BUSINESS BULLETIN 141 / 2000
Thursday 21 September 2000
Section F - Motions and Amendments
The full text of all outstanding motions and amendments will appear in the Business Bulletin every 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 (#)
*S1M-1203# Mary Scanlon: National Eye Week—That the Parliament welcomes National Eye Week, beginning on 25 September, as a means of highlighting the importance of regular eye examinations and improving visual healthcare, particularly among the elderly, who are susceptible to macular degeneration; notes that more than nine out of ten primary eye examinations in Scotland are carried out by optometrists in the community; draws attention to the increasing partnership between ophthalmologists, general medical practitioners and optometrists in the co-management of eye diseases such as cataract, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy; notes that such diseases can be ameliorated, provided that they are detected and treated early, and urges health boards and local healthcare co-operatives to devote sufficient resources to ensure that such co-management schemes are available in localities across the whole of Scotland.
Supported by: Alex Johnstone*, Mr David Davidson*, David Mundell*, Mr Brian Monteith*, David McLetchie*
*S1M-1202 Mr Kenneth Gibson: Council Tax Collection—That the Parliament notes the content of Citizens Advice Scotland’s report Won’t Pay or Can’t Pay – The Real Cost of Scotland’s Council Tax Debt; is aware that administrative problems, such as delays in processing forms or sending out bills, billing errors and over-complicated forms result in a debt crisis for those on low incomes; realises that lack of communication between local authority departments and other agencies leads to delays in people receiving their entitlement to council tax benefit despite receiving related benefits such as housing benefit or income support; is concerned that the process of proceeding straight to formal debt collection without prior negotiation only increases overall indebtedness, making it harder for the debtor to make reasonable and affordable repayment plans; seeks from the Scottish Executive a commitment to work with local authorities to identify practical ways of preventing council debt occurring as a result of their own administrative processes, looking in particular at the ability to pay and the development of corporate debt strategies that will not make an individual’s debt worse, and calls for a debate on why many Scots are unable, rather than unwilling, to pay council tax debt.
*S1M-1201 Nick Johnston: Business AM—That the Parliament congratulates Business AM on its first edition and, in welcoming this new paper, applauds the extension of choice for newspaper readers in Scotland.
*S1M-1200 Nick Johnston: British American Tobacco—That the Parliament notes with alarm the allegations made on 20 September 2000 on Good Morning Scotland that British American Tobacco marketing teams have been targeting children in Africa by offering them free cigarettes, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to press the relevant departments of Her Majesty’s Government to bring pressure to bear on tobacco companies to cease this abhorrent practice and to support the move towards international regulation of tobacco marketing.
*S1M-1199# Pauline McNeill: Breast Cancer Awareness—That the Parliament notes that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and undertakes to do all it can to raise awareness of breast cancer throughout Scotland during this period.
*S1M-1198# Nick Johnston: Job Losses at the Inveresk Group—That the Parliament calls the attention of the Scottish Ministers to job losses at Inveresk Group in Inverkeithing and Alloa and believes that the Scottish Executive Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Department should take action to ensure the continued operation of the paper making industry in Scotland.
Supported by: Mr Keith Harding*, Mr Brian Monteith*
*S1M-1196.1 Kay Ullrich: Public Health—As an amendment to motion (S1M-1196) in the name of Susan Deacon, leave out from "fact" to end and insert "efforts that are being made at all levels of Government and throughout voluntary and community groups and others, and urges the Executive to ensure further advances in tackling the substantial problems which remain in improving Scotland’s public health record.
*S1M-1196.2 Mary Scanlon: Public Health—As an amendment to motion (S1M-1196) in the name of Susan Deacon, insert at end "further notes that progress towards a healthier Scotland is dependent on many factors and that progress will only be achieved through a partnership that matches the work of health professionals with public health education and an increased appreciation by individual Scots of the responsibility they have for their own health."
S1M-1194 Summary Warrants (lodged on 19 September 2000) John Scott*
*S1M-1194.1 Tommy Sheridan: Summary Warrants—As an amendment to motion (S1M-1194) in the name of Phil Gallie, insert at end "hopes that the Conservative group of MSPs will now reverse their opposition to the abolition of poindings and warrant sales and believes poindings and warrant sales should be scrapped by 1 April 2001."
S1M-1192 Report by the Auditor General into the Holyrood Project (lodged on 19 September 2000) Roseanna Cunningham*, Alex Fergusson*
S1M-1188# Sydney Paralympics and Olympic Games (lodged on 15 September 2000) Pauline McNeill*
S1M-1187 Third World Debt (lodged on 15 September 2000) Irene McGugan*, Brian Adam*, Robert Brown*
S1M-1186 Orderly Conduct of Fuel Protestors (lodged on 14 September 2000) Mr David Davidson*
*S1M-1185.1 Tommy Sheridan: Housing Stock Transfer—As an amendment to motion (S1M-1185) in the name of Ms Margaret Curran, insert at end " and believes that accusations of undue pressure can only be avoided if the Scottish Executive states clearly that management of the capital debt by the Executive is not a condition of transfer and that a "no" vote will not result in the housing needs of tenants in Glasgow and other local authorities not being met because they wish to retain council housing."
S1M-1183 Eniola Adewale (lodged on 14 September 2000) Pauline McNeill*
S1M-1182# Erection of Mobile Phone Mast in Traquair Drive, Glasgow (lodged on 14 September 2000) Pauline McNeill*, Robert Brown*
S1M-1181 Transport Policy Adding Costs to Business (lodged on 14 September 2000) Mr David Davidson*
S1M-1174# Prevention of Home Accidents (lodged on 12 September 2000) Robert Brown*
S1M-1173 Prostate Cancer Awareness Week (lodged on 12 September 2000) Pauline McNeill*
S1M-1172 Democratic Accountability of Non-Departmental Public Bodies (lodged on 12 September 2000) Robert Brown*
S1M-1171# Waiver of Groundwater Maintenance Charge (lodged on 11 September 2000) Mr David Davidson*
S1M-1170# Assisting the Fishing Industry with Fuel Costs (lodged on 11 September 2000) Irene McGugan*
S1M-1168 MMR Vaccine and Autism (lodged on 11 September 2000) Irene McGugan*
S1M-1162 Exam Crisis (lodged on 11 September 2000) Mr David Davidson*, Nick Johnston*
S1M-1160# Permitted Telecommunications Developments (lodged on 7 September 2000) Pauline McNeill*
S1M-1154 Third World Debt (lodged on 7 September 2000) Mr John McAllion*
S1M-1154.1 Third World Debt (lodged on 18 September 2000) John Scott*, David Mundell*
S1M-1150# 0345 Phone Number for the Parliament (lodged on 7 September 2000) David Mundell*
S1M-1142 Planning and Telecommunications Developments (lodged on 1 September 2000) Pauline McNeill*
S1M-1142.1 Planning and Telecommunications (lodged on 19 September 2000) Tommy Sheridan*
S1M-1140# 25th Anniversary of Establishment of Local Health Councils (lodged on 31 August 2000) Helen Eadie*, Mr David Davidson*, Pauline McNeill*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*
S1M-1133# Maternity Unit in Montrose (lodged on 29 August 2000) Mr David Davidson*, Nick Johnston*
S1M-1132# Multiple Sclerosis in Scotland (lodged on 29 August 2000) Irene McGugan*, David Mundell*
S1M-1114 Long Term Care (lodged on 28 July 2000) Mr David Davidson*, Nick Johnston*
S1M-1108 Upgrading of A1 (lodged on 21 July 2000) Nick Johnston*
S1M-1098 Asylum Seekers (lodged on 6 July 2000) Pauline McNeill*
S1M-1096# SBG and Transport Operatives Pension Schemes (lodged on 5 July 2000) Nick Johnston*
S1M-1093 High crime levels in parts of Glasgow (lodged on 5 July 2000) Pauline McNeill*
S1M-1071 Holding Local Authority Elections in 2002 (lodged on 29 June 2000) Mr David Davidson*
S1M-1048 Library of Alexandria (lodged on 23 June 2000) Nick Johnston*
S1M-1045 Nuclear Power in Germany (lodged on 22 June 2000) Mr David Davidson*, Nick Johnston*
S1M-1044 Scottish Criminal Records Office Checks on Voluntary Organisations (lodged on 21 June 2000) Mr David Davidson*
S1M-1037# Support for Ferguson Shipbuilders Ltd. Port Glasgow (lodged on 20 June 2000) Mr David Davidson*
S1M-933# Crown Prosecution and the Piper Alpha Disaster (lodged on 2 June 2000) Ms Margaret Curran*
S1M-932# Clean Beaches (lodged on 31 May 2000) Pauline McNeill*
S1M-916 Whitburn Junior Football Club (lodged on 30 May 2000) Pauline McNeill*