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Business Bulletin No. 27 / 2004

Tuesday 10th 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-891 Susan Deacon: Contraceptive Awareness Week-That the Parliament notes that 9 to 15 February 2004 is Contraceptive Awareness Week and congratulates the sexual health charity, fpa, for launching this initiative to help raise awareness on issues relating to contraception; further notes the wide range of activities planned to mark this week, and, in particular, welcomes the work being done by fpa, along with other agencies including the National Union of Students, to promote awareness and understanding among young people.

*S2M-890 Roseanna Cunningham: Nuclear Waste-That the Parliament is concerned that policies related to nuclear waste management are being discussed and debated at UK and European level without significant input from Scotland; believes that appropriate statutory guidance for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency on radioactive discharges is urgently required, and considers that decisions regarding the control, management and disposal of nuclear waste material in Scotland should be a matter solely for the Scottish Ministers.

*S2M-889 Mr Kenny MacAskill: The Future of Scottish Football-That the Parliament notes the crisis faced by Scottish football; recognises football's importance in terms of its economic, social and health benefits and also its contribution to our culture and identity; sympathises with the backroom and playing staff of those clubs worst affected; calls on professional football clubs to work with their supporters to harness the emotional and financial investment they make in their clubs; calls on the football authorities and clubs to ensure better business planning and financial management; believes that public funding for the game is essential but not the bail out of individual clubs; welcomes current and proposed financial support from the Scottish Executive but calls for such support to be matched by structural change; calls for the Scottish Football Association (SFA) to be a more integrated governing body for the game; calls for the SFA to review the professional league structure in Scotland and the criteria for membership, and further calls for the SFA to regulate and develop participation by all ages and at all levels from grassroots in the community through to the national team.

*S2M-888 Colin Fox: City of Edinburgh Council Social Work Crisis-That the Parliament believes that the City of Edinburgh Council's Social Work Department needs assistance if it is to attract staff to fill its 32% vacancy rate in social work posts and pursue a concerted recruitment campaign; further believes that the council needs to offer a greatly improved pay and conditions package and regrading commitment to prevent staff leaving the profession, and believes that the proposed reorganisation of the department would lower morale further.

*S2M-887# Shona Robison: Attack on Free Personal Care Policy-That the Parliament deplores the attack on the policy of free personal care by former Scottish Executive Minister, Sam Galbraith, and the offence caused to older people by his remarks; rejects the assertion that cancer services have suffered because of the decision to fund free personal care; is concerned about the negative impact his comments will have on both older people and cancer patients; is pleased that the policy of free personal care has helped to tackle some of the discrimination towards those with an age-related illness, and believes that this policy has been of huge benefit to many thousands of Scotland's elderly people and one of the most successful achievements of the Scottish Parliament.

*S2M-886 Scott Barrie on behalf of the Selection Panel: Appointment of the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland-That the Parliament nominates Kathleen Marshall to Her Majesty The Queen for appointment as the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland.

Supported by: Robert Brown*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*

*S2M-885 Richard Lochhead: Days at Sea and the Safety of Our Fishermen-That the Parliament recognises the dangers that fishermen face in the pursuit of their work to provide us with high quality produce; deplores the fact that the deal reached at the EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council in Brussels failed to take into account force majeure, the impact of bad weather on fishing time or time taken for vessels to steam to and from fishing grounds; notes the impact that this will have on the safety of our fishermen at sea, and calls upon Her Majesty's Government to negotiate an increase in days at sea to ensure that the safety of our fishermen is not further compromised by the Common Fisheries Policy.

S2M-882 Scottish Affairs Select Committee - Election of MSPs (lodged on 6 February 2004) Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Fiona Hyslop*, Rob Gibson*, Mark Ballard*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Linda Fabiani*, Mr Bruce McFee*, Fergus Ewing*, Brian Adam*, Richard Lochhead*

S2M-881 Chinese Army Invite to Military Tattoo (lodged on 6 February 2004) Mark Ballard*, Rosie Kane*, Eleanor Scott*

S2M-880 Miss X: Chief Inspector of Social Work Report (lodged on 5 February 2004) Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Campbell Martin*, Ms Sandra White*, Mr Bruce McFee*

S2M-878 Death of Ron Thompson (lodged on 5 February 2004) Margaret Mitchell*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Rob Gibson*, Bill Aitken*

S2M-877# Livestock Improvement Scheme (lodged on 5 February 2004) Margaret Mitchell*, Phil Gallie*, Bill Aitken*

S2M-874 Support for Scottish Community Drama Association (lodged on 5 February 2004) Mr Jamie Stone*, Eleanor Scott*

S2M-873 Millennium Development Goals (lodged on 5 February 2004) Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Brian Adam*, Rob Gibson*, Nicola Sturgeon*, Mark Ballard*, Robin Harper*, Fiona Hyslop*, Jim Mather*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Ms Sandra White*, Richard Lochhead*

S2M-871 End to Nursery Nurses Pay Dispute in Stirling (lodged on 5 February 2004) Phil Gallie*

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

S2M-868 Ally MacLeod (lodged on 4 February 2004) Colin Fox*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Irene Oldfather*

S2M-867 Recycling Figures (lodged on 4 February 2004) Patrick Harvie*

S2M-866# Asbestos-Related Illnesses (lodged on 4 February 2004) Mr Stewart Maxwell*

S2M-861# Use of Electoral Register in Edinburgh Referendum on Congestion Charging (lodged on 4 February 2004) Carolyn Leckie*

S2M-860# Development of Cavalry Park (lodged on 4 February 2004) Frances Curran*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-857# Livingston Football Club (lodged on 3 February 2004) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-850# Tackling Debt (lodged on 3 February 2004) Frances Curran*

S2M-839# Safety Belts on School Buses (lodged on 29 January 2004) Shiona Baird*

*S2M-838.1 Bill Aitken: Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Bill - UK Legislation-As an amendment to motion (S2M-838) in the name of Cathy Jamieson, leave out from "endorses" to end and insert "agrees that the provisions in the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Bill which relate to devolved matters should be considered by the UK Parliament."

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

S2M-830 Rikki Fulton (lodged on 28 January 2004) Rosie Kane*

S2M-819 Definition of Domestic Abuse (lodged on 26 January 2004) Shiona Baird*