Business Bulletin No. 111 / 2003
Thursday 4th September 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-299 Susan Deacon: Edinburgh MelaThat the Parliament congratulates all those who planned and took part in the Edinburgh Mela, Scotlands biggest intercultural festival, at Pilrig Park on 29 to 31 August 2003; notes that over 40,000 people from a wide range of cultural backgrounds attended the weekends events; recognises the significant contribution the Edinburgh Mela makes to intercultural activities, and calls on the Scottish Executive, the Scottish Arts Council and the City of Edinburgh Council to continue to work with communities across Scotland in developing this event and related activities in the future.
*S2M-298 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business MotionThat the Parliament agrees
(a) the following programme of business
Wednesday 10 September 2003
Thursday 11 September 2003
Wednesday 17 September 2003
Thursday 18 September 2003
and, (b) that the Environment and Rural Development Committee reports to the Communities Committee by 26 September 2003 on the Environmental Impact Assessment (Water Management) (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/341) and that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 16 September 2003 on the draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003 and on the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) (No.2) Order 2003.
Supported by: Tavish Scott*
*S2M-297 Nora Radcliffe: Darwin MoundsThat the Parliament welcomes the protection given to the Darwin Mounds; notes that this unique collection of cold water coral reefs was only discovered in 1998 but has significantly advanced global knowledge of coral formations; further notes that the coral, located 1,000 metres below the surface of the ocean, provides food and shelter to a wide range of marine species, and welcomes the commitment to protecting and sustaining the marine environment upon which our fishing industry depends.
*S2M-296# Christine Grahame: Funding of Children and Young People with Special Educational NeedsThat the Parliament notes the terms of the Standards in Scotlands Schools etc. Act 2000 and, in particular, section 15; welcomes the presumption of mainstreaming of children and young people with special needs; is concerned, however, that local authorities may find, due to circumstances outwith their control, that they lack sufficient funding to comply with these requirements and that children and young people with special needs will therefore be disadvantaged, and believes that the Scottish Executive should consider rucksack funding, that is the supplementary funding of such children and young people centrally where the funding package for all aspects of their care is above a statutory figure, and further consider putting systems in place for payment of, and application for, central funding and for such applications to be considered by the relevant local authority, the Executive and representatives of the child or young person.
Supported by: Tommy Sheridan*
*S2M-295 Maureen Macmillan: Prohibition of Fishing for Scallops (Scotland) Order 2003That the Environment and Rural Development Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the Prohibition of Fishing for Scallops (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/371).
Supported by: Nora Radcliffe*
*S2M-293.1 Mary Scanlon: Closing the Opportunity GapAs an amendment to motion (S2M-293) in the name of Ms Margaret Curran, leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert "notes with concern that waiting lists are getting longer, children are failing to meet education attainment levels, violent crime is increasing, anti-social behaviour is rising and our economy is lagging behind that of the rest of the United Kingdom; recognises that it is the poorest and most vulnerable in society that suffer most as they are trapped in failing schools, most likely to suffer from ill health and most likely to be victims of crime, and believes ultimately that only by reforming key public services through offering choice and decentralisation, whilst encouraging economic growth by cutting business rates, removing red tape and mutualising Scottish Water, can we close any opportunity gap and give the people of Scotland a better future.
*S2M-293.2 Tommy Sheridan: Closing the Opportunity GapAs an amendment to motion (S2M-293) in the name of Ms Margaret Curran, leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert "condemns the failure of the Scottish Executive's policy over the last four years to deal with the problem of poverty in Scotland; notes the findings of the recent Rowntree report on poverty and social inclusion which shows that the proportion of the population living in poverty in Scotland has risen to 23% and the proportion of children in poverty to 30%; believes that the problem of poverty will never be solved until there is a fundamental redistribution of income and wealth which requires an independent Scotland, but considers, however, that even with its limited power the Parliament could begin this process by abolishing regressive council tax and introducing a Scottish service tax based on people's ability to pay and, in addition, introduce a minimum wage in the public sector of £7.50 an hour and free, nutritious school meals for all state school children in Scotland."
*S2M-293.3 Shona Robison: Closing the Opportunity GapAs an amendment to motion (S2M-293) in the name of Ms Margaret Curran, insert at end "but recognises that none of this action will be enough to reduce poverty levels in Scotland, which will only be achieved once the Executive has power and control over tax and social security policy."
*S2M-292.1 Mr David Davidson: Investment and Change in Cancer ServicesAs an amendment to motion (S2M-292) in the name of Malcolm Chisholm, leave out from "acknowledges" to end and insert "welcomes the improvement in survival rates for the majority of cancers, thanks to scientific advances, and praises those in the health service who work to combat this disease, but notes with grave concern that the delivery of health care in Scotland has fallen short of the standards that people expect and deserve, with patients' chances of survival under threat due to unacceptably long waiting times, staff shortages, postcode prescribing and the inequalities in accessing clinical assessment throughout Scotland."
*S2M-292.2 Shona Robison: Investment and Change in Cancer ServicesAs an amendment to motion (S2M-292) in the name of Malcolm Chisholm, insert at end "but recognises that further action is required to tackle staffing shortages in the oncology field in Scotland, including consideration of enhanced terms and conditions."
S2M-291# Auxiliary Fire Units in the Highlands (lodged on 2 September 2003) Stewart Stevenson*, Brian Adam*, Jim Mather*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Richard Lochhead*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Mr Rob Gibson*, Eleanor Scott*, Alex Neil*
S2M-290 Support for the International Whaling Commission Moratorium on Commercial Whaling (lodged on 2 September 2003) Phil Gallie*, Elaine Smith*, Chris Ballance*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Cathie Craigie*, Dr Jean Turner*, Scott Barrie*, Mike Watson*, Mark Ballard*, Ms Sandra White*, Alex Neil*, Tommy Sheridan*, Patrick Harvie*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Jackie Baillie*
S2M-289# Nurse Recruitment and Retention (lodged on 2 September 2003) Stewart Stevenson*, Ms Sandra White*
S2M-278 Hamilton District Crime Prevention Panel (lodged on 27 August 2003) Ms Sandra White*
S2M-277 Stirling's Appeal to Secure William Wallace Portrait (lodged on 26 August 2003) Ms Sandra White*
S2M-276 Pizza Hut Smoking Ban (lodged on 25 August 2003) Chris Ballance*
S2M-272# Support for Clinical Perfusion Scientists (lodged on 25 August 2003) Ms Sandra White*
S2M-269# Consultation on Tax Powers (lodged on 19 August 2003) Ms Sandra White*
S2M-258 Harviestoun Brewery Champion Beer of Britain Award 2003 (lodged on 13 August 2003) Scott Barrie*
S2M-257# Support for Mountain Rescue Service (lodged on 11 August 2003) Ms Sandra White*
S2M-255# Elgin Bypass (lodged on 8 August 2003) Richard Lochhead*, Stewart Stevenson*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Mr Rob Gibson*, Dr Jean Turner*, Alex Neil*
S2M-214 National Endometriosis Awareness Day (lodged on 1 July 2003) Marlyn Glen*
S2M-181 Animal Welfare Centres (lodged on 19 June 2003) Scott Barrie*
S2M-145# Obesity Amongst the Scottish Population (lodged on 13 June 2003) Scott Barrie*
S2M-134# Pet Passports (lodged on 12 June 2003) Scott Barrie*
S2M-106# Scotland's European Pollutant Emission Register (lodged on 3 June 2003) Scott Barrie*