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Business Bulletin No. 143/2002

Friday 4 October 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-3464# Donald Gorrie: Debt and Lending—That the Parliament is concerned by the number of households badly affected by debt and by the contribution to debt problems made by banks, retailers issuing credit cards, building societies and money lenders vigorously encouraging people to borrow more money, when they are already heavily in debt or obviously have no means of repaying the loan, and as regulation in this sphere is outwith the powers of the Parliament, believes that the Scottish Executive should address this issue by means of holding discussions with these lending bodies to seek voluntary agreements that they will not advertise or press credit on people that are manifestly not creditworthy and should ask the banks instead to lend money to credit unions for them to lend to people of limited means on the basis of such unions’ better assessment of the likelihood of each loan.

Supported by: Robert Brown*, Nora Radcliffe*, George Lyon*, Tavish Scott*, Robin Harper*

*S1M-3463 Donald Gorrie: Redundancy Insurance—That the Parliament, in light of the experience of the Citizens Advice Bureaux in giving advice to people that become unemployed, urges insurance companies to make much clearer the limit and extent of cover, in relation to credit and debt issues, given by their policies guarding people against redundancy and to highlight the limit and extent of such cover in the relevant proposal forms and related literature.

Supported by: Robert Brown*, Nora Radcliffe*, George Lyon*, Tavish Scott*, Robin Harper*

*S1M-3462 Tommy Sheridan: Sweet Sixteen—That the Parliament congratulates the team responsible for the film Sweet Sixteen which was made and premiered in Greenock and won the best script award at the Cannes Film Festival; notes with concern the decision of the British Board of Film Classification to give the film an "18" rating meaning that many of the young actors who made the film would not be allowed to view it; believes that this is clearly absurd and that, further, the decisions on what Scots see in the cinema should be decided in Scotland, and calls on the Scottish Executive to make representations to Her Majesty’s Government to devolve decisions on censorship to Scotland.

*S1M-3461 Brian Adam: Grampian Addiction Problem Service (GAPS)—That the Parliament acknowledges the great contribution made by the Grampian Addiction Problem Service (GAPS) and, in particular, the efforts of Janice Jess in helping addicts and their families in the north-east of Scotland and calls on the Scottish Executive to place a duty on health authorities and local authorities to support and encourage community-based groups such as GAPS.

*S1M-3460 Mr Murray Tosh on behalf of the Procedures Committee: Standards Commissioner - Procedures Committee’s 4th Report 2002—That the Parliament agrees the recommendations for changes to the Standing Orders of the Scottish Parliament concerning the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner contained in the Procedures Committee’s 4th Report 2002, Changes to the Standing Orders concerning the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner, European Committee remit, Private Legislation, Temporary Conveners and the Journal of the Scottish Parliament (SP Paper 665), and agrees that these changes shall come into effect on 14 October 2002.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Macintosh*

*S1M-3459# Elaine Thomson: Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group—That the Parliament welcomes the work of the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group and the recent adoption of their action plan by Aberdeen City Council as providing a way forward for Aberdeen and the north-east; believes that the adoption of the plan will be to the benefit of Scotland’s economy given the area’s existing skills and intellectual capital in the Scottish oil and gas industry; notes Aberdeen’s international position as the energy capital of Europe; recognises the immense opportunities offered by the development of an indigenous Scottish renewable industry to exploit Scotland’s unrivalled renewable energy resources, particularly in the north of Scotland, and further notes the opportunities for the export of renewable technologies and expertise.

Supported by: Maureen Macmillan*, Rhoda Grant*, Tavish Scott*, Cathy Peattie*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Dr Sylvia Jackson*, Helen Eadie*, Robin Harper*, Brian Adam*, Richard Lochhead*

*S1M-3458# Margaret Smith: Draft West Edinburgh Planning Framework—That the Parliament welcomes the recent publication of the draft West Edinburgh Planning Framework and recognises west Edinburgh’s significant contribution to Scotland’s economy, transport and environment.

*S1M-3457 Mr Brian Monteith: The Complete Songs of Robert Burns—That the Parliament congratulates Dr Fred Freeman of the University of Edinburgh and Ivor Tiefenbrun of Linn Records on successfully completing the seven-and-a-half-year project to produce the only complete recordings of the songs of Robert Burns; recognises that the cultural, social and political significance of this project is far reaching, the approach to Burns and to his music is unique, setting him in a context which links together each region of the country and Scotland with Europe and the world, and wishes every good fortune in sales of the recordings to the public, local libraries and Burns societies.

Supported by: Mr Keith Harding*, Murdo Fraser*

*S1M-3456 Mr Andy Kerr: Building (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Parliament resulting from the Building (Scotland) Bill, agrees to—

(a) any increase in expenditure payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund in consequence of the Act, and

(b) any charge imposed, and any payment required to be made, by or under the Act.

S1M-3453 10th Anniversary of Voluntary Organisations North East Fife (lodged on 2 October 2002) Mr Keith Harding*

S1M-3449 Disabled Persons Housing Service (Lothian) (lodged on 1 October 2002) Robert Brown*

*S1M-3448 Mr Kenneth Macintosh: Death of Yoni Jesner—That the Parliament expresses horror at the death of 19-year-old Yoni Jesner from Giffnock in East Renfrewshire at the hands of a suicide bomber in a public street in Tel Aviv on 19 September 2002; acknowledges the impact of this atrocity on the Jewish community here in Scotland; believes there can be no justification for such an appalling act; wishes to express its sympathy to Yoni's family and friends; is greatly moved by the donation of Yoni's *kidneys* and other organs, which have been used to save the life of a young Palestinian child, and believes that such a practical and symbolic gesture demonstrates the power of tolerance, friendship and common humanity over hate and violence.

Supported by: Trish Godman*, Des McNulty*, Brian Adam*, Karen Whitefield*, Mr Keith Harding*

S1M-3447# Inquiry Into Glasgow Housing Stock Transfer (lodged on 1 October 2002) Brian Adam*

S1M-3445 Chris Hoy Track Cycling Success (lodged on 1 October 2002) Phil Gallie*, Mr Keith Harding*

S1M-3442 Rise in Suicide Rates (lodged on 30 September 2002) David McLetchie*, Murdo Fraser*, Mr Murray Tosh*, Phil Gallie*, Alex Johnstone*, Bill Aitken*, Mr Jamie McGrigor*, Ben Wallace*, Miss Annabel Goldie*, Mr Brian Monteith*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Alex Fergusson*, Mr David Davidson*, Mr Keith Harding*, John Scott*, Mary Scanlon*, John Young*

S1M-3440 Congratulations to Chris Hoy (lodged on 27 September 2002) Mrs Margaret Ewing*

S1M-3437# Celebration of 400th Anniversary of Union of the Crowns (lodged on 27 September 2002) Alex Johnstone*

S1M-3435# National Construction Week 3-10 October 2002 and the Contribution of Women to the Construction Industry (lodged on 27 September 2002) Robert Brown*, Cathy Peattie*

S1M-3434# In-Service Teacher Training - Child Psychology (lodged on 26 September 2002) Robert Brown*

S1M-3432 Arrest of Lesley McCulloch in Indonesia (lodged on 25 September 2002) Robert Brown*

S1M-3426# Scottish Road Maintenance Survey (lodged on 25 September 2002) Cathy Peattie*

S1M-3424# Retailing of Fireworks by RS McColl (lodged on 24 September 2002) Roseanna Cunningham*, Fiona McLeod*

S1M-3419# Closure of Prison Officers' Social Club at HM Prison Polmont (lodged on 24 September 2002) Roseanna Cunningham*

S1M-3416# Licensing Scheme for Fireworks (lodged on 24 September 2002) Roseanna Cunningham*, Ms Margo MacDonald*, Fiona McLeod*

S1M-3415# Firefighters' Pay Formula (lodged on 23 September 2002) Ms Margo MacDonald*

S1M-3414 The Menteith Shinty Festival, Callander (lodged on 20 September 2002) Ms Margo MacDonald*

S1M-3413# Eco-Schools (lodged on 19 September 2002) Robert Brown*, Ms Margo MacDonald*

S1M-3412# Glasgow Airport Rail Link (lodged on 19 September 2002) Cathy Peattie*

S1M-3412.1 Glasgow Airport Rail Link (lodged on 20 September 2002) Robert Brown*

S1M-3408 Soil Association Report on GM Crops (lodged on 18 September 2002) Roseanna Cunningham*

S1M-3407# European Capital of Culture Bid - Inverness Highland 2008 (lodged on 18 September 2002) Cathy Peattie*

S1M-3406# Edinburgh Waverley Station (lodged on 18 September 2002) Robert Brown*

S1M-3393# Firefighters and Emergency Fire Control Staff (lodged on 16 September 2002) Roseanna Cunningham*, Cathy Peattie*

S1M-3391 Mary Slessor Foundation (lodged on 16 September 2002) Roseanna Cunningham*, Cathy Peattie*

S1M-3390 Scottish Mental Health Week 7-13 October 2002 (lodged on 13 September 2002) Roseanna Cunningham*, Cathy Peattie*

S1M-3388# 50th Anniversary of the Nordic Council (lodged on 12 September 2002) Roseanna Cunningham*

S1M-3371 Scottish Media Group - Sale of Publishing Business (lodged on 10 September 2002) Roseanna Cunningham*, Cathy Peattie*

S1M-3365# Scottish Gulf War Veterans (lodged on 6 September 2002) Cathy Peattie*

S1M-3347# Iraq (lodged on 3 September 2002) Cathy Peattie*