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Business Bulletin No. 178/2001

Tuesday 4 December 2001

Section F : Motions and Amendments


A full list of outstanding motions is available to view each Monday in paper copy at the Chamber Desk or alternatively on the Scottish Parliament web site as Outstanding Motions. The full text of all motions lodged the previous week will appear in the Business Bulletin the following 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-2513 Fergus Ewing: Inverness Highland European Capital of Culture 2008 Bid —That the Parliament congratulates all those involved in the Inverness Highland 2008 bid for the title of European Capital of Culture; notes that the Inverness Highland 2008 bid is the only Scottish one, and recognises that a successful bid would bring important social, economic and cultural rewards for Scotland in general and for Inverness and the Highlands in particular.

*S1M-2512 Mr Gil Paterson: Breaking the Organised Child Sex Rings—That the Parliament recognises that well organised and financed people are systematically abusing children in the sex trade using games, alcohol and drugs to groom and coerce children into sex rings who are then exploited, degraded and abused by paedophile adults for money and calls on the Scottish Executive to resource the police to allow them to set up a task force to combat child abuse in the sex trade, tackle the provision of children for sex and paying for sex with children by adults and target crimes against children on the internet in order to ensure a course of action is followed that will break organised child sex rings and bring the perpetrators of child sex abuse to justice.

*S1M-2511 Michael Russell: Head of Communications at North Ayrshire Council—That the Parliament congratulates North Ayrshire Council on appointing Mr Gerry O’ Brien as its new head of Communications; notes Mr O’ Brien’s previous posts with the Conservative Party and the Conservative Group in the Scottish Parliament; expects that Mr O’ Brien will have few ideological problems in helping to implement new Labour policies in North Ayrshire as they are mostly identical to failed Tory policies, and hopes that Mr O’ Brien’s efforts are rewarded with the same success as the Tories in recent years, who have all but disappeared from the electoral map in most of Scotland.

*S1M-2510# Linda Fabiani: Annual St Andrew's Day Cultural Celebration—That the Parliament congratulates Children in Scotland (Clann an Alba) on the success of its Equal Futures event held on 30 November 2001 in Glasgow; notes that this was attended by schoolchildren from all over Scotland with a view to building racial equality and believes that St Andrew’s Day should be designated as an annual day of celebration of Scotland’s cultural diversity, with consideration given to public holiday status so that everyone in Scotland can participate.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Bruce Crawford*, Andrew Wilson*, Mr Gil Paterson*

*S1M-2509 Michael Russell: Ministerial Responsibility for Education and Schools—That the Parliament notes that the principal day-to-day responsibility for education and schools now lies with the Deputy Minister for Education and Young People and not with the Minister for Education and Young People; regrets that this change in responsibilities was not announced to the Parliament before the vote on the appointment of Ministers, which is contrary to the principles of openness and accountability on which the Parliament was founded; expresses concern that there will now be no Minister in the Cabinet who has hands-on responsibility for the major devolved area of responsibility that covers schools and the investment that education of young people makes in our society, and calls on the First Minister to bring this issue to the Parliament for full debate.

*S1M-2508 Fiona McLeod: GM Cross Contamination—That the Parliament recognises the Mexican Government’s ban on all genetically modified material; is distressed that cross-contamination from GM crops banned eight years ago is having a direct effect on current crops; believes that the only answer is a moratorium on GM field trials, and calls on the Scottish Executive to reverse its decision to carry out field trials at Munlochy and other sites in Scotland.

Supported by: Bruce Crawford*

*S1M-2507 Cathy Jamieson: School Education (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the School Education (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Nicol Stephen*

*S1M-2506 Mr Jim Wallace: Land Reform (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill.

*S1M-2505 Fergus Ewing: Aggregates Tax: Lack of Scottish Exemptions—That the Parliament notes that special exemptions from the aggregates tax are to be granted to Northern Ireland following HM Treasury's pre-budget report; believes that the imposition of the tax on Scotland from 1 April 2002 will be damaging to the Scottish economy, especially in rural areas and will not result in any environmental gain but will lead to the closure of some smaller quarries, will place a greater burden of traffic on our roads and will place a particular burden upon local authorities which could lead to higher council taxes and/or cuts in building and roads repairs programmes; further believes that the failure of the Scottish Executive to accept in any way the widespread concerns on the impact of the aggregates tax and its total refusal to stand up to Her Majesty's Government on this issue contrasts poorly with the united approach pursued by politicians in the Northern Ireland Assembly and that, had the coalition parties campaigned against this tax instead of refusing to voice any word of criticism, Scotland too may have received valuable exemptions, and therefore calls upon the Scottish Executive to state exactly what, if anything, it plans to do in relation to the imposition of this tax on Scotland and to estimate what the cost to the economy will be from it.

S1M-2502 Munlochy GM Protest Site (lodged on 29 November 2001) Bruce Crawford*, Fergus Ewing*

S1M-2498 Overcrowding of Trains (lodged on 29 November 2001) Mr Keith Raffan*

S1M-2485# Cross-Party Support for a Review of Construction Industry in Scotland (lodged on 26 November 2001) Mr Keith Raffan*

S1M-2476 White Ribbon Day - 25 November 2001 (lodged on 21 November 2001) Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-2475 Kincaidston Primary School - British Sign Language (lodged on 21 November 2001) Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-2473# Moratorium on Sea Cage Fish Farming (lodged on 21 November 2001) Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-2471 Atlantic Telecom Collapse (lodged on 21 November 2001) Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-2470.1 Birthplace of John Muir in Dunbar (lodged on 26 November 2001) Brian Fitzpatrick*

S1M-2468# North Channel Ferry Crossing (lodged on 20 November 2001) Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-2464.1 Anti-Terrorism Measures and the European Convention on Human Rights (lodged on 21 November 2001) Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-2454 Retirement of John Hume and Seamus Mallon (lodged on 15 November 2001) Pauline McNeill*, Mr Keith Raffan*

S1M-2450 World AIDS Day: 1 December 2001 (lodged on 14 November 2001) Pauline McNeill*, Mr Keith Raffan*

S1M-2449 Convenerships and vice-convenerships of committees (lodged on 14 November 2001) Mr Keith Raffan*

S1M-2437 Internet Access (lodged on 12 November 2001) Mr Keith Raffan*

S1M-2435# European Day of Disabled People: 3 December 2001 (lodged on 12 November 2001) Mr Keith Raffan*

S1M-2431# Diabetes in Scotland (lodged on 9 November 2001) Mr Keith Raffan*

S1M-2337# Scottish Science Library (lodged on 22 October 2001) Mr Keith Raffan*

S1M-2175# European Year of Languages 2001 & BSL (lodged on 5 September 2001) Mr Keith Raffan*