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Business Bulletin No. 79/2003

Friday 30 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-94 Jackie Baillie: Charity Law Reform—That the Parliament notes that existing charity law is based on a statute that was passed in 1601 and therefore in urgent need of modernisation to reflect today's public perception of a charity; believes that the recommendations arising from the McFadden Commission form the basis of a robust legislative framework fit for the 21st century; recognises public concern about ensuring that charitable donations are used for the core purpose of a charity; welcomes the Scottish Executive's intention to establish the Office of the Scottish Charities Regulator (OSCR) to monitor the activities of charities and ensure transparency; notes that the OSCR will not have full statutory powers to cover all of its functions and that the Scottish Executive will keep under review the need for legislation, but, nevertheless, considers that the urgent need for a comprehensive charities bill is essential to creating a pro-active system of regulation to restore public confidence.

*S2M-93# Donald Gorrie: Promoting Arts Organisations in Scotland—That the Parliament notes the success of the collective enterprise of Edinburgh’s arts organisations in co-operating through The Audience Business to produce accurate statistics for numbers of people attending arts events and working in the arts and to develop a systematic, sustained programme of increasing audience numbers, and considers that the Scottish Executive and the Scottish Arts Council should co-operate with arts organisations and local authorities in promoting similar schemes throughout Scotland.

*S2M-92 Rhona Brankin: Scottish Brass Band Week 2003—That the Parliament welcomes Scottish Brass Band Week 2003, 24 to 31 May; recognises the importance of brass band playing, with 80 brass bands in communities across Scotland from Lerwick to Loanhead and Arran to Armadale; further recognises brass bands’ roots in the mills and collieries of Scotland, and congratulates the Scottish Brass Band Association for its promotion of this important cultural tradition.

Supported by: Margaret Jamieson*, Mr John Home Robertson*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Irene Oldfather*, Maureen Macmillan*, Mr Duncan McNeil*, Des McNulty*, Jackie Baillie*, Dr Sylvia Jackson*, Marlyn Glen*, Cathie Craigie*, Cathy Peattie*, Christine May*, Scott Barrie*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Karen Whitefield*, Helen Eadie*, Pauline McNeill*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Janis Hughes*, Elaine Smith*

*S2M-91 Mike Pringle: Electoral Registration and Victims of Domestic Abuse—That the Parliament recognises that victims of domestic abuse can become vulnerable to further abuse and intimidation through publication of their names and addresses on the publicly available electoral register; notes the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee’s Fourth Report 1997-98, Electoral Law and Administration, which recognised the calls for a means of registering without having to reveal information that could make the elector vulnerable, and calls on the Electoral Commission and the UK Parliament to give consideration to developing a system to allow anonymous electoral registration in exceptional circumstances, while providing safeguards against electoral fraud, as part of the general review of electoral registration.

*S2M-90# Fergus Ewing: Weekend Ban on Scallop Fishing—That the Parliament opposes the introduction of any technical measures for the scallop fishing industry that would include a weekend ban; believes that such a ban (a), if geographically confined, will cause major displacement problems, (b) will produce no conservation benefit, as those who do not already work a five-day week work two 10-day trips a month, which amounts to the same fishing effort, and (c) will disrupt supplies to processors, who rely on continuity of supply, and thereby will threaten continued access to the lucrative Spanish market, particularly the weekend market for which a premium price is presently enjoyed, and notes that, in contrast to the lack of any contribution of a weekend ban to effective conservation measures, measures that would make a real and significant contribution to conservation have been proposed and developed by the Scallop Association and the Mallaig and North West Fishermans Association, which would enhance conservation whilst allowing the industry to remain viable.

*S2M-89# Mr Jamie Stone: Rural Rail Services—That the Parliament notes that the contract to operate Scotland’s internal rail services over the next seven years is shortly to be awarded; recognises that the provision of affordable, reliable and regular rail services across all of the Scottish network is important to the social and economic well-being of communities, and believes that, in considering the tender proposals offered by the competing train operators, the vital needs of communities served by rural lines should not be forgotten.

*S2M-88# Christine Grahame: Minch Moor—That the Parliament notes the concerns of local people, hill-walkers and ramblers about the application by AMEC Ltd to locate a wind farm at Minch Moor, near Innerleithen and Walkerburn in the Scottish Borders, an area designated by Scottish Borders Council in its 1995 Structure Plan as a "preferred area of search" for wind farms; further notes that the application concerns the erection of 14 turbines some 100 metres high, with at least seven of the turbines being visible from Walkerburn and three being directly adjacent to part of the Southern Upland Way; is aware that, as yet, there is no indication from AMEC Ltd on how and where the power lines will run; shares the local, national and international concern that this unspoiled countryside, including the skyline defined by Priesthope Hill and Windlestraw Law, will be blemished should this development proceed; further shares concerns that tourism in this economically vulnerable area will suffer, and therefore considers that the Scottish Executive should review its planning policy on the proliferation of wind farms and examine planning policy elsewhere in Europe, in particular Germany, Netherlands and Denmark, with the purpose of developing a proactive national planning-led approach to the location of wind farms.

*S2M-87# 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; further 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.

*S2M-86# Mark Ballard: Proposals for the Future of Europe—That the Parliament notes the proposals by the Convention on the Future of Europe for an EU constitution and believes that the Scottish Executive should conduct a consultative public referendum on such proposals.

Supported by: Robin Harper*, Eleanor Scott*

*S2M-84 Peter Peacock: Education (School Meals) (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Education (School Meals) (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Euan Robson*

S2M-83 Cuban Miami Five (lodged on 28 May 2003) Bill Butler*, Scott Barrie*

S2M-81# Planning Law (lodged on 28 May 2003) Bill Butler*, Jackie Baillie*

S2M-80 MTV Awards (lodged on 28 May 2003) Scott Barrie*, Jackie Baillie*

S2M-79# Local Bus Routes (lodged on 28 May 2003) Bill Butler*, Jackie Baillie*

S2M-78 Official Visit by Delegates from the Palestinian Authority, 26-28 June 2003 (lodged on 28 May 2003) Bill Butler*, Scott Barrie*, Jackie Baillie*

S2M-75 North Ayrshire Leisure Limited (lodged on 28 May 2003) Chris Ballance*, Shiona Baird*, Patrick Harvie*, Alex Neil*

S2M-70# Maternity Services in Glasgow (lodged on 27 May 2003) Ms Sandra White*, Jackie Baillie*

S2M-69# Fair Credit Schemes (lodged on 27 May 2003) Kate Maclean*, Susan Deacon*, Janis Hughes*, Ms Sandra White*, Dr Sylvia Jackson*, Scott Barrie*, Trish Godman*

S2M-67# Scottish Premier League's Treatment of Falkirk Football Club (lodged on 27 May 2003) Phil Gallie*, Mr Jamie McGrigor*, Donald Gorrie*, Dr Sylvia Jackson*, Bruce Crawford*, Alex Neil*, Mr Bruce McFee*, Christine May*

S2M-66 Tying Aid to Acceptance of Genetically Modified Organisms (lodged on 27 May 2003) Ms Sandra White*

S2M-65 Reduction in Services at Vale of Leven Hospital (lodged on 22 May 2003) Ms Sandra White*

*S2M-65.1 Jackie Baillie: Reduction in Services at Vale of Leven General Hospital—As an amendment to motion (S2M-65) in the name of Frances Curran, leave out from "elderly" to end and insert "services at the Vale of Leven Hospital caused by a combination of the increasing specialisation of staff, particularly in surgery, the inability of Argyll and Clyde NHS Board to attract staff to the area and the demands of Royal College guidelines; further notes the contingency arrangements in place for the provision of maternity services, in partnership with the Queen Mother's Hospital, Glasgow, and for accident and emergency services; welcomes the forthcoming return of maternity services delivered through a midwife-led unit and the prospect of returning full orthopaedic surgery to the Vale of Leven Hospital; recognises the deep concern of local people at the gradual erosion of services and, in particular, at the recent announcement by Argyll and Clyde NHS Board of changes to the accident and emergency service; urges the Scottish Executive to review all the circumstances that led to the decision, and believes that the acute services review, due to be launched in the summer, provides a real opportunity to deliver sustainable and improved healthcare for the future."

S2M-64 Register of Pensioners' Groups (lodged on 22 May 2003) Roseanna Cunningham*

S2M-59# Concorde and the Museum of Flight (lodged on 22 May 2003) Nora Radcliffe*, Chris Ballance*, Phil Gallie*, Mr Alasdair Morrison*, Miss Annabel Goldie*, Helen Eadie*, Janis Hughes*, Mr David Davidson*, Jackie Baillie*, Mike Pringle*, Mr Ted Brocklebank*, Mr Jamie McGrigor*, Mary Scanlon*

S2M-55 The "Miss X" Case and the Failings of Scottish Borders Council (lodged on 22 May 2003) Ms Sandra White*

S2M-54 Scotland's Customs Dogs (lodged on 21 May 2003) Roseanna Cunningham*, Ms Sandra White*

S2M-50 Men's Health Week, Scotland: 9-16 June 2003 (lodged on 20 May 2003) Ms Sandra White*, Mary Scanlon*, Trish Godman*

S2M-49 Books for Baghdad Appeal (lodged on 20 May 2003) Ms Sandra White*, Mike Watson*, Mary Scanlon*

S2M-48 Depleted Uranium Testing at Dundrennan (lodged on 20 May 2003) Ms Sandra White*

S2M-47.1 – Withdrawn

S2M-47# Mr Ted Brocklebank: The Need for a New Secondary School in North-East Fife at the Tay Bridgehead—That the Parliament notes the longstanding need for a new secondary school at the Tay Bridgehead in north-east Fife; is aware of widespread local community support in the area for such a school; believes that the school is vital to relieve pressure on Madras College, St Andrews, which is the second largest secondary school in Scotland with a pupil roll of 1,850 and on Bell Baxter High School, Cupar, *and* further notes that the relocation of an additional squadron to RAF Leuchars will increase the pressure on the existing secondary schools and exacerbate the current situation.*

S2M-46# Appeals Against Convictions for Serious Crime (lodged on 20 May 2003) Ms Sandra White*

S2M-41 Chernobyl Children Life Line (lodged on 19 May 2003) Mary Scanlon*

S2M-40# Unfair Milk Prices (lodged on 19 May 2003) Mr Ted Brocklebank*, Ms Sandra White*, Jackie Baillie*

S2M-39 Advertising in Schools (lodged on 19 May 2003) Ms Sandra White*

S2M-38# Scottish Water Charges (lodged on 19 May 2003) Mary Scanlon*

S2M-37 Support for Scotch Whisky Industry (lodged on 19 May 2003) Mary Scanlon*

S2M-36 Reza Garikani (lodged on 19 May 2003) Ms Sandra White*

S2M-34# Closure of Animal Welfare Centres (lodged on 15 May 2003) Mary Scanlon*

S2M-22 Epilepsy Scotland Free Helpline (lodged on 13 May 2003) Mary Scanlon*

S2M-21 Cancellation of Iraq's Debt (lodged on 13 May 2003) Ms Sandra White*

S2M-8 Future of the Scottish Agricultural College (lodged on 12 May 2003) Christine May*, Bristow Muldoon*

S2M-1# Cairngorms National Park (lodged on 7 May 2003) Mary Scanlon*