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Business Bulletin No. 41 / 2004

Friday 5th March 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-1003# Christine Grahame: Crisis for Borders Schools-That the Parliament notes with concern the proposed closure of the following Borders schools: Cranshaws, Teviothead, Eccles/Leitholm, Hutton, Roberton, Teviothead, Ednam, Channelkirk, Newlands, Oxnam, Glen Douglas, Heriot and Fountainhall; further notes that Scottish Borders Council in its consultation document Management Review of the School Estate in the Scottish Borders, in particular the chart describing the factors that may be considered when making decisions on the schools' long-term viability, did not include the "importance of the local school to the community" which had been included in the first stage evaluation; reminds the Scottish Executive of its commitment in A Partnership for a Better Scotland to "continued reform so that our public services are designed and delivered around the needs of individuals and the community within which they live" and also its commitment in Building our Future Scotland's School Estate to place "the child at the centre, meeting the needs of the individual" and "the school at the heart of the community, meeting the needs of the communities"; believes that the proposed closures, against the expressed wishes of many communities, are driven by the requirements of proposed PPP/PFI school building programmes, and therefore believes that the Executive should adhere to its aforesaid commitments and reject rural school closure proposals which, if they proceed, will permanently damage fragile communities.

*S2M-1002# Murdo Fraser: Wild Scottish Venison-That the Parliament acknowledges the world-class quality of wild Scottish venison as a healthy, nutritious, low-fat product; notes with concern the financial difficulties facing the sector in light of critically low prices, and considers that the Scottish Executive should undertake a study into how the promotion and marketing of Scottish venison may be improved and the industry supported.

*S2M-1001# Carolyn Leckie: International Women's Day-That the Parliament notes that 8 March 2004 is International Women's Day and salutes the struggles of women throughout history and all over the world for a fair and democratic society; further notes the contribution that women in struggle make to the fight against women's oppression and for women's equality and liberty; notes that the struggle is being carried on today by, amongst others, the nursery nurses, the vast majority of whom are women, and considers that they are deserving of victory.

*S2M-1000# Ms Sandra White: Situation of Asylum Seeker Hunger Strikers-That the Parliament condemns the current immigration policies of Her Majesty's Government which force refugees such as Farouk Haidari, Farnborz Gravindk and Mokhtar Haydary to take such drastic action as sewing up their mouths and going on hunger strike for 15 days rather than face deportation; notes, with great concern, that two of the refugees have now been found unconscious and hospitalised, and, in view of the severity of the current situation, believes that the Scottish Executive should contact the Home Office immedately and intervene on behalf of the refugees.

*S2M-999 Frances Curran: Urgent Situation Regarding Asylum Seekers Hunger Strike-That the Parliament expresses its grave concern at today's developments in relation to Farouk Haidari, Farnborz Gravindk and Mokhtar Haydary, the Iranian Kurdish asylum seekers who are conducting a hunger strike, and considers that the Scottish Executive should exert every possible avenue of influence to avoid even more grave consequences for the health of all three men and to resolve the issues that have precipitated the hunger strike.

*S2M-998 Bill Butler: Intemperate Remarks of Donald Gorrie MSP-That the Parliament views with dismay the comments made by Donald Gorrie MSP at the Fraser inquiry on 3 March 2004 in relation to the late First Minister, Donald Dewar MSP and the Holyrood project; considers that the remarks made by Mr Gorrie were intemperate, inaccurate, deeply offensive and uninformed; deplores Mr Gorrie's attempt to pass off as measured criticism a stream of impolitic utterances which bear no relation to the true nature and character of the man who gave years of distinguished and selfless public service in the cause of his Anniesland constituents and the people of Scotland, both at Holyrood and Westminster, and agrees that an apology followed by a period of lengthy silence from Mr Gorrie is much to be desired on this matter.

Supported by: Scott Barrie*, Margaret Jamieson*, Mr Alasdair Morrison*, Mr Duncan McNeil*, Karen Gillon*, Michael McMahon*, Paul Martin*, Richard Baker*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Cathie Craigie*, Dr Sylvia Jackson*, Marlyn Glen*, Mike Watson*, Irene Oldfather*, Helen Eadie*, Des McNulty*, Mr John Home Robertson*, Sarah Boyack*, Elaine Smith*, Kate Maclean*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Cathy Peattie*, Christine May*, Karen Whitefield*, Johann Lamont*, Jackie Baillie*, Trish Godman*, Maureen Macmillan*, Pauline McNeill*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Rhona Brankin*, Bristow Muldoon*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Susan Deacon*, Janis Hughes*

*S2M-997# Trish Godman: Proposed Closure of AA at Erskine-That the Parliament views with serious concern the decision taken by the Automobile Association (AA) to close its renowned Scottish headquarters in Erskine, Renfrewshire; believes that the AA's loyal and hard working employees deserved much better than this from an employer for whom they have given such fine service, and considers that the Scottish Executive should use its good offices in order to persuade the AA to stay in Renfrewshire.

*S2M-996 Shiona Baird: International Women's Day - Trafficked Women-That the Parliament recognises, during International Women's Week, the plight of women who are trafficked for the purposes of prostitution and work in the sex industry; further recognises that the expansion of the EU may exacerbate the problem of identifying and supporting women who are so trafficked; notes the extreme difficulties faced by trafficked women seeking to escape prostitution and their particular vulnerability under immigration law, whereby they may be returned to dangerous and life-threatening situations, and urges the Scottish Executive to conduct research to determine the number of trafficked women in Scotland and to consider establishing dedicated refuge and support services for such women.

Supported by: Carolyn Leckie*, Tommy Sheridan*, Chris Ballance*, Ms Sandra White*, Rob Gibson*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Eleanor Scott*, Robin Harper*

*S2M-995 Ross Finnie: Nature Conservation (Scotland) Bill-That the Parliament agrees that the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Allan Wilson*

S2M-994# Report on Responses to Prostitution (lodged on 3 March 2004) Marlyn Glen*

S2M-992 NHS Fife and NHS Tayside "Keep Yer Shirt On" Project (lodged on 3 March 2004) Marlyn Glen*

S2M-988 Higher Education in the Borders (lodged on 3 March 2004) Christine Grahame*

S2M-982# Twentieth Anniversary of the Miners' Strike (lodged on 3 March 2004) Christine Grahame*

S2M-981 Support for Nursery Nurses (lodged on 1 March 2004) Alex Neil*

S2M-979# The Role of the Higher and Further Education Sector in Attracting Fresh Talent (lodged on 27 February 2004) Christine May*, Marlyn Glen*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-978 BT Internet Green X Code (lodged on 27 February 2004) Chris Ballance*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-977# Nursery Nurses' Pay and Conditions (lodged on 27 February 2004) Scott Barrie*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-976 LGBT Youth Scotland National Gathering, 5 to 7 March 2004 (lodged on 27 February 2004) Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Mr Keith Raffan*, Christine May*, Ms Sandra White*, Elaine Smith*, Mike Watson*, Iain Smith*

S2M-975 Gift Aid (lodged on 27 February 2004) Shiona Baird*, Ms Sandra White*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-972# Millennium Development Goals (lodged on 27 February 2004) Mr Keith Raffan*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Helen Eadie*, Stewart Stevenson*, Elaine Smith*, Mike Watson*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-971# World Health Organisation's Bone and Joint Decade 2000 to 2010 (lodged on 26 February 2004) Marlyn Glen*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-970# Association of University Teachers' Industrial Dispute and Strike Action (lodged on 26 February 2004) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-969# Recognising the Contribution of Scottish Lithuanians (lodged on 26 February 2004) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-964 Maryhill Citizens Advice Bureau's Initiative for Asylum Seekers (lodged on 26 February 2004) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-963 Caithness Glass (lodged on 26 February 2004) Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Donald Gorrie*

*S2M-962 Eleanor Scott: Highland Peace Movement-That the Parliament welcomes the Lochinvar Declaration for Peace launched on 14 February 2004; commends all those people who have signed up to it and pledged to act for peace; supports the growing movement for peace across Scotland, and notes that this movement will converge on Inverness on 28 February 2004 to urge Tony Blair to do more to find non-violent resolutions to international conflicts.

*The member has provided the following Gaelic translation:

Gluasad Sìth na Gàidhealtachd - Gu bheil a' Phàrlamaid a' cur fàilte air Glaodhach Sìth Loch an Inbhir a chaidh fhoillseachadh 14 Gearran 2004; gu bheil i a' moladh a h-uile duine a tha air seo a shoighneadh agus a tha air gealladh a bhith ag obair a dh' ionnsaigh sìth; gu bheil i a' toirt taic don ghluasad airson sìth a tha a' leudachadh air feadh na h-Alba, agus gu bheil i a' toirt fainear gum bi an gluasad seo a' cruinneachadh ann an Inbhir Nis 28 Gearran 2004 gus ìmpidh a chur air Tony Blair gus barrachd a dhèanamh gus fuasglaidhean gun fhòirneart a lorg airson còmhstrithean eadar-nàiseanta.*

Supported by: Chris Ballance*

S2M-961# Landfill at Greengairs (lodged on 26 February 2004) Pauline McNeill*, Robin Harper*, Bristow Muldoon*, Ms Sandra White*, Bill Butler*, Des McNulty*, Helen Eadie*, Cathie Craigie*, Sarah Boyack*, Dr Sylvia Jackson*, Mike Watson*

S2M-961.1# Landfill at Greengairs (lodged on 3 March 2004) Alex Neil*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-955# A Recipe for Disaster (lodged on 24 February 2004) Shiona Baird*, Shona Robison*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-941# Association of University Teachers Industrial Action (lodged on 24 February 2004) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-939# Stop Violence Against Women (lodged on 24 February 2004) Mike Watson*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-921 Asthma in Scotland (lodged on 18 February 2004) Marlyn Glen*

S2M-920# Community Right to Oppose Supermarket Developments (lodged on 17 February 2004) Margo MacDonald*

S2M-919 Aberdeen Social Work Funding Crisis (lodged on 17 February 2004) Alex Johnstone*

S2M-916# Fuel Prices in Rural Scotland (lodged on 13 February 2004) Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, David Mundell*, Murdo Fraser*, Alex Johnstone*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Mr Ted Brocklebank*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Alex Neil*, Mrs Nanette Milne*, Stewart Stevenson*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Mr Jamie McGrigor*, Bill Aitken*, John Farquhar Munro*

*S2M-916.1# Alasdair Morgan: Fuel Prices in Rural Scotland-As an amendment to motion (S2M-916) in the name of Alex Fergusson, insert at end "but recognises that the major concern for all of Scotland remains the high price of fuel generally, which results from the legacy of the fuel duty escalator introduced by the previous Conservative UK government and exacerbated by the actions of the current Labour government."

S2M-904 Rock Challenge (lodged on 11 February 2004) Mr Kenny MacAskill*

S2M-892# Vending Machines in Schools (lodged on 10 February 2004) Mr Kenny MacAskill*

S2M-874 Support for Scottish Community Drama Association (lodged on 5 February 2004) Mr John Swinney*

S2M-860# Development of Cavalry Park (lodged on 4 February 2004) Patrick Harvie*

S2M-816# The Importance of Modern Language Learning (lodged on 23 January 2004) Karen Whitefield*, Helen Eadie*, Bristow Muldoon*, Jackie Baillie*, Dr Sylvia Jackson*

S2M-730# Algerian Arrests (lodged on 12 December 2003) Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Mr Mark Ruskell*