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F : Motions and Amendments
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H : New Documents
K : Progress of Parliamentary Business

Business Bulletin No. 95 / 2003

Monday 23rd June 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-184 Christine Grahame: Anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn—That the Parliament celebrates the anniversary of the victory at the Battle of Bannockburn on 24 June 1314 when King Robert the Bruce led his 13,000 troops, who were outnumbered 3 to 1, to victory against Edward II's army of 40,000 troops, marking a victory of lasting importance in the destiny of Scotland as an independent nation, and urges the Scottish Executive to ensure that all children of Scotland, whatever their colour, creed or background, learn of this seminal event in their nation’s history, an event that inspired the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320 with words affirming the sovereignty of the Scottish people above all else, words that have reverberated through the centuries and across nations and that affirm the democratic supremacy of the people, wherever, or whoever, they are.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing*

*S2M-183 Christine Grahame: Central Borders Citizens Advice Bureau—That the Parliament notes and congratulates Central Borders Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) on another year of invaluable work on behalf of its clients in dealing with 9,594 issues in 2002; applauds the work of its volunteers and its liaison with both Roxburgh and Berwickshire CABs; expresses concern that its fixed level of funding cannot keep apace with rising costs and, in particular, the severe and increasing burden of water charges which has led it to initiate a "Friends of Central Borders CAB" with the intention of raising much-needed funding, and therefore urges the Scottish Executive to examine ways and means of assisting Central Borders CAB, and other bureaux, with increasing costs and, in particular, with savage water charge increases.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-182# John Swinburne: Ten Years of Council Tax—That the Parliament considers the impact of the operation of the council tax following its 10th anniversary; notes with concern the 80% increase in the tax over these 10 years; acknowledges that pensioners’ incomes rise more slowly than those of working-age people as pensioners’ incomes rise only in line with prices, which grow more slowly than earnings, thereby placing an unfair burden on older people; recognises that the council tax accounts for an average *15%* of pensioners household income compared with 3% for working-age households, and therefore believes that the Scottish Executive should take action to reduce the financial misery faced by less well-off pensioners.

Supported by: Christine Grahame*, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-181 Dr Sylvia Jackson: Animal Welfare Centres—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive’s decision to hand all responsibility for animal welfare to its Environment and Rural Affairs Department; recognises that the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has been calling for such a move since 1999, and believes that this will end confusion and allow animal welfare issues to be dealt with more effectively.

Supported by: Christine Grahame*, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-180 Ms Sandra White: Greater Glasgow NHS Board Withdrawal of Beta Interferon—That the Parliament notes with concern the decision of Greater Glasgow NHS Board to cap the number of sufferers of multiple sclerosis (MS) who will be treated with beta interferon, the drug widely thought to offer respite to MS sufferers and provide them with the best chance of a normal life; further notes the statement by the Scottish Executive on 4 February 2002 that "the NHS will pay for the cost of beta interferon and similar drugs for all qualifying patients in Scotland", and considers that the Executive should make urgent representations to the board and take all possible measures to ensure the necessary resources are put in place to guarantee that all MS sufferers in the board area receive the treatments they require.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-179 Margo MacDonald: The Future of the Scottish Legal System—That the Parliament notes the views expressed by Lord Hope, at present a law lord and past President of the Court of Session, that, if the supreme court proposed by the Prime Minister becomes part of the Royal Courts of Justice, it cannot have jurisdiction over Scottish courts which are protected by the Treaty of Union; further notes that Scottish civil cases can be appealed to the House of Lords whilst Scottish criminal appeals cannot be so appealed; calls on the Minister for Justice to engage in consultations with Scottish judges, the legal profession, organisations concerned with advising the public on legal issues and MSPs on the implications of the Prime Minister’s proposals for the Scottish legal system, and calls on the Scottish Executive to ensure that the views of the Scottish Parliament, and not the United Kingdom Parliament, on the future of the Scottish legal system are paramount.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-178 Michael Matheson: Defenders of Human Rights - PREDA—That the Parliament notes the outstanding work of the PREDA Foundation, the People’s Recovery Empowerment and Development Assistance Foundation Inc., founded by Father Shay Cullen in 1974 and working for human rights and protecting young people from being exploited by the sex industry in the Philippines; further notes with concern the increasing threats and harassment being experienced by those working to protect sexually abused and exploited children within the Philippines, and calls on the Government of the Philippines to act on behalf of the Defenders of Human Rights and implement Article 12.2 of the UN Paris Declaration of 1998.

Supported by: Campbell Martin*, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-177# Mr Jeremy Purvis: European Structure Funds and South of Scotland—That the Parliament recognises the importance to the south of Scotland of European structural funds; welcomes the investment of 44 million in projects such as the Ettrick Riverside Centre, Selkirk, the Eastgate Arts Centre, Peebles, the Border Union Showground, Kelso and harbour investment in Eyemouth; appreciates the efforts of agencies working in partnership to deliver a full spend of the allocated funding, and stresses the importance of the continuation of such funding after 2006, whether delivered from Brussels or repatriated.

Supported by: Christine Grahame*

S2M-176 Nicola Sturgeon: Human Rights Abuses in Chechnya and Visit of President Putin—That the Parliament notes the ongoing conflict in Chechnya; expresses profound concern at the findings of Amnesty International that human rights abuses, including disappearances, extra-judicial executions and torture, are perpetrated on a daily basis by Russian forces on Chechen civilians, and wishes to communicate this concern in the strongest possible terms to the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, during his visit to Edinburgh.

Supported by: Shona Robison, Shiona Baird, Mr Rob Gibson, Christine Grahame, Tricia Marwick, Mike Pringle, Patrick Harvie, Alex Neil, Campbell Martin*, Colin Fox*, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-175 Rosie Kane: Visit by President Putin and Human Rights Abuses in Chechnya—That the Parliament notes that the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, is visiting Scotland as a guest of the Scottish Executive and invites the Executive to raise the issue of the treatment of Chechens who, according to a recent report by Amnesty International, have been subjected to gross violations of their human rights, including torture, rape and executions by the Russian army.

Supported by: Colin Fox*, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-174# John Scott: Paediatric Services in Ayrshire—That the Parliament notes the considerable concern in Ayrshire regarding the current review of paediatric services in the area; hopes that this review will be brought to a speedy conclusion, and further notes that there is a clear wish on the part of local people for the retention of the two paediatric units at Ayr and Crosshouse hospitals.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-173# David McLetchie: Ending Alcohol Ban at Sports Grounds—That the Parliament notes the ban on the sale of alcohol at Murrayfield Stadium and at football grounds as a result of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 1980; recognises that this ban was a necessary response to disorderly behaviour at football grounds at that time; further recognises, however, that, as behaviour has improved as a result of the introduction of seated stadia and improved crowd control, this ban has served its purpose and is now having a detrimental effect on the finances of football clubs and Scottish rugby, and therefore believes that the Scottish Executive should lift the ban at Murrayfield and all fully-seated football grounds as part of a liberalisation of licensing law.

Supported by: Michael Matheson

S2M-172 Tommy Sheridan: BBC Frontline Scotland Programme "Stop Chewing the Fat"—That the Parliament congratulates the BBC Frontline Scotland on the excellent programme broadcast on 17 June 2003, "Stop Chewing the Fat"; notes that the programme makes a strong case for free, nutritionally balanced school meals in Scotland, based on evidence from Finland, where such meals have been a central part of their successful campaign to improve the nation’s health and have resulted in a 65% reduction in rate of coronary heart disease; notes that 11 of the 12 members of the Scottish Executive’s advisory committee on healthy eating approached by the programme favour the idea of free school meals, and informs MSPs that this programme will be shown in committee room 2 at 10:30 am on 24 June 2003 as part of the launch of the free school meals bill to be introduced by Rosie Kane.

S2M-171 Mike Pringle: Anonymous Electoral Registration—That the Parliament notes that, since motion S2M-91 on electoral registration and victims of domestic abuse was lodged, the Electoral Commission has published a report, The Electoral Register Process, which recommends that anonymous registration be introduced for electors who are able to demonstrate that there is a genuine threat to their safety; welcomes the acknowledgement that victims of domestic abuse can be placed at risk if their name appears on the electoral register; further notes that the report has been submitted to the Deputy Prime Minister, and urges Her Majesty’s Government to introduce legislative changes as soon as possible to allow the earliest benefit from this proposed anonymous registration process.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-167 Tommy Sheridan: Escalating Costs of the Parliament Building—That the Parliament calls for the inquiry into the escalating costs of the new Parliament building to identify both the politicians and senior public servants responsible for the current crisis; believes that those responsible should be required to resign or be disciplined, including the relevant finance ministers who approved the increased costs; further calls for the bill for the new Parliament building to be sent to Her Majesty’s Government, where the original decision and flawed contract was decided, and believes that the people of Scotland should not see their essential public services cut to pay for this white elephant.

S2M-166# Karen Whitefield: Macmillan/CAB Cancer Patient Services—That the Parliament congratulates Macmillan Cancer Relief and the citizens advice bureaux of Lanarkshire on the innovative service that they have developed for cancer patients, providing debt assistance, employment, housing and other benefits to cancer patients and their carers; recognises that this is an excellent example of effective partnership working between voluntary organisations; commends Macmillan Cancer Relief and Airdrie Citizens Advice Bureau on the success of the pilot project in Airdrie; wishes them well as the project is rolled out across Lanarkshire, and recognises the benefits that such a service could provide across Scotland.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Mike Watson, Sarah Boyack, Cathie Craigie, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Ms Sandra White, Tricia Marwick, Johann Lamont, Scott Barrie, Jackie Baillie, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Mrs Margaret Smith*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Paul Martin*, Margaret Jamieson*, Elaine Smith*, Bill Butler*, Nora Radcliffe*, Christine Grahame*, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-165 Stewart Stevenson: Mis-selling of Gas and Electricity—That the Parliament notes the recent survey by the Trading Standards Institute that revealed that as many as 1.4 milion households in the UK have suffered bad experiences from energy salespeople; further notes that energy companies such as Scottish Gas have taken over people’s accounts without their permission; believes that mis-selling of gas and electricity is unacceptable, and supports Energywatch’s "Stop Now" campaign, which aims to restore consumer confidence by condemning high-pressure doorstep sales.

Supported by: Nora Radcliffe, Chris Ballance, Brian Adam, Mr Adam Ingram, Richard Lochhead, Jim Mather, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Michael Matheson, Patrick Harvie, Alex Neil, Robin Harper, Fergus Ewing, Christine Grahame, Eleanor Scott, Mr Rob Gibson, Shiona Baird, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-164 Trish Godman: Ferguson's Shipyard, Port Glasgow—That the Parliament is of the view that Ferguson’s Shipyard, Port Glasgow, is one of the very best shipyards in Europe and believes that it is of the utmost importance, for both the economy of the lower Clyde and the Scottish shipbuilding industry, that the Scottish Executive does all in its power to ensure that the management and workforce at the yard are given every encouragement to bid for orders that, going by the yard's excellent record, would be built on time, to cost and to the highest levels of quality of design and construction.

Supported by: Elaine Smith, Michael McMahon, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Murray Tosh, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Michael Matheson, Bristow Muldoon, Des McNulty, Ms Wendy Alexander, Mr Alasdair Morrison, Sarah Boyack, Frances Curran, Alex Neil, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Bill Butler, Robin Harper, Jackie Baillie, Johann Lamont, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Cathie Craigie*, Margaret Jamieson*, Mr Duncan McNeil*, Tommy Sheridan*

*S2M-164.1 Miss Annabel Goldie: Ferguson’s Shipyard, Port Glasgow—As an amendment to motion (S2M-164) in the name of Trish Godman, insert at end "and urges the Scottish Executive, in its role as procurer and potential procurer of vessels, to respond positively in respect of such bids".

Supported by: Murdo Fraser*

S2M-163 Margaret Jamieson: Heartstart Ayrshire and Arran—That the Parliament congratulates Heartstart Ayrshire and Arran on training 21,000 members of the public in emergency life support since its inception in 1995; commends the dedication of the volunteer instructors, and welcomes the British Heart Foundation's schools initiative, enabling young people from 11 schools in Ayrshire and Arran to be trained in emergency life support and 69 teachers to be trained as instructors.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-160 Colin Fox: Ground Share Between Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian Football Clubs—That the Parliament notes the ongoing discussions between Heart of Midlothian Football Club and Hibernian Football Club on plans to ground share with the possibility of moving to a new stadium at Straiton, Edinburgh; is aware of the historical association of both clubs with their respective grounds in the west and east of the city and the communities that surround them, and calls on both clubs and the City of Edinburgh Council to initiate a full consultation with both sets of fans about their views on the proposals.

S2M-159# Christine Grahame: Zoos, Conservation, Education and Research—That the Parliament notes with concern the closure of Glasgow Zoo, scheduled for September 2003, with the consequential requirement to re-house the animals and the loss of a dedicated workforce; considers that the demise of Glasgow Zoo raises issues about the role and funding of modern day zoos; further notes that all zoos are now required to carry out a number of charitable functions that require significant resourcing such as animal conservation, education and scientific research, that zoos quite rightly also have to maintain extremely high standards in animal welfare following strict zoo licensing guidelines for the welfare and transaction of animals, that they are regularly involved with organisations such as the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and HM Customs and Excise in animal rescues and that they are labour intensive institutions with high feeding, veterinary and infrastructure costs; is concerned that, to fund the foregoing, a zoo in Scotland requires to be commercially successful as it receives little or no central funding and that the needs of animals and visitors are not always compatible, and believes that the Scottish Executive should investigate central funding for the conservation, research and education work carried out by zoos, for example, at Edinburgh Zoo, where almost half of the animals are in managed conservation and breeding programmes, some of which are on the edge of extinction, such as the Amur tiger and the poison arrow frog, where more than 25,000 schoolchildren per year are taught about the interdependence of all living things and of our responsibility for the biodiversity of the planet and where 40 under-graduate and post-graduate students each year carry out non-invasive research on all aspects of animal biology, nutrition and behaviour with direct benefits to their kin, both in captivity and the wild. R

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram

S2M-157 Colin Fox: Biz Ivol—That the Parliament sends its support and solidarity to Orkney woman Biz Ivol, who has highlighted the situation of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) who need to seek medical supplies of cannabis to help alleviate their suffering; is seriously concerned about the health of all MS sufferers when the range of effective medical help that they have at their disposal does not include medical cannabis supplies; calls for greater financial resources to be allocated to help search for treatments that alleviate the symptoms of MS; believes that these treatments include the medical use of cannabis and further calls on Her Majesty’s Government to issue an immediate review of the law regarding the use of cannabis for medical purposes so that MS sufferers like Biz Ivol are not treated like criminals.

Supported by: Chris Ballance, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-156 Rosie Kane: Student Protests in Iran—That the Parliament notes the student uprising in Tehran; calls on the Scottish Executive to make representation to the Home Office to impose a moratorium on the deportation of all Iranian asylum seekers and refugees; acknowledges that these brave students, currently protesting against privatisation measures at Tehran University, could soon be seeking asylum in the United Kingdom if they become subject to repression by the Iranian regime, and accords them due respect and sympathy if they are forced to seek refuge in the United Kingdom.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-155 Rosie Kane: Free School Meals Policy in Wales—That the Parliament congratulates the National Assembly for Wales on introducing free school breakfasts to all primary school children in Wales before the end of its second term; commends the initiative of the Labour Party in Wales in bringing this policy onto the legislative agenda and recommends that Labour Party members of the Parliament look at the Welsh Labour official press briefing which answered the question of why free school meals should be provided by stating "to help tackle poverty and because the costs involved in setting up a bureaucratic system to collect money, account for it, follow payments up if not made, etc. would eat into the potential revenue as to make it not worth collecting. By not confining the scheme to those entitled to free school meals we avoid the problem of stigma with very young children."

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-153 Donald Gorrie: Hamilton School for the Deaf—That the Parliament congratulates Hamilton School for the Deaf, its management, staff, pupils and parents on the positive results it achieved from the recent inspection of the school by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education; notes that the school is an outstanding example of special educational provision, and believes that high quality special educational schools such as Hamilton School for the Deaf must remain a feature of Scotland’s education system whilst they continue to meet the appropriate educational and social needs of individual pupils.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-152 Margo MacDonald: Ability of Holyrood Progress Group—That the Parliament has no confidence in the ability of the Holyrood Progress Group to achieve any of its aims, which are to deal competently with question and answer sessions for MSPs, monitor and report on the progress of the Holyrood project and control expenditure, and resolves to exert a greater measure of client control over the project by appointing an experienced building industry professional to represent the Parliament and the public interest on the Holyrood Project Team in place of the current project director.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-151 Donald Gorrie: Selling Alcohol to a Drunken Person—That the Parliament expresses concern that no prosecutions were brought in 2002-03 under section 76 of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 1976 for selling alcoholic liquor to a drunken person and believes that it is essential that full use is made of existing laws such as this in the campaign against violence, disorder and alcohol abuse.

S2M-150 Richard Lochhead: European Aid to Fishing Communities—That the Parliament notes that, at the Agriculture and Fisheries Council on 26 May 2003, the European Commission issued a memorandum seeking the views of member states on the proposal from the European Parliament that an additional 150 million be allocated as aid to fishing communities and urges the First Minister and the Minister for Environment and Rural Development to make representations to the United Kingdom minister ultimately responsible for making any funding bid and to contact the commission directly in order to prepare the ground for that bid, given that the commission has invited comments on this issue.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Chris Ballance, Mr Rob Gibson, Michael Matheson, Mr Bruce McFee, Jim Mather, Robin Harper, Roseanna Cunningham, Alex Neil, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Shiona Baird, Christine Grahame*

S2M-150.1 Mr Ted Brocklebank: European Aid to Fishing Communities—As an amendment to motion (S2M-150) in the name of Richard Lochhead, insert at end "and further views with grave concern the statement by the former fisheries minister in the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, Elliot Morley MP, that claims of extra money available are a "cruel deception", as made in his article in Fishing News on 13 June 2003."

Supported by: Phil Gallie

S2M-149 John Farquhar Munro: Publication of Harry Potter Books in Scots Gaelic—That the Parliament notes the apparent confusion of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, the publisher of the Harry Potter books, between living and dead languages; considers that, if the company conducted proper market research, it would find a considerable number of native speakers of Scots Gaelic and rather fewer native speakers of Latin and Ancient Greek and that it should therefore reconsider its eccentric decision to publish the Harry Potter books in Latin and Ancient Greek and not in Scots Gaelic; notes, to the company’s credit, that Harry Potter books will be published in Irish Gaelic and Welsh, and calls on the company to reconsider its decision not to publish the books in Scots Gaelic.

Note: The member who lodged this motion has provided the following translation:

Gu bheil a’ Phàrlamaid a’ toirt fainear gu bheil e coltach gu bheil troimh-chèile air Bloomsbury Publishing plc, foillsichearan leabhraichean Harry Potter, mun eadar-dhealachadh eadar cànainean beò is cànainean marbh; gu bheil i den bheachd gum faigheadh a’ chompanaidh a-mach, nan dèanadh i rannsachadh margaidh ceart, gu bheil àireamh nach beag de dhaoine ann aig a bheil Gàidhlig bho thùs agus gu bheil àireamh gu math nas lugha de dhaoine ann aig a bheil Laideann no seann Ghreugais bho thùs, agus mar sin gum bu chòir dhi ath-bheachdachadh air a co-dhùnadh annasach na leabhraichean Harry Potter fhoillseachadh ann an Laideann is seann Ghreugais is gun am foillseachadh ann an Gàidhlig na h-Alba; gu bheil i a’ toirt fainear gu bheil e na chliù don chompanaidh gun tèid leabhraichean Harry Potter fhoillseachadh ann an Cuimris agus ann an Gàidhlig na h-Èireann, agus gu bheil i ag iarraidh oirre ath-bheachdachadh air a co-dhùnadh gun na leabharaichean fhoillseachadh ann an Gàidhlig na h-Alba.

S2M-148 Pay Bargaining in the NHS (lodged on 13 June 2003) Margo MacDonald*, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-146 Combat Stress (lodged on 13 June 2003) Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-145# Obesity Amongst the Scottish Population (lodged on 13 June 2003) Nora Radcliffe*, Shiona Baird*, Carolyn Leckie*, Richard Lochhead*, Christine Grahame*, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-143 Ross Finnie: The Draft Landfill (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Landfill (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003 be approved.

Supported by: Allan Wilson

S2M-140# Phil Gallie: Red Brae School—That the Parliament commends the experienced staff at Red Brae School, Maybole, who provide an alternative education path for pupils excluded from mainstream education for disruptive and undisciplined behaviour; acknowledges the benefits of this education which the pupils themselves appreciate, and believes that the Scottish Executive must ensure that such facilities are available across the country thereby ensuring that those children whose behaviour patterns are not suited to mainstream education are catered for in a way that steers them into becoming useful and respected members of society.

Supported by: Mr Adam Ingram, Bill Aitken, Margaret Mitchell, Mr Ted Brocklebank, Mr Brian Monteith, Donald Gorrie, Murdo Fraser, Alex Johnstone, Alex Fergusson, Alex Neil, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mary Scanlon, Mr David Davidson*, Miss Annabel Goldie*

S2M-136 Mr Andy Kerr: Fireworks Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament endorses the principle of making enabling regulations for the supply and use of fireworks as set out in the Fireworks Bill and agrees that those provisions in the Bill that relate to devolved matters should be considered by the UK Parliament.

Supported by: Tavish Scott

S2M-121 Mr Tom McCabe: Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm (Navigation and Fishing) (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm (Navigation and Fishing)(Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Mr John Home Robertson

S2M-110# Irene Oldfather: Valuing Carers—That the Parliament recognises the hard work and dedication of Scotland's 115,675 unpaid carers, a workforce comparable to the total NHS workforce in Scotland; acknowledges the role of Scotland's carer population as partners in the provision of care; recognises the measures outlined in Partnership for Care: Scotland’s Health White Paper and in the Community Care and Health (Scotland) Act 2002 to increase partnership working across the health and social care services; notes that the health and well-being of many carers are affected as a direct consequence of the physical and emotional strains of caring; welcomes the dedication of care assistants across Scotland in providing vital respite services to carers and their families; congratulates the UK-wide network of 30,000 Princess Royal Trust for Carers centres on the level of support that they provide to carers and their families; recognises that there are many more unidentified carers in Scotland and that, for appropriate support to be administered, these carers must be identified; further welcomes the publication of Focus on Carers and the NHS - identifying and supporting hidden carers - Good Practice Guide by the Princess Royal Trust for Carers and the strategies for identifying carers contained therein, and considers that the Scottish Executive should target resources specifically on identifying and supporting carers in order that the vision underpinning recent legislation can be realised.

Supported by: Johann Lamont, Tommy Sheridan, Jackie Baillie, Christine Grahame, Ms Sandra White, Mr Jamie Stone, Karen Whitefield, Michael Matheson, Dr Elaine Murray, Paul Martin, Bill Butler, Margaret Jamieson, Sarah Boyack, Christine May, Cathie Craigie, Maureen Macmillan, Brian Adam, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Mary Scanlon, Alex Neil, Robin Harper, Chris Ballance, Robert Brown, Karen Gillon, Kate Maclean, Nora Radcliffe, Susan Deacon, Mike Watson, Mr David Davidson, Pauline McNeill, Donald Gorrie, John Swinburne, Shiona Baird, Patrick Harvie, Jeremy Purvis, Elaine Smith

S2M-81# Planning Law (lodged on 28 May 2003) Margo MacDonald*

 

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