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Business Bulletin No. 62/2003

Tuesday 1 April 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.

 

Motions which former members wished to be considered for debate as members’ business in the Parliament are marked with a hash symbol (#)

S1M-4071 Angus MacKay: USDAW's Campaign to Protect Shopworkers Against Violence and Abuse—That the Parliament is appalled at the number of incidents of violent attacks on, and abuse of, shopworkers, as reported in the Scottish Retail Consortium's Annual Crime Survey; notes with concern that last year over 31% of shops in Scotland had at least one reported incident of violence against a shopworker; further notes with concern that a survey conducted by the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (USDAW) revealed that over the last 12 months 47% of shopworkers had suffered physical violence, 72% had been threatened and 86% had been verbally abused; calls upon members of the Scottish Parliament to support USDAW's Freedom from Fear campaign against violence and abuse of shopworkers, and urges the Scottish Executive to make retail crime a police key performance indicator and promote and resource town centre and safer shopping partnerships.

Supported by: Brian Fitzpatrick, Ms Sandra White, Elaine Smith, Sarah Boyack, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Ms Wendy Alexander, Cathy Peattie, Nora Radcliffe, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Mr Michael McMahon, Bristow Muldoon, Susan Deacon, Bill Butler, Johann Lamont, Elaine Thomson, Mr John McAllion, Jackie Baillie*, Margaret Jamieson*

S1M-4070 Tricia Marwick: Scottish Settlement for Fire Dispute—That the Parliament notes the decision of Her Majesty's Government to introduce a Fire Services Bill that will impose a pay and conditions settlement on fire services staff in England and Wales; recognises that by this action Her Majesty's Government has effectively abandoned the United Kingdom negotiating mechanism, and calls upon the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and the Fire Brigades Union in Scotland to enter into negotiations to secure a fair and just settlement that can be presented to the incoming Scottish Executive.

Supported by: Mrs Margaret Ewing, Dr Winnie Ewing, Michael Matheson, Brian Adam, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Richard Lochhead, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Michael Russell, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Fergus Ewing, Shona Robison, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, Ms Sandra White, Bruce Crawford, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Linda Fabiani, Fiona Hyslop, Fiona McLeod

S1M-4069 David Mundell: Chapelcross - The World's Oldest Operational Nuclear Power Station—That the Parliament notes that the Chapelcross Power Station will, from the start of April, be the longest serving nuclear power station in the world; further notes that Chapelcross has provided a safe and reliable supply of electricity to the south of Scotland since 1959 and regrets that it will cease generation no later than 31 March 2005; believes that the engineering and scientific accomplishments of designing, building and operating Chapelcross and Calder Hall were the 20th century equivalent of the Forth Rail Bridge or the invention of the steam engine and congratulates the management and workforce on their skill and dedication in operating successfully the Calder Hall and Chapelcross power stations for a combined total of more than 90 years; further notes the fudge and delay inherent in the Government’s energy white paper, and believes that the success of Chapelcross would be best recognised by the early commissioning of a replacement nuclear power facility on the same site.

Supported by: Mr Murray Tosh, Alex Fergusson, John Scott, Phil Gallie, Mr Keith Harding

S1M-4068 Ms Wendy Alexander: Paisley Law Centre—That the Parliament commends the hard work of the staff of the Paisley Law Centre, notes that at the end of December, Paisley Law Centre was carrying a caseload of 489 open client files; further notes that 47% of its client caseload during this period was people facing eviction, 22% was involved in other miscellaneous house disputes, 17% related to social security, mental health, community care, criminal injuries and disability matters, 7% was involved in disputes involving their employment and 5% related to assisting voluntary organisations; believes that Paisley Law Centre offers a quality service giving clients a high chance of achieving a successful resolution to their problem and significantly helps in preventing homelessness and tackling social exclusion and that many of its clients have children living with them in their tenancies or are vulnerable due to ill health or other reasons and a significant number would no doubt have been evicted had they had no representation; supports the work of local law centres, which provide such essential services to our communities, and urges support for their development across Scotland.

Supported by: Mr Alasdair Morrison, Pauline McNeill, Brian Fitzpatrick, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Elaine Smith, Paul Martin, Trish Godman

S1M-4067 Ms Wendy Alexander: Paisley, Scotlands Largest Fairtrade Town—That the Parliament notes that Fairtrade Fortnight 2003 from 3 to 17 March 2003 was widely observed in Scotland and welcomes the growing support for this annual observance; congratulates the town of Paisley on meeting the five criteria laid down by the Fairtrade Foundation for the holding of Fairtrade town status, understanding that the five tests successfully met by Paisley are a resolution from the local council supporting Fairtrade and an agreement to serve Fairtrade coffee and tea at its meetings, in its offices and canteens, a range of Fairtrade products readily available in the area’s shops and served in at least two local cafes, Fairtrade products in use by at least 10 local businesses and organisations including churches, media coverage and popular support and a local Fairtrade steering group to ensure continued commitment to the Fairtrade town status ideal; recognises that this status will establish Paisley as the largest Fairtrade town in Scotland and acknowledges with appreciation the work Renfrewshire Council, the ecumenical effort of the churches in the area, the support of local newspapers and local radio stations, the willingness of many Paisley people to make fair trade a priority and the campaigning of local politicians to this end; believes that Fairtrade products have a key role in raising awareness of significant global issues among consumers and their families, and encourages other towns to follow where Paisley leads.

Supported by: Helen Eadie, Susan Deacon, Mr Jamie Stone, Trish Godman, Karen Gillon, Margaret Jamieson, Brian Fitzpatrick, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Bill Butler, Marilyn Livingstone

S1M-4066 Mr John Swinney: Dr Winnie Ewing MSP—That the Parliament notes with great respect and affection the work of Dr Winnie Ewing in the Parliaments of Scotland, Westminster and Europe; recognises her unstinting work on behalf of all the peoples of Scotland; recalls the dignity with which she opened the first Scottish Parliament in 1999, and wishes her every happiness in her retirement from public life, but anticipates that she will not relent from her tireless path to advance Scotland's cause in the international community of nations.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Mr Jamie Stone, Mary Scanlon, Stewart Stevenson, Alex Neil, Mrs Margaret Smith, Mr Adam Ingram, Michael Russell, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Michael Matheson, Bill Aitken, Bruce Crawford, Mr Andrew Welsh, Andrew Wilson, Linda Fabiani, Jackie Baillie, Alex Fergusson, David Mundell, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Fergus Ewing, Christine Grahame, Mr David Davidson, Ms Sandra White, Colin Campbell, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Shona Robison, Mr Duncan Hamilton, John Scott, Dennis Canavan, Fiona Hyslop, Phil Gallie, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Richard Lochhead, Alasdair Morgan, Nicola Sturgeon, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Keith Harding, Tavish Scott, Tricia Marwick, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Elaine Smith, Mr John McAllion, David McLetchie, Ian Jenkins, Fiona McLeod, Dorothy-Grace Elder*, Irene McGugan*, Miss Annabel Goldie*

S1M-4065 Dorothy-Grace Elder: Parliament Staff—That the Parliament expresses its respect for, and pride in, the staff of the Parliament who have been an example of shining endeavour to all in making the Parliament work; is mindful that they, more than politicians, created the Parliament from scratch and adopted an upbeat and helpful attitude that is not present to such a degree in all Parliaments; notes that the staff undertook two big "flits", to Glasgow and to Aberdeen, the burden of which was borne with grace; believes that every single office, clerking, Official Report, the office of the Clerk and the Presiding Officer, the post office, external relations, media, participation services, procurement, facilities management, allowances and finance, personnel, broadcasting, lawyers, IT and information services, reception desk, SPICe, security staff and police and all others, including the restaurant staff and the cleaners who kept things sparkling, deserves recognition and further believes that the staff set an example of public service that elected members must try to live up to.

Supported by: Margaret Jamieson, Brian Adam, Angus MacKay, Elaine Smith, Fergus Ewing, Karen Gillon, Kate Maclean, Mr Gil Paterson, Ms Wendy Alexander, Mr Adam Ingram, Bill Butler, David McLetchie, Bristow Muldoon, Ms Sandra White, Mr John McAllion, Christine Grahame, Marilyn Livingstone, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mr Keith Harding, Cathy Peattie, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Jackie Baillie*, Mr Tom McCabe*, Ian Jenkins*

S1M-4061 Trish Godman: A Secret Ballot For All Electors—That the Parliament acknowledges the sensitivity and practical concern shown by returning officers and their officials in respect of the requirements of disabled citizens when they visit polling stations to cast their votes but believes that much more needs to be done by the Scottish Executive and Her Majesty’s Government, in consultation with the Royal National Institute of the Blind, in order to ensure that visually-impaired voters can be truly confident that they are voting in a genuinely secret ballot.

Supported by: Sarah Boyack, Brian Adam, Ms Sandra White, Kate Maclean, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Paul Martin, Mr Michael McMahon, Maureen Macmillan, Nora Radcliffe, Michael Matheson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Kay Ullrich, Mr Jamie Stone, Jackie Baillie, Mrs Margaret Smith, Alex Neil, Angus MacKay, Helen Eadie, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Janis Hughes, Karen Whitefield, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Margaret Jamieson, Brian Fitzpatrick, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Elaine Smith, Bill Butler, Dennis Canavan, Johann Lamont, Marilyn Livingstone, Mr Keith Harding, Cathy Peattie, Cathie Craigie*, Ian Jenkins*

S1M-4060 Christine Grahame: Edinburgh Royal Infirmary Parking Charges—That the Parliament notes with concern that, as from mid-April, staff at the new Edinburgh Royal Infirmary will be either paying 250 per annum for a parking permit if they have been successful in their application or paying 10 per day Monday to Friday and 3 per day at weekends; believes that there has been an over-issue of permits; notes that using public transport may be staff’s only option and that, for a theatre staff nurse living in Penicuik and working an 11-hour shift from 7.30am to 6.30pm, this will mean leaving home at 6.20am, changing bus with a three-minute transfer time, in order to arrive at work in time to begin the shift, assuming that all buses run to time; refers to the answer to written question S1W-27065 on 16 July 2002 that stated that a review of car parking charges was to be undertaken; calls upon the Scottish Executive to publish results of that review as a matter of urgency, and expresses concern that hospital staff on shifts, with modest income and working in essential medical services, are being charged in this manner.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, Ms Sandra White, Kay Ullrich

S1M-4059 George Lyon: Over Thirty Months Scheme—That the Parliament notes Scottish farmers’ and crofters' deep concerns and anger over the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' proposal to cut the compensation to them for animals slaughtered under the Over Thirty Months Scheme; further notes that this cut is for apparent financial reasons prior to the completion of the Food Standards Agency's review of the scheme, and calls on the Scottish Executive to press for a delay in the cuts until the Food Standards Agency's consultation on changes to the scheme is completed and a proper strategy put in place for the gradual withdrawal of the scheme causing minimum disruption to the market place.

S1M-4056 Tommy Sheridan: Congratulations to Dorothy-Grace Elder—That the Parliament congratulates Dorothy-Grace Elder as she leaves, for four years of brave and tireless campaigning for the poor and disadvantaged and affirms that this lone MSP has left a legacy of life improvement for many which must be continued, including her long battle for 500,000 people in Scotland with chronic pain, her pioneering win in Europe of a landmark pollution case to protect Glasgow, her example in turning out to help constituents during every crisis, from East End flooding to protecting Govanhill pool protesters against a police horse charge, her exposure of injustice to the villagers of Blairingone in a scholarly parliamentary report and her tenacity in always putting the public first, together with her warm-hearted helpfulness to many MSPs.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Mrs Margaret Smith, Elaine Smith, Mr Keith Harding, Mary Scanlon

S1M-4054 Robin Harper: Attack on Iraq—That the Parliament condemns the decision by Her Majesty’s Government to order Her Majesty’s armed forces to join the United States of America in the use of military force against Iraq; recognises that this military action will result in the deaths and injury of both innocent Iraqi civilians and United Kingdom servicemen and servicewomen; recognises that such military action is contrary to international law and has undermined the authority of the United Nations; believes that such unilateral action is weakening the international coalition against terrorism and will result in increased support for terrorist groups whose intention is to act against civilians in the United Kingdom and in other countries, and calls on Her Majesty’s Government to disengage Her Majesty’s forces from hostilities against Iraq, to ensure in the meantime everything is done to minimise the number of civilian casualties resulting from this military action, particularly those caused by the use of cluster bombs, depleted-uranium armaments and landmines and to ensure that humanitarian relief is provided immediately upon the cessation of hostilities.

Supported by: Elaine Smith

S1M-4053 Tommy Sheridan: Closure of Rankin Maternity Unit at Inverclyde Royal Hospital—That the Parliament notes the comments of Inverclyde GP Dr Mustafa Kapasi in the Big Issues in Scotland for 13 to 19 March 2003, in relation to the threatened closure of the 29-bed Rankin Maternity Unit at Greenock's Inverclyde Royal Hospital, that the closure plan was a "farce" and that "the maternity unit should remain in Inverclyde … It has the best safety record in Scotland. Paisley is a run-down hospital and for patients to be travelling 20-40 miles to reach it is a disaster"; further notes that GPs from both Inverclyde and Paisley unanimously voted in favour of the unit remaining in Greenock, and therefore resolves to support the local community and medical campaign to save the Rankin Maternity Unit from closure.

S1M-4052 Tommy Sheridan: Imposition of Pay Deal on Fire Service Personnel—That the Parliament condemns the Deputy Prime Minister’s intention to impose a pay deal on fire service personnel in England and calls on the Scottish Executive to refuse to follow this route and instead properly fund the fire service’s pay claim and allow a free and negotiated settlement.

Supported by: Elaine Smith

S1M-4051 Brian Fitzpatrick: Hampden National Stadium Sports Health and Injury Clinic—That the Parliament congratulates all associated with the multi-sport Hampden National Stadium sports health and injury clinic charitable trust, whose members are the Scottish Football Association, University of Glasgow, Strathclyde University and Glasgow Caledonian University, which was formally opened by Sir Alex Ferguson on Thursday 20 March 2003; notes that the official opening took place almost a year from when the clinic first began offering the very best in sports medicine treatment and facilities to the public seven days a week; believes that the clinic serves as a national resource and focus for research and educational activity within sport and exercise medicine fitness and provides specialised equipment and access for athletes with disabilities and that the vast majority of clients to the clinic have been sportsmen and women who exercise for fun and for health; recognises the contribution of the clinic as an important addition to the sporting facilities of the whole region and in developing expertise in sports medicine, and encourages private and public support for the clinic.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Johann Lamont

S1M-4050 Mr John Swinney: The Current International Situation—That the Parliament deeply regrets the commencement of military action in Iraq; believes that the failure to settle this crisis by peaceful means will have long-term repercussions for world security and peace; recognises the overwhelming strength of feeling in Scotland that opposes such action; further recognises that Scottish servicemen and women are now involved in this action and extends its support to them and their families at this time; demands that every effort must be made to protect the civilian population of Iraq from direct military threat, from starvation and from the consequences of disease and hardship caused by the destruction of civil infrastructure such as water treatment and power plants, and calls for this conflict to be brought to a speedy conclusion.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Bruce Crawford, Ms Sandra White, Christine Grahame, Andrew Wilson, Nicola Sturgeon, Fiona Hyslop, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Kay Ullrich, Irene McGugan, Colin Campbell, Fiona McLeod, Tricia Marwick, Alex Neil, Fergus Ewing, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Linda Fabiani, Brian Adam, Michael Russell, Shona Robison, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Richard Lochhead, Alasdair Morgan, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Stewart Stevenson, Mr George Reid, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Andrew Welsh

S1M-4049 Dennis Canavan: Stop the War—That the Parliament condemns the commencement of war against Iraq and calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities with a view to recommencing efforts to find a peaceful solution.

Supported by: Mr John McAllion, Elaine Smith, Margo MacDonald, Tommy Sheridan, Robin Harper, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Dorothy-Grace Elder

S1M-4048 Mr David Davidson: Cairngorms National Park - Ministerial Appointments—That the Parliament believes that ministerial appointments to the Cairngorms National Park should include a fair proportion from the business community operating within the national park boundary.

Supported by: Alex Fergusson, Phil Gallie, Margaret Jamieson, Bill Aitken

S1M-4046 Alex Fergusson: Scottish Agricultural College Restructuring—That the Parliament notes the decision of the board of the Scottish Agricultural College to restructure the colleges at Edinburgh as recommended in the Deloitte & Touche survey; regrets that this decision ignores the social impact of the recommendations on the south west and north east of Scotland and runs contrary to the Scottish Executive’s policy of dispersing agency and department jobs and offices outwith the central belt; considers that the basis for some of the evidence, such as the student survey, is questionable as is the weighting system which was devised by the board itself, and calls for a further study into the potential of the Auchincruive campus as the sole location of the colleges’ educational and advisory services in its future structure.

Supported by: David Mundell, John Scott, Phil Gallie, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Murdo Fraser, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Alex Neil, Irene Oldfather, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Keith Harding

S1M-4046.1 Mr Mike Rumbles: Scottish Agricultural College Restructuring—As an amendment to motion (S1M-4046) in the name of Alex Fergusson, leave out from "potential" to end and insert "Scottish Agricultural College’s educational and advisory services."

Supported by: Richard Lochhead, Mr Jamie Stone, Alex Johnstone, Robin Harper, Stewart Stevenson, Donald Gorrie

S1M-4045 Rhona Brankin: United Kingdom Social Enterprise of the Year—That the Parliament notes that McSence of Midlothian, the biggest social enterprise in Scotland, has won the title of United Kingdom Social Enterprise of the Year; congratulates McSence on winning this prestigious New Statesman award; further notes that the community business was started up following the closure of the Bilston Glen and Monktonhall coal mines, and welcomes the fact that it now turns over 1.5 million per annum, with 250,000 of the profits being ploughed back into projects for the unemployed, children, elderly people and the local community.

Supported by: Dr Sylvia Jackson, Karen Gillon, Robin Harper, Bill Butler, Alex Neil, Margaret Jamieson, Elaine Thomson, Mr Jamie Stone, Rhoda Grant, Ms Wendy Alexander, Scott Barrie, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Mr Tom McCabe, Donald Gorrie, Ian Jenkins, Helen Eadie, Trish Godman, Johann Lamont, Marilyn Livingstone

S1M-4044 Mr Adam Ingram: Scottish Agricultural College—That the Parliament views with concern the plans by the Scottish Agricultural College Board to move the college’s teaching and research services from Auchincruive, Ayrshire, and Craibstone, Aberdeenshire, to Edinburgh and calls for a full economic impact assessment that takes into account the effect that this move will have on students, staff and local communities before the proposal is approved by the Scottish Executive.

Supported by: Alex Johnstone, Christine Grahame, Alex Neil, Richard Lochhead, Ms Sandra White, Alasdair Morgan, Brian Adam, Stewart Stevenson, David Mundell, Alex Fergusson, Mr Murray Tosh, Kay Ullrich, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, John Scott, Mr David Davidson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Russell, Robin Harper, Fergus Ewing, Donald Gorrie, Phil Gallie, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Keith Harding

S1M-4041 Tommy Sheridan: Comments by SNP Councillor on Firefighters—That the Parliament condemns the comments of SNP councillor and Convener of the Tayside Joint Fire Board, Frances Duncan, who labelled firefighters who take part in democratic strike action on 20 March 2003 as "irresponsible"; condemns her specific comments in the Dundee Evening Telegraph of 18 March 2003 that "I feel it would be rather irresponsible for FBU General Secretary Andy Gilchrist to encourage his members to strike during a time of imminent war"; believes these comments to be wholly inappropriate, especially in the light of the disgusting attacks on firefighters made by Tory MP Bernard Jenkin to the effect that firefighters were the "friends of Saddam", and upholds the democratic right of trade unionists to engage in legitimate industrial action, including the withdrawal of their labour, regardless of any central government action in an illegal war with Iraq.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder

S1M-4040 Tommy Sheridan: Illegal Bombardment of Iraq—That the Parliament believes that the American-led bombardment of Iraq is unjust, immoral and illegal and that Scottish and British troops should not be involved in this massacre.

S1M-4031 Ben Wallace: Support for Armed Forces—That the Parliament supports the men and women of Her Majesty’s armed forces during the difficult and dangerous task of disarming the brutal Iraqi regime and further extends its support to the families and loved ones of members of the armed forces based in Scotland or of Scottish units abroad during this uncertain time.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, John Scott, Mr Keith Harding, Stewart Stevenson, David Mundell, Murdo Fraser, Alex Johnstone, Phil Gallie, Mr Brian Monteith, Bill Aitken, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Miss Annabel Goldie, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr David Davidson

S1M-4031.1 Tommy Sheridan: Support for Armed Forces—As an amendment to motion (S1M-4031) in the name of Ben Wallace, leave out from "supports" to end and insert "sympathises with the men and women of Her Majesty’s armed services who are being placed in an unacceptably difficult position by being ordered to participate in an unjust, immoral and illegal bombardment and invasion of Iraq which will, according to World Health Organisation estimates, result in civilian casualties ranging from 100,000 to 500,000 and create in excess of two million refugees and therefore believes that the best way to support Scottish troops and other UK armed service personnel is to bring them home immediately."

S1M-4030 Alex Fergusson: Double Ear Tagging of Sheep—That the Parliament notes with extreme concern the European Commission’s proposals that Scottish flockmasters should "double ear tag" and record the individual identification numbers of every sheep in the country; further notes that such proposals are impractical, unworkable and unpoliceable on Scotland’s extensive upland and mountain sheep farms and that they would add nothing to the effectiveness of either meat or disease traceability that is not already achieved by current systems of flock identification, and urges the Scottish Executive to work with Her Majesty’s Government to resist these proposals vigorously as being against the interests of Scotland’s flockmasters.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, Mr Brian Monteith, Christine Grahame, John Scott, Mr Keith Harding, David Mundell, Murdo Fraser, Bruce Crawford, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Phil Gallie

S1M-4029# Mr Alasdair Morrison: Community Buyout of the North Harris Estate—That the Parliament notes the historic purchase by the local community of the 55,000 acre North Harris Estate on which the community lives and works; congratulates the community and all involved in this community buy-out; notes that this purchase would not have been possible without the invaluable support from the Land Unit of the Scottish Executive, Her Majesty's Government and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, and wishes both the community and Mr Ian Scarr-Hall, the owner of Amhuinnsuidhe Castle, the very best for the future, as they set about the task of social, economic, cultural and environmental renewal.

Supported by: Sarah Boyack, Jackie Baillie, Brian Fitzpatrick, Mr John Home Robertson, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Angus MacKay, Bill Butler, Brian Adam, Margaret Jamieson, Elaine Thomson, Tommy Sheridan, Scott Barrie, Rhoda Grant, Johann Lamont, Mr Tom McCabe, Maureen Macmillan, Karen Gillon, Ms Wendy Alexander, Helen Eadie, Trish Godman, Marilyn Livingstone

S1M-4028 Tommy Sheridan: Compensation for Mesothelioma Sufferers—That the Parliament recognises the urgency of mesothelioma cases and the need to review court procedures and powers in order to identify the real issues in such cases at the earliest possible stage, to minimise delays in order to progress cases, to encourage the use of jury trials and to facilitate interim payments pending the resolution of cases.

S1M-4027 Tommy Sheridan: Rights of Trade Unions During War—That the Parliament defends the right of free trade unions to engage democratically in legitimate industrial action in pursuit of their members' interests and therefore resolves to oppose any move by the Lord Advocate to ban strike action by Scotland's firefighters on Thursday 20 March 2003 or on any other day.

S1M-4026 Michael Russell: The Antonine Wall—That the Parliament commends the decision of Historic Scotland to apply for World Heritage Status for the Antonine Wall as part of a joint bid with Austria, Germany and Slovakia that seeks to secure recognition of, and protection for, the remaining sites that mark the boundaries of the Roman Empire; applauds all those who have worked, often against the indifference of Historic Scotland and other bodies, to preserve the signs of, and evidence about, the Roman invasion and occupation of Scotland, and, in particular, salutes the efforts of Ronnie Guild for his Herculean efforts on behalf of the ruins at Cramond and the members of the Antonine Guard for their active concern, in and out of uniform, for the Antonine Wall and other sites.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Michael Matheson, Mr Brian Monteith, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Keith Harding, Bruce Crawford, Ms Sandra White

S1M-4025 Brian Fitzpatrick: Glasgow Centre for the Child and Society—That the Parliament welcomes the establishment of the new Glasgow Centre for the Child and Society, based at the University of Glasgow, which will work alongside government, policy makers and non-governmental organisations to bring about significant improvements in children’s lives through work on children’s policy and services; commends the work to be done there on research, teaching, consultancy and policy advice in the areas of child welfare and child protection, children’s rights and young people and crime and welcomes the contribution the centre will make to effecting positive changes in the lives of children and young people in Scotland, including the improvement of the lives of our most vulnerable children and young people, and to making sure that children’s experiences and perspectives are properly included in decision-making.

Supported by: Irene Oldfather, Mr Michael McMahon, Cathie Craigie, Jackie Baillie, Margaret Jamieson, Johann Lamont, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Andrew Wilson, Tommy Sheridan, Scott Barrie, Paul Martin, Bill Butler, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Karen Gillon, Ian Jenkins, Karen Whitefield, Marilyn Livingstone

S1M-4021# Ms Sandra White: Relocation of European Maritime Safety Agency to Glasgow—That the Parliament notes that the European Maritime Safety Agency is due to relocate from Brussels to elsewhere in the European Union; notes the long-standing and rich sea-going heritage and ongoing business interests of both Glasgow and Scotland in the maritime sector, and considers that the Scottish Executive and all relevant bodies should take all possible steps to have the agency located in Glasgow.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, Donald Gorrie, Alex Neil, Andrew Wilson, Tommy Sheridan, Kay Ullrich, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Phil Gallie, Michael Matheson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Robin Harper

S1M-4017# Iain Smith: Proposed Closure of Civic Amenity Sites in Fife—That the Parliament notes with concern the proposed closure of community civic amenity sites in Fife; further notes that these closures are caused by requirements being imposed by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) which require that all such sites should be permanently staffed; believes that this will result in the loss of valuable community facilities across Scotland, particularly at weekends and evenings, which will result in increased fly-tipping and greater risks to the environment, and further believes that SEPA should cease imposing these requirements with immediate effect.

S1M-4016# Bill Butler: Announcement of Glasgow Airport Rail Link Project—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement made on 12 March 2003 by the Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning committing the Scottish Executive to invest in the construction of the vital Glasgow Airport rail link to Central Station; applauds the timetable for implementation of the project which could begin as early as 2005 with a completion date of 2008 and recognises that this will result in Glasgow being the first city in Scotland to have a completed direct airport rail link; notes that the new airport rail link will provide Glasgow with a direct connection to three international airports and believes that this will contribute in a positive fashion to the economic development of Glasgow and west central Scotland; accepts that this announcement does not preclude the Glasgow crossrail project from being developed in due course, and praises the commitment of Glasgow’s MSPs, Glasgow City Council, Strathclyde Passenger Transport, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and The Evening Times in campaigning, and arguing, for this much-needed transport project.

Supported by: Janis Hughes, Mr Tom McCabe

S1M-4016.1 Ms Sandra White: Announcement of Glasgow Airport Rail Link Project—As an amendment to motion (S1M-4016) in the name of Bill Butler, leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert ", whilst welcoming at long last a commitment to building the long-awaited Glasgow Airport direct rail link announced by the Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning on 12 March 2003, regrets that the minister has chosen the cheapest option for the rail link and that there is no commitment to the Glasgow CrossRail scheme, which would connect Glasgow Airport to the entire country and has long been identified as a key component to the success of the Glasgow Airport rail link and crucial to the transport infrastructure, economic development and regeneration of Glasgow and the west of Scotland; notes that travellers from the north and east heading to Glasgow Airport will still have to make their way from Glasgow Queen Street to Glasgow Central Station to connect; believes that the lack of commitment to CrossRail demonstrates a lack of understanding of the needs of passengers, and therefore considers that the Scottish Executive should make, at the earliest possible time, a commitment to the development of the Glasgow CrossRail scheme."

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Gil Paterson

S1M-4015# Trish Godman: Welcome Overhaul of Credit Laws—That the Parliament welcomes the decision of the Department of Trade and Industry to introduce legislation that will, at long last, give greater protection against those avaricious companies that inflict extortionate interest charges upon vulnerable borrowers; believes that the Scottish Executive, Scottish banks, credit unions and local authorities have an important role to play in the proposed safeguards to be given to decent, ordinary people who are hoodwinked by such disreputable companies, and further believes that ways and means must be found to eliminate the predatory activities of loan sharks who continue to ply their evil trade in communities throughout Scotland.

Supported by: Janis Hughes, Donald Gorrie, Elaine Thomson, Christine Grahame, Brian Fitzpatrick, Mr Tom McCabe, Tommy Sheridan, Nora Radcliffe, Ms Sandra White, Mr John McAllion, Margaret Jamieson, Phil Gallie, Colin Campbell, Sarah Boyack, Mr Alasdair Morrison, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Bill Butler, Karen Gillon, Elaine Smith, Jackie Baillie, Kay Ullrich, Irene McGugan, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Robin Harper, Kate Maclean, Ms Wendy Alexander, Paul Martin, Mr Michael McMahon, Mr Jamie Stone, Angus MacKay, Helen Eadie, Cathie Craigie, Bristow Muldoon, Marilyn Livingstone, Ian Jenkins*

S1M-4013 Mr John McAllion: Emergency Debate on Outbreak of War with Iraq—That the Parliament believes that the outbreak of any war with Iraq, which seems imminent, requires an emergency debate in the Parliament and calls on the Presiding Officer to schedule such a debate as soon as any war breaks out, up to and including Monday 31 March 2003.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Donald Gorrie, Margo MacDonald, Robin Harper, Brian Adam, Dennis Canavan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Elaine Smith, Michael Russell, Christine Grahame, Alex Neil, Andrew Wilson, Ms Sandra White

S1M-4006 Linda Fabiani: South Lanarkshire Secondary Schools PPP Proposal—That the Parliament shares the concerns of parents and pupils in East Kilbride with regard to South Lanarkshire Council’s public private partnership proposal for secondary schools which, if implemented, will lead to 75% of resultant school closures being in East Kilbride, where 50% of secondary schools will be lost resulting in school rolls amongst the highest in Scotland and to considerably longer school journey times for pupils owing to the locations of the proposed schools; notes that the council’s financial proposal is underpinned by the closure of St Bride’s High School, academically the highest-performing school in South Lanarkshire, in order that its site can be sold for development; recognises the further concern of parents in East Kilbride that the consultation process by South Lanarkshire Council is inadequate, and calls on the council and the Minister for Finance and Public Services, in consideration of the local community’s deep-felt anxiety on this issue, to reconsider this deeply flawed proposal.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Kay Ullrich, Mr Adam Ingram, Richard Lochhead, Tricia Marwick, Michael Russell, Brian Adam, Michael Matheson, Fiona Hyslop, Ms Sandra White, Donald Gorrie, Dr Winnie Ewing, Andrew Wilson, Tommy Sheridan, Robin Harper, Mr Gil Paterson

S1M-4005 Michael Russell: William Symington and the Charlotte Dundas—That the Parliament recognises that 28 March 2003 marks the bicentenary of the birth of steam transport; further recognises that this is the anniversary of an event that took place in Scotland; notes that, on 28 March 1803, the voyage of William Symington’s steam tug Charlotte Dundas, towing the sloops Active and Euphemia on the Forth and Clyde Canal from Castlecary to Port Dundas in Glasgow, was an event of immense significance for the world; is aware that the anniversary of the birth of steam transport in the United States of America, which took place more than four years later, is already being prepared for and will be celebrated in major style; considers that the completion of the three-quarters model of the Charlotte Dundas, parts of which are in Falkirk museum, would be a useful and positive start to commemorating both William Symington and the bicentenary, greatly complement the modern engineering achievement that is the Millennium Wheel at Falkirk and enhance and promote Scotland as a place of engineering excellence and the cradle of the industrial revolution, and, therefore, given the Scottish Executive's support for publicly commemorating other historic anniversaries, calls on the First Minister to respond speedily and positively to the letter on this matter that was sent to him by, amongst others, Professor Christopher Smout, Professor Tom Devine, Professor W Hamish Fraser, Professor Ted Cowan, Professor Christopher Harvie, Professor Anthony Slaven, Professor Roland Paxton, Lord Morgan of Aberdyfi, John R Hume (former Inspector of Monuments, Scottish Heritage), William S Harvey (engineer and biographer of William Symington), Guthrie Hutton (historian of Scotland’s millennium canals), George Rosie (historian and novelist), Michael S Moss (archivist, University of Glasgow), Richard Finlay (senior lecturer in Scottish history, Strathclyde University), Dugald MacMillan (former Principal, Glasgow School of Art), Fiona Watson (senior lecturer in history, University of Stirling) and Campbell Christie (former General Secretary, Scottish Trades Union Congress).

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, Michael Matheson, Irene McGugan, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, Kay Ullrich, Donald Gorrie, Andrew Wilson, Ms Sandra White, Mr Gil Paterson

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.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Kay Ullrich, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Alex Neil, Andrew Wilson

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.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Donald Gorrie, Kay Ullrich, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Gil Paterson, Linda Fabiani, Christine Grahame, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Robert Brown, Alex Neil, Robin Harper, Irene McGugan*

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.

Supported by: Brian Fitzpatrick, Scott Barrie, Mr Keith Harding, Donald Gorrie, Mr Tom McCabe, Tommy Sheridan, Michael Russell, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Cathie Craigie, Mr Keith Raffan, Margaret Jamieson, Bill Butler, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Kate Maclean, Nora Radcliffe, Murdo Fraser, Karen Gillon, Robin Harper, Helen Eadie, Karen Whitefield, Marilyn Livingstone

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.

Supported by: Brian Fitzpatrick, Donald Gorrie, Mr Tom McCabe

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, Phil Gallie, Mr Tom McCabe

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, Irene Oldfather, Donald Gorrie, Johann Lamont, Mr Tom McCabe

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, Mr Duncan McNeil, Donald Gorrie, Mr Tom McCabe, Karen Whitefield

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."

Supported by: Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan, Andrew Wilson, Ms Sandra White

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, Donald Gorrie, Tommy Sheridan, Dennis Canavan, Ms Sandra White

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, Shona Robison, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Kay Ullrich, Tommy Sheridan, Michael Russell, Andrew Wilson, Ms Sandra White, Mr Andrew Welsh

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, Cathie Craigie, Scott Barrie, Mr Tom McCabe, Kay Ullrich, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Karen Gillon, Karen Whitefield

S1M-3989.1 Michael Russell: UNESCO World Book Day 6 March 2003—As an amendment to motion (S1M-3989) in the name of Ms Wendy Alexander, leave out from "the greatest" to end and insert "whose literary contribution to world culture was immense; further notes the immense contribution of other great writers from these islands who are almost too numerous to mention but who, in terms of international significance, must include Robert Burns, Walter Scott, Oscar Wilde, Seamus Heaney, W B Yeats, Dylan Thomas, Thomas Hardy, Charles Dickens and a vast number of others living and dead; celebrates all those who wrote, and continue to write, in the different languages of these islands and in many different genres; particularly remembers Sorley MacLean, one of the great European poets of the 20th century, who wrote in Gaelic, and Hugh MacDairmid, who wrote in Scots as well as in English; welcomes the contribution that World Book Day makes to an understanding of the importance of literature to our cultures and the way in which it can foster an appreciation of other perspectives on our world and thereby develop an international outlook in children as well as in adults; congratulates those modern Scottish, English, Welsh and Irish writers who were mentioned in the various shortlists compiled for World Book Day and, in particular, Matthew Fitt, whose ground-breaking novel in Scots featured on the BBC Radio 4 shortlist and Des Dillon, whose novel Me and Ma Gal was voted the book that said most about Scotland in the actual World Book Day poll, and encourages all those involved in politics, education and culture in Scotland to maintain and develop a generous and wide-ranging view of literature and resist any narrow, ill-informed and ideological perspectives which can only distort true critical appreciation of creativity."

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Irene McGugan, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, Andrew Wilson, Ms Sandra White, Mr Gil Paterson

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, Alex Neil, Brian Adam, Kay Ullrich, Andrew Wilson

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, Susan Deacon, Brian Fitzpatrick, Christine Grahame, Johann Lamont, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Kay Ullrich, Mr Gil Paterson, Michael Russell, Sarah Boyack, Andrew Wilson

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, Alex Fergusson

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, Mr Duncan McNeil, Irene McGugan, Christine Grahame, Johann Lamont, Mr Keith Harding, Brian Adam, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Kay Ullrich, Mr Gil Paterson, Marilyn Livingstone, Ian Jenkins, Andrew Wilson

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, Christine Grahame, Brian Adam, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Gil Paterson, Marilyn Livingstone, Andrew Wilson, Ms Sandra White

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, Irene McGugan, Mr Keith Harding, Mr Gil Paterson, Marilyn Livingstone

S1M-3970# Phil Gallie: Environmental Practices—That the Parliament commends the Royal Fine Arts Commission of Scotland (RFACS) in its efforts to communicate to the widest possible audience an account of its activity and financial affairs on a year-to-year basis at minimum cost in both financial and environmental terms and considers that other publicly funded bodies should examine the RFACS methods with a view to establishing similar good practice.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr David Davidson, Mr Keith Harding, Murdo Fraser, Donald Gorrie, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr John McAllion, Alex Neil, Mary Scanlon, Mr Brian Monteith, Nora Radcliffe, Brian Adam, Mr Jamie McGrigor

S1M-3969# Angus MacKay: 20th Anniversary of the Recognition of HIV/AIDS—That the Parliament notes that 2003 marks the 20th anniversary of the discovery of HIV as being the virus that leads to AIDS; further notes that at the end of 2002 the United Nations estimated that over 40 million people had been infected with the virus and many millions more affected by it; acknowledges that Scotland, and Edinburgh in particular, were seen as being at the forefront of the epidemic in the early 1980s; recognises the achievements of voluntary and statutory organisations involved in limiting the impact of HIV/AIDS in Scotland; further recognises that the current epidemic is particularly virulent in sub-Saharan Africa where over 25 million people are infected with the virus, and encourages Scottish organisations and institutions working on HIV/AIDS to develop partnerships with similar organisations in southern Africa to share expertise and encourage mutual understanding of how best to care for people with HIV and to maximise our efforts at preventing further transmissions of HIV.

Supported by: Sarah Boyack, Mr Michael McMahon, Mr Tom McCabe, Mr Keith Harding, Donald Gorrie, Susan Deacon, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr John McAllion, Alex Neil, Dr Richard Simpson, Brian Fitzpatrick, Mary Scanlon, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Kate Maclean, Ms Wendy Alexander, Maureen Macmillan, Rhoda Grant, Karen Gillon, Mr Keith Raffan, Elaine Thomson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Bill Butler, Trish Godman, Cathie Craigie, Margaret Jamieson, Scott Barrie, Margo MacDonald, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Robin Harper, Michael Russell, Shona Robison, Christine Grahame, Johann Lamont, Pauline McNeill, Mr Gil Paterson, Marilyn Livingstone, Ian Jenkins, Andrew Wilson, Karen Whitefield, Ms Sandra White

S1M-3968# Shona Robison: Broughty Ferry Beach—That the Parliament notes that Broughty Ferry beach has not been recognised as a designated bathing beach by the Scottish Executive; recognises that the lack of such a designation has resulted in the beach being omitted from the European Commission's bathing waters website; notes that this has a detrimental impact on tourism as well as on the environment, and congratulates the local community for its hard work in organising beach clean-ups.

Supported by: Ms Sandra White, Mr Jamie Stone, Alex Neil, Michael Matheson, Fiona Hyslop, Nora Radcliffe, Irene McGugan, Brian Adam

S1M-3966 Michael Russell: Death of Fred MacAulay/Fred MhicAmhlaidh—That the Parliament records with sadness the death of Fred MacAulay who as a broadcaster and broadcasting manager fought to maintain and expand the position of the Gaelic language in the Scottish media and in Scottish life, whose efforts over many years resulted in a huge expansion of Gaelic radio and television compared to the service as it was when he first became involved and whose wit, scholarship, enthusiasm and dedication to his own people, his language and his culture have acted; and will act, as a spur to many others and commends his example of courage and determination to all those who presently work for the language and its future.

The member has provided the following translation:

Gu bheil a’ Phàrlamaid le bròn a’ toirt fainear bàs Fred MhicAmhlaidh, a rinn strì mar chraoladair agus mar mhanaidsear craolaidh gus àite na Gàidhlig ann am meadhanan na h-Alba agus beatha na h-Alba a ghleidheadh agus a leudachadh; gu bheil na h-oidhirpean aige thar iomadh bliadhna air leudachadh mòr adhbharachadh ann an rèidio agus telebhisean Gàidhlig an coimeas ri mar a bha an t-seirbheis nuair a chaidh e an sàs ann an toiseach; gu bheil a eirmseachd, a sgoilearachd, a dhealasachd agus a dhìlseachd dhan t-sluagh, dhan chànan agus dhan chultar aige fhèin air a bhith, agus gum bi fhathast, a’ brosnachadh iomadh duine eile agus gu bheil a’ Phàrlamaid a’ moladh a eisimpleir de mhisneachd agus de dhaingneachadh dhan a h-uile duine a tha ag obair airson a’ chànain agus airson a leasachadh anns an àm ri teachd.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, Ms Sandra White, Mr George Reid, Donald Gorrie, Mr John McAllion, John Farquhar Munro, Scott Barrie, Mr Gil Paterson

S1M-3965# Tommy Sheridan: War Pensioners' Accommodation at Erskine Hospital—That the Parliament condemns the withdrawal of rent-free status for those war pensioners living in the grounds of Erskine Hospital and considers that the Scottish Executive should investigate the financial circumstances that have led to the withdrawal of their rent-free accommodation with a view to reinstating this concession in recognition of the heroism and sacrifice of these former soldiers.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Donald Gorrie, Mr John McAllion, John Farquhar Munro, Ms Sandra White, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Gil Paterson

S1M-3964# Mr Kenneth Macintosh: No Smoking Day 2003—That the Parliament notes that No Smoking Day will take place on 12 March 2003; recognises that tobacco is responsible for more than one in every five deaths and is the single biggest preventable cause of death in Scotland; further notes the evidence that people consistently underestimate the health impacts of both smoking and passive smoking; recognises that the introduction of restrictions on smoking in the workplace is effective in motivating smokers to quit; acknowledges that cutting smoking rates in Scotland will reduce the high incidence of cancer and heart disease caused by smoking and passive smoking; supports the work done by agencies who campaign against tobacco in Scotland and the UK; applauds the work of health professionals in helping smokers to give up, and congratulates the 120,000 Scots who are expected to make a quit attempt on No Smoking Day 2003.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Sarah Boyack, Bristow Muldoon, Scott Barrie, Tommy Sheridan, Fiona McLeod, Mr Michael McMahon, Irene Oldfather, Janis Hughes, Mr Tom McCabe, Robert Brown, Donald Gorrie, Mr Jamie Stone, Dr Richard Simpson, Brian Fitzpatrick, Bill Aitken, Nora Radcliffe, Mrs Margaret Smith, Christine Grahame, Johann Lamont, Brian Adam, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Pauline McNeill, Ms Sandra White

S1M-3962 Rhoda Grant: Arjo Wiggins Development of Heat and Power Generator—That the Parliament welcomes the safeguarding of the jobs of 175 employees at Arjo Wiggins, Lochaber, with the allocation of a 5 million grant from the Department of Trade and Industry and the New Opportunities Fund under the Bio-Energy Capital Grant Scheme to build a combined heat and power generator; congratulates the company on its visionary plans to build such a generator that will make its plant energy self-sufficient; notes that the generator will require 106,000 tonnes of wood fuel each year, and further notes the positive knock-on impact that this development will have on the forestry industry in Scotland.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Sarah Boyack, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Tom McCabe, Donald Gorrie, Mr John McAllion, Brian Fitzpatrick, Nora Radcliffe

S1M-3960 Michael Russell: 700th Anniversary of the Battle of Roslin—That the Parliament remembers, on the 700th anniversary of their sacrifice, those who died on both sides at the Battle of Roslin on 24 February 1303; notes that what has been called Scotland’s forgotten battle was of enormous significance in the process of defending and then firmly establishing the independence of Scotland at a crucial time in its history, and commends the efforts of those who are endeavouring to ensure that the significance of the Battle of Roslin is at last understood and that the event is properly commemorated.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Ms Sandra White, Linda Fabiani, Donald Gorrie, Mr John McAllion, Mr Brian Monteith, Christine Grahame, Brian Adam, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Gil Paterson, Andrew Wilson

S1M-3955 Janis Hughes: Reorganisation of Post Offices—That the Parliament notes the value of sub-post offices to local communities, particularly in deprived areas; welcomes Her Majesty's Government’s decision to provide funding to compensate local sub-postmasters for the cost of closures and to improve remaining post offices; acknowledges that, whilst there is not enough business to sustain the current number of post office branches, cognisance must be taken of local need and a growing elderly population, and urges the Post Office to ensure that full consultation takes place, taking into account the needs of local communities and involving local residents and elected representatives, over changes to local provision.

Supported by: Mr John Home Robertson, Kate Maclean, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Brian Fitzpatrick, Mr John McAllion, Maureen Macmillan, Elaine Thomson, Paul Martin, Johann Lamont, Rhoda Grant, Bill Butler, Helen Eadie, Rhona Brankin, Mr Tom McCabe, Jackie Baillie, Trish Godman, Robin Harper, Margaret Jamieson, Sarah Boyack, Scott Barrie, Susan Deacon, Mr Michael McMahon, Irene Oldfather, Donald Gorrie, Mr Jamie Stone, Dr Richard Simpson, John Farquhar Munro, Nora Radcliffe, Angus MacKay, Pauline McNeill

S1M-3954 Murdo Fraser: Effective Deer Management—That the Parliament welcomes the introduction of a new working agreement between the Association of Deer Management Groups, the Deer Commission for Scotland, the Forestry Commission and Scottish Natural Heritage that will enable all four bodies to work together to provide a framework for good communication and mutual understanding in the interests of effective deer management; notes the necessity of bringing Scotland's deer populations into sustainable balance with their environment, and believes that the new arrangements represent a major contribution towards that end.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Mr Jamie Stone, Mary Scanlon, Mr Brian Monteith, John Farquhar Munro, Nora Radcliffe

S1M-3945 Mr Brian Monteith: Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill - Consultation—That the Parliament notes that the Scottish Executive has published the draft Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill with the express purpose of modernising the framework that provides pupils that need additional support for learning with that support and that the bill has been put out to consultation with parents, professionals and other stakeholders for a ten-week period ending on 28 March 2003; further notes that the draft bill proposes that the Record of Needs be discontinued and replaced by a new Co-ordinated Support Plan "for children with complex or multiple barriers to learning who require additional support from outwith the education authority"; believes that this bill represents significant and fundamental changes to the existing service built up over the last 20 years and that for it to be successful it must enjoy the support of those parents whose children already have a Record of Needs; notes that the Executive’s main method of communicating the bill’s proposals to such parents is to send a copy of the document to all schools, asking them to pass it on to these parents and, in addition, is holding a number of seminars that parents can attend; further notes that many parents are expressing ignorance of the draft bill, its contents and the consultation process and that attendance by parents at these seminars is worryingly low and often in single figures, compared to the large number of well-informed professionals, and therefore supports the extension of the consultation period until after the summer recess of the next parliamentary session so that all parents have ample opportunity to consider the merits and demerits of these radical changes and communicate their views to the new Executive which, in turn, will be able to assess its consultation in a more considered manner and with an accurate response from parents.

Supported by: Phil Gallie, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Tommy Sheridan, John Scott, Mr Keith Harding, Murdo Fraser, Mary Scanlon, Miss Annabel Goldie, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr George Reid, Michael Russell, Irene McGugan

S1M-3942 Brian Adam: Chewing Gum Disposal—That the Parliament applauds Councillor Kevin Stewart and Aberdeen City Council in their endeavours to try and get the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s agreement to introduce a levy on chewing gum manufacturers, the proceeds of which would be allocated to local authorities to clean up the mess created by those who discard their gum on our streets and pavements; notes that other local authorities are backing Councillor Stewart's original motion because cleaning up chewing gum costs millions of pounds each year, and furthermore believes that the Chancellor of the Exchequer should introduce this sensible proposal in his forthcoming budget.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Kay Ullrich, Robin Harper, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Adam Ingram, Colin Campbell, Fiona Hyslop, Richard Lochhead, Stewart Stevenson, Christine Grahame, Ms Sandra White, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Jamie Stone, Robert Brown, Donald Gorrie, Mr John McAllion, Alex Neil, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Russell

S1M-3941# Christine Grahame: Children of Iraq - Collateral Damage—That the Parliament notes the concerns of Save the Children regarding the humanitarian consequences of military action against Iraq, that half the Iraqi population is comprised of children under the age of 14, that 70% of the population lives in towns and cities, that 60% are poor and dependent on food rations, that 11.4% of Iraqi children in North Iraq and 23.1% in Central and South Iraq are still chronically malnourished, that under-five child mortality in Central and South Iraq has deteriorated by 160% due to sanctions, that a cut in the food ration provided under the Oil-for-Food programme would trigger even greater poverty, that Iraqi children are forced to drink water that often contains up to ten times the acceptable level of contamination and that the number of internally-displaced persons is already estimated to be between 700,000 and one million; further notes that, against this background, Save the Children is "deeply concerned" at the possibility of renewed conflict as military action would have serious humanitarian consequences for Iraq's vulnerable children, and considers that the Scottish Executive should make all possible representations to prevent this war by addressing the likely impact on the vulnerable and innocent children of Iraq.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Michael Matheson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Michael Russell, Kay Ullrich, Robin Harper R, Fiona McLeod, Elaine Smith, Ms Sandra White, Tommy Sheridan, Linda Fabiani, Donald Gorrie, Mr John McAllion, Alex Neil, Shona Robison, Pauline McNeill, Mr Gil Paterson, Andrew Wilson

S1M-3940# Trish Godman: Shipbuilding on the Upper and Lower Clyde—That the Parliament, in the light of recent and forthcoming Ministry of Defence contracts, is confident that the shipyards on the upper and lower Clyde have a sound future with the welcome retention, and expansion in the range of the superb skills that characterise the industry at its best and believes, however, that these yards, from Port Glasgow to Scotstoun and Govan, require from time to time appropriate and judicious support from the Scottish Executive in order to strengthen this now small but vitally important industry and that this can be best achieved by strengthening the existing close working relationship with management and the trade unions.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Nicola Sturgeon, Brian Fitzpatrick, Janis Hughes, Johann Lamont, Bill Butler, Colin Campbell, Karen Gillon, Fiona McLeod, Ms Wendy Alexander, Mr Tom McCabe, Jackie Baillie, Cathie Craigie, Margaret Jamieson, Mr Michael McMahon, John Young, Scott Barrie, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Duncan McNeil, Linda Fabiani, Robert Brown, Donald Gorrie, Susan Deacon, Ms Sandra White, Pauline McNeill

S1M-3938 Brian Adam: Social Inclusion Partnerships - New Audit Arrangements—That the Parliament condemns the changes in social inclusion partnership (SIP) audit arrangements imposed by Communities Scotland, which will lead to SIPs having to employ private firms of chartered accountants to undertake future audit work; notes that this will cost the Great Northern Partnership in Aberdeen at least 3,500 per annum, which will reduce the amount of work done in the communities of Middlefield, Tillydrone, Fersands and Printfield as it will in other socially excluded areas throughout Scotland, and calls on Communities Scotland to either abandon this imposition or fully fund the cost of the new arrangements.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Kay Ullrich, Christine Grahame, Ms Sandra White, Mr Adam Ingram, Tommy Sheridan, Richard Lochhead, Alex Neil, Robin Harper

S1M-3937 Karen Gillon: Civil Service Jobs Dispersal—That the Parliament welcomes the progress made on the dispersal of civil service jobs throughout Scotland; believes that an assessment should be made of the benefits that dispersal has brought to the respective local economies; notes the pending dissolution of the Parliament and seeks early expedition of the timetable for future dispersals to ensure further progress; acknowledges that the dispersal selection criteria take account of cost, operational effectiveness, social, economic and environmental considerations and the position of staff, but nonetheless believes that future dispersals should ensure that all communities share in the economic and social benefits of the relocation policy.

Supported by: Tavish Scott, Elaine Thomson, Cathie Craigie, Brian Fitzpatrick, Mr Murray Tosh, Jackie Baillie, Helen Eadie, Murdo Fraser, Margaret Jamieson, Johann Lamont, Fiona McLeod, Nora Radcliffe, Rhoda Grant, Maureen Macmillan, Trish Godman, Scott Barrie, Mr Tom McCabe, Elaine Smith, Janis Hughes, Mr Jamie Stone, Dr Richard Simpson, Marilyn Livingstone

S1M-3937.1 Margo MacDonald: Civil Service Jobs Dispersal—As an amendment to motion (S1M-3937) in the name of Karen Gillon, leave out from "seeks" to end and insert "urges the Scottish Executive to act on the evidence produced in November 2002 by DTZ providing the cost benefits to be obtained by retaining the Scottish National Heritage headquarters in Edinburgh and end the uncertainty currently surrounding its possible relocation."

S1M-3936 Susan Deacon: Fair Trade Fortnight—That the Parliament is committed to encouraging the use of Fair Trade products and recognises the significance of the eighth annual Fair Trade Fortnight from 3 to 16 March 2003 with the campaign slogan ‘Trust Your Taste’ highlighting the quality and range of products and launching a new fair trade mark; recognises the contribution that Fair Trade makes to tackling poverty in the world’s poorest countries through supporting people to provide for their own families, and is confident that there will be an increase in both the supply and purchase of Fair Trade products across Scotland.

Supported by: Brian Fitzpatrick, Margaret Jamieson, Nora Radcliffe, Michael Matheson, Jackie Baillie, Irene Oldfather, Angus MacKay, Helen Eadie, Ms Wendy Alexander, Sarah Boyack, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Elaine Smith, Elaine Thomson, Trish Godman, Scott Barrie, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Kay Ullrich, Mr Tom McCabe, Robin Harper, Mr Gil Paterson, Tommy Sheridan, Janis Hughes, Linda Fabiani, Donald Gorrie, Mr Jamie Stone, Dr Richard Simpson, Tavish Scott, Shona Robison, Mr Mike Rumbles, Ian Jenkins

S1M-3934 Mr Lloyd Quinan: Closure of Egunkaria—That the Parliament condemns the actions of the Spanish Government and the Guardia Civil in closing the Basque newspaper Egunkaria and believes that this attack on the democratic rights of the Basque media is an unacceptable practice in the 21st century.

*The member has provided the following translation:

Dùnadh Egunkaria

Gu bheil a' Phàrlamaid a' càineadh gnìomhan Riaghaltas agus Guardia Civil na Spàinne ann a bhith a' dùnadh a' phàipeir-naidheachd Bhasgais Egunkaria agus gu bheil i a' creidsinn gu bheil an ionnsaigh seo air còraichean deamocratach nam meadhanan Basgach na chleachdadh neo-iomchaidh anns an 21mh linn.*

Supported by: Michael Russell, Mr Adam Ingram, Brian Adam, Michael Matheson, Robin Harper, Elaine Smith, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Sandra White, Mr John McAllion, John Farquhar Munro, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Andrew Wilson

S1M-3933 Robert Brown: Current International Situation—That the Parliament recognises the strength of public opinion on the possibility of military action against Iraq; supports the United Nations’ objective to rid Iraq of weapons of mass destruction; recognises that the United Nations weapons inspectors must be given time to complete their investigations in Iraq; believes that recourse to war should only be as a last resort after all political and diplomatic channels have been exhausted, and opposes any military action not sanctioned by a further resolution of the United Nations Security Council and a vote on a substantive motion in the House of Commons.

Supported by: George Lyon, Mrs Margaret Smith, Iain Smith, Ian Jenkins, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Keith Raffan, Mr Mike Rumbles, Tavish Scott, Mr Jamie Stone, John Farquhar Munro, Donald Gorrie

S1M-3929 Elaine Smith: Possible Military Action Against Iraq—That the Parliament congratulates Glasgow City and Dundee City councils on the recent adoption of resolutions against the possible war on Iraq; recognises that, whilst this is ultimately an issue reserved to the United Kingdom Parliament, it remains both the right and responsibility of every elected body within the United Kingdom to express the concerns of their electors; joins with both Glasgow City and Dundee City councils in considering that a pre-emptive attack on Iraq is neither necessary nor justified, and acknowledges that any such unilateral military action contravenes international law and poses a significant threat to international peace and stability.

Supported by: Mr John McAllion, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Christine Grahame, Michael Matheson, Robin Harper, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Sandra White, Linda Fabiani, Donald Gorrie, Andrew Wilson

S1M-3928 Mr John McAllion: Anti-war Demonstration on 15 February 2003—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Coalition for Justice not War for organising the magnificent anti-war demonstration in Glasgow on 15 February 2003; salutes the nearly 100,000 Scots that raised their voice against any attack on the people of Iraq; recognises that they represent the true voice of the people of Scotland, and therefore calls on Her Majesty’s Government to use its influence in the UN Security Council to negotiate for a peaceful solution to the current crisis.

Supported by: Elaine Smith, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Christine Grahame, Michael Matheson, Robin Harper R, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Sandra White, Linda Fabiani, Donald Gorrie

S1M-3926 Irene Oldfather: Early Partial Immersion in French - Evaluation—That the Parliament welcomes the recent publication of Evaluation Report: Early Partial Immersion in French at Walker Road Primary School, Aberdeen, The First Two Years - 2000/1 and 2001/2 by the Scottish Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research, University of Stirling, in collaboration with Aberdeen City Council; notes with interest the overall aim of the project for children to achieve a good level of literacy and numeracy in both English and French by the end of their primary education; congratulates the project co-ordinators on the success of the project thus far, whereby primary 2 children are able to communicate and process basic French; applauds the teachers, parents, co-ordinators and pupils for their enthusiasm and dedication to the project; recognises the importance of our young people being exposed to a European language; notes the benefits that such language proficiency will have for their future education and employment prospects; wishes the project every success in its next phase, and calls for consideration to be given to rolling the project out to other areas of Scotland.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Nora Radcliffe, Brian Fitzpatrick, Mr Tom McCabe, Mr Gil Paterson, Susan Deacon, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Ms Sandra White, Linda Fabiani, Donald Gorrie, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr Kenneth Gibson

S1M-3925 Robin Harper: White Ribbons for Peace—That the Parliament welcomes the "white ribbons for peace" campaign by CND whereby members of the public may wear a white peace ribbon to show their opposition to a war on Iraq; notes that proceeds from the sale of ribbons are going into a legal fund that may be used to bring ministers of Her Majesty’s Government before the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity in the event that Iraqi civilians are killed or injured as a direct or indirect result of an attack on Iraq, and urges members of the public to support the campaign. R

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Tommy Sheridan, Mr John McAllion

S1M-3923 Susan Deacon: Public Opposition to Military Action Against Iraq—That the Parliament recognises the strength of public opposition to any support for unilateral US military action against Iraq as evidenced by the mass protests that took place in Glasgow and elsewhere across the UK and worldwide on 15 February 2003 and believes that a pre-emptive attack on Iraq is neither necessary nor justified and would be in contravention of international law.

Supported by: Bill Butler, Scott Barrie, Pauline McNeill, Mr John Swinney, Fiona Hyslop, Michael Russell, Kay Ullrich, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Ms Sandra White, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Alex Neil, Fergus Ewing, Elaine Smith, Roseanna Cunningham, Tricia Marwick, Richard Lochhead, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Brian Adam, Nicola Sturgeon, Stewart Stevenson, Mr John McAllion, Kate Maclean, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Christine Grahame, Mr George Reid, Mr Adam Ingram, Andrew Wilson, Bruce Crawford, Linda Fabiani, Shona Robison, Irene McGugan, Fiona McLeod, Margo MacDonald, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Gil Paterson, Cathy Peattie, Dennis Canavan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Alasdair Morgan, Robin Harper R, Colin Campbell

S1M-3922 Mr John McAllion: United States of America Government Ban on Importation of Glenfiddich Havana Reserve Malt Whisky—That the Parliament condemns the ban by the Government of the United States of America on the Glenfiddich Havana Reserve single malt entering the United States; notes the absurdity of banning a Scotch malt on the grounds that it is matured in Cuban rum barrels; further notes that this ban highlights the absurdity and iniquity of the oppressive Helms Burton Act that seeks to punish any contact or trade with Cuba, and looks forward to closer links between Scotland and Cuba through trade, tourism and ties of friendship.

Supported by: Scott Barrie, Alex Neil, Elaine Smith, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Sandra White, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Alasdair Morgan, Robin Harper, Mr Gil Paterson, Susan Deacon, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Linda Fabiani, Donald Gorrie, Andrew Wilson

S1M-3916 Nicola Sturgeon: Proposed Closure of Glasgow City Centre Social Security Office—That the Parliament notes with concern the proposal to close Glasgow City Social Security Office, currently located in Pitt Street, and replace it with a debt call centre responsible for the recovery of benefit overpayments; further notes that to date there has been no consultation with staff or users of this office; is concerned that the closure of the only social security office in Glasgow city centre will result in increased travel for the 6,000 claimants who rely on it for benefits advice and over-the-counter payments, and calls on the management of Job Centre Plus and the Department for Work and Pensions to reconsider these plans.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Sandra White, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Andrew Wilson

S1M-3915# John Farquhar Munro: Sabhal Mor Ostaig Awarded Queen's Anniversary Prize—That the Parliament congratulates Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on its outstanding achievement in winning the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education, a prize which is awarded in recognition of excellence, initiative and innovation; recognises the great progress Sabhal Mòr Ostaig has made since its origins in a derelict farm steading on Skye so that it is now Scotland’s leading Gaelic education college, and considers that the Scottish Executive should honour Sabhal Mòr Ostaig by recognising it as a National Centre of Excellence for Gaelic Language and Culture

The member has provided the following translation:

Gu bheil a’ Phàrlamaid a’ cur meal-a-naidheachd air Sabhal Mòr Ostaig gun do rinn iad cho math le bhith a’ cosnadh Duais Ceann-bliadhna na Bànrighe airson Àrd-Fhoghlaim, duais a thathar a’ toirt seachad airson òirdheirceas, eirmseachd agus ùr-ghnàthachadh; gu bheil a’ Phàrlamaid ag aithneachadh an adhartais mhòir a tha Sabhal Mòr Ostaig air a dhèanamh bhon a thòisich e ann an seann shabhal anns an Eilean Sgitheanach gu bhith na phrìomh cholaiste foghlaim Gàidhlig ann an Alba san latha an-diugh, agus gu bheil a’ Phàrlamaid den bheachd gum bu chòir do Riaghaltas na h-Alba urram a chur air Sabhal Mòr Ostaig le bhith ga aithneachadh mar Ionad Nàiseanta Òirdheirceis airson cànan is cultar na Gàidhlig.

Supported by: Mr Brian Monteith, Maureen Macmillan, Nora Radcliffe, Donald Gorrie, Mr Jamie Stone, Brian Fitzpatrick, Fergus Ewing, Mr Jamie McGrigor

S1M-3909 Margo MacDonald: War with Iraq - Not in Scotland's Name—That the Parliament, mindful of its duty to faithfully reflect and promote Scottish opinion internationally and following the demonstrations against war with Iraq on 15 February 2003, reminds Her Majesty’s Government that any decision to initiate war with Iraq will be taken not in our name.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Robin Harper R, Mr Lloyd Quinan

S1M-3908 Mr John Swinney: Not In Our Name—That the Parliament notes the overwhelming feeling in Scotland against unilateral or bilateral military action in Iraq; notes the scale of the anti-war demonstrations across the world on Saturday 15 February 2003 and, in particular, notes that almost 100,000 people took to the streets of Glasgow to express their opposition to the inevitable path to war currently being taken by the Governments of the United Kingdom and the United States of America; supports the role of the United Nations and the rule of international law in dealing with this crisis, and shares the contempt felt by the people of Scotland towards the murderous Iraqi regime but recognises the overwhelming view of the people that the rush to war must be halted in the name of peace and world security.

Supported by: Fiona Hyslop, Richard Lochhead, Linda Fabiani, Mr Gil Paterson, Christine Grahame, Kay Ullrich, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Irene McGugan, Tricia Marwick, Stewart Stevenson, Bruce Crawford, Ms Sandra White, Shona Robison, Brian Adam, Colin Campbell, Fergus Ewing, Michael Matheson, Michael Russell, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Nicola Sturgeon, Alasdair Morgan, Mr Andrew Welsh, Fiona McLeod, Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Adam Ingram, Roseanna Cunningham, Alex Neil

S1M-3908.1 Tommy Sheridan: Not In Our Name—As an amendment to motion (S1M-3908) in the name of Mr John Swinney, leave out from "role" to end and insert "rule of international law in dealing with this crisis; shares the contempt felt by the people of Scotland towards the murderous Iraqi regime but recognises the overwhelming view of the people that the rush to war must be halted in the name of peace and world security; further notes the need for a world forum to represent and articulate the views of the nations throughout the world, but believes that the United Nations (UN) in its current form does not adequately perform the role because of the ability of the Government of the United States of America (USA) to bribe and coerce the UN to secure its will or to proceed unilaterally if it is unable to do so, and believes that the 191 countries of the UN should be allowed democratic votes from across the world rather than be dominated by the USA, which represents only 5% of the world’s population, because the evidence currently shows that bombing Iraq is unjust and immoral, regardless of UN resolutions."

Supported by: Mr John McAllion

S1M-3906 Dorothy-Grace Elder: End Pro-War Spin—That the Parliament believes that the first casualty of war is truth; is deeply concerned about any "pro-war" spin which alarms the public and is without any proof; further believes that the untrue propaganda that New Year celebrations in Scotland could be hit by terrorist activities, that the London underground would be targeted and the hype over a threat to Heathrow and other airports have been against public interest and safety; is further concerned that such careless hype could in itself put the public in danger from disturbed individuals latching on to a situation; calls upon Her Majesty's Government to act responsibly and prevent politically motivated spin, and reminds it that anti-terrorist moves require to be mainly covert, that investment in proper surveillance is needed and that careless words are dangerous.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan

S1M-3901 Donald Gorrie: The Future of Football in Scotland—That the Parliament urges the Scottish football authorities to appoint a group of people of high standing in Scotland with a genuine commitment to Scottish football that would promote and co-ordinate football coaching, competition and development at all levels, including schools, youth organisations, juvenile and youth football teams and adult amateur teams, in co-operation with existing organisations, and encourage and help professional clubs to develop youth training schemes.

Supported by: Robert Brown, Nora Radcliffe, Alex Neil, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Sandra White, Ian Jenkins, Robin Harper, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr Jamie Stone, Mary Scanlon

S1M-3900 Cathie Craigie: St Valentine's Day - Women and Heart Disease Campaign—That the Parliament welcomes the British Heart Foundation's Valentine's Day campaign Take Note of Your Heart which aims to raise awareness among women about the risks of coronary heart disease (CHD); notes that more women die from CHD each year in Scotland than from all forms of cancer put together, including breast cancer; acknowledges that, despite this high rate, CHD is still widely considered to be a male disease; welcomes the approach taken by the Scottish Executive to reduce Scotland's high rate of heart disease through encouraging positive lifestyle choices, particularly as outlined in Coronary Heart Disease and Stroke: Strategy for Scotland and the healthyliving campaign, and encourages the Executive to work with the British Heart Foundation to promote awareness and prevention of CHD amongst women.

Supported by: Mr John McAllion, David Mundell, Rhoda Grant, Mr Michael McMahon, Johann Lamont, Elaine Thomson, Paul Martin, Sarah Boyack, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Cathy Peattie, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Margaret Jamieson, Mr Gil Paterson, Karen Gillon, Janis Hughes, Elaine Smith, Nora Radcliffe, Jackie Baillie, Trish Godman, Kate Maclean, Susan Deacon, Brian Fitzpatrick, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Donald Gorrie, Helen Eadie, Scott Barrie, Irene Oldfather, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mrs Margaret Smith, Karen Whitefield, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Tom McCabe, Ms Sandra White, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Keith Harding, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Andrew Wilson

S1M-3899 Tommy Sheridan: Closure of Glasgow City Social Security Office—That the Parliament recognises that those who rely on social security benefits are the most vulnerable in society and include elderly, disabled and infirm people and that these sections of the community often have difficulties with mobility and access to modern communications such as telephones and the internet; believes that social security is best delivered in properly staffed, local offices that are accessible to the community; is therefore dismayed at the plans of the Department for Work and Pensions for social security provision in Scotland including the closure of the Glasgow city office in 2003, which will mean a reduction in service and increased travel for the people in areas such as Glasgow city centre, Townhead, Possilpark, Hamiltonhill and Charing Cross who are seeking social security benefits advice and services, and the replacement of local overpayments sections with debt centres; is concerned at the absence of proper public debate and consultation on the closure of the Glasgow city office, and calls on the Department for Work and Pensions to keep the office open in its current form as a local social security office.

Supported by: Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Ms Sandra White, Dorothy-Grace Elder

S1M-3896 Pauline McNeill: Celtic Connections 10th Anniversary—That the Parliament congratulates the organisers of the Celtic Connections traditional music festival on achieving ten years of celebrating Celtic music and notes that this annual festival, that takes place in January each year, is now firmly established as Scotland's largest Celtic music event.

Supported by: Brian Fitzpatrick, Tommy Sheridan, Donald Gorrie, Robert Brown, Johann Lamont, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Brian Monteith, Robin Harper, Linda Fabiani, Dr Richard Simpson, Ms Sandra White, Mr Kenneth Gibson

S1M-3885 Mr Jamie McGrigor: Fishing Industry Crisis—That the Parliament recognises the severity of the crisis facing the Scottish fishing industry; believes that the effects of the conservation measures already taken by Scottish fishermen have not been taken into full consideration; notes the Scottish Executive’s 50 million aid package but questions the balance of the allocation between decommissioning and transitional funding, and further notes that the Common Fisheries Policy of collective management has been disastrous for the Scottish fishing industry and must be replaced, and that only a move to national and local control will bring sustainability to the Scottish fishing industry in the future.

Supported by: Murdo Fraser

S1M-3884 Richard Lochhead: Recovery Package for the Fishing Industry—That the Parliament rejects the decommissioning proposals contained in the Scottish Executive’s fisheries package; calls on ministers to consult with the fishing industry with a view to delivering a recovery package that includes transitional support measures for the catching and onshore sectors that will keep the industry intact; believes that European and HM Treasury support should be provided to fund these measures, and further calls on the Scottish Executive to urgently renegotiate the fisheries deal agreed by Her Majesty’s Government in December in order to secure a fair level of fishing opportunities for the Scottish fleet.

Supported by: Mr John Swinney, Fiona Hyslop, Alex Neil, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Nicola Sturgeon, Colin Campbell, Tricia Marwick, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Michael Russell, Irene McGugan, Alasdair Morgan, Ms Sandra White, Christine Grahame, Michael Matheson, Shona Robison, Kay Ullrich, Brian Adam, Fiona McLeod, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Bruce Crawford, Fergus Ewing, Linda Fabiani, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Roseanna Cunningham, Stewart Stevenson, Mr Gil Paterson, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Adam Ingram, Andrew Wilson

S1M-3883# Brian Fitzpatrick: Catholic Education Week - 16 to 23 February 2003—That the Parliament acknowledges family life as an important initiation into living in society; further acknowledges that parents are the principal and first educators of their children; recognises the key role of all educators in giving our young people instruction and formation that is respectful of shared truths, the qualities of the heart and the moral and spiritual dignity of humankind; welcomes the important past, present and future contributions of Catholic schools to the better education and national life of Scotland; notes the success of many denominational schools in fostering school ethos and, in particular, in improving the academic achievements of disadvantaged youngsters; affirms and supports the right of all parents to choose Catholic schools for their children, and extends its best wishes to all involved in preparations for events taking place for Catholic Education Sunday and Week from 16 to 23 February 2003 and the establishment of the new Catholic Education Service.

Supported by: Paul Martin, Cathie Craigie, Angus MacKay, Mr Michael McMahon, Karen Whitefield, Michael Matheson, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Kate Maclean, Pauline McNeill, Cathy Peattie, Tricia Marwick, Michael Russell, Murdo Fraser, Irene Oldfather, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Janis Hughes, Dr Richard Simpson

S1M-3882 Nicola Sturgeon: Pharmacy Services in Scotland—That the Parliament recognises the invaluable contribution provided by community pharmacies to the NHS in Scotland; further recognises that the present control of entry system for pharmacies wishing to dispense NHS prescriptions currently suits the needs of Scottish patients; notes with concern the findings of the Office of Fair Trading in its report The control of entry regulations and retail pharmacy services in the UK; further notes that acceptance of the Office of Fair Trading’s recommendations may threaten the livelihood of community pharmacists across Scotland, and therefore calls on the Scottish Executive to reject any action to alter the statutory arrangements for controlling entry to NHS pharmaceutical lists.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Kay Ullrich, Michael Matheson, Mr Gil Paterson, Ms Sandra White, Stewart Stevenson, Shona Robison, Tricia Marwick, Richard Lochhead, Mr Keith Harding, Linda Fabiani, Mr David Davidson, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mr Adam Ingram, Colin Campbell, Robin Harper, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Brian Adam, Roseanna Cunningham, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr John McAllion, Mrs Margaret Smith, Michael Russell, Bruce Crawford, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Fiona McLeod, Alasdair Morgan, Irene McGugan, Tommy Sheridan, Fiona Hyslop, Christine Grahame, Mr Andrew Welsh, Ian Jenkins, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr John Swinney, Mr Jamie Stone, John Farquhar Munro, Andrew Wilson

S1M-3882.1 Robert Brown: Pharmacy Services in Scotland—As an amendment to motion (S1M-3882) in the name of Nicola Sturgeon, insert after second "Scotland", "at a time when there is also the threat to the future of local sub-post offices and the viability of many suburban and rural shopping centres,"

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Nora Radcliffe, Margo MacDonald

S1M-3881 Alasdair Morgan: Relocation of Forest Enterprise Headquarters—That the Parliament believes that there is a strong case for relocating public service jobs from Edinburgh to rural parts of Scotland; notes that Dumfries is being considered as one of four options for the location of the headquarters of Forest Enterprise; acknowledges that Dumfries already has the south of Scotland office for the agency and is located in close proximity to many of Scotland's major forests and forest industries, and asks the Scottish Executive to examine closely the serious case that can be made for relocating Forest Enterprise's headquarters to south west Scotland.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Kay Ullrich, Michael Matheson, David Mundell, Alex Fergusson, Christine Grahame, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Ms Sandra White, Andrew Wilson

S1M-3877 Mr Keith Harding: Fife's Ice Safety Plan—That the Parliament commends Fife Community Safety Partnership on its introduction of an ice safety plan, a pro-active framework to help minimise the risk of people, particularly children, drowning by falling through ice on frozen lochs, inland waterways and areas of water deemed to be a danger to the public.

Supported by: Iain Smith, Scott Barrie, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Murdo Fraser

S1M-3876# Dr Sylvia Jackson: Funding for Local Roads—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive’s 15 million funding award to local authorities to assist with the repair and improvement of the condition of local roads; recognises that for a number of decades the non-trunk roads network has suffered from under-investment, while the number of vehicles using such roads has increased dramatically; notes Stirling Council’s recent cross-party scrutiny panel which called for a reduction in the number of ring-fenced budgets in order to address this problem; further notes the Scottish Road Maintenance Condition Survey by the Society of Chief Officers of Transportation in Scotland which will evaluate the non-trunk road network across Scotland, and considers that the Scottish Executive should use the report as a basis for allocating resources according to the needs identified, thereby providing a long-term funding programme for the non-trunk road network in Scotland.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Scott Barrie, Cathy Peattie, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Brian Fitzpatrick, Mr Jamie Stone, Dr Richard Simpson

S1M-3876.1 Mr Brian Monteith: Funding for Local Roads—As an amendment to motion (S1M-3876) in the name of Dr Sylvia Jackson, leave out from "for a number of decades" and insert "this sum, though welcome, is but a fraction of the amount needed to address the problem; notes that capital spending on the construction and improvement of local roads across Scotland during the four years up to 1997 was 562 million, compared with 326 million in the four years after 1997; further welcomes the report of Stirling Council’s cross-party scrutiny group and its call for the Scottish Executive to reduce its ring-fencing of funding allocated to local authorities; further notes that the scrutiny group highlighted the policy decision of Stirling Council’s current Labour/SNP administration to reduce the share of roads grant-aided expenditure (GAE) allocated to roads, so that in 2001-02 only 65% of it was allocated to roads maintenance, compared with 126% in Perth and Kinross Council and a Scottish average of 103%; notes that, had Stirling Council’s expenditure on roads maintenance been at 100% of roads GAE over the last six years, a further 9.8 million would have been spent on local roads in the district; understands that the SCOTS roads condition survey report, part-funded by the Scottish Executive, is now complete and believes that it should be published, and recognises that solving the problems affecting Stirling’s roads requires a change of policy, from both the Scottish Executive and Stirling Council."

Supported by: Murdo Fraser, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mr David Davidson, Phil Gallie, Mr Keith Harding R, Mr Jamie McGrigor

S1M-3875 Brian Fitzpatrick: Kraszna-Krausz Book Award - Professor Larry J Schaaf—That the Parliament congratulates Professor Larry J Schaaf of the University of Glasgow, Research Professor in the Faculty of Arts and a historian and consultant engaged in researching, writing and lecturing, primarily on 19th century photography and its relationship to art and science, on the award on 4 February 2003, at the Arts Club in London, for the best book in the art, culture and history category of the Kraszna-Krausz Book Award for his work, The Photographic Art of William Henry Fox Talbot; notes that the international panel of judges described this work as, "Larry Schaaf's finest achievement to date - a beautifully written, immensely learned and novel view of Talbot as the world's first photographic artist, taking us step by step through his development as a photographer"; recognises that this is the third time Professor Schaaf has won the main Kraszna-Krausz Book Award and develops on the recognition of his work in Records of the Dawn of Photography: Talbot's Notebooks P & Q in 1996 and Out of the Shadows: Herschel, Talbot & the Invention of Photography in 1992; commends the work of Professor Schaaf as the Director of the Correspondence of William Henry Fox Talbot Project at the university, and notes that the project is currently completing the publication of the full transcriptions of the nearly 10,000 letters written to and from Talbot, with publication expected by autumn 2003.

S1M-3874# Marilyn Livingstone: The Scottish Fire Service—That the Parliament recognises and values those who provide fire services in Scotland: supports a fair pay claim for firefighters and control staff and a new formula to achieve this; believes that a lasting resolution of the current fire dispute lies in meaningful negotiation; acknowledges the need for consultation on the future of the fire service; considers that such consultation should include reference to a number of sources, in particular the Scottish Executive publication The Scottish Fire Service of the Future; agrees with the Scottish Executive and the Fire Brigades Union that emphasis on community fire safety is necessary, and believes that a Fire Services bill should be introduced in the next Parliamentary session which would be subject to full and extensive consultation and scrutiny.

Supported by: Cathy Peattie, Scott Barrie, Helen Eadie, Karen Gillon, Elaine Smith, Mr John McAllion, Janis Hughes, Rhoda Grant, Cathie Craigie, Pauline McNeill, Karen Whitefield, Sarah Boyack, Kate Maclean, Bill Butler, Mr Tom McCabe, Mr Michael McMahon, Donald Gorrie, Trish Godman, Brian Fitzpatrick, Bristow Muldoon, Margaret Jamieson, Robin Harper, Mr Jamie Stone, Angus MacKay, Susan Deacon, Irene Oldfather, Mr Duncan McNeil

S1M-3874.1 Tricia Marwick: The Scottish Fire Service—As an amendment to motion (S1M-3874) in the name of Marilyn Livingstone, leave out from second "believes" to end and insert "recognises that fire services in Scotland are wholly devolved to the Parliament and that any legislation that may be introduced to it must achieve a distinctive, Scottish fire service as outlined in The Scottish Fire Service of the Future and must be subject to full and extensive scrutiny by the Parliament and its committees."

Supported by: Ms Sandra White, Fiona McLeod, Fiona Hyslop, Colin Campbell, Shona Robison, Alex Neil, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Matheson, Linda Fabiani, Bruce Crawford, Mr Gil Paterson, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Adam Ingram, Christine Grahame, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Andrew Wilson, Kay Ullrich, Roseanna Cunningham, Stewart Stevenson, Brian Adam, Irene McGugan, Mr George Reid, Fergus Ewing

S1M-3872 John Farquhar Munro: Limited Partnership Tenancies—That the Parliament condemns the reported action by a number of landowners to terminate limited partnership tenancies ahead of the enactment of the Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Bill; believes such action would be a deliberate attempt to subvert the will of the Parliament, and calls on the Scottish Executive to take action to backdate to September 2002 the protection provided by the bill to tenants in limited partnerships.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, Donald Gorrie, Alex Neil, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Ms Sandra White, Robin Harper

S1M-3871# Tommy Sheridan: Glasgow City Council Against Pre-Emptive Attack on Iraq—That the Parliament applauds the anti-war initiative of Glasgow City Council in launching a petition opposed to war with Iraq; recognises the unanimous support of all five political parties represented on the council for this petition and the resolution passed by the council on 30 January 2003 which reads "The Council considers that a pre-emptive attack on Iraq is neither necessary nor justified and that it would produce incalculable risks to international peace and stability. The Council further considers that British participation in such an attack would be likely to have seriously damaging effects on Glasgow's social and economic welfare and to endanger the safety of its citizens. The Council accordingly calls upon Her Majesty's Government not to commit British Forces to a pre-emptive attack on Iraq."; notes that the petition allows the citizens of Glasgow to register their support or opposition to a war led by President Bush and the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, and supports the council's resolution and opposes a pre-emptive attack on Iraq. R

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Donald Gorrie, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson

S1M-3870# Fergus Ewing: Forest Enterprise - Location of HQ in Inverness—That the Parliament believes that there is a strong case for relocating public service jobs from Edinburgh to rural parts of Scotland; notes that the city of Inverness is being considered as one of four options for the location of the headquarters of Forest Enterprise; acknowledges that Inverness is already a regional office for the agency and has 44 staff who have responsibility for management of around two thirds of Scotland's forests, and considers that the Scottish Executive should support the case for the headquarters of Forest Enterprise to be relocated to Inverness.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Ms Sandra White, Michael Matheson, Alex Neil, Robin Harper, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Tommy Sheridan, Mary Scanlon, Mr Jamie Stone, John Farquhar Munro

S1M-3868 Ms Wendy Alexander: Paisley Threads—That the Parliament recognises that running a home and being a parent is a hard job on the reduced income that young people usually receive; commends the support given by Barnardo’s Paisley Threads to tenants and parents aged 16 to 21 living in Renfrewshire to take control of their lives through the pooling of information and advice on an individual and group basis in an unintimidating setting; acknowledges the role that Barnardo’s plays in supporting 7,000 vulnerable children, young people and families in Scotland each year through 54 community-based services such as Paisley Threads, and realises that the short-term funding for such projects can hamper consistency of service for clients and their families.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Trish Godman, Scott Barrie, Tommy Sheridan, Cathy Peattie, Mr Gil Paterson, Brian Fitzpatrick, Mr Jamie Stone, Dr Richard Simpson

S1M-3865 Karen Whitefield: Closure of the Boots Factory in Airdrie—That the Parliament expresses its deep regret at the announcement of the closure of the Boots factory in Airdrie and the associated loss of almost 1000 jobs; recognises the valuable role that the workforce in Airdrie has played in building Boots as a company; urges all of the key agencies involved, along with Boots plc, to do everything in their power to reverse this decision, and, in the event of the closure going ahead, urges the Scottish Executive, Scottish Enterprise and Boots to ensure that the workforce is (a) given redundancy packages that recognises the excellent service that it and others have provided to the company over the last 54 years and (b) provided with every possible support in obtaining further employment.

Supported by: Bristow Muldoon, Mr Tom McCabe, Cathie Craigie, Brian Fitzpatrick, Trish Godman, Cathy Peattie, Karen Gillon, Pauline McNeill, Andrew Wilson, Mr John Home Robertson, Mr Michael McMahon, Scott Barrie, Sarah Boyack, Margaret Jamieson, Rhoda Grant, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Helen Eadie, Janis Hughes, Mr Alasdair Morrison, Kate Maclean, Bill Butler, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Angus MacKay, Mr Duncan McNeil, Marilyn Livingstone, Jackie Baillie, Irene Oldfather, Maureen Macmillan, Paul Martin, Dr Richard Simpson, Johann Lamont, Rhona Brankin, Elaine Smith, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr Gil Paterson, Fiona McLeod, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Robin Harper, Tommy Sheridan, Susan Deacon, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr Kenneth Gibson

S1M-3863# Irene Oldfather: Dispersal of Civil Service Jobs—That the Parliament welcomes the progress made to date on the dispersal of civil service jobs throughout Scotland; believes that an assessment should be made of the benefits that dispersal has brought to the respective local economies; notes the pending dissolution of the Parliament and seeks early expedition of the timetable for dispersal to ensure further progress; acknowledges that the selection criteria for such dispersals take account of cost, operational effectiveness, social, economic and environmental considerations and the position of staff; but nonetheless considers that priority should be given in future dispersals to areas such as Ayrshire, where there are above average levels of unemployment, to ensure that all of Scotland's communities share in the economic and social benefits of the policy of relocation.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Phil Gallie, Brian Fitzpatrick, Ms Wendy Alexander, Margaret Jamieson, Elaine Thomson, Mr Jamie Stone, Dr Richard Simpson

S1M-3861 Nora Radcliffe: Inauguration of the MacRobert Prize, RAF Cranwell—That the Parliament notes that the MacRobert Prize will be awarded for the first time on 6 February 2003 at RAF Cranwell and congratulates all that have contributed to the inauguration of this prize, which is in keeping with the second world war sentiments of Lady MacRobert expressed in the MacRobert motto "Not For Self But For Country" and celebrates the uniquely Scottish connection with the Royal Air Force of the name and legacy of MacRobert and the MacRobert’s Reply, a legacy that should not be forgotten, which will now be proudly commemorated and carried into the future in every successive year at RAF Cranwell.

Supported by: Mr Mike Rumbles, Donald Gorrie, Phil Gallie, Mr Jamie Stone

S1M-3859 Margaret Jamieson: National Asthma Campaign Scotland Manifesto, A Breath of Fresh Air —That the Parliament welcomes the publication of A breath of fresh air - a manifesto for the next Scottish Executive produced by National Asthma Campaign Scotland; commends the Campaign’s work to advance the interests of people with asthma; notes that the cost of asthma in Scotland is estimated as approaching 200 million a year; notes that 101 people died from asthma in Scotland in 2001 and over 7000 were admitted to hospital; notes that the measures in A breath of fresh air include making asthma a priority for primary health care, introducing legislation on smoking in public places and matching the National Asthma Campaign’s investment in asthma research; notes the example of the Australian Government, which has made asthma a health priority, and calls on the Scottish Executive to give consideration to the realistic, costed and comprehensive proposals set out in A breath of fresh air.

Supported by: Trish Godman, Paul Martin, Mr Jamie Stone, Jackie Baillie, Maureen Macmillan, Angus MacKay, Karen Gillon, Kate Maclean, Elaine Thomson, Cathie Craigie, Helen Eadie, Mr Michael McMahon, Cathy Peattie, Johann Lamont, Irene Oldfather, Pauline McNeill, Karen Whitefield, Brian Fitzpatrick, Mr Tom McCabe, Bristow Muldoon, Nora Radcliffe, Janis Hughes, Mr Keith Raffan, Mr John McAllion, Bill Butler, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Elaine Smith, Robert Brown, Ian Jenkins, Donald Gorrie, Mrs Margaret Smith, Mary Scanlon, Iain Smith, Scott Barrie, Kay Ullrich, Marilyn Livingstone, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Gil Paterson, Susan Deacon, Dr Richard Simpson, Mr Kenneth Gibson

S1M-3858 Michael Russell: Parliament Mail Services Contract and Royal Mail—That the Parliament directs that the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body should ensure that the Royal Mail continue to be contracted to operate the Parliament's internal mail and all associated services in the light of the superb performance of its staff that have undertaken this contract in the four years since the inception of the Parliament.

Supported by: Kay Ullrich, Stewart Stevenson, Tricia Marwick, Mrs Margaret Smith, Fiona McLeod, Roseanna Cunningham, Ms Sandra White, Linda Fabiani, Brian Adam, Alex Neil, Shona Robison, Nicola Sturgeon, Michael Matheson, Mr Adam Ingram, Colin Campbell, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Richard Lochhead, Mr Gil Paterson, Irene McGugan, Fiona Hyslop, Mr John McAllion, Robin Harper, Tommy Sheridan, Christine Grahame, Donald Gorrie, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Andrew Wilson

S1M-3855 Stewart Stevenson: Scottish Fishing Services —That the Parliament welcomes the formation of an industry association to represent the many service companies dependent upon fishing; congratulates the founders on obtaining support from all parts of Scotland, from Berwick to the northern isles and from the west coast, and calls on the Scottish Executive to respond to their concerns in these very difficult times.

Supported by: Alex Johnstone, Richard Lochhead, Tavish Scott, Christine Grahame, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Brian Adam, Irene McGugan, Alasdair Morgan, Fergus Ewing, Kay Ullrich, Mr Andrew Welsh, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Ms Sandra White, Donald Gorrie, Alex Neil, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Gil Paterson, Shona Robison, Andrew Wilson

S1M-3847 Pauline McNeill: Firefighters' Dispute—That the Parliament notes that the firefighters' dispute remains unresolved; supports the continued right to strike for an improvement in pay and conditions; further notes the position of Her Majesty's Government which allows for a pay settlement to be imposed by legislation; opposes such an imposition and any proposal for legislation in the Scottish Parliament intended to achieve that, and calls for meaningful talks to be resumed as soon as possible ensuring a fair settlement for firefighters with no detriment to the delivery of fire services to the general public and for any change to future bargaining arrangements to be the subject of consultation and negotiation with the Fire Brigades Union, the STUC and other relevant parties.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Scott Barrie, Margaret Jamieson, Trish Godman, Kate Maclean, Elaine Smith, Bill Butler, Bristow Muldoon, Mr John McAllion, Marilyn Livingstone, Helen Eadie, Mr Tom McCabe, Irene Oldfather, Tommy Sheridan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Donald Gorrie, Brian Fitzpatrick, Susan Deacon

S1M-3846 Johann Lamont: The Right to Vote for Women 75th Anniversary—That the Parliament notes that Thursday 6 February 2003 marks the 75th anniversary of all women gaining the vote; acknowledges and applauds the women of Scotland and across the UK who fought to secure the right of women to vote, and believes that the best testimony to the courage of these women is for all the women of Scotland to use their vote on 1 May 2003.

Supported by: Trish Godman, Jackie Baillie, Mr John Home Robertson, Mr Michael McMahon, Colin Campbell, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Michael Matheson, Christine Grahame, Maureen Macmillan, Scott Barrie, Angus MacKay, Janis Hughes, Ms Wendy Alexander, Roseanna Cunningham, Nora Radcliffe, Margaret Jamieson, Paul Martin, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Bristow Muldoon, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Fiona Hyslop, Susan Deacon, Kate Maclean, Rhoda Grant, Cathie Craigie, Tavish Scott, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Kay Ullrich, Pauline McNeill, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Brian Fitzpatrick, Elaine Smith, Ms Sandra White, Mr Jamie Stone, Bill Butler, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr John McAllion, Sarah Boyack, Mr Keith Raffan, Michael Russell, Elaine Thomson, Robin Harper, David Mundell, Mr George Reid, Linda Fabiani, Helen Eadie, Rhona Brankin, Alex Neil, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Tom McCabe, Karen Gillon, Cathy Peattie, Irene Oldfather, Tommy Sheridan, Karen Whitefield, Fiona McLeod, Mr Brian Monteith, Donald Gorrie, Mrs Margaret Smith, Iain Smith, Marilyn Livingstone, Ian Jenkins, Shona Robison

S1M-3845 Cathy Peattie: Contracting Out of Parliament's Mail Services—That the Parliament notes with concern the possible transfer of mail services to a new operator following the move to the new Parliament building at Holyrood despite widespread satisfaction with the existing service; considers that such major contracts should not be put out to tender without full consultation with trade unions and service users regarding the use of the tendering process and the nature and specifications of such contracts, and, accordingly, calls for a full review of the procurement procedures.

Supported by: Trish Godman, Maureen Macmillan, Alex Neil, Michael Matheson, Jackie Baillie, Roseanna Cunningham, Susan Deacon, Margo MacDonald, Nora Radcliffe, Scott Barrie, Bill Butler, Margaret Jamieson, Ms Wendy Alexander, Bristow Muldoon, Cathie Craigie, Rhoda Grant, Kate Maclean, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Elaine Smith, Mr John McAllion, Robin Harper, Mrs Margaret Smith, Johann Lamont, Janis Hughes, Mr Tom McCabe, Ms Sandra White, Mr Jamie Stone, Irene Oldfather, Tommy Sheridan, Karen Whitefield, Karen Gillon, Donald Gorrie, Marilyn Livingstone, Brian Fitzpatrick, Mr Gil Paterson

S1M-3841 Mr Jamie Stone: Chernobyl Children's Life Line—That the Parliament commends the work of the Chernobyl Children Life Line in bringing children that are suffering as a result of the Chernobyl legacy from Belarus to Scotland; recognises the benefits, in terms of both health and experience, that the children can gain from these visits; endorses the work of the organisation and its host families, which benefits the children and fosters better links between Scotland and Belarus, and calls on the Scottish Executive to consider whether it can offer any assistance.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Trish Godman, Bill Butler, Mr Jamie Stone, Kay Ullrich, Brian Fitzpatrick, Linda Fabiani, Ms Sandra White, Tommy Sheridan, Christine Grahame, Donald Gorrie, Scott Barrie, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Andrew Wilson

S1M-3839 Trish Godman: The Madrid Declaration—That the Parliament commends the active involvement of Scottish members of the European Disability Forum in publishing the Madrid Declaration in this European Year of Disabled People; agrees with its authors that disability is a human rights issue, that people with disabilities seek equal opportunity, not charity, and that people in Scotland with disabilities are invisible citizens; supports their view that local authorities, employers, trade unions, educationalists and national authorities should be doing much more to ensure that people with disabilities enter the labour market as equals and that their employment should be based on equality in relation to terms, conditions and opportunities for promotion; endorses the Madrid Declaration, and calls on the Scottish Executive to pledge its support for the declaration.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Bill Butler, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Cathie Craigie, Mr Michael McMahon, Brian Fitzpatrick, Jackie Baillie, Fiona Hyslop, Ms Sandra White, Sarah Boyack, Colin Campbell, Angus MacKay, Scott Barrie, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Margaret Jamieson, Bristow Muldoon, Rhoda Grant, Kate Maclean, Kay Ullrich, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Mr George Reid, Johann Lamont, Mr John McAllion, Linda Fabiani, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Keith Raffan, Robin Harper, Cathy Peattie, Irene Oldfather, Tommy Sheridan, Fiona McLeod, Karen Gillon, Donald Gorrie, Mr Jamie Stone, Marilyn Livingstone, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Susan Deacon, Andrew Wilson

S1M-3838 Tommy Sheridan: Mail Services in the Parliament—That the Parliament congratulates the Royal Mail on the excellent service that it has provided to the Parliament over the last four years; expresses concern that the contract has been put out to tender and could be lost to cost-cutting anti-trade union firms that do not share a public sector ethos, and calls on the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to cancel this unnecessary competitive process and re-award the contract to the Royal Mail.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Donald Gorrie, Margo MacDonald, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Alex Neil, Michael Matheson, Kay Ullrich, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, John Farquhar Munro, Ms Sandra White, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Elaine Smith

S1M-3837 Alex Fergusson: MV Princess Victoria—That the Parliament notes the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the sinking of the MV Princess Victoria, one of the first roll-on roll-off ferries brought into service between Scotland and Ireland after the second world war; remember with great respect the 133 passengers and crew lost on the afternoon of 31 January 1953, and pays tribute to the bravery of the crews of the Royal Navy lifeboats from Portpatrick and Donaghadee and HMS Contest who unsuccessfully attempted to locate the stricken ferry in appalling conditions

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Mr Michael McMahon, David Mundell, Alasdair Morgan, Kay Ullrich, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Linda Fabiani, Murdo Fraser, Mr Murray Tosh, Mr Jamie Stone

S1M-3836# Cathy Peattie: Scottish Trades Union Movement—That the Parliament believes that a strong trade union movement is an essential element of a healthy democratic society and that the rights of workers should be strengthened not diminished; congratulates the Scottish Executive on its willingness to engage constructively with the trade union movement, and believes that the concordat signed in April 2002 by the Scottish Executive and the Scottish Trades Union Congress provides a sound basis for continued co-operation.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Brian Fitzpatrick, Mr Michael McMahon, Kate Maclean, Bill Butler, Johann Lamont, Janis Hughes, Mr Tom McCabe, Helen Eadie, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Rhoda Grant, Margaret Jamieson, Paul Martin, Cathie Craigie, Angus MacKay, Maureen Macmillan, Karen Gillon, Mr Jamie Stone, Jackie Baillie, Karen Whitefield, Elaine Smith, Mr John McAllion, Ms Wendy Alexander, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Susan Deacon, Pauline McNeill, Robin Harper, Marilyn Livingstone

S1M-3835 Ms Wendy Alexander: Hillington Park Innovation Centre—That the Parliament applauds the contribution Hillington Park Innovation Centre (HPIC) is making in supporting new companies with significant growth potential to establish themselves, take root and diversify the Renfrewshire economy, increasing the potential for indigenous small and medium enterprise growth; believes that, since Scottish Enterprise Renfrewshire supported the establishment of HPIC in 2000, the centre’s high-quality building and infrastructure have been helping secure Renfrewshire’s attraction to businesses seeking a strong, supportive and entrepreneurial environment supported by an on-site innovation team providing business development support; congratulates those responsible for a 16 million rise in turnover and an employment level of 240 people created by 36 tenants occupying over 80% of the lettable space with further employment opportunities anticipated; supports HPIC’s development of good relationships internationally and with the University of Paisley and other universities, resulting in the award of a Department of Trade and Industry Internet Incubator Fund project, "UNISP", which has so far provided support to five new e-commerce-related businesses coming out of universities; notes that HPIC is a recipient of the prestigious Scottish Property award for innovation, and would like to add its own recognition to this exciting enterprise.

Supported by: Brian Fitzpatrick, Bristow Muldoon, Johann Lamont, Trish Godman, Elaine Thomson, Donald Gorrie, Mr Tom McCabe, Mr Michael McMahon, Irene Oldfather, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Karen Gillon, Mr Kenneth Gibson

S1M-3834# Helen Eadie: Scottish Input to the General Agreement on Trade in Services—That the Parliament notes the current negotiations taking place through Her Majesty’s Government on the General Agreement on Trade in Services that covers many areas that are within the Scottish Parliament’s legislative competence; notes the need to feed Scottish concerns into the negotiations, and seeks assurances on the implications of article 1.3 that defines only services supplied in the exercise of governmental authority that are supplied neither on a commercial basis nor in competition with one or more service suppliers as exempt.

Supported by: Tavish Scott, Mr John McAllion, Jackie Baillie, Susan Deacon, Sarah Boyack, Donald Gorrie, Robert Brown, Margo MacDonald, Bill Butler, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Irene McGugan, Pauline McNeill, Nora Radcliffe, Robin Harper R, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Ms Sandra White, Cathy Peattie, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Elaine Smith, Marilyn Livingstone, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Angus MacKay

S1M-3834.1 Linda Fabiani: Scottish Input to the General Agreement on Trade in Services—As an amendment to motion (S1M-3834) in the name of Helen Eadie, leave out from "and seeks" to end and insert "further notes the answer to question S1W-33604 by Mr Andy Kerr on 13 February 2003 and, in particular, the last paragraph of the answer which states that "PPP is governed by EU Procurement Regulations which already require an open and inclusive approach" and that the "General Agreement on Trade in Services applies worldwide and its policy of liberalisation is not inconsistent with the rules under which PPP is procured", and believes that this indicates that services that are subject to PPP will not be exempt from liberalisation under the General Agreement on Trade in Services."

Supported by: Richard Lochhead, Stewart Stevenson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Kay Ullrich, Tricia Marwick, Shona Robison, Colin Campbell, Michael Matheson, Ms Sandra White, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Roseanna Cunningham, Fiona McLeod, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Tommy Sheridan, Robin Harper, Irene McGugan

S1M-3832# Sarah Boyack: University of Edinburgh School of Informatics—That the Parliament recognises the severity of the damage caused by the Old Town fire to the University of Edinburgh’s internationally renowned School of Informatics; congratulates the University on the rapid action taken to minimise the impact of the fire on its activities; supports the appeal to rebuild its unique Artificial Intelligence library, and gives its full backing to the University of Edinburgh’s aspirations to accelerate the development of its world-class research, teaching and technology transfer in this field.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Brian Fitzpatrick, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Linda Fabiani, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Susan Deacon, Angus MacKay, Rhoda Grant, Ms Wendy Alexander, Mr Jamie Stone, Margaret Jamieson, Trish Godman, Mr Michael McMahon, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Karen Gillon, Scott Barrie, Pauline McNeill, Mrs Margaret Smith, Mr Tom McCabe, Ian Jenkins, Dr Richard Simpson, Mr Kenneth Macintosh

S1M-3831 Michael Matheson: Cuban Economic Embargo—That the Parliament condemns the United States (US) Government’s four-decade-old economic embargo against the people of Cuba with the Helms-Burton trade barrier; notes the recent legal advice provided to William Grant & Sons, that in the US 21-year old Glenfiddich Havana Reserve would fall foul of the trade barrier, purely because the whisky is matured in Cuban rum casks; congratulates William Grant & Sons on persisting with the use of Cuban rum casks despite the difficulties caused with the US market, and calls upon the current US Government to end the unjustified trade embargo against the people of Cuba.

Supported by: Ms Sandra White, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Colin Campbell, Tricia Marwick, Michael Russell, Linda Fabiani, Mr John McAllion, Fiona McLeod, Christine Grahame, Donald Gorrie, Scott Barrie, Bill Butler, Brian Adam, Alex Neil, Alasdair Morgan, Kay Ullrich, Nora Radcliffe, Robin Harper, Tommy Sheridan, Pauline McNeill, Cathy Peattie, Susan Deacon, Shona Robison, Andrew Wilson

S1M-3829 Brian Fitzpatrick: Centenary of James McNeill Whistler (1834 - 1903)—That the Parliament commends the hard work and efforts of all of the people associated with the events taking place at The Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow, to mark the centenary of the death of James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903); notes that, while Whistler only visited Scotland once, he had strong links with the country through his family and the influence of his work, most notably on the Glasgow Boys; further notes that one of the world's most important collections of Whistler's work is held at the Hunterian Art Gallery and was presented to the University of Glasgow by Whistler's heir, Rosalind Birnie Philip, in recognition of his Scottish links and the conferral of an honorary degree on him in 1903; applauds the sterling efforts of all concerned in securing the return to Glasgow on loan from the Musée d'Orsay, for the first time in half a century, of Whistler's most famous work, Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1: Portrait of the Painter's Mother (1871), and in explaining the significance of the painting for Whistler, its acquisition by the Musée du Luxembourg in 1891 and its continuing life as an icon and inspiration for satirists, cartoonists, copyists and others; commends the work of the Centre for Whistler Studies at the University of Glasgow in preparing an edition of the 10,000 letters in the Whistler correspondence, highlighting his contacts with artists, critics, dealers, models, patrons, publishers and many more and demonstrating that he was known as much for his sharp wit as for his art during the half-century from 1855 to 1903, and is encouraged by the support lent by LloydsTSB Scotland for a range of Whistler 2003 exhibitions and events as part of a Glasgow-wide festival running throughout the year.

Supported by: Mr Jamie Stone, Michael Russell, Cathie Craigie, Jackie Baillie, Helen Eadie, Mr Brian Monteith, Ms Sandra White, Trish Godman, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Ian Jenkins, Donald Gorrie, Mr Michael McMahon, Mr Gil Paterson, Linda Fabiani, Cathy Peattie, Pauline McNeill, Marilyn Livingstone

S1M-3828 Christine Grahame: Cockenzie House—That the Parliament notes with concern the threatened and imminent closure of Cockenzie House in Cockenzie, a private nursing home currently with 56 residents aged from 50 to 90, due to persistent under-funding by the local authority; further notes that by 31 March 2003 it is probable that those 56 frail people will lose what is now their home and that this is yet another example of the loss of local provision for the frail and elderly, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to take immediate steps nationwide to provide urgent funding in the interests of those who are our most vulnerable citizens.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Fiona Hyslop, Nicola Sturgeon, Linda Fabiani, Colin Campbell, Fergus Ewing, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Brian Adam, Roseanna Cunningham, Alex Neil, Ms Sandra White

S1M-3828.1 Mr John Home Robertson: Cockenzie House—As an amendment to motion (S1M-3828) in the name of Christine Grahame, leave out from "with concern" to end and insert "the concern of residents, relatives and staff about the future of Cockenzie House Nursing Home; further notes the very substantial increase in funding from the Scottish Executive for nursing home fees in 2002, in addition to the free personal care package, and welcomes the progress of discussions about another substantial uprating in 2003; commends the efforts of East Lothian Council to help the proprietor of Cockenzie House by seeking to take up empty places in the home, and endorses the council’s determination to do everything in its power to safeguard the residents and, while acknowledging the right of the owner to sell Cockenzie House, urges him to resolve the uncertainty by selling the home as a going concern."

Supported by: Brian Fitzpatrick, Mr Michael McMahon, Susan Deacon

S1M-3827# Stewart Stevenson: Towns Review—That the Parliament recognises the invaluable contribution that Scotland’s towns make to national life and the fabric of society, notes with concern the current lack of plans to carry out a towns review and provide funds on a similar basis as for cities, and believes that a review should be carried out, as a matter of urgency, to promote and restore vitality in Scotland’s towns which would result in job creation, enhanced service provision, improved infrastructure and a boost to civic pride.

Supported by: Mrs Margaret Ewing, Colin Campbell, Linda Fabiani, Christine Grahame, Tricia Marwick, Alex Neil, Ms Sandra White, Michael Matheson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Michael Russell, Roseanna Cunningham, Richard Lochhead, Mr Jamie Stone, Fiona McLeod, Donald Gorrie

S1M-3824# Linda Fabiani: Scottish Police Memorial Trust—That the Parliament welcomes the formation of the Scottish Police Memorial Trust by James McNulty, retired police officer, and Christine Fulton, widow of Constable Lewis Fulton of Strathclyde Police who was the last officer to be murdered on duty in Scotland in June 1994; notes that the purpose of the trust is to identify a suitable location and build and maintain a national memorial to all Scottish police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty, and considers that the Scottish Executive should support this initiative.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, Michael Matheson, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Murray Tosh, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Christine Grahame, Brian Adam, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Richard Lochhead, Murdo Fraser, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Michael Russell, Tricia Marwick, Fiona Hyslop, Robin Harper, Phil Gallie, Ms Sandra White, Colin Campbell, Shona Robison, Bristow Muldoon, Fiona McLeod, Donald Gorrie, Brian Fitzpatrick, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Alex Neil, Alasdair Morgan, Tommy Sheridan, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Pauline McNeill, Margaret Jamieson, Andrew Wilson

S1M-3823 Tricia Marwick: Scottish Fire Services—That the Parliament deplores the action taken by Her Majesty's Government to introduce legislation to take new powers of direction over the fire service; is mindful that under the Scotland Act 1998 the Scottish Parliament has legislative competence for all fire service matters in Scotland, and urges the Scottish Executive to develop a distinctive Scottish Fire Service as outlined in the consultation paper The Scottish Fire Service of the Future and to make it clear to Her Majesty's Government that any legislation for the Scottish Fire Service will be subject to proper consultation and scrutiny by the committees of the Parliament.

Supported by: Colin Campbell, Linda Fabiani, Stewart Stevenson, Alex Neil, Bruce Crawford, Fiona Hyslop, Fergus Ewing, Ms Sandra White, Nicola Sturgeon, Shona Robison, Fiona McLeod, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Richard Lochhead, Brian Adam, Michael Russell, Michael Matheson, Christine Grahame, Kay Ullrich, Irene McGugan, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Tommy Sheridan, Dennis Canavan, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Andrew Wilson

S1M-3821# Richard Lochhead: Crime in the North East—That the Parliament expresses concern over the level of crime in Grampian; believes that this is largely linked to substance misuse; recognises that substance misuse and consequent crime affects both urban and rural communities in the region; notes that Aberdeen has the highest level of break-ins of any local authority area in Scotland and the second highest level of overall crime; notes that Grampian has the highest level of crimes of dishonesty in Scotland; believes that the situation is not helped by the historical under-funding of Grampian Police which has one of the lowest levels of funding in Scotland and the lowest level of police officers per head of population; further believes that the situation is exacerbated by the length of time that drug misusers must wait for treatment from local services, and considers that the Scottish Executive should investigate the level of crime in Grampian and take the necessary steps to tackle the causes.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Ms Sandra White, Brian Adam, Michael Matheson, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Colin Campbell, Kay Ullrich, Christine Grahame, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Roseanna Cunningham, Alex Neil, Irene McGugan

S1M-3819 Tommy Sheridan: Statement by the Deputy Prime Minister on the Fire Service—That the Parliament condemns the dictatorial attempt by the Deputy Prime Minister to impose a new national settlement on the firefighters; believes that this is a prelude to cutting the numbers of firefighters, fire stations and level of firecover and is a threat to the people of Scotland and the UK as a whole, and demands that the Scottish Executive resists these attempts and continues the normal process of negotiations and agreement with trade unions.

S1M-3813 Robin Harper: World Economic Forum, Davos, 2003—That the Parliament notes the attendance of Patricia Hewitt, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, at the meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos, Switzerland, on 23 to 27 January 2003; notes that the WEF is a meeting of business leaders and politicians to discuss world social and economic policy; notes that previous meetings of the WEF have seen promises from chief executives of multinational corporations about their aspirations to achieve social and environmental responsibility; believes that voluntary action by corporations on environment and social issues is not delivering sustainability, and therefore urges the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to propose binding rules on corporations in order that they can be held accountable for their environmental and social impacts.

Supported by: Nora Radcliffe, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Tommy Sheridan

S1M-3812 Tommy Sheridan: Torness Nuclear Power Station—That the Parliament notes that Torness Nuclear Power Station was recently fined 15,000 for dumping radioactive materials in the sea; notes that Scotland does not need Torness to produce electricity and that it and the other nuclear power stations are a major economic burden to the taxpayer, and therefore calls for Torness to be closed and the workforce to be redeployed to decommission the plant.

Supported by: Mr Lloyd Quinan

S1M-3810 Christine Grahame: Private Finance Initiative—That the Parliament notes the recent findings of the Audit Commission report into Private Finance Initiative (PFI) in schools in England which compared 17 of 25 PFI schools with 12 traditionally funded schools and, in particular, notes that (a) the quality of school buildings built via more traditional means was, on average, better than early PFI schools, (b) there was criticism by users of design aspects such as classroom lay-out and size, (c) there was no clear-cut difference between traditional and PFI schools on unit costs, (d) there were particular concerns regarding risk allocation, for example vandalism was not a risk transferred to the provider although risk management was often the key factor in tipping the balance in favour of PFI, (e) if there was a major problem with a school building the bottom line was that the local authority, bearing statutory responsibility for education provision, had to step in if the PFI provider failed to respond, (f) the report found no evidence that PFI schemes delivered schools more quickly than more traditional methods and (g) the report recommended a choice of procurement options; therefore challenges the statements by the Minister for Finance and Public Services in his letter to me on 20 January 2003 that "the classic Public Private Partnership (PPP) model has been tried and tested by authorities in the market and has shown that it can attract competitive and efficient bids and deliver good outputs" and that PPP will deliver "real improvements to our school estate quickly and effectively", and calls upon the Scottish Executive to halt the PFI/PPP programme in the light of this and other critical reports.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, Michael Matheson, Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Gil Paterson, Ms Sandra White, Andrew Wilson

S1M-3808# Robin Harper: Landfill Tax Credit Scheme—That the Parliament notes problems being caused for voluntary and small business environmental projects by changes to the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme; notes that the Business Environmental Partnership has completed more than 600 environmental projects with 558 companies that have identified over 4.5 million annual cost savings opportunities, over 10 million in new sales opportunities, helped to safeguard 58 jobs in companies across the Lothians and assisted 25 businesses to achieve accreditation to IS0 14001 in environmental management systems; further notes the huge contribution made to recycling in Edinburgh by the Lothian and Edinburgh Environmental Partnership, an organisation that also recycles the Parliament's paper, and considers that the Scottish Executive should, as a matter of urgency, enter into consultation with all parties concerned, including HM Treasury and Entrust.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Adam Ingram, Pauline McNeill

S1M-3806 Brian Fitzpatrick: National Holocaust Memorial Day, 27 January 2003 —That the Parliament acknowledges that the Holocaust shook the foundations of modern civilisation and that its unprecedented character and horror will always hold universal meaning; condemns the evils of prejudice, discrimination and racism and affirms the values of a free, tolerant, and democratic society; believes that the Holocaust must have a permanent place in our nation's collective memory; honours the survivors still with us and reaffirms our commitment to the shared values of mutual understanding and justice; encourages educators, policy-makers, elected representatives, church and community leaders and parents to work together so that future generations understand the causes of the Holocaust and reflect upon its consequences and vows to remember the victims of Nazi persecution and of all genocide; values the sacrifices of those who risked their lives to protect or rescue victims, as a touchstone of the human capacity for good in the face of evil; recognises that humanity is still scarred by beliefs that nationality, race, religion, disability or sexuality make some people's lives worth less than others and notes that genocide, anti-Semitism, racism, xenophobia and discrimination still continue to scar humanity's conscience; pledges to work together against these evils and to strengthen our efforts to promote education and research about the Holocaust and other genocide to make sure that the lessons of such events are fully learnt, and further encourages continuing Holocaust remembrance by holding an annual UK Holocaust Memorial Day and associated local events.

Supported by: Karen Gillon, Mr Murray Tosh, Fergus Ewing, Bristow Muldoon, Angus MacKay, Stewart Stevenson, Jackie Baillie, Helen Eadie, Nora Radcliffe, Rhoda Grant, Bill Butler, Ms Sandra White, Karen Whitefield, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Kate Maclean, Alex Neil, Dr Richard Simpson, Scott Barrie, Trish Godman, Robin Harper, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr Michael McMahon, John Farquhar Munro, Pauline McNeill, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Russell, Cathie Craigie, Margaret Jamieson, Marilyn Livingstone, Ian Jenkins, Fiona McLeod, Irene Oldfather, Kay Ullrich, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Shona Robison

S1M-3805 Johann Lamont: Transport Needs of Disabled People—That the Parliament welcomes the European Year of Disabled People; congratulates the Scottish Executive on the introduction of free bus travel for people with disabilities, and believes that the Executive should consider further measures to address the transport needs of disabled people.

Supported by: Brian Fitzpatrick, Robert Brown, Dr Richard Simpson, Scott Barrie, Trish Godman, Irene McGugan, Donald Gorrie, Irene Oldfather, Kay Ullrich, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Linda Fabiani, Jackie Baillie, Tommy Sheridan, Pauline McNeill, Elaine Smith

S1M-3804 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-3804.1 Linda Fabiani: Performance of Holyrood Progress Group—As an amendment to motion (S1M-3804) in the name of Margo MacDonald, leave out from "has no" to end and insert "notes that the Holyrood Progress Group was not responsible for the purchase of the reception desk for the new Parliament building and expresses concern that a member of this Parliament would arbitrarily submit a motion of no confidence in parliamentary colleagues without first carrying out basic research to establish the facts of the matter."

Supported by: Fiona McLeod, Mr Jamie Stone, Richard Lochhead, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Stewart Stevenson, Mr John Home Robertson, Kay Ullrich, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Tricia Marwick

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.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Alex Neil, Mr Gil Paterson, Donald Gorrie, Ms Sandra White, Shona Robison

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, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Bill Butler, Elaine Smith, Linda Fabiani, Ms Sandra White, Tommy Sheridan

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.

Supported by: Robert Brown, Mr Gil Paterson

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, Brian Fitzpatrick, Mr John McAllion, Ian Jenkins, Alex Neil, Scott Barrie, Donald Gorrie

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, Ian Jenkins, Irene Oldfather, Dr Richard Simpson, Susan Deacon, Bristow Muldoon, Donald Gorrie, Bill Butler, Alasdair Morgan, Pauline McNeill

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, Mr Gil Paterson, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenneth Gibson

S1M-3782 Mr Lloyd Quinan: Grampian Records Liquidation—That the Parliament regrets the circumstances that have led Grampian Records, Wick, to the point of liquidation; further recognises the vital role the company plays in the infrastructure of the Scottish music industry, and calls upon the Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning to expend every energy to find means to save this vital element of our music industry.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Ms Sandra White, Michael Matheson, Fergus Ewing, Fiona McLeod, Mr John McAllion, Stewart Stevenson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Donald Gorrie, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Irene McGugan, Michael Russell, Tommy Sheridan, Alex Neil, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Kay Ullrich, Robin Harper, Elaine Smith

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, Mr Gil Paterson, Donald Gorrie

S1M-3775 Mr Mike Rumbles: International Year of Mountains—That the Parliament notes that 2002 was the International Year of Mountains; further notes the high ecological value and great socio-economic importance of mountains for Scotland; welcomes the figure that 90% of visitors associate "beautiful scenery" with Scotland prior to their visit; notes the estimate that visits to the countryside for walking are worth 438 million to the Scottish economy; further notes the essential health benefits associated with walking anywhere, particularly in the hills, and calls on the Scottish Executive to continue to protect and promote Scotland's mountains as essential natural heritage, a source of wealth for the economy and a destination with significant health benefits for visitors.

Supported by: Scott Barrie, Donald Gorrie, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Keith Raffan, Michael Matheson, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Jamie Stone

S1M-3773 Pauline McNeill: Drug Rape—That the Parliament congratulates Strathclyde Police on responding to increasing public concern over date rape drugs and taking the matter seriously and welcomes the force's "Drug Rape - Watch What you Drink" campaign over the festive season, which calls on the public to take extra care, particularly in relation to alcohol which is involved in over 50% of date rape drugging cases.

Supported by: Scott Barrie, Mr Tom McCabe, Brian Fitzpatrick, Mr Michael McMahon, Donald Gorrie, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Trish Godman, Mr Adam Ingram, Tommy Sheridan, Kay Ullrich, Ms Sandra White, Michael Matheson, Nora Radcliffe, Johann Lamont, Dr Richard Simpson, Mr Gil Paterson, Elaine Smith, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr Kenneth Gibson

S1M-3764 Marilyn Livingstone: Learndirect Scotland—That the Parliament notes with pleasure the successful growth in the number of learndirect Scotland centres in 2002, from 235 to 390 of which 185 are in socially excluded areas; congratulates learndirect Scotland and its many partners on developing this valuable new infrastructure that represents a major contribution to social inclusion through widening access to learning skills and employability; congratulates, in particular, Fife College of Further and Higher Education on its exemplary commitment to extending access to learning, and notes that the college is opening its eighth centre this month, making this the largest number of centres to be established by any one organisation in Scotland.

Supported by: Mr Michael McMahon, Robert Brown, Ms Wendy Alexander, Mr John McAllion, Brian Fitzpatrick, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Maureen Macmillan, Tavish Scott, Trish Godman, Elaine Thomson, Bill Butler, Cathie Craigie, Nora Radcliffe, Karen Gillon, Scott Barrie, Robin Harper, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Pauline McNeill, Mr Tom McCabe, Irene Oldfather, Donald Gorrie, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr Keith Raffan, Johann Lamont, Dr Richard Simpson, Elaine Smith

S1M-3762# Sarah Boyack: New Investment for Dumbiedykes—That the Parliament regrets the withdrawal of Old Town and Hillcrest, the preferred housing associations, from the proposed housing stock transfer of Dumbiedykes in Edinburgh; notes the lack of investment in upgrading the housing stock in the area in the last six years; welcomes the development of key community facilities such as the IT learning centre, the community food co-operative, the Crags Sports Centre and the new Braidwood Community and Youth Centre; believes that there is a need for urgent action from the City of Edinburgh Council and the Scottish Executive to identify and deliver a new investment strategy for housing and improvements to the area in partnership with local residents, and considers that the Executive should urgently review the procedures and timescales for stock transfer in the light of the Dumbiedykes experience.

Supported by: Brian Fitzpatrick, Bristow Muldoon, Mr John McAllion, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Helen Eadie, Elaine Thomson, Ms Wendy Alexander, Trish Godman, Jackie Baillie, Scott Barrie, Mr Tom McCabe, Dr Richard Simpson, Mr Jamie Stone

S1M-3761 Tommy Sheridan: Firefighters' Strike—That the Parliament condemns the insulting offer to the firefighters of 4% funded by the loss of 4,500 jobs and 150 fire stations; believes that this offer shows that the Parliament was correct when it rejected the Scottish Executive’s attempt to amend the Fire Services Act 1947 to allow the speedy closure of fire stations, and calls on the Executive to call on Her Majesty’s Government to fund fully local authorities to enable them to settle the firefighters’ just claim.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Mr Lloyd Quinan

S1M-3759# Christine Grahame: Dealing with Young Offenders—That the Parliament notes that the Audit Scotland report, Dealing with offending by young people, makes 38 recommendations for action in dealing with young people who offend; in particular, notes the report's statements that (a) the system for dealing with young people is slow, taking on average five and a half months for a child to reach a children's hearing and around eight months to get a court decision on a young person, (b) young people are dealt with unevenly across Scotland, (c) large numbers of young people, 2,300 or 16% of those convicted, are imprisoned and that 60% of those re-offend within two years of release, (d) more money, around 60% of the total spending on youth justice, is spent on prosecuting and reaching decisions about young offenders than on services to tackle offending behaviour, (e) there is a chronic shortage of social workers in children's services and 13% of posts for children's services social workers were vacant and (f) information about offending and about the quality of services is inadequate, and considers this thorough report a damning indictment of the Scottish Executive's youth crime policies and that after nearly four years in office, these policies have failed Scotland's young, their parents, their communities and Scotland at large.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Keith Raffan

S1M-3759.1 Donald Gorrie: Dealing with Young Offenders—As an amendment to motion (S1M-3759) in the name of Christine Grahame, leave out from "considers" to end and insert "believes that the Scottish Executive should respond to these recommendations and take urgent action to remedy these defects."

Supported by: Nora Radcliffe

S1M-3756# Elaine Smith: UNICEF Report, The State of the World's Children 2003—That the Parliament notes the publication of the report The State of the World’s Children 2003; commends UNICEF’s commitment to monitoring children’s rights and development internationally and congratulates it for its contribution for achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals: is concerned that the report shows that children’s participation in society is largely undeveloped and that millions of children and young people have doubts about the usefulness of voting as a method of improving their lives and often do not see government leaders as role models; considers that the Scottish Executive should take all possible action to assist Her Majesty’s Government in achieving the Millennium Development Goals, and supports the creation of a protective environment to allow children world-wide to grow up free from poverty, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Ms Sandra White, Christine Grahame, Donald Gorrie, Alex Neil, Nora Radcliffe, Irene McGugan, Pauline McNeill, Robert Brown, Mr John McAllion, Rhoda Grant, Fiona McLeod, Richard Lochhead, Mr Adam Ingram, Bill Butler, Sarah Boyack, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Kate Maclean, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Keith Raffan, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Marilyn Livingstone, Dennis Canavan, Robin Harper, Fiona Hyslop, Irene Oldfather, Mr Gil Paterson, Susan Deacon

S1M-3752 Tavish Scott: Dumping of Salmon—That the Parliament notes with concern the recent decision of the European Commission to allow the EU/Norway agreement on the minimum import price of salmon to lapse and to terminate its investigation of the anti-dumping complaints against salmon farmers in Chile and the Faeroe Islands without imposing any anti-dumping measures; condemns the Commission for making the announcement over the Christmas and New Year holiday period, effectively leaving Scottish salmon farmers less than a week to make a detailed submission in response to its disclosure document; recognises the importance of the salmon farming industry to Scotland, particularly in the Highlands and Islands, and calls on the Scottish Executive to support calls for an extension of the deadline for responses to the Commission’s disclosure document and to ensure that the case put to the Commission by the EU Salmon Producers Group is given full and proper consideration.

Supported by: Mr Jamie Stone, John Farquhar Munro, Robin Harper, Donald Gorrie, Mr Alasdair Morrison, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Dr Richard Simpson, Brian Fitzpatrick

S1M-3750# Trish Godman: Ageism in the Labour Market—That the Parliament believes that it is both absurd and hypocritical to advocate the need for longer working lives when the labour market is infected so heavily with ageism, meaning that many individuals in their 40s and 50s are denied the opportunity to engage in full-time, or even part-time, work or voluntary participation in their local communities; further believes that measures must be adopted in the public and private sectors to deal with this economic and social problem, and considers that the Scottish Executive should set a good example by ensuring that the civil service and public bodies are free of the pernicious problem of ageism in personnel principles, policies and practices.

Supported by: Roseanna Cunningham, Tommy Sheridan, Robin Harper, Mr John McAllion, Mr Michael McMahon, Linda Fabiani, Mr Murray Tosh, Mr Tom McCabe, Ms Wendy Alexander, Colin Campbell, Sarah Boyack, Ms Sandra White, David Mundell, Angus MacKay, Irene McGugan, Helen Eadie, Margaret Jamieson, Christine Grahame, Brian Fitzpatrick, Elaine Thomson, Irene Oldfather, Donald Gorrie, Paul Martin, John Young, Alex Neil, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Marilyn Livingstone, Pauline McNeill, Scott Barrie, Elaine Smith, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Keith Raffan, Kay Ullrich, Johann Lamont, Dr Richard Simpson, Mr Gil Paterson

S1M-3742 Nora Radcliffe: Lord Jenkins of Hillhead—That the Parliament notes with sadness the death of the Rt Hon Lord Jenkins of Hillhead; recalls his political service as Chancellor of the Exchequer, Home Secretary and President of the European Commission; recognises that, in his fight for human rights and against bigotry, racism, sexism, xenophobia and prejudice of all kinds, Roy Jenkins was far ahead of his time; further notes, in particular, his success as a liberal Home Secretary, in areas from prison reform to the reform of laws about homosexuality; appreciates his tenure as a distinguished representative of a Scottish constituency in Glasgow Hillhead, and expresses gratitude for his life of outstanding public service with a radical and reforming spirit.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, John Farquhar Munro, Mr Jamie Stone, Tavish Scott, Ian Jenkins, Iain Smith, Mrs Margaret Smith, Robert Brown, Robin Harper, Brian Fitzpatrick, Pauline McNeill, Mr Keith Raffan

S1M-3741 Mr Duncan McNeil: The Inverclyde Electronics Industry—That the Parliament notes with concern the recent announcement of job losses in the Inverclyde electronics industry; recognises that the Inverclyde economy has, in common with the wider Scottish economy, already been affected by job losses at companies such as NEC, Motorola and Compaq, and calls on the Scottish Executive and Scottish Enterprise to make every effort to respond to this serious situation and minimise the impact of the announcement on the local economy.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, Brian Fitzpatrick, Trish Godman, Irene Oldfather, Donald Gorrie, Bill Butler, Pauline McNeill, Scott Barrie, Elaine Smith

S1M-3738 Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh: Fame Academy—That the Parliament congratulates David Sneddon on winning BBC’s Fame Academy and wishes him every success in his future singing and songwriting career.

Supported by: Mr Gil Paterson, Pauline McNeill, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr Kenneth Gibson

S1M-3737 Pauline McNeill: Noise Pollution—That the Parliament notes the increasing number of complaints of domestic, industrial and street noise; notes the noise impact of the increasing popularity of wooden and laminate flooring in tenement dwellings reducing noise insulation of which many people are not aware; recognises the need for tighter regulation over particular noise pollution such as construction works in residential areas and the rules generally allowing all types of activity seven days a week until 1am with few restrictions; believes that there should be one clear day in the week free from construction noise in residential areas, and considers that there is a need for either new legislation or more restrictive hours applied to certain types of activity with respect to the relevant sections of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Trish Godman, Robin Harper, Nora Radcliffe, Angus MacKay, Robert Brown, Ms Sandra White, Brian Fitzpatrick, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Keith Raffan, Johann Lamont, Jackie Baillie, Mr Jamie Stone

S1M-3736 Pauline McNeill: Glasgow City Centre Policing—That the Parliament notes the extraordinary level of activity in Glasgow City Centre day and night and the intensive policing required of the ever-increasing night economy, particularly of young people attracted to the under-18s clubs; notes that there are approximately 36,000 people in Glasgow city centre four nights each week; notes that Glasgow has the highest level of shoppers in Scotland, being second only to London for UK shopping; notes the increasing occurrence of retail crime and public order disputes in Glasgow; notes that Glasgow has the highest proportion of licensed pubs and clubs outside London; notes the disproportionate responsibility on the city centre police force for maintaining public order in Glasgow city centre which is not recognised as unique in relation to resources allocated through the police funding formula, and considers that there is a case for revisiting the funding formula to provide greater resources for Strathclyde Police Division A.

Supported by: Trish Godman, Ms Sandra White, Bill Butler, Brian Fitzpatrick, Elaine Smith, Johann Lamont, Mr Kenneth Gibson

S1M-3735 Tavish Scott: Scotland's Fishing Communities—That the Parliament notes the shameful back-door dealing carried out by the European Commission during the meeting of the EU Fisheries Council in Brussels which demonstrated the double standards applied by the Commission when applying scientific arguments; commends the Scottish Executive and the Scottish fisheries industry for speedily convening a meeting to discuss financial packages to sustain the Scottish fishing industry and fishing communities; calls on all concerned with the future of Scotland’s fishing communities to support these constructive negotiations, and further calls on the Scottish Executive to seek funding from the EU for the financial package that will be required because of the targeting of the Scottish industry by the European Commission.

Supported by: Robert Brown, Iain Smith, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Jackie Baillie, Margaret Jamieson, Ian Jenkins, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Jamie Stone, John Farquhar Munro, Donald Gorrie, Robin Harper, Maureen Macmillan, Rhoda Grant, Marilyn Livingstone, Elaine Thomson, Mr Keith Raffan, Brian Fitzpatrick

S1M-3734 Robin Harper: UK Support for the Baku-Ceyhan Oil Pipeline—That the Parliament notes that public funding is being provided for the proposed Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline from Azerbaijan, through Georgia and Turkey, which is due to be constructed by a BP led consortium; is gravely concerned about the serious impacts the pipeline will have on the global environment by transporting the oil equivalent of nearly 30% of the UK’s yearly carbon dioxide output; is further concerned about the impacts of the pipeline on the local environment, on regional tensions and on local populations in its immediate vicinity, and calls on Her Majesty’s Government and directors in multilateral development banks to vote against providing funding for the project. R

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Ms Sandra White, Elaine Smith, Mr Lloyd Quinan

S1M-3733 Robin Harper: Christmas Card Recycling—That the Parliament notes that if every MSP sent every other MSP a Christmas card, over 16,000 cards would be received; therefore welcomes the scheme to recycle Christmas cards whereby between 6 January and 2 February 2003 Christmas cards can be taken to all WH Smith and TESCO stores for recycling, and notes that the funds raised by the scheme will help the Woodland Trust, a leading woodland conservation charity, to create and care for new native woodland in Scotland.

Supported by: Murdo Fraser, Sarah Boyack, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Irene McGugan, Irene Oldfather, Michael Russell, Jackie Baillie, Margaret Jamieson, Alex Fergusson, Margo MacDonald, Mr John McAllion, Christine Grahame, Nora Radcliffe, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Karen Gillon, Cathy Peattie, Marilyn Livingstone, Ms Sandra White, Donald Gorrie, Pauline McNeill, Iain Smith, Elaine Smith, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Susan Deacon

S1M-3726# Michael Matheson: Falkirk Community Stadium Project—That the Parliament notes the important social and economic benefits of the Falkirk Community Stadium Project to Falkirk District; further notes with dismay the intransigence and lack of co-operation from Network Rail on this project, in attempting to hold the local community to ransom over access rights, and considers that Network Rail should recognise the important value that this development has to the local community and reconsider its position in favour of the local community.

Supported by: Linda Fabiani, Alex Neil, Andrew Wilson, Mr Gil Paterson, Dennis Canavan, Donald Gorrie, Brian Adam, Christine Grahame, Cathy Peattie

S1M-3725# Margo MacDonald: War with Iraq—That the Parliament, as the primary forum for the expression of opinion in Scotland, and with Scottish members of the armed forces now committed to preparations for aggressive military action against Iraq, declares its right to oppose war with Iraq without prior, specific approval for such action by the United Nations Security Council.

Supported by: Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan, Robin Harper, Dennis Canavan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Donald Gorrie, Brian Adam, Christine Grahame, Ms Sandra White

S1M-3718 Alasdair Morgan: Planning Application for an Extension of the Landfill Site at Aucheninnes, Kirkcudbrightshire—That the Parliament calls on the Scottish Executive to hold a full public enquiry into the planning application which is now with it, lodged by Shanks Waste Management with Dumfries and Galloway Council, for the extension of the landfill site at Aucheninnes, Kirkcudbrightshire, given the application's potential detrimental environmental effects on the community of Dalbeattie.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, David Mundell, Alex Fergusson, Robin Harper, Mr Kenny MacAskill

S1M-3717# Brian Fitzpatrick: Dialogues Project—That the Parliament congratulates all concerned on the launch of the Dialogues project by the University of Glasgow, which is designed to give about 200 small- and medium-sized west of Scotland businesses, including existing and new businesses, access to the expertise and knowledge base of the university; recognises the opportunity that this welcome initiative provides for pulling together key players in economic development, including Scottish Enterprise, local authorities, the NHS, the education sector and the private sector, and promoting joined-up thinking across the support networks; welcomes the funding support that has been made available from the University of Glasgow, Strathclyde European Partnership and Glasgow City Council and the collaborative working undertaken by Strathclyde University and the NHS on this project; notes the progress made since 1997 in translating research knowledge into commercial reality and in finding ways to develop innovations and discoveries here, rather than simply seeking opportunities overseas; encourages further progress in supporting research activity and commercialisation to help Scottish businesses and the business base of our universities grow, and believes that the Scottish Executive should give early consideration to securing comprehensive baseline data information about the commercial outputs being generated from research conducted in Scottish universities and research institutes to enable better target setting and performance evaluation and thereby influence future commercialisation strategies.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Irene Oldfather, Trish Godman, Robin Harper, Cathy Peattie, Bill Butler, Mr Kenneth Gibson

S1M-3714 Johann Lamont: Glasgow: European City of Sport 2003—That the Parliament congratulates Glasgow on receiving the title of European City of Sport 2003 and considers that this honour should be taken into account in the decision on the siting of the new national sports stadium.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Brian Fitzpatrick, Trish Godman, Cathy Peattie, Bill Butler, Elaine Smith

S1M-3713# Shona Robison: Records of Property Ownership—That the Parliament notes that many communal properties in the ownership of private landlords receive no maintenance and little repair; recognises that these properties blight surrounding areas; acknowledges the good work of local councils in trying to enforce repair works, and believes that the Scottish Executive should assist local councils in this work by making records of property ownership readily available to them.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Alex Neil, Brian Adam, Christine Grahame, Robin Harper R, Linda Fabiani, Mr Gil Paterson, Ms Sandra White, Mr Kenneth Gibson

S1M-3712 Tavish Scott: Scotland's Fishing Communities—That the Parliament notes with concern the open letter to fishermen from European Commissioner Franz Fischler issued last week; challenges his statement that the European Union would not be forcing anyone to scrap their boats or to give up fishing if the European Commission’s recommended white fish total allowable catches were accepted by the Fisheries Council; notes with dismay the implication that Mr Fischler is using the lure of fleet subsidies to win support from southern EU member states when expansion of their fleets is inappropriate in the current circumstances; reaffirms its full support for Scotland’s fishing communities, and calls on the Scottish Executive to continue to give its full backing to the Scottish white fish industry.

Supported by: Mr Jamie McGrigor, Alex Fergusson, Donald Gorrie, Mr Jamie Stone

S1M-3710# Ms Sandra White: Digital Hearing Aids—That the Parliament notes the recent announcement by the Northern Ireland Executive that it will have in place by March 2004 a service to supply digital hearing aids to those who would benefit from them; further notes with concern that Scotland, which once led the UK in audiology services, will now be the only part of the UK without any commitment to fully modernised audiology services, and therefore considers that the Scottish Executive should take, as a matter of urgency, measures and make resources available for the provision of digital hearing aids to all those who require them.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Shona Robison, Donald Gorrie, Mr Andrew Welsh, Michael Matheson, Alex Neil, Robert Brown, Dennis Canavan, Tricia Marwick, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Irene McGugan, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr Mike Rumbles, Brian Adam, John Scott, Christine Grahame, Linda Fabiani, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Kenneth Gibson

S1M-3709 Bruce Crawford: Westfield Public Inquiry—That the Parliament calls on the Scottish Executive to hold a full public inquiry into the planning application lodged by Alba Resource Recovery Ltd with Fife Council for their site at Westfield, Fife, which is now subject to an appeal to the Executive by Alba, given the application’s strategic importance for Scotland and the potential detrimental environmental effects on the communities of Ballingry, Benarty, Kinglassie and surrounding villages.

Supported by: Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Richard Lochhead, Stewart Stevenson, Alasdair Morgan, Fiona McLeod, Tricia Marwick, Robin Harper, Brian Adam, Tommy Sheridan, Michael Matheson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Ms Sandra White, Mr Keith Raffan, Mr Kenny MacAskill

S1M-3699 Tommy Sheridan: Scrap Scottish Enterprise and Increase Minimum Wage in the Public Sector—That the Parliament notes the research conducted by the Scottish Parliament Research Service, revealing that the cost of imposing a 7.32 per hour minimum wage and a 35-hour maximum working week across the public sector in Scotland would be 450 million per annum and would create an additional 24,000 public sector jobs; further notes that the Scottish Enterprise (SE) budgets for 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06 are 446 million, 453 million and 454 million respectively; believes that SE should be scrapped and its budget used instead to eradicate low pay in Scotland’s hospitals and town halls, modernise working conditions and create 24,000 new jobs on a minimum hourly rate of 7.32, as recommended by the Low Pay Unit, and further believes that such a public investment package would end low pay in the public sector, raise hundreds of thousands out of poverty and set good employment practices which the private sector would be compelled to match and that, instead of talking about tackling poverty, the Scottish Executive should act.

Supported by: Robin Harper

S1M-3693 Brian Fitzpatrick: Chilingirian String Quartet—That the Parliament applauds the hard work and commitment of all concerned at the Scottish Music Information Centre and the University of Glasgow in securing the visit of the Chilingirian String Quartet and its performance in tribute to one of the major benefactors of Scottish music in the twentieth century, Sir John Blackwood McEwen (1868-1948); notes that John McEwen was a renowned supporter of composers and young musicians, ultimately setting up the McEwen Bequest at the University of Glasgow, and that his fund encourages the performance of music by Scottish composers and has included works commissioned inter alia from Thea Musgrave, Martin Dalby, Robert Crawford and William Sweeney, and sends its congratulations to the quartet on its special concert at the University of Glasgow Concert Hall on 10 December 2002 to celebrate Sir John McEwen’s own music with a programme evidencing the quartet's reputation for pioneering British music through its unearthing of the music of Sir John McEwen in collaboration with the Scottish Music Information Centre and the University of Glasgow, where all the published and unpublished works of the composer are held.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie

S1M-3692 Sarah Boyack: Fire in the Old Town, Edinburgh—That the Parliament expresses its regret over the fire in the heart of the historic Old Town in Edinburgh; commends the work of all the firefighters from brigades across the south-east of Scotland that were involved in tackling the blaze and the commitment of council staff and the police who worked to protect lives and provide emergency accommodation for residents; notes the need for a swift outcome to the full investigation into the causes of the fire; acknowledges that the incident has left a "gaping wound in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town"; encourages swift establishment of ownership of the thirteen buildings in the devastated area and safe demolition where required on safety grounds, and calls for consultation with the local community about the future of the site and for a sympathetic reconstruction which complements the character of this internationally acknowledged historic site.

Supported by: Mr Michael McMahon, Mr Alasdair Morrison, Brian Fitzpatrick, Cathie Craigie, Angus MacKay, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Nora Radcliffe, Robert Brown, Bristow Muldoon, Mrs Margaret Smith, Tavish Scott, Paul Martin, Margaret Jamieson, Mr John McAllion, Janis Hughes, Rhona Brankin, Ian Jenkins, Mr Keith Raffan, Johann Lamont, Donald Gorrie, Trish Godman, Jackie Baillie, Elaine Thomson, Ms Wendy Alexander, Karen Gillon, Christine Grahame, Karen Whitefield, Elaine Smith, Mr Tom McCabe, Kate Maclean, Dr Richard Simpson, Susan Deacon, Marilyn Livingstone, Ms Sandra White, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Scott Barrie, Pauline McNeill, Fiona Hyslop, Irene Oldfather, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Brian Adam, Robin Harper, Cathy Peattie, Mr Kenneth Gibson

S1M-3692.1 Tommy Sheridan: Fire in the Old Town, Edinburgh—As an amendment to motion (S1M-3692) in the name of Sarah Boyack, insert at end ", and further believes that tragic incidents like these illustrate clearly the justice of the firefighters’ pay claim and the need for proper night cover at all times to ensure adequate response times and action to save lives."

Supported by: Linda Fabiani

S1M-3690# Tommy Sheridan: Loan to British Energy—That the Parliament notes the decision of Her Majesty’s Government to extend an emergency loan of 650 million of taxpayers’ money to the nuclear energy company, British Energy; believes that this is a misuse of public funds and only serves to highlight the fact that nuclear power is unsafe, unreliable and uneconomic, and agrees to communicate to Her Majesty’s Government the Parliament’s belief that British Energy should be put into administration, nuclear power should be phased out and investments in renewable power and energy efficiency schemes should be urgently accelerated.

Supported by: Robin Harper

S1M-3688# Tommy Sheridan: General Agreement on Trade in Services—That the Parliament calls for an immediate cessation of negotiations on the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS); notes the publication of the World Development Movement’s report into the implications of the General Agreement on Trade in Services which reveals that ultimate control of key public services, including health and education, has already been signed over to World Trade Organisation lawyers and that broadcasting and postal services are next in line to be locked into irreversible free trade agreements which could see virtually the entire infrastructure of Britain owned and controlled by profit-hungry multi-national companies; also notes the comments of Luton North Labour MP Kelvin Hopkins who slammed the World Trade Organisation’s plans as "an attack on democracy itself" and further stated, "How we choose to deliver basic services to citizens and how we decide to regulate the activities of companies are at the core of the duties of a modern democracy. GATS attack the ability of governments to make these decisions and are therefore an attack on democracy itself. Negotiations on this agreement should halt immediately"; agrees wholeheartedly with these sentiments, and considers that the Scottish Executive should make immediate representation to Her Majesty’s Government declaring the Scottish Parliament’s support for an immediate cessation of negotiations on the General Agreement on Trade in Services in order to protect democracy and the public services.

Supported by: Pauline McNeill, Ms Sandra White, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Margo MacDonald, Robin Harper, Linda Fabiani, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Elaine Smith

S1M-3687 Jackie Baillie: Children's Hospice Association Scotland Hospice at Balloch—That the Parliament notes with concern the recommendation to the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority to reject the planning application from the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) for a new hospice at Balloch; recognises and applauds the excellent and valuable work undertaken by CHAS for families of terminally-ill children and the pressing need for another hospice to be established; considers the development of the new hospice to be of national significance and notes that any further delay in the planning process will mean that the service will come simply too late for many children; congratulates the many individuals and communities in the Dumbarton constituency and across Scotland who have contributed through their considerable fundraising efforts to making the second hospice a reality, and calls upon the Park Authority, in recognising that the park is there for the enjoyment of all and not to be preserved in aspic, to apply common sense and compassion by supporting the application for a new hospice at Balloch.

Supported by: Susan Deacon, Brian Fitzpatrick, Dr Richard Simpson, Karen Gillon, Marilyn Livingstone, Sarah Boyack, Maureen Macmillan, Elaine Thomson, Mr George Reid, Rhoda Grant, Mr John McAllion, Elaine Smith, Mr Jamie Stone, Helen Eadie, Irene Oldfather, Cathy Peattie, Johann Lamont, Karen Whitefield, Mrs Margaret Smith, Mr Duncan McNeil, Margaret Jamieson, Kate Maclean, Janis Hughes, Bill Butler, Mr Alasdair Morrison, Rhona Brankin, Pauline McNeill, Cathie Craigie, Paul Martin, Mr Tom McCabe, Mr Michael McMahon, Bristow Muldoon, Mr Keith Raffan, Donald Gorrie, Tricia Marwick, Tavish Scott, Robert Brown, Iain Smith, John Farquhar Munro, Ian Jenkins, Nora Radcliffe, John Young, Mr Brian Monteith, Alex Johnstone, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Phil Gallie, Fiona Hyslop, Ben Wallace, Dr Winnie Ewing, Colin Campbell, Margo MacDonald, Kay Ullrich, Irene McGugan, Mary Scanlon, Scott Barrie, Angus MacKay, Dennis Canavan, Mr John Swinney, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Murray Tosh, Trish Godman, Fergus Ewing, Michael Matheson, Mr Adam Ingram, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenneth Gibson

S1M-3686 Brian Adam: Aberdeen Council Housing Debt—That the Parliament recognises the relatively low level of local authority housing debt in Aberdeen and demands that the Scottish Executive, rather than punishing Aberdeen tenants for deciding to stay under local authority control, take all necessary steps to write off this debt, just as it did with Glasgow’s local authority housing debt after the vote for the Executive’s preferred stock transfer scheme.

Supported by: Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Richard Lochhead, Ms Sandra White, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Colin Campbell, Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Robin Harper, Shona Robison, Irene McGugan

S1M-3684 Tommy Sheridan: Heroin and Cannabis—That the Parliament welcomes the shift in policy by Her Majesty’s Government on drugs; notes that the Government is now moving towards prescribing heroin on the NHS, instead of criminalising addicts, and reclassifying cannabis as a Class C rather than Class B drug, and notes with regret that the Scottish Executive has no plans to follow suit in respect of heroin prescribing and is therefore likely to allow hundreds more young people in Scotland to die due to drug misuse.

S1M-3682 Colin Campbell: Financial Fitness Team—That the Parliament congratulates the Financial Fitness Team (FFT) of Greenock and Inverclyde on the official opening of its new offices; notes the team’s excellent work in providing much-needed quality information to local people on a broad range of benefits and employment rights; further notes that the existence of such local services is of the utmost importance, ensuring that those entitled to benefits receive them in full, and further congratulates FFT on successfully securing social inclusion partnership funding and Community Fund monies, allowing a continued service until December 2004.

Supported by: Mr Adam Ingram, Tommy Sheridan, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenny MacAskill

S1M-3674 Mr Keith Raffan: Cairngorms National Park—That the Parliament welcomes the successful establishment of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park; looks forward to the establishment of Scotland’s second national park in the Cairngorms; notes that highland Perthshire is a vital part of the coherent natural and cultural identity of the Cairngorms, and believes that the park boundary should include this area, as recommended by Scottish Natural Heritage and supported by the overwhelming majority of respondents to the Scottish Executive’s consultation on the draft designation order and by the Rural Development Committee unanimously.

Supported by: Murdo Fraser, Nora Radcliffe, Mr David Davidson, Mr Mike Rumbles, Mr Brian Monteith, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mary Scanlon, John Scott, Mr Kenneth Gibson, David McLetchie, Mr Keith Raffan, Robin Harper, Fergus Ewing, Mr Keith Harding, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr John Swinney, Tommy Sheridan, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Donald Gorrie, Alasdair Morgan, Brian Adam, Dorothy-Grace Elder, George Lyon

S1M-3673 Brian Fitzpatrick: Majority Decision of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in the Appeal of R v (1) Her Majesty's Advocate and (2) The Advocate General for Scotland—That the Parliament expresses its grave concern about the implications for the criminal justice system of the majority decision of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in the appeal of R v (1) Her Majesty’s Advocate and (2) The Advocate General for Scotland, delivered on 28 November 2002; notes that the appeal arose from an indictment served for trial at the sitting of the High Court at Edinburgh on 2 October 2001 and included charges of indecent behaviour against four young girls including acts on dates when two of the girls were about three years old; notes that, notwithstanding delay in bringing those charges to trial, no submission was made that "R" would not get a fair trial nor was it held that a fair trial was other than still possible; notes the construction placed by the majority of the judges on the application of section 57(2) of the Scotland Act 1998; believes that the human rights obligation to bring accused persons to trial within a reasonable time might be vindicated by remedies other than dismissal of serious charges without inquiry by a jury; asserts that the right to be brought to trial is comprised in a right to be brought to trial without undue delay and not a right to escape trial because of undue delay and that the moral authority of human rights in the eyes of the public must not be undermined by allowing them to distort existing and sensible protections of our criminal justice system, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to recognise the competing interests of the public and accused persons where a finding is made that there has been unreasonable delay in criminal proceedings and to take all necessary measures to minimise or avoid the draconian effects on the prosecution system of this decision.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Stewart Stevenson, Margaret Jamieson, Dr Richard Simpson, Scott Barrie, Donald Gorrie, Cathy Peattie

S1M-3672 Michael Russell: Act of Settlement—That the Parliament recalls motion S1M-117 which it passed unanimously on 16 December 1999, condemning the Act of Settlement 1701 as an unacceptable piece of legislation that institutionalises religious discrimination and prejudice; deeply regrets that, despite an on-going campaign in Scotland and England which has involved MPs of all parties over the last three years, the Prime Minister has yet again refused to introduce legislation at Westminster to repeal the act; condemns the Prime Minister and his government for such intransigence and for their failure to take this action, which would give an example and encouragement to those that highlight the need to reject all manifestations of sectarianism and bigotry, and renews its call for the Act of Settlement 1701 to be repealed as a matter of urgency.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Michael Matheson, Irene McGugan, Fergus Ewing, Mr Adam Ingram, Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Gil Paterson, Fiona Hyslop, Shona Robison, Donald Gorrie, Linda Fabiani, Brian Adam

S1M-3669 Mr Lloyd Quinan: Single MMR Vaccines—That the Parliament congratulates Direct Remedies for providing single mumps, measles and rubella vaccines, thereby offering parents a choice in the treatment of their children which is currently denied them by the Scottish Executive, and believes that, while doubt remains surrounding the 3-in-1 MMR vaccine and its possible link to the diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorders, the Scottish Executive should reconsider its position of denying the single vaccines to children on the NHS, whilst also taking the necessary action to ensure that all possible causes of autistic spectrum disorders are examined in the light of the staggering increase in the incidence of autistic spectrum disorders, previously a rare disease.

Supported by: Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Christine Grahame, Fergus Ewing, Brian Adam, Ms Sandra White, Murdo Fraser, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Fiona McLeod, Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Linda Fabiani

S1M-3668 Pauline McNeill: Glasgow Victim Support Drop-In Centre—That the Parliament recognises the very real problem of city centre crime; notes that 15% of crime in Glasgow take place in the city centre; welcomes the unique new Victim Support 24 hour drop-in centre to provide practical assistance and emotional support for victims of assault and muggings which opened on 25 November 2002 in Glasgow's Saltmarket, and encourages victims of crime to use the centre, particularly those groups including homeless people, lesbian, gay and bisexual victims and others who tend not to report crimes.

Supported by: Brian Fitzpatrick, Tommy Sheridan, Dr Richard Simpson, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Elaine Smith, Donald Gorrie, Bill Butler

S1M-3667 Pauline McNeill: Cancer, Stroke and Heart Disease Research at University of Glasgow—That the Parliament welcomes the 1 million awarded to the University of Glasgow to carry out research into cancer, stroke and heart disease.

Supported by: Brian Fitzpatrick, Irene Oldfather, Tommy Sheridan, Margaret Jamieson, Bill Butler

S1M-3666# Brian Adam: London Weighting Allowance and Relocation of Civil Service Posts to Aberdeen—That the Parliament notes recent calls to increase the London weighting allowance and considers that the Scottish Executive should make representations to Her Majesty's Government discouraging such a proposal and seeking further dispersal of civil service posts throughout the UK, especially the relocation of the remaining Department of Trade and Industry positions that deal with the oil and gas industry to Aberdeen.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Christine Grahame, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Dorothy-Grace Elder

S1M-3665 Brian Adam: Local Authority Housing Stock - Aberdeen—That the Parliament congratulates the local authority tenants of Aberdeen on their emphatic decision to retain local authority housing in the recent ballot; condemns the waste of resources by Aberdeen City Council in conducting this exercise, despite the previously acknowledged consensus opinion of tenants in favour of the chosen option; calls on the Scottish Executive to abandon its ill-advised policy on large-scale voluntary transfer of council housing stock, and endorses the call for Aberdeen to be given prudential borrowing powers to improve the standards and numbers of affordable council houses in Aberdeen.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Ms Sandra White, Christine Grahame, Mr Adam Ingram, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Gil Paterson, Fiona Hyslop, Dorothy-Grace Elder

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.

Supported by: Mr Michael McMahon, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Linda Fabiani, Michael Matheson, Ms Sandra White, Trish Godman, Bill Butler, Tommy Sheridan, Nora Radcliffe, Sarah Boyack, Mr Murray Tosh, Dr Richard Simpson, Scott Barrie, Elaine Smith, Shona Robison, Donald Gorrie, Margaret Jamieson, Jackie Baillie, Irene McGugan, Dennis Canavan, Ms Wendy Alexander, Karen Gillon, Cathy Peattie, Marilyn Livingstone, Irene Oldfather, Susan Deacon

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, Robin Harper, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Linda Fabiani, Michael Matheson, Brian Fitzpatrick, Ms Sandra White, Christine Grahame, Trish Godman, Tommy Sheridan, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Robert Brown, Marilyn Livingstone, Nora Radcliffe, Sarah Boyack, Mr Murray Tosh, Dr Richard Simpson, Mr Gil Paterson, Scott Barrie, Elaine Smith, Fiona Hyslop, Donald Gorrie, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Irene McGugan, Margaret Jamieson, Brian Adam, Cathy Peattie, Mr Keith Raffan

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, Robin Harper, Susan Deacon, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Nicola Sturgeon, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Brian Adam, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Linda Fabiani, Mr David Davidson, Shona Robison, Bristow Muldoon, Richard Lochhead, Cathie Craigie, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Fiona McLeod, Ms Sandra White, Margo MacDonald, Mr Jamie Stone, Christine Grahame, Mr John McAllion, Irene McGugan, Bill Butler, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Keith Raffan, Ms Wendy Alexander, Kate Maclean, Mr Keith Harding, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Nora Radcliffe, Ian Jenkins, Sarah Boyack, Mr Murray Tosh, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Adam Ingram, Alex Neil, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr Gil Paterson, Scott Barrie, Elaine Smith, Karen Gillon, Cathy Peattie, Brian Fitzpatrick

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, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Robin Harper, Shona Robison, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Linda Fabiani, Elaine Thomson, Johann Lamont, Rhoda Grant, Ms Sandra White, Christine Grahame, Trish Godman, Mr Duncan McNeil, Tommy Sheridan, Marilyn Livingstone, Robert Brown, Nora Radcliffe, Dennis Canavan, Sarah Boyack, Mr Murray Tosh, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Adam Ingram, Stewart Stevenson, Roseanna Cunningham, Alex Neil, Dr Richard Simpson, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr Gil Paterson, Scott Barrie, Elaine Smith, Cathy Peattie, Irene McGugan, Richard Lochhead, David Mundell, Susan Deacon, Alex Fergusson, Mr Kenneth Gibson

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, Robin Harper, Shona Robison, Colin Campbell, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Brian Adam, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Mr George Reid, Linda Fabiani, Richard Lochhead, Fiona McLeod, Ms Sandra White, Mr Jamie Stone, Christine Grahame, Mr John McAllion, Mr Keith Raffan, Robert Brown, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Nora Radcliffe, Ian Jenkins, Mr Adam Ingram, Alex Neil, Scott Barrie, Irene McGugan, Karen Gillon, Mr Gil Paterson, Cathy Peattie, Brian Fitzpatrick

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.

Supported by: Mr Lloyd Quinan

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, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Christine Grahame, Robert Brown, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Kenneth Gibson

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, Mrs Margaret Smith, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Ms Wendy Alexander, Donald Gorrie, Mr Adam Ingram, Margo MacDonald, Mary Scanlon, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Tom McCabe, Elaine Thomson, Irene McGugan, Susan Deacon, Shona Robison, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Linda Fabiani, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Ms Sandra White, Trish Godman, Marilyn Livingstone, Bill Butler, Nora Radcliffe, Karen Gillon, Mr Brian Monteith, Elaine Smith

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, Robin Harper, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Shona Robison, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Ms Sandra White, Christine Grahame, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Kenneth Gibson

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, Nora Radcliffe, Tricia Marwick, Mr Keith Raffan, Bill Butler

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.

Supported by: Mr Lloyd Quinan

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, Robin Harper, Cathy Peattie, Scott Barrie, Pauline McNeill, Elaine Smith

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, Ian Jenkins, Ms Sandra White, Tommy Sheridan, Karen Gillon, Nora Radcliffe, Sarah Boyack, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson

S1M-3611# Helen Eadie: General Agreement on Trade in Services—That the Parliament welcomes the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) consultation on the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS); notes that GATS covers many areas that are within the Parliament’s legislative competence, and believes that all interested parties across Scotland should submit their views to the DTI before the final date for submissions on 3 January 2003.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Robin Harper, Mr Jamie Stone, Karen Gillon, Robert Brown, Donald Gorrie, Margo MacDonald, Nora Radcliffe, Tommy Sheridan, Dennis Canavan, Susan Deacon, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Johann Lamont, Shona Robison, Nicola Sturgeon, Ms Sandra White, Pauline McNeill, Maureen Macmillan, Marilyn Livingstone, Gordon Jackson, Sarah Boyack, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Alex Neil, Dr Richard Simpson, Bruce Crawford, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Rhoda Grant, Mr Kenny MacAskill, John Farquhar Munro, Mr Duncan McNeil

S1M-3581# Bill Butler: Schooling of Children of Asylum Seekers—That the Parliament notes with concern the requirement contained within the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002, which stipulates that the children of asylum seekers be schooled outwith the mainstream local authority education system in purpose-built accommodation centres; fears that such a condition, which requires separate educational provision for the children of asylum seekers, will in effect lead to segregation rather than integration; acknowledges that the present arrangement, as evidenced by a recent survey conducted in Glasgow, is both inclusive and successful, and considers that the Scottish Executive should make representations to the Home Secretary, the purpose of which would be to arrive at an agreement whereby the current distinctive approach pertaining to the schooling of asylum seeker children in Scotland is allowed to continue.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, Christine Grahame, Donald Gorrie, Fiona Hyslop, Linda Fabiani, Michael Russell, Michael Matheson, Irene Oldfather, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Scott Barrie, Trish Godman, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Sandra White, Robert Brown, Karen Gillon, Tavish Scott, Mr Jamie Stone, Ian Jenkins, Cathie Craigie, Johann Lamont, Alex Neil, Paul Martin, Mr Michael McMahon, Pauline McNeill, Bristow Muldoon, Mr John Home Robertson, Mr Alasdair Morrison, Karen Whitefield, Maureen Macmillan, Jackie Baillie, Kay Ullrich, Brian Fitzpatrick, John Farquhar Munro, Margo MacDonald, Dr Winnie Ewing, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Nora Radcliffe, Fiona McLeod, Andrew Wilson, Brian Adam, Dr Richard Simpson, Robin Harper, Elaine Smith, Irene McGugan, Mr Kenneth Gibson

S1M-3579# Brian Adam: Centre of Excellence in Genealogy—That the Parliament recognises the long-established position of Scotland as a country with a history of genealogical research, development and expertise; notes recent technological developments in the study of genealogy which will allow greater access to Scotland’s excellent records; congratulates the General Register Office for Scotland on its digitising programme, and urges the Scottish Executive to facilitate the emergence of Scotland as a leading centre in Europe for the academic study of family history research and genealogy by building partnerships with all organisations that hold records of interest in Scotland to maximise public access.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Ms Sandra White, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Andrew Wilson, Colin Campbell, Mr John McAllion, Murdo Fraser, Richard Lochhead, Stewart Stevenson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Robin Harper, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Keith Raffan, Donald Gorrie, Christine Grahame, Michael Russell, Mr Keith Harding, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Alex Neil, Roseanna Cunningham, Dr Winnie Ewing, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Alasdair Morgan, Mary Scanlon, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Ian Jenkins, Fiona McLeod, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr Jamie Stone, Pauline McNeill

S1M-3540# Ms Sandra White: Exploitation of Women—That the Parliament notes with concern the increasing proliferation of lap-dancing clubs and other establishments of a similar nature throughout Scotland; further notes that the US-based firm Spearmint Rhino, reported to be linked with pornographic websites featuring the drugging, abduction and rape of women, has plans to expand its lap-dancing operations into Scotland; believes that these establishments encourage the exploitation of women and have no place in a modern Scotland seeking to promote equality and eradicate violence against women, and therefore considers that the Scottish Executive should monitor this situation closely and take whatever action is necessary to halt the spread of these establishments.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Adam Ingram, Brian Adam, Pauline McNeill, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Jamie Stone, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Elaine Smith, Robin Harper

S1M-3530# Michael Russell: Centenary of the Scottish National Antartic Expedition—That the Parliament congratulates the Royal Scottish Geographical Society for organising a substantial and imaginative programme of events to mark the centenary of the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition and in honour of its leader, William Spiers Bruce; notes that the exact anniversary of the departure of the expedition in the "Scotia" from Troon harbour fell on Sunday 2 November 2002 but that the programme to celebrate Bruce and the expedition will continue over the next two years and will include a major exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland as well as an expedition to the Antarctic during this winter, work with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and the Scottish Country Dance Society and many local and regional events; regrets that, despite his international scientific reputation and his passionate advocacy of his own country and its potential, the work of William Spiers Bruce has been largely ignored in Scotland for the last 100 years and the many achievements of his expedition have been forgotten, and considers that the Polar Medal Advisory Committee should recommend the posthumous award of the Polar Medal to Dr William Spiers Bruce in recognition of his status as one of the key figures in early 20th century polar scientific exploration.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, Christine Grahame, Donald Gorrie, Michael Matheson, Alex Neil, Fergus Ewing, Linda Fabiani, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Ms Sandra White, Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenny MacAskill

S1M-3527# Ms Sandra White: Community Police—That the Parliament recognises the extremely effective role played by community police officers in combating crime, particularly youth crime; notes that such officers are often the most visible and recognisable police presence in their communities and recognises the crucial role that they play in providing high quality policing and fostering links with the communities they serve; regrets that these officers are often removed from their vital community role to perform other police duties, and believes that the Scottish Executive should encourage community policing and provide the necessary resources to ensure the provision of adequate numbers of community police officers.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, Christine Grahame, Donald Gorrie, Michael Matheson, Fiona McLeod, Alex Neil, Robert Brown, Fergus Ewing, Linda Fabiani, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenneth Gibson

S1M-3525 Mr Tom McCabe: Misuse of Fireworks—That the Parliament recognises the good work being done by Her Majesty's Government to ensure fireworks are licensed and used appropriately; welcomes and supports the national safety campaign "Fool with fireworks and bang goes your image"; notes the unacceptable level of injuries that occur due to firework misuse; fully appreciates the concern of residents and communities throughout Scotland regarding the disturbance that fireworks cause to young children, the elderly and pets; further notes the numerous reports of retailers breaking the voluntary code of practice on the sale of fireworks, and calls on Scottish Ministers to examine, as a matter of urgency, all possible methods of halting this disturbing behaviour.

Supported by: Sarah Boyack, Mr Michael McMahon, Mr Alasdair Morrison, Angus MacKay, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Rhoda Grant, Margaret Jamieson, Bristow Muldoon, Cathie Craigie, Jackie Baillie, Brian Fitzpatrick, Donald Gorrie, Elaine Thomson, Scott Barrie, Karen Whitefield, Johann Lamont, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Mr John Home Robertson, Mrs Margaret Smith, Janis Hughes, Mr Duncan McNeil, Kate Maclean, Mr John McAllion, Mr Jamie Stone, Trish Godman, Helen Eadie, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Gil Paterson, Ms Wendy Alexander, Dennis Canavan, Pauline McNeill, Karen Gillon, Shona Robison, Susan Deacon, Robin Harper, Ian Jenkins, Brian Adam, Fiona Hyslop, Marilyn Livingstone, Elaine Smith

S1M-3521 Angus MacKay: Condemnation of the Attack on the Edinburgh Synagogue—That the Parliament condemns the attack on the Edinburgh Synagogue on Salisbury Road, South Edinburgh, on 24 October 2002; expresses its disgust at all manifestations of anti-Semitism and other intolerance; notes that, whilst the perpetrators as yet remain anonymous, Scotland, like the rest of the UK, has seen a rise in anti-Semitism and religious intolerance in the past months and that some extremist political groups and individuals have used the tragic situation in the Middle East as justification for attacks, verbal and physical, on Scotland’s Jewish and other communities, and asserts that the odious creed of anti-Semitism and intolerance runs counter to the principles of tolerance, pluralism and respect for all people which are the central tenets of a devolved Scotland.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Sarah Boyack, Trish Godman, Phil Gallie, Alex Fergusson, Karen Gillon, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Matheson, Mr Mike Rumbles, Mr Murray Tosh, Scott Barrie, Roseanna Cunningham, Jackie Baillie, Nora Radcliffe, Michael Russell, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, David McLetchie, Colin Campbell, Margaret Jamieson, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Fiona Hyslop, Brian Adam, Brian Fitzpatrick, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Tom McCabe, Richard Lochhead, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Shona Robison, Stewart Stevenson, Margo MacDonald, Robin Harper, Bill Butler, Mr Brian Monteith, Susan Deacon, Mrs Margaret Smith, Fiona McLeod, Fergus Ewing, Christine Grahame, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Michael McMahon, Alex Neil, Dr Winnie Ewing, Linda Fabiani, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Ian Jenkins, Irene McGugan, Pauline McNeill, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Ms Wendy Alexander, Mr Keith Raffan, Ms Sandra White, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr Jamie Stone, Andrew Wilson, Elaine Smith

S1M-3510 Kate Maclean: Royal National Institute for the Blind Campaign on Photodynamic Therapy Treatment—That the Parliament congratulates the Royal National Institute of the Blind, Scotland, on its campaign to secure the provision on the NHS of the effective Photodynamic Therapy Treatment (PDT) for wet Age-related Macular Degeneration; notes that the total cost of this treatment would be an estimated 2 million, equating to 6,000 per patient; further notes that the average cost of caring for someone who becomes blind is 10,000 per annum; rejects the unjustified rationing of the treatment in England and Wales proposed by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) which would limit treatment to only the second affected eye and only if the second eye retains at least 6/36 acuity; further rejects the need to wait until the NICE appeal is completed before the treatment is available on the NHS in Scotland; calls on the Scottish Executive to fund forthwith PDT treatment by the NHS in Scotland, and believes that it is unacceptable that 600 elderly Scots who could benefit from the PDT treatment will otherwise unnecessarily go blind each year.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, Bill Butler, Alex Neil, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Roseanna Cunningham, John Scott, Fiona McLeod, Brian Adam, Maureen Macmillan, Trish Godman, Mr Murray Tosh, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Nicola Sturgeon, Scott Barrie, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mary Scanlon, Michael Matheson, Cathie Craigie, Karen Gillon, Mr Michael McMahon, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Helen Eadie, Donald Gorrie, Mr Tom McCabe, Brian Fitzpatrick, Ms Sandra White, Robin Harper, Dr Winnie Ewing, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Angus MacKay, Irene McGugan, Ian Jenkins, Marilyn Livingstone, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Fergus Ewing, Mr Jamie Stone, Andrew Wilson, Elaine Smith

S1M-3242 Michael Russell: Scottish Place Names Survey—That the Parliament commends the excellent work undertaken by the Scottish Place Names Survey and by Ian Fraser who retired in Autumn 2001; notes that the discipline of place name studies is of great benefit to a nation, particularly one that has three indigenous languages and whose place names are influenced by no less than six languages, more than in any other European country; accepts that state funding for the discipline is the norm in most European countries and that place name studies contribute valuable assistance to national and local government and to individuals in matters such as sourcing derivations of place names, suggesting appropriate names for new developments, and preserving our cultural and linguistic heritage; agrees with the Principal of the University of Edinburgh that state funding could be expected for the survey while regretting that continued funding by the University is no longer possible, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to provide appropriate financial assistance to the Scottish Place Names Survey to allow it to proceed with the next phase of the Scottish Place Names Database and offer a service to enquirers.

Supported by: Mr George Reid, Richard Lochhead, Irene McGugan, Bruce Crawford, Stewart Stevenson, Andrew Wilson, Iain Smith, Michael Matheson, Kay Ullrich, Fiona McLeod, Mr Andrew Welsh, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Ms Sandra White, Tricia Marwick, Tommy Sheridan, David Mundell, Mr David Davidson, Mr Murray Tosh, Donald Gorrie, Alex Johnstone, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Keith Harding, Murdo Fraser, Phil Gallie, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr Mike Rumbles, Nicola Sturgeon, Mrs Margaret Smith, Christine Grahame, Mr Keith Raffan, Brian Adam, Mr John Swinney, Linda Fabiani, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mary Scanlon, George Lyon, Dennis Canavan, Alasdair Morgan, Margo MacDonald, John Scott, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Fergus Ewing

 

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