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Business Bulletin No. 86 / 2004

Thursday 20th 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-1345 Ms Sandra White: Regulation of the Security Industry-That the Parliament congratulates Frontline Scotland for highlighting the risks posed by unregulated security firms with links to underworld figures; notes with concern that the services of some of these firms have been retained by major organisations funded from public monies, and believes that it is the duty of the Scottish Executive to introduce legislation on regulating the security industry in order to ensure that this sector does not become the preserve of organised crime.

*S2M-1344 Phil Gallie: Parental Involvement-That the Parliament notes with concern the case of the 14-year-old girl in England who had an abortion arranged for her by her school health worker without parental notification or consent; acknowledges, while recognising the current role of health workers and teachers in sexual health education, the pre-eminent role of parents, and calls on the Scottish Executive to ensure that no such practices will be allowed to occur in Scotland as part of the sexual health strategy.

Supported by: Michael Matheson*, Michael McMahon*

*S2M-1343 Tommy Sheridan: Israel and War Crimes-That the Parliament notes the continued illegal occupation of Palestinian territories by the Israeli Army and the indiscriminate killing of men, women and children within the occupied territories and the deliberate destruction of over 3,000 Palestinian homes over the last three-and-a-half years; condemns the most recent killings of 19 Palestinians by the Israeli army, including 15-year-old Asmaa al Mughayer and her 13-year-old brother Ahmed who were shot through the head by Israeli Army snipers while on the roof of their home; believes, given the indiscriminate killings and deliberate demolition of so many Palestinians' homes, that the Israeli Government, and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, in particular, are guilty of war crimes through breach of Article 53 of the Geneva Convention, which states that "Any destruction by the Occupying Power of real or personal property belonging individually or collectively to private persons, or to the State, or to other public authorities, or to social or cooperative organizations, is prohibited, except where such destruction is rendered absolutely necessary by military operations"; believes that Israel's actions are not justified military operations and therefore condemns its actions as unacceptable war crimes; agrees to communicate its disgust over the Israeli Government's actions to the British Prime Minister and directly to the Israeli embassy, and further agrees to investigate a Scottish parliamentary boycott of Israeli goods in protest at their actions.

Supported by: Colin Fox*

*S2M-1342 Rosie Kane: Dietary Needs of Infants in Dungavel House Immigration Removal Centre-That the Parliament is concerned about the health and well-being of two-year-old Eric Nakimbugwe who was recently removed from Dungavel House Immigration Removal Centre with his mother, Deborah, where, due to inadequate provision of food suitable for the dietary needs of infants, the child has lost weight which is causing his mother great concern; demands, furthermore, that Her Majesty's Government hands over powers to the Parliament in order to allow it to take action in relation to this and other child protection issues that are outside its powers, and recognises that the children of detainees in Dungavel should be allotted the same levels of protection and care as any other children in Scotland.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan*

*S2M-1341.1 Mr Kenny MacAskill: Major Events and Festivals in Scotland-As an amendment to motion (S2M-1341) in the name of Mr Frank McAveety, leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert "notes the success of the festivals and events throughout Scotland over many years, created and contributed to by a variety of organisations, whether central or local government, national or area tourist boards or private or public bodies; notes that the impediment to further success has been a shortage of funds and that the creation of an additional and unnecessary tier of bureaucracy is not the solution, and calls for the abolition of EventScotland and the creation of an event fund for appropriate organisations and bodies to access in order to continue and build upon the success to date."

*S2M-1341.2 Chris Ballance: Major Events and Festivals in Scotland-As an amendment to motion (S2M-1341) in the name of Mr Frank McAveety, insert at end "further notes that EventScotland's mission statement encompasses environmental as well as other benefits and that the Scottish Executive's major events strategy, while mentioning sustainability and affordability, places these items 11th and 16th respectively out of a total of 16 priorities, and calls on the Executive, through bodies such as EventScotland and VisitScotland, to work to ensure that environmental and community benefits are not given a lower priority in the quest to attract prestige events."

*S2M-1340.1 Fiona Hyslop: Skills and Continued Learning-As an amendment to motion (S2M-1340) in the name of Lewis Macdonald, leave out from "supports" to end and insert "regrets the absence of a national skills and lifelong learning strategy from the Scottish Executive as part of the Smart, Successful Scotland policy; recognises the contribution of the Scottish Union Learning Fund, the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework, the Determined to Succeed programme and the Modern Apprenticeship programme, but notes that these individual elements by themselves will not deliver the appropriate skills and continued learning requirements for Scotland in the 21st century."

*S2M-1340.2 Murdo Fraser: Skills and Continued Learning-As an amendment to motion (S2M-1340) in the name of Lewis Macdonald, insert after "gap," "urges the Scottish Executive to increase the opportunity for school pupils across Scotland to access courses in further education colleges from the age of 14,".

S2M-1339 Firefighters' Dispute (lodged on 18 May 2004) Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-1338 Quagmire in Iraq (lodged on 18 May 2004) Frances Curran*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Colin Fox*, Patrick Harvie*, Rosie Kane*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Tommy Sheridan*, Eleanor Scott*, Ms Sandra White*

S2M-1336 Eurovision Song Contest (lodged on 18 May 2004) Colin Fox*, Frances Curran*, Patrick Harvie*, Mark Ballard*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Rosie Kane*, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-1335# Recognition of British Sign Language (lodged on 18 May 2004) Alex Neil*, Donald Gorrie*, Tommy Sheridan*

*S2M-1330 John Farquhar Munro: 64th Anniversary of the 51st Highland Division's Rearguard Action at St Valéry-That the Parliament recognises the sacrifice made by the 51st Highland Division in June 1940 as they assisted the French Army in making a stand against the German invasion, relieving the pressure on the Channel ports, action which ultimately lead to the capture of the division at St Valéry-en-Caux; further recognises that this action by the 51st Highland Division helped win time for the Royal Navy to evacuate over 300,000 British and French soldiers from Dunkirk; notes that, without the evacuation from Dunkirk, Britain and her allies might well not have been able to regroup and reorganise and ultimately return to French soil in 1944; recognises how different Britain, and indeed Europe, might have been today without this vital contribution, and invites the First Minister, when he takes part on behalf of the Scottish people in commemorative activities to mark the 60th anniversary of D-Day, to also pay tribute to the 51st Highland Division's contribution to the evacuation from Dunkirk and then ultimately to the success of D-Day.

*The member has provided the following Gaelic translation:

S2M-1330 Iain Fearchar Rothach: 64mh Ceann-bliadhna de Ghluasad Cùl-choimhead an 51mh Roinn Ghàidhealach aig St Valéry- Gu bheil a' Phàrlamaid ag aithneachadh na h-ìobairt a rinneadh leis an 51mh Roinn Ghàidhealach anns an Ògmhios 1940, nuair a chuidich iad Arm na Frainge ann a bhith a' seasamh an aghaidh an ionnsaigh Ghearmailtich, agus nuair a thug iad faochadh do phuirt a' Chaolais, rud a dh' adhbhraich glacadh na Roinne ann an St Valéry-en-Caux aig a' cheann thall; gu bheil i cuideachd ag aithneachadh gun do chuidich am feart seo gus barrachd ùine fhaighinn dhan Chabhlach Rìoghail gus còrr is 300,000 saighdear Breatannach is Frangach fhaighinn a-mach à Dunkirk; gu bheil i a' toirt fainear gur dòcha, às aonais falmhachadh Dhunkirk, nach b' urrainn do Bhreatainn agus do a caidreabhaich fhaighinn còmhla a-rithist agus ath-eagarachadh a dhèanamh agus a thilleadh do dh' thalamh na Fhrainge ann an 1944; gu bheil i ag aithneachadh dè cho eadar-dhealaichte 's a dh' fhaodadh Breatainn, agus gu dearbh an Roinn Eòrpa, a bhith às aonais na h-oidhirp ro-chudthromaich seo; agus gu bheil i ag iarraidh air a' Phrìomh Mhinistear, nuair a bhios e a' gabhail pàirt às leth poball na h-Alba ann an tachartasan gus an 60mh ceann-bliadhna de D-Day a chomharrachadh, gun toir e moladh dhan phàirt a chluicheadh leis an 51mh Roinn Ghàidhealach ann an falmhachadh Dhunkirk agus, aig a' cheann thall, ann an soirbheas D-Day.*

Supported by: Tricia Marwick*, Mr Jamie McGrigor*, Fergus Ewing*, Mr David Davidson*, Richard Lochhead*, Christine May*, Mr Brian Monteith*, Phil Gallie*, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-1329# Affordable Housing in North-east Fife (lodged on 17 May 2004) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-1326 Health Issues (lodged on 17 May 2004) Mr David Davidson*

S2M-1325 Hamilton Football Club Promotion to First Division (lodged on 17 May 2004) Donald Gorrie*, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-1324 Netherdale Campus Textile Design Course (lodged on 17 May 2004) Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-1323 Ayr Show (lodged on 17 May 2004) Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-1322# Stockline Plastics Disaster (lodged on 17 May 2004) Mr Brian Monteith*, Rosie Kane*, Mr David Davidson*, Donald Gorrie*, Ms Sandra White*

S2M-1321# Bearsden Post Office Closures (lodged on 17 May 2004) Ms Sandra White*

S2M-1319 Renfrewshire Council Nursery Nurses (lodged on 14 May 2004) Carolyn Leckie*, Linda Fabiani*, Rosie Kane*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Tommy Sheridan*, John Swinburne*

S2M-1318# Hospital Catering (lodged on 14 May 2004) Mr Jamie Stone*, Donald Gorrie*, John Swinburne*, Ms Sandra White*

S2M-1317 Dalai Lama's Visit to the Parliament (lodged on 14 May 2004) Mr Jamie Stone*, Ms Sandra White*

S2M-1316 East Kilbride Superwomen (lodged on 14 May 2004) Donald Gorrie*, Alex Neil*, John Swinburne*

S2M-1315 Local Archives and the Freedom of Information Act (lodged on 14 May 2004) John Swinburne*

S2M-1314 A Fair Trade Coffee Shop for the Scottish Parliament Building (lodged on 14 May 2004) Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-1313# Screening for Teenage Killer (lodged on 13 May 2004) Donald Gorrie*, John Swinburne*

S2M-1312 Congratulations to Dunino Primary School (lodged on 13 May 2004) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-1311 Proposed Post Office Closures in the North East (lodged on 13 May 2004) Carolyn Leckie*, Frances Curran*

S2M-1310# Redeployment of the Black Watch to Iraq (lodged on 13 May 2004) John Swinburne*

S2M-1309# Adult Learners' Week (lodged on 13 May 2004) Donald Gorrie*, Trish Godman*, Susan Deacon*

S2M-1308 The City of Edinburgh Council, Housing Stock Transfer (lodged on 13 May 2004) John Swinburne*

S2M-1307 Love is the Drug (lodged on 13 May 2004) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-1306# Children of Drug Abusers (lodged on 13 May 2004) Karen Whitefield*, Scott Barrie*, Donald Gorrie*, Richard Lochhead*, John Swinburne*, Mary Scanlon*

S2M-1305# Employee Equal Opportunities within the Parliament (lodged on 13 May 2004) John Swinburne*

S2M-1304# Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital (lodged on 12 May 2004) Carolyn Leckie*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Paul Martin*, Dr Sylvia Jackson*, Alex Neil*, Donald Gorrie*, Helen Eadie*, Mrs Nanette Milne*, John Swinburne*, Ms Sandra White*, Mark Ballard*

S2M-1303 Erskine Hospital (lodged on 12 May 2004) Des McNulty*, Mr David Davidson*, Donald Gorrie*, Helen Eadie*, Sarah Boyack*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Alex Neil*, Cathie Craigie*, Bristow Muldoon*, John Swinburne*, Linda Fabiani*, Rosie Kane*, Ms Sandra White*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Margaret Jamieson*, Tommy Sheridan*, Dr Jean Turner*, Jackie Baillie*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Phil Gallie*, Fergus Ewing*

*S2M-1302 Trish Godman: The Turning of the Tide Against Nazism-That the Parliament wishes to place on record its abiding gratefulness to those fellow Scots who, some 60 years ago along with their *comrades* from the allied nations, turned the tide and destroyed the evil of Nazism and fascism in Europe and, in bringing an end to that terrible war, assisted with the new accord within Europe that has eventually, and not without struggle of a different kind, led to the European Union of 25 nations, based upon equality and fraternity that has, as one of its major aims, the elimination of poverty within its member states and elsewhere in the world.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie*, John Swinburne*

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

S2M-1299 Gulbenkian Museum of the Year Award Prize (lodged on 12 May 2004) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-1297 Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the Gulbenkian Prize (lodged on 12 May 2004) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-1296 Christian Aid Week (lodged on 11 May 2004) Scott Barrie*, Susan Deacon*

S2M-1295 Wigtown Book Town (lodged on 10 May 2004) John Swinburne*

S2M-1292# Arrhythmia Awareness Week (lodged on 7 May 2004) Karen Whitefield*, Scott Barrie*, Janis Hughes*

S2M-1290 English-Speaking Union, Juniors Debating Final (lodged on 7 May 2004) Susan Deacon*

S2M-1288 ME Awareness Day (lodged on 7 May 2004) Susan Deacon*

S2M-1284# Carers' Week (lodged on 6 May 2004) Dr Sylvia Jackson*

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

S2M-1092 Campsie Memorial Hall Premature Closure (lodged on 23 March 2004) Des McNulty*