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Business Bulletin No. 153 / 2003

Thursday 13th 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-598# Johann Lamont: Co-operative Group Fair Trade Coffee-That the Parliament congratulates the Co-operative Group on the launch of its fair trade coffee; notes that all Co-op brand coffee is now from fair-traded sources; recognises that no other retailer in the UK has taken this important step; acknowledges the longstanding, pioneering and courageous role of the Co-op and the Co-operative movement in promoting fair trade; applauds the decision of the Co-op to extend its fair trade range and continue to put its founding principles and values into practice, and considers that other retailers should reflect and act upon the lead taken by the Co-op. R

*S2M-597 Bruce Crawford: Compulsory National Identity Cards-That the Parliament does not support the principle of compulsory national identity cards.

*S2M-596 Shiona Baird: Fairtrade Initiative at the Parliament-That the Parliament recognises the plight of coffee-growing communities across the world, largely caused by a collapse of global coffee prices; notes that the Fairtrade contract guarantees a high, stable price to grower co-operatives in return for high standards of quality and environmental care and pays growers a social premium on top of the basic price to be used democratically for community projects; welcomes initiatives to promote Fairtrade coffee and other Fairtrade products, and encourages MSPs to attend the coffee morning organised by the Scottish Co-op in conjunction with the Fairtrade Foundation and Oxfam at the Friends Meeting House in Edinburgh on Thursday 13 November 2003 from 10.00 to 11.30 am at which a major new Fairtrade initiative will be announced.

Supported by: Mr Mark Ruskell*

*S2M-595# Tricia Marwick: MMR Vaccine-That the Parliament is concerned that the number of children who have been immunised against measles, mumps and rubella is too low; acknowledges that the weight of current scientific evidence does not establish a link between the MMR vaccination and autism but recognises that many parents are still concerned about the safety of the vaccine, and believes that the Scottish Executive should make the single vaccine available to those parents who request it in order to ensure that the level of immunisation against measles, mumps and rubella is maintained at a level which protects children against these dangerous diseases.

Supported by: Shona Robison*, Jim Mather*, Rob Gibson*, Brian Adam*, Murray Tosh*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Campbell Martin*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Tommy Sheridan*, Rosie Kane*, Linda Fabiani*, Bruce Crawford*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Mr Andrew Welsh*, Christine Grahame*

*S2M-594.1 Mr Jamie McGrigor: Celebrating 150 Years of Public Libraries in Scotland-As an amendment to motion (S2M-594) in the name of Mr Frank McAveety, insert at end "and notes the importance that libraries play in improving literacy rates for people of all ages."

*S2M-594.2 Roseanna Cunningham: Celebrating 150 Years of Public Libraries in Scotland-As an amendment to motion (S2M-594) in the name of Mr Frank McAveety, leave out from "and, in particular", to end and insert "; calls on the Scottish Executive to secure funding for the People's Network beyond the cessation of New Opportunities Fund support in April 2004; recognises the important part that local authorities have played, and continue to play, in providing library services, and urges the Executive to enable local authorities to reverse the recent trend of a decline in the proportion of funds spent on libraries."

*S2M-594.3 Chris Ballance: Celebrating 150 Years of Public Libraries in Scotland-As an amendment to motion (S2M-594) in the name of Mr Frank McAveety, leave out from "and, in particular" to end and insert "; congratulates Scotland's librarians but notes with concern falling visitor numbers and calls on the Scottish Executive to do all it can to reverse this situation; notes that libraries have great potential as community hubs and that their outreach and social inclusion functions are vital and often overlooked and applauds those libraries that are imaginatively tackling these important issues, and further congratulates those libraries that have put their catalogues online and engaged fully with new technology, enabling more of the population to access them."

Supported by: Mark Ballard*

*S2M-593.1 Mary Scanlon: Reforming Child Protection in Scotland-As an amendment to motion (S2M-593) in the name of Peter Peacock, insert at end "; acknowledges the findings of Susan O'Brien QC's inquiry into the death of Caleb Ness, and as a result calls for greatly improved co-operation and communication between agencies along with new arrangements that encourage greater responsibility and accountability within the child protection system."

*S2M-593.2 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Reforming Child Protection in Scotland-As an amendment to motion (S2M-593) in the name of Peter Peacock, insert at end "; notes the continuing shortage of social workers, particularly in the child and family teams and that the current initiatives will not produce sufficient new workers to fill these vacancies and replace those due to retire; recognises that the current situation of local authorities competing with each other to attract staff is counter-productive; notes that there is a need to invest significantly to retain and attract future staff; regrets the continuing scapegoating of social workers when things go wrong which only serves to undermine the confidence of staff and contributes to the difficulties in recruiting and retaining staff, and recognises the extremely valuable work that social workers carry out every day making significant contributions to the lives of children and their families."

*S2M-593.3 Fiona Hyslop: Reforming Child Protection in Scotland-As an amendment to motion (S2M-593) in the name of Peter Peacock, leave out from "continue" to end and insert "acknowledges its own role in increasing the scale, pace and range of staff recruitment in social work and child care and protection to ensure there are sufficient, well-paid staff to meet current and projected needs, and agrees to review the role and powers of the Social Work Services Inspectorate in this area."

S2M-582 Scottish Natural Heritage Vote Against Relocation (lodged on 11 November 2003) Jeremy Purvis*, Sarah Boyack*, Robin Harper*, Carolyn Leckie*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*

S2M-581 Chemistry Week 2003 (lodged on 11 November 2003) Margaret Jamieson*, Mike Rumbles*, Eleanor Scott*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Brian Adam*, Robert Brown*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Robin Harper*, Jackie Baillie*

S2M-580 European Network of GMO-Free Regions (lodged on 10 November 2003) Carolyn Leckie*, Jim Mather*, Chris Ballance*

S2M-579 Highlands as a GM-Free Zone (lodged on 10 November 2003) Carolyn Leckie*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Chris Ballance*

S2M-578# Unity Enterprise Glasgow Airport (lodged on 10 November 2003) Margaret Jamieson*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Scott Barrie*, Karen Gillon*, Mr Alasdair Morrison*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Robin Harper*, Cathie Craigie*, Jackie Baillie*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Helen Eadie*, Ms Sandra White*

S2M-576# Proposed Closure of Queen Mother's Hospital, Glasgow (lodged on 7 November 2003) Carolyn Leckie*, Patrick Harvie*, Ms Sandra White*

S2M-575 Aung San Sui Kyi (lodged on 7 November 2003) Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Karen Whitefield*

S2M-573 Quality of Services for Young Offenders (lodged on 7 November 2003) Carolyn Leckie*, Chris Ballance*

S2M-572 Scottish Football Writers' Association (lodged on 7 November 2003) Carolyn Leckie*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Helen Eadie*, Chris Ballance*

S2M-570# Abuse of Older People (lodged on 6 November 2003) Carolyn Leckie*

S2M-569# Economic Potential of the Renewable Energy Industry (lodged on 6 November 2003) Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Dr Sylvia Jackson*, Margaret Jamieson*, Scott Barrie*, Rhona Brankin*, Robert Brown*, Maureen Macmillan*, Chris Ballance*, Eleanor Scott*, Patrick Harvie*, Pauline McNeill*, Marlyn Glen*, Colin Fox*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Karen Gillon*, Cathie Craigie*, Robin Harper*, Karen Whitefield*

S2M-564# World AIDS Day 2003 (lodged on 5 November 2003) Shiona Baird*

S2M-555# MS Standards of Care (lodged on 4 November 2003) David Mundell*, Shona Robison*

S2M-553# European Parliament Seat Numbers (lodged on 4 November 2003) Ms Sandra White*, Campbell Martin*, Rob Gibson*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Christine Grahame*, Shona Robison*, Fiona Hyslop*, Jim Mather*, Mark Ballard*, Patrick Harvie*, Eleanor Scott*, Chris Ballance*, Shiona Baird*, Mr Mark Ruskell*

S2M-552# Alternatives to New Forth Crossing (lodged on 4 November 2003) Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Tricia Marwick*, Fiona Hyslop*, Jim Mather*

S2M-551 Glasgow Black History Month (lodged on 4 November 2003) David Mundell*

S2M-544# Access to Terrestrial TV Channels in Rural Areas (lodged on 4 November 2003) David Mundell*

S2M-538# MMR Vaccine (lodged on 31 October 2003) Shiona Baird*

S2M-536 Criminal Procedure (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill - Financial Resolution (lodged on 30 October 2003) Shiona Baird*

S2M-516# Asthma Care in Scotland (lodged on 28 October 2003) David Mundell*, Shiona Baird*

S2M-511# Review of Maternity Services in Glasgow (lodged on 24 October 2003) Carolyn Leckie*

S2M-488 United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (lodged on 9 October 2003) Shiona Baird*

S2M-420 UNISON's NHS Food for Good Charter (lodged on 26 September 2003) Margaret Jamieson*