Back to the Scottish Parliament Business Bulletin No. 175/2006: Monday 4 December 2006
Archive Home

Business Bulletin 1999-2011

Minutes of Proceedings 1999-2011

Journal of Parliamentary Proceedings Sessions 1 & 2

Committees Sessions 1, 2 & 3

Annual reports

Contents An A B C D E F G H I J

Section F – Motions and Amendments

Motions and amendments are normally only printed the day after the day on which they are lodged and then with the complete list of motions and amendments lodged the previous week which is published in this section of the Bulletin every Monday. That list also contains any motions lodged for debate in the forthcoming week.

Where the text of a motion or amendment is altered, the motion or amendment is re-printed with the changes marked by asterisks in the text.

Where a motion or amendment attracts additional support after it is first published, that additional support is shown separately at the end of this section.

Motions eligible for consideration for debate as members’ business in the Parliament are marked with a hash symbol (#).

Motions submitted for members’ business in the Parliament but which have not yet received the requisite cross-party support are marked with a diamond symbol (♦ ).

Motions in which a member has indicated a declarable interest are marked with an "R".

An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.

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 at Current Motions

( A search facility is also available on the Scottish Parliament web site at:

New and altered motions and amendments

*S2M-5256 Tommy Sheridan: Solidarity with Glasgow City Council Workers—That the Parliament expresses solidarity with those Glasgow City Council workers who have been compelled to take industrial action next week in opposition to the council’s unacceptable single status pay deal; rejects the council’s proposal that low-paid council workers should pay for the uprating of other low-paid council workers’ wages, and demands that equal pay legislation is implemented from council resources and additional Scottish Executive funding not from the wage packets of already hard-pressed council staff.

Supported by: Ms Rosemary Byrne*

*S2M-5255 John Farquhar Munro: BT Gaelic Schools Debate—That the Parliament congratulates the pupils and staff of Dingwall Academy and the Nicolson Institute, Stornoway, on their outstanding performances in the final round of the BT Scotland National Gaelic Schools Debate, held in the Parliament on Tuesday 28 November 2006; applauds the debating and linguistic standards set by both teams and, in particular, the winners, Coinneach MacCoinnich and Tessa Campbell of Dingwall Academy, demonstrating the success of Gaelic medium education throughout Scotland; also congratulates BT Scotland on its continuing commitment in support of the Gaelic language, and acknowledges the contribution to the debate by the 16 teams participating in the 2006 competition.

The member has provided the following Gaelic translation:

Gu bheil a’ Phàrlamaid a’ cur meala naidheachd air sgoilearan agus luchd-teagaisg Acadamaidh Inbhir Pheofharain agus Sgoil MhicNeacail, Steòrnabhagh, air cho math ‘s a rinn iad anns a’ chuairt dheireannach de Dheasbad Gàidhlig BT Alba, a chaidh a chumail anns a’ Phàrlamaid Dimàirt 28 Samhain 2006; gu bheil i mothachail air cho math ‘s a bha na h-ìrean deasbad agus sgilean cànain aig gach sgioba agus gu sònraichte, an sgioba a bhuannaich, Coinneach MacCoinnich agus Tessa Chaimbeul à Inbhir Pheofharain; a tha a’ dearbhadh cho soirbheachail ‘s a tha foghlam tro mheadhan na Gàidhlig air feadh na h-Alba; agus gu bheil i cuideachd a’ guidhe meala naidheachd air BT Alba airson na taic maireannaich a tha iad air a thoirt dhan Ghàidhlig; agus a’ toirt fa-near cho fìor mhath agus a bha na 16 sgiobaidhean a ghabh pàirt ann am farpais 2006.

*S2M-5254 Brian Adam: Values Into Action (VIA) Scotland Launch—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Committee of Values Into Action (VIA) for recognising that it needs a distinct Scottish voice; commends VIA Scotland for working towards equality in society for people with learning difficulties, and wishes it every success following its launch on St Andrew’s Day.

*S2M-5253 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Bhopal—That the Parliament notes the 22nd anniversary of the disaster at Bhopal which took place on 2 and 3 December 1984; calls on Dow to ensure that its wholly owned subsidiary, Union Carbide, along with ex-Chairman Warren Anderson, end their 13-year evasion of criminal proceedings in Bhopal and face trial; calls for Dow to assume responsibility for the long-term effects of Union Carbide’s gases and to provide long-term health care for the victims and those as yet unborn who may be affected; calls for Dow to clean up Union Carbide’s heavily contaminated factory site in Bhopal and provide safe drinking water for communities whose wells have been poisoned by chemicals leaking from the factory, and further calls for Dow to provide economic and social support to people who have been incapacitated by their injuries and families which have become destitute as a result of losing their breadwinner.

S2M-5252 Ms Sandra White: St Peter’s Primary Achieves Second Eco Schools Award—That the Parliament congratulates the headmistress, staff, pupils and parents of St Peter’s Primary School in Partick, Glasgow on the attainment of a second Green Flag award from the Eco Schools project; believes that this achievement demonstrates a great depth of commitment and enthusiasm to care for our environment by the whole school community, particularly by the St Peter’s Eco School Council run by the pupils themselves, and commends St Peter’s in Partick and all those schools across Scotland which dedicate such time and energy to the Eco Schools project.

Supported by: Ms Maureen Watt*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Rob Gibson*, Carolyn Leckie*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Eleanor Scott*, Tommy Sheridan*, Patrick Harvie*, Robin Harper*

S2M-5250 Margaret Mitchell: Psoriasis Scotland Arthritis Link Volunteers—That the Parliament recognises the excellent work carried out by Psoriasis Scotland Arthritis Link Volunteers (PSALV), Scotland’s only psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis charity, on behalf of over 150,000 Scots with psoriasis and over 30,000 Scots who also have associated psoriatic arthritis; welcomes the launch of the PSALV manifesto; supports the request for psoriasis to be awarded chronic condition status; acknowledges the call for improved diagnosis and treatment and access to expert diagnosis, increased availability of self-management training and greater access to dermatology and rheumatology clinics, and endorses the need to improve public awareness of this disabling disease.

Supported by: Bruce Crawford*, Derek Brownlee*, Mrs Nanette Milne*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Dave Petrie*, Mr Jim Wallace*, Tommy Sheridan*, Bill Aitken*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Alex Fergusson*, Shona Robison*, Mr David Davidson*, Eleanor Scott*

S2M-5249 Linda Fabiani: Strategic Approach to Race Equality—That the Parliament recognises that racial inequalities and discrimination are iniquitous and hamper the development of nations; believes that a more strategic approach to promoting race equality is necessary if we are to achieve the vision of a fair and equal Scotland where everyone can maximise their potential; considers that we require a more accurate and up-to-date measure of Scotland’s ethnic diversity and improved ethnicity data in order to inform planning and policy-making and to track progress towards achieving race equality; believes that the forthcoming race equality strategy and action plan should include ambitious targets, and, given the positive impact that equality in the labour market can have, not only on individuals but on businesses, communities and overall economic growth, believes that equality and diversity are valid measures of economic progress.

Supported by: Nora Radcliffe*, Eleanor Scott*, John Swinburne*, Patrick Harvie*, Mr Andrew Welsh*, Bruce Crawford*, Chris Ballance*, Richard Lochhead*, Rob Gibson*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Tricia Marwick*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Robin Harper*, Alex Neil*

S2M-5248 Tommy Sheridan: Celebrating the Life of John MacLean - The Fighting Dominie—That the Parliament notes that 30 November 2006 is the 83rd anniversary of the death of John MacLean, who died at the age of 44 in 1923; recognises that during his lifetime John MacLean was a world-recognised Scottish socialist who fought rent rises, supported workers striking for better pay and provided courageous opposition to the cruel carnage that was the First World War; notes also that he fought for a world of fairness and justice and that MacLean’s brand of socialism is as much required today for ordinary workers as it was in his lifetime; also notes that, in MacLean’s native Scotland in 2006, 20% of individuals live on less than £5,000 per annum and 21% of households survive on less than £10,000; believes also that MacLean would have led the anti-war campaign against the carnage in Iraq and Afghanistan, and calls for 30 November to be partly dedicated to the celebration of the life of one our greatest sons, the great John MacLean, the fighting dominie.

Supported by: Campbell Martin, John Swinburne*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*

S2M-5247 Ms Maureen Watt: Carers’ Rights Day—That the Parliament notes that the seventh annual Carers’ Rights Day will take place on 8 December 2006 and recognises the importance of such an event in raising awareness among carers of their rights and entitlements; further notes that there are over 660,000 carers in Scotland who provide unpaid care by looking after an ill, frail or disabled family member, friend or partner, saving the country £5 billion each year; congratulates Carers Scotland on its campaign to tackle ill-health, poverty and discrimination experienced by people because they are carers; notes that £70 million worth of benefits available to carers goes unclaimed each year and that this money could provide vital income as well as protecting carers’ pensions in retirement, and hopes that the work of Carers Scotland and the voluntary organisations involved in Carers’ Rights Day succeeds in highlighting the practical and financial help available to carers in Scotland in order to improve their lives and the lives of those they care for.

Supported by: Nora Radcliffe, Rob Gibson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Andrew Welsh, Stewart Stevenson, Mr John Swinney, Murray Tosh, Tricia Marwick, Richard Lochhead, Murdo Fraser, Mrs Nanette Milne, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Mike Rumbles, Shona Robison, Bruce Crawford, Tommy Sheridan, Fiona Hyslop, Chris Ballance, Roseanna Cunningham, Robin Harper, Mr Charlie Gordon, Margaret Smith*, John Swinburne*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Mr David Davidson*, Brian Adam*, Trish Godman*, Eleanor Scott*, Alex Neil*

S2M-5246 Mr David Davidson on behalf of the Justice 2 Committee: Civil Appeals (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament does not agree to the general principles of the Civil Appeals (Scotland) Bill.

S2M-5245 Frances Curran: Rendition Flights Inquiry—That the Parliament notes that the preliminary report of Claudio Fava, Rapporteur to the European Parliament’s temporary committee investigating CIA activity in Europe, has found that EU member states, including the United Kingdom, have failed to fully co-operate with his investigation, failed to carry out independent investigations of their own and failed to hold their own security services to account for their role in facilitating renditions; agrees with Amnesty International’s conclusion that the report is a damning indictment of the UK’s complicity in CIA renditions, and calls on the Scottish Executive to stop ignoring the issue and to set in train a full, independent investigation into all aspects of rendition involving Scottish airports.

S2M-5244 Tommy Sheridan: Subversion of Democracy—That the Parliament condemns the undemocratic and underhand gerrymandering attempts of the Labour Party to subvert the democratic system of single transferable vote (STV) for local government elections; acknowledges that attempts to manipulate party names into blocks on the ballot paper would undermine the basic democratic principles of STV; recognises that this manipulation on the part of the Labour Party is a cynical electoral ploy to subvert the democratic process of the election and is due to the falling support for Labour councillors in local government, and therefore rejects utterly this underhand attempt to subvert the basic principles of democracy.

Supported by: Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Campbell Martin*

S2M-5243 Carolyn Leckie: Solidarity with Civil Service PCS Members—That the Parliament notes that the government continues to drive down pay in the civil service while pursuing an ideologically driven policy of job cuts, outsourcing and privatisation which undermines the job security of civil service staff and wishes to express its support for, and solidarity with, PCS trade union members currently being balloted on a national civil service strike in resistance to these policies.

S2M-5242 Frances Curran: Obscene Profiteering by Scottish Power Shareholders—That the Parliament notes that, as ordinary people across Scotland are struggling to meet increased gas and electricity prices, shareholders of Scottish Power, which increased gas and electricity prices by 15% and 8%, are being handsomely rewarded as a result of the £11.6 billion takeover bid from Spanish company Iberdrola, and that, with Scottish Power’s pre-tax profits soaring to £1875.8 million, its shareholders are laughing all the way to the bank, and believes that the only alternative to the greater and greater monopoly of world energy resources being concentrated into the hands of fewer and fewer global companies is to return gas and electricity companies to public ownership, giving the power to government to control energy prices for low-income families and ending the orgy of greed and obscene profiteering by shareholders which is now being witnessed.

S2M-5241 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: Launch of the White Ribbon Campaign—That the Parliament supports the setting-up of the White Ribbon Scotland Campaign; commends Amnesty International and the Men’s Health Forum Scotland for launching this campaign; urges men in Scotland to get involved in campaigning to end violence against women; sees violence against women as a human rights abuse and an issue for all of society to tackle, and believes that the terms of discourse need to be changed so that violence against women is no longer seen as a "women’s issue" but as an issue for all society.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Robin Harper, Mr Jamie Stone, Murray Tosh, Bruce Crawford, Alex Fergusson, Bill Butler, Richard Lochhead, Rob Gibson, Eleanor Scott, Trish Godman, Christine May, Stewart Stevenson, Mrs Nanette Milne, Ms Sandra White, Patrick Harvie, Nora Radcliffe, Mr David Davidson, Dave Petrie, Chris Ballance, Mr Jamie McGrigor, John Swinburne, Tricia Marwick, Margaret Mitchell, Mr Jim Wallace, Ms Maureen Watt, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Roseanna Cunningham, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Margaret Smith*, John Scott*, Colin Fox*

S2M-5235♦ Ms Sandra White: Scottish Power Takeover—That the Parliament considers that the Scottish Executive should issue a statement setting out its position in response to Iberdrola’s proposed takeover of Scottish Power; expresses concern that Scotland’s fourth-largest company may pass into foreign ownership without real debate about the effect this will have on jobs at the Glasgow headquarters, energy prices and the Scottish economy, and therefore believes that a Parliamentary debate on the issue should take place at the earliest possible opportunity.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan, Jim Mather, Christine Grahame, Dr Jean Turner, John Swinburne, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Roseanna Cunningham*

S2M-5234 Tommy Sheridan: NHS QIS - Clinical Standards for COPD Now - Don’t Delay Until 2008—That the Parliament notes with grave concern the recent statement by Dr David R Steel, Chief Executive of NHS Quality Improvement Scotland (NHS QIS) at its board meeting on 26 October 2006 that a commitment to clinical standards for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in Scotland will not be forthcoming until after Audit Scotland reports back on its study of management of adults with long-term conditions including COPD, which is not due until May 2007 and also until the Department of Health’s National Service Framework for England is published in May 2008; notes that NHS QIS is a Scottish body, initially formed through the amalgamation of a number of organisations that worked on improving the quality of healthcare in Scotland: the Clinical Resource and Audit Group, the Clinical Standards Board for Scotland, the Health Technology Board for Scotland, the Nursing and Midwifery Practice Development Unit and the Scottish Health Advisory Service; therefore calls on NHS QIS to develop clinical standards for COPD as soon as possible, thus ensuring its independent status and determining its own work programme which takes full account of NHS Scotland’s priorities; notes that one person dies of COPD every two hours, that it is the third most common reason for an acute hospital admission and that it costs NHS Scotland an estimated £138 million a year; notes that these are dreadful indicators that something must be done urgently to set clinical standards and should not wait until after 2008 as recommended by NHS QIS, and calls on NHS QIS to reconsider implementing a commitment to clinical standards for COPD at its next board meeting on 14 December 2006.

Supported by: Ms Sandra White, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Dr Jean Turner, Mrs Nanette Milne, Murray Tosh

S2M-5232 Shiona Baird: Heather Badges for St Andrew’s Day from SBO Enterprises at Torry Academy, Aberdeen—That the Parliament congratulates the pupils and staff of SBO Enterprises at Torry Academy in Aberdeen on their production of heather badges to celebrate St Andrew’s Day; applauds the entrepreneurial spirit demonstrated by pupils of the school’s Support Base One, who have often needed extra support in school but who have enthusiastically embraced a whole new range of skills in order to bring their enterprise project to fruition; commends the group for creating and producing such a unique and attractive emblem, both to celebrate St Andrew’s Day and to raise funds for Children 1st; believes that this entrepreneurial challenge will not only boost the confidence and self-esteem of the pupils involved but will also raise their awareness of the opportunities that exist for making a successful career in business in Scotland; congratulates the group on its successful sales and its marketing drive which has now reached the Parliament, and urges fellow MSPs to buy their own heather badge from SBO Enterprises and to wear it with pride on St Andrew’s Day.

Supported by: Mark Ballard, Rob Gibson, Patrick Harvie, Donald Gorrie, Christine Grahame, Robin Harper, Eleanor Scott, Ms Maureen Watt, Chris Ballance, Dr Jean Turner, Dennis Canavan*

S2M-5231 Mike Pringle: South Edinburgh Bottle Marking Initiative—That the Parliament congratulates Lothian and Borders Police for launching, on 30 November 2006, a bottle marking scheme in south Edinburgh to tackle underage consumption of alcohol; welcomes the success of the scheme in the Scottish Borders where coded markings are placed on bottles which can be read under ultraviolet light so that the police can trace which shops are selling to underage people or can identify adults who are purchasing drinks for those who are under age; is pleased that most shopkeepers in south Edinburgh have signed up to the scheme, and looks forward to it being rolled out across the city next year.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Brian Adam, Margaret Jamieson, John Swinburne, Robin Harper, Mark Ballard, Euan Robson, Ms Maureen Watt, Mr Andrew Arbuckle, Nora Radcliffe, Margaret Smith*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*

S2M-5230 Shiona Baird: Launch of University of Dundee’s UNESCO Centre for Water, Law, Policy and Science—That the Parliament congratulates the University of Dundee on the formal launch in Brussels on 28 November 2006 of its pioneering UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science, which is the first centre in the world dedicated to developing legal frameworks to help address the pressing problems related to the management of the world’s water resources; applauds the work to date of the Dundee centre, which is already engaged in developing frameworks for the effective management of water resources, training a new generation of water leaders and linking scientists, policymakers and lawyers in projects around the world in order to ensure that all the world’s people have fair and equitable access to water, and recognises the significant achievement of Dundee in securing the first UNESCO centre in the United Kingdom, which confirms its place at the cutting edge of policy development and its invaluable practical contribution to tackling what is likely to be one of the greatest challenges of the next century, namely the need to share equitably the most important resource - water.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Rob Gibson, Donald Gorrie, Patrick Harvie, Murray Tosh, Eleanor Scott, Tommy Sheridan, Alex Neil, Chris Ballance, Marlyn Glen, Bruce Crawford, Dr Jean Turner, Mr David Davidson, John Swinburne, Shona Robison, Mr Jim Wallace, Nora Radcliffe, Roseanna Cunningham*

S2M-5229*#* Murdo Fraser: Stone of Destiny’s Return to Scone Palace—That the Parliament celebrates the 700th anniversary of the inauguration of King Robert the Bruce to the Scottish throne, which took place at Scone Palace in 1306; congratulates Scone Palace for holding a series of events throughout 2006 to commemorate the 700th anniversary; notes that 30 November 2006, St Andrew’s Day, is the 10th anniversary of the Stone of Destiny being returned to Scotland, and believes that it is now time for the Stone of Destiny to be brought back to Scone Palace, its rightful home.

Supported by: Mr Jamie Stone, Margaret Mitchell, Derek Brownlee, Mr John Swinney, Mr Mark Ruskell, Mr Brian Monteith, Donald Gorrie, Mr David Davidson, Christine Grahame

S2M-5188# Sarah Boyack: A Century of Change—That the Parliament recognises the launch of "Edinburgh’s Volunteers: A Century of Change", an exhibition which celebrates the history of volunteers in Edinburgh and the Lothians and outlines the development of volunteering in this area over the centuries; considers that all MSPs should visit the exhibition, which is located at the Museum of Edinburgh on the Royal Mile until 3 March 2007 and includes photographs, objects and oral histories about volunteers; recognises the collaboration of the Living Memory Association and the Volunteer Centre Edinburgh to provide tremendous assistance in the creation of this exhibition, and further notes the importance of volunteer contributions to enriching the lives of the people of Edinburgh and the Lothians over the last century.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Maureen Macmillan, Susan Deacon, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Alasdair Morrison, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Cathy Peattie, Nora Radcliffe, Mrs Mary Mulligan, David McLetchie, Marlyn Glen, Mike Pringle, Rosie Kane, Scott Barrie, Jackie Baillie, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Karen Gillon, Trish Godman, Dave Petrie, Robin Harper

S2M-5041 Peter Peacock: Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Robert Brown

S2M-4876# Mr John Swinney: Threat to the Rural Post Office Network in Scotland—That the Parliament notes the public concern over the future of the rural post office network in Perthshire, Angus and other parts of rural Scotland; notes that the UK Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) provides a subsidy to the rural post office network in Scotland that is scheduled to be removed in 18 months’ time; notes that, while the DTI provides this subsidy, other UK government departments such as the Department for Work and Pensions, the Department for Transport and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport are taking decisions that reduce the volume and value of transactions that can be undertaken at post offices, thereby damaging the profitability of these post offices; recognises that if the rural post office network is not supported there will be severe economic loss and loss of amenity in countless communities in Perthshire, Angus and rural Scotland, and considers that the Scottish Executive should make representations to the UK Government to provide a stable level of support that guarantees the viability of the rural post office network.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, Michael Matheson, Mr Adam Ingram, Donald Gorrie, Nora Radcliffe, Fiona Hyslop, Richard Lochhead, Jim Mather, Roseanna Cunningham, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Bruce Crawford, Alex Fergusson, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Alasdair Morgan, Shiona Baird, Brian Adam, Christine Grahame, Rob Gibson, Fergus Ewing, Alex Neil, Ms Maureen Watt, Tricia Marwick, Frances Curran, Mr Mark Ruskell, Dennis Canavan, Murdo Fraser, Mr Andrew Welsh, Mrs Nanette Milne, Carolyn Leckie, Dr Jean Turner, Robin Harper, Mr Jamie Stone, Chris Ballance, Margaret Smith, Eleanor Scott, Rosie Kane, Mr Jim Wallace, Murray Tosh, Mr Bruce McFee, Bill Aitken, John Swinburne, Mike Rumbles*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-5228 Scottish Fire and Rescue Services Youth Development Plan (lodged on 24 November 2006) Sarah Boyack*

S2M-5225 World AIDS Day (lodged on 23 November 2006) Mr David Davidson*, Kate Maclean*, Colin Fox*

S2M-5218 Relief from Early Stages of Alzheimer’s (lodged on 22 November 2006) Mr David Davidson*

S2M-5199 Fair Trade in Our Schools (lodged on 21 November 2006) Shiona Baird*

S2M-5198 Child Fuel Poverty (lodged on 20 November 2006) Shona Robison*, Roseanna Cunningham*

S2M-5100 Excessive and Illegal Use of Force by Chinese People’s Armed Police on Tibetan Civilians (lodged on 7 November 2006) Roseanna Cunningham*, Frances Curran*, Rob Gibson*

Contents An A B C D E F G H I J