Business Bulletin No. 46/2003
Monday 10 March 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-4003# Tavish Scott: Island Transport-That the Parliament recognises that reliable, regular and affordable air and sea transport links are vital to the social and economic well-being of the Scottish islands; welcomes the proposal from the Highlands and Islands Strategic Transport Partnership for improved air services in the Highlands and Islands backed by public service obligations; believes that the introduction of public service obligations provides an opportunity to ensure that the specified air services' timetables link in with those for ferry and bus services, and considers that the Scottish Executive should take this opportunity to provide the islands with a properly integrated transport service.
S1M-4002 Ms Sandra White: Partick Bulk Uplift Service-That the Parliament welcomes the initiative of Partick Housing Association in piloting a new service for the uplift of bulk and large items of household rubbish and for the cleansing of backcourt areas in all the properties it factors; condemns, however, the decision of Glasgow City Council to withdraw the bulk uplift service in September 2002 that resulted in a serious detrimental impact on the quality of the environment with streets and backcourts becoming littered with household rubbish, and, whilst commending the initiative of Partick Housing Association, believes that these services should be provided by the local authority and calls on Glasgow City Council to restore its bulk uplift service throughout Glasgow at the earliest possible time.
S1M-4001 Ms Sandra White: GreenCity Wholefoods 25th Anniversary-That the Parliament congratulates GreenCity Wholefoods workers' co-operative based in Dennistoun, Glasgow, on reaching its 25th anniversary, which it is celebrating in May 2003; notes that GreenCity Wholefoods is a non-exploitative workplace that takes into consideration the interests of workers, the community and the environment as a whole, and wishes continued success to GreenCity in its activities of supplying natural foods throughout Scotland.
S1M-4000 Mrs Mary Mulligan: The General and Specialist Medical Practice (Education, Training and Qualifications) Order 2003-That the Health and Community Care Committee, in consideration of the draft General and Specialist Medical Practice (Education, Training and Qualifications) Order 2003, recommends that the Order be approved.
Supported by: Malcolm Chisholm, Mr Frank McAveety
S1M-3999# Dennis Canavan: Promotion for First Division Champions-That the Parliament believes that promotion to the Scottish Premier League should be based on footballing merit rather than arbitrarily set criteria that discriminate against clubs of modest means and therefore believes that the Scottish Premier League should ensure that the champions of the First Division of the Scottish Football League are given the opportunity of promotion to the Scottish Premier League provided they have guaranteed use of a suitable stadium, whether through ownership or lease or a ground-sharing arrangement.
Supported by: Fergus Ewing, Mr Brian Monteith, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Irene McGugan, Colin Campbell, Margo MacDonald, Helen Eadie, Mr John McAllion, Cathy Peattie, Tommy Sheridan, Robin Harper, Donald Gorrie, Henry McLeish, Dr Winnie Ewing, Phil Gallie*, Karen Gillon*, Mr Duncan Hamilton*, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh*, Stewart Stevenson*, Mr Jamie Stone*
S1M-3997 Irene Oldfather: T in the Park-That the Parliament congratulates the organisers of the annual T in the Park music festival on its 10th anniversary this year; welcomes the recent launch of this year's event; notes the success of the venture in previous years; acknowledges the contribution that the festival makes to the tourism industry in Scotland; welcomes the opportunities it affords new musical talent in Scotland to be showcased, and wishes T in the Park every success for this year's event.
S1M-3996# Irene Oldfather: Spring Day in Europe-That the Parliament welcomes the European Commission's initiative "Spring Day in Europe" which will take place on 21 March 2003; notes the Commission's invitation to secondary schools across the European Union to participate by promoting discussion on the future of Europe; acknowledges the usefulness and importance of encouraging young people to participate in the debate on the challenges that lie ahead in reforming the European Union; recognises the importance of hearing about the expectations of tomorrow's citizens in this important debate; appreciates the need for co-operation at all levels of government to promote this initiative; notes the Scottish Executive's efforts to raise awareness of the day by contacting representatives of local authorities across Scotland, and wishes all secondary schools in Scotland that will be participating in "Spring Day in Europe" every success.
S1M-3995# Helen Eadie: Lochgelly High School Pipe Bands and Drum Corps - Congratulations-That the Parliament welcomes the recent announcement by the Scottish Executive that additional money is to be made available to enable more students to enjoy the opportunity to learn music in schools; congratulates Lochgelly High School's two pipe bands on their recent achievements and is especially proud that the drum corps, as well as being the world champion, is also British and Cowal champions; further notes that the Novice Juvenile Band is currently Fife, Scottish, Cowal and British champion, winning the coveted Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association's Champion of Champions title for the season and that the Juvenile Band is currently Fife and British champion; believes that these bands show young people in the very best light, particularly against other bands up to the 19 years age limit but have competed in other Highland Games competitions in Bathgate, Crieff, Thornton, Markinch and Strathmiglo against older, adult bands and, even against such "hairy-kneed" opposition, have won eight firsts, four seconds and one third; supports such splendid achievements, and considers that the First Minister should reward them by inviting them to participate in the USA Tartan Day Celebrations this year.
Supported by: Brian Fitzpatrick, Scott Barrie
S1M-3994 Rhona Brankin: Public Library Services-That the Parliament welcomes the delivery of the People's Network whereby all public libraries in every Scottish constituency will have free public internet access by the end of March 2003, thanks to the biggest single investment in public libraries since the days of Andrew Carnegie; recognises the 150th anniversary of public libraries, and celebrates World Book Day on 6 March 2003.
Supported by: Mr John Home Robertson, Scott Barrie, Brian Fitzpatrick
S1M-3993 Scott Barrie: Proposed Redundancies at Solectron, Dunfermline-That the Parliament notes with deep concern the announcement of 4 March 2003 by Solectron Corporation that it is proposing to reduce its workforce in Dunfermline by up to 330 people; expresses the hope that the redundancies will not come about and that Solectron and all the key agencies involved will work to this end; recognises that trade unions will be fully involved throughout the consultation period, and calls on the Scottish Executive, Scottish Enterprise Fife and Solectron, in the event that the redundancies do take place, to ensure that those made redundant are given redundancy packages that recognise the excellent service they have provided to Solectron and that every possible assistance is given to those made redundant to ensure that they are afforded proper retraining opportunities, if required, in order to find alternative employment.
Supported by: Helen Eadie, Sarah Boyack, Mr Michael McMahon, Mr Keith Raffan, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Mr John McAllion, Paul Martin, Brian Fitzpatrick, Bill Butler, Trish Godman, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Angus MacKay*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Karen Gillon*, Robin Harper*, Janis Hughes*, Pauline McNeill*
S1M-3993.1 Bruce Crawford: Proposed Redundancies at Solectron, Dunfermline-As an amendment to motion (S1M-3993) in the name of Scott Barrie, leave out from "expresses" to end and insert " and calls on the Scottish Executive, Scottish Enterprise Fife and Solectron, in conjunction with the trade unions, to work together, with some urgency, on a rescue plan to ensure that any redundancies are averted or kept to an absolute minimum."
S1M-3992 Robin Harper: UN Resolutions on Iraq-That the Parliament acknowledges that the two legal opinions published by Matrix Chambers indicate that neither United Nations Resolution 1441 nor the draft second resolution presently before the United Nations authorise the use of military action against Iraq; recognises that the weight of public opinion is that war on Iraq is not justified at least until a second resolution, clearly authorising the use of military action against Iraq, is agreed by the whole United Nations; recognises that neither Resolution 1441 nor the draft second resolution is the justification that many people in Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom are demanding before military action is taken; recognises that military action taken on the basis of either resolution could be illegal, leaving the UK and the United States of America governments open to action before the International Criminal Court; calls on Her Majesty's Government to withdraw support for military action on the basis of Resolution 1441 or the draft second resolution; remains unconvinced that there is sufficient evidence of the threat from the Iraqi regime to justify a war on Iraq that is certain to result in many thousands of civilian deaths and casualties, and believes that peaceful means to resolve the crisis have not been exhausted and must be pursued.
Supported by: Mr Gil Paterson, Christine Grahame, Mr John McAllion
S1M-3990 Irene McGugan: Nursery Nurses-That the Parliament notes that there are 7,500 nursery nurses working in Scotland's nursery schools, day nurseries and special schools who are paid different rates in different establishments in different parts of the country; further notes that these nursery nurses have been campaigning for two years for a review of their status and pay in order to establish a formal career structure and a national pay agreement in recognition of their important role in the education service, and urges all parties involved in these negotiations to bring about an early resolution to this issue.
Supported by: Fiona Hyslop
S1M-3989 Ms Wendy Alexander: UNESCO World Book Day 6 March 2003-That the Parliament notes that World Book Day events in the United Kingdom and Ireland will take place on Thursday 6 March 2003, a date chosen to fall within school term times; notes that 23 April 2003, the date originally designated by UNESCO in 1995, marks the birth and death of William Shakespeare, the greatest literary talent these islands have ever produced; believes that under the patronage of Baron Renfrew, King James VI and I, Shakespeare wrote some of his finest works including Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra and The Tempest; considers these works to be among the first cultural masterpieces of the newly united kingdoms, proof of the defining bonds between Scotland and England and central to our place in the world and our sense of ourselves, and further considers that everyone in Scotland should be supported and encouraged to participate in UNESCO's sixth World Book Day and that encouraging young people particularly to engage with the written word opens immeasurable life-enhancing opportunities and would be the most fitting tribute to the genius of William Shakespeare, the first great Briton.
Supported by: Brian Fitzpatrick
S1M-3988 Colin Campbell: Maternity and Paediatric Services at the Inverclyde Royal Hospital, Greenock-That the Parliament notes with concern the ongoing threat to maternity and paediatric services at the Inverclyde Royal Hospital in Greenock and further notes that, in the spirit of the Scottish Executive's Partnership for Care: Scotland's Health White Paper, any reduction in maternity or paediatric services would seriously undermine the Executive's key philosophy of a patient-focused health service in Scotland.
Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Ms Sandra White*
S1M-3987# Elaine Smith: International Women's Day-That the Parliament notes the significance of International Women's Day on 8 March 2003; welcomes the fact that this observance continues to recognise the struggles and achievements of women throughout history and highlights the ongoing plight of women across the world; acknowledges the impact that campaigning organisations such as Zero Tolerance, now celebrating its tenth year in operation, have had on the lives and experiences of many women within our own country, and believes that the Scottish Executive should ensure continued support for such organisations and congratulates Zero Tolerance on their 10 years of campaigning on the issue of violence against women in Scotland.
Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Mr Tom McCabe, Fiona Hyslop, Irene Oldfather, Scott Barrie, Ms Sandra White*, Rhoda Grant*
S1M-3975 Murdo Fraser: Departure of Black Watch Regiment to the Gulf-That the Parliament notes the departure of the Black Watch Regiment to the Gulf on 27 February 2003 in anticipation of possible military action against Iraq; hopes that, even at this late stage, military action can be averted by Saddam Hussein agreeing to disarm, but, in the event of troops requiring to be committed, wishes the members of the Black Watch a successful campaign and a speedy return to loved ones at home.
Supported by: Mr Keith Harding, Mr Brian Monteith, Alex Johnstone, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Bill Aitken, Phil Gallie, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, John Young, David Mundell, John Scott, Mr Murray Tosh
S1M-3974 Scott Barrie: Staff of the Parliament-That the Parliament records its appreciation of the staff of the directorates of clerking and reporting, corporate affairs, legal services, and communications technologies, the staff of the Clerk/Chief Executive's group, the Holyrood Project Team, catering and domestic staff, the Royal Mail and the police; recognises that they all provide support vital to the functioning of the Parliament; admires their professionalism and dedication, and, as this first session of the Parliament enters its final month, thanks them.
Supported by: Janis Hughes, Margaret Jamieson, Angus MacKay, Mr Murray Tosh, Mr Jamie Stone, Colin Campbell, Linda Fabiani, Robert Brown, Maureen Macmillan, Donald Gorrie, Mr John McAllion, Cathie Craigie, Trish Godman, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr John Home Robertson, Brian Fitzpatrick, Tricia Marwick, Rhoda Grant, Sarah Boyack, Helen Eadie, Robin Harper, Fiona McLeod, Karen Whitefield, Karen Gillon, Dr Richard Simpson, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Mr Michael McMahon, Ms Wendy Alexander, Bill Butler, Fiona Hyslop, Tommy Sheridan, Susan Deacon, Elaine Thomson, Mr Mike Rumbles, Kate Maclean, Phil Gallie, Rhona Brankin, Mr Tom McCabe, Irene Oldfather, Ms Sandra White*, Dr Sylvia Jackson*
S1M-3973 Johann Lamont: Regulation of Private Security Industry-That the Parliament recognises the continuing anxiety of local communities caused by the unregulated activities of some private security firms; believes that an unregulated private security industry poses a threat to local communities and to the peace of local neighbourhoods, and urges the Scottish Executive to take action to regulate the sector and to ensure that it cannot be used to support criminal activity and that its activities are open to public scrutiny.
Supported by: Bill Butler, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Mr Michael McMahon, Cathie Craigie, Paul Martin, Janis Hughes, Ms Wendy Alexander, Margaret Jamieson, Mr Alasdair Morrison, Linda Fabiani, Robert Brown, Donald Gorrie, Maureen Macmillan, Jackie Baillie, Trish Godman, Brian Fitzpatrick, Helen Eadie, Sarah Boyack, Karen Gillon, Mr John McAllion, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Tom McCabe, Scott Barrie
S1M-3972# Tricia Marwick: Jack Vettriano - Award of Honorary Doctorate by St Andrew's University-That the Parliament welcomes the decision of St Andrew's University to award an honorary doctorate to Jack Vettriano; recognises the contribution he has made to the arts in Scotland, and considers that the directors of the National Galleries of Scotland should acquire some of Jack Vettriano's paintings to ensure that the works of one of the foremost artists in Scotland are displayed for the benefit of the people of Scotland and for the many thousands of overseas visitors who visit Scotland every year.
Supported by: Fiona Hyslop, Ms Sandra White, Shona Robison, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Murdo Fraser, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Linda Fabiani, Colin Campbell, Donald Gorrie, Alex Neil, Mr Brian Monteith, Tommy Sheridan, David Mundell, Scott Barrie
S1M-3969# 20th Anniversary of the Recognition of HIV/AIDS (lodged on 27 February 2003) Margo MacDonald*, Dr Sylvia Jackson*, Robin Harper*
S1M-3965# War Pensioners' Accommodation at Erskine Hospital (lodged on 26 February 2003) Ms Sandra White*
S1M-3961# Reform of Charity Law (lodged on 26 February 2003) Ian Jenkins*
S1M-3953# Dr Richard Simpson: New Forth Road Bridge Crossing Near Kincardine-That the Parliament welcomes the completion of the A907; notes the current intention of the Scottish Executive to reopen the Stirling to Alloa and Kincardine rail link by 2005 and construct a new Forth road bridge crossing by 2007; further notes the benefits to the economy of Clackmannanshire that will result from these infrastructure improvements; notes, however, that the recent decision for the favoured site of a new acute hospital for Forth Valley to be at the Royal Scottish National Hospital, Larbert, will have significant implications for the road networks to the south of the Forth road crossing, and considers that the Executive should ensure that the design of this network and its date of completion are expedited in order to ensure the safety of patients in Ochil and Stirling constituencies as well as those from the west of Fife.
Supported by: Scott Barrie, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Keith Harding, Murdo Fraser, Donald Gorrie
S1M-3940# Shipbuilding on the Upper and Lower Clyde (lodged on 24 February 2003) Ms Sandra White*
S1M-3936 Fair Trade Fortnight (lodged on 21 February 2003) Tavish Scott*
S1M-3932# David Mundell: Post Office Card Accounts-That the Parliament believes that those post office customers in Scotland who wish to continue receiving their benefits, pensions payments and tax credits through the Post Office, following the introduction of automated credit transfer in April 2003, should be allowed to do so through a post office card account opened at the counter of a post office or sub-post office; further believes that customers should be offered a genuine choice between the options available, including a post office card account; supports the National Federation of SubPostmasters' call that there should be no administrative obstacles to customers opening a post office card account; notes the importance of post office card accounts to the future financial viability of sub-post offices, and considers that Scottish ministers should work with Her Majesty's Government to ensure that there is a level playing field in the marketing, promotion and advertising of the banking options from all departments of Her Majesty's Government, including the Department for Work and Pensions, the Inland Revenue and the Veterans Agency, the Scottish Executive and its agencies and local authorities.
Supported by: Christine Grahame, Alex Johnstone, Phil Gallie, Mr Murray Tosh, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Stewart Stevenson, Mr Mike Rumbles, Alex Fergusson, Robert Brown, Alasdair Morgan, Nora Radcliffe, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Michael Matheson, Murdo Fraser, Mr David Davidson, Mr Keith Harding, Mr Adam Ingram, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Tavish Scott, Scott Barrie, Mr Brian Monteith, Robin Harper, Fiona McLeod, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Ian Jenkins, Linda Fabiani, Donald Gorrie, Mr Jamie Stone, Alex Neil, Mary Scanlon, John Farquhar Munro
S1M-3896 Celtic Connections 10th Anniversary (lodged on 12 February 2003) Ms Sandra White*
S1M-3867 Ross Finnie: Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Bill-That the Parliament agrees that the Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Bill be passed.
Supported by: Allan Wilson
S1M-3866 Mr Keith Harding: Dog Fouling (Scotland) Bill-That the Parliament agrees that the Dog Fouling (Scotland) Bill be passed.
Supported by: Phil Gallie