant

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, Mr Lloyd Quinan

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 Farquhar Munro, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr Lloyd Quinan

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, Dennis Canavan, Ian Jenkins, Cathy Peattie

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 Farquhar 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-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, Karen Whitefield, Bill Butler, Rhoda Grant, Elaine Smith

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, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Murray Tosh

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, Mr Murray Tosh

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, Rhoda Grant

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 Farquhar Munro, Pauline McNeill, Karen Gillon, Elaine Smith

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, Elaine Smith

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, Cathy Jamieson, Rhoda Grant, Elaine Smith

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, Mr Keith Raffan

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, Elaine Smith

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-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 Farquhar Munro, Nora Radcliffe, Michael Matheson, Ms Sandra White, Maureen Macmillan, Rhoda Grant, Mr Jamie Stone, Alasdair Morgan, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Fiona Hyslop, Ben Wallace, Mary Scanlon

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-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-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, Elaine Smith, Mr Murray Tosh

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-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, Alasdair Morgan

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-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, Mr Keith Raffan, Trish Godman

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, Dr Winnie Ewing, Kay Ullrich, Mr Andrew Welsh

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 Farquhar Munro, Fiona Hyslop

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, Mr Keith Raffan

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, Mr Alex Salmond

 

 

 

 
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