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BUSINESS BULLETIN 68 / 2000

Tuesday 25 April 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-772 Tommy Sheridan: Abolition of Poindings and Warrant Sales Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Abolition of Poindings and Warrant Sales Bill.

 

*S1M-771 Mr Jim Wallace: Abolition of Feudal Tenure etc. (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Abolition of Feudal Tenure etc. (Scotland) Bill is passed.

 

*S1M-770 Sarah Boyack: National Parks (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the National Parks (Scotland) Bill.

 

*S1M-769# Mr John Munro: The Cuillins—That the Parliament notes the unique position of the Cuillins in Scotland’s natural heritage; further notes the public debate about the legitimacy of the title and believes that it would be in the public interest to put the sale on hold until matters have been fully investigated.

 

*S1M-768# Richard Lochhead: Closure of Public Toilets in NE Scotland—That the Parliament notes that the regrettable and unpopular decision to close scores of public toilets throughout the region is one of the many draconian cuts being implemented by local government in the North East of Scotland; further notes the implications these closures have for public health and the area’s ability to market itself as a tourist destination and believes that the Scottish Executive should prevent cuts in such vital services by giving local councils an adequate financial settlement.

 

S1M-767# Ms Sandra White: Glasgow Regeneration—That the Parliament notes with concern recent reports highlighting the levels of ill health and poverty in Glasgow and the widening wealth gap between Glasgow and more prosperous parts of the country; believes that a co-ordinated strategy should be developed to tackle these problems and recognises that the injection of public investment is required for the regeneration of the city.

 

S1M-766 Mr Kenny MacAskill: Pollution in Scotland from Sellafield—That the Parliament notes that the major source of radioactive pollution found on the Scottish coastline is not from Scottish nuclear installations, but from Sellafield in Cumbria; further notes that in testing for pollution in the sea off East Lothian, more man-made radioactivity can be attributed to Sellafield discharges than to the Torness nuclear generating station there; believes that it is unacceptable that the entire length of the Scottish coastline should be polluted in this way by the BNFL plant in Cumbria and therefore joins with the international community, including Iceland, Denmark and Ireland in calling for an end to reprocessing at Sellafield.

Supported by: Alasdair Morgan

 

S1M-765 Robin Harper: Atlantic Frontier—That the Parliament supports a request from the major environment and conservation organisations, including Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the Wildlife Trusts and the World Wide Fund for Nature, to safeguard the most important area in Europe for whales, dolphins and coral reefs, and prevent extreme climate change, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to make representations to Her Majesty’s Government to stop new oil drilling activity in the Atlantic frontier west of Scotland, and to create a new industry in offshore wind and wave power. R

S1M-764 Ben Wallace: Korean War 50th Anniversary—That the Parliament notes the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War in which brave Scottish servicemen and women fought and lost their lives during the UN deployment to Korea in 1950-53 and urges that the tragedy of the war not be forgotten.

Supported by: Nick Johnston, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, David Mundell

 

S1M-763 Mr Duncan Hamilton: Air Passenger Duty—That the Parliament notes with concern the continuation of Air Passenger Duty (APD) on flights to the Highlands and Islands; recognises APD as a tax on rural and island living and its detrimental effect on rural and island economies, and calls upon Her Majesty's Government to abolish APD on all flights both to and from airports within the Highlands and Islands.

Supported by: Colin Campbell, Ms Sandra White, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Linda Fabiani, Brian Adam, Shona Robison

 

S1M-762 Ben Wallace: RUC Award—That the Parliament congratulates the Royal Ulster Constabulary on its award of the George Cross and recognises the bravery of its men and women and their contribution towards combating terrorism and crime in both Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Supported by: Alex Fergusson, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

 

S1M-761# Ms Sandra White: Sign Language in Primary Schools —That the Parliament congratulates St Brendon’s primary school in Glasgow on its participation in the Millennium Schools project, which taught the basics of British Sign Language (BSL) and deaf awareness, and invites the Scottish Executive to investigate the introduction of BSL to the school curriculum.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Fergus Ewing, Bruce Crawford, Kay Ullrich, Fiona McLeod, Fiona Hyslop, Alex Neil, Alasdair Morgan, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Colin Campbell

 

S1M-760 Nora Radcliffe: Cup Final Ticket Allocation—That the Parliament congratulates Aberdeen Football Club on reaching their second cup final of the current season, and calls upon the Scottish Football Association to ensure that Aberdeen FC receive a 50% share of those tickets allocated to the two clubs involved in the Tennents Scottish Cup Final on 27 May 2000.

Supported by: Brian Adam R, Richard Lochhead, Mr Mike Rumbles, Shona Robison

 

S1M-759 Shona Robison: Sodexho Ltd—That the Parliament believes that the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body should investigate Sodexho, the company which runs the catering facility in the Scottish Parliament, and which has been awarded the contract to run the voucher scheme for asylum seekers and refugees, and condemns the fact that in a briefing to potential retailers Sodexho states that this scheme presents a "revenue making opportunity" for retailers by promoting the fact that refugees do not receive change from their voucher yet the retailer is able to profit from the full value of the voucher.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Russell, Linda Fabiani, Bruce Crawford, Mrs Margaret Ewing

 

S1M-758 Shona Robison: United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR)—That the Parliament agrees with the concerns raised by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) regarding the "inflammatory language" used by the Conservative Party to describe asylum seekers and refugees in their manifesto for the forthcoming English local elections, and believes that political parties should adhere to the 1999 all party agreement not to exploit prejudice on the grounds of race, nationality or religion in order to gain political advantage.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Brian Adam, Michael Russell, Linda Fabiani, Bruce Crawford, Mrs Margaret Ewing

 

S1M-757 Mr Brian Monteith: Nine O'Clock News—That the Parliament believes that the BBC Nine O’clock News performs a valuable public service which should not be underestimated by the BBC Governors; expresses its concern at any possible change in the schedules, in particular at the implications for the nine o’clock watershed and repercussions for the future viability of Newsnight and Newsnight Scotland, and believes that the Governors should resist pressures to tamper with schedules merely for the sake of ratings.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Robin Harper

 

S1M-756# Allan Wilson: West Kilbride: Scotland's Craft Town—That the Parliament welcomes the consultant’s report confirming the feasibility of establishing West Kilbride as Scotland’s Craft Town; congratulates Councillor Elizabeth Maclardy and the West Kilbride Initiative on the vision and persistence with which they have pursued this objective; recognises the economic and social impact which the initiative can secure for West Kilbride; believes that it can provide a new and important focal point for the Scottish crafts industry as a whole, and looks forward to rapid progress towards a successful outcome.

Supported by: Cathy Jamieson, Margaret Jamieson, Irene Oldfather

 

S1M-755 Brian Adam: 1820 Society—That the Parliament congratulates the 1820 Society for highlighting the battle of Bonnymuir, a little known part of our history, and the key role played by the martyrs Baird, Hardie and Wilson in the struggle for trade union rights and independence.

Supported by: Kay Ullrich, Michael Russell, Linda Fabiani, Shona Robison, Bruce Crawford

 

S1M-754# Des McNulty: Vale of Leven Hospital—That the Parliament notes that the future of the Vale of Leven Hospital is secure and that no services are under threat; regrets that comments were made which only created unnecessary anxiety among the staff and the local community, and further welcomes the additional capital investment of over £2 million to improve services at the hospital, based on the needs of the local area.

 

S1M-753 Fergus Ewing: A95—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement by the Scottish Executive of the inclusion in the roads improvement programme of a scheme to upgrade and improve the A95 and calls upon the Executive to consult the local community as to exactly what the scheme will involve, and to lodge full details of their proposals with regard to the A95 in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

Supported by: Brian Adam

 

S1M-752 Alex Johnstone on behalf of the Rural Affairs Committee: Impact of the Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries Order, 1999—That the Parliament notes the terms of the report by the Rural Affairs Committee The Impact of the Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries Order, 1999 (SP paper 42), in particular its dissatisfaction and concern about the level of consultation carried out prior to the introduction of the boundaries order, that the introduction of a boundaries order appears not to have identified any inconsistency with the Civil Jurisdiction (Offshore Activities) Order 1987, and that the amount of fishing activity in the disputed area does not appear to have influenced the Order, and further notes the Committee’s recommendation that the Secretary of State for Scotland should either introduce a new, revised Order, or support a Bill calling for a revised boundary proposed in the House of Commons by Archy Kirkwood MP.

 

S1M-751# Trish Godman: Houses in Multiple Occupation—That the Parliament deplores the damage inflicted on housing stock in communities such as Port Glasgow by the increase in the number of properties in multiple occupation; is aware of the exploitation of the tenants living in such circumstances by greedy and uncaring landlords, and believes that legislation should be initiated that will enable authorities to (a) restrict the conversion of properties into houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) in order to establish a better balance in the employment of housing stock and (b) regulate closely the management of existing HMOs in the interests of the tenants.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson

 

S1M-750# Gordon Jackson: Govan Shipyard—That the Parliament notes that the BAE Systems Govan shipyard is in the running for a major order to build roll-on roll–off ferries for the Ministry of Defence; recognises that this order will guarantee work for up to five years and allow the yard to take on apprentices for the first time in three years; praises the yard’s strong reputation for Clyde built quality as the major employer at the heart of Govan; acknowledges that this order is vital to secure the yard’s future for its skilled and dedicated workforce; understands the equal importance of the order for the sister yard at Scotstoun as outfitter, and expresses total support for the Govan shipyard in bidding for this order and future work.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Michael McMahon, Mr Duncan McNeil, Brian Adam, Patricia Ferguson, Des McNulty, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Cathy Jamieson, Robin Harper, Johann Lamont, Nicola Sturgeon, Bill Aitken, Irene Oldfather, Hugh Henry*, Mr David Davidson*, David Mundell*

S1M-749# Mr Kenny MacAskill: CERT Edinburgh—That the Parliament recognises the ongoing delays and difficulties faced by the City of Edinburgh Rapid Transit (CERT) plan and also the significant public investment required for the scheme; notes the Network Management Statement by Railtrack Scotland and the call by the Cockburn Association for a further examination of the scheme, and calls for a suspension of the CERT project pending a re-examination of both it and the creation of a rail link to Edinburgh Airport, including a re-routing of the Edinburgh-Glasgow and Edinburgh-Fife lines for infrastructure improvements to the benefit of both the city of Edinburgh and Scotland as a whole.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Tricia Marwick, Mr Kenneth Gibson

 

S1M-748# Helen Eadie: Rail Freight Development—That the Parliament applauds the efforts of the Minister for Transport and the Environment, Sarah Boyack MSP, in her activities promoting, encouraging and funding actions to move freight from road to rail; further applauds the efforts of everyone involved in the rail industry in the partnership efforts to maximise rail freight developments; notes that there are constraints in the rail network on the development of this work and invites Railtrack to submit to members of the Scottish Parliament a report detailing each "pinch" point, railway bridge or tunnel that prevents the usage of nine foot six inch rail container wagons on key strategic routes affecting freight trains from Scotland to Felixstowe and Southampton.

Supported by: Irene Oldfather

 

S1M-747 Karen Whitefield: Scottish Youth Parliament—That the Parliament congratulates those young people involved in establishing the Scottish Youth Parliament, a representative forum for young people from all parts of Scotland and all social backgrounds, which aims to provide the youth of Scotland with a strong and united voice with which to promote the rights of young people.

Supported by: Scott Barrie, Donald Gorrie, Michael Russell, Shona Robison, Margaret Jamieson, Fergus Ewing, Brian Adam, Alex Neil, Irene Oldfather

 

S1M-746# Mr Lloyd Quinan: Autistic Spectrum Disorder—That the Parliament notes that the incidence of the childhood condition autistic spectrum disorder has increased considerably in the last ten years; further notes that data relating to this condition is not routinely centrally collected, and believes that an independent research study requires to be undertaken in order to establish the mechanisms which cause autistic spectrum disorder and so allow preventative action to be taken.

Supported by: Scott Barrie, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Shona Robison, Margaret Jamieson, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Fergus Ewing, Brian Adam, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mr Brian Monteith, Michael Matheson R, Alex Neil, Dr Winnie Ewing, Hugh Henry*

S1M-745# Karen Whitefield: Storysack Initiative—That the Parliament congratulates The Boots Company and its staff in Airdrie who, on a voluntary basis, are providing support for the Storysack Initiative, which is designed to stimulate and support children’s reading and which is benefiting the children of Airdrie; recognises the benefits such work can provide to volunteers through the development of new skills and participation in lifelong learning, and further congratulates The Boots Company on the support it also provides to the Greater Pilton Childcare Centre.

Supported by: Irene Oldfather

 

S1M-744# Mr Kenny MacAskill: Craigmillar Independent Inquiry—That the Parliament notes with concern that, notwithstanding the PIEDA report, there is further suggestion of irregularities and financial maladministration in the Craigmillar area, and accordingly believes that a full and independent investigation should be undertaken into the organisation and workings of Craigmillar Opportunities Trust, Craigmillar Festival Society, Craigmillar Partnership and subsidiary projects in the Craigmillar area.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Russell, Fergus Ewing, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Tricia Marwick, Alex Neil

 

S1M-742# Cathy Jamieson: Doon Valley Heritage Centre, Dunaskin—That the Parliament notes the valuable work of the Doon Valley Heritage Centre at Dunaskin in preserving working class history; believes that this and other industrial museums are of national significance, and invites the Executive to develop a strategy to ensure the continuance of this facility and other industrial museums in Scotland.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Margaret Jamieson, Irene Oldfather

 

S1M-737# Mr David Davidson: A90 Upgrade—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive’s announcement on the roads improvement programme and, in particular, the inclusion of a scheme to upgrade the Hatton Bends on the A90 near Peterhead, but believes that all of the single–carriageway sections of the Aberdeen to Peterhead road should be upgraded and that the construction of an Aberdeen bypass should proceed as a matter of urgency.

Supported by: Brian Adam

 

S1M-735 Sarah Boyack: Special Grant Report No.5 - Special Grant Report on Grant in Aid of Expenditure on South Fife to Edinburgh Rail Services for 2000-01—That the Transport and the Environment Committee in consideration of Special Grant Report No.5 Special Grant Report on Grant in Aid of Expenditure on South Fife to Edinburgh Rail Services for 2000-01 recommends that the Report be approved.

 

S1M-734 Sarah Boyack: Special Grant Report No.4 - Special Grant Report on Grant in Aid of Expenditure on Rural Public Passenger Transport for 2000-01—That the Transport and the Environment Committee in consideration of Special Grant Report No.4 Special Grant Report on Grant in Aid of Expenditure on Rural Public Passenger Transport for 2000-01 recommends that the report be approved.

 

S1M-732 Donald Gorrie: Parliament Building—That the Parliament, in order to be fully informed when making its decision on the location, design, specification and cost of its permanent home, (a) directs the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to present to it in early June the scheme design for the Holyrood buildings prepared by the design team, along with the most detailed possible plans, with evaluation and costs, prepared by independent experts for (i) the St Andrew’s House/Royal High School site with new build parliament chamber and (ii) the Mound site based on the acquisition of the New College Campus and development of nearby buildings; (b) calls upon the Scottish Executive to co-operate fully with the study of these options and to publish a report on financing options for the parliament buildings; (c) approves the SPCB’s proposal for a progressing group to take on day to day responsibility for the project of creating the parliament’s new home and (d) agrees to make a final decision in June in the light of the information requested.

Supported by: Ms Margo MacDonald, Alex Fergusson, Robin Harper, Mr Keith Raffan, Alex Neil

 

S1M-731 Mr Brian Monteith: Scottish Rugby Union Team—That the Parliament congratulates Ian McGeechan, Andy Nicol and the rest of the Scotland players on their Calcutta Cup triumph, despite the predictions of media pundits to the contrary, and calls upon the Scottish Rugby Union to take the opportunity of this jubilant moment to reach out to all sections of the rugby union community to establish greater consensus on the way to achieve continued success for Scottish rugby in the future.

Supported by: David McLetchie, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Bill Aitken, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Dennis Canavan, Dr Winnie Ewing

 

S1M-731.1 Mrs Margaret Ewing: Scottish Rugby Union Team—As an amendment to motion (S1M-731) in the name of Mr Brian Monteith, insert at end "and trusts that the SRU will make representations to sportscotland regarding the financial needs of the Scottish women’s rugby team."

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Bruce Crawford, Mr Kenneth Gibson

 

S1M-730# Mr Jamie McGrigor: Islay Creamery—That the Parliament expresses concern at the closure of the creamery on Islay and agrees that there should be a thorough investigation into the impact of the closure on the local economy and into what measures can be taken to assist in the creation of new job opportunities on the island. R

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Nick Johnston, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Fergus Ewing, David Mundell, Bill Aitken, Mrs Margaret Ewing

 

S1M-729# Karen Whitefield: Airdrie to Bathgate Rail Link—That the Parliament recognises the need for the rail line between Airdrie and Bathgate to be re-opened and that recent research commissioned by West Lothian Council demonstrates the financial viability of such a link, and agrees that this will have a significant and positive impact on transport links between central Scotland and the East Coast and that it will facilitate wider employment and residential and economic development.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Fiona Hyslop, Helen Eadie, Maureen Macmillan, Mike Watson, Trish Godman, Donald Gorrie, Robin Harper, Elaine Smith R, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Cathy Peattie, Marilyn Livingstone, Brian Adam, Mr Michael McMahon, Rhoda Grant, Alex Neil, Irene Oldfather

 

S1M-728 Robin Harper: Sequoia National Forest—That the Parliament congratulates President Clinton on his historic initiative to declare a Sequoia National Monument of at least 400,000 acres, preserving the sequoia groves, their surrounding watersheds and forest eco-system and supports his commitment to give full protection to the biodiversity of the area, this being a great testament to the contribution of John Muir, the Scottish naturalist, to the development of National Parks in the USA and his particular love of the sequoia. R

Supported by: Mr John Munro, Euan Robson, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Keith Raffan, Dr Elaine Murray, Maureen Macmillan, Ian Jenkins, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Scott Barrie, Donald Gorrie, Cathy Jamieson, Michael Russell, Tavish Scott, Mike Watson, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Dennis Canavan, Brian Adam, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Linda Fabiani, Rhoda Grant, Dr Winnie Ewing, Hugh Henry*

S1M-727 Mr Adam Ingram: Opencast Mining and Public Safety—That the Parliament notes with alarm an incident, over 25–26 March, in which a massive landslide at an opencast mining site in New Cumnock moved more than half a mile after the collapse of an earth-mound; further notes that in the opinion of the mining company responsible, such landslips "happen day and daily because of wet weather"; believes that the current national planning policy guidelines which stipulate a minimum distance of 500 metres between opencast workings and housing settlements is completely unsatisfactory and does not protect the safety of the public, and therefore calls upon the Scottish Executive to review this guideline immediately and undertake an assessment of all other opencast mineworkings to determine if houses or settlements could be in danger from potential landslips.

Supported by: Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Gil Paterson, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, Michael Matheson, Linda Fabiani, Irene McGugan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Fiona Hyslop, Shona Robison, Tommy Sheridan, Kay Ullrich, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Andrew Wilson, Robin Harper, Brian Adam, Mr Duncan Hamilton

 

S1M-726# Mr Brian Monteith: Maternity Services in Forth Valley—That the Parliament notes that a consultation exercise has been instigated by Forth Valley Acute Hospitals (FVAH) NHS Trust over the future of health service provision in the region; further notes that the provision of in-patient maternity services is to be removed from Stirling Royal Infirmary and centralised in Falkirk and District Royal Infirmary, and calls upon the (FVAH) NHS Trust and Forth Valley Health Board to take fully into account the views of those living in the most remote parts of rural Stirlingshire and West Perthshire who already face a long journey to Stirling for maternity care, and to take into consideration the considerable investment already made in these services at Stirling Royal Infirmary in comparison with the significant investment that will be required for a new central unit at Falkirk.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Nick Johnston, Mr Keith Harding

 

S1M-725# Johann Lamont: A Woman's Agenda—That the Parliament notes the decision of the Equalities Commission in Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions to go ahead with their launch of A Woman’s Agenda for the Northern Ireland Assembly on 11 March 2000, despite the suspension of the Assembly itself; congratulates those involved in displaying such huge faith in the peace process; welcomes the role of A Woman’s Agenda in highlighting the common experience of women across the UK of inequality, disadvantage and under-representation; expresses its support for all those on the island of Ireland who are committed to, and are working for, the eradication of inequality in whatever form it exists, and believes that the appropriate committee of the Parliament should explore ways of establishing and maintaining dialogue between the women of the Northern Ireland Assembly and the Scottish Parliament.

Supported by: Trish Godman, Shona Robison, Tommy Sheridan, Linda Fabiani, Fiona Hyslop, Malcolm Chisholm, Helen Eadie, Cathy Jamieson, Alex Neil, Maureen Macmillan, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Christine Grahame, Mike Watson, Irene McGugan, Donald Gorrie, Nora Radcliffe, Margaret Jamieson, Elaine Smith, Fiona McLeod, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Cathy Peattie, Marilyn Livingstone, Dennis Canavan, Mr Michael McMahon, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Dr Winnie Ewing, Rhoda Grant

 

S1M-724# Johann Lamont: Jobs and Training in the Construction Industry—That the Parliament notes the increasing opportunities for construction work in Pollok, Glasgow and in Scotland as a whole; believes that the construction industry, working along with the construction unions and Construction Industry Training Board, should provide real training and apprenticeships for young men and women, work to improve safety and regulation in the construction industry and ensure, in conjunction with the Executive, local authorities, Social Inclusion Partnerships and other agencies, that those most excluded in society by poverty and disadvantage are provided with the opportunities to benefit from the jobs created by the boom in the construction industry, and further believes that the Executive should do everything within its power to support these aims.

Supported by: Trish Godman, Tommy Sheridan, Malcolm Chisholm, Helen Eadie, Cathy Jamieson, Maureen Macmillan, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mike Watson, Nora Radcliffe, Margaret Jamieson, Elaine Smith R, Robert Brown, Dennis Canavan, Mr Duncan McNeil, Mr Michael McMahon, Rhoda Grant

 

S1M-723 Ben Wallace: NHS Provision of Equipment for Disabled People—That the Parliament notes the damming report by the Audit Commission in England on NHS provision of equipment to disabled people; considers that the adequate provision of aids, adaptations and equipment for disabled people is a priority; believes that the NHS in Scotland should ensure that services for the disabled are provided in an efficient and effective way to ensure that maximum benefit is gained from the available resources, and calls upon the Accounts Commission for Scotland to undertake a review of NHS and Social Work provision of aids, adaptations and equipment for disabled people to determine whether service provision is adequate and cost effective and, if necessary, to make recommendations to secure service improvements.

Supported by: Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, David Mundell, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Tommy Sheridan, Nick Johnston, Mr Murray Tosh, Alex Neil, Irene McGugan, Donald Gorrie, Robert Brown, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Dr Winnie Ewing

 

S1M-722 Fergus Ewing: "Business in the Chamber" Debate—That the Parliament commends the "Business in the Chamber" debate as a useful contribution to our democracy, with particular regard to the deliberations of the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee in its review of local economic development services, and believes that similar debates, on other issues such as education, health and housing, should be held in the Parliament Chamber in the future enabling those who are not Members of the Scottish Parliament but who have experience or expertise to bring to bear in relation to such subjects to contribute to a full debate.

Supported by: Linda Fabiani, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, Brian Adam, Mr Duncan Hamilton

 

S1M-721# Nick Johnston: Effects of Initial Recommendations of Forth Valley Acute Hospital Trust—That the Parliament notes the potential difficulties facing the people of Clackmannan in the light of the initial recommendations of Forth Valley Acute Hospital Trust to concentrate maternity services in Falkirk, and believes that proposals for the replacement Forth River crossing should be brought forward at the earliest possible opportunity.

Supported by: Mr Keith Harding, Mr David Davidson, Mary Scanlon, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Keith Raffan

 

S1M-719# Dorothy-Grace Elder: Thalidomide: 40 Years On—That the Parliament expresses its deep concern about the increased suffering of, and lack of financial aid to, surviving thalidomide victims in Glasgow, Scotland and the UK; believes that Diageo, as the multi-national company which took over Distillers, which originally marketed the drug thalidomide which caused children to be born without arms or legs or with other severe disabilities, should aid these 456 victims urgently; notes that Diageo made a £2.8 billion profit in 1999, while the Thalidomide Trust had to pay £1 million in tax; believes that the Trust was set up inadequately and that it should not have to pay taxes from its income, and further believes that Diageo should intervene to alleviate this situation, especially given that it owns some of the most profitable companies and brand names in the world, including Guinness, Burger King, Häagen Dazs and various whisky firms.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Michael Russell, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame

 

S1M-718# Irene Oldfather: Relocation of Maternity Units—That the Parliament notes the proposed relocation of maternity wards throughout Scotland, including the Ayrshire Central Maternity Unit, Irvine; further notes the concerns of the communities affected; believes that any review of services should take into account all relevant factors, including the wishes of those communities and the effect of such closures on mothers and the local economy, and further believes that all health boards concerned should engage in full consultation with those affected, and take every factor into account when taking such decisions.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Roseanna Cunningham, Tommy Sheridan, Dr Elaine Murray, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Andrew Wilson, Christine Grahame, Fiona McLeod, Mr Duncan Hamilton

 

S1M-717 David McLetchie: Holyrood—That the Parliament, in order to better inform its financial decision on the location, design, specification and cost of its permanent home, instructs the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to commission a study of alternative sites and designs incorporating cost estimates, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to co-operate fully with that study and to publish a report on financing options for the new Parliament building.

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

 

S1M-716 Mr Jack McConnell: National Parks (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the National Parks (Scotland) Bill, agrees to—

 

(a) the expenditure out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund of the expenses of the Scottish Ministers in consequence of the Act, and

 

(b) payments by National Park authorities to the Scottish Ministers.

 

S1M-704# 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 Lloyd Quinan, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mr Brian Monteith, Colin Campbell, Michael Matheson, Irene McGugan, Christine Grahame, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr David Davidson, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Linda Fabiani, Fiona McLeod, Mr Gil Paterson, Ms Margo MacDonald, Tommy Sheridan, Nick Johnston, Mr Murray Tosh, Kay Ullrich, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Alasdair Morgan, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Donald Gorrie, Robin Harper, Robert Brown, Phil Gallie, Ms Sandra White, Brian Adam, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Andrew Welsh, Nicola Sturgeon*

S1M-703 Mr Jamie Stone: Rural Shops—That the Parliament notes with concern the continuing decline of rural shops in Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross and other areas and believes that appropriate steps should be initiated to reverse this decline.

Supported by: Maureen Macmillan, Robin Harper, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Rhoda Grant

 

S1M-702 Christine Grahame: Public Register of Approved Carers—That the Parliament notes with concern that police checks for those working as carers of the elderly in either a paid or voluntary capacity are not mandatory and believes that this should be remedied as a matter of urgency and that, following adoption of such a policy, a public Register of Approved Carers should be established.

Supported by: Mr Adam Ingram, Kay Ullrich, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Bruce Crawford, Ms Sandra White, Shona Robison, Dr Elaine Murray, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Alex Neil, Michael Russell, Tommy Sheridan, Linda Fabiani, Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Ian Jenkins, Donald Gorrie, Elaine Smith, Fiona McLeod, Robert Brown, Mr Duncan Hamilton

 

S1M-701 Michael Russell: Ayrshire Central Maternity Unit—That the Parliament commends the Ayrshire Central Maternity Unit as an excellent and cost effective facility which provides a much appreciated service to its local community, and calls upon Ayrshire and Arran Health Board to retain the unit rather than closing it in favour of alternative facilities at Crosshouse Hospital.

Supported by: Irene Oldfather, Tommy Sheridan, Dr Elaine Murray, Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Christine Grahame, Robin Harper, Mr Duncan Hamilton

 

S1M-699# Marilyn Livingstone: Coastal Erosion Strategy—That the Parliament recognises the need for a comprehensive coastal erosion strategy that takes on board the concerns of local communities such as Dysart and the Wemyss villages and agrees that appropriate sustainable action should be taken as soon as possible by the Scottish Executive and local authorities.

Supported by: Scott Barrie, Helen Eadie, Dr Elaine Murray, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Mr Keith Raffan, Maureen Macmillan, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Rhoda Grant

 

S1M-698# Michael Russell: Museums of Industrial Heritage—That the Parliament urges the Scottish Executive to heed the recent warnings by the Director of the Scottish Museums Council that nine Scottish industrial museums are in "imminent danger of closure" unless the Scottish Executive recognises the need for stable funding from central government, and further urges the Scottish Executive to secure the future of these museums, namely Almond Valley Heritage Centre, Dundee Industrial Heritage Trust, Doon Valley Heritage Centre, Wanlockhead Museum of Lead Mining, New Lanark Conservation Trust, Scottish Fisheries Museum, Scottish Mining Museum, Scottish Railway Preservation Society and the Scottish Maritime Museum (Irvine).

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Shona Robison, Mr Andrew Welsh, Irene McGugan, Alex Neil, Roseanna Cunningham, Brian Adam, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Kay Ullrich, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Andrew Wilson, Christine Grahame, Alasdair Morgan, Donald Gorrie, Fiona Hyslop, Nora Radcliffe, Fiona McLeod, Dr Winnie Ewing, Linda Fabiani

 

S1M-697# Fiona Hyslop: Training Services for Disabled People in the Lothians—That the Parliament notes the Scottish Executive’s social justice target 15 of "increasing the employment rates of groups that are relatively disadvantaged in the labour market"; supports the vital and unique training service which Training Adults in the Community (TAIC) West Lothian provides for disabled people in the community; notes with concern that TAIC is having its funding withdrawn as a result of the recent local government settlement and budget allocations, and agrees that the Executive should conduct an audit to identify the effect of local government budget allocations on organisations in the Lothians who provide training, employment services and opportunities for disabled people.

Supported by: Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Margo MacDonald, Dennis Canavan, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Robin Harper, Shona Robison, Alex Neil, Kay Ullrich, Michael Matheson, Andrew Wilson, Irene McGugan, Donald Gorrie, Fiona McLeod, Mr Duncan Hamilton

 

S1M-696# Alasdair Morgan: The Loch Ryan Ports and Road Infrastructure in South West Scotland—That the Parliament notes the recent withdrawal by Sea Cat (Sea Containers Ltd.) of ferry services from Stranraer to Northern Ireland; further notes the benefit of ferry services to the Galloway economy; is concerned about the effect that the poor quality of the A75 and the Stranraer to Ayr section of the A77 has on the long term viability of ferry services from both Stranraer and Cairnryan and on the economies of Northern Ireland, the north of the Irish Republic and south west Scotland; believes that the Scottish Executive should make substantial improvements to both roads a priority; and supports the publication of a timetable for the implementation and completion of such work.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Tricia Marwick, Mr Andrew Welsh, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Shona Robison, Alex Neil, Alex Fergusson, Dr Elaine Murray, Andrew Wilson, Christine Grahame, Fiona McLeod, Fergus Ewing, Mr Duncan Hamilton

 

S1M-695 Mr Duncan Hamilton: Tiree—That the Parliament condemns the decision of the Scottish Executive to continue to service the island of Tiree with a Twin Otter plane; recognises the inappropriate and inadequate service this provides; joins with community representatives in appealing to the Executive to reconsider its decision and calls upon the Minister for Transport and the Environment to meet the community as a matter of urgency.

Supported by: Andrew Wilson, Linda Fabiani, Roseanna Cunningham, Michael Russell, Fiona Hyslop, Richard Lochhead, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan, Kay Ullrich, Robin Harper

 

S1M-694# Mr Lloyd Quinan: Scottish Media Group Dispute—That the Parliament notes the current industrial dispute between the employees and management of the Scottish Media Group (SMG); considers that the current approach of the management at SMG has resulted in a loss of regional identity within the Grampian transmission area; believes that the management’s dogmatic drive for cost cutting undermines the morale of the workforce, and threatens not only the livelihood of those working at SMG but the standards, quality and quantity of television production throughout Scotland; supports SMG employees in their dispute, and agrees that the Parliament should withdraw co-operation from all arms of the SMG on those days which have been designated for industrial action.

Supported by: Roseanna Cunningham, Fiona Hyslop, Richard Lochhead, Fiona McLeod, Shona Robison, Kay Ullrich, Tommy Sheridan, Michael Matheson, Alex Neil, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mike Watson, Irene McGugan, Donald Gorrie, Robin Harper, Cathy Peattie, Dr Winnie Ewing

 

S1M-692# Mr Adam Ingram: Unemployment in East Ayrshire—That the Parliament notes that east Ayrshire is the worst unemployment blackspot in Scotland outside Glasgow; further notes that only 59 per cent of people of working age living in East Ayrshire are in employment, or on a government training scheme, in comparison with a Scottish average of 71 per cent, and believes that revision of current policies is necessary to reverse this situation and to promote significant levels of job creation and economic growth in this area.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Michael Russell, Andrew Wilson, Mr Gil Paterson, Christine Grahame, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Michael Matheson, Fergus Ewing, Fiona Hyslop, Fiona McLeod, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Shona Robison, Tommy Sheridan

 

S1M-691# Bristow Muldoon: DAKS-Simpson—That the Parliament notes with concern potential redundancies at DAKS-Simpson factories at Larkhall and Polbeth following the decision by Marks and Spencer to end their contract with the company; recognises DAKS-Simpson’s reputation for producing quality clothing; welcomes moves by the company to pursue alternative sources of orders; believes that Marks and Spencer should reconsider their decision to end their contract, and considers that the Scottish Executive should do all in its power to support DAKS-Simpson in its quest to secure new orders.

Supported by: Karen Gillon, Mr Adam Ingram, Hugh Henry, Michael Russell, David Mundell, Maureen Macmillan, Fiona Hyslop, Andrew Wilson, Mr Duncan McNeil, Dr Elaine Murray, Christine Grahame, Marilyn Livingstone, Donald Gorrie, Cathy Jamieson, Shona Robison, Linda Fabiani, Irene Oldfather, Margaret Jamieson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Cathie Craigie, Elaine Smith, Alex Neil, Mr Michael McMahon, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Karen Whitefield, Tommy Sheridan, Michael Matheson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mike Watson, Trish Godman, Scott Barrie, Fiona McLeod, Rhoda Grant

 

S1M-690# Tricia Marwick: Fast Ferry Across the Forth Estuary—That the Parliament notes that the rate of increase of traffic using the Forth Road Bridge is not sustainable; believes that alternative estuary crossings must be examined to alleviate congestion and to allow the free-flow of commuters and visitors between Edinburgh and Fife, and believes that consideration should be given to studies already undertaken for a fast ferry service between Fife and Edinburgh with a view to examining the feasibility of implementation.

Supported by: Fiona Hyslop, Andrew Wilson, Brian Adam, Roseanna Cunningham, Fiona McLeod, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Linda Fabiani, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Nick Johnston, Alex Neil, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Tommy Sheridan, Kay Ullrich, Robin Harper

 

S1M-689# Dr Elaine Murray: A75—That the Parliament notes that the A75 plays a vital economic role in Dumfries and Galloway, that it serves as the principal route for the region’s transport infrastructure, and that it also serves as the main Euroroute between Cork and the Irish Republic and the Benelux countries of the European Union; notes therefore the role that the A75 plays in the economies of the South West of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Eire and the North of England, and believes that the trunk road spending programme should be reviewed to include the upgrading of the A75.

Supported by: Alex Fergusson, David Mundell, Alasdair Morgan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Alex Neil

 

S1M-688 Michael Russell: Chair of Celtic, Humboldt University, Berlin—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to follow the example of the Republic of Ireland by taking positive steps to support the retention of the Chair of Celtic Studies at Humboldt University, Berlin, a European centre of academic excellence in the Celtic languages, including Scottish Gaelic.

Supported by: Andrew Wilson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Roseanna Cunningham, Richard Lochhead, Christine Grahame, Fiona McLeod, Linda Fabiani, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Kay Ullrich, Alex Neil, Mr Kenneth Gibson

 

S1M-687# George Lyon: Islay Creamery—That the Parliament notes with grave concern the closure of Islay Creamery with the direct loss of eight jobs and possibly many more indirectly and invites the Scottish Executive, in partnership with Argyll and Islands Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Argyll and Bute Council and the dairy industry on Islay, to formulate a long term strategy to allow farmers to diversify and restructure their business.

Supported by: Mr Jamie Stone, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Alex Neil, Maureen Macmillan, Nora Radcliffe, Rhoda Grant, Fergus Ewing

 

S1M-686# Dr Elaine Murray: Bus Drivers' Strike—That the Parliament notes the disruption to public transport in Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway as a consequence of industrial action in Stagecoach (Western Scottish) Bus Company; notes that this dispute was caused by the company’s withdrawal of their latest pay offer, and requests that the management of Stagecoach immediately resume negotiations with trade union representatives with the aim of resolving this dispute.

Supported by: Hugh Henry, Karen Gillon, Cathy Jamieson, Mr Duncan McNeil, Irene Oldfather, Margaret Jamieson, Elaine Smith, Tommy Sheridan, Mike Watson, Trish Godman, Johann Lamont, Scott Barrie, Rhoda Grant

 

S1M-685# Mrs Mary Mulligan: Take Your Daughters to Work Day—That the Parliament welcomes and supports "Take Your Daughters to Work Day" on 27 April and encourages Members to give young people, both male and female, the chance to experience working in the Parliament on that day.

Supported by: David Mundell, Mr Jamie Stone, Dr Elaine Murray, Fiona McLeod, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Margaret Jamieson, Elaine Smith, Mr Michael McMahon, Karen Whitefield, Cathy Jamieson, Alex Neil, Maureen Macmillan, Mike Watson, Trish Godman, Johann Lamont, Nora Radcliffe, Cathy Peattie, Rhoda Grant

 

S1M-683# Fergus Ewing: Edinburgh Marathon—That the Parliament believes that the 1999 Puma Edinburgh Marathon was a success generating over £600,000 in economic benefit for Fife and Edinburgh, regrets that Fife Council has, because of budget constraints, decided that it is unable to commit £100,000 towards the cost of running the event this year; believes that it is vital that the Edinburgh Marathon should continue as an international event and as such has a massive growth potential which would, with proper niche marketing, benefit the tourist economy to the tune of over £3 million pounds by the year 2002; invites the Scottish Executive to take urgent steps with a view to seeking to reverse the cancellation of the 2000 Puma Edinburgh Marathon and to provide this event with a secure future to benefit Scottish athletes including disabled athletes and also to benefit the tourist industry.

Supported by: Dennis Canavan, Mr Adam Ingram, Andrew Wilson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Christine Grahame, Fiona McLeod, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Duncan Hamilton

 

S1M-681 Mr Gil Paterson: Fuel Price Increases—That the Parliament believes that the fuel prices increase announced in the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s budget on 21 March 2000 are deplorable; acknowledges that this increase will have a detrimental effect on the Scottish economy due to its population disparity; further believes that these fuel price increases will jeopardise the future viability of rural communities, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to make representations to Her Majesty's Government demanding that the high fuel prices in Scotland be addressed as a matter of urgency.

Supported by: Mr Adam Ingram, Shona Robison, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Christine Grahame, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Andrew Welsh, Alex Neil, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Tommy Sheridan, Kay Ullrich, Alasdair Morgan, Brian Adam

 

S1M-679# Irene McGugan: Scottish Rural Deprivation Indicators—That the Parliament acknowledges that rural deprivation has increased in the North East of Scotland, impacting significantly on the quality of life of a substantial number of people who live and work in the area; notes that recent studies have shown that drug addiction, crime, unemployment, poverty and poor health are increasing in Aberdeenshire and that current mechanisms and initiatives to alleviate these problems are hampered by the lack of any system to accurately measure rural disadvantage to allow effective targeting of resources, which has resulted in pockets of extreme deprivation in rural areas being ignored, and believes that a long overdue Scottish Rural Deprivation Index, a means of collecting local rather than region-wide data and a system which ensures fair and equitable allocations of funding should be established and that, in the spirit of inclusive and holistic governance, this work should draw on the expertise of political representatives of rural areas, academics, voluntary organisations, health and social work professionals and representatives of the rural business community.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Jamie Stone, Shona Robison, Brian Adam, Roseanna Cunningham, Richard Lochhead, Christine Grahame, Fiona McLeod, Alasdair Morgan, Donald Gorrie, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Andrew Welsh, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Alex Neil, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Tommy Sheridan, Nora Radcliffe

 

S1M-673# Dorothy-Grace Elder: Future of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Yorkhill—That the Parliament notes public concern over proposals to move Scotland’s largest children’s hospital, the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow, from Yorkhill; recognises the crucial, life-saving link between the children’s hospital and the adjacent Queen Mother’s Maternity Hospital; agrees that any impact on the maternity hospital of a move by the children’s hospital must be considered; acknowledges the decades of magnificent service by both hospitals and the immense respect and affection in which they are held world-wide; notes achievements of the children’s hospital such as the invention of ultra sound scanning; appreciates the value of full consultation with parents’ groups, the general public, staff and the press on any decision made regarding the children’s hospital, and acknowledges the special stake which the public and press have in these hospitals through many years of fundraising which have raised millions of pounds for the hospitals. R

Supported by: Michael Russell, Andrew Wilson, Christine Grahame, Fiona McLeod, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan

 

S1M-672 Dorothy-Grace Elder: Freedom of the Press—That the Parliament strongly upholds the freedom of the press and other media in Scotland and beyond; recognises the value of radical freedom of information legislation for the benefit of the public and a free press; strongly supports investigative journalism into wrongs in society; and is determined that the media has the right facilities in the new Scottish Parliament building to enable them to do a difficult job and that there is full consultation with experienced media workers in planning the facilities. R

Supported by: Michael Russell, Fiona Hyslop, Andrew Wilson, Christine Grahame, Fiona McLeod, Donald Gorrie, Linda Fabiani, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Alex Neil, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Tommy Sheridan, Michael Matheson, Irene McGugan

 

S1M-671 Brian Adam: Dyce to Ellon Rail Link—That the Parliament supports a feasibility study into the restoration of the Dyce to Ellon rail link.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Andrew Wilson, Richard Lochhead, Christine Grahame, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Irene McGugan, Alex Neil, Nora Radcliffe

 

S1M-670 Mr Keith Raffan: St. Andrew's Day - National Public Holiday—That the Parliament recognises the significance of St. Andrew’s Day as Scotland’s national day, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to declare St. Andrew’s Day a national public holiday to enable all to celebrate the best of our past as well as look forward to the future.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Russell, Mr Jamie Stone, Andrew Wilson, Roseanna Cunningham, Richard Lochhead, Christine Grahame, Donald Gorrie, Linda Fabiani, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Andrew Welsh, Irene McGugan, Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan, Kay Ullrich, Michael Matheson, Nora Radcliffe, Brian Adam, Bruce Crawford, Mrs Margaret Ewing

 

S1M-665 David Mundell: Border Television—That the Parliament notes the unique position of Border Television serving the South of Scotland, North West England and the Isle of Man; notes its consistent ability to achieve the highest percentage of viewing figures for any local news programme in the United Kingdom; notes that there has been considerable speculation regarding a takeover of Border Television by other media organisations, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to make appropriate representations to Her Majesty’s Government to ensure that the quality and the volume of the news programming and other local production is maintained.

Supported by: Mr Murray Tosh, Alex Fergusson, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Nick Johnston, Euan Robson, Michael Russell R, Mr Brian Monteith, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Donald Gorrie, Christine Grahame, Colin Campbell, Alex Neil, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Alasdair Morgan, Ben Wallace, Phil Gallie, Ian Jenkins, Andrew Wilson, Richard Lochhead, Dr Elaine Murray

 

S1M-664 Trish Godman: Lung Cancer—That the Parliament notes with serious concern that lung cancer has overtaken breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer-related deaths and that women who smoke are twice as likely as male smokers to develop lung cancer; further notes with concern that smoking remains prevalent among young women; recognises that early detection of lung cancer is the key to long-term survival, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to support clinical trials of lung cancer screening techniques that could identify lung tumours while they are small enough to be surgically curable.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Andrew Wilson, Michael Russell, Shona Robison, Donald Gorrie, Kay Ullrich, Mr Keith Harding, Robert Brown, Marilyn Livingstone, Cathy Jamieson, Margaret Jamieson, Mr Michael McMahon, Maureen Macmillan, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Brian Adam, Irene Oldfather, Mr Andrew Welsh, Alex Neil, Karen Whitefield, Tommy Sheridan, Mike Watson, Johann Lamont, Nora Radcliffe

 

S1M-659# Robert Brown: Housing Needs of Disabled People—That the Parliament notes with concern the chronic shortfall of provision to meet the housing needs of disabled people and the lack of adequate information on the extent both of need and of provision; welcomes the forthcoming establishment by the Centre for Independent Living of the Disabled Persons Housing Service (DPHS) in Glasgow and Renfrewshire following the pioneering work of the DPHS in Edinburgh; and believes that the Scottish Executive, local authorities and voluntary groups should make the concept of independent living a reality for all disabled people, in particular by including a disabled audit in the proposed single seller survey, setting needs-related targets for the achievement of more barrier free housing, reviewing the building regulations to move to the standard of "stayability", encouraging fuller use for disabled people of housing with major disabled adaptations; supporting user-led DPHSs as equal partners in delivering these improvements and supporting adequate facilities and support for homeless disabled people.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Andrew Wilson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Shona Robison, Donald Gorrie, Kay Ullrich, Colin Campbell, Linda Fabiani, Irene McGugan, Mr Keith Harding, Rhoda Grant, Alex Neil, Dennis Canavan, Nora Radcliffe, Nick Johnston, Maureen Macmillan, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Fiona Hyslop, Ian Jenkins, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr Michael McMahon, Fiona McLeod, Christine Grahame, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Elaine Smith, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Keith Raffan, Michael Matheson, Cathy Jamieson, Mike Watson, Robin Harper

 

S1M-658# Mr Lloyd Quinan: Trident Submarine Fleet at Faslane—That the Parliament agrees to initiate an investigation into the positive and negative economic and environmental effects of the stationing of the Trident submarine fleet at Faslane.

Supported by: Andrew Wilson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Michael Russell, Shona Robison, Kay Ullrich, Christine Grahame, Linda Fabiani R, Mr Adam Ingram, Colin Campbell, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Alex Neil, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Fiona Hyslop, Brian Adam, Roseanna Cunningham, Richard Lochhead, Fiona McLeod, Dennis Canavan R, Irene McGugan, Tommy Sheridan, Michael Matheson, Cathy Jamieson, Robin Harper

 

S1M-657# Cathy Jamieson: Retention of the Agricultural Wages Board—That the Parliament recognises the unique position of workers in the agricultural and horticultural industries; notes that international agreements and conventions call for specific measures to set minimum terms and conditions for these workers; acknowledges the success of the Agricultural Wages Board (AWB) in Scotland in establishing a level playing field of minimum terms and conditions; is concerned that the abolition of the AWB or a reduction in its powers could lead to a reduction in wages and terms and conditions for some workers in these industries; supports the retention of the AWB, and believes that its remit should be extended to include consideration of pensions and to cover workers in agricultural and horticultural related work who are currently excluded from its remit.

Supported by: Dr Sylvia Jackson, Michael Russell, Shona Robison, Kay Ullrich, Hugh Henry, Rhoda Grant, Robert Brown, Marilyn Livingstone, Dr Elaine Murray, Margaret Jamieson, Karen Gillon, Maureen Macmillan, Mr Jamie Stone, Richard Lochhead, Fiona McLeod, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Elaine Smith, Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan, Christine Grahame, Alasdair Morgan, Mike Watson, Trish Godman, Irene McGugan, Johann Lamont, Scott Barrie, Robin Harper, Nora Radcliffe, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Tavish Scott, Fergus Ewing, Dr Richard Simpson, Dr Winnie Ewing

 

S1M-653# Mr Duncan Hamilton: Dyspraxia—That the Parliament notes the establishment of the first paid development worker within the field of dyspraxia in the UK, to be based in the Highlands and Islands; notes that the condition is estimated to affect up to ten per cent of the population; recognises that dyspraxia is often overlooked by GPs and is unknown to many in the teaching profession, and believes that greater recognition should be given to the condition by education and health professionals and that dyspraxia should be included in the current regime of pre-school screening.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Ms Sandra White, Colin Campbell, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Andrew Wilson, Michael Matheson, Mr Andrew Welsh, Bruce Crawford, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Irene McGugan, Fiona McLeod, Mr Gil Paterson, Ms Margo MacDonald, Fiona Hyslop, Alex Neil, Kay Ullrich, Nicola Sturgeon, David Mundell, Mr Murray Tosh, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Brian Adam, Tommy Sheridan, Nora Radcliffe, Linda Fabiani, Mr David Davidson, Alex Fergusson, Nick Johnston, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Michael Russell, Shona Robison, Donald Gorrie, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Keith Harding, Dr Winnie Ewing, Tricia Marwick, Dr Richard Simpson, Rhoda Grant, Maureen Macmillan, Alasdair Morgan, Christine Grahame, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Richard Lochhead, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Robin Harper, Fergus Ewing, Cathy Jamieson, Dennis Canavan, Dr Elaine Murray, Phil Gallie, Mary Scanlon, Ian Jenkins, Mike Watson, Hugh Henry*

S1M-652# Mrs Margaret Smith: Firework Sales—That the Parliament believes that, given the level of injuries and distress to people and animals and the public nuisance caused by the sale of fireworks to the public, pressure should be applied to the UK government to limit such sales, that local authorities should be encouraged to control availability of fireworks through the use of local by-laws, and that it should be made an offence to pass fireworks on to a minor.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Tommy Sheridan, Nora Radcliffe, Malcolm Chisholm, Shona Robison, Rhoda Grant, Cathy Jamieson, Margaret Jamieson, Maureen Macmillan, Cathie Craigie, Elaine Smith, Alex Neil, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Dr Elaine Murray, Christine Grahame, Johann Lamont

 

S1M-651 Pauline McNeill: Rohypnol Drug Properties—That the Parliament notes with concern the properties of the drug rohypnol manufactured by Hoffman La Roche and commonly known as the "date rape" drug or the "forget pill" given that the sedative effects are seven to ten times greater than valium; calls for an investigation into rohypnol, highlighting criminal cases where the drug has been used, and calls upon the manufacturer to modify the drug to assist detection given that the small white tablet is not easily detectable.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Donald Gorrie, Brian Adam, Tommy Sheridan, Nora Radcliffe, Michael Russell, Shona Robison, Trish Godman, Nick Johnston, Hugh Henry, Dr Richard Simpson, Alex Neil, Marilyn Livingstone, Cathy Jamieson, Dr Elaine Murray, Margaret Jamieson, Karen Gillon, Mr Michael McMahon, Johann Lamont, Phil Gallie, Mr Jamie Stone, Malcolm Chisholm, Roseanna Cunningham, Irene Oldfather, Cathie Craigie, Elaine Smith, Karen Whitefield, Maureen Macmillan, Christine Grahame

 

S1M-641 Trish Godman: Telecommunication Masts—That the Parliament believes that telecommunication masts should be located away from homes, schools, workplaces and other locations where people congregate, and that mobile phone companies should share masts in order to avoid a proliferation of planning applications from different companies in the same area.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Dr Richard Simpson, Donald Gorrie, Nick Johnston, Rhoda Grant, Robert Brown, Marilyn Livingstone, Dennis Canavan, Maureen Macmillan, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Michael McMahon, Christine Grahame, Margaret Jamieson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Irene McGugan, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Elaine Smith, Dr Elaine Murray, Mike Watson, Johann Lamont

 

S1M-637 Ms Wendy Alexander: Ethical Standards in Public Life etc (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Bill.

 

S1M-635 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: Mozambique and the International Rescue Corps—That the Parliament congratulates the International Rescue Corps personnel and their volunteers who have made themselves available for service in Mozambique with the resolute determination to save life.

Supported by: Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, David Mundell, Mr David Davidson, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Shona Robison, Linda Fabiani, Mr Keith Harding, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Dr Richard Simpson, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Marilyn Livingstone, Cathy Jamieson, Dennis Canavan, Karen Gillon, Mr Michael McMahon, Nick Johnston, Phil Gallie, Fiona McLeod, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Alex Neil, Karen Whitefield, Dr Elaine Murray, Maureen Macmillan, Christine Grahame

 

S1M-634 Phil Gallie: Carrick Street Halls—That the Parliament deplores the cuts in services to elderly and disabled people in South Ayrshire and in particular urges South Ayrshire Council to abandon its plans to close Carrick Street Halls, a well used and much loved day centre facility used by over 1700 pensioners.

Supported by: David McLetchie, Mary Scanlon, Bill Aitken, Miss Annabel Goldie, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Keith Harding, Alex Johnstone, John Young, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, David Mundell, Mr Murray Tosh, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Alex Fergusson, Nick Johnston, Michael Russell, Tommy Sheridan, Kay Ullrich, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, Mr David Davidson, Shona Robison, Mr Adam Ingram, Robert Brown, John Scott, Fiona Hyslop, Fiona McLeod, Robin Harper

 

S1M-633 Mr Duncan Hamilton: Lip Reading—That the Parliament notes that one in five adults will experience hearing loss at some time in their lives; recognises the importance of support in coping with hearing loss successfully, and the role of lip-reading in that support; believes that greater encouragement should be given to lip-reading nationally, and calls for wider access to lip-reading tuition and courses for the training of lip-reading teachers.

Supported by: Colin Campbell, Mr Andrew Welsh, Ms Sandra White, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Bruce Crawford, Ms Margo MacDonald, Andrew Wilson, Shona Robison, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Robert Brown, Kay Ullrich, Tommy Sheridan, Fergus Ewing, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Nora Radcliffe, Mr David Davidson, Michael Russell, Christine Grahame, Mr Adam Ingram, Nick Johnston, Dr Winnie Ewing, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Cathy Jamieson, Johann Lamont, Richard Lochhead, Fiona McLeod, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Cathie Craigie, Irene McGugan, Elaine Smith, Dr Elaine Murray, Mike Watson, Robin Harper

 

S1M-632# Tavish Scott: Environmentally Sensitive Areas Scheme—That the Parliament notes that crofters and farmers in Shetland have heavily subscribed to the Environmentally Sensitive Areas scheme; notes that those producers who entered the scheme before July 1998 were subject to a different set of scheme regulations in relation to stock disposal than those who entered after that date; further notes that the Scottish Executive have already stated that they are not minded to recover double payments under agri-environmental measures, and therefore believes that crofters and farmers should not suffer financial disadvantage through no fault of their own. R

Supported by: Rhoda Grant, Alex Fergusson R, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Donald Gorrie, George Lyon, Nora Radcliffe, Mr David Davidson, Maureen Macmillan, Mr Jamie Stone, Robin Harper

 

S1M-631 Mr Brian Monteith: Competitive Football for Under 12s—That the Parliament believes that children of 12 years and under should be able to enjoy the same rights as older children to participate in competitive football tournaments through schools, boys’ and girls’ clubs; calls upon the Scottish Football Association (SFA) to institute a consultation exercise with young children to establish their views; urges the SFA to strike a better balance between skill, physical fitness, mental attitude and enjoyment by reversing its policy to introduce a ban on competitive tournaments for under 12s and further urges the SFA to lobby UEFA to ensure that their current recommendation against such competitive tournaments is not made mandatory through an enforceable directive.

Supported by: Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr Keith Harding, David McLetchie, Phil Gallie

 

S1M-631.1 Donald Gorrie: Competitive Football for Under 12s—As an amendment to motion (S1M-631) in the name of Mr Brian Monteith, leave out from "Parliament" to end and insert "recognises both the strong feelings among some parents and children in favour of competitive football and the desire of public authorities to increase greatly the amount of coaching given to young football players in order to start bringing the skill levels of Scottish players up to the higher levels prevalent in most European countries; welcomes the start made with a Scottish Football Association (SFA) Training Officer in North Lanarkshire; calls upon the Scottish Executive, sportscotland, the SFA and local authorities to create and resource an effective scheme which will train and give qualifications to coaches for football teams at all age groups and ensure that clubs devote enough time to coaching their players, and agrees that once such a scheme is established, it should be a requirement for teams entering competitions to take full part in the coaching scheme.

Supported by: Ian Jenkins

 

S1M-630 Dorothy-Grace Elder: American Navy Exercise at Cape Wrath—That the Parliament expresses its outrage to President Clinton and to the British Ministry of Defence over Cape Wrath being shelled by the American Navy, following the expulsion of their ships from a firing range on Puerto Rico because the death of a local person and widespread environmental damage; condemns the Ministry of Defence for not consulting with the Parliament before inviting the US Navy and others to bombard Cape Wrath, as other areas of the world refused them permission; calls upon President Clinton, and the leaders of other nations whose navies are queueing up to shell Scottish soil, to withdraw the ships involved immediately and ensure they do not return, thereby showing respect for human life in Scotland and for the Scottish environment, especially in view of President Clinton’s previous involvement in having Georgian uranium flown secretly to Dounreay in 1998 after the American public refused to have it processed in the United States; notes that while the US Navy claims it will not use depleted uranium cannon rounds at Cape Wrath it gave the same assurances to Puerto Rico and subsequently accidentally fired 267 depleted uranium rounds, flattened entire hills and polluted air, water and soil with toxic residues, and further asks that it be noted that this motion is supported by the proposed cross party CND group.

Supported by: Dennis Canavan, Christine Grahame, Robin Harper, Ms Sandra White, Tommy Sheridan, Linda Fabiani R, Andrew Wilson, Shona Robison, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Michael Russell, Mr Adam Ingram, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Richard Lochhead, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Michael Matheson

 

S1M-629 Colin Campbell: Scottish Mozambique Relief—That the Parliament congratulates the Royal National Lifeboat Institute personnel and other volunteers who have made themselves available for service in Mozambique.

Supported by: Mr Murray Tosh, Christine Grahame, Helen Eadie, Linda Fabiani, Andrew Wilson, Phil Gallie, Rhoda Grant, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Shona Robison, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mary Scanlon, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr Brian Monteith, Cathy Peattie, Kay Ullrich, Michael Russell, Tavish Scott, Fergus Ewing, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, George Lyon, Mr Duncan McNeil, Mr David Davidson, David Mundell, Ian Jenkins, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Adam Ingram, Nick Johnston, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Cathy Jamieson, Dennis Canavan, Dr Elaine Murray, Maureen Macmillan, Richard Lochhead, Fiona McLeod, Margaret Jamieson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Elaine Smith, Michael Matheson, Mike Watson, Trish Godman

 

S1M-626# Mrs Margaret Ewing: Glenrinnes School Closure—That the Parliament recognises the importance of primary schools to our rural communities; asks for clarification of the Scottish Executive’s policy on the retention of such schools; is concerned that Glenrinnes school is threatened by closure despite being the only focal point in the village and despite the sound educational arguments proposed by parents and prospective local residents; and considers that the proposals by Moray Council to close this educational facility, which would accrue only £3,500 to Moray Council, should be rejected.

Supported by: Nora Radcliffe, Dr Winnie Ewing, Shona Robison, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Fergus Ewing, Brian Adam, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Russell, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Richard Lochhead, Fiona McLeod, Bruce Crawford, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Irene McGugan, Alex Neil, Michael Matheson

 

S1M-625# Dr Elaine Murray: Reduction in the TV Licence Fee for Deaf and Hearing Impaired People—That the Parliament note that visually impaired viewers are entitled to a 50% reduction in their television licenses; notes also that deaf and hearing impaired people cannot fully enjoy television broadcasts despite the welcome service of subtitling, and believes that deaf and hearing impaired people should also be entitled to a reduction in the cost of their television licenses.

Supported by: Rhoda Grant, Robin Harper, Trish Godman, Robert Brown, Cathy Peattie, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Donald Gorrie, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Russell, Christine Grahame, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Alex Neil, Marilyn Livingstone, Cathy Jamieson, Margaret Jamieson, Maureen Macmillan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Cathie Craigie, Irene McGugan, Elaine Smith, Michael Matheson, Johann Lamont

 

S1M-624 Roseanna Cunningham: Pinochet Case—That the Parliament regrets the decision of the Home Secretary, Jack Straw, not to extradite General Augusto Pinochet to Spain in relation to torture and murder in Chile under his dictatorship and believes that this constitutes a serious setback for the enforcement of the rule of international law and human rights.

Supported by: Nicola Sturgeon, Michael Russell, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Shona Robison, Christine Grahame, Linda Fabiani, Andrew Wilson, Robin Harper R, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Kay Ullrich, Tommy Sheridan, Fergus Ewing, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Cathy Jamieson, Dennis Canavan, Fiona McLeod, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Michael Matheson

 

S1M-623 Mr Jack McConnell: Ethical Standards in Public Life Bill etc. (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Bill, agrees to the expenditure payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund of sums required to meet expenses of the Scottish Ministers in consequence of the Act.

 

S1M-622 Hugh Henry: Bank Charges—That the Parliament notes with concern the decision of the Link Group to support Barclays Bank’s proposals to make a charge for withdrawals at cash machines; expresses concern that this will have a disproportionate adverse affect on lower income users, and supports the three Scottish banks who are committed to providing the service free of charge.

Supported by: Shona Robison, Christine Grahame, Linda Fabiani, Rhoda Grant, Fiona Hyslop, Trish Godman, Margaret Jamieson, Scott Barrie, Cathy Peattie, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Donald Gorrie, Brian Adam, Mr Duncan McNeil, Nora Radcliffe, Michael Russell, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Alex Neil, Marilyn Livingstone, Cathy Jamieson, Dr Elaine Murray, Karen Gillon, Maureen Macmillan, Irene Oldfather, Cathie Craigie, Elaine Smith, Karen Whitefield, Mr Keith Raffan, Mike Watson, Johann Lamont

 

S1M-621 Pauline McNeill: Scottish Music Industry Forum—That the Parliament supports the formation of a Scottish Music Industry Forum; congratulates those in the music industry who have agreed to support this initiative; notes that young people who are particularly interested in a career in the music industry should be encouraged in this area, and believes that every endeavour should be made to support them.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Richard Lochhead, Linda Fabiani, Andrew Wilson, Rhoda Grant, Cathy Peattie, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Mr Duncan McNeil, David Mundell, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Cathy Jamieson, Dr Elaine Murray, Margaret Jamieson, Karen Gillon, Mr Michael McMahon, Maureen Macmillan, Mr Jamie Stone, Fiona McLeod, Irene McGugan, Karen Whitefield, Trish Godman

 

S1M-620 Pauline McNeill: Excell Multi-Media—That the Parliament notes with concern the situation at Excell Multi-Media whereby access to ex-directory telephone numbers are readily accessible to newly recruited staff not properly vetted by the company and congratulates journalist Vivien Aitken for drawing attention to this alarming situation.

Supported by: Rhoda Grant, Cathy Peattie, Tommy Sheridan, Marilyn Livingstone, Cathy Jamieson, Margaret Jamieson, Maureen Macmillan, Mr Jamie Stone, Irene Oldfather, Elaine Smith

 

S1M-619 Pauline McNeill: Highlanders' Institute—That the Parliament supports the venture of the Highlanders’ Institute to establish premises in Glasgow for the promotion of Highland and Islands culture and languages and notes that the aim of the Highlanders’ Institute is to include all Scots and non-Scots interested in Highland culture and languages.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Linda Fabiani, Rhoda Grant, Robert Brown, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Fergus Ewing, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, George Lyon, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Marilyn Livingstone, Nora Radcliffe, Maureen Macmillan, Mr Jamie Stone, Fiona McLeod, Irene McGugan, Johann Lamont

 

S1M-617 Linda Fabiani: Health Provision in Scotland—That the Parliament notes that the World Trade Organisation negotiations on liberalising government services, now ongoing, will be binding on the Scottish Parliament and will establish limits on future health policies set by the Parliament, and calls for an open discussion of the implications of these negotiations for the Scottish Executive’s health policies and current and future health service funding.

Supported by: Roseanna Cunningham, Michael Russell, Nicola Sturgeon, Mike Watson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Shona Robison, Christine Grahame, Andrew Wilson, Robin Harper, Margaret Jamieson, Pauline McNeill, Cathy Peattie, Kay Ullrich, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Tavish Scott, Fergus Ewing, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Brian Adam, Nora Radcliffe, Ian Jenkins, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Dr Richard Simpson, Mr Gil Paterson, Robert Brown, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Cathy Jamieson, Johann Lamont, Malcolm Chisholm, Mr John Swinney, Fiona McLeod, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Elaine Smith, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Dr Winnie Ewing

 

S1M-616 Trish Godman: Employment Among Older Workers—That the Parliament views with both regret and disquiet the lower incomes of workers over the age of 50 and the smaller numbers of such who are in employment; notes that the proportion of employees over 50 years is lowest among large public and private sector employers; acknowledges that many people in their middle years are keen to be usefully and fairly employed but are deprived of the opportunity; welcomes the New Deal for 50 plus and acknowledges that such measures have not had time to yield substantial results, and calls upon the Scottish Executive and other major employers to put more resources into the recruitment, selection, training and career development of older workers in order to combat chronic ageism and insidious discrimination.

Supported by: Rhoda Grant, Robin Harper, Cathy Peattie, Tommy Sheridan, Donald Gorrie, Fergus Ewing, Marilyn Livingstone, Cathy Jamieson, Nora Radcliffe, Dr Elaine Murray, Maureen Macmillan, Irene Oldfather, Margaret Jamieson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Elaine Smith, Johann Lamont

 

S1M-615 Trish Godman: Moratorium on the Death Penalty—That the Parliament supports the Amnesty 2000 Project which calls upon all legislatures throughout the world to introduce a moratorium on the death penalty this year.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Shona Robison, Linda Fabiani, Andrew Wilson, Rhoda Grant, Irene McGugan, Margaret Jamieson, Robert Brown, Scott Barrie, Cathy Peattie, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Dr Richard Simpson, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Cathy Jamieson, Dr Elaine Murray, Maureen Macmillan, Michael Matheson, Mike Watson, Johann Lamont

 

S1M-613# Mrs Margaret Smith: Grampian Country Foods Ltd—That the Parliament believes that the Scottish Executive should seek an urgent meeting with Grampian Country Foods, the local enterprise company and Trade Union representatives in order to stress its willingness to find constructive solutions to save the 540 threatened jobs at Newbridge; notes that the Newbridge community is still reeling from the recent closure of the Continental Tyre Factory, and believes that co-ordinated action is necessary to put in place support services for the employees of Grampian Country Foods and the wider Newbridge community and ensure the availability of maximum assistance in finding alternative employment opportunities.

Supported by: Mrs Mary Mulligan, Bristow Muldoon, Fiona Hyslop, Robin Harper, Tommy Sheridan, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, George Lyon, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Kenneth Gibson, David McLetchie, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Cathy Jamieson, Fiona McLeod, Margaret Jamieson, Mike Watson

 

S1M-612 David McLetchie: Cost of the Parliament Building—That the Parliament expresses concern at the spiralling costs of the Holyrood Project and agrees to place a financial cap on the entire cost of a new Parliament building in line with previous estimates given to the Parliament by the First Minister in order to ensure plans are set within strict financial guidelines and practical designs.

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

 

S1M-609 Mr Gil Paterson: Entry of Convicted Rapists into the UK—That the Parliament condemns the recent events involving Mike Tyson being allowed into Britain; acknowledges the speculation that he intends to fight again in the United Kingdom, possibly at Ibrox and calls upon the Home Secretary to firstly, treat all convicted rapists who are seeking entry into the United Kingdom equally by refusing them entry, secondly, to show respect to all victims of rape by banning Mike Tyson from ever entering the United Kingdom again in any capacity and thirdly, not to base his judgement in the future on financial concerns.

Supported by: Mr Kenny MacAskill, Linda Fabiani, Shona Robison, Andrew Wilson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Cathy Peattie, Nick Johnston, Alex Neil, Mr David Davidson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Fiona McLeod, Mr Lloyd Quinan

 

S1M-608 Mr Gil Paterson: Theory on Rape—That the Parliament condemns the claims of the book A Natural History of Rape, The Biological Bases of Sexual Coercion which excuses rape as a simple mating technique; finds the conclusions of this book deeply offensive to both women and men; strongly believes that the theory which forms the basis of this publication, that human males have evolved the desire to rape whenever their desire to mate is thwarted, is both dangerous and deeply flawed and calls upon the Scottish Executive to take action to ensure that the theory promoted through this publication is not adopted as a defence against the charge of rape.

Supported by: Mr Kenny MacAskill, Ms Sandra White, Shona Robison, Colin Campbell, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Andrew Wilson, Robin Harper, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Irene McGugan, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Dr Elaine Murray, Fiona McLeod, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Michael Matheson

 

S1M-605# Mr Duncan Hamilton: Campbeltown-Ballycastle Ferry—That the Parliament notes with dismay the decision by the Argyll and Antrim Steam Packet Company to withdraw from the Campbeltown-Ballycastle ferry route; recognises the grave economic consequences for the Kintyre economy if this route is not reopened, and calls upon the Scottish Executive, the Scotland Office and the Northern Ireland Office to work together to secure an alternative operator for the route for the coming season and beyond.

Supported by: Kay Ullrich, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Michael Matheson, Ms Sandra White, Fergus Ewing, Linda Fabiani, Michael Russell, Colin Campbell, Helen Eadie, Brian Adam, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Shona Robison, Andrew Wilson, Rhoda Grant, Robin Harper, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Irene McGugan, George Lyon, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Maureen Macmillan, Fiona McLeod, Mr Lloyd Quinan

 

S1M-604# Christine Grahame: Sutherland Report With Respect to Old Age—That the Parliament notes with concern that it is one year since the publication of the Sutherland Report With Respect to Old Age yet implementation of only one of its main recommendations, establishing a National Care Commission, has recently been initiated, and that not in full, and urges the Scottish Executive as a matter of urgency to produce a detailed programme for full implementation of its substantial and just recommendations to reflect the respect and value that the Parliament places on elderly people in society.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Bruce Crawford, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Kay Ullrich, Fergus Ewing, Ms Sandra White, Colin Campbell, Richard Lochhead, Brian Adam, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Dr Winnie Ewing, Linda Fabiani, Andrew Wilson, Robin Harper, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Irene McGugan, Robert Brown, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Donald Gorrie, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Nora Radcliffe, Fiona McLeod, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Michael Matheson

 

S1M-599# Mike Watson: Epilepsy—That the Parliament recognises the valuable work of the Glasgow based Epilepsy Association of Scotland, notes that approximately one in 130 of the population has epilepsy and agrees that an appropriate level of health care throughout Scotland for people with epilepsy is a matter of priority.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Fergus Ewing, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Nicola Sturgeon, Christine Grahame, Andrew Wilson, Rhoda Grant, Robin Harper, Margaret Jamieson, Robert Brown, Kay Ullrich, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Mr Brian Monteith, Gordon Jackson, Mr Murray Tosh, Irene McGugan, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Linda Fabiani, Elaine Thomson, Mr David Davidson, Alex Fergusson, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Maureen Macmillan, David Mundell, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Hugh Henry, Marilyn Livingstone, Cathy Jamieson, Dennis Canavan, Dr Elaine Murray, Mr Michael McMahon, Ben Wallace, Johann Lamont, Mary Scanlon, Ian Jenkins, Fiona McLeod, Irene Oldfather, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Cathie Craigie, Karen Whitefield

 

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.

Supported by: Pauline McNeill, Michael Russell, Elaine Smith, Allan Wilson, Mr Duncan McNeil, Tommy Sheridan, Alex Neil, Phil Gallie, David Mundell, Mr Adam Ingram, Margaret Jamieson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Cathy Jamieson

 

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.

Supported by: Pauline McNeill, Elaine Thomson, Elaine Smith, Rhoda Grant, Hugh Henry, Marilyn Livingstone, Dennis Canavan, Mr John McAllion, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Jamie Stone, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Cathy Peattie, Mr Michael McMahon, Bristow Muldoon, Des McNulty, Malcolm Chisholm, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Mike Watson, Trish Godman, Johann Lamont

 

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, Donald Gorrie, Ms Margo MacDonald, Robin Harper, Robert Brown, Cathy Peattie, Karen Gillon, Mr John Munro, David Mundell, Fiona McLeod, Mrs Margaret Smith, Margaret Jamieson, Cathy Jamieson

 

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.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Trish Godman, Michael Russell, Shona Robison, Fiona Hyslop, Dr Elaine Murray, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Elaine Smith, Rhoda Grant, Margaret Jamieson, Robert Brown, Cathy Peattie, Kay Ullrich, Tommy Sheridan, Cathy Jamieson, Dennis Canavan, Nora Radcliffe, Fiona McLeod, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Irene McGugan, Mike Watson, Johann Lamont, Robin Harper

 

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, Pauline McNeill, Michael Russell, Donald Gorrie, Elaine Thomson, Dr Elaine Murray, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mary Scanlon, Elaine Smith, Christine Grahame, Mr Duncan McNeil, Rhoda Grant, Margaret Jamieson, Cathy Peattie, Kay Ullrich, Tommy Sheridan, Alex Neil, Nora Radcliffe, Cathy Jamieson, Irene Oldfather, Mr Lloyd Quinan

 

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, Michael Russell, Elaine Smith, Cathy Peattie, Alex Neil, George Lyon, Cathy Jamieson, Margaret Jamieson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Johann Lamont

 

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, Pauline McNeill, Donald Gorrie, Mike Watson

 

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, Christine Grahame, Pauline McNeill, Michael Russell, Fiona McLeod, Elaine Thomson, Dr Elaine Murray, Fergus Ewing, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Elaine Smith, Linda Fabiani, Mr Duncan McNeil, Rhoda Grant, Fiona Hyslop, Margaret Jamieson, Cathy Peattie, Kay Ullrich, Tommy Sheridan, Alex Neil, Nora Radcliffe, Mr David Davidson, Cathy Jamieson, Mr Michael McMahon, Irene Oldfather, Karen Whitefield, Mike Watson, Johann Lamont

 

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, Christine Grahame, Pauline McNeill, Andrew Wilson, Mr Brian Monteith, Fiona McLeod, Donald Gorrie, Fiona Hyslop, Ms Sandra White, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mary Scanlon, Linda Fabiani, Elaine Smith, Robert Brown, Kay Ullrich, Tommy Sheridan, Nora Radcliffe, Mr David Davidson, David Mundell, Margaret Jamieson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Michael Matheson

 

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, Pauline McNeill, Michael Russell, Donald Gorrie, Trish Godman, Elaine Thomson, Dr Elaine Murray, Irene McGugan, Linda Fabiani, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Maureen Macmillan, Rhoda Grant, Robin Harper, Dr Richard Simpson, Margaret Jamieson, Robert Brown, Cathy Peattie, Kay Ullrich, Cathy Jamieson, Irene Oldfather, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Cathie Craigie, Karen Whitefield, Johann Lamont

 

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 Deal 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, Margaret Jamieson, Mr Michael McMahon, Irene Oldfather, Karen Whitefield

 

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, Irene Oldfather, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mrs Margaret Smith, Tricia Marwick, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mary Scanlon, Allan Wilson, Karen Whitefield, Michael Matheson

 

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, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Elaine Smith, Euan Robson, Tricia Marwick, Michael Matheson

 
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