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BUSINESS BULLETIN 68 / 2001

Monday 30 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-1884 Mr Murray Tosh: Changes to Standing Orders—That the Parliament (a) approves the recommendations of the Procedures Committee’s 1st Report, 2001, Changes to Chapters 9 and 9A of the Standing Orders of the Scottish Parliament (SP Paper 316) and agrees to amend the Parliament’s Standing Orders in accordance with Annexe A and Annexe B (Appendix B) to the Report and (b) agrees that these amendments to the Standing Orders come into force on 4 May 2001 and that the amendments set out in paragraphs 1 and 3 of Annexe B (Appendix B) to the Report shall apply only in relation to Bills introduced on or after that date.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Macintosh*

*S1M-1883 Tommy Sheridan: Class Distinction on Scotland's Rivers—That the Parliament deplores the class distinction on Scotland’s rivers whereby trout fishers are banned due to foot-and-mouth disease restrictions while salmon fishing continues and calls upon the Scottish Executive to end this absurd anomaly.

*S1M-1882# Mr Duncan Hamilton: Closure of Jaeger, Campbeltown—That the Parliament notes with dismay the closure of the Jaeger clothing factory in Campbeltown with the loss of up to 161 jobs; recognises that this is a devastating blow for the Kintyre economy, already suffering from an unemployment rate well above the national average and designated a priority area by Argyll and the Islands Enterprise; further notes that this closure comes on top of the closure of the Campbeltown shipyard in 1996, the pullout by the RAF in 1997 and the temporary suspension of the Ballycastle ferry service, and asks the Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning to meet trade union officials, local councillors, MSPs and other interested parties as a matter of urgency and the Scottish Executive to act with all speed to establish a task-force similar to that proposed for the Motorola workers.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing*, Alex Neil*, Mr John Swinney*, Ms Sandra White*, Colin Campbell*

*S1M-1881# George Lyon: Job Losses in Campbeltown—That the Parliament deeply regrets the closure of the Jaeger Factory in Campbeltown; notes that the loss of 200 jobs is a devastating blow to the Kintyre economy, and believes that the Scottish Executive should provide backing and support to allow local agencies to develop a rescue package for the area which recognises that the loss of the town’s largest employer is a further, serious blow to a town already affected by the downturn in traditional rural industries.

*S1M-1880 Elaine Thomson: Donside Paper Mill—That the Parliament congratulates the workforce, trade unions and management at the Donside Paper Mill in Aberdeen on their success in achieving an agreed solution to their difficulties in the form of a management buy-out and notes the importance of this achievement for the future of the paper industry in Aberdeen and throughout the rest of Scotland.

S1M-1879 Mr Adam Ingram: Psychiatric Drugs and Prescription Charges—That the Parliament notes the inequality in the provision of free prescriptions for patients with a mental health illness and believes that the Scottish Executive should review the current system of charging for prescriptions and bring mental health patients in line with those with conditions such as diabetes and epilepsy by introducing free prescriptions for such patients.

Supported by: David Mundell*, Dorothy-Grace Elder*

S1M-1878 Helen Eadie: OCLI International—That the Parliament notes with deep concern the loss of 160 jobs caused by the closure of OCLI International at Dalgety Bay in Dunfermline East constituency; urges OCLI to work together with those being made redundant to minimise the difficulties faced by them and their families, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to involve itself fully in the search for a positive resolution to their current plight.

S1M-1877 Mr Brian Monteith: Support for Golf Caddying Vocational Qualification—That the Parliament congratulates St Andrews Links Trust and Elmwood College, Cupar on the launch of their Caddie Connect course which will help to raise standards and enhance the reputation of golf caddies through the provision of vocational courses in caddying both here and abroad via a distance learning course.

Supported by: Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh*, Phil Gallie*, David McLetchie*

S1M-1876# Mr Lloyd Quinan: Trade Relations—That the Parliament agrees to discontinue any association with companies, traders and organisations which hold investments or trade in countries currently in breach of United Nations resolutions; notes the plight of those being exploited by such parties, and resolves to lead by example in condemning such practices.

S1M-1874# Fergus Ewing: A & E Facilities at Raigmore Hospital—That the Parliament recognises that the existing accident and emergency (A & E) facilities at Raigmore Hospital are wholly inadequate; notes that the application previously submitted for around £2.4 million of capital grant from the Scottish Executive was rejected but that a revised application has been submitted and has been said by the First Minister to be at an advanced stage of consideration; believes that the capacity of the A & E unit is limited and that it operates from cramped accommodation, and urges the Scottish Executive to grant this revised application and provide the improved facilities which the largest hospital in the Highlands and Islands deserves.

Supported by: Ms Sandra White*, Ms Margo MacDonald*, Dorothy-Grace Elder*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Robin Harper*, Mr Lloyd Quinan*, Mr John Farquhar Munro*, Andrew Wilson*, Tommy Sheridan*, Bruce Crawford*

S1M-1873 Ms Margo MacDonald: Sleep Scotland—That the Parliament congratulates Sleep Scotland on establishing the world’s first comprehensive service offering support to families of special needs children with severe sleep problems; notes that independent evaluation has demonstrated the high value of this service, and encourages the Scottish Executive to work with local authorities to incorporate the sleep counselling service in the package of care which it offers such families.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder*

S1M-1872 Mr Keith Harding: Job Losses in Dalgety Bay, Fife—That the Parliament views with regret the announcement of the closure of the Optical Coating Laboratory Inc in Dalgety Bay, Fife with the loss of 160 jobs; recognises that this news will come as a devastating blow to the affected workers and their families, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to support the efforts of the local authority and enterprise agencies in their efforts to assist with the redeployment and retraining of those involved.

Supported by: Mr Brian Monteith, Scott Barrie, Tommy Sheridan

S1M-1871 Christine Grahame: Scottish Stamps—That the Parliament notes that while the new definitive Scottish stamps, launched in June 1999, should be available at Post Offices, they are not always available and are not available at other retail outlets and therefore calls upon the Royal Mail to ensure that these stamps are as widely accessible as possible, in particular that the 1st and 2nd class stamps are available at all times in Post Offices throughout Scotland and at the other usual retail outlets, including the Scottish Parliament’s shop, and to introduce books of the new definitive Scottish 1st and 2nd class stamps.

Supported by: Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr George Reid, Bruce Crawford, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Fiona McLeod, Shona Robison, Tommy Sheridan, Linda Fabiani*

S1M-1870 Mr Duncan Hamilton: Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park—That the Parliament notes with regret the decision by the Board of Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) to advise against the inclusion of Argyll Forest Park and Loch Eck within the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park; further notes that this is in direct contradiction to the views of the SNH Reporter charged with advising the Scottish Executive; recognises the many public bodies which are in favour of extending the National Park’s boundaries including Argyll and Bute Council, visitscotland and Forest Enterprise; believes that particular notice must be taken of the strong public support in the area for such inclusion, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to implement the recommendation of the SNH Reporter to include Argyll Forest Park and Loch Eck within Scotland’s first National Park.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing R, Mr Andrew Welsh, Bruce Crawford, Fiona McLeod, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Alex Salmond, Dorothy-Grace Elder

S1M-1869 Dorothy-Grace Elder: Stone of Scone—That the Parliament requests the return of the Stone of Scone to Perthshire, especially in view of the tourism crisis and its particularly critical effect on rural areas; is mindful that for years before this crisis developed many people had asked for the Stone to be moved to its true home and believes that the moment is now ripe for a special gesture to be made to assist at least one rural area; accepts that Edinburgh Castle, the Stone’s present home, contains a magnificent amount of other treasures and that the Stone would be a tourist attraction in its own right if displayed at Perth Museum and Art Gallery, who have indicated a willingness to accept it, and supports the Scottish People’s Mission who have lodged a Petition (PE 326) with the Parliament on the removal of the Stone from the Castle to Perthshire.

Supported by: Dr Winnie Ewing, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson

S1M-1867 Dorothy-Grace Elder: "Freedom from Pain" Campaign—That the Parliament endorses wholeheartedly the aims of the "Freedom from Pain" campaign by CancerBACUP; applauds the "Freedom from Pain" Charter and urges all MSPs to sign it; supports CancerBACUP’s view that the management of cancer pain in Scotland and in the UK must be improved radically; further supports the view of the proposed Cross Party Group on Chronic Pain that a radical transformation of the plight of patients who are in chronic pain for any reason, including non-malignant disease, must be addressed urgently given that there are 500,000 people in Scotland who suffer chronic pain from all kinds of conditions, including back and arthritic pain, and notes the huge support of health professionals and charities for the proposed Cross Party Group on Chronic Pain and also the support given to CancerBACUP’s "Freedom from Pain" Charter by Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Care, Carers National Association, Colon Cancer Concern, Long-Term Medical Conditions Alliance, Macmillan Cancer Relief, the UK Breast Cancer Coalition, the Patients Association, the Prostrate Cancer Charity, the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Surgeons.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr John McAllion

S1M-1862 Tommy Sheridan: Closure of Motorola Plant, Bathgate—That the Parliament condemns the closure of the Motorola plant at Bathgate and the loss of thousands of jobs; believes that this plant is being closed first because it is easier and cheaper to close a plant here than in the rest of the European Union where workers are protected by the European Directive on the consultation of workers; condemns the UK Labour Government for its failure to sign this directive and calls for it now to reverse this policy, and further believes that the Motorola closure and the many other job losses on the way due to the economic recession can only be dealt with by a socialist economic policy.

Supported by: Dennis Canavan, Dorothy-Grace Elder

S1M-1861 Tommy Sheridan: Chief Executive of Visitscotland—That the Parliament condemns the shambles over the appointment of the Chief Executive of visitscotland; believes that this is a story of greed and incompetence which brings discredit on the Scottish Executive; in particular condemns the obscene salary of £145,000 per annum which was offered and which apparently was insufficient to secure the full-time services of Mr Rod Lynch, and contrasts this position with the failure of the Scottish Executive to fund properly local authority and health workers who earn less than £10,000 per annum.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder

S1M-1860 Dr Richard Simpson: Parkinson's Awareness Week—That the Parliament welcomes Parkinson’s Awareness Week from 21-29 April 2001 and its focus on current research into the cause, treatment and cure of Parkinson’s disease; notes that the misdiagnosis rate of Parkinson’s may be as high as 30%; calls for measures to ensure the equality of referral regardless of postcode and age, ensuring prompt access to specialists who will provide quick and accurate diagnosis and initiate appropriate treatment; recognises the work undertaken by the Parkinson’s Disease Society in drawing attention to this degenerative, neurological condition; welcomes the Society’s provision of information and support to those with Parkinson’s and their families across Scotland, and extends its best wishes to Mary Baker, the Society’s Chief Executive, on her forthcoming retirement.

Supported by: Elaine Thomson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Michael McMahon, Des McNulty, Shona Robison, Nick Johnston, Janis Hughes, Hugh Henry, Mary Scanlon, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Dr Elaine Murray, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr Gil Paterson, Margaret Smith, Donald Gorrie, Kate MacLean, Irene Oldfather, Margaret Jamieson, George Lyon, Mr Duncan McNeil, Mr John McAllion, Trish Godman, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Tommy Sheridan

S1M-1859 Elaine Smith: National Breastfeeding Awareness Week—That the Parliament notes the importance of National Breastfeeding Awareness Week from 14-20 May 2001; recognises that breastfeeding is the best form of nutrition for babies and is good for mothers’ health too; notes with concern that the Guthrie Statistics from 1999 indicate that the two main hospitals serving constituents from Coatbridge and Chryston had the lowest percentage of breastfeeding mothers in Scotland, and believes that a national campaign is required to increase public acceptability that "breast is best" in an attempt to change attitudes to mothers breastfeeding in public places and encourage more mothers to breast-feed their babies.

Supported by: Des McNulty, Dr Elaine Murray, Mr Jamie Stone, Scott Barrie, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Karen Whitefield, Pauline McNeill, Mike Watson, Mr John McAllion, Trish Godman, Mr Michael McMahon, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Fiona McLeod, Marilyn Livingstone, Tommy Sheridan, Dr Richard Simpson*, Mr Kenneth Gibson*, Helen Eadie*, Nora Radcliffe*, Dorothy-Grace Elder*, Mr John Home Robertson*

S1M-1858 Mrs Mary Mulligan: Closure of Motorola Plant—That the Parliament views with dismay the announcement of the closure of the Motorola Plant in Bathgate, with the loss of over three thousand jobs; urges the Scottish Executive to discuss with the company any measures which may minimise the effects of this decision on the individuals and communities affected; recognises the efforts of unions, staff representatives, local politicians and Ministers over the past few weeks, and calls upon the Executive to offer every support possible to West Lothian Council and neighbouring councils in their efforts to provide assistance and advice to those workers who are affected.

Supported by: Bristow Muldoon, Karen Whitefield, Bill Butler, Maureen Macmillan, Hugh Henry, Rhoda Grant, Mr John Home Robertson, Marilyn Livingstone, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Duncan McNeil, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Mr Michael McMahon, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, David McLetchie, Margaret Smith, Margaret Jamieson, David Mundell, Mr Murray Tosh, Elaine Thomson, Cathy Jamieson, Elaine Smith, Janis Hughes, Mike Watson, Des McNulty, Donald Gorrie, Dr Elaine Murray, Mr Jamie Stone, Scott Barrie, Mr John McAllion, Trish Godman, Dr Richard Simpson, Paul Martin, Tavish Scott

S1M-1856 Brian Adam: Diesel Spill Accidents for Bikers—That the Parliament welcomes the recent well organised and well attended demonstration in Aberdeen by bikers to highlight diesel spill accidents and calls upon the Scottish Executive to investigate all means possible to reduce diesel spill on roads.

Supported by: Michael Matheson

S1M-1855 Brian Adam: Congratulations to Cove Rangers—That the Parliament congratulates Cove Rangers FC on winning the Highland League title for the first time and wishes them well in their plans for a new stadium and possible application to the Scottish Football League.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr Alex Salmond

S1M-1854 Pauline McNeill: Sex Trade—That the Parliament notes the content of the ITV programme Vice – Inside Britain’s Sex Business: The New Slave Trade, broadcast on 10 April 2001, which highlighted the plight of an estimated 5,000 Eastern European women and girls who have been lured to the UK, held against their will and forced to act as prostitutes under the threat of violence with no passports and no money; further notes the identification of at least six addresses in Glasgow where this trade is known, and calls upon the Scottish Executive and the international authorities to take action to crush this crime, seek out the entrapped women, release them and provide a means for them to return to safety.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Russell, Michael Matheson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Alex Neil, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr John McAllion, Linda Fabiani*

S1M-1853 Christine Grahame: Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week 2001—That the Parliament notes with concern that, while Scotland is the multiple sclerosis (MS) capital of the world with 10,400 people with MS, only 2.4% of these people have access to beta interferon compared with equivalent percentages of 15% in Finland and 13% in Italy; notes that the cost of providing beta interferon to those in Scotland who might benefit would be some £7 million, representing a minute fraction of the NHS budget; queries the cost of beta interferon in Scotland as compared to elsewhere; notes the inadequate provision of physiotherapy for those affected by MS; further notes the lack of provision of specialist MS nurses; affirms that MS nurses should be fully funded by the NHS; notes that there is an urgent need for suitable respite facilities; recommends that it be standard practice on a diagnosis of MS that the appropriate consultant meet the patient’s GP to inform them and discuss the case, as many GPs may only occasionally see a case of MS and may therefore be uninformed about the disease and treatments; considers that money expended on the above will not only benefit the 10,400 people with MS and their carers but would also lead to a net saving to the public purse, and commends all those with MS, their carers and the MS Society for their continuing campaign for justice in health care provision.

Supported by: Roseanna Cunningham, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Russell, Fiona Hyslop, Michael Matheson, Dr Winnie Ewing, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Alex Neil, Ms Margo MacDonald, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Alex Salmond, Fiona McLeod, Linda Fabiani*

S1M-1852 Tricia Marwick: Jim Baxter—That the Parliament regrets the recent death of Jim Baxter; offers sympathy to his relatives and friends on their loss, and urges the Scottish Football Association, in recognition of Jim Baxter's unique talent and his unforgettable contribution to Scottish football, to include him in Scotland's Football Hall of Fame.

Supported by: Phil Gallie, Andrew Wilson, Roseanna Cunningham, Bruce Crawford, Shona Robison, Michael Russell, Maureen Macmillan, Michael Matheson, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Alex Salmond, Mr John McAllion, Trish Godman, Fiona McLeod

S1M-1851 Tricia Marwick: Multiple Sclerosis—That the Parliament congratulates the MS Society on the work it does on behalf on behalf of people with multiple sclerosis in Scotland; welcomes MS awareness week, 22 April - 29 April, as an opportunity to highlight the wholly inadequate treatment that is available throughout Scotland; recognises the exceptional work done by specialised MS nurses, and urges the Scottish Executive to bring forward proposals for research into the causes of MS in Scotland and for support for those who are presently affected by it.

Supported by: Mr Kenny MacAskill, Fergus Ewing, Richard Lochhead, Alasdair Morgan, Mr David Davidson, Mr John Swinney, Brian Adam, Christine Grahame, Andrew Wilson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Robert Brown, Margaret Smith, Roseanna Cunningham, Shona Robison, Tommy Sheridan, Bruce Crawford, Michael Russell, Fiona Hyslop, Maureen Macmillan, Alex Fergusson, Michael Matheson, Mary Scanlon, Phil Gallie, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr John Farquhar Munro, Alex Neil, David Mundell, Irene McGugan, Des McNulty, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Nicola Sturgeon, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Fiona McLeod, Linda Fabiani*

S1M-1850 Pauline McNeill: Effect of Sanctions Against Iraq—That the Parliament notes the Amnesty International Report which states that sanctions imposed against Iraq by the UN Security Council in 1990 have crippled Iraq's economic infrastructure, increased unemployment, raised malnutrition and mortality levels and caused widespread corruption throughout Iraqi society; further notes UNICEF estimates that sanctions have contributed to the deaths of approximately 500,000 children under the age of 5 since 1990, and calls on the UN Security Council to end sanctions against Iraq.

Supported by: Andrew Wilson, Mr Michael McMahon, Donald Gorrie, Tricia Marwick, Michael Matheson, Robin Harper, Mr Adam Ingram, Elaine Smith, Mr John McAllion, Tommy Sheridan, Cathy Peattie, Linda Fabiani*

S1M-1849 Pauline McNeill: Refugee Week 23 - 29 June 2001—That the Parliament notes that 23 – 29 June 2001 is Refugee Week supported by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Refugee Action, the Refugee Council, Save the Children, London Arts and the Arts Council in England; further notes that 2001 is the 50th anniversary of the UN Convention on Refugees; considers that Refugee Week presents an opportunity to give the public some positive messages about refugees and asylum seekers via the media and through events, and calls on MSPs to work with local agencies in Scotland to promote positive messages about the contribution to cultural life that refugees make in all parts of Scotland.

Supported by: Andrew Wilson, Irene Oldfather, Mr Michael McMahon, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Matheson, Fiona Hyslop, Maureen Macmillan, Rhoda Grant, Scott Barrie, Margaret Jamieson, Michael Russell, Nora Radcliffe, Janis Hughes, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Jamie Stone, Elaine Smith, Mr John McAllion, Tommy Sheridan, Cathy Peattie, Mike Watson*, Linda Fabiani*

S1M-1848 Pauline McNeill: Glasgow Asylum Rights Campaign—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of a dossier of racial attacks on dispersed asylum seekers in Glasgow produced by the Glasgow Asylum Rights Campaign, notes that the dossier reflects some of the extreme violence and hostility that asylum seekers have experienced in Glasgow since their arrival, and urges all MSPs, MPs and councillors to read it and take action within their areas of responsibility to raise awareness of the plight of asylum seekers and put a stop to such despicable racist and violent acts.

Supported by: Andrew Wilson, Irene Oldfather, Mr Michael McMahon, Donald Gorrie, Michael Matheson, Rhoda Grant, Scott Barrie, Michael Russell, Nora Radcliffe, Janis Hughes, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mr Jamie Stone, Elaine Smith, Mr John McAllion, Tommy Sheridan, Cathy Peattie, Dorothy-Grace Elder*, Mike Watson*, Linda Fabiani*

S1M-1847 Dorothy-Grace Elder: Child Slaves in Africa—That the Parliament expresses outrage at the transportation of child slaves along the Ivory Coast of Africa especially in view of Scotland’s special connections with Africa and the long and valiant history of Scottish churches and many charities in fighting against slavery; believes that disclosures of current brutality towards children present only a fraction of the truth about enslavement of hundreds of thousands of children which sometimes benefits the food industry in Britain; demands that the Scottish Executive and Her Majesty’s Government investigate immediately the use of child slaves and its connections with the chocolate and cocoa industries in Britain; supports the anti-Slavery League, Save the Children and all organisations pleading for the liberation of children from slavery; demands that, as a first move, the Scottish Executive and Her Majesty’s Government appoint investigators of the chocolate trade, and calls upon all catering suppliers to the Scottish Parliament to withdraw all products involving chocolate or cocoa as a first small public gesture of the outrage felt by MSPs.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr John McAllion

S1M-1846# Alasdair Morgan: Economic Recovery Plan for Dumfries and Galloway—That the Parliament recognises that Dumfries and Galloway has borne the brunt of the fight against foot and mouth disease in Scotland, a fight which has been carried out on behalf of all of Scotland; notes the very severe economic consequences for the area; welcomes the Economic Recovery Plan for Dumfries and Galloway produced by an inter-agency group of public and private bodies and presented to Scottish Ministers on 18 April 2001, and urges the Scottish Executive to support this plan.

Supported by: Bruce Crawford, Christine Grahame, Andrew Wilson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Donald Gorrie, Tricia Marwick, Mr Murray Tosh, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Matheson, Alex Fergusson, Fiona Hyslop, Robin Harper, David Mundell, Roseanna Cunningham, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Phil Gallie, John Scott, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Michael Russell, Irene McGugan, Fergus Ewing, Mr David Davidson, Bill Aitken, Nick Johnston, Dr Elaine Murray, Mr Alex Salmond, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Fiona McLeod, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*

S1M-1844 Ms Margo MacDonald: Cost Limits of the Holyrood Project—That the Parliament believes, mindful of the terms of the resolution on the Holyrood project agreed to on 5 April 2000 and of the belief engendered by that resolution amongst people in Scotland that the new Parliament building would cost £195 million, that any revised cost limits, quality standards or completion dates under consideration by the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body or the Holyrood Progress Group must be laid for debate and approval before the Scottish Parliament.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Donald Gorrie, Alex Neil

S1M-1843 Angus MacKay: Scottish Local Authorities (Tendering) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Scottish Local Authorities (Tendering) Bill.

Supported by: Peter Peacock

S1M-1842 Iain Gray: Draft The Justices of the Peace (Tribunal) (Scotland) Regulations 2001—That the Justice 1 Committee recommends that the draft The Justices of the Peace (Tribunal) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 be approved.

Supported by: Mr Jim Wallace

S1M-1841 Iain Gray: Draft The Part-Time Sheriffs (Removal Tribunal) Regulations 2001—That the Justice 1 Committee recommends that the draft The Part-Time Sheriffs (Removal Tribunal) Regulations 2001 be approved.

Supported by: Mr Jim Wallace

S1M-1840# Patricia Ferguson: Partick Thistle Football Club - 2001 Year of Achievement—That the Parliament notes that Partick Thistle Football Club has completed a memorable season in its anniversary year, 2001, which has seen the club celebrate the 125th Anniversary of its founding, win the Scottish League Second Division Championship and succeed in gaining promotion to the First Division, further notes the important contribution made to the economy of Maryhill by Partick Thistle Football Club and congratulates the players, staff, management and supporters for their achievements this year.

Supported by: Mr Michael McMahon, Tricia Marwick, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Matheson, Maureen Macmillan, Rhoda Grant, Robin Harper, Scott Barrie, Margaret Jamieson, David Mundell, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Brian Monteith, Michael Russell, Bill Aitken, Des McNulty, Janis Hughes, Karen Whitefield, Mr Jamie Stone, Ms Sandra White, Mr John McAllion, Fiona McLeod, Cathy Peattie, Linda Fabiani*

S1M-1839# Mr Brian Monteith: Right to Faith-based Education—That the Parliament notes the provisions of Article 2 of Protocol 1 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), which states that "no person shall be denied the right to education. In the exercise of any functions which it assumes in relation to education and to teaching, the state shall respect the rights of parents to ensure such education and teaching in conformity with their own religious and philosophical convictions"; supports the principle of maintained denominational schools, as first introduced by the Education Act 1918, which ensures that such education and teaching is made available by local authorities for members of the Roman Catholic faith, and believes that, should this principle be found to be in contravention of any other article of the ECHR, all necessary steps should be taken to ensure that such faith-based educational provision continues to be available to children in Scotland in line with the wishes of parents.

Supported by: David McLetchie, Mr David Davidson, Mary Scanlon

S1M-1838 Mr Jim Wallace: International Criminal Court (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the International Criminal Court (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Colin Boyd, Iain Gray

S1M-1837# Shona Robison: Privatisation of Meat Inspection—That the Parliament notes with concern the changes being proposed to the inspection of carcass meats in the UK, which will remove the function of meat inspection from official controls and make the industry itself responsible for the carrying out of meat inspection; notes the concern expressed by UNISON and others about these proposals; believes that the use of independent government inspectors working for the Meat Hygiene Service is the best way of ensuring the safety of meat consumed by the public, and believes that a full and open debate should take place in Scotland on any proposals to privatise meat inspection, rather than the issue being left to the European and Westminster Parliaments.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing, Dennis Canavan, Tommy Sheridan, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Christine Grahame, Andrew Wilson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Donald Gorrie, Tricia Marwick, Alex Neil, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Matheson, Fiona Hyslop, Roseanna Cunningham, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Michael Russell, Irene McGugan, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Alex Salmond, Ms Sandra White, Mr John McAllion, Fiona McLeod, Linda Fabiani*

S1M-1836 Tommy Sheridan: Failure to Tackle Foot-and-Mouth Disease—That the Parliament believes that the current policies of the Scottish Executive are failing to solve the problem of foot-and-mouth disease and therefore calls upon the Executive to abandon these policies and adopt a new, environmentally friendly, holistic policy which includes vaccination, a switch to organic farming, local slaughter and the sale of animals to local retailers to end the transportation of live animals the length and breadth of the country.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Robin Harper

S1M-1835 Tommy Sheridan: Rise in Rail Fares—That the Parliament condemns the 10% rise in rail fares announced by Virgin Trains; believes that this is a totally unjustifiable rise, and further believes that the ongoing crisis in the railways can only be solved by bringing the railways back into public ownership.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder

S1M-1834 Elaine Smith: Employment Rights of Pregnant Women—That the Parliament notes with concern the recent report by the National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux which revealed that tens of thousands of women throughout the UK are still being sacked or illegally threatened with dismissal just because they are pregnant and asks that the Scottish Executive considers ways both of sending a message to the Scottish business sector that, such practices are not only illegal, but wholly unacceptable in modern Scotland, and of assisting smaller businesses to ensure that they can deliver the additional employment rights being introduced by Her Majesty’s Government.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Irene Oldfather, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Michael McMahon, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Maureen Macmillan, Rhoda Grant, Robin Harper, Scott Barrie, Margaret Jamieson, Michael Russell, Nora Radcliffe, Marilyn Livingstone, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr Gil Paterson, Ms Sandra White, Mr John McAllion, Fiona McLeod, Cathy Peattie, Linda Fabiani*

S1M-1833 Angus MacKay: International Criminal Court (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the International Criminal Court (Scotland) Bill, agrees to the expenditure payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund of the expenses of the Scottish Ministers in consequence of the Act.

Supported by: Peter Peacock

S1M-1832 Andrew Wilson: Voting Rights for 16-Year-Olds—That the Parliament recognises that young people are entitled to be treated in a fair, just and consistent manner and are entitled to have the same rights as other citizens; further recognises that adulthood begins at 16 and that young people work, pay tax and have much to contribute to society and politics; notes that the Electoral Reform Society believes that there is a strong body of opinion in favour of votes for 16-year-olds; recalls the First Minister’s opposition to such electoral reform in The Scotsman on 28 January 1998, claiming that there was no demand in the country that had been measured for such a change and that there would be no concessions on this issue; acknowledges and welcomes the support by Nigel Griffiths MP for such a move to lower the voting age to 16; also notes recommendation 167 of the Report of the McIntosh Commission on Local Government and the Scottish Parliament, which asks for particular consideration to be given to the possibility of extending the vote in community council elections to 16-year-olds, as a first step to extending the franchise in all elections to 16-year-olds, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to make representations to Her Majesty's Government to promote and support any appropriate amending legislation so that in all future elections people will be able to vote from the age of 16.

Supported by: Roseanna Cunningham, Shona Robison, Mr Alex Salmond, Fiona McLeod, Colin Campbell, Michael Matheson, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Donald Gorrie, Tricia Marwick, Fiona Hyslop, Robin Harper, Alex Neil, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Michael Russell, Irene McGugan, Nora Radcliffe, Ms Sandra White, Linda Fabiani*

S1M-1831# Mr John McAllion: Public Interest Whistle-blowing in Scotland—That the Parliament, while welcoming the presence in Scotland of the independent charity "Public Concerns at Work", urges the Scottish Executive to take reasonable and proper account of the implications of public interest whistle-blowing for all areas of its work and to promote and deliver openness, accountability and good governance throughout Scotland and further calls upon the Scottish Executive to undertake an education campaign to inform the people of Scotland of the implications, protections and benefits of public interest whistle-blowing as it affects the conduct of public, private and voluntary organisations throughout Scotland.

Supported by: Irene Oldfather, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Michael McMahon, Donald Gorrie, Tricia Marwick, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Rhoda Grant, Robin Harper, Scott Barrie, Margaret Jamieson, David Mundell, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Michael Russell, Nora Radcliffe, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mr Adam Ingram, Elaine Smith, Mary Scanlon, Ms Sandra White, Cathy Peattie

S1M-1830# Cathy Jamieson: Commission for Racial Equality—That the Parliament welcomes the signing by the leaders of all the parties in the Parliament of the Commission for Racial Equality’s compact which condemns the use of race and xenophobia by politicians in the next general election campaign and urges all MSPs to sign this motion to reinforce the commitment to denounce the use of race issues as a means of attracting electoral votes.

Supported by: Fiona McLeod, Iain Smith, Mr Murray Tosh, Dr Richard Simpson, Margaret Jamieson, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Michael Russell, Michael Matheson, Irene Oldfather, Elaine Thomson, Bristow Muldoon, Patricia Ferguson, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Nick Johnston, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Tommy Sheridan, Mike Watson, Andrew Wilson, Mr Michael McMahon, Donald Gorrie, Bill Butler, Fiona Hyslop, Maureen Macmillan, Rhoda Grant, Robin Harper, Scott Barrie, Mr John Farquhar Munro, Alex Neil, David Mundell, Irene McGugan, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Des McNulty, Janis Hughes, Karen Whitefield, Marilyn Livingstone, Dr Elaine Murray, Mr Jamie Stone, Ms Sandra White, Mr John McAllion, Cathy Peattie, Linda Fabiani*

S1M-1829# Mr Kenny MacAskill: 70th Anniversary of Scottish Youth Hostels Association—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Youth Hostels Association (SYHA) on its 70th anniversary; notes the contribution made by the Association to attracting both visitors to Scotland from abroad and to the Scottish countryside from within; notes also the opportunity provided by the Association to visit many of the more remote but beautiful parts of our land; welcomes the development by the Association of educational tours which facilitate and enhance the opportunity for youngsters in Scotland to partake in the benefits and pleasures of the countryside; recognises the current difficulties being experienced by the SYHA as a result of the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease, and urges organisations and individuals in Scotland to show their support in this time of difficulty.

Supported by: Nicola Sturgeon, Brian Adam, Tricia Marwick, Dr Winnie Ewing, Colin Campbell, Mr Andrew Welsh, Bruce Crawford, Fergus Ewing, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Michael Russell, Andrew Wilson, Michael Matheson, Ms Sandra White, Phil Gallie, Hugh Henry, Roseanna Cunningham, Mr Alex Salmond, Fiona McLeod, Dennis Canavan, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mr Brian Monteith, Tommy Sheridan, Christine Grahame, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Fiona Hyslop, Alex Neil, David Mundell, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Irene McGugan, Mr David Davidson, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr Jamie Stone, Ian Jenkins, Karen Whitefield, Mr Murray Tosh, John Scott, Cathy Peattie, Mr George Reid*, Linda Fabiani*

S1M-1828 Ms Margo MacDonald: Palestine Recognition—That the Parliament recognises the importance of recent statements on Palestine emanating from the Arab League summit in Jordan; notes that the summit’s condemnation of Israel reflects growing anger in the Arab world at the torment of Palestinians under occupation; further notes that the present level of lethal force employed by the Israeli Defence Force in the West Bank in the West Bank and Gaza, and its policy of collective punishment, is a destabilising factor in the region; encourages the peace movement within Israel to maintain its efforts to persuade Israeli citizens that until there is a just settlement which gives the Palestinians the same rights, justice and dignity which Israelis claim for themselves, that is a free independent state, the spiral of violence will not abate, and calls upon the United States and Israel to recognises the need to meet Palestinian aspirations, starting with an immediate de-escalation of the military force now used by Israel.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Tommy Sheridan, Donald Gorrie, Michael Russell, Nora Radcliffe, Mr John McAllion, Cathy Peattie, Linda Fabiani*

S1M-1827 Dr Winnie Ewing: Animal-tested Cosmetics Ban—That the Parliament congratulates the European Parliament on its backing for new measures across the EU to have all new cosmetic products which have been tested on animals taken off the market.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Dr Elaine Murray, Hugh Henry, Fiona McLeod, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Dennis Canavan, Colin Campbell, Tommy Sheridan, Andrew Wilson, Donald Gorrie, Maureen Macmillan, Roseanna Cunningham, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Irene McGugan, Ian Jenkins, Ms Sandra White, Linda Fabiani*

S1M-1826 Richard Lochhead: Civil Service Involvement in Fisheries Dispute—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive’s Permanent Secretary to conduct an inquiry to establish whether the Head of its Fisheries Group solicited a letter of support for government policy from a west coast fishermen’s organisation following the Executive’s defeat in the Parliament over its fisheries aid package and, in particular, whether any such approach was made on the instructions of Ministers, and to take any appropriate action in response to the inquiry’s findings.

Supported by: Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Michael Russell, Fiona Hyslop, Fergus Ewing, Ms Sandra White, Colin Campbell, Fiona McLeod, Alex Neil, Roseanna Cunningham, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Andrew Wilson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Brian Adam, Dennis Canavan, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Dr Winnie Ewing, Irene McGugan, Linda Fabiani*

S1M-1824 Trish Godman: Redundancies at Compaq—That the Parliament views with serious concern the announcement by Compaq in Erskine, Renfrewshire of the redundancies of 700 employees from their workforce; urges the company to use its best endeavours to diminish the severity of this decision on the hundreds of loyal hardworking employees who are directly affected because of circumstances beyond their control, and calls on the Scottish Executive to engage with Compaq in order to avoid the damaging consequences to both individuals and local communities.

Supported by: Mr Duncan McNeil, Margaret Jamieson, Alex Neil, Fiona McLeod, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Trish Godman, Tommy Sheridan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Colin Campbell, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Andrew Wilson, Mr Michael McMahon, Maureen Macmillan, Rhoda Grant, Scott Barrie, David Mundell, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Des McNulty, Patricia Ferguson, Dr Elaine Murray, Mr Jamie Stone, Ms Sandra White, Mr John McAllion, Cathy Peattie

S1M-1822 Ms Sandra White: Partick Thistle—That the Parliament congratulates Partick Thistle on winning promotion from the Second Division of the Scottish Football League to the First Division, notes that Thistle are the first team in British senior football to win promotion this season, and wishes them every success in next season’s First Division campaign.

Supported by: Mr Alex Salmond, Michael Matheson, Fiona McLeod, Tommy Sheridan, Colin Campbell, Andrew Wilson, Tricia Marwick, Robin Harper, David Mundell, Irene McGugan, Linda Fabiani*

S1M-1821 Dorothy-Grace Elder: Close Paterson's Dump, Glasgow—That the Parliament calls for the immediate closure of Paterson’s Dump at Baillieston and Mount Vernon, Glasgow, to protect the public and the environment in the light of the four enforcement notices served on Paterson’s by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) for failing to provide relief for outraged local residents from the appalling smells and for being unable to guarantee that the groundwater, which is close to the River Clyde, was not being affected by the dump, which is licensed to take arsenic, cyanide, asbestos and a total of 27 poisonous chemicals; recalls that in November 1999, following a Public Health Department investigation of the dump, Dr Harry Burns, Director of Public Health for Greater Glasgow stated "smells are, at times, literally breathtaking", believes that, despite other attempts over the years, the continued suffering of local people can only be alleviated by a total closure of the dump, which is licensed to take up to 500,000 tonnes of waste every year including sewage which is hauled through urban areas on around 4,000 lorries; is deeply concerned that Paterson’s is the only high level toxic dump still existing within a city boundary in Scotland and that, after enduring the dump for 44 years, local people deserve relief; is determined that the East End of Glasgow should not remain a dumping ground for materials which many other areas will not accept; does not approve of the continuing profits being made by the dump’s owners while local tenants and council tax payers are subjected to misery and restrictions on the enjoyment of their homes and therefore calls upon SEPA to remove Paterson’s licence and enforce closure of the dump immediately and thereby uphold their claim to be protectors of the public and the environment.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan

S1M-1820# Mr Mike Rumbles: Proposed Health Professions Council—That the Parliament notes that Her Majesty's Government intends to regulate 12 health professions as if they were a single profession, including chiropodists/podiatrists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, radiographers, dieticians, speech and language therapists, medical laboratory scientific officers, prosthetists and orthotists, orthoptists, arts therapists, clinical scientists and paramedics; further notes that this approach does not take account of the lack of similarity in the qualifications for, and clinical practice of, these professions; believes that there should be parity of treatment for all health professions with self regulation for chiropodists and podiatrists as well as doctors, nurses, midwives, dentists and others; notes that, at the time the enabling legislation passed through the House of Lords, it was stated by Her Majesty’s Government that the Health and Social Care Bill would "provide stronger self-regulation" but that the Department of Health consultation paper gives no details of how uni-profession input will be secured, and suggests that most matters can be dealt with on a multi-professional basis; believes that commitments made at the time the Health and Social Care Bill’s passage through Westminster should be respected; further believes that the proposals ignore devolution and disenfranchise Scotland, as well as Wales and Northern Ireland, by not recognising that each country should have effective national representation from each of the professions to be regulated, and urges the Scottish Executive to make representations to Her Majesty's Government to work more closely with the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, and other professions concerned, and bring forward new proposals that command greater professional support and will provide better protection for the public. R

Supported by: Michael Matheson R, Donald Gorrie, Robin Harper, David Mundell, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Jamie Stone

S1M-1819# Karen Whitefield: Airdrie FC Supporters' Trust—That the Parliament welcomes the proposal by fans of Airdrieonians Football Club to establish a supporters’ trust; wishes those supporters success in their endeavours, and recognises the important role played by local football teams in nurturing and maintaining a sense of community spirit and pride.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Dr Elaine Murray, Irene McGugan, Elaine Thomson, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mike Watson, Andrew Wilson, Mr Michael McMahon, Paul Martin, Fergus Ewing, Bruce Crawford, Margaret Jamieson, Bill Butler, Hugh Henry, Marilyn Livingstone, Scott Barrie, Mr Duncan McNeil, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Janis Hughes, David Mundell, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Des McNulty, Mr Brian Monteith, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Patricia Ferguson, Mr Gil Paterson, Ian Jenkins, Mr John McAllion, Mr Murray Tosh, Cathy Peattie, Mr Frank McAveety, Linda Fabiani*

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.

Supported by: Mr Alex Salmond, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Linda Fabiani, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Kay Ullrich, Michael Matheson, Irene McGugan, Ms Sandra White, Andrew Wilson, Roseanna Cunningham, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Alex Neil, Fiona Hyslop, Fiona McLeod, Michael Russell, Colin Campbell, Dr Winnie Ewing, Fergus Ewing

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, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Linda Fabiani, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Kay Ullrich, Michael Matheson, Christine Grahame, Tricia Marwick, Mr Andrew Welsh, Ms Sandra White, Andrew Wilson, Roseanna Cunningham, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Robert Brown, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Alex Neil, Fiona Hyslop, Fiona McLeod, Ms Margo MacDonald, Michael Russell, Alasdair Morgan, Colin Campbell, Robin Harper, Fergus Ewing

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, Dr Richard Simpson, Mike Watson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Linda Fabiani, Christine Grahame, Irene McGugan, Tricia Marwick, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Ms Sandra White, Andrew Wilson, Dennis Canavan, Scott Barrie, Mr Adam Ingram, Cathy Jamieson, Mr Gil Paterson, Robert Brown, Roseanna Cunningham, Donald Gorrie, Alex Neil, Fiona Hyslop, Dr Elaine Murray, Ms Margo MacDonald, Brian Adam, Alasdair Morgan, Pauline McNeill, Ian Jenkins, Dr Winnie Ewing, David Mundell, Nora Radcliffe, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mr Jamie Stone, Elaine Smith, Mr John McAllion, Cathy Peattie

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, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Tricia Marwick, Rhoda Grant, Robin Harper, Dr Richard Simpson, Nora Radcliffe, Fergus Ewing, Des McNulty, Shona Robison, Marilyn Livingstone, Elaine Thomson, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr John McAllion

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, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Kay Ullrich, Michael Matheson, Christine Grahame, Irene McGugan, Ms Sandra White, Andrew Wilson, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Donald Gorrie, Alex Neil, Ms Margo MacDonald, Michael Russell, Alasdair Morgan, Colin Campbell, Dr Winnie Ewing, Robin Harper, Fergus Ewing

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, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Linda Fabiani, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Kay Ullrich, Michael Matheson, Christine Grahame, Irene McGugan, Tricia Marwick, Ms Sandra White, Andrew Wilson, Donald Gorrie, Fiona Hyslop, Dr Winnie Ewing, Ms Margo MacDonald, Michael Russell, Brian Adam, Alasdair Morgan, Colin Campbell, Robin Harper

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, Mr Alex Salmond, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Kay Ullrich, Christine Grahame, Irene McGugan, Tricia Marwick, Andrew Wilson, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Alex Neil, Fiona McLeod, Colin Campbell, Robin Harper, Nora Radcliffe, Fergus Ewing

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.

Supported by: Linda Fabiani, Alex Johnstone, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh

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, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson

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, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Robin Harper

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, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson

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, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Robin Harper

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, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Michael Matheson, Dennis Canavan, Dr Winnie Ewing, Donald Gorrie, Alex Neil, Ms Margo MacDonald, Michael Russell, Colin Campbell, Robin Harper, Fergus Ewing

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, Tricia Marwick, Mary Scanlon, Scott Barrie, David Mundell, Fergus Ewing, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh

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, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Linda Fabiani, Kay Ullrich, Christine Grahame, Mr Andrew Welsh, Ms Sandra White, Andrew Wilson, Roseanna Cunningham, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Donald Gorrie, Fiona Hyslop, Fiona McLeod, Richard Lochhead, Nicola Sturgeon, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Fergus Ewing, Ms Margo MacDonald, Michael Russell, Mr John Swinney, Irene McGugan, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Dennis Canavan, Mr Alex Salmond, Mr Mike Rumbles, Colin Campbell, Dr Winnie Ewing, Nora Radcliffe

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, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Linda Fabiani, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Ms Sandra White, Fiona McLeod, Colin Campbell

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, Irene Oldfather, Ms Sandra White, Andrew Wilson, Mr Gil Paterson, Margaret Jamieson, David Mundell, Fiona McLeod, Ms Margo MacDonald, Rhoda Grant, Fergus Ewing, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mary Scanlon, Mr Jamie Stone, Cathy Peattie

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, Irene Oldfather, Mary Scanlon, Cathy Jamieson, Mr Gil Paterson, Alex Fergusson, Mr Murray Tosh, Phil Gallie, Margaret Jamieson, Nick Johnston, Alex Neil, Fiona Hyslop, David Mundell, Michael Russell, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr David Davidson, Fergus Ewing, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh

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, Linda Fabiani, Irene Oldfather, Kay Ullrich, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Nick Johnston, Fiona Hyslop, Fiona McLeod, Michael Russell, Robin Harper

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, Mr Michael McMahon, Dennis Canavan, Trish Godman, Janis Hughes, Pauline McNeill, Mr Frank McAveety, Cathy Peattie, Karen Whitefield, Cathy Jamieson, Bill Butler, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Bristow Muldoon, Mr John Home Robertson, Margaret Jamieson, Mr David Davidson, Robin Harper, Mr Jamie Stone

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, Mr Michael McMahon, Christine Grahame, Tricia Marwick, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Karen Whitefield, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Michael Russell, Helen Eadie, Fergus Ewing, Mr Jamie Stone, Cathy Peattie

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, Mr Michael McMahon, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Mr Jamie Stone

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, Alex Fergusson, Kay Ullrich, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Dr Elaine Murray, Michael Russell, Mr David Davidson, Mr Brian Monteith, Dr Winnie Ewing, Fergus Ewing

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, Mr Keith Harding, Mr Alex Salmond, Dennis Canavan, Mary Scanlon, Roseanna Cunningham, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Michael Russell, Fergus Ewing

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, Mr Alex Salmond, Kay Ullrich, Christine Grahame, Roseanna Cunningham, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Robert Brown, Ms Margo MacDonald, Michael Russell, Colin Campbell, Robin Harper, Fergus Ewing

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, Kay Ullrich, Michael Russell, Robin Harper, Fergus Ewing

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, Mr Michael McMahon, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Karen Whitefield, Cathy Jamieson, Margaret Jamieson, Fiona McLeod, Ms Margo MacDonald, Colin Campbell, Robin Harper, Mr Jamie Stone, Cathy Peattie

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, Kay Ullrich, Andrew Wilson, Colin Campbell

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, Andrew Wilson, Ms Margo MacDonald, Dr Winnie Ewing

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, Kay Ullrich, Christine Grahame, Fiona McLeod

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, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Kay Ullrich, Christine Grahame, Robin Harper

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, Kay Ullrich, Christine Grahame, Roseanna Cunningham, Dr Winnie Ewing, Fergus Ewing

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, Roseanna Cunningham, Brian Adam, Dr Winnie Ewing, Fergus Ewing, Mr Jamie Stone

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, Alex Fergusson, Kay Ullrich, Christine Grahame, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Mary Scanlon, Roseanna Cunningham, Karen Whitefield, Cathy Jamieson, Margaret Jamieson, Robin Harper, Fergus Ewing, Mr Jamie Stone

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, Mr Michael McMahon, Richard Lochhead, Kay Ullrich, Christine Grahame, Bruce Crawford, John Scott, Mr Murray Tosh, John Young, Mr Keith Harding, Mr Andrew Welsh, Mr Alex Salmond, Mary Scanlon, Phil Gallie, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Cathy Jamieson, Alex Johnstone, Margaret Jamieson, Nick Johnston, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr Andy Kerr, Miss Annabel Goldie, David McLetchie, Ian Jenkins, Mr Brian Monteith, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Ben Wallace, Robin Harper, Dennis Canavan, Mr John Farquhar Munro, Fergus Ewing, Bill Aitken, Roseanna Cunningham*, Nicola Sturgeon*, Colin Campbell*, Mr Mike Rumbles*, Mr Jamie Stone*, George Lyon*, Tavish Scott*, Mike Watson*

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, Alex Fergusson, Kay Ullrich, Mary Scanlon, Roseanna Cunningham, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Dr Winnie Ewing, Fergus Ewing

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, Mr Keith Harding, Kay Ullrich, Alex Fergusson, Fergus Ewing

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, Kay Ullrich

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, Kay Ullrich, Christine Grahame, Roseanna Cunningham, Fergus Ewing

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, Mr Keith Harding, Karen Whitefield, Robin Harper, Mr Jamie Stone

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, Kay Ullrich, Christine Grahame, Fergus Ewing

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, Roseanna Cunningham, Colin Campbell

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, Roseanna Cunningham, Dr Winnie Ewing, Robin Harper

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, Mr Keith Harding, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Mary Scanlon, Karen Whitefield, Margaret Jamieson, Mr Brian Monteith, Fergus Ewing, Mr Jamie Stone

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, Mr Keith Harding, Roseanna Cunningham

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, Mary Scanlon

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, Karen Whitefield, Robin Harper

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, Mr Brian Monteith, Robin Harper

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, Mr Michael McMahon, Margaret Jamieson, Mr John Farquhar Munro

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, Mr Michael McMahon, Karen Whitefield

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, Karen Whitefield, Cathy Jamieson

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, Margaret Jamieson, Mr Jamie Stone

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, Mary Scanlon, Fergus Ewing

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-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-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

 
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