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BUSINESS BULLETIN 36 / 2000

Monday 28 February 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-597 Mrs Margaret Ewing: Crooked Charities—That the Parliament recognises that the existing law does not prevent the registration of crooked charities; notes that official advice on how to prevent fraudulent collections at supermarkets, stations and pubs is ineffective; endorses the rights of owners of such premises to insist that validation is acquired from a reputable source on charity collection and hopes that fraudulent collections can be stopped, enabling owners of commercial premises to allow legitimate charitable collections to continue.

 

*S1M-596 Mr Adam Ingram: Change in Benefit Payments- Effects on Post Offices—That the Parliament notes that large sections of Scottish society do not have access to bank accounts, and cannot obtain bank accounts; further notes that, in rural Scotland, many people do not live near a bank; believes therefore that current government proposals to switch payments of benefits directly to bank accounts will be detrimental to the Executive’s aim of minimising social exclusion; believes that the resulting shift of business from post offices will result in the closure of many post offices, especially in areas already suffering from a lack of public services, including rural areas and areas of urban deprivation, and therefore calls for recognition of the fact that for many, collection of benefits at the post office is the most convenient, or indeed the only option and demands that post offices be fully compensated for the loss of this work in order to secure the long term economic viability of the existing post office network.

Supported by: Mr Gil Paterson*, Tricia Marwick*, Mr Lloyd Quinan*

*S1M-595# Mr Kenny MacAskill: Fuel Duty Rebate and Rural Services—That the Parliament notes the difficulties faced by rural communities due to their geographic isolation and the high cost of fuel, and the vital role which mobile shops, mobile libraries, school buses and community and voluntary bus services have in such communities; further notes the threat to the viability of these services posed by increasing fuel prices; believes that assistance should be offered to sustain mobile shops, libraries, school buses and community and voluntary bus services and thus the communities they serve, and therefore believes that an inquiry should be set up to investigate the extension of fuel duty rebate to these services.

Supported by: Mr Gil Paterson*, Tricia Marwick*, Mr Lloyd Quinan*

*S1M-594 Ms Irene Oldfather: Volvo Plant, Irvine—That the Parliament notes with regret the recent announcement by the management of Volvo that attempts to find a buyer for the Irvine plant have been unsuccessful; considers that Volvo management should explain why jobs are being transferred to Sweden and Belgium when a high quality and profitable product is being manufactured at the Irvine plant; pays tribute to a loyal workforce who have continued to produce quality vehicles in the face of growing uncertainty about their future, and believes that efforts to secure a future for the site before the proposed closure in June should continue.

 

*S1M-593# Maureen Macmillan: Kinlochleven Economic Development—That the Parliament notes the imminent closure of the Kinlochleven aluminium smelter, the dominant employer in the area over the last century; supports the excellent efforts and the vision of the Kinlochleven Development Trust in partnership with the Highland Council, the Local Enterprise Company and the range of other agencies engaged in planning and helping bring about the transition of the economy of Kinlochleven to secure new jobs for local people, and believes that the fullest possible support should be given to these local efforts.

 

S1M-592# Mr John Munro: Council Tax Reduction for Second Homes in Ross, Skye and Inverness West—That the Parliament expresses concern that non-residents of Ross, Skye and Inverness West are entitled to a reduction in council tax on their second homes; notes that this places an additional burden on local residents and supports the view that Highland council should have discretionary powers to waive this reduction.

 

S1M-591# Ian Jenkins: Public Participation in Planning—That the Parliament notes that many individuals and communities feel frustrated and disenfranchised when they seem unable to have any influence on planning decisions which affect their lives, and expresses its wish to see amendments to the planning regulations which would address these concerns, for example in cases such as have recently arisen in the Scottish Borders and Midlothian.

Supported by: Nora Radcliffe, Euan Robson, Tavish Scott, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr Mike Rumbles

 

S1M-590 Dr Elaine Murray: Turner Diaries—That the Parliament expresses its grave concern that Waterstone’s bookshops are stocking The Turner Diaries and requests that it be removed from sale.

 

S1M-589 Sarah Boyack: The Draft Air Quality (Scotland) Regulations 2000—That the Transport and the Environment Committee in consideration of the draft Air Quality (Scotland) Regulations 2000 recommends that the Order be approved.

 

S1M-588 Mr Brian Monteith: Openness Over Section 2A Consultation—That the Parliament notes that the consultation period over the repeal of section 2A of the Local Government Act 1986 has ended and calls upon the Scottish Executive to immediately publish the responses which have consented to the publication in the spirit of open government upon which the Scottish Parliament was founded.

Supported by: Alex Johnstone, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Nick Johnston*

S1M-587# Mr John McAllion: Fuel Poverty and Housing Bill—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to include specific measures for the eradication of fuel poverty within a specific timescale in the forthcoming Housing Bill.

 

S1M-583 Roseanna Cunningham: Iranian Elections—That the Parliament welcomes recent political developments in the Islamic Republic of Iran; notes with approval the success of candidates with a stated belief in freedom of expression and the rule of law in the elections to the 6th Majlis; draws attention to the increased involvement of women and youth in the political process in Iran, and looks forward to all political groupings in that country affirming their commitment to securing democracy and human rights.

Supported by: Linda Fabiani, Alex Neil, Tricia Marwick, Michael Russell, Ms Margo MacDonald, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Shona Robison

 

S1M-582 Trish Godman: Introduction of Treatment Notes—That the Parliament welcomes the introduction of Treatment Notes, produced for patients by the Consumers’ Association, which provide comprehensive information about medicines and other forms of treatment; supports this commendable initiative which is independent of the pharmaceutical industry and the medical establishment, and acknowledges the need for readily accessible information such as this to ensure that patients are better equipped to make sensible choices and share decision making with their doctors about the treatment they receive.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson

 

S1M-581 Trish Godman: British-Irish Inter-Parliamentary Body—That the Parliament congratulates the British-Irish Inter-Parliamentary Body on its tenth anniversary; welcomes the continuing working relationship between British and Irish Parliamentarians, and looks forward to the early re-instigation of the Northern Ireland Assembly and Executive, the North-South institutions and the British-Irish Council.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson

 

S1M-580 Trish Godman: Conservation of Marine Wildlife—That the Parliament commends the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society on its recently published document Chasing Dolphins; notes with serious concern the references in this publication to the harassment of marine mammals by pleasure craft; strongly believes that there is an urgent need for rigorous measures to promote conservation in the marine environment, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to give serious consideration to the early introduction of legislation which would allow local authorities to create exclusion zones in order to protect our marine wildlife.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson

 

S1M-579 Trish Godman: Pilkington Optronics—That the Parliament commends the management and workforce at Pilkington Optronics in Glasgow for their success in securing, against fierce competition, orders worth £20 million for equipment to be installed in astute-class submarines; notes with pleasure that this contract secures the employment of 600 employees for several years to come; acknowledges the respect for and trust in Scottish companies and employees demonstrated by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in awarding contracts to hi-tech Scottish companies; congratulates Pilkington Optronics on its innovative developments in this area, and keenly awaits the day when the MoD will award contracts of even greater size to shipyards on the upper Clyde for the construction of surface vessels for the Royal Navy.

Supported by: Gordon Jackson, Mr Kenneth Gibson

 

S1M-578 Trish Godman: Breast Screening for Women aged 65 and over—That the Parliament commends the campaign led by Age Concern and the UK Breast Cancer Coalition to raise the level of awareness of older women concerning the right to self-refer themselves for breast screening in order to guard against the risk of breast cancer and firmly believes that this issue must be kept on the parliamentary agenda in order that older women exercise their right of self-referral, especially in the light of the increased risk of breast cancer to older women.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson

 

S1M-577 Trish Godman: Pen Needles for Diabetics—That the Parliament welcomes the availability of pen needles and the continued availability of disposable pens on prescription for insulin-dependant diabetics; warmly acknowledges the campaign fought by the British Diabetic Association, and commends the Scottish Executive for introducing this policy which will assist thousands of diabetics throughout Scotland in the management of their condition.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson

 

S1M-576 Fiona McLeod: St Ninians High School's Attendance at European Youth Parliament—That the Parliament congratulates the team of pupils from St Ninian’s High School, Kirkintilloch who will be representing the UK at the European Youth Parliament in Athens on 7 to 16 April 2000 and their teachers and supports their quest for funds to enable them to attend.

Supported by: Mr Lloyd Quinan, Colin Campbell, Kay Ullrich

 

S1M-573 Dennis Canavan: Investigation into European Union funding arrangements—That the European Committee considers undertaking an investigation, possibly in conjunction with the Finance Committee, into EU funding arrangements, particularly regarding structural funding and additionality.

Supported by: Michael Russell

 

S1M-572 Dennis Canavan: European Union documentation on lifting of Indonesian arms embargo—That the European Committee requests the Clerk to the Committee to investigate why the Committee did not receive any EU documentation on the lifting of the EU arms embargo on Indonesia and to report back to the Committee.

Supported by: Michael Russell

 

S1M-571 Karen Whitefield: Airdrieonians Football Club—That the Parliament recognises the important role played by local football teams in engendering and enhancing community spirit and offers its support to the fans of Airdrieonians Football Club, which is currently under the threat of liquidation.

 

S1M-570# Mr Kenneth Gibson: Milk in Schools—That the Parliament notes with concern that almost one third of children go to school without breakfast; recognises the importance of milk at mid-morning break in providing hungry children with calories, protein, essential vitamins and minerals necessary for growth and bone density; acknowledges that hungry and nutritionally deprived children can lack energy, have low concentration, display lethargy and be difficult to teach and even disruptive; believes school based nutrition to be vital for the achievement of rising standards in education and commends local authorities such as Edinburgh, Glasgow and South Lanarkshire in this regard while encouraging all Councils to provide and promote a choice of whole and semi-skimmed milk, ideally with fruit, for all nursery, primary, secondary and special school children; recommends discontinuing the practice of exclusive contracts for fizzy drinks machines on school premises, and furthermore seeks the assistance of MEPs in securing the reinstatement of European Union subsidies for secondary school milk, catering milk and cheese and raising of the semi-skimmed milk subsidy to that of whole milk.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Alex Johnstone, Shona Robison, Fergus Ewing, Michael Russell

 

S1M-568 Shona Robison: Heart Disease—That the Parliament expresses concern at the recently published report of the British Heart Foundation detailing the United Kingdom’s poor record in cardiovascular disease; notes the fact that the United Kingdom has one of the highest death rates from coronary heart disease in the European Union; further notes that Tayside is near the bottom of the Scottish league table in waiting times for cardiac surgery and, in light of this, supports the demands for a fifth Scottish cardiac unit to be based at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee to serve the East of Scotland.

Supported by: Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Fergus Ewing, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill

 

S1M-567 Mr Brian Monteith: Hosting the Football World Cup in Scotland—That the Parliament notes that the next football World Cup organised by FIFA is being hosted jointly by Japan and the Republic of Korea in 2002 and calls upon the Scottish Football Association to hold exploratory discussions with their counterparts in Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to examine the feasibility of the four national football associations combining to bid to hold the World Cup in 2010.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Paul Martin, Mary Scanlon, Elaine Smith, Dr Winnie Ewing, Ian Jenkins

 

S1M-566# Elaine Smith: Employment of Children—That the Parliament deplores the employment of children in potentially dangerous conditions in our towns and cities; seeks to ensure that the Parliament and the Scottish Executive work in partnership with all relevant authorities and organisations (such as the Low Pay Unit and the Federation of Small Businesses) so that children who wish to work are protected from taking unsuitable employment and in order to ensure that steps are being taken to promote and enforce the laws which prohibit this practice.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Scott Barrie, Nora Radcliffe*

S1M-565# Elaine Smith: Hospital Infections—That the Parliament notes with concern the recent alleged cases of necrotising fasciitis in Monklands Hospital and the wider issues across Scotland of hospital contracted infection and wishes to ensure that all clinical staff within the NHS in Scotland are effectively trained and informed in the implementation of and adherence to infection control programme standards.

Supported by: Mr Jamie Stone, Tommy Sheridan, Mary Scanlon, Nora Radcliffe*

S1M-564 Alasdair Morgan: Recovery of Crew of Fishing Vessels Lost at Sea—That the Parliament recognises the change in attitude of Scotland’s fishing communities towards recovery of crews who are lost at sea and therefore urges the Scottish Executive to seek to persuade Her Majesty's Government to give a firm undertaking that policy in this matter will be changed and that a public agency be charged with the responsibility of examining the feasibility of recovering bodies from vessels lost at sea and reaching a considered judgement based on safety and technical considerations.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Tricia Marwick, Mr John Swinney, Richard Lochhead, Fergus Ewing, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Michael Russell, Mr Andrew Welsh, Ms Sandra White, Colin Campbell, Nicola Sturgeon, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Kay Ullrich, Shona Robison, David Mundell, Alex Fergusson, Andrew Wilson, Mr Murray Tosh, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Adam Ingram

 

S1M-563# Johann Lamont: Drugs Strategy—That the Parliament notes the serious and increasing level of drug addiction in Glasgow Pollok constituency, in Glasgow as a whole and throughout Scotland; recognises the devastating effect that such addiction has not only on the addict but on his or her family, friends and the broader community; applauds the work of the Glasgow Association of Family Support Groups in offering support and counselling to drug addicts and their families, and believes that the development of effective funding of such family support groups is a key part of its drugs and social inclusion strategies.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Jamie Stone, Paul Martin, Elaine Smith, Nora Radcliffe*

S1M-562 Michael Russell: Volvo Factory, Irvine—That the Parliament supports the workforce of the Volvo factory in Irvine at this present time of uncertainty and calls upon the Scottish Executive to make every possible representation to ensure the plant’s future.

Supported by: Mr Adam Ingram, Kay Ullrich, David Mundell, Alex Fergusson, Andrew Wilson, Mr Murray Tosh, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Alex Neil, Fergus Ewing, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Phil Gallie

 

S1M-561 Iain Gray: Special Grant Report No.2 - Special Grant for Scotland Kosovan Evacuees: Report by the Scottish Ministers (SE/2000/11)—That the Parliament in consideration of Special Grant Report No.2 - Special Grant for Scotland Kosovan Evacuees: Report by the Scottish Ministers (SE/2000/11) approves the report.

 

S1M-560 Iain Gray: Special Grant Report No.1 - Special Grant for Scotland Asylum Seekers: Report by the Scottish Ministers (SE/2000/10)—That the Parliament in consideration of Special Grant Report No.1 - Special Grant for Scotland Asylum Seekers: Report by the Scottish Ministers (SE/2000/10) approves the report.

 

S1M-559 Mr Jack McConnell: The Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2000—That the Parliament in consideration of the Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2000 approves the Order.

 

S1M-557# Patricia Ferguson: International Women's Day—That the Parliament notes that 8 March is celebrated as International Women’s Day, recognises the important contribution made by women to all aspects of Scottish life and, in doing so, acknowledges the progress made towards women’s equality and the need to ensure that any programme of government responds to the aspirations of women.

Supported by: Malcolm Chisholm, Ms Margaret Curran, Johann Lamont, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Cathy Jamieson, Margaret Jamieson, Elaine Thomson, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Tommy Sheridan, Scott Barrie, Elaine Smith, Fiona Hyslop, Hugh Henry*, Nora Radcliffe*, Trish Godman*

S1M-556 George Lyon: Scottish Cheese Business—That the Parliament notes with concern the possible impact of the European Waste Water Directive on small Scottish cheese-makers; recognises that these businesses are extremely important to the local economies of areas like Bute, Kintyre and Arran, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to do all it can to ensure that there is flexibility in implementing the Directive through derogations or by other means and that, if necessary, money will be made available through Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Scottish Enterprise to help companies adapt to the Directive.

Supported by: Mr Jamie Stone R, Nora Radcliffe*

S1M-555# Mr Lloyd Quinan: Maternity Services at Vale of Leven Hospital (Alexandria)—That the Parliament notes with grave concern the possible closure of the maternity unit at Vale of Leven Hospital, Dumbarton; believes that it is not acceptable for expectant mothers to be forced to travel from Dumbarton to Paisley for maternity services, and further believes that the West of Scotland NHS Trust should reverse this closure decision.

Supported by: Mr Kenny MacAskill, Fiona Hyslop, Alex Neil, Ms Margo MacDonald, Fiona McLeod, Tricia Marwick, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Andrew Wilson, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram

 

S1M-549 Mr Mike Rumbles: Agrimoney Compensation—That the Parliament notes that the strength of sterling in comparison to the Euro is disadvantaging Scotland’s farmers and that agrimoney compensation is available from the European Union to address the effects of such currency fluctuations; believes that this aid is urgently needed to address the serious financial difficulties being experienced across all sectors of Scottish agriculture; notes that action is needed at a UK level to secure a total of £92 million in additional payments to Scottish farmers; acknowledges that the Scottish Executive has made representations to Westminster outlining the need for this aid, and therefore calls upon Her Majesty’s Treasury to put in place the necessary financial arrangements and match funding to secure the additional European money at the earliest opportunity.

Supported by: Euan Robson, Mr Jamie Stone, Tavish Scott R, Mr John Munro, Ian Jenkins, Nora Radcliffe*

S1M-548 Tommy Sheridan: Tax Relief on Ministerial Vehicles—That the Parliament notes with surprise that the tax relief for ministerial cars and chauffeurs has been extended to Scottish Executive Ministers; believes that this represents a fundamental inequality in tax treatment, and calls upon Scottish Executive Ministers to make a £5,000 donation to the NHS in lieu of their tax bill.

 

S1M-547# Mr Kenneth Gibson: Children in Glasgow Selling Newspapers Late at Night—That the Parliament notes with concern the illegal employment of children under sixteen years to sell newspapers in the streets of Glasgow, at city road junctions, outside pubs and clubs late at night and in the early hours of the morning in all weathers, to the detriment of their health and education and leaving them exposed to the possible attention of individuals with evil intent, and believes that the newspaper publishers concerned should ensure that their distributors do not employ vendors who recruit children, that the public should not buy these newspapers and that Strathclyde Police should vigorously enforce the law in this regard.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Andrew Wilson, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Ms Sandra White

 

S1M-546 Mr Kenny MacAskill: Chinook—That the Parliament notes with concern that the National Audit Office found that the FADEC computer system fitted to Chinook helicopters was flawed and that this posed an "unquantifiable risk" for these craft; further notes the reported out of court settlement with the family of one of the pilots, and therefore calls for a judicial inquiry firstly into the crash, and secondly into the subsequent investigations, including the failure of the "unquantifiable risk" associated with FADEC to be advised to the fatal accident inquiry.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Fergus Ewing, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram

 

S1M-545 Dr Richard Simpson: Royal Bank of Scotland Takeover—That the Parliament congratulates the Royal Bank of Scotland on its takeover of the National Westminster Bank; welcomes its commitment to keep the headquarters of the new company in Scotland and, whilst noting the need to ensure efficiency in the best interests of both customers and employees, urges sensitivity in working with the banking union in achieving any necessary changes.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Elaine Thomson, Mr Keith Raffan, Ben Wallace, Brian Adam, Mr David Davidson, Mary Scanlon, Phil Gallie

 

S1M-544 Tommy Sheridan: Poll Tax Debts—That the Parliament believes that, in the light of the recent Accounts Commission report Benefits, Finance and Housing, the need to write off local authority poll tax debts is now urgent.

Supported by: Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Gil Paterson, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram

 

S1M-543 Bill Aitken: Right to Buy Rules—That the Parliament, recognising the disappointment and frustration caused to council tenants by the precipitate haste in amending the terms of the Right to Buy rules in March 1999, calls upon the Scottish Executive to review the situation in order that those who can demonstrate the intention to purchase their homes prior to the change in the legislation on 1 April 1999 can avail themselves of the rights which existed prior to this change.

Supported by: Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Murray Tosh, Mr Keith Harding, Ben Wallace, Nick Johnston, David Mundell, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr David Davidson, Mary Scanlon, Phil Gallie

 

S1M-541 Tommy Sheridan: NatWest Takeover—That the Parliament notes with concern that the takeover by the Royal Bank of Scotland of the National Westminster Bank will lead to 18,000 job losses in Scotland and England and calls upon the Scottish Executive to make urgent representations to the Competition Commission and Her Majesty’s Government to examine whether this take-over is of benefit to consumers and employers as well as shareholders.

 

S1M-540 Johann Lamont: Arms Sales—That the Parliament welcomes Her Majesty’s Government’s commitment not to sell arms to countries that will use them to commit internal repression or external aggression; further welcomes the publication of an annual report on strategic exports as a first step towards improved transparency; notes that 15 February 2000 is the fourth anniversary of the publication of the Scott Report; notes with concern that without new legislation to address the problems identified in the Scott Report and other loopholes, Her Majesty’s Government cannot ensure that UK arms exports do not contribute to human rights violations being committed, fuel conflict or undermine development; and calls upon Her Majesty’s Government to introduce comprehensive and effective legislation to strengthen the control on strategic exports in the next Parliamentary session, given that 91% of the Scottish public believe that the UK Government should introduce systems to ensure that arms exported by the UK are not misused.

Supported by: Trish Godman, Cathy Jamieson, Tommy Sheridan, Elaine Smith, Nora Radcliffe*

S1M-539 Mr Jack McConnell: The Draft Electricity Generators (Aluminium) (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 2000—That the Local Government Committee in consideration of the draft Electricity Generators (Aluminium) (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 2000 recommends that the Order be approved.

 

S1M-538 Mr Jack McConnell: The Draft Electricity Generators (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 2000—That the Local Government Committee in consideration of the draft Electricity Generators (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 2000 recommends that the Order be approved.

 

S1M-537 Mr Jack McConnell: The Draft Electricity Lands (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 2000—That the Local Government Committee in consideration of the draft Electricity Lands (Rateable Values) Order 2000 recommends that the Order be approved.

 

S1M-536 Mr Jack McConnell: The Draft BG Transco plc (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 2000—That the Local Government Committee in consideration of the draft BG Transco plc (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 2000 recommends that the Order be approved.

 

S1M-535 Mr Jack McConnell: The Draft Water Undertakings (Ratable Values) (Scotland) Order 2000—That the Local Government Committee in consideration of the draft Water Undertakings (Rateable Values) Order 2000 recommends that the Order be approved.

 

S1M-534 Mr Jack McConnell: The Draft Railtrack plc (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 2000—That the Local Government Committee in consideration of the draft Railtrack plc (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 2000 recommends that the Order be approved.

 

S1M-533 Mr Jack McConnell: The Draft Train Operating Companies (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 2000—That the Local Government Committee in consideration of the draft Train Operating Companies (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 2000 recommends that the Order be approved.

 

S1M-532 Mr Sam Galbraith: Standards in Scotland's Schools etc. Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Standards in Scotland’s Schools etc. Bill.

 

S1M-530 Mr John McAllion: Dispersal of Civil Service Jobs to Tayside—That the Parliament notes the repeated rhetorical commitment by Ministers that they will ensure that the Scottish Parliament works for all and not just part of Scotland, and in that context calls for serious consideration to be given to the dispersal of civil service and quango jobs to Tayside and for an annual review by the Parliament of progress achieved in dispersing such jobs across Scotland.

Supported by: Kate Maclean, Mr John Swinney, Roseanna Cunningham, Mr Andrew Welsh, Shona Robison, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Keith Raffan, Brian Adam, Mr David Davidson, Tommy Sheridan, Elaine Smith, Nora Radcliffe*

S1M-528 Mr Duncan Hamilton: Lorn and Islands Hospital—That the Parliament expresses its concern at the threatened closure of the Nelson Ward at Lorn and Islands District General Hospital; commends the local petition initiated by Councillor McIntosh; reaffirms its commitment to local provision of health care services for the elderly, and calls upon Lorn and Islands Hospital to carry out full public consultation on the provision of local services.

Supported by: Nicola Sturgeon, Linda Fabiani, Mr Andrew Welsh, Kay Ullrich, Tricia Marwick, Mr John Swinney, Alasdair Morgan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Andrew Wilson, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Gil Paterson, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Adam Ingram

 

S1M-528.1 George Lyon: Lorn and Islands Hospital—As an amendment to motion (S1M-528) in the name of Mr Duncan Hamilton, insert at end "and welcomes the creation of a health forum consisting of Acute Hospital Trust and Primary Care Trust representatives and members of the local community as an important first step in this process."

 

S1M-527 Trish Godman: Elderly People and the NHS—That the Parliament commends Age Concern on its recently published report Turning Your Back on Us: Older People and the NHS which deals with the serious problem of age discrimination in the National Health Service; believes that medical treatment and care should not be denied or delayed simply on the basis of age; and urges the Scottish Executive to commission an independent investigation to assess whether age discrimination is practised in the National Health Service and to produce an agenda for action if such discrimination exists.

Supported by: Mr John McAllion, Bristow Muldoon, Cathy Jamieson, Mr Jamie Stone, Tommy Sheridan, Elaine Smith, Nora Radcliffe*

S1M-526 Trish Godman: Equal Access for People with Disabilities—That the Parliament warmly commends the action taken by the journalist Kirsty Wark and her friends in leaving a Glasgow city nightclub when the staff refused access to a disabled patron; hopes that the management of said club will now adopt a welcoming attitude to patrons with disabilities, and urges others to follow Kirsty Wark’s admirable lead when confronted by such discrimination and intolerance.

Supported by: Mr John McAllion, Scott Barrie, Mr Duncan McNeil, Shona Robison, Elaine Thomson, Cathy Jamieson, Mr Jamie Stone, Tommy Sheridan, Elaine Smith, Nora Radcliffe*

S1M-525 Trish Godman: West of Scotland Water Authority—That the Parliament deplores the high-handed and insensitive conduct of senior officials at West of Scotland Water Authority in relation to the unsupportable decision to allow raw sewage and waste water to enter the Kilbarchan Burn; affirms the view that such authorities must always be cognisant of local community concerns when taking decisions that impinge upon local communities; and that genuine consultation and concern for public health must always be the order the day when making such decisions.

Supported by: Hugh Henry, Mr Duncan McNeil, Dr Elaine Murray, Tommy Sheridan

 

S1M-524# Mr John McAllion: Ninewells Hospital Neurosurgical Unit—That the Parliament notes the concern across Tayside over the possible threat of closure of the Neurosurgical Unit at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee arising from the ongoing review of acute services by Tayside Health Board; recognises the continuing importance of the Unit for neurosurgery services across Tayside and Scotland; and invites the Scottish Executive to re-affirm its support for this unit.

Supported by: Roseanna Cunningham, Paul Martin, Tommy Sheridan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr John Swinney, Shona Robison, Mr Andrew Welsh, Ben Wallace, Irene McGugan, Brian Adam, Trish Godman, Dennis Canavan, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Gil Paterson, Andrew Wilson, Mr David Davidson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mary Scanlon, Elaine Smith

 

S1M-523 Tommy Sheridan: Parliament Subscription to BNP Magazine—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to cancel its subscription to the British National Party magazine Spearhead and does not believe that the Parliament through its subscription should be helping to spread the Neo-Nazi and racist views contained in this publication.

Supported by: Dr Elaine Murray, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr John McAllion, Fiona Hyslop, Bristow Muldoon, Shona Robison, Brian Adam, Trish Godman, Cathy Jamieson, Elaine Smith

 

S1M-522 Fergus Ewing: City Status for Inverness—That the Parliament hopes that the historic victory of Inverness Caledonian Thistle over Celtic on 8 February 2000 will be followed by success for Inverness in being awarded City status, which as a premier football location in Scotland it surely deserves.

Supported by: Mr Jamie McGrigor, Brian Adam

 

S1M-521 Pauline McNeill: Excell Call Centre, Glasgow—That the Parliament expresses deep concern over health and safety and employment practice at Excell Call Centre in Glasgow; deplores the sacking and intimidation of staff who have exposed Excell’s record; awaits with interest the report of the Health and Safety Executive inquiry into Call Centres, and calls for an inquiry into the operations of Excell in relation to 999 emergency services.

Supported by: Mr John McAllion, Mr Duncan McNeil, Trish Godman, Cathy Jamieson, Tommy Sheridan, Elaine Smith

 

S1M-520# David Mundell: Racing Pigeons—That the Parliament notes the Report of the UK Raptor Working Group; notes the concerns of the Scottish Homing Union and other pigeon fanciers in Scotland on the impact that raptors are having on their sport; and believes that the Scottish Executive and all interested parties should work together to ensure the appropriate protection of both raptors and racing pigeons so as to enable the continuation of pigeon racing as a sport in Scotland.

Supported by: Alex Fergusson, Nick Johnston, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr John McAllion, Helen Eadie, Scott Barrie, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Ben Wallace, Cathy Jamieson, Mr David Davidson, Dennis Canavan, Phil Gallie, Ian Jenkins*

S1M-518 Mary Scanlon: Inverness Caledonian Thistle Result—That the Parliament congratulates the players and backroom staff of Inverness Caledonian Thistle on their historic 3-1 victory against Celtic in the Scottish Cup, an outstanding result achieved against considerable odds which will be recorded in the annals of Scottish football as one of the most memorable cup upsets, and wishes the team every success in subsequent rounds of the tournament.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing

 

S1M-516 Maureen Macmillan: Success of Inverness Caledonian Thistle—That the Parliament congratulates Inverness Caledonian Thistle on their win in the Scottish Cup, notes the growth of the club over the last six years and wishes them every success in the next round.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing, Mary Scanlon, Mr John McAllion, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mrs Mary Mulligan

 

S1M-515 Mr Jamie Stone: Inverness Caledonian Thistle—That the Parliament congratulates Inverness Caledonian Thistle on their historic 3-1 victory over Celtic on 8 February 2000.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing, Mary Scanlon, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Nora Radcliffe*

S1M-507# Mrs Margaret Smith: Corstorphine Hill Water Tanks—That the Parliament expresses concern over East of Scotland Water’s plans to site two water tanks on Corstorphine Hill, which is a local nature reserve and an area of great environmental value, and recommends that East of Scotland Water considers other more suitable options and locations.

Supported by: Mr Kenny MacAskill, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Fiona Hyslop, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Ms Margo MacDonald, Nora Radcliffe*

S1M-506 Tommy Sheridan: Austria—That the Parliament expresses its great concern at the establishment of a new Austrian Government involving Jörg Haider’s far right Freedom Party; believes that this presents a potential threat to the values of freedom, democracy and individual rights that should be at the heart of the European Union, and calls upon Her Majesty’s Government to make representations to the Austrian Government and the European Union expressing these concerns.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Linda Fabiani, Mr Gil Paterson, Tricia Marwick, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Shona Robison, Scott Barrie, Allan Wilson, Andrew Wilson, Bristow Muldoon, Cathy Jamieson, Alex Neil, Elaine Smith

 

S1M-505# Alex Fergusson: Closure of Castle Douglas Abattoir—That the Parliament notes the award by the intervention board of the over thirty month contract to Holbeck Holdings Ltd of Kilmarnock; regrets that this decision has led to the loss of over 80 jobs in South West Scotland, the loss of a significant sheep slaughtering facility in the South of Scotland and the closure of the Castle Douglas abattoir, causing a further 18 redundancies, and questions whether any criteria other than cost were taken into account when considering applications for this contract. R

Supported by: Mary Scanlon, John Young, David Mundell, Bill Aitken, Mr David Davidson, Mr Murray Tosh, Mr Jamie Stone, Fergus Ewing, Nick Johnston, Mr Brian Monteith, Dr Elaine Murray, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Alasdair Morgan, Phil Gallie

 

S1M-504 Tommy Sheridan: Compensation to Miners—That the Parliament notes the very serious problem of "vibration white finger" which affects thousands throughout Scotland; calls upon the Scottish Executive to make urgent representations to Her Majesty's Government to pressurise British Coal into paying proper compensation due to former miners who suffer from vibration white finger; notes with disgust that many miners have now been waiting over six years for compensation and that many are actually dying before receiving any compensation, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to act on this issue immediately.

Supported by: Mr Gil Paterson, Tricia Marwick, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Alex Neil, Shona Robison, Fiona Hyslop, Andrew Wilson, Alasdair Morgan

 

S1M-503 Tommy Sheridan: Drug Addiction in Glasgow—That the Parliament notes that drug addiction in Glasgow is five times higher than anywhere in Britain; recognises that such high levels of drug addiction have pushed drugs services in the City to breaking point; notes that social workers in Glasgow are having to work under unbearable pressure, given that the number of problem drug users in the City has almost doubled in nine years; notes the result of a recent survey, which suggests that one in thirty of Glasgow’s adults are now drug addicts and that there are between 12,419 and 15,368 problem drug users in the city and also reveals that more than 4,000 adults who have been treated by 13 social work projects have dependent children amounting to almost 1,000 youngsters, and believes that, given the serious and grave problem drug using situation within the City of Glasgow, special extra resources must be diverted from the Scottish Executive’s drug enforcement project to allow the City of Glasgow to spend more on drug prevention and treatment.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mike Watson, Robert Brown, Mr Gil Paterson, Tricia Marwick, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil

 

S1M-502# Irene McGugan: Skye Bridge—That the Parliament believes that a public enquiry should be initiated into all aspects of the finance, construction and operation of the Skye Bridge, including the relevant Toll Order and Assignation Statement.

Supported by: Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Brian Adam, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr John Munro, Mr Jamie Stone, Andrew Wilson, Linda Fabiani, Tricia Marwick, Mr Adam Ingram, Fergus Ewing, Richard Lochhead, Alex Neil, Shona Robison, Donald Gorrie, Fiona Hyslop, Nora Radcliffe*

S1M-501# Patricia Ferguson: Urban Tourism—That the Parliament recognises the economic benefits tourism brings to Glasgow and other urban towns and cities, and the important role played by bodies such as the Greater Glasgow & Clyde Valley Tourist Board.

Supported by: Pauline McNeill, Rhoda Grant, Robert Brown, Johann Lamont, Paul Martin, Mr John McAllion, Donald Gorrie

 

S1M-500# Brian Adam: Attacks on Elderly People in Aberdeen—That the Parliament expresses its concern at the number of senseless attacks on elderly residents in Aberdeen in recent months; condemns the perpetrators of these crimes for their callousness, and welcomes the campaign being run by the Aberdeen Evening Express which highlights the issue by informing pensioners how they can protect themselves and call for help.

Supported by: Mr David Davidson, Nora Radcliffe, Irene McGugan, Richard Lochhead, Elaine Thomson, Lewis Macdonald, Rhoda Grant, Mr Gil Paterson, Tricia Marwick, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Fergus Ewing, Christine Grahame, Shona Robison, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil

 

S1M-499 Donald Gorrie: Report on Holyrood Building—That the Parliament requests that the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body prepare a report for consideration and debate by the Parliament detailing progress on the building at Holyrood, covering in particular the design, progress on site, cost so far, projected final costs and the overall timetable.

Supported by: Ms Margo MacDonald, Mr John Swinney, Mr Murray Tosh, Linda Fabiani, Mr Gil Paterson, Tricia Marwick, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Fergus Ewing, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, Irene McGugan, Nora Radcliffe, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Keith Raffan, Mr David Davidson, Dennis Canavan, Phil Gallie, Dr Winnie Ewing

 

S1M-497# Cathy Peattie: Scottish Media Group—That the Parliament notes with concern the growing evidence of the diminution and marginalisation of regional cultural content by Scottish Media Group; the reduction in regional production staff levels, and the consequences of these changes for the cultural identity and economic well-being of Scotland and its regions.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Lewis Macdonald, Tavish Scott, Elaine Thomson, Dr Elaine Murray, Tommy Sheridan, Pauline McNeill, Mr Duncan McNeil, Mike Watson, Rhoda Grant, Richard Lochhead, Cathy Jamieson, Mr John McAllion, Nora Radcliffe, Donald Gorrie, Mr Keith Raffan, Trish Godman, Elaine Smith, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Brian Monteith

 

S1M-496# Mr Adam Ingram: Agrimoney Compensation for Dairy Farmers—That the Parliament notes that many dairy farmers have seen their incomes plummet as a consequence of falling milk prices compounded by the strong pound; recognises that milk production in Scotland is heavily concentrated in Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway and Lanarkshire; acknowledges that the farming community in these areas bears the brunt of these market conditions; further notes that the dairy sector is eligible for agrimoney payments to compensate for the crippling effects of the strength of sterling; regrets that dairy farmers are the only eligible sector of agriculture for which no such payments have been made and believes that agrimoney payments should be made available to dairy farmers to secure the industry’s future.

Supported by: Nicola Sturgeon, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Fergus Ewing, Richard Lochhead, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, David Mundell, Alex Fergusson, Michael Matheson, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Andrew Welsh, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Shona Robison, Michael Russell, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr John Swinney, Alasdair Morgan, Mr Murray Tosh, Fiona Hyslop, Andrew Wilson, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Alex Johnstone R, Irene McGugan, Brian Adam, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr David Davidson, Phil Gallie, Nora Radcliffe*

S1M-495 Hugh Henry: National Minimum Wage—That the Parliament congratulates Her Majesty’s Government for introducing a National Minimum Wage and recognises its contribution in helping to tackle poverty in Scotland; notes the role played by trade unions in campaigning for its introduction, and supports the introduction of an annual review of the level of the National Minimum Wage as it applies to both age groups.

Supported by: Dr Elaine Murray, Cathy Jamieson, Pauline McNeill, Mr Duncan McNeil, Mike Watson, Rhoda Grant, Johann Lamont, Dr Richard Simpson, Mr John McAllion, Scott Barrie, Allan Wilson, Bristow Muldoon, Trish Godman, Elaine Smith

 

S1M-495.1 Tommy Sheridan: National Minimum Wage—As an amendment to motion (S1M-495) in the name of Hugh Henry, leave out from first "and" to end and insert: "but believes that the minimum wage was set at a woefully inadequate level that merely legitimises poverty instead of tackling it, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to make urgent representations to Her Majesty’s Government to immediately upgrade the minimum wage to £5 per hour as a first stage in matching the European decency threshold of £7 per hour.

 

S1M-494 Hugh Henry: National Lottery—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to make representations to Her Majesty’s Government regarding the operation of the National Lottery and asks that, when the current contract with Camelot expires, the contract should be awarded to a not-for-profit organisation so that money raised from the lottery as private profit can be diverted into supporting more good causes.

Supported by: Dr Elaine Murray, Cathy Peattie, Cathy Jamieson, Mr Duncan McNeil, Mike Watson, Rhoda Grant, Johann Lamont, Mr John McAllion, Trish Godman, Elaine Smith, Nora Radcliffe*

S1M-493 Hugh Henry: World Cup in 2006—That the Parliament sends good wishes to the English FA for its bid to host the World Cup in 2006; recognises the benefits which the Scottish economy may enjoy from the arrival of many visitors from around the world and urges that, should the English bid be successful, the Scottish Tourist Board will encourage visiting fans to come to Scotland.

Supported by: Cathy Jamieson, Pauline McNeill, Mr Duncan McNeil, Mr Brian Monteith, Rhoda Grant, David Mundell, Alex Fergusson, Scott Barrie, Allan Wilson, Bristow Muldoon, Trish Godman, Mary Scanlon

 

S1M-492 Hugh Henry: Warm Homes Initiative—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Executive on its efforts to tackle fuel poverty in Scotland through the Warm Homes Initiative and urges Scottish Power to abandon standing charges for domestic fuel as they are inflicting a burden on the lower income sections of society.

Supported by: Dr Elaine Murray, Cathy Jamieson, Pauline McNeill, Mr Duncan McNeil, Mike Watson, Rhoda Grant, Dr Richard Simpson, Bristow Muldoon, Trish Godman, Elaine Smith

 

S1M-491# Alex Neil: Kilmarnock and Loudoun—That the Parliament expresses concern at the spate of recent factory closures in Kilmarnock and Loudoun and notes the need for urgent action to be taken to deal with the deep seated problems of deprivation in Kilmarnock and Loudoun.

Supported by: Alasdair Morgan, Andrew Wilson, Linda Fabiani, Mr Gil Paterson, Tricia Marwick, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Fergus Ewing, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Donald Gorrie

 

S1M-488# Cathy Jamieson: Standing Commission on Health and Safety at Work in Scotland—That the Parliament is concerned that a recent report by Glasgow University claims that, relative to Britain as a whole, there is a greater risk of workplace fatalities and injuries in Scotland, fewer prosecutions in Scotland arising from fatalities at work, a lower rate of successful prosecutions where such cases are raised and a lower average level of fines in successful prosecution arising from fatalities and injuries at work, and believes that a Standing Commission should be convened by the Parliament, as provided for in the Report of the Consultative Steering Group, to investigate standards of health and safety at work in Scotland, to consider how these can be improved and to review the effectiveness of the regulatory and judicial authorities in relation to occupational health and safety.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Pauline McNeill, Mike Watson, Rhoda Grant, Johann Lamont, Dr Elaine Murray, Mr John McAllion, Scott Barrie, Donald Gorrie, Trish Godman, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Elaine Smith

 

S1M-485 Nora Radcliffe: Aberdeenshire Council —That the Parliament recognises the unique problems facing Aberdeenshire Council in meeting its spending requirements; recognises that the Council has a sparsely distributed and rising population, and below average grant aided expenditure, aggregate external finance and financial guidelines; calls upon the Scottish Executive to address the immediate financial pressures facing the local authority in order to allow the continued provision of high quality public services which it currently provides, and acknowledges the need for a longer term solution to local government funding and that an independent review of the way local government is funded is the best way of achieving this.

Supported by: Mr Mike Rumbles, Brian Adam, Robert Brown, Richard Lochhead, Shona Robison, Donald Gorrie, Mr Keith Raffan, Irene McGugan

 

S1M-484# Dr Elaine Murray: Council Tax Collection: Summary Warrant Procedures—That the Parliament recognises that the current system of council tax collection by means of summary warrant procedure denies individual council tax payers the opportunity to state their case before an independent tribunal prior to enforcement proceedings being taken against them and that as a result some council tax payers are wrongly being pursued and threatened with diligence for debts that have already been paid or are not due; recommends the introduction of new methods of council tax collection and a requirement upon local authorities to prove the existence of any debt, and calls for consideration to be given to whether or not the current procedures contravene Article 6 of the European Convention of Human Rights.

Supported by: Cathy Jamieson, Tommy Sheridan, Pauline McNeill, Linda Fabiani, Rhoda Grant, Robert Brown, Johann Lamont, Trish Godman, Elaine Smith

 

S1M-480# Dorothy-Grace Elder: Child Pornography and the Protection of Children—That the Parliament urges the Scottish Executive to set up an urgent investigation into new and better ways of protecting children from paedophiles in Glasgow and the menace of child pornography, including increasing the number of prosecutions and sentences for offenders, funding the cost of sufficient lines to Childline’s main Glasgow switchboard to enable more children to get through on the first call, investigating the shortage of social workers protecting children, and further investigating with information technology specialists how the users and providers of internet pornography can be apprehended and prosecuted more efficiently.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Mr Gil Paterson, Richard Lochhead, Irene McGugan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr John Swinney, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Shona Robison, Tricia Marwick, Brian Adam, Nick Johnston, Michael Matheson, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Fiona McLeod, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Kay Ullrich, Fergus Ewing, Dr Winnie Ewing, Andrew Wilson, Nicola Sturgeon, Mr Andrew Welsh, Ms Sandra White, Colin Campbell, Tommy Sheridan, Dennis Canavan, Alex Neil, Michael Russell, Robin Harper, Fiona Hyslop, Alasdair Morgan, Bruce Crawford, Ms Margo MacDonald, Alex Fergusson, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Donald Gorrie, Mrs Margaret Smith, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mr David Davidson, Phil Gallie

 

S1M-479# Mr Jamie Stone: Marketing of Food Products—That the Parliament recognises the quality of food products originating in Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross but agrees that better marketing and promotion of these products would greatly boost the local economy. R

Supported by: Rhoda Grant, Mr John Munro, Nora Radcliffe

 

S1M-478 Mr Jim Wallace: The Draft Sheriff Courts (Scotland) Act 1971 (Privative Jurisdiction and Summary Cause) Order 2000—That the Justice and Home Affairs Committee in consideration of the draft Sheriff Courts (Scotland) Act 1971 (Privative Jurisdiction and Summary Cause) Order 2000 recommends that the Order be approved.

 

S1M-476 Mr Jim Wallace: The Draft Small Claims (Scotland) Amendment Order—That the Justice and Home Affairs Committee in consideration of the draft Small Claims (Scotland) Amendment Order 2000 recommends that the Order be approved.

 

S1M-474# Richard Lochhead: Grampian Television—That the Parliament recognises the contribution made in the past by Grampian Television to the regional identity of the North East of Scotland and to the social cohesion of the diverse communities it services; notes the threat posed to the station by the Scottish Media Group’s proposals on re-organisation of its regional production department, which involve the shedding of jobs and a cut in pay levels; supports the high standard of regional broadcasting and the dedicated work of broadcasting professionals whose livelihoods are now under threat, and urges the Scottish Executive to state publicly its support for regional broadcasting.

Supported by: Shona Robison, Ben Wallace, Mr John McAllion, Kate Maclean, Irene McGugan, Brian Adam, Mr Jamie Stone, Nora Radcliffe, Mr John Munro, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr David Davidson, Lewis Macdonald, Fergus Ewing, Mr Keith Raffan, Tricia Marwick, Michael Russell R, Mr Gil Paterson, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tommy Sheridan, Alasdair Morgan, Andrew Wilson, Mr John Swinney, Mr Andrew Welsh, Linda Fabiani, Dr Winnie Ewing, Nick Johnston, Donald Gorrie, Mr Duncan Hamilton

 

S1M-472 Tommy Sheridan: Water Charges—That the Parliament notes with concern the impact of increased water charges on low-income households in Scotland; calls upon the Scottish Executive to bring forward a more radical plan to protect low-income households which should include a cap on households on income support, and agrees that the increase in water and sewerage charges should be no greater than the percentage increase in income support.

Supported by: Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Andrew Wilson, Linda Fabiani, Donald Gorrie

 

S1M-471 Fergus Ewing: "Castaway" Documentary—That the Parliament notes that the BBC documentary "Castaway" is reported to have cost around £2.5 million; believes that this is a misguided commission for the BBC to have undertaken and that it has caused considerable offence, not just in the Western Isles, and notes that these funds could have been used to produce a documentary series presenting positively the lives of people who actually live in the Highlands and who are often ignored by television or to ensure that all areas within the Highlands and Islands receive proper reception both of existing terrestrial services and developing digital ones.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Richard Lochhead, Dr Winnie Ewing, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Alex Neil, Nick Johnston, Christine Grahame, Colin Campbell, Mr David Davidson

 

S1M-470# Dr Elaine Murray: Crichton University Campus—That the Parliament notes and welcomes the excellent initiatives taken by all partners in the development of the Crichton University campus in Dumfries, in particular the collaboration between educational institutions, and urges the Scottish Executive to investigate this campus and this model of delivery as a basis for the development of a University for the South of Scotland and to give consideration to utilising the world class information and communication facilities available at this site by basing the Scottish University for Industry at the Crichton campus.

Supported by: David Mundell, Michael Russell, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mr Murray Tosh, Nick Johnston, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Tommy Sheridan, Alasdair Morgan, Alex Fergusson, Christine Grahame, Donald Gorrie, Phil Gallie

 

S1M-469# Mr Kenneth Gibson: Sleep Apnoea—That the Parliament recognises that a significant proportion of all road accidents resulting in death or serious injury are caused by sleepiness; notes the human misery caused by fatal road accidents, which cost an average of £1million each; notes that at least 1% of Scotland’s adult population has a medical cause for sleepiness; acknowledges the Royal College of Physicians’ observation that untreated sleep apnoea sufferers may have driving impairments comparable with other drivers over the legal limit of alcohol consumption; acknowledges that sleep apnoea is readily treatable with a machine costing £300 that lasts 10 years; welcomes the launch of the British Sleep Foundation which aims, in conjunction with the Scottish Association for Sleep Apnoea, to increase the public and professional understanding of sleep related disorders, to reduce driving accidents and other health and safety problems related to insufficient sleep and untreated sleep disorders and to advocate public policy change which promotes education, research and the NHS treatment, and recommends that the Parliament fully support these aims.

Supported by: David Mundell, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Robert Brown, Christine Grahame, Mary Scanlon, Donald Gorrie, Alasdair Morgan, Nora Radcliffe*

S1M-468 Hugh Henry: Nelson Mandela Tribute—That the Parliament welcomes the establishment of a web site to record tributes to Nelson Mandela and the contribution of the Prime Minister and other members of the UK Parliament to this celebration of the life, so far, of Nelson Mandela; asks that the First Minister should co-ordinate a similar tribute from the Scottish Parliament members to mark the unique and selfless contribution of Nelson Mandela to the civil and human rights movement, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to encourage schools and civic institutions across Scotland to participate in this project.

Supported by: Lewis Macdonald, Mrs Margaret Smith, Scott Barrie, Dr Elaine Murray, Helen Eadie, Mr Gil Paterson, Patricia Ferguson, Maureen Macmillan, Rhoda Grant, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Elaine Thomson, Cathy Peattie, Cathy Jamieson, Pauline McNeill, Mike Watson, Linda Fabiani, Robert Brown, Johann Lamont, Christine Grahame, Mr John McAllion, Allan Wilson, Donald Gorrie, Bristow Muldoon, Trish Godman, Dr Richard Simpson, Elaine Smith, Dr Winnie Ewing

 

S1M-467# Rhoda Grant: Scallop Fishing Industry—That the Parliament notes with deep concern the plight of scallop fishermen and farmers faced with the current closures under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985, and urges the Scottish Executive to implement a temporary regime of end product testing as a matter of urgency and to come forward with a regime of both monitoring and end product testing, along the lines of that proposed by the Association of Scottish Shellfish Growers, in order to ensure that the industry can continue to operate during periods of amnesic shellfish poisoning, diarrhetic shellfish poisoning and paralytic shellfish poisoning outbreaks and to protect the live scallop market when there are no outbreaks.

Supported by: Dr Elaine Murray, George Lyon, Irene McGugan, Alasdair Morgan, Richard Lochhead, Donald Gorrie, Elaine Smith

 

S1M-466 Alasdair Morgan: Raising of the Solway Harvester by the Manx Parliament—That the Parliament congratulates the Manx Government, the Tynwald and all other Isle of Man services on the speedy and efficient way in which they have dealt with the aftermath of the tragic loss of the Solway Harvester and commends the generosity of the Tynwald in its decision to fund the recovery of the vessel.

Supported by: Alex Fergusson, Michael Russell, David Mundell, Fiona McLeod, Dr Elaine Murray, Tricia Marwick, Mr Alex Salmond, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Linda Fabiani, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Gil Paterson, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr David Davidson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Fiona Hyslop, Cathy Jamieson, Mr John Swinney, Mr Brian Monteith, Mike Watson, Richard Lochhead, Christine Grahame, Donald Gorrie, Andrew Wilson, Phil Gallie

 

S1M-465# Scott Barrie: Positive Discipline of Children—That the Parliament believes that in a modern Scotland concerned with social justice for all there is no place for the concept of "reasonable chastisement" of children; that children should have the same protection under the law as adults from being hit; that a new, modern legislative framework would be the best basis from which to promote positive discipline; that such policies would keep more children safe, support families and assist in the development of a less violent, more caring society, and that failing to scrap the Victorian defence of "reasonable chastisement" and trying to define where a child can be hit, how a child can be hit and with what a child can be hit, is a recipe for confusion and fear for parents and fails children in the new millennium.

Supported by: Irene McGugan, Cathie Craigie, Fiona McLeod, Cathy Jamieson, Elaine Smith, Mr Kenneth Macintosh

 

S1M-464 David Mundell: Necessity of Cross Border Study—That the Parliament recognises the geographic reality that some students in the South of Scotland have no option but to study in the North of England through either the practicality of transport links or a social need to stay at home and attend the university course available at the place most conveniently near to their home; recognises that the choice of the place of study for these students is not simply an academic choice but is one of practicality and necessity, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to produce proposals which ensure that those students in the South of Scotland who require to study in the North of England out of geographic or social necessity rather than academic choice can do so on the same financial basis as students resident in Scotland studying in Scotland.

Supported by: Mr Brian Monteith, Nick Johnston, Tommy Sheridan, Bill Aitken, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Miss Annabel Goldie, Dr Elaine Murray, Mr Murray Tosh, Mr David Davidson, Alex Fergusson, Mary Scanlon, Phil Gallie

 

S1M-460 Mr Jack McConnell: Standards in Scotland's Schools etc. Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Standards in Scotland’s Schools etc. Bill, agrees to the following expenditure out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund—

 

  1. expenditure of the Scottish Administration in consequence of the Act; and
  2. increases attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of the Fund under any

other enactment.

 

S1M-458# Elaine Smith: Methadone Programme—That the Parliament expresses its condolences and sympathy for the family and friends of 15-year-old Kerry Ann Kirk from Coatbridge who died in a tragic drugs related incident over the Christmas period; welcomes the announcement by the Deputy Minister for Justice that tightened controls on prescribing practices for methadone drug treatment programmes are to be introduced, and hopes that tragic circumstances such as those surrounding Kerry Ann’s death can be prevented from recurring.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mike Watson, Rhoda Grant

 

S1M-457 Mr Kenny MacAskill: Scottish Flight Supplements—That the Parliament notes the outrageous flight supplements charged on holiday flights from Scotland; acknowledges that there is no justification for the supplements currently administered on Scottish flights; and calls upon the Scottish Executive to make representations to Her Majesty’s Government in support of an Office of Fair Trading inquiry into the level of supplements charged on Scottish holiday flights.

Supported by: Fiona Hyslop, Michael Russell, Fergus Ewing, Shona Robison, Tricia Marwick, Brian Adam, Linda Fabiani, Mr Gil Paterson, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Ms Sandra White, Andrew Wilson, Donald Gorrie

 

S1M-456# Fiona Hyslop: Car Park Charges—That the Parliament notes with grave concern the proposals by West Lothian Healthcare NHS Trust to charge for car parking at St John’s Hospital in Livingston as a method of funding essential local NHS services; recognises the difficulties this will cause for patients, staff and visitors and calls upon the Trust to meet urgently with the Executive and West Lothian Council to resolve this matter.

Supported by: Mr Kenny MacAskill, Ms Margo MacDonald, Kay Ullrich, Michael Russell, Fergus Ewing, Michael Matheson, Tricia Marwick, Brian Adam, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Linda Fabiani, Shona Robison, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Nicola Sturgeon, Mr Gil Paterson, Irene McGugan, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Tommy Sheridan, Alasdair Morgan, Andrew Wilson, Donald Gorrie

 

S1M-454 Mr Brian Monteith: Duty on Cigars—That the Parliament notes the threat posed to the future of Scotland’s specialist tobacco retailers by the declining sales of large cigars, which have fallen 64% over the past decade and are still declining; acknowledges that UK duty on cigars is the highest in Europe, and calls upon Her Majesty's Government to give consideration to replacing the present weight related duty on cigars by duty on a specific per unit basis, which would simplify the calculation and collection of tax duty, and could increase revenue overall as a result of the potential reduction in personal imports and illegal trafficking.

 

S1M-453 Fergus Ewing: Campaign Against Higher Business Rates in Scotland—That the Parliament notes that the Scottish Executive is proposing a provisional non domestic rate poundage for the year 2000-01 of 45.8 pence, whereas the figures for England and Wales are respectively 41.6 pence and 41.2 pence; notes that the Scottish Executive have accordingly abandoned the uniform business rate policy; fears that this will make Scotland a less attractive location in the UK for large businesses and that this is a retrograde step that will harm the Scottish corporate sector and undermine the benefits received from the harmonisation of cross border business rates in the 1995 re-valuation; calls upon the Executive to re-visit the calculation of the poundage rate and ensure the continuation of the UBR across the UK; to bring forward proposals to provide for smaller businesses a method of relief which remedies the unfair burden which they face in their business rates bills and to esimate what impact its policy of higher business rates for Scotland will have on the level of unemployment and the Scottish economy over the next five years.

Supported by: Alasdair Morgan, Brian Adam, Alex Neil, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Christine Grahame, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Adam Ingram, Andrew Wilson

 

S1M-451 Mr Kenny MacAskill: Lothian and Borders Police—That the Parliament, recognising the additional burden placed on Lothian and Borders Police by the arrival of the Parliament and the security and public safety implications thereof, notes that in London additional resources are made available to the Metropolitan Police; seeks that due cognisance be given of this situation; and recognises the importance of ensuring that sufficient and adequate resources are made available to the Lothian and Borders Police to meet the additional requirements facing them.

Supported by: Andrew Wilson, Fiona Hyslop, Alasdair Morgan, Mr Murray Tosh, Christine Grahame, Mrs Margaret Smith, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr David Davidson, Ms Sandra White, Donald Gorrie

 

S1M-450 Mr Brian Monteith: Committee of Inquiry into Sex Education—That the Parliament supports the establishment of an official committee of enquiry to consider the provision of sex education in Scottish schools, with a remit to ensure that relationships form the context for discussion and teaching of this subject, and to establish clear guidelines, enforceable by law, of what topics and materials are appropriate for pupils of varying age, experience and maturity; and that repeal of section 2A of the Local Government Act 1986 be postponed until the Parliament is able to consider a report of such an enquiry.

Supported by: Phil Gallie, Ben Wallace, Mary Scanlon, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Alex Johnstone, Bill Aitken, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, David Mundell, Nick Johnston, John Young, Mr Murray Tosh, Mr David Davidson, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr Keith Harding, Alex Fergusson

 

S1M-449 Mr Brian Monteith: Extending the Section 28 Consultation Period—That the Parliament notes that a fifth of responses to the Scottish Executive’s consultation on Section 28 arrived after the closing date for submissions; that its circular inviting responses was not as wide as it might have been, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to extend the consultation period for at least a further month.

Supported by: Mr Keith Harding, Fergus Ewing, Mr David Davidson, Nick Johnston, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mr Jamie McGrigor

 

S1M-448 Fergus Ewing: Highland Virtual Airline Company—That the Parliament supports the proposal by the Highland Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Inverness Chamber of Commerce to establish a community owned "virtual" airline company in order to seek to secure landing slots at London Heathrow Airport; believes that it is vital for the economy of the Highlands and Islands that there should be a method of protecting slots for Inverness, as for other regional centres at prime hub airports and that there should be recognised a public service obligation on the London Heathrow route to guarantee a slot on the grounds of economic necessity and peripherality; and calls upon the Scottish Executive to make explicit their support for this initiative.

Supported by: Andrew Wilson, Alasdair Morgan, Brian Adam, Alex Neil, Tricia Marwick, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Adam Ingram, Donald Gorrie

 

S1M-447 Nicola Sturgeon: Commissioner for Children and Young People—That the Parliament calls for the establishment of the post of Commissioner for Children and Young People to act as an impartial advocate of children’s rights, to ensure the implementation and systematic monitoring of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and to consider legislation and policy from the perspective of children and young people.

Supported by: Fiona McLeod, Andrew Wilson, Alasdair Morgan, Alex Neil, Irene McGugan, Tommy Sheridan, Tricia Marwick, Michael Russell, Colin Campbell, Linda Fabiani, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Gil Paterson, Michael Matheson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Fiona Hyslop, Robert Brown, Elaine Smith, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr John McAllion, Scott Barrie, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Donald Gorrie, Trish Godman

 

S1M-446 Tommy Sheridan: Precious Life—That the Parliament condemns the intimidating and undemocratic activities of the anti-abortion campaign, Precious Life; and defends the right of women in Scotland to attend family planning clinics and pregnancy advice centres free from harassment.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Shona Robison, Christine Grahame, Linda Fabiani, Ms Sandra White, Pauline McNeill, Robert Brown

 

S1M-445 Tommy Sheridan: Circuses—That the Parliament expresses its concern that, despite the revelation in 1999 in an English court that training of animals to perform circus acts can involve severe cruelty, animals continue to be used in circuses; notes that even the best circuses offer animals a very basic and extremely restricted existence, with elephants chained for 23 hours a day, with big cats and domestic dogs kept in small cages, and horses and other animals tethered in cramped stalls, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to take action to end the practise of using animals in circus acts in Scotland.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Shona Robison, Scott Barrie, Christine Grahame, Janis Hughes, Nick Johnston, Dr Elaine Murray, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Gil Paterson, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Cathy Jamieson, Dr Winnie Ewing, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Elaine Smith, Fiona Hyslop

 

S1M-445.1 Scott Barrie: Circuses—As an amendment to motion (S1M-445) in the name of Tommy Sheridan, insert at end "and congratulates Fife Council on their decision this month to ban all animal circuses on council owned land."

 

S1M-444 Dr Richard Simpson: Committee on Substance Abuse—That the Parliament agrees to establish a committee on substance abuse with members drawn from the Social Inclusion, Housing and Voluntary Sector, Justice and Home Affairs, Health and Community Care, Education, Culture and Sport and any other relevant committees.

Supported by: Dr Sylvia Jackson, Mary Scanlon, Mr Keith Raffan, Brian Adam, Kate Maclean, David Mundell, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Ms Margo MacDonald, Fiona Hyslop, Dr Elaine Murray, Ms Irene Oldfather, Tommy Sheridan, Nick Johnston, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Gil Paterson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Adam Ingram, Alex Neil, Mr David Davidson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Elaine Thomson, Rhoda Grant, Robert Brown, Christine Grahame, Nora Radcliffe, Donald Gorrie

 

S1M-443# Euan Robson: Rail Travel for the Blind—That the Parliament welcomes the concessionary travel scheme developed for the blind in Scotland but requests that Great North Eastern Railways and Virgin Trains participate in the scheme when Scottish residents who qualify use the railway station at Berwick upon Tweed during their journey.

Supported by: Tavish Scott, Robert Brown, Mr Jamie Stone, Nora Radcliffe, Christine Grahame, Nick Johnston, David Mundell, Dr Elaine Murray, Mr David Davidson, Cathy Jamieson, Rhoda Grant, Ian Jenkins, Donald Gorrie, Phil Gallie

 

S1M-442 Mr Duncan Hamilton: Air Passenger Duty and Passenger Service Charges—That the Parliament notes the review of Air Passenger Duty announced in the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s pre-Budget Statement; further notes that air services both within and to the Highlands and Islands provide not only vital lifeline links but are central to the economic development of the area; supports an exemption for all flights from airports within the Highlands and Islands to all airports in the UK and calls on the Chancellor’s review to examine also the detrimental effect current passenger service charges have on rural and island economies.

Supported by: Kay Ullrich, Mr Andrew Welsh, Linda Fabiani, Andrew Wilson, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Bruce Crawford, Mr Gil Paterson, Colin Campbell, Shona Robison, Alasdair Morgan, Alex Neil, Fergus Ewing, Tricia Marwick, Brian Adam, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Donald Gorrie

 

S1M-441 Mr Brian Monteith: Commitment to Reducing Class Sizes—That the Parliament deplores the Scottish Executive‘s decision to break its commitment to spend savings from the abolition of the assisted places scheme on reducing class sizes; notes that these funds have instead been earmarked to fund rescue packages for Scottish Opera and the National Stadium project at Hampden, and believes that any savings within the arts and sports budgets or funding from the Executive’s contingency provisions should have been utilised first.

Supported by: Nick Johnston, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Alex Johnstone, David McLetchie, Mr David Davidson, Mr Murray Tosh, Ben Wallace, Alex Fergusson, Mary Scanlon, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Tommy Sheridan, David Mundell, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Phil Gallie

 

S1M-441.1 Karen Whitefield: Commitment to Reducing Class Sizes—As an amendment to motion (S1M-441) in the name of Mr Brian Monteith, leave out from "deplores" to end and insert "welcomes the Scottish Executive’s continuing commitment to fulfilling targets for reducing class sizes, recognises the significant improvements in this area, and notes that the additional money for Scottish Opera and the National Stadium project at Hampden did not in any way detract from this commitment."

Supported by: Dr Elaine Murray, Elaine Thomson, Dr Richard Simpson

 

S1M-436# Cathy Jamieson: Compensation Claims By Former Miners—That the Parliament is concerned that there have been delays in the settlement of compensation claims by ex-miners in Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley and in other areas of Scotland who are suffering emphysema, chronic bronchitis or vibration white finger as a consequence of their employment, that payments for settled claims and lawyers’ fees are to be met from the miners’ own pension funds, that many miners are being retested following confirmation that they are suffering from these diseases and that questions have been raised in former mining communities regarding the relevant experience of medically qualified personnel involved in the assessment of claims; welcomes the work undertaken by Westminster colleagues in securing the establishment of the monitoring group involving trade union representatives; recommends making further representations to Her Majesty’s Government on this issue, and calls for measures to ensure that medically qualified staff involved in the claims process in Scotland have previous expertise in diagnosing emphysema, chronic bronchitis and vibration white finger.

Supported by: Tricia Marwick, Scott Barrie, Mr Brian Monteith, Helen Eadie, Margaret Jamieson, Bruce Crawford, Ben Wallace, Johann Lamont, Mr Adam Ingram, Cathie Craigie, Alasdair Morgan, Shona Robison, Alex Neil, Fiona Hyslop, Hugh Henry, Christine Grahame, Dennis Canavan, Tommy Sheridan, David Mundell, Dr Elaine Murray, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr David Davidson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Ms Sandra White, Elaine Smith, Mr John McAllion, Allan Wilson, Donald Gorrie, Trish Godman

 

S1M-435# Dorothy-Grace Elder: Slopping Out in Scottish Prisons—That the Parliament agrees that urgent action must be taken in the 21st century to end "slopping out" at affected Scottish prisons, particularly Barlinnie Prison, Glasgow which is 90% without basic sanitation; acknowledges that Barlinnie cannot start its third century with this stomach churning and degrading practice continuing and that the practice of emptying chamber pots around five times a day is not only inhumane for prisoners but for also for staff who supervise and who deplore the practice; notes that Barlinnie’s high international status as an innovative prison and its excellent rehabilitation work is impaired seriously by the time consumed by slopping out, with around 400 staff hours a day wasted away from essential rehabilitation work with prisoners due to the security need to be on duty at sluice rooms, and urges that the money removed from the Scottish Prison Service budget for the Drugs Enforcement Agency must not result in any delay to plans to end slopping out as feared by prison officers.

Supported by: Mr Brian Monteith, Ms Sandra White, Nicola Sturgeon, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Fiona McLeod, Richard Lochhead, Bruce Crawford, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Brian Adam, Colin Campbell, Mr John Swinney, Mr Gil Paterson, Christine Grahame, Dr Winnie Ewing, Alasdair Morgan, Irene McGugan, Kay Ullrich, Andrew Wilson, Michael Matheson, Tricia Marwick, Shona Robison, Alex Neil, Dennis Canavan, Tommy Sheridan, Nick Johnston, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr David Davidson, Fiona Hyslop, Robert Brown, Mary Scanlon, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Donald Gorrie, Phil Gallie

 

S1M-434 Karen Whitefield: Drugs Deaths—That the Parliament expresses its sympathies for the families of those who died in Lanarkshire over the Christmas period as a result of drug misuse; recognises the need for a range of responses to the problem of drug misuse including education programmes, harm reduction, rehabilitation and law enforcement, and welcomes the Scottish Executive’s continued commitment to tackling this problem.

Supported by: Scott Barrie, Mr Michael McMahon, Cathie Craigie, Ms Irene Oldfather, Cathy Jamieson, Pauline McNeill, Rhoda Grant, Elaine Smith, Mr John McAllion, Trish Godman

 

S1M-432# Cathy Jamieson: Rural Poverty—That the Parliament notes that a report in 1995 by Strathclyde Regional Council highlighted rural poverty in the Strathclyde area, particularly in Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley; welcomes the establishment of social inclusion partnerships to address this situation; believes that there is a need to adopt a Scottish wide approach when considering rural poverty, and calls for an enquiry into the extent and nature of rural poverty throughout Scotland.

Supported by: Mr Brian Monteith, Margaret Jamieson, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Murray Tosh, Irene McGugan, Christine Grahame, Tommy Sheridan, David Mundell, Dr Elaine Murray, Alex Neil, Mr David Davidson, Rhoda Grant, Richard Lochhead, Mary Scanlon, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenneth Macintosh

 

S1M-431 Mr Gil Paterson: Mike Tyson—That the Parliament notes with grave concern the deplorable action taken by the Home Secretary, Jack Straw, in granting Mike Tyson, a convicted rapist, entry into the UK; recognises the great disrespect that this action shows to victims of rape; calls upon the Home Secretary to reverse his decision and to ensure that in the future financial reasons do not take precedence over ethical and legal reasons when considering the entry of convicted criminals into the UK, and congratulates Justice for Women for their action taken in the High Court to attempt to have this decision overturned.

Supported by: Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Alasdair Morgan, Alex Neil, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Robin Harper, Linda Fabiani, Tricia Marwick, Dr Winnie Ewing, Irene McGugan, Shona Robison, Mr Adam Ingram, Fergus Ewing, Mike Watson, Tommy Sheridan, Colin Campbell, Andrew Wilson, Fiona McLeod, Ms Sandra White, Christine Grahame, Nick Johnston, Mr David Davidson

 

S1M-429 Tommy Sheridan: Capital Receipt Set-Aside Rules—That the Parliament notes the Scottish Executive’s insistence on continuing to apply Tory capital receipt set-aside rules across Scotland’s local authorities; further notes that a Scottish Executive instruction to disregard the capital receipt set-aside rule would release immediately £138.6 million to be spent on local authority housing, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to rescind the capital receipt set-aside rules immediately in order to allow approximately 69,000 council homes in Scotland to be fitted with either double-glazed windows or central heating systems.

Supported by: Johann Lamont, Dr Elaine Murray, Ms Sandra White, Cathy Jamieson, Donald Gorrie, Trish Godman

 

S1M-428 Mr Duncan Hamilton: Centre for Crofting and Farming Training—That the Parliament notes the strong crofting tradition in Sutherland and the recent description of the area as ‘a desert for further and higher education’; notes that Drummuie Farm and Technical School in Golspie would be a potential base for a Centre for Crofting and Farming Training, and calls upon the University of the Highlands and Islands, the community of Golspie and Highland Council to work together to explore this and other options for the area.

Supported by: Alasdair Morgan, Michael Russell, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr Brian Monteith, Fergus Ewing, Colin Campbell, Shona Robison, Alex Neil, Mr David Davidson, Mary Scanlon

 

S1M-427# Mr Duncan Hamilton: National Goose Forum Report—That the Parliament acknowledges the financial burden placed on the people of Islay of supporting approximately 70% of the world’s population of Greenland geese; notes that urgent action is required to alleviate the difficulties faced by the island’s livestock and crofting communities caused by the annual migration, and calls for the early publication of the Final Report by the National Goose Forum.

Supported by: Alasdair Morgan, Michael Russell, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr Brian Monteith, Fergus Ewing, Dr Winnie Ewing, Colin Campbell, Andrew Wilson, Mr David Davidson

 

S1M-426# David Mundell: Rural Pubs and Small Hotels—That the Parliament recognises that in many rural communities the local pub or hotel plays an important role in the social fabric of those communities; notes with concern that there has been a significant increase in the closure of such pubs and hotels, and recommends that consideration be given to extending the system of rates relief which currently applies to shops and sub-post offices to pubs and small hotels as they play a key role in the survival of their communities.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Mr Keith Harding, Nick Johnston, Mr Brian Monteith, Alex Fergusson, Donald Gorrie, Bruce Crawford, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mary Scanlon, Brian Adam, Mr Murray Tosh, Christine Grahame, Fergus Ewing, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Alex Neil, Mr David Davidson, Phil Gallie

 

S1M-425# Tavish Scott: Exemption from Air Passenger Duty—That the Parliament notes the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s consultation exercise on the possible introduction of an exemption from Air Passenger Duty for flights from the Highlands and Islands; further notes that air services within the Highlands and Islands provide lifeline links, particularly for those needing medical services on the Scottish mainland, and supports an exemption for all flights from Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles to other Highlands and Islands and Scottish airports.

Supported by: George Lyon, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr John Munro, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Tricia Marwick, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Adam Ingram, Donald Gorrie, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mary Scanlon, Shona Robison, Alex Neil, Mrs Margaret Smith, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr David Davidson, Alasdair Morgan, Rhoda Grant, Linda Fabiani

 

S1M-424 Mr Brian Monteith: Religion in the 2001 Census—That the Parliament notes that a question on religious belief will be included in the forthcoming census in England, Wales and Northern Ireland; and calls for a question on religion to be included in the national census of Scotland in 2001.

Supported by: Alex Johnstone, Mary Scanlon, Ben Wallace, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Michael Russell, Mr Keith Harding, Nick Johnston, Irene McGugan, Donald Gorrie, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr David Davidson, Shona Robison, Brian Adam, Mr Kenneth Gibson, John Young, Dennis Canavan, Dr Winnie Ewing

 

S1M-423# Dr Richard Simpson: Non-Housing Building Consents—That the Parliament notes the problems that smaller local authorities have with the size of non-housing building consents in respect of significant capital projects and in particular the problems faced by Clackmannanshire Council, the smallest mainland authority, where the consequences for completing vital infrastructure projects such as the A907 are problematic, and calls upon the Executive to investigate a flexible approach which recognises the problems of scale.

Supported by: Dr Sylvia Jackson, Cathy Peattie, Scott Barrie, Des McNulty, Helen Eadie, Donald Gorrie, Nick Johnston, Rhoda Grant, Mr Kenneth Gibson

 

S1M-421 Nicola Sturgeon: Musical Instrument Tuition—That the Parliament notes that participation in music can enhance young people’s attainment in numeracy and literacy, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to recognise the difficulties faced by local authorities in maintaining provision for musical instrument tuition for young people, and to recognise the need to provide increased central funding to support such provision and allow Scottish local authorities to give opportunities to all young people who wish to benefit from the experience of playing a musical instrument.

Supported by: Fiona McLeod, Andrew Wilson, Michael Matheson, Kay Ullrich, Michael Russell, Alasdair Morgan, Shona Robison, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Linda Fabiani, Alex Neil, Mr Gil Paterson, Tricia Marwick, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Irene McGugan, Mr Adam Ingram, Dr Winnie Ewing, Donald Gorrie, Bruce Crawford, Colin Campbell, Fergus Ewing, Ms Sandra White, Christine Grahame, Nick Johnston, Brian Adam, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Nora Radcliffe*

S1M-419 Dorothy-Grace Elder: The Glasgow Edinburgh Financial Divide—That the Parliament recognises the special problems of Glasgow, particularly in relation to unemployment and the widening gulf between Glasgow and Edinburgh which results in Glasgow having double the unemployment of the capital, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to ensure that key departments are transferred to Glasgow to alleviate unemployment; to support Glasgow being granted metropolitan status, and to allocate a special budget to tackle poverty urgently.

Supported by: Ms Sandra White, Alasdair Morgan, Mr Gil Paterson, Tricia Marwick, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Adam Ingram, Andrew Wilson, Fiona McLeod, Tommy Sheridan, Christine Grahame

 

S1M-418 Mr Kenneth Gibson: Suicide—That the Parliament notes with deep concern the death of 874 Scots by their own hand in 1998; is aware that since 1984 the proportion of male Scots aged 35 or under whose deaths can be attributed to suicide has increased from one in nine to one in four, and for females from one in twenty to one in seven in the same age category, making suicide the most common cause of death in young Scots; recognises that in Scotland the suicide rate for males and females of all age groups is 32 and 10 respectively per 100,000 and increasing, whereas in England it is 18 and 6 per 100,000 and decreasing; believes the reasons for suicide to be complex, multi-functional and poorly understood, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to commission, at the earliest date possible, wide ranging, comprehensive research into the issue of suicide, analysing what makes people take their own lives, why the suicide rate in Scotland is increasing, why particular groups in society are more vulnerable than others, how other countries prevent suicide, and introducing an early warning system of diagnosis and intervention.

Supported by: Alasdair Morgan, Shona Robison, Michael Russell, Mr Brian Monteith, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Mary Scanlon, Andrew Wilson, Fiona McLeod, Christine Grahame, Tommy Sheridan, Mrs Margaret Smith, Rhoda Grant, Tricia Marwick, Brian Adam, Mr David Davidson, Fiona Hyslop, Robert Brown, Fergus Ewing, Dr Richard Simpson, Ben Wallace, Mr Kenneth Macintosh

 

S1M-417 Tommy Sheridan: General Pinochet—That the Parliament notes with deep concern that the Home Secretary, Jack Straw, "is minded" not to proceed with the extradition of General Pinochet on the grounds that he would be unfit to stand trial now or at any time in the future; believes that this flies in the face of the human rights of the victims of torture under General Pinochet’s military regime and their relatives who need justice to be done, and calls upon the Home Secretary to agree to extradite General Pinochet to Spain.

Supported by: Dennis Canavan, Alex Neil, Shona Robison, Scott Barrie, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Linda Fabiani, Kay Ullrich, Mr Gil Paterson, Tricia Marwick, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Adam Ingram, Ms Margaret Curran, Cathy Jamieson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Fiona McLeod, Hugh Henry, Christine Grahame, Ms Sandra White, Nicola Sturgeon, Elaine Smith

 

S1M-416# Michael Matheson: Football Supporters-Shareholders Trust—That the Parliament acknowledges that football fans have an important role to play in the running of their respective clubs, and considers that a supporters-shareholders trust should be established in order to assist in securing a supporters’ representative on football club boards.

Supported by: Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Linda Fabiani, Alasdair Morgan, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Kay Ullrich, Alex Neil, Nicola Sturgeon, Tricia Marwick, Michael Russell, Dr Winnie Ewing, Donald Gorrie, Cathy Jamieson, Colin Campbell, Andrew Wilson, Fiona McLeod, Brian Adam, Ms Sandra White, Fiona Hyslop, Dennis Canavan, Tommy Sheridan, Mr John McAllion R, Hugh Henry, Mike Watson

 

S1M-415 Mr Alex Salmond: New Entrants to the Scottish League—That the Parliament congratulates Peterhead and Elgin City Football Clubs on their success in joining the Scottish Football League; believes that both teams will be a major addition to the league, and wishes them every success for the future.

Supported by: Mrs Margaret Ewing, Brian Adam, Richard Lochhead, Mr David Davidson, Fergus Ewing, Shona Robison, Alasdair Morgan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Brian Monteith, Andrew Wilson, Fiona McLeod, Dennis Canavan, Tommy Sheridan, Nick Johnston, Rhoda Grant, Ms Sandra White

 

S1M-415.1 Mr Brian Monteith: New Entrants to the Scottish League—As an amendment to motion (S1M-415) in the name of Mr Alex Salmond, insert at end "and calls upon the Scottish Football League to introduce a promotion and relegation system for the final place in its third division, to act as an incentive to raise footballing standards and attract investment among non-league and league clubs alike.

Supported by: Phil Gallie, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, David Mundell, Mary Scanlon, David McLetchie, Mr David Davidson, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Keith Harding, Dennis Canavan, Nick Johnston

 

S1M-414# Michael Russell: Irvine Elderly Forum—That the Parliament congratulates Irvine Elderly Forum on its work to highlight the many difficulties faced by Scotland’s pensioners and supports its campaign for a decent pensioner income following the insulting 75 pence a week increase in the state pension announced recently by Her Majesty’s Government.

Supported by: Kay Ullrich, Richard Lochhead, Fergus Ewing, Alasdair Morgan, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Donald Gorrie, Andrew Wilson, Fiona McLeod, Shona Robison, Christine Grahame, Tommy Sheridan, Nicola Sturgeon, Colin Campbell, Tricia Marwick, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Brian Adam, Linda Fabiani, Irene McGugan, Dr Winnie Ewing

 

S1M-412 Richard Lochhead: Nigel Tranter—That the Parliament records the gratitude of the people of Scotland to the late Nigel Tranter, one of Scotland’s greatest storytellers, for his contribution to the campaign for a Scottish Parliament, rediscovery and restoration of the fortified houses of Scotland and his role in making Scotland’s history accessible to her people.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Alasdair Morgan, Mr Andrew Welsh, Irene McGugan, Mr John Swinney, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Michael Matheson, Nicola Sturgeon, Andrew Wilson, Linda Fabiani, Brian Adam, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Kay Ullrich, Michael Russell, Fiona Hyslop, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr David Davidson, Shona Robison, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Keith Harding, David Mundell, Nick Johnston, David McLetchie, Mr George Reid, Mr Brian Monteith, Alex Neil, Tricia Marwick, Mr Adam Ingram, Donald Gorrie, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Fiona McLeod, Mr Murray Tosh, Christine Grahame, Dennis Canavan, Robert Brown, Colin Campbell, Mr Jamie Stone, Mary Scanlon, Nora Radcliffe, Ian Jenkins, Mrs Margaret Smith, Euan Robson, Elaine Smith

 

S1M-411# Mr Kenny MacAskill: Harewood Park and Meggetland Development—That the Parliament acknowledges the importance of National Planning Policy Guideline 11 for the continued maintenance and preservation of playing fields and sports pitches; notes with concern the development proposals for Harewood Park and Meggetland in the City of Edinburgh and reiterates to local authorities and other bodies the necessity of wherever possible preserving and enhancing green space in urban Scotland.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Alex Neil, Shona Robison, Linda Fabiani, Irene McGugan, Michael Matheson, Mrs Margaret Smith, Donald Gorrie, Robin Harper, David McLetchie, Ms Margo MacDonald, Fiona Hyslop, Fergus Ewing, Alasdair Morgan, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Nick Johnston, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Gil Paterson, Tricia Marwick, Mr Adam Ingram, Colin Campbell, Andrew Wilson, Fiona McLeod, Mr David Davidson, Dennis Canavan

 

S1M-407 Robin Harper: Cubie Report—That the Parliament agrees that the recommendations of the Cubie Report be accepted, that maintenance grants be re-introduced, and that any contributions from graduates be required as specified in the Cubie Report, and that no student should pay tuition fees while engaged in a full time course of study. R

S1M-404 Nora Radcliffe: Sandra Gregory—That the Parliament supports the application by Sandra Gregory for a Royal Pardon from the King of Thailand on which a decision is expected shortly; notes that she was a first time offender and seriously ill when committing the crime which led to her arrest in Thailand; acknowledges that she is serving a disproportionately high sentence compared to that which she would have received from a British judge; notes that an application for a Royal Pardon is an integral part of the Thai judicial system; fears that the current refusal by Her Majesty’s Government to support her application may be interpreted by the Thai authorities as a lack of support; notes the groundswell of public and political support for her immediate release from HMP Cookham Wood; is concerned that it will be a further two years before she can re-apply for a Royal Pardon, and calls upon the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to support her application to the King of Thailand.

Supported by: Alex Fergusson, Irene McGugan, Tommy Sheridan, Michael Russell, David McLetchie, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Alex Neil, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Mike Rumbles, Euan Robson, Robert Brown, Tavish Scott, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr John Munro, Ian Jenkins, Donald Gorrie, Mr Keith Raffan, George Lyon, Mr David Davidson, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Nick Johnston, Mrs Margaret Smith, Cathy Jamieson, Trish Godman, Mr Kenneth Macintosh

 

S1M-403# Mr Adam Ingram: Out-of-Town Development at Girvan—That the Parliament acknowledges the importance of National Planning Policy Guideline 8 for the continued vitality and viability of our town centres and agrees to promote measures to ensure that these guidelines are adhered to in the consideration of planning permission for the Bridgefield out-of-town development site at Girvan.

Supported by: Alasdair Morgan, Robin Harper, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Gil Paterson, Michael Russell, Richard Lochhead, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Kay Ullrich, Alex Neil, Andrew Wilson, Fiona McLeod

 

S1M-402# David Mundell: Dumfries and Galloway Standard's Millennium Jobs Crusade—That the Parliament notes with regret the continuing economic difficulties facing Dumfries and Galloway; congratulates the Dumfries and Galloway Standard on its Millennium Jobs Crusade initiative in partnership with the Employment Service, the Careers Service and Dumfries and Galloway Enterprise to get more than 100 unemployed people in Dumfries and Galloway into work in the year 2000; calls upon the Scottish Executive to do all it can to support the initiative, and wishes the newspaper every success in achieving its objective.

Supported by: Alex Fergusson, Phil Gallie, Christine Grahame, Robin Harper, Michael Russell, Mr Murray Tosh, Alasdair Morgan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Nick Johnston, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Dr Elaine Murray, Cathy Jamieson

 

S1M-401 Mr Kenneth Gibson: Third World Debt—That the Parliament welcomes the decision by Her Majesty’s Government to write off the debts of some of the world’s poorest countries and recognises that a key element of this policy is to ensure that resources thus freed will be spent on priorities such as education, health and the eradication of poverty, and urges other First World governments to follow the United Kingdom’s lead in writing off Third World Debt.

Supported by: Alasdair Morgan, Robin Harper, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Rhoda Grant, Maureen Macmillan, Linda Fabiani, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Michael Russell, Richard Lochhead, Shona Robison, Brian Adam, Pauline McNeill, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Margaret Jamieson, Bruce Crawford, Mike Watson, Cathy Jamieson, Andrew Wilson, Fiona Hyslop, Hugh Henry, Mr Mike Rumbles, Christine Grahame, Dr Elaine Murray, Ms Irene Oldfather, Tricia Marwick, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Trish Godman, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Elaine Smith, Nora Radcliffe*

S1M-400 Mr Kenneth Gibson: Compensation for British Former Prisoners of the Japanese—That the Parliament acknowledges the barbarous way British former prisoners of the Japanese were treated whilst in captivity during World War Two; recognises Her Majesty's Government’s deliberate and secret decision of 1955 not to claim reparations on behalf of the Far East Prisoners of War (FEPOWs) under the 1951 San Francisco peace treaty; notes the recent Canadian Government decision to pay each of its surviving former prisoners of the Japanese an ex-gratia sum of approximately £10000, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to make representations to Her Majesty's Government to urgently do likewise, given the advancing years, declining health and dwindling numbers of Britain’s surviving FEPOWs.

Supported by: Alasdair Morgan, Robin Harper, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Phil Gallie, Ben Wallace, Mr David Davidson, Michael Russell, Brian Adam, Kay Ullrich, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Andrew Wilson, Fergus Ewing, Christine Grahame, Tricia Marwick, Colin Campbell, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr John McAllion, Mr Andrew Welsh, Elaine Smith

 

S1M-399 Mr Kenneth Gibson: Dyslexia—That the Parliament recognises that 10% of the population suffer from some degree of dyslexia and that 3% require intensive, special tuition at primary school age to acquire even basic skills in reading, writing and numeracy; notes with concern that half the prison population is dyslexic and the evidence this displays of our historic neglect of remedial education; calls upon the Scottish Executive to recognise dyslexia as a disability and ensure that all local authorities do so too, and urges the Scottish Executive to make additional resources available to local authorities to enable them to undertake early assessments for dyslexia and provide additional educational support for dyslexic children.

Supported by: Alasdair Morgan, Robin Harper, Maureen Macmillan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Richard Lochhead, Cathy Jamieson, Brian Adam, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Margaret Jamieson, Shona Robison, Fergus Ewing, Christine Grahame, Dr Elaine Murray, Tricia Marwick, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Elaine Smith, Mr John McAllion

 

S1M-398# David Mundell: BBC 2 Scotland Reception—That the Parliament notes that a significant number of people in south west Scotland have difficulty in receiving BBC 2 Scotland transmissions thus depriving them of the opportunity to view many important Scottish social, cultural, sporting and political events and programmes; notes that BBC Scotland regards this as a matter of considerable concern and is currently examining the potential for improvements to both analogue and digital transmissions, and calls upon BBC Scotland to use its best endeavours to achieve these improvements as quickly as possible so that everyone in Scotland has the same access to BBC 2 transmissions.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Michael Russell, Alex Fergusson, Miss Annabel Goldie, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Nick Johnston, Phil Gallie, Mr Murray Tosh, Alasdair Morgan, Mr Keith Harding, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Bill Aitken, David McLetchie, Mr Brian Monteith, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Dr Elaine Murray, Mr David Davidson, Cathy Jamieson, Linda Fabiani, Euan Robson

 

S1M-395 Mr Murray Tosh: The Impact of the Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries Order 1999—That the Parliament approves of the report of the Rural Affairs Committee on the Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries Order, 1999; calls upon the Scottish Executive to report the Scottish Parliament’s views to both Her Majesty’s Government and the House of Commons to amend the said Boundaries Order to establish the English/Scottish boundary for fishing purposes along the line of civil jurisdiction; and commends the Bill on this subject presented to Parliament by Archy Kirkwood MP.

Supported by: Mr Brian Monteith, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Alex Fergusson, David McLetchie, Mr Jamie McGrigor, David Mundell, Nick Johnston, Mr Keith Harding, Phil Gallie, Ben Wallace, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Donald Gorrie, Mary Scanlon, Mr David Davidson, Mr Mike Rumbles, Christine Grahame, Miss Annabel Goldie, Alex Johnstone, John Young, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Bill Aitken, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Alasdair Morgan, Euan Robson

 

S1M-391# Fiona Hyslop: Warm Deal—That the Parliament notes with concern the operation of the Warm Deal in Scotland with specific reference to the exclusion of central heating systems from grant eligibility and supports a review of the current operation of the Warm Deal to address this and other concerns.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Mr John McAllion, Bill Aitken, Richard Lochhead, Linda Fabiani, Andrew Wilson, Alasdair Morgan, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Margo MacDonald, Shona Robison, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Christine Grahame, Nick Johnston, Mr Keith Harding, Brian Adam, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Michael Russell, Mr David Davidson, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Nicola Sturgeon, Fergus Ewing, Kay Ullrich, Bruce Crawford, Mary Scanlon, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Fiona McLeod, Tricia Marwick, Ms Sandra White

 

S1M-380# Johann Lamont: Cross Examination During Sexual Crimes Trials—That the Parliament recognises the huge distress that can be caused to the victims of rape and other sexual crimes if accused persons are allowed to conduct their own defence and can cross examine victims, and urges the Scottish Executive to bring forward legislation as a matter of urgency which will bring the rights of victims in such cases into line with the new rights of victims in England and Wales.

Supported by: Elaine Smith, Margaret Jamieson, Trish Godman, Janis Hughes, Malcolm Chisholm, Irene McGugan, Ms Margaret Curran, Scott Barrie, Tommy Sheridan, Cathy Jamieson, Fiona McLeod, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Shona Robison, Maureen Macmillan R, Robin Harper, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Rhoda Grant, Bristow Muldoon, Paul Martin, Mr Andy Kerr, Patricia Ferguson, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Michael McMahon, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Linda Fabiani, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Elaine Thomson, Phil Gallie, Alex Fergusson, Mr Murray Tosh, Nick Johnston, Dr Richard Simpson, Karen Gillon, Mr Keith Harding, Bill Aitken, Pauline McNeill, Donald Gorrie, Mike Watson, Mr David Davidson, Cathie Craigie, Mr Duncan McNeil, Hugh Henry, Christine Grahame, Dr Elaine Murray, Dennis Canavan, Ms Irene Oldfather, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mrs Margaret Smith, Tricia Marwick, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mary Scanlon, Allan Wilson

 

S1M-377# Alex Neil: Malnutrition in Scotland: A Public Health Problem—That the Parliament recognises that malnutrition in Scotland is a serious public health problem; notes that up to 40% of people admitted to hospital are malnourished and the majority continue to lose weight in hospital; further recognises that the major burden of malnutrition lies in the community where one in ten post-operative, cancer and chronic disease patients are malnourished, accepts that many patients move between hospitals and the community on a "malnutrition carousel"; acknowledges that malnutrition has adverse clinical consequences such as post-surgical complications, delayed wound healing and impaired recovery from disease; further acknowledges that malnutrition costs the NHS millions of pounds each year in increased treatment costs and prolonged hospital stay; believes that unrecognised and untreated malnutrition has no place in a modern and dependable health service; welcomes the formation of the Malnutrition Advisory Group, made up of academics, clinicians and other health professionals to produce guidelines on the prevention, treatment and identification of malnutrition in the community, and supports working closely with this group to eradicate malnutrition in Scotland.

Supported by: Mr Gil Paterson, Ms Margo MacDonald, Dr Winnie Ewing, Nick Johnston, Tommy Sheridan, Colin Campbell, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Robert Brown, Richard Lochhead, Ms Sandra White, Linda Fabiani, Alex Fergusson, Fiona McLeod, Andrew Wilson, Alasdair Morgan, Nicola Sturgeon, Shona Robison, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr David Davidson, Christine Grahame, Mr Mike Rumbles, David Mundell, Robin Harper, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Irene McGugan, Mr Adam Ingram, Michael Russell, Fergus Ewing, Kay Ullrich, Donald Gorrie, Mary Scanlon, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Brian Adam, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Andrew Welsh, Mrs Margaret Smith, Tricia Marwick, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr John McAllion, Nora Radcliffe*

S1M-323 Brian Adam: Hepatitis C Inquiry—That the Parliament calls for an independent inquiry into hepatitis C and other infections of people with haemophilia contracted from contaminated blood products in Scotland.

Supported by: Hugh Henry, Margaret Jamieson, Ian Jenkins, Mary Scanlon, Mr John Swinney, Ms Irene Oldfather, Mr John McAllion, Kay Ullrich, Tommy Sheridan, Alex Fergusson, Michael Russell, Nick Johnston, Bristow Muldoon, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Dr Winnie Ewing, Richard Lochhead, Cathy Jamieson, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Fiona Hyslop, Donald Gorrie, Roseanna Cunningham, Alasdair Morgan, Colin Campbell, Michael Matheson, Patricia Ferguson, Mike Watson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Fergus Ewing, Karen Whitefield, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Fiona McLeod, Ben Wallace, Mr Keith Raffan, Mr David Davidson, Cathie Craigie, Kate Maclean, Shona Robison, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Trish Godman, Maureen Macmillan, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tavish Scott, Ms Margo MacDonald, Nicola Sturgeon, David McLetchie, Rhoda Grant, Robin Harper, Irene McGugan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Phil Gallie, Janis Hughes, Mr John Munro, Mr Mike Rumbles, Pauline McNeill, Alex Johnstone, Johann Lamont, Mr Murray Tosh, Ms Margaret Curran, David Mundell, Mr Duncan McNeil, Christine Grahame, Dennis Canavan, Tricia Marwick, Elaine Smith, Gordon Jackson

 

S1M-282 Ms Margo MacDonald: Cannabis and the Scottish Criminal Justice System—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive, in consultation with the Parliament, to establish a Commission of experts and lay persons to examine and report on social and medical factors which might require changes to be made to Scots Law and the working of the Scottish criminal justice system in relation to the use of cannabis in Scotland.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Linda Fabiani, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Christine Grahame, Ms Sandra White, Dennis Canavan, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Adam Ingram, Irene McGugan, Mr Mike Rumbles, Robin Harper, Robert Brown, Mr John Munro, Donald Gorrie, Tommy Sheridan, Andrew Wilson, Mr Keith Raffan, Mr Brian Monteith, Nick Johnston, Cathy Peattie, Kate Maclean, Mr John McAllion, Scott Barrie, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Fiona Hyslop, David Mundell, Maureen Macmillan, Mrs Margaret Smith, Bruce Crawford, Nicola Sturgeon, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Alasdair Morgan, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Dr Richard Simpson, Mr Jamie Stone, Fiona McLeod, Dr Elaine Murray

 
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