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Business Bulletin No. 175/2002

Monday 2 December 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-3664# Kate Maclean: Race Equality Training—That the Parliament recognises the need to obtain race equality training for all its members to ensure that members can lead by example at a time when public sector authorities are subject to new statutory duties to promote race equality; considers that the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body should provide such training, and considers that the leadership of every political party in the Parliament should commit itself to ensuring that all its parliamentary members attend such training.

*S1M-3663 Malcolm Chisholm: The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.15) (Scotland) Order 2002—That the Health and Community Care Committee, in consideration of the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.15) (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/511), recommends that the instrument be approved.

Supported by: Mr Frank McAveety*, Mrs Mary Mulligan*

*S1M-3662# Helen Eadie: European Union Year for Disabled People—That the Parliament notes that 2003 will be the EU Year For Disabled People; recognises the challenges that lie ahead in tackling the major social and practical barriers that continue to confront people who have a disability, and considers that companies, voluntary organisations, non-departmental public bodies and the Scottish Executive should adopt mandatory criteria to ensure that projects supported by grants, charitable donations or other means are designed to remove barriers that prevent people with a disability from playing a full part in society.

Supported by: Rhoda Grant*

*S1M-3661 Colin Boyd QC: Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Mrs Elish Angiolini*

S1M-3659 Donald Gorrie: Muslim Festival of Eid al-Fitr—That the Parliament sends warm greetings to Muslims across Scotland and around the world for the Festival of Eid al-Fitr; joins them in honouring the promise of harmony, peace, health and prosperity enshrined in Eid al-Fitr; looks forward to religious diversity and freedom in all countries, and recognises the contribution of Muslim Scots to Scottish life and culture.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson*, Michael Matheson*

S1M-3658# Cathie Craigie: Creating Linguistic Access for Deaf and Deafblind People—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Scottish Association of Sign Language Interpreters Training Strategy Group' s report, Creating Linguistic Access for Deaf and Deafblind People: A Strategy for Scotland; notes the report’s findings that deaf people are currently excluded from many aspects of everyday life in Scotland because of a lack of linguistic access and that the chief barriers to inclusion are (a) a lack of personnel with appropriate linguistic skills including a lack of British Sign Language/English Interpreters, tutors of British Sign Language and lipspeakers, (b) a lack of resources and materials, and (c) the lack of awareness and understanding of the relevant linguistic issues among employers, service providers and local and national government personnel; further notes the recommendation of the report that, to bring about change, a long-term integrated strategy is needed with collaboration between the statutory and voluntary sector, and considers that the Scottish Executive should work with key deaf organisations to establish a Scottish Centre for Deaf Studies.

Supported by: Kate Maclean*, Jackie Baillie*, Helen Eadie*, Karen Whitefield*, Brian Adam*, Angus MacKay*, Bill Butler*, Brian Fitzpatrick*, Margaret Jamieson*, Mr Michael McMahon*, Donald Gorrie*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Mr John McAllion*, Michael Matheson*

S1M-3657 Donald Gorrie: Trade for Life Action Pledge—That the Parliament encourages MSPs and the public to support the Christian Aid Action Pledge, which states "I believe trade should work in the interests of all people. I promise to act with others to change the rules that govern international trade so that they work to eradicate poverty, protect the environment and ensure equal access to life in all its fullness" as a way of pressing for a major review of international trade rules in order to reduce world poverty.

Supported by: Michael Matheson*, Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-3655# Tommy Sheridan: Firefighters' Strike—That the Parliament *believes that* the Scottish Executive *should* respond to the initiative by the General Secretary of the Scottish Trades Union Congress calling for a Scottish lead to end the firefighters’ dispute and *that it* should declare that it will make the money available to settle the dispute and discuss with the Fire Brigades Union how best to improve the fire service and protect both the people of Scotland and the firefighters’ jobs.

S1M-3654 Ms Sandra White: Victim Support Glasgow—That the Parliament congratulates Victim Support Glasgow on the launch of its new premises in Saltmarket and commends the tremendous work carried out by the hard-working and dedicated staff there in supporting the victims of crime; notes, however, the challenges faced by Victim Support in terms of funding, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to take whatever action is necessary to ensure that Victim Support has the required level of funding to enable it to continue its excellent work.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie*, Michael Matheson*, Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-3653# Sarah Boyack: World Aids Day 2002—That the Parliament acknowledges that 1 December 2002 is World Aids Day; notes the significance of this year’s theme, "Live and Let Live"; recognises that the global pandemic of HIV/AIDS is now in excess of 42 million people infected with the virus, with countless further millions affected; further notes that women account for half of those infected with HIV; congratulates and applauds all of the agencies that work with those living with HIV/AIDS in Scotland, the UK and worldwide, and encourages each MSP to continue to raise awareness about the disease and work towards its global eradication.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Kay Ullrich, Richard Lochhead, Christine Grahame, Mr Keith Harding, Robin Harper, Mr Alasdair Morrison, Brian Fitzpatrick, Iain Smith, Scott Barrie, Colin Campbell, Mr Keith Raffan, Michael Russell, Roseanna Cunningham, Rhoda Grant, Mr Michael McMahon, Maureen Macmillan, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Angus MacKay, Helen Eadie, Margaret Jamieson, Fiona McLeod, Kate Maclean, Karen Whitefield, Bristow Muldoon, Mr George Reid, Margaret Smith*, Mr Kenneth Gibson*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Donald Gorrie*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Ms Margo MacDonald*, Mary Scanlon*, Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-3652 Mr Andy Kerr: Local Government in Scotland Bill - Stage 3—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government in Scotland Bill be passed.

Supported by: Peter Peacock

S1M-3651# Irene McGugan: Child Protection—That the Parliament welcomes the opportunities afforded by It's everyone's job to make sure I'm alright - Report of the Child Protection Audit and Review to tackle the problems in child protection; further welcomes the recommendations of the review, which offers substantial evidence that there is good and effective work being carried out by a number of agencies; regrets that, rather than acknowledge the positives and invest in initiatives to promote consistent good practice across the country, the First Minister has chosen to deride and threaten workers in front-line child protection, while having done little in his administration to resource or support such workers; considers that these remarks will only undermine and damage the Scottish Executive's Care in Scotland campaign to attract people into the social care sector and serve to further demoralise those trying to protect children in increasingly difficult circumstances; notes that the report maintains that, although social workers play the most instrumental role in child protection, the level of vacancies in childcare teams remains a critical issue, a situation that is not being addressed with the urgency it merits and will not begin to be alleviated until at least 2008, when the first graduates will have completed the new training course, and believes that the Executive should take responsibility for this unacceptable situation, introduce measures to tackle recruitment and retention of front-line staff as a matter of priority and, as a further practical step, move as soon as possible towards placing child protection committees on a statutory footing, with adequate resources and an increased status and thereby contribute meaningfully and positively to child protection.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-3647# Mr Jamie Stone: Wick Ambulance Service—That the Parliament recognises the vital work of the Wick ambulance service; is concerned at the lack of additional funding that was made available to the Highlands from the 22 million the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) received for modernisation; notes the long on-call working regime that means ambulance crews are often on duty for as much as 20 hours at a time and are routinely required to make long journeys of over 200 miles; is further concerned that crews suffer from sleep deprivation, possibly endangering themselves, their passengers and other road users, and asks the Scottish Executive and the SAS to urgently review the on-call working arrangements at Wick Ambulance Station, where staff are paid less than 90p per hour for being on-call, with a view to upgrading it from part-time on-call to full-time.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie*

S1M-3646 Mr Brian Monteith: Fife Country Dance Festival 2002—That the Parliament extends its best wishes to the organisers and participants in the 2002 Fife Schools Country Dance Festival, the largest festival of its kind in Britain, which is being held across the Kingdom between 20 and 29 November 2002 involving over 12,000 primary and special education pupils.

Supported by: Iain Smith, Mr Keith Harding, Donald Gorrie*

S1M-3642 Tommy Sheridan: Firefighters' Strike—That the Parliament unreservedly condemns the Deputy Minister for Justice, Dr Richard Simpson MSP, for his remarks in relation to the firefighters’ dispute; believes that for a Minister in charge of the fire service to use the words, in relation to the firefighters’ dispute, "fascists … who would follow Mussolini" is a disgrace and can only influence the current industrial dispute; calls on the Minister to apologise unreservedly to the firefighters and the trade union movement, and also believes he can no longer be in charge of the fire service in Scotland and should resign or be sacked by the First Minister.

S1M-3640 Des McNulty: Finance Committee, Public Private Partnerships—That the Parliament notes the 5th report 2002 of the Finance Committee, Public Private Partnerships (SP Paper 653), and commends the report’s recommendations to the Scottish Executive.

S1M-3639# Bill Butler: Firefighters' Dispute—That the Parliament notes with deep concern the beginning of the second phase of the firefighters’ dispute which is due to last for eight days; acknowledges the widespread disappointment and frustration at the breakdown of talks between the Fire Brigades Union and local authority employers on the morning of 22 November 2002, talks which had come so close to arriving at a settlement acceptable to both sides; recognises that everyone involved remains very anxious, given the risk to the general public’s health and safety, to seek an agreement that is acceptable to all sides speedily brokered, and considers that the Scottish Executive should make representations to Her Majesty’s Government to urge it to do all in its power to help provide the conditions that would enable a settlement to be concluded and one which would recognise the aspirations of firefighters for professional status and pay.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-3638 Brian Fitzpatrick: "Crossing Borders", the 38th Annual Conference of the Royal Musical Association —That the Parliament applauds the hard work and commitment of all concerned in securing "Crossing Borders", the 38th Annual Conference of the Royal Musical Association hosted jointly by the University of Glasgow and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, in association with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and to be held in Glasgow from 28 November to 1 December 2002; notes that the Royal Musical Association was founded in 1874, that the association is the second oldest learned musical society in the world and that this is its first annual conference to take place in Scotland, and recognises the sterling contribution the Conference might make to exploring the boundaries between research and practice, the academy and the profession, music and other disciplines with contributions from UK and international speakers and musicians and to promoting vigorous topical debate on the arts, live music and the best of international scholarship together with supporting world-class performances including the opening night of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Prokofiev series conducted by Alexander Lazarev and Haydn Trio Eisenstadt making their debut UK appearance, together with Lorna Anderson and Jamie MacDougall, in a programme marking the first modern publication of Haydn's collected Scottish and Welsh airs, edited by Marjorie Rycroft of the University of Glasgow Music Department.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Fergus Ewing, Jackie Baillie, Karen Whitefield, Margaret Jamieson*, Mr Kenneth Gibson*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Donald Gorrie*, Robin Harper*

S1M-3637# Jackie Baillie: Argyll and Clyde NHS Acute Hospitals Trust—That the Parliament notes the apparent difficulty of Argyll and Clyde NHS Acute Hospitals Trust in managing to provide a full range of services to meet the needs of the local population; further notes the resignation of key health service personnel over the last few months and the failure of management to recruit, which has led to instability and uncertainty over the future of service provision in the area, particularly at the Vale of Leven District General Hospital; recognises and applauds the commitment of front-line staff, doctors, nurses, auxiliaries and others, in maintaining excellent standards of health care for people in the area; notes the welcome intervention of the Minister for Health and Community Care in sending in a support team to consider and act on any management failures, and asks the Scottish Executive and Argyll and Clyde NHS Board to act quickly on the recommendations made by the support team to restore professional and public confidence in the service.

Supported by: Brian Fitzpatrick, Mr Jamie Stone, Des McNulty, Pauline McNeill, Angus MacKay, Trish Godman, Paul Martin, Janis Hughes, Karen Whitefield, Cathy Peattie, Bill Butler, Mr Michael McMahon, Margaret Jamieson, Scott Barrie, Karen Gillon, Mr Lloyd Quinan*, Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-3636 Tommy Sheridan: Solidarity with Firefighters—That the Parliament congratulates Labour MSP Cathy Peattie for her solidarity with the firefighters and her remarks reported in the Daily Record on 23 November 2002 that she is ashamed of John Prescott and calls on all MSPs to back the firefighters in their week of action to secure their just wage claim.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Lloyd Quinan*

S1M-3635 Tommy Sheridan: Firefighters' Strike—That the Parliament condemns remarks attributed to a Scottish Executive minister that were reported in Scotland on Sunday on 24 November 2002 that "these people aren’t socialists, they’re protectionists, they’re fascists" and demands that, if these remarks were made, the minister concerned apologises to the firefighters and is removed from office or that, if they were not made, the Scottish Executive issues an immediate statement condemning Scotland on Sunday for misrepresentation.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Lloyd Quinan*

S1M-3634# Ms Margo MacDonald: European Commission Directive on Food Supplements—That the Parliament notes that millions of people use food supplements and herbal remedies in the UK each year; regrets that the European Commission has published a directive on food supplements that will firstly reduce the numbers of supplements offered and secondly reduce the potency of those which remain, and, whilst noting the UK Government’s assurances that such supplements will be treated as favourably as possible under UK law, considers that the Scottish Executive should do everything within its power to protect the right of consumers to continue to access the full range of supplements currently available.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Mr Lloyd Quinan*, Donald Gorrie*, Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-3633 Tricia Marwick: Scottish Executive's Position on the Fire Brigades Union—That the Parliament deplores comments in respect of members of the Fire Brigades Union, attributed to a Scottish Minister in Scotland on Sunday on 24 November 2002, that "…these people aren’t socialists, they’re protectionists, they’re fascists…"; if the comments do not represent the view of the Scottish Executive, calls for an apology to be made to firefighters, and notes that Dr Richard Simpson MSP has publicly confirmed that he was the minister referred to in the article.

Supported by: Kay Ullrich, Michael Matheson, Dennis Canavan, Alex Neil, Mr Lloyd Quinan*

S1M-3632 Pollution of Scotland's Seas (lodged on 22 November 2002) Mr Lloyd Quinan*, Donald Gorrie*, Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-3631# Glasgow City Council's Withdrawal of Bulk Refuse Uplift Service (lodged on 22 November 2002) Mr Lloyd Quinan*, Donald Gorrie*, Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-3630# Assisting Those with Impaired Communication (lodged on 22 November 2002) Mr Lloyd Quinan*, Donald Gorrie*, Bill Butler*, Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-3629 Bioinformatics and Opportunities for All (lodged on 22 November 2002) Donald Gorrie*, Bill Butler*

S1M-3628# Edinburgh Direct Aid (lodged on 22 November 2002) Donald Gorrie*, Karen Whitefield*, Bill Butler*

S1M-3627 Straight Out Advisory Group (lodged on 22 November 2002) Donald Gorrie*, Karen Whitefield*, Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-3626# Regeneration of the Clyde (lodged on 22 November 2002) Donald Gorrie*, Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-3624 Anticoagulation Medication Strips on Prescription (lodged on 21 November 2002) Donald Gorrie*, Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-3623# Glasgow to Barra Air Link Public Service Obligation (lodged on 21 November 2002) Mr Lloyd Quinan*, Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-3620# Council Tax on Second Homes (lodged on 21 November 2002) Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-3619# Security Measures for Holyrood (lodged on 21 November 2002) Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-3617 Health Service Journal Management Awards 2002 - Primary Care Category (lodged on 21 November 2002) Trish Godman*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Donald Gorrie*, Bill Butler*

S1M-3613 Skye Bridge Tolls (lodged on 20 November 2002) Mr Lloyd Quinan*, Donald Gorrie*

S1M-3612# Tackling Under Age Drinking (lodged on 20 November 2002) Colin Campbell*, Robin Harper*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Mr Kenneth Gibson*, Mr Lloyd Quinan*, Donald Gorrie*, Bill Butler*, Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-3611# General Agreement on Trade in Services (lodged on 20 November 2002) Donald Gorrie*, Ms Margo MacDonald*, Nora Radcliffe*, Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-3610 Carers' Rights Day - 3 December 2002 (lodged on 20 November 2002) Donald Gorrie*, Nora Radcliffe*, Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-3609 Vascular Disease in Elderly People and the Findings of PROSPER (lodged on 20 November 2002) Donald Gorrie*, Karen Whitefield*, Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-3603 Strike Action by Staff at North Glasgow NHS Trust (lodged on 19 November 2002) Mr Lloyd Quinan*

S1M-3601# Sabhal Mor Ostaig Awarded Queens Anniversary Prize (lodged on 19 November 2002) Mr Lloyd Quinan*, Donald Gorrie*, Nora Radcliffe*

*S1M-3596.1 Donald Gorrie: Don't Attack Iraq—As an amendment to motion (S1M-3596) in the name of Dennis Canavan, insert after "military action" ",except with the specific endorsement in a new United Nations resolution,".

S1M-3596# Don't Attack Iraq (lodged on 19 November 2002) Bill Butler*, Nora Radcliffe*

S1M-3595 British Medical Association Position on GM Crop Trials (lodged on 19 November 2002) Mr Lloyd Quinan*

S1M-3594 Impact on Human Rights Organisations of Proposed Israeli Legislation (lodged on 18 November 2002) Donald Gorrie*

S1M-3593# St Andrew's Day (lodged on 18 November 2002) Nora Radcliffe*

S1M-3591 Comments by Holyrood Project Director on the Parliament Building (lodged on 18 November 2002) Mr Lloyd Quinan*

S1M-3589# The Sale of The Herald, Sunday Herald and Evening Times by SMG (lodged on 15 November 2002) Colin Campbell*, Mr Lloyd Quinan*, Mr Duncan McNeil*, Mr Gil Paterson*, John Farquhar Munro*, Mr Tom McCabe*, Dennis Canavan*, Karen Whitefield*, Cathie Craigie*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Pauline McNeill*, Janis Hughes*, Gordon Jackson*, Mr Alasdair Morrison*, Richard Lochhead*, Kate Maclean*, Margaret Smith*, Tricia Marwick*, Bruce Crawford*, Kay Ullrich*, Ms Margo MacDonald*, Mr Mike Rumbles*, Mr Duncan Hamilton*, Andrew Wilson*, Brian Adam*, Iain Smith*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Nicola Sturgeon*, Mr Andrew Welsh*, Ms Wendy Alexander*

S1M-3508# Fergus Ewing: Osteoporosis—That the Parliament notes that osteoporosis is a major public health problem which results in more than 20,000 fractures a year in Scotland, that the cost of osteoporotic fractures in the United Kingdom each year is estimated at over 1.7 billion and that one third of women and one in 12 men over 50 will suffer an osteoporotic fracture; further notes that with an ageing population profile this problem will become even more serious; is aware that osteoporosis is both treatable and largely preventable; welcomes the fact that the public and health professionals are becoming increasingly aware of osteoporosis as a major health problem but is concerned that health service provision throughout Scotland is patchy and that access to diagnostic testing and monitoring varies around the country; believes that sufficient funding can be made available so that all patients have equal access to services for both the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and that all patients suffering a fragility fracture or having other risk factors for the disease should be assessed for the presence of osteoporosis, and further believes that public health campaigns should be promoting the importance of lifestyle factors as influencing bone health and preventing osteoporosis.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, Michael Matheson, Alex Neil, Brian Adam, Tricia Marwick, Ms Sandra White, Roseanna Cunningham, Colin Campbell, Michael Russell, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Donald Gorrie, Fiona Hyslop, Fiona McLeod, Christine Grahame, Mary Scanlon, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Gil Paterson, Fergus Ewing, Irene McGugan, Mr Adam Ingram, Richard Lochhead, John Scott, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Kay Ullrich, Sarah Boyack, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Shona Robison, Robin Harper, Rhoda Grant*

S1M-3504# Bill Butler: Provision of Dedicated Mother and Baby Services for Women with Post-Natal Depression—That the Parliament expresses its deep concern regarding the lack of proper facilities within the NHS in Scotland that would allow women with post-natal depression (PND) to continue to care for their children whilst undergoing treatment; recognises that the lack of dedicated mother and baby services for women with PND is completely unacceptable; notes the recent Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network report which detailed the shocking lack of appropriate services for women with PND, and considers that the Scottish Executive should ensure that NHS boards throughout Scotland take the swiftest possible action to remedy the alarming poverty of provision of mother and baby units devoted to women suffering from PND.

Supported by: Irene Oldfather, Donald Gorrie, Scott Barrie, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Fiona McLeod, Christine Grahame, Brian Fitzpatrick, Elaine Thomson, Mr Adam Ingram, Pauline McNeill, Rhoda Grant, Karen Gillon, Trish Godman, Helen Eadie, Marilyn Livingstone, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Ms Sandra White, Mr Jamie Stone, Karen Whitefield*

S1M-3500# Tommy Sheridan: The Firefighters' Dispute—That the Parliament believes that the fire fighters’ pay claim is justified and that the fire fighters have been left with no alternative but to take industrial action; *invites* all MSPs and trade unionists to give the Fire Brigades Union their backing, and *believes that* the Scottish Executive *should* convey support for their claim to Her Majesty’s Government.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Lloyd Quinan

S1M-3493 Annual Shinty/Hurling International (lodged on 21 October 2002) Mr Lloyd Quinan*

S1M-3489# Increased Workload of GPs Under the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 (lodged on 16 October 2002) Mr Adam Ingram*

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-3410 Ms Margaret Curran: Building (Scotland) Bill - Stage 1—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Building (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Hugh Henry