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Business Bulletin No. 88 / 2004

Monday 24th 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-1353 Malcolm Chisholm: The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (Scotland) Order 2004-That the Health Committee recommends that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/221) be approved.

Supported by: Mr Tom McCabe*

*S2M-1352 Pauline McNeill: Palestine-That the Parliament believes that stability will not be achieved in the Middle East without a just and durable solution to the situation in Israel and Palestine; notes that, despite countless UN resolutions requiring withdrawal, the West Bank and Gaza continue to be illegally occupied by Israel; firmly believes that most Israelis and Palestinians simply want to live in peace and freedom; asserts that it is not acceptable for Ariel Sharon to dictate to the world which parts of Palestine he is prepared to quit and which parts he wants to incorporate into Israel and to build a 30ft wall dividing Palestinian communities from essential services and facilities; condemns President Bush's backing of the Sharon plan to combine annexation of large parts of the West Bank with withdrawal from Gaza; believes that, by backing the Sharon plan, President Bush is endorsing a flagrant flouting of international law by Israel and is dismissing the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homeland, overriding an explicit decision of the United Nations; condemns the latest illegal attack by the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) on an unarmed peaceful demonstration in Rafah which resulted in the deaths of 10 and wounded 50 people; welcomes the condemnation of this latest atrocity by the UN Security Council and the call from Kofi Annan for an immediate halt to Israeli military operations in Gaza, and further welcomes the denunciation of the IDF action by Peter Hain MP, Leader of the House of Commons.

S2M-1351 Des McNulty: Deplorable Treatment of Campbell Martin MSP-That the Parliament endorses the statement attributed to Campbell Martin MSP that the Scottish National Party leadership was not fit to run Scotland; considers that he was simply stating the obvious, and therefore deplores the decision to suspend him.

S2M-1350 Mary Scanlon: Communication Impairment-That the Parliament recognises that communication impairment (Cl) affects every aspect of every waking moment of a person's life and that those affected with Cl are not easily able to speak up about their needs; acknowledges that speech and language therapists have a unique understanding of, and provide a vital service to, those affected by Cl, and calls on the Scottish Executive to support quality social action research to explore the experience of people with Cl, seek solutions to improve that experience and the quality of life for people with Cl and work towards providing a comprehensive and coherent framework for action on Cl in Scotland.

S2M-1349 Bruce Crawford: Fife's Nursery Nurses-That the Parliament notes the overwhelming rejection by Fife's nursery nurses of the final pay offer by the Labour-led Fife Council and considers that the council should seek agreement from UNISON to take the claim to ACAS with the objective of reaching an agreement as close to the East Dunbartonshire Council settlement as possible, while allowing Fife's nursery nurses to return to work and continue to deliver educational and developmental opportunities to Fife's three and four-year-olds and prepare them for success in school and life.

Supported by: Fiona Hyslop, Tricia Marwick*, Ms Sandra White*, Linda Fabiani*, Rob Gibson*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*

*S2M-1348# Frances Curran: Public Inquiry for the Davies Family-That the Parliament believes that there are many unanswered questions in relation to the death of Mrs Annie Davies, 84, who was found dead at the bottom of her stairs with her front door open having sustained terrible injuries; notes that, whilst the police have concluded that her death was a tragic accident, the Procurator Fiscal viewed Annie's death as highly suspicious; further notes that the Davies family have been trying to establish the truth surrounding their mother's death and the subsequent police investigation for over six years and to date have been given no satisfactory explanation; considers that, despite there being named suspects, the police have failed to act, and therefore supports the need for a public inquiry to establish whether there could have been a failure in the criminal justice system and, if so, what the reasons were for such a failure.

S2M-1347 Fergus Ewing: Impingement Syndrome-That the Parliament believes that those who have impingement syndrome of the shoulder relative to an industrial injury should be entitled to Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit under the Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit scheme; recommends that the syndrome should be added to the list of prescribed diseases; notes that the matter was referred to the research working group of the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council, but considers that this may result in a further delay before the syndrome is recognised and that, in the interim period, those individuals who suffer from this syndrome will continue to lack the benefits to which they would have been entitled had they incurred another form of bursitis to the knee (Beat Knee) or elbow (Beat Elbow), and believes that the lack of inclusion of bursitis of the shoulder in the list of prescribed diseases is anomalous and unfair and, as a result, those workers who are denied benefit are suffering from a manifest injustice.

S2M-1346 Pauline McNeill: Support for Stop the Occupation Appeal Concert-That the Parliament supports the appeal for the music world to organise a global concert for Palestine; notes that this appeal has been launched by Gazzella, an Italian NGO that helps rehabilitate Palestinian children wounded in Israeli ground and air attacks on Palestinian cities and villages, and believes that a large international music concert would help bring the humanitarian crisis to the attention of young people throughout the world, building on the successes of the Concert for Bangladesh in 1972, Live Aid in 1985, Mandela Freedom at 70 Concert in 1988 and the Freedom for Tibet Concert in 1997.

Supported by: Ms Sandra White*, Mike Pringle*, Patrick Harvie*, Michael McMahon*, Eleanor Scott*, Linda Fabiani*, Nora Radcliffe*, Elaine Smith*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*

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.

Supported by: Michael Matheson

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, Murdo Fraser, Mrs Nanette Milne, Mr David Davidson, Mr Andrew Welsh, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mary Scanlon, Mr Brian Monteith

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, Frances Curran, Carolyn Leckie, Mark Ballard

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, Frances Curran, Carolyn Leckie

S2M-1339 Colin Fox: Firefighters' Dispute-That the Parliament regrets the breakdown of the national June 2003 agreement reached by fire service employers and the Fire Brigades Union, which brought the 2002-03 national dispute to an end; hopes that both parties remain within the parameters of the June 2003 agreement in order for the agreement to be progressed and completed; hopes that the fire service employers recognise the efforts of firefighters and emergency fire control operators in the modernisation process and consequently pay firefighters and emergency fire control operators their promised pay increases, and hopes that, by the Fire Brigades Union's reconvened annual conference in Southport in June, agreement can be reached between the fire service employers and the Fire Brigades Union that allows this long-running dispute to be drawn to a satisfactory conclusion, sees the process of true improvements in the fire service continuing and ensures that firefighters and emergency fire control operators are rewarded to a level that fully recognises the many skills they have acquired.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan

S2M-1338 Carolyn Leckie: Quagmire in Iraq-That the Parliament notes the assassination of Izzedine Salim, head of the United States-appointed Governing Council of Iraq; believes that US, British and coalition troops are fighting an unwinnable war in Iraq, and further believes that, with reports indicating a further commitment of British troops including Scottish regiments, an opportunity must be given for it to debate the current international situation in relation to Iraq and reports of human rights abuses committed by coalition troops.

Supported by: Frances Curran, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Colin Fox, Patrick Harvie, Rosie Kane, Mr Mark Ruskell, Tommy Sheridan, Eleanor Scott, Ms Sandra White, Campbell Martin

S2M-1337 Colin Fox: Closure of Royal Mail Sorting Office in Broxburn-That the Parliament regrets the decision by Royal Mail to close its Broxburn sorting office; believes that this decision is driven by pressures of privatisation and will inevitably lead to a poorer mail delivery service for people in the Broxburn area; notes the strike action taken by staff in Broxburn, and applauds their efforts to persuade Royal Mail to maintain a local sorting office in that area.

S2M-1336 Carolyn Leckie: Eurovision Song Contest-That the Parliament is concerned to note the successive failures of the British Eurovision song contest entry in recent years; believes that voting across Europe is related to the views of European people on Her Majesty's Government's role in the war on Iraq and on other issues, and further believes that a UK entry is unlikely to succeed as long as Her Majesty's Government continues with current foreign policy, that a Scottish entry is less likely to be tainted and that Scotland should be entitled to a separate Eurovision song contest entry.

Supported by: Colin Fox, Frances Curran, Patrick Harvie, Mark Ballard, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Rosie Kane, Tommy Sheridan

S2M-1335# Ms Sandra White: Recognition of British Sign Language-That the Parliament notes that British Sign Language (BSL) is used by around 2 million people within the United Kingdom; notes that it has not, to date, been recognised as a minority language by the Council of Europe's European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages, and believes that the Scottish Executive should make representations to Her Majesty's Government and European Union in support of the recognition of BSL.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Tommy Sheridan

S2M-1331 Tommy Sheridan: Casualty Department at Stobhill Hospital-That the Parliament condemns NHS Greater Glasgow for reneging on its commitment of September 2002 to the people of Glasgow in respect of maintaining casualty facilities at Stobhill Hospital for five years and calls on the Minister for Health and Community Care to refuse permission to NHS Greater Glasgow to close the casualty department at Stobhill Hospital or risk breaking a pledge in relation to the previous commitment in connection with Stobhill Hospital, made to the Parliament in September 2002.

S2M-1330 John Farquhar Munro: 64th Anniversary of the 51st Highland Division's Rearguard Action at St Valery-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: Murray Tosh, Alex Johnstone, Donald Gorrie, Rob Gibson, Linda Fabiani, Murdo Fraser, Alex Neil, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Mr Alasdair Morrison, Robert Brown, Mike Pringle, Eleanor Scott, Jim Mather, Nora Radcliffe, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Tricia Marwick, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Fergus Ewing, Mr David Davidson, Richard Lochhead, Christine May, Mr Brian Monteith, Phil Gallie, Tommy Sheridan, David Mundell

S2M-1329# Iain Smith: Affordable Housing in North-east Fife-That the Parliament notes with concern the shortage of affordable housing for rent or sale in many communities in north-east Fife; recognises that this is due to many factors including the decline in the amount of public sector rented accommodation, the popularity of many communities as retirement and holiday locations and, in the case of St Andrews, the accommodation needs of the growing student population; expresses its concern about the difficulties faced by many people in trying to obtain affordable accommodation in their own communities and the pressures on rural services such as schools, and considers that Fife Council, Communities Scotland and the Scottish Executive should develop an effective housing plan for north-east Fife that addresses these concerns to ensure viable, vibrant and sustainable communities throughout north-east Fife.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Mr Keith Raffan*, Nora Radcliffe*, George Lyon*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Mike Pringle*

S2M-1328 Colin Fox: Abolition of Prescription Charges-That the Parliament notes a recent Teletext poll that asked for opinions on whether prescription charges should be abolished in Scotland where 89% said "yes" and 11% said "no" and believes that the Scottish Executive should follow the example of the National Assembly for Wales and abolish this additional tax on ill-health.

S2M-1325 Margaret Mitchell: Hamilton Football Club Promotion to First Division-That the Parliament congratulates Hamilton Academical Football Club on its promotion to the Scottish Football League First Division and acknowledges the efforts of the players, coaches and management in securing the promotion.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Tommy Sheridan, Mrs Nanette Milne, Mr Ted Brocklebank, Murdo Fraser, Michael McMahon, Bill Butler, Mr Brian Monteith, Linda Fabiani, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Michael Matheson, Alex Johnstone, Mr David Davidson*, Carolyn Leckie*, Mr Jamie McGrigor*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Colin Fox*

S2M-1324 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Netherdale Campus Textile Design Course-That the Parliament condemns the proposed transfer by Heriot-Watt University of the textile design course from the Netherdale Campus to the Riccarton Campus; notes that this proposed closure will affect mostly female students who make up 80% of the course intake; congratulates the students of the Netherdale Campus on their decision to hold a referendum on the proposed transfer, and calls on the Vice-Principal, Professor John Simmons, and the Heriot-Watt University Court to reconsider its decision at its meeting on 24 May 2004.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan

S2M-1323 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Ayr Show-That the Parliament congratulates the organisers of the Ayr Show; notes that, despite poor weather, the show had an increase of 20% in takings; further notes that visitor numbers were up with a larger than normal number of townspeople attending; recognises the role that shows such as this play in the rural life of Scotland, and sends best wishes to all show winners.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan

S2M-1322# Dr Jean Turner: Stockline Plastics Disaster-That the Parliament offers its condolences to all families and friends involved in the recent tragic disaster at Maryhill; praises the expertise and hard work of all organisations and individuals, including the NHS, in providing rescue services to all involved in the Maryhill explosion; appreciates all offers of expert help from outwith Scotland; is especially proud of hospitals, such as Stobhill, that not only treated the walking wounded from the explosion site but also took on board all medical and surgical emergencies scheduled for Glasgow Royal Infirmary, thus allowing the hospital to manage the acute cases from Maryhill; commends those who counselled the bereaved relatives and friends, and acknowledges the impact of such a tragedy on all involved, accepting the need to provide long-term medical, surgical and emotional care.

Supported by: John Swinburne, Fergus Ewing, Campbell Martin, Eleanor Scott, Phil Gallie, Bruce Crawford, Robert Brown, Robin Harper, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Shiona Baird, Patrick Harvie, Chris Ballance, Mrs Nanette Milne, Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Brian Monteith, Rosie Kane, Mr David Davidson, Donald Gorrie, Ms Sandra White, Bill Aitken

S2M-1321# Dr Jean Turner: Bearsden Post Office Closures-That the Parliament deplores the announcement by Post Office Ltd of its proposal to close three post offices in the Bearsden area, in addition to the closure of the post office at Killermont; considers that consultation time was not sufficient, given that the Easter holiday break was within the period set for consultation; acknowledges that the most vulnerable people in society will be affected since the majority affected are elderly, few drive and there is a paucity of public transport and guaranteed parking and therefore the suggested alternative post office at Roman Road is not suitable as it would require considerable adaptation to meet the needs of elderly people; deplores the fact that communities surrounding the post offices proposed for closure will be bereft of vital services, and believes that the Scottish Executive should exert pressure on Post Office Ltd to reconsider these closures, which are detrimental to the well-being of an increasingly aging population.

Supported by: Richard Lochhead, John Swinburne, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Eleanor Scott, Robin Harper, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Mike Pringle, Murray Tosh, Rosie Kane, Chris Ballance, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Sandra White

S2M-1320 Atrocities in Iraq (lodged on 14 May 2004) Pauline McNeill*

S2M-1310# Redeployment of the Black Watch to Iraq (lodged on 13 May 2004) Ms Rosemary Byrne*

S2M-1309# Adult Learners' Week (lodged on 13 May 2004) Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Scott Barrie*, Ms Sandra White*, Helen Eadie*, Pauline McNeill*

S2M-1304# Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital (lodged on 12 May 2004) Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Pauline McNeill*, Mr Bruce McFee*

S2M-1303 Erskine Hospital (lodged on 12 May 2004) Pauline McNeill*

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

S2M-1295 Wigtown Book Town (lodged on 10 May 2004) Mr Jamie Stone*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*

S2M-1293 Congratulations to Julie Fleeting (lodged on 10 May 2004) Pauline McNeill*

S2M-1289 Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital - Centre for Integrative Care (lodged on 7 May 2004) Mr Bruce McFee*

S2M-1072# World Water Day 2004 (lodged on 18 March 2004) Paul Martin*

S2M-1065# Strategic Assessment of Far North Railway (lodged on 18 March 2004) Mary Scanlon*