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Business Bulletin No. 16/2003

Monday 27 January 2003

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-3804 Ms Margo MacDonald: Performance of Holyrood Progress Group—That the Parliament has no confidence in the political judgement and sense of proportion displayed by the Holyrood Progress Group as represented by its decision to celebrate and congratulate itself on the purchase of a reception desk for the new Parliament building, the price of which adds insult to the injury already done to the reputation of the Parliament by the group’s inept management of the Holyrood building project and its complete failure to fulfil the remit to bring the project in on time and budget, and therefore directs the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to relieve the current members of the group of their duties and replace them with a representative and competent group of MSPs.

*S1M-3803 Christine Grahame: Medacs and the NHS—That the Parliament is concerned at the consequences of the privatisation of prison medical services in November 2000 and the award of the contract to Medacs, a company that primarily supplies locum doctors; notes that these consequences include (a) the last information on the cost of primary care being pre-privatisation, when it was in the order of 1.3 million, but no subsequent figures being available owing to commercial confidentiality, (b) the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) not knowing how many doctors Medacs provides because it is for the contractor to arrange to provide the outputs specified in the contract, (c) there being no "output" specification because the contract is to deliver services in accordance with the SPS’s Standards of Healthcare for Prisoners and (d) there having been no attempt to audit the company’s compliance with the Standards of Healthcare for Prisoners; further notes that the poor performance of Medacs is demonstrated by a trebling of prisoner complaint numbers about medical services, substantial fines about which there has been no detailed information owing to commercial confidentiality, the comments of the British Medical Association on the lack of co-ordination between Medacs and the NHS on discharge for ongoing and future care and changing from 30 minutes to 60 minutes the time within which a doctor on call must be able to reach the prison; is further concerned at gaps in SPS knowledge on the state of health of prisoners in that the SPS does not know how many inmates suffer from hepatitis C, HIV and other blood-borne illnesses, tuberculosis or mental illnesses requiring treatment and, in the light of the above and need for openness and accountability, calls upon the Scottish Executive to integrate healthcare into the NHS.

*S1M-3802 Ms Margaret Curran: Special Grant Report No.1: Special Grant for Scotland Asylum Seeker Assistance - Report by Scottish Ministers—That the Local Government Committee, in consideration of Special Grant Report No.1: Special Grant for Scotland Asylum Seeker Assistance - Report by Scottish Ministers (SE/2003/15), recommends that the report be approved.

Supported by: Des McNulty*

*S1M-3801 Mr Jim Wallace: The Draft Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Investigations: Code of Practice) (Scotland) Order 2003—That the Justice 2 Committee, in consideration of the draft Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Investigations: Code of Practice) (Scotland) Order 2003, recommends that the Order be approved.

Supported by: Hugh Henry*

*S1M-3800 Mr Jim Wallace: The Draft Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Disclosure of Information to and by Lord Advocate and Scottish Ministers) (Scotland) Order 2003—That the Justice 2 Committee, in consideration of the draft Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Disclosure of Information to and by Lord Advocate and Scottish Ministers) (Scotland) Order 2003, recommends that the Order be approved.

Supported by: Hugh Henry*

*S1M-3799 Mr Duncan McNeil on behalf of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body: Appointment of Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner—That the Parliament agrees with the recommendation of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body under Rule 3A.1.2 of Standing Orders that Dr James Dyer should be appointed as Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner under section 1(2) of the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Act 2002 with effect from 1 April 2003.

S1M-3796 Pauline McNeill: Glasgow Twinning with Havana—That the Parliament congratulates Glasgow on becoming the first UK city to twin with Cuba; notes that the twinning of Glasgow and the Cuban capital of Havana will enhance cultural, educational and business links between the two cities that are historically linked by their respective roles in the sugar and tobacco trades; applauds the efforts of Havana Mayor, Hector Perez, and Glasgow Lord Provost, Alex Mosson, in bringing the twinning to fruition; further notes the crippling difficulties that Cubans continue to face as a result of 40 years of US imposed economic sanctions against their country, and urges other cities to join Glasgow in promoting friendship and exchange with the people of Cuba.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Scott Barrie

S1M-3795# Donald Gorrie: Care Homes' Water Charges—That the Parliament is concerned at the implications of the Court of Session decision on Scottish Water v Clydecare Limited as a result of which care homes will have to pay their water charges in full, when they already face continuing deficits because of long-term underfunding by successive governments, and believes that the Scottish Executive should examine this problem urgently and take appropriate action.

S1M-3794# Dennis Canavan: Safeway's Support for Scottish Football—That the Parliament notes the bids being made to take over Safeway and asks that any prospective buyer give a firm commitment to continue the existing arrangements between Safeway and the Scottish Football Association for sponsorship of the Scottish football team and continue to support the development of youth football and the provision of a match ticket distribution network through local stores.

Supported by: Ms Sandra White, Brian Adam, Jackie Baillie, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Bill Butler, Bruce Crawford, Roseanna Cunningham, Mr Gil Paterson, Kay Ullrich, Irene McGugan, Phil Gallie, Mr Brian Monteith, Fiona McLeod, Michael Matheson, Karen Gillon, Mr Duncan Hamilton*, Robin Harper*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Tricia Marwick*, Tavish Scott*, Bristow Muldoon*

S1M-3786 Mr Mike Rumbles on behalf of the Standards Committee: Standards Committee, The Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Act 2002: Consequential Changes to the Code of Conduct—That the Parliament agrees to amend the Code of Conduct for Members of the Scottish Parliament in the manner indicated in Annex A of the Standards Committee’s 12th Report 2002, The Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Act 2002: Consequential Changes to the Code of Conduct, with effect from 30 January 2003.

S1M-3785 Mr Andy Kerr: Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill - Stage 1—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill.

Supported by: Mr Jack McConnell, Mr Jim Wallace, Patricia Ferguson

S1M-3784# Trish Godman: The Widening Pay Gap Between Men and Women—That the Parliament views with concern the widening pay gap between men and women; believes that the overwhelming majority of Scots will share this opinion; urges all employers in all industries and throughout public services to reassess their pay systems to ensure that female employees are not being discriminated against in relation to their male colleagues, and considers that the Scottish Executive should do all in its power to challenge the discrimination and prejudice suffered by many women in their terms and conditions of employment and where promotional opportunities are denied to them.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, Ms Sandra White, Mr Michael McMahon, Angus MacKay, Margaret Jamieson, Roseanna Cunningham, Sarah Boyack, Ms Wendy Alexander, Kate Maclean, Irene McGugan, Elaine Thomson, Maureen Macmillan, Scott Barrie, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Johann Lamont, Elaine Smith, Mr Gil Paterson, Tommy Sheridan, Colin Campbell, Cathie Craigie, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Brian Fitzpatrick, Rhoda Grant, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Nora Radcliffe, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Tom McCabe, Jackie Baillie, Marilyn Livingstone, Robin Harper*

S1M-3783# Christine Grahame: Litter Louts—That the Parliament notes the concerns of many people regarding the blight of litter in towns, the countryside and on the seashore, illustrated in the correspondence from pupils at Chirnside Primary School, Duns, which highlighted the increased risk of accidents to children, pets and livestock as a consequence of, for example, broken glass and discarded polythene bags; notes that traffic accidents can arise if drivers take avoidance measures when confronted with debris on our roadways and motorways and that the effect on tourism and its consequences to the local and national economy can only be deleterious; further notes that the pupils drew attention to the lack of litter bins, the impact of fast food outlets, the cut in refuse collections and the culture of disregard for the environment and that it may even be regarded by some as "cool" to throw away litter, and therefore believes that the Scottish Executive should consider the following measures: (a) providing education from an early age with accompanying publicity to bring about a culture change of regard for our environment and bring us into line with our European neighbours, (b) endorsing stiffer fines and penalties for litter louts, including community service in clearing litter, (c) being more committed to recycling and providing more assistance to local authorities who have a track record in recycling provision, (d) considering measures, including legislation, to make it mandatory that fast food outlets clear litter from their environs and (e) commissioning a questionnaire for tourists to ascertain their views on the cleanliness or otherwise of our towns, countryside and seashore.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Mr Andrew Welsh, Tommy Sheridan, Alex Neil, Ms Sandra White

S1M-3782 Grampian Records Liquidation (lodged on 17 January 2003) Robin Harper*

S1M-3779 Roseanna Cunningham: Reported Comments by the Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service—That the Parliament notes the recent statement of the Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service as reported in The Herald on 16 January 2003 threatening to move HM Prison Perth to Dundee in response to Perth and Kinross Council’s development control committee’s legitimately expressed concerns regarding the demolition of C Hall at the prison and saying that Dundee "would love (a prison) because a lot of prisoners come from Dundee"; believes that such comments would be deliberately confrontational and, regrettably, all too typical of the Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service’s management style, unnecessarily unsettling for the staff at HM Prison Perth and their families and outrageously disparaging of the residents of Dundee; believes that there should be an apology, and calls on the Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice to make it clear that he would not support the closure of HM Prison Perth.

Supported by: Irene McGugan, Shona Robison, Michael Matheson, Tommy Sheridan, Alex Neil, Mr Keith Raffan

S1M-3775 International Year of Mountains (lodged on 15 January 2003) Michael Matheson*

S1M-3773 Drug Rape (lodged on 15 January 2003) Michael Matheson*

S1M-3766# Murdo Fraser: British Cattle Movement Service—That the Parliament notes the widespread concern amongst the Scottish farming community in relation to the operation of the British Cattle Movement Service (BCMS) and, in particular, the volume of administrative errors and the delays by the BCMS in dealing with correspondence; further notes that, as a result, the operation of the service has contributed to financial hardship in the farming sector at a time when farming incomes are already at desperately low levels, and considers that the Scottish Executive's Environment and Rural Affairs Department should institute an amnesty for all farmers that have been alleged by the BCMS not to have accurately and timeously supplied cattle record information and make representations to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs that a thorough review of the operation of the BCMS should be instituted with a view to eradicating the difficulties that have been identified.

Supported by: Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr Brian Monteith, Stewart Stevenson

S1M-3756# UNICEF Report, The State of the World's Children 2003 (lodged on 8 January 2003) Dennis Canavan*, Robin Harper*

S1M-3753# Gordon Jackson: Regeneration of the Clyde—That the Parliament recognises the importance to Scotland of efforts to regenerate the Clyde; considers that the Scottish Executive and Scottish Enterprise should establish and resource a development framework for the Clyde which encourages joined-up thinking and action; further considers that the respective councils, enterprise companies, regeneration agencies and private developers should work co-operatively in reclaiming derelict land, ensuring adequate flood protection and improving the transport infrastructure, and believes that ministers should make the regeneration of the Clyde one of the top economic, environmental and social justice priorities for Scotland.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Ms Sandra White, Donald Gorrie, Alex Neil, Mr Duncan McNeil, Robert Brown, Bill Butler, Pauline McNeill, Irene Oldfather

S1M-3707 Ross Finnie: Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Bill- Stage 3—That the Parliament agrees that the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Allan Wilson, Mr Andy Kerr, Iain Gray