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Business Bulletin No. 19 / 2004

Thursday 29th January 2004

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-833# Mr Brian Monteith: Tax Stamps on Scotch Whisky Products-That the Parliament notes with concern that Her Majesty's Government is once again considering the introduction of tax stamps on spirits, but not on wine or beer; recognises that any such tax stamp would impact particularly on the Scotch whisky industry; believes that the case for a tax stamp system is not proven and that it would be an ineffective means of combating fraud and illicit trade while imposing substantial costs and practical problems on the industry, particularly in relation to labelling and storage; notes the Scottish Executive's Scotch whisky framework which supports a fair taxation regime for Scotch whisky, and therefore believes that the Executive should make representations to Her Majesty's Government against the introduction of tax stamps or any similar burdens on the Scotch whisky industry.

*S2M-832# Mrs Nanette Milne: Charitable Organisations' Water Charges-That the Parliament expresses concern over the current rules of the Water and Sewerage Charges Exemption Scheme for charities which exclude charities formed after 1 April 1999, and any formed before that date which subsequently moved premises, from exemption from water and wastewater charges; notes that the move to high standing charges recommended by the Water Industry Commissioner has adversely affected such organisations, and further notes that the Water Customer Consultation Panel's report on the principles of charging in August 2003 sought a national, open consultation on the best principles to be applied and that such consultation needs to be started soon.

*S2M-831# Johann Lamont: Disabled Parking Spaces-That the Parliament notes the difficulties experienced by people within local communities who have secured disabled parking spaces outside their homes; deplores the fact that these spaces can become a focus of conflict within communities where people seek to use a space, although they do not have a disabled parking badge; recognises that the current legal position, which distinguishes between courtesy parking spaces and those supported by traffic regulation orders, creates problems for people with disabilities who need to rely on a designated parking space; considers that the Scottish Executive should examine how it might legislate to address this problem, and believes that the Scottish Executive, local authorities and all relevant agencies should work together to develop an awareness campaign to highlight the rights of disabled people and to emphasise the unacceptability of harassing those who have been allocated such spaces.

Supported by: Bill Butler*

*S2M-830 Mrs Margaret Ewing: Rikki Fulton-That the Parliament notes with great affection the work of Rikki Fulton for the joy and laughter he brought to generations of Scots; extends its sympathy to his wife, family and wide circle of friends, and commends his courage in speaking openly of his struggle with the debilitating illness, Alzheimer's Disease, over the last two years.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing*, Shiona Baird*, David Mundell*, Murray Tosh*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Jim Mather*, Christine Grahame*, Tommy Sheridan*, Paul Martin*, George Lyon*, Brian Adam*, Bruce Crawford*, Nicola Sturgeon*, Mike Pringle*, Mrs Nanette Milne*, Des McNulty*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Carolyn Leckie*, Margaret Jamieson*, Colin Fox*, Frances Curran*, Campbell Martin*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Bristow Muldoon*, Robert Brown*, Mary Scanlon*, Michael McMahon*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Richard Lochhead*, Rob Gibson*, Karen Gillon*, John Swinburne*, Tricia Marwick*, Mr Andrew Welsh*, Stewart Stevenson*, Nora Radcliffe*, Phil Gallie*, Michael Matheson*, Sarah Boyack*, Margaret Mitchell*, Chris Ballance*, Eleanor Scott*, Bill Butler*, Irene Oldfather*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Christine May*

S2M-829 Scotland-Wide Cannabis Tolerance Zones (lodged on 27 January 2004) Carolyn Leckie*, Frances Curran*

S2M-828 Modernising the Court System - A New Supreme Court (lodged on 27 January 2004) Mrs Elish Angiolini*

*S2M-828.1 Nicola Sturgeon: Modernising the Court System - A New Supreme Court-As an amendment to motion (S2M-828) in the name of Cathy Jamieson, leave out from "believing" to end and insert "for England and Wales; considers, however, that its creation affords an opportunity for the modernisation and repatriation of Scotland's justice system, including an end to the historic anomaly that allows civil, but not criminal, cases to be appealed to a UK court and, having established that principle, calls on the Scottish Executive to consult on whether the Inner House of the Court of Session or a higher appellate authority within Scotland should be the final court of appeal in Scottish civil cases."

*S2M-828.2 Miss Annabel Goldie: Modernising the Court System - A New Supreme Court-As an amendment to motion (S2M-828) in the name of Cathy Jamieson, leave out from "it is" to end and insert "in the event of a United Kingdom Supreme Court being created, the Scottish Executive needs to ensure both that Scottish judges are appointed to sit in all civil appeals from Scotland and that decisions of the Supreme Court in non-Scottish cases are not binding in Scots law except in so far as the law determining such cases is applicable on a United Kingdom basis."

S2M-827# Planning for a Co-operative Development Agency (lodged on 27 January 2004) Sarah Boyack*, Bill Butler*

S2M-823 Holocaust Memorial Day, 27 January 2004 (lodged on 27 January 2004) Mike Rumbles*, Cathie Craigie*, Frances Curran*, Murdo Fraser*, Richard Baker*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Brian Adam*, Des McNulty*, Mike Pringle*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Mr Jamie Stone*, John Scott*, Jackie Baillie*, Pauline McNeill*, Marlyn Glen*, Tricia Marwick*, Kate Maclean*, Fergus Ewing*, Alex Neil*, Scott Barrie*, Mr David Davidson*, Mr John Home Robertson*, Phil Gallie*, Janis Hughes*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Miss Annabel Goldie*, Johann Lamont*, Irene Oldfather*, Eleanor Scott*

S2M-822# "In Touch", Out of Touch? (lodged on 27 January 2004) Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Alex Neil*, Rob Gibson*, Michael Matheson*

S2M-820 Alternative MMR Vaccine Research (lodged on 26 January 2004) Alex Neil*

S2M-817 Protecting Children from Advertising in Schools (lodged on 23 January 2004) John Farquhar Munro*

S2M-816# The Importance of Modern Language Learning (lodged on 23 January 2004) Pauline McNeill*

S2M-815 Tesco Discriminating Against Scots (lodged on 23 January 2004) Michael Matheson*

S2M-812 Conduct of Health Review Consultations (lodged on 21 January 2004) Pauline McNeill*, Colin Fox*

S2M-811# London Olympic Bid (lodged on 21 January 2004) Alasdair Morgan*

S2M-810 Saudi Arabian Ambassador's Reception (lodged on 21 January 2004) Colin Fox*

S2M-809 Access to Scottish Current Accounts from the Post Office (lodged on 21 January 2004) Pauline McNeill*

*S2M-807.1 Mr Brian Monteith: Budget (Scotland) Bill-As an amendment to motion (S2M-807) in the name of Mr Andy Kerr, insert at end "but, in so doing, is concerned that it does not give enough consideration to Scotland's poor economic performance relative to the rest of the UK and calls upon the Scottish Executive to further address this underperformance as a matter of urgency."

S2M-802 The Lodging House Mission (lodged on 20 January 2004) Pauline McNeill*

S2M-801# Yorkhill NHS Trust Staff (lodged on 20 January 2004) Pauline McNeill*

S2M-797 Ending of Monthly Poll of Scots' Voting Intentions by The Herald (lodged on 19 January 2004) Alasdair Morgan*

S2M-791 Potential Job Losses in Edinburgh's Financial Sector (lodged on 14 January 2004) Pauline McNeill*

S2M-789# Scots Poet Laureate as National Burns Tribute (lodged on 14 January 2004) Mike Pringle*

S2M-785 Celtic Connections (lodged on 14 January 2004) Pauline McNeill*

S2M-782 Religious Dress (lodged on 13 January 2004) Pauline McNeill*

S2M-776 The Success of Michelle McManus (lodged on 12 January 2004) Pauline McNeill*

S2M-767 Fair Trade Status for Hamilton (lodged on 8 January 2004) Pauline McNeill*

S2M-766# Workers' Educational Association (lodged on 8 January 2004) Pauline McNeill*

S2M-764# Business Rate Relief for Community Amateur Sports Clubs (lodged on 7 January 2004) Pauline McNeill*

S2M-763 Health of Dockyard Workers (lodged on 7 January 2004) Shona Robison*, Fergus Ewing*, Richard Lochhead*

S2M-755 Pregnant and Productive: An Investigation into Pregnancy Discrimination (lodged on 5 January 2004) Pauline McNeill*

S2M-742# Food for Good (lodged on 16 December 2003) Jackie Baillie*, Pauline McNeill*