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Business Bulletin No. 69/2003

Wednesday 14th May 2003

Section F : Motions and Amendments


A full list of current motions is available to view each Monday in paper copy at the Chamber Desk or alternatively on the Scottish Parliament web site as Current Motions. The full text of all motions lodged the previous week will appear in the Business Bulletin the following Monday.


Items marked with an asterisk (*) are new or have been altered. Asterisks in the text show the extent of alterations made.

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

*S2M-29 Rosie Kane: Threatened Execution of Amina Lawal—That the Parliament notes with horror that the Nigerian Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence for Amina Lawal, condemned for the crime of adultery on 19 August 2002, to be buried up to her neck and stoned to death; further notes that this sentence was postponed so that she could continue to nurse her baby but that execution is now set for 3 June 2003; calls on the Scottish Executive to make urgent representations to Her Majesty’s Government to ask it to intervene with the Nigerian Government to prevent this atrocity, and believes that Nigeria cannot remain part of the Commonwealth and international community if it enforces this sentence.

Supported by: Carolyn Leckie*, Frances Curran*

*S2M-28 Tommy Sheridan: Deportation of Ali Serir—That the Parliament notes the case of Ali Serir, an Algerian asylum seeker threatened with deportation to Algeria on Friday 16 May 2003; further notes that Ali is married to Karen from Glasgow and has lived in Royston, Glasgow, for the last 18 months and that Karen is expecting their first child in August; condemns the way Ali and Karen were forcibly removed from their home at 5.20am on 6 February 2003 under an anti-terrorist investigation where no charges were made or are pending, and believes that Ali should be granted asylum to live with his wife and child in Glasgow as his life would be in danger if he returned to Algeria, given the very adverse publicity that has now been generated over his arrest and detention.

*S2M-27 Tommy Sheridan: Fire Service Dispute—That the Parliament applauds the professionalism of Scotland’s fire service personnel who deliver daily a first-class service to Scotland’s citizens; supports the right of free trade unions to negotiate and bargain on behalf of their members and to engage democratically in collective action up to, and including, strike action; rejects any plan to impose a settlement of the current fire service dispute as a profoundly undemocratic and provocative action unacceptable in a modern democracy, and believes that the finance must be found to reward properly the fire service personnel for the essential job they do without reducing the quality and resources of the service.

*S2M-26 Tommy Sheridan: Bed Shortages in Glasgow Hospitals—That the Parliament notes the survey conducted by Greater Glasgow Health Council which exposed the unacceptable delays that citizens in Glasgow are forced to endure as a direct result of hospital bed shortages throughout the city; further notes that the examples highlighted in the survey included an 81-year-old man kept waiting in the accident and emergency department for five hours for access to a bed after treatment at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and a 91-year-old women kept waiting for four hours for a bed after treatment at Glasgow’s Southern General Hospital; believes that records to detail every person’s visit to an accident and emergency department in Glasgow and across Scotland must be introduced immediately and that no reduction in overnight or acute beds can be afforded in Glasgow without an emergency investigation of the bed shortage problem, and therefore calls for all plans to reduce the availability of acute and overnight beds at the Stobhill and Victoria hospitals to be halted immediately pending an emergency short-term investigation of the number of acute beds required in the city.

*S2M-25 Tommy Sheridan: Income Inequality Under New Labour—That the Parliament notes the latest statistics from the Office for National Statistics that reveal that income under the New Labour governments is worse than under Margaret Thatcher’s governments from 1979 to 1990; further notes that inequality has grown sharply under New Labour as a direct result of its unwillingness to tax appropriately Britain’s growing band of millionaires and high earners; is aware that the latest figures show that inequality under New Labour is, on average, one sixth higher than the equivalent average under the 11-year government of Margaret Thatcher and 10 per cent higher than under the Conservatives’ 18-year rule as a whole, and calls on Her Majesty’s Government to introduce immediately a wealth redistribution package involving higher taxes for the wealthy and millionaires, combined with a living minimum wage, significantly improved benefits and a basic state pension of 150 a week without means testing.

*S2M-24 Tommy Sheridan: Scottish Service Tax—That the Parliament notes the inherently unfair nature of the Conservatives’ council tax and believes that its ten-year existence has effected a wealth transfusion to the rich and wealthy from pensioners and low-paid workers; believes that a fair system to fund essential local government jobs and services must be introduced urgently to shift the burden of payment for local services from those least able to pay to those most able to pay, and therefore resolves to introduce a personal income-based tax to pay for local government jobs and services applied progressively and practically across Scotland as a priority designed to improve the disposable income of pensioners and ordinary workers while raising more revenue for local services.

*S2M-23 Carolyn Leckie: Nursery Nurses Regrading—That the Parliament supports the nursery nurses in their campaign for the regrading of their annual pay from a current maximum possible annual salary of 13,800 to 17,000 in recognition of the crucial expertise and training required to provide pre-school children with education and social skills; recognises that nursery nurses represent a low-paid female workforce whose skills have been undervalued for far too long, and calls on COSLA to agree to the nursery nurses’ justified regrading claim which UNISON has been pursuing on behalf of nursery nurses for almost two years.

*S2M-22 Donald Gorrie: Epilepsy Scotland Free Helpline—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of the Epilepsy Scotland free helpline as the precursor to Epilepsy Awareness Week from 18 to 24 May 2003; recognises the valuable role that the helpline will provide in helping the 30,000 families living with epilepsy and their carers to have better access to support and information, and further recognises the important work of Epilepsy Scotland in advocating on behalf of, and working with, Scottish families affected by epilepsy.

*S2M-21 Donald Gorrie: Cancellation of Iraq's Debt—That the Parliament notes that under Saddam Hussein’s regime Iraq accumulated almost $400 billion of debt and reparation claims; welcomes the Jubilee Iraq organisation’s call for cancellation of these financial obligations so that the new democratic government promised in Iraq, and the Iraqi people, are not made to pay the bill for the wars and oppression they suffered under Saddam Hussein’s government; believes that the next government of Iraq should in reciprocation cancel debts owed to Iraq by highly indebted poor countries, and encourages the United Nations and the governments of the United States of America and United Kingdom to use their influence with creditors and their authority to achieve this objective.

*S2M-20# Tricia Marwick: 30th Anniversary of Seafield Pit Disaster—That the Parliament notes that 10 May 2003 was the 30th Anniversary of the Seafield pit disaster; acknowledges the efforts of the Fife Miners Cultural group in ensuring that the anniversary was commemorated with the unveiling of a plaque to the five miners who died; recognises the tireless work done by the group in preserving and promoting Fife's mining heritage, and congratulates the group on the creation of the Mining Heritage Centre in Kinglassie.

*S2M-19# Tricia Marwick: 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.

*S2M-18 Janis Hughes: M74 Northern Extension—That the Parliament welcomes the proposed extension of the M74 motorway; notes the potential economic benefits of completing Scotland’s "missing link", including the creation and safeguarding of thousands of jobs; acknowledges that the construction of the M74 northern extension will reduce traffic in urban areas such as Rutherglen Main Street by up to 70%, and urges the Scottish Executive and the relevant local authorities to ensure that this extension is completed as soon as possible.

Supported by: Bill Butler*

*S2M-16# Brian Adam: Inquiry into the Scottish Agricultural College Proposals for Change—That the Parliament expresses grave concern regarding the proposals for change at the Scottish Agricultural College; regrets that these proposals run contrary to the policy of jobs dispersal and undermine widening access to further and higher education, and considers that the matter should be referred urgently to the appropriate committees of the Parliament so that an inquiry may be held.

*S2M-15 David Mundell: Dumfries and Galloway Standard - Local Newspaper of the Year 2003—That the Parliament recognises the importance of local newspapers not only in providing information to their communities but also in highlighting and campaigning on local concerns; notes the many successful local campaigns run by the Dumfries and Galloway Standard, including its current "Joining Forces" campaign with Dumfries and Galloway Police, and congratulates the newspaper's editor, news team and production staff on the recognition of their efforts at the prestigious Scottish Newspaper of the Year Awards, organised by The Drum, where the Dumfries and Galloway Standard was named Local Newspaper of the Year.

S2M-13# A9 (lodged on 12 May 2003) Mr Brian Monteith*

*S2M-13.1 Mr Jamie Stone: A9—As an amendment to motion (S2M-13) in the name of Murdo Fraser, insert at end "further recognises that the A9 does not finish at Inverness; welcomes the improvements committed for the A9 at the Ord of Caithness; believes that important work needs to be done to upgrade the road north of Inverness to an acceptable single carriageway standard, and urges the Executive to conduct a safety analysis of the A9 from Perth to Thurso in order to prioritise further improvements."

S2M-12 South Lanarkshire Council Secondary School Public Private Partnership Proposal and Hamilton (lodged on 12 May 2003) Michael Matheson*

S2M-11 South Lanarkshire Council Secondary School Public Private Partnership Proposal and East Kilbride (lodged on 12 May 2003) Michael Matheson*

S2M-10# Scottish Agricultural College (lodged on 12 May 2003) Fiona Hyslop*

S2M-9 Burns An' A' That Festival (lodged on 12 May 2003) Alex Fergusson*, Fiona Hyslop*, Mr Brian Monteith*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*

S2M-7# National Breastfeeding Awareness Week (lodged on 8 May 2003) Fiona Hyslop*

S2M-6# Falkirk Football Club (lodged on 8 May 2003) Mr Brian Monteith*, Jim Mather*

S2M-4 Borders Railway (lodged on 7 May 2003) Stewart Stevenson*, Stewart Maxwell*, Michael Matheson*, Jim Mather*

S2M-3 Cod Crusaders (lodged on 7 May 2003) Fiona Hyslop*

S2M-2# Relocation of Scottish Natural Heritage (lodged on 7 May 2003) Fiona Hyslop*