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Business Bulletin No. 82 / 2004

Friday 14th May 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-1313# Ms Rosemary Byrne: Screening for Teenage Killer-That the Parliament notes that cardiomyopathy, a thickening of the heart muscles, without screening grows undetected at the body's fastest growing time, the teenage years, that apparently healthy teenagers can suffer from this condition and that the condition kills a large number of teenagers annually; further notes that Scottish H.A.R.T, a registered charity, researches all forms of heart disease, raises funds for mobile screening of young people and families at risk and has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds to put monitoring equipment into sports centres, swimming pools and youth facilities across Scotland, and considers that the Scottish Executive should ensure provision of sufficient funding to make sure that monitoring equipment is provided in sports centres, swimming pools and youth facilities in line with recent funding allocations in England and Wales.

*S2M-1312 Iain Smith: Congratulations to Dunino Primary School-That the Parliament congratulates Dunino Primary School in Fife on being awarded Permanent Eco School Status for its work on environmental issues; recognises that the school has been working on green issues since 1994, with its first award in 1998, and is now the first school on mainland Scotland to have gained this prestigious status, and sends the school best wishes for its celebrations on 27 May 2004.

*S2M-1311 Richard Baker: Proposed Post Office Closures in the North East-That the Parliament notes the proposed closures of post offices in north-east Scotland and, in particular, in Aberdeen where 14 post offices face closure; is concerned at the impact this may have on the communities that will be affected by the closures; recognises that post offices play a key role in delivering vital services in communities, and congratulates Aberdeen's Members of Parliament and other local elected representatives on their campaign to maintain an adequate level of post office services in the city.

*S2M-1310# Mark Ballard: Redeployment of the Black Watch to Iraq-That the Parliament notes reports that the Black Watch have been put on standby to serve again in Iraq, having returned only 10 months ago, as a result of the departure of Spanish troops and considers that Her Majesty's Government should seek a handover of control in Iraq to the United Nations and a UN-mandated international security force rather than supporting the increasingly discredited existing coalition.

*S2M-1309# Bill Butler: Adult Learners' Week-That the Parliament supports this year's Adult Learners' Week from 15 to 21 May 2004; commends the efforts of Anniesland College which will be working alongside partner learning organisations to provide a range of 'taster' courses to promote lifelong learning and encourage adults to undertake further training and education; endorses the efforts of further and higher education institutions across Scotland and the work of trade unions to promote lifelong learning; recognises the importance of lifelong learning in improving individual self-confidence and ensuring that Scotland has an appropriately-trained and motivated workforce, and notes the significance of Adult Learners' Week in helping people to enjoy the experience of gaining knowledge and developing new skills.

Supported by: Sarah Boyack*, Rosie Kane*, Linda Fabiani*, Christine Grahame*

*S2M-1308 Colin Fox: The City of Edinburgh Council, Housing Stock Transfer-That the Parliament has serious concerns about plans announced by the City of Edinburgh Council to transfer its entire housing stock out of local authority control; notes that since 1993 more than 300,000 council houses have been transferred into private ownership and a further 46,000 demolished, whilst only 48,000 have been built in the socially-rented sector; believes that the restrictions placed on council housebuilding programmes should be lifted immediately; notes that the City of Edinburgh Council's plan includes a commitment by the Scottish Executive to write off 300 million of debt and believes that this debt should not be used as inducement in this way but instead be written off now; believes that the Executive must make a clear commitment to high quality, affordable, public housing for rent in Scotland and is disappointed that only 51 council houses were built in Scotland last year; urges the City of Edinburgh Council to ensure that the views of its tenants are fully consulted and that the referendum planned for 2006 is thoroughly democratic and fair, and calls on the council to ensure that both sides in this debate are provided with equal amounts of council resources to be able to put their case forward.

*S2M-1307 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Love is the Drug-That the Parliament congratulates BBC Scotland on its Frontline Scotland programme, "Love is the Drug", concerning grandparents caring for the children of drug-using parents; notes the sensitive manner in which this emotive issue was handled; notes that the problems of grandparents caring for grandchildren remain largely hidden; notes the forthcoming legal action of some grandparents who are seeking financial assistance for their admirable actions, and hopes that the Scottish Executive recognises the role played by grandparents and will implement measures to give financial and social support to such carers as a matter of urgency.

*S2M-1306# Trish Godman: Children of Drug Abusers-That the Parliament notes the widespread incidence in Scotland of children whose parents misuse drugs and who, as a result, suffer diminished lives in all kinds of ways; believes that such children, many of whom are infants, require comprehensive care by those concerned with the protection of vulnerable families, and considers that the Scottish Executive, social work departments and other interested parties should adopt healthcare programmes that will ensure that such young citizens escape the blighting of their lives brought about by parents who are themselves in need of treatment and support.

*S2M-1305# Donald Gorrie: Employee Equal Opportunities within the Parliament-That the Parliament believes that staff employed by MSPs are a valuable resource of the Parliament, provide essential services and are at the forefront of representing the public image of the Parliament in their dealings with constituents, institutions, members of the public and the wider community in Scotland and help MSPs to develop policy ideas and respond rapidly to events; recognises that they should be entitled to the same personal and career development opportunities funded by the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) as staff employed directly by the SPCB, and considers that a staff training and development budget should be provided to MSPs in order that their directly employed staff have equal career and personal development opportunities.

S2M-1304# Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital (lodged on 12 May 2004) Christine Grahame*, Robert Brown*, Murray Tosh*, Mary Scanlon*, Stewart Stevenson*, Robin Harper*, Patrick Harvie*, Linda Fabiani*, Christine May*, Mike Pringle*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Karen Whitefield*, Rosie Kane*, Margaret Jamieson*, Elaine Smith*, Jackie Baillie*, Scott Barrie*, Margo MacDonald*, Frances Curran*, Shona Robison*, Tricia Marwick*, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-1303 Erskine Hospital (lodged on 12 May 2004) Stewart Stevenson*

S2M-1302 The Turning of the Tide Against Nazism (lodged on 12 May 2004) Sarah Boyack*

S2M-1301 Ragwort Control (lodged on 12 May 2004) Carolyn Leckie*, Frances Curran*

*S2M-1301.1 Stewart Stevenson: Ragwort Control-As an amendment to motion (S2M-1301) in the name of Ms Rosemary Byrne, leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert "regrets that, as disclosed in parliamentary answer S2W-2097, no prosecutions have taken place under the Weeds Act 1959 and that, as disclosed in parliamentary answer S2W-2096, there have been only four notices issued regarding ragwort since 1995, and calls on the Scottish Executive to take the necessary action to reduce the amount of ragwort growing in Scotland and does not believe that any possible new legislation should be used as an excuse for delay."

S2M-1300# Zero Tolerance to Fire Deaths (lodged on 12 May 2004) Sarah Boyack*

S2M-1299 Gulbenkian Museum of the Year Award Prize (lodged on 12 May 2004) Mr Mark Ruskell*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Colin Fox*, Murdo Fraser*, Fergus Ewing*, Mr David Davidson*, Mr Ted Brocklebank*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, John Scott*, Shiona Baird*, Mr Brian Monteith*, Bill Aitken*

S2M-1297 Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the Gulbenkian Prize (lodged on 12 May 2004) Scott Barrie*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Margaret Jamieson*, Jackie Baillie*, Marlyn Glen*

S2M-1296 Christian Aid Week (lodged on 11 May 2004) Mary Scanlon*, Cathie Craigie*, Fiona Hyslop*, Karen Whitefield*, Mike Pringle*, Jackie Baillie*, Mike Watson*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Marlyn Glen*

S2M-1294# Recognition of Elder Abuse (lodged on 10 May 2004) Ms Sandra White*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Fiona Hyslop*, Mr David Davidson*, Frances Curran*, Mr Bruce McFee*, Eleanor Scott*, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-1293 Congratulations to Julie Fleeting (lodged on 10 May 2004) Marlyn Glen*

S2M-1290 English-Speaking Union, Juniors Debating Final (lodged on 7 May 2004) Alex Fergusson*, Murdo Fraser*, Bill Aitken*, Carolyn Leckie*, Dr Sylvia Jackson*, John Scott*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Rhona Brankin*, Christine Grahame*, Richard Lochhead*

S2M-1289 Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital - Centre for Integrative Care (lodged on 7 May 2004) Nora Radcliffe*

S2M-1288 ME Awareness Day (lodged on 7 May 2004) Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Fiona Hyslop*, Mike Pringle*, Elaine Smith*, David Mundell*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Frances Curran*, Bill Aitken*

S2M-1287 National Condom Week 10 to 16 May 2004 (lodged on 7 May 2004) Mike Pringle*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Marlyn Glen*, Sarah Boyack*, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-1286# Eviction of Asylum Seekers (lodged on 6 May 2004) Marlyn Glen*

S2M-1285# Minor Title Newspaper Access to Royal Mail Night Flights (lodged on 6 May 2004) Trish Godman*, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-1284# Carers' Week (lodged on 6 May 2004) Scott Barrie*, Jim Mather*, Cathie Craigie*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Brian Adam*, Trish Godman*

S2M-1282# Regulation of Care (lodged on 6 May 2004) Marlyn Glen*

S2M-1281# Breakthrough Breast Cancer's Decision to Reject Nestlé Deal (lodged on 6 May 2004) Trish Godman*

S2M-1280# National Breastfeeding Awareness Week 2004 (lodged on 6 May 2004) Dr Sylvia Jackson*, Cathie Craigie*, Nora Radcliffe*

S2M-1279# Epilepsy Awareness (lodged on 6 May 2004) Scott Barrie*, Brian Adam*, Trish Godman*

S2M-1278# UN World Environment Day 2004 (lodged on 6 May 2004) Scott Barrie*

S2M-1270 Autism Awareness Week 2004 - 17 to 24 May 2004 (lodged on 5 May 2004) Elaine Smith*

S2M-1263# Proposed Post Office Closures in North East Scotland (lodged on 4 May 2004) Mr David Davidson*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Frances Curran*, Linda Fabiani*, Carolyn Leckie*, Mike Pringle*, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-1261 Vetting of Developers and Beneficiaries in Planning Applications (lodged on 4 May 2004) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-1260 Acclaim for National Trust for Scotland Site at Culloden (lodged on 4 May 2004) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-1254# Support for Microcredit (lodged on 4 May 2004) Nora Radcliffe*

S2M-1246 Johnstone High School Success (lodged on 30 April 2004) Frances Curran*

S2M-1234# Expansion of Services Provided by the Food Train (lodged on 29 April 2004) Frances Curran*

S2M-1206# Harestanes Wind Farm Planning Application (lodged on 26 April 2004) Frances Curran*

S2M-1201# Local Television (lodged on 26 April 2004) Frances Curran*