Business Bulletin No. 169 / 2003
Monday 8th December 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-712# Robert Brown: Domestic Wind Turbines-That the Parliament welcomes the development by the Glasgow company Windsave of the world's first domestic wind turbine; notes that the turbine simply plugs into the mains and can reduce average electricity domestic bills by 15%; welcomes the fact that Scotland continues to be in the vanguard of developing renewable energy technology including the world's first commercial wave power station and marine energy testing centre, and believes that the Scottish Executive should promote this and other small-scale renewable energy devices for public buildings, households and private companies to deliver the commitment in A Partnership for a Better Scotland to ensure that new homes and public buildings increasingly incorporate solar power or other renewable energy sources.
*S2M-711 Bill Butler on behalf of the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine Railway and Linked Improvements Bill Committee: Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine Railway and Linked Improvements Bill - Preliminary Stage-That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine Railway and Linked Improvements Bill and that the Bill should proceed as a Private Bill.
Supported by: Rob Gibson*
*S2M-710# Mr Kenny MacAskill: Office of Fair Trading Proposals for Taxi Deregulation-That the Parliament notes the vital and important public service provided by well-regulated taxis and private hire vehicles in Scotland; further notes with concern the Office of Fair Trading's (OFT) consideration of deregulation of vehicle numbers; supports the representations made by the Scottish Taxi Federation to the OFT; believes that such deregulation would be detrimental to the interests of passengers and drivers alike, and considers that the interests of both are best served by a well-regulated sector that is democratically accountable to elected local authorities and legislated for by the Parliament.
Supported by: Tricia Marwick*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Fergus Ewing*, Robert Brown*, Shona Robison*, Bruce Crawford*, Linda Fabiani*
S2M-709 Tommy Sheridan: Superfast Ferries Workers' Rights-That the Parliament calls on the management of Superfast Ferries to ensure equal job opportunities for seafarers throughout the EU region as well as from the flag state, Greece; calls for the management of Superfast to ensure equality of pay and conditions for all seafarers from both within and outwith the EU region, and supports the implementation of the proposed EU Directive on manning conditions for regular passenger and ferry services operating between member states.
Supported by: Rosie Kane*, Carolyn Leckie*, Frances Curran*
S2M-708 Mr Stewart Maxwell: Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland's Work-That the Parliament congratulates the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland on its important role in improving public health in the 19th and 20th centuries by helping to tackle air pollution, polluted water supplies, unsafe food and overcrowding, and supports the evolving role of environment health officers in the 21st century as they continue to contribute to the well-being of Scottish communities.
Supported by: Rob Gibson*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Stewart Stevenson*, Tricia Marwick*, Linda Fabiani*
S2M-707 Eleanor Scott: Grassy Narrows-That the Parliament supports the commitment and dedication of the people of Grassy Narrows First Nation, Ontario, Canada, on the first anniversary of their road blockade erected to protect their land and their way of life and in protest at the devastating logging activities of Abitibi-Consolidated; recognises that the deforestation currently taking place is having a significant and direct impact on the First Nation's treaty and aboriginal rights, and supports the choice of the people of Grassy Narrows to remain on the blockade until this issue is resolved.
Supported by: Rosie Kane*, Tommy Sheridan*, Carolyn Leckie*, Frances Curran*
S2M-706# Margo MacDonald: The Future of the Scottish Legal System-That the Parliament believes 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; notes that Scottish civil cases can be appealed to the House of Lords whilst Scottish criminal appeals cannot be so appealed; considers that the Minister for Justice should 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 believes that the Scottish Executive should 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: Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Rosie Kane*, Tommy Sheridan*, John Swinburne*
S2M-705 Rob Gibson: Counterdrift Index-That the Parliament notes the continued loss of population from rural and island areas and its harmful effects on many communities; calls upon the Scottish Executive to create a "Counterdrift Index" that sets out the details of its achievements in tackling this issue, and considers that the index, published quarterly, should flag up all relevant indicators including the number of affordable houses built and public jobs dispersed to areas of depopulation, the amount of land transferred for community use from both public and private sectors, the number of modern apprenticeships turned into permanent sustainable jobs and incentives delivered for tradespeople to work in the affected areas.
Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, Rosie Kane*, Tommy Sheridan*
S2M-704 Jackie Baillie: End to Energy Disconnections for Debt-That the Parliament notes with concern the continuing increase in the level of disconnection from energy supply due to debt in Scotland, 735 for the first nine months of 2003 compared to 40 in total for 2001; is concerned that with expected price rises this problem will be exacerbated; recognises that disconnection is the most extreme form of fuel poverty and that its continuation compromises the Scottish Executive's and Her Majesty's Government's aim to end fuel poverty; believes that this is unacceptable and supports Energywatch's call to end disconnections for debt, and congratulates Mark Lazarowicz MP for seeking to end this archaic practice through the forthcoming Energy Bill, providing legal protection for the most vulnerable in society.
Supported by: Sarah Boyack, Bill Butler, Richard Baker, Marlyn Glen, Pauline McNeill, Kate Maclean, Cathie Craigie, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Elaine Smith*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Rosie Kane*, Tommy Sheridan*
S2M-703 Murdo Fraser: Schools Junior Debating Competition-That the Parliament congratulates The Courier and the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland for their sponsorship of the Schools Junior Debating Competition; recognises the value of the competition in encouraging debate and engagement on the issues of the day amongst participants as a part of their educational experience; thanks the many schools throughout Scotland participating in the competition for giving the opportunity to their pupils, and wishes each team success.
S2M-702# Mr Brian Monteith: Closure of Holy Trinity Episcopal Primary School-That the Parliament regrets the decision of Stirling Council's ruling Labour administration to close Holy Trinity Episcopal Primary School in the top of the town area of the city; notes that the council has failed to listen to the wishes of parents, the local community and those involved in the school as recorded in its report on its own consultation exercise; believes that Stirling Council has therefore failed to make an adequate case for the closure of the school, and further believes that the Scottish Executive should use its powers over the closure of denominational schools to ask the council to find a way to keep the school open.
Supported by: Murdo Fraser, Mr Ted Brocklebank, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Alex Johnstone*, Mr David Davidson*, Rosie Kane*, Tommy Sheridan*, Bruce Crawford*
S2M-701# Frances Curran: Coca Cola Sponsorship of UK Charts-That the Parliament notes with grave concern that Coca Cola has signed a sponsorship deal with the official UK charts company that will lead to the BBC mentioning the sponsor in every "Top of the Pops" and Radio 1 "Chart Show" broadcast; further notes that this product placement will effectively promote and advertise the drink to the millions of young people who watch and listen to these shows and that this is happening despite a voluntary undertaking from Coca Cola to cease targeting its products at under-12s; believes that the BBC has seriously breached its public broadcasting duties by agreeing to the terms of the sponsorship agreement and that voluntary regulation by the fast food manufacturers has patently failed, and considers that the Scottish Executive should introduce statutory regulation to curb the influence of advertising in promoting unhealthy diets to our children.
Supported by: Colin Fox, Carolyn Leckie, Tommy Sheridan, Dr Jean Turner, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Eleanor Scott, Shiona Baird, Chris Ballance, Robin Harper, Margo MacDonald, Patrick Harvie, Rosie Kane*
S2M-700# Mr Brian Monteith: Roads Maintenance in Stirling District-That the Parliament welcomes the research submitted in November 2003 by the AA Motoring Trust to the Parliament's Local Government and Transport Committee on roads maintenance expenditure in Scotland; notes from the research that Stirling Council spent a total of £5.1 million less on its local roads network in the period from 2001 to 2003 than it received in central government grant, in contrast to the majority of Scottish councils who spent more than they received; further notes that the council's own scrutiny group published research in February 2003 showing that £9.8 million would have been invested in local roads had the local authority and its predecessor Central Region spent their full allocation from central government over the previous six years; acknowledges that Stirling's current Labour administration has consistently rejected alternative budget proposals to spend more on roads, and believes that Stirling Council should acknowledge the extent of the problem and recognise that it needs a fundamental change in policy on this matter.
Supported by: Mr Ted Brocklebank, Murdo Fraser
S2M-699 Cathy Jamieson: Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill-That the Parliament agrees that the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill be passed.
Supported by: Peter Peacock, Hugh Henry
S2M-698 Malcolm Chisholm: Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill-That the Parliament agrees that the Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill be passed.
Supported by: Mr Tom McCabe
S2M-696 Carolyn Leckie: Sodexho Contract; Solidarity with Public Sector Workers in British Columbia-That the Parliament is concerned at the practices of Sodexho in tendering for and running contracted-out public services in British Columbia in the context of a neo-liberal provincial government that is abolishing collective agreements, privatising public sector jobs and sacking thousands of public sector workers, pushing through anti-trade union legislation and employment laws that remove all forms of protection including transfer (succession) rights and allowing multi-nationals like Sodexho to employ whole new workforces on less than half their previous pay, equivalent to that which ancillary health workers earned 30 years ago, with no benefits, exploit women and immigrant workers particularly and ride roughshod over the rights of workers to organise in trade unions; believes that these practices, and those already evident in Scotland in contracts like those at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, show that Sodexho is not the sort of company that the Scottish Parliament should be associated with, and considers that the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body should review the current contract with Sodexho and take steps to bring that contract in-house as soon as is practicably possible, whilst guaranteeing and securing the employment at the Parliament of all current Sodexho employees.
Supported by: Frances Curran, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Colin Fox, Chris Ballance, Patrick Harvie, Rosie Kane*
S2M-693*#* Tommy Sheridan: Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service-That the Parliament notes the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service appeal for new blood donors to tackle the current crisis in supplies that could lead to hospitals being told that only emergency operations can be carried out because blood stocks are so low; *believes that* the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body *should* make the necessary arrangements for a mobile donor unit to come to the Parliament; encourages all MSPs and their staff to lead by example in donating a pint of blood where physically possible, and resolves to support high profile campaigns to encourage more Scots to become blood donors and thus save and enhance the lives of others.
Supported by: Carolyn Leckie, Ms Sandra White, Frances Curran, Alex Neil, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Mr Mark Ruskell, Colin Fox, Dr Jean Turner, Margaret Jamieson, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Kate Maclean, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mrs Nanette Milne, Scott Barrie, Margo MacDonald, Murdo Fraser, Rosie Kane*
S2M-691 Carolyn Leckie: Nursery Nurses on Strike at Christmas-That the Parliament salutes the courage and determination of nursery nurses continuing to strike after seven months on the picket line; affirms its support for the nursery nurses' claim; regrets that nursery nurses and their families are forced to face a Christmas on the picket lines by intransigent employers and a Scottish Executive that is content to place increasing demands on nursery nurses but not prepared to use its powers to ensure a proper career and salary structure across Scotland that recognises the extremely valuable contribution nursery nurses make to the development of our children; recognises that the Executive's failure to engage in the issues at the heart of this dispute gives credence to those who argue that it demonstrates a lack of vision and hesitancy, and calls on the Executive to restore confidence in the Parliament by intervening to secure a settlement to this dispute agreeable to nursery nurses and UNISON before Christmas.
Supported by: Frances Curran, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Colin Fox, Dr Jean Turner, Chris Ballance, Patrick Harvie, Rosie Kane*
S2M-690 Marilyn Livingstone: Fife Domestic Abuse Forum-That the Parliament acknowledges the 10th birthday of the Fife Domestic Abuse Forum, the longest running partnership of its kind in Scotland; supports the launch of the next phase of the highly successful "Talk" public awareness campaign that will see poster images throughout Fife in the coming months on the theme "Domestic Abuse There is No Excuse"; notes that last year the number of requests for information, support or refuge from Women's Aid and the Domestic Abuse Unit in Fife increased by 29% to 10,000 which represents an increase in awareness and people accessing services; welcomes the new Women's Refuge in Kirkcaldy, and wishes all stakeholders in Fife continued success.
Supported by: Bill Butler, Tricia Marwick, Scott Barrie
S2M-689# Marilyn Livingstone: Safe Drive - Stay Alive Roadshow-That the Parliament congratulates Fife's emergency services and the Fife Road Safety Unit on the ground-breaking road safety venture Safe Drive - Stay Alive; recognises the pivotal role played by Fife firemaster Mike Bitcom and his staff in organising the three-day event; acknowledges that over 4,000 fifth year pupils attended from all over the Kingdom, and believes that other local authorities should consider similar events as a means of introducing novice drivers to the real-life consequences of road traffic accidents.
Supported by: Bill Butler, Tricia Marwick, Scott Barrie
S2M-684# Cathy Peattie: Linked Work and Training Trust Central - BURA Award-That the Parliament congratulates Linked Work and Training Trust Central (LWTTC) on its Best Practice in Regeneration award, the only Scottish organisation among this year's five British Urban Regeneration Association (BURA) awards; notes BURA's comment that LWTTC is an outstanding example of a project that "builds the capacity of excluded communities to develop and harness their own skills, commitment, experience and confidence to contribute to sustained local economic and social regeneration"; further notes that in Empowered To Practice: The Future of Community Learning and Development Training in Scotland the Scottish Executive recognised the LWTTC model of work-based training and recommended its expansion, and believes that the Executive should ensure that funding authorities support the wider adoption of such programmes.
Supported by: Donald Gorrie
S2M-683# Robin Harper: Outdoor Education-That the Parliament regrets that there is no national programme for outdoor education in Scotland; notes that programmes for outdoor education vary greatly from council to council; further notes that schools within the separate councils lack uniformity in implementing outdoor education programmes and regrets that children are not receiving equal access to the opportunities and advantages provided by outdoor education; regrets that financial factors, socio-economic factors and lack of access to facilities all serve as barriers to outdoor education; regrets that the lack of a requirement for outdoor education to be taught in schools has led to a serious decline in the number of outdoor education teachers employed in Scotland; regrets that, despite the General Teaching Council's recommendation in 2000, there is still no national teaching qualification in outdoor education; regrets that there is no Her Majesty's Inspector of Schools with specific expertise in, or responsibility for, outdoor education; regrets that primary teachers and geography teachers receive minimal training in outdoor education; further regrets that there is a decline in the number of biology students on outdoor environmental studies courses, and considers that the Scottish Executive should set up a short life working group to report before June 2004 on all these issues.
Supported by: Christine Grahame, Frances Curran, Carolyn Leckie, Donald Gorrie, Mark Ballard, Eleanor Scott, Shiona Baird, Patrick Harvie, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Mark Ruskell, Dr Jean Turner, Margo MacDonald, Rosie Kane*
S2M-682 Mr Andy Kerr: Local Governance (Scotland) Bill-That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Local Governance (Scotland) Bill.
Supported by: Tavish Scott
S2M-681# Tricia Marwick: Apology Demanded for Poll Tax-That the Parliament notes the admission by Malcolm Rifkind, the Conservative Secretary of State for Scotland responsible for the introduction of the poll tax on 1 April 1989, that it was "a great political mistake"; rejects the assertion that it was his government's presentation of the poll tax that was flawed, and considers that Mr Rifkind and the Conservative Party in Scotland should now, after 14 years, apologise to the thousands of people in Scotland who were pursued for payment of a tax they could not pay and apologise to the people of Scotland for using Scotland as the guinea pig for their unfair and unjust tax system and their immoral and draconian methods of collecting it.
Supported by: Rob Gibson, Richard Lochhead, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Christine Grahame, Chris Ballance, Campbell Martin, Brian Adam
S2M-681.1# Tommy Sheridan: Apology Demanded for Poll Tax-As an amendment to motion (S2M-681) in the name of Tricia Marwick, leave out from "and considers" to end and insert "recognises that it was the campaign of mass non-payment of the poll tax that led to its abolition; considers that Mr Rifkind and the Conservative Party in Scotland should now, after 14 years, apologise to the thousands of people in Scotland who were pursued for payment of a tax they could not pay and apologise to the people of Scotland for using Scotland as the guinea pig for their unfair and unjust tax system and their immoral and draconian methods of collecting it, and believes that the Scottish Executive should instruct local authorities to cancel all outstanding poll tax debts with immediate effect."
Supported by: Carolyn Leckie, Frances Curran
S2M-680 Patrick Harvie: M74 Public Local Inquiry-That the Parliament recognises and agrees that the answer to question S2F-383 by the First Minister on 27 November 2003 concerning the M74 motorway extension clearly gives an appearance of bias; believes that the Scottish Executive has conflicting roles in the decision-making process; further believes that the public local inquiry under way from 1 December 2003 has now been compromised such that under Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights the objectors are entitled to hold the view that the appeal process does not provide them with a fair and impartial hearing, and considers that the inquiry should be abandoned until such time as a process can be put in place that complies with Article 6.
Supported by: Mark Ballard, Frances Curran, Carolyn Leckie, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Eleanor Scott, Colin Fox, Chris Ballance, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Mark Ruskell, Dr Jean Turner, Robin Harper, Shiona Baird*, Rosie Kane*
S2M-679 Fairtrade Universities (lodged on 27 November 2003) Mike Watson*
S2M-615# Bill Butler: 20 mph Speed Zones Around Schools-That the Parliament congratulates Glasgow City Council on its decision to introduce mandatory 20 mph speed limits outside every school in Glasgow; hopes that other local authorities will follow Glasgow City Council's example in trying to improve the safety of pupils travelling to and from school, and views this as a significant and welcome step in implementing the Scottish Executive's commitment to improve Scotland's record on road traffic accidents, in particular the objective of cutting the number of young people killed and injured on roads each year.
Supported by: Dr Elaine Murray, Eleanor Scott, Tricia Marwick, Chris Ballance, Jackie Baillie, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Sarah Boyack, Des McNulty, Elaine Smith, Pauline McNeill, Karen Whitefield, Janis Hughes, Johann Lamont, Scott Barrie, Trish Godman, Robert Brown, Mr Alasdair Morrison, Nora Radcliffe, Frances Curran, Mr Jamie Stone, Robin Harper, Dr Jean Turner, Cathie Craigie, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Iain Smith, Tommy Sheridan, Christine May, Christine Grahame, Ms Sandra White, Cathy Peattie, Mark Ballard, Mr Mark Ruskell, Donald Gorrie, Irene Oldfather, Mike Watson, Mr Adam Ingram, John Farquhar Munro, Alasdair Morgan, Colin Fox, Rosie Kane, Ms Rosemary Byrne
S2M-609 Deployment of Royal Scots to Iraq (lodged on 17 November 2003) Margaret Smith*
S2M-600# Mike Rumbles: Laurencekirk Railway Station-That the Parliament welcomes the recent announcement made by Aberdeenshire Council and Scotrail on the possibility of reopening Laurencekirk Station; recognises the support in Laurencekirk and the north east as a whole for the station's reopening; notes the Scottish Executive's commitment to encouraging the increased use of rail transport as an alternative to the car, and encourages Aberdeenshire Council, Scotrail and the Scottish Executive to continue to make progress towards the station's reopening.
Supported by: Jeremy Purvis, Mr Jamie Stone, George Lyon, Helen Eadie, Margaret Smith, John Farquhar Munro, Mr Richard Baker, Iain Smith, Donald Gorrie, Mike Pringle, Robin Harper, Mr David Davidson, Brian Adam, Nora Radcliffe, Shiona Baird, Richard Lochhead, Stewart Stevenson, Robert Brown, Eleanor Scott, Tommy Sheridan, Rosie Kane, Dr Jean Turner
S2M-516# Asthma Care in Scotland (lodged on 28 October 2003) John Scott*