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Business Bulletin No. 91/2002

Wednesday 5 June 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. Each Monday the full text of all motions lodged the previous week will appear in the Business Bulletin together with motions previously lodged that are due to be debated that week.


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-3170# Murdo Fraser: Psychiatric Services at Murray Royal Hospital, Perth-That the Parliament recognises the concerns of psychiatrists, user groups and members of the legal profession at the reduction in secure beds in psychiatric hospitals in the Tayside area; considers that the Scottish Executive should ensure that forensic psychiatric services currently provided at Murray Royal Hospital are not lost during the restructuring of services by NHS Tayside but rather that an increased number of beds and appropriate services is made available for male and female patients in the forensic psychiatric unit, and believes that the importance of mental health facilities across Tayside must be recognised and adequately funded.

Supported by: David Mundell*

*S1M-3169 Brian Adam: The Parliament thanks Aberdeen-That the Parliament expresses its thanks to the University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen City Council and all Aberdonians for the welcome and the hospitality that we received in the Granite City during our historic sitting in Europe's oil capital; considers that, in the words of the city's famous toast, we were "Happy to meet, sorry to part and happy to meet again, Bon Accord!", and calls on the Parliamentary Bureau to give consideration to the Parliament meeting outwith Edinburgh periodically, including returning to Aberdeen.

*S1M-3168# Tommy Sheridan: Glasgow Airport-That the Parliament supports the development of Glasgow Airport as the main centre of scheduled aviation services, by means of as many direct, non-stop flights as possible, between the west of Scotland and the rest of the world; applauds Strathclyde Passenger Transport Authority's decision to commit 500,000 to finalising preparation for the construction of a heavy rail link between Glasgow Central Station and the airport; recognises that this new rail link should be routed via Paisley Gilmour Street and Paisley St James; believes that the Scottish Executive should commit itself politically and financially to this new rail link immediately; further recognises that any measures to enhance the capacity of Edinburgh Airport could pose a threat to the future of Glasgow Airport and, consequently, to the west of Scotland's economy; invites the Office of Fair Trading to consider whether the interests of the travelling public are best served by the retention in ownership of both Glasgow and Edinburgh Airports by Scottish Airports Ltd, a subsidiary of British Airports Authority, and further invites the First Minister, the Secretary of State for Scotland, the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, the Office of Fair Trading and all Glasgow MSPs and MPs to take note of the terms of this motion.

S1M-3167# Alex Neil: Congratulations to The Robert Gordon University for Scrapping Archaic Academic Contracts-That the Parliament congratulates The Robert Gordon University and the Association of University Teachers for reaching an agreement that will see academics currently classed as contract research staff put on open-ended permanent contracts and hopes that other universities will follow Robert Gordon's example; recognises that around 4,700 academics in Scotland, Scotland's brightest and best, are still stuck on fixed-term contracts and are faced with insecurity, poor promotion prospects and low pay, and considers that the Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning should use the example set by The Robert Gordon University as an opportunity to give the higher education sector clear guidance and leadership on this issue.

S1M-3161 Maureen Macmillan: Gaelic Services in the Parliament-That the Parliament regrets the resignation of the Gaelic Officer; commends him for the excellent work he has done in the service of Gaelic in the Parliament since his appointment in September 2000, and asks the Presiding Officer to ensure that Gaelic services in the Parliament are supported and developed and that the Gaelic Officer is properly resourced.

The member has provided the following translation:

Gu bheil a' Phàrlamaid a' gabhail aithreachas gu bheil an t-Oifigear Gàidhlig aice a' leigeil dheth a dhreuchd; ga mholadh airson an obair iomraiteach a tha e air a dhèanamh airson na Gàidhlig sa Phàrlamaid bho chaidh ainmeachadh san dreuchd anns an t-Sultain 2000 agus ag iarraidh air an Oifigear Riaghlaidh dèanamh cinnteach gun tèid taic agus leasachadh a thoirt air seirbheisean Gàidhlig sa Phàrlamaid agus gum bith stòrasan iomchaidh mu choinneamh dhreuchd an Oifigear Ghàidhlig san àm ri teachd.

S1M-3159 Michael Russell: Appointment of the Lord High Commissioner-That the Parliament notes that the Catholic Relief Act of 1829 continues to prohibit the appointment of a Catholic as Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland; further notes that virtually all other provisions of this outmoded and discriminatory act have been repealed and that, whilst the position of Lord High Commissioner is a non-ecclesiastical appointment by Her Majesty the Queen with no liturgical or religious function in the Church of Scotland, it has great significance and prominence in Scotland at the time of the Kirk's General Assembly; observes that the Church and Nation Committee of the Church of Scotland is taking a commendable stance on issues of sectarianism and the need to root them out from Scottish society, and suggests that the Church of Scotland join with the Scottish Parliament in encouraging Her Majesty's Government to repeal this provision in the Catholic Relief Act and in exhorting Her Majesty the Queen to appoint a Catholic to the position of Lord High Commissioner for 2003 as a mark of reconciliation and as a sign of national determination to have done with institutionalised discrimination.

S1M-3158 Mr Brian Monteith: Smoking in Public Places-That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the public places charter on smoking voluntary code of practice; notes its tolerant attitude to smoking in public places, its advocacy of tolerance of non-smokers rights by smokers and vice versa, and, in recognition of this adult and liberal approach, calls for the charter to be employed in the new Scottish Parliament building at Holyrood, for a suitably sized room with air cleaning equipment to be located at Holyrood for the benefit of smokers and non-smokers alike and for similar consideration to be given to the Parliamentary Bar.

S1M-3157 Mr Brian Monteith: Central Scotland Police Headquarters-That the Parliament notes with dismay that the SNP members of Central Scotland Police joint board have instigated a report which will examine the feasibility of relocating the force's headquarters from Randolphfield, Stirling, to a new site in Falkirk; believes that this proposal is being put forward for partisan and parochial reasons and without regard to the impact on either headquarters staff or police finances, and further believes that the proposal is an unnecessary distraction from the greater priorities that the police have to deal with, particularly the growth in crime which, according to the Scottish Executive's own statistics, has risen by 25% in Clackmannanshire, 9% in Stirling, and 3% in Falkirk since 1997.

Supported by: Mr Keith Harding

*S1M-3157.1 Dr Sylvia Jackson: Central Scotland Police Headquarters-As an amendment to motion (S1M-3157) in the name of Mr Brian Monteith, leave out from ", particularly" to end and insert "; recognises that the priority of the Physical Resources Sub-Committee of the joint board should be to ensure that the police buildings across the central Scotland area are of an appropriate standard, allowing officers to be even more effective in their work, and congratulates Central Scotland Police on their efforts towards the success of the Safer Central initiative, which has taken drugs to the value of over 260,000 off the streets of central Scotland and has led to a detection rate of 64%, one of the highest in the United Kingdom."

S1M-3152# Bruce Crawford: Westfield Landfill/Recycling Plant-That the Parliament notes that since 1975 there have been a number of EC Waste Directives demanding action on waste management and that consecutive governments have failed to make significant improvements particularly with regard to recycling; further notes that Scotland currently has the worst recycling record in Europe with only 4.5% of waste recycled compared to other small European countries, like Switzerland, who have reached 50%; recognises that Scotland sends 50 million per annum to Her Majesty's Treasury in landfill tax; believes that revenue raised from landfill tax should go direct to the Scottish Executive budget to support and develop the introduction of separation at source recycling, waste minimisation and packaging reduction: further believes that mandatory targets must be set for local authorities to achieve 30% to 35% recycling rates for domestic waste by 2010; is concerned that large landfill/recycling plants, such as that proposed for Westfield in Fife, which will draw in waste from all over Scotland, fail to meet the test of proximity, where waste should be dealt with as close to its source as can be achieved, and regrets that, if the Westfield proposals are agreed to, then the scale of proposals will have an adverse impact on the quality of life in the local communities that surround the site, on the health of children and adults resident in the area and will put additional and excessive pressure on the already under-funded roads and bridges infrastructure across Fife.

Supported by: Mr Andrew Welsh, Tommy Sheridan

S1M-3151# Gordon Jackson: Epilepsy-That the Parliament notes with concern the 25% rate of misdiagnosis of epilepsy, as identified in The Misdiagnosis of Epilepsy: Findings of a population study (Scheepers, Clough and Pickles) and The Misdiagnosis of Epilepsy (Smith, Defalla and Chadwick); recognises and agrees that there is a need for a national framework for epilepsy, as already exists for diabetes, to improve standards of health care, and further notes that England and Wales are working towards such a framework for 2005.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan

S1M-3134 Transfers Under PFI/PPP - Protection of Staff Rights and Conditions (lodged on 20 May 2002) Mr Kenneth Gibson*