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Business Bulletin No. 25/2004

Friday 6 February 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-880 Christine Grahame: Miss X: Chief Inspector of Social Work Report—That the Parliament notes with concern that following the conviction of James Mercer, Alexander Maben and Ross Douglas in July 2002 of serious assaults on Miss X, there have been three reports into Scottish Borders Council Social Work Department’s handling of the case, the Stallard Report, published in October 2002, the Black Report, published in June 2003 and the Bates Report, published in September 2003 and that thereafter the Minister for Education and Young People announced an inspection of the case by the Chief Inspector of Social Work on 13 June 2003; further notes that the final report with recommendations was sent to Scottish Borders Council on 21 November 2003 and according to the council returned to the inspectorate in December 2003; notes that since December 2003 several senior managers in the council’s Social Work Department with involvement in the case have negotiated early retirement packages which would see them leave their positions by March/April 2004 and therefore, in all the above circumstances, calls on the Scottish Executive to inquire of the Chief Inspector of Social Work the reasons for the delay in publication, with a view to securing publication now.

*S2M-879 Alex Fergusson: Hydro Aluminium Extrusion—That the Parliament notes with regret the decision by Hydro Aluminium Extrusion Ltd (HAE) of Sanquhar to close in July 2004 with the loss of 76 jobs if no alternative can be identified; further notes the vital importance of medium-sized companies such as HAE to the local economies of areas such as Upper Nithsdale and the devastating effect which the loss of 76 jobs will have on the community, given the poor transport and IT links which exist in that part of the Dumfries and Galloway region, and calls on the Scottish Executive to bring forward specific proposals for improving the A76 in order to increase the competitiveness and sustainability of those companies which depend on that route.

*S2M-878 Mr Ted Brocklebank: Death of Ron Thompson—That the Parliament notes with deep sadness the death of the much admired journalist Ron Thompson who, for over fifty years, dedicated his life to the media; recognises his great contribution to journalism through the Dundee Courier, Daily Herald, Sunday Mail and Sunday Express and his outstanding record as an interviewer with Grampian TV, and extends its sympathy to his wife Mima and son Alastair.

*S2M-877# Mr Jamie McGrigor: Livestock Improvement Scheme—That the Parliament recognises the considerable success over the last few years of the Livestock Improvement Scheme and, in particular, the Bull Hire Scheme in providing quality bulls to crofters at reasonable prices; notes with concern changes to the scheme that will require crofters to pay in advance for bull hire and wintering costs; fears that these changes will deter crofters from obtaining high quality bulls with quality assurance and thus run against the committed aims of both the Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department and the Crofters Commission of increasing the quality of the Scottish beef herd, and believes that the Scottish Executive should improve the efficiency of the current scheme rather than introducing upfront payments for bull hire that would put a severe financial strain on scheme members.

*S2M-876 Malcolm Chisholm: The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 2) (Scotland) Order 2004—That the Health Committee recommends that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 2) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/43) be approved.

Supported by: Mr Tom McCabe*

*S2M-875# Michael McMahon: Palliative Care in Scotland—That the Parliament congratulates the initiative of overnight palliative care nurses in Lanarkshire that enables patients with end-stage cancer to be cared for and die at home if that is their wish; recognises the value this work brings to the lives of vulnerable people and their families and the efforts made to take a multi-disciplinary approach; believes that this will encourage a culture of cooperation rather than competition; recognises the need for similar schemes to be rolled out across Scotland while having regard to the different needs in different parts of Scotland, and notes the gaps in the system which need to be addressed such as care for adolescents who do not fall under the care of either adult or paediatric specialists.

*S2M-874 Chris Ballance: Support for Scottish Community Drama Association—That the Parliament recognises the considerable contribution made to community arts throughout Scotland by the Scottish Community Drama Association (SCDA); notes the key role played by SCDA in fostering the development of new dramatic talent; profoundly regrets the decision by the Scottish Arts Council to withdraw SCDA’s core funding of £50,000, and calls on the Scottish Executive to secure the reinstatement of funding to ensure that the excellent, value for money service provided by SCDA is supported and made secure.

*S2M-873 Linda Fabiani: Millennium Development Goals—That the Parliament welcomes the commitment of Her Majesty’s Government to the Millennium Development Goals and to increase its aid budget to 0.4% of its GDP by 2006; notes with concern, however, that the United Nations (UN), the World Bank and others have warned that these goals, which include the goal of reducing by 50% the number of people in the world who live in absolute poverty by 2015, will not be met without significantly increased development assistance; congratulates Denmark, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands and Luxembourg for achieving the UN aid budget target of 0.7% of their respective GDPs; welcomes the commitment of Ireland, Belgium and France in setting clear timetables for reaching that target by 2007, 2010 and 2012 respectively, and believes that Her Majesty’s Government should follow the example of these countries and likewise commit to the UN aid budget target.

*S2M-872 Christine Grahame: Homelessness in East Lothian—That the Parliament notes with concern the findings of the Pathfinder Inspection Report in January 2004 regarding the performance of East Lothian Council in its functions as a social landlord, particularly in relation to its homelessness obligations; further notes the indictment of services delivered to homeless people, that the council (a) operates a quota system for the allocation of re-lets to homeless people so that only one in four is so allocated, resulting in a high number of households being placed in bed and breakfast accommodation for "significant periods of time", (b) is failing to offer any accommodation to a small number of households to whom it owes a statutory duty, and (c) could not provide inspectors with reliable figures on the provision of permanent accommodation for homeless people; recognises that the report recommends, inter alia that the council (a) provides access to suitable temporary accommodation for all homeless people to whom it has a duty, (b) must publish a policy setting out its rules for allocating houses to homeless people to whom it has a duty and ensure that that policy complies with statutory requirements, and (c) should ensure that homeless applicants are always referred to an appropriate officer for assessment and that any discussion of an applicant’s circumstances is appropriate, adequate and is conducted in private; further notes that the report found "a general lack of enthusiasm on the part of the council to consider any change to its current approach to the allocation of permanent accommodation to homeless people", and calls on the Scottish Executive, as a matter of some urgency, to take appropriate steps to ensure that the council complies with its statutory obligations in the interests of the vulnerable homeless people in East Lothian.

*S2M-871 Mr Brian Monteith: End to Nursery Nurses Pay Dispute in Stirling—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement that nursery nurses in Stirling are to end their industrial action following an agreement over pay with Stirling Council; notes that as a result they will take no further part in the national pay dispute; believes local bargaining of this nature is best for all stakeholders involved, and commends it to other parts of Scotland.

Supported by: Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Murdo Fraser*

*S2M-870# Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: The Institute for Science Education in Scotland—That the Parliament notes the widespread concerns about the future of science education in Scotland; believes the declining popularity of science subjects in schools and at further and higher education levels has consequences for economic development; welcomes the establishment of the Institute for Science Education in Scotland, a unique network of scientists working with science teachers to support excellence in science teaching throughout Scotland; notes that the aim of the institute is to work with the thousands of people in the Scottish science community who are determined to reverse the decline in the popularity of science at schools, colleges and universities; further notes the priority set by the Scottish Science Advisory Committee in its recent report, Why Science Education Matters, on development of the institute; notes that the institute has the support of all Scotland’s universities, the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the General Teaching Council for Scotland; further notes the creation of a National Centre for Excellence in Science Education in England with support from the Wellcome Trust and the Department for Education and Skills, and considers that the Scottish Executive should support the development of the institute.

Supported by: Murdo Fraser*, Mr Brian Monteith*

S2M-869 Spring Day in Europe 2004 and the Enlargement of the EU (lodged on 4 February 2004) Michael Matheson*

S2M-868 Ally MacLeod (lodged on 4 February 2004) Nicola Sturgeon*

S2M-867 Recycling Figures (lodged on 4 February 2004) Robin Harper*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Rob Gibson*, Mr Mark Ruskell*

S2M-866# Asbestos-Related Illnesses (lodged on 4 February 2004) Stewart Stevenson*, Johann Lamont*

S2M-863 The Scottish Parliament Electoral System (lodged on 4 February 2004) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-862# Epilepsy Scotland - Golden Jubilee (lodged on 4 February 2004) Stewart Stevenson*, Robert Brown*, Mary Scanlon*, Mrs Nanette Milne*, Johann Lamont*, Susan Deacon*

S2M-861# Use of Electoral Register in Edinburgh Referendum on Congestion Charging (lodged on 4 February 2004) Eleanor Scott*, Patrick Harvie*, Margaret Smith*, Mike Pringle*

S2M-860# Development of Cavalry Park (lodged on 4 February 2004) Mr Ted Brocklebank*, Mrs Nanette Milne*, Phil Gallie*, Ms Sandra White*, Mary Scanlon*

S2M-857# Livingston Football Club (lodged on 3 February 2004) Christine May*, Johann Lamont*, Elaine Smith*

S2M-850# Tackling Debt (lodged on 3 February 2004) Chris Ballance*, Dennis Canavan*, Donald Gorrie*, Elaine Smith*, Susan Deacon*

S2M-847# VisitScotland Tourist Information (lodged on 3 February 2004) Mr Jamie McGrigor*, Donald Gorrie*, Mr David Davidson*

S2M-846 Message of Condolence Following the Tragic Fire at Rosepark Nursing Home, Uddingston (lodged on 2 February 2004) Chris Ballance*, Margaret Smith*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Irene Oldfather*, Susan Deacon*, Alex Fergusson*, David Mundell*, Pauline McNeill*

S2M-844# Hutton Report (lodged on 30 January 2004) Chris Ballance*

S2M-843 Dead Tired (lodged on 30 January 2004) Michael Matheson*

S2M-842 Congratulations to the University of Edinburgh (lodged on 30 January 2004) Mr Kenny MacAskill*

S2M-841 The Future of Caledonian MacBrayne (lodged on 30 January 2004) Stewart Stevenson*, Linda Fabiani*, Michael Matheson*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*

S2M-839# Safety Belts on School Buses (lodged on 29 January 2004) Linda Fabiani*, Michael Matheson*

S2M-836# Inadequate Consultation by Royal Mail on Closure of Local Post Offices (lodged on 29 January 2004) Chris Ballance*

S2M-835# Hepatitis C Ex Gratia Payment Scheme (lodged on 29 January 2004) Mr Andrew Welsh*, Michael Matheson*, Carolyn Leckie*

S2M-832# Charitable Organisations’ Water Charges (lodged on 28 January 2004) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-831# Disabled Parking Spaces (lodged on 28 January 2004) Linda Fabiani*, Cathie Craigie*, Irene Oldfather*

S2M-830 Rikki Fulton (lodged on 28 January 2004) Linda Fabiani*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*

S2M-827# Planning for a Co-operative Development Agency (lodged on 27 January 2004) Irene Oldfather*, Susan Deacon*

S2M-823 Holocaust Memorial Day, 27 January 2004 (lodged on 27 January 2004) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-817 Protecting Children from Advertising in Schools (lodged on 23 January 2004) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-812 Conduct of Health Review Consultations (lodged on 21 January 2004) Linda Fabiani*

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

S2M-802 The Lodging House Mission (lodged on 20 January 2004) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-797 Ending of Monthly Poll of Scots’ Voting Intentions by The Herald (lodged on 19 January 2004) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-770# Sewage Dumping (lodged on 9 January 2004) Linda Fabiani*

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

S2M-765# Organ Donation Opt-out System (lodged on 7 January 2004) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-763 Health of Dockyard Workers (lodged on 7 January 2004) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-676# Fatigue and Chronic Neurological Illnesses (lodged on 27 November 2003) Mr Kenny MacAskill*

S2M-674# 7:84 Theatre Company (lodged on 26 November 2003) Mr Kenny MacAskill*

S2M-665 Use of Sewel Motions (lodged on 26 November 2003) Margaret Smith*, Rob Gibson*, Ms Sandra White*