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Business Bulletin No. 25/2002

Friday 8 February 2002

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-2724 Mr Keith Raffan: Scottish Zimbabwe Group—That the Parliament offers its wholehearted support to the Scotland Zimbabwe Group, recently formed to highlight the appalling abuse of human rights in Zimbabwe; strongly endorses the principles of the group, which seeks a free and fair presidential election in Zimbabwe and freedom of speech for its people; encourages MSPs and members of the public to attend the group’s vigil to be held on the Mound in Edinburgh on Saturday 9 February, so demonstrating our solidarity with the people of Zimbabwe, and demands that the President and Government of Zimbabwe cease their abuse of human rights forthwith and show respect for both the rule of law and democracy.

*S1M-2723 Mr Brian Monteith: Burdens on the Scotch Whisky Industry—That the Parliament notes with concern Her Majesty’s Government’s decision to apply strip stamps to Scotch Whisky products, but not to wine or beer, in an attempt to curb fraud; believes that the case for such strip stamps is not yet proven as they are costly and relatively easy to forge, as found in the USA and Greece where they have been abolished, and believes that the Scottish Executive should work with the Scotch whisky industry to avoid such additional burdens being placed on our whisky industry, for example by taking advantage of the exemption from the EU’s Water Framework Directive.

Supported by: Mr Jamie McGrigor*

*S1M-2722 John Scott: Ayr United Football Club—That the Parliament congratulates all the players, staff and supporters of Ayr United Football Club on reaching the CIS Insurance Cup Final, its first major cup final in the club’s 92 year history; recognises the vital role played by the club in the local community, and wishes the team every success for the remainder of the season and beyond.

*S1M-2721# Maureen Macmillan: National Outdoor Training Centre, Aviemore—That the Parliament notes, in this International Year of Mountains, the excellent training and adventure courses provided by sportscotland at the National Outdoor Training Centre at Glenmore Lodge, Aviemore and recognises the importance of outdoor pursuits to the development of young people’s health, fitness and self-reliance, the worth of careers as instructors for young people in rural areas and the importance of outdoor pursuits such as skiing and mountaineering to the rural economy.

*S1M-2720 Kay Ullrich: Ayr United Football Club—That the Parliament congratulates Ayr United Football Club on the magnificent achievement of reaching the CIS Insurance Cup Final and wishes the "Honest Men" continued success in the tournament.

*S1M-2719# Scott Barrie: World Wide Clubhouse Movement—That the Parliament notes the establishment in New York of the worldwide clubhouse movement for psychiatric rehabilitation in 1948; further notes the siting of the first clubhouse in Scotland under the management of the Scottish Association for Mental Health in Dunfermline in 1992, which moved to new, expanded premises in the summer of 2001 and is now one of seven situated throughout Scotland; congratulates it on being the first in Scotland to be accredited by the International Centre for Clubhouses; welcomes the success to date of this innovative community care model for adults with a mental illness; is aware that the members of the Dunfermline Clubhouse are currently organising a major international conference at Heriot Watt University from 3 to 6 July 2002 involving representatives from similar projects in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa, and Australasia, and believes that the Scottish Executive should encourage and expand this model of community care.

*S1M-2718# Scott Barrie: NHS Fife—That the Parliament congratulates NHS Fife on its decision to bring all domestic service, portering and catering contracts which were previously outsourced back into the direct management of the NHS; notes that due to an increase in the cleaning contract specification there will be a welcome improvement in the general cleanliness of Fife’s health facilities which will benefit patients and several hundred staff, and believes that this action recreates the "NHS team" and that this policy should be extended throughout Scotland.

*S1M-2717# Dr Sylvia Jackson: Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Executive on its recent announcement which will ensure that disease modifying drugs for multiple sclerosis sufferers (MS) are made available on the NHS; recognises the role of MS campaigners over many years on this issue; notes that up to 1,600 people with MS could benefit from this decision; welcomes the innovative 'risk-taking' scheme, and believes that a partnership approach with patients, the voluntary sector and others must be an important part of the future development of services for people with MS.

*S1M-2716 Richard Lochhead: Scottish Executive Policy on Advertising—That the Parliament notes the current recruitment advertising policy of the Scottish Executive that has seen over 1 million spent in the Scotsman and Herald newspapers from 1998 to 2001 compared to barely 100,000 in the Courier and Press and Journal; is concerned that the dissemination of information on job availability with the Scottish Executive may not reach many able candidates outwith the central belt, particularly since the Press and Journal and Courier readerships are on a par with the Scotsman and Herald; further notes that more has been spent advertising vacancies in London based newspapers than in newspapers in the north east of Scotland and that posts where the specialism exists in this area, such as the Chief Executive of the Fisheries Research Service, have not been advertised in north east newspapers, and calls on the Scottish Executive to review its current policy to ensure that people from across all of Scotland learn about available posts.

S1M-2715 The Scottish Arts Council and VisitScotland Traditional Music and Tourism Initiative 2002 (lodged on 6 February 2002) Brian Adam*, Richard Lochhead*, Mr John McAllion*, Michael Matheson*, Alex Fergusson*, Fergus Ewing*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Ms Sandra White*

*S1M-2713 Mr Adam Ingram: Ayr United Football Club—That the Parliament congratulates Ayr United Football Club for the historic achievement of reaching its first national cup final in its 92 year history; welcomes the abandonment of the Scottish Executive’s appeal against the planning consent for a new stadium, and believes that this new stadium will be a most fitting tribute to the club.

Supported by: Nicola Sturgeon*

S1M-2712# Treefest Scotland 2002 (lodged on 6 February 2002) Brian Fitzpatrick*, Elaine Thomson*, Pauline McNeill*, Margaret Jamieson*, Trish Godman*, Mr John Home Robertson*, Tavish Scott*, Maureen Macmillan*, Paul Martin*, Nora Radcliffe*, Bristow Muldoon*, Johann Lamont*, Robert Brown*, Susan Deacon*, Des McNulty*, Rhona Brankin*, Karen Gillon*

S1M-2711 UN 0.7% GNP Target for Development Assistance (lodged on 6 February 2002) Brian Fitzpatrick*

S1M-2710# Establishment of Task Force for the Regeneration of Inverclyde (lodged on 6 February 2002) Fergus Ewing*

S1M-2709 Cancer Research UK (lodged on 6 February 2002) Michael Matheson*

S1M-2704 Heritage Lottery Fund (lodged on 5 February 2002) Mr Jamie McGrigor*

S1M-2701 Merger of AEEU and MSF (lodged on 5 February 2002) Elaine Thomson*, Scott Barrie*

S1M-2699 Iain Anderson on BBC Scotland (lodged on 5 February 2002) Michael Matheson*

S1M-2698# Child Witness Reform (lodged on 5 February 2002) Nora Radcliffe*, Scott Barrie*, Michael Matheson*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*

S1M-2693 British Winter Olympic Team (lodged on 4 February 2002) David McLetchie*, Iain Smith*

S1M-2690 "Scottish Six" News Bulletin (lodged on 1 February 2002) Alasdair Morgan*

S1M-2688 Public Concern at Work (lodged on 1 February 2002) Johann Lamont*, Elaine Smith*, Scott Barrie*, Dr Sylvia Jackson*

S1M-2685# Funding the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park (lodged on 1 February 2002) Mr Jamie McGrigor*

S1M-2684# Draft Guidance on the Circumstances in which Parents may Choose to Educate their Children at Home (lodged on 31 January 2002) Elaine Smith*, Karen Gillon*

S1M-2683 Scottish Veterans of the International Brigade (lodged on 31 January 2002) Johann Lamont*, Scott Barrie*

S1M-2682 The Co-op and Labelling in Braille (lodged on 31 January 2002) Johann Lamont*, Elaine Smith*, Scott Barrie*, Alasdair Morgan*

S1M-2681 Rural Postal Services (lodged on 31 January 2002) Mr Jamie McGrigor*, Alasdair Morgan*

S1M-2677 Widening Access Accolade for Stirling and other Universities (lodged on 31 January 2002) Scott Barrie*

S1M-2676 Freemasons (lodged on 31 January 2002) Iain Smith*

S1M-2662 energywatch "Stop Now!" campaign (lodged on 29 January 2002) Roseanna Cunningham*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Mr John McAllion*

S1M-2652 Digital Audio in Visual Impairment Education (DAVIE) (lodged on 28 January 2002) Elaine Smith*

S1M-2641 Death of John McGrath (lodged on 24 January 2002) Johann Lamont*, Elaine Smith*

S1M-2639 Social Firms Scotland (lodged on 24 January 2002) Nora Radcliffe*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Mr Kenneth Gibson*, Brian Adam*, Shona Robison*, Bruce Crawford*, Colin Campbell*, Fergus Ewing*, Christine Grahame*, Roseanna Cunningham*

S1M-2624 Aung San Suu Kyi and the Burmese Democracy Movement (lodged on 18 January 2002) Elaine Smith*, Alasdair Morgan*

S1M-2623# Lifeline Air Links to the Islands (lodged on 17 January 2002) Mr Jamie McGrigor*

S1M-2622# Cross-Party Support for a Review of the Construction Industry in Scotland (lodged on 17 January 2002) Johann Lamont*, Elaine Smith*

S1M-2621# Fair Trade Fortnight (lodged on 17 January 2002) Elaine Smith*

S1M-2615# International Worker's Memorial Day - 28 April 2002 (lodged on 16 January 2002) Elaine Smith*

S1M-2614 Oxfam Scotland (lodged on 16 January 2002) Elaine Smith*

S1M-2611# Appointment of Autism and Asperger's Syndrome Co-ordinators (lodged on 15 January 2002) Elaine Smith*

S1M-2598 Maggie's Centre (lodged on 11 January 2002) Elaine Smith*

S1M-2597# Plight of Chronic Pain Patients (lodged on 11 January 2002) Elaine Smith*

S1M-2591# Draft Guidance for Home Education (lodged on 10 January 2002) Mr Duncan Hamilton*, Alasdair Morgan*

S1M-2579# Non-Trunk Roads (lodged on 8 January 2002) Mr Jamie McGrigor*

S1M-2557# Citizens Advice Bureau, Greater Pollok (lodged on 18 December 2001) Elaine Smith*

S1M-2556# Sheep Farming around Loch Katrine (lodged on 18 December 2001) Elaine Smith*

S1M-2539# Research into Cancer Levels in the Semiconductor Industry (lodged on 11 December 2001) Elaine Smith*

S1M-2427# Maggie's Cancer Centre Charity (lodged on 8 November 2001) Elaine Smith*

S1M-2371 Licensing of the Sale of Fireworks (lodged on 26 October 2001) Elaine Smith*