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Business Bulletin No. 147/2003

Wednesday 5 November 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-560 Mr Mark Ruskell: Future of Scottish Agriculture-That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to apply the Precautionary Principle and adopt the most legally restrictive policy, regardless of Her Majesty's Government's position, in relation to GM crops in recognition of the significant danger that they pose to GM-free conventional and organic farming and the potential risks to human health, animal health and the environment.

Supported by: Shiona Baird*

*S2M-559 Robin Harper: Sustainable Scotland-That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive's intention of placing the environment and sustainable development at the heart of all of its policy making; notes, however, the policy contradictions, including those in A Partnership for a Better Scotland, which indicate that this goal is not likely to be achieved, and therefore calls on the Executive to integrate sustainable development within all of its policy making and organise government to achieve this end.

*S2M-558 Tommy Sheridan: Support for the Firefighters-That the Parliament offers full support to Scotland's firefighters who are being denied their full pay settlement and calls on the Scottish Executive to intervene with COSLA to secure implementation of this rise.

*S2M-557 Chris Ballance: Compulsory Daytime Use of Headlights-That the Parliament calls on the European Union to drop its plans for compulsory daytime headlight use for all road users; believes that such plans are not in the best safety interests of vulnerable road users such as cyclists and motorcyclists, and further believes that this measure would lead to an increase in fuel consumption.

*S2M-556 Ross Finnie: Common Agricultural Policy Reform-That the Parliament welcomes the CAP Reform Agreement of June 2003 as a good deal for Scotland; endorses the objectives of the strategy document A Forward Strategy for Scottish Agriculture, widely agreed by stakeholders, as providing the strategic focus for decision-making on the various flexibilities available to Scotland within the agreement; endorses the wide and open consultation which the Scottish Executive has now launched to canvass views across the whole range of stakeholders before final decisions are taken, and further welcomes the Executive's initiative in setting up a stakeholder group comprising representatives of a wide range of stakeholders, farming, industry, consumer and environmental, to advise on the consultation process.

Supported by: Allan Wilson*

*S2M-555# Tricia Marwick: MS Standards of Care-That the Parliament welcomes the lobby of MSPs to take place on 19 November 2003 by MS Scotland and people affected with MS; recognises that in the last four years progress has been made in the provision of services to people with MS, but believes that the Scottish Executive should develop for people with MS a standard that will ensure that the level of treatment, support and care will be the same regardless of where in Scotland they live.

Supported by: Mr David Davidson*

*S2M-554 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion-That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business-

Wednesday 12 November 2003

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement

followed by Debate on Justice 1 Committee's 3rd Report 2003 - Inquiry into Alternatives to Custody

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 13 November 2003

9.30 am Executive Debate on Reforming Child Protection in Scotland

12 noon First Minister's Question Time

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm Executive Debate on Celebrating 150 Years of Public Libraries in Scotland

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Wednesday 19 November 2003

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate on the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 20 November 2003

9.30 am Scottish Socialist Party Business

12 noon First Minister's Question Time

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm Executive Business

followed by Motion on Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill - UK Legislation

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Supported by: Tavish Scott*

*S2M-553# Nicola Sturgeon: European Parliament Seat Numbers-That the Parliament notes the reduction of UK seats in the European Parliament from 87 to 78 to accommodate enlargement of the EU; welcomes the accession of 10 new countries in 2004; believes, however, that Scotland, with no seat on the Council of Europe, no Commissioners and fewer MEPs than comparably-sized independent member states, has little enough influence in the EU, and therefore believes that the Scottish Executive should resist the reduction in Scotland's MEPs from eight to seven.

Supported by: Bruce Crawford*, Linda Fabiani*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*

*S2M-552# Mark Ballard: Alternatives to New Forth Crossing-That the Parliament believes that the building of a second Forth road bridge would do nothing to solve the problems of increasing traffic congestion in Fife and Lothian and further believes that these problems could be tackled through a range of other measures including rail infrastructure improvements, starting with an upgrade of the inadequate signalling system of the Forth Rail Bridge and, in the longer term, a reopening of the rail line from Dunfermline to Alloa to alleviate freight congestion on the central Scotland rail network.

*S2M-551# Bill Butler: Glasgow Black History Month-That the Parliament welcomes the success of this year's Glasgow Black History Month; commends the many partner organisations that made the event possible, including Glasgow Anti-Racist Alliance, Glasgow City Council, the Scottish Arts Council, Glasgow Film Theatre and the Glasgow Science Centre, for their commitment and support; recognises the importance of the event in highlighting the important contribution of black people to Glasgow's cultural, artistic, political, economic and social identity, and notes the important work carried out by the Glasgow Anti-Racist Alliance in challenging racist policies and practices, as well as tackling the social exclusion of young people in Glasgow caused by racism.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie*

*S2M-550 Malcolm Chisholm: The Draft Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (No.4) (Scotland) Order 2003-That the Health Committee recommends that the Draft Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (No.4) (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/501) be approved.

Supported by: Mr Tom McCabe*

*S2M-549 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion-That the Parliament agrees-

(a) that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 22 November 2003 on the draft Proceeds of Crime 2002 Amendment (Scotland) Order 2003;

(b) that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 22 November 2003 on the Scottish Legal Aid Board (Employment of Solicitors to Provide Criminal Legal Assistance) Amendment Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/511);

(c) that Stage 1 of the Criminal Procedure (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill be completed by 13 February 2004; and

(d) that Stage 2 of the Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill be completed by 3 December 2003.

Supported by: Tavish Scott*

*S2M-548 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee-That the Parliament agrees that the Communities Committee be designated as lead committee and that the Justice 2 Committee and Local Government and Transport Committee be designated as secondary committees in consideration of the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

Supported by: Tavish Scott*

*S2M-547 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee-That the Parliament agrees that the Education Committee be designated as lead committee and that the Equal Opportunities Committee be designated as secondary committee in consideration of the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

Supported by: Tavish Scott*

*S2M-546 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee-That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Scottish Legal Aid Board (Employment of Solicitors to Provide Criminal Legal Assistance) Amendment Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/511).

Supported by: Tavish Scott*

*S2M-545 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee-That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the draft Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 Amendment (Scotland) Order 2003.

Supported by: Tavish Scott*

*S2M-544# John Farquhar Munro: Access to Terrestrial TV Channels in Rural Areas-That the Parliament notes that residents in parts of the Highlands and Islands do not receive independent terrestrial TV channels unless they purchase an encryption card from BSkyB on a regular basis; further notes with concern that access to terrestrial channels in those communities with analogue relay systems will be removed when the analogue signal is switched off in 2010; believes that TV license payers should not have to pay more because of their geographical location, and considers that Her Majesty's Government should take action to ensure that all UK TV license payers have unrestricted access to terrestrial TV channels.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie*

*S2M-543 Ms Margaret Curran: UK Legislation - Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill-That the Parliament endorses the principle of including in the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill provisions to remove Crown immunity from planning controls for development and agrees that the relevant provisions to achieve this end should be considered by the UK Parliament.

Supported by: Mrs Mary Mulligan*

S2M-542 Maggie's Centre Glasgow - First Birthday (lodged on 3 November 2003) Margaret Jamieson*, Christine May*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Eleanor Scott*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Carolyn Leckie*, Fergus Ewing*, Jackie Baillie*, Mike Pringle*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Des McNulty*, Mike Watson*, Dr Sylvia Jackson*, Mr David Davidson*, Rosie Kane*, Robert Brown*, Frances Curran*, Shiona Baird*, Margaret Smith*, Ms Sandra White*, Helen Eadie*, Bill Aitken*, Donald Gorrie*, Elaine Smith*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*

*S2M-541.1 David Mundell: Scotland's Transport-As an amendment to motion (S2M-541) in the name of Nicol Stephen, leave out from "recognises" to end and insert "regrets that the Scottish Executive's transport policies continue to be driven by spin, the need for press releases and photo opportunities and a determination to introduce road tolls; notes the Executive's continuing failure to make any firm financial commitments to significant infrastructure projects, such as the Borders rail link and addressing missing strategic links in the road network; believes that there is no evidence that the introduction of further bureaucracy and delays to decision-making, as represented by the proposed transport agency, will improve infrastructure or services, and calls upon the Executive to produce detailed and costed measures with start and completion dates for the major transport infrastructure programmes that the Scottish economy and local communities need in the 21st century."

*S2M-541.2 Chris Ballance: Scotland's Transport-As an amendment to motion (S2M-541) in the name of Nicol Stephen, leave out from "recognises" to end and insert "notes with concern the Scottish Executive's proposals for improving transport in Scotland, as set out in A Partnership for a Better Scotland, in particular its failure to give sufficient support for healthy transport initiatives such as walking and cycling; further notes that the finance put aside so far overwhelmingly relates to encouraging road and air transport, the most polluting forms of transport, and, while welcoming any extension of concessionary fares, regrets the failure to promote an effective public transport system in Scotland."

*S2M-541.3 Tommy Sheridan: Scotland's Transport-As an amendment to motion (S2M-541) in the name of Nicol Stephen, leave out from "recognises" to end and insert "calls on the Scottish Executive to establish a publicly owned, publicly accountable, integrated public transport system for Scotland to implement free travel for older people, people with disabilities and their carers and schoolchildren and further calls for this transport system to be fully resourced and implemented as a matter of urgency."

*S2M-541.4 Mr Kenny MacAskill: Scotland's Transport-As an amendment to motion (S2M-541) in the name of Nicol Stephen, leave out from "and the proposals" to end and insert "; notes with concern the underperformance of the Executive on major transport schemes to date; notes that for the new agency to be successful there must be transparency, accountability and direction for Scotland on all aspects of transport policy whether road, rail, marine or air, and recognises that the new agency should be strategic and should not undermine the role and function of Strathclyde Passenger Transport nor any future statutory regional transport authority elsewhere in Scotland and that the performance of the agency should be monitored to ensure that it delivers improvements to allow Scotland's transport system to match those of its European competitors."

S2M-540# First Woman Church of Scotland Moderator (lodged on 3 November 2003) Christine May*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Mr Rob Gibson*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Margaret Smith*, Kate Maclean*, Eleanor Scott*, Elaine Smith*, Donald Gorrie*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Linda Fabiani*

S2M-539 Holyrood Inquiry (lodged on 31 October 2003) Campbell Martin*, John Swinburne*, Ms Sandra White*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-538# MMR Vaccine (lodged on 31 October 2003) John Swinburne*

S2M-537 Success of Central Scotland Police's Operation Overlord (lodged on 31 October 2003) John Swinburne*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-535 Roy Wentworth (lodged on 30 October 2003) Nora Radcliffe*, John Swinburne*

S2M-534# New Forth Crossing (lodged on 30 October 2003) Christine May*, Mr Jamie Stone*

S2M-531 Evening Express Aberdeen Champions Awards (lodged on 29 October 2003) Fergus Ewing*, Richard Lochhead*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Mr Jamie Stone*, John Swinburne*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Alex Johnstone*, Mr David Davidson*, Mr Rob Gibson*, Mike Rumbles*, Mr Richard Baker*

S2M-530 New York Crime Success (lodged on 29 October 2003) John Swinburne*

S2M-515 Federation of Small Businesses' Energy and Environment Toolkit (lodged on 28 October 2003) Nora Radcliffe*

S2M-491 Swimming in Scotland (lodged on 10 October 2003) Pauline McNeill*

S2M-487# Renewable Energy and Wind Farm Guidance (lodged on 9 October 2003) Fiona Hyslop*, Alex Johnstone*

S2M-486 Sexual Health Misinformation (lodged on 9 October 2003) Pauline McNeill*

S2M-481# Women's Social and Political Union (lodged on 9 October 2003) Pauline McNeill*

S2M-478# CSV 'Make a Difference Day' (lodged on 9 October 2003) Pauline McNeill*

S2M-417# Royal Mail Withdrawal from Use of Rail (lodged on 26 September 2003) Marilyn Livingstone*, Shona Robison*

 

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