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Business Bulletin No. 106 / 2004

Monday 21st June 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-1504 Brian Adam: Bear Necessities-That the Parliament condemns BEAR Scotland for failing to maintain the central reservations and verges of Aberdeen's trunk roads to an acceptable standard; commends Aberdeen City Council officials and elected members for endeavouring to resolve this intolerable situation, and furthermore calls on the Scottish Executive to review the current contract with BEAR Scotland to ensure that these landscape maintenance works are carried out to a satisfactory standard.

*S2M-1503 Roseanna Cunningham: GM Oilseed Rape GT73-That the Parliament welcomes the vote at the EU Regulatory Committee on the release of GM organisms into the environment held on Wednesday 16 June 2004 which blocked approval of the application to import Monsanto's GM oilseed rape (GT73) into Europe; notes that there were 57 votes against approval, 43 votes for and 24 abstentions; recognises that this was the first occasion since expansion in which the enlarged European Union's approach to GM crops has been tested; registers its serious concern that a confidential Monsanto feeding study on rats showed that those fed the GM oilseed rape had a 15 per cent increase in liver weights; further notes that the European Commission must now formally adopt a proposal to be sent to the Council of Ministers, and expresses the hope that the view expressed by the regulatory committee will be upheld.

*S2M-1502 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Ayrshire Cattle Society-That the Parliament notes with concern the proposed relocation of the Ayrshire Cattle Society to England; acknowledges that currently only one-third of its membership is located in Scotland and also notes that technological advances in communications enable the headquarters to be situated anywhere; further notes, however, that, given the huge agricultural benefits and goodwill that the society generates, the relocation of the society out of Scotland would be an irreparable loss to Ayrshire and the entire Scottish farming community, and urges the society to reconsider its relocation proposals.

*S2M-1501 Rosie Kane: Environmental Hazards to Children-That the Parliament notes with concern the World Health Organization's report that one-third of all deaths of children and adolescents in the European region are attributed to environmental factors; notes that 100,000 deaths and 6 million years of healthy lives are lost each year of children and adolescents from birth to 19 years in 52 countries in the European region; further notes the forthcoming Fourth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health on 23 to 25 June 2004, and urges the Scottish Executive to attend this conference and report back to the Parliament as a matter of urgency to decide what action can be taken to address this problem.

*S2M-1500 Jackie Baillie: ENABLE's 50th Anniversary-That the Parliament notes that 21 June 2004 marks the beginning of Learning Disability Week; recognises the work of all organisations that are marking this week by promoting the rights of children and adults with learning disabilities across the United Kingdom and, in particular, warmly congratulates ENABLE, Scotland's leading charity for children and adults with learning disabilities, in this, its 50th anniversary year; notes that this once small, self-help organisation has grown into a major force advancing the cause of children and adults with learning disabilities in Scotland; acknowledges that, whilst much work still needs to be done to ensure that children and adults with learning disabilities achieve full social inclusion and community participation, much has been achieved, and congratulates ENABLE on its first 50 years and wishes it every success for the future.

*S2M-1498 Des McNulty on behalf of the Finance Committee: 5th Report (Session 2) of the Finance Committee, Stage 1 of the 2005-06 Budget Process-That the Parliament notes the 5th Report, 2004 (Session 2) of the Finance Committee, Stage 1 of the 2005-06 Budget Process (SP Paper 182) and refers the recommendations to the Scottish Executive for consideration.

S2M-1497 Roseanna Cunningham: Scottish Football Museum-That the Parliament notes with concern the complaint lodged with the office of the Scottish Charities Regulator by Mr Ged O'Brien, former Director of the Scottish Football Museum; considers the allegations regarding the relationships between the Scottish Football Association, Hampden Park Ltd and the Scottish Football Museum to be very serious indeed, and believes that they must be fully investigated to ensure that the museum has been administered with the degree of probity that the Parliament expects, given the extensive use of public money in the venture.

Supported by: Dennis Canavan

S2M-1496 Rob Gibson: Support for the Minn Family-That the Parliament supports the aims of Shetland Against Deportation, which is campaigning to ensure that the Burmese family of Hazel Minn and her two children are not deported by order of the Home Office from her home in Shetland to where she would be in severe danger and in opposition to the wishes of around 6,000 Shetlanders who have signed a petition in support of the Minn family.

S2M-1495 Mr Andy Kerr: Local Governance (Scotland) Bill-That the Parliament agrees that the Local Governance (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Tavish Scott

S2M-1495.1 Tricia Marwick: Local Governance (Scotland) Bill-As an amendment to motion (S2M-1495) in the name of Mr Andy Kerr, insert at end "but, in so doing, considers that the Scottish Executive should bring forward legislation, as a matter of urgency, to decouple elections to Scottish local authorities from the elections to the Parliament."

Supported by: Mr Andrew Welsh, Mr Bruce McFee

S2M-1494 Richard Lochhead: Taste of Grampian - 12 June 2004-That the Parliament notes the success of the annual Taste of Grampian event which took place on 12 June 2004 at Thainstone in Aberdeenshire; further notes the importance of this event to promoting food from all sectors of the industry to the general public; believes that the food industry in the north east of Scotland is vital to many rural economies and that such an event helps to showcase Grampian's, and Scotland's, reputation as a world class food producer, and congratulates the organisers on a highly successful event and wishes them every success with next year's Taste of Grampian event.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Bruce Crawford, Mr Jamie Stone*, Tommy Sheridan*, Ms Sandra White*, Nora Radcliffe*, Stewart Stevenson*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Eleanor Scott*, Mrs Nanette Milne*

S2M-1493 Ms Margaret Curran: Tenements (Scotland) Bill-That the Parliament agrees that the Tenements (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Cathy Jamieson, Mrs Mary Mulligan

S2M-1492 Donald Gorrie: Possible Closure of the Adventure Centre, Ratho-That the Parliament believes that the Adventure Centre at Ratho Quarry, near Edinburgh, which is the biggest indoor rock-climbing centre in the world and offers a wide range of activities to schools, groups and individuals at all levels of ability, is a vital element in promoting health, activity, tourism and good safety practices in Scotland; is most concerned at the possibility that the Bank of Scotland may force it to close down, and urges the Bank of Scotland, taking account of its policies of promoting good sporting, youth and community activities, to agree arrangements proposed by supporters of the centre that will enable it to continue to operate and build up its activities and, by greater activity, better management and rescheduling, gradually repay its debts.

Supported by: Margaret Smith

S2M-1490 Murdo Fraser: The Education Maintenance Allowances (Scotland) Regulations 2004-That the Enterprise and Culture Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the Education Maintenance Allowances (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/273).

S2M-1489 Mike Rumbles: Sir Patrick Geddes-That the Parliament notes the increasing importance of the work and philosophy of the Scottish polymath, Sir Patrick Geddes, who was born in Ballater on 2 October 1854; recognises that Geddes was a botanist, environmentalist, educator, planner, conservationist, internationalist and patron of the arts; notes that he combined all these aspects in his designs for reviving the High Street in Edinburgh, for the Armenian community in Cyprus, for the University in Jerusalem, for various cities in India and for the Scots College in Montpellier; further notes that he foresaw the dangers of forest clearance as a cause of drought, and welcomes the fact that the Ballater Geddes Project 2004 has adopted the quotation "By Leaves We Live" as its motto for the exhibition they are planning from 7 August to 2 October 2004.

S2M-1488 Rosie Kane: Liverpool's Princess-That the Parliament calls on Her Majesty's Government to intervene immediately to stop the removal and deportation of Jugder and Shinee Narantsogt and their two children, Evsaana, aged 17, and Misheel, aged eight; also fears for the safety of Jugder, who was a provincial leader of the Mongolian Democratic Party and was arrested and then forced into hiding by the ruling party in Mongolia; furthermore calls on members of the Westminster Parliament to intervene on the family's behalf in order to enable Aamer Anwar, the family's lawyer in Scotland, to have access to their casework to ensure that they have been properly and fully represented; regrets that little Misheel, who was selected from hundreds of children in Liverpool to be crowned Liverpool's Parade Princess on 10 July 2004, will now be unable to attend the parade due to detention and removal arrangements, and finally condemns the current system which treats people with such cold and heartless brutality and demands the immediate closure of Dungavel House, which stands on Scottish soil but lies outside the powers of the Parliament, making it Scotland's very own Guantanamo Bay.

Supported by: Frances Curran, Carolyn Leckie

S2M-1487 Robert Brown: Internet Dialler Fraud-That the Parliament acknowledges the public harm caused by consumer fraud involving premium rate, satellite and international number internet "diallers", which close the user's current internet connection to their regular service provider and connect to an alternate service without their knowledge; notes that calls to the telephone regulator, Ofcom, have nearly quadrupled during the period 1999-2003, whilst calls to premium-rate regulator, the Independent Committee for the Supervision of Standards of Telephone Information Services (ICSTIS) have risen by 500% since the discovery of the internet problem; notes that ICSTIS estimates that the value of premium-rated services in the United Kingdom to be worth over 1 billion per year; urges ICSTIS, telecommunication companies and the Internet Service Providers Association to take effective steps to identify the perpetrators and to warn the public of the problem, and believes that Her Majesty's Government should introduce legislation to protect consumers against such fraud, which is estimated to cost consumers around 5 to 10 million a year on premium-rate internet calls alone.

Supported by: Ms Sandra White*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Mike Pringle*, Nora Radcliffe*, Bruce Crawford*, Brian Adam*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Richard Lochhead*, Patrick Harvie*

S2M-1486 Mrs Nanette Milne: Congratulations to the British Pipe Band Championships Held at Turriff-That the Parliament congratulates the organisers of the British Pipe Band Championships held in Turriff, Aberdeenshire, on Saturday 12 June 2004 for arranging a spectacular day's entertainment involving in excess of 3,000 pipers, drummers and highland dancers; further congratulates, not only the winners, but all performers for giving their best in front of an audience of 20,000 people and welcomes the huge economic benefit that the championships have brought to businesses in Aberdeenshire, and hopes that the championships will return to Turriff in the near future.

Supported by: Mr Ted Brocklebank, Bruce Crawford, Mr David Davidson, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Richard Lochhead, Brian Adam, Murdo Fraser, Bill Aitken, Eleanor Scott, Mr Jamie Stone*, Tommy Sheridan*, Ms Sandra White*, Stewart Stevenson*

S2M-1485 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Cutting Class Sizes-That the Parliament notes the motion passed at the Educational Institute of Scotland's (EIS) Annual General Meeting on 12 June 2004 calling on the EIS National Council to enter into urgent negotiations with employers to cut class sizes to 20 and calls on the Scottish Executive to support EIS policy on class sizes.

Supported by: Frances Curran, Carolyn Leckie, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Sandra White*, Colin Fox*, Rosie Kane*, Christine Grahame*

S2M-1484# Carolyn Leckie: Closure and Rationalisation of Maternity Services-That the Parliament expresses its grave concern at the sustained attacks on maternity services; believes that rationalisation of maternity services with consultations held in isolation and without reference to cross-boundary and pan-Scotland impact continue unabated; notes that claimed benefits of centralisation in relation to morbidity and mortality are unproven; is concerned that the risks associated with reduced access to consultant-led services have not been assessed and no time has been allowed to assess the impact of previous closures before further closures are embarked upon; reiterates concern that there are no minimum standards for staffing establishments of midwives across the service and that models for calculating staff numbers and ratios are outdated and outmoded; notes that expectations of staff by the public and demands of government have increased dramatically over the years which has created more work for all staff providing maternity services despite a declining birth rate, and considers that the Scottish Executive should implement a moratorium on maternity closures and conduct a full, systemic analysis of the provision of maternity services across Scotland that involves the public and all trade union and professional organisations with the aim of establishing agreed minimum staffing establishments in a safe, co-ordinated service that meets the needs of all women and families across the whole of Scotland, maintains the expertise and excellence already established in the provision of these services and finds ways to deliver the right service for properly assessed need that has the confidence of communities, whatever measures are necessary to achieve these objectives.

Supported by: Frances Curran, Rosie Kane, Colin Fox, Eleanor Scott, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Tommy Sheridan

S2M-1483# Chris Ballance: Real Cost of Road Transport-That the Parliament notes that the real cost of road transport includes the cost of climate change and significant health problems attributable to noise and air pollution and the ever-increasing costs of road maintenance; agrees, therefore, that fuel tax must be progressively increased subject to three conditions: firstly, that there must be overall tax reform that redistributes wealth downwards to prevent unfair impacts on people with low incomes, disabled people and people in remote communities, secondly, that there must be significant investment in public transport alternatives to the car and road freight so that people and businesses have more choice in mode of transport and, thirdly, that there must be incentives to encourage use of less polluting UK-grown biofuels, and believes that such moves would make Scotland more sustainable, safer and less polluted.

S2M-1481# Mr Keith Raffan: Urgent Need to Tackle Hepatitis C, Public Health Crisis-That the Parliament welcomes the launch of the UK Hepatitis C Resource Centre for Scotland; recognises the urgent need to raise awareness of what the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh described in their UK Hepatitis C Consensus Statement of April 2004 as a "public health crisis" which affects between 45,000 and 65,000 people in Scotland, and believes that the Scottish Executive should acknowledge that, as with HIV/AIDS, this epidemic can only be effectively tackled through central, ring-fenced funding for both treatment and prevention.

Supported by: Nora Radcliffe, Donald Gorrie, Jeremy Purvis, Carolyn Leckie, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Linda Fabiani, Mr Andrew Welsh, Robert Brown, Mr John Home Robertson, Ms Sandra White, Stewart Stevenson, Eleanor Scott, Mr Mark Ruskell, Shiona Baird, Patrick Harvie, Sarah Boyack, Frances Curran, Mike Rumbles, Richard Lochhead, Christine Grahame, Mike Pringle, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Margo MacDonald

S2M-1480# Mrs Nanette Milne: Aberdeen Alcohol Support-That the Parliament commends the dedicated work of Albyn House, the Alcohol Advisory and Counselling Service and Bon Accord Befrienders in Aberdeen for providing help, advice and support to people with alcohol-related problems; recognises that alcohol abuse is a serious social problem that blights the lives of a steadily increasing number of people in Scotland; notes that these three organisations will be joining efforts to create Alcohol Support this summer; recognises the social, health and economic benefits that a secure stream of funding to alcohol support groups such as Alcohol Support would have for Scotland, and considers that the Scottish Executive should commend the new service as an exemplar in its field.

Supported by: Mike Rumbles, Ms Sandra White, Mr Keith Raffan, Mary Scanlon, Murdo Fraser, Richard Lochhead, Brian Adam, Stewart Stevenson, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mr Ted Brocklebank, Shiona Baird, Phil Gallie, Margaret Mitchell, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-1479 Mary Scanlon: NHS Quality Improvement Scotland Local Report, June 2004, NHS Highland Schizophrenia Standards-That the Parliament notes with concern the findings of NHS Quality Improvement Scotland's phase 2 peer review of Highland Primary Care NHS Trust's schizophrenia care standards; notes that, of 29 essential criteria, only three were fully met, and of seven desirable criteria, only one was fully met; further notes with particular concern the report's findings that the trust does not record the number of people who have a diagnosis of schizophrenia or for whom one is being considered and that there is not a standard guideline for use consistently across the trust, detailing the procedure to be followed to ensure that an appropriate needs and risk assessment is undertaken at diagnosis and to document the initial plan of care; recognises that schizophrenia is a serious and common medical illness and that many people who have the illness will continue to experience symptoms of varying degrees for many years and will require help and support from a number of different services, and calls on the Scottish Executive to ensure that NHS Highland Primary Care Trust will fulfil its duty of meeting all the care standards.

Supported by: Mr Jamie McGrigor, Murdo Fraser, Alex Johnstone, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mrs Nanette Milne, Mr Ted Brocklebank, David Mundell, Ms Sandra White, Phil Gallie, John Scott, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-1476 Christine Grahame: Hate Crime Against Disabled People in Scotland-That the Parliament notes with concern the report, Hate Crime Against Disabled People in Scotland: A Survey Report, produced by Capability Scotland in conjunction with the Disability Rights Commission; deplores the prevalence of hate crime across Scotland towards disabled people; further notes the figures showing 47% of respondents reporting being frightened or attacked because of their disability, that one in five suffered an attack once a week, with women and under 44-year-olds most vulnerable to frequent attacks and that 73% had suffered from verbal attacks; notes as a consequence that 47% avoid certain areas, 38% change their usual routines and 25% are forced to move home; calls on the Scottish Executive to work with the police to improve reporting procedures for disabled people, and further calls on the Executive to campaign to tackle the prejudices that exist in society against people with disabilities.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, Michael Matheson

S2M-1475 Mike Pringle: The Future of Forth Corinthian Yacht Club-That the Parliament commends Forth Corinthian Yacht Club for providing, as their motto states, "affordable sailing for all" for the last 124 years; notes the wide membership from across Edinburgh and the Lothians; is very concerned that the redevelopment for housing of Granton Harbour by Forth Ports Ltd does not provide shore-based facilities for the club, which it enjoys at present, and that this will put the future of the club and affordable sailing in Edinburgh at risk, and calls on Forth Ports Ltd to incorporate adequate facilities for the Forth Corinthian Yacht Club in plans for Granton Harbour.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, Margaret Smith, Mr Jamie Stone*, Ms Sandra White*, Mr John Home Robertson*, Mark Ballard*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Chris Ballance*, David McLetchie*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*

S2M-1474 Mr Jamie Stone: Downgrading Caithness Maternity Services-That the Parliament notes the serious concerns of the residents of Caithness and north-west Sutherland regarding the continuing uncertainty facing Caithness General Hospital maternity services; is concerned that NHS Highland's proposals to downgrade maternity services will increase risks to mothers and children associated with childbirth and hinder attempts to increase employment and reverse population decline in the far north; believes, therefore, that the preservation of the existing round-the-clock consultant cover is essential, and calls on the Scottish Executive to make representations to NHS Highland in order to prevent this downgrading.

Supported by: Frances Curran, Carolyn Leckie

S2M-1467 Dennis Canavan: Victory for Graeme High School at Hampden Park-That the Parliament congratulates the boys of Graeme High School on their magnificent achievement of winning the "Coca-Cola 7's" and extends its congratulations to all the teams who participated in Scotland's largest schools football competition.

S2M-1466 Chris Ballance: "Super Crabbers" on the Solway Firth-That the Parliament notes with concern the return of "super crabbers" to the Solway Firth; notes that last year industrial fishing in the Solway Firth endangered otherwise sustainable local fisheries; notes that "super crabbers" are prevented from fishing within three miles of the Solway Firth on the English side of the Firth and yet are not banned on the Scottish side; notes that the Scottish Executive, under the Inshore Fishing (Scotland) Act 1984, has powers to act to protect inshore fisheries and associated communities; congratulates the Executive on the measures that it has just taken under the Act to protect shellfish stocks in Luce Bay and Wigtown Bay; calls on the Executive as a matter of urgency to extend protection to the entire Scottish side of the Solway Firth fishery by imposing a three-mile exclusion zone similar to that on the English side of the Firth, and further calls on the Executive to ensure protection for all of Scotland's marine environment and the communities dependent on them through an integrated Marine Act and the appointment of a dedicated Marine Minister.

S2M-1465# Sarah Boyack: FareShare and Food Redistribution Schemes-That the Parliament recognises the valuable contribution made by the Edinburgh Cyrenians and Dundee Cyrenians in establishing their FareShare projects, which collect and redistribute surplus fresh food from manufacturers and retail outlets to centres and shelters for homeless people; notes the direct benefits of providing nutritious food to homeless people while minimising food waste and its subsequent disposal to landfill sites; recognises the additional benefits created by these charities in allowing resources to be diverted into vital counselling, resettlement and other support services and in encouraging homeless people to gain social contact and new skills by participating as volunteers; commends such excellent examples of socially and environmentally responsible partnerships between food manufacturers and the voluntary sector, and considers that the Scottish Executive should make a firm financial commitment to ensure the continuation of existing projects and the further development and enhancement of such schemes across Scotland.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Mr Jamie Stone, Richard Baker, Scott Barrie, Bristow Muldoon, Maureen Macmillan, Ms Wendy Alexander, Susan Deacon, Mike Watson, Mike Pringle, Margaret Jamieson, Karen Gillon, Trish Godman, Jackie Baillie, Kate Maclean, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Christine May

S2M-1463 Ross Finnie: Water Services etc. (Scotland) Bill-That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Water Services etc. (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Allan Wilson

S2M-1462# Helen Eadie: Gordon Malvenan Wins YOURS Silver Stars Contest-That the Parliament congratulates all communities in Scotland like Lochgelly, one of Fife's former mining towns, where the community, challenged by issues of serious unemployment and lack of investment has, despite many obstacles, produced a number of citizens who have achieved major recognition and, in particular, congratulates Lochgelly resident, Mr Malvenan, for winning the Scottish area final of Britain's biggest amateur talent contest for senior citizens, and further notes that Mr Malvenan will represent Scotland at the YOURS Silver Stars Grand UK final at Southport's Apollo Theatre on 28 July 2004, illustrating further the great talent and ability that is in Lochgelly, a town that has produced in the very recent past, Debbie Knox, Olympic champion in the women's curling team, and Lochgelly High School students who are the world Highland pipe band champions.

Supported by: Ms Rosemary Byrne, Colin Fox, Jackie Baillie, Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan*, Rosie Kane*

S2M-1461 Men's Health Week, Scotland: 14 to 20 June 2004 (lodged on 11 June 2004) Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-1451 Heart Week 5 to 13 June 2004 (lodged on 9 June 2004) Cathie Craigie*

S2M-1442 Big Fit Walk (lodged on 8 June 2004) Mr Jamie Stone*, Tommy Sheridan*, Ms Sandra White*, Mrs Nanette Milne*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Eleanor Scott*, Richard Lochhead*, Christine May*, Margaret Mitchell*

S2M-1441# Urgent Action for the Dove Centre, Edinburgh (lodged on 8 June 2004) Margo MacDonald*

S2M-1435# Glasgow Central College - Failure to Reinstate (lodged on 8 June 2004) Tommy Sheridan*, Robin Harper*

S2M-1431# Chris Ballance: Education for Peace Across Scotland-That the Parliament commends the work of the World Peace Prayer Society at its European headquarters in Dumfriesshire, particularly in peace education in schools; recognises the valuable contribution that principles of non-violence and co-operation can make to society and supports the development of skills in conflict resolution, and believes that the Scottish Executive should therefore consider a cross-sectoral review of various peace initiatives, not just in education, but in justice, health and other areas, liaising with COSLA, NHS boards, religious groups, voluntary organisations and other relevant bodies in order to bring forward an integrated strategy for encouraging the peaceful resolution of disputes in all fields and promoting education for peace.

Supported by: Mark Ballard, Patrick Harvie, Robin Harper, Eleanor Scott, Mr Mark Ruskell, Shiona Baird, Frances Curran, David Mundell, Rosie Kane, Mike Pringle, Linda Fabiani, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Dr Jean Turner

S2M-1284# Carers' Week (lodged on 6 May 2004) Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-1204# Mr David Davidson: Newton Dee Village Community-That the Parliament recognises the huge investment in, and the excellent and unique work accomplished at, the Newton Dee Village Community since 1940 and also at the 11 other centres of the Camphill Village Trust through the provision of fulfilling work opportunities and homes for adults with learning disabilities; commends the pioneering health care provision available to residents and the local community; recognises the impact this has on the development of wide-ranging interests and participation in cultural and social activities, and believes that everything possible should be done to allow the community to continue undisturbed and to develop over future years.

Supported by: John Swinburne, Murdo Fraser, Mrs Nanette Milne, Phil Gallie, Alex Johnstone, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Eleanor Scott, Mark Ballard, John Scott, Robin Harper, Shiona Baird, Bill Aitken, Roseanna Cunningham, Mr Brian Monteith, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Ms Sandra White, Mr Mark Ruskell, Dr Jean Turner

S2M-1119 Peter Peacock: School Education (Ministerial Powers and Independent Schools) (Scotland) Bill-That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the School Education (Ministerial Powers and Independent Schools) (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Euan Robson