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Business Bulletin No. 147/2001

Friday 19 October 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-2333# Tricia Marwick: Committee of the Regions-That the Parliament considers that the Scottish Executive should recommend to Her Majesty's Government that all of Scotland's representation on the Committee of the Regions should be elected councillors.

*S1M-2332 Michael Russell: Devolution of Broadcasting-That the Parliament notes the threat to 16,000 media jobs in Scotland caused by a downturn in advertising revenue; recognises that of particular concern arising from this downturn is the call for voluntary redundancies at STV and Grampian by the Scottish Media Group and the possible reductions in regional programming on these stations, despite the fact that the level of such regional programming is set within current broadcasting licences; recalls that legislative responsibility for broadcasting was an original part of the devolution package although later removed at the insistence of New Labour; accepts that the best context for helping broadcasting and the other media in Scotland can only be created by a Scottish Parliament with appropriate powers to do so working in partnership with the media and within a modern European regulatory context; is persuaded that without such powers Scotland will have no ability to influence the development of digital media and developing global structures, and therefore calls upon Her Majesty's Government to legislate to devolve responsibility for broadcasting legislation to the Scottish Parliament at the earliest possible date.

*S1M-2331# Alex Fergusson: Scottish Agricultural College, Auchincruive -That the Parliament recognises the important contribution made by the Scottish Agricultural College's Auchincruive Campus to food, land and environmental studies in Scotland; notes that the campus is Scotland's largest agricultural educational facility; further recognises the valuable contribution made to the Ayrshire economy by the campus, particularly its vital role at the heart of the bio-science industry in the west of Scotland, and express its hope that this contribution will be fully acknowledged during the forthcoming review of the Scottish Agricultural College's operations. R

*S1M-2330 Angus MacKay: Freedom of Information (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution-That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Bill, agrees to the following expenditure out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund -

(a) expenditure of the Scottish Administration in consequence of the Act; and

(b) increases attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of that Fund under any other enactment.

Supported by: Mr Jim Wallace*, Iain Gray*, Peter Peacock*

*S1M-2329 Ms Margo MacDonald: Afghanistan-That the Parliament notes the UN warning of a humanitarian crisis of 'stunning proportions' unfolding in Afghanistan which will leave over five million people, the vast majority women and children, with a 'fragile grip on survival' this winter; believes that the grief and suffering of innocent victims in the United States of America cannot be answered by the bombing and starvation of equally innocent victims in Afghanistan; recognises that the bombing of Afghanistan has resulted in tens of thousands more people leaving their homes, has handed a daily propaganda victory to terrorists and has caused substantial civilian deaths and injuries; agrees with Mary Robinson, the UN Human Rights Commissioner, that 'it is very hard to get convoys of food in when there is a military campaign,' and calls on Her Majesty's Government to halt the bombing and urge the United States to do likewise.

Supported by: Christine Grahame*

*S1M-2328 Tommy Sheridan: Railways-That the Parliament believes that the railways belong to the people of Britain and that no compensation should therefore be paid to private shareholders of Railtrack; further believes that the operating company should also be taken back into public ownership, and considers that a new democratic structure involving workers and users of the industry should be established to ensure real democratic control of our railways north and south of the border.

*S1M-2327 David McLetchie: Binny House, Ecclesmachan, West Lothian-That the Parliament notes with concern the current financial crisis at the Sue Ryder Care home, Binny House, Ecclesmachan, West Lothian, which provides intensive residential support and respite care for sufferers of degenerative disorders such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's Disease and calls on the Scottish Executive, Lothian Health and the local authorities which use the facility to co-operate with Sue Ryder Care in seeking to avert the threatened closure of the home.

Supported by: Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*

*S1M-2326 Robert Brown: Importance of the Construction Industry-That the Parliament notes the importance of the construction industry to the Scottish economy and the public and the prevalence of unqualified "cowboy firms" in the industry; calls upon Her Majesty's Government to make use of annex K of EU Directive 77/388/EEC to reduce the rate of VAT on repair work to 5%, and further calls upon Her Majesty's Government to introduce a statutory registration scheme incorporating an insurance-based guarantee of work with respect to building firms.

*S1M-2325 Tommy Sheridan: Liquid-based Cytology/Human Papilloma Virus Test-That the Parliament believes that the liquid-based cytology/human papilloma virus test should be available to all women across Scotland on the NHS free of charge to increase cervical cancer detection rates, given (a) the fact that it has a higher accuracy rate than screening by the cervical smear test and (b) the potential it has for detecting the disease in 40% of women who go on to develop this type of cancer, for reducing spending on treating cervical cancer by 23% and for reducing the need for examinations by specialists by 70%, and calls on the Scottish Executive to reinstate funding for the pilot projects at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Monklands, Ninewells and Raigmore hospitals.

*S1M-2324 Dorothy-Grace Elder: Clarkston Disaster, October 1971-That the Parliament notes the 30th anniversary of the Clarkston Disaster in October, 1971, one of the most shocking moments in modern Scottish history when a normal day of shopping at a local centre exploded into one of the worst gas disasters ever suffered; pays tribute to the families of those who died for the long years in which they have endured the loss of wives, mothers and fathers; remembers the many injured, some of whom are afflicted to this day by the severe injuries which they received; further notes that the indelible memories of those who were present that day included witnessing the courage and compassion of police, fire and ambulance services and also the loving care of the people of Clarkston and the WRVS for the wounded, and regrets that no proper memorial exists for the dead of the Clarkston disaster and questions why not.

Supported by: Christine Grahame*

*S1M-2323 Hugh Henry: Auchenlodment Primary School, Johnstone-That the Parliament congratulates Auchenlodment Primary School in Johnstone on its 40th anniversary; recognises the school's contribution to Johnstone and the wider community and the hard work of both the staff and pupils in their efforts to make the school environmentally friendly, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to support all schools in their efforts not only to teach children the benefits of environmental awareness but also to make their schools as environmentally friendly as possible.

Supported by: Robin Harper*

*S1M-2322 Hugh Henry: Have a Heart Paisley-That the Parliament notes the report by the Coronary Heart Disease/Stroke Task Force, which concluded that the rate of heart disease deaths in Scotland had dropped by 40% in the past 10 years; recognises the work of 'Have a Heart Paisley' which has the aim of reducing heart disease and promoting healthier and longer lives for the residents of Paisley; acknowledges that the project has not only brought the community together but also health professionals and local organisations, working in partnership for a lasting improvement in the health and well being of everyone in Paisley, and believes that the Scottish Executive could learn from 'Have a Heart Paisley' and use the project as a benchmark for other initiatives to help prevent heart disease throughout Scotland.

S1M-2320 Water Charges Relief Scheme (lodged on 11 October 2001) Phil Gallie*, David Mundell*, Robin Harper*, Mary Scanlon*

S1M-2319# Future of Highland Air Services (lodged on 11 October 2001) Robin Harper*

S1M-2318# The First Scottish Ecumenical Assembly (lodged on 9 October 2001) Robin Harper*

S1M-2316# Reversal of Her Majesty's Government's Decision on Mixed Oxide Fuel Plant at Sellafield, Cumbria (lodged on 9 October 2001) Mr Duncan Hamilton*, Irene McGugan*, Christine Grahame*

S1M-2315# First Anniversary of the Death of Donald Dewar (lodged on 8 October 2001) Hugh Henry*, Karen Gillon*, Henry McLeish*, Euan Robson*, Ms Margaret Curran*, Allan Wilson*, Mr Jack McConnell*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Peter Peacock*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Cathy Peattie*, Mr Tom McCabe*, Susan Deacon*, Jackie Baillie*, Sarah Boyack*, Mr Alasdair Morrison*, Ross Finnie*

S1M-2313 Falkirk 2008 European Football Championship Bid (lodged on 5 October 2001) Christine Grahame*

*S1M-2312 Irene McGugan: Scots Language Educational Materials-That the Parliament welcomes the grant of 150,000 awarded to the Itchy Coo Project from the Scottish Arts Council's National Lottery Children and Young People Scheme which will transform the image and status of the Scots language by providing resources for use throughout the education system from nursery to advanced higher level; notes that over the two years of the project, beginning in January 2002, Itchy Coo will produce sixteen Scots texts and other resources, including original works, both creative and non-fiction titles, as well as new and innovative versions of Scots literary texts aimed at specific age groups; approves of the participation of children in the way the books are developed and the inclusion of ideas for children to write or perform creatively; further notes that there will be an interactive web-site that will solicit and showcase children's own language creations, that the project also includes a programme of in-service training for teachers and school visits from Itchy Coo authors and editors and that the partnership will work to advance teachers' and young people's knowledge of the language and to develop their confidence in their usage of Scots; is especially pleased to note that the project will have a strong social inclusion element and take account of the needs of children and young people with disabilities and special needs; acknowledges that this will enable thousands of young Scots to articulate and appreciate their own language and culture in ways that have seldom been available to them before; therefore regrets that, in contrast, the Scottish Executive has confirmed in recent responses that it has set no targets for and has not formulated a policy on the numbers of Scots speakers, and deplores the fact that it does not consider any action is necessary to comply with the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in respect of the Scots language.

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

That the Parliament welcomes the handsel o 150,000 awardit tae the Itchy Coo Project frae the Scottish Arts Council's National Lottery Children and Young People Scheme which will cheenge the image an status o the Scots language by plenishin resources for use oot-throu the education system frae nursery til advanced higher level; taks note that owre the twa year o the project, stertin in January 2002, Itchy Coo will mak sixteen Scots texts an ither resources, includin original works, baith creative an non-fiction titles, as weel as spang-new an innovative versions o Scots literary texts airted at specific age groups; approves o the pairticipation o bairns in the wey the books are developit an the inclusion o ideas for bairns tae write or perform creatively; further taks note that there will be an interactive website at will speir oot an exhibit the bairns' ain language creations, that the project includes, as weel, a programme o in-service trainin for teachers an school visits frae Itchy Coo authors an editors an that the pairtnership will work tae advance teachers' an young folk's kennin o the language an tae develop their smeddum in in their usage o Scots; is gey pleased tae merk that the project will hae a strang element o social inclusion an tak accoont o the needs o bairns an young folk wi disabilities an special needs; unnerstauns that this will enable thoosans o young Scots tae gie voice til an appreciate their ain language an culture in weys that hae seldom been available til them afore; therefore regrets that, in contrast, the Scottish Executive hae confirmit in recent responses that it has set nae targets for an hasna formulatit a policy on the nummers o Scots speakers, an is scunnered wi the fact that it doesna consider ony action is necessary tae compluther wi the European Chairter for Regional or Minority Languages in respect o the Scots Language.

S1M-2311 Freedom of Information Bill - Skye Bridge Contract (lodged on 5 October 2001) Mr John McAllion*, Christine Grahame*

S1M-2310 Concessionary Tolls on the Skye Bridge (lodged on 5 October 2001) Mr Mike Rumbles*, Christine Grahame*

S1M-2309# International Rescue Corps (lodged on 5 October 2001) Mr Keith Harding*, Mr Brian Monteith*

S1M-2308.1 New Reactor at Chapelcross Nuclear Power Plant (lodged on 8 October 2001) Christine Grahame*

*S1M-2308.2 Robin Harper: New Reactor at Chapelcross, Nuclear Power Station-As an amendment to motion (S1M-2308) in the name of John Scott, leave out from "offers" to end and insert "strongly opposes any such proposal by British Nuclear Fuels plc; welcomes the recognition by the Scottish Executive in its submission to the UK Energy Review of the huge potential for production of renewable energy in Scotland and its importance to the Scottish economy, and calls on the Scottish Executive to hasten its promotion of renewable energy and energy efficiency."

S1M-2304# Foot-and-Mouth Disease-Free Status (lodged on 4 October 2001) Christine Grahame*

S1M-2293 Closure of Glencorse Barracks (lodged on 3 October 2001) Christine Grahame*

S1M-2292# Scottish Local Authorities Welfare Rights Advisors (lodged on 4 October 2001) Hugh Henry*

S1M-2290 National Air Traffic Control Centre, Prestwick (lodged on 3 October 2001) Christine Grahame*

S1M-2288 Proposed Liberal Democrat Policy on "Tourism Tax" (lodged on 3 October 2001) Christine Grahame*, Michael Matheson*, Brian Adam*

S1M-2287 Consuls and Consuls General in Scotland (lodged on 3 October 2001) Christine Grahame*

S1M-2243# Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (lodged on 20 September 2001) Mr Duncan Hamilton*

S1M-2241# Fair Trade Movement (lodged on 20 September 2001) Mr John McAllion*, Mr Duncan Hamilton*, Hugh Henry*

S1M-2240# Deaf Awareness Week, 8-14 October 2001 (lodged on 20 September 2001) Mr Duncan Hamilton*

S1M-2237 Mental Health Week, 10-16 October 2001 (lodged on 19 September 2001) Mr Duncan Hamilton*

S1M-2226# The Edinburgh Military Tattoo and its Contribution to Scottish Culture and Tourism (lodged on 18 September 2001) Mr Duncan Hamilton*

S1M-2225 Restaurant of the Year Award 2001 (lodged on 18 September 2001) Mr Duncan Hamilton*

S1M-2224# Religious Minorities in Scotland (lodged on 17 September 2001) Mr Duncan Hamilton*

S1M-2222# Gaelic-Medium Education (lodged on 14 September 2001) Mr Duncan Hamilton*

S1M-2197 Parthenon Marbles (lodged on 10 September 2001) Mr Duncan Hamilton*

S1M-2195 Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Commission Report on GM Crop Trials (lodged on 10 September 2001) Mr Duncan Hamilton*

S1M-2190 Unlawful Detention of Asylum Seekers (lodged on 10 September 2001) Mr Duncan Hamilton*