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Business Bulletin No. 180/2004

Tuesday 7 December 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. Each Monday the full text of all motions lodged the previous week will appear in the Business Bulletin together with motions previously lodged that are due to be debated that week.

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-2119 Cathy Jamieson: Constitutional Reform Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament agrees the principle of having a clear and transparent separation between the judiciary and the legislature and agrees that provisions in the Constitutional Reform Bill establishing a Supreme Court, and provisions consequential thereto, so far as they relate to matters within the legislative competence of the Parliament, should be considered by the UK Parliament.

Supported by: Hugh Henry*

*S2M-2118 Mr Tom McCabe: Gambling Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament agrees the principle of including in the Gambling Bill provisions which confer powers on the Scottish Ministers, including powers to set fees and make regulations on the conditions to be attached to gambling premises’ licences and permits, and agrees that the relevant provisions to achieve this end should be considered by the UK Parliament.

Supported by: Tavish Scott*

*S2M-2117 Nicol Stephen: Executive-Supported Lifeline Ferry Services in the Clyde and Hebrides—That the Parliament commends the Scottish Executive’s continued commitment to supporting and investing in lifeline ferry services in the Clyde and Hebrides; endorses its proposals for tendering the main bundle of ferry services as required under European Union rules, and welcomes the proposals for a final round of consultation to obtain the views of local communities and freight service users before proceeding with the tender under EU rules.

Supported by: Ms Margaret Curran*

*S2M-2116# Paul Martin: Reviewing Arrangements for Managing Registered Sex Offenders—That the Parliament commends those who took part in the Voice for our Children march on 30 October 2004; recognises that, following the murder of eight-year-old Mark Cummings by registered sex offender, Stuart Leggate, there is a requirement for a root-and-branch review of how registered sex offenders are monitored and managed in the community; believes that the current sentencing policy for dealing with registered child sex offenders is grossly inadequate and requires review, that it is not acceptable that registered sex offenders are able to legally act under an alias identity and that the current housing allocation policies for dealing with registered child sex offenders present a serious risk to local communities; considers that an inquiry should be held into the events leading up to the murder of Mark Cummings, and believes that the Scottish Executive should, as a matter of urgency, bring forward measures that will ensure that the risk to our children posed by registered child sex offenders is radically minimised.

Supported by: Shiona Baird*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*

*S2M-2115 Alex Neil: Research Pooling for Chemistry and Physics—That the Parliament welcomes the initiative to pool physics and chemistry research groups in Scottish universities; notes that the aim is to create two world-class research alliances, ScotCHEM for chemistry and SUPA for physics, with over 380 researchers; notes that this collaboration is a bottom-up initiative from the chemistry and physics researchers with a £37 million investment from six universities, the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council and the Office of Science and Technology; believes that ScotCHEM and SUPA will help develop a distinctive, radically-new research landscape in Scotland with powerful, well-resourced research communities, attractive to leading researchers around the world, producing world-class research, and believes that this collaborative and creative initiative will be crucial to ensuring that the Scottish research base is able to maintain its competitive edge both internationally and within the United Kingdom and to support Scotland’s knowledge economy.

*S2M-2114# Mr Adam Ingram: Robert Burns National Heritage Park—That the Parliament deplores the impending disintegration of the Robert Burns National Heritage Park; questions the wisdom of the actions of South Ayrshire Council in withdrawing from the joint board responsible for the park and, in particular, in leasing out the park’s visitor centre, the Tam O’Shanter Experience, to a commercial operator thereby eliminating a vital income stream for the upkeep of the Burns cottage and museum; expresses alarm at the formal withdrawal of an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund which, if granted, would have allowed rebuilding and modernisation of the Burns museum enabling proper storing, archiving and display, and considers that all interested parties should work together to ensure that flagship assets for Burns heritage tourism are properly developed in good time for the major events planned for the 2009 Homecoming Year, marking the 250th anniversary of the birth of the national bard.

*S2M-2113 Jeremy Purvis: Congratulations to David Steel on Appointment to the Order of the Thistle—That the Parliament congratulates Lord Steel of Aikwood, first Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament and former MP for Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale, on his appointment as a Knight of the Order of the Thistle, and recognises that the Order represents the highest honour in Scotland probably dating to the reign of James III and that the appointment recognises the substantial contribution that Lord Steel has made to political and social life in Scotland and the United Kingdom.

Supported by: John Farquhar Munro*, Donald Gorrie*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Nora Radcliffe*, George Lyon*, Robert Brown*, Mr Jim Wallace*, Euan Robson*, Iain Smith*, Ross Finnie*, Mr Keith Raffan*, Margaret Smith*

*S2M-2112 Donald Gorrie: Erskine—That the Parliament recognises the contribution made to Scottish life by the Erskine organisation through its care for ex-servicemen and women throughout Scotland since its foundation in 1916 as Erskine Hospital for men who had lost a limb in the First World War; recognises its continuation as an independent Scottish charity supported by voluntary contributions, providing physical and emotional care to ex-service people harmed in the Second World War and the many wars since; further recognises its employment of people with disabilities in its commercial gardening, furniture and print outlets, and wishes it well in its continuing development of its services at Erskine and in Edinburgh.

Supported by: Trish Godman*

*S2M-2111 Richard Lochhead: Green Energy Awards—That the Parliament congratulates all nominees and winners of the Green Energy Awards on 2 December 2004 who represented businesses, communities, individuals, organisations and academia committed to harnessing the potential for renewable energy in Scotland; further congratulates the Scottish Renewables Forum for its organisation of the event; commends the efforts of those involved in all sectors of renewable energy in Scotland for the work they do to try and exploit the potential for Scotland to become one of the most prominent renewable energy nations in the world, and calls on the Scottish Executive to assist these groups and individuals to help Scotland develop and harness its renewable energy potential and catch up with those nations who have already developed significant renewable energy sectors.

Supported by: Rob Gibson*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Patrick Harvie*, Shiona Baird*, Jim Mather*

*S2M-2110 Chris Ballance: Safeguarding Rural Shops—That the Parliament notes with alarm that proposals being considered by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) to deregulate the system of wholesale distribution of newspapers and magazines could jeopardise the guaranteed distribution of publications to rural retailers, and believes that the Scottish Executive should make representations to the OFT without delay to guarantee consumers continuing access to a wide range of reasonably priced publications and diminish the threat of closure to rural village shops.

*S2M-2109 Linda Fabiani: Burns Monument in Kilmarnock—That the Parliament calls on the Scottish Executive, in full consultation with East Ayrshire Council, to guarantee the restoration of the Burns Monument in Kay Park, Kilmarnock; expresses deep concern for the firemen who were injured in the fire which destroyed the monument, and calls for an investigation into the failures of East Ayrshire Council in their maintenance and management of this historic monument.

S2M-2108 Early Introduction of Consumer Credit Bill (lodged on 2 December 2004) Shiona Baird*, Robert Brown*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Robin Harper*, Margaret Jamieson*, Mike Pringle*, Sarah Boyack*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Alex Neil*, Marlyn Glen*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Nora Radcliffe*

S2M-2107# Iraq War Reparations (lodged on 2 December 2004) Ms Sandra White*, Carolyn Leckie*, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-2106 Threat to Scottish Magazine and Newspaper Distribution (lodged on 2 December 2004) Ms Sandra White*, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-2105 Palestinian Election (lodged on 2 December 2004) Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Ms Sandra White*

S2M-2104 Show Prejudice the Red Card (lodged on 2 December 2004) Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Robin Harper*, Ms Sandra White*

S2M-2103 Celebration of Chanukah (lodged on 2 December 2004) Murdo Fraser*, Murray Tosh*, Mr Alasdair Morrison*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Elaine Smith*, Mr Brian Monteith*

S2M-2100# World AIDS Day 2004 (lodged on 1 December 2004) Nora Radcliffe*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Robin Harper*, Scott Barrie*, Chris Ballance*, Shiona Baird*, Janis Hughes*, Bristow Muldoon*, Eleanor Scott*, Patrick Harvie*, Richard Lochhead*, Margaret Jamieson*, Elaine Smith*, Sarah Boyack*, Bill Butler*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Christine Grahame*, Alex Neil*, Murray Tosh*, Ms Sandra White*, Mary Scanlon*, Carolyn Leckie*, Mike Watson*, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-2099 Co-op Dividend Payout (lodged on 1 December 2004) Trish Godman*, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-2098# Christmas Debt (lodged on 1 December 2004) Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Trish Godman*

S2M-2092 Lauder College, Dunfermline - Scottish Employer of the Year (lodged on 30 November 2004) Ms Sandra White*, Trish Godman*

S2M-2085# St Andrews World Heritage Site Status (lodged on 29 November 2004) Chris Ballance*, Ms Sandra White*

S2M-2084 The Scottish Helpline for Older People (lodged on 29 November 2004) Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-2083 Gaelic and Scots Translations of the Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe (lodged on 29 November 2004) Jim Mather*

S2M-2080# Closure of Craigneuk Development and Support Unit (lodged on 26 November 2004) Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Mary Scanlon*

S2M-2077 Carers’ Rights Day (lodged on 26 November 2004) Alex Neil*, Robin Harper*

S2M-2065# St Mirren Football Club (lodged on 24 November 2004) Miss Annabel Goldie*

S2M-2064 Doctors’ Responsibility to the Public Sector (lodged on 24 November 2004) Chris Ballance*

S2M-2062# Sensitivity to Promotion of Breastfeeding (lodged on 24 November 2004) Chris Ballance*

S2M-2060 Destruction of Burns Monument, Kilmarnock (lodged on 23 November 2004) Chris Ballance*

S2M-2051 Congratulations to Scotland Cricket Team (lodged on 23 November 2004) Chris Ballance*

S2M-2046 Ay Family Finally Granted Asylum in Germany (lodged on 22 November 2004) Elaine Smith*, Ms Sandra White*

S2M-2044# Supported Employment Learning Initiative Funding (lodged on 19 November 2004) Ms Sandra White*

S2M-2036# Help to Stub Out Smoking (lodged on 18 November 2004) Robert Brown*

S2M-2033# Retire into Action - CSV Report on Older Volunteers (lodged on 18 November 2004) Chris Ballance*

S2M-2032 Energy Jobs for Aberdeen (lodged on 18 November 2004) Eleanor Scott*

S2M-2027# Excess Winter Deaths (lodged on 17 November 2004) Mr John Swinney*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Robin Harper*, Frances Curran*, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-2026 Specialist Mountain Search and Rescue Vehicle (lodged on 17 November 2004) Chris Ballance*

S2M-2024 The Threatened Closure of Holmlea Primary School (lodged on 17 November 2004) Chris Ballance*

S2M-1995# Employability Programmes for Vulnerable Groups (lodged on 11 November 2004) Murray Tosh*, Mr Andrew Welsh*, Shona Robison*, Miss Annabel Goldie*

S2M-1970 The Edinburgh Voluntary and Community Sector Compact (lodged on 8 November 2004) Colin Fox*

S2M-1967 Shifting Expenditure from Military Spending to Working for Peace (lodged on 5 November 2004) Mr Bruce McFee*

S2M-1916# Cuts in Local Benefits Services (lodged on 28 October 2004) Nora Radcliffe*, Frances Curran*

S2M-1697# Children Deserve Justice (lodged on 15 September 2004) Ms Rosemary Byrne*