Business Bulletin No. 129/2004
Tuesday 14 September 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-1681 Sarah Boyack: Corporate Responsibility—That the Parliament notes the significant impact that businesses and corporations can have on communities and the environment in which they operate and supports efforts aimed at improving the accountability of companies for their actions.
*S2M-1680 Robin Harper: "Beachwatch" Survey and Beach Clean Weekend on 18 and 19 September 2004—That the Parliament welcomes and supports the Marine Conservation Society’s annual "Beachwatch" survey and beach clean-up scheduled for 18 and 19 September 2004; notes that it contributes to the International Coastal Clean-up taking place in over 90 countries coinciding with the United Nations Environment Programme’s "Clean Up the World" Weekend and commends the fact that over 40 community groups have registered to participate; notes that this annual voluntary operation continues to constitute the single most comprehensive snapshot of the degree of littering on Scotland’s beaches; further notes with concern that the 2003 survey results showed a 29% increase in the number of litter items recorded per kilometre surveyed compared with 2002 or 99% since 1994 and, while commending the Marine Conservation Society’s proven example of working successfully in partnership with Firth Forums and other groups, notes that the Scottish Coastal Strategy recognises that there are important benefits to be gained by co-ordinated working through adoption of a marine litter strategy for Scotland, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to take a firm lead following its recognition of beaches as a national resource and its commitment to consult on the best strategy for protecting and enhancing all of Scotland’s coastline.
*S2M-1679 Donald Gorrie: Congratulations to Andrew Murray, Winner of US Boys’ Open Tennis Championship—That the Parliament congratulates Andrew Murray for winning the United States Boys’ Open Tennis Championship and calls on the Scottish Executive and sportscotland to ensure that he, and other promising young tennis players and sportspeople, receive all the support possible and that the successes of Andrew Murray and other Scots are used to encourage more young people to fulfil their potential in sport.
*S2M-1678 Robert Brown: Threat from Large Casinos—That the Parliament is concerned at the implications of the proposed new regime for casino and gambling regulation contained in the UK Gambling Bill and the worrying potential for an increase in gambling addiction; believes that large new casinos neither add long-term value to, nor create sustained economic benefit and lasting additional job opportunities for, local communities; notes the number of potential new casinos being proposed in the Glasgow area in particular; believes that large-scale casinos are not a good use of scarce urban land; does not wish to see Glasgow become the "Las Vegas" of Scotland, and urges the Scottish Executive and local authorities to put in place strict planning and licensing regimes that will discourage such developments.
*S2M-1677 John Swinburne: Concessions for Elderly Passengers of Scottish Citylink—That the Parliament welcomes the additional concession by Scottish Citylink to allow concessionary passengers to travel across boundaries on all of their services; further congratulates Scottish Citylink on the introduction of lower fares for passengers aged 60 and over on its Glasgow to Edinburgh route; acknowledges that these concessions go beyond the current local concessionary travel scheme for the elderly; notes that the limitations of the local scheme impact negatively on the social exclusion of elderly people; agrees that this must only be a short-term solution, and therefore calls upon the Scottish Executive to implement its policy in the Partnership Agreement by properly financing and delivering a national concessionary travel scheme for elderly and disabled people forthwith.
*S2M-1676# Mark Ballard: Student Loans Payment Date—That the Parliament notes that the student loan is currently paid in three instalments through the academic year, designed to correspond to three academic terms; further notes that the majority of students in Scotland attend higher education institutions that have a semester system; believes that the payment of student loan instalments in Scotland should correspond to the academic year followed by the majority of students in Scotland; believes that making a third of the student loan unavailable until a few weeks before the end of the academic year is likely to result in unnecessary student hardship, higher drop-out rates and increased administration costs for higher education institutions distributing welfare payments, and considers that the Student Loans Company, the Department for Education and Skills and the Student Awards Agency for Scotland should co-operate with student organisations and higher education institutions to arrange for student loans to be paid to all students studying in Scotland monthly or at intervals appropriate to the pattern of the academic year predominant in Scotland.
S2M-1675 United Kingdom’s First Calcium Summit, 14 September 2004, Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh (lodged on 10 September 2004) Mr Ted Brocklebank*, Robin Harper*, Mike Pringle*, Ms Sandra White*, Donald Gorrie*, Eleanor Scott*
S2M-1674# Development and Manufacture of Renewable Energy (lodged on 9 September 2004) Tommy Sheridan*, Chris Ballance*, Donald Gorrie*, Ms Sandra White*, Trish Godman*
S2M-1673# Dying with Dignity (lodged on 9 September 2004) Tommy Sheridan*, Donald Gorrie*
S2M-1667 Support for a Moratorium on NHS Closures (lodged on 9 September 2004) Tommy Sheridan*
S2M-1666 Franz Ferdinand Winning the Mercury Music Prize (lodged on 8 September 2004) Tommy Sheridan*, Donald Gorrie*, Scott Barrie*
S2M-1665# HMI Report on Stirling’s Schools (lodged on 8 September 2004) Scott Barrie*
S2M-1664# Beslan Tragedy (lodged on 8 September 2004) Tommy Sheridan*, Donald Gorrie*, Scott Barrie*
S2M-1663# Second Forth Road Bridge (lodged on 8 September 2004) Tommy Sheridan*, Donald Gorrie*
S2M-1662# Opposition to Rationalisation of Medical Services (lodged on 8 September 2004) Tommy Sheridan*
S2M-1661 Mercury Music Prize (lodged on 8 September 2004) Tommy Sheridan*
S2M-1658 Congratulations on the Twinning of Lower Largo and Robinson Crusoe Island (lodged on 7 September 2004) Murdo Fraser*, Dr Jean Turner*, Donald Gorrie*
S2M-1657 Lack of High-Dependency Beds in Greater Glasgow (lodged on 7 September 2004) Tommy Sheridan*
S2M-1656 Centralisation of Health Services in Scotland (lodged on 7 September 2004) Mr Jamie Stone*
S2M-1655# Young Carers in Scotland (lodged on 7 September 2004) Tommy Sheridan*, Dr Jean Turner*, Donald Gorrie*, Scott Barrie*
S2M-1654 Strathbungo Community and Network Rail’s Attack on the Community (lodged on 7 September 2004) Tommy Sheridan*
S2M-1653 Inverclyde Juvenile Pipe Band (lodged on 7 September 2004) Dr Jean Turner*, Donald Gorrie*
S2M-1652 Clean Up the World (lodged on 7 September 2004) Tommy Sheridan*, Dr Jean Turner*, Scott Barrie*
S2M-1650# National Police Memorial (lodged on 6 September 2004) Tommy Sheridan*
S2M-1648# In Touch (lodged on 7 September 2004) Tommy Sheridan*
S2M-1647# Fatigue and Chronic Neurological Illnesses (lodged on 6 September 2004) Tommy Sheridan*
S2M-1645 Cumbernauld Theatre Silver Jubilee (lodged on 6 September 2004) Tommy Sheridan*
S2M-1641# 21st Birthday of Taggart (lodged on 6 September 2004) Tommy Sheridan*, Dr Jean Turner*
S2M-1640 Breastfeeding etc. (Scotland) Bill (lodged on 3 September 2004) Tommy Sheridan*
S2M-1639 Palestinian Hunger Strike (lodged on 3 September 2004) Dr Jean Turner*
S2M-1637# Olympic Success (lodged on 2 September 2004) Dr Jean Turner*
S2M-1633 A Smoke-Free Parliament (lodged on 31 August 2004) Dr Jean Turner*
S2M-1625 Ae Fond Kiss (lodged on 23 August 2004) Dr Jean Turner*
S2M-1624 Congratulations to Glasgow Gaelic Primary School (lodged on 23 August 2004) Tommy Sheridan*
S2M-1616 Bus Services to New Parliament Building (lodged on 18 August 2004) Tommy Sheridan*, Dr Jean Turner*
S2M-1614 Loss of Scottish Teletext Services (lodged on 17 August 2004) Dr Jean Turner*
S2M-1613 Low Frequency Sonar Systems Threat to Whales and Dolphins (lodged on 17 August 2004) Dr Jean Turner*
S2M-1609 Dumping of Human and Industrial Sludge at Ben Bain, Dalmellington (lodged on 13 August 2004) Colin Fox*
S2M-1600 Support for Marine Renewables (lodged on 6 August 2004) Dr Jean Turner*
S2M-1598 Hillhead Children’s Garden (lodged on 4 August 2004) Dr Jean Turner*
S2M-1597 Israel’s Separation Wall (lodged on 4 August 2004) Dr Jean Turner*
S2M-1596 Restoration of Scottish Screen Archive (lodged on 4 August 2004) Dr Jean Turner*
S2M-1591 Financial Settlements for Islands Councils (lodged on 23 July 2004) Dr Jean Turner*
S2M-1590# Scotland’s Regiments (lodged on 22 July 2004) Dr Jean Turner*
S2M-1589 Agenda For Change (lodged on 19 July 2004) Dr Jean Turner*
S2M-1586 Supermarket Developments (lodged on 16 July 2004) Dr Jean Turner*
S2M-1579# Citizens Advice Week (lodged on 12 July 2004) Dennis Canavan*, Miss Annabel Goldie*, Mr Mark Ruskell*
S2M-1576 Cancer Patients & Unclaimed Benefits (lodged on 9 July 2004) Dr Jean Turner*
S2M-1573 Smoking Deaths per Constituency (lodged on 7 July 2004) Dr Jean Turner*
S2M-1572 The Unclaimed Millions (lodged on 7 July 2004) Dr Jean Turner*
S2M-1566 Care Home Funding in Scotland (lodged on 6 July 2004) Dr Jean Turner*
S2M-1562 Physiotherapy Week 2004 (lodged on 2 July 2004) Dr Jean Turner*
S2M-1560 Future of Chapelcross (lodged on 1 July 2004) Dr Jean Turner*
S2M-1556 Physiotherapy Week - 5 to 9 July 2004 (lodged on 30 June 2004) Dr Jean Turner*
S2M-1555 New York Introduces Self-Extinguishing Cigarettes (lodged on 30 June 2004) Dr Jean Turner*
S2M-1554 Protection of Scotland’s Coasts (lodged on 30 June 2004) Dr Jean Turner*
S2M-1543 Access by Senior Citizens to Physical Activity (lodged on 25 June 2004) Dr Jean Turner*
S2M-1489 Sir Patrick Geddes (lodged on 16 June 2004) Dr Jean Turner*